Corbett wants greater opportunity for local ‘ballers’

first_img “They (Butler and Gardner) have reached out to me and it’s nice, even if it is just in a small capacity. To know you are respected by your fellow players who want you around is a good feeling. The beauty is (Craig) Butler and (Ricardo) Gardner are in charge of the Under-20s and they invited me to just to be around the team and give voluntary support and (share) the little experience I have. “I will support the programme because they need sponsors, and I am willing to support them 200 per cent, just so they can give the youths experience,” he reasoned. Corbett also wants to assist the senior team one day and he is hoping this is just the start of his reconnection with local football and the national football programme. “I don’t really push myself up. But I don’t have to be a coach around a national programme. Any capacity, anything I can do to help; that’s why I am here, to help Butler and Gardner and anything that they need that we can do,” he concluded. LOCAL TALENT Former Jamaica national football captain, the legendary and versatile Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, has a burning passion for the development of Jamaica’s football and has longed to play a role in the advancement of the sport locally. Recently, the former local idol has been afforded such an opportunity to make his contribution when newly appointed national Under-20 coaches, Craig Butler and Ricardo Gardner, invited him to share his experience and knowledge with the team. Cargill, who captained the national team for six years and led the country to the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and their third-place Gold Cup finish in 1993 before retiring shortly afterwards, is presently the Under-15 coach of Miramar United Elite FC in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and one of his greatest desires is to see young Jamaican footballers make the transition from national youth teams into the senior side. However, he believes lack of exposure, experience and quality facilities locally will continue to hamper the progress of young local talent and the sport’s development in general. “Jamaica’s football has made a big jump because we qualified for World Cup. My only concern is, after the World Cup what did we achieve?” he queried. “Normally, you should have a facility, because FIFA allocates money anytime a team goes to the World Cup. But the national programme doesn’t have a facility and that is a setback. That (facilities) is where the game is going now, you need facilities to grow,” he told The Gleaner. MUTUAL RESPECT However, of greater concern is the transition of our junior national players into the senior team. Corbett said there is too much focus on overseas-born players representing Jamaica, when all the talent we need is right here. “In Jamaican football, if you play Under-17, by time you reach Under-20 they throw you away, and it’s not that those players aren’t good, but you need a ladder. Where is the feeder tree, why not invest in the youth level? “But they don’t invest in the Under-17s, the Under-20s and Under-23s, and that is sad really because exposure is what gives you experience. “The senior team plays a lot of friendlies all over the world, but the young kids play local club, so where is the exposure and experience going to come from? So, that is lacking as they do not want to invest the money,” Corbett bemoaned. “At nine years and 10 years, we were the best in the world,” he recalled. “(Winston) Chung-Fah proved that years ago when there was the Miami Classics and we won that every year, nine- to 12-year-olds. But after 12 (years), nothing, and I realise Jamaica doesn’t invest in kids. Nobody wants to wait, everyone wants to plant a seed and reap tomorrow, but we will never go anywhere like that. “The US team invests about US$6-7 million in their youths and our investment is worth about 50,000, still we match strides with them. So just give them a little more opportunity and expose them and they can do it,” he continued. With regard to his involvement, Corbett, who lives in Miami, is looking to contribute in any shape or form and to any of the other programmes. But he is also looking to learn as much as he can from two of the country’s most successful local talents to make it professionally overseas.last_img read more

