Tivoli look to maintain good form in 2017

first_img HEADED HOME Wellington has scored four goals but could be heading back to his home club. “Rodico (Wellington) wants to return. He has been training (since late December). He is from the area and represented the club,” Edwards disclosed. Edwards also said that the key to Tivoli doing well is the discipline. “The discipline has been good. However, we want better attitude from the players towards the game,” he shared. Edwards praised veteran Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson for his leadership on and off the field. Johnson who is 36 year-old is the club’s leading marksman on eight goals. He is only one goal off leading striker Shamar Nicholson of Boys’ Town. “Teddy is not getting younger, he has a responsibility to keep the team together. He really wants to play and win titles at the club. He is the first to reach training and the last to leave,” Edwards said about Johnson who represented Jamaica and also played club football in England. When quizzed about his team’s chance of winning the premier league this year, Edwards responded: “Based on the quality players, we can stay in the top six and take it from there.” Tivoli will next play against promoted Maverley-Hughenden when the RSPL resumes on January 8. Tivoli Gardens are looking to bolster their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) squad with one or two players during the January transfer window, which opened on Sunday. The West Kingston-based outfit enjoyed a good run last year and are currently in second position on 32 points, three behind leaders Montego Bay United (35). They have won 10 games, drawn twice and suffered five losses in their 17 league games. They have scored a league high 27 goals and conceded 14 times. However, coach Omar Edwards, who took over from Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey last summer says there could be additions to the team. “I understand that one or two players are interested in joining the team,” said Edwards. One of those players is Rodico Wellington, who started the season at promoted Maverley-Hughenden.last_img read more

AVHS falls short

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Arroyo Valley (0-5) will open defense of its San Andreas League title next week without a victory – or a tie – but the Hawks will be riding a wave of confidence after rallying from a 21-point halftime deficit and coming within inches of victory. Arroyo Valley’s defense stopped Rancho Verde inside the Hawks’ 30 on Rancho Verde’s first two possessions. But the Mustangs (4-1) scored 28 points in the second quarter, led by DeShawn Grayson, who rushed for 107 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the quarter. Rancho Verde took advantage of a Hawks turnover to open the scoring. Arroyo Valley was deep in Mustangs territory and the Hawks fumbled the ball on a handoff exchange. Brandon Brown recovered the ball on the 20 with 10:04 left in the first half and Rancho Verde drove the length of the field, capped by a 9-yard scoring run on an inside counter by Grayson with 8:48 left. Arroyo Valley tied the game at 7-7 on its next possession on a four-play, 78-yard drive. Wyrick found Dustin Blount on a deep post and Blount went 65 yards to put the Hawks on the board with 6:51 left. The Mustangs scored three unanswered touchdowns over the final 6:13 of the half, beginning on their next possession. Rancho Verde broke the tie with three-play, 65-yard drive capped with a 13-yard scoring run by Jojo Moore. The scoring run was set up by a 39-yard run by Grayson. Rancho Verde got the ball back after a three-and-out and needed only three plays to score. Grayson broke through the defensive line and ran for a 44-yard touchdown. The Mustangs got their next possession – and touchdown – as a result of another Hawks turnover. As Wyrick was dropping back to pass, D’Andre Reed slapped the ball out of his hand and fell on it at the Arroyo Valley 11 and one play later, Grayson scored on a counter. The Hawks opened the second half as the aggressors, scoring on their second possession of the third quarter, when Wyrick connected with George Donyale on a 15-yard TD pass with 7:23 left in the third. Arroyo Grande cut the deficit to seven points when Wyrick found Blount again on a scoring pass, this time a 36-yarder with 8:56 left in the game. The successful extra point made the score 28-21. Moore scored on a 52-yard run on the next possession to push the lead to 35-21. Wyrick scored on a 2-yard keeper with 1:02 left and Arroyo Valley recovered the onside kick, drove the length of the field and scored with six seconds left on a 12-yard pass from Wyrick to Chris Roberts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MORENO VALLEY – There was no question in Arroyo Valley football coach Tony DiThomas’ mind on what he was going to do Thursday night. With six seconds left in the game and his team trailing Rancho Verde, 35-34, DiThomas was going for the two-point conversion and the victory, instead of kicking the PAT and taking a tie. center_img Hawks quarterback Anthony Wyrick was stopped just short of the goal line and the score remained the same, but DiThomas was not going to second-guess himself. “I’ve never in my life played for a tie,” DiThomas said. “I wasn’t going to start tonight.” last_img read more

