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

Lindsey Vonn eyes some unfinished business at 2018 Olympics

first_imgLindsey Vonn couldn’t wiggle her fingers or move her wrist. Understandably, she wanted to be reassured everything would be OK.A crash during training had left her screaming, then passing out from the pain, on the side of a Colorado mountain, 15 months ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Just one of a series of serious injuries that has interrupted the American’s illustrious ski career, this required delicate surgery to insert a plate and more than a dozen screws into her broken right arm while …last_img

Female Maoist killed in encounter in Odisha

first_imgA female Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire between the rebels and security personnel inside Sirla forest near Tumudibandh in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Wednesday.Four guns, three grenades, one landmine and other items were seized from the encounter spot. According to Odisha Police’s Additional Director General (Operations) R.P. Koche, acting on a tip-off about a secret Maoist camp operating in the area, Special Operations Group personnel and District Voluntary Force started a joint operation in the region on Wednesday morning. The Maoists fired at the security personnel, following which they retaliated. In the exchange of fire a female Maoist was killed and others fled taking advantage of the hilly terrain.The identity of the dead Maoist has not been ascertained yet. The post-mortem of the body would be conducted at Baliguda sub-divisional hospital. Combing operation has been stepped up in the area to track down the rebels who escaped from the spot.last_img read more

Oklahoma State to face Washington in the Cactus Bowl

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Washington will face OSU in the Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)Washington will face OSU in the Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)The Cactus Bowl is January 2 in Tempe, Arizona at 9:15 p.m. (!) Should be noted that this bowl was formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl as well as the Insight Bowl (which OSU won in 2007).Also, Chris Peterson in a bowl game in Arizona against a Big 12 team from Oklahoma. What could go wrong?Here’s a look at how Washington’s season went:Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 1.26.05 PMAnd here’s a look at the tweet confirming that it’s UDub.Pac-12 BowlsOregon – RoseArizona – FiestaASU – SunUCLA – AlamoUSC – HolidayWash – CactusStan – Foster FarmsUtah – Vegas— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 7, 2014last_img read more

Stiff Penalties for Non-Compliance with Sugar Labelling, Packaging Standards

first_img Persons could face stiff penalties for non-compliance with the labelling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market. Story Highlights Effective July 1, all sugar being sold to the public should be packaged, sealed, and labelled. Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, said the Standards Act provides for a fine of $3 million and 12 months in prison.center_img Persons could face stiff penalties for non-compliance with the labelling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market.Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, said the Standards Act provides for a fine of $3 million and 12 months in prison.She was speaking at a Think Tank held on June 29 at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) offices in Kingston.Effective July 1, all sugar being sold to the public should be packaged, sealed, and labelled.In addition, all pre-packers must be registered with the NCRA.The move is in keeping with the revised mandatory standards for brown cane sugar, gazetted on December 30, 2016, which outlined the requirements for labelling, packaging and safety of sugar.Chief Executive Officer, NCRA, Lorice Edwards Brown, is appealing for all stakeholders to ensure that they are in compliance by the deadline.She called on retail outlets to remove all products from their shelves that are not labelled. Establishments that are not registered with the entity are also required to remove items.Mrs. Edwards Brown is urging consumers to be vigilant and desist from buying products “where the scooping of the sugar is done from a bag and you cannot attest for yourself that the product was handled in a hygienic manner.”Establishments interested in re-packaging and registering their product should contact the NCRA or the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Mrs. Edwards Brown said that by June 30 a list of registered facilities will be completed and made available to the public. Manager for Standards Development and Certification, BSJ, Karen Watson- Brown, informed that the revised standards for pre-packaged sugar were prompted by changes in the international market.“There is an increased demand for food safety systems and so Jamaica must position itself to compete globally,” she pointed out.As such, she said, it is necessary for the local industry to improve its systems and processes to produce better quality sugar in order to ensure a safe, high quality product for local and international consumption.The revised mandatory standards requires the removal of some grain sizes; inclusion of more detailed labelling requirements; and that facilities preparing the sugar for sale must implement a food safety system.It also states that sugar must not be packaged at the point of sale but must be sold in sealed, labelled packages; and that there should be no foreign matter in the sugar that may compromise food safety or may be hazardous to health.last_img read more