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

PUL Hands Out Awards

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) conducted its Annual Awards and Dinner Night at the Paynesville City Hall on Friday, July 1, bringing together journalists, government officials, civil society organizations, international organizations, well-wishers, among others.The president of the Press Union, Kamara Abdullai Kamara, in his statement, urged the media to cooperate with the Press Union of Liberia to promote solidarity among media groups in the country, and further encouraged the media to help ordinary citizens by providing them with accurate news and information during the upcoming general and presidential elections.Mr. Kamara said that the awards are the result of the sacrifices and creativity put forward by journalists in telling their stories, and said the awards should serve as an impetus for them to work harder.Representing the Liberian government, Assistant Minister for Information Services at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Wellington Geevon Smith, assured the PUL and its membership that the government will not do anything to hinder press freedom in Liberia.He stated that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the Table Mountain Declaration and the Freedom of Information Act as clear indications of the government’s commitment to press freedom.He urged the media to help protect the democracy that is being enjoyed in Liberia, and called on PUL officials to sensitize its members on the difference between journalism and social activism.Several journalists and media institutions received awards for various areas of reporting. The Journalist of the Year went to Rodney Sieh of FrontPage Africa newspaper; Environmental Reporter of the Year was awarded to Julius D. Jeh of Fabric Radio; while Anthony Stevens and MaeAzango won the Health Reporter and Development Reporter of the Year awards, respectively.Other awards included, Photo-Journalist of the Year, Columnist of the Year, and Investigative Reporter of the Year as well as Newscaster of the Year, Business and Economist Reporter of the Year, Women’s Rights Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.Fabric Radio was awarded the Best Radio Station of the Year, while Power Television and Front Page Africa were awarded as Best Television Station and Best Newspaper of the Year respectively.The 2016 PUL Awards and Dinner Night was supported by the United States Agency for International Development, SRIMEX Oil and Gas, United Nations Development Program, Coca Cola, Kailondo Petroleum, INTERNEWS, and the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).The PUL selection is based on submission of entries as required by a committee the authority set up to scrutinize each of the entries a reporter or a radio station would submit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agriculture Minister avoids question on broken promises

first_imgWales conversion plans?Some two years ago, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder made several announcements about wide-ranging diversification plans for the Wales Sugar Estate, signalling that many workers from that entity could be retained under the new venture.Former Wales Estate worker Alex Paul SinghHowever, the initiatives never materialised – so much so that land that was to be converted into rice cultivation has been overtaken by weeds and bushes.On Monday, the Agriculture Minister was questioned by Guyana Times on the status of the conversion plans, but he declined to provide an update on the basis that management of the sugar industry was transferred to the Finance Ministry. The Minister similarly avoided responding to the assertion that he broke promises to sugar workers and to the public concerning the plans for diversification announced in 2016.“How can I offer a comment when it’s not under my purview? It would be wrong,” Minister Holder told this publication on Monday.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderLast Wednesday, the Minister pointed out that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) was no longer under the Agriculture Ministry. He made these comments around the time that dismissed workers from Wales were protesting in front of the Ministry, calling for his removal.“GuySuCo is vested in National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).  NICIL falls under the Ministry of Finance. In short, GuySuCo has been removed from the ambit of agriculture to the Ministry of Finance,” Minister Holder had stated.However, it is not clear whether or not the Minister’s disclosure of GuySuCo coming under NICIL was ever legally stipulated, as it was the closed estates that were transferred under the State-owned company. The January 7, 2018 edition of this newspaper published that the divested estates were transferred to NICIL as guided by the Public Corporations Act, Chapter 19:05. The estates included Skeldon, East Demerara and Wales. There was no mention that GuySuCo in its entirety was ever transferred to NICIL.In February 2017, the Minister told the National Assembly that the Wales Sugar Factory would be converted into a business establishment that would see the rearing of poultry and livestock. Prior to that, Minister Holder had announced in May 2016 that Government was examining the feasibility of converting the factory into plants that would have processed dairy products and fruit juices, among other products.A section of the land overgrown with weeds and bushes at Vriesland, West Bank Demerara (Shemuel Fanfair file photo)Meanwhile, as Government-recruited international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers continues to evaluate GuySuCo’s assets for privatisation and divestment, former Wales workers are asking when they will receive their severance pay. Guyana Times understands that even some of the workers who were transferred to Uitvlugt want termination benefits from their years of service at Wales. This newspaper was told that many opted against receiving severance, because they were under the impression that they would continue working at Wales under the diversification plans, namely rice cultivation.Former Wales worker Alex Paul Singh told Guyana Times that during 2017 he worked on the rice field in the backdam, but he stressed that this was not his field of work as he was a “bull man”, that is a worker who pulls punts along the estate canals.“Me ah bull man and me wuk come redundant and as such, me like to get severance,” Singh stressed, claiming that his colleagues in that department have not received their termination benefits.Speaking in December 2016, GuySuCo Finance Director and now acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Bhim had told reporters that some 100 of the 1000 Wales dismissed workers were identified for the rice conversion plans, including husbandry practices. This came in light of the promises by GuySuCo that it intended to convert some 485 acres of land at Wales Estate to rice cultivation.It was during a visit to Wales earlier this month that Guyana Times was shown sections of the land that were being overtaken by weeds. Workers who live in Vriesland, West Bank Demerara had expressed much dismay that, to date, no rice has been reaped.last_img read more

