Lawrence confident ahead of U-14 Challenge series

first_imgNational Under-14 coach Aaron Lawrence is confident that his team will top Group F in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Challenge series that kicks off tomorrow with a double-header at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens.The young Reggae Boyz are set to tackle Grenada in the second game, starting at 4 p.m., while Barbados will meet British Virgin Islands in the opener at 2 p.m.Big AdvantageAlthough Lawrence knows little about his opponents, he believes that playing at home in the series is a big advantage.”I am satisfied with the preparation that we had with the boys coming into the series. We have been preparing for about a month during which time we played in a tournament in The Cayman Islands, and playing at home will lift the boys,” Lawrence told The Gleaner yesterday.The team has been getting valuable help from Wendell Downswell, the Jamaica Football Federation’s technical director.”The technical director has prepared a programme, and the players have adapted to it,” he shared.”The mental and physical aspects of the training have been going well. It will be tough, but we are confident we will move on from the group. We are aware that former Reggae Girls coach Vin Blaine is in charge of Grenada’s programme, so it won’t be an easy first game.”With regard to how players were selected for the tournament, Lawrence said: “We went into all the parishes with the exception of Portland and organised games, and the best players were selected.”Lawrence said that the final 18-member squad would not be released until today.National Under-14 Boys’ delegations from Grenada, The British Virgin Islands, and Barbados arrived here yesterday. The other country in the group, Suriname, are expected today.This tournament was organised by the CFU to assist member associations to assess the quality of their youth boys’ teams and also to assist in the preparation for the 2019 CONCACAF Under-15 Boys Championship.last_img read more

50 years later: oh well, read on if you wish…

first_imgI received a rather interesting email message recently from someone in Toronto I think deserves mention at least to jump-start this piece. The email stated that the single biggest obstacle to progress in Guyana has been the PNC now APNU. The PNC party has never won a fair election on its own.For those of us who lived under the PNC, the aforesaid comment is nothing new but a sad reminder of a not too distant past. But those who were born just before 1992 and are currently the majority population, this history needs to be told to them at least on the eve of 50 years of colonial emancipation dubbed fancily as independence. Guyana seems to be stuck in-depends.For about 28 years, the PNC stayed in power through rigged elections, intimidation, suppression and brutalization. Now, the full repercussions of the illegal PNC regime have yet to be fully assessed, particularly by those who supported it, particularly by those who have returned to power under a different guise, particularly by those who are willing to forget the past.One thing is absolutely sure about PNC rule in Guyana. It moved the country backwards for at least fifty years with regard to human development with the most obvious being in education and health care as well as the suppression of various forms of freedom. This is when Guyanese, especially Indians, began to distrust government. This is when racial tensions in Guyana escalated. This is when mass migration in Guyana spiraled out of control. This is when the good reputation of Guyana took a nosedive. Tell me, how can a country recover from this experience?One does not have to hold a PhD in political science or ethics to be convinced if the Jagans had ruled Guyana half of the time the PNC did, Guyana would have been a better place today. The Jagans were young and full of energy. They were decent and honest. They had always put Guyana first. They had the support of most of the people. They had their faults. They knew their limitations. Cheddi Jagan never mastered the urban Euro-Creole language, Guyana’s national language, because he identified more with his rural support base.The Jagans never had in their blood to suppress the Guyanese people as much as the PNC did for the sake of power. Arguably, the Jagans would not have rigged elections. Over time, they would have been more open to power sharing with the opposition. Walter Rodney would have been alive.Before May 2015, any writing on the PNC was a futile exercise, a waste of time. But since the old guards of PNC are back in power, so do the analyses of grave concerns that have reached worrying heights.Rhyaan Shah observed impressively that the President and his gang have turned Burnham party paramountcy into personality paramountcy. Her perception is spot on. She is bright.The gang of ageing men in the coalition regime, and more so from the AFC entourage, are encapsulated in the drunken chalice of power. This gang is guided, guarded and governed by not the duties of leadership but rights of leadership. This gang is intellectually lazy.When your name is David Granger, Moses Nagamootoo, Khemraj Ramjattan, Joe Harmon, Raphael Trotman, among others, then certain things come easy: a good salary, a safe and secured place to live, a good health plan, a good vacation package, and a ticket to fly out of Guyana any time.But when you still have the above names certain questions are difficult to answer: How come the nation is at standstill? How come the economy has slumped since last year? What are you going to do about the crime situation? When are you going to deliver?By far, the single saddest event in post-independence Guyana is the denial of Cheddi Jagan’s right to govern Guyana for nearly three decades. Jagan was probably a dictator of the Indian proletarian, awkward, infatuated with communism, and the like but he should have never been denied the right to govern by a clique of political animals.Can you imagine if things were reversed? This is where Jagan is unmatchable. He was never wicked, never violent-oriented, but was considerate and careful about the Other in the pursuit of power. Jagan remains a victim of political apartheid in the Caribbean.I do hope during the fifty years of wining, dining and sporting, Jagan can hear these words in his grave from the Almighty. Come home my native son, you have laboured amongst the beasts of beasts. You are tired. Come and nestle into my arms so that you will feel the flow of my blood in yours. They are warm. You are safe. Your people are safe. Your children of all race and ethnicity in Guyana will someday taste the milk and honey that was denied to you for about 30 of the 50 years independence ( read more

