Burrell is a decent, honest man – Simoes

first_imgRene Simoes has said that the negative public opinion of Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell is unfair because he has always known him to be a man of principles. The former national technical director is currently on vacation in the island and said that throughout his time in the role, he has always defended him against public criticism and that will never change. “The period I was here, I took fight with many many persons outside of the federation, and from the press because they talk about him,” Simies says. “I’d say, ‘No way! No way!’ I’m there, I could see everything, and the respect of the programme – the financial, the administrative, everything, I was there. There is no way for anybody to take a penny from this programme. So the period I was here, he was really a decent man, an honest man, so what people say is not true.” Simoes, who worked in Jamaica from 1994-2000, then again in 2008, believes that it is unfortunate that what he describes as Burrell’s loyalty to former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president Austin ‘Jack’ Warner led to trouble for him. Simies is referring to FIFA’s six-month suspension of Burrell in 2011 with regard to a case involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam. “Captain was a guy to support Jack Warner 100 per cent. If he wasn’t suspended, he could’ve been the president of CONCACAF today. The story I know is that he was suspended because he was loyal to Jack Warner and he couldn’t go behind the back of the guy, but nothing happened to him (Warner), you know.” Simies compared the situation to issues back in his homeland of Brazil. “Look at the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF), one is in jail, another one, if he goes to the United States, he goes to jail, and the third one is there in power and cannot leave Brazil, but Captain can leave (Jamaica) and go everywhere. For me, that means something. I’d be very disappointed if one day I heard anything about him misbehaving in this area because this is not what he showed me.” Simoes told The Gleaner that his visit to the island is in no way concerning him coming back in a coaching role as he now spends his time as a life coach, rather than on the sidelines of football fields. STORY OF SUSPENSIONlast_img read more

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New Direction for Diana E. Davis High

first_imgClose to 900 students of the Diana E. Davis elementary, junior and senior high school in Brewerville, outside Monrovia, are offering an educational experience that Liberian parents have always wanted for their children.Principal Raymond Godfrey said from a low student population of 160, his administration has been able to increase enrollment to 900.“We have been able to convince the community here and many parents that we are in for serious business,” Godfrey said in an interview last Saturday at the school’s campus.As part of his encouraging initiatives, the school boasts of instructors with the minimum qualification of Bachelor of Science degree. “We are not doing things like business as usual because we are aware that building Christian virtues of honesty and appreciation for hard work demands consistent enforcement of realistic values in our students,” he said. It was due to such valued expectations from students that he recently ordered the three-day suspension of 41 12th grade students who did not appreciate the new but improved changes that were taking place in the school.“We have begun a process to ensure that our students succeed in future examinations, either at the West African Examination Council or elsewhere,” Godfrey said. “As a result, we are making sure that our students are well prepared for any future challenges.”The school is making learning an exciting experience. There are debating clubs and choir groups and an improved cafeteria is located near the campus.“We have solar power and the school has light every day,” Principal Godfrey noted. “In addition, we also have well equipped computer and science labs as well as a furnished and stocked library. And I can tell you that our students are having the best of time in their studies.” He said the school is expecting a consignment of books from a group in Germany. A phone booth is located at the campus for students’ convenience.According to Principal Godfrey, the school has introduced extracurricular activities, including sports, since mental exercise must be complemented with physical training.“Our basketball court is almost complete and we have kickball and soccer teams,” he said. “Everything that is done or being developed at the school is supported by the Parent Teachers Association, whose members participate in activities of their children.”He revealed that a scholarship program is being developed for students who make the Principal’s Honor Roll List. “Such students will be offered one-year scholarships.”“We are striving to change negative attitudes to positive ones,” Godfrey said, “and we must start to develop attitudes that are measured with godly principles right here in the school.”These improved ideas are supported by the school’s proprietor, Madam Diana E. Davis, who is actively involved in the improvements and achievements the school is experiencing.“The Lord Jesus Christ,” she said, “is the real owner of the school.” But when it was pointed out that as the proprietor, she is the Lord’s earthly representative she was beside herself with laughter.The school is also equipped with reliable security personnel. A former soccer captain of St. Joseph’s Warriors and Lone Star fame, Principal Raymond Godfrey recently returned home after more than 30 years in the United States. He told the Daily Observe that he has set his sights to lead the Diana E. Davis Elementary, Junior and Senior High School to help Liberia in its quest to provide better education for its future leaders.Godfrey holds a PhD degree in human service management and a Master’s in human service administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NO IMPACT FROM MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ON SAYE TOWN COMMUNITY

