Embracing fatherhood – ‘Family man’ Mattocks ready for commitment

first_imgHelping Jamaica to a 2018 FIFA World Cup berth may be high on his agenda, but Reggae Boyz and Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks has other things on his mind these days. Mattocks, a former schoolboy star with Bridgeport High School, is looking forward to becoming a first-time father. The 25-year-old, who is currently in Jamaica on a break from his professional duties in the Major League Soccer (MLS), beamed with excitement as he confirmed the news. He noted that he is anxiously awaiting the birth of his firstborn, expected to be delivered later this year. “The child is not yet born,” a smiling Mattocks told Saturday Sports during a Red Stripe Premier League match between his former local club Waterhouse and Montego Bay United earlier this week. Clearly in high spirits, Mattocks, who has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, says he feels absolutely ready for the commitment. “I think from a young age, I have been a responsible person as I have been living on my own since age 18,” said Mattocks. “As I get older, there are different things I want in life, and this is one of them. I’m looking forward to being a father for the first time,” Mattocks noted, while sharing a bit about his relationship with his significant other. “I’m with a special female. She is a wonderful person, someone to spend my life with, so I’m really excited. I know that I’m going to do a very good job. I take care of my entire family, so this (baby) is an extension,” he said. Mattock is a graduate of Bridgeport High in Portmore and also spent two years at Akron University in the United States. He was drafted into the MLS in 2012 and has represented Vancouver Whitecaps based in Canada since. He has made 93 appearances and scored 19 times for the MLS outfit.last_img read more

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Osaka pulls out of Hong Kong Open with back injury

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sor Rungvisai would bring out best in Ancajas, says trainer View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Wang was well beaten by world number two Caroline Wozniacki in the China Open semi-finals, going down 6-1, 6-3, and has been carrying a thigh injury.“I’ll try my best because I will definitely face the same situation in the future,” the 28th-ranked Wang said, asked if she would compete in Hong Kong.“I cannot give up easily.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Naomi Osaka of Japan walks on the court after being treated by a trainer during her women’s semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKERUS Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of this week’s Hong Kong Open to prevent aggravating a slight back injury, organizers said on Sunday.The Japanese star required treatment to her lower back during her semi-final defeat to unseeded Anastasija Sevastova at the China Open in Beijing on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Afterwards, Osaka, who turns 21 on October 16, said it was more a case of fatigue than anything more serious, but suggested that she may not make the WTA Hong Kong Open, which starts on Monday.“Unfortunately, I have been playing through pain in my back this whole week,” the world number six said in a subsequent statement released by organisers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The doctors have advised me that I need to rest to ensure the injury is not further aggravated and become more serious.” One player who does appear set to play in Hong Kong is China’s Wang Qiang, who is in the form of her life. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Dr. Flumo Stevens Buried in Delaware

