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FIFA Legend: Dedication and determination is key

first_imgOne of the cornerstones of the England team for the best part of a decade, Scott is only the seventh player to earn 100 England caps and is currently England’s second most capped player (both male and female).She is in the country promoting Women’s Football and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 by visiting schools and communities.“Have confidence in yourself. Have the courage to stand up and speak up. Don’t wait for anyone else. Stand up and take ownership of your lives.“Yes I had bad days in my career too, but always turn that negative into a positive, “said Scott.Scott, who was joined by the PNG U-20 women’s team today encouraged the POMIS girls to chase their dreams.“The PNG U-20 women were very inspiring during the World Cup. They showed so much determination in their game. “Having talent is not enough; you must have dedication and determination. You with the PNG U-20 team are all role models. Carry on this message to women everywhere. You are all in charge of your own journeys in life,” said Scott.Scott has competed at the U19 and U21 levels for England, including the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship 2002 in Canada. For the senior team, Scott has played at the 2005, 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women’s Championship, winning a silver medal. She also participated at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015 and was named in the FIFA All-Star team after Germany 2011. She won the bronze medal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada in 2015.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Time to play ball

first_imgWhen the World Cup kicks off in less than two weeks, a painful truth will land home once again. Jamaica won’t be there, and the implication is that we can’t play football well enough to be there. It will hit like a ton of bricks. Twenty years ago, through a combination of inspired coaching, committed play, unprecedented funding, a timely infusion of professionalism from Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson and Deon Burton and a slight opening in the qualifying requirements, the Reggae Boyz were standing side by side with the globe’s elite teams in France. It was brilliant. To top everything off, the Boyz didn’t just make up numbers – they scored goals and won a game, 2-1 over Japan. That was 20 years and five World Cups ago. It’s beginning to look like a stroke of luck. In this context, the recent football town hall meeting is a step forward. Curse the media all you want, but there are times when it is the only entity that can pull stakeholders together. That seems to be something football dearly needs. If Jamaica is to ever qualify for the World Cup again, all the stakeholders need to play to the tune of a coordinated plan. The next step will be for those who attended the town hall meeting to peel off into working groups whose duty is to come back with reports and proposals to advance the state of the game in Jamaica. The elements of success aren’t a mystery. Better playing fields are a basic requirement, allied to better coaching at lower age groups to facilitate the development of sound technique. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) think tank absolutely must recommend a playing style that suits the Jamaican footballer, and that must guide national coaches at every level. My own uneducated recommendations on this matter of playing style are a matter of record. It’s time to fall out of love with tiki-taka in its pure Barcelona form and time to play speed-based counter-attacking football on a base of solid defence. After all, speed is what we have. This speed-based approach helped Jamaica qualify for men’s and women’s hockey at this year’s Central American and Caribbean Games. It’s worth a try in football. The experts in this new dialogue can take that ball and run with it. Hopefully, with everyone in the Reggae Boyz bus together now, Jamaica can put its foot on the accelerator and build a slate of teams that can hold their own in world football. Delay is disaster. When the World Cup begins, that elemental truth – that we aren’t world class in football – will again hit home. Thankfully, there’s a silver lining. Together we can make our football improve. – Hubert Lawrence correctly picked Germany to win the World Cup in The Sunday Gleaner of July 13, 2014.last_img read more

Guyana to get modernised electronic visa system

first_imgIn an effort to clamp down on fraudulent migration, the European Union (EU) will be collaborating with the Citizenship Ministry to set up an electronic visa system for travellers entering Guyana.Citizenship Minister Winston FelixEU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej VidetičCitizenship Ministry, Winston Felix, received the policy recommendations and guidelines for establishing an Electronic Visa (E-Visa) and work visa system. This is expected to aid in the implementation and development of a modernised visa issuance system.It comes almost two years after seeking assistance for policy guidelines on its establishment. Minister Felix explained that Guyana’s visa application process saw immigration officers using a rubber stamp.This process, he noted, was the same since independence. He pointed to cases being reported by immigration officers of foreigners presenting their passports with bogus Guyana stamps.“How long must we contend with a situation in which our immigration system is easily defrauded? And once we recognise fraud in a legitimate system it is our duty to ensure that we protect it.”“I am happy to receive it because it would be the source for correcting many issues associated with our visa system currently in operation. The world is changing, but the migration policy in Guyana has not changed.”“We have had our immigration laws and visa facilities available since we became independent, with very little change to it. But in this changing world, which sees human trafficking, transnational crime, irregular migration patterns, we in Guyana are now seeking to harden the soft parts of our immigration system.”EU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videtič, personally handed over the report to Citizen Minister Felix. He noted the European Union’s commitment to improving the visa system which is slated to reduce fraudulent practices in the migration process.“Guyana’s economy will benefit from a system which makes tourism more attractive and provides more transparency for foreign investment and a genuine need for foreign labour. Safety and security will be enhanced through a well-managed, easily traceable system, which prevents the unregulated inflow of non-citizens. It will also bring social, educational and cultural benefits and meet humanitarian objectives,” Videtič said.The report was compiled by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The work on it began after a request from Guyana to the African, Caribbean-European Union (ACP-EU) Migration Action Programme in June 2015 for technical assistance, in order to improve the local visa processing and issuance system, as well as immigration services.Meanwhile, IOM’s Regional Coordination Officer for the Caribbean, Robert Natiello reiterated the organisation’s commitment to regular and orderly migration and the need to coalesce efforts to improve the process for migrants.“The process of emitting visas is an important part of ensuring the regular and orderly migration process. When we have irregular migration processes, we have seen that this opens up migrants to many vulnerable situations and they can fall into situations of human rights violations, Trafficking In Persons and smuggling of migrants. So we are pleased to be able to provide technical assistance for this type of work,” Natiello said.Also present at the event were Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Karen Cummings and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin.last_img read more

