‘Sting them!’ – Samuels calls for strong Regional Super50 showing from Scorpions

first_imgJamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels said is he is confident that the country can win this year’s Regional Super50 tournament, which will be held in Barbados. The Scorpions performed very poorly in last year’s tournament, where they failed to make it past the group stages. Samuels told The Gleaner prior to the team’s departure yesterday that they have assembled a very strong unit for the tournament and is optimistic that it will do well. “Yes, it could be our year, because I am pleased with what I have seen from the players,” Samuels said. “On paper, the team is a very strong one, but the players need to go out there and perform, and once we get the performances, then we will be alright,” he said. “We have good players, we have experienced players, and we have youth mixed with seniors. Once they go out and perform, then we will do well,” Samuels said. The Scorpions have been drawn in Group B with hosts Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), and the United States. Group A comprises defending champions Windward Islands Volcanoes, Guyana Jaguars, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, West Indies ‘B’, and Canada. The Scorpions are set to play their first game is against the CCC on October 4. The squad includes captain Nikita Miller, Chris Gayle, AndrÈ Russell, Chadwick Walton, Jerome Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, AndrÈ McCarthy, Brandon King, Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell. However, Gayle, Russell and Powell will only be available for two matches. Samuels added that despite the strength of the Scorpions unit, the players will have to go out there and play good cricket in order to win the competition. “The aim is to always go out there and win tournaments, but the players have to be hungry enough to want to go out there and perform day in and out,” said Samuels. “We will have a game every two days, so you need to be hungry and you need to be passionate about it. You need to want to score runs and you would want to do well and to maintain you passion throughout a tournament like this,” he said. The other members of the squad are Nkrumah Bonner, Paul Palmer, Christopher Lamont, Oshane Thomas, and Gordon Bryan. Jamaica last won the competition in 2011.last_img read more

Current Political Situation: Nailing the unemployment lie (Part 2)

first_imgThis is a continuation from the contentions put forward last week on this subject matter. On the other suggestion put forward, the one having to do with farming, opportunities exist in the supply of fruits etc., and indeed those are good initiatives; but as far as this author is aware (and I stand corrected), no lands were transferred to the ownership of these workers, as was promised to them, to get into farming of other crops. This notwithstanding, while the idea sounds ambitious, in practice there are some completely different peculiarities altogether.Again, hypothetically, if a few thousands of these people do get into farming, who will they sell to? The process to convert cane lands into alternative agricultural lands would attract a financial cost which sugar workers and farmers would certainly not be able to bear. Consideration must be given to what other crops will be planted. There is excessive production of the common provisions and cash crops, and lack of export market for these produce is another concern.In addition, without value-added mechanisms in place, excessive production would ultimately lead to wastage and depressed pricing.There is also the other initiative of training with new skills, such as carpentry, plumbing, and so on; as the sacked workers themselves said – speaking to the press not too long ago – how much work will they get as carpenters, and how often? Most of the homes already have plumbing. Ironically, too, the administration of the day has squashed the housing drive that was pioneered under the previous administration, which had seen thousands of homes being built and the development of huge housing schemes and other such like developments across the country – a time when there was virtually a housing or construction boom.So it is very ironic that there is no substantive policy to fuel a construction boom in which carpenters and other tradesmen could have a steady flow of work, and ultimately income to support their livelihoods.In the most basic sense, demand side policies versus supply side policies in the context of GuySuCo’s fiasco is such that, in order for there to be sustained and increasing demand for goods and services in an economy, the consumers need to have the spending power. More disposable income drives a demand which in turn propels economic growth.On the supply side of things, if people don’t have the spending power, how will businesses get sales? Sales will fall, which could also lead to unemployment. If someone decides to invest $500,000 into a business, selling clothing or any other commodity or venture, if people don’t have money to spend and support that business/investment, then it will simply fail.That being said, advising the sacked sugar workers to take their severance and invest in a business is totally nonsensical. Who will buy? Who have the power to buy?This author understands that the sugar workers were also advised to invest in stocks; meaning, shares in companies on the local stock exchange. Again, this is hilarious. If one were to invest one million dollars in shares, first of all, companies are not necessarily obligated to pay dividends; that depends on the financial state and strategic plans of the company; and return on that would be very minimal or insignificant, bearing in mind that dividends are paid only once or twice a year. People invest in those kinds of investments only when they have excess cash or liquidity. This means that they have a steady flow of monthly income to maintain their normal lifestyles, pay their bills, travel, go on a vacation, party, have properties and vehicles, enjoy a good quality of life, could afford to send their children to school and university, and still have excess cash; which would more or less be in a savings account.It is those savings – referred to as excess cash – that are usually invested in company shares and other financial instruments in the financial markets.And last, but not least, this retrenchment will cost the economy approximately $10 billion in income distribution annually, which in turn is utilised for consumer spending. Consumer spending fuels economic growth; sustains the livelihoods of businesses, such as retailers, the fisher man, the taxi driver, hire car drivers, minibus operators, the vendors on the streets, the village shops, and the wider retail and distribution sector, in addition to spending in their own village economies; and the list goes on.And this is how approximately 40,000 plus dependents are affected adversely in ways that will have far-reaching implications for the economy. Unemployment will increase, poverty will be on the rise, and social and economic hardships will be activated for a wide cross-section of the Guyanese people, and by extension the economy.last_img read more

