Jamaica face Panama next month

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will charge the same monies for tickets for the upcoming CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Panama on Friday, November 13, at the National Stadium, starting at 9 p.m.In the previous round against Nicaragua, the JFF had charged $6,500 for grandstand category one, $5,500 for grandstand category two and $1,200 for the bleachers section.After the opening game in Round Four of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Reggae Boyz are scheduled to play Haiti next, away on November 17; then Costa Rica on March 25, 2016, at home; again against Costa Rica away four days later; Panama away on September 2, 2016; and then host Haiti on September 6, 2016.After the completion of the round, the top-two teams will advance to the final round, set to run from November 11, 2016 to October 10, 2017.Six teams will play in the final round, and after a home-and-away series, the top-three countries will qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth-place team will beinvolved in a play-off for another spot.Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Sch‰fer will miss the first two games in Round Four because of a suspension handed down by FIFA’s disciplinary committee.That means the German coach will not be allowed on the sidelines in the games next month. He was also ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 for a charge of unsporting behaviour against a match official in the previous round against Nicaragua on September 8.Lance Laing and Upston Edwards were banned for four games apiece. The players were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter. Both players were also ordered to pay US$5,150 apiece.last_img read more

Questions abound as Test ends in farce

first_img UNEXPECTED EVENT PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): There were more questions than answers left hanging after the fourth and final Test between West Indies and India finished in a farcical draw on the final day yesterday. For the fourth straight day, play was abandoned without a ball bowled because of a wet outfield at Queen’s Park Oval, despite an abundance of sunshine at the ground in recent days. Umpires made the call around 9:30 a.m. when it was became apparent, following an early inspection of the ground, that the outfield would not be fit for play. Rain halted play just before lunch on last Thursday’s opening day and the action never resumed, raising huge questions about the historic ground’s drainage system and mopping up operations. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, a Trinidadian, said he had been surprised by the inability of the outfield to recover. “(I am) extremely surprised. As far as I know in my years here, this has never been a ground like that,” he told reporters here yesterday after the game was called off. “I don’t know what is the position over on the other side, but after two days of sun, when I saw it (outfield) yesterday morning, I couldn’t believe how bad it was. “I don’t know what the position is and what caused that, but I’m surprised because I never expected that here.” All told, only 13/4 hours’ play was possible in the game – in the morning session of the opening day – before rain forced the abandonment of the last two sessions. West Indies had reached 62 for two after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, with opener Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 34 and partnered by Marlon Samuels on four. The two batsmen to fall were opener Leon Johnson for nine and fellow left-hander Darren Bravo, who made 10. On Sunday, play was abandoned at 10:25 a.m. and umpires had ruled out any possibility of play on Saturday’s third day at midday. Several inspections were made on the second day before play was abandoned at 2:25 p.m. India captain Virat Kohli said what transpired over the last few days had been beyond his side’s control. “Here, we didn’t have a game and we couldn’t control the result. The other two games we played, we won convincingly and that pleased the whole squad,” Kohli said. West Indies lost the opening Test in Antigua by an innings and 92 runs, drew the second in Jamaica before slumping to a 237-run defeat in the third Test in St Lucia. All-rounder Ravi Ashwin was voted Man of the Series for his two centuries at an average of 57 and 17 wickets.last_img read more

