Gone too soon

first_imgThe life of a brilliant high-school footballer was tragically cut short yesterday.Jordan Foote, who almost single-handedly led the unheralded Holy Trinity High School to the FLOW Super Cup final in 2014, lost his battle with bone cancer at 10 a.m. in the University Hospital of the West Indies.His mother Nadine Sutherland said the footballer died peacefully. Her home, she said, was “full of persons showing support” despite heavy afternoon rain.”His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” Sutherland said. “Words can’t explain how I am feeling. The family was right there with him through it all,” she told The Sunday Gleaner. “We are all taking it hard. He was our hero and pet,” added a tearful Sutherland.Foote took his last breath with his mother, a brother, cousin and school coach Devon Anderson by his side.Last year, Foote started feeling pain in his knee during preseason preparations for the Manning Cup. He was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his leg amputated last December. There were plans to get him a prosthetic leg but he was readmitted to hospital earlier this year.Foote, the third of four sons for his mother, was born on June 1, 1997 and attended Elletson Primary School before moving on to Holy Trinity High.COACH SHAKEN UPAnderson, who admits to sharing a fatherly relationship with his former charge, said he was shaken up.”It’s difficult to say how I feel right now,” said Anderson, adding he was at Holy Trinity High trying to gather his thoughts and reflecting.The late footballer was ruled out of last season’s FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup as well as school.His former principal, Margaret Bolt, described him as “a young man with potential and a lot to give back to society”.”He wasn’t a brilliant academic student, but he really tried. At football, he was unbeatable, he was the life of our team and put our school on the map,” Bolt underlined.Several organisations, including schoolboy football sponsors FLOW, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association and the Premier League Clubs Association had made monetary contributions to help with Foote’s medical bills.”Condolences to his family on behalf of myself and FLOW. It is very sad news to hear of his passing. We want to remember Jordan as the bright, positive and happy young man he was,” FLOW’s head of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, said.President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, expressed sincerest condolences to the family, friends, schoolmates and former teammates of the footballer.”It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of his passing” Captain Burrell stated. “Many of us remember not just his skills on the field, especially in the 2014 season, but his positive attitude and encouragement to his teammates at Holy Trinity, even when he was in hospital.”This spirit, even in adversity, we are sure, impacted many. Our heartfelt thoughts also extend to his former coaching staff, the ISSA fraternity and the principal and staff of Holy Trinity.”last_img read more

Govt must now implement AML/CFT regime

first_imgGuyana has been congratulated on its efforts to improve its anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) framework, but Government is being encouraged to work towards ensuring that the country becomes compliant with all standards before the 2022 deadline.World Bank’s Senior Financial Sector Specialist Stuart Yikona told a recent finance workshop held to discuss the AML/CFT framework that the self-assessment done by Guyana is the easiest part of the process, but the country now needs to move ahead with implementation.World Bank’s Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Stuart Yikona addressing the audience“I would like to commend the hard work, determination and persistence you have demonstrated throughout this entire process. This is a self-assessment that was led by you, the people of Guyana. The difficult part comes in now — in implementing the actions of the tasks identified, or mitigate or reduce; and in some cases, if possible, eliminate the threats and vulnerabilities that you face,” he explained.He also encouraged Government to begin the process now, and pledged the World Bank’s continued support with the implementation of an action plan.Yikona said, “We would like to encourage you not to wait until 2022 to begin the process of achieving some of the quick-wins. For example, one of the things required is to disseminate the findings and conclusions to the private and public sectors, so that they can understand the risks and threats.”Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, has noted that this process is fundamental to the further development of Guyana’s AML/CFT regime, as it would help to improve on the existing framework.Williams said the authorities would prioritise, and focus on the most crucial areas and strategically allocate resources to strengthen these areas, and address the loopholes in the regime.The fourth round of Mutual Evaluations by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in 2022 will test the effectiveness of Guyana’s AML/CFT regime.Guyana had, for more than a decade, been actively pursuing the objective of meeting regional and international expectations on money laundering and terrorist financing.The AML/CFT Bill was first passed in 2000, and then repealed and replaced in 2009, after which several amendments were passed to strengthen the legislative framework.But despite these efforts, the country continued to fall below the standards of international bodies, which led to the need for a national risk assessment.The assessment was conducted with the help of the World Bank and other agencies, like the Inter-American Development Bank and the United States. World Bank Specialist:…before 2022 deadlinelast_img read more

