Coach underlines importance of national team

first_imgWinfried Schäfer said Jamaica’s players must embrace the opportunities presented in the national team to make advances at club level.  Schäfer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s national team, made the comments after it was revealed yesterday that Michael Hector had been awarded a five-year contract by English Premier League champions Chelsea FC. “You see how important the national team is for the players. Our player, Hector, after the Copa America and the Gold Cup, is going to Chelsea,” Schäfer remarked. “He played against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He was out, then returned and played very well against the States, and now Chelsea takes him in and gives him a contract,”  Schäfer said. The 23-year-old Reading FC defender first played for Jamaica at the Copa America in June, where the Caribbean champions were invited as a guest participant. The tall centre-half played against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Jamaica lost all three matches 1-0. Just weeks later, Hector also played for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He did not start in the first two games, but came off the bench to replace Jermaine Taylor at the seventh minute of the third group match, against El Salvador. Jamaica won 1-0, and Hector was largely outstanding in respective quarter-final and semi-final wins over Haiti and the United States. His only blip came in the final, where he made two blunders that led to goals against Mexico, which won 3-1. “The national team is important when you want to take the next big step,” Schäfer said. “All players have to prepare and must be fit. Gray (Hughan) is now in Finland,” he outlined of the former Waterhouse FC utility player, who has secured a contract at VPS Vaasa. Arnett Gardens’ Premier League striker, Andre Clennon, is also now attached to the Finnish club. “The players have to work in the clubs for very good fitness, for tactical work and then they can go outside (overseas). Kemar Lawrence is the best example. I saw him in the small match first at Harbour View, and he works very hard. Now he’s at Red Bulls in New York, and maybe he has a chance to go to England. “I saw Mattocks play his last match. Watson (Je-Vaughn) plays, Demar Phillips plays,” Schäfer continued, noting Jamaican nationals who are now commanding a spot in professional teams. All the players listed, Hector included, are in the island for Friday’s crucial first-leg World Cup Qualifying match against Nicaragua. The home-and-away tie, which sees Jamaica travelling for a return match next week Tuesday in Nicaragua, will decide which of the countries advance to the CONCACAF Semi-finals (group stage) elimination series for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. fitness & tactical worklast_img read more

LeBron: Smith comments a shot at Phil Jackson, not Ntilikina

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img 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 UN urges countries to stop conflicts during 2018 Winter Olympics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jackson selected Ntilikina, but that was about the last thing he did as team president, as he and the organization parted ways at the end of June. He had angered James during his three years running the Knicks when he referred to James’ friends and business partners as a “posse.”“I’m not a Phil Jackson fan, I think you guys already know that,” James said. “That’s the past. He’s not even here anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)NEW YORK — LeBron James says his belief that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. wasn’t meant to slight Frank Ntilikina, though it was intended as a swipe at Phil Jackson.“Oh yeah, it was definitely a shot at him,” James said Monday. “That’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT James said Saturday after playing in Dallas that Smith should be a Knick. New York took Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in the June draft, one spot before the Mavericks selected Smith.James said he’s known Smith since the former North Carolina State point guard was 13 or 14 years old and that they had trained together. He knows only a little about Ntilikina, a teenager from France who had played overseas with one of James’ friends from Ohio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLast offseason, Jackson had said the Knicks needed a point guard, either through the draft or free agency, and James figured they could do no better than taking Smith to play with Kristaps Porzingis. He compared his comments to his thoughts that the Cleveland Browns should have drafted quarterback Deshaun Watson with the No. 1 pick, saying that doesn’t mean Myles Garrett won’t become a top defensive player.“Like I said, it’s no shade at Frank. I don’t even know the kid,” James said at the Cavaliers’ shootaround before their game against the Knicks. “I wasn’t even thinking about the kid when I was talking about Dennis Smith. I was thinking about the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson at the time and Dennis Smith’s talent and Porzingis.”last_img read more

