The year 2015 is over. Whew! Good news. I am of the opinion that sports in general took a massive beating, with scandals and corruption allegations taking away headlines from the ones who make sports exciting and entertaining – the athletes themselves.That is not to say that the athletes who excited and entertained us were ‘saints’. What last year’s headlines revealed was that those who were supposed to administer the competitions and ensure fairness were there only to enrich themselves and their ‘pardeees’.I view all evidence of malfeasance and corruption as equally abhorrent. Therefore, there is no scandal worse than another. The multiple arrests, allegations, and confessions of the administration of world football, FIFA, take the lead position mainly because of the extent of the problem. But the revelations in athletics, WADA, and the IAAF should not be viewed as any less than what is going on in FIFA. Corruption is corruption, and as Dick Pound is quoted as saying: “In the old days, sport was well outside of anything that governments had focused on. They were all private organisations, and they were run kind of informally like clubs, and so on, and they have tried to pretend that they can do that even in 2015 … and they can’t.”It simply won’t work in this day and age; you have to be more transparent, which doesn’t mean that you have to run around buck naked, but people have to understand how a decision was reached, and by whom, and for what reasons, and that sort of thing never used to happen. There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it’s going to be changed.”The world, now really a global village, means that Jamaica is not immune from the stain of the revelations.In football, the local administrators have steadfastly continued to use a formula for a return to the World Cup that has failed repeatedly, but in the past, such failures were pooh-poohed by a confident president, who knew that he could rely on his contacts and ‘pardees’ in FIFA to arrange international games, tours, and invitations to international tournaments to keep our football relevant.GLOOMY 2016?Now, with a business partner with FIFA clout under house arrest and other ‘friends of Caribbean football’ constantly looking over their shoulders at moves and statements by the female attorney general of the United States, things do not look good for 2016.The hiring of a German coach with a salary package that could not be supported by local financing, coupled with the inability to compensate ‘foreign’ Jamaicans who are used to ’nuff’ money when playing for Jamaica, will end with the failure (again) of this nation to qualify for another World Cup.In cricket, the present regional administrators of the sport have rubbished a report prepared by a CARICOM subcommittee on cricket – that they initiated and for which they handpicked some of the members – determined to continue on their merry way, owing millions of US dollars to the Indian cricket board, antagonising and alienating our best cricketers, and insulting island prime ministers, regardless of what the fans and the other cricketing nations think of West Indian cricket.In track and field, the present administrators have steadfastly refused to answer the reasonable questions raised by colleague columnist Laurie Foster re ‘peculiar’ occurrences regarding tickets bought and used for athletes who did not travel to a particular meet.Dick Pound’s quote in the first paragraph rings true.”There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it is going to be changed.”May 2016 be the year when sport rids itself of corruption! The first salvo in the fight for change is term limits for ‘volunteers’ in administration! Then, 2016 can be better than 2015.It must be better for sports’ sake.
Saintfiet quits T&T PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago’s football was thrown into chaos yesterday when men’s head coach Tom Saintfiet dramatically quit the post after just five weeks and four games in charge, citing a lack of support from the country’s football association. In a statement dated January 10, the 43-year-old Belgian said his appointment had been “second-guessed” from the first day by FA president David John-Williams and with critical 2018 World Cup qualifiers beckoning in March, did not believe he could succeed “in this environment”. Saintfiet’s sudden departure leaves the FA scrambling for a third head coach in two months following the sacking of Stephen Hart last November. Southampton edge Liverpool SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP): Liverpool endured more cup frustration when Southampton won the first leg of their League Cup semi-final 1-0 yesterday. Nathan Redmond capitalised on a mistake by Ragnar Klavan to score the only goal in the 20th minute and Southampton could rue not building a stronger lead to take to Anfield in two weeks’ time. Makelele reunites with Clement SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea have added former France defensive midfielder Claude Makelele to the struggling Premier League club’s coaching staff. Makelele worked with recently appointed Swansea manager Paul Clement as player at Chelsea and a coach at Paris Saint-Germain. Swansea are next-to-last in the Premier League standings, one point from safety heading into Saturday’s game against Arsenal. Makelele’s only experience as a head coach at French club Bastia lasted less than six months before being fired after winning only two games. As technical director at Monaco, Makelele also lasted only six months before leaving the job in June.