Constitutional fix

first_imgLast Friday, the Carter Center of USA, with support of the British High Commission, sponsored a symposium on “Perspectives on Guyana’s Constitutional Reform Process” at the University of Guyana. Most commentators see the event as a not-too-subtle nudge from two of the major architects of our present political stasis for the incumbent APNU/AFC political regime to follow through with its pre-elections promise to initiate Constitutional Reform to address that dilemma.One of the panelists, in fact, went to great lengths to remind the Government − which did not field even a single representative in the audience − of its promises on the subject in its manifesto. To wit, “APNU/AFC is committed to ending ‘winner take all’ politics”; and more specifically, “…will immediately appoint a Constitutional Reform Commission consisting of representatives of all major stakeholders − trades unions, the Private Sector, religious and faith-based organisations, women, youths, professional organisations and the University. “Its mandate will be to undertake the urgent task of fashioning comprehensive reforms for early implementation, designed to guarantee a democratic society free from the abuse of citizens by those in high office, fuelled by the exercise of arbitrary powers and behaviour by the Executive which is inconsistent with the spirit and provisions of the Constitution.”Towards this end, the parties in Government specifically declared their commitment towards “re-balancing the powers and responsibilities of the Prime Minister and the President in a manner meant to reduce abuse, avoid conflicts of interest, and facilitate the more efficient execution of state functions.” It is rather ironic that while the Government has dragged its feet on Constitutional Reform, the element it identified as needing “comprehensive reforms and early implementation” has reared its ugly head repeatedly over the last two years. This, of course, is “the abuse of citizens by those in high office, fuelled by the exercise of arbitrary powers and behaviour by the Executive which is inconsistent with the spirit and provisions of the Constitution”.The most recent manifestation of Executive abuse is, ironically, the behaviour of the legal advisor to the Government, Attorney General Basil Williams. His abuse of a Judge − a member of the co-equal branch of Government, the Judiciary − in his own court was so outrageous that it precipitated an official complaint by the Judge to the heads of the Judiciary. In Guyana, there is no need to undertake massive root-and-branch changes in the Constitution. The Constitution cannot be treated like ordinary statutes, which can be rewritten at the drop of a hat for every minor exigency. Constitutions must display stability. Under the accepted tradition of Judicial Review, pioneered by the USA, our Judiciary has exhibited admirable wisdom in interpreting the constitutional strictures to address daily exigencies. The constitution has already been extensively revised in 2000, but it is widely conceded − not least in the Manifesto of the incumbent government − that the powers of the Executive were not pruned as extensively as was proposed by the more-than 4000 submissions. The Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform (SCCR), which was established by this Government in 2015, has already taken wide-ranging submissions after extensive hearings. The next step was to constitute the abovementioned broad-based “Constitutional Reform Commission” to review the submissions and make recommendations to the National Assembly, where they would have to be ratified in accordance with the amendment stipulations of Art 164. If, perchance, any of the changes requested the dilution of the basic structure of the Constitution, Guyanese have been enlightened by its erudite Judiciary, a referendum would be necessary.The President, unfortunately exhibiting the same executive overreach that his manifesto castigates, summarily dismissed its Report and demanded more “widespread” consultations. Sums of money have already been budgeted towards this end. This newspaper believes that the requisite constitutional changes to trim the powers of the Executive are needed before the next elections, scheduled in 2020. The Government needs to get on with its own programme, as defined in its Manifesto.last_img read more

Fans have a 90’s dance party at the Encana Events Centre

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Encana Events Centre and thousands of fans flashed back to the 90’s Monday night when the when the I Love the 90’s tour stopped in the B.C. Peace.Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Young MC and C+C Music Factory brought the crowd to their feet for a 90’s dance party.Below are a number of photos from the show taken by Christos Sagiorgis of Eagle Vision Video Productions.- Advertisement –last_img

