Fortress in the Jungle

first_imgFormer champions Arnett Gardens will be counting on home comforts to return them to winning ways when they host the impressive debutants, Jamalco, in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).On Sunday last, the ‘Junglists’ came from behind twice to pull level with UWI FC, but conceded late to suffer their second defeat of the season, both away from home. Home has always been kind to them, and, according to Coach Jerome Waite, they are gunning for their record of two seasons ago when they did not lose a single match at home and went on to claim the title.”It is always good to play at your home venue. It is a positive in that you are looking forward to the 13th man – your fans – and the support they give. Our objective is to stay unbeaten at home for a whole year as we did two years ago,” said Waite.Despite being a new team, Jamalco have acquitted themselves well since the first day, winning three of their six matches, drawing once, and losing the other two for a total of 10 points. This place has seen them occupy third position on goal difference over defending champions Montego Bay United and Arnett Gardens. They have also scored the most goals, 10, and Waite is very aware of the threat they pose.”We expect a tough game based on how they have been performing all season. I know what they have to offer, so I am expecting a competitive game,” explained Waite as he highlighted the importance of home-crowd support.Jamalco’s coach, the young and talented Rayon Johnson, was respectful of his opponents, yet confident.”Well, going up against a team such as Arnett Gardens is going to be a tough game and, yes, we have had some setbacks because we were not scoring freely in our last two games, but we are confident that we will do well,” Johnson told the Sunday Gleaner.TRUST A PLUSOne of the things that defines his team, Johnson said, is the trust that they have in what they do.”I think the thing that defines us and makes us tick is the trust. They trust what we are doing and they are willing to go out there and do it,” he explained.Today, he expects the big three of the competition’s joint leading scorer Rohan Richards, Roshane Sharp, and the former Boys’ Town man, Andre Dawson, to be his key players, but he warned that others could surprise.Arnett Gardens, on the other hand, will be looking to national defender Dicoy Williams, team captain Oneil Thompson, Jabeur Johnson, Fabian Reid, as well as Marvin Morgan and Kemal Malcolm, who were introduced from the bench last week.Another big clash will be that of Boys’ Town and Tivoli Gardens where the teams appear to be going in different directions. Boys’ Town are climbing, while Tivoli Gardens are slipping and will be missing the influential Jermaine Johnson, while Boys’ Town will welcome the fit-again Shamar Nicholson.The Donovan Duckie-coached Humble Lion should be fancied to edge UWI FC in the top-of-the-table battle at Effortville, while Maverley-Hughenden could find it tough playing away to Reno FC, especially in this the rainy season.Football lovers should be entertained when Montego Bay United host the resuscitated Waterhouse at Wespow Park. Montego Bay United must be cursing themselves for failing to deliver a win last week against bottom-of-the-table Harbour View and the likes of Dino Williams, Allan Ottey and the veteran who recently earned his first national cap, Dwayne Ambusley, must be keen to make amends.Waterhouse coach Marvin Tate, a man who has a history with Montego Bay United, would want to get one over them, as would Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, a man who hails from Montego Bay. The exciting skills of the young Rodave Murray could also please the fans.Today’s Games:o 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Tivoli Gardens – Barbican Complexo 3:30 p.m: Reno vs Maverley-Hughenden – Frome Complexo 3:30 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco – Anthony Spaulding Complexo 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse – Wespow Parko 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs UWI FC – Effortville Community Centreo 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United – Harbour View Stadiumlast_img read more