Driver hits patrol car, eludes deputy

first_img“The suspect then reached into his waistband and simultaneously backed his vehicle into the patrol unit and into one of the deputies during the process,” Macias said. He said the deputies feared for their safety. One of them fired at the suspect, hitting the car. “He doesn’t believe he struck him,” Macias said. The suspect then drove off in the blue 4-door compact vehicle with Utah license plates. Maxwell said the man and woman earlier seen running into a room were arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants. About eight hours after the shooting, the suspect’s getaway car with two bullet holes turned up in the 12600 block of Zeus Avenue in Norwalk. It was empty. Deputies are looking for the man and the woman who were in the car. They were described as Latino and the man has a shaved head. The sheriff’s Internal Affairs department is investigating the shooting. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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.Maxwell said the deputies received information that the ex-boyfriend drove a green pickup, sometimes stays at hotels in the area and that he had a gun. They didn’t find the ex-boyfriend but had a different encounter instead. When the deputies pulled into the parking lot, Maxwell said two people ran into a room. Nearby was a car. The deputies made contact with two people inside the parked car, said Deputy Hugo Macias, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. He said the driver became “extremely uncooperative” but didn’t elaborate. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Deputies are looking for a man who backed into a patrol car early Tuesday morning then tried to run over a deputy who fired at him. Investigators later found the getaway car abandoned in Norwalk. They also went to another location in Norwalk but the man there wasn’t the suspect. No one was injured in the 4:14 a.m. incident that took place in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in the 13400 block of Excelsior Drive in Santa Fe Springs. Two deputies were at the motel looking for a man suspected of harassing his former girlfriend who has a restraining order against him, according to Capt. Pat Maxwell. last_img read more

Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham: Harry Kane goal salvages point for Spurs

