Thompson foresees ‘bright future’ for Reggae Boyz

first_imgRYAN THOMPSON foresees a ‘bright future’ for the Reggae Boyz following recent performances at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Jamaicans made history by becoming the first Caribbean team to play in the final and registered another landmark on their way there, when they defeated the United States in the semi-final. Prior to the 2-1 win at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, no Jamaican football team had ever beaten the United States in America. In the final, the team lost 3-1 against Mexico. However, Thompson focused on the positives. “It’s just a building process for the future. It’s very bright for Jamaica’s football,” he said. On the way to the final, the Boyz won their group with seven of maximum nine points, then beat Haiti 1-0 in the quarter-final before advancing to the US game, then the final. After that defeat, their only one at the tournament, he said: “We’re happy with our performance and that’s all we can ask for. Everyone went out there, played to the best of their abilities. Everyone went out there and pretty much wore their hearts on their sleeves out there. We could not have asked for anything more than that.” The tournament itself represented a breakthrough for Thompson, who made the most of half a chance. The 30-year-old goalkeeper grasped the number-one position after starting out as third string. The former Ardenne High School Manning Cup representative got his chance in Jamaica’s last group game against El Salvador in Canada, when Dwayne Miller got injured early and his back-up, AndrÈ Blake, was short on match practice. “It started from last year when I got invited to camp, and ever since, Sch‰fer (Winfried) rang me, I’m there. I made certain that I’m going to be a face that he never forgets. I work hard every single day, I compete every single day. I haven’t missed a camp. I haven’t missed a single trip ever since coach Sch‰fer invited me and I’m thankful for that,” Thompson remarked. “He saw something in me as a player and I know I have a lot to give to the team and I want to build on these things going forward. Hopefully, Jamaica, and not just Jamaica, but the world, will recognise that we have quality players out there and give us the respect that we truly deserve. “I’m just happy with my performance and what I was able to do for my country. Every game, I went out there I gave of my best. I wore my heart on my sleeve out there,” he continued. The goalie made a blunder that caused the goal in the US match and central defender Michael Hector made two that led to goals in the final. However, Thompson said the team’s reaction to such situations reflects a spirit among the group that fosters growth. “It’s amazing. Everybody’s going to make mistakes. This is the beauty about this team, we don’t single out anybody, when one person makes a mistake, everybody makes a mistake, and it’s just amazing to be a part of a group like this, nobody is going to single you out and this is just positive going forward. It’s just pure positives going forward and again, I’m sure Jamaica’s football is going to be very, very bright,” Thompson emphasised. “It’s all a part of the game. You’re gonna make mistakes and stuff happens,” he added. “But I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of everybody. Nobody expected us to be here and we played in the final against Mexico, one of the best teams in the world.”last_img read more

SDF defends improvements to St Jago’s field

first_imgDenzil Wilks, general manager of the Sports Development Foundation, says that the body has done all it can to improve the playing surfaces at St. Jago High, despite complaints from the school that the body has neglected it. Officials at St. Jago had previously said that they are worried that they may not be able to prepare a team in time for next year’s staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships in March because of difficulties finding a place to host training sessions. This, according to them, is because the field at the school was in what they describe as a “shoddy state” but Wilks told The Gleaner that the surface is in what he calls 90 to 95 per cent of what would be ideal. “If we were to complete it to ideal, what it would require is another couple of months without interference and that could not be afforded,” he says. The interference Wilks refers to is that of student athletes training on the field, which affects the growth of grass. The Gleaner visited the school recently and saw grass on the surface but there was also dirt patches in various areas, as well as weeds. Wilks says, however, that the field was handed over in good condition but says it has been worsened by the teams’ activities on it. At the time of The Gleaner’s visit, there were also four different teams carrying out training on the surface. These were the boys’ and the girls’ track teams, as well as the girls’ football team and the boys’ cricket team. Wilks says SDF officials visit the school on a weekly basis to assess the condition of the facilities since it was handed over on November 14. Meanwhile, one St Jago official, who asked not to be identified, noted that the school has no choice but to have its teams train on the field at this point. The teams were originally training at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, home of Rivoli FC. They have since been asked to find another location because the football club needs the venue to not only train, but play their St. Catherine FA Major League matches. Parents also requested a change in location because of fear of the safety of their children getting home at nights. But one of the school’s coaches remains positive, being able to now train on the field. “Half a loaf is better than none. At least we’re training now and we’re happy. I prefer to be training on the field in this state than to have no field at all,” he said.last_img read more

