‘Frog’ to meet the ‘Hitman’ in Contender final

first_imgThe deadline for applications for the post of Police Commissioner has been extended by the police service Commission (PSC) until Monday, February 6.The previous deadline was Monday, January 23.The PSC began the search earlier this month following the sudden retirement of Dr. Carl Williams who has been the top cop since 2014.Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has been serving as acting police commissioner since January 6.The PSC has said it is seeking to identify a suitably qualified candidate either from within or outside the Jamaica Constabulary force (JCF).last_img read more

More WC spots won’t mean easier qualification for Boyz – former coaches

first_img 1998 PROGRAMME AS A GUIDE Former national team coaches Carl Brown and Bradley Stewart do not believe that the proposed two-and-a-half extra spot allocation to CONCACAF for the 2026 World Cup will make it easier for Jamaica to qualify for the World Cups Finals. Jamaica and CONCACAF teams’ chances of reaching future World Cup finals would be enhanced if the sport’s governing body agrees to increase the current allotment of three and a half places for the 2026 Finals as part of its tournament resizing, which will see 48 teams competing, up from the current 32. Brown, who served as RenÈ Simies’ assistant during the successful 1998 World Cup qualification campaign, pointed out that Jamaica failed to the make top six or final (hexagonal) round in the last two qualifiers. “We are talking about it being easy. We have to consider other teams are thinking the same. They see the opportunity as better than it presently is. So even smaller Caribbean countries see it as a great opportunity to one day play the World Cup, but if we sit back and do nothing, these people will surpass us,” Brown reasoned. “We were not in the last six for this World Cup (qualifying), so even in six spot we would miss out. We are talking about it being easier and we can’t make top six, so there’s a lot to be done,” said Brown. However, he believes that to be regular World Cup qualifiers, Jamaican football officials must revisit the ’98’ programme and use it as a guide. “The blueprint is there from ’98’, but it is not going to be easier unless you do your homework. We don’t have to go to Central America, we can start here, but we feel we are better than the Caribbean and we are missing opportunities for our players. We have to get to the Caribbean championship semi-finals and final. That will get us to the Gold Cup. So we shouldn’t be talking about World Cup unless every time the Gold Cup comes around we are there. “But if you don’t get them exposed, they are just going to get to a point and no more. Since ’98’, we haven’t done enough preparation to get back into the World Cup,” he declared Former assistant coach to Theodore Whitmore, Stewart shared similar views. “Nothing would be easier for us. To get there, you have to come through the preliminary round and be in top six, and the competition structure has to change to support the numbers,” he cautioned. “So if we can’t make top six and there are six automatic places, we would need a bigger competition with more teams so you can have a top six or seven,” he added But like Brown, Stewart said having a training camp for local players and playing regular international games is the only way to get Jamaica back to the World Cup. “We need consistent training of the grouping, have international exposure regularly, because there may be quality, but you must have consistency playing together,” he stated.last_img read more

Just you wait: Fajardo confident Standhardinger will adjust to PBA play soon

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Ceres on course for ASEAN zone final after thrilling first leg win The Beermen may have struggled with their rotation in their returnFa since winning the title, but there’s no panicking just yet for the All-Filipino champions.“We’re OK. Of course, it’s disappointing to lose, but this is just our first game. We have lots of game left and we just need to adjust,” Fajardo said.San Miguel hopes to bounce back on Sunday when it takes on Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In what could be one of the most anticipated PBA debuts recently, Standhardinger finished with just four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 20 minutes of play.It may not have been an eye-popping stat line for Standhardinger, but Fajardo believes it’s only a matter of time before  Fil-German big man fully integrates with the Beermen and wreaks havoc in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s the chemistry. We need that so that we can execute our plays. We were able to do that earlier, but our shots just didn’t fall in the last two minutes,” he said.With an addition like Standhardinger along with the presence of import Troy Gillenwater, Fajardo thinks developing chemistry, something which has made the difference for San Miguel in the past years, should be a priority. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFour-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo isn’t worried over Christian Standhardinger’s underwhelming debut in San Miguel’s 93-85 conference-opener loss to Meralco Wednesday night.“Christian has been playing for a long time, so I feel that he can eventually adapt to coach’s system. This is just his first game and he’s adjusting to the officiating, but that’s not a big deal,” said Fajardo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gunmen storm Soesdyke Post Office

