Gregory Messam Jr has been given the responsibility of spearheading St George’s College’s attack this FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup season, and the second-generation national footballer started the campaign with a bang, as he led the North Street-based school with a hat-trick in their 9-0 rout against Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in their opening Group C game at Winchester Park yesterday.St George’s only scored one goal in the first half.Messam Jr netted in the 21st, 57th and 64thminutes, while Alex Marshall got a brace (90, 90+7) and Shevon Stewart (59th), Jevoun McKellar (68th) and Stephen Gilzene (90+6) one each.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 players when Dejeun Hayle was red-carded midway the second half.Last season, Messam Jr played on the flank with much success, but, according to assistant coach Marcel Gayle, the departure of central striker Amoy Brown left a big void, and Messam Jr was the obvious replacement.testimony of ability”He is a fantastic player, a kid every coach would want in their team,” Gayle commented. “But we were looking for a number nine, and we were looking, looking, and he was right in front us, and today is testimony of his ability.”I hope he can get a hat-trick every game, even though that’s not possible. I hope he gets better as the competition goes on,” he added.The star-studded St George’s, which boast players like Paul Young Jr, Gilzene, Dominic James, Stewart, Marshall, McKellar, and Messam, controlled the game from the start, but wasted countless opportunities to go ahead until Messam capitalised on a pass from Marshall to put the hosts ahead 1-0.After the interval, the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ran riot, and two early strikes sealed Messam’s three-timer. His second-half goals were sandwich by a Stewart strike, which was followed by another from McKellar.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 men when Hayle saw red for handball, when the ball appeared to come off his face.Stewart added two late goals, and Gilzene netted in between his strikes to seal the biggest win of the schoolboy football season thus far.In other Group C games, Innswood stopped Ardenne 2-0 with goals from Akeem Gibbons and Steve Harris, while Denham Town edged Eltham 1-0.In Group B, Greater Portmore held Hydel to a 1-1 draw, Dunoon edged Haile Selassie 1-0, while Papine drew 1-1 with eight-man Cumberland.In Group F, Excelsior beat Ascot 4-0, Jonathan Grant turned back Norman Manley 3-2 with a brace from Geovanni Shorter, and Vauxhall defeated Spanish Town 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup BPortmore 1 Hydel 1Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0Papine 1 Cumberland 1Group CSt George’s 9 KTHS 0Innswood 2 Ardenne 0Denham Town 1 Eltham 0Group FExcelsior 4 Ascot 0Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0Today’s gamesGroup DPenwood vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs STATHSGroup EKingston High vs BridgeportSt Jago vs MonaGroup GJose Marti vs CampionCamperdown vs WaterfordAll games start at 3:30.pm.
A resident of Mumbai was sentenced to two years and nine months of imprisonment by Pittsburgh district court for shipping misbranded prescription drugs from India for distribution in the United States to American consumers, PTI reported.Ramesh Buchirajam Akkela aka Ramesh Bhai, who was detained in Panama in 2015 and was extradited to the United States on March 15 this year, was sentenced to 33-month jail term on March 16 after he was found guilty of mail fraud and money laundering. The sentencing was given by senior judge Donetta W Ambrose.As per court records, Akkela had a website that offered prescription drugs to American consumers without the necessary prescription. He used to ship the misbranded drugs from India to people in the United States who would distribute them to consumers.Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S Desai was the prosecution for the case,and represented the government.Akkela was indicted on two counts of money laundering, 10 counts of mail fraud conspiracy to misbrand and smuggle drugs and conspiracy to import Schedule IV controlled substances.Akkela’s brother had sought the help of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to secure his brother’s release when he was held in Panama in 2015. He had tweeted: “I am Ramesh’s Brother. I am seeking help from Hon. MEA, GoI to secure release of Indian National Mr Ramesh Akkela illegally detained in Panama since 15.7.2015.”Akkela’s wife Sarika Ramesh Akkela wrote about the entire ordeal on her blog in November 2015 in which she said that her husband had “all the necessary licenses to export the drugs and undertook all his business activities as per the Indian law without violating any of its provisions.” She also wrote that his firms were duly checked and verified by all the Indian authorities involved in the process of export.She further wrote: “U.S authorities want the extradition of Ramesh Akkela on various counts, yet none of the count hold the ground since he was lawfully performing the business in India as per law of the land. Law and reasoning both state that. Ramesh Akkela, being national and resident of India has to perform his business activities as per Indian Law, which he has done.”While Sarika’s application seeking the Ministry of External Affairs’s involvement was acknowledged, it’s not clear if an intervention was made on their behalf.Application for #Justice4Ramesh submitted by Smt. Sarika Akkela has been duly acknowledged by @MEAIndia on 18 Nov. pic.twitter.com/zKg4DocI2L— Justice 4 Ramesh (@justice4ramesh) December 2, 2015 Related ItemshealthMedicinePittsburgh Court