Follow the Trace | Jamaica rife with football talent

first_img From that same core, however, there remains enough genuine talent and quality to keep the flames of hope burning. I have seen teams with players spread across both the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup this season with enough of the basic fundamentals and more – strength, power, speed, balance, pace, deft touches and vision enough raw material to be positively exploited. The mistake that many local football thinkers seem to be making is to use the comparative quality of the overall football being played in the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions to assess and identify individual talent. Individual qualities and skill sets can shine through the rubble of very mediocre play. Very special talent can emerge from a very poor team. Most football fans watch games for the entertainment value it brings, talent scouting is a different proposition. General or even specific qualities in a player can be spotted even in a poor team performance or a poor individual performance. A prospective young forward could display lightning speed down the flanks all game, but proceeds to miss three or four easy chances. The fact that he missed those chances, however, does not take away from his speed, which could be exactly what the team most needs at that point in time. It is a mistake to keep looking for the complete item when scouting young players. What will often appear are diamonds in the rough, it’s all up to the systems and structures to unearth and bring out the beauty and the value in those diamonds. A change of mindset is in the air, thanks to another failed World Cup campaign. Let us use this window of opportunity to try and change not just how our young players think about themselves as players, but in this new cycle of progress, more Jamaicans need to understand that the well is not dry and the tree is not withered. Jamaica is still producing out-standing, young football talent. Let us stop blaming these young players, for our blindness in not being able to see this talent. FLAMES OF HOPE The misguided philosophy of the aggressive and widescale importation of foreign-born players to represent the senior Reggae Boyz must have, over time, resulted in a general erosion of faith, confidence and belief in the quality of the local-based player pool. This prolonged practice must not have only affected the players themselves, who would have gradually grown into believing they really had inferior and inadequate talent, but there emerged a sense that the local fraternity in general; began to feed into the narrative that Jamaica has stopped producing talented football players. With confidence a little bit shaken myself, I started paying even closer attention to the local competitions, especially the Manning and daCosta Cups. I put myself on deliberate lookout for this so-called dramatic fall in quality of our young players. It hardly took more than a couple of games and, in some cases, mere portions of games to realise the folly, falseness and inaccuracy of this conclusion. The naysayers and preachers of doom and gloom for local talent either have an agenda, bad eyesight, or inept and incompetent judgement as to what constitutes raw talent. Jamaica is still rife with natural football talent. Various levels of talent from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary continue to be on show across the school grounds of Jamaica. The fact of the matter is, most of the 2,000-3,000 schoolboy footballers registered per season will not become superstars of the sport; the majority of these youngsters will not even play competitive football after high school.last_img read more

Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Gilas enters killer stretch Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Los Angeles, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, the team confirmed on Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released but local media reports said the 22-year-old shooting guard had inked a three-year contract worth $8.3 million.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Cavaliers have also agreed to pay $700,000 to Turkish club Anadolu Efes to help meet his $1 million buyout clause.Osman heads to Cleveland after spending the last five seasons with Anadolu in the Turkish Basketball League first division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 6ft 8in forward averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 games last season.Osman represented his country at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the 2016 Manila FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Vendors protest removal from Stabroek Market Square