KPL warns Leopards against Top 8 snub

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 25- Kenyan Premier League (KPL) leaders AFC Leopards face heavy sanctions should they forge ahead and boycott Sunday’s Top 8 clash against archrivals Gor Mahia.KPL Chief Executive, Jack Oguda, said Wednesday that his body and governing Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had concurred on penalising Ingwe if the club goes ahead to abandon the encounter set for Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. “All along, we have been aware of the Top 8 since it was launched last year and the clubs that have been participating have honoured all the matches. There are rules we have when clubs fail to honour matches and that will definitely apply (to Leopards).“I do not foresee such as situation on Sunday since there is a lot at stake. Preparations and re-scheduling of league matches have been done and they have been aware. In my opinion, maybe that is a threat to make the other team not prepare for the match,” the chief executive emphasised.He was reacting to reports earlier in the day quoting Leopards chairman, Alex Ole Magelo saying his side will not feature in the knock-out fixture where the winners will qualify for the semis of the competition where the winner bags Sh1m.Oguda disclosed he had held a meeting with FKF’s top brass where it was agreed both the federation and league management body would clamp down hard on the league frontrunners if they carried through with the abandonment.Stakeholders meetingHe was speaking after a stakeholders meeting to discuss match logistics that brought together representatives of KPL, Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB), broadcast sponsors, SuperSport, Kenya Police, Ticket Masters as well as Gor officials where their Leopards counterparts were conspicuously missing.“They told me their officials were on their way but the meeting has ended without them but all the decisions we reached here will be communicated to AFC,” Oguda added.“There are many logistics that costs a lot including paying for the stadium, police and private security, printing tickets as well as satellite air time for the broadcast slot and these are some of the costs Leopards are liable to meet besides other sanctions.”Gor hint at scaring tacticsGor secretary, George Bwana, dispelled the boycott threat saying his team was preparing and focused for the second ‘Kenya Derby’ of the season after their KPL clash in May ended in a barren stalemate amid clashes in the stands blamed on K’Ogalo supporters.“I’m looking forward to a beautiful game and at the end of the day; we emerge victorious against AFC Leopards. Matches between Gor and AFC are interesting and some have ended prematurely and others with incidents.“We are hoping we will not have a repeat on Sunday. As Gor Mahia, we are prepared and we have done our best to sensitise our fans to conduct themselves in a manner that supports the beautiful game and we believe everything will go right on Sunday,” Bwana expressed.He confirmed Gor had forwarded five names of notorious fans to Police for subsequent action while alleging some of the skirmishes associated with the supporters of both clubs were politically instigated.“Sometimes these things are derived by forces beyond our control. We are going through an election period and there is a thin line between football and politics. Politicians find it easy to want to portray their opponents in certain (negative) ways through football.“As a club, we have been painted previously as negative by the media but I believe we have done something. We have been conducting fan education and this is bearing fruit,” the secretary stressed as he termed Leopards threat to abandon the game as ‘antics meant to scare us.’Their league game at Nyayo National Stadium saw Gor banned from playing at SSMB facilities and their matches pulled out of the SuperSport live coverage roster occasioning the postponement of the Top 8 clash that was initially set for May after their fans went on rampage occasioning a 15-minute stoppage.Capital Sport established that Leopards boycott threat was informed by lack of funds to prepare for the fixture with KPL giving both clubs Sh100,000 each for logistics.However, it is said Ingwe officials cannot access the payment through their bank account after the club’s account was frozen in the court case filed against Magelo’s administration by challengers led by Ssemi Aina and their request for cash was turned down by KPL.30,000 ticketsMeanwhile, 30,000 tickets will be on sale for the match with another 10,000 reserved in case the demand for the game outstrips the allocated quota with each ticket costing Sh200 and will retail at various outlets in Nairobi.Tickets will go on sale on Friday at the match venue, Githurai 45 Main Bus Terminus, Co-operative Bank Zimmerman, Sports View Kasarani, Kariobangi Shopping Centre, City Stadium, 20th Century and Kenya cinemas in the CBD, Nyayo Stadium and Hope Centre in Kawangware.No tickets will be sold at the stadium on Sunday and gates will open at 10am and close at 2:45pm on match-day ahead of the 4pm kick-off with the stadium accessible from 96 entry points.Ticket Masters said the figure was based on records that showed the highest domestic club match had attracted 24,000 fans when the two sides played in the KPL in the second leg of last season with other matches averaging 5000 supporters.The firm reiterated security concerns had restrained it from producing capacity tickets for the 60,000-seater stadium for the match that will be aired live on SuperSport 9 East from 3:30pm. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bonus row delays Cameroon departure