Gov’t Set to Borrow US$2M

first_imgLiberia is poised to borrow over US$2 million to finance and strengthen her public sector.The Chief Executive, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, communicated a ratification agreement to the House of Representatives requesting that August Body to act in order to attract competent civil servants to the system.According to President Sirleaf’s letter, the financing agreement is intended to “improve pay and performance management in Ministries and strengthen payroll management in the Civil Service Agency.”The project, she said, “consists of three components. The first is improving pay management.  This includes implementation of program within the civil service to attract and retain competent managerial and professional staff and boost motivation amongst civil servants.”The second is strengthening payroll management, which includes implementation of a program aimed at establishing an accurate civil service payroll and ensuring predictability in the wage bill.The third is improving performance, which involves implementation of a program which enables selected Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to focus on performing their core functions and establishing performance and accountability standards among civil servants.The Civil Servant Agency is lead implementer of the project, which is valued around US$2,100,000, Madam Sirleaf said.She pleaded with the House to speedily ratify the agreement in order to initiate the necessary and much needed reforms of the civil service sector.However, the House voted Thursday of last week to send the communication to its Ways, Means and Finance, Good Governance and Judiciary committees to study and report to plenary in two weeks.Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is also studying a Concession Agreement involving the Government of Liberia and Liberia Cocoa Corporation (LCC).The concession area is located in Quardu-Gboni District, Lofa County and is expected to cover approximately 6,000 hectares of government-owned land.According to Madam Sirleaf, the duration of the agreement is 40 years. She justified the contract by saying, “The term is created so as to be in harmony with the lifecycle of coca tree, and LCC is required to invest no less than US$12 million in the project during the first 10 years of the agreement.”Additionally, the President said, “The agreement contains social, environmental, community development, local content, education, and health obligations similar to those in other agricultural concessions.”The project would enhance agricultural production in tree crops that are exportable and consequently support the nation’s balance of trade, the Liberian leader asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top Cop promises disciplinary action against corrupt cops

first_imgPolice Commissioner Leslie James has promised that ranks found guilty of misconduct will not be condoned within the Guyana Police Force.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesThe Commissioner’s statement comes as the GPF is celebrating its 180th Anniversary and a week after Crime Chief Lyndon Alves was sent on administrative leave to facilitate a probe into corruption allegations levelled against him.James has acknowledged that there is the pervasive issue of corruption among his ranks.Among the allegations against Alves is his alleged use of his influence during his tenure as Commander of B Division to protect rogue cops. Another allegation levelled against the Crime Chief is his reported influence used to prevent his daughter, who was involved in an accident, from being charged. In that incident, the young woman allegedly struck four-year-old Mohan Ramkaran close to his Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) home.However, after she was arrested, she was later placed on $20,000 station bail and over two years later, she is yet to be charged.Meanwhile, the Top Cop in a statement said, “…the membership of the Guyana Police Force number in excess of seven thousand (7000), most of whom have been professional, law-abiding, conscientious and humble. And for those who chose to run contrary, disciplinary actions have been taken against them”.Improved serviceCommissioner James said as the Force proceeds further in 2019, the administration seeks to strengthen systems that will result in improved service to communities and citizens of Guyana.The Commissioner highlighted that in 2019, the Force will seek to bolster its system of prosecution through the operationalisation of the Police Prosecutors’ Coordinating Unit.Additionally, the Training Board will be operationalised, which will evaluate and supervise the revision of the Force’s training curricula as necessary.The Traffic Advisory Board will also be operationalised, which will evaluate traffic management posture and coordinate appropriate improvement strategies.  He noted that the Force will realign its divisional boundaries to the regional administrative boundaries to foster greater cooperation at the regional level as well as strengthen the management of Divisions and commitment by ranks.The Police Force is celebrating 180 years of being in existence; a celebration which commenced on July 1.As the anniversary is being observed under the theme, “Serving and protecting our nation through collaboration and dedication”, on Tuesday Commissioner of Korps Politie Suriname Roberto Prade, who is visiting Guyana for the occasion, met with Commissioner James and other senior ranks and discussed matters that commonly affect both countries such as human trafficking, drugs trafficking and smuggling of arms and ammunition and several other aspects of transnational crimes.They also discussed the importance of strengthening their intelligence sharing arms and contining to work closer.last_img read more

Killbillies off to Fort McMurray this Saturday for tournament

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Killbillies Roller Derby team is off to a Tournament this Saturday in Fort McMurray.The Killbillies will be taking on the Tarsand Betties and the Jane Deers in back-to-back games.According to Killbillies member, Jenna Hildebrand, they expect some tough competition and will be sending out a full roster.- Advertisement -“We’re expecting that we’re going to have to work hard. We’ve played the Jane Deers before and have had some close games with them. We’ll have to try really hard to try to come on top but it will be a hard battle to get there, and we’re taking a full roster.”Hildebrand also says her team has been able to gain lots of practice over the past couple of weeks.“Before the North Stars (in Prince George), we weren’t on a full track. Now we’ve been practicing on a full track which makes a difference.”Advertisement This is the second tournament this season that the Killbillies will be participating in, with the first one taking place back in March in Prince George.The Killbillies will be in Fort McMurray this Saturday, April 6.last_img read more

