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Paul Wright | Tappa managed priorities well

first_imgFootball, locally, is on a high as the popular schoolboy rural and urban competitions begin and our senior men’s team, the Reggae Boyz, begin their quest to win a new Caribbean competition, the Concacaf Nations League. The 4-0 demolition of our neighbours, the Cayman Islands, augurs well for our chances as the quality of the opposition increases as the competition advances. Praise cannot be too high for the coach of the senior men’s team, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, who, when faced with the unprecedented task of marshalling 23 of our top footballers in two international games within 48 hours of each other, a flagrant overruling of a FIFA mandate, responded with the aplomb of a seasoned professional. When the friendly international against Ecuador was first announced, fans with knowledge of the physical and mental stresses associated with top-quality football planned a sustained media opposition to the move, only to be reassured by the governing body, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), that our concerns were misplaced as there would be two different squads for the two games. This announcement coincided with Tappa’s decision to turn down games close to the proposed September 9 start of the Nations League. Tappa reasoned that with the aim of Concacaf being to give participating teams more international games and affording the top teams in the competition to automatically qualify for the lucrative and prestigious Gold Cup, the Nations League required the best of a rested squad, combining the best of locally based players and those playing their football overseas. Therefore, the scepticism of our coach was well placed as the news of the friendly was confirmed. However, the talk of two squads soon disappeared as the date of the game neared. Eventually, it was announced that one squad would be used for the two games. Whitmore, to my mind, skilfully remained silent as his voiced concern was pooh-poohed by the federation. What he did was to arrange the team selection in such a way that the reality of two international games in 48 hours would not medically affect the team or its chances for ultimate victory in the Nations League. Tappa was faced with a game in New Jersey, USA, in what was slated to be humid conditions, to be followed by a plane trip of approximately four hours to Jamaica, before facing the Cayman Islands. Jamaica were defeated 2-0 by Ecuador, with the South Americans registering seven shots on goal, with two successful, while Jamaica had two shots on goal for the entire match, but with none on target. So, after the rush to come home to play the Cayman Islands, the rested Corey Burke and Darren Mattocks both scored braces to lead the team to a comfortable victory in the first match of the league. THE GAMES’S FINANCES The financials associated with friendlies are not subject to public scrutiny, but the financials associated with prescribed official internationals are. The number of those who paid to attend the game against the Cayman Islands on Sunday may not be able to cover the expenses of putting on the game. It is therefore the hope of every Jamaican that the financial reward associated with the game against Ecuador will be used to offset the expected losses on Sunday. I do wonder, however if we, the public of Jamaica, will ever be able to fathom the reasoning behind the insistence of the JFF to play this game. All’s well that ends well, as they say, but when will the wishes of the coach and medical experts coincide with the mandates of the federation? When? The schoolboy football competitions got under way on Saturday with the defending Manning and daCosta Cup champions opening the defence of their titles in Montego Bay. Rusea’s, the daCosta Cup champions, were impressive and look to fulfil the forecast of pundits who predict another positive year for the ‘Russians’. A new-look Jamaica College, the Manning Cup champions, without their record-breaking and inspiring coach, Miguel Coley, were held by a tenacious Hydel High to a 1-1 scoreline. Drawing the first game of a competition does not spell trouble, but as the competition progresses, Jamaica College looks, at this point, to be fighting for a top four finish in the Manning Cup. Early days yet, but the season in both the Manning and DaCosta cups look mouth-watering. Let the games begin!last_img read more