UG sets 1-year deadline for complete Wi-Fi access on campus

first_imgRecognising the need to modernise the nation’s premier learning institution, the administration of the University of Guyana is working vigorously with the E-Governance Unit to roll out a campus-wide Wi-Fi zone.One of the students’ and lecturers’ grievances on campus is the continued power disruptions and absence of Internet connectivity.Vice Chancellor,Dr Ivelaw GriffithDr Paloma Mohamed, who is now the second Vice Chancellor of a new department under the University of Guyana called the Philanthropy, Alumni and Civil Engagement (PACE), explained that the institution was working closely with the E-Governance Unit under the Public Telecommunications Ministry to implement this initiative.She said the intention was to link the fibre-optic ring that was installed at the University, under a World Bank Project, with Government’s towers in order to connect the Tain Campus with the Turkeyen Campus, and eventually extend this connectivity to the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) locations across Guyana.“Optimistically, we are looking at a better, more stable, widespread, decentralised system of Internet connectivity for all campuses within the next month to six weeks,” she stated; however, it is likely that the project would take about a year to be completed.The venture will be extremely costly for the University, with an initial price of approximately $6 million, provided that nothing else was required, as estimated by the E-Governance Uni.Dr Paloma MohamedDr Mohamed said the institution was currently in the process of conducting an internal audit of its systems to determine what else was needed internally for this initiative.But the Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith said irrespective of the cost, the University could not afford to not have a Wi-Fi network.“The Wi-Fi and the technology are so critical to the credibility of the institution, to the learning, to the whole curricula that we are going to have to find it, using the best possible, most cost-effective approach, we have to find the money somewhere,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, he could not immediately determine if this would bring an additional cost to students who are already complaining of paying exorbitant fees to the educational institution.“Right now, the students pay a facilities fee that would cover a variety of service elements. I don’t anticipate having an additional specific cost. I anticipate having the facilities fee be the basic manager of that. We might need to supplement depending on what the ultimate final bill is, but I don’t envisage a new user fee,” Dr Griffith explained.Last year, the E-Governance Unit began rolling out Wi-Fi networks in schools across Guyana. E-Governance Adviser Floyd Levi had noted that the provision of this service to tertiary institutions was part of this project.last_img read more

Pres. Weah Urges Citizens to Obtain National Identification Cards

first_imgPresident George Weah’s acquaintance visit at the NIR allowed him the opportunity to understand not only the operations of the agency, but people’s responses to the services delivered at the agency.President George Weah has called on all Liberians to go to the offices of the National Identification Registry (NIR) in Congo Town, along the Tubman Boulevard and get their identification cards.The President made the statement when he visited the NIR on Friday, March 8, 2019. He said citizens would appreciate government’s efforts to systematize living by not only ensuring that taxes are paid for other areas of public services, but also acquiring national identification cards that help them in terms of security and other development purposes.He said the national registry is useful in many ways, including the establishment of a database on the citizens and residents, identification of people for various reasons and delivery of government services across the country.According to a press release issued by the NIR, President Weah toured the national biometric data-center and the printing facilities to familiarize himself with the activities there.“The President sought to understand the registration process, especially circumstances under which applications can be rejected,” the press statement said, adding that Weah also urged the NIR management to be efficient in the job that has to improve the image of the country.Weah’s acquaintance visit at the NIR allowed him the opportunity to understand not only the operations of the agency, but people’s responses to the services delivered at the agency.The NIR is an autonomous agency of government, established by an Act of the Legislature in 2011 to register all Liberians and foreign residents. Since it began operation in November 2017, the agency has registered more than 100,000 Liberians. Currently, registration of citizens is taking place in all 15 county capitals using mobile registration teams.NIR executive director, Tiah Nagbe said informed President Weah that some applicant can be rejected when lacked of ‘Oath of Allegiance” as required by law, which in the case where one of the applicant’s parents is a non-Liberian, and if there was no proven evidence that the applicant is a Liberian.Zeze R. Reed, deputy director for technical services, and deputy director for administration, Haja Liberty, toured with the President through the facilities, and provided him information concerning reasons responsible for people being denied of registration as well as the challenges confronting the system.President Weah, was accompanied by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf. Sirleaf is also the chairman of the NIR Board of Registrars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies take down Flyers

