Stop ‘dissing’ the local players

first_imgAs the momentum begins to gather ahead of the semi-final round of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying, the perennial and ever-revolving debate about the disdain for local-based players and the converse obsession with foreign-born players for the senior Reggae Boyz team continues. Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell was at it again last week travelling to England to try and convince more players to join the squad heading into the semi-final group of death fixtures involving Costa Rica, Panama, and Haiti. The thinking remains for the captain and all the recent coaches of the national senior team: the more foreigners, the better the team. The obvious inference is that players in the second or third tier of English football or players in the abstract leagues of Scandinavia, or even in the American Major League Soccer and its supporting leagues are automatically and significantly of superior quality to all players playing locally. This, to my mind, represents a disrespect of local football generally, and commensurate dissing of the local players. Chairman of the Harbour View Football Club Carvel Stewart, who has held firm to his conviction on this issue, stated again last week that Jamaica would not make it back to the World Cup Finals until a local-based core of players is established as part of the senior squad. While agreeing with the general sentiments of Mr Stewart, my wording would be different. My sentiments are, until the delicate balance between the number of foreign-born players and the number of local-based players is struck, Jamaica will struggle to get back to the World Cup Finals. At the moment, instead of a delicate balance being struck, there is a distinct bias at work. It might turn out to be a “curse in disguise” for the long-term development of the national football programme that Jamaica performed so well in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. What that string of performances has provided is a “false vindication” for “more foreigners policy”. What is fast becoming my “pipe dream” is for that elusive right balance to be found – not a sharp swing from one extreme to the other extreme, where it’s either what we have now or the practice of playing a group of local-based players exclusively to look at them and ask them to prove themselves. That strikes me as a ploy to ensure that the local- based players fail, ensuring it’s business as usual and another scamper or two or three up to England to try and convince some more unwilling players to “try Jamaica”. Impractical solution Mr Stewart and others have proposed the formation of a local-based squad to be kept in training. I think that suggestion has actually outlived its practicality since the majority of the best players are based overseas. It is highly unlikely that Jamaica will be able to afford the luxury of playing a full local team on a consistent basis. Therefore, middle ground should be found. There are local-based players who can make at least the Jamaican squad on merit if they are given a fair chance. Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence and Hughan Grey are testament to that. They got a chance, grabbed it. It would be great to see players like Dino Williams or Allen Ottey from Montego Bay United get some significant playing time with a full-strength team around them. Same for players like Ricardo Morris from Portmore United, or Vishunal Harris from Arnett Gardens, or Chevonne Marsh from Cavalier, or any other promising young local-based player as identified by the coaching staff. Keep them in and around the team and manage their development. My theory, however, hinges on the technical leadership of the football, having faith in the talent and potential of these local-based players. Sadly, that faith is non-existent at the moment.last_img read more

Young Jamaican swimmer making waves in Florida

first_imgYoung Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.last_img read more

Motorcyclist killed in ECD accident

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident was killed on Thursday after he was struck by a minibus while negotiating a turn on the Nonpareil, Public Road, ECD.Twenty-six-year-old David Aulder of Lot 254 Section A Nonpareil, ECD, was reportedly riding his motorcycle bearing registration number CJ193 at the time of the fatal accident.Based on information received, at about 15:30h, the now dead man was proceeding North along the Coldigen Access Road at a fast rate when he collided with a minibus bearing registration numbers BRR 9843.The minibus was at the time being driven by a 66-year-old resident of Mon Repos Pasture, ECD.As a result of the collision, the father of one lost control of his motorcycle and fell onto the roadway, receiving head and bodily injuries.He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the minibus and he was found above the legal limit of alcohol consumption. He is currently in Police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Opposition will continue to protect rights of Amerindians – Jagdeo assures

