JFF calls 32 to Under-17 camp

first_imgAfter narrowly missing qualification for the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Jamaica commenced early preparation for the 2017 edition with a training camp at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The camp continued yesterday, with the JFF naming 32 players for the second camp that will end on Thursday. “Well, we are basically in selection process. We started with 32 players last week and are now looking at 32 other players whom are currently in camp,” Under-17 head coach Andrew Edwards told The Gleaner after the early-morning session yesterday. “We want to rank the players in order to properly evaluate each player and have an idea of the best 20 players,” Edwards added. He said the players in camp, both local and overseas based, have responded well to the session so far. “We intend to improve the players by giving them bits of information,” he explained. PRELIMINARY STAGE The JFF is yet to be officially informed of when the Caribbean Football Union qualifiers will start, but Edwards said, “The preliminary stage usually starts in the summer, so we are looking at a 15-month period to qualify for the next Under-17 World Cup”. Jamaica will seek a third berth at the Under-17 World Cup football tournament after qualifying in 1999 and 2011. The nation missed the last staging after being eliminated on penalty kicks by the United States of America at the CONCACAF stage. The players in camp are: Kajeev White (Vauxhall High), Nickashe Murray (Wolmer’s Boys), Demale Sinclair (Jamaica College), Lloyd Reynolds (Holy Trinity High), Jeremy Verley (St George’s College), Romario McPherson (Bridgeport High), Shaquille Smith (Jonathan Grant High), Tyrone Small (Jonathan Grant), Akeem Davis (Munro College), Deandre Smalling (Munro), Tavin Small (Munro), Daniel Russell (Holmwood Technical), Marlando Maxwell (Manchester High), Dwayne Leven (Ptersfield High), Ricardo McIntosh (Clarendon College), Nickque Daley (Clarendon College), Calwayne Allen (St James High), Garnet Hudson (Cornwall College), Richard Thompson (Herbert Morrison High), Damani Osei (Cosby High, USA), Blake White (Home Schooled), Thriston Briscoe (North Babylon, USA), Chad Letts (YSC Academy), Rasheed Martin (Queens Gateway, USA), Jeadine White (St Andrew Technical High), Khalil Dabdoub (Hillel Academy), Jordan Peterkin (Kingston College), Renato Campbell (KC), Jabari Howell (Holy Trinity High), and Cleon Haynes (Wolmer’s Boys).last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Rastas clash with JLP, PNP supporters

first_img The driver of t‎he bus when asked which party he was supporting told The Gleaner “I represent justice for the people dem.” He added that neither party was any good. The group was soon forced to disperse as police travelling in an unmarked vehicle stopped to usher them away. There was excitement outside the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town, where JLP supporters awaited the arrival of Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Central , Olivia Babsy Grange earlier. As green clad supporters ‎shouted and cheered, a small bus painted in red, green and black with several  Ethiopian flags waving through its windows, came storming down Cumberland Road at the intersection with William Street shouting “dutty JLP and PNP fi gweh.” Those in the bus alighted and came face-to-face with the JLP supporters bearing down on the vehicle.last_img read more