first_imgHarry Kane scored a fantastic strike to rescue a point against Liverpool as Tottenham kept in touch with league leaders Leicester.After a mistake-ridden first half, Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds the lead after the break with a well-worked one-two with Daniel Sturridge.However only ten minutes later and Spurs were level as Kane scored his 11th goal in as many games.The result means Tottenham cut Leicester’s lead at the top to four points with the Foxes to play their game in hand against Southampton on Sunday.Liverpool looked like they had blown any outside chance they had of claiming the coveted fourth place last time out against Southampton but started quickly against Tottenham.James Milner had an early chance after good work from Adam Lallana but his shot was well blocked by Kevin Wimmer.However Mamadou Sakho was in a particularly clumsy mood and gifted in-form Harry Kane a great chance to counter attack but he dragged his effort wide of Simon Mignolet’s post.Sturridge, who looked rusty for England in midweek, had a golden opportunity to put the Reds a goal ahead but, despite being in acres of space and one-on-one with Hugo Lloris, he fired straight at the Frenchman’s legs.And Lloris was to thank again when his cat-like reflexes denied Lallana’s turn and volley.Tottenham started the second half the stronger of the two sides but Liverpool struck on the counter in the 51st minute when Coutinho exchanged passes with Sturridge before cushioning it effortlessly into the bottom corner of the net.Spurs nearly hit straight back but Heung-Min Son couldn’t direct his volley on target after Eric Dier’s delightful lofted pass.After 62nd minute Spurs did level and it was a stunning finish from Harry Kane after easily turning Dejan Loven before beating Mignolet for his 22nd Premier League goal of the season.As the game entered the closing moments Coutinho came within inches of snatching victory but his shot flew just wide of the post with Lloris rooted to the spot.The draw means Liverpool remain in ninth place but they continue their record of only losing once to Spurs at Anfield since 1998. Harry Kane becomes the first Tottenham player to score 22 Premier League goals 1last_img read more

Federer, Davenport get Aussie top seeds

first_img 160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaTop-seeded Lindsay Davenport will play Australian Casey Dellacqua in the first round in her tough quarter of the women’s draw that also features Venus Williams and 2004 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, meaning either one could meet Davenport in the quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, takes on Germany’s Sandra Kloesel in the first round while defending champion Serena Williams, also in Sharapova’s quarter and Davenport’s half, has a tough opener against China’s Li Na. Martina Hingis, a three-time Australian Open singles champion trying to come back after a three-year retirement, has drawn Vera Zvonareva of Russia, while former champion Mary Pierce plays Nicole Pratt of Australia. Second-seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium, bothered by a hip injury, will face Cho Yoon-jeong of South Korea. Also in Federer’s quarter of the draw is Tommy Haas of Germany, the former No. 2 who beat Federer in an exhibition tournament this week. Haas opens against the former world junior champion, Richard Gasquet of France. Second-seeded Andy Roddick and fourth-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, in the same half of the draw, have both drawn qualifiers for their first-round matches. center_img MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt were placed in the same half of the Australian Open draw today, meaning two of the favorites for the season’s first major could meet in the semifinals. The top-seeded Federer will play a wild card entry, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, in the first round of the tournament beginning Monday. The third-seeded Hewitt, who lost in the second round and quarterfinals of two warmup tournaments, opens against Robin Vik of the Czech Republic. last_img read more

COULD ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR SET UP HOME IN CO DONEGAL?

first_imgIT’S already a favourite holiday spot for Sarah Jessica Parker – now another glamorous Hollywood star says she quite fancies the idea of one day living in Co Donegal.New York actress Anne Hathaway, 29, might just be torn however; she has relatives in Co Cork too.The star of the Princess Diaries has been tracing her Irish heritage to both Donegal and Cork. Said Anne: “On my father’s side, we have relatives all over Cork and Donegal. Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I’ll end up living there.“When I’ve established myself in America, and I don’t need to live near the action, so to speak. If you’re good, the work will come to you. I feel very Irish; maybe that’s why I’ve been so lucky with my career.”The star is exactly the sort of Irish-American that those behind the Donegal Diaspora Project are hoping to attract to the county.The organisation launched its outreach programme at a Letterkenny hotel last week. And this morning a group in Inver launched their own genealogy project hoping to boost the local economy through tourism.COULD ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR SET UP HOME IN CO DONEGAL? was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Offending common sense