‘Excessive’: Liberian Electoral College Responds to Legislature’s Bill

first_imgWe, the members of THE LIBERIAN ELECTORAL COLLEGE, a non-profit and civil liberties advocacy association of Liberians and friends of Liberia, connected by our common heritage and interest in issues of equality, social and economic justice, and political freedoms; hereby express outright objection to the passing of a bill into law by the Plenary of the Liberian Senate on Thursday, February 13, 2014, which seeks to amend certain provisions of the March 18,1999 Act authorizing the Establishment of the Central Bank of Liberia.Our attention is drawn to sections of the amendment which seeks to prohibit the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and members of the Board of Governors from contesting political office(s) three years consecutively after the expiration of their tenure with the CBL. Whereas we do agree with the premise that prohibits the Executive Governor and members of the Board of Governors from participating in political activities while serving in their respective official roles, we believe that this bill far exceeds this intent.Our total disagreement and concern is with the overreach of this bill which in effect disenfranchises these individuals from exercising their political choice. It would seem by doing so would be penalizing them for having rendered invaluable services to the country. We are all aware of the role played by the bank in the negotiations and the arduous work done by it toward meeting the benchmarks that were required by the IMF and World Bank for external debt relief. We are also aware of the bank’s continuing astute management over the financial system of Liberia in adopting sound policies for the growth and expansion of the economy. We are cognizant of the low savings rate and depth of non-performing loans which have been some of the major challenges facing the banking system. The bank’s role in channeling loanable funds to underserved segments of the population should be embraced and further harnessed.Where policy differences have existed over the implementation of these policy goals, we think that there are less draconian ways of addressing such than through the passage of law(s) which appear as political witch-hunting. We believe that none of the issues of policy differences are addressed by this bill but rather, it only seeks to impact the management of the bank. It is a fact that a central bank has as one of its major roles the setting up of policies that guides and promotes credit creation. It is therefore essential that the central bank be allowed to carry-out this cardinal responsibility to play a leading role toward broadening the scope of financial inclusion and access to credit.We are also partially concerned by other provisions of the bill, more specifically as outlined in Sub-Section 3 of Part IV. Section 13 of the CBL Act which calls for “the removal of the Executive Governor and Board of Governors from office upon a bill of impeachment by the House of Representatives, and upon finding by a majority of the Board of Governors and the recommendation of the President, for several reasons which include; Gross Breach of Duty, Misconduct of Office, Conviction of a Felony and Being declared Bankrupt and Violation of paragraph (a) and /or (b) of sub-section 1 of section 13.” In the Senate’s amended provisions, the bill also gives power to the National Legislature to determine whether or not an impeachable offense has been committed by the Executive Governor or a member of the Board of Governors at the Central Bank of Liberia. It claims to give unilateral power to the Legislature to take the necessary action such as impeachment in keeping with the relevant provisions of the constitution of the Republic of Liberia. We are however concerned with such unbridled use of political power over a body whose work should not be beholden to any political interest. The central bank’s preoccupation should be toward the performance of the Liberian economy in general and its monetary system in particular.A central bank by definition of its role as the banker’s bank and lender of last resort is to provide an impartial and independent execution of monetary policy outside of political manipulations. It is therefore critical that the independence and autonomy of the bank be maintained. Whereas it is important to ensure that the Governor and Board of Governors operate within the norm of high ethical and moral standards; we believe that only after proper investigations by law enforcement and the necessary national security agencies, and after the provision of evidence that specific laws have been broken, should legal action be warranted.One must understand that whereas the idea is not to condone any form of misconduct or felony by any official; we are just as concerned with the use of arbitrariness over policy differences as a ploy to remove the Executive Governor and members of the Board of Governors under the disguise of a “gross breach of duty”. This is why we believe that appointments to the Board of Governors of the central bank not be taken lightly, as these should be individuals with a track record of professionalism, probity, and be of good character. The Executive Governor and Board of Governors of the CBL should be entrusted with making sound policy decisions and work independently without undue political interference. Their policy decisions should be made from the strength of empirical research and evidence from the results of economic modeling.We are also in partial agreement with those sections of the amendment under Part IX Section 44 “which prohibits the Central Bank of Liberia from engaging in trade or participating directly or indirectly in the ownership of any financial, Agriculture, Commercial, Industrial, or other enterprises.” However, we believe that more details and definitions under these provisions need to be included in order to avoid arbitrariness and as a means to protect the interest of the country.In conclusion, we would like to call on the members of the Liberian Legislature, including both the Chamber of the Senate and the House of Representatives to reconsider its overreach in the provisions as presented in this bill, which would in effect disenfranchise private citizens who have provided invaluable services to Liberia. This bill is seen as a contravention of the spirit of the Liberian constitution which provides fundamental freedoms to citizens to exercise personal choice in matters of political engagement. The bill is violation of Article 21A of the Liberian Constitution which states that “no person shall be made subject to any law or punishments which was not in effect at the time of commission of an offense, nor shall the Legislature enact any bill of attainder or ex post facto law.”We also admonish the President of Liberia, her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, consistent with her obligation to protect and defend the constitution of Liberia, to veto any such bill which goes against the spirit of the constitution and infringes on the rights of any citizen or group of citizens. We ask the Liberian media to continue to draw attention to the issues which contravene the constitution. Lastly to the citizens, we admonish you to call your county senators and representatives to give account for their actions in this bill that whereas today it is the Executive Governor and his Board of Governors, but tomorrow, it could be any one of us.Signed on this 19th day of February, 2014 by the following individuals:NAMES ADDRESS TELEPHONE1. Bartum N. Kulah, MD, MBA (President) Atlanta –Georgia (404) 200-77862. Musa Willie (Chief Campaigner) Pennsylvania (267) 808-10183. William Ponder, MBA Boston-Massachusetts (617) 913-43804. Arlene Peaches Cassell, MPA New Jersey (609) 503-04555. D. Matthew Fully Pennsylvania (267) 844-83066. James Marshal Pennsylvania (267) 753-56797. Lawrence L. Kennedy Delaware (302) 256-15338. Sylvanus S. Konneh Australia (614) 139-112269. J.KK Peah Pennsylvania (267) 318-504310. Henrietta Askie Rhode Island (347) 286-699611. Cyrus Pailey Crystal, Mn (763) 496-999512. Eugene L. Fahngon Johnson City, Tennessee (423) 557-1096Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt denies moving, using US$18M signing bonus

