#JaVotes2016: Family squabble over party colours?

first_imgThere was a brief family squabble at the Allman Town Infant School after two brothers and their sister went to cast their votes this morning. According to onlookers, one brother and a sister are PNP supporters, while the other brother supports the Jamaica Labour Party. It was not clear what started the altercation, but the female and the JLP supporting brother were engaged in a quarrel as they left the polling station. “The two brothers and sister they are family but one of them want to stop the progress but him sister tell him seh dat caan happen,” said one onlooker. The two argued viciously with each other as police officers there looked on unmoved. The argument, which quickly dissipated, drew the attention of voters at the infant school and those at the neighbouring St Matthew’s Anglican Churchlast_img read more

Tony Becca | It’s better late than never

first_img RIGHT ATTITUDE NEW DRIVE It is good to see the new drive to develop our own players, and it is especially good to see to the new JFF-Sportsmax Elite League for junior footballers. It was also good to read what Dr Paul Wright had to say a week or so ago when he started his column about the treatment of Connie Francis and Jamaica’s love for foreign coaches with these words: “I have long held the view that international sport should be the best of ours against the best of yours. Modern eligibility rules have made a mockery of my hope as national teams in a fervent desire to win-at-all-cost, select athletes to national sides who have very little knowledge of, or loyalty to, their new country.” And at the end, after writing that foreign coaches have been no better than good local coaches, suggested that the local coaches continue “improving your craft and upgrading your resume, but more importantly, develop a foreign accent when applying for local jobs”. SEEN THE LIGHT Burrell noted, however, that the development of the local players will take time, but that with the right attitude and support of corporate Jamaica, they can make the country proud. “It is going to depend on the attitude of these players and those who really want to do it for the country, which I think is a better way now that we are seeing new things happening for the national team.” Those are like the words of a born-again Christian, and one who may be enjoying the salvation for the first time. One hopes that Burrell’s about turn is not only because the overseas players were not all that good, not only because they failed miserably, not only because they were difficult to deal with and to coach, not only because they threatened to go on strike for their money, not only because the JFF is short of funds, not only because the 2018 World Cup dream is over for Jamaica, and not only because, under Theodore Whitmore, the local boys got an opportunity and did not do too badly, but because he has really seen the light. One hopes also that it did not take Burrell’s hearing about the difference in attitude of the overseas players from members of CONCACAF to finally make up his mind. One hopes that he came to see the mistakes himself, and that just as he has now seen the hunger, the satisfaction of representing their country, and the joy of doing so by the local-based Jamaicans, he saw the lack of commitment in many, if not all, of the overseas players and also the absence of pride in representing Jamaica. It is obvious, and it should have been obvious, that to build a house, one must start from the ground and go up and not to do the impossible, which is to start from the roof and go down. The JFF, or captain Burrell, in their haste to reach the World Cup finals, to participate in the glamour of the World Cup finals, once again pushed them in the wrong direction, either that, or they simply ignored the principles of development for the satisfaction of going to the World Cup finals. This model was quite different from that of 1998 when the majority of the squad were local-based Jamaicans, when most members of the starting eleven were local-based Jamaicans, and when they all, including the overseas players, went out and gave their all for Jamaica. On top of it all, they all wanted to represent Jamaica, and they all played like they wanted to represent Jamaica. In this model, one had to use a magnifying glass to find a local-based Jamaican in the squad much more in the starting eleven. This new reliance, if indeed it is sincere and not based on circumstances, including the lack of finances, on local-based Jamaicans to represent the national team, with a few good and devoted overseas Jamaicans to boost the team, if and when necessary, is good for Jamaican football and for Jamaica today and in the future. Nothing happens before its time, and on top of that, and as the saying goes, it makes no sense crying over spilt milk. What is better, in fact, is that as disappointed as we were when it was taking place, and when Jamaica’s football was being sold down the river, is to breathe a sigh of relief that the hard-working president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, has made a 180-degree turn in the direction he wishes to take Jamaica’s football going forward. In his new-found philosophy, Burrell has almost confessed that he, and his federation members, made a mistake in his blinkered approach to the country’s football programme during his years of flying off to Europe and elsewhere in an effort to find players to put on the “shirt” and to represent Jamaica. As so many of us have been saying, a few for some years now, recruiting overseas players when Jamaica should be using local talent, young and not so young, was heading for disaster, and according to Robert Bailey in a Gleaner article recently, Burrell admitted to his earlier mistake. “What we are seeing now from the young players is a major difference right now in terms of attitude, in terms of really getting out there and doing it, and I think this is one area that we must concentrate on, and so the days of players coming from overseas and walking into the national team, those days are behind us.” That was well said, except for one thing: the players did not “come in from overseas and walk into the national team”. They were scouted and invited into the national team. Burrell also said that “when you look at the players on the field of play, you realise that there is something different, and speaking with my colleagues in CONCACAF, they, too, have noticed that there is a difference, and so we intend to continue along this line, and I am sure that everything will fall into place in the right order”. The captain also said that “we have to be man enough to say it has not worked and, therefore, after meeting with the stakeholders, the JFF decided to embark on a new initiative by including the youngsters and the local-based players who are hungry and who really want to make an impression, and we’re getting the results”.last_img read more

