Schafer must manager better

first_imgThe recent group draw for the Copa Centennial coming up in June, which pits Jamaica in a preliminary group up against Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, has ignited pleasant memories of the Reggae Boyz sojourn in last year’s Copa America in Chile, where they narrowly lost all three games against top calibre teams Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, with the general consensus being that not only were they not disgraced, but they represented and performed quite well.There were, however, some fundamental mistakes made in that run at the Copa America, followed by their run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they historically got to the final.However, the very next game they played after than run was the crucial first round World Cup qualifier at home against lowly Nicaragua. Three of our key players; Wes Morgan, Jobi McAnuff and Gareth McCleary were missing in action, injured and or fatigued. Jamaica went on to lose that game after going down 3-0 and were on the brink of World Cup elimination at the very first hurdle.This was absolutely poor and naive resource management by coach Winfred Schafer and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). World Cup qualifying must be the priority with every other game and or tournament serving as part of the preparation process.Schafer basically ran the players into the ground at the Copa and the Gold Cup and subsequently turned out a weakened and jaded team for the first round of World Cup qualifying. Older players such as Morgan and McAnuff were overused and overworked in those tournaments with conventional football wisdom suggesting that was gross mismanagement on the part of Schafer, as these were key players to the team’s success and should have been handled with ‘kids gloves’ and deployed instead in tip-top shape in the high priority World Cup qualifying assignments.local based playersI have long advocated for the systematic infusion of our best young local based players into the national senior set-up in order to create a wider pool of players overtime for exactly these types of circumstances.If that philosophy was pursued with conviction and the belief that there are qualities that local based players can bring to improve the senior team and the very best of players were being exposed and invested in over the past two or three years, those players would be better and more complete players today and better prepared for international duty.With the clear and present danger of fixture congestion and overwork issues with the overseas-based players, in addition to the understandable injury and fatigue concerns from the clubs of these players, Schafer really had no choice but to finally select a local core of players all be it very late in the proceedings. If, however, as I suspect he does not truly believe in the quality of the local players, then he will hardly deploy them as he should, which would leave us very much back at square one with himself and Captain Horace Burrell more than likely heading off to England to continue begging unwilling mediocre players to become a part of Jamaica’s player pool.It would be far better for the development of our football if Schafer, even if his hands were forced by circumstance, learns to value, respect and believe in the quality of the best of our local players. There is no doubt in my mind that as we venture into this crucial year of football, that we can get quality playing minutes from some players based right here in Jamaica.My understanding is that Schafer will be paid his overdue salaries in very short order and these are the crucial crossroads and the big decision moments in which he should earn every single dollar of that salary.last_img read more

PBA keeping close watch over referees

first_imgMOST READ Maybe not all PBA fans know that there are two cameras strategically positioned in every playing venue that monitor only the referees’ actions.Yes, these cameras never blink. They record every move the referees make on the court—missed calls, noncalls and wrong calls during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the cameras are a big help to the technical committee in determining calls during situations which require video consultations.He said the cameras also help the referees evaluate and improve their performances, while also providing real-time feedback for game officials. Now that the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup is in the semifinal phase, expect all games to be even more intense.And when the competition is at its highest level, the referees step up on their officiating and are always on their toes at any given play.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lady Tams book last semis trip Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments “The cameras are really a huge factor during games,” said Marcial. “Technical officials can monitor the entire game well and make accurate judgments.”The technical committee reviews a referee’s performance after every game. This serves as basis in determining the referee’s rating or grade level.“When a referee performs badly in consecutive games, he or she can be suspended or meted out stiff penalties,” added Marcial.But a referee can’t always be suspended or fined because of wrong calls.The technical committee looks at a referee’s position when a missed or wrong call takes place before making any decision.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES “One time during an Alaska-San Miguel game, the play happened right in front of Alaska’s bench. There was a supposed noncall on Marcio Lassiter. Alaska representative Dickie Bachmann complained at once because he was right there. When the play was reviewed, it was clear that the referee’s view was blocked and so he failed to see if there was a foul or not,” Marcial related.Marcial said this system considerably improved the performance of the referees and somehow made all the teams appreciate calls or non calls—an integral part of commissioner Chito Narvasa’s mission to make officiating understandable to fans as they are to game officials and coaches.Narvasa likewise expressed satisfaction for the above-par performance of the PBA’s pool of 16 referees in the ongoing Governors’ CupHe said none of them have been suspended or fined so far and he’s looking to cut the pool to retain the higher-grade referees during the semifinals of the season-ending third conference. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mora Camp, Kalcoon students slush through trails to school

