UWI’s skipper Smith leading from the front

first_imgThe UWI FC captain, Rochane Smith, is certainly leading from the front. His team is on top in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this season and the midfielder is now the competition’s top scorer after nine of 33 preliminary round games. “I am feeling good to know that the hard work is paying off. The team is on top and also I am the competition’s leading scorer,” Smith told The Gleaner during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe, Spanish Town Road, yesterday. “Our plan this season is to ultimately win the league. In our debut last season, we started slow but progressed and finished in fifth position, missing a semi-final spot by only one point,” he disclosed. “Now, we have set a goal and are off to a much better start than planned. We had targeted 18 points at this stage and we have accumulated 20. We want to keep pressing ahead,” the skipper shared. UWI have secured six wins, two draws and only one loss from nine games. They have defeated some seasoned campaigners, including Waterhouse, Tivoli Gardens, Boys’ Town, FC Reno, Arnett Gardens and Humble Lion. “It augurs well that we have defeated some top teams. We set out to win against top teams and have done that so far,” he said. ANOTHER TOUGH GAME UWI have set sights on beating reigning champions Montego Bay United FC when the teams meet this Sunday at WesPow Park in St James. “It will be another tough game. We are working on a strategy. Once we execute the plan, we should get a positive result against Montego Bay United,” Smith reasoned. The RSPL’s top marksman with six goals, five from the spot, has admitted that it’s all about building confidence. “Before the start of the season, I had set myself a target of scoring at least ten goals in my attacking midfield role and also a minimum of ten assists. Now, the aim is higher,” the lanky player said. The 24 year-old is a second year student studying history at the tertiary institution. He values highly the support he receives from UWI as well as family members. “Our coach (Marcel Gayle) is doing a wonderful job and there is great support from management. Personally, I also get support from my mom, Almarie Planter, and uncles – Barrington and Derrick Planter. That is encouraging for me,” he said. Smith started competitive football while at St John’s Primary in St Catherine, then St Catherine High, where he represented the Manning Cup team for five years. He also spent one year at St Jago High.last_img read more

Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’ll stick with it.”Harris scored 21 points in the first quarter, as the Pistons rolled to a season-high 40 points and a 40-19 lead.“Obviously, Tobias had a heck of a first quarter, but it all was clicking, on all cylinders,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said. “Everybody was scoring.”Drummond finished with 21 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. The entire starting five for the Pacers combined for just eight rebounds and their offensive output was a season low.“I have no explanation for that, absolutely none,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re just digging a hole for ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT “He just told me to clear my head and go out there and enjoy the game and just play off everything that happens,” Harris said. “That’s what I’ve been able to do and it’s been working.”It worked to near perfection Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time). Harris scored 30 points as the Pistons downed the Indiana Pacers 107-83.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarris was 10-of-11 from the floor, including making seven of eight 3′s.“It’s a new approach I have, since I was not shooting as well as I was before, so I’m just letting the game come to me and just try to feed off what the game brings,” Harris said. “You go on with a better mindset playing in the game. Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ish Smith (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11) also reached double digits for Detroit.Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 13 points. Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner each scored 10 points.The victory moved the Pistons (19-14) past the Pacers (19-15) into second spot in the NBA’s Central Division and gave the Pistons a 3-1 decision in the season series between the two teams, the first time Detroit had won the season set from Indiana since going 4-0 against the Pacers in 2007-08.“That’s a team we’re looking forward to playing in the playoffs, so to get that advantage is huge for us,” Drummond said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APDETROIT — A few days back, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a heart-to-heart talk with forward Tobias Harris.Van Gundy’s message to Harris, who was struggling with his shot, was to get out of his own head and just be in the moment.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the Occasion of International Women’s Day…

first_imgCatherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement:Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the real transformation the world has witnessed in women’s rights, thanks both to individual achievements and our common participation in political life. Women have made great advances, but there is still a long way to go to achieve a world free from gender-based discrimination. Equal access to education and health services and the chance to become a full participant in political life is everyone’s right and an essential ingredient of democracy. Long-term stability and development can only be achieved if violence and discrimination against women are addressed.  The European Union remains committed to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. About 200 projects and initiatives are currently funded by theEU around the world, which aim to help women benefit from education and healthcare, to work and live free from violence and discrimination and to assume their rightful place in society. The rights of all women and girls are a universal priority for the EU and this is reflected in the current discussions on the post-2015 framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development.Where women prosper, societies prosper; where women suffer, so do the societies they live in. I have had the privilege of meeting many inspiring women who through their hard work and sacrifices have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries. Today I pay tribute to these women, whose courage and determination pave the way for future generations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver shot during carjacking