first_imgThe funeral has taken place in New Castle, Delaware, United States of America, of Dr. Flomo Y. Stevens, a 1963 graduate of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University). Dr. Stevens died on November 15, 2015 in the State of Delaware. He was 76.Dr. Stevens was a former Dean and Professor, University of Liberia College of Business. He also served as Professor at several American universities, including Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, University of Michigan, and St. Lawrence Technical University, Southfield, MI.In his funeral sermon at Hope Lutheran Church in New Castle, DE last Saturday, Dr. Steven’s nephew, the Rev. Isaac Stevens, former Vice Principal for Administration at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), said Dr. Stevens left a legacy of honoring and serving God, loving and caring for his immediate and extended family, and teaching and caring for many students in the fields of Accounting, Economics and Econometrics (the mathematics of economics). His is a legacy not of fame or fortune, but of fruitful living, which will be acknowledged in Heaven, Rev. Stevens noted.The preacher urged his listeners to make a difference now, so that they may leave a positive and lasting legacy tomorrow.He told the audience that his uncle Flumo took him (Isaac) from the sixth grade and educated him to the Master’s degree level. Mrs. Olina Bailey, Dr. Steven’s former wife of 28 years, thanked their daughter Wubu and other children, grandchildren and others for bringing their ailing father from Michigan to Delaware and caring for him, and for being at his beside side when he passed. Olina, who was with the children at their father’s bedside when he passed, played a key role in organizing the funeral. Mr. Kenneth Yakpawolo Best, the only Cuttington classmate at the funeral, in a brief tribute, recalled that Dr. Stevens’ classmates remember him for his brilliance in Math, which he willingly shared with many of them.Mr. Best described Flumo as humble, kind and serious-minded, always willing to share. “We remember that all of us from various parts of Liberia, along with him, entered the Cuttington campus in Suacoco, then in the Central Province (now Bong County) in early February 1960 as freshmen. Most of us graduated with him on December 2, 1963.“Watching Flumo on the Cuttington campus,” Mr. Best said, “I always knew that he would go far.” The Cuttington classmates, Mr. Best recalled, included Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, Wilton Sankawulo, young Bacon and Zizi Harris—all of whom graduated together with Flumo in 1959 from the Lutheran Training Institute (LTI) in Salayea, Lofa County. Flumo’s other Cuttington classmates included Esli Holder, Genevieve Best-Dorbor, George Anderson, Daniel T. Goe, Joseph Brown, John Stewart, Harwene (Peter) Tyee, Robert Ellis, Dr. James T. Tarpeh, Dr. Jerry Sauser, Counselor Z. Maulay B. Reeves and his wife Ruth Lymas Reeves, Rose Mendscole King Sherman, Mrs. Cassell-Reeves, Ruth Doe, Victoria Collins Ireland, Ambassador Thomas Brima, Kenneth Y. Best; and the classmates from Kenya in East Africa–Christopher Onyango, Charles Mbuthia, Phillip Ochieng and Obadiah Ngweri; as well as Bill Madundo of Tanzania. Dr. Flumo Yanquoi Stevens was born in Fisibu, Lofa County on September 23, 1939 unto the union of Gelepa and Lorpu Bonawu. He was later adopted by his uncle, Daniel K. Stevens.Young Flumo was baptized in the Lutheran Church, Lofa County and later became a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southfield, Michigan.Following Cuttington, Flumo earned the Master’s degree from Syracuse University, New York, and the MA and PhD degrees from the University of Nebraska. After teaching in several US universities, including Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan, University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, Dr. Stevens returned home in 1977 to become Dean and Professor at the UL Business College. He returned to the USA in 1979 to help care for an ailing child.He has published several articles on monetary policies of Liberia and a Managerial Accounting textbook adaptable to the needs of Liberian entrepreneurs. Dr. Flumo Yanquoi Stevens is survived by four children: Kolu Stevens, Wubu Stevens-Hendricks (LerMande), Bonawu and Mackerson Kowa Stevens (Mackow), four grandchildren: Bonawu Stevens, Jr., Kayla and Jaylee Stevens and Kobe Hendricks; and former wife of 28 years and care giver, Mrs. Olina Bailey. Also left to mourn his loss are three sisters: Yama Garwee, Viola and Nancy Stevens; many nieces, nephews and other family and friends in the USA and Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Five players who inspired Juventus’s Serie A triumph