first_imgTwo gunmen on Friday afternoon stormed the Soesdyke Post Office, held the post mistress at gunpoint, and made off with an undisclosed sum of cash from the vault.The incident occurred at about 14:05h, while the Post Mistress was reportedly sitting alone at the facility checking off themail. She saw a man clad in a pair of camouflage pants and a shirt enter the building, and thinking it was a customer, she went to render assistance.The man, however, whipped out a gun and pointed it at her, demanding that she open the door to give him access into the recesses of the building. Out of fear for her life, the post mistress complied with the request.As the man made his way into the building, another armed man followed suit. Upon entry, the two armed men demanded that she hand over the money that was kept at the postal facility.She opened a drawer, took out an undisclosed sum of cash, and handed it over to the men. Not satisfied, the gunmen instructed the woman to show them to the vault, and demanded that she open it. The men then removed the $135,000 that was kept in the secure area.While the terrified woman was placed to lie on the ground and ordered not to raise an alarm, the men further ransacked the Post Office, collecting her mobile phone — valued $21,000 — and another $60,000 from another drawer before running out of the building and entering a blue motor vehicle which was parked a short distance away. They then sped away from the scene.The Police were summoned, and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Mahaicony vendors outraged over market facilities

first_imgVendors at the Mahaicony Market, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), are outraged over the conditions of the facilities at the market and are calling on the authorities to ensure the market is outfitted since they are paying for those facilities and services.Vendor Bibi SookhooThe vendors said the market lacks sanitary facilities and they are left to clean the spaces between their stalls themselves. They are saying that despite making several complaints to the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), action is yet to be taken and they are hoping that the Communities Ministry could intervene and remedy their situation.On Saturday when Guyana Times visited the market, vendor Patricia Charles said she has been vending at the Mahaicony Market for over 23 years and the condition of the municipal facility continues to decline.Patricia Charles at her stall“The problem is that the Mahaicony Market don’t have a toilet for the women them to use around here. We suffer a lot and we having people looking into certain things and they are not doing their jobs,” she said.“Every time we raise the problems with the NDC, them always promise to do something about it but for years them nah do nothing. I just want them to make sure that we get a toilet, especially for the woman them to use because we got to use the washroom during the day,” Charles added.Another vendor, Bibi Sookhoo, said she has been at the market for over 30 years and reiterated the need for a washroom facility. She said that there was once a washroom but due to the lack of maintenance on the part of the NDC, the washroom collapsed.“We is woman and we need to have the washroom here. The market need it because we does have to do we business all over the place or sometimes we have to go back home to use the toilet. We really need to have the washroom here,” she explained.Sookhoo said stallholders are required to pay $100 per day to vend at the market and the cleaners would refuse to clean up the garbage as well as maintain the cleanliness of the area.“The grass at the back of the stall is big and we does have to weed it by we self and then we does got to pick up the garbage. We does put the garbage in our garbage bag and then we got people from the road who does dump at the back and we does got to end up picking it up because them nah do nothing. We just fed up in this place,” the woman related.Additionally, the vendors stated that business in the area is far from desirable. They feel if the facilities are improved, then business would be improved. They are also calling on the NDC to place much more interest in the market since the revenue they generate is more than enough to execute the repairs.Avril Abrams, 66, said over the 30 years she has been vending at the market, there has never been any substantial repairs to the facility. She said the standards of the market continue to decrease and persons at the NDC makes development even more difficult since they are very confrontational when approached.“We does can’t tell them nothing because everybody got some attitude and then we can’t get nothing done. Right now we need them to do better and make this market more good than it was. We got to get the toilet and that is a start,” she said.The vendors are contemplating approaching the NDC a final time to make sure that their concerns are heard and if that approach fails, they are prepared to take it to the Communities Minister to have their concerns addressed. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Witness describes Spector’s behavior on night of killing

