The well-researched editorial in this newspaper on November 14 this year titled ‘Horace Burrell needs to shape up’ has elicited the expected response/defence from the general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). The general secretary uses a lot of space to: – (a) remind us of our qualification to the 1998 World Cup finals; – (b) to gloss over the inability of the JFF to finalise ‘draft’ contracts with the players after months and months of ‘discussion’; – (c) refuses to acknowledge the disrespect shown to a reporter (and indeed the nation) in the flippant response of the president to queries regarding a shouting match during a meeting of the squad and the president before a practice at the National Stadium prior to the home game against Panama; – (d) blames FIFA for the lack of published financials of the JFF; – and (e) ignores the fact that the present international rating of Jamaica done by FIFA negates the possibility of native Jamaicans of acceptable standard being able to obtain contracts to play in the prestigious English Premier League. It should be obvious to the hierarchy of the JFF that the constant use of the formula that enabled us to qualify for the finals of the World Cup many, many years ago (use locals to qualify for the preliminary stages of the qualification competition, then travel around the world to any country where a footballer whose ancestors have a Jamaican connection and try to persuade them to represent our country a few weeks before match time) is not working and will not work. What is needed is for the JFF to develop and BUILD local football and footballers by recognising talent, contracting them, and then giving them the opportunity to develop by playing games against superior teams. These local footballers are more likely to have Jamaica’s interest at heart when their skills are required for important games and the ‘money short’. Captain Horace Burrell has done well as the leader of Jamaica’s football in the past. We now need a new way of thinking and vision, as football in Jamaica desperately needs to identify and harness the skills paraded by our teenagers in local competitions.
Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerwin Ancajas, the reigning IBF world bantamweight champion, is not a big fan of the rambunctious fight-week hype.On the day he came face-to-face against challenger Alejandro Santiago of Mexico, Ancajas greeted him with a warmth more suited for old friends than enemies scheduled for a vicious square off in the ring.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ancajas is coming from an uneventful unanimous decision win over fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan last May also in California.Santiago (16-2-4 with seven KOs) can’t be discounted though as he is also trying to snag bigger paychecks.The fight card includes as comainer a non-title fight between IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) and Ezequiel Maderna (26-4, 16 KOs).Filipino featherweight contender Genesis Servania (31-1, 14 KOs) will take on Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13 KOs) while Giovanni Delgado (16-7, 9 KOs) fights Joshua Greer Jr. (17-1-1, 9 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES They once again crossed paths Wednesday in the final presser with nary an incident that promoters could use to fuel interest in the fight.But that doesn’t mean there won’t be fireworks when Ancajas (30-1-1 with 20 knockouts) stakes his two-year-old belt against the dangerous Santiago on Saturday morning (Manila time), at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 26-year-old Ancajas vowed to come up with a performance that would finally put him in line for a big fight.“The last fight I wasn’t that impressive,” admitted Ancajas. “This time I trained very hard and long. We did things we didn’t do before, and we’ll try our best to come up with a better performance this time.” Female chessers turn back Venezuelan rivals
Liberia is experiencing a high prevalence rate of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) amongst its male population, a new report reveals.According to the new 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS), that is the a result of a “man going out with men”, or high increase in homosexual (gay) activities in the country.The LDHS report said HIV prevalence amongst men has increased from 1.2 in 2007 to 1.7 in 2013; a staggering five-digit difference in just six years. This is the result of homosexual activities increasing at an alarming rate, especially among men, the report said.The survey was conducted by the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National AIDS Control Program (NACP).At the National AIDS Commission of Liberia (NACL) Board of Directors’ Meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LISGIS Project Director Girmue Gbawoquiya said HIV victims are predominantly located in urban areas.The NACL board meeting was chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the head of the Board of Directors. Other board members include Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, who is the Co-chair of the Board.Mr. Gbawoquiya also said that other segments of the general population also experiencing high HIV prevalence rate include female commercial sex workers, injected drugs users, uniform service personnel, miners, transport workers and mobile traders.The LDHS shows that Greater Monrovia and other urban cities, where most homosexual activities are concentrated, have the highest prevalence burden of 3.2 percent and 2.6 percent respectively as compared to rural Liberia with a lesser prevalence of 0.8 percent.The survey also named Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa, as the hardest hit counties with a total prevalence rate of 2.7 percent.By comparison, Mr. Gbawoquiya said, there is only a slight increase on the overall population for the past six years from 1.5 percent to 1.9 in regards to the low level generalized HIV epidemic prevalence rate.Although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS still higher among women as reported in the 2007 LDHS survey, it is amongst the men that there has is a significant surge in recent years, the latest report says.