Burrell not keen on top CONCACAF job

first_img Give others a chance Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, revealed that given the recent corruption investigations which rocked world football and threw the regional body into chaos following the arrest two former presidents, he is not keen to be head of CONCACAF. Caymanians Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit have been arrested in football’s ongoing scandal and another former CONCACAF president, Trinidad and Tobago’s Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, has been implicated in the corruption probe, with a US extradition request sent to his Government. The JFF boss, in the past, had declared his ambitions to assume the CONCACAF top job. He was recently appointed to an interim CONCACAF body to govern the affairs of the region’s football until a new president is elected at the confederation’s next congress in Mexico City in May. However, Burrell now insists that to be president of two demanding associations would be time-consuming and challenging. “Look at what people have been saying? So I won’t hang around until I am thrown out,” Burrell noted. “Many people now want the post, so at times you have to step back and give others who have asked for the opportunity the chance to serve,” he told The Gleaner. “I have a business which I have built for many years, and it’s time to start paying attention to that. After a while, you realise that you need time for family, business and other things,” he added. “I am not going to step back fully (from football administration), I will always be around. Right now, I am the JFF president and I am going back for another four years, as I have been nominated unopposed. “That, in itself, is a lot of commitment and to give that commitment to the regional body is going to take up more of the time. So to hold both posts is a huge task. “Right now, I am a vice-president of the organisation (CONCACAF), but to vie for the head would mean complete devotion, and with my federation, business and family, it would be very difficult,” he explained. CONCACAF’S interim committee comprises Justino Compean (Mexico), Sunil Gulati (USA), Pedro Chaluja (Panama), Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Victor Montagliani (Canada) and Sonia Bien-AimÈ (Turks & Caicos) and Burrell. The Jamaican said the focus is to rebuild the organisation’s reputation and get reforms. “We have collectively decided to remain as one strong body, to operate as a unit until next May when the election is due. This was a unanimous decision and we have been pursuing a number of reforms to make the confederation emerge stronger. “We feel it is the right thing to do and we are certain that in the months ahead, things will return to normal and the confederation will be much stronger and transparent,” he commented. “This is a voluntary position and times may come when others want an opportunity and they should be given the opportunity. But at this time, I am just concentrating on working with the group, getting the reforms in place and passed by congress, so that when we go forward, the problems that we have experienced recently, the reform process will prevent a lot of these from happening again,” he stated.last_img read more

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LISCR FC Bid Farewell to Defender Richard Lloyd, Decline in Offering Contract Renewal

first_imgLloyd joined the ‘Shipping Boys’ in 2015 from first division club, Watanga FC for an undisclosed amount after winning the ‘Best Defender’ award during the 2014/2015 season. (Photo: LISCR FC)LISCR Football Club have bade farewell to center defender Richard Lloyd after the club declined to offer him a contract renewal.The defender’s time with the club has come to an end after three successful years. Lloyd joined the ‘Shipping Boys’ in 2015 from first division club, Watanga FC for an undisclosed amount after winning the ‘Best Defender’ award during the 2014/2015 season.Lloyd was part of Gambian coach Tapha Manneh’s squad that won both First Division championship and FA Cup during the 2016/2017 league season when the team went unbeaten in 22 league games. He also won the 2018 Liberia Super Cup with the team.Swen Bedell, Secretary General of LISCR FC, thanked Lloyd for his contributions over the years and described him as a player who was seen as a leader in the dressing room.“When we needed a person to fill the gap for us in center defense, we got him and he helped us over the years. He came to the club with great experience which was a great help to us on the pitch and in the dressing room where he was a leader for the younger players. We thank him for his countless efforts over the years and we wish him good luck in his career”, Bedell told LISCR FC Media.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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Local foods getting local push

first_imgThe menu list for each restaurant can be viewed here.The event runs until Saturday. By Kimberley MolinaA growing event is giving local foods a big push.The Taste of the Town promotoes locally grown food and encourages people to try different dishes at participating restaurants.- Advertisement -Jody Howatt, a visitor services representative, says people can have lunch or dinner at the restaurants and try dishes that are from the Peace River area.The event was started in 2009 and Howatt says the number of participating restaurants has increased over the first year from two to five.The restaurants participating in this year’s event are the Uptown Grill, Ship to Shore, The Dish Bistro, Tim and Tyc’s, and Whole Wheat and Honey.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘I am convinced that it can happen’ – Ozil wants Ballon d’Or crown

