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Team work the key for Schäfer

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia: WINFRIED Schäfer  had credited his team’s unity on and off the pitch for most of what they have achieved at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, following their historic 2-1 win over the United States in Wednesday night’s semi-final. “Our plus is team work and team spirit, and I hope we’ll continue to do the same in Philadelphia,” he admitted. “I remember yesterday (Tuesday) I told you we want more, we want to go to Philadelphia, to the big stadium. I’m very proud of my team for what we did today, from the first minute to the 93rd minute,” he said on Wednesday. “It was very, very difficult because the United States is a physical team with big potential, very, very big potential. The players went over the limit, and I’m very happy about this.” The well-coached Jamaicans are headed to the Gold Cup final for the first time, being the first Caribbean team to make that landmark. Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute. It was the first Jamaican victory over the US on American soil in 23 clashes between the nations. Their record now stands at two wins, eight draws, and 13 losses. “David won against Goliath and one German won against two German coaches – Klinsmann and Berti Vogts,” Schäfer noted with a laugh. “No, no, no! They’re my friends,” he said. Evidence of the Schäfer’s team working hand in hand played out in the way they controlled key US midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman, which forced the opponents to use the aerial option of many long balls to attack. “Before we played against the States and Haiti, we made an analysis … when number four (Bradley) and number five (Beckerman) go out of the match, this team can only play long passes. When both players are out, it’s easy to win the match,” Schäfer explained. “All these long balls to our defence was easy and we have more space for our counter-attack,” the 65-year-old German further observed. “The players need their (head) for playing, not only running.” The Jamaica squad travelled to Philadelphia yesterday for Sunday’s final against Mexico, who got two penalty goals from AndrÈs Guardado to beat Panama in a hot-tempered second semi-final. “Mexico are one of the best teams in CONCACAF and at the World Cup. They play fantastic football. I like this football, one touch, two touch,” he admitted. “We’re not finished; we have one match more. We cannot make a party now. Bob Marley is after the match.”last_img read more

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60m PB for Thompson

first_img   Thompson held off teammate and Olympian  Christania Williams who finished a close second in 7.05. Audra Segree took third in 7.27.     “I didn’t know that I ran that fast and I am extremely pleased. I can’t wait for the Birmingham  Indoor meet next month,”  Thompson said.   Julian Forte topped the men’s event in 6.55 ahead of  Kevean Smith (6.60) Michael Campbell,  third in 6.63. Double Olympic sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, made a smashing start to her 2017 campaign after running a personal best (PB) 7.02 seconds to win the women’s 60 metres at  the  Queen’s Grace Jackson meet inside the National Stadium this evening.last_img read more

