Burrell not keen on top CONCACAF job

first_img However, Burrell now insists that to be president of two demanding associations would be time-consuming and challenging. “Look at what people have been saying? So I won’t hang around until I am thrown out,” Burrell noted. “Many people now want the post, so at times you have to step back and give others who have asked for the opportunity the chance to serve,” he told The Gleaner. “I have a business which I have built for many years, and it’s time to start paying attention to that. After a while, you realise that you need time for family, business and other things,” he added. “I am not going to step back fully (from football administration), I will always be around. Right now, I am the JFF president and I am going back for another four years, as I have been nominated unopposed. “That, in itself, is a lot of commitment and to give that commitment to the regional body is going to take up more of the time. So to hold both posts is a huge task. “Right now, I am a vice-president of the organisation (CONCACAF), but to vie for the head would mean complete devotion, and with my federation, business and family, it would be very difficult,” he explained. CONCACAF’S interim committee comprises Justino Compean (Mexico), Sunil Gulati (USA), Pedro Chaluja (Panama), Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Victor Montagliani (Canada) and Sonia Bien-AimÈ (Turks & Caicos) and Burrell. The Jamaican said the focus is to rebuild the organisation’s reputation and get reforms. “We have collectively decided to remain as one strong body, to operate as a unit until next May when the election is due. This was a unanimous decision and we have been pursuing a number of reforms to make the confederation emerge stronger. “We feel it is the right thing to do and we are certain that in the months ahead, things will return to normal and the confederation will be much stronger and transparent,” he commented. “This is a voluntary position and times may come when others want an opportunity and they should be given the opportunity. But at this time, I am just concentrating on working with the group, getting the reforms in place and passed by congress, so that when we go forward, the problems that we have experienced recently, the reform process will prevent a lot of these from happening again,” he stated. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, revealed that given the recent corruption investigations which rocked world football and threw the regional body into chaos following the arrest two former presidents, he is not keen to be head of CONCACAF. Caymanians Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit have been arrested in football’s ongoing scandal and another former CONCACAF president, Trinidad and Tobago’s Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, has been implicated in the corruption probe, with a US extradition request sent to his Government. The JFF boss, in the past, had declared his ambitions to assume the CONCACAF top job. He was recently appointed to an interim CONCACAF body to govern the affairs of the region’s football until a new president is elected at the confederation’s next congress in Mexico City in May. Give others a chancelast_img read more

Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th

first_imgThe Blazers have now lost six of their last seven games to drop to 3-10.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Navarro 16, Calisaan 11, Costelo 10, Bulanadi 8, Valdez 8, Baetiong 7, David 5, Ilagan 3, Calma 2, Mercado 2, Gayosa 1, Baytan 0, Capobres 0, Quipse 0.ST. BENILDE 61 – Leutcheu 15, Naboa 15, Castor 7, Belgica 5, Domingo 5, San Juan 4, Young 4, Johnson 3, Mercado 2, Dixon 1, Pili 0, Sta. Maria 0.Quarters: 13-10, 30-20, 51-42, 73-61.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Lyceum refuses to be content with Final Four spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img DAY6 is for everybody Michael Calisaan chipped in a double-double with 11 markers and 11 rebounds, while Ryan Costelo got 10 for San Sebastian, as it kept itself in the Final Four race with its 6-6 record and forcing a three-way logjam at fourth place with Letran and EAC.“I guess the boys really want to be here. Hopefully, everybody will step up so that we won’t have a difficult time getting to the Final Four,” said coach Egay Macaraya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Golden Stags had a hard time pulling away against the Blazers before Navarro drilled back-to-back triples in the payoff period to grab a 70-52 lead with 3:34 remaining.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde with 15 points and nine rebounds against eight turnovers, while Unique Naboa also had 15 markers and three boards. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Suu Kyi appeals to ICJ not to impose int’l justice PLAY LIST 04:31Suu Kyi appeals to ICJ not to impose int’l justice00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Renzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRenzo Navarro waxed hot in the fourth quarter as he led San Sebastian to a 73-61 win over St. Benilde Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The diminutive playmaker went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with 16 points, 12 of which coming in the payoff period to help the Golden Stags hold off the Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Bank of Baroda to close more branches by June

