P120-K bail bond for rape suspect

first_imgPolice identified him as 34-year-old Rey Golez of Barangay Rizal, Silay City. BACOLOD City – The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for the temporary liberty of a rape suspect arrested in Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City, Negros Occidental. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 40 in Silay City dated Jan. 9, 2020.The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Silay City police station./PNcenter_img Golez was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 5:45 p.m. on May 10, police said.last_img

NWS: 840-Acre Wildfire Burning Near PB, Broward Border

first_imgThe National Weather Service is reporting that an 840-acre fire is burning in rural Palm Beach County, close to the Broward County border.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the fire is on U.S. 27, not far from the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge and Parkland. No structures or roadways are being impacted at this time.The Florida State Watch Office says a lightning strike is the likely cause.last_img

Government should take decisive action to ensure free and fair GCB elections

first_img(Letter to the Sports Editor)In 2011,former Chief Justice (Ag) Ian Chang,in his ruling on the Angela Haniff vs GCB application for an injunction,stated that the Government through its Ministry/Minister of Sport,should install an Interim Management Committee (IMC) as a short-term measure and legislature as the long-term remedy for the escalating cricket crisis. This effectively placed the responsibility on the ‘Government’ to resolve the lawlessness that had taken over the very essence of our cricket.Sad to say,that to date there has been no improvement. Both governments, the PPP/C and the APNU/AFC, must share collective responsibility for the current shambolic state of our cricket. Although the PPP/C Government through its Minister of Sport established the IMC and enacted the Law consistent with the former CJ’s recommendation, the process took too long,principally because of the evident ambivalence within that Party.While some Party leaders were publicly acknowledging that the GCB officials were operating illegally, others seemed more disposed to accommodating the ‘illegality,’ especially former Director of Sport,Neil Kumar,who publicly gave ‘unflinching support’ to that illegal Board.The GCB’s Executive then and even now,consisted of people who were fearful of facing any democratic process that involves free and fair elections. Guyana is a multi-ethnic country and it is inconceivable if not highly improbable that in any transparent cricket electoral process,all Executive Members elected could be of one particular race.The APNU/AFC Government,while in opposition, remained relatively quiet during the turbulent years 2009-2014,but participated meaningfully in the Parliamentary process through the Cricket Select Committee,in refining the draft bill presented by the PPP/C administration into a readily acceptable document.The inclusion of the Ombudsman in the new Act was important to ensure transparency in the voting process at elections of the various Boards,along with the inclusion of the Upper Demerara Cricket Association (Linden),which remains totally ostracized from participating in any cricket activity to date.It is very instructive to note that Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, in his very eloquent presentation to the National Assembly on the merits of the Cricket Administration Bill 2012,stated and I quote:-1. “The very word ‘cricket’ has become a synonym for all that is true and honest. To say ‘that is not cricket’ implies something underhand, something not in keeping with the best ideals”,2. “For now, suffice it to say that the crisis of Guyanese and West Indian cricket is not unconnected with a crisis in cricket administration. In fact, recent events have shown that the crisis reaches right up to the ICC”.3. “The Bill before us today, I believe, is an attempt, long delayed and much deferred, to grapple with our own local situation. It is my hope that what we are doing in relation to the Cricket Administration Bill will reach into the other territories where there is much to be done in relation to cricket administration”.4. “We can neither afford to luxuriate in the nostalgia of glories past nor wring our hands as we bemoan the current decline”.5. “What then are the key elements of the Bill? The Hon. Minister (Dr. Frank Anthony) has outlined some of them. One, the issue of elections to the executive of the GCB; this is at the heart of the issue”.To date,even though the political guard has changed and the APNU/AFC coalition is now the Government and Dr. Roopnaraine is Minister of Sport, cricket is still suffering. The GCB’s twelve (12)- member Executive is still of one particular race. This is a totally unacceptable situation where there have been no elections held and where the illegal GCB Executive Members have sought and served injunction after injunction to prevent any further elections,notwithstanding Dr. Roopnaraine’s statement that “elections of the GCB are at the heart of the issue”. And despite meetings with Dr. Roopnaraine, the Attorney General, the Minister of State, the Director of Sport, the National Sports Council and President Granger himself,nothing has been done.Instead, after sixteen (16) months of the APNU/AFC Government,the illegal cricket regime is still being allowed to operate with impunity. Dr. Roopnaraine had lamented in his address then “who could have imagined that the current West Indies team would not include a single Guyanese”. This is due to the incompetence of the current leaders of our cricket administration who seem to be