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Be vigilant at our borders

first_img– Commander-in-Chief tells ArmyBY VAHNU MANIKCHANDIn light of recent discoveries of illegal aircraft and other items in the hinterland region and reports of criminal activities allegedly by foreign nationals crossing over from neighbouring countries, Commander-in-Chief of Guyana’s Armed Forces, Brigadier (rtd) David Granger, told Army officers to be vigilant at the country’s borders. He gave this charge during a recent visit at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp Kanuku, located at the border town of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).There, the President received a briefing on the administration and operations of the Base and the work being done by its troops to maintain the territorial integrity of that region. He also toured the Base and inspected the facilities on the ground.During an address to the troops there, the Commander-in-Chief emphasised the need for a continued and strong security presence at the nation’s borders. He also reiterated his policy of Total National Defence (TND), and told the troops to remain vigilant at all times so that they can prevent intrusion into the country’s air and land space by foreign elements.Noting that every section of society has a role to play in matters of safety and security, he explained that the re-establishment of the Guyana People’s Militia (GPM) is in keeping with that vision.President Granger also explained that a component of the GPM will be established in every region and will have the capability of rendering both military and civil services.“There must be some means of collecting and passing information from the district, to the municipality, to and from the region, to the Central Government level… so when we speak of total national defence, we don’t only speak of a horizontal distribution between the Defence Force, the militia and the Police, we also speak about vertical integration between the central, regional, municipal and the local levels.Every citizen has to play a part in this architecture of national defence. I am calling on all of these organs; the Private Sector, the non-governmental organisations, the Ministries, the security forces, the Government departments, the municipality and the region to look at the security of this region as one of its top priorities,” he said.Last Sunday, ranks of the Joint Services discovered an illegal twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft at a makeshift airstrip in Region Nine. Acting on information received, the ranks went to the area where they discovered a 5400-foot long, 45-foot wide airstrip that appeared to have undergone recent repairs.However, while the ranks were leaving the site, an aircraft landed and three persons were seen running from it.Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Ravindradat Budhram, disclosed that a search of the area unearthed three abandoned camps, in which canned food and other items were found.Additionally, 16 ten-gallon containers, which are suspected to have contained aviation fuel, were also discovered. Meanwhile, the ranks found several pieces of communication equipment, including cellular phones, flashlights, a quantity of dried ration, medical supplies and an identification card inside the aircraft.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, recently told this publication that they are trying to verify the origin of the aircraft and whether any criminal records are associated with the identifying documents found on the aircraft.A history of the aircraft shows that it was owned by 11 companies in the past 27 years. It is currently registered to Banco Brandesco – one of Brazil’s third largest banks.However, an official from the bank said that they do not own any planes but it is registered to them, since the owner may have acquired a loan to purchase it. A mining company named Riwa SA Incorporated Investments and Participants operated the aircraft.No trace of narcotics was found on the plane but identification cards of Venezuela and Brazil nationals were discovered on board. A multi-agency taskforce is still in the area conducting investigations. The aircraft is expected to be flown to the city following minor repairs.Back in September last year, a Joint Services patrol had discovered an illegal twin-engine Cessna aircraft hidden just off of the Yupukari Airstrip, Region Nine with United States registration number N-767-Z. However, that registration was subsequently found to be “bogus”.Of recent, there have been several cases where local mining camps were attacked and robbed reportedly by nationals crossing over from both Venezuela and Brazil.In fact, last month, several mining camps in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) were attacked and robbed by groups of heavily armed men who made off with large quantities of raw gold.It was reported that the bandits were speaking fluent Portuguese and Spanish which suggested that they are not Guyanese.However, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had told this newspaper that local law enforcements have not received any information or evidence to prove that these were foreign nationals carrying out the attacks.In fact, he noted that they could very well be Guyanese who are bilingual having lived in the neighbouring countries or close to the borders.Moreover, there was also an incident where three Guyanese men were shot and killed in their sleep after a group of armed men stormed the mining camp at Imataca, Venezuela, where they were working. Another Guyanese was also injured during the shooting as he and seven other miners took cover.last_img read more

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Finance Minister refuses to meet with BBCI

