Leadership style set up Daley for St James FA presidency

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:GREGORY DALEY says his all-inclusive approach contributed to the overwhelming manner in which he was returned as president of the St James Football Association.Daley was returned at Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making, and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change. We understand the culture they work under and help each club, administratively, to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development, and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” he added.Daley noted infrastructural development and upkeep, coaching, refereeing, discipline of players on and off the field as important areas that will be getting major attention.”We must come to understand what is the best way to reach these clubs, all of which, attract players, mainly from inner-city communities. So for us to get the best out of them it cannot be an ‘I said so, so it must be done’ approach,” Daley said in a clear reference to Powell’s perceived style of leadership.It is the second time in nearly four months that the Montego Bay United owner was losing a football-related election.FAILED BIDPowell failed in his bid to garner enough affiliate support in his move to challenge Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.The tempestuous St James FA election of officers brought out a well-known secret that Powell was a man not afraid of speaking his mind, and he wasted little opportunity in letting the nearly 100 affiliate members hear his voice, calling into question the constitutionality of how things panned out.Bruce Gaynor, the outgoing general secretary came in for special attention from a heated Powell, who slammed his approach to how the night’s activity was to go down, but by time the votes were cast, a dejected Powell quietly left the Montego Bay Cricket Club, which hosted the night’s affair.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.last_img read more

Brathwaite shines as Delhi down Narine’s KKR

first_img Six outings First game NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite once again put his all-round qualities on display with a superb Man-of-the-Match effort as Delhi Daredevils trounced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. In his first game in two weeks, Brathwaite belted a whirlwind 34 from a mere 11 deliveries as Delhi stormed to 186 for eight off 20 overs after being asked to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The West Indies all-rounder then returned with his medium pace to claim three for 47 as KKR were restricted to 159 all out off 18.3 overs. For Delhi, the victory was their fourth in six outings and it moved them into second spot on eight points while KKR lost their third in seven games and slipped to third, remaining on eight points. Brathwaite was a vital part of Delhi’s revival after the hosts slipped to 32 for three in the fifth over. Karun Nair top-scored with 68 from 50 deliveries, adding 105 for the fourth wicket with Englishman Sam Billings, whose 54 came from 34 balls and included three fours and two sixes. When Nair and Chris Morris (0) fell in the space of three deliveries in the 17th over, Delhi were stuttering on 137 for five, but Brathwaite and Billings put on a frenetic 37 off just 12 balls to give the innings impetus. The first two deliveries that Brathwaite faced disappeared for boundaries and he followed up by smashing left-arm spinner Brad Hogg over square leg for six in the next over, which leaked 18 runs. In the final over, he slammed the first ball from West Indies teammate Andre Russell over midwicket for six, but fell to the next delivery, caught at short fine leg off a slower ball. Seamer Russell conceded only four runs from the remaining four deliveries to finish with the excellent figures of three for 26 from his four overs. Off-spinner Sunil Narine, meanwhile, claimed three for 22 from three overs. West Indies Test and one-day captain Jason Holder finished with none for 35 from four overs in his first game of the season. In reply, opener Robin Uthappa stroked 72 from 52 balls, but Suryakumar Yadav, with 21, was the only other batsman to pass 20, as KKR collapsed. Brathwaite proved the architect of their demise, slicing through the middle order with a potent spell. He removed the dangerous Yusuf Pathan for 10 in his first over – the eighth of the innings – before accounting for Yadav in his third over and Rajagopal Satish for 17 in his final over.last_img read more

