Schafer must manager better

first_imgThe recent group draw for the Copa Centennial coming up in June, which pits Jamaica in a preliminary group up against Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, has ignited pleasant memories of the Reggae Boyz sojourn in last year’s Copa America in Chile, where they narrowly lost all three games against top calibre teams Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, with the general consensus being that not only were they not disgraced, but they represented and performed quite well.There were, however, some fundamental mistakes made in that run at the Copa America, followed by their run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they historically got to the final.However, the very next game they played after than run was the crucial first round World Cup qualifier at home against lowly Nicaragua. Three of our key players; Wes Morgan, Jobi McAnuff and Gareth McCleary were missing in action, injured and or fatigued. Jamaica went on to lose that game after going down 3-0 and were on the brink of World Cup elimination at the very first hurdle.This was absolutely poor and naive resource management by coach Winfred Schafer and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). World Cup qualifying must be the priority with every other game and or tournament serving as part of the preparation process.Schafer basically ran the players into the ground at the Copa and the Gold Cup and subsequently turned out a weakened and jaded team for the first round of World Cup qualifying. Older players such as Morgan and McAnuff were overused and overworked in those tournaments with conventional football wisdom suggesting that was gross mismanagement on the part of Schafer, as these were key players to the team’s success and should have been handled with ‘kids gloves’ and deployed instead in tip-top shape in the high priority World Cup qualifying assignments.local based playersI have long advocated for the systematic infusion of our best young local based players into the national senior set-up in order to create a wider pool of players overtime for exactly these types of circumstances.If that philosophy was pursued with conviction and the belief that there are qualities that local based players can bring to improve the senior team and the very best of players were being exposed and invested in over the past two or three years, those players would be better and more complete players today and better prepared for international duty.With the clear and present danger of fixture congestion and overwork issues with the overseas-based players, in addition to the understandable injury and fatigue concerns from the clubs of these players, Schafer really had no choice but to finally select a local core of players all be it very late in the proceedings. If, however, as I suspect he does not truly believe in the quality of the local players, then he will hardly deploy them as he should, which would leave us very much back at square one with himself and Captain Horace Burrell more than likely heading off to England to continue begging unwilling mediocre players to become a part of Jamaica’s player pool.It would be far better for the development of our football if Schafer, even if his hands were forced by circumstance, learns to value, respect and believe in the quality of the best of our local players. There is no doubt in my mind that as we venture into this crucial year of football, that we can get quality playing minutes from some players based right here in Jamaica.My understanding is that Schafer will be paid his overdue salaries in very short order and these are the crucial crossroads and the big decision moments in which he should earn every single dollar of that salary.last_img read more

Cilic posts 100th Grand Slam match win, makes Aus Open quarters

first_imgCarpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I have played great tennis from the first round against tough opponents and now I am really looking to the next match, it will be definitely be a big challenge,” he said.Carreno Busta reached the semi-finals of last year’s US Open where he lost to Kevin Anderson and also made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in the same year.He was bidding to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “We had a lot of tough rallies in difficult humid conditions so I was really glad how I stayed in there mentally and really played well in the end.”Cilic served 20 aces, broke serve six times and made a total of 73 winners as well as winning the majority of the long rallies.“That’s my style of play. Pablo is extremely solid from the back of the court and has great shots both on the forehand and backhand and he was serving really good today,” Cilic said.“It was a big battle and I am really relieved that I played such a great tiebreaker at the end.”Cilic said he faced a big challenge against either Nadal or Schwartzman in the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT He will face either world No.1 Rafael Nadal or Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the quarters on Tuesday.Cilic reached the last eight in Melbourne for the second time and also claimed his 11th Slam quarter-final to equal Goran Ivanisevic’s record for appearances at that stage of the majors by a Croatian man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Croat won two of the three tiebreak sets and was superior to Carreno Busta in the pressure moments of the round of 16 match.“There were lots of ups and downs and Pablo gave me a lot of trouble in that third set where he was twice a break up and it was difficult mentally,” Cilic said. Suarez Navarro credits Henin for old-school fightback MOST READ View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Croatia’s Marin Cilic reacts after winning a point against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Croatia’s Marin Cilic won his 100th Grand Slam match as he mastered Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The former US Open champion won the big points in putting away the 10th seed 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (7/3) in 3hr 27min on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Compton says games vs Phoenix like ‘family reunion’