first_imgOn that Sunday night, Feb. 2, 2003, she said she told Spector he should not be drinking but he ordered two daiquiris before dinner. “He was not his usual self,” she said. “He was not interested in what I had to say. … In all the time I went out with him, he was great fun to be with. … This weekend, the behavior was totally different.” The personality change began on Friday and continued Saturday and Sunday nights, she said. “Something was terribly wrong,” Davis testified. She said she never saw Spector with a gun but she recalled that when they first started going out together, “He said to me very politely, `I want you to know I carry a gun in the trunk of my car.”‘ LOS ANGELES – The night that would lead to actress Lana Clarkson’s death began for Phil Spector with a dinner date with an old friend, who testified Thursday she was concerned because the music producer was drinking and taking medication and “was not his usual self.” Rommie Davis said she and Spector were high school classmates who renewed their friendship at a 2002 Fairfax High class reunion and began to go out to dinner frequently. She said they dined out all three nights of the weekend leading up to Clarkson’s killing and Spector’s behavior concerned her. He was ordering drinks at each restaurant they visited on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and it was the first time he had consumed alcohol during the their five-month relationship, she said. “I was very concerned about him,” she said. “He took medication and I knew that alcohol and medication is a lethal combination.” She added, “I remember feeling impressed that he had told me about it. He never mentioned it again.” On cross-examination by defense attorney Roger Rosen, Davis said she did not remember if Spector finished both drinks he ordered and she could not recall if he ate his full meal at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. “I think he may have picked at the meal,” she said. “He was not himself.” She said she couldn’t tell if he was drunk but “his behavior was not what it had been on other occasions, so yes he must have been drunk.” “You never saw him in possession of gun?” asked Rosen. “Never,” said Davis. “And he didn’t threaten you?” Rosen asked. “Never,” she responded. She said Spector delivered her back to her home at 11:15 p.m. The testimony set the stage for a detailed account of events in the hours before Spector arrived at the House of Blues, where he was introduced to Clarkson, a hostess, and asked her to accompany him to his home. She would be found dead there in the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 2003. The defense claims Clarkson shot herself. Before Davis took the stand, the defense sought to undermine the credibility of one of the four women who have testified to being threatened with guns by the record producer. Melissa Grosvenor told a story similar to the others – initially finding Spector to be charming and suddenly being terrorized with a gun when she sought to leave his presence. Rosen sought to attack her story and suggested one of her sisters had heard a different account from her. Grosvenor said the sister is a drug addict and she believes the sister is receiving money from Spector. Rosen also sought to emphasize that she didn’t know if a gun she claims Spector pointed at her was loaded. She acknowledged she did not know. Prosecutors also followed up on previous testimony by Stephanie Jennings, a music industry photographer who told of being held hostage by a gun-wielding Spector at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and later being threatened by him when she stood him up for a date. Prosecutors played for jurors expletive-filled messages left on Jennings’ answering machine in which Spector berated her with obscenities and threatened to make sure she wouldn’t work again. “I’ll \ put you out of business,” he said. “I’m gonna try real hard to do so and I guarantee you I will. You know who this is. Trust me, I’m good at what I do.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Berry fun fest weekend set

first_imgOXNARD – Despite a January freeze that threatened crops up and down the state, the California Strawberry Festival is expecting a near-record berry batch for its 24th annual event next weekend. “There is something in our soil here that makes our strawberries magic,” said Bonnie Weigel, festival manager. “People absolutely love this festival.” The festival showcases the state’s $1-billion-plus strawberry industry and Ventura County’s largest crop. Strawberries grown in the county have an annual value of more than $300 million and are shipped to consumers all over the world. Although the January frost wiped out about 90 percent of the strawberries then ripening in the county, the plants recovered quickly and are helping put California on track for what could be a record harvest this year. The festival also includes a Strawberryland For Kids with puppet shows, comedy, juggling, magic and appearances by television character Strawberry Shortcake. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Especially after all the frost early in the season, the farmers are really pleased because the seedlings that came back are more prolific than ever,” said Lisa Carey, a festival spokeswoman. “The plants are really yielding amazing strawberries right now.” The money raised from the festival goes back into charities in the community, she said, noting the festival has given away more than $2.5 million since it started in the 1980s. The event includes a berry-stomping contest to see who can use his or her feet to extract the most juice; a display of decorating-with-strawberries ideas; and the culmination of the Berry Blast Off recipe contest. Finalists in the recipe contest are Megan Lysaght of Ventura, a 19-year-old student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, with her homemade soft tacos with strawberry salsa, and Renee Pokorny of Ventura, with her strawberry mojito shrimp skewers over strawberry scallion rice. The two will vie at noon Saturday in the Strawberry Promenade for the grand prize of a cruise vacation. last_img read more