Photos show Lindsay Lohan slumped in car

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Lindsay Lohan, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., was photographed less than 48 hours later slumped in the passenger seat of a car. Web site posted the photos Monday, which it said were taken early that morning at a gas station after the 20-year-old actress left the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., with a girlfriend. The photos show Lohan, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, with her mouth open and her eyes shut, apparently asleep. Another photo shows her kneeling on the ground, her back to the camera, apparently before getting into the vehicle. Leslie Sloane Zelnik, Lohan’s publicist, didn’t return repeated phone calls and e-mail messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. Lohan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday after her convertible struck a curb in Beverly Hills, and investigators found what they believe is cocaine at the scene, police said. The actress and two other people were riding in her 2005 Mercedes SL-65 when it crashed on Sunset Boulevard around 5:30 a.m., Sgt. Mike Foxen said. It appeared Lohan was speeding, Lt. Mitch McCann said at an afternoon news conference. Officers at the scene found a “usable amount” of a drug tentatively identified as cocaine, McCann said. He declined to say where the drug was found other than to say Lohan wasn’t carrying it. Lohan, who spent time at a rehabilitation center earlier this year, was driven in another car to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, McCann said. McCann declined to comment on her blood-alcohol level. He said the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office where Lohan could face more charges, including felonies. Her tentative arraignment date is Aug. 24. Lohan said in January that she had checked into a rehabilitation center for substance abuse treatment. Her publicist confirmed in December that the actress was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She told Allure magazine during an interview for its May issue that she decided to enter the secluded Wonderland Center at the suggestion of her therapist. Her latest movie, “Georgia Rule,” is in theaters. Her other screen credits include “Mean Girls,” “Bobby,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Freaky Friday.” 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

Mourinho’s second Chelsea return ends in defeat as Kante fires Blues to Wembley

first_img N’Golo Kante scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Manchester United Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho had to be separated as N’Golo Kante’s strike sent Chelsea into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.Fourth official Mike Jones had to intervene as Conte and Mourinho had a frank touchline exchange during a feisty contest in which United had Ander Herrera sent off for two bookable offences after 35 minutes.Kante’s second Chelsea goal six minutes into the second half secured a quarter-final win for the Premier League leaders, who won for a club record 13th successive home game.Hopes of a double in Conte’s first season in charge remain alive.Both Kante’s Chelsea goals have come against United, who have not beaten the Blues in 12 attempts, since October 2012.Mourinho, whose side won the EFL Cup last month, had never lost a FA Cup quarter-final. He has now.David de Gea made fine saves in quick succession to deny Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill and a smash and grab raid for United appeared possible.But Herrera was dismissed for two fouls on Eden Hazard following what looked like an edict to target the Belgium playmaker.United players surrounded referee Michael Oliver to complain, but captain Chris Smalling had been warned seconds earlier about repeated fouls on Hazard after one by Phil Jones.The visitors attempted to intimidate and impose themselves, but Chelsea – and Kante and Hazard in particular – were indomitable.Mourinho is Chelsea’s most successful manager and Conte spoke of his desire to emulate the self-proclaimed Special One last Friday.The Italian also asked for Mourinho’s history to be respected, but the United boss had to remind home supporters behind the visiting dugout of his three Premier League titles.The apathy which greeted Mourinho in defeat last October – when his return was overshadowed by the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Harding – had turned to animosity.The last time Mourinho was an FA Cup manager on this ground, Chelsea conceded a two-goal lead to lose to League One Bradford.And he suffered his biggest defeat in English football when Chelsea won 4-0 in the Premier League last October.Mourinho rebuked Conte on that occasion after the Italian had implored the crowd to cheer with Chelsea coasting.Conte vowed not to tone down his exuberance in his technical area and he refused to be cowed as Mourinho’s men made their presence felt.Marcos Rojo’s challenge from behind on Diego Costa set the tone as United repeatedly resorted to the cynical, while Jones was deployed as Hazard’s shadow.In Marcus Rashford, who declared himself fit following illness to ensure United could field a recognised striker, the visitors had a potent weapon.Rashford’s pace and energy made Chelsea’s defence nervous and his persistence resulted in a chance for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fire wide.Hazard, sparkling this term as he did under Mourinho in their title-winning campaign together, attempted to make the most of the few occasions when Jones’ attention was diverted.He turned Smalling, skipped by Rojo and his shot through Matteo Darmian was deflected, only for De Gea to turn the ball around the post.De Gea made an even better save from the resulting corner, as Cahill held off Rojo and shot, only for the goalkeeper to intervene.Herrera blocked Hazard as he looked for a one-two with Costa and then the Belgian sliced wide after Jones committed to a challenge on Nemanja Matic.Jones felled Hazard, United were warned by Oliver and moments later Herrera’s daft challenge saw him booked for a second time.There was an eruption of fury and a wry smile from Mourinho, who immediately withdrew Mkhitaryan and sent on Fellaini.Mourinho and Conte made their feelings towards each other clear, but Chelsea had the numerical advantage and began to exploit the space.Paul Pogba and Kante had been within touching distance of each other throughout the first half.But a split-second lapse from Pogba was punished by his fellow France international as Kante drilled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.Thibaut Courtois saved from Rashford as United were denied an equaliser, while Chelsea three times came close to a second.Costa spurned a free header from a corner before Willian curled over after Kante brilliantly deceived Fellaini on the edge of the area.And De Gea denied substitute Cesc Fabregas in stoppage time as the Blues prevailed. 1last_img read more