Video: Clout of Africa! Check out this 45-yard screamer

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Will this be Manuel Pellegrini’s XI v Chelsea? Predicted City line up

first_img 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 Chelsea v Manchester City in the Premier League this Saturday 16 April is live on talkSPORT from 17:30 BST.The Citizens have struggled for consistency this season, falling behind in the race for the title. Nonetheless, having reached the semi-final of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, many expect City to finish the campaign strongly.Chelsea, though, are a far improved team from the one that was comfortably beaten 3-0 in August and will be out to avenge that result.So, who will Manuel Pellegrini call upon?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester City line by viewing the slideshow above. 17. Kevin De Bruyne (attacking midfield) 11 11 20. Eliaquim Mangala (centre back) 11 15. Jesus Navas (right attack) 11 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 21. David Silva (left attack) 3. Bacary Sagna (right back) 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 10. Sergio Aguero (striker) 11 11 11 22. Gael Clichy (left back) last_img read more

Poets’ Carlson confident despite record

first_imgWhittier College football coach Greg Carlson wants to win badly. So at 2-3, the Poets aren’t where he wants them to be. However, two of Whittier’s losses were by a total of 14 points to the two best teams in SCIAC. The Poets lost 28-20 to Occidental College on Oct. 1. The Tigers were ranked No. 8 nationally in the Division III poll, and are now ranked sixth. Then last week, Whittier trailed 17-0 at University of Redlands before falling 26-20 in overtime. Redlands has won 26 SCIAC football championships. It is currently tied atop the SCIAC standings with Occidental at 2-0. “I think we, as a staff, feel like we are making significant gains in rebuilding this program,” said Carlson, whose team plays a nonconference game tonight at Chapman University. Kickoff is 7 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Whittier is 2-3 overall, 0-3 in conference. Chapman, an independent, is 1-4. “We have gone through five football games, and we have not been blown out by anybody,” Carlson said. “We played two fine football teams and literally had a chance to win both games in the last two, three minutes. “Now, we need to get into a situation where we win some of those close games.” Carlson is indeed upbeat, even though his team will have to wait another year before again trying to compete for the conference championship. He points out, however, that he started a combined 15 freshmen and sophomores against Occidental and Redlands. This bodes well for the future. “We are still excited,” Carlson said. “We feel we are on the right path. We are establishing some consistency. We were down 17-0 at Redlands and came back to tie the game. center_img “Hopefully, these are all valuable field lessons we are learning that will make us a better program down the road.” Leading the way on offense for Whittier tonight will be quarterback Josh Scurlock. The sophomore from Bakersfield has completed 78 of 155 passes for 926 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Scurlock also leads the team in rushing, with 360 yards and three touchdowns on 70 carries (5.1 yards per carry). Scurlock’s leading receiver has been Alex Jones, who plays both running back and receiver out of the Poets’ spread offense. Jones has caught 28 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Complementing him is Albert Williams, who has 19 receptions for 211 yards and one touchdown. Trying to stop Chapman’s running game will be freshman linebacker Jared Izidoro, Whittier’s leading tackler with 50. Junior defensive back Chasen Eddow has 27 tackles and five pass deflections. “Chapman, the two years I’ve been here, has been a physical football team and kind of beaten us up at the line of scrimmage,” said Carlson, in his third season. “Now, hopefully, we can stand toe-to-toe with them on the offensive and defensive lines. They have a fine running game.” Chase Twedell leads Chapman with 508 yards rushing with two touchdowns on 86 carries (5.9 yards per carry). Robert Morales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213, or by e-mail at robert.morales 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