“Studies on key and most at risk populations conducted in 2013 show high HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men, female commercial sex workers, injected drugs users, uniform service personnel, miners, transport workers and mobile traders.”The HIV prevalence rate in Liberia according to the LDHS statistic of 2007 is 1.5 percent. Women were the highest infected with a prevalence rate of 1.8 percent while the rate among men is 1.2 percent.“The national prevalence rate has increased to 1.9 percent newest LDHS (2013) report shows a steady increase in the prevalence rate. Though more women still fall victims to this deadly virus with a prevalence rate of 2.0, but there is a high increment in incidences of men from 1.2 in 2007 to 1.7 in 2013 a staggering five digit difference in just seven years.”The LIGIS Project Director also indicated that sexual transmission and mother to child transmission still remains the main routes of transmission. He noted that co-infection with tuberculosis is a major complication as some 22 percent of TB patients also have HIV infection.“The TB and HIV programs have on-going collaborative efforts to address the co-infections through the provision of HIV testing and treatment services.”HIV prevalence distribution by regions shows that the South Central region, which includes Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties, bears the highest burden of 2.7 percent. This is followed by the South Eastern B region, including River Cess, Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties with 1.8 percent.The South Eastern A region, including Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland Counties, has a prevalence rate of 1.3 percent. And Both North Western region, Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu; and North Central, Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties, regions shows low prevalence of 0.9 and 0.7 percents respectively.Meanwhile, Mr. D. Maxwell Kemayah, who is one of the board members, said that the issue of homosexuality must be tackled strongly by the country’s leadership in order to put a stop to this rapid spread of the virus.Mr. Kemayah, who is the president of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), added: “There needs to be a harsh decision taken in order to deter people from the act.”He said if Liberians are to preserve their African heritage, this kind of act should be discouraged completely.The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, for his part said that Liberians should not pretend that the act of homosexuality is not going on in the country. “Men are going out with men in this country; so let us not pretend that these things are not happening. This is Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
• Photo Gallery: 3/5: Bishop Amat vs. Northview GLENDORA – Chris Eusebio scattered five hits over seven innings to lead the Bishop Amat High School baseball team to a 6-2 victory over Northview in the second round of the Glendora Tournament at Henderson Field on Monday. Eusebio helped his cause with a solo homer in the third inning and finished 2 for 3. Andrew Mistone was the offensive standout for Bishop Amat with a three-run home run in the third inning and an RBI single an inning later. Aaron Elias went the first three innings for Northview and allowed eight hits and four earned runs. Aaron Soto and Martin Valdez went the final four innings and gave up just one run for Northview. “We’re teaching our kids to play the game of baseball, not our opponent, and I felt like we did that better today,” Nieto said. Eusebio gave up a first-inning home run to Ryan Arnold and then settled down. He struck out three and did not allow a walk. “He (Eusebio) was up in the zone early, but he got his slider down and that was the difference,” first-year Lancers coach Andy Nieto said. The Lancers beat Rubidoux 5-1 on Saturday and will face Glendora (2-0) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Henderson Field. Northview (0-2) will continue round-robin play Thursday at 3:30 when it takes on California at Henderson Field. Nick Bergara had three singles for the Lancers on Monday. Bernie Juarez had an RBI single in the fourth inning for Northview that scored Marc Andrade. Sergio Munoz had two hits and scored a run for Bishop Amat. Lancers leadoff hitter Jordan Fox had a single, double, stolen base and scored twice. In other tournament action, Ryan Nodal doubled and drove in four runs to lead host Glendora past Antelope Valley 10-6. Nathan Rollon went two innings to pick up the win for the Tartans, who surrendered 13 hits. Glendora’s offense had 14 hits and took advantage of four Antelope Valley errors. Crescenta Valley, led by pitcher Dustin Emmons, looks to be the team to beat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Maybe