first_imgGianluigi Buffon © AFP / TIZIANA FABIEvergreen goalkeeper Buffon once again proved to be the lynchpin in Juventus’s title defence claiming his ninth Serie A crown with the club at the age of 40 years.It was a rollercoaster season for the skipper who was sidelined by injury but came back to set a new Serie A record for minutes without conceding a goal in March.Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny proved a reliable replacement during Buffon’s layoff and stood in again during Sunday’s goalless draw against Roma which sealed the title as Buffon was rested.If Buffon retires at the end of this campaign he will miss out on overtaking AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini’s record of 647 appearances.But he would go out on a high after an excellent performance in the Italian Cup final win over AC Milan despite regrets for again missing out on the Champions League title.DOUGLAS COSTAEx-Bayern Munich winger Costa came into his own at his new club after a difficult start to the season.The 27-year-old initially moved to Turin on loan with an option to buy in a record 46 million euro deal for the German club last summer.And it paid off as he stepped up during a tricky time for the champions with injuries to top players including Federico Bernardeschi, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala and scored four goals and made 12 assists.“He is one of those players who can make the difference and break a game open,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri of Costa who adds to his two Bundesliga titles with Bayern and five with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala © AFP / TIZIANA FABIPAULO DYBALADybala, 24, got off to an incredible start with a record-setting 10 goals in six Serie A games in a campaign which swung between brilliance and inconsistency.Dybala scored 22 goals this season including the last-gasp goal against Lazio allowing Juventus to take the lead in March.GONZALO HIGUAINGonzalo Higuain © AFP / Tiziana FABIThe 31-year-old Argentina forward proved a star performer for Juventus despite criticism when he went through a period without scoring.The former Real Madrid player arrived for a club-record 90 million euros from Napoli two years ago, and has scored 55 goals in two seasons including 16 in Serie A this season including the winner in the last-gasp 3-2 win against Inter Milan which ended Napoli’s title hopes.MEDHI BENATIAMedhi Benatia © AFP / Isabella BonottoMoroccan centre-back Benatia had the difficult job of filling in after Leonardo Bonucci’s departure for AC Milan and proved a key player with Giorgio Chiellini often injured and Andrea Barzagli on the downhill slope.The former Bayern Munich player was beaten by Kalidou Koulibaly during the 1-0 loss to Napoli in Turin and was also at the heart of the penalty conceded in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.But he finished the season on a high with a double in the Cup final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala celebrate after winning the Scudeto with JuventusROME, Italy, May 14 – Juventus won their 34th Serie A title and seventh in succession on Sunday with one game left this season. Here, AFP Sport looks at five key players behind their latest league triumph:GIANLUIGI BUFFONlast_img read more

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Solskjaer expected to raid EPL for reinforcements

first_img0Shares0000Solskjaer expected to raid EPL for reinforcementsLONDON, United Kingdom, May 23 – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly tracking three players currently plying their trade in the Premier League as he looks to overhaul his squad in the off-season.Solskjaer is reportedly ready to oversee a major overhaul of his squad this off-season, with the team having fallen short of a top-four finish during 2018-19. According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, the Norwegian has prioritised the signing of both Swansea winger Daniel James and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.Solskjaer is keen on signing youthful, home-grown players and with Ander Herrera departing and Juan Mata’s future far from assured he will need to add at least two midfield players.A report last week linked United with Longstaff, but also stated that Newcastle have had no official approach for their prized young asset.Longstaff, who was loaned to Blackpool last season, has enjoyed a breakthrough season under Rafa Benitez and has earned praise for his mature performances in the middle of the park.Daniel James, meanwhile, had a stellar campaign for Swansea, scoring four goals and adding nine assists in 33 Championship appearances.Reports have suggested that the Red Devils have agreed a £15million fee over his transfer, but interest from Graham Potter at Brighton was also mentioned.The Manchester Evening News are reporting that James has agreed personal terms ahead of a move, while they claim that United also hold interest in Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Antonio Valencia will leave the club this summer while Matteo Darmian could also depart, meaning Solskjaer needs cover at right-back.Wan-Bissaka is apparently valued at £50million by the south London club after having a stellar breakthrough season at Selhurst Park.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Leicester City yet to make a bid for Caen midfielder

first_img Ngolo Kante in action for Caen 1 Leicester City are yet to make a bid for Caen midfielder Ngolo Kante – but negotiations are ongoing for the player.talkSPORT told you back in April that Premier League sides were circling in on the 24-year-old, who impressed in Ligue 1 last season.Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton have been tracking the Frenchman but recent reports claimed that Leicester had submitted a formal offer.However, according to Ouest France, the Foxes are yet to bid for Kante as they look to bolster their squad for the new season.Caen and Leicester are in talks, though, and it is thought an offer could be made by the end of June.Kante is said to be keen on a move to England, although Marseille have also made an enquiry for the £5m-rated midfielder.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Apprentice HGV Mechanic required