first_imgBy Devina SamarooImagine almost every morning on your way to school having to take off your shoes, socks, lifting your clothing slightly over your knees and slushing through inundated trails.Children of the neighbouring communities of Mora Camp and Kalcoon in Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) do this on a regular basis whenever it rains or whenever there is high tide.Students slushing through Benjie RoadIn some cases, parents transform into human vehicles, strapping their children on their shoulders as they hike through knee-high waters en route to school.The situation is just as deplorable during the drier climate, as they have to trek through the blazing sun, climb steep hills and cross creeks on feeble makeshift bridges.Just at the end of the trail, there is an eroding hill which the children have to scramble down to complete their journey.Mora Camp and Kalcoon are located approximately two miles off the Potaro Road, along the bank of the Mazaruni River on the opposite side of the Mazaruni Prison.They form part of the municipality of Bartica.The two villages combined have a population of 300, with some 100 who use the swampy trail to get in and out of the communities.There is an alternative route called “Monestry”, a longer stretch of road which is also in a deplorable condition.Residents opt to use the sludgy track because it is a much shorter distance. This route is called “Benjie Road”.Mayor of Bartica Gifford Marshall during an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday was saddened by the awful state those residents have to endure.He explained that while the situation is considered more heart wrenching for the children, adults too have to live through the hardship.Marshall said he is currently engaging central government with the aim of addressing the situation.He said representation will be made for a high-rise bridge to be built at a strategic point along Benjie Road and for a concrete step to be constructed along the eroding hill.The project is estimated to cost some $40 million.last_img read more

Carter Project plans 30 L.A.-area homes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At the event, Habitat’s Los Angeles affiliate also announced a three-year campaign to build an additional 150 homes. The “Building a Greater Los Angeles” campaign will launch programs and events that address the region’s affordable-housing crisis. Former President Jimmy Carter announced Saturday that Habitat for Humanity will build 30 homes in the Los Angeles area. “The first step to solving the affordable-housing crisis in Los Angeles, and for that matter, throughout the world, is to shine a spotlight on the problem and implore all Americans to confront the issue,” said the former president. Now in its 24th year, the weeklong Jimmy Carter Work Project includes plans to build 14 houses in South Los Angeles and 16 homes in San Pedro. Thousands of volunteers will also repair 70 homes in the area. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of October. “It’s Habitat for Humanity’s highest-profile and oldest annual event,” said Duane Bates, spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International. “It’s when the Carters come out for a week to build housing and raise awareness about affordable housing.” last_img read more

Voluntary evacuation alert lifted for Clear Hills County

first_imgCLEAR HILLS, A.B. – The Alberta Government has lifted the Voluntary Evacuation Alert for Clear Hills County.The alert has been lifted due to snow that fell on the fire overnight.  An evacuation preparedness alert remains in place for areas north of Highway 64 and west of secondary Highway 726 in Clear Hills County.At this time all the evacuation alerts and orders remain in place in B.C.- Advertisement -The Siphon Creek fire was last reported to be 41,000 hectares in size with 12,000 of that in Alberta.last_img read more