first_imgBridge tollsDespite the intervention of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), who sought to bring Finance Minister Winston Jordan to the table with the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) to discuss impending toll increases, these overtures have been snubbed.This is according to Vice Chairman of the BBCI, Paul Cheong, who in a statement on Tuesday took sections of the media to task for misrepresenting the facts of the company. For one, the Bridge Company outlined that there is no majority shareholder but rather, six investors have either 20 or 10 per cent shareholding.“It would be of interest to the public to know that BBCI asked the Private Sector Commission to use its good office to arrange an urgent meeting with the Minister of Finance in the matter of the toll adjustment and that the Minister of Finance has refused to entertain the request,” the company stated.The Bridge Company meanwhile noted that the BBCI shareholding is structured with the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) having a 20 per cent ownership, with $80 million in ordinary shares. NIS also has $950 million in preference shares.“The NIS is not the majority shareholder,” the company stated. “No singleFinance Minister Winston Jordanshareholder owns the majority of shares. In an eight-person Board of Directors, six are ordinary shareholders, including the NIS, one is a preferential shareholder and one subordinated loan holder, including the NIS. The last two categories have no general voting rights.”“The six ordinary shareholders are not guaranteed a return on their investment. Their investments are subjected to the risk of the company making a profit and cash flow availability. Since BBCI has made no profit, no dividends have been paid to any of the shareholders,” the company further outlined.In an engagement with the media only a few days ago, Minister Jordan was asked whether he had had engagements with the BBCI. In his response, he had revealed that he had interactions with PSC on the matter.Petty politickingLast week, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had been very critical of the Government for its less than mature approach to resolving the proposed toll increases.FITUG had stressed that Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) supplies the entire country with agriculture produce and thus, higher tolls would result in higher prices for groceries. The Union had therefore noted the seriousness of the situation, from both the economic point of view and the future of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).The Union noted that the coalition Government was elected to lead and should therefore demonstrate genuine leadership and end the “petty politicking” by sitting with BBCI executives without further delay and engaging in sober discussions on measures to avoid the toll rise.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo also said the toll increases seemed to have come as a result of collusion between Government and the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI). He is of the firm view that this would most likely lead to the Government acting as the “knight in shining armour” who steps in and saves the day by blocking the increases.Several stakeholders, economists, civil society and even some shareholders have been calling for a full buyout of the bridge by Government to bring a permanent resolution to the issue.The increases in tolls were announced by BBCI Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud, during a press conference recently. According to Persaud, they were formally informed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that Government would not agree to their previous requests for an increase.As per the increases, cars and minibuses will now be charged $8040; pickups, small trucks and four wheel drive vehicles, $14,600; medium trucks, $27,720; large trucks, $49,600; art trucks, $116,680; freight, $1680 and boats passing through the river will be charged $401,040.The ownership structure of BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $400 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by NIS. The holders of the ordinary shares are NIS, Queens Atlantic Inc and Secure International Finance Company, Hand-in-Hand and Demerara Contractors.last_img read more

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Massive boost for Liverpool! Sturridge returns to training

first_img Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge Liverpool have been handed a massive boost after star striker Daniel Sturridge returned to training.The forward, who has been out of action since August, picked an injury while on England duty and then suffered a calf problem on his first return to training.Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled to find the back of the net since his removal and his return will be viewed as a major positive.The 25-year-old tweeted: “Training was class. Happy to be back. Thank you Jesus.”Sturridge is now on course to return to the Liverpool first-team after the current international break. 1last_img read more

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LIVERPOOL’S BID TO SIGN SHAY GIVEN COLLAPSES

first_imgLiverpool FC’s transfer deadline day business looks to be completed after attempts to sign Shay Given from Aston Villa appeared to have fallen through, The Liverpool Echo is reporting tonight.The Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had been trying to lure the Lifford man to Anfield.But it’s understood Aston Villa couldn’t agree terms. Rodgers has declared himself happy with his summer transfer dealings, which include the signings of Tiago Ilori , Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses this morning.The manager had left the club’s training ground earlier, and had been at the Liverpool Echo’s Bill Shankly memorial dinner this evening. LIVERPOOL’S BID TO SIGN SHAY GIVEN COLLAPSES was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:LIVERPOOL’S BID TO SIGN SHAY GIVEN COLLAPSESShay Givenlast_img read more

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49ers honor memory of the late Tony York, present game balls to grieving family members

first_imgThe 49ers had two objectives as they played the Saints: win the game, and honor the memory of Tony York, son of John York, and brother of 49ers … NFL team owners rarely address their teams after a game. They almost never are awarded game balls.“I wish I never had one,” 49ers co-chairman John York said.The scene in the 49ers postgame locker room Sunday was unusual and unusually emotional. Sweet in the context of a football game, but bitter in the context of life-altering events.last_img read more

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Sharks GM Doug Wilson explains why he fired Pete DeBoer

first_imgSAN JOSE — Having seen the Sharks lose their fifth consecutive game, including four straight on the road, general manager Doug Wilson said Thursday he finalized his decision to fire Pete DeBoer the day before on the team’s flight home from Nashville.“I was sitting there and you could feel it,” Wilson said. “We were feeling pretty good about ourselves prior to that trip. But there was something that was lingering, There was something that wasn’t quite right.”Wilson discussed the reasons for …last_img read more

