Schafer’s struggles

first_img LACKING QUALITY Former Rivoli and Waterhouse coach Calvert Fitzgerald was critical of the overseas-born players in the squad, arguing that they lacked real quality and add nothing to the team. “The Jamaica national team is mainly made up of players from England who play in the lower leagues. A lot of them not even start in the championship. So it simply means they could not be all that good. None of them can land a contract out of England,” he said. Powell has been singled out for his performances but Rudolph Speid, the former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association president and current technical director at Red Stripe Premier league campaigner Cavalier,was a little more forgiving. “The public is against Alvas not for his playing. Everyone is looking that he walked out of the team and got back without a minute suspension, but I don’t think he is a bad player. He has been found wanting, but he is young,” he reasoned, before giving his assessment of the team’s chances in their remaining two group games. “Panama has everything in their favour. They have the points, they have the goal difference, they are at home and physically, we cannot bully them, so it’s for the coach to choose the right tactics,” Speid said. “We will definitely need help from other teams, most notable from Costa Rica, and we have to be perfect in our two games.” Powell has also come under pressure for his lapses defensively, but Speid put his mistakes down to inexperience. Schafer was contacted yesterday, but declined to comment. Meanwhile, Jamaica sits third in their group on four points – three less than Panama, where they will travel to on September 2; and six behind leaders Costa Rica. Haiti, who will play in Kingston on September 6, are in last place on one point. Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer and his technical staff have been given a failing grade by local coaches, after the team’s unconvincing showing in recent times, underlined by poor results in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica. Defensive weakness, incorrect tactics, apparent discontent in the camp and the presence of what some have called substandard overseas-born players, are among the major issues mentioned. It has been suggested that the return of defender Alvas Powell to the fold – unpunished, after walking out on the team in the Gold Cup – is a cause of the contention within the squad. The team started well against ‘Los Ticos’ in the first game last week Friday, playing the best football they have played in some time and taking a 1-0 lead into the break. Costa Rica secured the equaliser for a 1-1 draw before outclassing the Jamaicans 3-0 in the reverse fixture. Former national assistant coach Bradley Stewart questioned some of Schafer’s choices, in particular his decision to keep defender Adrian Mariappa on the field in last Friday’s draw. “Mariappa got injured and the best thing he (Schafer) should have done is take Mariappa out and put in Jermaine Taylor, as a fit Taylor is as good as a fit Mariappa,” he said. “If you are a quality team you are expected to win your games at home, things are against you when you travel. It is always more difficult to beat a team at their yard that you cannot beat at your yard,” he stated in a grim outlook on the team’s chances to advance.last_img read more

Azkals out to end years of heartache versus Thais

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Azkals have not won against the Thais in their last 16 meetings, including seven encounters in this biennial competition, but coach Sven Goran Eriksson insists his players understand the importance of the match and what it takes to come away with an upset.A heavy downpour is expected around kickoff at 7:30 p.m. as Tropical Depression “Samuel” makes landfall in Negros island.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m confident that the players are focused for the big game,” said the well-traveled Swede veteran. “The winner of the match has a huge opportunity to win the group so it’s very important for us to play good football if we want to get away with something from this match.”The War Elephants have six points like the Azkals in Group B, but the visitors hold a superior goal difference after coming away with convincing wins over Timor Leste (7-0) and Indonesia (4-2). Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA scores recovery basket View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title BACOLOD—A long-time conqueror stands in the way of the Philippines and an outright semifinal spot in the 2018 AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup.Long regarded as the top team in Southeast Asia, an in-form Thailand side takes on the Philippines on Wednesday night in a top-of-the-table clash in Group B at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT The Azkals needed to scrape through Singapore (1-0) at Panaad last week, before surviving Timor Leste (3-2) in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.An upset over the Thais could ease the pressure off the Azkals as they travel to Jakarta on Friday for the encounter with Indonesia, which can be eliminated if Thailand and the Philippines battle to a draw.The other match in the group pits Singapore and Timor Leste in Singapore. The Philippines could still advance with two straight draws.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