first_img… during social engagement with toshaosBy Samuel SukhnandanThere has been some unease in certain quarters, brought about by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo meeting several toshaos on Wednesday evening; but Opposition Chief Whip and former Presidential Advisor, Gail Teixeira, has said there was nothing clandestine about that meeting.Teixeira told Guyana Times that it was in fact a social engagement wherein elected Amerindian officials freely and openly made comments about, and raised several concerns regarding, issues affecting their villages.“(There) was nothing secret about (the meeting). It was the Leader of the Opposition, who holds a constitutional office, (meeting) elected officials from Amerindian villages,” the Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) explained.Teixeira said there also were inter-personal engagements between Opposition MPs and toshaos, during which Indigenous leaders were able to get a listening ear.A toshao is greeted by Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoShe said the issues discussed were as follows: the need for Government to separate the issues of Indigenous land titling from those of African ancestors at the Land Commission of Inquiry (CoI); the need for wide consultation before amendments are made to the Amerindian Act of 2006.Jagdeo gave the Indigenous leaders his assurance that the Opposition would continue to work hard to have Amerindian rights protected.He expressed displeasure with comments made by Government officials that seek to degrade Amerindians, and said that it is a major cause for concern.“We made it clear that we would support any development,” Jagdeo said. “We will support the Government if they try to enhance Amerindian rights and bring more benefits to (Amerindian) communities. We are not going to be a negative Opposition, because these are our people, and we want to see them develop.”Jagdeo promised that the PPP/C would support amendments to the Amerindian Act of 2006 only if Amerindians and their representative organisations are properly consulted.Indigenous leaders listened attentively to the Opposition Leader as he addressed them on Wednesday“We will oppose any attempt to erode hard-earned rights and benefits, but we will support the Government if they go through that process of consulting the villages and the elected representatives — that’s the toshaos as well as the NTC,” he explained.Jagdeo also expressed worry about the purpose of this push by the Government to revise the 2006 Amerindian Act in the absence of any widespread call by the Amerindian peoples and communities to revise the Act. Further, he said any revision must be subject to consultation.The former President also highlighted the slow implementation of the opt-in mechanism for the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). He said it is critical to maintain the principle of “free prior and informed consent” with Amerindian communities. This fundamental issue requires that Government commits at this conference to expedite the opt-in mechanism, he said. Government’s repudiation of the LCDS and the initiatives designed to enhance national — and in particular Amerindian — development, according to Jagdeo, has destroyed long years of work at all levels to find a modern, inclusive national developmental strategy for the future.He said Government’s oft-mooted alternative of a Green Growth Strategy remains a mystery, with no specific initiatives to addressing development.And Government’s refusal to implement the LCDS and its inability to create a viable alternative have in fact created an enormous vacuum, he said.As a consequence, the Government has given scant attention to the LCDS-identified programmes, which include multi-year projects, the Amerindian Titling Project and the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF) — which are fully funded under the REDD+/GRIF and Government of Guyana/Norway Partnership.During the last PPP/C congress, more than 30 percent of delegates were Amerindians. Five of them from Region Nine are now part of the party’s Central Committee.During the last general and regional elections, the PPP/C won seven of the ten Regions in Guyana. This includes Regions 1, 8, and 9, which predominantly comprises of Amerindians.last_img read more

Celtic beat off top competition to sign Man City striker

first_img John Guidetti Manchester City striker John Guidetti has revealed a host of European clubs were chasing his signature this summer before he finally opted to join Celtic.The Sweden international joined the Scottish champions on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window.However the 22-year-old, who was loaned to Stoke last season, confessed that he had plenty of offers on the table.“Clubs such as Olympiacos, AIK and Ajax wanted me, as well as Fiorentina and Palermo,” Guidetti told Heja Sverige.“Some important clubs were after my signature, but I am happy to be at Celtic now.” 1last_img read more

Study: Depression treatment pays off

first_imgEmployees who got the aggressive intervention worked on average about two weeks more during the yearlong study than those who got the usual care. The typical approach is to advise such employees to see their doctor or seek a mental-health specialist. Also, more workers in the intervention group were still employed by year’s end – 93 percent versus 88percent – savings that helped employers avoid hiring and training costs, the researchers said. In addition, intervention employees were almost 40 percent more likely to recover from depression during the yearlong study, which is reported in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers haven’t finished a formal cost-benefits analysis but early results suggest savings from more hours worked averaged to about $1,800 per employee. That far exceeds the program’s initial $100 to $400 per-worker cost. The benefits also likely exceed other costs, including drugs and therapy, the researchers said. “We knew before that treating depression makes good medical sense. This suggests that it makes good business sense,” said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the institute. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lindsey Tanner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Investing in depressed employees – quickly getting them treatment and even offering telephone psychotherapy – can cut absenteeism while improving workers’ health, a study suggests. Many employers view mental-health coverage as a financial black hole, but the study shows that spending money on depression is a smart business move, said researcher Dr. Philip Wang. Wang works for the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study. last_img read more

Manchester United eyeing shock last-gasp raid on Arsenal

first_img Mathieu Debuchy 1 Manchester United want to sign Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy on loan, according to reports in France.The 30-year-old is itching for a move away from the Emirates in search of first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.Clubs in France have shown an interest, with the right-back’s former side Lille particularly keen.However, according to L’Equipe, Manchester United have now enquired about Debuchy’s availability.Louis van Gaal wants to bring the France international to Old Trafford on loan until the summer to provide competition for Matteo Darmian.Arsenal, however, are said to prefer a permanent deal for Debuchy if they were to let him go to United.last_img read more

