Beating the best

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We need more female coaches – Walker-Brown

first_img “On Monday, we will use the opportunity to rebrand the programme. We want to educate the players about their behaviour because that is the main reason we are not getting finance for the programme.” According to Walker-Brown, certain lifestyle choices and the behaviour of some females involved in the sport have turned away old sponsors and potential sponsors. “We need to get rid of certain behaviour and deal with the development of female football. They should leave their lifestyle out of the football. It is time for us to take off, but we need the help from others,” she noted, while appealing for more corporate and media support. National Under-17 coach Toni Cowan will assist Andrea Rodebaugh during the one-week course. Another outstanding female coach is Tracey Reid, who guided Granville United to the Western Super League title two seasons ago. Her club failed to qualify for the Red Stripe Premier League in 2016. Chairperson of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s programme, Elaine Walker-Brown, said that there is a need for more females to get involved in coaching in order for better development of women’s football locally. The JFF has attracted a record 18 females for the FIFA intermediary coaching course for coaches of female players from next Monday until Friday at the University of the West Indies/ JFF/Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence. The course begins at 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. “FIFA and CONCACAF is going that way. It has changed. That is why this thing (coaching course) that is coming up on Monday is very important,” Walker-Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “If we are serious about the development of female football, it is necessary to have more female coaches involved. We are so way behind in everything. Last year, when we went to the Under-15 CONCACAF tournament in the USA, we could see the quality of play from the girls, and majority of the coaches were females,” the veteran administrator pointed out. “When you look at it, there are very few male coaches who can connect with the girls and discuss certain issues affecting the females. The female coaches will get them (players) to talk about things as they can relate to the girls in a better way,” Walker-Brown explained. “I want to see better for the women’s football. I am in my last four years that run until 2019. I don’t know if I will reign again after that,” the JFF director disclosed. Meanwhile, Walker-Brown also said the female programme needs support and noted that there won’t be any local competition this year. It will be replaced by a five-a-side competition in November. “Finance is lacking, and we don’t have the sponsorship support to continue the women’s league this year,” said Walker-Brown, who also noted that the course will highlight the importance of proper behavioural patterns among the females, while pointing to some of the issues affecting the fraternity. REBRANDINGlast_img read more

Deeply flawed…

first_img…economic argumentsThere’s an interesting colloquy going on between former PPP Minister Henry Jeffrey (for 16 years – Labour, Housing, Human Services and Social Security, Minister of Health and Labour, Education, Foreign Trade) and former President Donald Ramotar. The latter acceded to that office after Jeffrey parted company rather acrimoniously with the PPP Government – but previously he’d been the General Secretary of the PPP, before.Ramotar took serious umbrage at what he saw as Jeffrey’s belittling of the PPP’s success in the economic arena – such as he, Ramotar has boasted of in a letter to the press. Jeffrey was basically asserting what some folks believe is true: after Hoyte signed onto the IMF’s “conditionalities” and launched the Economic Recovery Project (ERP), the ground was set for the PPP’s success. Between 1989 and 1992, after all, the GDP grew at a clip of six per cent+ annually!It would appear Ramotar was pretty peeved about Jeffrey being more than a tad simplistic in pushing that line – especially since he was on the inside for most of the PPP’s terms and would’ve had access to the facts. Right off the bat, one can’t deny the PPP’s success by claiming it was the due to the IMF policies – and not apply the same yardstick to the Hoyte years! What’s sauce for the goose and all that…Secondly, and more germanely, the rise in GDP during the Hoyte’s years wasn’t due to any radical economic innovation – save the IMF-demanded removal of PNC stranglehold controls over the economy. Does the PNC get points for ceasing to stifle the economy?? Then how about panning them for those policies that killed the economy in the first place. In reality, what happened between 1989 and 1994 was the industries that had been stifled by the PNC, basically bounced back to the Production Possibility Frontier that was already inherent in the factors of production. For instance, sugar and rice started to do better because of market forces playing a bigger role in wages and prices respectively.The role of Bharrat Jagdeo in getting the US.1 billion debt the PNC had placed on the necks of Guyana and all Guyanese written off wasn’t just through magic – it required a firm hand on steering the economic ship SS Guyana. Is it because of Jeffrey’s well ventilated run-ins with Jagdeo he wouldn’t acknowledge that? Your Eyewitness was a bit taken back by Dr Jeffrey’s seemingly churlish dismissal of the robust performance of the economy under the PPP’s watch.But he realises just as “all politics is local”, all analyses are ultimately personal. It’s left to all Guyanese to “pick sense from nonsense”, between the verbal volleys!…monument baseIf your Eyewitness didn’t know better, he’d be excused for thinking somebody’s out to ensure the “Indian Arrival Monument” never gets placed on its pedestal. What a comedy of errors it is, as the (sordid) facts slowly trickle out! Firstly, the monument itself – funded and crafted by India – has been sitting in a Government for over a year and a half!! What was the Government – or more the Ministry of Culture – specifically doing about the base since then??Well according to revelations from the past two budget debates – “absolutely nothing!” is the answer. When questioned the Minister of Culture’s answer that nothing was budgeted, even though a plan had been left by the departed PPP Government.Only when earlier this year most of the Indian groups in Guyana got together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the abolition of indentureship – focusing world attention on Guyana – that the Government rushed to save face for its 11 per cent “Indian” representatives.The monument? Too late, has been the cry!!…legal directionWhy is the DPP forcing a Magistrate to reverse her decision on a matter that is totally within her bailiwick??! Is it pressure being placed on the DPP herself and transmitted downwards??Shed a tear for our beleaguered judicial system.last_img read more