‘Jobs, investment, sustainable debt’

first_img11 February 2009Protecting the poor and sustaining job creation were two of five guiding principles that formed the basis of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s latest Budget speech.Delivering his Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Manuel said that, in a time of global economic turmoil, the government had been guided by five enduring principles in drawing up South Africa’s national Budget for 2009/10.These were: protecting the poor; sustaining jobs growth and expanding training opportunities; building economic capacity and promoting investment; addressing the “barriers to competitiveness that limit equitable sharing of opportunities”; and maintaining a sustainable debt level “so that our actions do not constrain our development tomorrow”.‘GDP growth of 1.2% in 2009’According to the National Treasury, South Africa’s incomes and outputs slowed sharply in the second half of 2008, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging about 3.1 percent in 2008.With the slowdown in international demand for South Africa’s exports, including the commodities that form the bedrock of the country’s economy, as well as reduced consumer spending and high interest rates, GDP growth is expected to average 1.2 percent for 2009, recovering to 4 percent by 2011.“We expect output growth to improve in 2010, supported by public infrastructure spending, lower interest rates, the 2010 Fifa World Cup and a recovery in the world economy,” Manuel said.Trading conditions ‘tough’However, he warned that trading conditions were tough and “likely to deteriorate further in the short term.”2008 was a year of economic shocks for South African producers, with increasing electricity tariffs, rising input costs, high interest rates and slowing demand for goods among consumers.The mining sector was one of the worst affected by the slowdown in demand in 2008, as evidenced by Monday’s announcement by one of South Africa’s biggest mining houses, Anglo Platinum, that it planned to cut 10 000 jobs in 2009.Manuel said the manufacturing, retail trade and residential construction sectors had also been badly hit by the global slowdown, and had already begun laying off workers, with the pace of job losses set to increase.Inflationary pressures easeInflation in South Africa has over the past two years been fuelled by rapid increases in food and oil prices, domestic capacity constraints and a weaker local currency, as well as rising electricity tariffs.The consumer inflation averaged 11.3 percent in 2008, spurred by an inflationary cycle which began in June 2006.Despite this, the National Treasury expects inflation to return to within the South African Reserve Bank’s inflation target band of 3-6 percent by the first half of 2009.In response to an improving inflation outlook and an easing of inflationary pressures such as oil prices, the central bank cut South Africa’s interest rates by a cumulative 1.5 percent between December 2008 and February 2009.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Parents often see obesity in kids as being “healthy”

