Stewart doesn’t want national call up

first_imgTo fans of local football, attacking player Tremaine Stewart should be a fixture in the national team. Fans, however, should not hold their breath, as, according to Stewart himself, that will not happen.The player, who first shone as a schoolboy for Eltham before graduating to August Town FC and Portmore United locally, recently replied with a blunt “no” to questions about playing with the Reggae Boyz band.”No,” Stewart told The Gleaner after starring for Portmore United in a recent Red Stripe Premier League game against Boys’ Town FC.”I am not interested in playing for the national team. This is because of the history I have with the national team. I don’t think I should go into it, but I will cut it short and say that my biggest fan in the world, my big brother, passed away when I was in the national team and I never got the kind of response that I wanted from them at the time, so I decided that I don’t want to be a part of it,” he said.That incident happened in 2013 when current interim coach Theodore Whitmore was in charge and Stewart said he needed a little time off to attend to matters relating to his brother’s funeral, but was not pleased with how the situation was handled. That, he said, has hurt him so deeply that he wants nothing to do with the national team.”It does not matter what I do now as a part of my Premier League team. I don’t wish to be a part of the national team. If they called me, I would not take it,” the skillful player said.Stewart even indicated that he has even turned down an offer from former national coach Winfried Sch‰efer to be a part of the unit.”Yes, there was a time when Sch‰efer invited me and I did not take it. I did not take it because of the response I got from them when my brother passed. My brother passed a few years ago and they never understood me or helped me in the way that I wanted. I wanted time off,” he reiterated.FIRM DECISIONSo firm is Stewart in his decision to shun the national team that only his parents can influence a change of heart.”For a change of mind and heart to happen, I will have to talk to my parents. Only my parents can say yes I should play, and I haven’t asked them and they haven’t said that to me,” the 12-time capped player explained.The national team aside, Stewart still enjoys his football and is focused on getting one last professional opportunity outside the country. This opportunity would follow stints with Aalesund (Norway) from 2012-2014 and RoPS in Finland in 2015.”I am working really hard because I want to get another contract (overseas). I was last overseas in Finland and did a surgery on my ankle. Some people may not know, but I did that last year and that has been affecting me on and off, but I decided that I was not going to let it hold me down. I am fighting through it and getting back to my best”last_img read more

Start with Mr Universe

first_imgChampion trainer Wayne DaCosta has all the keys to tomorrow’s opening race in the Sunrise-6 at Caymanas Park. DaCosta will saddle three of the seven runners, including the well-handicapped MR UNIVERSE. The three-year-old colt competed well against the best of his age group in the latter part of last year and comes in very light at 49kg to make his seasonal debut. He was fourth in the 1600 metres Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes on December 27, toting 57kg. Now training very well and with just a feather on his back, he should score an easy win over SIMPLY THE BEST, the only four-year-old in the field. Race Two is an 1100 metres event for five-year-old-and-up maidens. The one best equipped to pull off a victory is the Patrick Fong-trained BREEZY. The six-year-old mare led for most of the way in a 1300-metre race on March 18 before he was passed by winner Askaboutme, who went up to non-winners of two and performed creditably on April 15. KNOTTY AFFAIR The third race is a very knotty affair for four-year-olds and up. NUCLEAR WARNING and VISION OF GOLD won well in their last outings, but both could fall victim to BUBBLING KITTEN, who is long overdue for a win. The Anthony Nunes-trained filly finished just over five lengths behind the vastly improved Lottery Ticket on March 11, clocking 1:13.3 for 1200 metres. LIKE A LADY is also in the seven-horse field and did finish ahead of BUBBLING KITTEN in that race, but 1400 metres could prove just a bit too long for the Hamark Farms-owned filly. Down-in-class PRINCESS BRIANNA and OCEAN SEEKER will decide race four over 1100 metres. Both have dropped to the lowest level after running well against better horses. PRINCESS BRIANNA was seven by 13 lengths to Fort Knox last weekend in an event over 1000 metres round. OCEAN SEEKER has been training well since finishing seventh by 11 lengths to Seeking The Dawn over 1000 metres straight. The four-year-old filly trained well on April 16, galloping 1:09.3 for 11 metres, and should now be fit enough to take care of this field. Trainer Anthony Nunes’, PIANO MAN looked fit and ready for a big run when finishing fifth by four lengths to Flying Machine over 1300 metres last Saturday. BOUNCE was also in that race and was just ahead of PIANO MAN at the finish after leading for a long way. The two will decide the fifth event, with the latter getting the nod. UNCLE FRANK missed out on making his debut on April 15 when he was injured after entering the track. The DaCosta-trained three-year-old gelding is a full brother to open allowance campaigner Polly B and is tipped to win race six over 1000 metres straight. SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. MR UNIVERSE 2. BREEZY 3. BUBBLING KITTEN 4, OCEAN SEEKER 5. PIANO MAN 6. UNCLE FRANKlast_img read more