Nimbaians Dissociate from PYJ’s ‘Coup Plot’ Allegation

first_imgA cross section of prominent Nimbaians, in a strongly worded statement issued late Sunday night, denounced recent allegations made by Senator Prince Y. Johnson implicating fellow Senator, Thomas Grupee, of conspiracy.The statement was signed by prominent citizens hailing from Nimba, including Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., Dr. Marcus S. G. Dahn, Yarsuo Weh-Dorliae, Peter Z. N. Karmei, Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Dr. Federick Norkeh, Cllr. Zehyee B. Dehkie, Dehpu Zuo, Dr. Kardiker Rex K. Dahn, Saye M. Zarwolo, Madam Estella Flomo Wehye and Ben Matalda.“We the people of Nimba County denounce all forms of insurgency, belligerence, and violence. We are determined to defend the state, sustain security, peace, unification, and solidarity amongst all citizens of Liberia,” the statement said.While it is true that Nimbaians at home and in the Diaspora are disturbed by their Senator’s revelations, they are also concerned and overwhelmed that these utterances are emanating from a senator of a county, who should be laboring with his peers at the National Legislature to ensure peace and progress for Liberia.They have at the same time, reaffirmed their unflinching loyalty to the Liberian state, noting with great satisfaction that the government has made significant progress in sustaining peace, promoting national reconciliation, and in building the state.However, they have called on the government to investigate the allegations by Senator Johnson regarding alleged conspiracy to destabilize the Liberian State.“We urge our government and its security forces to take these revelations seriously; and to conduct full investigation with findings publicly reported to dispel any suspicions and fears amongst the citizens of Liberia,” the statement demands.On Friday May, 29, 2014, a local newspaper reported that Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, had communicated with the President Pro Tempore of the Senate informing him of allegations made on May 26, 2014, by Senator Thomas Grupee  (also of Nimba County);According to the paper, Senator Johnson indicated that Senator Grupee had averred that the Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., and others are involved in a conspiracy against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Senator Johnson’s communications called on the Plenary of the Senate to investigate Senator Grupee as such allegations were tantamount to treason and breach of Article 76, Number 4 of the Constitution of Liberia.Liberia Peace Initiative Meanwhile, Nimbaians have also reaffirmed their support to the Liberia Peace Initiative, led by Ambassador George Weah, adding that they are profoundly conscious of the need to enhance national reconciliation and healing amongst Liberians to guarantee “our peaceful existence and collective national growth and development.” By that, they have encouraged Ambassador Weah and his peace building staff to appreciate that peace-building need not begin with the people of Grand Gedeh and Nimba, “because residents of the two great counties have smoked peace pipes and signed peace agreements amongst themselves long before the war officially ended.”According to them, by doing so, they have demonstrated their love for one another through scores of inter-tribal marriages tat ae produed many children since the war; operation of small businesses across boundaries continues to increase; countless peaceful sports matches; and there exists profound love, respect, friendship, and mutual good feelings among the residents of both counties.“We the people of Nimba County therefore caution that persistent attempts by the Liberia Peace Initiative always to call on residents of the two counties for peace conferences reflect the fallacy that they are the sources of conflict in Liberia. This practice must stop. It has the potential to prove counterproductive as evidenced recently by the pronouncement by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, to the effect that once you are known by town members of being a chicken rogue in the community, you will always be accused whenever a chicken gets missing.”Based on those historical facts, Nimbaians said they were therefore, in solidarity with the people of Grand Gedeh, thereby profoundly condemning Dukuly’s reference to residents of Grand Gedeh-and by implication to Nimbaians—as “chicken rogues”.The signers of the Nimba statement disclaimed Min. Morris’ comment; noting that residents of the two counties are not “chicken rogues. We are peace-loving people, working with our fellow citizens nationwide in the pursuit of national unity, economic development and social progress under God’s command.”“While we too acknowledge Minister Dukuly’s apology, we deplore his pronouncement as it significantly undermines peace and reconciliation,” the statement declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Family Makes SOS Call for Ailing Blessing Fahnbulleh