Moving to the Finish-Line

first_imgThe Ebola Virus Disease is gradually being contained in Liberia, but as is always the case, more robust efforts, endurance and high-level concentration are needed to get the country to the finish line in terms of being declared Ebola free.Everyone seems to be saying this but there is a lot to saying than doing. Liberians and foreign residents have been reminded on several occasions to not to let down their guard otherwise it could trigger a resurgence of the Ebola virus.It was against this background that an International Charity organization, Delivering Good Health Community Service (DGHCS) saw the necessity to intensify its provision of medical supplies and assorted items to institutions responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.The founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of DGHCS, Nallie Brumskine Moore, is reminding Liberians that although the situation in the country is gradually improving, Ebola is still here and dangerously contagious and there is no need for complacency. She added, “Adequate resources and efforts must be urgently exerted to completely contain it”.Madam Moore spoke from the United States via telephone upon the arrival of the consignment in the Monrovia. The supplies were subsequently distributed to health centers, orphanages, and humanitarian intuitions. Madam Moore said the donations are intended to buttress government’s efforts in “this final phase” of the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.“We acknowledged those who are playing vital roles at the frontline of the Ebola response”, Madam Brumskine Moore asserted, adding that “the needs of frontline workers and volunteers should be urgently addressed including adequate support and regular recognition of their efforts and commitment.The DGHCS CEO paid special tribute to the Donohue Family Foundation, Georgetown University Hospital, International Association for Human Values and Project Hope for their continuous support to the people of Liberia through DGHC.This is the DGHCS second large donation since the Ebola outbreak. The organization initially imported into the country a large consignment of medical supplies in March this year.The latest DGHCS donation initiative benefited several hospitals, clinics and humanitarian institutions such as the Liberian Red Cross which is heavily involved in the Ebola response and is responsible for managing the retrieval and disposal of Ebola.The country’s largest health facility in the capital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital that was abruptly shut down as a result of the Ebola outbreak was one of the key beneficiaries of the DGHCS donations. Other institutions include the Suehn Clinic in Bomi County, Al Halil clinic on Jamaica Road and the ‘Love a Child’ Orphanage on the Robertsfield Highway.The DGHCS country coordinator, Rev. Joseph Roberts, told the beneficiaries that the donation was part of the organization’s way of helping to strengthen the capacity of hospitals and community clinics to combat the Ebola epidemic.Rev. Roberts emphasized that community clinics and hospitals were hugely affected by the Ebola outbreak in March and it is important to continue to identify with them while the country is experiencing a decline in the Ebola virus disease.Rev. Roberts commended DGHCS founder Moore and her USA partners for their commitment to support the health sector of Liberia and the less fortunate.Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the coordinator of Logistics at John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital, Abraham Attoh, and the founder of Love a Child Orphanage, Madam Rebecca Wreh, lauded the efforts of DGHCS.  Mr. Attoh and Madam Wreh in separate remarks recounted the lack of equipment as a critical challenge that had hindered the fight against Ebola during its first outbreak in March 2014.The Liberia National Red Cross Society Director of Disaster Management, Abdullai Perry also commended the efforts of the DHCS and its partners. He added that the donation would assist the Red Cross which is scaling up its activities covering Social Mobilization, Contact tracing, Psychosocial counseling, community home based protection, provision of survival kits, food distribution and safe and dignified burials in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

County Meet Sets for Dec. 2

first_imgThe outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 did not only claim lives and affected the country’s economy but also cancelled one of the most significant national sporting events that brings oneness, peace and love among Liberians.It transcends tribe, ideology and county boundaries and it unite the people.The main organizer of the 2015/2016 County Meet, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with co-organizer, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will use the games to celebrate the victory over the end of Ebola transmission.The head of the forthcoming games Secretariat J. Bryant McGill said the Ministry would officially disclose the ‘County Meet package’ on Monday, September 14.Bryant said the package would include the official date of the County Meet, – which will simultaneously kick off on Wednesday, December 2, in four venues: Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Margibi and Nimba counties.He said the preliminaries of the football and kickball editions would be played from Wednesday – Saturday, December 2- 12 and the remaining three disciplines would be played in Monrovia, from Tuesday – Saturday, December 22 to January 2, 2016.Basketball and volleyball would be held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, while athletics would take place at Fendell.“The Big 8 teams for the football and kickball finals will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, from Sunday – Sunday, January 3 – 10, 2016,” Bryant said. “The finals of the volleyball, basketball and athletics will also be held on the same date.”Bryant said the final assessment of the venues which would include an engagement meeting with the County’s Local Authority and the County Sports Coordinator would lead to the disbursement of preparation funds.Some of the assessment could also include Counties’ readiness as hosts, sporting facilities, hotel accommodation and responsibility of host counties, among others.With the approved allocation of US$500,000, Bryant said the first portion of the disbursement could run from the 15th of October through November but did not disclose how much.About US$21,000 was given to counties in the last County Meet.Bryant also disclosed that the Appeal Committee, which is headed by Minister Eugene Nagbe has two new members, Andy Quarmie and Mustapha Raji.The Heats BeginWith few more months to the County Sports Meet, there is already heat around the country, where one could again have a sense of belonging besides the national football team.It has always been that effect on every team on the field during the County Sports Meet, where spectators behave and think that the team represents them – their family and county.The County Meet, launched in 1956, is held annually in the spirit of unification.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s inaugural County Meet witnessed Rivercess County lifting the football trophy at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in 2007.Rivercess failed to defend the title, and bowed to Bong County 4-3, the following year. In 2009, Bomi won the title and defeated River Gee, 5-2. Nimba County came into the limelight and whipped Grand Gedeh County, 2-0, the following year. She defended the title over Margibi in 2011.In 2012, Margibi leveled the scores and whipped Nimba 2-0. In 2013, Grand Cape Mount County whipped Montserrado County 3-1 in a lottery shot, after 1-1 of 120 minutes of play.Prior to the outbreak of the Ebola, Grand Bassa County whipped Nimba County, 2-1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Gold Board accountant slapped with fraud charge