inextricably inter-twined with both the previous and the present governments. For some time now the GCB has been destroying our cricket by victimizing players, Associations and Boards and also through their inability to transition our talented players from the local to the international level.The Boards/Areas with the competent personnel to improve our cricket all round will undoubtedly emerge after the process of free and fair elections are implemented according to the law which this same group claims they recognise. The successful development of our cricket cannot be achieved within the present illegal framework where there is no cohesion nor fusing together of the best resources available. Development could best be achieved if there is a structured and well thought-out programme with all involved. It must include the re-establishment of our school cricket, the strengthening of the club structure and the organising of carefully-designed competitions at the Association and Board levels, along with support for coaching, academy, umpiring, scoring, pitch and ground (venue) upgrading programmes.The scrapping of the Inter-County Tournament is a clear case of short-sightedness and while it is certainly a good idea for players to play as much cricket as possible, the three (3) -day Premier League has been badly implemented and will be counter -productive without the requisite stated pillars of support; the foundation upon which we can build a sustainable cricket development programme.The current Government campaigned on the tenets of transparency, democracy and anti-corruption and promised “a better life for all”. “All” must include the youngsters of Upper Demerara, East Coast and the many disenfranchised players throughout Guyana. The Government cannot be seen to be supporting the illegality that the current GCB regime represents,by awarding them and by not enforcing the Law. It is time for the Attorney General and the Minister of Sport to defend the challenge and clear the way for the democratic process of free and fair elections to begin. It must not be further delayed. Mr. Odinga Lumumba,in his contribution to the debate on the Cricket Administration Bill 2012 stated:“Mr. Speaker, I want to say and as I try to argue that the present crisis of West Indian cricket and the current drought of emerging talent in Guyana have much to do with the state of cricket administration in the region and here in Guyana. My own hope is that our newly-minted Cricket Administration Act will set a new standard for cricket administration throughout the region. Further Mr. Speaker, cricket is not the only sport to have had administrative difficulties. Presently, we have difficulties in football, basketball, volleyball and boxing;all of which have their own difficulties. But this activity today will prove to the wider community of Guyana that the dreams and aspirations of our youths that are shattered by a few selfish, narrow-minded thinking men can be set aside by this National Assembly.Leadership, and in particular ethical leadership, must be the yardstick of any social organization. It is inappropriate to put a thief, a culprit or a shady character to head any segment of society. And it is more regretful when politicians and men and women of cloth choose to represent characters who have the capacity to paint their path with birthday parties, outrageous fees and complimentary tickets in order to buy favours.When these things occur, the good of the organization will often derail the dreams of our sportsmen and women and their future is then cast aside. The objective of the organization then becomes a wealth scheme for the few and the role of the National Assembly can be questioned if we do not act decisively.This awful cricket tragedy in Guyana has resulted in the undermining of the skills sector of Guyana’s cricket. The Hon. Dr. Roopnarine spoke well of that issue. The continuous confrontation has resulted in underdevelopment and un-development of a sport that has given so much to this nation.On behalf of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government,I am proud to support this Bill, and I am honoured to support the right of Linden as it earned its right to give us more Basil Butchers. With these few humble words, I support the passing of this Bill which will certainly represent the end to cronyism and mosquito politics in cricket affairs in Guyana. Thank you”. .The above represents an impressive array of statements by Dr. Roopnaraine and Mr. Odinga Lumumba (extracted from Hansard on the parliamentary cricket debate). I am nonplussed at the unwillingness of successive Governments of Guyana to deal condignly with this most unacceptable situation that is stifling our cricket. In light of the foregoing, it is incumbent on the current Government,after sixteen (16) months in office,to take decisive action and remove the impediments to free and fair elections, thereby eradicating the lawlessness of an illegal regime masquerading as The Guyana Cricket Board. The AG must now appoint a Lawyer to defend the frivolous challenge to the Law and the injunction granted to stop all elections (2014-HC-DEM-CIV-106).An appeal was immediately filed by the previous AG’s lawyer (2015-HC-DEM-CIV-APL-49) who was removed by Mr. Basil Williams when he became Attorney General,leaving that matter undefended. Government has the responsibility to ensure that justice, legality and proper accountability are the hallmarks of any national organisation,including the GCB.CLAUDE RAPHAELFormer Executive- GCBFormer Director-WICBlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REDSKINS-49ERS TRADE49ers acquire Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams from RedskinsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers acquired seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins on Saturday. Associated Press Williams’ agent, Vincent Taylor, said in a statement that it was time for Williams to leave Washington after he sat out all last season in a dispute with management.Two people familiar with the deal say the Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire the 31-year-old Williams. