Guinness differentiates with int’l challenge

first_imgFOOTBALL:KINGSTON:Local scrimmage players are gearing up to showcase their skill on a global stage, when the Guinness Street Football Competition (GSFC) kicks off on March 1.Now in its sixth year, the GSFC will give Jamaican street footballers a chance to prove they are made of more, while increasing their exposure to international game play.The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-endorsed event will kick-off with parish playoffs for Hanover and Westmoreland on March 12. Teams can sign up for the four-a-side scrimmage online at, via social media or by calling the GSFC Hotline at 618-9291.Sixteen randomly selected teams will then play for the parish title. Parish winners all go on to play for the national title and an all-expenses paid trip to St Lucia to compete against other Caribbean teams in the GSFC finals.?For Guinness, community development and the game of football are at the heart of who we are as a brand. We are excited to give Jamaicans an opportunity to shine in the premier street football tournament of the Caribbean,? said Imru James, brand manager for Guinness and Stouts at Red Stripe. ?We want to see our teams do well at home as well as in the international arena.?Last year, Jamaica had the honour of hosting the finals, but this year?s ultimate contest will be staged in St Lucia, the home of the reigning champions. This means the winning Jamaican team will get a chance to travel in addition to cash prizes at each level of the competition.?There is no lack of opportunity with this competition,? said James. ?Our players are competing just as competitively as in any national league to prove they are made of more and the opportunities that come with the competition are second to none.?The national champion will claim their portion of the $1.3m up for grabs and gain a shot at US$6,000 if they take home the big prize in St Lucia. Guinness will fund the cost of travel, including accommodation, along with spending money for the team.last_img read more

Whether it’s NLEX or Magnolia, Fajardo says there is ‘no easy opponent’ for SMB

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fajardo finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, and three rebounds in the series closer, showing no signs of slowing down as he remains as one of the biggest reasons why San Miguel is pegged as the favorites whoever its opponent may be in the championship round.The Cebuano giant, however, shrugged the notion off and said that when the title is on the line, nothing is easily given.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“There’s no such thing as an easy opponent. It was hard to get to the finals. It doesn’t mean that we’ve won three all-Filipino championships that we’ll be handed out the victories. We still have to get those wins,” he said.That’s why Fajardo is just in awe of the effort the Beermen showed through the course of this conference as they move four wins away from a rare fourth straight all-Filipino crown. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Cone ‘angry’ at self but ‘proud’ of Gin Kings after semis exit Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES “I’m proud of my teammates because we’re all willing to step up. Even the coaching staff who was there for us, they are the ones who prepared us for the adjustments that we need to do in our games. Again, it’s a team effort,” he said.San Miguel will now have the luxury of rest as it awaits the victor of the Magnolia-NLEX semifinals series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img MOST READ PBA IMAGESSan Miguel may be in the finals, but for June Mar Fajardo, the real work is just about to get started.“We’re happy that we’re back in the finals, but we know that it’s not going to be easy for us,” Fajardo said in Filipino. “All our efforts have bore fruit, and now that we’re here again with an opportunity to play in the Finals, we are happy. But we know that our mission is not yet over.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

Irfaan is right on state of economy

first_imgDear Editor,Messrs Rennie Parris and Yonnick David in a missive in another paper (Aug 29) described PPP’s Presidential candidate Irfaan Ali as an “amateur” (?) for his mid-year review of the economy. I do not know the two gentlemen and their backgrounds and whether they study economics. I did doctoral studies in economics and other disciplines and taught economics and the social sciences for some 35 years. I also regularly conduct NACTA surveys in Guyana, most recently in early August to gather peoples’ views on the economy. Irfaan is right in his conclusion – the economy has underperformed based on national expectations and the limited spread effects of growth.The population expected a better quality of life under the present regime than what was obtained under the PPP (under Jagdeo’s tenure). However, people supporting both major political forces say they were better off under former President Jagdeo’s rule. Both Parris and David need to visit the population on the ground or homes and communities to get a true picture of the state of the economy for an accurate mid-year review. Don’t fall for only stats! Ground reality paints a different picture. Both writers would be shocked to hear peoples’ complaints.In the latest NACTA surveys, the population would agree with Irfaan that the economy has performed very badly over the years. Statistics tend to be misleading. Indeed, the concept of economic growth tends to be misleading. So don’t form firm conclusions on growth rates. While the economy may show growth, it does not explain where growth takes place and who benefits from growth. Surely, the population at large is not beneficiaries of growth; their earnings and spending power declined. Businesses have also complained that their revenues have declined by half over the last four years. Most sectors of the economy have contracted this year although they performed well between 2015 and 2017. Many businesses have gone bankrupt over the last four years. The population is hurting badly (including in strongholds of the coalition Government) and people are openly voicing their opinions on their poor financial state of being. Both standards of living and quality of life have deteriorated since the last budget as well as over the last four years. The writers did not cite figures of poverty rates which must have gone up since some 20K lost their jobs. Suicide (including attempted) rate and domestic violence are also on the rise. People continue to migrate in record numbers.The writers cite foreign investment. There has been some foreign investment in Guyana (primarily in mining, lumbering and energy) but significant jobs are not created to lift people out of poverty. The investments do not filter downwards. The jobs go to foreigners and locals are not benefiting. And many investors are worried about committing resources in Guyana because of the unstable political climate. The sooner this issue is addressed, the quicker foreigners would commit to increased investment in the country.Contrary to what the writers penned, there is no economic boom in Guyana – certainly not from opinions provided by the bulk of the population. The overwhelming portion of the population is not benefiting from the cited growth rates. Sustained economic boom and benefits to the lower classes (poverty) will not come till oil reaches the international market in a couple of years.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Repeat offender charged for narcotics possession