first_imgJob Vacancy: Donegal Commercial Vehicles in Drumkeen, Co. Donegal, are now taking applications for the role of apprentice HGV Mechanic.Due to busy demand and business growth, we are now on the look out for an additional HGV apprentice.Working with us will mean carrying out servicing, breakdowns and repairs to approved standards as well as delivering unbeatable customer service every time. JOB REQUIREMENTS:• Willing to learn and come to work well presented.• Ability to take instruction from senior members of the team.• Can work on your own initiative and be part of a team.• Flexibility with working hours during busy seasons.• Previous employment reference.• Must have Leaving CertificatePreferred skills and attributes include: • Exceptional communication skills• Computer Literate• A friendly and approachable personality• A keen eye for detail• Driving license/HGV License• Ability to keep work areas clean and tidy, organized and safe from hazards for health and safety.Salary: As per the Solas apprenticeship guidelinesIf you feel you meet the above criteria please apply to the details below.Email: info@dcv.ieIn Writing:Mr. Darragh Kelly,Donegal Commercial Vehicles,Drumkeen,Co. Donegal.Closing Date: 03/08/2018 Job Vacancy: Apprentice HGV Mechanic required was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ApprenticeDonegal Commercial Vehicles LtdHGVMECHANIClast_img read more

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Cost of LAPD headquarters taking a $37 million jump

first_imgThe price tag for the new LAPD headquarters downtown has spiked $37 million to $340 million due to higher material and land costs, according to a report going to a City Council committee today. Officials blamed skyrocketing concrete and steel prices and a competitive builders’ market for pushing up the cost of the facility, which is slated to be built on the site of the former Caltrans building at Second and Spring streets. “It’s just the construction costs went out of control,” said Yvette Sanchez-Owens, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s facilities management division. “It was unforeseeable. We’ve done everything to keep the scope the same.” The 500,000-square-foot building will replace landmark Parker Center on Los Angeles Street and will include headquarters for personnel, a vehicle maintenance garage and two parking facilities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The original $303 million project budget increased by more than $47 million, but some of those costs will be absorbed by reducing the parking from 1,200 to 1,150 spaces, cutting costs and drawing down contingency funds. However the council still will be asked to approve a $37 million increase, bringing the total cost to $340 million. The increase will boost the annual debt payment $28.2 million to $30.3 million for 30 years, paid from the city’s general fund. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want 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