first_imgMr. Editor,Thanks a million for granting space to me in your widely read and prestigious newspaper to candidly air my views regarding an issue which has lingered on my mind for a lengthy period. It has to do with the relocation of the Ministry of Education (MOE) from Broad Street to the poverty-stricken Saye Town Community.Quite honestly, the hearts of many of the residents leapt with profound joy and satisfaction when the ministry moved into our community more than two years ago, because we were of the strong conviction that this prime government entity would positively impact the community.Disappointingly, nothing has happened since then. 3rd Street which the Ministry uses often is still in a deplorable state, and the nine community schools which are only a stone’s throw away from the Ministry are all in desperate need of assistance as they strive to provide quality education to our children.It will surprise your many readers to note that more than 100 of our school-aged children are yet to enroll for the 2016-17 academic year because of financial constraints confronting their parents. This is precisely what prompted our humanitarian organization, Concerned Residents/Liberia, to launch the back-to-school program on Saturday, December 10 at Vision Christian Academy in Saye Town.Though this program was well organized and planned, the attendance was highly discouraging because many of the invited guests failed to attend. Among the guests that we anticipated were representatives from the Ministry. Regrettably, we received a letter from the office of the Minister dated December 6 asserting that he is currently out of the country, and therefore, will not be able to serve in the capacity we requested.The question that springs to mind is: were there no other officials at the Ministry to proxy for the Minister? If the answer is in the affirmative, then why were representatives from the Ministry absent from this important event?Mr. Editor, you will agree with me and the other well-meaning Liberians that there is an urgent need for the Ministry, the Government of Liberia and the larger society to attach grave importance to providing quality education to all of our children.Minister George Kronnisanyon Werner and his co-workers should consider themselves as social workers to exert conscious effort to ensure that Liberia’s educational sector blossoms to a new height.Let me close by extending an invitation to Minister Werner and his co-workers to visit our community schools situated near the Ministry to obtain a firsthand account of how these schools are faring. He and the others will obviously become convinced of the need to provide subsidies to all community schools.Yes, these are difficult times. Yet this is the time when we must tap our ideas, thoughts and imaginations to strategize the way forward to providing quality education to the children.Remember, education plays a leading role in forging Liberia’s growth and development.Jahbulleh C. Dempster3rd Street, Saye TownMonrovia, Liberia Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Charlie Lake Post Office finds new location

first_imgShe also says the land is right across the road from the Charlie Lake Store.The make-shift Post Office will be operational within a day or two of the land agreement signing, and Williams will provide an update when it becomes available.In the meantime, Charlie Lake customers can still pick up their mail from the Fort St. John Post Office, located at 10139 101st avenue. Residents are asked to pick up their mail from 12pm-3pm. Canada Post has secured a trailer for its temporary Post Office in Charlie Lake.The new Post Office will be operational until the Charlie Lake Store is repaired. The store caught on fire on May 5th, and caused water and smoke damage to the post office.Spokesperson Theresa Williams says all the company needs, is signed approval from the land owner.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1391|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=edcca57efc9011e2eff6aab5719d0f44-Williams- post office 1_1_Pub.mp3]The good news is, Canada Post will be relocating the mailboxes from the Charlie Lake Store, into the new trailer.That means customers do not need to worry about new keys and mailboxes. Williams says the boxes will be cleaned before being installed into the new trailer.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GECOM data shows most discrepancies found in Georgetown, ECD & Berbice

