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Stop relying on high schools – Damani Ralph

first_imgFormer national footballer now turned agent, Damani Ralph, has criticised the quality of players being turned out by the national youth programme. Ralph said that the local players are no longer transitioning to the top clubs in the United States because now that there is more money being spent in Major League Soccer, clubs are able to look at better players from across the rest of the world. “I think for the first 10 years or so in the league, they used the CONCACAF region and the Caribbean to really grow the sport,” Ralph said. “Now that there’s more money, they’re able now to go into outside markets to shop for players who have a bit more experience and a better rÈsumÈ compared to Jamaican players.” “Personally, I am a bit disappointed with the level coming out and what’s in the pipeline to come. Are we producing Andy Williamses? Are we producing Theodore Whitmores? Are we producing Walter Boyds? Are we producing Onandi Lowes? I don’t see those calibre players, even in our youth system, in the Under-17s, the 20s. That’s what the market had been used to seeing coming out of Jamaica and we haven’t seen a lot of that anymore, so I do think we need to get back to the grassroots and start to improve the product because the product is what demands, whether it’s a higher salary or the opportunity. The product has to be good enough for you to sell it. “I’ve spoken with a few scouts who were at the 20s and at the 17s (World Cup Qualifiers) and the questions they are asking me is ‘What is going on in Jamaica?’ They were not pleased with the talent pool they saw on the field.” Ralph went on to say that one of the biggest problems with the local system is that the programme is too reliant on the high-school system to produce talent to compete against players who are already in professional club systems across the rest of the world. “Personally, Jamaica has the best high-school standard, probably across the world,” Ralph said. “That said, we cannot expect the high schools to develop players who are going to compete against the top clubs around Europe or even here in the US, where they are getting five to 10 days per week in an academy set up in a professional environment where it’s only football. “We can’t expect the school systems back home to go and compete in the 17s and the 20s when some of those countries that we’re playing against, some of those players are full professionals already. They’re playing for reserve teams, they’re on junior contracts. So you see the contrast and the difference in terms of the level that we are asking our youth from the high schools to go and compete against. It’s unfair to them.” “We need to start all over again now in terms of the grass-roots programmes, in terms of getting to the younger kids earlier, and seeing football in terms of a business and not as a varsity sport,” Ralph said.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao eager to make trash-talking Keith Thurman eat his words

first_imgPacquiao opens Manila training camp in preparation for Thurman. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsMANILA, Philippines—Keith Thurman has been saying a lot of smack against Manny Pacquiao ahead of their welterweight unification fight in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, on the other hand, plans to let his fists do the talking and show Thurman that he is biting off more than he can chew.ADVERTISEMENT The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ Juan Martin del Potro finding the right combination at French Open Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I’m so motivated for this training camp, for this fight because my opponent has been saying a lot of things,” Pacquiao said in Filipino Tuesday after training.“I’m really motivated because I want to make him eat his words,” Pacquiao, who stressed that bragging is not in his nature, added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe undefeated Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), who is 10 years younger, vowed to send the 40-year-old Pacquiao into retirement the way the Filipino superstar forced Oscar De La Hoya to call it quits.Pacquiao, who’s been on a tear in his last two fights when he stopped Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round and delivered a 12-round demolition of Adrien Broner, has no plans of slowing down. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “This is a big challenge for me being a 40-year-old and fighting a 30-year-old. I want to prove that I can still get it done.”AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsThurman, who holds the WBA (Super) welterweight title, was 21 pounds overweight during their recent US press tour that started in New York and ended in Los Angeles.“I got a little bit of a sweet tooth,” he said as posted on the Manila Bulletin.Pacquiao doesn’t have anything sweet to offer.“I’m not bragging. I’m just determined to make him eat his words.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

