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FLOW Super Cup kicks off

first_imgThe third staging of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup kicks off today with four games in the round of 16 at two of the nation’s top venues. Excelsior High will oppose Ocho Rios High at 5 p.m. before Wolmer’s Boys go up against rural surprise team Little London High in a double-header at Sabina Park in Kingston. In the west, Dinthill Technical will first face Bridgeport High at 5 p.m. ahead of a clash between Cornwall College and Denham Town High at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, St James. Telecommunications firm FLOW announced first-round games at the draw on Wednesday night in the knockout competition between seeded and unseeded teams from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions in the 2016 staging of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup. Speaking on behalf of FLOW, Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing and television, shared that he is anticipating some fierce battles in the four-week long competition dubbed the “Champions League of Schoolboy Football.” “Every year, the competition has got a lot better and this year will be no different. I expect the rural daCosta Cup teams to do a lot better this year and so we are excited about the matchups which will provide high-quality football and entertainment at both venues,” Redwood explained. SEEDED TEAMS The seeded Manning Cup teams are: Kingston College, Wolmer’s Boys, Jamaica College and Excelsior High, while the unseeded teams are Denham Town High School, Haile Selassie High, Holy Trinity High and Bridgeport High. From the daCosta Cup competition, the seeded teams are St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Rusea’s High, Cornwall College, and Dinthill Technical, while Clarendon College, Vere Technical, Little London High, and Ocho Rios High are the unseeded teams. Excelsior are in the lucrative competition that will see the champions earning $1 million and the coveted trophy for the second consecutive year, and will be eyeing the top prize. “We are looking forward to the game tomorrow. The boys are upbeat despite losing out to Haile Selassie in the Walker Cup,” Excelsior’s technical director Xavier Gilbert told The Gleaner. “We don’t know much about Ocho Rios, but they are there, so the first 20 minutes will be crucial. We lost at the quarterfinal stage to St James last season, and now looking to go deeper in the competition,” Gilbert added. Excelsior’s top players include Raewin Senior, captain Cadine Graham, and Thorne Buchanan. Ocho Rios made it to the last eight in the daCosta Cup competition and are not expected to roll over and play dead. Wolmer’s will be up against first time Super Cup qualifiers Little London in the feature game at Sabina Park, and Wolmer’s head coach Vassel Reynolds is bracing for a tough encounter against the upstarts, the Westmoreland-based school. “You don’t know what to expect from Little London. They would have been pumped up for the Super Cup with a feeling of nothing to lose,” Reynolds said about Little London. “We always approach each game to win regardless of the opposition. We won’t take them lightly,” he added. Wolmer’s key players include strikers Rivaldo English and Alphanso Gooden. Little London will be making a first appearance in the FLOW Cup and are upbeat following a 3-2 win against Garvey Maceo in the daCosta Cup Inter-Zone round. “The guys are pumped up, they are ready for Wolmer’s. We have beaten Garvey Maceo to qualify for the first time. This is the second time in the inter-zone round and the first we have reached this far,” Vivian McIntosh, a physical education teacher at Little London, disclosed. Little London key players include captain Shane Ricketts who is a former national Under15 player, Deandre Williams, and Damion Stoddart. In the Montego Bay doubleheader, high riding daCosta Cup contenders Dinthill should get the better of Manning Cup hopeful Bridgeport in the opening encounter. Also, in the feature game, daCosta Cup favourites Cornwall College are tipped to beat Manning Cup team DenhamTown. New champions will be crowned this year as last year’s winners, St George’s College, did not qualify for this year’s Super Cup. ENTRANCE FEES Sabina Park – $500 for all areas Montego Bay Complex: Bleachers – $500. Grandstand – $1,000. Tickets are available at Total gas stations islandwide, The Captain’s Bakery (Cross Roads and New Kingston), and Cuddyz Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston. TODAY’S MATCHES SABINA PARK 5 p.m: Excelsior vs Ocho Rios 7 p.m: Wolmer’s Boys vs Little London MONTEGO BAY SPORTS COMPLEX 5 p.m: Bridgeport vs Dinthill Technical 7 p.m: Denham Town vs Cornwall Collegelast_img read more

‘New’ Judas story just revisionist fluff

first_imgThe simple fact is that Gnostic groups were never as widely popular as revisionists would have us believe. They weren’t even a cohesive movement, but a variety of groups who held several views in common, among them that creation itself is evil; the body is a hindrance, a mere vessel for the spirit; women especially are corrupt. “The Gospel of Judas” is no different. Written very late to be considered in any way authoritative, it also faces the unique difficulty that its supposed source, Judas, killed himself. I suppose that Judas conceivably could have thrown the 30 silver coins back in Caiaphas’ face, stopped off for coffee, and written down or related the “real” events of the previous week before going off to hang himself, but I find myself strangely skeptical on this point. But loose facts and logic never stopped a good story. Maybe Tom Hanks will be available for this movie, too: “Life is like a box of bad chocolates. You never know when one will turn on you.” Tad Cronn is a writer and speaker from West Hills. Write to him by e-mail at tadcronn@yahoo.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Attention, conspiracy theorists: We are happy to announce the next New York Times best seller, “The Gospel of Judas.” Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Wait, scratch that last part; that’s “The Da Vinci Code.” A newly translated codex that scholars purport to be the long-lost “Gospel of Judas” is supposedly shaking up traditional views of Christianity by depicting Judas as Jesus’ best friend who was only following Jesus’ orders when he sold out to the authorities. “Judas the hero” is the headline of the day for TV, radio, Web sites and newspapers. The appropriate response from Christians should be a collective yawn. The earliest mention of a “Gospel of Judas” comes from St. Irenaeus, circa 180 A.D. Irenaeus refers to members of a Gnostic sect calling themselves Cainites. In their gospel, according to Irenaeus, Judas was portrayed as a man who knew secret “truths” that led him to betray Jesus. Part of the newly completed translation says of Judas in relation to the other disciples: “But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSo, far from betrayer, Judas is the enabler, even a hero. Holy plot twist! Actually, it’s just typical Gnostic fluff, but this story will have legs for the same reason “The Da Vinci Code” became a best-seller. Both are suited perfectly to take advantage of the public’s ignorance of history. There are plenty of Gnostic so-called “gospels” floating around, most of them claiming to relate the “real story” about some aspect of Jesus’ life. This was the inspiration for “The Da Vinci Code” and “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” years before it. According to Bible revisionists, these widely accepted gospels were excised from the Bible by closed-minded men at the Council of Nicaea who forced people to accept the radical notion that Jesus the Son and the Father were one. Reality check: The Council of Nicaea dealt with the issue of Arianism, which denied that Jesus and the Father were equal. Of the 250-300 bishops present, only a few opposed the Nicaean Creed as it was formulated. Their opposition was to the use of wording that was not in the Bible, though not to the ideas expressed in the creed. The other burning issue at this gathering of radicals? When to celebrate Easter. No editing. No burning of heretics. No suppression. The bishops simply expressed what was already accepted, centuries-old doctrine. last_img read more