first_imgData released by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) shows that of the over 20,000 persons the Commission will have to verify in field exercises starting today, as many as 2321 of those persons are from the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).Chief Elections OfficerKeith LowenfieldThis was revealed during a press conference on Wednesday at GECOM’s headquarters on Main Street, Georgetown.According to Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield, GECOM will first focus on areas with concentrated numbers of discrepancies.Besides the East Coast, there were 2106 registrants who were red-flagged in South Georgetown and 1528 in North Georgetown. There were also 1428 on the East Bank-Soesdyke areas, 1241 registrants from Parika and a combined 1751 persons from Whim, Corriverton and New Amsterdam.“So basically, we get to the locations with the scrutineers, they do their enquiring and we head back out. For the coast, my plan is if one team has to do 25 visitations per day, then I’ve arithmetically worked out the amount of teams I would need to ensure the amount of visitation for the large areas is done”.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh“So I’ll be asking of the Chief Scrutineers to provide those amounts of scrutineers for us. We will have to ask those who worked with us previously for house-to-house (to come on board) … because, no doubt, we don’t have the amount of staff. Our HR division is working to ensure that they indicate an interest in working so tomorrow (today) we can all assemble and cover all the ground in all the areas”.Lowenfield admitted that since GECOM does not have enough staff on its own to carry out the exercise, it needed to bring in persons who worked as enumerators previously on the recent house-to-house (H2H) exercise. While he could not say how many field workers GECOM will be sending out into communities, he gave some insight into the methodology that will be used.The list indicating a breakdown of the areas where field verification has to be done“I don’t have the numbers, but I can say arithmetically that if we have 16,000 (names to verify) and the intent is to have one team per day make 20 visits, I can provide the sum. But I have asked my officers to provide that information, understanding the geography in these areas”.He expressed hope that by tomorrow, their permanent and temporary staff could be assembled to conduct the exercise. For now, however, Lowenfield explained that he would be meeting with the chief scrutineers of the political parties to coordinate the exercise.TransparencyAt Tuesday’s statutory meeting, there was a split vote on whether to proceed with the exercise or not. GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh used her casting vote to break the deadlock. At Wednesday’s press conference, she explained her decision.“I ruled in the interest of transparency and because I would like a credible list. I would like for all to have a levelled playing field, so in the end, no one can complain that GECOM did something which was just foisted on them without having the new registrants fully verified. So, that is my decision in the interest of transparency,” Justice Singh explained.Some 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped H2H exercise were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.However, it was recently reported that international digital security company, Gemalto, indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18. But an internal check conducted by GECOM showed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some even voted in the past.The remaining 20,000 “new names” were up for further verification. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Government-nominated Commissioners were pushing to have a sample survey done from a sample size of 10 per cent from the 20,000 to verify these new names before they go on the voters’ list – a process which the PPP Opposition had objected to.The PPP has always contended that the H2H exercise, which ran from July 20 to August 31, was largely unsupervised and would produce flawed results. Indeed, the Party subsequently found that many of the persons listed as new registrants are either dead or were previously registered.last_img read more

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Colts find second-half surge