GECOM decision: Darkness at Noon

first_imgDarkness at Noon is a 1940 novel by Arthur Koesler about the consolidation of the Soviet dictatorship by Stalin. The title is thought to be an allusion to the unnatural darkness that occurred at midday in the story of Christ’s crucifixion. After months of clear sunshine in Guyana, there were prophetic dark clouds over Georgetown last Thursday when the Appellate Court affirmed President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman, in the absence of the “consensus” with the Opposition Leader, which each of the three Justices conceded, was demanded by the constitutional clauses they were interpreting.Against the background of a slew of other unilateral actions by the President that fly in the face of other constitutional stipulations were enacted to curb the inordinate powers of the presidency conferred by the Burnhamite 1980 Constitution, it would appear that the Appellate Court is oblivious to the need to contextualise their interpretations historically, to appreciate the “intent of the framers”, which they insisted formed the basis of their decisions.For instance, one Justice repeated Granger’s obdurate contention on the need for a Judge to be appointed to the GECOM chair by claiming it was “envisaged that a Judge would be impartial” even though Article 162 (2) was explicitly amended to widen the field of nominees. The historical context was that the rigging, which started in 1968, had been facilitated by ex-Justice Sir Donald Jackson, a former Chief Justice, who was the chair of the Guyana Elections Commission up to the 1978 referendum. His successor, Sir Harold Bollers, another former Chief Justice, oversaw the rigged 1980 and 1985 elections. It was not surprising that among the changes to ensure ‘free and fair” elections, the Carter Centre proposed and was accepted by amending Article 162 (2) to broaden the extant “judicial” criterion for appointing the GECOM chair to include, “any other fit and proper person”.But more pertinently, according to Article 162 (2), the person was to “be appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non-governmental political parties represented in the National Assembly. Provided that if the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for, the President shall appoint a person who holds or has held office as a Judge”.  In 1992, a former diplomat, Rudy Collins was appointed Chairman of GECOM in accordance to Article 162 (2) from the People’s National Congress Opposition list, the “fit and proper” criterion, as was all succeeding Chairs.The rationale for the Opposition Leader to have a meaningful input in the selection of the GECOM chair in reaching a “consensus” with the President, thus goes to the heart of the need for the electoral process in an intensely divided polity to be legitimised by the competing parties. The endorsement by the Appellate Court of President Granger’s unilateral action to choose his own candidate will only encourage further authoritarian anti-democratic actions.The same Justice opined that the President could not be directed to choose from a list submitted by the Opposition Leader because that could lead to an “unreasonable fettering of his discretion”. But Article 162 (2) was amended precisely to “fetter” the President’s previous unilateral choice. He could only act unilaterally if no lost was submitted. The Judge ignored that intent of the framers by suggesting: “That could possibly lend itself to politicking, abuse by one… Again such an interpretation may also attempt to elevate the Leader of the Opposition to a position over and above the norms associated with his authority.”By granting the President “unfettered” power in this crucial appointment over the gatekeeper of the process to select governments and the President, the court is going not only against the spirit of the post 1992 constitutional changes to “fetter” the previous Imperial Presidential regime, but also against their letter.“Consensus” means “a general agreement”, which is absent without the Opposition Leader’s input via his list.last_img read more

Wildfires keep cars at a crawl as commuters look for other routes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As of Monday evening, the 126 was closed from A Street in Fillmore to Chiquito Canyon to the west, officials said. The fire broke out at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, threatening more than 150 structures. The fire is working its way west and south toward Piru. More than 650 fire personnel are fighting it. The Malibu Fire has also forced the closure of Pacific Coast Highway between Kanan-Dume Road and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, as well as several canyon roads leading to the San Fernando Valley. That fire has burned 3,000 acres and is 10percent contained. The blaze has destroyed five homes and two commercial buildings, including a church. Ten homes and six businesses have been damaged. More than 1,500 people have been evacuated. The fire’s cause was attributed to downed power lines. Some 1,430 personnel are battling it. In Santa Clarita, several roads along Sierra Highway, San Francisquito Canyon Road, Bouquet Canyon Road and others were closed as firefighters battled the Buckweed Fire, which so far has burned 35,550 acres and is 20percent contained. As of Monday evening, it had destroyed 15 homes and 17 outbuildings. About 15,000 people had to be evacuated. Raging wildfires made for slower-than-normal traffic on some local freeways Monday morning as commuters sought alternate routes after fire-affected highways were closed in both directions, authorities said. And today’s traffic could prove to be as unpredictable as the shifting Santa Ana winds, with freeway and road closures probable. “Everything’s actually being affected,” California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nu ez said. “You’re having more slowing. You’re having a combination of overflow traffic congestion.” The Ranch Fire burning in Castaic, northeast of Highway 126, has burned 41,000 acres and is 10percent contained. Three homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed, with 653 firefighters battling that blaze. With relatively light traffic on the Ventura Freeway on Monday night, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said people are probably paying attention to traffic updates and avoiding problem areas. “I wouldn’t want to wait in traffic for three hours,” he said. (818) 713-3635160Want 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

