Hart refutes claims of using injured player

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national senior team Stephen Hart is refuting allegations that he used injured goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams during the recent World Cup Qualifier against Honduras, against the advice of team doctor Terrence Babwah.Hart’s denial follows the resignation of Dr Babwah and team physiotherapist Dave Isaac in the wake of T&T’s 3-1 loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula last week.Their resignations were confirmed in a release issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).”[Babwah] never told me it was not safe to play Jan. He never ever said that! He told me that Jan had an injury [while we were] in Trinidad. He said Jan hurt his shoulder and he was struggling with it,” Hart told Wired868.”So I said let us see how it works out. We had a light training session in Trinidad, but then we had two training sessions in Panama and Jan trained twice fully. He dived, he did everything.”According to the statement issued by TTFA, Dr Babwah, a member of the FIFA Medical Committee for over 10 years, said “his professional integrity and that of the team’s medical staff had been compromised by decisions made leading up to the Honduras game”.ANOTHER RESIGNATION”Mr Dave Isaac, another clinical person who has been with the team for the past four years, also tendered his resignation, citing concerns about specialist advice being ignored,” the release also stated.But Hart has insisted that he was not advised against playing the T&T custodian.”Why would I risk a goalkeeper if he couldn’t raise his arm?” asked Hart.”That doesn’t make sense. Something is not reading right here at all. I have a picture right now with Jan’s arm fully in the air, which is the same arm they said he couldn’t raise, so I don’t know what is going on at all.”During the qualifier against Honduras, Jan-Michael was taken off after receiving a knee to his head in a collision with striker Alberth Elis in the 10th minute.Media reports say he was knocked unconscious for about seven minutes and had to undergo a CT scan that showed no internal bleeding.President David John-Williams has since called a special meeting of the TTFA to address Babwah’s resignation and other issues regarding the senior team.T&T’s goalkeeper, coach Michael Maurice, and fitness trainer Tobias Ottley have also strongly denied the accusations against Hart which appeared in the Guardian newspaper.last_img read more

The Buck Begins and Ends Right at Your Doorsteps, Mr. President!

first_imgThe attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to a lead story carried in its April 30 edition headlined “UN Wants Gov’t Provide Financial Reports on Resources Used”.According to the story written by Daily Observer business reporter, Alvin Worzi, Assistant UN Secretary-General and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Liberia, Yacoub El Hillo, has called on the Government of Liberia to account for funds provided for project implementation under its National Implementation Modality (NIM).According to official UN policy, “Under National Implementation, government rules and rules and procedures, where they are consistent with internationally recognized practices, apply as a matter of principle. Or, in other words: “Where the financial governance of an executing entity or, under the harmonized operational modalities, implementing partner, does no harmonized operational modalities, implementing partner, does not provide the required guidance to ensure best value for money, fairness, integrity, transparency and effective international competition, that of UNDP shall apply.” (Source: FRR, Regulation 16.05.b)What the Special Representative of the Secretary-General is saying is in fact nothing new, but a restatement of long-standing policy(quoted above) intended to safeguard the integrity of donor funds entrusted to their care and supervision. Moreover, possibilities for a shift to the Direct Implementation Modality remain high given what is seen as the erosion of integrity in public sector financial management.It must not be lost on Liberians that the UN has played key and critical roles in Liberia especially during the periods of conflict. It can be recalled that during the reign of Charles Taylor, the UN remained the country’s single largest development partner, especially given the pariah status of the Taylor government. In 1996 during the April 6 fighting in Monrovia, UN offices became targets and were looted extensively of everything including office equipment, vehicles and anything salvageable. Over 200 vehicles were looted and sold across the borders into Ivory Coast and Guinea.And throughout the 12-year reign of President Sirleaf, the UN remained a key and indispensable partner in the country’s national development efforts. This level of commitment extended to the Weah-led government, based on evidence gathered by this newspaper. But it however now appears that trust is beginning to wane not due to any fault on the part of the UN but due to the failure of officials to make timely and accurate report on funds spent on projects. And make no mistake about this — the public is fully aware that these lapses are due to corruption.President Weah has time and again reiterated his commitment to the successful achievement of his Pro-Poor Agenda for Transformation and this newspaper does not question his declared good intentions in this regard. However, it will be remiss on the part of the Daily Observer to not warn the President of the dangers posed to the achievement of his Pro-Poor Agenda by the scourge of runaway corruption.The President and his team should not lose sight of the fact that the UN official is actually the medium through which the sentiments and concerns of governments of member/donor countries are expressed. All said and done, it is their money.Donor governments have embassies here that keep their respective governments up to speed on developments and if government officials, in the discharge of their duties, fail to meet required integrity standards, which could lead to loss and waste of their (donor countries’) tax payer funds, they will of course unfailingly report.This newspaper is rightly concerned about these developments because they have an impact on everyone. Should development projects become stalled because officials fail to properly and accurately account for donor funds, we shall all feel the impact. Money spent on projects here contribute to the enhancement of economic activities and, if that source should go dry, then “fish will really eat fish”.Why? Because the Government of Liberia is in dire economic straits with an expenditure bill that exceeds actual income amid high unemployment, falling real wages occasioned by the rapid decline of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar and profligate spending by public officials.This situation portends real trouble for Liberia if left unchecked. This newspaper has received overwhelming complaints that self-styled and self-proclaimed leader of Liberia, by his own utterances, State Minister, Nathaniel McGill, appears to be leading the country downhill and President Weah should be made aware of this if he is not already.Until the UN letter leaked, no one would have been sure whether it was going to come to the attention of the President. Now it undoubtedly has, thanks to the media especially, social media. The contents of this letter are now being widely discussed according to observations gathered by the Daily Observer. But there is another side to this issue and that is the negative perception created in the donor and foreign diplomatic community suggesting that this government cannot be trusted.The Daily Observer is convinced that such is not the kind of perception this President would like to convey to the outside world. There are just too many cooks (centers of authority) in the mix and as we all know, “too many cooks spoil the broth”.Hence, Mr. President, it behooves that you come to grips with reality, keeping in mind that the buck begins and ends right at your doorsteps!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo keynote speaker at World Development Forum in Mexico