FIFA puts new tournaments on hold due to European opposition

first_imgThe Nations League was first conceived by UEFA when Infantino was general secretary of European soccer’s governing body before being elected president of FIFA in 2016. It debuted in Europe last month. Infantino wants the format to involve all six confederations with eight-team finals serving as mini World Cups in every odd-numbered year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ceferin arrived at the meeting in Kigali with letters of complaints from European clubs and leagues about the FIFA process. They included concerns about the increased demands on players, the lack of consultation by FIFA and, within leagues, the potential for the big clubs to get even richer.Infantino had tried to divide Europe by meeting some clubs in May and gaining public backing for the new competitions from Barcelona and Real Madrid.But the Spanish clubs have since backed away from FIFA. Those teams were among 15 members of the European Club Association who wrote a letter to Ceferin to take into the meeting warning of an “institutional crisis with potentially severe and far reaching consequences” if the new competitions were approved on Friday without a thorough examination of the impact on the congested match calendar, which had already been agreed to through 2024.“The successful development of international football competitions is dependent and based entirely on clubs’ participation and/or on their assets,” the ECA wrote, highlighting how most of the world’s leading players are based in Europe.The ECA letter, which was also signed by officials from Manchester United, Bayern Munich Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, said FIFA failed to adequately consult with the clubs. That was the same complaint in a letter to Infantino from leading domestic leagues, which featured the heads of the Premier League, Bundesliga and the Mexican league among the signatories.ADVERTISEMENT “I am happy to have contributed to peace in the world today,” Infantino said. “We will work to see whether we can find something that suits everyone.”Infantino will lead a task force featuring the regional confederation presidents to explore the merits of the formats that are being strongly resisted by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.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 ChrissA threat by Ceferin to walk out of the council meeting rather than vote on the competitions contributed to thwarting Infantino’s plans.“Common sense prevailed,” Ceferin said after leaving the meeting. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Danny Jacobs eyes title, bigger place in middleweight picture Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal FILE – In this file photo dated Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrives for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Infantino hoped to secure an agreement on Friday Oct. 26, 2018, from his council on the concept of revamping the Club World Cup and establishing a worldwide Nations League.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)KIGALI, Rwanda — A $25 billion overhaul of world soccer competitions was put on on hold after mounting disapproval from European leaders and clubs saw FIFA President Gianni Infantino backtrack on Friday and accept more consultation was necessary to avert a crisis.A vote was abandoned hours before the council meeting where Infantino hoped to secure approval from his council on the principle of revamping the Club World Cup and establishing a Global Nations League.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READcenter_img 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Imposing new competitions or expanding existing ones “would only further overload the calendar, endanger players’ health, and jeopardize the economy of football globally,” the World Leagues Forum wrote. “We do not understand the urgency and recklessness with which FIFA is acting on these competition and calendar issues.”But Infantino is not backing down, having first tried to rush the council into accepting the new competitions by May.“There will be fights and there will be disagreements,” he said. “There are some who will always oppose on anything. I think leadership is not just trying to get nothing done in order to keep everyone happy. It’s to assume responsibility as well and to take decisions.”But Infantino is keeping members of his own council in the dark about the specifics of an offer from a global financial consortium, including Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, to make the biggest change to soccer competitions in years.In briefing documents for the meeting, FIFA assured council members that government-issued funds won’t be allowed to be part of any joint-venture consortium involved in the new tournaments.“This investor was — and still is — keen to partner with FIFA in connection with these two competitions, assuming that we take the sporting decision to go ahead with their development,” Infantino wrote to European members of the council on Thursday in a private letter obtained by The Associated Press.That decision will now not happen until at least March, when the council meets in Miami.Two options for a new Club World Cup from 2021 were floated to council members.The first would see a tournament staged every four years over a maximum of 18 days in the June slot currently used by the Confederations Cup, which serves as the warm-up event a year before the World Cup. FIFA earlier this year proposed 24 teams but is now leaving that competition field open.The second proposal would keep an annual Club World Cup but shift it from December to the July-August window currently used by European teams for often-lucrative preseason friendlies in the United States and Asia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Teachers themselves should draft school safety policies

first_imgDear Editor,Why is the Ministry of Education advertising for a consultant to help draft school safety policies? The best educational systems in the world, Finland’s in particular, became that way because they place teachers central to designing all aspects of the education system. The fact is that no supposed expert knows more about the classroom dynamics and the school environment than the people who are on the frontline day in and day out.Naturally, therefore, it makes sense that in wanting to come up with a safety framework, the Ministry of Education should reach out to teachers in focus groups across the nation. The suggestions and ideas would address every conceivable aspect of safety, and provide a pool of relevant, applicable and pragmatic ideas from which final safety measures can be drafted.Furthermore, this exercise would be cost-saving, and would enable teachers to take ownership for safety implementation, monitoring, continual evaluation, and necessary changes that may be unique to individual schools. The bottom line is that no ‘expert’ will be more knowledgeable about the issues that need to be addressed, and be more familiar with the student population that the measures will target, than the teachers themselves.Sincerely,Annan Boodramlast_img read more