Giving protesters credit for knowing when enough is enough

first_imgDear Editor,I attended the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GM&SA) lunch at the Pegasus Hotel. There was a protest by some 200 or so people outside, which was quite noisy when I arrived but not violent. I was told later that Minister David Patterson was harassed by the protestors as he arrived. As a result of the heavy rainfall and some flooding of the Pegasus entrances and driveways, coupled with the security arrangements, many attendees had to park and walk past the protestors to find dry ground through which they could get into the Pegasus premises. So Minister Patterson could have been exposed to a little “roughing up”, but nothing like what could or would have happened in some other countries. Because the protestors were able to get close to him is testimony to the fact that we are not really too scared of one another.Inside the event, I had a close view of all that was taking place, including the protest by a table of PPPC supporters with makeshift placards which obviously had to be cleverly concealed on entry to the event. At the end of it all, I was confused for a while. Should I be embarrassed at the behaviour of some of our political leaders and embarrassed for Guyana? Or should I see it as democracy in action? The optimist that I am, I always prefer to see the glass half-full than half-empty. And President Granger’s response to the interruption— which was nothing but graceful— helped me to conclude that democracy is alive and well in Guyana and that the Opposition, whose role it is to oppose and protest, know when to bring their actions to an uneventful close. I give the protestors credit for knowing when enough is enough.I am a dual-citizen and in my other place of abode, the current President might have told the Police to “lock them up” or encourage some of his supporters to slap them. There was none of that. Before the protest, I focused on the table of PPP supporters when the President was introduced and made his way to the podium. All but one of the persons at the table stood up, though some hesitatingly. I was encouraged. I said to myself, the political culture is changing, not knowing what was soon to come. But even after the protest, I am encouraged that we are a people who must be proud of each other. Protest is a legitimate tool, once done peacefully and without any threat of violence and harm. The protestors got their five minutes of attention and after being persuaded by the Police to leave, did just that.This is not the kind of treatment that should be meted out to a President in a decent and lawful society, but these are not normal times in Guyana. The President, like I said earlier, never responded to the protestors, but continued his address until it was clear that his remarks could not be heard by the audience. He stopped. He remained standing patiently at the podium for quite a few minutes while the protestors went on. In some other countries, the protesters might have been removed at gun point and arrested. Not so in Guyana. The Police acted quite professionally and the protesters knew quite clearly that after about five minutes, their time was up. They had made their point and gotten the attention they desired.For me, I am encouraged. No Police brutality. No leaving the event on the part of the President, no condemnation of his hosts—the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GM&SA)— notwithstanding that the audience was encouraged to give a round of applause to the protestors as they left…and the audience did.President Granger too got a hearty round of applause at the end of his very detailed presentation which covered his Government’s response to the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and the legal justification for its actions thereafter; the process for his naming a date for elections and a quite long overdue expression of commitment to the role of the private sector and recognition of it as the engine of growth and development. He also fielded questions.I had earlier joked with Bishop Juan Edghill that he had defected from the protestors outside and told him I understood he was there to offer prayers and to bless the proceedings. Perhaps it was indeed a blessing in disguise, that we can disagree, protest, and disrupt temporarily the President of the country….and then we all go home to live normal lives until another day and another protest, which hopefully will play out just as this one did.On the question of elections, I would have preferred a November election at the latest. GECOM’s Cchairperson has advised otherwise. It is apparently her and her Commission’s call about when it is ready to hold credible and verifiable elections, and it is the Constitution, not Granger that mandates this. That is why we need constitutional reform.In the meantime, let the protests be peaceful. Let the Government function as an interim or caretaker government and let all of us be responsible in our actions so as to ensure we don’t blow our first and last chance (combined) to enjoy the prosperity for which we have longed, for so long.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

Cartoon: February 16, 2016

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LRA Security Supervisor at Freeport Sacked for Collusion

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has fired its security supervisor assigned at the Freeport of Monrovia, Melvin Tolbert, for the alleged act of collusion, which the authority says has undermined the collection of lawful revenue for the country.Tolbert was sacked after investigations allegedly proved that he collaborated with a container importer and a customs broker, Amadou Diallo, to allow a broken-seal container to leave the Freeport of Monrovia without inspection and customs assessment, according to an LRA press release.The container reportely belongs to Jeneba Business Center and was marked MSKU-188935-1, with a BIVAC seal broken and rejoined.On June 9, the LRA received information from a whistle blower that its security staff and other customs officers assigned at the Freeport Customs Business Office (CBO) were receiving bribes to allow broken-seal containers to exit the port without inspection, the press release stated.“Tolbert and Amadou Diallo, customs broker of the Jeneba Business Center, knowingly conspired to allow the broken and re-joined seal container to exit the Freeport without inspection,” an LRA Professional Ethics Division (PED) investigation noted.According to the investigation, although Tolbert claimed he did not know Mr. Diallo’s cell number, his (Tolbert’s) telephone call log, however, showed that he was in regular telephone conversations with Diallo.Furthermore, while in search of the said container on a rainy Saturday morning, Tolbert, who was part of the search team, did not provide adequate information to his professional colleagues about the location of the broken seal container and even as the search was being executed, Tolbert was in contact with Mr. Diallo 13 times from 7am-6:06 pm, the press release stated.However, the container was found and returned to the Port because of the whistle blower’s alert, states the press release.LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, upon reviewing the PED report, ordered Tolbert’s immediate termination, saying,  “his actions were in gross violation of the professional ethics code of the LRA, while at the same time undermining legitimate revenue collection efforts.”Broker Diallo, for his part, will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kane fit to face Arsenal, says Pochettino

