Despite putting on a fearless, entertaining and commanding first-half performance which should have seen his Jamaican team outscore Costa Rica en-route to a comfortable win, Reggae Boyz’ head coach Winfried Schafer labels the 1-1 result in Friday night’s CONCACAF Semi-final Round Group Two World Cup Qualifier a good one and believes his charges will win the return tie tomorrow. Jamaica’s Je-Vaughn Watson scored a bullet header in the 16th minute, while a number of close chances for the home team went beckoning inside the almost full to capacity National Stadium. The Jamaicans also had the lion’s share of possession in the first-half and were more direct, but just couldn’t get the ball into the net more than once in Friday night’s game. Analysing his team’s performance during Friday’s post-match press conference, Schafer called his team’s play in the opening period exemplary. “We played with our all, that’s what we worked at in training and in the second-half the players got a little bit tired. The left side had a small problem, but we showed teamwork because we are one of the best teams in the CONCACAF and the end is OK, 1-1 is OK,” said the coach. Schafer admitted that his charges were short with that elusive second goal, but showed guts. “We were not complacent and (Rodolph) Austin is not here, but I am very happy about the performance of our team, it was fantastic and our team gave 100 per cent for the country and the people and I am very happy about that and how the team goes out against Costa Rica,” he underlined. The coach also defended his substitutions, stating that Lee Williamson, who was very good in the first-half, was taken out because he was tired, adding that forward Darren Mattocks might have been introduced a little too late. “Again, our team today played in this match was very good. We intend to beat Costa Rica at home,” he reiterated. “The plan is to recover the players, the players sleep good and we make our recovery. After that we go to Costa Rica,” he added, noting that captain Austin should be OK to play in Costa Rica.
Maurice Wilson, coach of 2015 Pan American Games 100-metre gold champion Sherone Simpson, is seeing where his athlete can improve even further on this past season, her most successful in years. The 31-year-old Simpson has been training with Wilson since late 2014 and won Pan American Games gold in 10.95 seconds in July, her first title since she won the Commonwealth Games 200m title in 2006. It was also the first time since 2008 that she was breaking 11 seconds in the 100m. She went on to win sprint relay gold at the IAAF World Championships in August in Beijing, China, where she ran a season’s best 22.50 in the final of the 200 metres. She also advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m. Wilson believes the success Simpson achieved this year will help her achieve new targets for the 2015/2016 season that includes the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next August. “Personally, I felt we had a great season. Sherone was perhaps the only athlete who had to be ready for three major meets – the national trials, the Pan American Games and the World Champion-ships and she excelled tremendously at the Pan Am Games, she made the national team and, in my estimation, she did fairly well at the World Champ-ionships,” he said. He revealed that he got Simpson into the best shape possible for the Pan Am Games to give her the best chance of success there. “I felt a couple of the other ladies were a little ahead of her, and I had to be realistic. I wanted her to have a platform in terms of confidence, and it really worked out for us,” he said. LOOKING FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENT The confidence she would have gained from this season, he said, will help her improve for next season. “I am not the type of coach to get ahead of myself, but I believe it is possible for her to improve at the very least by 0.05s. I never normally judge persons off just one run, so I am talking about being consistent in that region, and if she can be consistent, then her 200m will be better as well,” he said. “I am quite certain that we will make tremendous progress for the Olympic year.” Now that he has learned even more about her, he said it will help him do an even better job of preparing her. “I would have known so much more about her. In terms of some of the things that we were not able to do, I think we will be able to do those things, and as I have always said she is extremely professional, and once she continues to bring that to the game, and with the sort of effort that we both will put into the season coming up, the sky is the limit.”
The Bartica Islamic Association donated a wheelchair to the Bartica Speedboat Association (BSA) over the holidays.President of the BSA, Stephen Belle, expressed delight and gratitude for the charitable donation.BSA President Stephen Belle (left) and Vice Chair Lashley Gomes (centre) receive the wheelchair from a Bartica Islamic Association representative (right)“We feel good. We feel it’s a kind and very good gesture and we would like to thank the Muslim church for the donation. It will help the Bartica community,” Belle expressed.According to the BSA President, the wheelchair will help to facilitate the easy and convenient movement of elderly as well as sick passengers on and off speedboats at the Bartica Stelling.
A brother of tragic Donegal Garda Robbie McCallion has been found dead in tragic circumstances in Co Mayo.The body of John McCallion, aged 48, was found on the roadside close to his home in Swinford, Co Mayo, last night.John McCallion (48), who was also a member of An Garda Siochana, had been on a leisure cycle before his body was found beside his bicycle. A postmortem is due to be carried out at Mayo University Hospital today to determine whether the death was an accident or due to from injuries sustained in a road traffic collision.His death comes ten years after brother Robbie, then 30, was killed in a road traffic collision in Letterkenny while in duty in Co Donegal.He was stuck by a speeding vehicle while responding to a call out on March 26th, 2009.Brother of tragic Donegal Garda found dead was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
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In an inter-State decoy operation, the Rajasthan government’s Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Cell has arrested a doctor and two of his brokers in the Ferozepur district of Punjab on charges of carrying out illegal foetus sex determination tests.The police team accompanying the cell’s officers seized the sonography machine used for the tests and ₹33,000 in cash paid to the doctor, Sandeep Singh, as his fees. This was the 12th inter-State decoy operation carried out by the cell.No record maintainedA pregnant woman, acting as a decoy, was taken by the agents from Raisinghnagar in Sriganganagar district to Ferozepur for the test. In its raid conducted on Dr. Singh’s clinic, the PCPNDT Cell’s team found that no record was maintained there despite its registration, apparently in a bid to conceal illegal activities.The National Health Mission’s State Director Naveen Jain, who is the State Appropriate Authority under the PCPNDT Act, said here on Saturday that the agents were regularly taking pregnant women for the test to neighbouring States because of strict surveillance of medical service clinics in Rajasthan.Court appearanceMr. Jain said the accused persons, who used to charge extra fees for abortion of female foetuses, had been brought to Raisinghnagar, where they will be produced in the court with the request for their police remand.