first_img Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil 1 Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is taking no notice of his critics and remains convinced he has the ability to one day win the Ballon d’Or.The man every Gunners fan seemingly loves to hate has helped Arsene Wenger’s side back into the top four of the Premier League, as well as the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley, with some consistent displays since returning from an injury lay-off earlier this seasonYet the club-record £42.5million signing remains an enigma for some, who are frustrated by the former Real Madrid star’s perceived laid-back style.The 26-year-old, however, has every confidence in his own ability and is “feeling very positive” despite his mixed relationship with Arsenal supporters.Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Ozil – who is currently on international duty – said: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands.“I am convinced that it can happen.“I am feeling very positive. I am a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League.“There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga – I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever.”last_img read more

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Frank Girardot: Hollywood couldn’t make up this story

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The twisted tale behind Compton’s discovery brought actors Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Clint Eastwood to San Dimas last week. Jolie, Pitt and Eastwood were in town to film a movie about Walter Collins, a young boy who was kidnapped outside a Los Angeles movie theater and killed on a chicken ranch in Riverside County in the spring of 1928. Collins’ kidnapping was national news. Investigators speculated about his fate and the coverage inspired a runaway from Illinois to attempt passing himself off as the missing boy in hopes of launching a movie career. An LAPD officer, so intent on getting credit for solving the case, tried to convince Collins’ mother that the imposter was in fact her son Walter. Even though she had her doubts, Walter’s mother took the runaway home “to try him out.” When she returned the boy, officials locked her up in psychiatric ward for a time. Ultimately, the boy confessed to being a fake and Collins was released. In early July 1928, a farmer named Lon Compton discovered the headless body of a young Latino boy lying in one of his fields just off Valley Boulevard in La Puente. Neither Compton nor Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide Capt. Bill Bright had any idea the body might be connected to something larger. The captain speculated that the “dead Mexican” might have been run over by a train, according to some published reports. In fact, the find was connected to something larger and more sinister than either could imagine. That same day, a teenager named Sanford Clark, who was in LAPD custody for an immigration violation, was telling police how his grandmother and uncle had kidnapped four young boys and killed them. The uncle and grandmother were identified as Gordon and Louise Northcott. Gordon’s father, Cyrus, told detectives that the story was probably true. “I knew of the killings but never saw them,” he told police. “My wife would go to any extreme, not excepting murder, to please her son.” One of the murder victims was Collins; another, the still-unidentified Latino. The last two were brothers Louis and Nelson Winslow of Pomona. Clark said Gordon Northcott kept his victims locked in a chicken coop on the ranch in what is now Mira Loma in Riverside County. “He kept them there tied up for a long time and hurt them often,” Clark told investigators at the time. “And then he killed them one at a time with an ax.” Police checked out Clark’s story and found two shallow graves on the farm. They also found a book on airplanes that one of the Winslow boys had checked out from the Pomona Library the night he was kidnapped. There was no sign of Walter Collins. They didn’t find the Northcotts either. Mother and son had fled to their native Canada. Ultimately the pair was captured in Alberta and returned to the United States. Gordon Northcott went on trial for three murders in Riverside County in January 1929 and was hanged in San Quentin in 1930. Louise Northcott confessed to killing Collins. Her written confession was matter- of-fact in tone and substance: “I hearby confess that I murdered that certain boy named Walter Collins at our ranch in Riverside County.” Weeks after making the confession, Louise Northcott recanted from her cell at San Quentin. She thought it would end the case against her son. It didn’t end Christine Collins’ search for the truth. I don’t know the whole script, but my bet is that Jolie is playing Walter’s mom in “The Changling.” I wonder if the movie will end the way it did for Christine Collins. Northcott requested she come to visit him at San Quentin in the hours before he was executed. He promised to tell her what happened to Walter. Northcott reneged on the promise. With Christine Collins in the viewing gallery, 22-year-old Gordon Northcott was led to the gallows whimpering and blindfolded. His last words as the black hood and noose were put over his head were “don’t, don’t.” Christine Collins spent the rest of her life searching for the truth about her son Walter. No one ever reported what Collins’ last words were, nor the Winslow boys, nor that of the boy found in the La Puente field. One can only imagine. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 Frank Girardot is the city editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Visit his blog at www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want 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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Senate GOP divided over immigration bill