first_imgA 46-year-old taxi driver is the latest victim of the string of vicious carjacking attacks, which have seen operators of Toyota Premio and Allion motor cars being ambushed by hijackers in and around the capital city.Phillip King of Festival City, Georgetown, is now left nursing two gunshot wounds at the Georgetown Public Hospital, after falling prey to a trap laid by a group of hijackers. Reports are that King was hired by two female passengers Saturday afternoon, who requested to be taken to a church in Durban Backlands.Upon arriving at their destination, an armed man jumped into the vehicle and began firing shots at the driver. The injured driver was then kicked out, and the trio fled the scene in his car.King was picked up by public-spirited persons and rushed to the Georgetown medical institution, nursing several gunshot wounds to the leg. The 46-year-old was said to have undergone surgery to remove the bullets from his leg. The Guyana Police Force in June had reported that hijackers have been hiring cars in Georgetown under the pretext of wanting transportation, and such cases have been on a constant rise.Earlier this month, Guyana Times columnist Ryhaan Shah was attacked and robbed of her Toyota Premio motor car in a similar manner. There have been numerous instances within the past months of bandits taking on the role of passengers to carry out their plans. However, no arrests have been made.last_img read more

AFC Councillor appointed new Chronicle General Manager

first_imgAlliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Sherod Duncan has been appointed as the new General Manager for the State-owned newspaper, Guyana Chronicle.Alliance for Change Councilor, Sherod DuncanThe appointment was announced to employees on Tuesday during a staff meeting. Duncan, who is also an AFC councillor for the city of Georgetown, sits as a member of the Board of Directors for the Guyana Chronicle.Much controversy erupted earlier this year with the State-owned newspaper after a decision was taken to fire two popular columnists – Dr David Hinds and Lincon Lewis – who were deemed to be critical in their writings about the Government.This led to the resignation of several Board members who disagreed with the decision to fire the duo.The Board is chaired by Geeta Chandan-Edmund and now only has three members.last_img read more

Secretary General’s assessment to be announced in November

first_imgGuyana/Venezuela border controversyUnited Nations General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon is set to make an assessment on the Guyana/Venezuela controversy by November, ahead of his demitting office on December 31.President David Granger being greeted by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon prior to their meeting on SaturdayThe UN Secretary General made this declaration on Saturday during a meeting with the Guyanese Head of State David Granger at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.According to a statement released by the Ministry of the Presidency, President Granger welcomed the schedule and pledged his commitment to provide any additional information, which will be required for the UN Secretary General to complete his assessment.The President also expressed utmost gratitude to the world leader for his devoted interest in ensuring that the ongoing controversy is peacefully resolved.“We have been very impressed with the seriousness with which you have approached the problem and your own sincerity…We have been personally convinced that you want to bring closure to this matter,” he said during the meeting with the UN Head.In a brief invited comment, following the meeting, President Granger said he supports the process and is confident that it will lead to a conclusion that is satisfactory.Also attending the meeting on behalf of Guyana were Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Sir Shridath Ramphal, who was present at the signing of the Geneva Agreement in 1966 between the United Kingdom, on behalf of then British Guiana and Venezuela and Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Audrey Waddell.For decades, Venezuela has laid claims to nearly two/thirds of Guyana’s landmass – the Essequibo. In fact, the border controversy, which was not on Venezuela’s front burner for several years after being first mooted in 1962, was recently reignited by the latter country when US oil giant ExxonMobil began exploratory works earlier this year in the Stabroek Block offshore the Essequibo Coast.With Guyana on the verge of becoming a lucrative oil producing nation, President Maduro issued a decree claiming that the majority of Guyana waters now belongs to Venezuela.The decree was seen as a “flagrant violation of international law and is inconsistent with the principle that all states should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states”.Consequently, in an effort to defend its sovereignty, Guyana made it clear to the Venezuelan Government that the Essequibo and its offshore waters belong to Guyana, and strengthened its push for judicial settlement of the issue, as the Good Officer process had yielded little result.The border between the countries was set by an international tribunal in 1899, in an award the parties, including Venezuela, had agreed would be the final settlement.Since the recent belligerence from Venezuela, moves have been made by the international community, including the United Nations Secretary General, to push for a peaceful resolution of the issue.last_img read more