Ronaldo on target as Portugal down Morocco

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in the World Cup to lead the chase for the Golden Boot. Photo/APMOSCOW, Russia, June 20 – Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his opening game heroics at the World Cup with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Portugal against Morocco as the European champions edged closer to the last 16.The Real Madrid star struck in the fourth minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s all-time leading scorer with 85 international goals. Victory sent Portugal top of Group B on four points ahead of Spain’s game against Iran in Kazan, as a second straight defeat for Morocco condemned the African nation to an early exit in their first World Cup appearance since 1998.Morocco coach Herve Renard opted for a back four, with Manuel Da Costa and Nabil Dirar coming into the side, to provide added protection against the “absolutely exceptional” Ronaldo after his hat-trick against Spain.But his plans were torn apart within minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium as Ronaldo wriggled free of the imposing Da Costa to bury an unstoppable header past a helpless Monir El Kajoui.It was Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran’s Ali Daei (109) on the list of top international goalscorers.The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro.Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco, before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg.Joao Moutinho then nipped in ahead of Mbark Boussoufa to get a vital clearing touch in the six-yard box as Morocco consistently targeted the right side of the Portuguese defence.– Moroccan penalty appeals –A crude lunge from Benatia on Ronaldo left the Portugal skipper writhing around in pain, while Morocco felt aggrieved when Nordin Amrabat was hauled down by Guerreiro as he muscled his way into the area.Khalid Boutaib was flattened by Jose Fonte in an aerial challenge that again had the Moroccans up in arms, with Renard warned for gesturing for the video assistant referee.Morocco goalkeeper El Kajoui kept his side in the game when he stuck out a strong left palm to repel a Goncalo Guedes effort following Ronaldo’s lofted pass over the top.Ronaldo blazed over from 15 yards after a quick free-kick caught Morocco out, Guedes’s miscued attempt rolling invitingly to the five-time world player of the year.Morocco continued to carve out opportunities as Patricio clung on well to a curling Belhanda shot, and the Portugal keeper pulled off an even better save minutes later.Another dangerous delivery from Ziyach was flicked on by Belhanda, with new Wolves signing Patricio flinging himself to his right to magnificently claw the ball to safety.A further opening fell to Benatia, the Juventus defender neatly shifting the ball onto his left boot only to lash over the bar as Morocco’s frustrations mounted.The lively Ziyach nipped past Fonte in the closing minutes but found Pepe standing in his way, with Benatia hammering over one final chance to seal Morocco’s fate.Portugal will meet Iran in their final group game on June 25, with Morocco set to bow out after their match against Spain in Kaliningrad.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neymar visits Barcelona and says he’s staying in Paris

first_imgThe Brazilian, who scored as PSG beat Angers in Ligue 1 on Saturday, was on a flying visit to Spain.Catalan newspaper Diario Sport tweeted pictures of Neymar with former teammates Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Marc Ter Stegen at Barcelona’s training centre.The Brazilian was interviewed after making an advert for a poker site with another Barcelona player Gerard Pique and golfer Sergio Garcia.Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona last summer for a record 222 million euros, but Spanish media have recently resumed speculating that he will eventually join Real Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar, who scored against Angers on Saturday, insisted on Monday that he will be staying at Paris Saint-Germain next season. © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 27 – Neymar on Monday insisted he would still be with Paris Saint-Germain next season in a brief interview with Catalan broadcaster TV3 in Barcelona.Asked if he would be joining Real Madrid for the 2019-20 season, the Brazilian, whose current deal extends to 2022, answered: “No, I have a contract with PSG and I will continue in Paris.”last_img read more

‘Devastated’ Xhaka should apologise, -Emery

first_img0Shares0000Granit Xhaka has been left devastated by his confrontation with the Arsenal fans but must still apologise said Gunners manager Unai Emery © AFP / Daniel ROLANDLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Granit Xhaka has been left “devastated” by the confrontation with Arsenal supporters on Sunday but still should apologise said Gunners manager Unai Emery on Tuesday.Emery, though, would not be drawn on whether the 27-year-old Swiss international midfielder will remain the captain following his tantrum on being substituted in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. Xhaka — who was voted captain by a secret ballot of his team-mates in the close season — has enjoyed a fractious relationship with the Arsenal supporters since he joined in 2016.It reached its nadir on Sunday when they booed him as he walked off with him cupping his hand to his ear and then apparently mouthing ‘F**k off’ in their direction before storming down the tunnel.“Yes (he should apologise),” said Emery, speaking on the eve of the Gunners’ League Cup fourth round clash with Liverpool.“We make mistakes, we need to apologise and we suggested for him to do that.“Really, he knows he was wrong and he feels inside very deep.“Now we are looking, seeing he is devastated and the first thing is to recover him.“We need our family, friends and supporters to support us, love us.“He is not feeling that with the supporters.“But we are speaking with him ‘first, be calm. Be close to your family and be close to us because we are your family’.”Emery said Xhaka has the qualities required of a captain but refused to respond as to whether he remained in his post.“At the moment I am not speaking and I don’t want to think about that,” the Spaniard said.“It is not easy for him and for the team. We spoke yesterday, and Sunday night also, and this morning.“He has the values, the respect in the dressing room, experience.“He is captain of his national team and has the condition to be the captain.“I decided that. The players respect that, and he was wrong on Sunday and it was not the response of a captain.”While he has been silent since the incident, Xhaka changed his Instagram profile picture on Tuesday from one in which he is sporting the Arsenal armband for one of him captaining Switzerland.He will be taken out of the firing line for a few days at least as he will not travel to Anfield for the League Cup tie.0Shares0000(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more