first_imgA group of angry vendors, who were removed from the Stabroek Market Square, where they ply their tradeVenders protesting outside City Hall on Fridayon a daily basis, staged a protest outside Ministry of the Presidency before marching down to City Hall on Friday.The Mayor and City Council is removing them temporarily to the vacant lot south of Parliament Buildings so that the market square can be cleaned. However, vendors feel that this move is “unfair” and “disrespectful”.At the protest, vendor Arrisa Richmond told Guyana Times that she was not at the meeting when the agreement was made and noted that the area where City Council wants to send them is “not prosperous.” The single-parent of three also stated that she intends to return to vend at Stabroek despite the four-month removal which City Council has imposed.“They seh come Sunday fuh clean [and] I coming an give dem a hand fuh clean… but I will be going back there to vend on Tuesday right on because they seh they want de place look nice for Jubilee; I want piece ah de Jubilee money, too,” Richmond stressed.Other vendors vowed they will not be taken for granted and some noted they would not go anywhere.“I am not moving from there, I am selling out here 22 years… Jagdeo used to call we in and talk to us whether he like we or not. Jagdeo used to deal with we and is he put we there; we vote for a change and this is what we get?” questioned a vendor in anger.She stated, “No vending, no Jubilee”, and noted that vendors intend to continue their protest actions.“We is de government backbone, we put everybody weh they deh right now, and we deserve better treatment than this,” a male vendor expressed.After locking the gates, City Council tried to ease the tensions when Deputy Mayor Sherrod Duncan came out to speak with the vendors.“We’re all very concerned about the vendors there. We all want you folks to earn a good living, that’s why we’re saying we’re not ceasing vending on the whole but we want to be able to take care of that square. We understand all the concerns, the thieves, the junkies… that is why we are in a massive push for the reorganisation of that square,” Duncan told the crowd.Despite his attempts to calm the gathering, the protestors continued to vent their anger over the current management of City Hall.On Thursday, Town Clerk Royston King during a meeting with some 400 vendors said that they would be removed for four months to facilitate a clean-up exercise as part of an overarching plan to secure the integrity and health of Stabroek Market Square.In the agreement City Hall imposed, it was stated that a “massive clean-up” exercise will take place on Sunday May 1 and vendors, who have stalls in the municipal markets, were asked to return and occupy those stalls. Should these vendors fail to do so, it will result in the “repossession of those facilities.”“Vendors, who are plying their trade at the Stabroek Market Square and contiguous areas would be temporary relocated to a plot of land south of the Parliament Building. The Council would provide lighting, 24 hours security, and sanitary facilities,” the Council had noted.At the meeting Thursday, King told stakeholders that land is adequate for all the vendors especially those who reside on the periphery of the square. Vendors had raised concerns over the plot of land identified. They had questioned if there would indeed have enough space for all of them to ply their trade.City Council had however stated that all vendors at the meeting supported the plans.last_img read more

Nimley’s Late Goal Rescues Spartak Moscow II

first_img“Not the result we were counting on, but it was a real battle! I am proud of you, team,” Nimley.Photo: Spartak MoscowLiberia’s Russian-based forward Sylvanus Nimley’s fourth goal in the 2018 Russian National Football League could not have come anytime better than midweek, after he scored a late goal to rescue a point for Spartak Moscow II in a 2-2 stalemate against Luch Vladivostok on Wednesday, October 24.Spartak were down 2-1, with little or no time left to play, and the 20-year-old Liberian forward scored in the 90th minute after smartly cutting through to connect with teammate Rudkovsky Egor’s through-pass and hit it past goalkeeper Kotlyarov Alexander.Spartak took the lead in the 12th minute through Vladislav Panteleev before Pauel Golyshev leveled the scores in the 21st minute to end the first half 1-1. Luch took the lead for the first time after Nail Zamaliev struck from outside the penalty area to make it 2-1 against Spartak.However, Spartak kept pushing for an equalizer with Nimley coming close in the 73rd minute with a strike, but a little inaccurate, before scoring the long-awaited equalizer 13 minutes later.“Not the result we were counting on, but it was a real battle! I am proud of you,” Nimley posted on his official Instagram page.Nimley, second from right, alongside Lone Star teammates during a training session in Brazzaville, Congo (Photo: Anthony Kokoi)Wednesday’s match was Nimley’s first after returning for international duty with the national team back-to-back outing against Congo Brazzaville in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. In the first leg, he was introduced in the 82nd minute, replacing LISCR midfielder Saah Nyumah when the Lone Star lost 3-1 in Brazzaville. He was left on the bench as an unused substitute in the return leg after Lone Star secured their first victory. Nimley has now made it 4 goals out of 14 appearances in all completions for his club this season.Nimley could form part of national team head coach Thomas Kojo’s squad for Lone Star’s next match against the Warriors of Zimbabwe on November 18, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WASH Sector AIms to End Open Defecation by 2025