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Free and fair elections

first_imgDear Editor,There is a movement afoot by the caretaker coalition Government to have the next general election slip from the norm of being free and fair, characteristic values recognised and upheld by every democratic country, to being merely credible.Synonyms for free and fair include: just, impartial, dispassionate, unprejudiced, even, balanced, straightforward, honest, honourable, righteous. virtuous, decent, unfettered, unobstructed, clear and legitimate. You get the picture.While a credible election can be interpreted to mean reliable, good and sound, it can also mean that the election was simply plausible and believable, these being qualitative terms that are open to individual perspectives and perceptions: what I believe is not necessarily what you believe.The norm for the democratic election process being linked to the ubiquitous phrase “free and fair” is not an ad hoc decision that is ever taken lightly. The phrase is used to underscore the clear intent that the process of a democratic election and its outcome should be so just, valid and legitimate that the results would be inviolable and could not be bent to suit any one person’s whims or fancy.Mr Harry Hergash’s letter in SN last Saturday, August 10, 2019, (Documents show that in the past the PNC considered using Caribbean islanders to rig the 1968 election) should give pause to every citizen. The declassified documents from the US Department of State disclose the PNC’s past plots and plans to use Caribbean nationals to pad the electoral list in order to rig and win elections.Such elections would not have been free and fair but they would have had the look of being credible and would have passed muster for the PNC and its international allies at the time.The PNC continues to attempt to revise and rewrite Guyana’s history but the party continues to find that this history does not belong to them. There is always documented evidence that records the facts and proves the truth.Given President David Granger’s vow to fulfil Burnham’s legacy, the coalition Government’s obstructive moves to delay the elections following last December’s no-confidence vote, the current illegal House-to-House Registration process, the Attorney General’s public threats of violence should his party not get its way, and the coalition Government’s total disregard for the Constitution, it is clear that the country is dealing with the PNC of old and all that this means for Guyana.It is the duty of every citizen to question and demand proper answers from the relevant authorities with regard to the illegal registration process and the huge influx of Haitians into our country.These are not merely political issues. Far from it. These issues go to the very heart and soul of our nation and question whether we are willing to have our country held hostage once again to a PNC dictatorship.It is incumbent on GECOM to deliver a general election that will withstand national and international scrutiny. The election, which is long overdue, must be free and fair, and independent from any political meddling. Nothing else will do.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

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Pregnant woman gets $250,000 bail on narco charge

first_imgA pregnant woman and a male friend was slapped with cannabis possession for the purpose of trafficking charge and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Sharda Mohammed, 47, of Lot 31 B Field, Sophia, Georgetown, and Nigel Luke, of Lot 1985 Festival City, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, both denied the charge after it was read by Magistrate Judy Latchman.It is alleged that on June 15, at Nutmeg Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, they had 2.7kg of cannabis in their possession for trafficking.In a bail application, attorney Melvin Duke told Court that on the day of the incident Mohammed took lunch for Luke with whom she is ‘friendly’ with at his work place as she normally does on a daily basis. He said Luke works as a security guard/caretaker at a car rental business and café.According to the lawyer Police arrived at the location and conducted a search when the seeds, leaves and stems suspected to be cannabis were found in the kitchen area of the café.He noted that Police dusted for fingerprints but none matching his clients were found on the items. He requested reasonable bail on these grounds.The lawyer’s submissions were objected to by Police Prosecutor Kerry Boswick who told the Court that on the day in question Police went to the home of Luke, and they were greeted by both defendants. He noted that after conducting a search of the premises Police found the illicit drug and showed it to Luke who admitted to being the owner.The pregnant woman, who is also a mother of eight children, was granted 0,000 bail while Luke was remanded to prison.The case will continue on July 13.last_img read more

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Prisoner busted with ganja in NA prison

first_imgA prisoner at the New Amsterdam Prison was busted with 7 grams of cannabis and has implicated a female prison officer, saying that she sold it to him.The illegal drug was found on Sunday when the inmate was seen acting in a suspicious manner. A search was conducted and the illegal substance found in a bag he was carrying.Reports are the Police were called in and the prisoner told ranks that a female prison officer (name withheld) took the drug into the prison and placed in a bucket by a sink for him to uplift.Police are investigatinglast_img read more

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Chinese brothers to be deported

first_img– for overstaying time in GuyanaTwo Chinese men were on Thursday morning fined for overstaying their time in Guyana when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Zeyong Laing, 32, and Zebem Laing, 33, were separately charged for the offence. It was alleged that between June 20, 2016 and May 30, 2017, at Georgetown, the siblings failed to comply with conditions subject to which any permit had been granted, that is to say having been permitted to stay in the country from May 19, 2016 to June 20, 2016 they overstayed the said period.The men, through their translator, pleaded guilty to the charge brought against them, relating that they were both mechanics who resided in Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) during their stay in the country.Prosecutor Arvin Moore revealed that the men entered the country legally via Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) using their Republic of China Passports, and were granted a month’s stay in the country. However, on May 30, 2017, Police conducted a raid on a logging work site in Linden where the defendants worked and required them to produce their travel documents per normal.After the brothers uttered their passports, investigations revealed that they had overstayed their time in the country after checks made with the Central Immigration and Passport Department exposed that the men had never applied for an extension.When given a chance to speak by the Magistrate, the younger Laing apologised while indicating he was not familiar with the English language.The elder sibling stated that he was extremely sorry for his action, and had learnt a valuable lesson from his ignorance of the laws of Guyana. In the future, he added, he will see that he educates himself as well as others on the relevant protocols in an effort to prevent a reoccurrence.They were each ordered to pay a fine of $30,000 or serve an alternative four weeks behind bars. Chief Magistrate McLennan ordered that the defendants be escorted to the nearest port of exit after the payment of the fine or serving the stipulated time.The brothers noted that they have already purchased tickets to their country of origin and were set to depart on the afternoon flight.last_img read more