first_imgA former Guyana Gold Board (GGB) accountant was on Wednesday slapped with six counts of fraud and taken before city Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Rosannna RamnarineRosanna Ramnarine was allegedly fired in November 2017, after an audit of the GGB allegedly unearthed a major fraud involving herself and a clerk at the agency.The prosecution is contending that the 35-year-old former accountant defrauded the company of over $1 million between the period of February 1 and June 30, 2017.It was previously reported that the former accountant and her clerk during their alleged fraudulent activities documented that miners paid less money than they actually did to the Gold Board. They were sent home as the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was investigating the matter.On Wednesday, Ramnarine was released on $50,000 bail for each charge. She will return to court on July 23, 2018. As a condition of bail, the former accountant was ordered to lodge her passport with the court and report to SOCU’s headquarters every Friday until the conclusion of the matter.last_img read more

Guyanese nabbed with cocaine at JFK Airport

first_imgJust two days after Guyanese hairdresser Karen Stuffle was sentenced in a local court to four years’ imprisonment and fined $2.3 million for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the USA, Guyanese Alicia Coppin was subjected to a search by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday when she arrived at the JFK International Airport in New York, and later admitted to attempting to traffick cocaine into the USA by inserting a quantity of the narcotics into her vaginal cavity and stomach.According to reports, Coppin was seen acting in a suspicious manner, and DEA agents proceeded to question her.An X-ray examination performed on the woman revealed that a quantity of cocaine was stashed in her vaginal cavity, and several cocaine pellets were in herAlicia Coppinstomach.She was later taken to a medical facility, where she excreted the drugs, the amount of which has not been disclosed.The woman remains in custody of the NYC Police, and is likely to face drug trafficking charges soon. In fact, this publication understands that her case is in the docket of the New York Eastern District Court, where a pre-arraignment complaint has been filed against her by the state since September 11.Only last Sunday, a search conducted on Guyanese hairdresser Karen Stuffle by CANU ranks at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) resulted in 100 cocaine pellets, totalling 1.42 kilograms, stashed in her vagina and stomach, being unearthed.After admitting to the offence on Thursday, the 48-year-old Stuffle told the court she had been paid some US$400 to traffic the narcotics, and her airfare had also been paid in full.last_img read more

Municipal Nominations Close

first_imgThe nomination deadline for the upcoming municipal elections has closed with a few additions to the Fort St. John race. As we first reported yesterday, Newspaper Publisher Bruce Lantz is running against incumbent Jim Eglinski for mayor. As for city council the latest list includes all 6 incumbent councilors and 5 additions. The 5 additions include Theresa Mucci-Rodgers, Trevor Bolin, Connie Wowchuk, Josh Wilson and Warren Mears.- Advertisement – For the community of Dawson Creek, current Mayor Calvin Kruk has now withdrawn his nomination for mayor and is now running for Council. Former Dawson Creek Mayor Wayne Dahlen, Mike Bernier and Brent Neumann are now running for Calvin’s seat. We will have more information shortly on who is running in the Regional District, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope and the School District, as they would not release that information until after 4pm today.last_img read more