a lottery would help – With the poor turnout in the recent election (yes, we had one), the Los Angeles City Council has proposed a radical change to draw more voters. “Our elections are just too boring,” said Councilman Dennis Zine. “The people deserve more entertaining choices on the ballot. That’s why I’m proposing that from now on, Los Angeles ballots should be in “Mad Lib” form.” Zine offered some examples: “If _______________ were on the L.A. School Board and Proposition X were passed, the mayor could take over the educational system while sitting on the ________, but only if Ballot Initiative _____ passes providing millions for ________.” Oh, that Ann – Continuing to defend her “faggot” reference in speaking about John Edwards, Ann Coulter admonished Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace for his likening homosexuality to adultery. “That’s just plain hate speech,” said the black-cocktail-dress garbed bomb-thrower. “At least I didn’t say that John Edwards was immoral. And, believe me, I certainly wouldn’t have a problem sending him to fight in Iraq.” There are always exceptions, kind of – Pace defended his remarks, saying that while he believes homosexuality is immoral, gays who were wounded or died fighting for America “weren’t as immoral.” Depends on how you look at it – While ex-wives of Republican presidential candidates have formed an organization with membership already in the thousands to fight against their husbands’ candidacy, divorce lawyers all over the nation are hailing Rudy Guiliani’s and potential candidate Newt Gingrich’s contribution to their industry. Not my mistakes, theirs – “Mistakes were made,” said a red-faced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, describing the recent federal prosecutor firings by the Justice Department that were, in fact, political. “How in the world someone in my office would be sloppy enough to let out the truth is probably our worst mistake.” Hey, he could have been Elizabeth Berkley’s baby – Tori Spelling gave birth to a baby boy Tuesday, and he immediately showed that he’s got his mother’s acting instinct. “The baby tried to cry,” said obstetrician Dr. Paul Imout. “But he was unable to tear up, and so to tear up, he kept telling the nurses who his grandfather was.” Known as Al-Qaida’s No. 3 man – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed to masterminding the 9-11 attack as well as a plethora of other terrorist actions. “I was responsible for the 9-11 operation from A to Z,” Mohammed said in a statement, “except maybe for Q.” Mohammed told a tribunal that he and his brethren scum tried to plan some atrocity that started with Q, but was stymied by the lack of a good dictionary. Mohammed assured the tribunal that he would never do that “terrorism stuff” again. “Can I go home now?” added the alphabetically challenged mass-murderer. Adopters R Us – After the adoption of a Vietnamese child, actress Angelina Jolie said she doesn’t plan to stop until she adopts the rest of Vietnam. “Not all of Vietnam,” explained the lip- brimming beauty. “Just the south. I don’t want to go crazy. We just don’t have the room. At least not until Brad finishes building the addition.” Depends on what your definition of hypocrisy is – In a radio interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, presumptive Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has admitted to having an extra-marital affair during the same period he was leading the impeachment battle against President Clinton, but sees no hypocrisy on his part. “Clinton lied to a court. I only lied to my wife,” explained Gingrich while he threw stones from his newly built glass house. Thanks for the laughs, Rich – Comedian Richard Jeni: Funny man. Nicer guy. Steve Young is the author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Bob Christie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX – Two dogs found buried at a home belonging to rapper DMX had serious wounds, authorities investigating animal neglect allegations said Saturday. One of the dogs had serious bite wounds and another had trauma to its abdomen, but exact causes of death were not determined, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. “Someone’s going to have to pay for this,” the sheriff said. “We have 12 dogs who were abused and three dogs buried in the yard – someone’s going to have to pay.” A lawyer for the 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has said DMX was not at the home during the raid, hadn’t been there for months and was paying caretakers and veterinarians to care for his animals. Murray Richman on Saturday questioned how the sheriff could connect his client to any alleged animal abuse. “How do you attribute activities to a person who has not been there, when they have knowledge that other persons have been,” Richman said. “Is it because of the celebrity nature?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A third dog carcass had been burned so badly an exam was inconclusive. The remains were dug up on Aug. 24, when sheriff’s investigators probing allegations of animal neglect raided the rapper’s home in north Phoenix. Authorities also seized 12 live pit bulls, numerous weapons and about a quarter-ounce of marijuana in a bedroom, Arpaio said. The sheriff initially said a half-pound of suspected narcotics was found, but tests showed the substance was not illegal drugs. No charges had been filed against the rapper or anyone else, but Arpaio said that may change.