first_img0Shares0000YAOUNDÉ, June 8 – Cameroon’s World Cup squad refused to board their plane for Brazil on Sunday amid a row over bonuses, football officials said.After prolonged talks with the African country’s government a deal was reached and the squad will finally head to the World Cup later Sunday, a Cameroon Football Federation official told AFP. “The players should have left this (Sunday) morning but they didn’t want to because there was a problem with bonuses,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.“Until yesterday, the government was offering 50 million CFA francs (76,000 euros, $104,000) as a participation bonus (to each player), but they wanted more.“The problem was solved during the day and they should leave Cameroon tonight.”The players had been due to leave at 1.45pm (1645 GMT) but will now leave at 9:30pm instead, Cameroon radio television (CRTV) said.CRTV said each player will receive a 50 million CFA franc bonus plus a share of 6 percent of the revenue generated by the federation during the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool youngster hoping to make first-team impact after impressive European debut

first_img Jordan Rossiter Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter enjoyed an impressive Europa League debut which offered both him and the club great hope for the future.The 18-year-old, who scored within 10 minutes of making his bow for the club in the League Cup last season, put in a composed performance in his first European outing which saw the Reds draw 1-1 in Bordeaux.For over an hour he played alongside fellow academy graduate Pedro Chirivella, who made an earlier-than-expected first-team bow after injury to Kolo Toure, and by the second half the pair looked as comfortable as they did playing in the under-21s together.Local-born Rossiter’s rise through the ranks has accelerated over the last year and he is keen to seize the opportunity offered by Brendan Rodgers, who is likely to use him again for next week’s Capital One Cup visit of Carlisle and also in forthcoming European fixtures.“It was a tough test and I really enjoyed my European debut,” he said.“I loved it out there. I’ve been working most of my time at the academy to try to push into the first team and I got my chance. Hopefully it comes again.“Young players want to do well and we want to go that extra mile.“I’ve played with Pedro for two or three years now so I know how he plays and he knows how I play and I thought he did very well – the same with Cam (Cameron Brannagan, another academy product given a late debut) when he came on.“To be honest I was a little bit nervous when I found out I was starting a few days ago but you just have to go out there and enjoy it and try your best – that is all you can do.“I had to come off with a bit of cramp, which I’m disappointed about, but the manager said, ‘great experience’ and I can only take that forward and hopefully get better.“I was just disappointed we couldn’t get the win but I think a point away from home is good.“We have three home games left and if we get three wins from them it will be good for us.” 1last_img read more

Angel earns wings for good deeds

first_imgANAHEIM – John Peel, a Whittier resident and chief officer of an agency that helps abandoned, abused and neglected children, presented Angels veteran Tim Salmon with the team’s 2006 Roberto Clemente Award in a pregame ceremony at Angels Stadium on Wednesday. Under a sizzling sun, standing on grass near home plate, Peel handed Salmon the Clemente trophy just before the Angels won their game against the Baltimore Orioles. Salmon is now one of the 30 nominees for the national 2006 Roberto Clemente Award, which carries a $25,000 check that is presented at the World Series. The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe award is named for Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who was killed on New Year’s Eve 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Salmon and his wife, Marci, have been longtime supporters of local charities throughout Southern California. Each season, Salmon purchases 100 tickets to all Angels home games, which are distributed to charities. But the causes that have been closest to Salmon’s heart have been Family Solutions, headed by Peel, and Laurel House, another agency that assists teens. He also provided funds for the West Anaheim Little League. Recently, Salmon teamed with the Angels Baseball Foundation and Home Depot to renovate the Youth Baseball Fields at Stearns Champions Park in Long Beach where Salmon grew up. Peel said a lot of the $700,000 Salmon has donated to Family Solutions has come from the Tim Salmon Golf Classic at Coto de Caza Golf Club held each February in Orange County. Family Solutions’ main facility is in Santa Ana, with a smaller office in Whittier. Peel said Family Solutions once received a single check for $200,000 from Salmon and “every Christmas he calls and asks how many kids \ and sends $100 per child.” Sometimes as many as 80 children at a time are being helped. Salmon, 38, was out of the lineup all last year when he had major surgeries. This year he fought his way back to a earn a spot as a designated hitter. The Associated Press and Greg Warner of MLB.com contributed to this story. 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