first_imgMs. Fahnbulleh’s condition needs treatment abroadA family member of ailing Blessing Fahnbulleh of Gardnersville, outside Monrovia is appealing to all well meaning Liberians and humanitarian organizations to safe her from full visual impairment (blindness).As you see in the photo, Ms Fahnbulleh’s left eye is falling off, and those doctors in the country have diagnosed her condition as “cancer/growth) that requires urgent medication attention abroad, specifically in India.”“We have been told by several specialized doctors that the situation is cancerous or growth in the eye that requires urgent medical attention abroad, India to be specific,” Matthew Nyanplu, a brother to Ms Fahnbulleh said.Mr. Nyanplu said Indian doctors assigned at the Liberia Eye Treatment Center at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Sinkor who earlier attended to Ms Fahnbulleh’s condition made the recommendation to take her out of the country for  advanced treatment in foreign land.Unfortunately for the family, Mr. Nyanplu told the Daily Observer that the doctors’ recommendation was made at the eve of the 2017 elections, and subsequently left the country. They are yet to return.Mother Blessing’s condition is getting worse, and so anyone willing to make an urgent contribution should please contact Matthew Nyanplu of Prime FM on cell numbers: 0886248947/ 0770509520 or mnyanplu@outlook.com“I really pray your support on this urgently,” Nyanplu lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Central Bank getting ready to manage oil revenues

first_imgWith oil revenues expected to be flowing as early as next year, the Bank of Guyana is preparing to manage those funds.Central Bank Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga told reporters on Monday that training for staff will begin in September 2019 and that the bank will “start opening accounts” and “looking at investment avenues”.Guyana has passed laws for the establishment of a Sovereign Wealth Fund or a Natural Resources Fund, which will manage the country’s revenues earned from the lucrative oil industry.Principal explorer, ExxonMobil has already made 13 discoveries offshore, adding to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels in the Stabroek Block.This translates to billions of dollars in oil revenues, of which Guyana will be getting 50 per cent once costs incurred by ExxonMobil are recovered.According to the Central Bank Governor, the bank is trying to forge a partnership with the Reserve Advisory and Management Programme out of the World Bank to aid in the process of operationalising the SWF.“That will ensure that we have the wherewithal to operationalise the National Resource Fund or national Sovereign Wealth Fund,” he said.The Bank of Guyana is responsible for holding the fund for its operational management while the Finance Minister is responsible for the overall management of the fund.The Act states that the Central Bank shall establish a committee to be known as the Investment Committee which shall consist of six members to be appointed by the Finance Minister.These members will include a nominee of the Minister who shall be the Chairperson of the Committee as well as another nominee of the Minister to be responsible for the petroleum sector, a nominee from the Opposition Leader, a nominee from the Guyana Association of Bankers and two ex-officio non-voting members.This Investment Committee shall be responsible for advising the Minister and shall take account of the overall objectives of the fund; the current conditions, opportunities and constraints in relevant financial markets; international best practices in investment portfolio management; among other things.last_img read more

Fly Jamaica must file new application before operations recommence – GCAA

first_imgAlthough new investors who have taken over Fly Jamaica Airlines intend to recommence operations in Guyana by September, Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field has pointed out that the company must refile an application seeking approval to do so.GCAA Director General,Egbert FieldColonel Field told Guyana Times on Monday that reapplying for approval to operate out of Guyana is necessary. He explained that the airline must be granted approval first from the Jamaica Aviation Authority, then file its application with Guyana.“If they are certified and approved by the Jamaican, because it is a Jamaican-based airline not a Guyanese-based, so providing that Jamaica approved the application then they will give them the necessary permits, they will have to use that to reapply to the Civil Aviation Authority of Guyana so they will have to make an entire new application and go through the entire process for approval from Guyana also,” the Director General stated.When it comes to having a bond set up, Field noted that the company will also be required to follow this procedure, especially since the airline presently has no existing bond.He outlined, “I would recommend that a bond be put in place if they should make an application to Guyana…there is no bond in place at the moment”.According to him, the company once had a bond when they were granted approval to start operations here back in the late 2000s, however, the bond was removed in 2015 after their operations changed.On Monday it was reported that a team of investors including Jamaican aviation veteran, Glenn Logan, led by Yann LeProvost of the French-based company W&Y SAS has taken over the problem-plagued airline.The new owners took over on Friday from Guyanese operators, Paul and Roxanne Reece. They have since pledged their commitment to addressing the issues affecting the airline, such as owed salaries to workers and compensation for tickets.In the meantime, plans have already been announced to have the airline’s logo rebranded. In fact, Logan told the Caribbean Media Corporation that the company is considering a “complete rebrand”.Passengers were left stranded when a Boeing 757 flight crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, in November 2018 after encountering hydraulic issues.The flight left the CJIA for Toronto at about 02:10h on November 9 from the CJIA, but the pilot returned to the airport where the aircraft crash-landed at about 02:53h.The cash-strapped airline has since made all its workers redundant, effective from March 1, 2019. Most of the fired former employees are still awaiting their salaries as well.Fuming passengers too are still awaiting refunds from tickets that were booked.In May some 46 complaints were received by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission which value about $8,316,504. However earlier this month, the agency said over 100 complaints were filed.last_img read more