first_imgThe Flyers opened the scoring early against the Huskies as they scored on their first shot on goal. The Huskies struggled to find their legs throughout the first period but managed to capitalize on their opportunities and scored two goals before the end of the frame.The Huskies expanded their lead to 3-1 with a power play goal a minute in the second period. Midway through the second the Flyers cut into the lead and made the score 3-2.In the third period the Huskies capitalized on a 2-1 rush as Jordan Harder fed Jordan Gies with a cross ice pass that Gies deposited into the back of the net to make things 4-2. The Huskies rounded out the scoring with just over two minutes left in the third to make the final 5-2.- Advertisement -Head Coach Gary Alexander admits the team struggled to get things going but getting the two points in the standings was objective number one and they succeeded.“I think we woke up a little bit. We struggled really hard in the first period and couldn’t seem to get any flow going. It was like we played the hockey game last night,” he says. “Overall the whole game we were kind of sluggish I thought but they worked when they had to and they did what they had to when they needed to. It was not a pretty game but to muck it out like we did was well worth it.”The main struggle the Huskies had to do with poor decisions by the defence in the defensive zone. Alexander says they weren’t making good decisions with the passes and the Flyers forecheck also made things difficult.Advertisement “These guys are pretty aggressive with the forecheck, it seems that they have six guys on the ice sometimes. We weren’t as sharp as we usually here but we blocked a lot of shots. It was once of those nights where we didn’t dazzle anyone with our brilliance.”Scoring in order for the Huskies were Cayle Bell, John Apsassin, Cole Calliou, Jordan Gies, and Lien Miller-Jeannotte.Daimon Derouin was solid between the pipes stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced in the tilt.Next for the Huskies is a game on Tuesday night as the Huskies take on the Slave Lake Wolves at 8:30 p.m. in Falher.Advertisementlast_img read more

Feb. primary lures GOP of Michigan

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Republicans voted Saturday to hold their presidential primary next Feb. 5 but agreed they would move up the date if state Democrats go earlier. A dozen other states, including California, New York and New Jersey, have already moved their primaries or caucuses to Feb. 5. Still more states are considering such moves, setting the stage for what some are calling “Super-Duper Tuesday” just 22 days after the leadoff Iowa caucuses. “Our goal is to go February 5, but I have the option to go earlier, if needed,” Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis said after a state central committee meeting he says grew heated at times. The chairman added that moving earlier than Feb. 5 is not anyone’s first choice because Republican and Democratic rules would force the Michigan parties to give up half their delegates to their respective 2008 national conventions. last_img read more