Labourer’s partially decomposed body found at Kuribrong

first_img…family calls for Police probe A partially decomposed body, clad in a white T-shirt, grey jeans and a pair of blue sneakers, was discovered on Wednesday in Kuribrong, Region Eight.The body is believed to be that of 42-year-old Patrick Vyphuis of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, who went missing weeks ago.News of his passing has been received with shock by friends and family members, who are now calling for a thorough investigation into his suspicious passing.The father of three had reportedly been employed as a labourer with a couple who operate a mining dredge in the Kuribrong area, and had been taken to the area to work since July 5.Guyana Times understands that this is the second time Vyphuis had ventured into the interior to work with the couple.Odessia Spencer, Vyphuis’s sister, explained that she finds her brother’s passing a little strange. She explained that family members had, a few days ago, heard a rumour that her brother was missing; however, when they attempted to contact his employers, the duo reportedly refused to provide any helpful information. Spencer contends that she believes it is the duty of the employer to inform relatives of any mishaps.Spencer even said that after family members had heard that Vyphuis had gone missing, a team was about to head into the area in search of the man. The search was called off after relatives heard on Wednesday that his remains had been discovered.The dead man’s sister told this publication that her brother’s partially decomposed body was reportedly identified by his employer, who related he was able to identify him by the clothing on his body.She related that the family is still awaiting the remains, to conduct a post mortem examination; while they fear that a DNA test may even be necessary because of the body’s deteriorated state.Vyphuis’s relatives are calling for a thorough investigation into his demise, especially since, according to them, a young man had lost his life a few years ago while working with the same couple.Almost in tears, the gloomy woman recalled that she had last seen her brother on the eve of Father’s Day. She said what bothers her is that his employers have not been held in custody, even as Police continue to probe his mysterious death.Efforts made by this newspaper to contact the employers proved futile.Commander of ‘F’ Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis, has confirmed that the remains were found, and that no one is presently in custody. He explained that the Police were advised to send the remains to be tested so as to confirm its identity. He notes that investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

UNICEF-funded $13M Sexual Offences Court opens in Berbice

first_imgA $13 million United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) funded Sexual Offences Court was on Tuesday opened at the Berbice High Court in New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The inside of the newly commissioned Sexual Offences Court in BerbiceThis follows the opening of the Sexual Offences Court in Georgetown in November 2017. The new facility is expected to provide protection for victims of sexual offences as the formal courtroom can be a harrowing place for victims. While judicial proceedings are essential in restoring a sense of safety and confidence in the survivor, inadvertently, survivors are re-victimised when trying to seek justice. Consequently, victims are oftentimes hesitant to come forward and report sexual violence cases due to the procedure. The new facility is expected to put an end to such a practice and make the courtroom more comfortable for victims.Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards while speaking at the opening, said it is aimed at providing protection for men, women and children, who are victims of sexual violence which is a criminal offence and a violation of one’s rights.The Chancellor quoted the 2007 World Bank and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report titled, “Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean”, saying that the report noted with much concern the high incidence of rape in the Caribbean region and acknowledged that it poses a serious problem for the region.“The impact of sexual abuse has lasting emotional and psychological effects on survivors. It preys on and affects one’s emotions, and leaves behind the deepest psychological scars. It is also ubiquitous in that it can be perpetrated anywhere on any victim regardless of age, gender or sexuality preferences,” the Chancellor noted.She said the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child; both treaties ratified by Guyana and recognised in our Constitution, require State parties to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect children and women from physical, mental and sexual violence.Meanwhile, Deputy British High Commissioner Ray Davison noted that for a long time the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault in the UK has been criticised for treating victims with suspicion and subjecting them to aggressive questioning.They can be subjected to harsh questioning leaving them feeling as if they themselves are on trial because of the focus placed on their character and actions rather than the defendants.Survivors of rape and sexual assault, he added, don’t want to use the term victim as this plays down their bravery in confronting what has been done to them, but survivors often come across stereotypical views and myths when they come into the courtroom.“For example, it is often raised in argument that those who delay reporting an incident to the police are more likely to be lying. They can be subjected to harsh questioning leaving them feeling as if they themselves are on trial because of the focus placed on their character and actions rather than the defendants. Further, judges and prosecution barristers do not always intervene when cross-examination of the victim becomes irrelevant or distressing. Now that is bad enough for an adult, but now consider the impact on a child who has already gone through the most horrific ordeal that one can imagine,” the British official said.The work of the court will be complemented by the support services offered by the Social Protection Ministry and other partners. This includes the one-stop centres or Child Advocacy Centres for the reporting of abuse, UNICEF said.Resident representative for Guyana and Suriname, Sylvia Fouet noted that UNICEF will soon be funding a Sexual Offences Court in Essequibo.Meanwhile, Secretary of the Berbice Bar, Adrian Anamayah noted that in recent times the conditions at the court has been improving.last_img read more

