Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went down 1-0 to the United States in their friendly international played at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga on Friday night. Jordan Morris netted the all-important goal for the Americans in the 58th minute, when he found himself with space and only substitute goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to beat after a neat exchange with a teammate. Morris, who was buy throughout the contest slotted the ball powerfully under the advancing Thompson, who had replaced his counterpart Andre Blake at the start of the second half. Boys’ Town’s prolific striker Shamar Nicholson and Cornwall College’s Schoolboy Jourdaine Fletcher both made their debuts, as they were brought on by Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore in the 82nd minute. However, the they could do nothing to lift the Jamaicans, who failed to create any meaningful chances as the US dominated the second stanza. IN PHOTO: United States’ Juan Agudelo (9) is defended by Jamaica’s Damion Lowe (3) during first half of a friendly match. The Americans also dominated the first half possession as they created a number of clear chances, which their attackers failed to convert. Jamaica also had an opportunity in the first half but former Kingston College star Romario Campbell could not get a positive touch on the ball from about six-yards out after good work from Corey Burke on the left hand side. The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to take on Honduras in another friendly match in Houston on February 16. They are using both games as part of their preparations for the Caribbean Cup finals and CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year.
Lack of competition hasn’t stopped five sitting Los Angeles City Council members from raising more than $750,000 before the March6 election. Council members Wendy Greuel, Herb Wesson and Greig Smith have collected more than $200,000 each in contributions despite no competing candidates on the ballot. Also running unopposed, Councilman Tom LaBonge has raised $150,000 and Councilman Bernard Parks has raised $80,000. With virtually a guaranteed win, why raise so much money? “It’s a way to communicate with my 250,000 constituents without using tax dollars,” said East Valley Councilwoman Greuel, who has received $226,000. Councilman LaBonge agreed. “It’s real important to get a message out to everyone in the district on what we’ve been doing.” Proponents of campaign finance reform said politicians raise so much money simply because they can – and because private donors are eager to write checks. But they said that with voters already troubled by the influence of money and special interests in politics, the flow of cash in uncontested races only heightens the concern. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch. The money is coming from somewhere, and it’s coming from somewhere for a reason,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign. “When campaign dollars are coming from business interests, it’s an investment they make in expectation of a payoff,” such as a government contract, an easier time getting a permit or a more receptive leader, she said. This year’s incumbent City Council candidates are no different from previous years, when unchallenged elected officials raised more than $300,000 per person. Last fall, Los Angeles voters passed PropositionR, which sought to weaken the influence of contributions and lobbyists on the City Council by lengthening term limits and restricting lobbyist campaign contributions. But lobbyists can still – and do – host fundraising events for incumbents. Lobbyists sat on the host committee for two fundraisers for Councilman Herb Wesson, who represents Central Los Angeles and is running unopposed on the ballot, though there are two write-in candidates vying for the job. He has raised $202,000 for his re-election, which will pay to elevate his profile in the district and help his ambition to get elected to the Board of Supervisors. “Ideally, when you’re running unopposed, you would fundraise less or just enough to get your name out there,” said Steve Levin, political reform project manager with the Center for Governmental Studies. But, Levin added, elected officials frequently use current campaigns to propel them to future elections. “It’s usually money that’s used to get their name out there. It could be that they have high political ambitions,” he said, citing City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who ran for a second term unopposed in 2005 but still raised nearly $1.4million. The money bought television advertisements, which helped raise his profile for his run for California attorney general. But some incumbents said they raise money early just in case they do have a challenger – or to scare off potential challengers. North Valley Councilman Greig Smith said he held fundraisers early last year and raised more than $200,000 before the November candidate filing deadline. “There’s an old axiom: You show your strength through raising money. “We have not done any active fundraising since November, and we’re now closing down the account.” He said he plans to pay off campaign debts, fill his officeholder account ($75,000 can be transferred from campaign funds to officeholder funds), and then return contributions or donate them to charity, depending on what contributors want. Other unchallenged incumbents said they raise money and mail out campaign literature – which can cost about $20,000 to $30,000 for brochures delivered to voters’ homes – in place of the normal correspondence they send out during the year. City law prohibits elected officials from spending officeholder funds for promotional mass mailings within a year before their re-election. Councilwoman Greuel said she’s using her money for some mailers to constituents, and she plans to publish and distribute a Valley transportation map showing all the transit routes. There are no challengers to Greuel on the ballot, although Sunland-Tujunga resident David Cain is running as a write-in candidate. As for concerns about the influence of donors, Greuel said she thinks transparency and reporting helps. “We really try to be careful. But a $500 contribution does not speak louder than 10 people in my district who are concerned about something.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Brian McDermott is a chef from Moville who shares with us his top tips for creating the perfect turkey and ham this Christmas.With Christmas just a day away, here’s some secrets to getting the most out of your turkey and ham. Turkey:Ham with glaze: Brian has his own cookery school in Moville, where he teaches classes everything from learning to bake, to cooking on a budget!He is also a contributor on the Afternoon Show on RTÉ One and appears regularly on radio and television programmes, with a weekly piece on the Mark Patterson show on BBC Radio Foyle and also a monthly slot on the Stephen McCauley show on BBC Radio Ulster.Brian is also the author of the very successful cookery book, ‘Reunite with Food’. For more see www.chefbrianmcdermott.com and check him out on Facebook!DDTV: Chef Brian’s secrets for the perfect turkey and ham was last modified: December 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:brian mc dermottCHristmasdinnerhamturkey