first_imgA man who on his last appearance before the courts was charged for fighting over a woman found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts again, this time charged with being in possession of cannabis.Shawn Sam, 33, of Lot 74 Middle Road, La Penitence, denied the charge read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.The prosecution is contending that on January 25 at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, he was found to be in possession of 21 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris objected to bail.However, Sam told Magistrate Daly that he was at the Market waiting for his children when he was arrested by Police and later told that he had cannabis in his possession. He further explained that no narcotic was found on his person.As such, he was granted bail in the sum of $60,000. The case will continue on March 2, 2018.last_img read more

Govt putting ‘cart before the horse’ – Nandlall

first_imgGovernment’s proposed plan to establish a law school here has been questioned since there are concerns over whether the process being used is the right one, and if on establishing this school, Guyanese will have a recognised qualification to practise law throughout the Caribbean.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall said the issue was a straightforward one that has been made ambiguous, complex and confusing by the alleged lies being peddled by his successor, Basil Williams, who has, in fact, given several different statements regarding the same issue.One major concern for Nandlall is the move taken by Williams to proceed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with what he described as two unrecognised institutions.The former AG told Guyana Times that he believes Williams also misrepresented to Cabinet that he obtained permission from the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to establish a law school in Guyana.“I believe that he didn’t even know that he had to have permission from CLE. When I pointed that out to him through the press publicly, he said yes. That’s the first lie he told. Now to cover up that lie, he has been lying consistently and persistently ever since,” Nandlall opined.In fact, the CLE did indicate that Guyana was not granted permission although the Attorney General declared several times that Guyana did obtain permission in 2017.Nandlall said this was a clear case of Government putting the “cart before the horse”.Williams has attacked CLE Chairman Reginald Armour, claiming that he (Armour) responded to a request from Nandlall to have the matter of Guyana establishing a law school put on the CLE agenda.In his defence, Nandlall said he did write the CLE Chairman questioning him whether he was aware that Guyana was establishing a law school. The former Minister also sought to find out whether permission was granted and whether the CLE had in fact authorised Guyana to establish such a law school.“The CLE responded to me and said we are surprised as you are, because we haven’t given any permission. And we (CLE) are the regulatory body in relation to setting up law schools,” Nandlall told this publication, explaining that is how the matter was discussed at the CLE meeting.The former Minister said it was not his intention to block any development that Government may seek but to ensure that if a law school was established here, students would be able to get a recognised qualification.He said, “I suppose the feasibility study will answer a few questions in relation to whether there is a need for such a school, what is the extent and nature of the need that will determine the capacity… or whether there is need for a law school, the programmes and qualifications,” he added.Nandlall maintains that if Government is going about establishing a law school, then it should be done in stages.While the AG has named Guyana’s committee for the setting-up of the law school, he said he was not yet ready to inform the CLE.Government announced in January 2017 it would start a project to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas. This school is being established through a public-private partnership entered into between the Government of Guyana, the Law School of the Americas (LCA) and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), and will add to the existing options available to holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).last_img read more

Huddersfield end Man United unbeaten run

first_img0Shares0000Huddersfield end Man United unbeaten runLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Manchester United fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City moved five points clear at the Premier League summit.Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored at the John Smith’s Stadium to give Huddersfield a first win over United since 1952 and condemn Jose Mourinho’s side to their first loss of the campaign. United, who drew 0-0 at Liverpool last weekend, replied through half-time substitute Marcus Rashford.City took full advantage by beating Burnley 3-0, with Sergio Aguero equalling Eric Brook’s all-time club scoring record of 177 goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Egyptian fans divided over AFCON chances

