Corbett wants greater opportunity for local ‘ballers’

first_imgFormer Jamaica national football captain, the legendary and versatile Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, has a burning passion for the development of Jamaica’s football and has longed to play a role in the advancement of the sport locally. Recently, the former local idol has been afforded such an opportunity to make his contribution when newly appointed national Under-20 coaches, Craig Butler and Ricardo Gardner, invited him to share his experience and knowledge with the team. Cargill, who captained the national team for six years and led the country to the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and their third-place Gold Cup finish in 1993 before retiring shortly afterwards, is presently the Under-15 coach of Miramar United Elite FC in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and one of his greatest desires is to see young Jamaican footballers make the transition from national youth teams into the senior side. However, he believes lack of exposure, experience and quality facilities locally will continue to hamper the progress of young local talent and the sport’s development in general. “Jamaica’s football has made a big jump because we qualified for World Cup. My only concern is, after the World Cup what did we achieve?” he queried. “Normally, you should have a facility, because FIFA allocates money anytime a team goes to the World Cup. But the national programme doesn’t have a facility and that is a setback. That (facilities) is where the game is going now, you need facilities to grow,” he told The Gleaner. “They (Butler and Gardner) have reached out to me and it’s nice, even if it is just in a small capacity. To know you are respected by your fellow players who want you around is a good feeling. The beauty is (Craig) Butler and (Ricardo) Gardner are in charge of the Under-20s and they invited me to just to be around the team and give voluntary support and (share) the little experience I have. “I will support the programme because they need sponsors, and I am willing to support them 200 per cent, just so they can give the youths experience,” he reasoned. Corbett also wants to assist the senior team one day and he is hoping this is just the start of his reconnection with local football and the national football programme. “I don’t really push myself up. But I don’t have to be a coach around a national programme. Any capacity, anything I can do to help; that’s why I am here, to help Butler and Gardner and anything that they need that we can do,” he concluded. However, of greater concern is the transition of our junior national players into the senior team. Corbett said there is too much focus on overseas-born players representing Jamaica, when all the talent we need is right here. “In Jamaican football, if you play Under-17, by time you reach Under-20 they throw you away, and it’s not that those players aren’t good, but you need a ladder. Where is the feeder tree, why not invest in the youth level? “But they don’t invest in the Under-17s, the Under-20s and Under-23s, and that is sad really because exposure is what gives you experience. “The senior team plays a lot of friendlies all over the world, but the young kids play local club, so where is the exposure and experience going to come from? So, that is lacking as they do not want to invest the money,” Corbett bemoaned. “At nine years and 10 years, we were the best in the world,” he recalled. “(Winston) Chung-Fah proved that years ago when there was the Miami Classics and we won that every year, nine- to 12-year-olds. But after 12 (years), nothing, and I realise Jamaica doesn’t invest in kids. Nobody wants to wait, everyone wants to plant a seed and reap tomorrow, but we will never go anywhere like that. “The US team invests about US$6-7 million in their youths and our investment is worth about 50,000, still we match strides with them. So just give them a little more opportunity and expose them and they can do it,” he continued. With regard to his involvement, Corbett, who lives in Miami, is looking to contribute in any shape or form and to any of the other programmes. But he is also looking to learn as much as he can from two of the country’s most successful local talents to make it professionally overseas. MUTUAL RESPECT LOCAL TALENTlast_img read more