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the compensation hasn’t been announced. The deal reunites him with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010.Williams sat out the entire 2019 season because of a dispute with Washington’s front office. The Redskins didn’t trade him before the Oct. 29 deadline and Williams renewed his request for a trade this offseason. In November, Williams revealed he had cancer and said that situation led him to distrust the Redskins’ medical staff and organization as a whole.NFL-DRAFTBengals kick off final day Wake Forest fires coach Danny Manning after losing stretchRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest fired coach Danny Manning on Saturday after losing seasons in five of his six years and only one NCAA Tournament appearance.The decision came more than six weeks after the Demon Deacons lost to Pittsburgh in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, capping a third straight losing season.Manning, a former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, went 78-111 in Winston-Salem with a 30-80 mark in ACC regular-season games. Those league struggles included a 6-49 mark in league road games and 1-6 in the ACC Tournament.Athletic director John Currie said in a statement the change came after“a “comprehensive review” of the program. Currie said associate head coach and program great Randolph Childress will lead the program in the interim. April 25, 2020 — Aston Villa players will take a 25% pay cut to help the English Premier League club during the coronavirus outbreak. The club chief executive Christian Purslow says, “First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25% of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty.” He added a further review will then take place.— The South Pacific island of Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) was likely the only venue in the world hosting a competitive sports final Saturday, and it was streamed live. Officials set up four cameras and commentary for the online stream on the Vanuatu Cricket Association’s Facebook site. Association chief executive Shane Deitz said there were 350,000 views of a men’s 10-over exhibition match followed by the women’s Twenty20 final won by the Mele Bulls, who went undefeated in the four-team competition.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Earnhardt died in a crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The British government is stepping up its planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased. Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart. The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8. The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June.— A top-flight Dutch soccer team is preparing for legal action to fight the Royal Netherlands Football Association’s decision to cancel the remainder of the league season FC Utrecht likely will not be alone in challenging the decision, which also allocated places in next season’s European competitions based on the standings when play was halted. The Netherlands was the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. Neighboring Belgium could also end its season at a meeting Monday.— English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30. The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach. Manning had said after the Pitt loss on March 10 that he “absolutely” expected to return next season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSEarnhardt race car up for auction to fund virus relief workUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is auctioning off one of racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s cars to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts.The Charlotte Observer reports that this is the first time Childress has sold or given away an original Earnhardt car from his personal collection. A news release from Richard Children Racing officials doesn’t specify which of Earnhardt’s trademark No. 3 race cars is up for auction. Childress tweeted Friday that parting with one of his cars is “a small sacrifice” for him to make. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft entered its third and final day with Cincinnati selecting an Appalachian State linebacker. Akeem Davis-Gaither was the Sun Belt’s defensive player of the year and a standout at the Senior Bowl, a game the Bengals coaching staff worked.The Redskins dealt their unhappy veteran tackle Trent Williams to San Francisco on Saturday morning, and then chose LSU tackle Saahdiq Charles, who has been plagued by off-field issues and served a six-game suspension. Two people familiar with the deal say the Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire Williams.The Southeastern Conference is on pace to smash another NFL draft record. A year after having a record 64 players selected during the three-day, seven-round event, the SEC had a whopping 40 guys go in the first three rounds. Thirteen of the league’s 14 teams had at least one player drafted. Only Mississippi failed to land a player in any of the first three rounds.Meanwhile, such iconic programs as Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska and West Virginia had no players selected in the first three rounds.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-MANNINGlast_img read more