NCCC Receives Financial Donation

first_imgThe Sanniquellie campus of the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) was a scene of enthusiasm on Friday, February 28, when the Minister of National Defense made the significant cash contribution of US$1,000. The donation was given to support a project that students intend to undertake on their main campus across the railroad community in Sanniquellie, the political capital of the county.Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., made the cash contribution when he served as chief launcher for the NCCC’s Student Center Project. Friday’s fund raising program, which is the first of its kind initiated by the NCCC, coincided with the second installation of the institution’s student council government.Other officials in attendance including well respected Nimba County-based businessman, Tomah Seh Floyd; Post and Telecommunication Minister, Dr. Frederick Norkeh; former Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Z.D. Korto; and county development Superintendent, Teeko Tozay Yorlay, among others. They also made personal financial contributions and pledges on behalf of their respective homes and institutions in support of the successful implementation of the project. Their collective contributions to the project increased the amount of money raised to US$1,441/L$46190, while the rest was made through pledges. The project began last year with hopes to lobby relevant stakeholders to raise the amount of US$15, 444 towards its completion. Earlier in his remarks, Minister Samukai cautioned the student body to avoid “reckless militancy” (unnecessary demonstration/protest) that would have the propensity to derail their ongoing academic sojourn. According to the minister, such militancy or demonstration could destroy the future of the young people and stall their own progress; hurting them in their learning process.“Your engagement in society should be positive if you want to become trusted leaders for the future of your respective communities, counties and the country at large,” Minister Samukai warned.He also urged the students to think of themselves as learners bringing to the table of leadership (as young persons in terms of development) their talents, skills, training and capacities, among other things.“Look beyond where you see yourself today. 40 years ago, I never knew that I would become a government official let alone the Minister of National Defense.”Minister Samukai admonished the students to remain disciplined, resilient and courageous, “because there are benefits to education, training, obedience and trustworthiness, as all my achievements are based on those factors.” He then advised the students to begin the process that would “protect them against recklessness and maintain their vibrancy.”Minister Samukai also praised the NCCC’s Administration, headed by its president, Dr. Yah Donlah Gonway Gono, and the student leadership for the meticulous manner in which they were conducting the affairs of the institution.He also commended the cooperation existing between the NCCC and the political leadership of the county. He said it has undoubtedly built the openness in the minds of the students, thereby creating the kind of vibrancy that continuously leads the college to achieving its future goals.Student Council LeadershipIn his inaugural speech, the student council president, Prince Mehn, promised on behalf of his colleagues that with their installation, the recovery of the institution was on its way.Also installed with Prince Mehn was a female vice president, Jamesetta Sonkarly. They were inducted into their respective offices by the superintendent of the county’s prison compound, Atty. Harris G.T. Wowoah. According to the student council president, his administration would introduce a broad set of policies to foster peace and accelerate more aid to any academically deserving students, thus building a vibrant system of governance. “There is still a long way to go in achieving all of our perceived objectives, but our leadership will launch its recovery program with the hope of rapid, inclusive leadership in the semesters to come.”He said since its inception a few years ago the NCCC has become a fast growing student oriented community college where the enrollment of students has an upward trend. He said the progress is owed to the degree granting programs introduced and the number of qualify instructional staff.About NCCCThe NCCC was established a few years ago by a charter of the new education Act with the mission to, among other things, provide the best possible educational experience to every student wanting to achieve a mid-level tertiary education (an associate of arts degree).It was also established to search for new ways to unify, improve and develop the county as a whole in terms of its academic output.NCCC aims to achieve this by investing in and educating the county’s human resources for the sake of development and a brighter tomorrow that ensures access to educational opportunity for the people of Nimba and Liberia in general.The NCCC, according to its president, Dr. Yah Donlah Gonway Gono, is committed to being the best developed and most peaceful environment for students to receive an education based on nurturance, love, acceptance and encouragement. It aims to create the best environment for exchange students-who would “use education as a tool not as a stool.” NCCC wants to be the best environment to provide opportunities for community service and holistic personal growth; and the best environment to experience the joys of teaching and lifelong learning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cosmetologist carrying 11-mth baby busted with cocaine at CJIA