‘I’m not a sexist’ – England Women’s boss Phil Neville responds to twitter storm

first_img New England Women’s manager Phil Neville 1 Phil Neville has denied being sexist and has defended his appointment as the new England Women’s head coach, insisting he ‘couldn’t be more qualified’ for the job.Former Manchester United and Everton defender Neville was chosen as the permanent successor to Mark Sampson last week, but his appointment was overshadowed by a social media storm over historic comments he made about women on Twitter.The 41-year-old wrote in 2012 that he did not expect women to have read his posts in a morning because they would be “preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making the beds”, while in 2011 it was widely reported he wrote he “just battered the wife!!! Feel better now!”.Neville quickly apologised for the comments last week and he apologised and addressed his tweets once more at his first media opportunity as Lionesses boss on Monday.He revealed the comments he made about his wife were regarding winning ‘a competitive sports game’, believed to be squash, although conceded he was disappointed by his wording and that the post was damaging when taken out of context.Speaking to talkSPORT at St George’s Park, Neville said: “I’m not a sexist. I’ve lived my life right.“The words that I used in 2011 and 2012 were not good in 2011 and 2012 as Everton captain, as a Premier League player, as a father, and they’re not right now. That’s why I apologised.“The words I used were also in no way a joke about domestic violence, they were referring to my wife in terms of something we were doing on holiday, a competitive sports game.“But in isolation they were wrong, and I do look back and am disappointed.“I think people that know me, that have been around my company, that are part of my family, that have watched me over the last 41 years know that it’s not a true reflection of my character and the way that I was brought up by my parents.“I apologise wholeheartedly for the words that I used and that’s why I issued my apology last Wednesday because they’re not right today and they weren’t right back then.”Neville also defended himself amid claims he is not qualified enough for the role.The former England international has no prior experience of working in the women’s game, but cited his relevant coaching qualifications and his time as Valencia assistant as reasons to suggest he can be successful in his new role.“I’ve coached at the top level and the players that I’ll be coaching are elite players”, he added.“My experience? I would have thought that not many candidates that applied for the job have the experience that I’ve got of coaching elite players.“I’ve coached the best players in the men’s game at the top level and I believe the players I’ll be coaching in the England women’s team are top-class professionals at the elite level.“I’ve done all my qualifications, I did my B-Licence when I was 24, my A-Licence when I was 28 and I’ve got my UEFA Pro-Licence. I cannot be more qualified for this job than what I am.“When I took the qualifications and was handed my certificate, I wasn’t told ‘you can only work in the men’s game’, so I think it’s a coaching badge to coach football.“I have watched the women’s game. Do I know everything about it? No, but I will. I’m a fast learner. When I went to Spain, I only knew three players in the Valencia team, I didn’t know anything about LaLiga and within six months I knew everything, I was speaking another language and I knew everything about the game.”last_img read more