Tendulkar leads tributes to retiring Dhoni: Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense

first_imgSACHIN Tendulkar hailed the “immense contribution” MS Dhoni has made to Indian cricket and described winning the Cricket World Cup alongside his former team-mate as the best moment of his life.Modern-day great Dhoni posted on Instagram yesterday: “consider me retired”, along with a video montage of his India appearances over the years, though he did not specify whether his announcement refers to all cricket or just the international arena.India legend Tendulkar, who scored 15 921 Test runs and a further 18 426 in ODI cricket, led the tributes to Dhoni, who captained his country to World Cup glory on home soil nine years ago.“Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni,” Tendulkar posted on Twitter.“Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings.”Fellow India great Virender Sehwag highlighted Dhoni’s coolness under pressure as crucial to his longevity at the top of international cricket.“To have a player like him, Mission Impossible … Players will come and go but there won’t be a calmer man like him,” Sehwag wrote.“Dhoni with his connect (sic) with people having aspirations was like a family member to many cricket-lovers.”Suresh Raina, 33, added his own tribute on Instagram, in a post in which he confirmed he too is stepping away from international cricket.“It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India,” he wrote.India batsman Shikhar Dhawan added simply: “Captain. Leader. Legend. Thanks Mahi bhai for everything you have done for the country!”Ravichandran Ashwin said the memories of his triumphs alongside Dhoni will forever stay with him.He wrote: “The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country.“The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours. #MSDhoni.”Dhoni, an explosive batsman and quality wicketkeeper, also won the World Twenty20 in 2007 and helped his team ascend to the top of the Test rankings.He last played for his country in the July 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand at Old Trafford. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Is the Carrier Dome depth effect a real thing?

first_img Comments Oshae Brissett’s first in-game shot at the Carrier Dome came from the corner. On a 3-pointer last season, the ball sailed past the rim. Brissett shook his head and ran back on defense.“That,” Brissett said last September, “was a big depth-perception thing on that miss.”Depth perception is a part of the Carrier Dome’s history. Built in 1980, the Dome accommodates multiple Syracuse sports, including football and lacrosse. For basketball games, the areas behind the baskets of SU’s makeshift court allow greater space than most other college venues between the basket and bleachers. The angle of the Dome’s bleachers is less steep than most other basketball arenas. That’s contributed to a long-standing ideology that the Dome is a notoriously difficult place for shooters, especially ones who are not used to it.But how true is that notion?Boeheim, associate head coach Adrian Autry and assistant coach Gerry McNamara swear the Carrier Dome depth effect isn’t real. Some players think it exists only in moderation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think it’s in play,” said Boeheim, Syracuse’s 43-year head coach. “We practice, they get a lot of shots before games. People exaggerate that perception thing a bit.”Yet current and former Syracuse players, plus visiting players and coaches, say the Carrier Dome’s design creates a perception that can throw off one’s ability to shoot. Based on interviews with 88 players and coaches, The Daily Orange found that, of that group, 45 percent of players believe the Carrier Dome depth effect exists while the other 55 percent don’t think the building’s design causes skewed depth perception.Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin specifically told his players not to think about the depth effect and Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton highlighted it as a force to overcome. More than a dozen visiting players, including former Western Michigan guard Jerry Overstreet, said they struggle with depth perception as they shoot. Particularly when they catch and shoot in one motion. It gives them less time to set up and see the rim.“It’s like shooting into outer space,” recalled Overstreet, who played in the Dome in 1988.The thought is not new. Since the Dome was built, former players said there were rumblings about how shooters could struggle to get going in the arena. Visitors said they focused more in the team shootarounds, hoping extra shots would mitigate the effect. Other players and coaches think the depth effect is overstated and its effect is distorted, only a myth that gets into players’ heads.“I don’t think there’s any depth effect,” said Autry, an SU forward in the 1990s. “Those things didn’t have an effect on how I shot the ball. They shouldn’t. Either you make it or you don’t.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorSome, who said they don’t notice a difference, believe focusing on the rim helps. Picking a spot — either the front of the rim or back — keeps the background out of the equation. Syracuse director of operations Kip Wellman compared it to a backstop in baseball or a batter’s eye in centerfield. You see the background, but that’s not your focus, he said.Not every Syracuse player thinks the depth effect exists, though. But Brissett, Jalen Carey, assistant coach Allen Griffin, walk-on Brendan Paul and graduate assistant Ben Horwitz each air-balled their first shot in the Dome. Last season, junior guard Tyus Battle said the Orange were getting off to slow shooting starts because younger players had to adjust to shooting in the Dome.“I think that was depth perception, but we picked it up,” he said in November 2017.Empty bleachers increase the depth effect, while fans mitigate it, players and coaches said. Location on the floor also contributes: Players said corner 3s are the hardest, especially those facing open space, where the only sight beyond the rim appears dark. Most players agree straightaway 3-pointers skew one’s perception the least.Among the 47 percent of players who do believe in the depth effect, they don’t always agree on which way it gets you. Most players say their first shot was an airball. As a result, they overcompensate and shoot farther to reach. But some players and coaches said they tend to shoot long and hit backboard or back of the rim, so they aim for the front rim.“It’s almost a christening,” Horwitz said. “You have to airball your first shot.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorOn the day before games, SU women’s basketball guard Isis Young goes to the Dome for extra shots. She needed the preparation for confidence, because she felt the “enormous” background and curved bleachers altered her view.“For a while, I didn’t feel like I could shoot in there,” Young said. “I felt like I’m chucking it and I’m not chucking it, and I was hitting the front rim a lot. The depth made me feel like I had to shoot longer, but I felt like I was chucking the ball and was still short. From the corners, it seems way farther than what it is.”Young’s teammate, Gabrielle Cooper, said she couldn’t find a rhythm until several games into her freshman season. “It’s like, ‘Woah,’ the stands are so far back,” Cooper said.Former SU guard Matt Roe, who left SU as the program’s all-time leading 3-point shooter, believes the most difficult aspect is gauging one’s distance to the basket.“The Carrier Dome looks like the rim is floating in the air,” he said. “All you want to do is use more legs. You can’t explain it, so you try to over-do it and then it just messes with your head.”SU women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman has joked that shooting in the Dome is “like shooting to a football field.” But many players, including Sykes, never understood why teammates and opponents complained about the depth effect. So for now, at least, one of the larger mysteries surrounding the Dome’s history remains unsolved depending on whom you ask.“Your first time in there, it definitely gets you,” said freshman Buddy Boeheim. “The Dome isn’t like any other gym.” Published on March 4, 2019 at 12:30 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse falls 12-11 in overtime to No. 2 Maryland