Things we learned: Mohun Bagan 2-0 Tollygunge

first_imgMohun Bagan 2-0 Tollygunge Agragami: Report and three things we learned Last updated 2 years ago 19:41 9/3/17 Subhash Bhowmick The Mariners caught up with their arch-rivals, courtesy a victory on Sunday evening. Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan continued their winning run in the Calcutta Football League (CFL), getting the better of Subhash Bhowmick coached Tollygunge Agragami 2-0 at the club ground on Sunday evening. Ansumana Kromah and Nikhil Kadam scored on either side of half-time to earn three points in a match where Mohun Bagan dominated mostly but also lived dangerously midway into the second half before getting their second goal.The turn-out, once again, was surreal, with the 22,000 capacity stadium full and more people catching the match outside the venue in a giant screen – something that has been organized for the first time in Indian football to pacify the fans who don’t get to enter the ground once it’s houseful. Subhash Bhowmick, the former coach of the side, who had played a pivotal role in recruiting players who made the core of the club’s winning XI in the last three seasons, returned to the club as the opponent coach on an evening where the applauds were reserved for club legend Jose Ramirez Barreto, who was celebrating his birthday.Kromah opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the match, after a sublime back-heel by Kamo found him in front of goal. While Sourav Chakraborty, the Tollygunge custodian did well to stop two shots by Kamo Bayi, Laltu Hembram hit the cross-bar once at the opposite end. However, it was Nikhil Kadam’s header late into the second half which put the tie to bed, after he was left unmarked while being fed by a cross from the left by Pintu Mahato as the opponent defenders remained focused only on keeping the foreigner duo chained. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Here are three things we learned from the match:Mohun Bagan’s wings cut-off?The fact that Mohun Bagan were able to hit the ground running in this edition of the CFL and unlike many other recent seasons was mainly due to the fact that their foreigner duo of Ansumana Kromah and Kamo Bayi scored tons of goals, getting good support from the two wingers Chesterpaul Lyngdoh and Azharuddin Mullick. While the form of the two overseas players has continued to excel, the two young Indian wingers have looked increasingly off-colour in their recent appearances. Just like last Sunday, Azhar once again missed a couple of golden chances to register his name on the score-sheet but floundered both while Lyngdoh, though impressive in patches, looked far from his usual lively self.With arch-rivals East Bengal depending heavily on their two wingers Laldanmawia and Brandon, it’s high time Shankarlal Chakraborty works hard to help his wingers returns to shape, which will automatically take the pressure of the two strikers who are keeping the Mariners up and running.Mohun Bagan defense growing in confidenceWhile the goalkeeping and midfield continue to remain a cause of concern for the Green and Maroon management, their defense has grown in stature. Skipper Kinshuk Debnath returned to the starting line-up on Sunday and had a good outing, even though his man of the match award would look a bit far-fetched. Eze Kingsley hasn’t taken many a wrong step in his Maidan career so far while Ricky on the left did well to come in at times and outnumber the opponent midfield, especially while creating the move for the first goal. It will be interesting to see whether right-back Arijit Bagui can keep his place in the presence of Sarthak Golui, but the local boy has also come a long way after a horrid first match against Southern Samity. Though it should be stressed time and again that the Mariners -like the other two big teams – have not faced any strong attacking unit yet, but ahead of their match against Mohammedan Sporting on 10th and East Bengal on 24th, the defense has been able to live up to its name. Ambition killing small teams’ hopes?Till about a few years back, the smaller teams of the Maidan used to ‘park the bus’ against the giants trying to win a solitary point, but the situation has changed drastically over the last couple of seasons. With four teams facing relegation in the ten-team league, the teams are not shy to go on the offensive even against the likes of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.While this has resulted in upsets at times, overall it has done no good to their cause, making the game more open to the advantage of the forwards of the big clubs. The score-lines have thus started to look more humiliating, but the quality of football is better.This, precisely was the case on Sunday, where Tollygunge rarely tried to make their own territory crowded and tried to weave together passes to build their own moves. Their two foreigners Anthony Wolfe and Bekay Bawar are too static and physical to roam around as their playing style requires, but that didn’t stop young players like Hira Mondal and Laltu Hembram from showing their potential. The goal by Nikhil Kadam was a big face-saver for the hosts, who spent a good 20 minutes in the second half being the second best side in the contest. read morelast_img read more