Al-Zarqawi airs bin Laden look

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi revealed his face for the first time Tuesday in a dramatic video in which he dismissed Iraq’s new government as an American “stooge” and called it a “poisoned dagger” in the heart of the Muslim world. The video, in which he also warned of more attacks to come, was posted on the Internet only days after a breakthrough in Iraq’s political process allowing its Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders to start assembling a government. It also followed a high-profile audiotape from Osama bin Laden and seemed a deliberate attempt by al-Zarqawi to reclaim the spotlight following months of taking a lower profile amid criticism of bombings against civilians. It was his first message since January. A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity in compliance with office policy, said analysts believe al-Zarqawi is showing his face to demonstrate that he is still engaged as a leader of jihad, or holy war. The message also appeared to be an attempt by the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq to rally Iraqis and foreign fighters to his side at a time when U.S. and Iraqi officials are touting political progress as a setback to insurgents. Al-Zarqawi appeared in the 34-minute Internet video, which he said was made Friday, dressed head-to-toe in black with a black scarf around his head and a beard and mustache. He seemed healthy, shown in one scene standing and firing a heavy machine gun in a flat desert landscape that resembled the vast empty stretches of western Iraq, where he is believed to be hiding. He delivered his statement, sitting inside with an ammunition vest hung from his neck and an automatic rifle propped nearby. Al-Zarqawi addressed Sunni Arabs in Iraq and across the Arab world, warning that their community was in danger of being caught between “the Crusaders and the evil Rejectionists,” the terms used by radical Sunnis for the Americans and the Shiites. “God almighty has chosen you (Sunnis) to conduct holy war in your lands and has opened the doors of paradise to you … So mujahedeen, don’t dare close those doors,” he said. “They are slaughtering your children and shaming your women.” Any new government – “whether made up of the hated Shiites or the secular Zionist Kurds or the collaborators imposed on the Sunnis – will be stooges of the Crusaders and will be a poisoned dagger in the heart of the Islamic nation,” he said. He trumpeted the success of the insurgency, saying “when the enemy entered into Iraq, their aim was to control Iraq and the area. But here we have been fighting them for the last three years.” He also addressed President Bush, telling him, “Your dreams will be defeated by our blood and by our bodies. What is coming is even worse.” A U.S. intelligence official, who also declined to be identified in compliance with office policy, said a technical analysis had determined that the voice on the tape was al-Zarqawi’s. Al-Zarqawi has claimed responsibility for some of the bloodiest suicide bombings in Iraq since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein and for the beheadings and killings of at least 10 foreign hostages, including three Americans and a Briton. The U.S military has put a $25 million bounty on his head. He has made several audiotapes with similar messages, but the last video in which al-Zarqawi was believed to have appeared was one released on May 11, 2004, in which U.S. intelligence says he is a masked figure shown beheading American Nicholas Berg with a knife. His face is not visible. Arab television network aired portions of the tape at the same time that Iraq’s government-owned TV broadcast an interview with the Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki, who called for Iraq’s sharply divided Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to unite against terrorism. “If we can reach unity between all the components of the people, the canals of terrorism will dry up,” al-Maliki said. If made on Friday, the tape came three days before a triple bombing at a resort in Egypt that killed at least 24 people, including 21 Egyptians and three foreigners. It was believed to be the first time al-Zarqawi’s group has released a video showing his face, said Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, an Alexandria, Va.-based firm that provides counterterrorism intelligence services to the U.S. government. The counterterrorism official said U.S. intelligence still believes that al-Zarqawi is in Iraq and there was no evidence the video was linked to either the Egypt bombings or the bin Laden video. A video, rather than an audio, is thought to increase the risk to the speaker, the official said. One or two pictures of al-Zarqawi’s face have circulated on Islamic militant Web sites before, and he appeared in a video of his sister’s wedding in Afghanistan in the 1990s. U.S. and Iraqi troops hunting al-Zarqawi also have several old photos of him at their checkpoints – some showing him bearded, others showing a younger, softer face. Wanted posters are kept at checkpoints across Iraq – with several photos showing al-Zarqawi at different stages of his life. Iraqi security forces detained al-Zarqawi in Fallujah in 2004 but released him after a few hours because they did not realize who he was, deputy interior minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal said last year. Al-Zarqawi had taken a low profile in recent months after al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for a Nov. 9 triple bombing in Amman, Jordan, that killed 60 people, most Sunni Arabs. That attack raised a backlash against the militant leader. His tribe in Jordan renounced him, and even some extremist leaders criticized the shedding of civilian blood. In January, al-Zarqawi’s group said in a Web statement that it had joined five other Iraqi insurgent groups to form the Mujahedeen Shura Council, or Consultative Council of Holy Warriors. Since then, al-Zarqawi’s group stopped issuing its own statements. Tuesday’s video was issued under the aegis of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, whose logo appeared on the screen, along with the black flag logo of al-Qaida in Iraq. London-based security consultant Charles Shoebridge also said the video could be an attempt by al-Zarqawi to shore up his standing among insurgents. “He appeared to have a sense of mystique by never showing his face … (The video) could well be motivated by the perceived weakening of his position within the insurgency,” Shoebridge, a former counterterrorism officer with London’s Metropolitan police and an ex-British Army intelligence officer, told The Associated Press. It also may seek to undermine Sunni Arabs participating in the government, “which he would see as a great threat to the future of the insurgency and as further marginalizing both him and al-Qaida sections of the insurgency,” he said. Associated Press reporters Salah Nasrawi in Cairo, Egypt, and Katherine Shrader in Washington contributed to this report. 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PICTURE SPECIAL: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS GET THEIR JUNIOR CERT RESULTS