first_img– baby daddy wantedA New York-bound cocaine mule was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), on Monday evening, as she was about to travel with her 11-month-old baby.The suspect has since been identified as 37-year-old Natasha Blair, a cosmetologist of Lot 92 Grove-Diamond, EBD.According to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Blair used her body to accomplish ‘TWO Risky Concealment Methods’; that is, ingestion and insertion.It was reported that the mother of one was booked to travel on flight BW 726 to JFK New York and on the day in question, she checked in her luggage at approximately 22:00h.However, while on her way to the departure lounge, she was intercepted by CANU ranks.The woman was then escorted to a City hospital, where the suspected cocaine pellets were displayed in her digestive tract on an X-ray and an object inserted in her lower extremity was also observed.As such, Blair was admitted a patient, and one large object suspected to contain cocaine that was observed in her lower extremity has since been extracted.Regarding the ingested pellets seen in her digestive tract, the woman has so-far excreted three cocaine pellets. She remains hospitalised. Her 11-month-old daughter, with whom she was travelling when she was intercepted, has since been handed over to her grandmother.Meanwhile, CANU said they are now in search of the father of the suspect’s child for questioning into the discovery.He has been identified as Sherwin Stoby, called “Kong”. His last known address was given as Lot 87 Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown.The local drug enforcement body is asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sherwin Stoby, called “Kong”, are asked to contact the CANU Office at telephone: 227-3507.last_img read more

Trackers have busy weekend on the road

first_imgThis proved to be an interesting game as both the Trackers and Rangers made two goals each within the first frame making the score tied a two apiece. Neither team was able to score for the rest of the game, resulting in a game-ending tie of 2-2.Trackers Coach, Gerard Decaire, says this road trip proved to be a successful weekend.“Overall we were good with the trip. It would’ve been nice to get all three wins, but that happens in the game of hockey.”Next up for the Trackers is a home game this Friday, December 14, as they host Fort McMurray Barons. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Trackers had a busy weekend on the road as they faced three hockey teams.On Friday, December 7, the Trackers travelled to Edmonton to take on the St. Albert Blues.The Trackers had a bit of a tough start as the Blues scored a goal at six minutes into the game. Despite that goal, the Trackers would go on to perform well and win the game 4-1 over the Blues.- Advertisement -On Saturday, December 8, the Trackers would head over to Sherwood Park to visit the Oilers.This was not their game as the Trackers made only one goal in the first period, with no more goal throughout the rest of the night. The Trackers fell to the Oiler 4-1.Then on Sunday, December 9, the Trackers wrapped up their road trip with a game against the Rangers in Fort Saskatchewan.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with a number of incidents including an attempted handbag snatch in Letterkenny and the break-in to Cara House.Matthew Lafferty appeared in court in handcuffs after being arrested by Gardai.Lafferty, of 35 Fairgreen Park, had been on bail after two break-ins to private houses in Letterkenny recently. Lafferty, who suffers from drug dependency, had been caught by Gardai hiding in a wardrobe after allegedly committing the crimes.Garda Kevin Hynes told Letterkenny District that when charged Lafferty said “I’m sorry for what I done.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that there were a number of matters involving Lafferty due before the court shortly.Gardai told the court that Lafferty was currently in breach of his bail conditions because he had failed to sign on twice a day as agreed with previous court sittings.Judge Paul Kelly refused an application for bail.He adjourned all charges against Lafferty until March 12th for hearing.At hearing © 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on APPEARS IN COURT ON BAG SNATCH AND BREAK-IN CHARGES was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:CARA HOUSELETETRKENNY DISTRICT COURTMATTTEW LAFFERTYlast_img read more

