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

PSL: F2 Logistics makes quick work of Generika-Ayala

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Defending champion F2 Logistics hardly broke a sweat in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 beatdown of Generika-Ayala in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Maria Jose Perez showed the way for the Cargo Movers, who ended their campaign in the first round at 6-1, with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Magnolia returns to PBA Finals, ousts NLEX in 6 games Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Group B will be comprised of squads owning the No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7 spots at the end of the opening round.Generika wraps up the first phase of the tournament against Cignal in a game that will determine the Life Savers’ placing in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The win kept F2 Logistics among the top teams in the league as it trails No. 1 Petron (7-0) by only a game in the standings.Perez had ample help with locals and former La Salle standouts Aby Maraño adding nine points while skipper Cha Cruz and Ara Galang chipping in eight apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Life Savers, who drew 11 points from American import Symone Hayden, fell to 1-5.The second round of the eliminations features two groups with four teams each. Group A will be composed of the top finisher after the first round joined by the third, sixth and eighth seeds. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

The brains of Ireland are coming to Letterkenny!

first_imgFancy yourself as being smarter than the average Joe?Locals who often wonder just how smart they are can put themselves to the test when Irish Mensa, the high IQ society, arrive in Donegal.The group are coming to Letterkenny for their Annual Gathering over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Over 80 Irish and International members are planning to enjoy the town, the countryside, Glenveagh, Fanad Lighthouse, good eating locally, and included in the weekend programme are a treasure hunt around the town and a pub crawl.While they’re here, they are running a Mensa test session, at a discounted rate, on Saturday May 4th at 2pm in Dillons Hotel.So now is your chance to prove to yourself that you were just misunderstood when you never came top of the class.The brains of Ireland are coming to Letterkenny! was last modified: April 25th, 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) Tags:letterkennymeetingMENSAlast_img read more

Man who sent lingerie to ex-girlfriend ends up in court

first_imgA man who sent a quantity of lingerie to his former girlfriend in a bid to say sorry to her has appeared in court.Darin Reid sent a parcel of a number of items of underwear to the woman’s house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Along with the underwear was simply a note with his name and phone number on it.However, the woman was in no mood for making up and contacted Gardai about the matter.Reid, of Copper Beach, Convoy was arrested and appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal to face a charge of contravening a protection order.The coal delivery man said it never had been his intention to upset his former partner when he sent the erotic envelope on July 11th, 2018.When the charges were put to him, Reid told Gardai “How is a person supposed to be in fear of a parcel with lingerie in it?”The accused man’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher said the parcel with the underwear was sent possibly to apologise and rekindle their relationship.However, there has been absolutely no contact between the pair since he added.“There has been no contact whatsoever. Without being crude or going into the background of their relationship or taste, he thought it might reignite or rekindle their relationship.“There was no threat in the note he left apart from his phone number on it.“It was sent in a genuine way of trying to apologise to her and to try and rekindle something that was there before,” said Mr Gallagher.However, Judge Paul Kelly said this was “a funny way to apologise.”He asked the woman if she would like to address the court or to make a victim impact statement in writing but she declined.Passing sentence, Judge Kelly said that Reid should be grateful that the woman had been very helpful to him and had not said anything that could have made it worse for the accused.“I hope he appreciates her generosity,” he added.He adjourned the case until July 8th next to allow Reid to pay €250 to the Donegal Domestic Violence Service and said he will apply the Probation Act if that is done.Man who sent lingerie to ex-girlfriend ends up in court was last modified: May 18th, 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) Tags:convoycourtDarin ReiddonegalEx-Girlfriendletterkennylingerielast_img read more