first_img…says monies earmarked for Consolidated FundIn light of reports that the US$18 million signing bonus Guyana collected from US oil giant ExxonMobil that was stashed in a private account at the Bank of Guyana (BoG) was removed, several senior Government Ministers have dismissed the claim.Economist Ramon GaskinEarlier this week, local economist Ramon Gaskin said in a letter to the media that the Bank of Guyana’s financial statement was recently issued and there was no trace of the signing bonus, which became a matter of controversy last year after it was revealed that not only did Government fail to disclose that it had received the money since 2016 but also deposited it into a private account at Central Bank instead of the Consolidated Fund. Government had defended its actions saying that the money was placed at the BoG since Government intends to use it to pay the legal team that would represent Guyana’s interest at the World Court regarding the border controversy with its western neighbour Venezuela.However Gaskin in a letter on Monday wrote that, “The Bank of Guyana has published the list of 128 Government Account Balances at the end of January 2018 in excess of 36 billion Guyana dollars… the US$18M ‘Signing Bonus’ received by Guyana and allegedly placed in the account is not listed”.“I conclude subject to correction by the Minister of Finance that the monies, if indeed placed there, have been removed or withdrawn or spent without the authorisation of the Parliament as required by Article 217 of the Constitution of Guyana,” Gaskin said in the letter.He, therefore, called on “the Minister of Finance to immediately disclose precisely where exactly the money is, how much has been spent from it, and for what purpose, and what is the present balance in the account if, at all, there is any.”But, when contacted on Thursday, an aide to Finance Minister Winston Jordan told Guyana Times that the monies have not been moved, thus could not have been spent. “It is still there,” the aide assured.Meanwhile, Minister of State Joseph Harmon too had denied that the monies were used earlier on Thursday at the post-Cabinet press briefing.“The signing bonus is monies that belong to Guyana but that bonus, wherever it is, will be placed into the Consolidated Fund and it is from that Fund that any team whatsoever will be paid,” he stated.Although the legal team has already begun work and has completed Guyana’s submissions, which were filed with the World Court on Thursday by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Harmon told reporters that Government intends to follow prudent fiscal management regarding the use of the US$18 million.“Whether (the legal team) work before or they work after, it is from the Consolidated Fund, these monies will come from (to pay them. But before that)… we will of course have to make applications to the National Assembly for its approval for these funds… It is just prudent fiscal management,” he stated.Moreover, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman when probed on the whereabouts of the signing bonus on Wednesday had declined to pronounce on the matter, but told media operatives that there is nothing sinister afoot if the monies were to be moved.“The Minister of Finance has been speaking to Cabinet about this over a year and how it is going to be disbursed. Once we (Guyana) qualified for our appearance at the World Court which was the 30th of January I believe, then that triggered some release of the funds. There is nothing untoward or sinister about it,” he said referring to the border controversy.However, in a subsequent statement on Thursday, the Natural Resources Ministry confirmed that steps have been taken to have to the money moved to the Consolidated Fund.“…The Minister of Finance, Honourable Winston Jordan (has asked) Cabinet by way of a Memorandum, to release the ExxonMobil signing bonus into the Consolidated Fund to make payments to the legal team representing Guyana,” the missive from the Natural Resources Ministry details.Nevertheless, Minister of State Joseph Harmon reiterated his Administration’s commitment of transparency, saying that the Finance Minister will follow the necessary laws whenever it is ready to move and use the US$18 million signing bonus.last_img read more

