Schafer’s severance deal agreed with JFF

first_imgGeneral secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Raymond Grant confirmed to The Gleaner yesterday that an agreement has been reached with outgoing national senior team coach Winfried Schafer and his legal representatives on his severance package after he was removed from his position following a miserable World Cup-qualifying campaign. The German tactician, who is being represented by Queen’s Counsel K.D. Knight in the separation negotiations, failed in his bid to lead the Reggae Boyz to a second World Cup final following the nation’s appearance at the 1998 finals in France. The Jamaicans struggled to a last-place finish in the semi-final stage of CONCACAF qualifying with a single win, while scoring the least (two) and conceding the most (10) goals in their six games. Grant, as expected, was not able to divulge too much detail on the deal, but shared that both parties had agreed on a fee to be paid to the coach, who still had two years remaining on his contract with the JFF, while adding that this figure was yet to be paid by the JFF. “We are still discussing with a view to finalise,” said Grant. “We have not yet paid the fee. We are at a point where we understand what is to be paid. We have agreed on the amount; we have just not paid it as yet.” “I cannot say much more than that as part of the settlement agreement, there are things that we cannot disclose,” Grant added. “What I can tell you is that both parties came to an amicable solution. Mr Schafer and his legal representative, along with the JFF team, we discussed the separation agreement and it’s just for the JFF to handle the payment. I can only confirm at this time that we have not yet paid the settlement,” Grant noted. As reported earlier, Theodore Whitmore will take charge of the team for upcoming Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Suriname on October 5 and Guyana on October 11, with Jerome Waite named as his assistant. Grant confirmed the interim appointments and stated that the JFF will make a decision on a longer-term coaching solution after the Caribbean Cup qualifiers. YET TO BE PAIDlast_img read more

Dowrich, Chase save Windies in warm-up draw

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):A 49-run stand for the fifth wicket between wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase averted a second-innings batting collapse for West Indies against Emirates Cricket Board Xl as their two-day warm-up match petered out into a draw yesterday.Dowrich was unbeaten on 52, while Chase scored 36 after the West Indies had stumbled to 34 for three in their second innings at ICC Academy, Dubai.Resuming from their overnight first-innings score of 56 for seven, the ECB Xl were bowled out for 117, with spinners Jomel Warrican and Devendra Bishoo taking the three remaining wickets to fall.The fact that they crossed 100 was largely to a patient lower order cameo from tailender Rohan Mustafa, who was unbeaten on 44 to top score in that innings in which six batsmen went without scoring.Jonathan Carter finished with 4-30, Miguel Cummins 3-26 and Devendra Bishoo 2-17.West Indies top scorers in the first innings, Leon Johnson and Shai Hope, were dismissed for 10 and 0 respectively in the second innings.Carter struck 29 and Jermaine Blackwood 17 but it was Chase and Dowrich, who enjoyed a workout with the bat, Chase hitting three fours and Dowrich scoring six fours and two sixes in his unbeaten knock.The Caribbean side declared their second innings at 173 for 7 to set the ECB XI a target of 306.ECB Xl were 43 for one after 14 overs when stumps were drawn.West Indies will play a three-day warm-up match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI from October 7.The first Test against Pakistan begins on October 13.last_img read more