Serena Williams returns, Fed Cup ‘start of a long process’

first_img“I think she’s smart to take her time and not to play Australia,” ESPN analyst and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert said last week. “Playing Fed Cup and easing her way back with exhibitions. Maybe she wants to peak for Wimbledon, that would be her best chance at a Grand Slam.”Williams said the Fed Cup represents an ideal setting for her return. Not only does it allow her to practice alongside a few different players, it also enables her coach and teammates to offer different perspectives on her progress.“It actually is a really perfect opportunity to try to come back,” Williams said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s definitely the start of a long process,” Williams said. “Physically, I feel good. Every day, I get better and I get stronger. That’s just something I always keep telling myself every day, I have to get better.”Williams, 36, hasn’t played an official match since winning the 2017 Australian Open. Williams later revealed she was pregnant during that tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlthough Williams isn’t scheduled to play any singles matches this weekend, that could change. U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi has the right to change her Sunday lineup after Saturday’s play.“We’ll wait and see how tomorrow goes and then we’ll make our adjustments, if any,” Rinaldi said Friday. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “It’s probably been the most fun of my life,” she said. “It’s a totally new experience. I love motherhood, and I look forward to just being the best mom I can be.”Williams said she has benefited from having her sister alongside her as she attempts this comeback.“She’s been really, really positive,” Williams said. “There (are) moments that have just been hard, just getting back out there and doing it every day. You have to get used to that and get in the rhythm of that. I’ve been able to really rely on her for that.”Venus Williams has been impressed with her younger sister’s parenting skills.“I think she’s the best mother I ever saw,” Venus Williams said. “She’s amazing. She does everything herself.”Venus Williams was asked how motherhood had changed her sister.“She might go out a little less,” Venus said before breaking into a grin. “But she’s definitely remained just very youthful and childlike at heart. I think sometimes motherhood changes people in a way that they become less young and more serious, but that hasn’t affected her.”Serena Williams acknowledged there have been “a lot of ups and downs” in her comeback as she mentioned “fighting against all odds to be out there and to be competing again.”She mentioned there are “moments that have just been hard, getting back out there doing it every day.” Williams had told Vogue magazine that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after her daughter was born.Williams had opted against trying to defend her Australian Open title this year. WATCH: Wade receives standing ovation in Heat return The U.S. will have Venus Williams take on Arantxa Rus and CoCo Vandeweghe will face Richel Hogerkamp on Saturday as it opens its Fed Cup title defense. Sunday’s scheduled singles matches have Venus Williams facing Hogerkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Rus.But this weekend’s headline is the return of Serena Williams, who participated in a Dec. 30 exhibition match but otherwise hasn’t played since that 2017 Australian Open.Williams said Friday she’s unsure about how she will manage her schedule and whether she will play all three remaining Grand Slam events this year. Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles put her one behind the record held by Margaret Court.“I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment,” Williams said. “It goes unsaid (that) 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I’d hate to limit myself.”Williams’ daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born Sept. 1. Williams who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is “an amazing journey.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Serena Williams of the US Jelena returns the ball to Ostapenko of Latvia during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2017 match in Abu Dhabi, on December 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTASHEVILLE, N.C. — Tennis fans anxiously awaiting Serena Williams’ return to competitive tennis will have to wait one more day.Williams won’t be playing in either of Saturday’s Fed Cup singles matches as she makes her comeback five months after becoming a mother. Williams teams up with Lauren Davis to face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in Sunday’s doubles match.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Aces’ Harris not satisfied with performance in win over Bolts