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! County officials have offered $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of Marcus Fennell Pierce, a man who, by all accounts, belongs behind bars. The question is why he isn’t there already. According to the Sheriff’s Department, on Monday Pierce brutally beat and tried to sexually assault his 12-year-old niece in her Canyon Country home. Although she was able to fight off the attack, she ended up in the hospital with a broken nose and eye socket, as well as other injuries. Pierce’s rap sheet includes other forced sexual assaults on children under the age of 14. He was just released from prison on Feb 2., suggesting that it took less than two weeks for him to re-offend. Now, it’s no secret that sex offenders who prey on children typically attack again. So why are these predators released at all, or at least so quickly? Under the California penal code, a sex crime like the one that landed Pierce in prison carries a measly sentence of three to eight years. That is grossly inadequate. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant There are currently various efforts in Sacramento to tighten up the state’s unconscionably lax sex-offender laws. Most notably, legislative couple Sen. George and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, Republicans who represent the Antelope Valley, are pushing to put a “Jessica’s Law” initiative on the November ballot. The measure would impose sentences of no less than 15 years on those who molest children under the age of 14. It would also subject released offenders to lifelong GPS-monitoring. Whether through Jessica’s Law or legislative reform, the need for stricter sexual-predator laws couldn’t be clearer. Let Marcus Fennell Pierce be one more reminder of that – and hopefully the last.last_img read more

Sweet side of moviegoing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Working at a machine dispensing strawberry and banana smoothies to passers-by at last week’s Sho- West Convention in Las Vegas, Steve Nilforoushan stood out like a raisin in a bowl of M&M’s. On the expansive convention floor at Bally’s Hotel, healthy snacks were not exactly the order of the day at this annual gathering of theater owners who are used to selling their patrons popcorn, candy, sodas and other calorie-packed fare. There stood an undeterred Nilforoushan, enthusiastically handing out thousands of samples of his Smoovies, a drink he is marketing as a movie snack “without the guilt.” “The trade floor was all garbage, all junk food, Coke, candy, popcorn,” Nilforoushan said Thursday. “We are providing a healthy alternative for people who are staying away from the Cokes and the popcorn. People are working out more, watching what they are eating. “Even McDonald’s has healthy options, and theaters have not tapped into the healthy market.” But do enough people really want to eat healthy when they head to the multiplex? According to the National Association of Concessionaires, the old standbys show no sign of fading. “Popcorn, sodas and candy, that’s what people associate with the movies, and other things like nachos and hot dogs and ice cream,” said Susan Cross, the association’s director of communications. “But concessionaires are always trying new things and if they sell, they keep them, and drop them if they don’t. It’s a supply and demand type thing.” At ShoWest, both Coca-Cola and Pepsi had enormous booths touting various flavors and drinks, but most folks gravitated right to the colas. At booths with free samples of such chocolate treats as M&M’s, Raisinets, Goobers and Milk Duds, there was heavy traffic throughout the three-day trade show. With box office revenue down by nearly 6 percent in 2005 from a year earlier and ticket sales at their lowest in almost a decade, theater owners have had to rely more on snack sales. Popcorn, in particular, is highly profitable for exhibitors, as it is inexpensive for them to buy but can be steep for patrons. But most movie fans, while complaining loudly about the rising cost of concessions, simply can’t resist indulging. “It’s just traditional to go with the movies; you want popcorn in the movie, with butter,” 22-year-old Bryan Harada said Wednesday night at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood. Cameron Edmondson, a 24-year-old Hollywood resident going to see “V For Vendetta” at the Arclight, said he was already having cravings. “I want junk food,” he said. “Carrot sticks and smoothies are for when people can actually see what you’re eating.” Cross said part of what has limited new and innovative snack items from catching on in theaters is the fact that movie houses have to serve food and drinks in a quick and efficient manner. There is also not much room for food that takes up a lot of equipment space to prepare. “When you add a new product, you have to take that into consideration,” she said. “But as with any industry, things are constantly changing with new technology.” Nilforoushan took that into consideration and avoided the need for any type of blenders to make his Smoovies. The blended drinks come already prepared and are dispensed as easily as fountain drinks or slushes. Nilforoushan, 30, launched the business with best friend Jason Melancon and is confident they can offer an alternative with appeal even for hard-core junk food junkies. Their Danville, Calif.-based company is just at the beginning stages in terms of signing up customers, but since ShoWest, the phone has been ringing nonstop. “We’re not going in this to try and compete with Coke or Icee or M&M’s,” Nilforoushan said. “There is a missing piece of the pie and we are completing the pie.” Greg Hernandez, 818-713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Who’s got a top four finish in the bag? Insight into recent form of contenders