Revealed! Every Premier League team’s average possession this season

first_img 19 16. Watford – 44.8% possession per game on average =1. Manchester United and Arsenal – 58.2% possession per game on average 19 19 When Pep Guardiola’s tika-taka playing Barcelona side dominated the world, it led many to believe that you need to control possession if you are to win.However, that myth was undone when teams counter attacked against them, in the style Leicester City have in the Premier League this season.The Foxes’ reliance on the pace of Jamie Vardy has seen them play far more direct football and turn defence into attack with one swing of a boot.But how does Leicester’s average possession this season compare against their Premier League rivals over the same period?Click the arrow above, right, to find out which teams averaged the most possession in games over the season and to see if keeping the ball has any impact on league position. 19 19 5. Liverpool – 56.7% possession per game on average 11. Southampton – 48.9% possession per game on average 19 19 19 9. Bournemouth – 51.6% possession per game on average 19 6. Chelsea – 56.5% possession per game on average 13. Newcastle United – 46.4% possession per game on average 4. Tottenham Hotspur – 57.2% possession per game on average 19 19 8. Everton – 51.7% possession per game on average 19 18. Leicester City – 42.3% possession per game on average 19. Sunderland – 40.6% possession per game on average 19 20. West Brom – Average possession this season: 39.6% (Click the arrow, right, to see who averages the highest possession in the Premier League this season) 19 19 7. Swansea City – 52.4% possession per game on average 15. Crystal Palace – 45.2% possession per game on average 14. Aston Villa – 45.9% possession per game on average 12. West Ham United – 48.2% possession per game on average 19 3. Manchester City – 57.3% possession per game on average 19 19 19 17. Norwich City – 44.7% possession per game on average 10. Stoke City – 49.8% possession per game on average last_img read more

Chelsea linked with ANOTHER Italian as Conte looks to add depth to his squad

first_imgChelsea are eyeing a swoop for experienced Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo, claim reports in Italy.Antonio Conte believes the midfielder can add a different dimension to Chelsea’s squad next season having watched him excel for Lazio last term.The 31-year-old made 39 appearances for the Serie A squad and did enough to force his way into Conte’s Italy squad for 2016.And according to Skyitalia, Conte was left impressed with how Parolo conducted himself during the tournament and is seeking contact with him about a move to Stamford Bridge. 1 Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to bring Italy international Marco Parolo to Stamford Bridge last_img

Former Man United hero makes bold prediction about Paul Pogba on talkSPORT

first_imgDarren Fletcher has predicted Paul Pogba will be regarded as a Manchester United legend in ten years’ time.Pogba has faced criticism for his performances since rejoining United from Juventus last summer in a record-breaking £89million deal, with many questioning whether he is worth that huge sum.But former Red Devils captain Fletcher is backing the Frenchman to prove his doubters wrong.In an exclusive interview with Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “The transfer fee is going to be based over a ten-year period and I like to think in ten years’ time people will look over and say – like they did with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand – ‘yeah, we bought him for that price, but he was here for ten years, he won such and such, what a player, what a leader’.“That is probably when people will look back and say ‘you know what, that was quite a good bit of business’. I think that is what it will be.“He is only going to get better and better.“He always wants the ball. He never hides. That is the sign of a top player. Yeah, you have bad days, you have bad passes, but one thing about Paul is he never hides. That will show in the long run.“He has shown flashes of it, he has played well. Because of the pressure of the transfer fee people expect him to dominate games from start to finish and it is very difficult in the Premier League.”Pogba feels he has been unfairly judged on the size of his transfer fee, claiming in an interview earlier this week that it had placed unrealistic expectations on him.And Fletcher, who made 342 appearances in his 13-year career at United, understands his frustrations.The Scotland international, now West Brom captain, said: “Who could live up to a world transfer fee like that?“The pressure must be incredible and he is a midfield player.“He is a box-to-box midfield player and I’m sure that if he looks back on the season and those times he hit the crossbar and those times he played passes, if other people are finishing them off it looks like he has justified the fee.”last_img read more