Woman set free in $300,000 wigs theft after VC refused to offer evidence

first_imgAshaka KingA 28-year-old boutique owner who was charged in April for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 worth of wigs walked free after she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Ashaka King was accused of stealing the Brazilian wigs and extensions from a business she shared with Alana Lewis. However, when the matter was called on Wednesday, the Virtual Complainant (VC) told the court that she no longer wanted to offer evidence against King.It is believed that the two women settled the issue between themselves prior to going to court.Since her arrest in April, King has maintained her innocence. She even took to social media to profess her innocence.King was represented by Attorney-at-Law James Bond, who told the court that the false accusation was made against his client after she threatened to give the VC notice to evict the property. King was also accused of threatening Lewis in March.She was arrested, but was later released.last_img read more

Hospital public meeting Thursday

first_imgThe Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project team will be holding a public meeting Thursday evening.The team includes members from Northern Health, ISL Health and the City Fort St. John. The session will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the main boardroom of the Fort St. John Hospital and Health Centre.During the meeting the project team will provide an update on the construction on the new hospital.- Advertisement –last_img

Kevin De Bruyne back in training for Manchester City

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has returned to training following a knee injury © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne returned to training earlier than expected on Monday following a knee injury he suffered in August.Pictures appeared on De Bruyne’s and City’s official Twitter accounts showing him taking part in a session with his teammates. The Belgium international tweeted: “Back in training!”.The 27-year-old has been sidelined since injuring his knee in a training session in mid-August.City announced at the time that De Bruyne, who did not require surgery, was expected to be out for around three months.In his absence, City have climbed to the top of the Premier League, four consecutive wins taking them clear of Liverpool on goal difference.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pochettino demands more from Spurs as West Brom fight on