first_imgTHERE was much excitement at Crana College in Buncrana as students got their Junior Cert results. PICTURE SPECIAL: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS GET THEIR JUNIOR CERT RESULTS was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CRANA COLLEGEJunior Cert 2015Resultslast_img read more

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK HAIR INSPIRATION – WITH PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

first_imgPatrick Gildea. New York fashion week provided us with plenty of fashion inspiration not just amazing clothes but also the trends we can expect in-terms of hair, make-up and accessories overall.Patrick is a big fan of New York fashion week and is always inspired by the beautiful looks both from the classic designers and those with a little bit of an edge!He has asked Rachel one of our very talented and creative designers to talk you through some of her favourite styles from New York fashion week.Rachel says, “A few designers caught my eye during New York fashion week all for different reasons but some that I can certainly see filtering through the salon was showcased by Michael Kors, DKNY, Nicole Miller, Vera Wang and Zac Posen. Michael KorsWindblown hair in natural shades was the consistent theme across the Michael Kors runways which looked effortless and worked perfectly with the designers earthy deconstructed spring collection. The whole look felt attainable, elegant and carefree while still being glamorous and quirky – a nod to fashions current vision of an ideal woman right now. Rachel says the hairstyles would equally fit a glamorous or more casual look.DKNYThe hair at DKNY’s catwalk was very clean and defined with an almost masculine feel with a side part and interestingly the majority of their models went make-up free. This pretty and paired back look is a big change for the usual extravagant catwalk looks from DKNY and illustrates that the DKNY girl has become a woman. Rachel says that one of the biggest attractions for this look is that any woman could wear it and as its fresh and beautiful.Nicole Miller The Nicole Miller collection showcased a more street smart look with a little less subtlety and a little more edge than the other designers mentioned. Rachel loves that this look could be carried off with either a beautiful party dress or a casual street style in fact it wouldn’t look out of place with a skateboard in hand! For those of you worried that you need to avoid shampoo to create dreadlocks Rachel says “don’t panic these dreadlocks can be created with a flat iron and some texture spray!Vera WangIf we were to describe the Vera Wang runway look we would say it was a little bit edgy and a little bit naughty. The heavy round fringe sits just below the eyebrows making it sexy and mysterious. This look is so chic, feminine and oozes confidence. Rachel says that the Fringe Trend is very much alive and the great thing about fringes is that there is one to suit every face shape. Zac PosenZach Posen’s black tie chic look is another firm favourite of Rachel’s, runway looks. It was all about understated glamour (with the hair anyway) – low buns, pony tails and loose waves that look just as good with jeans as a beautiful cocktail gown.Rachel says when choosing a hair style, you will feel most comfortable if you choose something that suits your personality and individuality, by all means use the catwalk for inspiration but you can always add subtle changes that reflects your personality, a good stylist will find out this type of information during your consultation and offer advice and guidance to help you achieve a look that is perfect for you.NEW YORK FASHION WEEK HAIR INSPIRATION – WITH PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: February 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:centre of excellenceFashion WeekHairstylesnew yorkPatrick Gildealast_img read more