Crab fishermen accept offer, prepare to set sail

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Crab fishermen prepared to head out to sea Saturday after resolving a price dispute with seafood processors that delayed the commercial harvest of Central California’s Dungeness crab for almost two weeks. Crabbers in the region’s three main ports – Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay and San Francisco – agreed Saturday to accept an offer by the region’s largest processors to pay $1.75 per pound of crab, according to Larry Collins, vice president of the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association. “As far as the price goes, I’m not too thrilled. This is the cheapest we can possibly afford to go fishing for,” Collins said. “But I’m really pleased with the unity that the fleet showed. We waited as long as we had to wait to get a price that we could afford.” Fishermen in the three ports agreed not to start setting their traps until 6 a.m. today, Collins said. Some crabbers with bigger boats may decide to head out Saturday afternoon, but most would probably wait until today due to rough conditions at sea, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Central California Dungeness fishery, which runs from Monterey County to Mendocino County, officially opened on Nov. 15, but the fishermen refused to untie their boats at the catch prices offered by the region’s processors. The crabbers originally asked for $1.85 per pound, then lowered their request to $1.75, but the processors wouldn’t pay more than $1.65. The fishermen were paid $1.75 per pound last year, and received as much as $2.50 per pound in the late 1990s, Collins said. The stalemate left the region’s crab lovers without the freshly caught crustaceans they have come to expect in mid-November. The West Coast’s largest processor, Portland, Ore.-based Pacific Seafood, agreed to raise its offer to $1.75 per pound on Friday because it was eager to “see what’s actually in the ocean,” said Joe Cincotta, who manages the company’s San Francisco plant at Fisherman’s Wharf. Central California crabbers won’t face much competition in supplying the West Coast market for at least a few weeks. The Dungeness seasons in Oregon, Washington and Northern California have been postponed until Dec. 15 and could be delayed further after tests indicated that the crustaceans would not be ready to harvest by Dec. 1. Bay Area residents should expect to start seeing fresh, live crab in their local supermarkets on Monday, Cincotta and Collins said. “There should be a good steady supply of crab into the marketplace now that we’re starting to fish,” Collins said. “Everybody can enjoy it now. It’s here in plenty of time for the Christmas holidays.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Suit filed in baseball bat death

first_imgLANCASTER – The parents of Jeremy Rourke, the 15-year-old killed when another boy hit him in the head with a baseball bat after a youth baseball game, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the boy, his parents, the city and the baseball league. Brian and Angela Rourke say in the lawsuit that there had been incidents of violence in the past at the Palmdale PONY League field and that steps should have been taken to prevent the fatal attack. “The criminal case only evaluated the conduct of the boy who swung the bat,” said Andrew Bryman, attorney for the Rourkes. “Our case is alleging that there has been inappropriate and improper supervision, and the incident was avoidable and preventable by a number of people who should have done something.” Greg Harris Jr., 13, was sentenced in July to confinement in the California Youth Authority until he is 25 after being convicted of second-degree murder in Juvenile Court. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The younger boy struck Jeremy in the knee, then seconds later hit him in the head with an aluminum bat on April 12 near the Palmdale PONY League baseball field. Jeremy had teased the boy about losing a game and pushed him, witnesses said. Jeremy died about two hours later at a hospital. Attorneys for Harris have appealed his conviction. Brian Rourke has formed a foundation aimed at preventing violence in youth sports. The lawsuit names as defendants Harris, Harris’ parents, the city of Palmdale, Palmdale PONY Youth Baseball, Palmdale PONY League and the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Harris’ parents and league representatives could not be reached for comment. The city and high school district denied claims filed against them by the Rourkes in October, the lawsuit said. Bryman, the Rourke’s attorney, said he believes that the city owns the PONY League playing field near 20th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, and the high school district has jurisdiction over it. Bryman said Harris took the bat out of a bag and swung two times. “Why were there no adults who could have intervened?” Bryman said. The lawsuit alleges that “there has been a history of violence at this playing field so that all defendants either knew or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known that there was a propensity for violence and should have taken appropriate safety precautions to prevent said incident.” In alleging negligence against the Palmdale PONY League, the lawsuit said the defendants should have known that a failure to provide additional security, a law enforcement presence or parental or league supervision during games “created a danger to students, players and others … and resulted in decedent Jeremy Rourke being assaulted and killed.” In the claim against the city and the high school district, the lawsuit said they knew or should have foreseen that the playing field, in the absence of adequate security, constituted an unreasonable risk of harm. When both sets of parents appeared on a November episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Harris’ mother, Gigi Harris, said it was an accident and that her son did not intentionally harm Jeremy, but was frightened of the older boy. Jeremy’s parents said their son did not bully or provoke the younger boy. — Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Thurston, ex-mayor of El Monte, dies

