semi-finals this afternoonKnockout champions Petrojam secured the fourth and final semi-final spot in division one of the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Football Competition on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over lowly placed UWI at Mona.The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam advanced at the expense of The Gleaner Company with 20 points, thanks to goals from Leon Strickland, Andrew Christie and Jarron Richards.They joined Grace Kennedy, defending champions Metrodade and Scotiabank in today’s semis. Petrojam will meet Metrodade in one semi-final at Winchester Park, starting a 3:30 p.m., while Scotiabank will take on Grace Kennedy at Barbican, also at 3:30 p.m.In the division two semi-finals, the unbeaten Peak Bottling are up against National Commercial Bank at Winchester Park today at 1:30 p.m., while it will be Sagicor vs ATL in the first match at Barbican, starting at 1:30 p.m.Ken’s Wildflower wins nail-biterKen’s Wildflower enhanced their chances of advancing to the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Domino League, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, after a close 250-246 countdown win over Westmeade Rising Stars last Sunday. The win propelled Ken’s Wildflower to 14 points, tying them at fourth place alongside Waterford United, who were idle this round.In other games, leaders Passagefort United (24 points) won their sixth match in a row, as they turned back Cumberland 250-237 and second-place Garveymeade (17 points), and crushed last-place Portsmouth 250-197.Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Waterford, Westmeade Rising Stars vs Passagefort United and Ken’s Wildflower vs Cumberland. All games begin at 1 p.m.PE teachers BH football called to meetingThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in association with the Portmore Primary Schools Sports Association, has called a meeting for Tuesday, September 15, at the Kensington Primary School at 11 a.m., to update physical education (PE) teachers and schools for the upcoming INSPORTS Portmore Primary football and netball competitions slated to begin next month. The closing date for both competitions is Wednesday, September 30.Last year, Portsmouth won both titles and the stage is set for another intriguing season. INSPORTS sports officers for Portmore, Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas, will host the meeting.Classic, Spit Fyah in mid-season battleArch-rivals Caribbean Classic (32 points), the league leaders and Spit Fyah (29 points), will meet in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association domino league on Sunday, September 20. The venue for the match is yet to be announced.Multiple champions Caribbean Classic, the most celebrated team in Portmore, warmed up for the mid-season title as they thumped Feluchi Strikers 300-202, while Spit Fyah, just formed a couple seasons ago by former Classic captain, Javlin James, outlasted Naggo Head 300-283.In other games, third-place Eradication (29 points) defeated Ten to Ten 300-263, fourth-place Waterhouse United (25 points) beat Highlight Strikers 300-241, sixth-place Exceptional International (24 points) whipped Tamarind Tree 300-262, Giants trampled Memory Lane 300-262, Right Stuff defeated Spring Village 300-257, and Small Axe cut down Sour Sop Tree300-289.George Lee Memorial 5KSchools in Portmore are being encouraged to participate in the second staging of the George Lee Memorial 5.8 km Run/Walk, which will take place on Sunday, September 27, starting at the Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portsmouth, St Catherine.Aneita Lee, chairperson for the George Lee Foundation, is making the call for schools to make use of the opportunity. Lee is the widow of former Portmore mayor, the late George Lee.”Whether the competitor is a track athlete, football, or netball player, this is an event for you for stamina, fitness and wholesome fun,” she said.She also added that there are special prizes for senior citizens who finish atop their categories, noting that “Portmore has joined the rest of Jamaica as being health-conscious and exercise is known to do wonders to the human body when done inmoderation”.Warm-up is at 6:15 a.m., and the race will begin at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds of the event will go to a children’s scholarship/grant fund and a senior citizens’ recreational centre. Contributions are as follows: $1,000 per individual entry and $800 each for a group of 10.Lee pointed out that George was instrumental in Portmore becoming a Municipality. He was the first directly elected mayor of Portmore and the only man to serve as mayor twice.Dover Lawrence, who represented Sun City Radio and Dana Thomas of Bridgeport High School, were last year’s male and female winners, respectively.Top Hill win Jamalco Football LeagueTop Hill defeated Napoli 1-0 to be crowned the 2015 Jamalco Football League champions, at the Wembley Excellence Centre last weekend.Top Hill, who last won the title in 2011, secured the championship when Andrew ‘Joycie’ Issacs netted the lone goal of the game in the 15th minute. The goal developed from a free kick, which the Napoli custodian failed to collect and Isaacs was there to score from the rebound.The youthful Napoli team tried to pull one back. However, solid defending, mixed with counter-attacks from Top Hill, prevented their success.The competition ended with a total of 118 goals being scored at an average of 3.06 goals per game.Savannah’s Huggart ‘Sweetie’ Nugent with seven goals won the Golden Boot Award.Finalists confirmed in Peter Bunting netballBoth finalists in the junior and senior netball leagues sponsored by central Manchester’s Member of Parliament Peter Bunting were confirmed following last weekend’s semi-finals.At the Manchester High courts, Albion United and Newleigh All Stars secured their berth in contrasting fashion.Albion, the runners-up from the preliminary zone, created an upset after outscoring the previously unbeaten Comfort 13-11. The second final proved a predictable victory for the unbeaten Newleigh All Stars, who won 25-5 over Broadleaf Gators.The senior finalists will be Bombay and Williamsfield. Bombay were 27-11 winners over Woodlawn Phoenix while Williamsfield got the better of Mandeville All Stars 21-16.Manchester FA to hold AGMThe incumbent president for the last three terms, Dalton Wint, seeks re-election as the Manchester Football Association hosts its annual general meeting tomorrow at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority office on Caledonia Road in Mandeville.Wint also serves as the South Central Confederation general secretary. Quite noticeably, the top brass of that body was present at the recent 2015 season Manchester awards ceremony, including chairman Michael Ricketts and senior member Peter Reid, president of the St Catherine FA. Wint, in his address at the awards, outlined the introduction of youth competitions spanning Under-13, 15 and 17 as the key components of his tenure.
The case now goes back to the Oregon high court, which could order a new trial, reduce the award or reinstate its decision. Punitive damages are money intended to punish a defendant for bad behavior and deter repetition.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court threw out a $79.5 million award that a jury had ordered a cigarette maker to pay to a smoker’s widow, a ruling that could bode well for other businesses seeking stricter limits on big-dollar verdicts. The 5-4 decision Tuesday was a victory for Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA, which contested an Oregon Supreme Court decision upholding the jury’s verdict. Yet the decision did not address a key argument made by Philip Morris and its supporters across a wide range of businesses – that the size of the award was unconstitutionally large. They had hoped the court would limit the amount that can be awarded in punitive damage cases. Instead, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in his majority opinion that the award to Mayola Williams could not stand because a jury may punish a defendant only for the harm done to the person who is suing, not to others whose cases were not before it. “To permit punishment for injuring a nonparty victim would add a near standardless dimension to the punitive damages question,” Breyer said. The company had argued that the jury was encouraged to punish Philip Morris for health problems suffered by every Oregonian who smoked its cigarettes. Jesse Williams died of lung cancer in 1997 at the age of 67. He had smoked two packs a day of Philip Morris-made Marlboros for 45 years. His widow argued that the jury award was appropriate because it punished Philip Morris for a decades-long “massive market-directed fraud” that misled people into thinking cigarettes were not dangerous or addictive. She won compensatory damages of $800,000 and punitive damages of $79.5 million – 97 times the compensatory damages – in the fraud lawsuit she filed against Philip Morris. A state court previously cut the compensatory award to $500,000, which is unaffected by Tuesday’s ruling.