first_imgTill age four, AT was a lean child. Then an episode of fever led to serious weight loss. On recovery, her parents made it their primary responsibility to feed her. Within a year, she put on so much weight that she was euphemistically referred to as “healthy”. AT, never too,Till age four, AT was a lean child. Then an episode of fever led to serious weight loss. On recovery, her parents made it their primary responsibility to feed her. Within a year, she put on so much weight that she was euphemistically referred to as “healthy”. AT, never too keen on sport, started spending more time on “computer games” and “chatting” on the Net. By the time she came to me as a patient, she was 10 and weighed a worrying 72 kg.Is she a rare entity in today’s urban India? The answer is a resounding and deafening ‘No’. Studies from across the country, especially among urban middle and upper classes, demonstrate that between 20-25 per cent children are either overweight or obese. Over a period of two decades, the average weight of children has increased by over five kg, which in public health terms is equivalent to an “epidemic”. Our own study, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) among schoolchildren in Delhi, showed that about one-quarter weighed more than their suggested ideal. The problem seemed to start early, with 10 per cent of even five-year-olds being overweight or obese. And it peaked with onset of puberty in both boys and girls.The time trends of childhood obesity unequivocally mirror the surge in economic growth in India. A serendipitous confluence of biological, developmental and technical components have contributed to the emerging epidemic that we see today. From a time when food scarcities were a norm to now, when there is abundant food availability at least among the affluent, coupled with a decline in energy expenditure for activities of daily living-the shift in energy balance has been huge. Extreme endocrine and genetic disorders (a minute proportion of this entity), enhanced caloric consumption, declining physical activity, dramatic increase in sedentary activities (including working or playing on computers, watching television) and a rapid socio-economic and nutrition transition combined with easy access to consumer goods-consumables and energy saving-all contribute to the problem.advertisementFor AT, parental concern over her weight loss led to her spiralling weight gain. To them, the term “healthy” denoted the misconception that a few extra kilograms have a positive health connotation. An inappropriate health notion that finds currency across the country.Click here to EnlargeIs there more to overweight in a child than merely a cosmetic issue? The unfortunate reality is that the significant health implications of childhood obesity are yet to be universally recognised, even among the medical fraternity. When we evaluated more than 500 overweight and obese children in Delhi, 10 per cent had abnormalities of glucose metabolism (with frank diabetes among one per cent); nearly two of every five children had abnormal cholesterol levels. This data was reaffirmed recently by a larger study involving over 3,000 children-with a similar proportion having elevated cholesterol. A striking majority had high “bad cholesterol” (LDL) and low levels of “good cholesterol” (HDL). Childhood obesity begets adult obesity with its attendant risk. But, even before that, childhood obesity has immediate health implications: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure (BP), fatty liver disease and perhaps maximally (less quantifiable but equally critical) psychosocial complications. Studies in the developed world have clearly linked childhood obesity with poor school performance and unhealthy or risky behaviour, including alcohol and tobacco use. Obesity in childhood and adolescence sets off the process of atherosclerosis and is linked to cardiovascular mortality in adults. Lung disorders, such as asthma and obstructive sleep apnea, are more prevalent among obese children. While obesity reflects increased energy intake, several micro-nutrient deficiencies, namely iron and vitamin D, are much more common in such children.An additional problem, often described from low and middle income countries like India, is when babies born small rapidly gain weight in childhood and adolescence. This has now clearly been shown to be associated with a higher prevalence of diabetes, high bp, lipid abnormalities and other metabolic disturbances. A recent study, following a group of individuals born in south Delhi 40 years ago, shows the implication of this transition from low birth weight to increased weight in young adulthood.The best strategy to counter this problem is a vexed and contentious issue. The ideal approach would be to prevent weight gain. But this is easier said than done. Prevention has to be done at multiple levels-individual, household, school and community. While it is important for the child to be counselled, home and school-based interventions are critical. Parents should be encouraged to offer appropriate food portions and encourage physical activity. And they have to ensure that such advice is followed by all members of the household. It does not help if a child finds others in the family are exempt from the “regimentation” being “imposed” on him or her. A “healthy” school environment is equally important-from suggested food items to be brought in “tiffin” to ensuring adequate sporting facilities.advertisementAT’s parents had started dragging her to nutrition experts and personal trainers, swimming and aerobic classes. But the child showed limited, if any, enthusiasm. Fortunately, her metabolic parameters did not reveal major derangement. We started a prolonged and gradual intervention programme, through multiple interactions with doctors and nutritionists, where she was encouraged to express her views. As rapport and trust developed between the child and her medical team, she embarked on a self-driven and self-targeted programme of weight loss. Over a period of one year, she lost weight and is now a trim, energetic, physically fit and outgoing 12-year-old.Unfortunately, others are often not as lucky.- Dr Nikhil Tandon is a professor at the department of endocrinology and metabolism at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhilast_img read more

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez may need surgery on broken leg: Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool centre back Joe Gomez may need surgery on his broken leg and the club are not sure when he will return, manager Juergen Klopp has said.The 21-year-old, who began the season as Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence, fractured his left leg against Burnley on December 5 and was initially expected to be out for six weeks.Liverpool, who face West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday, will also be without centre back Dejan Lovren, who has a hamstring injury.Asked at his weekly news conference if Gomez would need surgery, Klopp said: “It is possible, probably.”It is not exactly going how we want – that’s how it is. He needs more time. We cannot say more.”In the absence of Lovren and Gomez, Joel Matip will partner Van Dijk against West Ham, with midfielder James Milner expected to slot in at right back.Milner served a one-match suspension against Leicester City in midweek, with captain Jordan Henderson playing at right back in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.With regular right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold out injured, Klopp was questioned about his decision to allow Nathaniel Clyne to join Bournemouth on loan at the start of the January transfer window but the German said he had no regrets.”You make the decision in the moment you have to and then people judge it later,” he said. “Hendo’ did well there. We all know how good Clyney is, but would he have had more offensive influence in the game?advertisement”I don’t know. Defensively, I did not see a mistake from Hendo.”Liverpool have a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City ahead of the trip to 12th-placed West Ham.Also Read | My fault that players weren’t able to express themselves: Japan coach after Asian Cup lossAlso Read | FC Goa end Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten streak in Indian Super LeagueAlso Read | Chelsea will not tweak style despite poor run, says Maurizio SarriÀlso See:last_img read more