FOR THE RECORD Decision near for Ducks star

first_imgIf he decides to re-join the Ducks, it appears likely that he will skip training camp and some early-season games, including the two-game series against the Kings in London. Niedermayer recently told a reporter for ESPN.com, “I’ve made (the decision) a few times. It’s changed a few times. I really don’t know when it’ll be finalized.” Meanwhile, there has been no formal announcement from right wing Teemu Selanne, who also is considering retirement after winning the Cup for the first time in his career. Training camp opens next Tuesday for the Ducks. Basketball From news services Defenseman Scott Niedermayer might announce today whether he will return to the Stanley Cup champion Ducks or retire from the NHL. Niedermayer, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs last spring, will meet with reporters today at the Ducks’ training facility in Anaheim to discuss his future. He reportedly met with Ducks general manager Brian Burke on Wednesday. More than 7,000 miles from home, fans were chanting his name, and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was loving it. In the basketball-loving Philippines, no one was going to ruffle a charismatic icon visiting to promote the sport, encourage kids to pursue their dreams and maybe sell a few pairs of his new line of shoes. “I love Manila,” a beaming Bryant told a crowd that started gathering nine hours before he appeared. “The energy here is off the charts.” Bryant, fresh off a gold medal at the FIBA Americas championship, kicked off his five-stop Asian tour. ETC.: NBA referees will be able to use instant replay to review altercations and some flagrant fouls starting this season. The NBA Board of Governors voted last week to approve the changes recommended by the league’s Competition Committee. Soccer David Beckham will find his mission of transforming soccer in America more difficult than expected, according to the manager of his former team in England. Beckham is attempting to turn soccer into a mainstream sport in the United States after joining the Carson-based Galaxy with a five-year, $32.5 million contract in July. However, he is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the MLS season because of ankle and knee injuries. Even a fully fit Beckham would be unable to overcome the problems the sport faces in the U.S., Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said. “It is difficult with David going there. I don’t know what kind of impact he can make,” Ferguson said. “David Beckham himself can’t change the whole country.” ETC.: The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan joins Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard as finalists for the 2007 Honda Player of the Year award, presented annually to the U.S. national team’s outstanding performer. The winner will be announced Oct.5. … Spain reached the final of the Under-17 World Cup, beating Ghana, 2-1, in extra time on Bojan Krkic’s goal at Ulsan, South Korea. The Spaniards will play for the title Sunday against the winner of today’s semifinal between Nigeria and Germany. College volleyball Seniors Asia Kaczor and Diane Copenhagen combined for 34 kills to lead No.4 USC (7-0) to a 30-22, 30-23, 30-28 nonconference women’s volleyball victory over Pepperdine (4-3) at the Galen Center. Kaczor recorded a match-high 20 kills, including 17 in the first two games. Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) had 40 assists for USC. Kiah Fiers (Peninsula High) had 37 assists for the Waves. ETC.: Cal State L.A. defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 30-16, 30-11, 30-20, at CSDH (1-8, 0-1 CCAA). JC soccer El Camino College’s Jose Lopez scored once and Rhys Orpe twice in a 3-0 victory over visiting Victor Valley in a men’s match. El Camino is 3-0-1. ETC.: Samira Yakubu, Stephanie Hall, Courtney Flamengo, Imara Rodriguez and Samantha Domenick each scored goals as El Camino (3-1-1) posted a 5-0 women’s victory over visiting Oxnard. Jurisprudence Two female athletes at Baylor, a basketball and volleyball player, were charged with beating a woman in a park. Basketball player Latara Shanica Darrett and volleyballer Ashlee Genae Cooper, both 19-year-old sophomores, surrendered to police Tuesday and were charged with assault causing bodily injury, a Waco, Texas, police spokesman said. ETC.: Houston Rockets swingman Justin Reed was released from jail after his arrest on a marijuana charge. Reed was arrested Tuesday night in Jackson, Miss. Motorsports NASCAR iron man Ricky Rudd, who once taped his eyes open to race, will be unable to compete because of injury for the first time in a career spanning more than a quarter century. Rudd separated his left shoulder in a wreck Sunday at California Speedway. Kenny Wallace will replace him Saturday night in the No. 88 Ford at Richmond International Raceway. ETC.: Joe Gibbs Racing spent 16 seasons jockeying for position in the crowded General Motors camp, where three championships in five seasons weren’t enough to move the organization to the front of the pack. JGR won’t have that problem in 2008. The three-car organization will move to Toyotas next season in a switch that will make it the premier team for the Japanese automaker. … Tony Stewart said he’s working on an extension to stay at Joe Gibbs Racing past 2009. The team also is trying to add three years to Denny Hamlin’s contract, which expires in 2010. Cycling Oscar Freire of Spain won the mountainous fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta while Vladimir Efimkin of Russia kept the overall lead. Freire, who rides for Rabobank, completed the 98-mile leg in 4 hours, 7 minutes, 51 seconds. Horse racing Georgie Boy rallied from next-to-last place to win the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity by a half length over Salute the Sarge. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, the 2-year-old colt covered seven furlongs in 1:25.34 over Polytrack and returned $13.60, $6.20 and $3.60. ETC.: Discovery of the equine influenza virus at thoroughbred stud farms in New South Wales state was “potentially lethal” for Australia’s racing and breeding industries, industry leaders said. … Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes, was retired and will stand at stud at Dubai Sheik Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm. Youth sports More than half the nation’s high school students participated in sports last year, and for the first time more than 3 million of them were girls. The National Federation of State High School Associations released the results of its annual participation survey, listing a record 7,342,910 high school athletes in the 2006-07 school year among its member associations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This the 18th straight year the number of participants has increased. Deaths Max McNab, who won the Stanley Cup as a player with the Detroit Red Wings in 1950 and later served as the general manager of two NHL teams in a nearly 50-year hockey career, has died. He was 83. McNab suffered a massive stroke in Las Vegas on Saturday and died on Sunday, Peter McNab, his son and a former NHL player, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Another son, David, is the longtime assistant general manager of the Ducks. Yachting Defending champion Alinghi is still hopeful that American syndicate BMW Oracle Racing will drop its lawsuit against the Swiss team and participate in the next America’s Cup. Alinghi general counsel Hamish Ross said that officials from both teams were in talks to find an out-of-court solution. BMW Oracle racing’s Golden Gate Yacht Club filed a lawsuit in New York state court against Alinghi’s Societe Nautique de Geneve in July. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Putnam critically injured in a fall