Buxton biker killed in Better Hope accident

first_img… woman loses eyesight, criticalA 27-year-old biker from Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD), died on the spot after he collided with a car just after 23:00h on Sunday on the Better Hope Public Road, ECD. The passenger of the car he crashed into, lost her eyesight and is said to be in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).Dead: Cleon PerreiraCleon Perreira of Lot 119 Middle Walk, Buxton, lost his life when he collided with motor vehicle PMM 9206, driven by a 19-year-old Montrose, ECD resident.Investigations revealed that the car was proceeding West along the southern carriageway of the Better Hope Public Road, when it suddenly turned North into the path of motorcycle CG 1872 that was proceeding in the opposite direction. The driver of car is in Police custody assisting with investigations while his passenger, 52-year-old Seelochanie Dhanraj remains in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the GPHC.The driver of the car was tested and found not to have had any alcohol on his breath.According to Perreira’s uncle, Charles Mc Garrell, the family received a call sometime around 01:00h Monday morning informing them of the accident.“Sometime after one am this morning (Monday) someone call and said Cleon been in an accident. I then visited the Georgetown Hospital where we were called in and informed that he is dead. At that period in time, it was sketchy to know what caused the accident,” he said.Cleon Perreira’s bike“Subsequently we went to the Sparendaam Police Station where we learnt that he was proceeding home East on the Better Hope Public Road and the car he got hit was going West and it make a sudden turn North and he collided with the car and that is what caused his demise,” Mc Garrell added.The grieving man related that his nephew had earlier in the evening dropped his mother to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and then took his bike out for a ride in the city. He further stated that he was returning home when the accident occurred.Meanwhile, the family of the car driver told Guyana Times that they received a call sometime around 23:30h informing them of the accident. They said the driver was at the time on his way to drop food for his brother when the accident occurred.According to eyewitnesses the sound of impact was so loud it covered the loud music played by a nearby bar.“When we got on the scene I saw the bike stick on the car and the lady inside had her jaw shift and there was plenty blood. The man on the bike had a big gap by he neck and them take a long time to get the bike from the car,” the bar owner related.Police investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Donegal teams take medals at Surf/Lifesaving National Championships

first_imgDonegal senior and masters surf lifesaving teams competing at national beach championships in Waterford last weekend were faced with gale force winds and high swell which led to long delays and several changes of venue. Despite all there were some great successes with Triona Mc Menimin taking gold in the Masters swim, rescue board and beach flags. Triona also took gold in the senior rescue board and surf ski events. In her comeback debut in national competition Lisa Anderson took silver in beach flags and a hard fought bronze in rescue board.The standard of athleticism and technical skill at national competition has been pushed greatly with increased international completion and successes for Donegal surf lifesavers, Mc Menamin and Anderson were fresh from world championships held in Eindhoven Holland this year. Taking on the best in the world Triona took silver in individual rescue board and the highly competitive ocean woman race and gold in board relay and Taplin relay with team Ireland. Lisa took international silver in the surf relay and joined Triona in the board rescue to take home a silver medal for Ireland.Donegal senior ladies won through to many finals on the day but the team who had previously won the overall title on seven consecutive years were denied success on this occasion.Sarah O Malley Daly, Ballyshannon, a veteran competitor with countless national and international successes was on form and displayed her physical and mental toughness taking three consecutive gold medals in the masters board, swim and beach flags.Donegal masters men fell foul of the delays and harsh conditions and with massive disappointment saw all but two of their events cancelled by mid-afternoon. Paddy Bond senior however fought hard to take silver in the senior masters rescue board race.The team will regroup and refocus shortly to begin preparations for indoor nationals which will be held in Limerick February 2017 and will not have to travel so far for beach nationals next September as the competition will be held on home turf at Rossnowlaigh where the team will be training hard and will welcome new members who are interested in joining in training and competition.Donegal teams take medals at Surf/Lifesaving National Championships was last modified: October 4th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Belgium vs England: World Cup play-off live talkSPORT commentary