LATEST STORIES Winning start Lindor had three hits on the night and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Indians rebounded briskly from their 4-3 loss to the Royals on Friday night.That was the Indians’ first defeat since August 23. Their 22 straight wins established an American League record and surpassed the 21-game streak put together by the National League’s Chicago Cubs in 1935, but came up short of the Major League record 26-game winning streak of the 1916 New York Giants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We had good energy. I was happy about that. It’s nice to see them go right back out there and try to be as good a team as we can be,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.“They outplayed us yesterday, but that’s in the past. Today was another day,” Lindor added. CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians scores past Drew Butera #9 of the Kansas City Royals on a single by Austin Jackson #26 during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 16, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ron Schwane/Getty Images/AFPCleveland’s historic winning streak may have ended at 22 games, but shortstop Francisco Lindor’s streak was still going strong after the Indians bounced back Saturday with an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.Lindor hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, his 10th straight game with an extra-base hit. That’s a club record, and left him four shy of the major league record of 14.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to come End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled The Indians got back to work without a hitch, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning before Kansas City’s Alex Gordon homered in the top of the third to make it 1-1.Cleveland sent seven batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, and two of them scored. After the Royals pulled back a run in the top of the fourth, the Indians piled on four runs in the bottom of the frame to take control.The Indians led 7-4 when Encarnacion led off the seventh inning with a homer against Royals relief pitcher Kevin McCarthy.With the victory, and the Minnesota Twins’ loss to the Toronto Blue Jays later Saturday, the Indians clinched their second straight American League Central division title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
GREENBURGH, NY – AUGUST 11: Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs poses for a portrait during the 2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at MSG Training Center on August 11, 2017 in Greenburgh, New York. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — San Antonio point guard Derrick White will miss six-to-eight weeks after injuring his left heel in his first game as a starter since replacing Dejounte Murray, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced during Friday’s shootaround that the second-year guard will be out for up to two months. White was already ruled out of the preseason finale on Friday with the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 49ers apologize for leaving Kaepernick photos out of gallery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ White injured his heel during San Antonio’s 130-127 preseason loss to Atlanta on Wednesday. He had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.White’s injury caps an injury-filled week for the revamped backcourt. The Spurs lost Murray to season-ending surgery after his knee buckled Sunday against Houston. Rookie Lonnie Walker IV will miss at least six weeks after sustaining a knee injury last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPatty Mills is expected to start in White’s place. View comments
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives past Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — The Golden State Warriors needed until midway through the second quarter to find their rhythm against the West’s last-place team.Once they did, the NBA champions rolled to victory again.ADVERTISEMENT Russell Westbrook rebounds with triple-double as Thunder beat Mavs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant added 25, leading the Warriors over the Phoenix Suns 132-109 on Monday night.The Warriors beat the Suns for the 17th straight time, including eight in a row in Phoenix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGolden State (25-13) was 14 for 28 on 3-pointers, with Curry going 5 of 9.“Pretty much the whole second quarter and beyond, we were just disciplined defensively and played with a purpose on offense,” Curry said. “Created good shots. It was a great night.” Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five of six. T.J Warren added 24 points and Devin Booker 20.Golden State led for all but 1 minute, 17 seconds of the first half, though the Suns stayed close early. The Warriors went ahead 39-31 on a 3 from Curry with 10 minutes to go in the second.Curry had 12 points in the second quarter and added a team-high nine rebounds for the game.The Suns scored the next eight points to tie it, and were even at 45 before the Warriors closed out the half on a 24-7 run.A 3 from Andre Iguodala, a layup and free throw from Jonas Jerebko and Iguodala’s pair of free throws gave the Warriors a 69-52 lead at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Golden State’s bench combined for 46 points, and drew praise from coach Steve Kerr.“I thought the second unit mid-second quarter changed the whole game,” Kerr said.TIP-INSWarriors: For the 10th time this season, the Warriors’ starting lineup was Durant, Green, Looney, Klay Thompson and Curry. They’re 6-4 with that group. … Curry has scored 30 or more points in 13 games this season. … The Warriors’ point total was the third-highest in a game this season.Suns: Backup C Richaun Holmes missed the game due to illness, the second game in which he’s not played this season. That opened up minutes for seldom-used Dragan Bender, who played for the first time since Dec. 17 and scored for the first time since Dec. 11, 10 games ago. … F Josh Jackson fouled out late in the third quarter and played only 14 minutes, his lowest total since Nov. 21. … C Eric Moreland made his Suns debut when entered the game in the fourth quarter. Moreland signed with Phoenix on Dec. 10.