JFF to host girls’ grassroots festival in Mandeville

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation will host a grassroots festival for girls under the FIFA ‘Live Your Goals’ campaign in Mandeville tomorrow.One hundred girls, aged six to twelve, from the South Central and Western Confederations and will be hosted at Brooks Park, Manchester fro 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.The festival, which is also supported by JFF platinum sponsor, Digicel, continues one of the JFF’s major objectives in its women’s development programme, which is the introduction of the game to girls at an early age. The core components of the JFF women’s development programme are to develop better national players through the staging of regular training camps and international games, to hold regular grassroots festivals and skills challenge activities, host regular coaching and fitness courses for coaches of female players and to increase the number of women administrators in the sport including the number of female referees.Tomorrow’s festival will be guided by national grassroots coordinator Andre Virtue; director of football, Vin Blaine; youth national coaches; former national players and will include three members of Jamaica’s national senior women’s squad who will shortly participate in the final round of Olympic qualifiers.last_img read more

Mighty’s passing brings grief to football fraternity

first_imgFormer New Kingston FC president David ‘Toby’ Mighty, who passed away on Saturday during a party, was described as a “gentle giant” by the club’s chairman, Andrew Minott.Toby, who was a popular football administrator in the Corporate Area, collapsed and died at approximately 12:30 a.m. at a function he hosted for his club in St Andrew.The reason for his death is yet to be confirmed.Coach of New Kingston Geoffery Maxwell, who was in Mighty’s company during the party, said: “I was standing about five yards from Toby. He was having a breathing problem then collapsed and was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he was pronounced dead.”Meanwhile, Minott, who was a close friend of the deceased for the past 20 years, spoke highly about Mighty.”He will be greatly missed. Mighty was a gentle giant who was a people person. He was a father figure to the players at the club,” the chairman shared.Another close friend of Mighty, Chris James, is struggling to come to grips with his passing.HARD LOSS”I take it hard personally. Toby was a genuine youth. We were very close. He was a council member of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), and it was a very big thing to him (Mighty),” James, who is a vice-president of Barbican FC, told The Gleaner yesterday.KSAFA general secretary Wayne Shaw says the news was ‘shocking’.”We were surprised. It is shocking. He called us at KSAFA last Friday wishing was a prosperous 2017,” Shaw said on behalf of KSAFA.Tributes have been flowing for the well-known administrator, with a number of football clubs and administrators expressing shock and grief at his death.last_img read more

LRDC Donates to Ebola Taskforce

first_imgThe Liberia Reconstruction & Development Company (LRDC) has donated 50 pieces of personal protective clothing to the National Ebola Taskforce in support of the ongoing nationwide fight against the deadly virus.The Ebola virus has killed over 300 citizens, especially doctors and nurses with hundreds of suspected cases being reported across the country.On Monday, a Chinese cargo plane landed at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County with a consignment of medical supplies, valued at US$1.5 million, including personal protective equipment, thermometers, sanitizers and drugs to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.An experimental serum from the United States arrived here Wednesday, to be used on affected Liberian doctors.Making the donation in Monrovia on Wednesday, 13 August, LRDC managing director Yusef Johnson said the company is disturbed by the magnitude of the spread of the virus in the country and the unimaginable deaths it continues to inflict on the population.“It is extremely tragic that the virus is also taking the lives of our healthcare workers, who are at the frontline, risking their lives providing health care for the victims of this virus”, he said.Mr. Johnson said Ebola is a common enemy to all and Liberians must galvanize their best strength to fight and defeat the virus.“In this effort”, he said, “We at LRDC have come to make this modest presentation of a few dozens of personal protective clothing for use by our healthcare workers in the fight against the virus.”Receiving the donation on behalf of the special taskforce, Mr. Addy expressed thanks and appreciation to the LRDC for the personal protective garments.A member of the taskforce, General Services Agency director Madam Mary Broh, commended the LRDC for its effort, saying that it is a demonstration of passion for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana banned from Miss Universe Pageant for next 2 years