Rep. Youngblood Donates Reflector Jackets to Motorcyclists

first_imgThe Electoral District #9 Representative, Munah Pelham-Youngblood, has dedicated a newly reconstructed Future Intellectual Discourse (FID) center to help promote intellectual activities in her district in the Fiamah community, Sinkor.The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was graced by the District Development Council chair, members of the Fiamah community leadership and leaders of various intellectual centers in the district.In her remarks, Rep. Youngblood said the project was part of her oversight responsibility to her district. She said she was obligated to undertaking more projects.For his part, the chairman of FID, Mr. Robinson, commended the efforts of the young lawmaker and expressed thanks to her for the project and the items donated to the motorcyclists.“The center was established in 2004 and such a gesture was the first of its kind in the community,” Mr. Robinson noted.The FID chairman certificated and presented gifts to their lawmaker for such a timely intervention and support to promote intellectualism. Rep Youngblood donated several games including scrabble, monopoly, two Ludo boards, two checker boards and 20 plastic chairs. Mr. Robinson valued the project at over US$2,500.00.In another ceremony, Rep. Youngblood donated 792 reflector jackets to motorcyclists in her district.Her donation, she said, is intended to help with the numbering system for all motorbike riders in Electoral District #9, which spans 12th Street, Sinkor to Fish-market, covering six zones.It may be recalled that Rep Pelham-Youngblood officially launched the Sinkor Motorbike Association (SUMA) coding and coloring system and recently began branding them with an identification number,   in case there are issues.  Accepting the reflector jackets, the president, Trokon G. Gray said over the years motorcyclists have been called street kids and all kinds of negative names. “But today, we are glad that a member of the Legislature, our lawmaker, can see us as useful contributors to the transport sector.” According to Gray, the lawmaker has been very supportive of their wellbeing and he expressed great appreciation for the reflector jackets.“We are very happy for this donation. May God bless you for the valuable gift.  This donation, he observed, did not come from County Development Funds, but rather from Rep. Youngblood’s personal resources.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt “out of touch” to declare flooding had ended – Opposition Leader

first_imgRegion 5 flooding…— as Ministers visit flood-affected communitiesWhile Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Annette Ferguson visited flood-affected areas of Trafalgar, Number 28, Number 29 and Number 33 villages to assess the situation on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in a press conference spoke out against the declaration that flooding had ended in Guyana. He also decried Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s response to the crisis.“Just a month after the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government declared that it had ended flooding in Guyana as part of their one-year achievement, many of the people in Region Five are under water… some very callous statements [have been] emanating from the Government, particularly the Minister of Agriculture saying that this is an MMA problem, it’s not for central government to intervene,” the former President expressed.Jagdeo opined that the Administration should ensure that all areas are given assistance, rather than a few “token” locations.Pontoon with excavator working to reducing flooding in Region Five“I hope that Government will not make these token visits, they [need] to understand what is happening – the hardships of people [as] they will be on the ground to render assistance, they should also be balanced in their outreach – Region Five is made up of many people; PPP supporters, APNU supporters. They should go to all areas to ensure that people receive support at this very difficult time,” he noted.Jagdeo also commended Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal for his efforts in attempting to address the concerns of his region despite the stalled Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meetings. Jagdeo pointed out that the Regional Chairman has alerted the Civil Defence Commission, Agriculture Ministry and other relevant agencies to bring solutions the ongoing crisis, as was reported by Guyana Times.“If the region was functioning we would have had a better outreach, and maybe the APNU and PPP Councillors could have worked together to ensure that some of the problems which people are experiencing could have been avoided. But it just shows how out of touch this Government is when it had declared that it ended flooding in Guyana,” the Opposition Leader expressed.A working pump at Baiboo, MahaicaMeanwhile, this publication learnt on Thursday that the flooding at Baiboo, Mahaicony has receded somewhat but not completely, as the pump is only functioning in one section of the area. It was reported that the area was inundated, which affected residents and farmers’ crops and livestock.Also on Thursday, the Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Minister Patterson as saying that a pump at Trafalgar which drained the area needed to be maintained better so that excess water could be removed from the land. He also told GINA that two new pumps in that area will be working continuously along with a pontoon and an excavator.last_img read more

