Club bosses happy with new U-13 selection process

first_img SOME IMPROVEMENT “We want them to qualify much like the seniors … this year, we had eight teams from the parishes and it’s an improvement, but it’s not there yet,” Jureidini added. Speid believes they can win this and other international youth tournaments, like the Under-15 Cayman Airways International Youth Cup, which both clubs are currently participating in. “I participated in the Cayman Under-15 and won. We didn’t get proper representation the two years Harbour View went (CONCACAF Under-13). They weren’t good enough. If the best team had gone they would have done much better,” he added. Meanwhile Jureidini says getting up to standard and competing consistently should be the objective. “Winning these tournaments is irrelevant. While winning is good, it is not the most important thing. It’s proper development, proper exposure and doing the right thing,” he said. Since its inception three years ago, the CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League has generated a great deal of interest among local clubs, but most have been unhappy with the process used to select representatives for the tournament. The staging of a qualifying tournament this year to select the country’s representatives has been hailed as a massive improvement by Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini and Cavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid, but both insist that it still needs improving. Cavalier won the KSAFA Under-13 title in 2014 and 2015 and Speid was unhappy that Harbour View got the CONCACAF nod both years, but he’s now pleased that an attempt is being made to select the best team. “I was winning the league and they never chose my team. Now they have a play-off. But before, they just chose Harbour View for two years … and Harbour View came last and I won,” he said. “But it’s better … at least they chose eight teams … this process is really an upgrade,” he added.. Jurideini also welcomes the new format. He, however, was quick to explain his club got the first two invitations. “The two years we were selected randomly, they wanted teams or combination of teams that have done well historically or were doing well, but neither process is perfect,” he explained. However, discussions with participating clubs and local interests led to the implementation of a qualifying tournament.last_img read more

Azkals eye Mid East training

first_img“I think, to be safe, 12 points should see us through to the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “It also depends on the other games, but for us the objective is to win all of our games which will give us a lot of confidence going to the finals of the Asian Cup.”After the Yemen match in Qatar, the Azkals still have two matches left in the third round—an away game against Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14 and a home duel with Tajikistan on March 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ BACOLOD CITY—Regardless of the result of the clash against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualifying Tuesday night, the Philippines is already planning another training camp in the Middle East next month to prepare for the return leg against the Yemenis who play home matches in Doha, Qatar.Azkals manager Dan Palami believes a more intensive buildup will be key against Yemen in their Oct. 10 match. The Filipinos currently sit on top of Group F with six points from their first two matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Can Sen. Pacquiao outfox the sly Bob Arum? Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Lance Corporal arrested with large quantity of cannabis

first_imgA Lance Corporal, along with another person, has admitted to being the owner of a large quantity of cannabis found in a vehicle in which they were travelling.The parcels of compressed cannabis found hidden inside a gas stove in the trunk of a carThe 24-year-old Joint Services rank and the 27-year-old driver of the vehicle, both of Stanleytown, Berbice, were stopped by a rank on patrol duty after they were caught overtaking on the Strathspey Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).They were both escorted to the Vigilance Police Station where the hire car in which they were travelling was searched.The search unearthed three parcels of compressed cannabis hidden inside a gas stove that was in the trunk of the black Fielder-Wagon.The two men are currently in Police custody and are expected to appear in court shortly.last_img read more

Security guard shoots self in throat

first_imgOne person is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations concerning a Police guard who shot herself to her throat in the washroom of Caricom Rice Mills at Anna Regina, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Dead is 29-year-old Special Constable #15117 Shendal George. The incident reportedly occurred sometime between 17:00h and 17:45h on May 4 at Caricom Rice Mills.Information disclosed that George was attached to Caricom Rice Mills as an armed guard working on a shift basis. At the time of the incident, she was working on the 15:00h to 23:00h shift, armed with a service .32 revolver with six live rounds.She was said to be on duty at the main front gate along with another security guard, George Bisnauth, of Anna Regina.According to Bisnauth, at about 17:00h, Shendal George left the guard hut and went for a walk around the compound. About 17:45h, her mother came to the gate and enquired about her when Bisnauth left in search and found her lying motionless on her back in the toilet area with a suspected gun shot to her throat; fully dressed in her uniform.The service revolver was seen about five inches from her right hand. Upon closer examination, five live rounds were found in the chamber along with a spent shell on the ground.Bisnauth then immediately raised an alarm after which a report was made to the Police.The circumstances surrounding the Police guard taking of her own life is still unclear. However, rumours have been circulating that she had reached ‘saturation point’ in life.The scene was visited by officers from Police in G Division (Essequibo coast-Islands) and thereafter, her body was transported to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination. Her firearm, along with the remaining ammunition was lodged at the station.last_img read more