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SA, Uganda strengthen economic ties

first_img Instability in southern Sudan is reportedly a risk for the Ugandan economy because Uganda’s main export partner is Sudan. Meanwhile, Nkoana-Mashabane also announced that South Africa has been elected to serve in the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) from January 2013. Ecosoc is a UN body facilitating international co-operation on standards-making and problem-solving in economic and social issues. South Africa last served in the structure in 2006. Source: SANews.gov.za 12 November 2012 South Africa says its close economic relationship with Uganda will be strengthened following the first Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) meeting between the two countries in Pretoria on Friday. “We have agreed on the need for our two countries to meet regularly in order to maintain momentum in the implementation of decisions agreed upon in the JCC,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. She signed several agreements of cooperation with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa in the fields of water and environmental resources, defence, tourism and higher education. “We also reiterated our commitment to improving and strengthening our economic relations by enhancing cooperation between the business communities of the two countries as well as facilitating further trade and investment,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.‘Mutual partnership and shared goals’ Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy in Uganda, employing over 80% of the workforce. Coffee accounts for the bulk of the country’s export revenues. It also has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, small deposits of copper, gold, and other minerals, and oil was recently discovered. Oil revenues and taxes will become a larger source of government funding as oil comes on line in the next few years. Kutesa said he was satisfied with cooperation between South Africa and Uganda, particularly in the areas of energy, agriculture, deference and security. “We don’t take this cooperation lightly, South Africa is a very strategic partner … our relationship is based on mutual partnership and shared goals,” he said. Opportunities were available for both countries to explore in different sectors of economy. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula said it was not the first time the two countries had signed an agreement in different areas of defence. These included exchanges of experience in peace-keeping initiatives. The meeting also discussed peace, security and stability on the continent with particular focus on current conflicts in Sudan, Somalia and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.last_img read more

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South Africa wins award for fight against malaria

first_img1 February 2016South Africa is one of 14 African countries to have received recognition for its fight against malaria during the 2016 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) meeting on 30 January as part of the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia.The 2016 Alma Awards for Excellence were given to:Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, and Swaziland for achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for malaria;Rwanda, Senegal and Liberia for Performance in Malaria Control between 2011 and 2015;Mali, Guinea and Comoros for being the Most Improved in Malaria Control between 2011 and 2015.“These are impressive achievements,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a result of your vision of a malaria-free world.”These stats from the Alma shows where Africa is gaining ground in the fight against malaria. The green indicates a country on track, yellow indicates progress but more effort required while red shows countries that are not on track in the fight against malaria. (Image: Alma)South Africa’s progressIn South Africa, cases of malaria have decreased by 82%; and the malaria related death rate has dropped by 71% since the year 2000 to date.The decrease is attributed to a sound malaria vector control programme, in which the country has used dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT odourless insecticide for indoor residual spraying, coupled with other World Health Organization recommended interventions.“We are honoured to receive this 2016 Alma Award, which recognises the efforts that our programme in South Africa has made, not only in the past decade, but also investments we have made to fight malaria since the 1940s,” said President Jacob Zuma, who received the award.Collective effortSince 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa had fallen by 66% overall and 71% among children under the age of five, said the alliance.“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is a model for what we can do when we commit ourselves to a collective goal,” noted Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“Our progress is undeniable. This is what it looks like when we work together – this is how we build a better future for Africa.”Challenge continues“Despite the remarkable achievements, we should not lose sight that malaria remains a disease of poverty and a major public health concern, particularly in Africa,” said Hailemariam Dessalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister and the current chair of Alma. “We must therefore continue to invest in malaria interventions in order to reduce malaria cases and deaths.”According to the organisation, there were 188 million case of malaria in Africa in 2015. “An African child still dies every two minutes from the disease,” it said.To see how each country fared, click here to read the 2015 fourth quarter report.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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