Gardener appointed U-20 head coach

first_imgFormer Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner has replaced his 1998 World Cup teammate, Theodore Whitmore, as the national Under-20 head coach.Altimont Butler, also a former Reggae Boy, will be his assistant.Whitmore will be in charge of the national Futsal team that will be involved in a tournament in Cuba next January. Fabian Taylor will be his assistant.President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell in announcing the change at the Sherwin Williams Women’s League awards ceremony held at the JFF’s offices last Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the transition of local talent from the schoolboy level to national representation.”There has been a lot of talk about youth development in Jamaica. I am very happy to announce that JFF will be making some changes in this regard,” the JFF boss said.”The transition between the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup and the senior national team is not what it should be. After extensive discussions with the director of football (Vinimore Blaine), a decision was made to put the two former Reggae Boyz players in charge of the Under-20 team,” Burrell said.Butler told The Sunday Gleaner that although he has more experience as a coach than Gardner, he (Butler) is willing to play any role in a coaching position.”I am a Jamaican and will to do duties for the country in any role as a coach,” Butler said following the announcement.Butler, who has coached in Europe and the United States has a ‘B’ licence in football coaching, while Gardner is currently pursuing his licence. Gardner is also a member of Harbour View FC coaching staff.Jamaica will participate in the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers, starting next year.last_img read more

Ogle Airport tests readiness to respond to emergencies

first_imgThe ability of the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara, staffers and relevant stakeholders was put to the test on Friday morning when an emergency exercise was conducted at the facility where the team was exposed to responding to a firsthand mass causality incident and bomb threat.Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field told the media that such an exercise is supposed to be conducted at least once per year.During the emergency exercise, the Guyana Fire Service and the Police Force were summoned and promptly responded, he said.“I think the response time was could, could have been better. We commenced the exercise and within I think three or four minutes the Fire Service was out there so like I said we will look at the stopwatches. From my vantage point in the tower I would say that the response was in accordance with standard operating procedures,” Field explained.First aiders responding to a mass casuality at the Eugene F Correia International Airport during the emergency preparedness exerciseAlthough the activity was lauded a success, the Director warned that persons must not get complacent but rather, continue to work hard to be ready to manoeuver in the event of an actual emergency.Meanwhile, Captain Jack McGovern of Virginia, who has been participating in the exercises since 2006, pointed out that the session was intended to examine the preparedness of various departments at the airport.According to him, “The exercise today (Friday) was meant to test many varying levels. In years past we have dealt with one specific issue, whether it be a mass causality incident, a bomb threat or a fire”.McGovern noted that this year the airport was tested to respond to a mass causality incident and a bomb threat at the terminal building which went exceptionally well.He said too, “I think we will come away with things that we can learn from and implement as we move forward to build a better plan to respond even better in the future”.Participating in the emergency exercise were airport staff, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC), the Police Force, Fire Service and others.The need for airport personnel to be attentive to their surroundings and be prepared to offer help and even exit the building in an orderly manner was highlighted only last November when an aircraft crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.About 10 persons were hospitalised after the Boeing 757 aircraft crashed after it encountered hydraulic problems.last_img read more

Killbillies looking to add to crew for upcoming season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Energetic City Roller Derby Association will be holding a recruitment night next week. They’ll be gathering at Burgers and Brew on Tuesday and anyone with plans on joining the Killbillies on the track or as an official or volunteer are encouraged to attend.Experience on the track isn’t required as veteran members of the team will be teaching the ins and outs of the game.The season for the squad gets underway in March as they’ll be competing at the Northern Exposure Tournament in Prince George. The Killbillies will be on their home track three times this year with bouts on April 30, May 14, and June 25.- Advertisement -The recruitment night begins at 7 p.m. More information can be seen at the provided link.last_img read more

Minor Ball kicks off Wednesday

first_imgPlay ball – the season starts on Wednesday night for Fort St. John Minor Ball.- Advertisement -Organizer Kelly Kassian says there will be an orientation session on Wednesday (6 p.m. at Kin Park) for all players. Participants will be given their uniforms and schedules, and also meet their teammates. If the weather co-operates, players will also get a chance to throw a ball around to get into the swing of the new season.Kassian says ten teams are set to take the field this season, after a flood of registrations at the final sign-up session last Saturday.More volunteers and sponsors are still needed for the upcoming season, and anyone interested can call (250) 785-0282. By Jon Zackslast_img read more