Clinton, Obama spar over Hollywood fundraiser Geffen

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – The rival presidential campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded accusations of nasty politics Wednesday over Hollywood donor David Geffen, who once backed Bill Clinton but now supports his wife’s top rival. The Clinton campaign demanded that Obama denounce comments made by the DreamWorks movie studio founder, who told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in Wednesday’s editions that while “everybody in politics lies,” the former president and his wife “do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” The Clinton camp also called on Obama to give back Geffen’s $2,300 contribution. Campaigning in Iowa, Obama refused. “It’s not clear to me why I’d be apologizing for someone else’s remark,” the Illinois senator said. For her part, New York Sen. Clinton sidestepped questions, leaving the issue to her aides to discuss. “I’m just going to stay focused on my campaign and I’m going to run a positive campaign about the issues that affect the people in our country,” she told The Associated Press in an interview in Nevada. She was participating a candidate forum in Carson City. The Clinton team seemed eager to continue the attack. With Obama in Iowa, aides arranged for former Iowa attorney general Bonnie Campbell to criticize him in a conference call with reporters. In the newspaper interview, Geffen also said Bill Clinton is “a reckless guy” and he does not think Hillary Clinton can bring the country together during a time of war, no matter how smart or ambitious she is. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs added another criticism of Clinton. “It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina state Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because ‘he’s black,’” Gibbs’ statement said. Ford later apologized. The Clinton campaign said it disagreed with Ford, but the senator has embraced his support. Another Democratic presidential candidate, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, said at the candidate forum that Obama should denounce Geffen’s comments. “We Democrats should all sign a pledge that we all be positive,” Richardson said. Associated Press writer Brendan Riley reported from Carson City, Nev.last_img read more

Wilson wins on third extra hole

first_imgWilson, Coceres, Boo Weekley – who missed a 3-foot par putt Sunday on the 18th hole that would have given him his first career win – and Camilo Villegas all finished the 72 regulation holes at 5-under 275. But Wilson’s score included a two-stroke penalty from his round of 66 on Friday after Jones made a major mistake. On the fifth tee Friday, Jones overheard Villegas and his caddy talking about club selection at that par-3 hole. Jones blurted out, “It’s an 18-degree,” referring to the hybrid club Wilson carries in his bag. Offering advice to competitors like that is against the rules, and Wilson knew it. So he summoned a rules official at the next hole and docked himself two shots. “I felt like I almost cost us this tournament Friday,” said Jones, who cried after Friday’s round and was fighting tears after Wilson got the win Monday. “But he hung in there and knew I didn’t mean to do it. It was just a mental error. A lot of guys wouldn’t have even called it on themselves.” The rule was one of the first things he discussed with Jones when he hired him to carry the bag. “Part of me thought he was just upset with me for even making a big deal about it,” Wilson said. “But then I finally just put my arm around him and said, `Hey, let’s go; let’s go play golf.’ Camilo was a gentleman … he did the same thing. From there on, I just played some of the best golf of my life.” On the second playoff hole – the first one played Monday – Wilson used that 18-degree hybrid to set up a putt that nearly ended the tournament. A 224-yard approach put him in birdie range at the par-4 10th, but he settled for par. Weekley and Villegas weren’t so lucky. Weekley’s drive landed in the left rough and he had no chance of reaching the green. He advanced the ball about 100 yards and his third shot landed 8 feet from the pin but spun backward. His par try slipped by the hole. “It’s a learning experience. I’m disappointed in myself after yesterday, but that’s golf, man,” Weekley said. “That just happens. Just a part of it.” Villegas missed the 10th green to the left, but hit a great flop shot to within 4 feet. His par attempt, though, went beneath the hole and ended his day. “I was feeling good over it. I wasn’t shaking as much as I thought,” he said. Coceres made his par putt, and he and Wilson headed to the par-3 17th, where each hit tee balls to about 10 feet. Wilson putted first, made his, and Coceres couldn’t answer. So about 45 minutes later, he settled into a chair in the interview room and summed up five days of play in five words. “It’s been a weird week,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Mark Wilson was a math major at North Carolina and confessed one of his favorite things is crossing off items on his to-do lists. He now can erase the top entry on that sheet of goals. Wilson made a birdie to beat Jose Coceres on the third playoff hole and win the Honda Classic at PGA National on Monday, the 32-year-old player’s first PGA Tour victory in 111 career tries. He won a four-man playoff that began Sunday, was interrupted by darkness and ended when his tee shot stopped 10 feet from the cup on the par-3 17th hole. “I didn’t sleep very good last night at all just because I really wanted to finish it off here and win,” he said. center_img He got into the playoff with some big putts Sunday, including par from 45 feet on the 16th hole, par from 8 feet on the final regulation hole and a 30-footer in near-dark conditions on the playoff first hole. Some of his competitors acknowledged buckling under pressure. Wilson appeared cool the whole way. “Maybe in these moments, I’m nervous,” said Coceres, who also lost a playoff to Fred Funk last week at the tour’s stop in Mexico. “Mr. Wilson, he played very good.” Wilson got a $990,000 winner’s check, an exemption through the 2009 season and a reprieve from making an 11th consecutive trip to the tour’s qualifying school. He also vaulted 179 spots to No. 86 in the world rankings. And, if he can stay in the top 10 on the money list, he has a chance at playing the Masters for the first time. His caddy, Chris Jones, got two things: a nice cut of Wilson’s earnings and a huge sense of relief. last_img