first_imgAsian Games: PH’s Watanabe settles for silver in women’s judo Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia was also Compton’s player in Alaska with RJ Jazul and Jaypee Mendoza.“I love RJ Jazul, I love Jaypee Mendoza, I love Calvin, I love Bugs, I love coach Louie, I love coach Topex,” said Compton. “Those are six guys we have a good relationship with, so I don’t go into a game and make the game about one guy because last time I checked basketball’s a team sport.”“What it feels like to me every time we play Phoenix is like a family reunion. We’re going to go at it, play a game in the backyard that’s going to be intense but these are people we have longstanding relationships with that you really care about.”ADVERTISEMENT Abueva was undoubtedly the club’s faces throughout his nearly six-year tenure from 2012 until 2018 but things turned sour between the two parties that merited a trade.For coach Alex Compton, though, the game against the Fuel Masters wasn’t just about Abueva alone but a match against former members of a family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I don’t like hyping up, it’s not a thing against one guy,” said Compton after his Aces handled Abueva’s Fuel Masters 108-97 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.And Compton has good reason on focusing not just on Abueva since Phoenix’ top coaches Louie Alas and Topex Robinson were once his assistants in Alaska, Peza offers relief to ecozone firms It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype that surrounded Calvin Abueva’s first game against his former team Alaska after the trade with Phoenix transpired in early August.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

Land identified for humanitarian centre

first_imgVenezuelan refugeesCitizenship Minister Winston Felix has announced that a plot of land in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) has been identified for the establishment of a homestead settlement area or a humanitarian centre for registered Venezuelans who have fled to Guyana.According to the Minister, the land has been identified as a result of a collaborative effort of the Mayor and Town Council of Mabaruma and the Citizenship Ministry. The decision was taken during a multi-agency coordinating committee meeting on Tuesday.Felix said the resettlement area was currently privately owned and that the Government would now initiate efforts to determine what arrangements could be put in place to acquire the land for the establishment of the centre.The Ministry of the Presidency, in a statement, said that while this process was being undertaken, Felix has tasked the regional administration to set up aCitizenship Minister Winston Felix along with officials of the multi-agency coordinating committeeRegional Coordinating Sub-Committee, which could take charge of the situation on the ground even as the agencies on the national committee continue to lend the necessary assistance to those in the region. The Public Health Ministry has since established health posts in the outlined areas, including at Mabaruma and Morawhanna, and is expected to establish yet another outpost at Imbotero Village by the end of this week at which migrants and residents would be screened and vaccinated. Additionally, the Ministry would be bolstering its presence in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). Refrigerators for the storage of vaccines at the locations have already been procured and would be dispatched and set up by the end of next week.Meanwhile, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has committed its support to addressing the migration of Venezuelans and to help boost Guyana’s capacity to deal with such situations in the event of future occurrences.The IOM is currently conducting work in gathering data on the migrants, and has observed trends through a Displacement Tracking Matrix in Regions One (Barima-Waini); Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Following calls by Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley for Government and donor agencies to provide more assistance to Venezuelan refugees, the Administration on August 6 signalled its intention to construct several facilities to respond to the Venezuelan influx. This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at his post-Cabinet briefing. A number of local businesses and Guyanese have provided food and clothing to the refugees.Venezuelan refugees mainly from the Warrau tribe have been fleeing the economic and political turmoil in the Spanish-speaking country.According to information provided, there are over 600 refugees in Region One.last_img read more

Lone Wolf Golf Club hosts two charity golf tournaments over the weekend

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Lone Wolf Golf Club was busy this weekend as they hosted two charity golf tournaments.The Crime Stoppers Charity Golf Tournament was held last Friday where it saw 84 golfers participate. The golfers braved the elements as they played through rain for most of the tournament. A total of $8,000 was raised for Crime Stoppers who plan to put that money into making the community safer.Lone Wolf also hosted the Travis Waite Memorial Foundation Tournament which raised over $8,600.- Advertisement -The two tournaments were part of Lone Wolf’s “100K4Charity” program, which will see Lone wolf host a total of five golf tournaments in hopes of raising $100,000 for different local charities.The three remaining charity tournaments include:Thursday, June 14th – United Way of Northern BCSaturday, June 16th – Special Olympics BCFriday, July 6th – Ronald McDonald Houselast_img read more

