netball final todayDefending champions Scotiabank ‘A’ and former champions General Accident, both unbeaten this season, will contest the final of the Business House Open League this evening at Leila Robinson Courts starting at 7:30 p.m.With both teams parading a number of former national players, the match promises to be an exciting and closely contested affair. General Accident, champions in 2013 but opted to take a break from the competition last year, easily disposed of Scotiabank ‘B’ in one semi-final, while Scotia ‘A’ brushed aside GraceKennedy in the other semi-final.Scotia ‘A’ will be banking on top players Nauda Brown (captain), Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Kameika Sherwood and Sateva Taylor-Brown to carry the fight to their opponents. General Accident, on the other hand, will counter with Nadine Bryan (captain), Margaret Byfield-Lawrence, Samantha Mundle and Sasha-Gaye Lynch.Winston Nevers is the coach for Scotia ‘A’, while former national player and coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie will guide the General Accident team.The Gleaner vs UWI in BH football actionTwo KSAFA/Western Sports Business House division one matches are scheduled for today.The Gleaner, who are currently in second place with 12 points from six matches, will oppose bottom of the tables UWI at Alpha starting at 4 p.m., while GraceKennedy are up against Norman Manley International Airport at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, also at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, Scotiabank defeated Transport Authority 6-2 in the Business House KO Football Competition last Saturday at Winchester Park to join Petrojam, Carib Cement, Wisynco, ATL, NWC and Peaking Bottling in the quarter-final round.Kingston Wharves retain BH domino league trophyDefending champions Kingston Wharves retained the Wray & Nephew Trophy when they defeated Campari 108-86 in the Business House division one domino final at the NHT car park recently.The match was pretty close for most of the way with both teams locked at 60-60 early in the second half. However, Kingston Wharves soon asserted their authority to win convincingly.For Campari, it was a disappointing end to a good season. They also contested the KO final only to be beaten by The Gleaner.Kingston Wharves failed in their bid to take the double, having lost in the first round of the KO competition. However, they were unbeaten in the league.Senior, O’Gilvie smash centuries in Milo Cricket LeagueGreater Portmore’s Romaine Senior and Donale O’Gilvie smashed big centuries to highlight the opening round of the Portmore Cricket Association Milo Under-17 Cricket League at Waterford High School grounds last Sunday.Romaine Senior slammed an impressive 154 while O’Gilvie struck 149 not out to pilot their team to a mammoth 368-4 in 30 overs. In reply, Waterford were routed for 58. Daryl Williams took 4-8 and Kishawn Graham 2-9 as Greater Portmore won by a massive 310 runs. At Hamilton Gardens, Portsmouth defeated Hamilton Gardens by 59 runs. Scores: Portsmouth 212 all out. Shava Christie 88 and Sahim Simms 71 not out. Hamilton Gardens 153 all out; Jermone Hamilton 69; Kemani Wilson 23. Alex Hinds (3-18) and Shamar Davis (3-29).The competition was officially opened by member of parliament for East Central St Catherine, Ornaldo Brown, at the newly renovated field at Hamilton Gardens.MP launches domino leagueMember of parliament for South East St Catherine, Colin Fagan, launched the Colin Fagan South East St Catherine Domino League at the Edgewater Community Centre, located on George Lee Boulevard, Portmore, St Catherine last Sunday.Some eights teams are down to compete.In his presentation, MP Fagan commended the teams for their participation and urged them to play with their community in mind as a portion of the prize money will go to the community. The teams are playing for prizes that range from first place $60,000; second $30,000; third $15,000 and fourth $10,000. The competition runs for four months.Cumberland played an All Stars team in a exhibition match to signal the start of the league. Official games will start tomorrow at 1 p.m.Hope & Mercy log 2-0 winHope & Mercy Ministries blanked Lighthouse Assembly 2-0 in the latest round of the Power of Faith Ministries Church Football League at the Passagefort field last Saturday. Jason Williams (40th minute) and Doneque Francis (60th minute) were the scorers. In the second game defending champions, 65 Waltham Park New Testament defeated Faith Temple Pentecostal 3-0 with goals by Avon Wright (22 minute), Cordell Perkins (14th), and Shaquille Weir (50th). In the third game of the triple-header, Power of Faith clipped Greater Portmore Open Bible 2-1 with goals from Jason Gregory (16th), and Jerondy Henry (26th minute) while Shamir Rall (76th minute) scored for Greater Portmore. Today’s games: 1:30 p.m. Faith Temple Penetcostal vs Hope & Mercy Ministries and at 3:20 pm Light House Assembly vs 65 Waltham Road NT.PFM ‘B’ wins, gains semi-final spotPower of Faith ‘B’ clinched the final semi-final spot after a commanding 20-9 victory over Elim Open Bible in the final preliminary match at the PFM Sports Complex, 10c Dawkins Drive, in the PFM Church Netball League last Saturday.PFM ‘B’ will today take on their sister team PFM ‘A’ at 10 a.m.; while at 10:55 a.m. it’s Faith Temple New Testament vs Equator Faith Mission. Both games will be played at the venue above.St Catherine FA U-20 Football LeaguePortmore United, clipped Newland 2-1 to maintain their lead in Zone B of the St Catherine FA Under-20 Football League recently.Portmore United have 12 points from five games, two points