Bill aimed at toughening teen driving laws

first_img“Teenage driving fatalities eclipse any other cause of death for teenagers in America, but with SB285, it doesn’t have to be that way in California,” Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten said. The bill will be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee in the next several weeks. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, is looking to toughen teen driving laws to make it easier for law enforcement to check for violations of license provisions. Runner introduced Senate Bill285 to allow law enforcement officers to stop vehicles to determine whether the driver is violating one of the provisions of a teen driver’s license. Under existing law, officers are prohibited from stopping a vehicle for the sole purpose of checking on violations of the restrictions on teen drivers. The bill also would put violations of the provisional license on young drivers’ records. “We have made important improvements to our teen driving laws in recent years, which have proven to increase the safety of our roads,” Runner said. “This bill provides needed tools to better enforce the teen-driver laws, which will save more of our teens’ lives.” Under the Brady-Jared Teen Safety Driver Act of 1997, during the first year of holding a license, teen drivers are not allowed to drive passengers younger than 20 unless accompanied by a licensed adult 25 or older. For the first year, teen drivers are not allowed to drive from midnight to 5a.m. unless they are accompanied by a licensed adult 25 or older. The leading cause of death for youths and young adults ages 16 to 24 involve car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A teen driver is also twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision with the addition of just one teen in the car. The likelihood increases five times with the addition of two or more teen passengers. The bill is sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association. last_img read more

Fort St. John municipal tax rate decreases in 2015

first_imgWhen it comes to the tax rate of homeowners, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman says that is based on how each residential property fared in the latest B.C. Assessment.“If you own a home that has decreased in assessment than your taxes will drop,” explains Mayor Ackerman. “If you own a home that stayed neutral than your taxes will drop. If your home increased in value, depending on how much it increased, your taxes could increase.”Meanwhile, the Peace River Regional District tax requisition increased by about 24 per cent compared to 2014, according to Director of Finance Mike Roy.- Advertisement -Roy says this is in part due to Fort St. John’s assessment being one of the largest – resulting in the district picking up its share of the cost.The province however has yet to release the school tax rate for the year, so a 2014 comparison of total tax rates can not be completed at this point.The tax rate bylaw will now go back to City Council at a later meeting for adoption, and once the school tax rate is received from the province, the tax bills will be generated.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTHE Rosses community is coming together again this evening with a fundraiser for local woman Charlotte McBride.Charlotte still remains ill in Beaumont Hospital but the prayers of her community and wider Donegal community are with her and her family.This evening at Casadh An tSugan there will be a 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk and a 10k/20k Cycle/ Reg. @ 6.00 Cycle starts at 7.00 with Runners, Walker, Joggers, starting at 7.15pm. All Donations WelcomeOn your return there will be refreshments, nibbles and raffles galore…Including one to win this football – signed by Bradford soccer star Carl McHugh.Pic Brid SweeneyHUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR CHARLOTTE McBRIDE FUNDRAISER TONIGHT was last modified: July 5th, 2013 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:HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR CHARLOTTE McBRIDE FUNDRAISER TONIGHTlast_img read more

GOSSIP: Liverpool target Lacazette, Spurs star nears Man City switch and MORE!

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories and football headlines in Monday’s newspapers…Liverpool will meet the representatives of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a bid to beat rivals Manchester United to the 26-year-old’s signature. (Daily Express)Reports claims Manchester United will instead now turn their attention to challenging Chelsea for the £80million signature of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku. (The Independent)Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is also interested in both Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Andrea Belotti, as they look beyond previous top target Antoine Griezmann, who has vowed to stay at Atletico Madrid. (The Independent)Liverpool are confident they can win the race with Manchester City to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. (Liverpool Echo)Roma winger Mohamed Salah is reportedly closing in on a £35million move to Anfield (Various), although conflicting claims suggest the former Chelsea man has only just signed a new deal with Roma which doubled his salary to £90,000-a-week. (The Sun)Man City are reportedly closing in on £40million deal for Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker. (Daily Star)Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp could sign 37-year-old striker Robbie Keane on a free transfer after watching the Irishman in Michael Carrick’s testimonial game at Old Trafford. (Birmingham Mail)Newcastle, Burnley and West Brom are all interested in the Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph. (Daily Star)Arsenal’s outcast goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to agreeing a £14million move to Italian champions Juventus. (Daily Mail)Celtic are closing in on a deal to keep 20-year-old Man City winger Patrick Roberts at the club after impressing on loan with the Scottish champions. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest headlines:Chelsea FC: Eden Hazard open to Real Madrid move to fulfill dreams of winning Champions LeagueOlivier Giroud committed to Arsenal, insisting: ‘My future is in the Premier League, I still have titles to win’Antoine Griezmann says it would be ‘dirty move’ to leave Atletico Madrid and Manchester United target pledges future to LaLiga clubManchester United transfer news: Update on futures of Morata, De Gea and FabinhoVIDEO: Jamie Carragher takes OUT Gary Neville in Michael Carrick testimonialTottenham Hotspur news: Souness says Alli effect similar to spectacular former Liverpool midfielderlast_img read more