State’s economy could be slowing

first_imgA windfall of more than $8 billion last year allowed the state to plow more money into education and other popular programs, fostering bipartisan good will between Schwarzenegger and Democrats. A return to budget fights over state programs, Levy said, could “spill over to the era of cooperation.” It’s unclear what Schwarzenegger would do if Hill’s more pessimistic projections come true. Palmer, the governor’s finance official, declined to specify any spending cuts or revenue increases Schwarzenegger would consider. He said the governor is sticking by his January budget and its promise of a surplus until proven otherwise. mzapler@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4603160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The Legislature will face major challenges in crafting a budget for the coming year,” Hill said. Economists have said for months that a sluggish housing market has dampened economic growth over the past year, but last week state finance officials received more worrisome news: State revenues in January were nearly $1 billion lower than they had projected, thanks to lagging personal income tax collections, which are a substantial part of the state’s revenues. One explanation for the drop: that a “significant downturn in the economy” is under way, said H.D. Palmer, deputy director of the governor’s Finance Department. But he also said the dip could be a fluke – the result of high-income taxpayers lowering their estimated tax payments at the end of last year. The answer won’t be known until after tax season in late April. But some experts say that either way, the late-year tax decline, coming after three quarters of growth, could portend wrenching budget battles that Schwarzenegger has been fortunate to avert lately. “The only reason they avoided a fight last year is they had very strong revenue from Google and stock options” tax revenue, said Stephen Levy, director and senior economist of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy of Palo Alto. “There’s a much stronger chance that this will be a more contentious May and June,” he added, referring to the budget season in the Capitol. SACRAMENTO – After years of robust growth, California’s economy may be cooling – and that could put a crimp in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hopes for an ambitious second term. State tax revenues have dipped in recent months, an independent budget expert said Wednesday in a report that challenges the governor’s rosier financial outlook. Assuming the state’s economy would continue to hum along, Schwarzenegger unveiled a budget in January that he said would create a $2.1 billion surplus. But the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst, Elizabeth Hill, estimated Wednesday that revenue projections have slowed and his plan would actually leave the state with a $726 million shortfall in fiscal 2007-08. last_img read more

Deadline for filing new bills passes

first_imgBut Barbara O’Connor, a political analyst at Cal State Sacramento, noted many measures have a narrow scope. “The ridiculous part is 48 new members trying to get bills under their belt so they can demonstrate to constituents that they’re doing things,” O’Connor said. Among lawmakers’ top priorities this year are reforming the health care system, furthering the fight against global warming, reforming the prison system and passing an on-time balanced budget. Other measures likely to foster debate include legalizing gay marriage, permitting illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and allowing physician-assisted suicide. Bills introduced by San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley lawmakers include giving residents more of a say over the environment; breaking up L.A Unified; banning incandescent light bulbs; and taxing pornography. With the deadline now passed for introducing new bills, area lawmakers this year have spelled out a broad legislative agenda that ranges from breaking up Los Angeles Unified to banning incandescent light bulbs. As the 5 p.m. Friday deadline for introducing bills approached, the Capitol was frantic with activity as lobbyists and interest groups prowled the hallways in search of authors for their proposals. In all, legislators in both houses have introduced about 1,800 measures since the session began in December. The bills include measures that show California leading the nation in innovative ways and legislating in areas where the federal government has failed. Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, on Friday introduced a bill to give local residents a greater say in environmental issues. The bill, AB 704, will create “Resident Advisory Commissions on the Environment” within local city governments. Those commissions will advise local governments on issues such as global warming, energy conservation and preserving open space. “AB 704 will allow every citizen in the state of California to take part in the fight against massive environmental problems like global warming or ground water contamination,” Eng said in a written statement. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Montebello, is considering introducing a bill to place a tax on pornography. His aides said they are still examining the feasibility and legality of the bill, and have not yet introduced it in bill form. Calderon, who previously served as a state senator, tried similar legislation a decade ago, but was unable to bring it to a floor vote. MediaNews Staff Writer Kate Folmar contributed to this story. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 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

Brazil’s Casemiro rules out Copa America final goal-fest

first_imgA demoralized Peru then conceded two more in the second half although it could have been worse as Gallese saved Gabriel Jesus’s injury-time penalty.“It’s a final, we don’t expect a goal-fest,” said Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.“Hopefully it will be, but we know it won’t, it will be tough, they’re preparing for the big final.“They want to win the competition however they can — on penalties, in extra-time — and we also want to win, playing well, scoring goals and becoming champions.”It won’t just be a different scenario at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium but also a reinvigorated Peru that Brail are up against, according to center-back Marquinhos.“We played Peru in one situation before and now in a completely different situation,” said the Paris Saint-Germain player.“We must understand that there’s a lot of work to do. The final is a unique match.”Peru have come full circle since their Brazil debacle, knocking out Uruguay on penalties after VAR saved them on three occasions when their goal had been breached.But in the semi-final against champions Chile, Peru dominated in a commanding 3-0 victory, and looked a completely different side to the one that self-destructed against Brazil.In fact, until Casemiro gave Brazil a 12th-minute lead, Marquinhos felt Peru had caused them problems.“It was a difficult start to the match, they pressed us well,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil defensive midfielder Casemiro expects Sunday’s Copa America final against Peru to be a much tighter affair than their earlier group stage encounter, a 5-0 thrashing © AFP / DOUGLAS MAGNORIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jul 5 – Brazil midfielder Casemiro warned fans on Friday that there would be no repeat of the 5-0 group-stage thrashing of Peru when the two sides meet in Sunday’s Copa America final.Casemiro opened the scoring in their Group A encounter when hosts Brazil ran away with the match as Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had a day to forget, entirely at fault for Brazil’s second goal scored by Roberto Firmino and guilty of hesitancy for the opener and poor positioning for the third goal by Everton.last_img read more

