Hyatt the hero as Arnett surge

first_imgGoalkeeper Damion Hyatt was flocked by children, some of whom shook his hands, patted him and still others just tried to touch him while declaring their ‘saviour’ man of the Man of the Match.Adults soon joined them and even club chairman, Dr Omar Davies, made his way to the middle of the field to congratulate him and shake his hands.Moments earlier, the 30-year-old goalkeeper had pulled off a fine penalty save to give his team, Arnett Gardens, the three points and a place at the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League as they defeated former leaders Montego Bay United 2-1.Arnett Gardens’ 38 points inched them to one above the vanquished Montego Bay United and Portmore United, who were due to play Harbour View on Monday Night.”It was wonderful performance. I just came up big after my error and coming up big for my team in the dying moments with a penalty save. It is awesome,” said Hyatt perhaps feeling much taller than his just-over-6’0″ frame.Hyatt’s comments were also an acknowledgement of how differently things could have gone. After sailing comfortably into the first half through goals from the impressive Vishunul Harris in the 17th minute and Dicoy Williams in the 24th and ending the half comfortably in the lead, Hyatt conceded a long-range drive from Ronaldo Rodney in the 46th minute in a move that started straight from kick off.fine savesThe former Glengoffe High School star sank straight to the ground, but was quick to pick himself up. And pick himself up he did, as he pulled of off a series of fine saves to keep his team ahead.He saved his best for last as with the minutes ticking away, the outstanding Jabeur Johnson made a rare error in taking away the leg of the hard-running Owayne Gordon inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty. That is when Hyatt gave of his best.Marksman Dino Williams and the competition’s leading scorer stepped up and powered his effort on goal as the small band of travelling Montego Bay United supporters looked on expectantly. The cries of jubilation which went up, however, were from the home fans.leading up to the penalty”I was really feeling disappointed after letting in a soft one and when we gave away the penalty I did not panic or anything. I just took a deep breath and just took one step to my left to throw him off because he saw me looking to my left so I just gave him the right side of the goal and dived to my right,” was how Hyatt described the moment leading up to the penalty and immediately after.”After that, it was an excellent feeling making that save as I helped my team to get a win and move to the top of the table. This can only get better right now. As long as we win the last three games in this round, we will be at least be joint leaders so that is a great feeling,” he continued.The performance, Hyatt said, reignited in him a desire to again be among the Reggae Boyz.”The last time I got called was when (Theodore) Tappa Whitmore was there and I still have hopes of getting back there. I am just 30, so I still have hopes,” he said.Getting there would be something for the man who represented Glengoffe High.”I played for Glengoffe High, the school without a field. I have to big them up because we had no field and for a talent like me to come out of there is really special and I want to do even more,” said the man who had a season of Under-20 football for Constant Spring, and two seasons of senior football with August Town before making his way to Arnett Gardens where he has been for the last nine years.last_img read more

WCup qualification is T&T’s main focus

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:Trinidad and Tobago’s head coach Stephen Hart says his top priority is to ensure the Soca Warriors are adequately prepared as they attempt a second appearance in the FIFA World Cup, football’s biggest spectacle.T&T’s only World Cup appearance came in 2006, when they registered a scoreless draw and two losses by the same 2-0 result in three matches.The current side is seeking to make its own history by earning a place at Russia 2018 when it meets Costa Rica on November 11, to open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.”Right now, my focus is getting the team back to a strong level for the two World Cup qualifying games next month in November,” said the 56-year-old.”When the time comes for the playoffs for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, then we will think about that. We still have to get the dates for those games because now we are in a situation where we have to playoff with the other second-placed teams.”Alternate routeLast month, T&T finished second in the Caribbean Cup, third-round group to Martinique, necessitating an alternate route to the biennial competition.Before that matter can be settled, the Soca Warriors want to establish a positive World Cup Qualifying tone.”We have a lot to do now to get ourselves mentally and physically ready for Costa Rica,” Hart said.”The team has shown that they have the potential to raise the levels to one which we can compete and win games against the top teams in the region and we’ll be focusing on getting back there.”T&T are ranked 65th overall, fourth in CONCACAF and number one in the Caribbean, according to the most recent FIFA Rankings.last_img read more