first_imgSince the recent announcement from the Bank of Baroda that it will be pulling-out from Guyana’s shores, the India-based, State-owned entity is mounting a similar move in two other countries: neighbouring Caribbean nation Trinidad & Tobago and Ghana, a West African country. In a report by Economic Times on Monday, it was outlined that the institution will close the three of 165 branches by June 2019. As per a regulatory filing, it stated that the closures will “increase in efficiency and profitability of the overseas offices”.The international media agency reported that the branches in the three countries only contribute less than one percentage to Baroda’s overall earnings. Guyana revenue was listed as 26,380,000 Rupees (US$ 363,000); while Trinidad & Tobago’s was 23,900,000 Rupees (US $334,000). Meanwhile, Ghana’s revenue at the bank was 75,000,000 Rupees–just over US $1 million. The Economic Times noted that the bank did not specify the period in which the revenue was generated.On December 7, it was reported that the Bank of Baroda, had taken steps to sell its operations here.According to the Financial Express, the banking institution is looking to divest itsBank of Baroda, Georgetownentire 100 per cent stake in its Bank of Baroda Guyana Inc subsidiary through investment bankers.The bank is now seeking bids from investment bankers to help find a buyer. It has asked for technical and financial proposals by the end of this year.The bank’s pull-out was the subject of much expressed worry by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wherein it contended that the Bank of Baroda’s exit indicated a lack of confidence in Guyana’s economy. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall recently told the National Assembly that commercial banks are a well-known barometer by which one can judge an economy’s performance and therefore urged the country not to turn a blind eye when banks are suddenly packing up shop and leaving.However, Finance Minister Winston Jordan contended otherwise, having stated that the impending pull-out from the local market was known to the Government. He said that having to deal with FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and the AML (Anti Money Laundering) laws; the international institutions do not consider our territories to be profitable anymore.The move by the Indian bank came just one week after the Canadian-based Scotiabank announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in Guyana and eight other Caribbean nations to Republic Financial Holdings Ltd, a deal worth some US$123 million.last_img read more

Update: Rose Prairie Road Closed because of Crash

first_imgView Larger MapMap: Shows the part of the Rose Prairie Road closed after an accident.The RCMP have closed the Rose Prairie Road between the Montney Road and Cox Ave to the north after a vehicle accident. As of 7am Friday crews are saying the road will remain closed for several more hours.- Advertisement -The accident occured at about 7:40pm Thursday involving a tractor trailer unit and two other motor vehicles. Due to the severity of the incident the Rose Prairie road has been closed until further notice. The public are asked to use the Montney Road as a detour from the south and the 256 road as a detour to the north.Advertisement The RCMP will not say when the road will be re-opened, but say they will notify the public once it is open. The RCMP continue to investigate just what happened and will release more details in the near future.For photos from the accident Click Herelast_img read more

CSUN plant up, running

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – The world’s largest fuel-cell power plant built at any college campus was dedicated Friday at California State University, Northridge, where school officials received a $2.2 million check from the Southern California Gas Co. The 1-megawatt fuel cell, a $5.8 million power plant at CSUN, has been operating for the past month, providing the campus with enough electricity to power 800 homes, officials said. Len Pettis, chief of plant, energy and utilities for the Cal State system, said the fuel cell has made CSUN one of the most environmentally friendly campuses among higher-education institutions. Tom Brown, executive director of Northridge’s physical plant management, has called the addition of the power plant a “win” for the campus and the community. “Not only does it provide learning opportunities for our students, but it also lessens the university’s impact on the community,” Brown has said. “By incorporating the fuel-cell plant into campus operations, we are reducing the university’s (carbon dioxide) emissions into the environment by 60 million pounds during its lifetime.” The fuel cell generates base load electricity to heat buildings and provide showers and food service with hot water, and heat the student union’s swimming pool. Since 2001, The Gas Co. has awarded more than $42 million to customers installing electric-generation systems, providing the state with 46 megawatts of generation, enough to power about 37,000 homes, said Rick Morrow, vice president of customer services for The Gas Co. “We are committed to help California move toward a cleaner energy future and to help reduce the costs of self-generation technologies for California consumers,” he said in a statement. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