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 9, 2019 at 3:54 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Once in the 23 times Syracuse and Maryland faced each other prior to Saturday’s game, Syracuse won. The 2012 win in College Park was the last time the Terrapins lost at home. After the 24th matchup between the two teams, it remained that way.No. 4 Syracuse (6-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 2 Maryland (6-0) in overtime on Saturday afternoon, 12-11. The teams exchanged goals throughout the game, despite Maryland holding the lead for most of regulation.It took the Orange just over 17 minutes to score. By the time junior Emily Hawryschuk scored, the Terrapins had already put two in the back of the net. Nicole Levy and Meaghan Tyrrell scored quickly after. Once Hawryschuk ended the scoring drought, SU managed to find the net every two-to-three minutes.After Maryland scored its fifth goal, bringing the score to 5-3, Syracuse got three straight to end the half. Mary Rahal scored the first in the 3-0 run, followed by Hawryschuk’s second goal and one from freshman Megan Carney. Their goals gave SU a one-point lead going into the half.Maryland went on its own 3-0 run to start the second, erasing SU’s only lead of the game. The rest of the second half, Syracuse tried to come back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo goals by Levy and Hawryschuk would bring the game to 11-all with 11:55 left. Neither team would score for the rest of regulation. Five minutes and 17 seconds of overtime followed. Turnovers and fouls were all either team was capable of for the first four minutes as neither recorded a shot.In the end, a free position shot was awarded to Maryland’s Hannah Warther two-thirds of the way through the six-minute overtime. She passed to teammate Kali Hartshorn who beat the Orange for the 23rd time in team history.last_img read more