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Fundraiser for family of 4-year-old with cancer happening in Cecil Lake this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local woman is hosting a fundraiser for the family of 4-year-old Natalie Small in Cecil Lake this weekend.Last December, Small was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblasma and has been at B.C. Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy ever since. Natalie’s parents have since been making many round trips to care for her while she’s in hospital, while also caring for her siblings back home.Local resident Stacy Tindill says she doesn’t know the Small family, but has reached out to tell them about the fundraiser, which is taking place at the Cecil Lake Community Hall this Saturday. Tindill said that the Community Hall and Canteen have been donated for the event, which she said is being put on as a winter farmer’s market with vendors and a silent auction.- Advertisement -Tindill said she was inspired to keep helping the Small family with their travel expenses after seeing so many members of the community come out to raise money for her in February. She added that vendor tables are still available, and is also looking for items to be donated to the silent auction.For more information about the fundraiser, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/108346613329048/last_img read more

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You’re next Toure! Pellegrini wants more stars to commit to Man City

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful more of the key members of his squad will commit their long-term futures to Manchester City in the coming days.It’s been a positive couple of days for the Premier League champions, who have managed to tie the likes of captain Vincent Kompany, playmaker David Silva and star striker Sergio Aguero down to new five-year contracts.Forward Samir Nasri and defender Aleksandar Kolarov also agreed fresh terms earlier in the summer while, in a further statement of ambition, £32million defender Eliaquim Mangala joined the club on a five-year deal on Monday.And Pellegrini believes all are proof of the positive direction of the club, with the Chilean anticipating further good news with Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko rumoured to be next on the list.“I think it is very important for the club to retain the best players,” the City chief said.“I think it is also important for the club that they want to stay here because they are working very well and this is a club that has a lot of ambition for the future. They understand that.“Maybe you will know in the next few days about other players who extend their contracts.”Meanwhile, Pellegrini also confirmed Mangala is not ready to make his debut as City open the defence of their title at Newcastle on Sunday.The 23-year-old Frenchman has had little time to settle in since arriving from Porto and the manager is keen for him to work more in training.He added: “Mangala needs to work more with the team to be able to play. It will not be this weekend.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini with midfielder Yaya Toure last_img read more

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Richardson to speak on Latin America at UCLA

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Richardson campaign yesterday announced it is donating $10,000 to the Red Cross to assist in relief efforts as a result of the Southern California wildfires. In his role as New Mexico’s governor, he ordered two strike teams of five Type 1 fire engines per unit and 21 crew members per team to California to assist in structure protection. Richardson received 2 percent in Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll released yesterday, putting him in a statistical tie for fourth with Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton led with 48 percent, followed by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama with 17 percent and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards with 13 percent. The telephone poll of 469 Democratic primary voters conducted between Friday and Monday has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Richardson fared better in surveys taken in the crucial early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire in September and October. He received between 7 percent and 10 percent in five polls in Iowa and between 6 percent and 11 percent in five New Hampshire surveys. WESTWOOD – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will deliver what a campaign aide called a major policy address on Latin America at UCLA today, as he continues to tout his foreign policy experience in his attempt to reach the top tier of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Richardson is also scheduled to participate in a panel discussion with experts. The event is organized by the New Democrat Network, a think tank seeking to assist progressive Democratic candidates. Richardson’s appearance comes two days after his campaign released a television commercial where he was praised by the two American aerospace workers whose release he won in 1995 through negotiations as a congressman with then-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Richardson, 59, was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1997-98. He has called for a foreign policy consisting of “strong diplomacy, backed up by a strong military and strong alliances.” last_img read more