Exclusive – Wilshere will never be an Arsenal and England great, insists former Three Lions striker

first_imgJack Wilshere does not possess the ‘exceptional’ talent required to become an Arsenal and England great.That is the view of Rodney Marsh, who was left baffled by recent reports Italian giants Juventus are monitoring the 22-year-old midfielder.“I just don’t see him as being the exceptional player people say he is and that is he going to be the anchor of Arsenal and England’s midfield. I just don’t see that,” said the former Three Lions international, speaking on The Sports Bar.“The reason I say that is there was a massive internet article about Juventus wanting him. He had that terrible injury that went on and on, but I look at him in the last couple of years for England and Arsenal and the game seems to go on around him a little bit.”Wilshere played in Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 Community Shield victory over Manchester City on Sunday, but Marsh was not impressed by his performance.“Ramsey gets a lot of the ball, Arteta gets a lot of the ball, as does Cazorla,” he said. “I thought he [Wilshere] was very, very average.”The former City striker has also warned Gunners fans not to get carried away with their Wembley win.“I don’t see Arsenal ahead of Man City in any way, shape, or form,” he added.last_img read more

GAA News: Urris lose out by just one point to Buncrana in Junior A quarter final

first_imgClub Iorras draw winners:€50-Brendan Donaghey, Magheramore.€30-Neil O’ Donnell, Crossconnell.€20-Jimmy Donaghey, Dunaff.Thanks to all who support our monthly Club Iorras Draw. Junior A Championship:Disappointing result last Friday night in Buncrana in the quarter final of the Junior A Championship losing to Muff by 0-08 to 0-07. Club meeting:There is a club meeting on Tuesday night at 9.00pm. Club bingo:Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary,s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. Match n Win: August 25th: No jackpot winnerNumbers drawn: 1, 20, 21, 24. €15 winners:Tommy Duey, Ballyliffin.Mary Ranty, Urrismana.Sadie Mc Gonigle, Cloontagh.Patricia Devlin, Altahalla.Mary Mc Gonigle, Carndonagh.Jackpot next week: €1,780. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw. Supervalu kits for clubs:The club has qualified and will receive the kits for our underage teams. Thanks to Supervalu Buncrana and to all who put their tokens in the CLG Iorras box these past weeks. Fixtures for week ahead:Saturday: U9’s home to Malin at 11am.Saturday: U11’s away to Malin at 11am.Saturday: U13 Girls away to Buncrana.As fixtures may change for various reasons please check our Facebook page daily for times etc.GAA News: Urris lose out by just one point to Buncrana in Junior A quarter final was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:buncranaGAAiorrasjunior a championshipNoteslast_img read more

These Arsenal fans couldn’t resist tweeting Spurs on club’s proud day

first_img 8 Another one for the trophy cabinet…— Daniel Cutts (@Journo_Slash) October 22, 2018 RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE 8 8 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 8 REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The new Spurs Shop at the Tottenham Experience – the largest retail space of any football club in Europe – will be officially open from 10am tomorrow (Tuesday).View the first exclusive images of our new store –— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2018It proudly boasts features including:Completely cashless system which only accepts payments via bank cards or mobile pay100-seat auditorium area with a 36-screen video wall to host eventsVideo screens to show fans 3D visuals of potential shirt printingsPS4 consoles loaded with FIFA 19 to keep children entertainedHowever, as they have done for many years, Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal were quick to ask if this is an adequate replacement for a trophy – the last piece of silverware Tottenham won was the 2008 League Cup, while their last league triumph came way back in 1961. BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 8 8 MONEY— Liz James (@tatibeaver) October 22, 2018 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade No sooner had Tottenham announced the opening of their brand spanking new megastore, Arsenal fans were on them.Spurs say theirs is the ‘largest retail space of any football club in Europe’, which set a few Gooners on Twitter up better than Mesut Ozil ever could.Despite the fact the side’s redeveloped White Hart Lane stadium is not yet opened, and potentially facing further delays until 2019, the shop is open for business as of Tuesday October 23. REVEALED shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY 8 Most popular football news 8 no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more


