Learn from disappointment – JOA vows support for Reggae Girlz despite Olympic let-down

first_imgJamaica Olympic Association (JOA) General Secretary and CEO Ryan Foster admitted disappointment, but underlined that despite the failure of Jamaica’s senior women’s football team to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, they have the full support of the organisation going forward. The Reggae Girlz, already out of contention, will face St Kitts and Nevis in the final game of group play today at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas, at 8:30 p.m., bringing an end to a disappointing campaign from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup participants. Foster is hopeful that the Girlz and the local football authority can learn from the disappointment and push the women’s game locally going forward. “The JOA of course is disappointed in the fact that they have not qualified because we were looking at the Reggae Girlz as one of the potential sports of our 10 in 20 campaign,” Foster told The Gleaner. Jamaica are currently in third place in Group B with zero points having lost to both Mexico and Canada, the latter in a 9-0 hammering by the two-time Olympic bronze medallists on Saturday. Canadian striker Jordyn Huitema had five goals in the onslaught, with the 9-0 result being the third worst in the national programme’s history. “We had believed that the girls were prepared and mentally ready to take that step further into Tokyo, but unfortunately they did not qualify. So yes, it’s very disappointing from our standpoint because we actually thought that they were ready and raring to go for 2020,” Foster added. EARLY QUALIFIERS Mexico and Canada have already qualified with two wins each and will play each other in the early kick-off at the same venue at 6:30 p.m. to determine top spot in the group. Foster says that despite the disappointment, the Reggae Girlz remain in a healthy position to have a positive impact on the sport both locally and internationally and believes the opportunity is there to ensure even greater preparation for the 2024 Games in France. “I think the Reggae Girlz brand and female football is heading in the right direction. The year 2020 is disappointing and I hope that the JFF and the girls learn from this experience for the next Olympic qualifiers in 2024 in France,” he said. “Whatever lessons that they would have had to have learnt from this experience, I hope that they can build on that and, that the JOA will support our member associations – JFF and by extension, the Reggae Girlz on any Olympic campaign.” In 2018, the JOA committed $8 million towards Jamaica’s male Olympic programme and later spent an additional $3.5 million to help pay the coaches of the team. However, the young Reggae Boyz fell at the first hurdle and also failed to qualify.last_img read more

Senegal, Japan play out 2-2 thriller

first_imgMidfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different World Cups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.The result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16.ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal began the match strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their goal.A poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.Forward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal’s lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima’s hands from close range.Japan slowly regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a ball across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the top of the net to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.last_img read more

District chief set to retire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I’m in my 12th year and my family has said, `You’ve worked enough years. It’s time for you to retire and do something different,”‘ she added. Shattuck started with the district in 1963 as a teacher at D.D. Johnston Elementary School in Norwalk. She became an administrator in 1974 and later served as principal at Dolland and Glazier elementary schools. In 1986, she was named director of elementary education for the district, which today has 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools and three high schools. She became deputy superintendent in 1993 and was named superintendent in 1994. She took over at a time of bitter divisions within the district’s Board of Education over a variety of issues, including whether the district should spend money on a program to curb gang involvement. The board eventually voted to fund the program. Things have quieted down a lot since then, Shattuck said. “There were lots of political problems then, but that’s no longer true,” she said. Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck, who became the first woman ever to lead the district, serving more than a decade in the post, is retiring, Shattuck announced Monday. The 65-year-old Long Beach resident, who served 111/2 years as head of a school district with about 22,700 students, will step down on June 30 of next year. Shattuck said Monday she was announcing her retirement now in order to give district officials sufficient time to find and name her replacement. Her reasons are mostly personal, she said. “I have mixed feelings about leaving,” said Shattuck, who has spent 44 years in public education. “I love this district. I’ve been here since I was a kid. Indeed, it was Shattuck’s leadership that set a course for the district that endures today, said board President Pauline Deal. “It’s a great loss to our district,” Deal said. “A lot of the policies and direction the district has \ for the better has come from her leadership.” One such policy Shattuck worked with the board to adopt is the district’s goal of having 90 percent of students reading at their grade level. Reaching that goal by a 2007 deadline appears doubtful, but Deal said the board remains committed to improving students’ reading skills. Officials plan to launch a nationwide search for Shattuck’s successor, she said. They hope to have a replacement named by early next year to ensure a smooth leadership transition, Deal added. Looking back on her tenure as superintendent, Shattuck said she is most proud of helping the district sway voters into passing a $160 million bond issue in 2002. The money will allow the district to make renovations and launch modernization programs at most of its campuses. Some of that modernization work has already started. She also said she is proud of having helped improve the relationship between the district and its employees, and on working to focus the district on student achievement, Shattuck said. “She really moved student achievement and professional accountability to the forefront,” said Darryl Adams, the only remaining member of the school board that hired Shattuck as superintendent. “We are really focused on trying to have all of our students be successful.” 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

Pending Home Sales at Lowest Level in a Year

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Pending Home Sales at Lowest Level in a Year January 5, 2017 638 Views Sharecenter_img Pending-Home Sales 2017-01-05 Seth Welborn November was not a good month for pending home sales, which are based on contract signings. According to the latest Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) from National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales were at their lowest level in nearly a year while only one of four regions experienced gains both over-the-month and over-the-year.The PHSI dropped from a level of 110.0 in October down to 107.3 in November and was down by 0.4 percent year-over-year. November’s reading of 107.3 was the lowest for the PHSI since January 2016, largely due to an ongoing shortage of homes available for sale, NAR reported. Not only that, but the abrupt increase in mortgage rates adversely affected affordability, according to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist with NAR.“The budget of many prospective buyers last month was dealt an abrupt hit by the quick ascension of rates immediately after the election,”. “Already faced with climbing home prices and minimal listings in the affordable price range, fewer home shoppers in most of the country were successfully able to sign a contract,” Yun said.The Northeast was the only region out of four where pending home sales increased, rising by 0.6 percent over-the-month and 5.7 percent over-the-year in November. In the South, West, and Midwest regions, pending home sales declined both monthly and annually.Fewer renters believe that now is a good time to buy a house as 2017 begins, according to a recent NAR survey, primarily due to increased borrowing costs.“Healthy local job markets amidst tight supply means many areas will remain competitive with prices on the rise. Those rushing to lock in a rate before they advance even higher will probably have few listings to choose from,” Yun said. “Some buyers will have to expand the area of their home search or be forced to delay in order to save a little more money for their down payment.”last_img read more