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate skirmished inconclusively over immigration legislation Tuesday, with Republicans deeply divided over provisions relating to millions of illegal immigrants and Democrats maneuvering to avoid politically difficult votes on border security. “I don’t know that we’re going to get a bill,” Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, said at the end of a full week of debate. “It’s tough.” In a written statement issued late in the day, the Bush administration renewed its call for legislation that includes a temporary worker program to go “hand in hand with efforts to secure the border.” The carefully worded statement said the administration wants a bill that “does not create an automatic path to permanent residency or citizenship,” but it did not elaborate. Nor did it address one of the issues dividing Senate Republicans – under what conditions, if any, the estimated 11 million immigrants in the United States should be permitted to seek citizenship, and whether they should be required to return to their native country first. “We have to resolve some differences,” said Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, one of the GOP lawmakers involved in a series of closed-door negotiating sessions designed to achieve a Republican consensus. Under one approach, illegal immigrants would be divided between those who have been in the country more than five years and those here a shorter time. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist floated a proposal Monday night to require illegal immigrants in the United States less than five years to travel to a U.S. border entry point if they wished to gain legal status. But neither they nor the longer-term undocumented immigrants would be compelled to go to their native countries. Several rank-and-file Republicans objected, and Frist and fellow Republicans spent much of the day trying to find an alternative. For their part, Democrats made a show of support for legislation that emerged from the Judiciary Committee more than a week ago. It provides for tightened border security, an increase in the number of temporary workers allowed in the country, and allowing illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship after they meet several conditions, including the payment of fines and any back taxes and passing a background check. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, blocked numerous attempts by Republicans during the day to hold votes on selected amendments. “We do not need a compromise. It’s in our bill,” he told reporters. He set the stage for a test vote on Thursday, but supporters will need 60 votes to prevail. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat, said the leadership was “trying to preserve a strong bipartisan bill” and didn’t want to have it watered down before any later compromise talks with the House. Republicans loudly accused Reid of attempting to hijack the proceedings by refusing to allow votes, and privately, some Democrats acknowledged they did not want to expose their rank and file to difficult choices. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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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FORMER FINN HARPS STRIKER SIGNS FOR READING FC – BUT HE’S STAYING GROUNDED!

first_imgFormer Finn Harps star Chris Breen in action back in 2004.Former Finn Harps star Chris Breen has signed for English Championship club Reading FC, but he’s not joining the club in a footballing capacity. Former Finn Harps, Shamrock Rovers and Limerick striker Breen was regarded by many as one of the best strikers in the League of Ireland during his ten-year playing career in Ireland.However, a chronic shoulder problem ultimately forced the talented player into early retirement. Breen burst onto the local footballing scene in 2004, when alongside Kevin McHugh his goals helped fire Finn Harps to the First Division Title under the management of Felix Healy.The local Ballybofey lad was a huge fans favourite at Finn Park during his two spells with the club.Breen also had a spell with Limerick in 2011 under Pat Scully, but despite surgery couldn’t overcome his shoulder problem and was forced to retire from the game.However, Breen’s passion for sport was undiminished and he then underwent a Green-keeping and Sports-Turf Management Course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork. After passing with flying colours Breen found employment with a golf course in Sweden.Since then he returned closer to home and took up employment with a course in Birmingham.Breen’s path back into professional football was sealed when Reading FC offered him a job working as the First Assistant on the main pitch.Breen told Donegal Daily, “They contacted me prior to Christmas and asked me would I be interested in coming down to meet them.“I went down last week and I was absolutely delighted when they offered me the job of First Assistant at the main pitch. “Rugby Union side London Irish also use the main pitch, so it’s a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to starting the job.“They’re two fairly big clubs in their respective fields, and have a number of live matches televised, so they’ll be pressure on me to keep the pitch looking well.“If I can keep it as pristine as Finn Park has been over the years, I’ll be doing OK.FORMER FINN HARPS STRIKER SIGNS FOR READING FC – BUT HE’S STAYING GROUNDED! was last modified: February 13th, 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:Chris BreenFinn Harps FCGroundsmannewsReading FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