World Cup 2026: Saudis push to be football power player

first_img0Shares0000Saudi Arabia players listen to the head of the General Authority for Saudi Sport, Turki Al-Sheikh (C), as they gather during a training session at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on June 13, 2018 ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jun 14 – Saudi Arabia may be World Cup minnows, but analysts say the kingdom’s backing of North America’s winning bid to host the 2026 tournament underscores a drive to become a football powerhouse in the face of regional rivalries.The United States, Mexico and Canada edged out underdogs Morocco on Wednesday in a vote by members of football’s world governing body FIFA supported by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has long been a marginal player in football’s ruling classes, unlike its Gulf rival Qatar — set to host the 2022 World Cup — with which it is embroiled in a year-long diplomatic spat.But the oil-rich kingdom is seeking to change that with plans to launch a new regional bloc of federations — dubbed the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) — which will comprise 14 nations, excluding Qatar.There have been some suggestions the bloc could give Saudi Arabia greater influence in key decisions facing FIFA, but it is only likely to overshadow the Doha-based Gulf Football Federation.“Saudi Arabia has ramped up its involvement in the governing architecture of world football in recognition of its popular appeal to its youthful society and a tool of international soft power,” Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, told AFP.– ‘Soccer, a battlefield’ –Saudi-linked investors are also said to be involved in a $25-billion proposal for two football tournaments that could give the kingdom a bigger voice in global soccer governance.“This is all part of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s larger strategy of coming out against, or at least appearing to counteract, Qatar and Iran at every opportunity,” Ellen Wald, author of the book Saudi Inc., told AFP.Saudi players train at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow before they take on Russia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVSaudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt snapped diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar last year, accusing it of bankrolling Islamist extremists and fostering ties with arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charge.With the 2022 World Cup bid having been the target of bribery allegations, Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh has suggested Qatar should be stripped of the tournament if found guilty of wrongdoing, and replaced with England or the United States.“Soccer, and particularly the Qatar World Cup, is an important battlefield in the increasingly overt public relations battle between the Gulf state and its detractors,” said James Dorsey, a fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.– Betrayal –Morocco, which had hoped to become the second country in Africa to host football’s biggest competition after South Africa in 2010, voiced bitter disappointment over what local media has dubbed Riyadh’s betrayal.The press accused Saudi Arabia, Morocco’s long-time ally, of leading an “all-out campaign” in favour of the North American trio, which won the bid by a margin of 69 votes.While the Arab League was reported to have offered its support for Morocco’s bid, at least seven Arab countries voted for the trio, while Qatar voted for the North African country.The Lebanese sports ministry voiced “surprise” that its own football federation voted in favour of the North American bid.Saudi Arabia fans hold scarves and flags before the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018 © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZSaudi authorities did not respond to AFP’s request for an interview with Sheikh.“The Saudis had been trying to deliver the regional vote to America to underscore their growing geopolitical assertiveness across the Middle East and North Africa, and underscore their bid to be the Trump administration’s closest regional partner,” said Ulrichsen.– ‘Saudi genie’ –Riyadh’s regional ambitions dovetail with the kingdom’s wide-ranging reform drive for a post-oil era.Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has signed deals to host international championships in partnership the wrestling franchise WWE and the Formula E motor racing series.Plans are also afoot to privatise more than a dozen soccer teams in a bid to raise funds.“This strategy plays well in the eyes of Saudis. However, I would question the value of deploying so much diplomatic and financial capital in the sports arena,” said Wald.“It may not yield very much political capital for the amount of money being spent.”But it seems there is no stopping Sheikh, who the Saudi state media said in December had won a regional award for the “Most Influential Figure in Arab Football”.“We were asleep for 15 years,” the Saudi sports chief told CNN in May.“But now we’ve been awoken like a Saudi genie and we’ll achieve results that will astonish everyone.”burs-ac/dv0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed! Top five Premier League players of the season so far

first_img 5 5 Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “Big players at big clubs usually win the Player of the Year award. I’m not sure he has been the best player in the Premier League but he’s definitely one of them. He’s stood around watching team-mates win a World Cup and two FA Cups for him but Arsenal are now serious title challengers largely due to the German’s form.” Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “For a teenager to arrive from League One and look at home straight away in the Premier League – and the England team – is absolutely stunning. Take a bow, Dele Alli. He’s been a key part of Spurs’ revival this season.” 5 Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “Time after time, game after game, Jack Butland has made stunning saves to bail his Stoke team out. It’s a position on the field which rarely gets a look in when it comes to the top awards but he is a truly brilliant goalkeeper and, for my money, the best in the Premier League, so far this season. It takes something special to put Joe Hart under pressure for his England No.1 jersey and Jack is certainly doing that.” Some people reckon it’s not been a great season in the Premier League, so far.I think it’s been competitive and exciting and while I understand the point people are making about a lack of quality, there are certain individuals who stand out.I’ve picked out five players and named five substitutes too.Click the right arrow above to find out which players Adrian Durham has chosen…Adrian Durham’s substitutes:Odion Ighalo (Watford)Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)Romelu Lukau (Everton)Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)Ross Barkley (Everton) 5 5 Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow to find out which other players have impressed Adrian Durham this season… – “How can you ignore the stunning form of Jamie Vardy this season? In a remarkable year for Leicester, his goals have taken them to the top of the table and have earned him a fairly secure place in the England squad. It’s not just the goals though; he gets fans off their seats.” Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – “Factor in the pressure of the price tag after his acrimonious move from Liverpool, as well as the expectation levels, and Raheem Sterling has delivered, even if he’s hated everywhere he goes. Even Leicester City fans were booing him the other night. Injuries to key players like David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero have put the spotlight on Sterling and he’s delivered in the Premier League and in Europe, where he was only one of two Premier League players to feature in UEFA’s team of the Champions League group stage. He’s only just turned 21 and England should be proud.”last_img read more