Church asks court to shield its files

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A support group for alleged victims of clergy abuse reacted angrily to the development, however, saying that Cardinal Roger Mahony was trying to keep potentially incriminating documents out of the hands of investigators. “Mahony’s insistence on using every convoluted legal strategy he can devise only delays healing for victims and prevention for innocents kids,” said Eric Barragan, a spokesman for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. “Wouldn’t it be refreshing – just once – to see Mahony comply with a court order instead of trying to dodge one?” The state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday marked a critical development in a legal battle between Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who subpoenaed the files three years ago, and church officials. Mahony has argued that opening the files would violate the church’s constitutional right of religious freedom. Release of the files would mean prosecutors could scour the personnel files for evidence that could result in criminal charges against additional clergy members – and possibly even Mahony himself, according to those familiar with the case. One former priest, Michael Wempe, is expected to go on trial within weeks on three counts of committing a lewd act on a child and one count of oral copulation of a person under 16. The District Attorney’s Office has said it is also investigating several other cases that could fall within the statute of limitations for prosecution of sexual abuse. The nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese asked an appeals court not to release the confidential personnel files of two former priests accused of sex abuse, despite a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that gave prosecutors access to the documents. In a letter filed Friday with the 2nd District Court of Appeal, attorney Jeffrey S. Koenig said the Archdiocese of Los Angeles plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case within the next few weeks. “If the privileged documents are turned over to the grand jury, our efforts to obtain further … review will be rendered moot,” the letter said. Tod Tamberg, archdiocese spokesman, didn’t immediately return a call Friday, nor did other attorneys for the archdiocese. “We just want to see the files,” said Sandi Gibbons, district attorney spokesman. “That’s all.” The archdiocese also faces more than 550 civil lawsuits alleging clergy abuse dating back decades. Those cases are currently in settlement talks, but trial dates in a handful of cases were recently set for sometime next year. 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

Earth as a Habitable Planet

first_imgWhen viewed as a planet among planets, Earth is surprisingly surprising, considering how close it is to scientists’ investigating eyes.No hell on Earth:  Astrobiology Magazine claims that the “Hadean Era” of the early Earth was not as “hellish” as previously thought.  Historical geologists at Vanderbilt have questioned the conventional wisdom, but the article admits there have been two schools of thought.  “Our conclusion is counterintuitive,” says Calvin Miller of Vanderbilt, defending his team’s new view. “Hadean zircons grew from magmas rather similar to those formed in modern subduction zones, but apparently even ‘cooler’ and ‘wetter’ than those being produced today.”Natural fracking:  A “strange” sandstone formation in Colorado along the Rocky Mountain’s front range has baffled geologists.  Live Science calls it a case of “natural fracking” that injected fluid sand into bedrock (usually, intrusions occur the other way, igneous into sedimentary).  Science Magazine says the dates (based on zirons) of this Tava Formation make it older than the Rockies themselves.  It will change geologists’ perspective on the hypothetical supercontinent of Rodinia.Gravity tectonics:  How did plate tectonics get started?  “How this gargantuan process got started on early Earth has been quite a mystery,” reporter Jesse Emspak wrote for Live Science.  The traditional theory has been that convection started spreading the continental plates around.  Now, a new computer model says that gravity was up to the job, the article says.  “There is still work to be done – it’s a computer model – but Rey thinks it goes some way to help explain the composition and structure of the current crust.”Shaking up the uplift:  A geologist from Tulane is “shaking things up” about the formation of steep mountains, PhysOrg says.  “Nicole Gasparini was going upstream against a major trend in geologic research,” the article begins.  “Many geologists ascribe to the popular hypothesis about the formation of very steep mountain ranges: that a wet climate and heavy rainfall on one side of a mountain range are needed to drive erosion and uplift the mountain to high elevations.”  The classic case has been the Andes.  When Gasparini tested the idea with models, she didn’t see climate being a factor (even though, ironically, she never has visited the Andes).  Her ideas put “rain on the parade” of the leading theory, the article saysGoing against the flow:  Models of river flow have been too simplistic, a group of geologists found on a 486-km raft trip down the Fraser River in Canada.  Nicole Gasparini described this paradigm-shifting work in Science Magazine about a paper by Venditti et al. in the same issue.  Rivers in steep-sided canyons don’t just cut straight down uniformly.  All kinds of turbulent effects, including swirling eddies, have significant effects on the walls of canyons and the shapes of riverbeds.  “The results call for a re-evaluation of how waterways carve through bedrock to form canyons,” Gasparini says.  See also PhysOrg and Science Daily.Jesus had some words about geology.  He warned those who build their lives on the shifting sands of man’s opinions instead of the solid rock of His word (Matthew 7:24-29). (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more