Wakenaam rice farmers finally paid by miller

first_imgThe more than 35 rice farmers of Wakenaam who were left “in a state of insolvency” because of a miller’s failure to pay them have finally been paid.This announcement was made by officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), who had recently launched an investigation into the farmers’ claims after Guyana Times had published a news article, titled “Wakenaam rice farmers’ woes”, highlighting the issue.A team from the GRDB was dispatched to the area and the matter was investigated at length, following which GRDB General Manager Allison Peters had informed that all outstanding sums owed by miller Wazim Hoosein must be paid by July 21.This miller was reportedly contacted, and following talks, agreed to liquidate his outstanding debts. The repayment is currently being monitored until the matter is resolved.This publication had first reported that the Wakenaam farmers were calling for assistance from the authorities because a miller has failed to pay millions of dollars owed to them.It was disclosed that Hoosein, of Jaichand, Essequibo, had in March reportedly purchased millions of dollars in paddy from the farmers, but was recalcitrant in paying his debt. This had left farmers in an impecunious state and both uncertain and unable to proceed with the next rice crop, until the money was paid to them.Speaking with Guyana Times, the farmers had revealed that their lands had been ploughed, but they were awaiting payment to purchase fertilisers, pay bills, and pay their workers. The farmers had lamented the “advantage” being taken of them, as they had contacted Hoosein on numerous occasions but the miller kept ignoring their calls.With their livelihoods at stake, the farmers had resorted to this newspaper to call for urgent assistance from the GRDB. This publication had contacted the miller, but upon hearing that farmers had reached out to this newspaper, he had terminated calls made to him and had made himself incommunicado.A number of farmers who had reached out to this publication for assistance have been contacted, and some have revealed that they have indeed received the money owed to them. They also indicated that they would now proceed with the next crop.last_img read more