Farewell Captain

first_imgHorace Burrell…had positive impact on Gardener’s football career By Kathy BarrettJamaicans and the regional football fraternity are mourning the death of long-time president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell.Burrell, 67, died in Maryland at the John Hopkins Cancer Treatment Centre on Tuesday, June 6. He was stricken during last year’s Gold Cup in the United States and had been ailing since.Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness described the death of the national sporting icon, businessman and philanthropist as a loss to many communities throughout the island, leaving a significant gap in the national football program.Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips described Burrell as a visionary and an inspiration to many.Glowing tributes for Burrrell also came from former Prime Ministers – Portia Simpson Miller and P.J. Patterson.Simpson Miller said Burrell’s place is cemented in the region’s sporting history as he was the leading force in taking the Reggae Boyz to the 1998 World Cup in France. “Jamaica, Football and the sporting fraternity have lost a giant and I have lost a friend… Walk good my dear Captain! May your soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon you,” Simpson Miller added.Patterson described Burrell as a “big figure” who won’t be easy to replace. “We have suffered a monumental loss. He was a big figure, but I am sure he would want us to continue on the journey. He would want to reap the eternal rest which he deserves. I personally can attest to the epic quality of his contribution to the development of Jamaica. ….. When he became president of the JFF he had a very clear mission and that was to take us to the World Cup Finals in France. He said to me ‘prime minister, I have one clear ambition – I want the Jamaica football team to be present in France’ and I said to him what can I do to assist in that process and he said I want a coach from Brazil.”After his election as JFF president in 1994, Burrell was instrumental in leading the Reggae Boyz to the 1998 World Cup in France, making Jamaica the first English-speaking Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA showpiece.He lost the JFF presidency to Crenston Boxhill in 2003, but regained the position four years later.Burrell was also a well-known entrepreneur, being the CEO of the popular Captain’s Bakery and Grill and, also Captain’s Aviation Services.Captain Burrell received Jamaica’s fourth highest national honour, the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) in 1998. He also received the highest award, Order of Merit, from the world football governing body, FIFA.last_img read more

Serena Williams stops Li Na to reach first Cincinnati final

first_imgSerena Williams staged comebacks in both sets to defeat China’s Li Na 7-5, 7-5 on Saturday and reach the WTA final at Cincinnati for the first time.The world number one, who has claimed 15 titles in the last 16 months and is bidding for her ninth this season, will play either second-seeded Victoria Azarenka or former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.Li ended in unfortunate fashion, double-faulting on a set point in the first and again on match point in the second.Williams claimed her eighth win in nine matches against Li, who had not played in the previous round when opponent Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew to attend a funeral in her native Poland.China’s former Roland Garros winner had a bad day on serve, double-faulting on a set point in the first set and ending the contest after 83 minutes with the same costly error on match point.Williams has won 15 titles in the last 16 months including a personal-best eight in 2013. Her previous best in Cincinnati was a semi-final in 2006 when it was a smaller women’s-only tournament. “When you win a lot you develop a lot of confidence and a belief that you can do well,” said the 31-year-old.“I’ve been training more and enjoying it a lot over the past year and a half.”Williams also won the US Open Series title which gives her a chance at a one million-dollar bonus should she win the US Open which begins a week from Monday.The American admitted to dealing with an abdominal muscle problem this week but did not go into details, saying she did not want to tape it for fear it might hinder her movement.The top seed went up 4-1 in the first set only to be pegged back by Li, who then served for the match but failed. Williams levelled at 5-5 on another of Li’s eight serving errors and then broke again to win the set after 47 minutes. The American then trailed in the second but with Li again unable to serve out. The top Chinese finally went down to defeat after losing serve seven times.The win earned Williams a 60-3 record this season.last_img read more

Man City do not fear Barcelona, says Vincent Kompany

first_imgManchester City are not scared of Champions League last-16 opponents Barcelona, says captain Vincent Kompany.The La Liga side beat Manuel Pellegrini’s team 4-1 on aggregate at the same stage last season.The first leg takes place at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, before the return at the Nou Camp on 18 March.”We want to play against them. You don’t go in at this level fearing strikers,” said the Belgium defender.”They’re a special team with special players, but there’s nothing new to worry us, it’s a case of having the whole team at a very high level.”Both teams are second in their respective domestic leagues, with City five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and Barcelona four points below Real Madrid. They had contrasting fortunes at the weekend, with the English champions winning 5-0 against Newcastle, while Barcelona lost 1-0 at home to Malaga.last_img read more