Coach of Tivoli Gardens men senior team Omar Edwards says that a change in attitude has led to the team moving on top in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title race. Tivoli are currently on top in the nation’s elite league on 42 points, the same as reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU). However, Tivoli enjoy a superior goal difference. The West Kingston-based outfit took control following a 1-0 win against MBU in a top clash at Wes Pow Park last Sunday. “Basically, on going to Tivoli last summer, I let the players know what we want to achieve as a team working together,” Edwards told The Gleaner. “Maybe the attitude wasn’t the best, so that had to change. My coaching staff sold the players a vision on how to win the league. We want to be the best organised team on the defensive and offensive end of the pitch,” he shared. “I came here to give of my best for the team. I have displayed reasonable system of play which are paying off,” the 32 year-old, who is also Jamaica Under-17 assistant coach, added. “We had some quality players at Tivoli, and also added others such as Tevin Shaw and Marvin Stewart at the start of the season. We also brought in Peter Keyes, Jermaine Parris and Denham Town High schoolboy Arthur Walters. “We have a competent team that stands a chance of winning the league. The players have been highly motivated since the win against MBU,” Edwards further said. With regards to support from management, Edwards says that despite financial constraint, they are fully behind the team. “The club is unable to attract sponsors, so the players are not getting the salary they want, but we had to find a way to keep the players motivated. We promised the players incentives from the winnings at the end of the season, and they are going for it,” he concluded.
A 25 year old Donegal man who raped his ex-partner in front of their infant child has been sentenced to six years in prison.The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape of the woman at his home on February 26, 2010. Judge Garrett Sheehan said he had taken into account the nature of the offence and the “courageous and hopeful note on which the woman concluded her victim impact report.”The man is now in a new relationship and is expecting a child with his partner who seems to be having an extremely positive influence on him.Mr Justice Sheehan said he had taken into account the man’s plea of guilty, his remorse and apology.He said his personal involvement with his daughter’s upbringing, prior to the offence, was commendable and added that being registered a sex offender is a vey real punishment which will impact on his life once he is out of prison.He suspended the final two years of the sentence but added that the man “still has a way to go to really understand the impact this offence has had on his first family”.The man and the victim lived together and had a child before they separated in 2009.They took turns to mind the child and on the day of the attack the woman was leaving it with her partner at his home. They both washed and played with the child before putting her to bed in her cot.The man then attacked his ex-partner and held her on the bed. He tried to rape her several times before succeeding while the baby was in the room.During the rape, the victim was shouting to stop and he threatened to tie her to the bed. Afterwards he refused to return the child to her and threatened her with revenge if she went to gardai. She promised not to and he let her go.When the victim got home her mother noticed she was pale and asked what was wrong.The woman said she had been raped and gardai were called. He was arrested and denied having any sexual contact with the woman. DNA evidence was later found linking him to the rape.Defence counsel, Mr John Whelan SC, said his client “misread the situation” and had the impression the sex was consensual. He said he stopped once he realised the woman wasn‘t consenting.Mr Whelan called it a “once-off, spur of the moment incident” and said the man pleaded guilty to spare his partner the ordeal of trial.He said the man is of ‘limited intelligence’ and fell into drugs after dropping out of school.MAN WHO RAPED PARTNER IN FRONT OF CHILD JAILED FOR SIX YEARS was last modified: November 16th, 2011 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)