first_imgDiaz’s put-back made it 44-41, but Atascadero tied it seconds later on a 3-point play by freshman center Markita Hinton. Egardo drained what turned out to be the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining on a wide-open jumper from the top of the key. She later had a free throw for insurance. “We looked at the shot chart at halftime and noticed we missed a lot of easy ones,” Gustafson said. “Those are the shots we continued to get in the second half and we put them down. That’s what I think the biggest difference was.” Egardo was quiet in the second and third quarters, when she scored just two points. She didn’t score in the third, but Covina’s front court was enough to out-score the Greyhounds, 11-4. Egardo and Diaz finished with 14 points. Ashley Adams, the other half of Covina’s post tandem, had 10. Atascadero scored just 10 points in the second half. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Covina improved to 27-1 overall and will play either Marlborough or Jurupa Valley in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Four 3-pointers helped Atascadero to a 22-point second quarter that had Covina down by as many as 15 points. The Colts trailed, 33-21, at halftime. Led by Chantel Diaz, the Colts’ post game erupted in the second half and quickly got them back in the game. Covina didn’t take the lead, though, until Diaz’s banker made it 42-41 with 3:30 left in the game. “It could’ve been from anybody,” Diaz said while deflecting her part in the comeback to her teammates. “It feels great. Through the whole first half, I was trying to keep our heads up and keep trying.” “We could make a bounce pass on the weak side all night long and score,” Covina coach Greg Gustafson said. “Our kids started to cut to the right place (in the second half) and we made some nice passes that finished in layups. “And then, Blaire did what Blaire does – she made sure our team is going to win, whatever it takes.” center_img COVINA – Trailing by 12 points at halftime, most fans thought Blaire Egardo would have played a major role in the Covina High School girls basketball team’s comeback. Instead, Egardo simply added the finishing touch after Covina’s post players abused Atascadero something awful in the second half of a 48-44 win in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section III-AA playoffs on Wednesday. last_img read more

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Atalanta qualify for Champions League, Milan miss out

first_imgThe evening started with Inter, Atalanta, AC Milan and Roma battling for the two remaining Champions League spots and Empoli knowing that if they won they would survive.Because their ground is being redeveloped, Atalanta had to cede home advantage and play at Sassuolo where they quickly fell behind.Duvan Zapata levelled before half-time. After Sassuolo lost their scorer Domenico Berardi, who received a red card for his part in the mass brawl that ended the first half, Atalanta comfortably sealed third as goals by Alejandro Gomez and Mario Pasalic completed a 3-1 win.“It’s been an extraordinary season,” Atalanta president Antonio Percassi told Sky Sport.“My first hug was for (coach Gian Piero) Gasperini, for a lifetime. It’s already a given that he’ll still be here next season.”Milan took a two-goal lead at SPAL, with goals by Hakan Calhanoglu and Franck Kessie, but Francesco Vicari and Mohamed Fares replied.Meanwhile at the San Siro, after a goal-less first half, Inter brought on Keita Balde. The striker broke the deadlock with a solo goal six minutes later, earning a yellow card for ripping off his shirt in celebration.The home team had a chance to increase their lead when Mauro Icardi tumbled over Empoli goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski. After a delay for video review, Icardi missed the penalty.A few minutes later in Ferrara, Kessie rolled in a penalty to put AC Milan back in the lead against SPAL. They held on to win 3-2.Back at the San Siro, Salih Ucan’s low cross from the right reached Hamed Traore unmarked in front of goal and he levelled to lift Empoli out of the relegation places and push Inter out of the top four.Five minutes later, Radja Nainggolan changed that when he pounced on a rebound to put Inter ahead.In a frantic finish, Empoli came close several times with Inter centre-back Stefan de Vrij deflecting one shot onto his own bar.In added time, with Dragowski in the Empoli attack, Inter rolled the ball into the empty net, but Balde had pulled Dragowski back in the build-up. The goal was disallowed and Balde earned a second yellow card.Yet the 2-1 win was enough to save Inter and doom Empoli.– De Rossi says goodbye –Roma fans said farewell to midfielder Daniele De Rossi © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEThe wins of the three teams above them meant Roma finished sixth despite beating visiting Parma 2-1. They also bid farewell to captain and local hero Daniele De Rossi who came off to rapturous applause with nine minutes to play.Earlier on Sunday, Massimiliano Allegri ended his Juventus career in disappointing fashion as the champions were undone by two late strikes at Sampdoria to finish the Serie A season with a five-match winless streak.Despite a poor final few weeks they still finished 11 points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who ended their underwhelming campaign beaten 3-2 at Bologna on Saturday.“I feel good because I ended five incredible years by winning the title … tomorrow a new era begins,” Allegri told broadcaster DAZN after the 2-0 defeat.He leaves having also won four Italian Cups and re-established the Old Lady as a force in Europe, reaching two Champions League finals and signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.Massimiliano Allegri waved goodbye to Juventus on Sunday after five years in charge, winning as many league titles © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO“I’ll come back to work when I have the opportunity … I need to find a team with which I can enjoy myself and do a good job,” he added.Sampdoria’s 36-year-old striker Fabio Quagliarella failed to add to his 26 goals but still finished as the Serie A top scorer, three ahead of Zapata.Torino finished their exciting campaign in seventh place, level on points with Roma, following a 3-1 win over Lazio.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Keita Balde gave Inter a crucial lead against Empoli but earned a yellow card for removing his shirt © AFP / Miguel MEDINAROME, Italy, May 27 – Atalanta won at Sassuolo on Sunday to secure their first ever Champions League spot and Inter Milan joined them while ensuring Empoli were relegated after a frantic second half in the San Siro.AC Milan ended up fifth despite winning at SPAL. Genoa and Fiorentina stayed in Serie A after a nerve-wracked goalless draw.last_img read more

