JFF contracts sent out to Boyz – Burrell

first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, has disclosed that contracts have been sent out to members of the senior men’s national football squad, thus addressing one of the grievances the Reggae Boyz had at the start of the second round of World Cup Qualifying last month.On the eve of the start of Jamaica’s second-round World Cup campaign on Friday, November 13, the country’s players had reportedly become restive about unresolved contract issues. An agreement in principle was reached at the eleventh hour and Jamaica played the match, which they lost 0-2 in a lacklustre performance.Burrell expressed hope that the matter has now been put to rest.”Contracts have gone out to our players and those contracts are expected to be signed at the soonest, so we certainly hope that the next time around we will not have the kind of problems we faced the last time around,” the president said.”We need funds for taking care of airfare for our players. I recall the general secretary telling me that the last bill, over the last three months, we have spent just over J$30 million on airfares alone for players,” Captain Burrell said.It is estimated that the JFF will need close to J$ 1 billion to finance its World Cup campaign to Russia in 2018. Burrell revealed that the harsh economic time the country has been enduring is largely to blame. Sponsors, he said, have been coming on board, but not in ways that will have a great impact on the funding required for the World Cup campaign.”There are challenges, and we are trying to deal with the challenges,” he said.last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Can the Warriors win without Kevin Durant?

first_imgHOUSTON — I knew the question was coming before I opened my Twitter timeline.What do the Warriors do without Kevin Durant? A fair and complicated question. After all, the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals despite Durant leaving late in the third quarter because of a strained right calf. But can the Warriors do this beginning with Game 6 tonight and possibly beyond?Warriors coach Steve Kerr sounded optimistic both with that question and about Duran …last_img read more

South Africa pours cash into infrastructure

first_img18 June 2015By the end of 2014, South Africa had spent R1-trillion on developing its infrastructure.“The expenditure was in areas such as energy, water infrastructure, sanitation, rail, road-based public transport, and hospital revitalisation, among others,” said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.Speaking on Wednesday during the Vision 2030 Summit, Radebe highlighted the work that was under way as part of implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) specifically in infrastructure development.The NDP is aimed at eliminating poverty and inequality by 2030.He said investments in infrastructure would expand South Africa’s economic opportunities.Investments in the energy sector, he told delegates, included the construction of Medupi and Kusile power stations and Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.“South Africa has enabled significant investment in the renewable energy sector totalling some R168-billion in the four bidding windows announced to date,” he said, referring to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.South Africa was regarded as a global leader in renewable energy, having approved 79 independent power producer projects totalling 5 243 megawatts.Last year, Transnet announced a R50-billion investment to manufacture more than 1 000 locomotives.“The plan is that all locomotives except for the first 70 will be manufactured in South Africa and delivered by 2019. This will significantly expand Transnet’s general freight capacity to support economic activity as well as expand the country’s industrial capacity.”In 2012, Transnet Freight Rail announced the expansion of the Sishen iron ore line for R28.6-billion. The project was under way.In addition, R7-billion had been earmarked for investment in the country’s ports by Transnet Ports Authority as part of Operation Phakisa, which is aimed at unlocking the economic potential of the its oceans.“A further commitment of R9.2-billion of public and private investment for the construction of a new berth in Saldana Bay, the extension of the Mossgas Quay and the refurbishment of the Offshore Supply Base has also been made,” Radebe said.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) had awarded a tender for new rail rolling stock estimated to cost R51-billion. Prasa would spend R4-billion on new hybrid locomotives over 10 years. “A rail passenger factory will be established in Nigel, Ekurhuleni for the manufacture and assembly of locomotives and trains. It is expected that over 65 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created.”An upgrade of the Moloto Road was also recently announced, costing R1.1-billion, to improve safety and mobility on this road. The notoriously dangerous road, the R573, links Tshwane with Mpumalanga and Limpopo.In other expenditure, South Africa would spend R13-billion on the Research, Development and Support Programme through the Department of Science and Technology.The department would also make transfers to the National Research Foundation of R2.7-billion to support 4 539 researchers, 15 918 Masters students and 9 615 doctoral students.“It is important that we understand that initiatives by [the] government are not undertaken in isolation and form part of a broader mandate to expand economic opportunities and improve the lives of our people,” Radebe said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Damian Lillard unleashes 33 as Blazers beat struggling Mavericks