first_imgBittersweet Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a good start for Alaska in the PBA Governors’ Cup after brushing off Meralco 80-72 in its opening game, but for its import Mike Harris, he knows he could’ve done more.Harris finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Aces in his first game in the PBA, but the 35-year-old import said his performance wasn’t up to his standards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “In my opinion, it was terrible, it was my first game and I still have some stuff that I got to adjust to,” said Harris Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “The officiating, although I like the physicality.”“I missed shots, maybe I overthought a little bit, but it’s always good to get a win whether you play good or bad.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Harris converted just 9-of-19 from the field but it was still a decent clip.He also had the biggest shot of the game when he hit the dagger three-pointer to give Alaska a 78-70 lead that stopped the Bolts’ 10-0 run, with 23 seconds remaining in the game. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Harris, however, did find a bright spot in his performance and that was his rebounding.“I was still able to rebound, I rebounded very well but I missed free throws, which I’m very disappointed in myself,” said Harris. “I know I can be better, I think my teammates have seen it in practice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

2 accused to know their fate today

first_imgCocaine in gas cylinderThirty-three-year-old Mark Gomes and 38-year-old Mohamed Kadir, charged for possession of 2.25 kg of cocaine found hidden in a gas cylinder, will know their fate today when they appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The men were charged along with Ryan Fowler, who has since pleaded guilty to the allegation and has been jailed for four years.Mark Gomes and Mohammed KadirIt has been reported that two vehicles which were parked in the vicinity of Sheriff Street, Georgetown were under surveillance by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). At about 19:45h, the ranks allegedly noticed Kadir exiting one of the vehicles fetching a yellow gas cylinder. He reportedly moved into the vehicle occupied by Gomes and Fowler.The three suspects were allegedly accosted by the CANU ranks, and there ensued a search which unearthed the quantity of illegal substance discovered.Gomes and Kadir have been given opportunity to tell their side of the story in court. In unsworn statements, Kadir first explained that he had been called by Gomes to meet a friend who was encountering mechanical issues with his vehicle. He said that when the friend (Ryan Fowler) showed up with Gomes as a passenger in his vehicle at a shop on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, CANU ranks pounced on them.Kadir said he was unaware why he was arrested, until much later. He told the Court that Fowler had told him and Gomes that the drugs found belonged only to him.Gomes’s story corroborated what was said by Kadir.Their attorneys, Glenn Hanoman and Mark Waldron, in summing up their cases, said the Prosecution’s case is based on the reliability and credibility of one witness, and that their clients therefore have no case to answer.However, in her rebuttal, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford said the cases against the defendants had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.last_img read more