High-powered Chinese Investment Delegation Arrives in Liberia Today

first_imgAs part of efforts to promote and strengthen its bilateral relations with Liberia, a high-level business delegation from the People’s Republic of China is expected to arrive in Liberia today, the Liberian Foreign Ministry has announced. The business meetings, which are scheduled from 31st July to 10th August 2015, are intended for the Chinese to explore investment opportunities in Liberia. The delegation will explore means to invest in infrastructures, energy and other local businesses in post-war Liberia. The high-powered 20-member Chinese delegation, including representatives of Chinese companies, will be accompanied here by Liberia’s Ambassador accredited near Beijing, H.E. McKinley Thomas. The Chinese companies will be desirous of investing in the Liberian economy including doing general businesses and participating in government’s infrastructural development programs. Representatives of major Chinese companies that will form part of the visiting delegation come from the mining and energy sectors. From the high tech sector, will be the Blue Seafront Group, a leading Chinese technology company. Other companies forming a part of the delegation include China Railway Material and Sino-Tech Minerals; Power China (BEC); Hydro China; China Harbor Engineering Company; Ginko Engineering Co. Ltd.; Sino-German Engineering Co.; SEPCO III Power Construction and Heknan Jingyuan guoye as well as the Shandong Exit Secure Network Technology Co. The visiting delegation, dubbed “2015 Sino-Liberia WIN-WIN Visit”, will hold major discussions with stakeholders from both government and private entities in Liberia beginning July 31 to August 10, 2015. During the course of the Delegation’s stay in Liberia, they are expected to meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. They will also meet other sector ministries and the Liberia Business Association (LBA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harry Frazier, TV and movie Santa, dies at 77 in Valley

first_imgStage and screen actor Harry Frazier, whose full white beard helped him land Santa Claus roles in movies and commercials, has died. He was 77. Frazier died May 26 of complications from diabetes at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, said Jaime Larkin, a spokeswoman for the hospital. He performed regularly in Shakespeare plays in Southern California and had leading roles in “The Tempest,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Henry IV.” A memorial service will be held June 30 at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. 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