first_imgGuyana’s former President and current Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, is currently attending the first ‘World Sustainable Development Forum’, being held in Mexico City under the theme ‘Implementing the Paris Agreement and the SDGs’.This event commenced on February 1, and will conclude on February 3.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoCo-sponsored by the Government of Mexico City and a group of world class universities in Mexico, and supported by the business and industrial as well as research and academic communities in Mexico, the forum will consist of keynote addresses, high level panel discussions, and parallel sessions focused on specific themes and issues.Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, who has a Master’s degree in Economics and holds a number of global leadership positions in the areas of sustainable development, green growth and climate change, has been appointed Head Speaker of the forum.Other renowned speakers include political leaders who have been, or currently are, heads of states and heads of governments, distinguished winners of the Nobel Prize, ministers holding relevant portfolios from a large number of countries, as well as leaders of business and industry, civil society, and research and academic institutions.The WSDF is expected to attract a global audience, and youths are expected to have a special role in the meeting.last_img read more

Bistro opens new Champagne and Wine Bar at MovieTowne

first_imgGuyanese looking to enjoy champagne and wine in an exclusive atmosphere can now do so at the Bistro Wine and Champagne Bar, located in the MovieTowne Mall at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.Businessman Harrinand Persaud along with family members cutting the ribbon to declare Bistro’s new location openDozens of excited and exuberant patrons attended the resplendent opening of the Bistro Wine and Champagne Bar at the MovieTowne Mall on Friday night.According to the owner, Harrinand Ralph Persaud, the newly-opened Bistro Wine and Champagne Bar was conceived about two years ago, around the time when the first Bistro Café and Bar opened at Middle Street, Georgetown.The owner explained that it was while establishing plans for the King’s Jewellery World stores at MovieTowne, he felt the desire to bring Bistro to the same location.Persaud emphasised that they intended to allow persons to have a great view of the outdoors while sipping on their beverage.Meanwhile, Persaud said all the wines are directly from vineyards in Chile, Argentina, France, and Italy, local beers and rum are also available with a wide selection of cocktails and champagne.Businessman Harrinand PersaudPatrons going to the bar can pair their drinks with authentic dishes. The bar’s Indian Chef, Loshal Thuptan, said that the spot will be offering its main cuisine sushi, along with Japanese fish, tuna, salmon, prawns and vegetable sushi every day of the week.President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Mitra Ramkumar, who was also present at the opening, applauded Persaud for the initiative.According to Ramkumar, this bar’s opening will add to Guyana’s Tourism sector in a significant way.“They have been serving the industry with a high degree of excellence, they offer a premium product and it only adds to the value of the industry,” Ramkumar said.He added that as Guyana moves towards the year of first oil, other businesses should be consistent.“You need to be consistent in quality service delivery, you need to train and retrain, all of this has to be a continuous work in progress, it cannot be a one-off situation,” he vocalised.In doing so, he advises that businesses train and retrain their staff to foster growth so that they will be able to deal with challenges when faced.“Every single member of the organisation gets involved in that process, not only the frontline staff, the person who washes the dishes, the person who welcomes you at the door, everyone needs to be a part,” Ramkumar said.Currently, through the Guyana Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, there is a programme that is offered to restaurants, hotels, and immigration and customs officers for delivering quality service.last_img read more