Ghana to shut down FA after graft claims

first_img0Shares0000Ghana Football Association head Kwesi Nyantakyi is shown proposing that journalists posing as investors pay him $11 million to help grease the palms of key government officials © AFP / CARL DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 7 – Ghana on Thursday said it would dissolve the country’s football association after explosive revelations of bribe-taking by referees and kickbacks to top officials that have shocked the football-mad nation.Information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government had “decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA (Ghana Football Association) dissolved” because of the “widespread nature of the apparent rot”. The GFA had earlier pledged to tackle corruption in the wake of a long-awaited undercover documentary unveiled in Accra on Wednesday night, just over a week before the start of the World Cup finals.Hidden camera footage purportedly showed referees taking as little as $100 (85 euros) each to rig matches.It further alleged that GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi — a senior member of world governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) — requested $11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA in what the expose said was a “clear breach” of ethics.The information minister said the government, which has pledged to cut corruption in the country, was “shocked and outraged” at the claims.The documentary “exposes gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery”, he said in a statement.The conduct of all GFA officials and the suspended director-general of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah, was referred to police for further investigation and any “appropriate action”, he added.Provisional measures will be put in place to run the sport in Ghana until a new body is formed. CAF and FIFA will be kept informed, he said.“Government will see to it that the necessary reforms are urgently undertaken to sanitise football administration in the country,” the minister stated.– ‘No cover-up’ –The GFA said it had not seen the documentary, which has sparked concerns about media freedom in Ghana after the journalist responsible received death threats.But it said in a statement: “We view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.”It added: “The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption.“The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.”The governing body said it had previously acted swiftly against claims of match-fixing.In 2014, Britain’s Channel 4 television and the Daily Telegraph newspaper claimed Nyantakyi agreed a $170,000-deal for Ghana’s national side to play in a friendly organised by match fixers.Nyantakyi denied signing any contract.– ‘Wake-up call’ –Ghana’s senior men’s team, the Black Stars, have not qualified for the World Cup finals in Russia, which include two teams from West Africa; Nigeria and Senegal.At the last tournament in Brazil in 2014, Ghana’s previous government chartered a plane to send more than $3 million in cash to players in a row over appearance fees.That decision caused a scandal back home as the country struggled with spiralling inflation, a yawning budget deficit and depreciating currency.Diplomats, lawmakers, government ministers and members of the public packed a conference centre in Accra to watch the first screening of the two-hour documentary on Wednesday.Football fan Simon Gyamfi said afterwards it was a “wake-up call” for the national game, adding: “I hope it will lead to a total clean-up in Ghanaian football.“There is so much corruption in the system… The entire Ghana FA executive must be scrapped. What we have just seen is a total disgrace to the beautiful game.”The documentary is the work of secretive investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has previously exposed graft in the judiciary.After watching an advance private screening, President Nana Akufo-Addo complained to police that Nyantakyi had “used the president’s name and office fraudulently”.Nyantakyi was then questioned and released pending further investigation.A lawmaker from Akufo-Addo’s ruling New Patriotic Party has since accused Anas of being corrupt and insinuated he should be killed and his colleagues beaten up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

John Ruddy: ‘All the ingredients are there’ for Norwich’s Premier League survival

first_img Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy Goalkeeper John Ruddy is in no doubt Norwich have all the ingredients needed to establish themselves in the Premier League – and with him firmly between the posts.The Canaries host Arsenal on Sunday following a dismal run of five defeats from the last six league matches.During that spell, which did include a victory over Swansea in the last home match, Ruddy has found his position under scrutiny, particularly following a blunder which led to Manchester City’s late penalty winner at the Etihad Stadium last month.Ruddy, though, has not lost any confidence in his own ability, or that of Alex Neil’s men to retain their hard-earned place back among the elite.“All the ingredients are there,” said the glovesman.“We just need to find the balance to get the three points we have often deserved.“The standards we have set ourselves have to remain in the 25 games we have left. We take each game at a time.“Against Arsenal, we need to make it difficult for them, but we also need to carry a threat ourselves.”On his own performances, Ruddy added: “I don’t think I have been as good as I have been previously, but that’s football.“Form is temporary. I am more than confident in myself. I know more often than not that my performances will be there.“I had a couple of conversations with the gaffer and he was brilliant with me. Any criticism that is aimed at me has not already gone through my own mind.Ruddy added: “I have not been terrible all season, but this is my sixth year here at the club and they bought me for £250,000, so I feel I have proved value for money over the years.“I have been in this game 11 years as a professional. It is not the first time I have been criticised and it probably won’t be the last.“I think I am mentally strong enough to take the rough with the smooth.” 1last_img read more