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GOLF NEWS: VIVIAN MCLAUGHLIN WINS MCCOLGAN CUP AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgSun 13.3.16 McColgan Cup Confined.1st Vivian McLaughlin (15) 40 pts. 2nd Charlie McVeigh (13) 40 pts.3rd Paddy McDermott (12) 39 pts.Gross Declan Sweeney (7) 31 gr pts.4th Stephen McNutt (9) 39 pts. Sat 12.3.16 Saturday Open1st Paid Sweeney (17) 43 pts.2nd Raymond O’Donnell (11) 41 pts.3rd Gabriel McCafferty (27) 41 pts.Gross Paul Doherty (C) (3) 35 gr pts.4th Des Rooney (16) 40 pts. Wed 9.3.16 Wednesday Society Results.1st Norman Bates 40 pts.2nd Paul O’Donoghue 39 pts.3rd John McEleney 38 pts. Ballyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim Davenport.On another good weekend weather wise for golf in Ballyliffin the Saturday Open was won by 15 handicapper Vivian Mc Laughlin with 40 pts.  There must be something in the morning air in Ballyliffin because in 2nd place was an early bird as well, Charlie Mc Veigh [13], also with 40pts on the break of a tie.  In 3rd place was teams convenor Paddy Mc Dermott [12] with 39pts.  In 4th place was former Buncrana Hearts stalwart Stephen Mc Nutt [9] with 39pts.  The Gross was taken back to Dublin by Declan Sweeney [7] with 31 gross pts.With both courses full on an ideal day for golf on Sunday, 130 members battled it out for the McColgan Cup on the Glashedy.  Coming out on top with a great score of 43pts was former captain Paid Sweeney, a steady 21pts on the front 9 was followed by another 22pts on the back 9.  Paid is much too young to know where the Mc Colgan Cup originated from.  In 2nd place was Raymond O Donnell [11] with 41pts.  In 3rd place was a new name to the prizewinners Gabriel Mc Cafferty [27] also with 41pts on the break of a tie.  Back in the prizes after some time out was Des Rooney [16] in 4th place with 40pts.Consistent low handicapper Paul Doherty[C][3] took the Gross with 1 over par round  which gave him 35 Gross pts.  Paul was 1 under after 13 holes but dropped 2 shots on the last 5 holes.The Wednesday Society also got fine conditions for their latest outing.  Coming out on top with 40pts was that man with the famous name Norman Bates, but there’s nothing Physco about our Norman.  In 2nd place was Specsavers finest Paul O Donoghue with 39pts.  The singing golfer John Mc Eleney kept up his good form with a third place finish with 38pts.Forthcoming EventsThurs 17th March 2016 St Patrick’s Day Open (any comb) on The Old Links.Fri 18th March 2016 Friday Open on Glashedy.Sat 19th March 2016 Captain’s Drive In Mr Liam Doherty W. on The Old Links.Sun 20th March 2016 Glashedy No 10 on both courses.Donegal Links Classic Mon 30th May-Wed 1st June 2016. Play Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Portsalon. Visitors €125, Members €90Great North Links Challenge – 12th, 13th & 14th October 2016, Play Royal Portrush, Portstewart & Ballyliffin for just €210 (visitors) & €100 (members).  Call +353 (0)749376119 to book your tee time.GOLF NEWS: VIVIAN MCLAUGHLIN WINS MCCOLGAN CUP AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: March 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallyliffingolfSportlast_img read more

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Barcelona deny claims former president ‘bought illegal liver’ for Eric Abidal

first_imgBarcelona have denied reports alleging former president Sandro Rosell bought an illegal liver for ex-Camp Nou ace Eric Abidal.Abidal, who currently works as Barca’s director of football, spent six years playing for the LaLiga giants between 2007 and 2013. 3 Abidal spent six years playing for Barcelona However, his latter time at Camp Nou was disrupted by serious illness, with a tumour discovered in his liver in March 2011.Though he underwent surgery and seemed to recover, one year later Abidal had to have a liver transplant because of problems which were not solved in the original operation.The 38-year-old’s cousin, Gerard, was named as the donor, and by the beginning of 2013 Abidal was playing competitive football again. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ALTERED A separate case from the money laundering one has been opened in the light of this evidence.However, Barcelona have released a statement saying they ’roundly deny any irregularity in the matter, as have Abidal and the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona facility [where the operation took place]’. who plays? Abidal left Barcelona despite wishing to stay at the club. He has since returned as director of football latest How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes The statement goes on further to clarify that the case has already been closed by a Barcelona court, on May 18, before it then claims such allegations have ’caused damage to the reputation of Eric Abidal, all of the organisations involved in the transplant procedures, FC Barcelona and former club president Sandro Rosell’. revealed England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 However, earlier today El Confidencial ran an incredible report which threw doubt on this ‘Gerard’ figure, instead claiming former Barca president Rosell ‘bought an illegal liver’ for Abidal.Four phone calls intercepted by the Spanish Civil Guard and National Police reportedly have Rosell openly admitting to committing such an act, and the calls have been submitted to the judge who is currently investigating Rosell for money laundering, Carmen Lamela.center_img gameday cracker Rosell is currently being investigated for potential money laundering 3 Most read in football smart causal impact Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 silverware Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack BEST OF last_img read more

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