first_imgAfter being mired in controversy following the crowning of Rafeiya Husain as the local representative to compete for the Miss Universe 2017 crown, Guyana has now been reportedly banned from participating in the international pageant for the next two years.A committee member revealed that after complaints were filed which indicated that the Director of the Miss Universe organisation in Guyana ran an illegitimate competition, an investigation was launched by the pageant’s head organisation.Based on findings of results tampering, etc, Director Jyoti Hardat has now been allegedly fired and Guyana given the ban.Guyana Times attempted several times to contact Hardat in New York for a response and confirmation, but the calls went unanswered and were not returned.The organisation will reportedly be issuing a press statement next week.After Husain’s crowning at York College Performing Arts Center in New York, the 15 other delegates reported that the pageant was rigged, and Husain was hand-picked as the winner even though the crown was not rightfully hers.The young women alleged mistreatment, sexual harassment, and disrespect by the organisation.Some took to social media and told tales of what occurred during their Miss Universe journey.Two contestants who spoke out were Altea Kelly and Sharisse Victor.According to Kelly, Hardat introduced her to “a potential sponsor” who later made sexual advances towards her.A number of committee members who confirmed the accusations by the delegate also immediately resigned.The pageant received many negative views after Husain, who was the 2016 pageant’s runner-up, entered to compete despite the fact that the pageant contract specifically asked that the delegates not be a current title holder or first runner-up in any national pageant.Section One, Sub-section ‘H’ of the delegates’ contract reads: “I represent and warrant that I have never been a contestant or delegate in a previous Miss Universe Pageant. I am not the current title holder or first runner-up in any national pageant or competition.”Delegates complained of her being given special treatment throughout the journey and privileges.Husain, however, did not place in the international pageant despite the high hopes of some Guyanese.She took to social media some time after the pageant to reveal that she got little to no support from Guyana during her time in the international pageant.last_img read more

Cattle farmer crushed to death by truck

first_imgAn elderly female farmer was crushed to death by a sand truck on the East Coast of Demerara early Wednesday morning, while crossing her cattle over the public road.Dead is 73-year-old Boodnie Persaud of Lot 116 Success, East Coast Demerara (ECD). The accident occurred around 06:30h at the Le Ressouvenir Public Road, ECD, just over the bridge.Dead: Boodnie PersaudAccording to Police reports, Persaud was in the process of crossing her cattle from south to north when she reportedly came in contact with the tray of motor lorry GLL 5714.At the time, the truck was proceeding west along the southern side of the road and as a result of the impact, the woman fell, and the rear left wheel of the vehicle ran over her head, killing her instantly.The woman’s son, Mohanram Persaud, told <<>> that he was at home when a neighbour informed him that his mother was involved in an accident and was lying on the Public Road of the neighbouring village.The man said when he arrived on the scene, his mother’s body was covered with a tarpaulin. The truck, he added, was parked about 100 feet away from the body.Mohanram said that he was told by persons on the scene that his mother was almost over the road when the truck reportedly undertook a car and struck her.He further noted that persons on the scene claimed that after stopping the truck, the driver allegedly attempted to run away, but was captured and was taken back to the scene by a Police Inspector who had witnessed the accident.According to Mohanram, his mother had been a cattle farmer for the past 30 years and it was a daily routine for her to take the animals to pasture closer to the seawall.He said the elderly woman was strong and very active. She had a loving personality and was a seasoned singer at the Success Mandir.Persaud’s body is presently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. She leaves to mourn four children.Meanwhile, the 30-year-old driver of the truck, who resides in East La Penitence, Georgetown, was administered a breathalyser test; however, no trace of alcohol was found. He remains in police custody assisting with the investigations.last_img read more

Result for School District 60 Trustee Board

first_imgThe two incumbent winners for Zone 5 include Jaret Thompson with 1121 votes and Darrel Pasichnyk with 716 votes.William Snow will also be joining the Zone 5 table with 949 votes.In Zone 2, Erin Evans won by acclamation; while Candace Dow in Zone 3 and Ida Campbell in Zone 4 are also winners by acclamation.- Advertisement -For more election coverage, click here.last_img