Liverpool teen ace Taiwo Awoniyi is set to complete a loan move to Dutch club NEC Nijmegen.The Nigerian prodigy joined the Reds last summer but was immediately loaned to FSV Frankfurt in the German second division.And Jurgen Klopp has now decided that the 18-year-old needs another year away from Liverpool to gain further first-team experience before he makes the step up to the club’s senior squad.According to Voetbal International, Nijmegen are the clear favourites to land Awoniyi, due to the close relationship between their coach, Peter Hyballa, and Klopp.Awoniyi has represented Nigeria at Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level and is very much seen as one for the future at Anfield. 1 Taiwo Awoniyi on loan at Frankfurt
L to R back Dr Liam Campbell, Deputy Padraig mc Laughlin T.D.L to R front Dr Trish Murphy, Celebrate Water, Maeve mc Laughlin MLA., Karin Dubski, Director Coastwatch Europe, Michelle O’Neill Min. of Ag. Enda Craig, spokesperson CFCEA delegation of environmental campaigners led by Enda Craig, spokesperson for the Community For a Clean Estuary (CFCE) have met with the Northern Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’ Neill and with members of the Environment Committee in the Assembly to outline their concerns about the impact on the Foyle estuary from the proposed sewerage treatment plant at Carnagarve between Moville and Greencastle.Mr Craig was joined by renowned environmentalist, Dr Karin Dubsky, coordinator of Coastwatch Europe, Moville based zoologist, Dr Trish Murphy, and Dr Liam Campbell of Foyle Civic Trust. The campaigners were joined by local TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Enda Craig outlined the history of the Moville/ Greencastle sewerage scheme and the concerns of the community at Carnagarve and surrounding town-lands. Dr Dubsky and Dr Murphy outlined the unique potential of the wetland eco system in the Foyle estuary from natural oysters and other shellfish to recently discovered sea grass.They requested that the Northern Executive work with the Irish Government to develop the estuary into a international Ramsar special area of conservation and explained that the immense potential of all of this could be seriously undermined if Donegal County Council proceed with their plans for the plant at Carnagarve.Dr Campbell outlined his concerns that authorities on both sides of the Foyle are in a position to further damage the Foyle estuary because of the zoning of much of it as “coastal” back in 1990 and demonstrated that this zoning is erroneous and needs to be changed to protect the amenity of Lough FoyleSpeaking afterwards, Enda Craig said: “We brought the campaign to protect the Foyle estuary to politicians in Stormont today because they have a shared responsibility with the Irish government to protect this vital resource. It was clear that the Minister and the other Assembly members we met were moved by our presentations and they have assured us that they will pursue these matters with their southern counterparts. “There is no doubt that the appropriate location for the outflow pipe of a future sewerage scheme for Moville and Greencastle is out into coastal waters and not into the Foyle estuary. In recent months, we have taken our campaign to Europe supported by MEPs Marian Harkin and Martina Anderson and now to Stormont and we have had the Joint First Minister, Martin McGuinness out to see for himself the issues at Carnagarve beach.“We will keep fighting because the cost of defeat is too high for all of our communities that live beside Lough Foyle”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Minister O’ Neill was clearly impressed by the strength of the arguments from this eminent delegation of environmental campaigners. The history of the Moville and Greencastle sewerage scheme is one of shameful failure. Rather than develop the wonderful amenity of the Foyle estuary, Donegal County Council has given into political tomfoolery and failed everyone in the area.“I hope that in the absence of leadership at council level in Donegal or from the Irish government that both Europe and the Northern Assembly can now pursue this matter so that common sense is restored at last.” DONEGAL’S ‘CLEAN FOYLE’ CAMPAIGNERS TAKE THEIR CASE TO STORMONT was last modified: August 20th, 2014 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:donegalGreencastlemovillePadraig Mac Lochlainn TDsewage schemeStormont