first_imgIMPACT Trade Union has confirmed that they made the complaint tothe office of the Data Protection Commissioner after discovering that non-essential and non emergency telephone calls have been taped without either the knowledge or permission of staff.Richy Carrothers, IMPACT Assistant General Secretary North West said the revelations came to their attention as part of the recent controversy contained in the RTE Primetime Programme.“Management have confirmed that all phone calls at the National Ambulance Control in Ballyshannon have been taped without either the knowledge or permission of staff, including all non-emergency and non-essential telephone lines and represents both serious breach of Data Protection legislation and also a serious breach of trust by the HSE. “I have made a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner and fundamental questions need to be answered as we are talking about human rights within the workplace.“To further compound matters, the HSE confirmed in writing in 2010 that calls were not being telephoned. Last week I wrote to the National Ambulance Service Management with the following questions:– Can the HSE confirm that the calls have been recorded without the permission or knowledge of staff?– Who authorised the continuation of this practice? – Who knew the this practice was continuing?– Have these tapes ever been reviewed since 2010, if so please detail by whom and the nature of the monitoring/reviewing?– Has the employer complied with Data Protection Legislation?– Has the employer informed the Data Commissioner?– What measures have been taken to rectify this? “The Data Commissioner has acknowledged receipt also of the complaint , which will be reviewed following the disclosure by the employer. IMPACT is committed to getting the answers required by our members”UNION CONFIRMED IT COMPLAINED TO DATA PROTECTION AFTER TAPING OF BALLYSHANNON AMBULANCE UNIT was last modified: April 14th, 2014 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:BallyshannonData ProtectionIMPACTtapingunionlast_img read more


first_imgMissing – Patrick Skillen.An appeal has been launched to the public to locate a missing Buncrana man.Patrick Skillen, 61, has not been seen by family an friends since Monday last.He is described as 5’8″ tall and may be wearing a baseball cap. Anyone who may have seen Patrick, who is pictured above, should contact Buncrana Gardai on 0749320540.SEARCH ON TO LOCATE MISSING BUNCRANA MAN was last modified: September 18th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Derek Carr has no chance as Raiders’ offensive line gets manhandled

first_imgLONDON — Derek Carr was helpless in the pocket all night, either scrambling for his life, absorbing thud after thud after thud or ducking away from a hand mere inches from his facemask.The Raiders’ offensive line was dominant in 2016 and well above average in 2017. This year, and especially on Sunday, it has left much to be desired. Against the Seahawks, Carr’s protection was terrible.The Raiders’ quarterback weathered 10 hits and six sacks. That’s only one fewer sack than the Raiders have …last_img

SA invests in aquaculture

first_img5 November 2007After being neglected for much of the past, South Africa is giving its small-scale fisheries industry a major boost by investing R100-million over the current financial year to establish aquaculture projects in all four of country’s coastal provinces.Addressing delegates at the National Summit on Subsistence and Small-Scale Fisheries in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the initiative was a new milestone in crafting policy and ensuring proper management of subsistence and small-scale fisheries.“We acknowledge that this sector of the fisheries has not received the attention it deserves, as we have in the past not had a dispensation for small-scale fishers,” Van Schalkwyk said. “I am proud of the partnership that has been developed between our department, communities and [non-governmental organisations].”He explained that the R100-million Marine Aquaculture project would consist of various developments in the four coastal provinces for 2008/09, including:An abalone farm in Gansbaai, Western Cape.A finfish farm for silver cob or yellow tail in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape.Abalone ranching in Port Nolloth, Northern Cape.A finfish farm in Qolorha, Eastern Cape.A finfish farm in Sokhulu, KwaZulu-Natal.The development of a state hatchery.The global demand for fish products, the minister said, had increased in recent years, while supply capture fisheries had been decreasing.“Following this trends, capture fisheries in our country are in decline, affecting some 28 000 direct jobs that are allocated in areas characterised by high unemployment,” he said.Van Schalkwyk also pointed out that South Africa imports more fish products than it exports, with studies showing that the country imported 200 000 tons of fish per year, valued at about R700-million, between 2000 and 2004.“In this context, aquaculture presents a good opportunity to diversify fish production to satisfy local demand, export opportunities, and the creation of new jobs.“Currently the marine aquaculture industry in South Africa contributes 0.005% to the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) and provides 1 200 direct jobs,” he said.“This is modest compared to countries like Chile, with a GDP contribution of 1.4% and 60 000 direct jobs, a GDP of 1% and 4 200 direct jobs in Norway, and a GDP of 0.06% and 670 000 jobs in Vietnam.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more