We have no complaints about drawing to Rochdale – Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino said he had no complaints about Tottenham being forced into a replay after drawing 2-2 at League One Rochdale in the FA Cup fifth round. Substitute Steve Davies’ stoppage-time strike snatched an unlikely draw for Rochdale after Lucas Moura’s tidy finish and a Harry Kane penalty had seemingly put the tie beyond doubt.Earlier, Ian Henderson had given Keith Hill’s men a shock lead just before half-time in what turned out to be a frustrating encounter for Spurs.Spurs played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Juventus in their Champions League last 16 first leg game earlier this week and the Lily Whites’ boss hinted this could have contributed to his side’s lack of sharpness.But Pochettino, who spoke to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams after the game, was happy Spurs would get a second chance to make it to the quarter-finals, where they will play either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea. Pochettino said: “No there are no complaints. They [Rochdale] deserve to go to Wembley and get a replay because they scored at the end.“After the penalty that Harry scored we felt that would be enough to win but the game is not finished until the full-time whistle.“It’s difficult to explain [why Tottenham did not play well]. That is the FA Cup and of course we are disappointed but I felt we tried to give our best which was impossible but we are still alive in the cup.“We are a bit disappointed but we now have the opportunity to try and move to the quarter-finals.”January signing Lucas Moura was one of Spurs’ bright sparks in the game and the Brazilian was rewarded for his positive play with his first goal for his new club after clipping the ball over an onrushing Josh Lillis.And the Spurs boss heaped praise on his latest acquisition.  Pochettino added: “I am very happy with his [Lucas Moura’s] performance. He played 70 minutes and that was fantastic for him. Maybe he will play more next time.”last_img read more

CLOSING DATE APPROACHES FOR COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD AWARDS

first_imgTHE Donegal County Enterprise Board is encouraging businesses to enter this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards – with under two weeks until nominations close.The awards are aimed at small and micro businesses and there are a number of award categories, including innovation, business growth, business achievement, export, new business start-up and business of the year.Each year an overall county award is made to one of the finalists, and this company goes on to represent Donegal in the National Enterprise Awards. “The awards acknowledge the talent and determination of small businesses in the county. Despite the tough economic conditions, local businesses are continuing to succeed and innovate. The awards are a great way to publicise your business and get recognition for you and your staff,” says enterprise board chief executive Michael Tunney.The winner of the business of the year award for 2010 was Malachi Eastwood of Letterkenny-based Gartan Technologies, which produces software systems for fire and rescue services.“Winning the award was a positive endorsement and vindication of our work,” he said.“Being able to tell prospective customers and the wider market that we were recognised in this way helped us win contracts.” The closing date for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2011 is 31 January.To nominate your company, contact Celine Carroll at Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email ccarroll@donegalenterprise.ie.CLOSING DATE APPROACHES FOR COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD AWARDS was last modified: January 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Doolittle legal fees mount as Abramoff investigation grows

first_img 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Doolittle, who last month won re-election to a ninth term, has denied any wrongdoing. “The congressman is committed to doing everything he can to clear his name as quickly as possible,” Doolittle chief of staff Richard Robinson said in a statement Friday. “Through his attorneys, he will continue to proactively seek such an objective.” Along with hiring Wiley Rein, Doolittle has paid Virginia criminal attorney David Barger $50,000 in relation to the probe. Doolittle narrowly won re-election over Democratic challenger Charlie Brown, who had criticized the congressman for his ties to Abramoff. In all, Doolittle spent $2.34 million on his 2006 re-election, according to the FEC filing. SACRAMENTO – Rep. John Doolittle has paid $44,138 to a Washington law firm that specializes in campaign finance and ethics cases in connection with the Jack Abramoff lobbying investigation, new campaign finance reports show. The Rocklin Republican paid the legal fees to the Wiley Rein law firm between mid-October and mid-November, according to a post-election report filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. It brings Doolittle’s legal expenses to more than $100,000 for the year. Doolittle, a conservative eight-term incumbent, has numerous ties to Abramoff, whom he has described as a good friend. Doolittle accepted campaign cash from Abramoff, helped his tribal clients in dealings with the Interior Department and helped the lobbyist win a contract from the Northern Mariana Islands by endorsing a sympathetic island politician. Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion, is cooperating with the Justice Department. The administration has declined to comment on the investigation. last_img read more