Small businesses will be forced to shut down – Jagdeo

first_imgCopyright legislation changes…says Govt should protect local rather than international contentFollowing the announcement by Government of its intention to table copyright legislation, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed worry over the impact this could have on the local economy as many small businesses could possibly close as a result of the incoming change.He made these comments at his Church Street, Georgetown office on Thursday when he engaged the media at his weekly press conference.Guyanese artistes and writers have been lobbying for several years to protect their products from being copied and mass produced without their permission as many local producers cannot get royalties and earnings from their intellectual property. It was in a parliamentary address last week that President David Granger stated that legislation would be tabled to bring copyright laws on the books,However, some opposed to the change say it could put undue burdens on local producers of DVDs and CDs and that it would drastically impact on the free foreign movies and programmes currently broadcast on television.Protect local vs foreignJagdeo weighed in on the issue on Thursday, highlighting the economic impact this overhaul could have on local businesses.“I hope that people will understand … it will be a revolution in Guyana. I’m not going to say much more, because when Government passes that next year, every video store in this country will have to close that sells these bootlegs. And every store that sells music now … the way they currently do, it will have to shut those down too, as well as the guys who are doing the push cart, they can be charged too,” Jagdeo expressed.While acknowledging that some may be in disagreement with the position he posited, Jagdeo clarified that Government should place more emphasis on protecting local intellectual property rights rather than focusing on safeguarding international content.“In many parts, people don’t protect our paper, our material, so we [should] protect the copyrighted material for our local artistes, etc, and we have those enforced and removed from the shelves; and then wait until the appropriate time, because we are a poor developing country, wait until such time in the future that people can afford to pay,” the Opposition Leader suggested.The ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has been signalling that it would bring the legislation for consideration in the National Assembly, over the years it has been in office. It was only in April of this year that Government restated that it would be updating and enforcing the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation, which allows creators to safeguard their work through patents, trademarks and copyrights, resulting in prevention of plagiarism, with the relevant laws as artillery should the need arise.There are currently small fines for copyright infringements under old laws. In fact, Guyana’s Trademark Act and Patents and Design Act were tabled in 1973, while the Copyright Act is dated 1956, decades before interconnectivity and digitisation became basic in the lives of many Guyanese in coastal and some hinterland areas. In contrast, in Guyana’s regional neighbour Barbados, the court could award up to US$250,000 for copyright infringement.last_img read more

Schedule for NWJHL Finals has been released, Huskies at home this Thursday

first_imgGame 1 Thursday, March 14, 8 p.m. in FSJGame 2 Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m. in GPGame 3 Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m. in FSJGame 4 Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. in GP*Game 5 Thursday, March 21, 8 p.m. in FSJ*Game 6 Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. in GP*Game 7 Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m. in FSJ*=If necessary FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The schedule for the NWJHL Finals has been released.The Fort St. John Huskies will be facing the JDA County Kings for a best-out-of-seven game series in the Finals.The Huskies were able to clinch a spot in the Finals after knocking out the North Peace Navigators with a win of 3-0 in game seven of the semi-finals on Sunday.- Advertisement -The Kings managed to get to the finals after winning game seven of the semi-finals over the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks on Sunday.The first game of the Finals is to take place this Thursday, March 14, at the North Peace Arena, with puck drop at 8:00 p.m.Here is the schedule:Advertisementlast_img read more

Antonio Rudiger only joined Roma last week… but could be on his way to Chelsea

first_img1 Chelsea are prepared to splash out £23m on Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, according to reports in Italy.The 23-year-old only joined the Italian club for £7.5m from Stuttgart on Tuesday after spending last season on loan with them.However, prior to the deal there had been talk that Roma were ready to instantly sell Rudiger on after signing him.And, according to Il Tempo, Chelsea have now made contact with the Serie A side over the German’s availability.The Blues are in the market for a new centre-back this summer and Rudiger is high on the club’s list of targets.Chelsea have set aside £23m to snap up the defender and believe that’ll be enough to complete a deal. Antonio Rudiger in action for Germany last_img