Shooting leaves woman dead

first_imgmoderate injuries, Rizo said. According to deputies, members of two rival gangs were driving in separate cars traveling north on San Gabriel Place when the shooting broke out at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The driver of a black SUV, a 24-year-old Pico Rivera man, was critically wounded in the shooting. He was listed Wednesday as “death-imminent,” Rizo said. His name was not released. Four men in the other vehicle fled after the shooting, Rizo said. Their dark-colored Toyota struck a vehicle that had stopped at a stop sign. The Toyota then turned onto Berner Street and vanished, Rizo said. Johnson’s son, John, told Channel 4 that his mother was driving in front of the apartment building that she managed. PICO RIVERA – Sheriff’s investigators Wednesday were probing a car-to-car shooting that critically wounded one man and triggered a crash that killed a woman and injured her adult daughter, officials said. The 67-year-old woman was at the wheel of a maroon minivan when it was struck by a black SUV whose driver lost control after he was shot in the upper body, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Maribel Rizo. Marlene Johnson of Pico Rivera died at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, said Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Her 47-year-old daughter Patricia, who was a passenger in the minivan, was hospitalized, according to media reports. She sustained minor to “When they turned around, they heard the shots and they seen the cars coming, and the one car \ shooting at the SUV, I guess, and all of a sudden `boom,”‘ Johnson said, referring to the vehicle collision that killed his mother and injured his sister. “She’s just kind of like messed up, you know – everything happening in front of her eyes,” Johnson said of his sister. “She’s got bruises, cuts … scrapes. I hope they find them and send them up for murder, because that’s basically what it is.” City News Service contributed to this report160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Chelsea squeeze past Utd to win the FA Cup

first_img0Shares0000After a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley, Chelsea captain Gary Cahill lifts the FA Cup trophy that has ‘saved’ Chelsea’s otherwise troubled season© AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 19 – Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard’s penalty at Wembley on Saturday to salvage a disappointing season.In what is still widely expected to be Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard’s 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho’s men end the season trophyless. On a day where the world’s eyes were on a royal wedding 18 miles west in Windsor, Chelsea reigned on the field to salvage a campaign in which they failed to even qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League.And should it prove to be Conte’s last game in charge, the Italian’s bowed out on a high as his decision to start first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the first time in the FA Cup this season over Willy Caballero was justified by a series of saves from the Belgian to keep United at bay after the break.United were without top-scorer Romelu Lukaku from the start as the Belgian was only fit enough for a place on the bench against his former club due to an ankle injury.Garden of Eden: Chelsea’s Hazard opened the scoring at Wembley© AFP Glyn KIRKLukaku’s presence was missed as Chelsea settled quickest with Hazard particularly lively in the space between the United defence and midfield.The diminutive Belgian threatened first when he burst past Phil Jones only to see a fiercely-struck low effort parried by the legs of David de Gea.Hazard’s next break proved decisive as he took advantage of more indecision by Jones to race clear on goal before being chopped down by the England defender as he prepared to shoot.Chelsea players and Conte argued for a red card rather than yellow, but Jones’s attempt to play the ball saved him from a dismissal.Hazard dusted himself down to coolly send De Gea the wrong way from the spot for his 18th goal of the season.– Lack of invention –The second half was a big improvement on the first as the game began to open up with De Gea and Courtois making brilliant saves to keep the score at 1-0.United had come from a goal behind to win against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals and the last time they met Chelsea at Old Trafford in February.However, the lack of invention that Mourinho’s side have been routinely criticised for throughout the campaign showed in their efforts to get back on terms.Jones had United’s best chance of the first half but headed wide at the back post as he tried to make amends for his earlier error.Marcus Rashford also failed to make the most of a rare start as a central striker in Lukaku’s absence.The England international was unable make a clean contact when teed up by a purposeful Paul Pogba run in the last action of the first 45 minutes.Courtois wasn’t called into action until just before the hour mark when Rashford stung his palms as United dominated the second half.The Chelsea ‘keeper then made a brilliant stop low to his left to parry an acrobatic Pogba effort and Alexis Sanchez was denied a ninth goal in as many appearances at Wembley when he was flagged offside after firing the rebound into the roof of the net.At the other end, De Gea kept United alive by saving from Marcos Alonso and Ashley Young was lucky to avoid conceding a second penalty when Alonso’s cross came off his arm.Rashford’s biggest and last chance to make himself a hero came 20 minutes from time when Courtois rushed from his goal to make a brilliant save from the forward’s attempted chip.Mourinho reacted by hooking Rashford and Jesse Lingard for Lukaku and Anthony Martial.But it was Pogba who had the biggest chance to level when the £89 million midfielder headed wide from a corner eight minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldinho scores five goals in the Indian Futsal League – still got it?

first_imgRonaldinho’s won the World Cup, Copa America, Champions League, Copa Libertadores, plus titles in Spain and Italy, not to mention the World Player of the Year twice.Now, at the age of 36, the Brazilian football star is plying his trade in the Indian Futsal League; a competition that has also attracted retired stars of the 11-a-side game, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.But it’s Ronaldinho’s ‘street skills’ that have caught the eye, as he netted five goals, including some brilliant finishes, for his team Goa against Bengaulru.Take a look at the highlights in the video above.last_img