To Zenaida Gutierrez, education always came first. That’s a message she drove home to her two children, Luis and Isaac, before going off to her night job cleaning labs for Kaiser Permanente. “Where she works, it’s just hard work,” said Luis Gutierrez, 25. “She wants me to get a better job than where she’s been working, to continue school, to have a good education. “Now, I don’t know if I can do that.” Gutierrez, a 54-year-old immigrant from Bolivia, was killed on her way home from work at 2:40 a.m. Thursday in a hit-and-run collision. Her sport utility vehicle stalled on the 170 Freeway and was struck by a drunken driver. The force of the collision sent the SUV over the side of an embankment and onto the Golden State Freeway, authorities said. She died at the scene. “We’re looking at a 70-mph rear-end collision,” CHP Officer Leland Tang said. “That’s pretty hard. There was no brake application. It’s an unfortunate circumstance.” Michael Lavoie, 23, of Northridge was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence. Gutierrez was the glue for a tight-knit family of four. She drove Luis and Isaac, 20, to school and cared for her sick husband, Ismael, who is blind and suffers from diabetes. Luis and Zenaida took turns taking Ismael to dialysis sessions three times a week. She organized family barbecues in their backyard, often cooking traditional Bolivian dishes, making sure her children got a taste of her native culture. For a long time, she worked two jobs, running the parents center at Sylmar Elementary School by day and cleaning at Kaiser by night. During her spare time, she collected clothes from a local church to give to needy parents at the school. “She’d go out of her way to help whoever needed help,” said Yolanda Guerra, principal of Sylmar Elementary. “She was very resourceful and she was a very good mother. Her kids meant everything to her.” At the school, she helped build up the parents center from a one-room operation into a larger center with its own bungalow. She explained to other parents the importance of education for children and arranged parenting classes for them. She was the only person who knew how to fix the school’s laminating machine. When she left a year and a half ago, Guerra had to buy a new machine. “She’s going to be missed, I’ll tell you that,” Guerra said. “She was just a wonderful mother and very supportive to the parents. She’s going to be missed deeply.” After Thursday’s crash, Lavoie fled on foot, running across all northbound lanes of the 5. Police checked the registration of his abandoned car and arrested him at his home about 5:15 a.m. “The hardest thing was coming into my house and explaining it to my dad,” Luis Gutierrez said. “He’s not a very well man. He took it really hard. “Drinking and driving, it’s a terrible thing. It can change a person’s life. She was everybody’s friend. She cares about the community. She was always there for parents, and she was always there for us.” A funeral will take place at 6 p.m. June 4 at Funeraria del Angel-JT Oswald in San Fernando, 1001 N. McClay Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man has appeared in court charged in connection with an incident in with a teen girl was stabbed in Milford last night.He was released on €500 bail.Damien McGeehan, right, appeared at Buncrana District Court this afternoon charged with Assault under the Non Fatal Assault Against The Persons Act. The charge relates to an incident in which a 19 year old woman was stabbed at Lough Road in Milford last night.McGeehan, 21, of Loughanure, appeared in court on crutches.Judge Paul Kelly told McGeehan he is to stay away from the address where the incident took place.He remanded him on bail to appear at Falcarragh District Court next Wednesday.Meanwhile a woman is still recovering at Letterkenny General Hospital following an alleged knife attack in Milford.The woman suffered form a number of injuries including what is believed to be a punctured lung.Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening however.* Comments are closed on ongoing court cases.MAN APPEARS IN COURT OVER STABBING INCIDENT was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Damien McGeehan