Making the most out of life

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – Canyon High football players in search of inspiration need look no further than volunteer assistant coach Mike Civita, a functioning quadriplegic who has somehow managed to survive – and flourish – despite a broken neck and shattered vertebrae suffered in a car accident 20 years ago. Doctors told Civita there was no chance he would ever regain feeling in his arms and legs and that he would need 24-hour care for the rest of life, but after six months in the hospital Civita walked out under his own power and has never looked back. Now 41, he works 40-plus hours a week as administrative assistant to head coach Harry Welch. Besides his responsibilities of breaking down game video and handling all of the program’s technological issues, Civita also is Canyon’s public address announcer for football, baseball, basketball and track. “First of all, Mike Civita is such a motivation to me and all of us because I don’t think anyone has ever overcome more. Yet he asks for less than anyone I’ve ever known,” Welch said. “To me, he doesn’t have a handicap. I treat him as a man because he is a man, and like most of the people around here I don’t give him any slack. Plus, he’s honest and truly is a certifiable genius and technological wiz. I’ve never met anyone like him.” “It’s kind of funny. Austin’s a senior this year, and I never talk about football anymore like we did last season,” Civita said. “I don’t coach him, I’m just his uncle. I help out but certainly don’t take credit for his accomplishments. I want him to do well, but on his own terms.” Not surprisingly, Civita remembers the rainy night on the Central Coast when the accident happened, occasionally reliving the tragedy in his mind. A friend of his brother was driving, and Civita said it wasn’t clear how much the driver had been drinking until it was too late. “To this day, I still don’t like driving in the rain,” Civita said. He was sitting in the back seat when the car slid out of control and rammed into several parked cars. “At first I was paralyzed from the neck down but soon I had a vague sensation of feeling, so I just focused single-mindedly on that because I knew there was some hope that I’d get better,” he said. “My mom kept a journal through the days during my hospital stay but I’ve never had the guts to read it. Some day before I die, I will.” Civita could probably make a fortune as a motivational speaker or perhaps an author, but that’s not what he’s about. “I don’t like to look at myself in terms of being an inspiration or a role model or anything like that,” Civita said. “All I’ve tried to do is show that if you want something bad enough and obstacles are put in your way, you can do anything you want. I guess it’s just a matter of me being able to do my thing.” Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For Civita, the less attention the better. He’s probably the last person in the world who wants the spotlight, but he also might be among the most deserving. A Canyon football player, then a fashion model and Hollywood scenemaker before the accident, Civita, still a handsome man with chiseled features, now walks with a slow, pronounced limp. But he’s walking, and that’s the most important thing. “People ask me all the time if I’m upset or depressed. But, hey, by all rights, I should be in a box, dead and buried,” he said. “People don’t have the injuries I had – a broken neck, a spinal fusion, and destroyed gall bladder – and survive. I’m maybe one in 30,000 who was able to do so. So every day is a great blessing.” Civita found strength through the support of his family – father Michael Sr., mother Carol, brothers Brian and Jonathan, stepsister Rhonda and six nieces and nephews. Among the nephews is Austin Civita, Canyon’s starting quarterback. last_img read more


first_imgPARENTS of pupils at a Co Donegal school say they fear it is only a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured.Illistrin National School parents have called for traffic calming measures – including part-time traffic lights or a roundabout – to ease traffic during the school run.The N56 runs right past the school. Parents and bus drivers dropping children off in the morning or collecting them in the afternoon are forced to dodge cars driving along a route where the speed limit is 100km/hr.“It’s particularly bad in the morning because of the sheer build-up of traffic driving into Letterkenny,” said one mum whose child goes to the school.“Getting back onto the main road to turn right to head back towards Mountain Top is a nightmare.”The problems at the junction have been exacerbated by both the new road and the increasing number of pupils from Letterkenny going to the popular school, with parents turning right to head back into the town. There have been a number of crashes at the exit junction in the past year.“Something needs to be done,” said the mum, “or someone is going to get killed.”Gardaí say they monitor the junction regularly; a speed camera van is often parked just below the junction because it is an accident blackspot. DEATH SMASH FEARS ON THE SCHOOL RUN, SAY PARENTS was last modified: November 14th, 2013 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:accidentblackspotIllistrinnational schoollast_img read more