‘Poverty Has No Tribe’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has said that although poverty affects the majority of the Liberian people, it is not their destiny – and that it can be changed by the Movement for Economic Empowerment.Because poverty affects all, irrespective of tribe, Dr. Jones called on Liberian voters to be wary of politicians who use tribal politics to ascend to the presidency.Dr. Jones spoke last Friday during a tour of four towns in Bong County (Salala, Totota, Zeansue and Gbarnga), where he told a gathering of hundreds of supporters at each of the visited towns to discourage any politician that preaches tribal politics.Dr. Jones told partisans and others that many Liberians are affected by poverty, which he blamed on the poor quality of the country’s leadership since independence in 1847.Known across the country as ‘Poverty Doctor’, Dr Jones told partisans that it is his party’s responsibility to lift Liberians out of poverty, adding that “MOVEE is a party for the teacher, the driver, the motorcycle rider, marketers,” among others.He admonished the crowds that if any politician tries using tribal identity as a means of getting their votes, they should ask him or her if their tribal kinship has ever given them jobs or benefits.Dr. Jones said the primary issue is not about speaking the same language or coming from the same tribal background but rather about who cares for the Liberian people. He made reference to his empowerment efforts throughout the country when he used the opportunity he had as the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia to make sure that Liberians in the leeward counties have access to loans to improve their lives.With a consistent message that poverty is not the destiny of Liberians and that MOVEE can lift them out of poverty, Dr. Jones said the greatest enemy of the Liberian people is poverty.“When you are poor you have no human dignity and your children and wives don’t respect you,” Dr. Jones said, “you only exist…and MOVEE is here to change that.”He called on Liberians not to allow the same old way of doing things to remain the status quo, “because change is coming,” and they must “join the movement for it.”Dr. Jones said Liberians should decide to make a change for justice, equal opportunities, fairness; and a land of promise, a land of possibilities, and must look up to working together for the promise that MOVEE stands for.Meanwhile, speaking on the controversial Code of Conduct, Dr Jones asked: “Why did many people think I was the target? What have I done to be the target?”He described as misinformation news that he had been barred from running in the election or that the Code of Conduct had affected his presidential bid for the October elections. “Go out there and tell your people that Dr. Jones’ name will be on the ballot for the president in October,” he told them.Dr. Jones said in all his deliberations, he wants Liberians to get out of poverty, and had helped many in the country to get financial independence which should not be counted as evil against him.In their responses, representatives of the National Petty Traders Union of Totota, the Welekermah Women Association of Salala, and other organizations expressed appreciation for the clarity that his name will be on the ballot.They assured him of their support because of what he did for them as Governor, which they believe would be bigger and better when he is elected President of Liberia in October.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Dr. Jones says poverty has no tribe; and therefore, Liberians should avoid tribal politicslast_img read more

Stabroek Market clock remains unrepaired

first_imgUS Govt 2016 donation…as Engineering Department drags foot on projects, plans – CoI hearsAlmost three years after US$41,000 was donated to City Hall by the US Embassy on behalf of the United States Government, for repair works on the Stabroek Market Clock, the structure remains unrepaired, as the restoration process was never orchestrated.City HallThis is according to City Engineer, Colvern Venture, who made these remarks under oath on Friday before the Commission of Inquiry into City Hall.“Based on my knowledge, those works weren’t executed,” said Venture when asked as to what is the current status of this operation.The clock, an iconic masterpiece that overlooks the city, is bounded by the Demerara River and houses one of the main business hubs, the Stabroek Market. During a statutory session in April of this year, there was a clash of ideas as to how the structure would be repaired.Ambassador Perry HollowayCity Hall’s cash-strapped crisis was also blamed for failing to conduct repairs as well as the fact that additional works on supporting erections were necessary.Town Clerk Royston King argued that these structures needed to be rehabilitated before works can be done. He stated that only two companies qualified for the works that are estimated at GY$56 million but did not have the funds nor the capacity to execute such.The then Deputy Mayor, Lionel Jaikaran, advised that he go ahead and ask Central Government for assistance. However, it has been six months and no intervention.Kitty MarketWith respect to the Kitty Market, the Commission heard that substandard materials were sourced to conduct the works which was part of the $250 million restoration exercise. Councillor Bishram Kupen submitted his statement, verifying that poor quality of wood was purchased for these works.Being the head of his department, Venture was questioned as to whether he was pleased with the pace of work at the site. This is given from the fact that those works were ongoing since 2015 and the he asserted that he was not satisfied with the progress.Stabroek Market clock remains unrepairedThere was a number of other rehabilitation works which were not completed, inclusive of the Mayor’s Complex.Millions of dollars were also awarded for the restoration of the City Constabulary Training Complex on Water Street, Georgetown, and according to Venture, those works were completed. However, the condition of that building paints a different picture. During a visit by the Commission to the Complex on Thursday, the rooms were water-logged and unkempt, with historical records stored among the termite-infested walls.He was asked as to whether the building was inspected to which he retorted that it was and it is his views that the structure is not “habitable”.Ironically, Venture had no knowledge whatsoever on the model houses that are being constructed by City Hall on Government reserves in Guyhoc.Delayed plansThe City Engineer dodged several questions that were asked by the Commission as it related to the time lapse of years for plans to be approved, when in fact it should take just a few weeks if all the documents are intact.After the plan is sent to the relevant agency, only one week is needed for internal processing before the draft is finalised.“With all things equal, within a week’s period that plan should be signed off,” Venture posited.This situation redirected particularly on a popular restaurant franchise which would have submitted five applications, and none were granted until the CoI was established.Chief Executive Officer of Camex Restaurants Incorporated, Terence Campbell testified on October 3, 2018, stating that he lost over $30 million because the plans were not approved.City Hall has an excess of 800 persons employed to the Council.last_img read more