Site C construction schedule from Dec 21 to Jan 10

first_imgWhile this work takes place, local area residents can expect the following:Work at the dam sitewill be reduced in late December and early January, as some of the Site C contractors will cease work over the holiday period.There will be additional truck traffic in the area as construction crews mobilize, the hauling of rock and timber continues, and as modular camp units are transported to site. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to the siteon the south bank.Work to construct the temporary Peace River construction bridge will take place seven days per week, with periodic pile driving.Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends. Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam siteand along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities. BC Hydro will monitor noise levels throughout the construction periodSome noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry.The public safety buoys will mark the dam siteand notify boaters of the construction area and boating restrictions. Until further notice, boaters will be able to pass through the public safety buoys and travel through the dam site, but shoreline access in this area will be restricted.For boater and worker safety, boaters will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas, which will be clearly identified with additional signage and markings.Some noise will result from the helicopter — which may be in use periodically during this period — as felled wood is flown to a storage area for further processing.Learn MoreVisit the project website: sitecproject.com Construction continues on the Site C project.  Over the Christmas break, Hydro says construction will continue with installation of the modular dormitory units being installed, excavation and clearing will continue on the north bank and construction of a temporary bridge will continue across the Peace river.  See the full list of construction plans below.Site C Construction Schedule: December 21 – January 10The following construction activities are scheduled to occur December 21 to January 10: Construction of the worker accommodation lodge and other buildings will continue, as modular dormitory units are being transported to the dam siteand installed.Clearing, excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank of the dam site.Excavation and in-river roadwork will continue in and around the Peace River at the dam site.Construction of the temporary Peace River construction bridge will continue. Pile driving will be used to construct the bridge.Construction of the temporary bridge across the Moberly River, near the confluence of the Moberly and Peace Rivers, will continue. Pile driving will be used to construct the bridge.Installation of the public safety buoys will continue. The buoys will be located approximately 3.0 kilometres upstream and 3.5 kilometres downstream of the dam site.Vegetation and tree clearing will occur in the area in and around the confluence of the Moberly River and along the Peace River.Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry.Clearing and other work will continue on the south bank.Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.Security gates, fences, guard buildings and mobile trailers will be installed.A helicopter may be used to move timber from clearing areas to storage areas on the north and south banks.Installation of a new 25 kV distribution line will continue along public roads on the north bank.The main civil works contractor is expected to begin some mobilization of crews and equipment to the dam sitearea in January.Three artificial eagle nest platforms will be installed in December, two at Wilder Creek and one south of Wilder Creek on the Peace River.- Advertisement -Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.This bulletin provides a three-week construction overview, to cover the holiday period.What to ExpectAdvertisementlast_img read more

Child footballers ‘offered boots and underwear for sex work’

first_imgPublic prosecutor Maria Soledad Garibaldi has asked to meet all 50-plus boys aged between 13 and 19 housed at a boarding facility operated by the club in the Avellaneda suburb of the sprawling Argentine capital.“Of the five boys I spoke with (on Monday), three gave me some information,” said Garibaldi, quoted by local press.“One of them told me it didn’t happen, but that they had been approached. The children knew something was going on.“They’ve allowed me to reveal that they were offered to do it for a pair of boots or underwear.”Football referee Martin Bustos and his lawyer have been arrested over the scandal, which was brought to the judicial authorities’ attention by Independiente club bosses.Bustos’s lawyer is suspected of having destroyed a mobile phone in order to hide evidence.According to Garibaldi, there might also be similar underage prostitution networks operated at other clubs.“Unfortunately, that doesn’t surprise me,” admitted Independiente coach Ariel Holan.“It’s something that’s hidden and it’s a problem in society, like drugs, alcohol and human trafficking.“It’s not an issue that’s confined to sport or to Independiente.”According to Andres Bonicalzi, a lawyer for a rape victims charity, young players from the vast interior of the country — well away from Buenos Aires on the western shore of the Rio de la Plata estuary — who are far from their families, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.“They see the club as a role-model, they see it as a father-figure. They’re far away from their own fathers,” said Bonicalzi.“(The perpetrators) have exploited their immaturity and these children’s need to belong to something.”Independiente are the fourth most successful team in Argentine history with 16 national titles, behind fellow Buenos Aires outfits River Plate (36), Boca Juniors (32) and their local rivals from Avellaneda, Racing (17).They’ve also won the continental Copa Libertadores — South America’s equivalent to the UEFA Champions League — a record seven times, having never lost a final.Part of a multi-discipline sports organisation, Independiente has a host of different teams throughout the youth ranks as well as a football academy and an education centre for children throughout their compulsory schooling period.Shares(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) Shares© AFP/FileBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 30 – Trainee footballers at Argentinian giants Independiente were coaxed into underage prostitution with offers of football boots or even just underwear, a Buenos Aires public prosecutor has said.The shocking revelation of an illicit sex network operated at one of Argentina’s most prestigious and successful clubs was made after a 17-year-old told an Independiente psychologist he had been encouraged, alongside another 19-year-old player, to prostitute himself to adult men in a trendy Buenos Aires neighbourhood, local press said.last_img read more

