Despite Portmore United’s credentials which will make them the favourites, Duckie said their focus would be on what they can control, not the name and fame of the team they are facing. “It is always a disadvantage playing away from home. I don’t know that you could put a percentage on it, but champions are made at home and away so these are moments that we will have to relish. It will be two competitive teams on the field, and we are looking forward to it.” Among the players Duckie will have at his disposal are Ladale Richie, Robaldo Rodney, Cardel Benbow, Kemar Beckford, Ricardo Dennis, Ricardo Campbell, and goalkeeper Kadeem Dennis, all of whom were brought in during the transfer window. Portmore United’s Shavar Thomas, who guided the team to the national title in his first season in charge, said who they open their season against is not of the greatest importance. “The importance of this game is not about whom we are playing and what they have done in the preseason. This game is important because it is the first of the season, and we want to make a mark,” said Thomas, whose team was busy in the off season competing in the CONCACAF Champions League, where they lost in the quarterfinals. For some teams, having they players actively engaged in the off season would have been a disadvantage, but for Thomas and Portmore United, that was not the case. “We are lucky to have guys who are committed and focused. All we had to do was to rejuvenate them and get them ready again, and I think we have done that. “Yes, we are starting the season without a number of players like Maalique Foster, Ewan Grandison, Jermie Lynch, and Andre Dyce. We were without them from the start of our preseason, so it is nothing new, and with the exception of Maalique, we took part in a regional competition without them and did well,” the confident Thomas declared. While the loss of the live wire Foster and Lynch will be missed on the front line, Thomas said his team would not be significantly affected. “They were a big part of our success last season, but we have adequate replacements. We still have Jovan East, who gave us 15 goals last season, Ricardo Morris, our new captain, gave us about eight goals last season, and there are others like Saneekie Burton, Venton Evans, and we have added Naquain Brown from St Bess FC, who scored about 15 goals for them, so we have attacking and goalscoring options,” Thomas said, indicating that they would not be short of fire power. Today’s games When the first ball is kicked in this the 2018-2019 Red Stripe Premier League season, most eyes and ears will be trained in the direction of the Spanish Town Prison Oval. Not because of any possible prison break and not wholly because it is the home of defending champions Portmore United, but because people will be anxious to see how newcomers Mount Pleasant Academy measure up. One of two promoted teams, Mount Pleasant have turned a few heads because of their spending power, which has seen them recruit a number of key players from other Premier League clubs. There is also the presence of the influential and much-travelled coach, Donovan Duckie. Not surprisingly, Duckie is ready for action. “Everything is all about the preparation. We have gone through the general and the specific phases. We have played about seven games in pre-preparation phase and have not lost, but the true test is the game itself, competitive game. “The first game against Portmore United is big as it is no secret what they are about. Their reputation precedes them. They have been to quite a few finals and won a number of them,” Duckie explained as he sought to set the stage for today’s game. 3:30 p.m: Reno vs Cavalier – Frome Complex 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens – Wespow Park 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Mount Pleasant – Prison Oval 3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Harbour View – UWI Mona Bowl 7 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Humble Lion – Anthony Spaulding Complex NOT FOCUSING ON NAME 8:35p.m.: Waterhouse FC vs Dunbeholden FC. @ Waterhouse Stadium Tomorrow’s game
NC MedAssist will bring back a free over the counter medicine GiveAway event to Swain County on Saturday, Sept. 29 at West Swain Elementary School from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is open to all Swain County residents and their families needing OTC medication. The Give Away will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Elementary School. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and proof of residency is required (identification card or utility bill showing name and address).This will be the first OTC event held in Swain County. Individuals will receive $100 worth of OTC products, which include items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins.Last year, NC MedAssist distributed more than $1.9 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. Swain County Health Department encourages every Swain County resident to take part in the FREE OTC Medicine Give Away.
Share This!I recently tried the Jaleo Experience at Jaleo at Disney Springs and found it to be both delicious and a fantastic value for the amount and quality of food presented.My husband, Jeff, and I arrived at the restaurant overwhelmed and dehydrated after a flight from New York and a slog through the Orlando heat. (Narrator voice: They were cranky.) I immediately ordered an attitude adjustment cocktail: the “Cropping Rope,” created with Crop cucumber vodka, Lillet Blanc, green chartreuse, and lime ($14). Jeff stuck with Diet Coke and then water.Cropping Rope cocktailSlightly refreshed, but still a bit addled from travel, we scanned the dozens of menu items which all looked fantastic, but daunting to weed through, until I saw the “Chefs Tasting Menu.” To me, tasting menu means “someone else decides so you don’t have to,” which is always a good thing when you’re exhausted.We weren’t sure we were in a $110 per person mood (that takes stamina), so we skipped past the Jose’s Way, but asked our server about the $70 per person Jaleo Experience. She described it as, “Twelve of the most popular items on the menu – the ones that guests always rave about – with a balance of light and more substantial dishes.” Sold!Here’s what we got …Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.“Pan de Cristal con Tomate” – crispy bread brushed with fresh tomato.“Gazpacho Estilo Algeciras” – chilled Spanish soup with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers“Manzanas con Hinojo y Queso Manchego” – Sliced apple and fennel salad with Manchego cheese, walnuts, and sherry dressing“Endivias con Queso de Cabra y Naranjas” – Endives, goat cheese, oranges, and almonds.“Pulpo a la Gallega” – boiled octopus with peewee potatoes, pimenton, and extra virgin olive oil“Espinacas a la Catalana” – Sauteed spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and apples“Croquetas de Pollo” – traditional chicken fritters“Butifarra Casera con Mongetes” – Grilled pork sausage with sauteed white beans and aioli“Gambas al Ajillo” – shrimp sauteed with garlic“Patatas Bravas” – fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and aioliCrusty bread to accompany the shrimp“Pan con Chocolate” – chocolate custard with caramelized bread, olive oil, and brioche ice cream“Flan al Estilo Tradicional de Mama Marisa con Espuma de Crema Catalana” – Flan with Catalan cream and orangesSo, we received 13 dishes instead of the promised twelve, plus the bread. If I’m doing the math right, these dishes would have cost over $160 if ordered on the menu individually, while ordered as the tasting menu it cost $140.But more importantly, the food was outstanding. Overall one of the tastiest meals I’ve had a Disney world in years. And even with the substantial quantity of food, I didn’t leave feeling bloated or sluggish from the meal, as has happened to me with the also incredible, but much heavier multi-course menu at Victoria & Albert’s. Since much of the meal was light, but flavorful veggies and seafood, we were not weighed down at the end.Highlights for me were the tomato bread which had a delightful crunch, concentrated fresh tomato flavor, and just the right amount of salty bite, and the endive salad, which tasted like summer in Spain. The only dish that didn’t sing to me was the octopus, but I don’t love octopus in general, so that’s not surprising.Jeff’s favorites were the lovely shrimp, the ham and cheese, and the octopus. (See, what do I know.)I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by dessert, but both of the end-of-meal sweets were truly spectacular. And the flan – oh that flan – is now in my top five WDW desserts of all time. So simple, but the cream and citrus work together perfectly. It’s like the Beyonce of Creamsicles. Sigh.Our meal, two Jaleo Experiences, a cocktail, and a diet Coke cost $168.27, plus tip. This is gourmet food in a casual atmosphere – well worth the price.Have you dined at Jaleo? What did you think? Would you order this tasting menu? Let us know in the comments.