ahead of second place Federal United. In other games Old Harbour Bay United blanked Albion 3-0; Royal Lakes outscored Naggo Head 3-2.In Zone A New Raiders surprised leaders Rivoli United (nine points) 2-1; Frazers Whip edged Portsmouth 1-0 and Christian Pen beat Police Youth Club 2-1.Clarendon, St Catherine win South Central Confed youth titlesClarendon and St Catherine have emerged winners of the South Central Confed Youth Leagues. The competitions have been sponsored by Juici Patties for the past 29 years.Clarendon won the Under-13 while the Under-15 title went to St Catherine. Clarendon completed their dominance of the Under-13 competition with a spanking 3-0 win over St Elizabeth. They were already confirmed champions from the previous round and their final tally of 14 points was six higher than second placed St Catherine.St Catherine’s win in the Under-15 competition was even more overwhelming as they ended the competition on 16 points. The nearest challengers were outgoing champions Manchester who mined seven points. St Catherine ended their campaign with a 1-0 win over Manchester at Kirkvine.Mandeville-based shooters for Jamaica CupAs many as ten pro shooters from the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will journey this morning to the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) headquarters on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston to participate in the Jamaica Cup.The pistol tournament is considered an early qualifier to the next International World Shoot and will field international competitors as well as the best local shooters. The tournament will take the form of a two-day challenge comprising sixteen stages approved by the world body for International Practical Shooting. Eight stages will be hosted today at the JRA and another eight will be completed tomorrow at the Woodleigh Range in Clarendon.Heading Manchester’s charge will be Orville Henriques who was the top-ranked local based on performances at challenge and club matches at the JRA and the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. Henriques, however, has since lost to compatriots Andy Yapp and Ronald Brown Jr in two international matches hosted in the United States. Hence, this weekend’s match should go a far in determining who is best.Other fancied Mandeville-based shooters should be Owen Campbell, Evon Grant, Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones.Jamalco win Juici Patties Senior LeagueJamalco once again showcased their dominance of Central Jamaica and Clarendon Netball Association leagues brushing aside Hayes Contenders 54-36 in the Juici Patties Senior League final at Clarendon Park last Sunday.Hayes’ 45-43 win over Jamalco in the preliminaries had opened expectations of a tight battle. However, veteran shooter Elaine Davis settled Jamalco early with near 100 per cent accuracy and the contest never materialised. In the hour-long game, Jamalco led 16-10, 30-18 and by the third quarter when Davis rested to give younger shooters a go, the scoreline was an unassailable 45-26.Jamalco’s latest championship win at the parish level, was their 23rd in 26 seasons. It was also their ninth consecutive one since losing to Windalco ten years ago. Windalco has since been rebranded Cable Pro. The latter finished fourth after losing 36-13 to Nemac Transport.While Davis’s goal-shooting success laid the platform, the major kudos went to the performance of Kameka Sherwood as goalkeeper. Sherwood, a former St Hugh’s High star, was later voted MVP of the finals.Zones take shape in Jamalco Football LeagueAll four preliminary zones of the Clarendon-based Jamalco Football League are taking shape. Mocho who completed a 5-0 demolition of Juventus last week, have already qualified from Zone One with six points from two games. With just one game to be completed, the trio of Raymonds (three points), Juventus (two) and Railroad (two) will decide who emerges as the second qualifiers.Invincible and Wembley lead the charge in Zone Two with four points each after two games. Savannah are next with three points but only have one remaining encounter. Two other teams, Top Halse Hall and Harmons, have only one point each but they have two matches in hand.New Bowens are clear leaders in Zone Three and are unbeaten with six points from two games. Next are Top Hill with three points but they have only completed one of their three scheduled games. Napoli who won their midweek encounter 2-0 against Hunts Pen, are already sure of qualification from Zone Four having mined six points from two games. Port who are on four points, can still advance if they avoid defeat in their final game.Two matches will be hosted today at Wembley Excellence Centre. Savannah will be up against Invincible at 2 p.m. while Top Hill play Sunset at 4 p.m. Tomorrow’s two games will be hosted at Harmons. Top Halse Hall will play the Harmons at 2 p.m. while the final game sees South Manchester battling Hunts Pen.Knox to host Scotia ‘A’ General Accident in BH pre-daCosta Cup tournamentThe second staging of the Knox Football Tournament will be over two days starting Thursday, July 30 at Brook’s Park in Mandeville, Manchester.The tournament is the brainchild of Courtney Jackson, coach of the Knox College daCosta Cup team. Jackson has had success at the schoolboy level having coached Edwin Allen to the semi-finals and Spaldings High to the finals in 2007. The tournament caters for schools preparing for the upcoming daCosta and Manning Cups schoolboys football season. The six confirmed participating teams are Wolmer’s Boys, Holy Trinity, Glenmuir, St James High, Edwin Allen and hosts Knox. Glenmuir won the inaugural tournament last year.The teams will be competing for the Clifton “Dove” Williams trophy. Cash awards will be given to the top three teams while individual awards will be presented to the most valuable player, best midfielder, best defender, top goalscorer and most outstanding goalkeeper.