first_imgParticipants celebrate with various posters at the program in Monrovia.The Board Chair of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, has said that the government is committed to ending open defecation.Nyenpan, who is also the Minister of Public Works, said there is an urgent need to ‘tackle open defecation’ to save lives.“Our government has been working to build conducive toilet facilities in all communities,” he said.Mr. Nyenpan made these comments at a program marking the commemoration of World Toilet Day, held in Monrovia on Tuesday, November 19.In 2013, the United Nations, adopted and passed a resolution recognizing November 19 as an official UN international day. Every year, the day is celebrated with a unique theme. This year, the theme is, “Leaving no one Behind,” with the message that ‘a toilet is not just a toilet, but a life-saver that protects dignity, and an opportunity-maker’.According to the United Nations, today, around the globe, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation. With the target to give access to safe sanitation, leaving no one behind, this year’s World Toilet Day was be celebrated across the globe.The program was supported by Oxfam in Liberia, UNICEF, National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), WaterAid, Concern Worldwide and others.Johnathan Kaipay, Senate Chair on WASH, said it is time that officials of government develop political will to increase budgetary support to end open defecation.Vivian Mussah, program Manager of Future Leader Toilet Solution, a Liberian-owned organization, recommended the usage of bio-filtration toilet system, which use air to assist microorganisms, worms and beetles to break up organic material in wastewater with very little or no odor. Clarified wastewater settles at the bottom of the chamber where it is pumped out of the tank.Madam Mussah said the institution is working with schools and government to tackle open defecation by using the system.WASH program head, Oxfam in Liberia, Mohammed Massaley, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to support the WASH commission in ending ‘open defecation.’He stressed for more budgetary and donor support to the sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberation Treatment gives new hope to FSJ man

first_img[asset|aid=3068|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e87033c3a92187bcfcebce253f11e543-Tompkins 4_1_Pub.mp3] Although they both say they now have new hope for the treatment of the disease but mostly hope the Canadian government will follow suit and allow the procedure to be done in this country so that MS patients don’t have to travel so far away to have it done.The Province of Alberta announced Thursday that it would look at the idea of paying for the experimental treatment.  Click here to read more from the CBC. He was 26 years old when he was diagnosed with chronic progressive MS, but that he says he had probably had symptoms for at least five years before that.He first learned about the CCSVI procedure on an episode of W5 last fall and after doing research into the treatment and where it could be done, there was no turning back.One of the biggest pushes for him was seeing someone who had gone through the same procedure a month before. He says before the procedure the man could only walk slowly up and down stairs while holding on to the railing, but after a month, he was able to run up and down them without holding on to anything.Ferguson says she wants to thank everyone who had donated money since it allowed them to concentrate on improving instead of worrying about the costs.After all the research he had done about the procedure and the Mexican surgeon, Dr. Elena Solas, he says he wouldn’t have chosen differently.Advertisement Photo: Rocky Tompkins rolls his fingers for the first time in over a decade, something he can now do because of surgery he underwent in Mexico./Kimberley MolinaIt’s been just over two weeks since Rocky Tompkins returned from undergoing surgery in Mexico, but he says the improvements he has experienced have been remarkable.- Advertisement -Tompkins travelled to Mexico to undergo what has been termed the “Liberation Treatment” to treat chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency something found is many people who have multiple sclerosis.MS is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks myelin sheaths in the brain causing debilitation over time.He says he is now able to straighten his fingers on both hands, something he has not been able to do in ten years.Since his return July 14, he has had gradual improvements and has noticed differences in areas in which he had not even realized he had been missing, including in his taste.Advertisement He says that he would recommend the procedure to everyone who has MS and may have been considering the treatment.[asset|aid=3066|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e87033c3a92187bcfcebce253f11e543-Tompkins 2_1_Pub.mp3] Hearing about the procedure gave him hope, something both he and his mother, Janet Ferguson, say he had been missing for a long time.[asset|aid=3067|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e87033c3a92187bcfcebce253f11e543-Tompkins 3_1_Pub.mp3] Ferguson says the doctors told him that they had never encountered an MS patient that didn’t have the narrowing veins.Advertisement [asset|aid=3065|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e87033c3a92187bcfcebce253f11e543-Tompkins 1_1_Pub.mp3] However, one of the biggest changes he says he has felt since having the procedure done is an overall lack of crippling fatigue.He says his body no longer shuts down at various times during the day which means he is also able to get a full night’s sleep instead of simply sleeping at different times during the day.Furthermore he says he is able to better tolerate heat, has better balance and has had almost no headaches, which he used to get fairly frequently.Advertisementlast_img read more

