Arnett’s Waite wants three points off Cavalier

first_img “The only thing I think we need to do differently is finish our chances as a team. The last encounter that we had we had the better chances and just weren’t putting them away, so hopefully, this Sunday we can put them away,” a hopeful Cowan said while reflecting on their draw with Tivoli Gardens last time out. It will take more than hope and wishful thinking to get the goals for Cavalier as whenever Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh is not in the team, as was the case on Monday, Cavalier struggle. “We have been putting in extra work on the training ground as it relates to finishing our chances, it’s a problem that we have had from the season before, coming into this season as well. We create opportunities, but just not put them away, that’s what we have to do,” Cowan said of their efforts to improve. Former leaders Montego Bay United could not have asked for a better match to get over their blues, following their loss last week to second-place Portmore United. Their opponents, UWI FC, have shown a lot of fight, but appear to lack the required quality to shake things up at this level. Montego Bay United should look towards Dino Williams, Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey to fire them to a victory, while Girvon Brown should lead UWI FC’s charges. Rivoli United will play their second home match in St Ann when they host title aspirants Portmore United at Drax Hall, while Tivoli Gardens and Boys’ Town will battle it out in the Western Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Waterhouse’s rebuilding job will continue with the visit of former pacesettters Reno, while Harbour View and Humble Lion will take centre stage on Monday night at Harbour View Stadium. FINISH OUR CHANCES 6:00 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Cavalier at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Montego Bay United vs UWI at Wespow Park 3:00 p.m. Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Drax Hall 3:00 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Edward Seaga Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Waterhouse vs Reno at Drewsland Stadium 8:40 p.m. Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Stadium Monday Night’s game: The last time defending champions Arnett Gardens faced Cavalier the more-fancied team was taught a lesson by Cavalier, and today, when they meet again, coach Jerome Waite will be hoping that his Arnett Gardens team will set the record straight. “It is a most-improved Arnett team. As you all know, we started out slow and we have seen a lot of improvements. Currently, we are in third spot so we expect a much-improved performance. Definitely a win, that is what we are aiming for, three points,” a confident Waite told The Gleaner. “Big win is not important, three points is what is important. Whatever happens in the game, the objective is to ensure that we get three points,” he added. Cavalier manager Toni Cowan believes her team is in a good place and just need to correct a few things. Today’s Gameslast_img read more

Rude awakening

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – The storm is long over, but the Akli family is still grappling with rebuilding the once-comfortable life ripped away from them three months ago by Hurricane Katrina.About three weeks after the storm hit, Stephan Akli, 36, his wife, Soledad Akli, 31, and their two daughters arrived in La Mirada in a truck loaded down with all the belongings they could carry.In some ways, they were among the luckier Katrina survivors.Stephan’s employer, United States Gypsum Co., helped relocate the family to a hotel near the sheet metal company’s Santa Fe Springs office, where Stephan now works as a machine operator.The Red Cross paid for the first month of their stay at the Residence Inn in La Mirada. After that, FEMA stepped in and paid their rent.Recently, however, FEMA announced it would end hotel payments for Katrina evacuees.The Aklis and thousands of other evacuees now have only until Dec. 15 to find an apartment or begin paying their hotel bill on their own.Suddenly, the Aklis got a stark introduction to Los Angeles’ high-rent apartment market.“Now we’re looking for an apartment, but they’re very expensive here,” Stephan said.While he paid about $600 for a three-bedroom apartment in Jefferson Parish, La., a similar unit costs about $1,200 here.“We were middle class there,” he said. While the hotel is comfortable, its transitory nature makes the family feel homeless and isolated, they said.Although they are grateful for the private help they’ve received from the community, they long for a place to call home, the Aklis said.But that is easier said than done.For now, their typical day begins with Soledad dropping off 11-year-old Daniela at St. Paul of the Cross school in La Mirada. Church officials facilitated getting Daniela into the school, and are helping the family in their hunt for an apartment.Then she drops Stephan off at work. Because they only have one car, Soledad serves as chauffeur, shuttling her family to and from schools and work while searching for apartments during the day with their 18-month-old daughter, Stephanie.She has learned a secret in her apartment hunting: She never discloses that she is a Hurricane Katrina evacuee.“I was told not to say that around – that we’re from Hurricane Katrina,” Soledad said, explaining that word on the grapevine has it that landlords are less willing to rent to evacuees.On a recent day, she and Stephan looked for apartments in La Mirada.The first complex they visited had a waiting list. To get on it, they needed to pay $100, they were told, and even then, there was no guarantee anything would be available.The other places they visited either didn’t have apartments large enough or had no managers on hand to show the units.Despite the difficulties in finding a permanent home, the family says they are not even considering going back to Louisiana, where their old apartment was ruined from mold.Also, they lived near a failed levee, so they worry they would have to evacuate with every new storm.“We can’t go back – there’s nothing,” said Stephan. “By next year, every time a hurricane comes, we’re going to have to be evacuated because the levees might break again.”Stephan is used to change. Born in France, he lived in Amsterdam and New York – where he drove a taxi cab in Queens – before moving to New Orleans. There, he met Soledad about five years ago.Soledad moved to New Orleans with her family from Nicaragua when she was 9. They left to escape the Sandanista-led civil war.The devastation she saw after the hurricane reminded her of the war.“It was like a war zone. The only difference is that we didn’t see any dead bodies,” she said.Although their lives have been uprooted, the Aklis are still trying to maintain some sense of normalcy. They have been to Disneyland and visited the beach.“We want to settle down, not to have to move again,” Soledad said. “The hard thing is finding something we can afford. We also have to buy furniture, food and clothes.”To donate, contact the Hurricane Katrina committee at St. Paul of the Cross church, (562) 921-2914. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more