Project Manager takes Govt to court over wrongful termination of contract

first_img…after giving up US$100,000 a year job in USAfter giving up work that paid over US$100,000 annually to return to Guyana and give back to his homeland through his expertise, a project manager is fighting back against what he calls the wrongful termination of his contract by the Government of Guyana.Rudolph Small, who is taking the Government to court to claim millions in lost salaries and benefits, contended that he was contracted by the Public Health Ministry as the Director of Projects within the Ministry on January 31, 2017.Small has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Health, Degrees in Biology and Nursing and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Legal Nursing Consultancy and Project Management. As of 2016, he was working with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a Field Medical Coordinator and earning US$131,000 a year ($27.4 million).Former Attorney General Anil NandlallAccording to his statement of claim, which was filed by his lawyer, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, he was informed by his acquaintance, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, of the need for someone to administer an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project worth $1.6 billion in funding for maternal and child health improvements to Guyana’s hospitals.Having been informed in 2016, Small stated in his claim that he began discussions with authorities in Guyana and was interviewed by an IDB panel and offered the position, which he took at the expense of his job in the US. According to Small, his position as Director of Projects came with a monthly salary of US$5,000 ($1 Million).“In addition to the IDB project, Small’s help was requested in other areas. According to the claim, Small “was invited to the Office of the Minister of Health in January, 2017, and was requested to help the Ministry of Health to prepare a project document for a proposed mental health complex, that was being put up for funding by the Islamic Development Bank. The Ministry of Public Health was behind with its submission and required the Claimant’s expertise to expedite the process”.The claim goes on to state that, “the Claimant was also requested to assist with the health project slated for funding by the Indian Government, as well as, the Islamic Development Bank Project. Given ever expanding work assignments, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Mr Trevor Thomas, Executive Director of the Health Sector Development Unit (HSDU), Dr Morris Edwards and the Claimant, commenced meeting to formulate a new structure for the HSDU. Consequently, the Claimant was assigned as the Director of Projects. The Claimant’s contract was negotiated with Minister George Norton after approval and concurrence was received from Minister Volda Lawrence”.DownhillAccording to the claim, things started going downhill for Small with the dismissal of PS Thomas in March 2017. Thomas was dismissed after a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into procurement at the Public Health Ministry.Small contended that he was assured after Thomas’ dismissal that he would keep his job. That assurance, according to the claim, came from the new PS Collette Abrams. But suddenly, he was informed he could no longer be paid since Thomas did not have the authority to issue the contract.<<<“By a letter dated 7th of June, 2017, Ms. Collette Adams, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, wrongfully and in repudiatory breach of the said agreement, purported to terminate the Claimant’s employment and wrongfully dismissed the Claimant,” the claim stated.In the letter, Small is also reminded that he has to refund payments made for the rental of a building. According to the letter, he is yet to honour this request. The letter also stated that recommendations were received from the Department of Public Service.According to Small, he suffered total damages of US$208,500 ($41.8 million). He noted that had he stayed with his job in the US instead of returning to Guyana to work for the Government, he would have been paid US$125,760 for 2017 and 2018 and US$139,620 for this year.Small is claiming damages in excess of $25 million for breach of contract, special damages of US$208,500, aggravated damages, interests and costs. Attorney General Basil Williams has been named as the defendant.last_img read more

I chose Liverpool to learn from Klopp, says Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_img0Shares0000Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed a £35million move to Liverpool on deadline day.Photo/DMMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that his decision to choose Liverpool over Chelsea was in part motivated by his desire to work with Jurgen Klopp.The former Arsenal midfielder surprised many by turning down a move to the Premier League champions on transfer deadline day, opting instead to leave London for Liverpool and join Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. Speaking with The Times, the 24-year old revealed that the decision to depart the Emirates was the hardest of his career and that he felt it was necessary if he was to develop as a player.“I want to get more out of myself,” he stated. “I could have stayed at Arsenal and progressed there maybe – you never know what can happen – but I felt the main thing was taking myself out of my comfort zone and really push myself to achieve as much as I can in a team and a position where I want to progress. That’s why Liverpool shouted out for me.“Having been someone on the outside looking in, I couldn’t help but notice what the manager is doing here, and wondering what it would be like to play for a character like that,” the England international continued. “He’s very inspirational, passionate, involved and intense. I felt that was something that could gee me up.“You can see from how the team play how he instils that intensity in the players. I feel like that kick up the backside would be good for me. Just meeting the manager for the first time reinforced that.“I could tell straight away he’s very warm, very close to the players. The manager can take me up to the next level – I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe that. He sees a lot of good things in me, but he also sees areas that he believes he can push me and develop. That excites me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Check out the best bits from Manchester United’s newest signing

first_imgManchester United made their first signing of the January transfer window on Wednesday as they landed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.The Spaniard joins on a free transfer and will provide excellent and experienced back up for the brilliant David De Gea who has been one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League this season.La Liga expert Graham Hunter told talkSPORT the Red Devils now have the pound-for-pound best value goalkeeper in the division, so to find out why he thinks this, take a look at the video above…last_img