Robinson: Underdogs Motherwell confident of toppling Celtic

first_imgThe Northern Irish manager, however, said that the Steelmen’s belief has been reinforced by studying footage of when they’ve had Celtic on the ropes.He said: “There’s no expectation on us, everyone expects Celtic to win but we’ve different ideas.“We’ve created a real belief we can do something special this season.“I don’t think there is any point in turning up if we don’t (believe we can win). Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson accepted the Steelmen will go into Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Celtic as underdogs but insisted the Fir Park outfit are confident of upsetting the odds.Robinson’s side have the chance to claim Well’s first Scottish Cup since 1991 on Saturday.But they face opposition motivated by the chance to make history as the Hoops eye an unprecedented double treble.Robinson acknowledged that Brendan Rodgers’ Premiership champions will go in as heavy favourites having defeated Motherwell in the League Cup final earlier in the campaign.  “We’re certainly not going to make up the numbers.“The belief is not ill-founded, we’ve shown footage of ourselves, constantly we’ve searched through teams that have caused them problems and a lot of the footage was of us.“I know that we’ve affected them, I know that we were a minute from winning the game at Fir Park, we drew with them with ten men.“It’s a hard task, we’re playing against a very good Celtic side but it’s certainly not an impossible task.”He added: “It’s not about anything other than becoming legends at the football club, we’ve told them that.“That’s a really nice pressure, to be able to go and have the chance to win a Scottish Cup final.”The mood within the Motherwell camp was boosted on Thursday when midfielder Chris Cadden received a first call-up to the Scotland squad for the friendlies against Peru and Mexico.Robinson said the 21-year-old’s promotion the senior squad is a further nod to the talent now based in Lanarkshire.He continued: “I’m absolutely delighted for him, his parents will be very proud of him.“He’s Motherwell through and through, you can see his excitement getting bigger through the week.“It’s a fantastic achievement for him but I’ve no surprise to see him called up.“Motherwell are now starting to get international footballers which is a credit to the young players here.“For Chris to mix with the full Scottish internationals will do nothing but good for his career.”last_img read more

LinkedIn to Open Up – How It Can Take On Facebook

first_imgAlex concluded (and remember this was mid-January, before Facebook announced its open platform in May):Today Facebook is much more about interactions and staying in touch – on a practical basis – daily. LinkedIn is about staying connected over longer periods of time and leveraging business connections for business purposes. It seems to us that LinkedIn needs to evolve more towards the Facebook model, where people can interact more on the site via profiles. Unlike Facebook, the interactions between individuals on LinkedIn cannot be open to all – but the idea that people interact on the site is important, because this is what keeps them coming back.What do you think about LinkedIn and how it can compete with the increasingly powerful Facebook? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Dan Farber talked to LinkedIn founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman on Friday at the Supernova 2007 conference, and was told that over the next 9 months LinkedIn will deliver APIs for developers. It seems that LinkedIn has been hurried onto this open track due to the hype surrounding Facebook’s new open platform. Dan also reports that LinkedIn wants to “create a way for users who spend more time socially in Facebook to get LinkedIn notifications.” Nick O’Neill has a post discussing the ramifications.Of course I agree that opening its platform to developers is the best (the only?) way for LinkedIn to take its service to the next level. Interestingly Alex Iskold wrote about this back in January, and his post then is well worth re-visiting now.Alex first analyzed LinkIn’s current features, then he suggested some new ones that LinkedIn, or external developers via APIs, might want to introduce:Notably absent are features that let the users feel the network. For example, it would be great to see a visualization of all of my connections as a network; and on a map. It would be also great to be able to explore my network, using a visualization technique like Thinkmap. Another more subtle thing that is missing from LinkedIn is the strength of the relationship. Not all of my connections are equal, some are much stronger than others. This is a very valuable piece of information that can help a lot with things like lead generation. It is not easy to capture the strength of the relationship, but even a trivial heuristic like ‘number of times I’ve clicked on someone’s profile’ would be a good start. richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Visually Fly With Flygirrl: Serena Saunders’ Passion Art Boutique

first_imgSerena Boutique(P. English for GPTMC) I recently took a trip to visit fellow Creative Ambassador Serena Saunders’ gallery and boutique – Passion Art. Nestled in Germantown on Chew Avenue, this funky little place brightens and enlightens the neighborhood. I chatted with Serena about what it’s like having her own boutique, being a working artist and continuing to pursue her dream. The space is multi-functional, something that Serena wanted for her new boutique. She not only uses the space as a boutique and art gallery, she also has her working studio in the back on the space. Passion Art offers funky hand made fashions, from reconstructed leather clutches to super cute leather suspenders, skirts, hand painted art and more! And just about everything is made by Serena herself! Something that was important for Serena was not just to showcase her own work, but to also exhibit and sell work for other working artists. She had dedicated the front of her store to featured artists and designers. Serena allows you to come in and utilize her space as if it were your own. And as an artist, sometimes that’s all you need to get your work out there. And, Passion Art is just that – a hub for creative people. When asking Serena what she has coming up, she filled me in on a few new events that will be occurring in August and fall that she’s about to announce. To stay connected to Serena and Passion Art, check her out in person at her store or catch her on Facebook. Insider Tip: If you visit Serena and you see something that’s not in your size, no worries! She will custom size and design clothes for you – even on the spot. Reach out to her or visit her soon!last_img read more