first_imgWhen is the World Cup third place play-off?After the crushing heartache of a semi-final defeat, two nations must face one more game.The play-off will be held on Saturday, July 14 – the day before the final in Moscow.Kick-off will be at 3pm UK time in Saint Petersburg.The 65,000 capacity Saint Petersburg Stadium will host the match – and is notable for being one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.Where can I listen to live commentary?On talkSPORT. The broadcast team will be bringing you live coverage from the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Listen to our live commentary of all the action through talkSPORT.com here.You can also listen via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM, on the talkSPORT app, or through the following TV channels: Sky – Channel 0108, Virgin Media -Channel 927, Freeview – Channel 723, Freesat – Channel 731. Football may be coming home, but not just yet for this England team The Saint Petersburg Stadium will host Belgium vs England 2 2 England will play Belgium in the World Cup third place play-off.Gareth Southgate’s brave Three Lions fell agonisingly short in the semi-finals against Croatia, while it was sorrow for Belgium in their clash against France. What is the team news?Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Chadli, Tielemans, Witsel, De Bruyne, Hazard, LukakuEngland: Pickford, Stones, Jones, Maguire, Trippier, Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, KanetalkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Housing agency to speed up delivery

first_img3 March 2009 “Over the past 14 years, [the] government has spent over R100-billion in providing serviced land and a top structure,” Kotsoane said. “This is the biggest economic investment in the residential construction sector, and more than 2.7-million families [now] have houses and land they call their own.” He said the agency would work with the government, the private sector and other stakeholders not only to facilitate the availability of land but also on major developments, including the massive urban renewal programmes in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. “The agency is a special-purpose vehicle that will acquire, hold, develop and release land for residential and community purposes to enable the creation of sustainable human settlements,” she said. By the end of the current financial year, at the end of March, South Africa will have built 2.8-million houses since 1994, providing shelter to more than 13.5-million people. Over 1.2-million of the houses were built from 2004 onwards, after the launch of the Breaking New Ground policy. Housing director-general Itumeleng Kotsoane said the agency would ensure that the department was able to build integrated communities with different types of housing tenure, from rental and bonded housing to government-subsidised housing in integrated developments close to areas of economic activity. “State-driven agencies are indeed no guarantee either of efficiency or fairer and speedier delivery,” Sisulu said. “However, they have a huge impact in arresting the escalation of prices through not merely regulation, but by also making available an alternative means for access to housing and land.” In 2004, the department visited Malaysia to learn about that country’s experiences in delivering houses, and how to implement efficient, well-thought out and resourced mechanisms for meeting delivery targets.center_img Learning experience Speaking at the launch in Pretoria this week, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the agency would address the shortage of well-located land where housing projects could be developed. South Africa’s newly launched Housing Development Agency will work with provinces, municipalities and private sector developers to double the country’s housing delivery rate from about 250 000 to over 500 000 units per year, as the country works towards eradicating all informal settlements by 2014. Integrated communities “The escalation in the price of building materials is one of the challenges the department is facing in delivering houses, but the issue of access to suitable land was a greater concern,” Sisulu said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more