first_img 7 7 There’s only three weeks to go until the 2016/17 Premier League season comes to a close.While Sunderland’s drop to the Championship has already been confirmed, we’re still a few results away from getting a solid picture of positions at the other end of the table.In makes perfect sense, then, to take a look at the recent form and the remaining games of the clubs competing for a place in the top four…1. ChelseaThe Blues need three wins from their remaining four games to secure the title, with Spurs, currently four points behind, their major rivals for the trophy. There have been defeats to Manchester United, Tottenham and Crystal Palace in their last 10 games, but they’ve afforded themselves a few errors along the way and should get away with those results.Form in last 10 games: DWWWLWWLWWRemaining league games: Middlesbrough (H), West Brom (A), Watford (H), Sunderland (H)2. Tottenham HotspurThe Spurs players will be kicking themselves for drawing so many games between October and November, knowing they could be much closer to Chelsea. Their form since defeat to Liverpool mid-February has been faultless. The title is in Chelsea’s hands, but Tottenham continue to keep the pressure on and could close the gap to one point on Friday night with a win over West Ham United.Form in last 10 games: LWWWWWWWWWRemaining league games: West Ham (A), Manchester United (H), Leicester City (A), Hull City (A)3. LiverpoolBefore the turn of the year, Liverpool were being spoken of as real contenders for the title. Such talk, now, is no more. Their form has been inconsistent, with points too often dropped against teams they should be comfortably beating. With a game in hand over their top four rivals (two in the case of Arsenal), they can’t afford any slip-ups over the next three weeks.Form in last 10 games: LWWDWDWWLWRemaining league games: Southampton (H), West Ham (A), Middlesbrough (H)4. Manchester CityWhere to start with City? Pep Guardiola hasn’t found the winning formula yet and will be looking to next season to make his mark in Manchester. For now though, his focus is on a top four finish. A season without Champions League football would be unthinkable and Manchester United are closing in. They could be made to suffer for draws with Middlesbrough and Stoke.Form in last 10 games: WWDDDLWWDDRemaining league games: Crystal Palace (H), Leicester City (H), West Brom (H), Watford (A)5. Manchester UnitedLast weekend’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City saw United set a new unbeaten record in a single season, with it now 25 games since the defeat to Chelsea in October. The Red Devils may have failed to break into the top four during this time, but there is now only one point separating themselves and neighbours City. Form in last 10 games: WDWDDWWWDDRemaining league games: Arsenal (A), Tottenham (A), Southampton (A), Crystal Palace (H)6. ArsenalThe Gunners deserve no better than to be positioned sixth. They’ve delivered a number of miserable performances this calendar year, coinciding with the furore surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger. Defeats in their last 10 games include West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace. Only a collapse of their rivals would see them return to the top four.Form in last 10 games: LWLLDWLWWLRemaining league games: Manchester United (H), Southampton (A), Stoke City (A), Sunderland (H), Everton (H) 3 = Manchester United have won 20 points from their last 10 games 7 7 7 7 3 = Liverpool have won 20 points from their last 10 games 6. Arsenal have won 13 points from their last 10 games – click the arrow above, right, to see find out who is the in-form Premier League team from the top six 2. Chelsea have won 22 points from their last 10 games 5. Manchester City have won 17 points from their last 10 games 1. Tottenham Hotspur are the Premier League’s in-form team, having won 27 points from their last 10 gameslast_img read more