first_imgEL MONTE – Former mayor and city councilman John “Jack” Thurston died Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 69. “He loved his community, he loved his country, he loved his family,” said Thurston’s daughter, Jackie Thurston- Rowe. “Those were the three things that mattered most to him.” Thurston died at about 9:30a.m. in Ramona Care Center in El Monte. Thurston had been in the care center the past two years. “He did a wonderful job for the city of El Monte,” said current Mayor Ernie Gutierrez. “I’m saddened that he died.” During the 1990s, Thurston was a force in the city, easily winning re-election after his first bid for council in 1990. “I’m sorry to hear of his passing,” said Councilwoman Pat Wallach, who came onto the panel at the same time as Thurston and frequently clashed with him over policies. “My sympathies and prayers go out to his family.” For his successful 1990 council bid, Thurston raised the most money of any candidate in the race, accumulating a war chest of $4,390. It was considered a substantial sum at the time. Once elected, he took a bold stand against Los Angeles County. Thurston advocated creation of San Gabriel County, with a smaller and easier-to-manage county government. Thurston also was known as a strong supporter of the El Monte Police Department. The city’s police union frequently contributed to his campaigns. Thurston was also a strong backer of the city’s fire department and the sole vote against turning the service over to the county, Wallach said. His family said Thurston also was proud of his role in starting the city’s police helicopter program, developing a movie theater on Valley Boulevard at Santa Anita Avenue and the expansion of Longo Toyota. Thurston also was known for donning a Santa Claus costume every year and giving out gifts to El Monte children in need. A viewing of Thurston’s body is planned from 4 to 8p.m. Jan. 3 at Roy C. Addleman & Son Funeral Home, 11338 Valley Blvd. His funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 at Nativity Catholic Church, 3743 N. Tyler Ave. Following the funeral, Thurston will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery. Thurston is survived by his wife, Helen, and six children. In a letter to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 5, 1990, Thurston thanked it for its support. “If success and wealth are measured only by position and material acquisitions, then some may judge me a failure,” Thurston wrote. “However, if measured by friends and loved ones, I am truly rich and successful.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMark EnglishMark English ran a new Irish 600m record finishing second in 1:15.71 at the Flame Games in Amsterdam.The Letterkenny athlete was well placed throughout the rarely run distance and was narrowly behind Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer who won in 1:15.60.The UCD man improved on his personal best of 1:16.14 which he set when finishing second in Ostrava earlier this summer behind world 800m silver medallist Adam Kszczot. Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) finished fourth in the 400m in 46.91 in chilly conditions from lane 7.Earlier in the day Fionnuala McCormack (nee Britton; Kilcoole) ran a new personal best of 71:33 at the Lille half marathon in France. Kenya’s Peninah Arusei won in 68:56. MARK ENGLISH ON FIRE IN AMSTERDAM AS HE SETS ANOTHER NEW IRISH RECORD was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:600mletterkennymark englishnew recordlast_img read more