Funds for small media projects

first_imgThokozani MtshaliThe Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has approved more funding for community and small commercial media projects as part of its drive to promote development and plurality of voices in South Africa’s media.The MDDA, a partnership between the government and major media operators, disburses grants to community, small commercial and media research projects in four cycles each year. Its first round of grants was approved in January.This time round, the MDDA’s board of directors approved funding for 10 media projects, five community radios, three community print and two small commercial print projects.Some of the latest beneficiaries include the Moletjie Community Radio near Polokwane, that received funds to help build a studio on land donated by a local chief. This was a Moletjie FM’s second grant; the MDDA approved a small grant in January for a technical study on difficulties it faced in terms of its coverage.One of South Africa’s oldest community radio stations, Moutse FM, has also been awarded a grant for mentoring and organisational development. Moutse FM broadcasts to Moutse village in Limpopo, but also reaches nearby areas like Dennilton, Marble Hall and Grobbelaarsdal in Mpumalanga.Worker’s World Radio Production, a non-profit radio production agency owned by trade union federations that produces programmes on labour issues for about 40 community radio stations around South Africa, was also allocated funding. Worker’s World would use the grant to train community radio producers.The National Community Radio Forum also received a grant to conduct studies into signal distribution, the establishment of joint services for community radio stations, and convergence or connectivity. The MDDA said it believed these studies would help the community radio sector to overcome some of the problems affecting its sustainability.Barberton Community Radio in Mpumalanga also received a grant, for mentoring and organisational development.In the print media sector, Amazwi Magazine, a non-profit print media initiative in the Hluhlwe and Mkhuze areas in KwaZulu-Natal, received funds to cover start-up and concept development costs. The project aims to offer writing and production training to people from the community, while producing a magazine focusing on cultural and tourism issues.Nkomazi Voice, a non-profit newspaper distributed in the Nkomazi area of Mpumalanga, also received funding.Agenda, a feminist media project based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, also received a grant to support their website training of women writers and to cover the production costs of one magazine per year over the next three years.Genuine, a family magazine in KwaZulu-Natal, received a grant for capacity building to develop a sustainable business plan.Leseding News, a small commercial newspaper based in Rustenburg in North West province, received financial support for research, training and equipment.Libby Lloyd of the MDDA said the board had also earmarked funding for two other rural community radio stations, once it had received a clear breakdown of their needs.Ten applications, mostly from new unlicensed community radio initiatives, were turned down.The MDDA had decided not to provide support for unlicensed community radio initiatives until it became clear when the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) would begin further licensing of such projects, Lloyd said.In terms of broadcasting legislation, Icasa has to conduct a review of community radio policies before reopening applications for licences.For more information, visit the MDDA website. The MDDA can also be visited at its offices on the 2nd floor of The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

Early Harvest Numbers Impressive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During Farm Science Review, Field Agronomist Alexandra Knight visited with many growers that have started a little bit of corn and soybean harvest this week. She talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins for this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report about what she is hearing from those growers.last_img

Throwback Thursday: Oklahoma State Beats St. Mary’s, Wins National Championship

first_imgI’d say this is legit, the cryatal ball has arrived in Stillwater @Lauren_Rew pic.twitter.com/u6a4yLZ17d— Jr Colmenares (@OSUJr) October 13, 2016So let’s take a dive back into the archives to see Oklahoma State’s title-winning game against St. Mary’s in the 1946 Sugar Bowl. It was the last time OSU would play in the Sugar Bowl until 2016, and the entire thing was incredible. Just listen to this opening of the game recap from the Sugar Bowl’s website.Men against boys. Even though the boys were pretty good, so were the bigger, more worldly men.Oklahoma A&M was a team that started seven war veterans, including fullback Jim Reynolds who flew 52 missions over Germany, and tackle Bert Cole who had been shot down over Yugoslavia and spent months among the Chetniks while making his way back to allied lines. In contrast, St. Mary’s was a lot like Alabama in 1945 with seven 17-year-old starters on a team with an average age of 18-1/2.Also, A&M, the heaviest team to play in the first 12 Sugar Bowls at a 203-pound average, was man-for-man 15 pounds larger than the Sugar Bowl’s youngest team ever.Oklahoma State rolled to a 33-13 win that day that flummoxed St. Mary’s coach Jim Phelan. He literally locked the media out of his locker room after the game before finally letting them in to chat.“Too much power – too much speed. And, above all, too much Fenimore.”Fenimore ran for 125 yards that day and two TDs. He threw for another. The win for AP No. 5 OSU capped off a 9-0 season. OSU allowed just 76 points all year (can you imagine the Vines we would have gotten had Glenn Spencer been coordinator?) Here’s a look at the full schedule which included Denver and Tulsa.screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-33-17-pmI have no idea why the AFCA retroactively awarded OSU with this national championship, but apparently we are shipping in the trophies, the crystal and everything that goes along with a title. Here is the AFCA’s reasoning:The Oklahoma State squad of 1945 (then-referred to as Oklahoma A&M) had an average margin of victory of 23.2 points and still hold numerous school records, including fewest points allowed, lowest average points allowed, fewest first downs allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest yards allowed per game. The 1945 squad also ranks in the top 10 in several more offensive and defensive categories, all of which is remarkable considering that season was played 70 years ago.The AP No. 1 team that year was Army. Army’s schedule was soft! Louisville Field! Melville PT Boats! SMH! Sad!screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-36-28-pmAll of this unfolding on Thursday elicited maybe the greatest tweet I have ever seen. Such sweet words I never thought I would hear. But now they are true. Oklahoma State has a national championship in football! And we have the trophy to prove it.Look what showed up at #okstate ?? pic.twitter.com/Pq6KdHOUlg— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 13, 2016 Also, I bet none of these men every thought someone would make a GIF of them 70 years later.#okstate scores to beat St. Mary’s and win a national title. What a day! pic.twitter.com/WooxVfBIxz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 13, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. @Jake_Trotter they also beat Germany on the road— James Burcham (@e4burch) October 13, 2016Here’s what it looks like to win a national title. What a day.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Announces Marcell Ateman Will Redshirt In 2016