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ryan Patrick Halligan was bullied for months online. Classmates sent the 13-year-old Essex Junction, Vt., boy instant messages calling him gay. He was threatened, taunted and insulted incessantly by so-called cyberbullies. In 2003, Ryan killed himself. “He just went into a deep spiral in eighth grade. He couldn’t shake this rumor,” said Ryan’s father, John Halligan, who became a key proponent of a state law that forced Vermont schools to put anti-bullying rules in place. He’s now pushing for a broader law to punish cyberbullying – often done at home after school – and wants every other state to enact laws expressly prohibiting it. States from Oregon to Rhode Island are considering crackdowns to curb or outlaw the behavior in which kids taunt or insult peers on social Web sites such as MySpace or via instant messages. Still, there is some disagreement over how effective crackdowns will be and how to do it. Cyberbullying is often limited to online insults about someone’s physical appearance, friends, clothing or sexuality. But some cyberbullies are more creative. In Washington state, a bully stole a girl’s instant-message user name and used it to send out insulting messages. In New York, two high school boys were accused of operating an Internet site that listed girls’ “sexual secrets.” Prosecutors decided not to charge the boys because of free-speech concerns. Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, said it will be difficult to draft a cyberbullying law that doesn’t infringe on free-speech rights. “The fact that two teenagers say nasty things about each other is a part of growing up,” he said. “How much authority does a school have to monitor, regulate and punish activities occurring inside a student’s home?” In Arkansas, the state Senate this month passed a bill calling on school districts to set up policies to address cyberbullying only after it was amended to settle concerns about students’ free-speech rights. States are taking different approaches to the problem. A South Carolina law that took effect this year requires school districts to define bullying and outline policies and repercussions for the behavior, including cyberbullying. One school district there has proposed punishments from warnings up to expulsion for both traditional bullying and cyberbullying. Some of Oregon’s most powerful lawmakers have lined up behind a proposed bill that would require all of the state’s 198 school districts to adopt policies that prohibit cyberbullying. Some local school districts aren’t waiting for the state to take action: The Sisters school district in Central Oregon adopted rules that allow it to revoke cyberbullies’ school Internet privileges, or even expel a student in egregious cases. Other schools are also being proactive. Rhode Island’s McDonough sent both public and private school superintendents information and resources on cyberbullying. One school is designing lesson plans to help stop cyberbullying and protect children from Internet predators. “I think it would be a good idea if there was a law, but I really believe it has to start at home,” said Patricia McCormick, assistant principal of the private St. Philip School in Smithfield, R.I. McCormick said all the teachers in the school have been trained on Internet safety, and students now receive at least 15 classes on the subject, which includes cyberbullying. But she said stopping the problem will require parental participation. “Cyberbullying isn’t going on in school,” she said. “It is going on at home, and I think there needs to be more programs to educate parents about the dangers.” News Corp.’s social-networking site MySpace prohibits cyberbullying and tells users to report abuse – to the company as well as to parents and law enforcement, according to a statement issued by Hemanshu Nigam, the company’s chief security officer. John Halligan, whose son’s suicide has turned him into an advocate for broader cyberbullying laws that would allow victims and their families to pursue civil penalties against bullies, said something must be done to stop the problem. “I didn’t simply want it to be Ryan’s school that agreed to do something,” he said. “At the end of the day this wasn’t just a problem in Ryan’s school.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The kids are forcing our hands to do something legislatively,” said Rhode Island state Sen. John Tassoni, who introduced a bill to study cyberbullying and hopes to pass a cyberbullying law by late 2007. But others argue that legislation would be ineffective. George McDonough, an education coordinator with Rhode Island’s Department of Education, concedes that the Internet has become an “instant slam book” but questions whether laws can stem bad behavior. “You can’t legislate norms, you can only teach norms,” he said. “Just because it’s a law they don’t necessarily follow it. I mean, look at the speed limit.” The Internet allows students to insult others in relative anonymity, and experts who study cyberbullying say it can be more damaging to victims than such traditional bullying as fistfights and classroom taunts. Legislators and educators say there’s a need for guidelines outlining how to punish cyberbullying. They say the behavior has gone unchecked for years, with few laws or policies on the books explaining how to treat it.