Witness Becomes Temporarily Speechless in Belgian’s Murder Trial

first_imgDrama unfolded at the murder trial of Michel Bruno, a Belgian national, at the Criminal Court ‘A’ when a prosecution witness became temporarily confused.Moses H. Kermue, prosecution’s third witness stood speechless in the box for a few minutes before denying having knowledge that the defendants shot   Bruno, then Plantation Manager of Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC).Kermue is a senior officer of LAC’s Plant Protection Division (PPD).He was the only person cross examined by defense counsel.The defendants are charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Bruno on November 17, 2010 at LAC’s 3.3 extension site in District #3 Grand Bassa County. They have since denied the allegation levied against them.Testifying on Tuesday, April 8, the third witness caused a stir when he consistently asserted that he did not know whether the defendants murdered Bruno, alleging he heard the information from reliable sources in the employ of LAC. His vehement denials, even under questioning by his own lawyer, raised eyebrows.Witness Kermue could not disclose the name of his reliable sources.He refused a suggestion from prosecution lawyers, who asked him to point at the defendants in the box that were arrested in connection to Bruno’s death.“As I said previously, on November 17, 2010, I was not on the scene, and I can’t identify any of the defendants in the box who were arrested in connection with the murder of Bruno.”To the question as to whether he was aware that the defendants upon their arrest were investigated at the PPD’s headquarters in LAC, Kermue answered: “I was not there when they (defendants) were investigated at the headquarters. What I can say is I only heard that information, but I have no knowledge about it.”Earlier, Kermue explained that the day before Bruno was shot and killed, the chief of PPD, Major Garfe E. Mason, drove to his house and took him to LAC’s extension site to protect the company’s workers that had gone there to survey the land.“When we got there, we saw the surveying team headed by the late Bruno along with Alexander Peterson, Price Tawo, Matthew Daigar, Saye Yeasie and two PPD officers and we all moved to the bush together,” he added, “When we got into the bush the Surveyor began to clear the road and they started to plant their pegs.”According to him, while the survey was in process, they saw a group of men under the control of one of the defendants, Arthur Crusoe.“Crusoe asked us where we were coming from and we answered that we are from LAC Plantation. Crusoe then told us that he learnt LAC was about to conduct a survey in the district. He said this was the reason, we have declared this day as a holiday in our area. LAC has been fooling us this time around, LAC is not going to fool us. In fact, I am going to let the government to know about this,” witness Kermue quoted defendant Crusoe as saying.“It was at this time,” the witness alleged “that a lady I couldn’t recognize in the group turned to one of the surveyors, the late James Myers, and said, “James, I know you very well, don’t be part of these people again.”“After that statement, we immediately left the area,” the prosecution witness further alleged. In an hour-long cross-examination, which was not different from the questions and suggestions posed to previous prosecution witnesses, Kermue’s response to most of them were negative. The prosecution declined to continue with his examination.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Child rapist gets 21-year prison sentence

first_imgA man said to be in his 50s will spend the next several years in jail after admitting to raping a 12-year-old nearly three years ago at an East Coast Demerara (ECD) village.Richard Archer pled guilty to the offence upon his appearance before Justice Jo Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences Court on Monday. The incident occurred on April 10, 2016.The judge sentenced him to 21 years’ imprisonment following his early plea. He was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay while State Counsels Lisa Cave, Sarah Martin and Seeta Bishundial appeared for the prosecution.last_img

Powder King offering free lessons as part of Ferry Stroble Snow Day

first_imgThe hill is also offering half price rentals, games on the mountain, and snowshoe tours.Those looking to participate in any of the activities must register in advance on Powder King’s official website, or by calling the mountain resort at 1-866-769-5464.Registration must submitted by Friday, January 25.- Advertisement –last_img

City OKs deal to share fire protection

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – The city and Los Angeles County have reached a conceptual agreement that could provide quicker Fire Department response to the east and west ends of the city, to some unincorporated areas, and to parts of La Habra. An actual memorandum of understanding still must be reached by city and county fire chiefs, and the conceptual agreement must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors. However, the agreement calls for county fire engines to respond to those areas nearest their stations, fire officials said. While the City Council approved the agreement for exchange of fire protection and rescue services automatic aid/initial action last week, the county Board of Supervisors still must act. “It’s a real win-win situation,” Mayor Brian Bergman said. “You need to share resources.” With the lone La Habra Heights fire station on Hacienda Road, city officials said county fire stations are nearer to the east and west ends of the city. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman said the La Habra Heights station on Hacienda Road is closer to an unincorporated island just south of La Habra Heights. It’s also possible that La Habra Heights station might be nearer to Whittier Boulevard, Freeman said. “We have to look to see what areas in our jurisdiction might be closer to La Habra Heights,” Freeman said. The county has nearly 30 agreements like these with other cities. One is Santa Fe Springs. “It’s a very good thing,” said Alex Rodriguez, Santa Fe Springs fire chief. “Before we had these, if a fire station across from your street wasn’t \ your city, it didn’t respond. With automatic aid, it should be the closest unit that goes.” The La Habra Heights agreement has come under some criticism from some residents. George Edwardz, a critic of the city, called the agreement a “Band-Aid” that would hurt Los Angeles County. “So who are the losers?” Edwardz asked on his Web site. “Fire services for the area surrounding La Habra Heights, since the plan calls for stretching already thin fire and rescue services from Los Angeles County Fire Department to cover the city of La Habra Heights at no additional cost to their residents,” Edwardz said. But Freeman said there is no additional cost. “It’s better service for the citizens,” Freeman said. “As fire chiefs, we look to see between the two cities of La Habra Heights and La Habra and parts of Whittier, who’s closer.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