first_imgThis is probably the smart move as 2017 was always the more likely Big 12 title year for OSU (presuming Mason Rudolph and James Washington return to Stillwater). Oklahoma State’s group of receivers could look like this in 2017:Marcell Ateman (Sr.)James Washington (Sr.)Chris Lacy (Sr.)Jalen McCleskey (Jr.)Tyron Johnson (So.) — this is the five-star LSU transferDillon Stoner (RFr.)That’s a crew. One that could be the Big 12 title favorite depending on how the end of this season goes. This is a bummer for Ateman, of course, but at least he will now get the senior season he deserves instead of an injury-shortened three-game stretch. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy announced on Monday that Marcell Ateman will redshirt. Ateman will not need to take a medical redshirt as he played his freshman year in Stillwater. He has been out all season following foot surgery, and Gundy and Co. determined it wasn’t worth it to bring him back for the final three regular season games as well as the bowl game.Gundy: There would be a chance Ateman could have been back by TCU. But that wasn’t a sure thing, either. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 7, 2016last_img read more

Cisco Junior College DE Names Oklahoma State in top 5

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Cisco college defensive end prospect Michael Clemons has named Oklahoma State in his top five schools.“I want to thank every school for giving me the opportunity to further my education and play ball at their school,” Clemons posted on twitter. “I am extremely blessed. These are my top schools in no order”https://twitter.com/GloriousProspec/status/804809911204974593Clemons is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end ranked as a four-star prospect. He has 16 offers from the likes of Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and many others. Although he plays for Cisco College, he is originally from Sachse, Texas, and it seems that could play a huge factor in his decision. 100 percent of recruiting analysts in the 247sports crystal ball are currently predicting he picks the Aggies.last_img read more

The Reload: Coaches Going In-Home on the Recruiting Grind

first_imgGreat at-home visit with @danhammer11#GoPokes #PistolsFiring?? pic.twitter.com/Wak6IxSBoZ— Malcolm Rodriguez (@malcolmlrod) December 9, 2016Wallace twins still locked inThe Wallace duo of Tylan and Tracin are one of the most intriguing in the class. Tylan is an elite receiver, and Tracin, a dual-threat QB, projects as an athlete who could play defense for OSU at the next level. They got a visit from receivers coach Kasey Dunn and his incredible beard on Thursday.https://twitter.com/OfficialTylan2/status/807075360730976256Keeping the two in the fold has been huge. Even with Tracin’s ACL injury, he still appears to be a promising recruit. They will both be exciting players to watch in orange and black.Gundy takes his mullet to schoolThe most underrated recruit for Oklahoma State in the 2017 class in my opinion is San Antonio offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter. He has earned Army All-American honors and at 6-5 280, the coaches are very high on him and his potential as a left tackle.https://twitter.com/derekk40/status/806946893876133888Dunn it againReceivers coach Kasey Dunn was also in Arlington on Thursday to pay a visit to receiver commit Braydon Johnson of Arlington Bowie.Great home visit with Coach Dunn ?⚫️? pic.twitter.com/xu6f1HEWiN— B ⚡️ (@GLOing_817) December 8, 2016 MULLET POINTSTop 100 combo guard Amauri Hardy is making his decision on Friday night. Oklahoma State is the favorite.Former Iowa Hawkeye running back commit is back on the market, and has his eyes on Oklahoma State. Earlier in the week, the Cowboys first commitment of the class, Brendan Vaughn, had an in home visit with defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Outside linebacker. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img The latest rumors and news surrounding Oklahoma State’s recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Canada, eh?Mike Yurcich and Marcus Arroyo made the haul to Canada on Thursday to pay a visit to Oklahoma State running back commitment Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard is a speedster from Bev Facey, who will be one of OSU’s highest rated running back recruits since Herschel Sims.Had a great home visit today with coach @coacharroyoosu and @Coach_Yurcich! Honestly such a fun time! OSU? #pokes pic.twitter.com/rvPB2PajTt— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) December 9, 2016Hubbard is one of two recruits currently committed at running back in the 201 7 class. Not only is he a highly rated recruit for OSU — he’s the highest rated Canadian prospect, who turned down offers from Alabama, Oregon, TCU and a list of others to pick Oklahoma State.Latest in-state commit gets visitJust a week after committing to the Cowboys, Coach Duffie and Coach Hammerschmidt visited with safety recruit Malcolm Rodriguez of Wagoner, Okla. Rodriguez is fresh off a state-title game win over Oologah — their third consecutive title behind Rodriguez at QB.last_img read more