US$10.7M GoL Debt Case Begins Today

first_imgBusinessman George Haddad (center) is hoping for positive movement in a case has been with the court since 2012 without any decision to determine its merits and demerits.The US$10.7 million lawsuit brought by Prestige and Alliance Motors against the Government of Liberia (GoL) is expected to resume today. The case was indefinitely suspended because judges at the Commercial Court were absent when the hearing was scheduled.Even though the matter is scheduled for today, it has been with the court since 2012 without any decision to determine its merits and demerits.Up to press time last night, it was not clear whether the court will compel the GoL to proceed with the case, something it has not been able to do for the past six years.The Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, representing the legal interests of businessman George Haddad, in 2012, filed a lawsuit against the Liberian government contending that from 2000 to 2008, Haddad sold and repaired vehicles and supplied spare parts amounting to US$10.7 million to several government institutions. Unfortunately, government is yet to pay the debt, despite Haddad’s persistent negotiation, the lawyers said.The vehicles included Grand Cherokees, Land Rovers, Leons, etc.Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation.The government, represented by Cllr. Augustine Fayiah, earlier asked the court to drop the case, claiming lack of jurisdiction. He, however, did not deny nor confirm government owing Haddad the money in question.Fayiah’s argument was that the Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it also prevents it from hearing cases before it was established.He further argued that if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He, however, pleaded that the court should advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, which he did not name.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UN Women to Support Gov’t toward Gender-Responsiveness

first_imgThe gender-responsive training for prison guards is being organized for prison officials in all 15 counties, covering topics from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to Psycho-social Counseling during Pre-trial Detention.The Deputy Representative of UN Women in Liberia, Sangeeta Rana Thapa, has committed her institution’s support to the government in efforts to promote a culture of respect for the rule of Law.Mrs. Thapa said the organization is ready to provide a comprehensive package of support to the government for giving a voice to women from different backgrounds and in different situations.Thapa spoke in Monrovia recently at the opening of a one-week gender responsive training for prison guards in the 15 counties. The program was organized by the UN Women offices in Monrovia.“Although women and girls constitute a minority of national prisoners in the country, their numbers are rising,” Mrs. Thapa said.She said most prisons have been designed for men, but the authorities have failed to meet the basic needs of female prisoners, including  protecting them from reported sexual violence.According to her, when a woman is released from prison, the person is most times stigmatized, victimized or abandoned by their families.She said that discriminatory criminal policies and laws related to adultery, prostitution, abortion, witchcraft or “protective custody” can have a particularly detrimental impact on women.“I am giving this background not to compromise the justice system, but to raise awareness of prison guards, which the training aims to achieve,” Mrs. Thapa said.She added that the training will also ensure that women in prison are treated with the care they deserve, which is one of the key tenets upon which the rule of law rests, ensuring the justice system is transparent and non-discriminatory.Women in Liberian prisons, as in other countries, are even more affected and have a disproportionately higher level of mental health, suicide, self-harm, drug dependence and other health needs compared to men in prison, she said.Mrs. Thapa said the gender training program for prison guards falls under the Women Access to Justice Flagship program that is aligned with the UN Women Strategic Plan (SP) 1, which is Women Political Environment.Mrs. Thapa, however, informed the gathering that the training is being organized for prison officials in all 15 counties, covering topics from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to Psycho-social Counseling during Pre-trial Detention.“It is my hope that this effort will help make the justice system responsive to women’s needs while in prison as the issue of pre-trial detention is being highly considered,” she said.Meanwhile, Assistant Justice Minister for Correction and Rehabilitation, Eddie Tarawali, disclosed that plans are being crafted by his team to work in line with the laws of Liberia, to ensure that the condition of correctional officers are improved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Plane crashes in parking lot