Winners of the Peace Country Open and 2019 Ladies Open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual Peace Country Open took place at the Lake Point Golf & Country Club.Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, 2019The following are the winners of the 2019 Petron Communications Peace Country Open;- Advertisement -Mens: Ritch HoskerSeniors: Gene DanylukLadies: Ann SawyerLake Point Golf & Country Club presents the 2019 Ladies Open.The one-day tournament is a two-person best-ball event.Advertisement The event takes place Saturday, July 20th, 2019 and includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, and prizes, at $50 per member, $80 per non-member.Deadline to enter the event is Thursday, July 18th, 2019Call the Pro shop at 250-785-5566 ext. 1 for more information and to register.last_img read more

Real Betis open talks with Sunderland over midfielder

first_img1 Real Betis have re-opened talks with Sunderland over the transfer of Senegalese midfielder Alfred N’Diaye.The 24-year-old spent half of last season on loan at Betis but failed to prevent them from slipping out of the Spanish top flight.Betis had an option to sign him permanently for £3.5m in May but opted against doing so as they were unwilling to match Sunderland’s valuation.N’Diaye, meanwhile, harboured hopes of playing in a top-tier league with Sunderland or another club next season.However, N’Diaye has failed to attract any other suitors and Gus Poyet is willing to negotiate a cut-price deal with Betis as the France-born anchorman is not in his plans at the Stadium of Light.And sources in Spain claim N’Diaye could now head back to the Spanish second-tier club for a reduced fee of £1.6m. Alfred N’Diaye in action for Real Betis last season last_img read more


first_imgTHIS year’s Ulster Final is set to be a repeat of last year – Donegal v Monaghan in Clones.The current champions beat Armagh in the semi-final replay today with five points to spare.Much was made of Donegal’s defeat to Monaghan last year. So Jim McGuinness and his team will be eager to put matters right on July 20.Donegal will be going all out for a win – and their third Ulster title in four years.Monaghan eventually saw off Armagh in today’s replay by 1-18 to 1-13, sending Armagh into a qualifier clash with Tyrone.But the big game – the final – will see Donegal v Monaghan. Tickets for the match, which is expected to draw another huge crowd to Clones, will go on sale through clubs, online and at Centra outlets from Tuesday.ARMAGH 1-13 1-18 MONAGHANArmagh scorers: A Findon 1-0, T Kernan 0-7, E McVerry 0-1, J Clarke 0-5Monaghan scorers: D Hughes 0-2, C McManus 1-7, P Finlay 0-3, R Beggan 0-2, S Gollogly 0-1, C McGuinness 0-1, D Malone 0-1, D Clerkin 0-1 IT’S THE BATTLE OF CLONES 2 AS MONAGHAN SET UP ULSTER FINAL WITH DONEGAL was last modified: July 6th, 2014 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:armaghdonegalMonaghanUlster Finallast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL captain Michael Murphy lifted the Allianz National League Division Two title at Croke Park today – and then paid tribute to his fellow players and manager.To cheers from delighted Donegal supporters, the brilliant Murphy also paid tribute to Laois for their part in an enthralling game – particularly in the second half. Donegal eventually won by 2-11 to 0-16 – a one point margin – after playing most of the second half with 14 men.Goals from skipper Michael Murphy in the first half and from in-form Colm McFadden at the start of the second half had given Donegal the cushion to just abouth withstand a Laois comeback.Having been written off by the press ahead of the game, Donegal defied the critics and go into Division One next season as Division Two champions.It was the culmination of weeks of hard work by the Donegal side who can have confidence going into the Championship in just three weeks time. You can read a match report here: VIDEO: CAPTAIN MURPHY LIFTS DIVISION 2 CROWN AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO McGUINNESS was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Croke ParkDDTVdonegaldonegaldailyGAA LaoisMichael Murphylast_img read more


first_imgThis week’s Charlie Collins’ Talking Sport is with Donegal team manager, Jim McGuinness as he talks about his role and time at Celtic Football Club and looks forward to next Sunday’s Ulster Final against Monaghan in Clones as Donegal attempt to make it three Ulster Senior Titles in a row.It’s a feature-length interview.So sit back, play and enjoy.   DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS IS TALKING SPORT WITH DONEGAL MANAGER JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: July 14th, 2013 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:Celtic football clubCharlie Collins Talking SportDonegal GAAJim McGuinnesslast_img read more