Chelsea line-up v Tottenham – Blues XI to take another step to invincibility?

first_img Didier Drogba could start against Tottenham 1 1 Chelsea may have been held to a goalless draw by a lacklustre Sunderland side at the weekend, but expect the Blues to be back in the goals when they take on London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday – live and exclusive on talkSPORT from 7pm.The league leaders’ goaless draw away at Sunderland allowed Manchester City to cut their lead to six points with a 3-0 win against Southampton.Spurs haven’t won at the Bridge since 1990, but the unbeaten Blues will be without star striker Diego Costa, who is suspended after receiving a fifth booking last weekend.But the absence of Chelsea’s leading scorer hasn’t knocked the confidence of boss Jose Mourinho, who said in his pre-match press conference that past records against Spurs were unimportant and that his only concern was to be ready for the game ahead.Below is how Chelsea could line-up against Tottenham: Goalkeeper It’s simply a question of how many games can Thibaut Courtois play before Mourinho rests him. This would be the Belgian’s fourth game in a row, should he start, and he hasn’t conceded since Chelsea went to Anfield on November 8. But Petr Cech will surely get a run out during the hectic festive period, probably in the dead Champions League group stage finale and Capital One Cup.Defence There’s no reason to tinker with the Blues’ defence after keeping another clean sheet against Sunderland. The formidable four of John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, have established an impressive understanding and the Black Cats were unable convert their flurry of chances in the second half. Captain Terry’s contract expires at the end of the season and the veteran becomes more irreplaceable with every game. MidfieldIt will have worried Mourinho that his magical midfield couldn’t break down stubborn Sunderland. The ‘park bus’ routine that the Blues have executed perfectly in the past was frustratingly used against them and Willian’s best chance clipped the bar. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic were as consistent as ever, but Oscar and Eden Hazard were subdued by their high standards. An immediate improvement will be expected should they all start.Striker Didier Drogba is likely to get the nod ahead of Loic Remy, in Costa’s self-inflicted absence. The Blues boss was quick to extend the same trust and faith to his substitute strikers, despite the Spaniard’s more impressive stats. Costa has scored 11 league goals, but Drogba’s only goal came away to Manchester United. The experienced Ivorian adds something extra and Remy could still make his injury comeback as a second half sub.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Tottenham? Comment below…Chelsea v Tottenham is live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Wednesday from 7pm. Click here for more.last_img read more

Chinese marathon champ banned for eight years over doping

first_img0Shares0000Wang Jiali pictured in April 2017 after winning the women’s marathon at the 13th Chinese National Games © OSPORTS/AFPSHANGHAI, China, Jan 10 – China’s national marathon champion and Olympian Wang Jiali has been banned for eight years after failing a drugs test, her second violation, the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) said on Wednesday.The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2017 National Games, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO during out-of-competition testing in August and her career now appears over. The CAA also fined Wang 40,000 yuan ($6,000) and banned her coach Lyu Qiang for life.Wang — who came 57th in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics — was banned for two years in 2013 for a previous violation, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.Separately, China’s Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said it uncovered 77 violations last year, calling it proof that the country is stamping down on drugs cheats ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.China this week banned speed skater Shi Xiaoxuan for two years for failing a drugs test, the second such case to hit the national team in quick succession.CHINADA said it conducted a record 17,000 tests last year and vowed to root out drug cheats.“In the past year we improved a lot, including testing methods, test plans and management,” Chen Zhiyu, CHINADA deputy head, was quoted by Xinhua as saying.“As the workload continues to grow, we have maintained a high level of accuracy in lab tests and better planning led to more effective control, so we found many more positive cases last year.”Last year’s testing returned 132 positive results, but in 55 cases the athletes were not punished because CHINADA ruled that they had tested positive for clenbuterol due to food contaminated with the banned performance-enhancer, Xinhua said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

UEFA to probe Guardiola’s ‘improper conduct’, Liverpool fireworks

first_imgUEFA said the charges against Manchester City were “Josep Guardiola – Dismissal from the bench … Improper conduct of the coach”.Liverpool also didn’t escape, with UEFA listing charges of “setting off of fireworks” and “throwing of objects”.This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31, it added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures during a half-time tirade that could earn the Spaniard a sanction from UEFA © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Apr 11 – Pep Guardiola’s current torrid time as Manchester City manager took a further turn for the worse Wednesday with news that UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into his “improper conduct”.Guardiola was dismissed from the field of play after a half-time tirade at the referee in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League. The second-leg defeat saw the Spaniard’s side exit the European club competition 5-1 on aggregate.last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Thursday, July 6

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Darren Lewis for the best bits of Thursday’s Sports Bar show.They discuss whether football agents are ruining the game, give their take on reports Romelu Lukaku is set to swap Everton for Manchester United, while there’s another top Truth or Lies feature!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img