first_img0Shares0000Mauricio Pocchettino (with West Brom caretaker boss Darren Moore) calls for more aggression from Tottenham after their 1-0 loss © AFP / Geoff CADDICKWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, May 5 – Mauricio Pochettino saw his Tottenham Hotspur side surrender ground in the race for a Champions League place and then demanded more aggression from his players in their final two Premier League games.The Spurs manager remained phlegmatic following a dramatic 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion that came with a late, scrambled stoppage-time goal. But he admitted his side had been missing vital ingredients in attack after they handed West Brom a victory that helped ensure they ended the day still in hope of avoiding relegation after drop rivals Southampton failed to win when conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Everton in Saturday’s late kick-off.“We miss a little bit of aggression with the ball,” said Pochettino, whose side are now a point behind third-placed Liverpool, who play on Sunday.“Everyone can see the game, we dominated but if you are not clinical in front of goal it’s always open.”Defeat meant a significant setback to Tottenham’s hopes, not just of claiming a top-three finish that would spare them a Champions League qualifier early next season, but possibly of even claiming a top-four finish.They ended the day a point behind Liverpool and just five clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand. That was thanks to a scruffy goal in stoppage time, with Jake Livermore claiming the final touch as he and defender Danny Rose stretched to reach the ball in a frantic scramble.– ‘In our hands’ –However, Spurs will continue to have a large say in their own destiny given they face home games in the final week of the season against Newcastle and Leicester — two sides with little to play for.“Maybe we need to assess why, our performances have dropped a little bit,” admitted Pochettino, whose team were thwarted repeatedly by home goalkeeper Ben Foster, who made smart saves from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela among others.“But it’s still in our hands so we need to work hard in the next two games but it’s our chance to be in the Champions League next season.“It’s so important, of course. We’re in a good position – we’re disappointed after the result – but we can still achieve it.”Aside from Champions League concerns, Pochettino found himself fielding questions about two Belgian defenders.Toby Alderweireld, whose contract dispute with the club shows few signs of being resolved, made just his second Spurs appearance since February and impressed, although his manager was reticent to comment.“It’s too difficult for me to focus on one player, but he was good,” said the manager.Meanwhile Pochettino will now assess the fitness of Jan Vertonghen, who limped off with an ankle injury as he denied suggestions Saturday’s surprise result could help stir his side.“We are fighting for the top four but I don’t believe this is a wake-up call,” he said.“After 36 games of the Premier League, if we need someone to say ‘we need to give our best, be professional and play with the right attitude’ we need to go deeper and assess why.”For Darren Moore’s West Brom, a third victory of his five, unbeaten games in caretaker charge meant another step towards reconnecting with their supporters, irrespective of the eventual outcome of the season.“We’ve come together and there’s been some pride restored and the feelgood factor within the community and within the supporters,” said Moore.“I feel from the crowd today that there was an excellent energy in the football club. If it has restored that I’m really happy for the club, that’s all anyone would want so we’re really happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Evans injects dose of reality into Leicester fans’ title dreams

first_img0Shares0000Leicester fans should wait till after the hectic Christmas series of matches before perhaps beginning to dream of a second Premier League title says defender Jonny Evans © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 11 – Three-time Premier League-winning defender Jonny Evans moved to calm rising expectations among Leicester fans that the club can repeat their fairytale title win of 2016, saying the hectic Christmas period will give a more realistic picture.The 31-year-old Northern Irish international — who won his three league winners medals with Manchester United — has played an integral role in the Foxes’ superb form this term under compatriot Brendan Rodgers. Their impressive 2-0 win over an out-of-form Arsenal on Saturday lifted them to second in the table, eight points off leaders Liverpool.However, Evans — who joined Leicester from West Bromwich Albion for £3.5 million ($4.5 million) in June last year — is too experienced a head to allow early season form to lull him into believing a genuine title challenge is a cast-iron certainty.“I don’t think you’ll be able to judge that until after Christmas when we’re getting into it,” he said.“We know how seasons can finish. It’ll be tough. We need a big squad to do that, and all firing in the right directions.“We’ve shown we can battle games out but we’ve just got to do what we’re doing and see where it takes us.“It’s still really early on in the season. If you look at it there’s still teams like Sheffield United sitting fifth. So we know it’s going to be a long season and every team can beat everyone.”Evans, capped 83 times, said comparisons should not be drawn between the present team and the one that landed the title having been originally 5,000/1 to do so.Were the Foxes to go on and win the league crown this season it would be even more emotional than the previous triumph due to the death in a helicopter crash in October 2018 of their much-loved Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.“I think it’s hard,” said Evans.“What they did that year was incredible. I suppose it’s a compliment, really, to be compared to that team.“I think teams disrespected Leicester that season, in terms of probably not really realising how good they were, and kept being caught short.“After that, teams tried to become aware that they played on the counter-attack and not over-commit.“I’m sure teams realise we are a good side and in every game I think we’ve played well, given everyone a test.”0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more