Still no elections date

first_img… March 2, 2020 “earliest” possibility – Caretaker President…says Govt will return to Parliament to seek extension…PPP will not be blackmailed – PPPAlmost a year of procrastination after his Government’s defeat to a No-Confidence Motion has finally resulted in caretaker President David Granger announcing March 2, 2020, as the “earliest possible” date for elections.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoIn an address to the nation on Wednesday, Granger said that March 2, 2020 was arrived at following consultations with his Cabinet and a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair retired Justice Claudette Singh.“Justice Claudette Singh wrote me last Thursday, 19thSeptember, 2019, indicating that ‘the Guyana Elections Commission will be able to deliver credible elections by the end of February 2020’. I convened a meeting of available Cabinet ministers that very day, within hours of receiving her advice, to discuss the timeline provided to me by the Chairman”.President David GrangerHe added that a second meeting of the full ‘Cabinet’ (which according to the Caribbean Court of Justice, stands resigned) was held on September 24 when all members accepted the advice provided by the Chair of the Elections Commission. According to Granger, the ‘Cabinet’ also “benefitted” from the advice of Attorney General Basil Williams.He explained that during Wednesday’s meeting with Justice Singh, they discussed the statutory timelines for the upcoming General and Regional Elections. Granger also noted that there will be a return to the National Assembly in order to seek an extension of time for his government in office.Blaming the Elections Commission again, the President said that the extension of a period beyond three months for the holding of an election is related to the GECOM’s readiness to hold the elections. “The Government of Guyana must, as a consequence, return to the National Assembly to request an extension. The National Assembly reconvenes on 10th October 2019. The President is required to both dissolve Parliament as provided for in the Constitution at Article 70 (2) and the ten Regional Democratic Councils as provided for in the Constitution at Article 73 (2),” Granger also said in his address.Granger cited Article 61 of the Constitution, which states: “An election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within three months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by proclamation”.He went on to reference Article 70 (2), which states further that: “The President may at any time by proclamation dissolve Parliament”, while Article 73 (2) provides that: “Elections of members of regional democratic councils shall be held and the councils shall be dissolved at such times as subject to paragraph (3), the President may appoint by proclamation”.BlackmailBut Granger’s insistence on returning to Parliament to seek an extension is not finding favour with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who has said repeatedly that he and the Opposition parliamentarians would not be returning to the house to extend the Government’s life.During an interview on radio show on Tuesday, Jagdeo had expressed his belief that the real motive for the Government seeking an extension is to cover actions taken outside of the scope of a caretaker government, during the months after it lost the no confidence vote.“The greed behind this all, they have been engaged in a rape of the treasury and handing out assets. The moment we go back to Parliament and extend the life of the government, we clothe them with constitutional legitimacy,” Jagdeo said.“Then we would give some legal coverage to all the monies stolen, the lands transferred, so we may not be able to investigate these acts of corruption in the last year, when they should not have been done because they had no powers to do so… they’re worried about (themselves), because they’re going to be investigated. This tiny cabal”.On Wednesday evening, in a stinging statement following the caretaker President’s address to the nation, the PPP said that the illegal President ended yet another address to the nation with the Guyanese people being no clearer than they were before. According to the party, his address has not given a definitive date for General and Regional Elections; rather, he says: “…the earliest possible date for the holding of General and Regional Elections will be on Monday, 2nd March 2020”.“His evidenced history of flip-flopping does not inspire confidence in anything that he says. Therefore, nothing short of a signed proclamation from him, declaring a date for General and Regional Elections, will be credible. Further, Mr Granger links a parliamentary extension of the life of his illegal government to the readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to hold Elections, by saying: ‘The extension of a period beyond three months for the holding of an election is related to the Elections Commission’s readiness to hold the elections. The Government of Guyana must, as a consequence, return to the National Assembly to request an extension’. There is no valid link between these two issues. A return to the National Assembly is wholly unnecessary for him to discharge his constitutional duty to proclaim a date for Elections and dissolve Parliament, nor is it linked to a requirement for GECOM to be ready for Elections,” the PPP statement said.The party said it remains convinced that Granger’s call for a return to the National Assembly is an attempt to blackmail the parliamentary Opposition into extending the life of his illegal Government, so that he can secure some legal cover for the many illegal acts, including the approval of billions in contracts, which have been committed since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2019.“All of this is taking place as he grasps for some level of respectability. Granger’s comment that ‘…we are on the right path to preserve our precious parliamentary democracy’ could not be further from the truth. His actions have not only undermined our standing as a democracy, but has caused Guyana to come in for international condemnation. To date, the illegal President remains the biggest threat to our democracy. He has failed to comply with the Constitution of Guyana and pushed our nation into unconstitutional rule without hesitation,” the party said.GECOMAfter Granger was briefed by Justice Singh that GECOM would be able to hold elections at the end of February, the President came under increasing pressure to name an election date; something he had promised to do after he was advised by GECOM.It was only on Monday that the Commonwealth became the latest in a line of organisations to urge the President to call elections immediately. Similar calls also came from the United States, British and European Union diplomatic representatives.Meanwhile, it was announced by GECOM on Tuesday that Claims and Objections will start on October 1; a necessary move towards having an Official List of Electors (OLE) to conduct elections.The exercise will last for 35 days, with the qualifying date to be eligible to vote being December 31. In addition, it was announced that GECOM would engage the United States and the Commonwealth to inform them of which observers they will be sending.last_img read more