Giuliani sees California as a touchstone state

first_imgPresidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani received a rock-star reception from supporters in Glendale on Tuesday, vowing he can take California not only in the primary election, but in the presidential contest as well. After being besieged by excited supporters brandishing cell-phone cameras, the former New York City mayor and Republican front-runner sat down for a one-on-one interview with the Daily News. Here are excerpts from that interview: Q: Do you think you’re going to get (support from those who voted for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger)? Q: Have you talked with Gov. Schwarzenegger at all about any type of endorsement? A: I talk to Gov. Schwarzenegger all the time, but obviously when you talk about endorsements you keep that confidential. The governor has to make his own decision. He’s a good friend and I talk to him quite a bit. Q: What kind of support have you received from any prominent figures in L.A.? A: Well, I’ve gotten the support of your ex-mayor – Mayor (Richard) Riordan, he’s been a strong supporter – your ex-governor, Gov. (Pete) Wilson, Kurt Pringle, who’s the mayor of Anaheim. Q: (LAPD Chief William) Bratton? A: Well, Bill and I have talked several times. Bill’s a Democrat, and I respect that. Q: (Reports are) now saying that immigration reform is going to have to wait until after the 2008 election. Can it wait? Should it wait? A: I can’t assess that. I mean, the legislative priorities are not something that I am privy to. I would say that it cannot wait to do border security and President Bush should be doing it right now. He should be expanding the size of the Border Patrol and building both the physical and the virtual or technological fence, because it’s a combination of both along the 2,000-mile border. And he should be making a significant effort to tighten up our borders so that the next president can get that job done as quickly as possible. … The more progress we can make on that over the next year, year and a half, the faster we can get it done and the sooner we can look at real immigration reform. Because real immigration reform is premised on a very simple fact: We have to end illegal immigration. Q: Can you do that? A: … I understand maybe as clearly as anyone and I’m able to carry this out probably better than anyone. We have to end illegal immigration. Q: Part of your appeal has been with wooing moderate voters. What does the endorsement of Pat Robertson say about that? A: It says I can reach out to all voters. Q: Considering some of the controversial things he’s said, though, about Ariel Sharon, about gays. A: … Pat endorsed me for the three reasons that are very clear and are very important. He endorsed me because he believes I’d be the strongest in dealing with the Islamic terrorist threat against America, that I would handle the War on Terror better than anyone else. He endorsed me because he thinks I’d be the best at restraining spending and lowering taxes. … And third, he felt that I would be the best in appointing judges. … Because I don’t have to change my positions to get wide support. I can be myself. 818-713-3702160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A: I think I’m going to get all the Republicans! … I think we have the broadest support among the widest group of Republicans of any of the Republican candidates. Q: And how do you see the Republicans in California? A: Just like the Republicans in New York. Just like the Republicans in New Hampshire. … I’m appealing to them by not changing the views that are deeply held, by trying to be who I am, by being as honest about that as I can express. … And I think, of the Republicans, I’m the candidate that has the best chance of winning California – the general (election). Q: Candidates usually don’t have a very good track record of showing up in California or spending much time here. A: … This is one of the states we’ve been in the most. … And because I truly believe that we have as good a chance as Hillary Clinton to win this state in November. And I honestly can tell you, if any of my (GOP) opponents is nominated they will close down their office in California the day after they get nominated. And I’m going to expand my office the day after I’m nominated. last_img read more

Gun found in impounded car

first_imgThey were taken to jail and their pickup truck was impounded. A tow truck driver found a revolver on the truck’s floorboard after hauling it to a city tow yard, detectives said. Deputies recovered the gun, and forwarded the case to gang detectives because one of the men arrested in the truck was an identified gang member. Sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets gang detectives discovered that the gun was reported stolen in the July 10 Covina burglary. Kingwill said his investigation continues. “The only leads right now would be the two suspects in the car,” he said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThey stole money, jewelry and guns from an unsecured safe, he said. “No one was home,” Kingwill said. “There were six firearms taken from the safe: three handguns and three rifles.” Investigators found fingerprints left in the home by the burglars, but no suspects were identified and the case stalled. Three days later, a Pico Rivera sheriff’s deputy arrested two men driving a blue pickup truck for having outstanding warrants, officials said. Albert Torres, 41, and Peter Ventura, 18, both of Whittier, were arrested. Torres had an outstanding warrant for stealing a car, and Ventura for driving under the influence, deputies said. When a revolver fell from the dashboard of an impounded car in Pico Rivera, a tow yard worker called police. Now, detectives are investigating its connection to a burglary in Covina. Six guns were stolen from the Covina home of a California Department of Corrections officer on July 10, Covina police Property Crimes Detective Brian Kingwill said. The burglars broke into the home through an open garage window between 1 and 5p.m., Kingwill said. last_img read more