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Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan to start? Predicted Arsenal XI v Everton

first_img 11 11 9. Alexandre Lacazette (Centre forward) 11 7. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Right attacking midfield) 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (Right back) 11 10. Jack Wilshere (Centre midfield) 18. Nacho Monreal (Left back) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (Centre back) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Arsenal line-up 11. Mesut Ozil (Left attacking midfield) 11 33. Petr Cech (Goalkeeper) 11 20. Shkodran Mustafi (Centre back) 35. Mohamed Elneny (Centre midfield) ARSENAL V EVERTON IS LIVE ON TALKSPORT. CLICK HERE FOR A LIVE STREAM OF THE MATCH ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, KICK-OFF 17:30.The transfer window has closed and the game of football once again takes centre stage this weekend.The Premier League returns following the midweek madness, and a number of January signings will be hoping to make their first appearances for their new clubs.Arsenal are one of those clubs who were busy throughout the transfer window, bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates and selling Olivier Giroud to Chelsea.Mkhitaryan made his first appearance for the Gunners on Tuesday night, but he is in line for his full debut on Saturday, while Aubameyang is unlikely to start the game against Everton due to illness.So, who will Arsene Wenger select against the Toffees? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line-up… 11 11 8. Aaron Ramsey (Centre attacking midfield) last_img read more

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Wolves sweep West Ham aside to pile more misery on Manuel Pellegrini

first_imgRaul Jimenez was the star as Wolves sealed a comfortable victory over lifeless West Ham.The on-loan Benfica forward continued his excellent season with two goals in the final 10 minutes to clinch a 3-0 win.Romain Saiss opened the scoring to break the Hammers’ resistance and help lift Wolves to seventh in the Premier League.The excellent Lukasz Fabianski had initially threatened to deny the hosts victory, saving from Diogo Jota, Jonny, Matt Doherty and Saiss. 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Seconds later, the goalkeeper game to the rescue again when, after the corner was only half cleared, he blocked Saiss’ effort from 10 yards.Any Hammers threat had disappeared and they were increasingly reliant on Fabianski, who again denied Jonny as his defensive colleagues dithered.But he was powerless to stop Saiss’ 66th-minute opener from the resulting corner when the defender got ahead of Masuaku to nod in his second goal of the season from eight yards.The hosts poured forward and were furious when referee David Coote rejected strong penalty claims when Jota was barged down by Pablo Zabaleta.Arnautovic’s evening ended soon after as he limped off having been clattered by Ruben Neves.Wolves then wrapped up the points with 10 minutes remaining when Jimenez volleyed in Joao Moutinho’s free kick from eight yards.The Mexico international still had time to add a third four minutes from time when he clipped over Fabianski from Jota’s pass. BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade It was more misery for West Ham RANKED Wolves earned a comfortable win MONEY REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move But it took until the 22nd minute for the hosts to spark when Matt Doherty’s appeals for a penalty after Arthur Masuaku’s clumsy challenge were waved away.Soon after Leander Dendoncker’s tame flicked effort was straight at Fabianski while Felipe Anderson dragged wide from 25 yards.Wolves had grown into the game despite the instantly forgettable start and Jonny came closest to breaking the monotony after 31 minutes.A slick move ended with Jimenez’s deep cross finding the wing-back but he planted a diving header wide.Jimenez had begun to cause problems and he was a nuisance again when he directed Jonny’s ball onto the bar and Leander Dendoncker netted the follow up – but Jimenez had been ruled fractionally offside.Encouraged, Wolves pressed before the break as the Hammers retreated and Fabianski saved from Doherty’s low effort.The pattern continued in the second half and Fabianski had to be alert again to shovel Jota’s low drive behind on 59 minutes. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury It was another sobering defeat for the 10th-placed Hammers after their shock FA Cup exit to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.And they lost Marko Arnautovic to injury after his return following his brief transfer saga amid interest from China.The forward, who signed a new deal on Saturday, could have earned £41million with a move but was anonymous at Molineux before limping off.And, in front of watching England boss Gareth Southgate, defenders Ryan Bennett and Conor Coady kept Wolves’ first clean sheet in nine outings. ADVICE 2last_img read more

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