Kevin Shaw finishes with best time at Baldonnel time trial

first_img15 competitors made it our for last night’s Blizzard Bike Club Baldonnel time trial. Coming in first was Kevin Shaw as he completed the 16 kilometre race in 25:04.Second went to Dawitt Feyissa in 25:58, third was Pat Ferris with a time of 27:42, and there was a dead heat for fourth and fifth with Richard Wood and Darren Guliov finishing in 28:03.The rest of the finishers are as follows:- Advertisement -6. Davide Loro 29:127. Sam Keats 29:578. Heather McCracken 30:01T9. Dave Menzies 30:21T9. Calvin McCracken 30:2111. Josh Telizyn 30:5212. Nick Guliov 31:3713. Jamie Gamble 38:248 kilometre1. Tanner McCracken 15:112. Madison McCracken 23:01last_img

Flyers round out weekend with 7-1 victory

first_imgThe Senior Flyers looked a little more Allan Cup ready, in a 7-1 win over the Prince George Senior Mohawks on Sunday afternoon.- Advertisement -After waiting until the final two minutes of the game to come from behind, and eventually win in a shootout on Saturday night, the Flyers scored early and often on Sunday.Ian Munro notched a hat-trick, while Todd Alexander chipped in a pair. Ryan Manitowich also found the back of the net, while Kimbi Daniels scored in his Flyers debut.Clayton Pool registered his third win in as many games in the Flyers net.Both teams were playing with full benches, as the Flyers got some re-inforcements from the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks, and then lent defencemen Bryan Lewis and Tyler Loney to Prince George.Advertisement The Flyers’ next action is a two-game exhibition set in Whitehorse, on the 19th and 20th of March. By Jon Zackslast_img read more

10 goats die in night attack

first_imgKeeping farm animals such as goats is not uncommon in Littlerock, an unincorporated rural town east of Palmdale. Danelia Marroquin said she started keeping goats about six months ago in her backyard farm. She said the goats are considered pets, and sometimes she allows them in her home to play with her grandchildren. The goats also produce milk the family drinks and gives away to friends, she said. Danelia Marroquin said the incident was “shocking.” She said sheriff’s deputies who investigated hadn’t heard of an incident such as this in years. “The first thing I thought was that it was a witchcraft thing; I don’t want to think that happened in my house,” she said. “It’s weird because it’s so lonely here in Littlerock, and (the animals) picked my house.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LITTLEROCK – Danelia Marroquin fought off tears standing beside a farm in the back of her home Wednesday, where 10 of her pet goats had been mauled to death, apparently by a pack of wild animals. The incident is thought to have occurred overnight on the 10100 block of East Avenue R-14. The dead goats were discovered by a caretaker about 7a.m., Marroquin said. Most of the goats were babies, Marroquin said. One was pregnant. Six goats survived the incident. “I’m just really sad. I’ve been crying all day,” Marroquin said. “They were babies. They looked like little reindeer.” Sheriff’s deputies think a pack of wild dogs or coyotes killed the goats. Paw prints of various sizes were visible in the home’s dirt lane leading up to farm. It is unclear precisely when the mauling occurred. Marroquin said nobody in her family heard any disturbance overnight. Marroquin’s daughter Nadia was one of the first to witness the incident. She said it appeared the goats had been choked. She said eight dead goats were found near the entry gate, and two others were found in a ditch in the back of the farm. “They were lying there next to each other, it was nasty,” Nadia Marroquin said. “It was really sad because it was baby goats.” last_img read more