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah got his account up and running as Egypt made it two wins from twoCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 4 – As the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) knockout phase begins on Friday in Egypt, the hosts are straight favorites to advance all the way to the finals, but that is not quite the mutual feeling among Egyptian fans across the country.Capital Sports spoke to a few fans and most are not convinced that this current Egyptian side is strong enough to go all the way and break a thirst for the title that dates back all the way to 2010 when they won it thrice in a row. “Yes they have won, but I am not convinced yet. They don’t play good football. They have just won by luck. If you look at other teams the way they are playing, I don’t think we can match up to them,” an Uber driver told Capital Sports.Another one added; “I fear that we will leave the competition early. We have won three games, but in none of those can you say we won comfortably. We have not dominated any team we have beaten. And that is a cause of worry,” another one further stated.An attendant at one of the busy shops in the streets of Cairo quickly objected when we presented the fact that Egypt are favorites for the Cup.Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt“No no, I don’t think we have that spirit to win. We don’t play good football now and there are many teams who are better. If we meet Algeria or Morocco, it will be very hard,” he stated.Egypt topped Group A after winning all their games without conceding a goal. They beat Zimbabwe 1-0 before replicating 2-0 results against Uganda and DR Congo.They face South Africa in the second round on Saturday at the Cairo International Stadium. If they win this tie, then a quarter final against either Nigeria or defending champions Cameroon awaits.Whether Egyptians are passionate about their team or not is out of question. Whenever The Pharaohs are playing at the Cairo Stadium, the ground starts filling up as early as three hours to the game, and the noise levels in are usually outrageous.In and out of the pitch, the passion is overzealous at whatever age.A young fan, Amr, 11 years old, narrated to Capital Sports just how much he loves his national team.“I remember in 2017 when we lost the final, I was just nine years old. I couldn’t stop crying for almost three days. My aunty would just tell me it is just football but I told her football is life. At that time in school we were learning about the map of the world. I went to my map and I put a big X on where Cameroon was,” he narrated.He added; “This year, I am afraid. I have watched the games on TV but I am not very confident. But I hope we win. My father told me that if Egypt get to the semi finals and the final, he will take me to the stadium to watch. I can’t wait.”Egypt are the most successful team in the tournament and a win on home soil, just like in 2006 will take their tally to a record extending eight titles.Mohamed Salah is in TV adverts, on billboards and on wall murals throughout EgyptWhile most are not confident of the results the tea has posted, there is no denying that Liverpool Mohammed Salah is held in such high esteem by all Egyptians; to say he is an idol is the least of descriptions.“I love Mo Salah. Every team he goes to, I become a fan of that team. He went to Fiorentina, I followed him. He went to Roma, I followed him. He is now in Liverpool, I am a Liverpool supporter. He is a great footballer,” one of the volunteers at the AFCON said.A taxi driver within the busy Cairo streets also added; “Mo Salah, is king of Egypt, he is king of Liverpool.”But while Salah is their new found love, there is no denying that Mohammed Aboutrika still earns the highest respect of a footballer in Egypt.“Salah is the best now, but Abou will forever be great. He is the best of all time and we will never forget him,” another fan said of the famous Egypt and Al Ahly number 22.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Report: Blacks are more likely to be in prison than dorms

first_img“It’s one of the great social and economic tragedies of our time,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the Urban League. “It points to the signature failure in our education system and how we’ve been raising our children.” The Census Bureau released 2006 data on the social, racial and economic characteristics of people living in adult correctional facilities, college housing and nursing homes. It is the first in-depth look at people living in “group quarters” since the 1980 census. It shows, for example, that nursing homes had much older residents in 2006 than in 1980. The new data has limitations. In addition to not including commuter students, it does not provide racial breakdowns by gender or age, though it does show that males make up 90 percent of prison inmates. Also, most prison inmates are 25 or older while 96 percent of people in college housing are age 18 to 24. The data show that big increases in black and Hispanic inmates occurred since 1980. In 1980, the number of blacks living in college dorms was roughly equal to the number in prison. Among Hispanics, those in college dorms outnumbered those in prison in 1980. WASHINGTON – More than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms, the government said in a report to be released Thursday. The ratio is only slightly better for Hispanics, at 2.7 inmates for every Latino in college housing. Among non-Hispanic whites, more than twice as many live in college housing as in prison or jail. The numbers, driven by men, do not include college students who live off campus. Previously released census data show that black and Hispanic college students – commuters and those in dorms – far outnumber black and Hispanic prison inmates. Nevertheless, civil-rights advocates said it is startling that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in prison cells than in college dorms. There are a lot of reasons why black students do not reach college at the same rate as whites, said Amy Stuart Wells, a professor of sociology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Black students are more likely to attend segregated schools with high concentrations of poverty, less qualified teachers, lower expectations and a less demanding curriculum, she said. “And they are perceived by society as terrible schools, so it is hard to get accepted into college,” Wells said. “Even if you are a high-achieving kid who beats the odds, you are less likely to have access to the kinds of courses that colleges are looking for.” Students who don’t graduate from high school are much more likely to go to prison, said Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nearly 40 percent of inmates lack a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to the census data. “The criminal economy is one of the only alternatives in some of these places,” Orfield said. “You basically have the criminalization of a whole community, particularly in some inner cities.” Blacks made up 41 percent of the nation’s 2 million prison and jail inmates in 2006. Non-Hispanic whites made up 37 percent and Hispanics made up 19 percent.160Want 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

