STETHS ‘ready’ for prized d’Cup

first_img UNBEATEN RECORD Cornwall is the only team in the competition with a 100 per cent win record and will start favourites against Glenmuir. Another double-header is on offer at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, where Spot Valley High and Little London will lock horns in the battle of the first-time quarter-finalists at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m., Aaron Lawrence takes his slick-looking Rusea’s High team into battle against Paul Bogle High. The Wembley sports ground will also host a double-header when at 1 p.m., Lennon High meet the highly fancied Dinthill Technical, after which Vere Technical battle Petersfield in a 3 p.m. clash. Meanwhile, over at Drax Hall, another first-time quarter-finalist, Ocho Rios High, will hope to extinguish the hopes of Manchester High in a 3 p.m. fixture. Although not at their best in the recent exit from the FLOW Super Cup knockout game against Bridgeport High, Dinthill’s coach, Kevin Williams, will have his players sharp and focused for this one. “It was better we lost that (FLOW Super Cup) game than in this competition, which we regard as still the best in the country. We want to once again reach the final, so this will be a big game for us,” said Williams. “I am sure Lennon will be at their best, so we too have to up our game. A place in the semi-finals is at stake and we want it badly,” Williams noted. Today’s matches – Clarendon College vs Steer Town Time: 1 p.m. Venue: Juici Beef Ground – Glenmuir vs Cornwall College Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Juici Beef Ground – Spot Valley vs Little London Time: 1 p.m. Venue: Jarrett Park – Rusea’s vs Paul Bogle Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Jarrett Park – Lennon vs Dinthill Time: 1 p.m. Venue: Wembley Community Centre – Vere Tech vs Petersfield Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Wembley Community Centre – STETHS vs Fair Prospect Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Lynch Park – Ocho Rios vs Manchester Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Drax Hall WESTERN BUREAU: Eight teams will be left standing after this afternoon’s quarter-final round in the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup with the focus on defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), who will be travelling east to face off against Fair Prospect High at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, in a 3 p.m. kick-off, with a semi-final place on the line. Of the four titles on offer, STETHS’ coach, Omar Wedderburn, makes no bones about the importance of this competition to his school. “We are ready for this. The daCosta Cup is what we prize the most and the aim is, as usual, to make it again to the final. But first, we have to take care of business against Fair Prospect,” Wedderburn said. The other quarter-final pairings pit Clarendon College against Steer Town in the first game of a double-header at Juici Beef Complex, Clarendon. That game is set for a 1 p.m. kick-off. It is to be followed by the massive clash between two former winners, Cornwall College and Glenmuir High.last_img read more

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Shahid Afridi turns down Najam Sethi’s farewell offer

first_imgFormer Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has declined Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi’s offer to give him a farewell upon his retirement from international cricket.On Friday, Afridi took to Twitter to thank Sethi for meeting him last Sunday and offering to arrange a “fitting farewell” for him.”Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them,” he said.Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them 1/2- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017The 37-year-old said he was happy that veterans like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who have announced their retirements from international cricket after the ongoing three-Test series against West Indies, were getting proper farewells.”My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future,” he added.My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future.- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017Last year, Afridi had made headlines with his demand for a farewell match during the three-match T20 series against the West Indies which Pakistan went on to clean sweep.”Farewell match is my right”, Afridi had insisted while urging the PCB to provide him with an opportunity to bid adieu to international arena in a befitting manner.advertisementIn February, the flamboyant all-rounder had announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career.Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, the all-rounder was active in the International T20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and ODIs in 2015.Afridi finished his international career having played 27 Test matches, in which he hit 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. In the 398 ODIs that he played throughout his career, he notched up 8,064 runs, with a highest score of 124, and took 395 wickets with his leg spin.His T20I international career saw him play 98 matches and score 1,405 runs and take 97 wickets.last_img read more

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Doug Ford raises abortion issue in effort to woo social conservatives expert

first_imgTORONTO – One of the four candidates competing to lead Ontario’s Opposition raised questions about access to abortion this week, resurrecting a political hot potato while stopping short of promising to reopen debate on the issue.Doug Ford’s statements that he would not personally revive the abortion debate but would allow those in his caucus to bring forward legislation on any matter important to them appears to be a “Hail Mary” move aimed at wooing the party’s socially conservative members as the leadership race comes to a close this weekend, a political analyst said.“This is a top-down leader and for him, on this issue, to be signalling that, hey, it’s ok by him for any of his caucus members to be where they want to be on the map on this one tells me that this is a retail politics vote-getting move, pure and simple,” said Myer Siemiatycki, a professor of politics at Toronto’s Ryerson University.“If he really believed it, he would say this is what he’s going to deliver, and the fact that he’s not prepared to say that says to me it’s about appealing to a base and portion of the (Progressive) Conservative party that nobody else has, on this issue, spoken to.”In interviews with various media outlets this week, Ford suggested that as party leader he would welcome having members of his caucus table legislation that would require parental permission for abortions sought by minors.He clarified his position Tuesday, saying that while he personally believes in “the sanctity of life,” he would follow in the footsteps of the federal Conservatives by not rekindling debate on the issue.“That being said, I will allow MPPs to draft, bring forward, and debate any legislation that is important to them,” Ford said in a statement.“The Liberals have set a dangerous and narrow-minded precedent both federally and provincially. I will never put members of my party in a position where they will have to compromise or deny their personal beliefs. I will never muzzle members of our caucus.”While the right for patients to give or refuse consent is laid out in law, there are currently no provisions regarding parental notification, according to Ontario’s medical regulator.Physicians must determine whether a patient has the capacity to give informed consent regardless of age, according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. If the patient cannot consent, then the physician must seek out a substitute decision-maker.“A minor patient is either capable of providing informed consent to treatment or they are not,” said spokeswoman Kathryn Clarke. “The usual obligation that physicians have to maintain patient confidentiality exists for minor patients who are capable of providing informed consent to treatment.”The issue seemed to divide Ford’s rivals for the leadership, with only one — parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen — saying she believes parents should be directly involved and consulted about any medical treatment proposed for their child.“She has never discussed legislation, she just believes strongly that parents are responsible for the best interest of their children and patient-doctor confidentiality should not permit a doctor to treat a child outside the knowledge of their parent,” said spokesman Mike Patton.Former Tory legislator Christine Elliott said she wouldn’t prevent party members from voting in line with their beliefs, even if they clash with hers.“I do not support any restrictions on abortion access, but would support a free vote by party members on any issues involving matters of conscience,” she said.Caroline Mulroney’s camp said the Toronto lawyer and businesswoman has been clear she has no interest in revisiting the controversial issue.“While she respects the broad range of opinions on this issue, she would not restrict a woman’s access, or criminalize her right to choose. She won’t reopen this debate,” said spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman.Premier Kathleen Wynne, meanwhile, said she wouldn’t wade into the Tory leadership debate but said her government’s position on the abortion issue has been longstanding.“We support a woman’s right to choose and that been our position for a long time,” she said. “That will not change.”last_img read more

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