Belgium leave out Nainggolan for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Belgium’s omission of Radja Nainggolan from their World Cup squad is a major surprise © AFP/File / Tiziana FABIBRUSSELS, Belgium, May 21 – Belgium have left midfield creator Radja Nainggolan out of their World Cup squad, coach Roberto Martinez said on Monday.The absence of Nainggolan, who scored twice for Roma in the second league of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool this month, was the biggest surprise in the 28-player list that will be reduced to 23 before the tournament. Belgium face England, Panama and Tunisia in Group G at the World Cup.The heavily tattooed 30-year-old has played 30 times for his country and is popular with supporters, but his relationship with Martinez has often been strained.The Spanish former Everton manager said: “It was a sad and difficult decision. He is a player with a lot of class and he was voted Roma’s best player, but I’ve made my decision for purely tactical reasons.“I have put in place a specific system that works. I can’t use Radja in a secondary role.”Martinez said he had travelled to Rome to explain his choice to the player.In Nainggolan’s place, Martinez has picked 21-year-old Youri Tielemans, who has had a low-key season at French club Monaco.The decision to omit Nainggolan was criticised by former Belgian international Philippe Albert.“We must be the only country in the world to be making the trip without one of the best players in the world. This is not the way to become world champions.”Manchester City’s veteran defender Vincent Kompany is included, as is Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, despite both being dogged by injuries this season.Divock Origi, the Liverpool striker who has spent the season on loan at Wolsfburg, was left out.Belgium face Portugal in a warm-up friendly on June 2.Belgium’s 28-man squad:Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/GER), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/ENG), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG), Matz Sels (Newcastle/ENG, on loan at Anderlecht)Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham/ENG), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic/SCO), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC/USA), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Christian Kabasele (Watford/ENG), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio/ITA), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona/ESP), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham/ENG)Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yinfang/CHN), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/ENG), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham/ENG), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/ENG), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad/ESP), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Youri Tielemans (Monaco/FRA), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian/CHN)Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/ENG, on loan at Borussia Dortmund/GER), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace/ENG), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United/ENG), Dries Mertens (Naples/ITA).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

2 U.S. soldiers killed by friendly fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe deaths were not a result of negligence, the investigators said. Instead, “a series of decisions and actions by both the tank crews and their command, taken collectively, fell short of the high expectations we have of our soldiers and their leaders.” It was not immediately clear whether the tank crews and their command were reprimanded by the Army. The report said their decisions and actions “directly created the conditions which caused this accident, including deficiencies in training, manning, mission preparation, target validation procedures, and tactical level friendly force marking that, if addressed and corrected, can limit fratricide such as this in the future.” The author of the report, whose name was omitted, said all parties acted prudently and genuinely and attempted to fire only at Army targets. WASHINGTON – Two U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq in February were killed by friendly fire, according to a military investigation that blamed poor training and planning. Pvt. Matthew Zeimer, 18, of Glendive, Mont., and Spc. Alan E. McPeek, 20, of Tucson, Ariz., were killed at an Army outpost in Ramadi, in western Iraq, on Feb. 2. The families of the two soldiers initially were told the men were killed by enemy fire. In response to a Freedom of Information request by The Associated Press, the military released its subsequent investigation into the deaths. The soldiers’ families were told in March that the soldiers may have been killed by their comrades. The investigation found that the two were killed by tank fire from a second Army outpost after insurgents engaged both outposts from numerous locations. The tank gunner and commander thought they were taking on the enemy position, the investigation concluded. 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

HARPS TO BEGIN TRAINING ON JANUARY 14TH

first_imgFinn Harps Director of Football, Felix Healy, has confirmed that Finn Harps will return to training on 14th January ahead of the new Airtricity League First Division season which is due to get underway in March.Like in previous years, Harps will travel around the county as part of their pre-season training and will include trips to Rathmullan on 21st February and Glengad in Inishowen on 4th February.Healy has also confirmed that Harps will play “six or seven” pre-season games ahead of the new season – these will include the usual pre-season game against Derry City and games against Irish League and League of Ireland Premier Division sides. Barry O’Mahoney has agreed a 1 year contract with the club. The player arrived at Finn Park last year on loan from Sligo Rovers.Meanwhile Harps will host ‘Open Trails’ in Strabane this Sunday, 8th January, at the Melvin Centre at 2.00pm. If you are interested in taking part in the trails, please email sarahharps@gmail.com your details including position played, previous clubs, etc.   HARPS TO BEGIN TRAINING ON JANUARY 14TH was last modified: January 4th, 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:finn harpslast_img read more