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Houston Thursday night.Suns: Host Philadelphia Wednesday night, the fourth game of a season-high seven straight at home. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “There’s such a low margin for error when you play the champs,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.Ayton’s hook shot with 6:19 left in the third quarter cut the Warriors’ lead to 82-72, but Golden State took control again. A 3 and two free throws from Durant gave the Warriors a 100-81 lead with 1:38 to play.“I thought we slowed them down and we beat them with our minds instead of just outrunning them,” Durant said. “Our offense and our talent just take over and we just made shots.”Quinn Cook knocked down a 3 just before the third-quarter buzzer for a 108-87 lead, and Curry’s two 3s early in the fourth quarter helped Golden State go up by 27 points.“They just turned it up,” Ayton said. “They got a lot of transition baskets, they got a lot of early stops and forced a lot of tough shots.”DEFENDING DEANDREThe Warriors, in the absence of a true big man, used starters Kevon Looney and Draymond Green plus Jordan Bell off the bench to guard the 7-foot-1 Ayton. No Golden State defender on Ayton was taller than 6-9.Bell was the most physical of the group and was rewarded with extended minutes. He blocked Ayton’s shot under the basket in the third quarter and at the other end by made all five shots he took for a season-high 10 points.“I just tried to get a little closer to the rim and wherever my man went, I just cut right behind him,” Bell said. “Tried to keep him (Ayton) off the offensive board. Tough, tough task to do that.”BENCH BLAST LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing
For the first time after the Civil war in Liberia, Lofa County farmers have received a tractor from the Ministry of Agriculture to help boost the level of production of food in their county.Lofa County is known as Liberia’s leading breadbasket. Agricultural production in the county is greatly practiced by almost everyone.Farmer Mohammed Kamara, executive director for the Agriculture and Infrastructures Development in Lofa earlier this week told the Daily Observer, that Lofa farmers had completed the plowing of 18.2 hectares with the tractor.The machine is helping to expand their acreage and substantially reduce the labor cost. “For the first time after the war, we the Lofaian farmers have begun practicing mechanized farming through the help of the MoA and its partners,” Kamara stated.He disclosed that the tractor was in county to be used by the various farming organizations.“We have also received power tillers from the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Program for our low land rice project,” he disclosed.USAID FED supports more than 30 lowland rice farming organizations in Lofa County with modern farming equipment, in order to help make the county self-sufficient in rice and to reduce poverty.According farmer Kamara, their agricultural project is meant to empower farming communities to improve their income-generating capacity.Mr. Kamara said he and his fellow farmers were in need of loans to enable them to improve their production.A few months ago Liberia’s Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, stressed the need for the government of Liberia to prioritize mechanized agriculture in order to improve the productivity of local farmers and to boost the country’s food security. Speaking at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry conference held in Monrovia, Dr. Chenoweth said Liberia will greatly impact food production if only Liberian farmers were given the opportunities to practice mechanized farming.She lamented that the Agriculture Ministry has only 13 tractors to be distributed to various farming organizations across the country.Liberia’s agriculture budget stands at 2.4 percent with additional funding (loans) from external sources. The government of Liberia is yet to prioritize the Maputo Declaration on Food Security, which mandates African countries to set aside 10 percent in their national budget every year for agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…South African team to explore prospect of local gold refineryNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman announced that an expert review would be conducted on the Guyana Gold Board’s Laboratory to determine its viability and functioning, following the discovery of unusually high levels of mercury emission at its Brickdam, Georgetown Laboratory.Since the discovery, the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) contracted the services of Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission, which has proven that the mercury levels are back to normal.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28 at 10 locations primarily within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and surrounding areas.“The Mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all 10 locations were within the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (USOSHA) eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Trotman reiterated that the agency has conducted a number of tests and concluded that the mercury levels in the laboratory are normal. However, he noted that out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system but said they are monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry.The Minister said they are working assiduously to implement long-term plans to ensure that there is not a reoccurrence of the situation. To do this, he said he will be proposing an independent expert review of the functions of the Gold Board’s Laboratory to ensure that safety is paramount.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman with members of the Guyana Gold Board“I am going to speak to the Chairman to have an expert review with the recommendations for the future of the lab. If it should be continued, where it is to be housed if it to be and I do believe that perhaps a new facility is needed but that facility is to be protected,” he said.