first_imgBut in a boost for Tottenham’s fans, Pochettino says Kane will be fit to line up at the Emirates Stadium after the international break.“Harry Kane is OK,” Pochettino told reporters at the launch of a book about his time at Spurs, ‘Brave New World’, at the club’s training base in Enfield, north London.“You can see in the last game he received a kick to his knee, but he will be available for the next game.”Kane has scored six goals in his last six games against Arsenal, who trail third-place Spurs by four points in the Premier League table.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane reacts after clashing with Crystal Palace’s Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah during their match at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 5, 2017 © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Tottenham Hotspur hotshot Harry Kane will be fit to face arch rivals Arsenal on November 18, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Wednesday.Kane sustained a knock during Spurs’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend and withdrew from the England squad for their friendlies against Germany and Brazil.last_img read more

Public input sought to help B.C. prepare for climate change

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is asking British Columbians for public input to help develop a new strategy that will better prepare B.C. communities for the impacts of climate change.According to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, Climate Change is on top of British Columbians’ minds as the Province continues to see an increase in severe conditions such as forest fires and droughts.Heyman says residents of B.C. expect governments at all levels to act on this issue and adds that, together, they can make sure communities are prepared for future climate impacts.- Advertisement -The public can share their thoughts on how to develop a new climate change strategy until January 10, 2020.Additional opportunities for public input will follow in early 2020, with the release of the final strategy later in the year.To provide input, you can visit the Province’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Blow for Arsenal! Celtic defender going nowhere, claims Deila

first_img Virgil van Dijk in action for Celtic Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk will not be leaving the club during the January transfer window, according to manager Ronny Deila.The 23-year-old centre-back has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks and the Gunners have reportedly watched the Holland under-21s centre-back in action on several occasions this season.Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his defence and wants to buy the former Groningen star, who signed for the Glasgow giants in 2013.But Deila has confirmed Van Dijk will not be leaving the club this month as he wants to make sure his squad is strong enough to retain the Scottish Premiership title.Ahead of the Bhoys trip to Kilmarnock, he said: “Hopefully we’ll have a good January transfer window and we’ll be strong going into the second part of the league.“Our aim is to keep the players here so we have consistency and to get in players who will make the squad better.” 1last_img read more

Storm this weekend could bring more than half an inch of rain

first_imgThis morning, expect to see a thick marine layer with light drizzles, especially in the foothills, and temperatures staying in the high 70s this afternoon. Clouds will continue to build this evening and into Friday morning, turning into showers by Friday afternoon and evening, the NWS said. Skies will begin clearing by Saturday morning, and mostly clear skies will prevail by the evening. Expect lots of sunshine on Sunday, with temperatures in the upper 70s for most of the region. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If that happens, NWS officials were prepared to issue “debris flow” warnings for areas denuded by recent fires, Lindaman said, although no such warnings had been issued as of Wednesday. “It’s not in the discussion today, but we are kind of concerned” about the possibility of floods and mud slides, she said. Normally, storms this cold and of this magnitude are not seen in this area until December or January, she said. So why now? “We’re just lucky, I guess,” Lindaman said. “We’ve been watching this storm building and building, and it just spun off and is making its way down here. It would be nice to get some rain.” A very rare, fairly strong pre-fall September storm could bring a half-inch of rain – possibly more, depending on the course it takes – when it finally arrives full force Friday evening, weather forecasters said Wednesday. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service were closely watching the storm’s southern path from its origin in British Columbia, predicting that the system should arrive in Southern California just in time to exacerbate the busy Friday evening rush hour. “Right now, we’re not quite sure how much rain” the storm will bring, said NWS meteorologist Edith Lindaman. “Generally, we’re saying we could get anywhere from half an inch to an inch. But by tomorrow morning, we should have a much better idea.” Still uncertain Wednesday was whether the storm will move over the ocean or linger there, picking up additional moisture to dump on the Southland. last_img read more

Arsenal were mind-blowing! Redknapp backs Gunners for title shot after stunning Man United

first_imgHarry Redknapp has hailed Arsenal’s performance against Manchester United – and claimed the Gunners have every chance of winning the Premier League this season.After an inconsistent start to the season, Redknapp was ready to write off Arsene Wenger’s side as title contenders.But having seen them blitz leaders Manchester United on Sunday with three goals inside the opening twenty minutes, he believes they are now serious candidates to finish top of the pile for the first time in 12 years.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Tottenham boss said: “That first twenty minutes was as good as I have seen. It was mind-blowing. They blew Man United completely away.“I tipped them at the start of the year [to win the title] and after two or three games I thought I must be mad! But now suddenly you look at it and think, hang on, they are right there.“They have got a great chance this year if they can find a little bit of consistency.”last_img read more