Discounts offered by some airlines

first_imgSeveral major airlines are offering fare sales on select leisure routes heading into the traditionally slow early fall season, a welcome relief for passengers weary of higher ticket prices of late. Even so, the discounts were expected this time of year and prices have actually continued to rise on shorter-term business fares, said Ray Neidl, an airline analyst with Calyon Securities in New York. “Does night follow day?” Neidl said. “You have to be basically ignoring this industry if you weren’t expecting fare sales in mid-August. I think the interesting thing is it’s less than it was last year and it’s totally restricted to advanced-purchase leisure fares.” Neidl said demand for air travel remains strong overall. He said there is an annual slowdown between September and mid-November and air travel usually picks up around the holidays. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It would be better if they could sell every ticket for a full fare, but that’s not going to happen in the shoulder season,” Neidl said, referring to the Labor Day to Thanksgiving period. Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based UAL Corp.’s United Airlines, the nation’s No. 2 carrier, is offering discounted fares between certain U.S. cities for tickets purchased by Aug. 18 and used for travel between Aug. 22 and Nov. 16. A one-way fare from Chicago to Boston, for instance, is $79. United also is offering discounts on certain international routes. Advance purchases are required. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation’s No. 3 carrier, is offering one-way fares from $49 to $129 between Atlanta and select U.S. cities for tickets purchased by Wednesday and used between Aug. 15 and Nov. 16. The fares are not available for travel on Fridays and Sundays. Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp., parent of No. 1 U.S. carrier American Airlines, and Phoenix-based US Airways also are offering fare sales on select domestic leisure routes for travel this weekend or next weekend, depending on the carrier. The expected sales come amid an uptick in air fares at many carriers over the past several months. The result has been profits for some of them – despite persistently high fuel prices – that should continue because of strong demand for air travel.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

Irwin remembered for ‘zest for life’

first_imgBEERWAH, Australia – “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was remembered Wednesday for his “great zest for life” at a public memorial service for the beloved conservationist and entertainer. “We have lost a friend, a champion,” actor Russell Crowe said in a recorded tribute. “It will take some time to adjust to that.” Prime Minister John Howard, among the 5,000 in attendance at the Australia Zoo for the ceremony, remembered Irwin for his love of Australia. “Steve Irwin touched the hearts of Australians and touched the hearts of millions around the world in a very special way,” Howard said. “He did that because he had that quality of being genuine, of being authentic, of being unconditional and having a great zest for life. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Throughout his all-too-short life, he demonstrated a love for the two things that ought to matter more to all of us than anything else – his love of his family and his love of his country.” There was one empty seat at Irwin’s personal stadium – the one set aside for the late and hugely popular “Crocodile Hunter” himself. On the stage sat Irwin’s widow, American-born Terri, and their two children, Bindi, 8, and Bob, 2 – all dressed in Irwin’s favored khaki outfit. It was their first public appearance since Irwin’s death. 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


first_imgEVERYONE AT would like to wish our tens of thousands of readers here in Donegal and in 43 other countries around the world a Happy & Peaceful New Year.Since our launch just over a month ago has become the No1 daily news website for Donegal people at home and abroad.The speed at which news of our launch has been spread via the internet and through Facebook and Twitter has been astonishing. So whether you are in Muff or Moscow, Newton or New York, Raphoe or Rio – Happy New Year – Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DONEGAL’S FASTEST GROWING WEBSITE was last modified: December 31st, 2010 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