“One of the advantages of having the lab and the HHMC in the same compound is the security. We’re speaking about gold and we are speaking about safety and security of not just the people but also of the commodity. So we have to have a highly secured facility and so we need to find a place that could offer that,” Trotman added.Meanwhile, Gold Board’s General Manager Eondrene Thompson said Kaizen conducted ambient air tests and just Thursday, the representatives revisited the laboratory and recommended a mercury analysis. She added that they are expected to bring in their equipment to have that done soon.So far, the GGB spent over $300,000 in tests. Additionally, the Activation Lab on the East Coast Demerara has recommended that two monitors be installed to keep an eye on mercury emission levels.“A representative came and done a walkthrough of the system and he recommended that we have two monitors, one to the port – when there is burning and also at the chimney and he will bring those two equipment in and this is what we have been doing to ensure the safety of our staff and GGMC’s also,” she stated.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Board, GHK Lall said the results are comforting and noted that the report submitted by Kaizen in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency would be made public soon.“What we are doing is over-compensating. This is a continuous process for us and we want to give ourselves and the people outside there – everybody – that we are going above and beyond to put layers and layers of this inspection, of testing, results that we have got a comfort level to an extreme degree,” Lall said.RefineryNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday afternoon announced that representatives from South African Precious Metals are expected to arrive in Guyana shortly to explore the possibility of setting up a gold refinery here.Trotman said Government has already received a number of proposals from both local and foreign companies to set up a processing plant in Guyana. He said the move towards a refinery is to modernise the sector, noting that it would be set us either through public private partnership or fully financed by the Government.Guyana currently exports all of its raw gold, which amounts to roughly 600,000 ounces annually.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed goalkeeper David de Gea is not ready to play in their Premier League opener against Tottenham on Saturday.The Spanish goalkeeper, the Red Devils’ stand-out star over the past few seasons, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer.De Gea, 24, started the last two games of the club’s pre-season tour of the USA, but will not be considered for the clash against Spurs, according to Van Gaal.“He shall not play,” the Dutch boss said.“I think a human being is more than only a player, and he [De Gea] cannot manage that.”De Gea has long been linked with a return to the Spanish capital with Real Madrid, who see the goalkeeper as the long-term successor to departed captain Iker Casillas.But United have insisted all summer that the club would only sell if they received defender Sergio Ramos as part of a swap deal, though the La Liga giants have insisted their new captain will not leave.“We have problems of course with De Gea,” Van Gaal added, when asked what he thought the outcome of the saga would be. “I don’t know. That’s in process.“I cannot lead this process – I can only watch and observe and that’s what I’m doing, but I’m not participating in it.”With Victor Valdes frozen out of the first team, the Red Devils manager has limited options when it comes to a replacement for the club’s two-time player of the year.Summer signing Sergio Romero, who arrived in free transfer last week, seems the most likely to step in, but when asked if Argentina No.1 would start the lunch time kick-off at Old Trafford, Van Gaal said: “You have to wait and see who is starting.”
Rickey Porter scored a career-high 40 points as UC Riverside (2-11, 2-0) stunned Pacific (9-5, 0-1), ending the Tigers’ 31-game Big West Conference winning streak. Porter made each of his seven 3-point attempts and 13 of 19 shots from the field as the Highlanders rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half. at UCSB 77, 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Long Beach St. 74 Chris Devine scored 20 points and made a pair of free throws with 17.6 seconds left to lead UC Santa Barbara (6-7, 1-2) to the win over the 49ers (5-7, 0-1). Jibril Hodges led Long Beach State with 19 points. UC Irvine 69, at Cal Poly 67 Aaron Fitzgerald made a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left, giving UC Irvine (5-8, 1-0) the win over Cal Poly (4-9, 2-1). Darren Fells led UC Irvine with 14 points, and Patrick Sanders had 13. Shamar Armstrong scored 12 points for the Anteaters and Nic Campbell had 10. UC Riverside 83, at Pacific 71
Thomas Tuchel would be a great fit for Crystal Palace, according to former Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa defender Paul Elliot.The 43-year-old German left his job as head coach of Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, after a relationship breakdown with the club hierarchy, despite winning the DFB Pokal on Saturday – the team’s first trophy in five years.Tuchel had long been linked with the Arsenal job but, with long-serving boss Arsene Wenger set to stay, Elliot has claimed the vacant position at Palace could be a great opportunity.The Eagles survived relegation under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce but the Englishman quit the club at the end of the season to head into retirement. “He’s a very capable and competent coach – definitely got them to the Champions League,” Elliot told talkSPORT.“I don’t think he will get a top six job here but certainly anywhere from eighth to mid-table.“I am just thinking on my feet here – Crystal Palace? They are looking for a manager at the moment.“London is very attractive, an excellent chairman in Steve Parish, so that might be an opportunity.“But for sure he’s a Premiership manager there’s no doubt about that.”