Kassumba on a brace as Sofapaka down Nzoia

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Maurice Odipo leaps on teammate Umar Kassumba celebrating his second goal as Sofapaka beat Nzoia Sugar 3-1 at the Kasarani Stadium on August 23, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23- Ugandan forward Umar Kassumba struck a first half brace as 2009 Kenyan Premier league champions Sofapaka cemented their hold of second spot on the table with a 3-1 win over Nzoia Sugar at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.Kassumba opened the scoring with a third minute header before Luke Namanda equalized for the visitors in the 21st minute, but Batoto ba Mungu restored their lead through Ezekiel Okare as Kassumba added the second at the stroke of half time. The win sees Sofapaka move to 37 points, three behind leaders Gor Mahia who face Posta Rangers at the same venue in the late kick off.Batoto ba Mungu were off to a flier and in the third minute, they made their intentions known with Kassumba rising unmarked to head in a corner at the edge of the six yard box.Nzoia were startled as they were yet to settle into the game and their poor defensive positions man-marking inside the box saw them go one behind.But the Bungoma-based side gave in a fight to get back into the game and had a Masita Masuta goal disallowed for offside after the burly striker tapped home from a Namanda cross.But the visitors would be away celebrating their equalizer in the 21st minute when Sofapaka custodian Mathias Kigonya failed to hold on to a ferocious Namanda shot from the right, the sugar millers having picked up a throwing fast with Edwin Wafula finding the goal scorer.Bernard Mwalala’s men had finally found their feet and were tearing Sofapaka apart from the counter. However, their main undoing was the lack of precision when it came to the business end of their movement.Their crosses more often than not went overboard while the final key passes into goal scoring zones were wanting.Sofapaka striker Ezekiel Okare dribbles past Nzoia Sugar’s Brian Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on August 23, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey were punished in the 37th minute, again thanks to poor defending. Okare hit the ball between the Nzoia keeper’s legs from a tight angle on the right after easily breaking into the box.At the stroke of half time, Kassumba completed his brace with a well taken low shot from the right, finishing off a swift move off a counter attack. Sofapaka had themselves escaped from the counter, Namanda making a poor decision to cut the ball back with only one man to beat and duly punished.At the start of the second half, Mwalala made changes, Hillary Wandera coming off for Festus Okiring while Benjamin Muchuma was introduced for Brian Yakhama.The visitors were off to a strong start. Masuta had a golden chance just two minutes into the half when he was sent through by Namanda, but he went down too easily after skipping past keeper Kigonya. His antics of trying to get a cheap penalty were punished with a yellow card.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Donegal chef suing famous London restaurant for €230K for injury

first_imgA Donegal chef who says she was left with crippling RSI after churning out thousands of chocolate playing cards and whiskey wine gums at a famous London restaurant is now suing it for over €230,000.Promising pastry chef Sharon Anderson, 28, is plagued by chronic wrist pain caused by carrying out repetitive and delicate kitchen tasks, her lawyers claim. Ms Anderson is originally from Glentidally in Milford.Her tasks included putting 400 sweets a day into small bags using tweezers, racing against time to make chocolate playing cards before the chocolate set too hard, and administering hundreds of tiny fingertip pinches to mushroom logs.She is now suing Heston Blumenthal’s legendary Fat Duck restaurant for alleged negligence for giving her work which was “too fast, arduous and repetitive for her”.She says her RSI has led to her becoming depressed and anxious and has been unable to work since leaving the restaurant in November 2015.But the restaurant, whose super chef boss Heston Blumenthal won it a reputation for cutting edge culinary brilliance, is flatly denying all fault.It says the type of work she did is common to the sort of patisserie practised in other “fine dining restaurants”.For full story see https://www.thesun.ie/news/4695499/chef-suing-heston-blumenthal-fat-duck-rsi/Donegal chef suing famous London restaurant for €230K for injury was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:chefdonegalLondonMilfordSharon AndersonsueThe Fat Ducklast_img read more

Half-time: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard scored another superb goal to give Chelsea the lead at Anfield.Having struck a brilliant equaliser against Tottenham last Monday, the Belgian bettered it with a virtuoso solo effort on 31 minutes.Showing dazzling close control as he skipped in from the left flank, he drifted past several static Liverpool players and a non-committal challenge from Roberto Firmino before clipping a low right-footed finish into the bottom corner.Hazard had had Chelsea’s best chance prior to the goal with a fierce shot that Reds keeper Simon Mignolet was equal to.Liverpool had been the brighter side in the first 20 minutes with Blues keeper Asmir Begovic called into a couple of early saves.The Bosnian, brought into the side after Thibaut Courtois fell ill, dived to his right to beat away Adam Lallana’s shot on the edge of the box, before gathering a weaker effort from Phillipe Coutinho.At the other end, Bertrand Traore – in for the injured Diego Costa – got away from Kolo Toure inside the penalty area but couldn’t find the power in his shot to trouble Mignolet.After the goal, Liverpool tried to hit back but Begovic denied Coutinho and gathered in Daniel Sturridge’s weak low drive.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giardia Spoils Evolutionists’ Soup