FORMER SOLDIER JAILED FOR SEX ATTACK ON BOY

first_imgA former soldier has been jailed for a year after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a young boy more than 30 years ago.The man, who is from Inishowen, cannot be named for legal reasons. He was charged with assaulting the boy a number of times at a quarry in Donegal in the summer of 1979.The man, who is in his 50s, was previous found guilty of two out of five charges of indecent assault at Letterkenny Circuit Court.He appeared in court again yesterday (WED) to be sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan.The court heard the accused was suffering from a number of medical complaints including asthma and hyper-tension.He was accompanied by some of his family.Judge O’Hagan said he had seriously considered imposing a suspended sentence and pointed to the fact that the charges were 30 years ago although were still in the mind of the victim.He sentenced the man to one year in prison for each charge to run concurrently but suspended the last three months of the sentence.EndsFORMER SOLDIER JAILED FOR SEX ATTACK ON BOY was last modified: October 31st, 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:boyInishowensex attacklast_img read more

Marathon vintage tractor run from Donegal to Galway for Cancer Care West

first_imgAn epic fundraising campaign ’One Day to make a Difference” will see Vintage tractors parade through Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Ballyshannon this weekend.A marathon vintage tractor run spanning four counties and over 250 km in aid of Cancer Care West will take place this weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of December.The convoy of vintage tractors will undertake the drive from Letterkenny Cancer Care West Support Centre on Saturday morning through counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, and Galway before arriving home in Ballinderreen, Co Galway at 1 pm on Sunday. The classic fleet, made up of two relay crews, will make six, one hour stops along the route to fundraise.The fundraiser which has been undertaken by Maura Burke Memorial Fund, in partnership with Ballinderreen GAA Club in aid of Cancer Care West who provide support services for patients and their families across the West and North West.Anyone who wishes to support the fundraiser and view the tractors can do so at McElhinney’s in Ballybofey at 9am; Donegal Service Station, Donegal town at 11am, Centra Ballyshannon at 1pm, Mullins Foodstores, Sligo at 1.30pm; McHugh’s Service Station, Ballindine at 4 pm, and Corrib Oil Tuam at 9am on Sunday.The crews will rest overnight before embarking on the final leg of their journey from Corrib Oil, Tuam at 10am on Sunday to Ballinderreen at 1pm. The homecoming on Sunday is timed to coincide with the finale of a series of fundraising events that form part of a local record-breaking 24- hour campaign ‘One Day to Make a Difference’ undertaken by Ballinderreen GAA Club members.These include a challenge game between Senior county hurling teams Galway and Clare that kicks off at 1pm on Saturday.The Maura Burke Memorial fund was established in 2007 in memory of Kilcolgan woman Maura Burke who was a prominent and much-loved member of the Ballindereen GAA Club and the community. Maura sadly passed away in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. Her family and friends continue to keep her memory alive through supporting Cancer Care West, the West of Ireland cancer charity that provides a range of supports to anyone affected by cancer. To date the fund has raised over €250K.Commenting on the joint fundraising initiative Richard Flaherty CEO of Cancer Care West said “We are delighted to be associated with this fundraising initiative. The Maura Burke Memorial fund has been very strong supporters of our charity through the years. One of our rooms at our Lodge Inis Aoibhinn is named in memory of Maura.“All our services are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their families, and this is only made possible through the support we get from families like the Burke family and local communities such as Ballinderreen. Last year we provided support to over 3,400 people affected by cancer in our community.” Padraig Burke of the Maura Burke fund said Cancer Care West provides immeasurable support to anyone whose life has been affected by cancer.“We are delighted and proud to support Cancer Care West in the great work they do for patients and their families. They walk what is already a difficult road with people and make life that bit easier. We hope that this fundraiser will shine a light on all the wonderful work they do in this region.”Marathon vintage tractor run from Donegal to Galway for Cancer Care West was last modified: December 5th, 2019 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:Cancer Care North-WEsttractor runlast_img read more