Seven top players who snubbed Prem interest to sign a new contract this summer

first_img 2. Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona (linked to Manchester United) – Manchester United were linked with a staggering £157m offer for Neymar earlier in the summer before the Brazilian signed a new five-year contract at the Camp Nou. It’s not the first time the Red Devils had been credited with interest, and it may not be the last. 5. Willian signed a new contract with Chelsea (linked to Manchester United) – With Jose Mourinho taking over at Manchester United, it look little time for reports over which player(s) from former club Chelsea he wants to sign emerged. One such player was Willian, but the Brazilian put any speculation over his future to rest by agreeing an improved four-year deal with the Blues. 7 It’s been a busy summer of comings and goings in the Premier League, already.But amid the arrivals and departures, there have been a number of acts of loyalty from top players, rejecting interest to stay put.Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been snubbed, seeing targets sign new and improved contracts with their current clubs.Many will remember Sergio Ramos, last summer, taking advantage of United interest by bagging himself a new deal with Real Madrid… could Paul Pogba do the same at Juventus?Check out the top players who signed a new contract this summer, thereby rejecting transfer interest from the Premier League by viewing the slideshow above. 7 7 3. Jamie Vardy signed a new contract with Leicester City (linked to Arsenal) – Arsenal reportedly triggered the release-clause of Vardy while the striker was on international duty with England at the Euro 2016 finals, but he wasn’t swayed by their interest. Soon after such reports emerged, the 29-year-old signed a new deal with the Premier League champions until 2019. 7 7 6. Marko Arnautovic signed a new contract with Stoke City (linked to Everton) – Arnautovic agreed a new four-year contract with the Potters until 2021 earlier this week, ending Toffees speculation. Ronald Koeman, the new Everton manager, was reportedly considering a move for the centre forward. 7. Troy Deeney signed a new contract with Watford (linked to Leicester City) – With the possibility of losing star players to rivals, the Foxes were reportedly considering a £30m offer for Deeney. But given his clear affection for the club, few were surprised by the striker committing his future to the Hornets with a new five-year deal. 1. Ben Chilwell signed a new contract with Leicester City (linked to Liverpool) – click the arrow above, right, to check out six more players who rejected Premier League interest to agree a new deal at their current club – Jurgen Klopp was said to be keen on signing Chilwell to provide competition for the unconvincing Alberto Moreno. The 19-year-old, however, has committed his future to the Foxes, agreeing a new five-year deal. 7 4. Antoine Griezmann signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid (linked to Chelsea) – Chelsea have been heavily credited with interest over the past two seasons, but the France international quickly put any speculation over his future this summer to bed by agreeing to extend his contract to 2021. Should his form continue, though, the Blues won’t be put off by his new deal. 7last_img read more


first_imgIt just gets better-after being awarded RSVP’s top Salon in Ulster the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team, Centre of Excellence have now been nominated and shortlisted for RSVP’s Top Salon in Ireland and this would not have been possible without your votes!We have just one week left to reach the top spot and be crowned the Best Salon in Ireland but we can’t do it without your help! We would really love you to vote for us so that we can bring this award to Donegal!Patrick said “We are so proud to represent Donegal in this prestigious award and would like to thank everyone that has voted. The good news is if you have voted for us already you can now vote for us again by clicking here are overwhelmed by all the support we have received so far and this award would be a great reflection on our team and the small business community in the North West. Thank you for your support! Don’t forget to share it with your friends! PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING NOMINATED FOR BEST HAIR SALON IN IRELAND was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more