first_imgRon Turner, the owner of the Lexington, Ky.-based electrical contracting company Amteck of Kentucky, was on the plane with his son, company president Daren Turner, and brother-in-law, Louis Mullins, 58, along with the pilot, Gregory Jones, 47, according to a doctor at Erlanger Medical Center. Ron Turner was in guarded but stable condition, and the other three men were in good condition, said Dr. Donald Baker. All were expected to recover fully. At least one of the cars the plane hit before clipping the pole had people in it, but they were not injured, officials said. The plane was heavily damaged, but there was no fire after the crash, officials said. Ron Turner’s son Troy Turner said he talked with the pilot, who began having problems with fuel level readings about 20 minutes into the flight. “Lights started flashing” just before the crash, Troy Turner said. The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman in Atlanta. A block of the busy commercial road near where the plane came to rest was closed Thursday about 5 miles east of downtown Chattanooga. Ron Turner’s wife, Linda, and Troy Turner told reporters Thursday that Chattanooga was not a scheduled stop. Linda Turner called the pilot a hero: “He saved my family.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACCIDENT: No one on the ground is injured and aircraft passengers survive the landing. By Bill Poovey THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A small plane crashed in a shopping center parking lot, skipping across two empty vehicles and clipping a pole, witnesses and authorities said. All four people aboard the plane survived, and no one on the ground was injured. Investigators were looking into whether the plane ran out of fuel as it approached Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, police Sgt. Jerri Weary said. The Beechcraft King Air twin turboprop had left Birmingham, Ala., for Georgetown, Ky., and was preparing to land in Chattanooga when it crashed Wednesday evening at the Brainerd Village Shopping Center, about 2,000 feet from the runway, according to authorities and a relative of one of the passengers. Bystanders helped pull the passengers from the plane. A bystander who helped rescue the occupants, medical assistant Melissa Davis, said all four were conscious and talking when they were rescued. “I was shocked that no one was killed,” said Robin Flores, an attorney who rushed to the scene. last_img read more

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to join Manchester United

first_imgManchester United have agreed a deal to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.The Bundesliga side’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has announced ‘there is an agreement’ with the Reds Devils for the Germany captain.Louis van Gaal worked with the 30-year-old during his time at the Allianz Arena and targeted the star as the man to increase his midfield options next season.Schweinsteiger has grown frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunites last year and reportedly told Munich he wanted to leave this summer.And that has allowed Manchester United to swoop, with a fee of around £15million being agreed between the two clubs.Earlier in the day teammate Joshua Kimmich told the media it was a ‘shame to lose a quality player’, sparking rumours a deal must be close. Bastian Schweinsteiger 1last_img read more

WATCH! Former Spurs youngster scores from halfway line during FA Vase clash

first_imgJosh Chamberlain, who plays for Spartan South Midlands League side Berkhamsted FC, scored an absolute stunner for his side against Kempston Rovers in an FA Vase clash on Saturday. Chamberlain, on Tottenham’s books as a youngster, nutmegged an opposing player on the halfway line before unleashing an unstoppable drive from around 50 yards.Check out the stunning goal above!last_img


first_imgIRISH Dance queen Sarah Lennon has slipped home to Co Donegal – ahead of her continued tour with Lord of the Dance this year.The 25-year-old is back in Co Donegal to celebrate the New Year with mum Mary, dad Gerry and Letterkenny-based boyfriend Declan Sweeney.Declan has just been over to London to see the love of his life dancing as Saoirse in the show at the Apollo Theatre. The couple are looking forward to spending the holiday together before Sarah resumes her tour in Lord Of The Dance, which will take her all over the UK and to Germany and Austria from now until next June.Then she and the troupe are off to Taiwan where the locals can’t wait to see the Irish dance routines on the stage there.“And, of course, I am looking forward to our return to Belfast in February,” says Sarah.“That’s where my career began at Seaneen and Gavin Doherty’s Dancing School, so the city is special to me. “I was in Lord Of The Dance two and a half years ago at the Waterfront so it is nice to be returning to the arena where I used to dance in competitions.”Sarah was dazzled by the majesty of Lord Of The Dance when she first saw a performance with Flatley as the star at The Point in Dublin 16 years ago.“I made up my mind then that one day I would be a dancer, too, and would appear in the show,” she said.“Now I have been touring with Lord Of The Dance for more than four years and I love it more every day.“And when Michael drops in at rehearsals to see how we are doing and to give us some tips there is a great buzz around. He is a marvellous performer and a unique character.” Lord Of The Dance is on at the Waterfront from February 21-26 and tickets are now on sale at the box office, tel: 048 9033 4455.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on DANCE QUEEN SARAH SLIPS HOME FOR A DONEGAL NEW YEAR was last modified: January 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Co Donegallord of the dancesarah lennonlast_img read more