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Blazers led by as many as 13 in the first half, but Doncic hit a floater and a pair of free throws to put the Mavericks up 39-38.The threat didn’t last long and Portland pulled in front 58-52 on Jusuf Nurkic’s dunk. Maurice Harkless closed out the half with another dunk to give the Blazers a 65-52 lead at the break.Portland stretched the lead on 79-66 after Lillard’s 3-pointer. Another 3 put the Blazers up 87-69, and Dallas never threatened again.“In the third quarter Lillard just had a stretch like great players can have. He hit four 3s in a row and we were just unable to answer,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Then the crowd got into it and it just got away.”The Mavs (28-43) have lost eight straight on the road.Dirk Nowitzki, possibly playing his final season, was given a standing ovation in the final quarter when he got up and waved to the Moda Center crowd, which was chanting “We want Dirk.” Nowitzki did not play in the final period and finished with three points.“I just always remember this being a basketball town. The fans, the way they get behind their team here and get loud when their team makes big runs,” Nowitzki said. “It’s a tough place and they’ve always had really great teams year after year.”TIP-INSMavericks: Stotts said he expects Doncic to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Carlisle, told of the prediction, joked: “Boy, he’s really putting himself out there.”Trail Blazers: It was Lillard’s third double-double in his last five games. … The teams split their four-game season series. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, high-fives forward Maurice Harkless, right, after making a 3-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon— Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers believe they can use games like this one against Dallas to help them prepare for the final push toward the playoffs.“It’s not about who our opponent is, it’s about the style of play that we want to play, the discipline we want to have, the things we want to do well, that will translate to when we play against the top teams,” Lillard said. “As long as we have that right attitude and we do things the right way, I think we’ll keep getting this result when we play against teams we should beat.”ADVERTISEMENT Portland rested Lillard in the final period after a 17-point third quarter, which included a stretch when he hit four straight 3-pointers. Enes Kanter added 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his first double-double since joining the Blazers just before the All-Star break.“I thought it was another very special night by Damian,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought he pretty much controlled the game from our standpoint. He took advantage of his scoring opportunities, had another great night passing, finding people.”Portland was coming off a 106-98 victory at home over Indiana on Monday. That was the team’s first game without starting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his left knee last weekend. McCollum will be re-evaluated next week, and no timetable has been set for his return.The Blazers started Jake Layman for the second straight game in McCollum’s place.Lillard had 10 points and four assists as Portland took a 26-17 lead to close the first quarter. It was the lowest first-quarter point total for the Mavs this season.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Lillard had 33 points and 12 assists to lead Portland past the struggling Mavericks 126-118 on Wednesday night.Seth Curry scored 20 off the bench for the Blazers, who have won five of six as they try to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Portland (44-27) led by as many as 25, and Lillard hit six of the team’s 16 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLuka Doncic had 24 points for the Mavericks, who have lost nine of 10 and are ahead of only Phoenix in the Western Conference.The Trail Blazers are fourth in the West, a half-game back of Houston and in front of a cluster that includes the Spurs, Thunder, Jazz and Clippers. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other HONORING DIRKNowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the NBA’s career scoring list in the Mavericks’ 129-125 overtime loss to New Orleans on Monday. Stotts was an assistant with the Mavs from 2008-12.“It’s hard to put into words, especially to people of my generation. Wilt was untouchable. And for someone to be in that context, it’s hard to fathom,” Stotts said. “I think the way he’s done it, being the type of player that he is, he’s certainly not the type of player he just passed or the players in front of him. He did it his way, his own style, that I don’t think anyone could have foreseen 20 years ago.”UP NEXTMavericks: At the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Trail Blazers: Host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director In Dwyane Wade’s final game in San Antonio, Heat snap Spurs’ 9-game win streak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

G E Shipping Adds Secondhand Supramax

first_imgzoom Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has taken delivery of Jag Radha, a secondhand Supramax dry bulk carrier bought in October 2016.The 58,100 dwt Jag Radha, previously known as Star Manx, was purchased from the Isle of Man-based shipping company LT Ugland Shipping, VesselsValue’s data shows.The dry bulk carrier, which was built by China’s Tsuneishi Zhoushan, was bought for USD 10.7 million, according to VesselsValue.The 32,354 gross ton vessel features a length of 190 meters and a width of 32.3 meters.Including Jag Radha, the company’s current fleet stands at 38 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 14 dry bulk carriers, with an average age of 8.9 years and an aggregate tonnage of 2.94 million dwt.Additionally, G E Shipping has one newbuilding Kamsarmax on order and expects the delivery of two secondhand Aframaxes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more