Rally for immigrants delayed to avoid conflict with parade

first_img“Having both events simultaneously would have posed significant challenges from a logistical and staffing standpoint, not to mention the traffic problems,” Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said. “We are grateful to everyone for working out a compromise.” Juan Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA said the deal will serve to help bring more people to each event. “We think more than 50,000 people will come to this,” he said of the immigrants-rights rally. Gutierrez said other events also will be planned during the summer to bring attention to immigration issues, which drew more than 1 million people last year to a downtown rally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials announced a deal Tuesday to change the date of an immigrants-rights demonstration to avoid a conflict with a planned Golden Dragon parade this month. Officials with Latino Movement USA and several other groups agreed to set their rally – designed as the first of a series of demonstrations across the country – for April 7 at City Hall. The groups had sought to hold the rally this Saturday, but the Golden Dragon Ceremony marking the start of the Chinese New Year was set for that date. That event generally draws more than 100,000 people every year. last_img read more

Sala tragedy sparks unsavoury legal wrangle

first_imgThe plane carrying the striker and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the English Channel en route to the Welsh capital on January 21, two days after he completed his transfer from Nantes.Cardiff have so far refused to pay the first instalment of the club record fee, believed to be £5 million, as they await the results of an Air Accidents Investigations Bureau (AAIB) probe into the causes of the crash.The Telegraph reported on Sunday that Cardiff believe that if the AAIB find Ibbotson did not hold the necessary licence to carry passengers on a commercial basis, then a negligence claim could be launched against whoever arranged the flight.That would point the finger at agents Willie and Mark McKay, who were hired by Nantes to secure the transfer.Willie McKay has accused Cardiff of “trying to throw me under the bus” in an attempt to avoid paying the transfer fee.Speaking to The Times, Willie McKay said his son Mark arranged the fateful flight carrying Sala and Ibbotson, just as he had organised several flights for brokers of the deal in the weeks previously, including Cardiff manager Neil Warnock.Willie McKay also rejected a statement from Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman that the club were unaware of who made Sala’s flight arrangements.In his published timeline of events, Willie McKay said: “Emiliano was due to be met by the Cardiff City player liaison officer who was waiting for him to arrive at the Signature Flight Support building at Cardiff Airport on Monday evening (January 21). Cardiff City knew of the flight and who organised the flight.”Cardiff have also reportedly questioned Willie McKay’s practice of trying to inflate transfer fees by fabricating interest in players from clubs.“It was us who put in the media about other clubs wanting you – West Ham, Everton etc – to create an interest in you, that’s what we do,” Willie McKay wrote in a letter to Sala that has now been made public.However, that is a common, if dubious, practice among football agents and Cardiff’s case to use that as a reason for avoiding any part of the transfer fee is unlikely to be met with favour should the case proceed to court.Nantes believe their contractual responsibilities to Sala ended when his transfer to Cardiff was completed prior to the crash © NOTICIAS ARGENTINAS/AFP/File / HONantes believe the McKays’ work for them ended when Sala’s move was completed, therefore absolving them of any responsibility over the arrangements of the flight.What happens next?The Guardian reported that Nantes will take their case to FIFA if the £5 million instalment is not paid.“FIFA has not been contacted on this matter,” world football’s governing body said when contacted by AFP.According to BBC Wales Sport, both Cardiff and Nantes on Wednesday agreed to a one-week extension to the deadline, meaning the Bluebirds now have until February 27 to start paying the fee.If Cardiff don’t pay by then, a resolution via FIFA’s players’ status committee or even the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is likely.“There are, in my opinion, two possible solutions,” sports lawyer Gianpaolo Monteneri, who was head of FIFA’s Players’ Status Department from 1997-2005, told the Press Association.“The first one is that the parties have established to go to FIFA and, in such a case, the matter is submitted to the players’ status committee in the first instance, with the possibility of an appeal to CAS.Thousands of people, including his former teammates, attended Emiliano Sala’s funeral in his home town of Progreso in Argentina © AFP / JUAN MABROMATA“But it is also possible that the parties have decided to skip FIFA and go direct to CAS.”Should Cardiff be found to have failed to comply with their contractual obligations without due cause, a range of sanctions are on offer to FIFA, according to Monteneri.“If certain deadlines, which are mentioned in the transfer contract, are not met then these may trigger consequences for the club in question.“This can be from an admonishment right up to a withdrawal of league points.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cardiff City and Nantes could go to court over the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala, who died when a plane carrying the Argentine crashed into the English Channel on January 21 © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – The tragedy of the plane crash that killed Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala has now entered an ugly aftermath as Premier League club Cardiff City and French side Nantes threaten to go to court over his £15 million transfer fee.Sala, who was buried at the age of 28 in the Argentine village of Progreso on Saturday, never played a game for Cardiff.last_img read more