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LADIES GAA: GERALDINE IS STAR OF THE SHOW IN KILDARE

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies put last week’s defeat to All-Ireland Champions Cork behind them by travelling to Kildare today and coming away with a six point victory.Geraldine McLaughlin was the star of the Donegal show in the clash at Ballykelly.The Termon player personally accounted for more than half of the Donegal score as she hit two goals and six points for the county team. LADIES GAA: GERALDINE IS STAR OF THE SHOW IN KILDARE was last modified: February 12th, 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:LADIES GAA: GERALDINE IS STAR OF THE SHOW IN KILDARElast_img read more

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CANCER GROUP SAYS IT IS “APPALLED” BY TRANSFER OF GYNAE WARD

first_imgA leading cancer group is appalled that management in Letterkenny General Hospital has been coerced into considering making a decision to transfer gynaecological services from its current site because of the ongoing budgetary cuts being imposed on them by the Troika, Government and HSE.THE NEW MEDICAL WING AT LKGH – BUT AT WHAT COST?Co-Operating for Cancer Care North West’s  Noelle Duddy says the Government, Department of Health and HSE need as a matter of urgency to review Letterkenny’s budgetary requirements.“Whilst we very much welcome the pending opening of the new Emergency Department and Medical Wing in September, we believe that it is totally unrealistic and unacceptable for the above mentioned bodies to expect LGH to do this from a ‘resource neutral position.’ “By not providing additional finance to staff this much needed new facility, the Government, DoH and HSE are forcing LGH management into considering transferring the Gynae Ward, a decision it would rather not have to make.”“As a group we share in the outrage that is being voiced across Donegal regarding this potential decision. Having discussed this issue with John Hayes, HSE West Area Manager we understand that LGH management do not want to have to make this move and we recognise and understand that In the ‘here and now’, in the austere reality managers find themselves, they have very difficult decisions to make in order to ensure that they can continue to provide ALL current hospital services including gynae services within current budgetary constraints. LGH management and staff find themselves in an impossible position and need our continuing support.”Mr Hayes outlined that the proposal on the table regarding gynae services in LGH involved the transfer of 13 gynae beds from their current site to 2-X-6 bedded bays at the entrance of Surgical 2.The group also say side wards would be made available for women in circumstances such as threatened and/or miscarriage. “Gynae experienced nurses would cover all nursing shifts, 24/7 and the two bays would in effect form a separate ward within Surgical 2. Mr Hayes strongly emphasised that women’s privacy and dignity would be respected. Colposcopy services remain unchanged.“We acknowledge that the above proposal is not perfect but under the outrageous circumstances management finds itself in we are very relieved that this proposal is keeping gynae services in Letterkenny. We also trust, that should this transfer occur, management and gynae/hospital staff will do as they always do, which is, to the best of their ability continue to provide their professional best for their patients.”“Nevertheless, it cannot be over emphasized that whilst hospital management and staff are obliged to work within their allocated budget the Government must recognize that ongoing budget cuts and the recruitment embargo are placing a massive strain on the delivery of key services.“Locally and nationally problems are mounting and room to maneuver to find potential short/long term solutions are becoming tighter if not impossible. Ultimately key essential services are being threatened, undermined and possibly cut/lost. The news this week of a further €130 million of cuts to the Health Service this year does not augur well for LGH or the rest of the country’s Public Health Service. Nationally, people’s frustrations/anger/fears regarding cuts to the Health Service need to be comprehensively addressed by the Government and Health Minister, James Reilly. CCC(NW) has lobbied our six TDs regarding the ongoing crisis facing LGH. We call on Minister Reilly to review Letterkenny’s budget in a favourable manner and to recognise and reward Letterkenny’s cost effectiveness and many achievements by granting it regional status.”CANCER GROUP SAYS IT IS “APPALLED” BY TRANSFER OF GYNAE WARD was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:budgetcutsLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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SAD PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN

first_imgThere has been much sadness at the passing of well-known Donegal car-dealer Teague Diver.The late Mr Diver from Luinniagh, Derrybeg was a very successful car dealer with outlets in both Letterkenny and Gaoth Dobhair.Mr Diver passed passed away at the Aras Nursing Home in Gaoth Dobhair last night. He was pre-deceased by his wife Annie and is survived by his sons Simon, Dominic and Terence and daughters Brid and Eileen.His remains are reposing at his home.Teague will be buried after 11am funeral mass in St Mary’s Church, Derrybeg at Magheragallon Cemetery on Friday.    SAD PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN was last modified: March 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:deathTeague Diverlast_img read more

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