Mechanical Water Meters to Be Replaced Over Next Five Years

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, along with principals of the NWC and Diehl Metering, recently signed a US$43.9 million contract to supply 450,000 meters to the NWC. The signing ceremony was held at Jamaica House. Story Highlights Over the next five years, the National Water Commission (NWC) will be replacing mechanical water meters with new high-tech electronic devices, which will result in improved quality of service to consumers and a reduction in operational costs for the agency.The solid-state water meters, to be supplied by the German company, Diehl Metering, are rated among the best in the industry, utilising some of the latest technologies, and feature batteries that will last for a minimum of 15 years.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, along with principals of the NWC and Diehl Metering, recently signed a US$43.9 million contract to supply 450,000 meters to the NWC. The signing ceremony was held at Jamaica House.Dr. Chang said the signing is a continuation of a project, which saw the installation of 5,000 similar meters supplied by Diehl as part of the NWC’s efforts to improve efficiencies in its network.“We will be able to change almost all the meters (across the island)… and take care of additional metering over the next few years,” he said.He said a significant feature of the technology is that it will increase the NWC’s capacity to more accurately account for water supplied, which will reduce losses due to non-revenue water (NRW).NRW refers to water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer. Losses can occur as a result of leaks, theft, or metering inaccuracies. According to recent reports, more than 50 per cent of the country’s water is lost in this way.“Having satisfactory metering systems (is important) so we can measure accurately what people buy. We want to ensure that (what we supply) is paid for and we can keep water rates reasonable,” Dr. Chang said.He noted that procurement of the new meters is part of the Government’s continued efforts to correct inefficiencies in order to improve water supply to Jamaicans while reducing costs.Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Joachim Christoph Schmillen, said the contract signing was the result of hard work and dedication by Diehl Metering and the strong belief of the Jamaican Government in the state-of-the-art technology offered by the company.“Soon, more or less everyone on the island will be in very close, direct contact with advanced, reliable and sophisticated German technology. For me as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, it is of certain importance that such a huge company like Diehl is now engaged in Jamaica offering a convincing, unbeatable product, which was positively tested in an initial test phase,” he said.For his part, President, Diehl Metering, Frank Gutzeit, thanked the Government for trusting the company’s technology, assuring that Diehl is a reliable partner with more than 155 years of success in the business of engineering water meters.The new meters feature easy-to-read digital displays, which reduce the risk of erroneous readings.They also contain a tamper-resistant mechanism that leaves evidence of any attempts to interfere with the instrument. In addition, they can be read remotely, and can also detect leakages. Over the next five years, the National Water Commission (NWC) will be replacing mechanical water meters with new high tech electronic devices, which will result in improved quality of service to consumers and a reduction in operational costs for the agency. “Having satisfactory metering systems (is important) so we can measure accurately what people buy. We want to ensure that (what we supply) is paid for and we can keep water rates reasonable,” Dr. Chang said.last_img read more

14th Best Buddies Challenge Hearst Castle

first_imgBest Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce that Steve Hearst and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 14th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola.Journalist and Author Maria Shriver will serve as Honorary Chair Emeritus. More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 9.“I take great pride and pleasure in welcoming the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola back to Hearst Ranch and I am honored to serve as the Honorary Co-Chair for this year’s festivities, said Steve Hearst. “The Hearst Corporation and I maintain an overwhelming sense of community as we welcome Best Buddies to the Ranch again this year. We greatly enjoy our partnership with Best Buddies International and we salute and celebrate all of their milestones and achievements. Best Buddies International’s global volunteer efforts exemplify humanity, unity and dignity, making a positive difference in communities around the world, embodying the true meaning of the word Friendship. I am pleased that year after year, the Ranch has proven to be the perfect venue for this spectacular event. Let’s make this the best and most successful year yet.”The Challenge kicks-off with the Official Opening Ceremony of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle presented by Pepsi-Cola on Friday, September 8 at the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon, CA. Participants, VIPs, sponsors and guests are invited to attend Opening Ceremonies, in which guests will enjoy food, cocktails and other refreshments. The reception will include musical performances and a program led by Best Buddies International Founder and Chairman Anthony K. Shriver, designed to celebrate Best Buddies programs and key supporters.On Saturday, September 9, hundreds of cyclists will take to the starting line in San Simeon with a world class 100, 60, 30, and 15-mile ride and 5K run or walk hosted by nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. Participants will make their way through the course, until they arrive at the Finish Line Village at the picturesque Hearst Castle Beach Club. Open to all ages and athletic abilities, participants and supporters ride, run or walk side-by-side with celebrities, professional athletes and notable guests. The Hearst Castle Challenge will be capped off by a barbeque, awards ceremony and live concert by the legendary KC and the Sunshine Band.Several celebrity supporters, professional athletes and notable guests are scheduled to attend the Challenge, including: Actors Jamie Brewer, Nolan Gould, Jason Lewis, Charlotte McKinney, Lauren Potter, and Patrick Schwarzenegger; professional cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde; Dr. Maya Warren, Cold Stone Creamery Tastemaster, Food Scientist and winner of The Amazing Race season 25; Miss California USA 2017 India Williams and Miss California Teen USA 2017 Jaanu Patel.Challenge sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor, Pepsi-Cola, Official Beverage of Best Buddies Challenges; The Hearst Corporation; Hublot; Chevron Corporation; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Silicon Valley Bank; Capital Dynamics; Carnival Cruise Line; First Solar; The GEO Group Foundation; Natixis Global Asset Management; Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E); Pilot Freight Services; Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Testa Catering, Official Caterer of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle; BMC Switzerland, Official Bike Sponsor; and The San Francisco Chronicle.last_img read more