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Datebook 1/16

first_imgTODAY Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day festival, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys. Los Encinos State Park will offer a living-history program, about life in the 1870s, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 16756 Moorpark St., Encino. (818) 784-4849. Japanese Garden has daily tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 756-8166 for reservations. Send datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – by mail to the Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; by fax to (818) 713-0058; or by e-mail to dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 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

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Highway 138 work hours to be longer for faster finish

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe flagmen stop traffic in one direction so traffic in the other direction can use the only lane that is open while construction is under way. Waits are expected to be about 15 minutes, she said. Previously, flagmen directed traffic between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. The work is adding truck lanes to two-lane Highway 138 where it climbs over the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, aimed at reducing head-on collisions from motorists passing slower-moving vehicles. The $44.4 million construction project is expected to be concluded in spring 2008. Next month, the California Department of Transportation will close entirely a three-mile section of the highway from south of the Highway 18 junction to Angeles Crest Highway to all traffic. The closure is expected to start June 19 and last through September. To get around the closed section, motorists will be directed onto state Highway 18, U.S. Highway 395 and Interstate 15, adding about 15 miles to the normally 21-mile trip between Highway 18 and Interstate 15. In summer 2007, the highway is expected to be closed from Angeles Crest Highway south to Hess Road, on the Interstate 15 side of the summit. Motorists will use Highway 18, U.S. 395 and Interstate 15 to get around that closure, too. The work will add a truck lane in each direction on the northern side of the summit, and for westbound trucks on the summit’s southern side. The construction project will also widen the highway’s shoulders to eight feet to give motorists a place to pull over, and realign a curve west of Lone Pine Canyon Road, near the Mormon Rocks formation, Caltrans said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHELAN – Construction hours on a Highway 138 road-widening project will be lengthened to get the work finished faster, Caltrans officials said. Limiting the highway to one lane of traffic for an extra hour or two a day is hoped to cut at least a month off the time the highway must be closed completely in summer 2007, a spokeswoman said. “They’re trying to finish up a lot of the work so that the closure won’t last the full three months next summer,” Terri Kasinga said. Beginning today, flagmen will direct traffic between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays between the Los Angeles County line and Highway 2, Kasinga said. last_img read more

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CONFIRMED! Sunderland captain John O’Shea signs new one-year deal

first_imgSunderland captain John O’Shea has signed a new one-year deal with the club, new manager Simon Grayson confirmed.The Republic of Ireland international has been with the Black Cats since 2011 after 12 successful years plying his trade with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.The central defender made 28 appearances last season as Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League under David Moyes.But Grayson, who signed on as boss from Preston on Thursday, will need experienced heads if he is to turn the club’s fortunes around – and they don’t come much better than five-time Premier League winner O’Shea.The 36-year-old remains an important figure at the Stadium of Light and his agreement to stay on with the club in the Championship is a positive step as Grayson prepares to build his squad. John O’Shea will stay on with the Black Cats 1last_img read more

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