Halloween Calendar

first_imgLombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, Saturdays and Sundays in October at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fillmore & Western Railway will offer its popular Pumpkinliner excursions in a vintage train through the rural countryside of Ventura County to a pumpkin patch, 10 and 11 a.m., 12:10, 1:10 and 2:20 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October, departing from Central Park in Fillmore. Dinner trains during weekend evenings will have scarier themes. Call (800) 773-8724 to make a reservation. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October plus Oct. 30-31 at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October plus Oct. 31 at 19415 Soldedad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. Halloween Celebration will feature stories, crafts, costumes, treats and a spooky cartoon, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Harvest Party will feature games, door prizes, food, entertainment and lots of candy, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Newlife Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2700. Halloween Trick-or-Treating for preschool and elementary children, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. To submit an event to the Daily News Halloween Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Heritage Haunt will feature a haunted house, trick-or-treating, pony rides, petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides and a fortune teller, 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission: $10 or $5 for bystanders. Hosted by the SCV Historical Society. Call (661) 254-1275. Santa Clarita Improv will present a Halloween Spook-tacular in the form of “Who’s Line is it Anyway,” 8 p.m. Thursday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for students. Call (661) 288-0000. Monster Mash Dance will feature music by Ed LaBois, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Fall Festival will feature games, magic shows and “Trick-a-Trunk,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road, Castaic. Proceeds will benefit Castaic Mission Church. Call (661) 257-4741. last_img read more

Santa Clarita stays GOP amid blue wave

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The United States’ political map turned a lot more blue in Tuesday’s election, but one spot that stayed predictably Republican red was the Santa Clarita Valley. While Democrats were gaining control of Congress, Santa Clarita voters re-elected a longtime Republican congressman and chose a new GOP Assembly member. U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, the Santa Clarita Republican who has represented parts of the Antelope Valley for 14 years, escaped the Democrats’ congressional charge unscathed, but for the first time since his first term he finds himself in the minority. Republican Cameron Smyth, who cut his political teeth on the Santa Clarita City Council, took over for termed-out Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’McKeon won the 25th Congressional District with 59.9 percent of the vote to 35.8 percent for Democrat Robert Rodriguez and 4.3 percent for Libertarian David Erickson. It was more of the same in the Castaic Lake Water Agency where four board members – Peter Kavounas, Tom Campbell, Jacqueline McMillan and Ed Colley – won re-election. Colley’s race, against former Santa Clarita Mayor Jan Heidt, was the only close contest of the four. Staff Writer Patricia Farrell Aidem contributed to this story. (661) 257-5251last_img read more

Pique is backing Maguire to star for Man United in title charge

first_img latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 AFP or licensors Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta deals Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more “I hope with this signing they can return to the top.”United will spend this season in the Europa League after finishing sixth last season, and many reckon they’ll compete in a battle for the Champions League spots this term.The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January OFF Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ A lot is expected of Maguire at Man United LATEST Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ally McCoist thinks Alexis Sanchez needed to leave Man United permanently Pique is a big fan of Maguire Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 9.92%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Some expect the 26-year-old to have a similar impact to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who single-handedly transformed the Reds’ shaky defence into Europe’s most formidable.And Pique, the Barcelona star formerly of United, expects big things from Maguire.“It happened before with Van Dijk and before about ten years ago with Rio Ferdinand,” Pique told the Express. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Gerard Pique hopes Harry Maguire can transform Manchester United into Premier League title contenders and return the Red Devils to their former glory.United made the England man the most expensive defender when they paid Leicester £80million earlier this summer, ending their long search for a commanding centre-back. AFP or licensors on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP rookie error “Culturally they invest a lot in good defenders and Harry Maguire is a great defender.“I hope that they can be at the top again.“Manchester United in the last few years they have been fighting to qualify for the Champions League but they have to be trying to win the Premier League.last_img read more