New models lean toward economy

first_imgAt the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, where growling hot rods once debuted with a roar, a quiet purr now rules the day. Auto shows are typically swaggering, macho affairs, where carmakers display their showiest, brawniest vehicles. Horsepower rarely used and top speeds never attained on the street got the top bill, with even meek minivans’ racier sides getting attention. But with $3-a-gallon gasoline an all-too-recent memory in motorists’ minds, manufacturers have an all new attribute to crow over: economy. “With fuel prices going up, it’s a whole new paradigm,” said John Clinard, manager of public affairs for Ford Motor Co.’s Western region. “It’s not big, big, big, big anymore. People still want a certain size, but they’re thinking about fuel efficiency.” Even General Motors’ most-muscled machines have been rejiggered to make them less frequent visitors to the local gas station. Its 2007 Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, both of which made their world debuts on Wednesday, boasted increased economy, rather than power. Even stranger, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 CQ Z-Zero-Six, a 505-horsepower, $65,000 sprinter that can go from zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, records a surprisingly high 26 miles to the gallon on the highway. By use of an electronic lockout that requires drivers to shift from first gear to fourth and a sleek, low-drag body, the tire-smoking sled attains an economy normally reserved for staid family automobiles. “Whether it’s five years from now, 50 years, or 500 years when we run out of fuel, what are you going to do?” said Mike Allen, vehicle line director for GM, which highlighted the Z06 that’ll serve as pace car for the Indianapolis 500 this year. “You’ve got to be more efficient.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson With import hybrids like Toyota’s Prius and Honda’s Civic Hybrid hot commodities, domestic manufacturers like Ford are shifting away from their reliance on heavy sport utility vehicles and into smaller, more efficient models. As Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, used his keynote address on Wednesday to warn the industry to pay heed to the need for greater efficiency, his company trumpeted its Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid, small gas-electric utility vehicles built on car platforms. With 11 hybrids on the market in 2005, which J.D. Power and Associates said Wednesday represented 211,000 units sold last year, the technology captures only 1.2 percent of the domestic market. By 2012, the Westlake Village-based market research company estimates they’ll encompass more than 50 models selling 780,000 units, 4.2 percent of total sales. In addition, Power sees greater demand for cleaner-burning diesel engines, hydrogen fuel cells and improved-efficiency gasoline technology, such as cylinder deactivation. Anthony Pratt, the company’s senior manager of global powertrain forecasting, said economy will be the new watchword. “From experience, manufacturers thought that people would pay for horsepower, not fuel economy,” Pratt said. “But now they know that people will pay for economy, too. Gas prices really put a spotlight on that.” last_img read more

The curious case of the Canadian houseboat

first_imgAn unusual boat from Canada has had an incredible journey before the Malin Head Coast Guard were alerted to it and it washed up off the coast of Mayo.The solar-panelled wooden houseboat was spotted in the water off the west of Belmullet on Sunday. A beach walker notified the Malin Head Coast Guard, and when the vessel washed ashore, a number of mysteries arose.The boat was taken from the sea by Mayo County Council and has become quite the attraction. There was a note written on the inside the boat, which provided more detail about where it came from.The note read: “I, Rick Small, donate this structure to a homeless youth to give them a better life that Newfoundlanders choose not to do! No rent, no mortgage, no hydro”.The builder, Rick Small, is an environmentalist from Ontario Canada. He had intended to give the boat to a homeless person, but it is not yet known how it came as far as Ireland. The 20x10ft boat was made with driftwood and materials for flotation. The houseboat was last seen in Canada on the 4th of August. For five months, it seems the boat drifted across the Atlantic Ocean but no sightings were ever reported. Over that time, the boat would have endured storms and hurricanes – even Hurricane Matthew. Mike Mullins, the Radio Officer of Malinhead Coast Guard, said “if that boat could talk it would have a story to tell”.The curious case of the Canadian houseboat was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more