first_imgIn current evolutionary thinking, Giardia (the backpacker’s bane, a water-borne intestinal parasite that causes cramps and diarrhea) is an oldie.  Once long ago, early cells supposedly engulfed bacteria that became specialized into modern mitochondria.  “Until a few months ago, Giardia was thought to represent a throwback to the time before this union,” reports Nature,1 because the organism apparently did not contain mitochondria.  Recently, however, scientists had found the genes that code for mitochondrial proteins.  “But the real bombshell came last November,” Jonathan Knight reports, when a team found the proteins clustered in little sacs they dubbed mitosomes, or mitochondria-like bodies (see 11/12/2003 headline).  Some scientists want more evidence before giving up their evolutionary trees.This attitude frustrates people such as William Martin, who studies molecular evolution at Heinrich Heine University in D�sseldorf, Germany.  He is convinced that the best and simplest explanation for the data is that Giardia once had mitochondria.  Some people, he argues, refuse to accept this because they have spent too many years working on the opposite assumption.  “They don’t want it to have mitochondria because it spoils their soup,” he says.  “This thinking is deeply ingrained.”    The thinking has its roots in the concept of the Archezoa, Martin argues, the group that was conceived to bring together a range of single-celled eukaryotes thought to lack mitochondria.  Giardia was the granddaddy, having branched off on its own before any other eukaryote, according to evolutionary trees built using sequences of RNA from ribosomes, the organelles in which proteins are made….But one by one, the Archezoa all proved to have either a set of mitochondrial genes in their nuclei, or relics of mitochondria such as mitosomes or hydrogenosomes.Nature has a “gut feeling” that “Giardia’s status as the earliest branching eukaryote has also been questioned” by these discoveries.  Maybe some day, someone will discover “a new member of the Archezoa, sans mitochondria or mitosomes, lurking in the oxygen-starved muck at the bottom of a lake.”  But even then, “Some recent evolutionary trees that take into account the variable rates at which different DNA bases mutate paint a much muddier picture of the early branches.”1Jonathan Knight, “Giardia: Not so special, after all?” Nature 429, 236 – 237 (20 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429236a.Need we remind anyone that a mitochondrion is among the most complex organelles in a cell, home of the elaborate molecular machine named ATP synthase? (See 02/13/2004 and 09/18/2003 headlines).  So here again is a familiar pattern: the earliest, most “primitive” organisms are already busily using advanced technology.  Darwinists can point to no precursors.  The ones they surmised were precursors turned out not to be; they are either just as complex, or parasites that degenerated from earlier complex organisms.  Another familiar pattern: evolutionists don’t want to admit it.  “This thinking is deeply ingrained.”    A group of evolutionary biologists was standing by the rail on a Darwin Party cruise aboard the HMS Beagle 3.  They were all moaning from having eaten spoiled soup, made with bad leaves from the wrong tree.  Captain FitzBehe walked up to a green-faced patron who just fed the fish.  “What’s the matter, Chuck?” he asked with a slap on the shoulder.  “Weak stomach?”  “No, captain,” the evolutionist struggled to reply.  “I’m throwing it farther than anybody else.”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic Sets Up Quarter-final vs Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem Ousted

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP Tourdominic thiemGrigor Dimitrov First Published: October 31, 2019, 10:37 PM IST Paris: World number one Novak Djokovic had to dig deep in the opening set as he reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a 7-6(7), 6-1 win against Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Thursday.The 16-times Grand Slam champion, who has been slightly ill lately, was kept on his toes before racing to victory to set up a meeting with seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek beat Australian Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-4. Serbian Djokovic bagged the first set on his seventh opportunity and he did not look back after breaking for 2-1 in the second with a booming forehand winner.The 5️⃣0️⃣ Club is getting bigger! @DjokerNole beats Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-1 to record his 50th win of 2019 Tsitsipas awaits…. : @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/jE49nDCfvn— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 31, 2019 Fifth seed Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the third round when he lost 6-3, 6-2 to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who will play his first quarter-final at a Masters event since Canada 2018.Dimitrov, who had been struggling since reaching the semi-finals at the US Open, played brilliantly throughout, taking advantage of Thiem’s fading condition after the Austrian won the title in Vienna last Sunday.Dimitrov next takes on Chile’s Cristian Garin, who beat local favorite Jeremy Chardy in three sets.Great players. Greater mates. @GrigorDimitrov | @ThiemDomi : @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/6lTN2bu5VY— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 31, 2019 Later on Thursday, world number two Rafael Nadal, looking to lift the trophy at Bercy for the first time, takes on old foe Stan Wawrinka.The Swiss, along with Frenchman Gael Monfils, De Minaur and Italian Matteo Berrettini, is vying for the remaining spot for the season-ending ATP Tour finals. last_img read more