Teen gathers sweet treats for troops

first_imgSAUGUS – After sorting through nearly 800pounds of sweets, including Jolly Ranchers, Snickers bars and Red Vines, 17-year-old Charlotte Floyd is officially sick of candy. But the Saugus High School junior plans to give away her collected treats to those more in need of a bright spot in their day: U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Sending 10 boxes of candy to troops in the war-torn country is part of Floyd’s “Cash in Your Candy” nonprofit project that will also net Floyd her Girl Scout Gold Award – the final and most prestigious honor for members of the cookie-selling crowd. “I am really glad we can brighten up the days for our service people in Iraq,” Floyd said. “We wanted to steer kids away from the type of lifestyle that could lead to problems,” she said. Saugus Principal Bill Bolde praised Floyd, a teen he says is one of his most outstanding students. “She just does everything so well,” Bolde said. “Her desire to help others in this day and age – when so many people are out to get things for themselves – is outstanding.” Floyd’s mother, Kris Floyd, admits her daughter probably inherited her ambition. As president of the girls’ basketball booster club and leader of the parent volunteer group on the Saugus campus, Kris Floyd tells all three of her daughters to get involved with everything they can. But even this energetic mom said that, at times, the candy project was overwhelming. “Not many girls have the energy to spend so much time on one project,” Kris Floyd said. “I am so very proud of her.” Floyd has started a drive at Saugus High, asking teachers for donations to pay for shipping costs for the candy. And Charlotte Floyd is hoping her efforts can motivate other girls to get involved. “I plan to train other Girl Scouts on the program and then let them run it,” she said. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And Floyd is hoping her treats really make it far. “Maybe, since they have all this candy, they can give some of it to the local (Iraqi) kids and brighten their days, too,” she said. Floyd, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, is active in student organizations including site council and plays varsity basketball. But she admits her dedication is driven by ambition. “It all looks good on your college applications,” she said. The candy project, however, started a little after Halloween last year when Floyd became concerned with the growing problem of obesity among children. last_img read more

VIDEO: Relive Paul Gascoigne’s stunning volley against Scotland at Euro 96

first_imgToday marks 21 years since Paul Gascoigne’s legendary goal against Scotland at Euro 96.The celebration that followed was equally as memorable, but the skill and composure Gazza showed at Wembley, will forever be remembered by England fans.Darren Anderton teed up his teammate before instinct took over as Gascoigne flicked the ball over the head of Colin Hendy and smashed the ball past Andy Goram into the net.Sheer euphoria took over the midfielder as he sat into a ‘dentist’s chair’ and re-enacted the antics of a pre-tournament trip to Hong Kong.Relive the stunning goal above….last_img

Mourinho piles pressure on Liverpool to win Prem title after spending spree

first_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 4 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 In 2016, Klopp said: “Other clubs can go out and spend more money. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job any more.”Speaking about Klopp’s new approach, Mourinho said: “I think if you have the money, if you invest well, is better than to have it in the bank, because the interests are very low,“The problem is you have to invest well and honestly I think they did very well because every player they bought are quality players and I’m happy for them. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 4 ALTERED 4 BEST OF How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 4 impact Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp will go head-to-head in a pre-season match on Saturday JOSE MOURINHO piled pressure on Liverpool by claiming they should win the title after Jurgen Klopp’s spending spree.The Manchester United boss believes it is “funny” that the Anfield chief has changed his approach in the transfer market. “And I’m also happy to smile and to see that, you know, you can change your opinion and change as a person. Is funny. But that’s okay.“But maybe this season finally you demand that they win.“You, I think, you have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments, who are making investments that they started making last season, not just this season, last season.“That you made in January, that you make now, that will probably be the record of the Premier League this season, I don’t see another team getting close to that level of investment, a team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Read in Football Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won New £67m signing Alisson will be Liverpool’s No 1 this season Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack predicted Jose Mourinho’s side finished second in the Premier League last season Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker latest Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool for £75m in January “You have to win.”Klopp smashed the record for the world’s most expensive defender in January when he signed Virgil van Dijk for £75m from Southampton.And he has since spent £170m on four other players – Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson. NEW ERA silverware last_img read more