Ronald Koeman gives update on potential Southampton contract extension

first_img Southampton manager Ronald Koeman Ronald Koeman insists he is in no rush to sign a new Southampton contract but remains adamant he will be at St Mary’s next season.Southampton boss Koeman has been linked with a move to Everton and also been touted as Arsenal’s preferred long-term successor to Arsene Wenger.Koeman’s current St Mary’s contract expires next summer, and the former Holland defender claims there is no need to discuss an extension now.When asked if he will manage Southampton next season, Koeman replied: “Yes, of course. I have one year of my contract.“I don’t like to talk about individual clubs because I think everybody has ambition, and I have that also, but I signed a three-year contract with Southampton.“The club spoke to me about the next five years in planning, we didn’t speak about a contract, but it’s still not the end of the season and we have plenty of time for that.“Rumours are rumours and rumours will be always in football.“What I don’t like is to always go into that and talk about rumours because I don’t know.”Koeman remained coy on whether he will entertain the idea of a contract extension at St Mary’s, but was at pains to explain he never looked more than 12 months ahead in his three years at Feyenoord.“If the club likes to talk they will come and I will see,” said Koeman.“I won’t knock on their door.“When I worked in Feyenoord I signed three times a one-year contract and we spoke in January.“There’s time enough. Why one year before? We can wait, no problem. We can wait.” 1last_img read more


first_imgThe staff from An Post Letterkenny are delighted to announce their 2014 Annual Charity Cycle which will take place on Saturday September 27th and all proceeds will go to the Donegal Hospice.To date they have raised over €50,000 with their annual charity cycles for the Donegal Hospice.They remember their former colleague Tadgh Culbert who sadly passed away and they are delighted to tribute this annual cycle to his memory. Some of the lads cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head back in June of this year & raised over €10,000. And now they are off on their bikes again & would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join themThe cycle From Dungloe to Letterkenny via Errigal Mountain Road will take place on Saturday 27th September. Loading and registration will take place at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny from 8am & dispatch to Dungloe will be at 9.00am sharp.Cycle leaving Dungloe at 10.30am approx. returning to O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, where refreshments will be served. This cycle will be a ‘Controlled Cycle’.If your club, members from your club or you know anyone who would like to take part & join us please call Paul (086 6850503) or Martin (085 7788722) for more information. Donation of €20 per person. This cycle open to everyone! Everyone from An Post would like to thank their sponsors, supporters, family, friends & to anyone in anyway helped or contributed to this years cycle and the previous years, without your support this would not be possible. You can follow the An Post Letterkenny Charity Cycle on Facebook :2014 AN POST TADGH CULBERT MEMORIAL CYCLE TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER AN POST CYCLISTS GET THEIR SPOKE IN TO HONOUR TADGH was last modified: September 10th, 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:An PostcyclistsletterkennyTadgh Culbertlast_img read more


first_imgA part-time bouncer has apologised after being arrested twice on the same night after two rows outside the same house.Letterkenny District Court heard how gardai were called to a house in Meetinghouse Street in Raphoe at 3.40am on April 26 this year.Gardai found Dale Hyndman, a 28-year-old father of two causing a disturbance outside a house there. He was drunk and had ripped the number plates off two cars parked outside, said Inspector Goretti Sheridan.Hyndman was arrested, taken into custody and released an hour later.The incident, said the inspector, related to a falling out with Aidan Gallagher, the father of Amy Gallagher.Hyndman, she said, felt Aidan Gallagher had interfered in a dispute which had already been settled.At 5am gardai were called to the house again.This time Hyndman was kicking in the front door and had thrown a brick at it and he was arrested again.The court heard that Hyndman had since paid for new number plates for the cars and for the €400 damage caused to the door.The incident, said defence solicitor Donagh Cleary, related to a falling out with Aidan Gallagher, the father of Amy Gallagher.“An issue had arisen and Mr Hyndman felt Mr Gallagher had caused a problem which had already been resolved,” said Mr Cleary.He said his client apologised for the incident as he had been intoxicated on the night in question.He had since moved to Newtowncunningham and he had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Hyndman a chance as it was his first time before the court and had paid compensation.He ordered Hyndman to pay €150 to a youth charity in Raphoe.BOUNCER ARRESTED TWICE ON SAME NIGHT AFTER ROWS OUTSIDE SAME HOUSE was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:arrestdonegalLetterkenny CourtRaphoelast_img read more