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Longtime City Councilwoman Betty Putnam was doing what she’s known for – helping her constituents – when she grabbed a ladder to try to eradicate a wasp’s nest Wednesday night and fell, city officials said. She is in critical condition with major head trauma at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. “Betty is heavily sedated and not awake,” said City Manager Fred Latham on Thursday. “Doctors have expressed cautious optimism.” The injuries include a skull fracture, bleeding and swelling of the brain, said longtime Putnam family friend May Sharp, 75, who is the widow of the late Councilman Al Sharp. “We hope and pray that eventually she will be all right,” she said. Putnam, 77, is surrounded by her four daughters and her son. They are also tending to their father, Marvin, who’s in his late 80s. She is also a grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of three. Her other injuries may include broken ribs and a back injury, Latham said, but the head injury is what concerns doctors most. “She apparently got a call from a constituent about having trouble with a wasp’s nest, and the next thing, Betty got her own ladder and drove off in her husband’s pickup truck,” Latham said. He said Putnam, who was first elected to the City Council in 1997, fell from atop the 6-foot ladder and hit her head. Santa Fe Springs Fire Department paramedics responded to the call at 4:30 p.m. in the 8000 block of Westman Street, just south of Slauson Avenue. “She was conscious when paramedics arrived and was able to give them limited feedback,” Latham said. Thursday night’s council meeting went on as scheduled, but the tenor of it was expected to be somber, said Thaddeus McCormack, assistant to the city manager. Sharp, who has known Putnam since their children attended school together in the late-1950s, said she is not surprised by the councilwoman’s good deed. “Betty’s always going and helping out anyone who asks,” she said. “She’s had a lot of people telling her she’s crazy to do the things she does. “But she’s a dear friend, and would do anything for anyone.” Putnam, who’s served as mayor of Santa Fe Springs twice, moved to the city in 1954, and has been doing things for the community ever since. She worked for the Little Lake School District for 31 years, beginning in 1960 as a noon supervisor at Lakeview Elementary School, according to district officials. She became a teacher at Paddison Elementary School in 1971 until she retired in 1991 and then served as a trustee to the Little Lake School District for six years before her election to the council. Putnam’s good works also include being a founding member of Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse, a member of the Rio Hondo Symphony and sitting on the Hathaway Museum board of directors. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 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

You won’t believe it’s them! 10 amazing pics of Arsenal players as kids

first_img 10 2. Santi Cazorla – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10. Hector Bellerin – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 5. David Ospina – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 6. Per Mertesacker – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 7. Francis Coquelin – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 4. Mesut Ozil – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 10 10 8. Calum Chambers – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 3. Alexis Sanchez – Click the right arrow for more Arsenal stars as kids… 10 1. Laurent Koscielny Haven’t these Gunners grown up!We’ve looked far and wide and found some brilliant pictures of Arsenal stars when they were just young guns.Take a look at the gallery above for some amazing photos of Arsene Wenger’s men when they were kids and believe us when we say it’s well worth it just for Laurent Koscielny, who, as one subscriber to talkSPORT’s YouTube channel said: ‘looked like he was about to drop the hottest classical music mix tape ever’.POSSIBLE ARSENAL LINE UP V OLYMPIAKOS IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 10 10last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on Real Madrid for winger

first_img Lucas Vazquez celebrates a Real Madrid goal with Sergio Ramos 1 Liverpool are considering a move for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Espanyol but he has returned to the Bernabeu this year.Since his comeback the Spaniard has caught the eye with a number of cameo appearances for Real Madrid.And now, according to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool are weighing up a move for Vazquez in the summer.Boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the midfielder and scouted him during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.The German now seems ready to rekindle that interest by luring Vazquez to Anfield at the end of the season.last_img