Mark Warburton to be announced as new Rangers manager on Monday

first_img Mark Warburton 1 Former Brentford manager Mark Warburton will be announced as the new Rangers manager on Monday.Warburton, who guided the Bees to a surprise play-off spot last season, has swapped the English Championship for the Scottish Championship, signing a three-year contract with the Glasgow side.Despite the 52-year-old’s impressive results, Warburton was informed by the Brentford board in February that his managerial responsibilities would not extend beyond the course of the campaign, regardless of their achievements.Warburton will be joined at Ibrox by former Rangers captain and his Bees assistant David Weir, who will assume the same role at the Gers.Rangers will present the duo at a media conference on Monday at 2pm.last_img read more

Urris GAA club call for help with underage teams

first_imgClub membership is now due for 2017: Adult membership is €25, Student (3rd level and in full time education with Student ID) is €15 and under age is €5 (capped at €20 per family).Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will also have first preference on Donegal tickets for the coming season. Please contact Edward McLaughlin, Karen Kerr, Nichola Donaghey, John Farren or any committee member to get your membership.Under Age football-Help needed. There will be a meeting in the clubhouse on Friday night (Jan 13th) at 7.00pm. This is for anyone who is willing to get involved with any Under Age teams in the club both boys & girls. We really need more help as our numbers are very large at this level so any help in any way will be much appreciated. Anyone interested in helping in any way please attend the meeting. If you cannot attend please let Adrian Doherty or Michael Doherty (S) know. Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary,s Hall, Clonmany at 9.00pm.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday January 5th: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn: 8, 13, 15 & 22. €15 winners:Bradley Girls, Fahan.Neil Kemmy, Ballyliffin.Sinead Mc Conologue, Tirmaine.Cathal Toland, 6 Gaddyduff, Clonmany.Marie Mc Feeley, Prehen, Derry.jackpot next week €2,540. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.Foundation Course: There is a Foundation Course being held in the Malin GAA Clubhouse the weekend of Jan 20th & 21st. Anyone from the club interested in doing this course please contact John Friel on 0860523550. This course would be of benefit for all helping out with under age teams.Underage trainingFriday: U6 upstairs in the Youth Club from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.Friday: U8 on the Astro from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.Friday: U10 Girls on Astro from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.Saturday: U10 boys on Astro from 11am to 12 noon.Cost €2 per child to cover cost of the venue.Please Note: Parents/Guardians of all ages must sign their children on Friday evening & on Saturday morning if it their first time attending training. Tickets are now on sale for several excellent prizes including A new Opel Corsa Car, Travel vouchers, GAA All Ireland packages. Tickets are €10 and all funds raised by the club stays in the club to help with the day to day running of the club from under age to senior level. Club members and coaches will be out and about in the parish selling these tickets in the coming weeks. In addition to the prizes on the tickets the club is also running a club draw for all tickets sold, top prize an I phone, club merchandise etc.We have set up a Super 6 league. We will try to get as many as possible into it—-So Spread the Word. It is €10 a man/woman with 50% to the winner, rest will go towards gym equipment. Google Super 6, then join league and the code is FGWPFS.Please check our Facebook page daily for all club news.Urris GAA club call for help with underage teams was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Tottenham star holding out to sign for Paris Saint-Germain

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Danny Rose is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Schalke. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED LATEST moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets center_img three-way race Latest Transfer News targets Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose is hoping to join Paris Saint-Germain rather than joining German club Schalke, according to The Sun.The England World Cup star has been told he can leave Spurs this month and is the subject of interest from the French champions, who are after a first-choice left-back after selling Yuri Berchiche and being unsure about the quality of Layvin Kurzawa. IN DEMAND RANKED Schalke, who finished second in the Bundesliga last season, made contact with the Premier League side earlier this week about a loan move but PSG remains Rose’s preferred option on transfer deadline day.Rose, 28, will not complete either move today as the transfer window remains open in France, Germany and elsewhere in Europe until the end of August. TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tottenham’s longest-serving player has fallen behind Ben Davies in Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order following an injury which occurred against Sunderland in February 2017.A knee injury sidelined him for most of that year but he recovered to be part of England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals.last_img read more