Former Arsenal youngster makes Conference loan switch

first_img Josh Rees Nottingham Forest have sent Josh Rees on loan to Torquay.The 22-year-old midfielder, who came through the youth ranks at Arsenal, signed for Forest back in 2013.He made his first-team debut – and first ever senior appearance – in May 2014 as a second-half substitute in Forest’s 2-1 defeat against Brighton.He played eight times during a loan spell at Nuneaton last season and will now get the chance to play more Conference football with Torquay.Rees has only just recovered from a hernia injury but will hope to put that behind him during the spell on the coast, which will last until the summer. 1last_img

With 10 minutes to go Hearts thought they were through, then this happened

first_img The Scottish Cup Paul Hanlon’s stoppage-time equaliser earned Hibernian a Scottish Cup fifth round replay as the Championship side came from two goals down at Tynecastle in the Edinburgh derby.Arnaud Djoum and Sam Nicholson had put Premiershoip Hearts in control with goals in the 32nd and 44th minutes.But a Jason Cummings header gave Hibs a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining, and they sent the away fans delirious when Hanlon turned home the equaliser following a corner. 1last_img

Soul pioneer Wilson Pickett, 64

first_imgNEW YORK – Wilson Pickett, the soul pioneer best known for the fiery hits “Mustang Sally” and “In The Midnight Hour,” died of a heart attack Thursday in a Reston, Va., hospital, according to his management company. He was 64. Chris Tuthill of the management company Talent Source said Pickett had been suffering from health problems for the past year. Pickett lived in Ashburn, Va. “He did his part. It was a great ride, a great trip. I loved him and I’m sure he was well-loved, and I just hope that he’s given his props,” Michael Wilson Pickett, the singer’s son, told WRC-TV in Washington after his death. Pickett – known as the “Wicked Pickett” – became a star with his soulful hits in the 1960s. “In the Midnight Hour” made the top 25 on the Billboard pop charts in 1965 and “Mustang Sally” did the same the following year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “A fellow Detroiter, Wilson Pickett was one of the greatest soul singers of all time,” Aretha Franklin said in a statement. “He will absolutely be missed. I am thankful that I got the chance to speak to him not too long ago.” Pickett was defined by his raspy voice and passionate delivery. But the Alabama-born Pickett got his start singing gospel music in church. After moving to Detroit as a teen, he joined the group the Falcons, which scored the hit “I Found a Love” with Pickett on lead vocals in 1962. He went solo a year later, and would soon find his greatest success. In 1965, he linked with legendary soul producer Jerry Wexler at the equally legendary soul label Stax Records in Memphis, and recorded one of his greatest hits, “In the Midnight Hour,” for Atlantic Records. A string of hits followed, including “634-5789,” “Funky Broadway” and “Mustang Sally.” His sensuous soul was in sharp contrast to the genteel soul songs of his Detroit counterparts at Motown Records. Roger Friedman, a journalist and friend who featured Pickett in “Only the Strong Survive,” his 2002 documentary on soul greats, said Pickett was “really Atlantic’s answer to James Brown.” “He wrote his own songs … He was very, very musically adept, and look at his contribution – look how many … of his songs have been covered?” Friedman told The Associated Press on Thursday. As Pickett entered a new decade, he had less success on the charts, but still had a few more hits, including the song “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You.” “Like all these great legends of R&B, when disco came in, it really impacted their careers,” Friedman said. “(But) what Americans don’t realize is they have all continued to be incredibly popular in Europe – every summer, touring Europe to incredible crowds.” Still, Pickett suffered through some tough times. In 1991, he was arrested for allegedly yelling death threats while driving a car over the mayor’s front lawn in Englewood, N.J., and less than a year later was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. In 1993, he was convicted of drunk driving and sentenced to a year in jail and five years’ probation after hitting an 86-year-old man with his car. In 1987, he was given two years’ probation and fined $1,000 for carrying a loaded shotgun in his car. Besides his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, he was also given the Pioneer award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation two years later. He also cast a long shadow and served as a role model in “The Commitments” in 1991, without appearing in the film. “If I wasn’t in show business I don’t know what I would have been – a wanderer or something, you know?” he said in a 2001 interview. “But God blessed me with the talent and the chance. I knocked on enough doors, and this is what I can give myself credit for.” Friedman said he had just spoken to Pickett last week and he seemed optimistic he would be able to put recent health troubles aside and perform again. “We had just a great talk,” he said. “He really wanted to get back to business.” 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