first_imgDonegal native and Letterkenny Athletic Club member Brendan Boyce has been selected by Athletics Ireland to represent Ireland at The European Cup of Race Walking in Murcia, Spain.Brendan Boyce in action.This is the third time since 2011 that Boyce has been selected to compete in the competition and he will also be the senior team member at the event.Boyce secured his place on team Ireland by recording a 1:26:55 over 20K last May at the World Cup of Race Walking in China. Boyce has been on form recording a personal best of 3:48:55, at the 50K Walk at the recent IAAF Race Walking Challenge Permit Meeting in Dudinska, Slovakia – twelve minutes inside Olympic qualifying time.This strong performance also secured Boyce’s place for the World Championships in Beijing at the end of August.Commenting on the selection for the European Cup of Race Walking, Brendan Boyce said, “I’m very proud of being selected to represent Ireland for the third time on an international stage. My first major international was at the 2011 European Cup of Race Walking, so this particular competition has always been a special one for me. In addition, I’m also the senior member on the team so I hope to inspire other team members to give their very best performance in Murcia. It’s a very exciting time for everyone on the team and we’re really looking forward to preparing for the event.”Boyce continued, “To help me prepare for the race I have committed myself to a training camp in Almeria, Spain ten days prior to the competition. My brother Brian has sacrificed his own holidays to come out with me for half the camp to help me with my training sessions. It’s hard to create a professional environment with the limited funds available. My family has always been my best supporters with my ambition in sport and I hope to get the results to reward them for that.” The European Cup of Race Walking will take place on the 17th May and Boyce will be competing with Cork’s Alex Wright and Luke Hickey in the 20k Walk. Wright is looking to back up his World championship qualifier from last year with another strong performance in Murcia. Luke Hickey of Leevale A.C is also part of the team and will be looking for the European U23 time.You can follow Brendan’s journey through his website www.brendanboyce.co.ukBRENDAN BOYCE TO REPRESENT IRELAND AT EUROPEAN RACE WALKING CUP was last modified: May 13th, 2015 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:Brendan Boycedonegalracespainwalkerlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Joint Policing Committee Chair Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan, has hit out at Minister Alan Shatter’s new national policing strategy of  Garda ‘clinics’ replacing closed Garda stations.Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan has written to both  Minister Alan Shatter and the Gardai Commissioner requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the level of vulnerability felt by people living in the border area.He said that at a recent meeting in Newtowncunningham a woman talked about the fear she had for herself and family in her own home at  the reports of further Gardai stations closing and she was unable to get anyone to answered the phone in the local Gardai stations. Said Cllr McGowan: “All the good work  to protect and serve the most vulnerable communities across the country over the years is been thrown away and in some cases the level of fear in some areas is as high now as during the troubles.“Groups have critised the fact that no new Gardai are been trained to replace the existing force when they reach retirement age. What we need is more Gardaí patrolling our areas, more Gardai in training and a necklace of Gardai stations placed strategy along the Border so as to show that there is a visible , adequate presence in the area to deter any opportunist.”He said there are real fears that an additional 80 Gardai station face closure and that this news about ‘clinics’ in the local Communities are just the beginning.“This policy doesn’t stand up or make any sense and is coming in for severe critics from rank and file Gardai themselves,” he claimed. “No amount of press Government releases  will replace people’s fear of isolation knowing that the Gardai are to be withdrawn to major centre of population and will only be present in rural border areas as a outreach service  on social media or in virtual reality.“Costs of maintaining existing Gardaí stations across the country are minimal and give a sense of security to residents and  communities they represent, it is clearly money well spent.“The Donegal JPC have organized the first ever County Wide public Consultation workshop in The Councils Training Center in Stranorlar on the 19th November. Chief Superintendent Terry Mc Ginn ,The County Community Forum and Donegal County Council will all be present.“Community alert and  Neighborhood watch groups from all over the County will be contacted and encouraged to attend .“It is planned to discuses Policing issues and draw up a list of concerns with recommendations to forward to the Gardai Commissioner for inclusion in the Gardai Policing plan,” added Cllr McGowan. NEW POLICY ON GARDA STATIONS LACKS CREDIBILITY, SAYS POLICING CHAIRMAN was last modified: October 26th, 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)Tags:NEW POLICY ON GARDA STATIONS LACKS CREDIBILITYSAYS POLICING CHAIRMANlast_img read more