Tiger to make 2017 debut at Torrey Pines

first_img0Shares0000Former world number one Tiger Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff © Getty/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Jan 5 – Former world number one Tiger Woods will launch his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines, where his eight triumphs include the 2008 US Open.Organizers said Wednesday that Woods had committed to the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego. The January 26-29 event will be the 14-time major winner’s first tournament of the year.Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff.Woods has won the US PGA Tour event at Torrey seven times, in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.He won his most recent major title there in 2008 on the famed South Course, beating Rocco Mediate in an epic 19-hole playoff despite competing with knee and leg injuries.“We’re thrilled our fans will have the opportunity to see Tiger in addition to what is already a very strong field for the Farmers Insurance Open,” said Peter Ripa, chief executive officer of the Century Club, which manages the Farmers Insurance Open.“He has experienced tremendous success at Torrey Pines and in our tournament, and we couldn’t think of a better place for him to start the year. Tiger’s presence will add to a deep and talented field that includes many of the top stars in the game as well as some exciting up-and-coming players.”Woods was sidelined more than a year after undergoing back surgery. His last appearance at the Farmers was in 2015, when he withdrew in the first round with back trouble.The 41-year-old who has 79 PGA Tour victories will be making his first start in a PGA Tour full-field event since he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.Woods also has committed to play in the Genesis Open February 16-19 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and the Honda Classic on February 23-26 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chipo confirmed assistant as Ingwe tour

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, December 17- After kicking out Abdallah Juma as assistant coach barely seven months after hiring him, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) AFC Leopards have formerly appointed former Harambee Stars assistant boss Yussuf Chipo as his replacement.Chipo takes over the post with immediate effect on a one-year contract that will see him deputise Dutchman Pieter de Jong in readiness for next season where they are hoping to hit the heights again after a dismal 2014 KPL and GOtv Shield campaign by their lofty standards. Ingwe also snapped up former Gor Mahia goalkeeper trainer Abdul Iddi Salim, also on a one-year contract and is expected to join the team next year as he is currently out of the country.Leopards Deputy Secretary Asava Kadima told Capital Sport Chipo said he was the right man for the job as they hoped he will forge a great working partnership with de Jong following claims of frosty relations with his predecessor who was hired from fellow KPL side KCB after he was given the sack.“He has vast experience and is one of the best local coaches with a CAF A licence. We have been convinced with his expertise, his vision and mission,” he added.Chipo who leaves his job as head coach of Tanzanian Premier League side Coastal Union, home to former KPL stars Itubu Imbem and Rama Salim, brings with him a wealth of experience to the den.He led military outfit Ulinzi Stars to three domestic titles in row in 2003, 2004 and 2005 followed by stints in Congo before deputising Francis Kimanzi at Stars where they led the side to qualify for the final round of 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers where they were fired for German tactician Antoine Hey.Chipo made a return to Ulinzi in 2012 where he worked as the Technical Director with Sammy Simiyu as head coach and Francis Onyiso as the assistant but left at the end of the campaign when the controversial post was shelved.-Western tour-AFC will be heading for a tour of Western Province starting Thursday where they will play two friendly matches before breaking for Christmas holidays.“We will play against Bomet County combined on Thursday in Bomet on our way to Busia where we will play against Busia combined on Saturday. We will then break for the Christmas holidays after that and then resume in January for serious preparations for the new season,” Kadima added.Ingwe are yet to land any transfer targets though the deputy secretary says they will not be signing in mass for the new season.Kadima pointed out they will only be bringing in four new players and hope to keep a chunk of their first team regulars to keep consistency.However, they are still sweating on renewing defender Erick Masika’s contract with the player yet to resume training with the club. Masika’s current contract expires on Decemer 31 and in an interview with People Sport last week, the former Gor Mahia defender said he will not be renewing his contract with the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

19 shortlisted for Kenya U-17 coach job

first_imgThe coach’s first assignment will be in August when Kenya faces Cameroon in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifier.Kenya had been paired with Malawi in the preliminary round but the latter withdrew, giving the junior Harambee Stars easy passage to the first round.“The recruitment process for the Under-17 national team coach began in earnest on April 11, 2016 with invites being circulated to FKF branches around the country requesting interested candidates to apply.“Out of this, over 60 CVs were received, both local and foreign, with a short list of 19 candidates making the cut for today’s (Friday) interviews. The top three candidates that score highest will be recommended to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for consideration in being appointed to the technical bench of the U17 national team,” Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi stated.The Federation will embark on recruiting Kenya’s Under-17 team in the next two weeks across all the branches.With the Kenya Under-20 team disqualified in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after fielding ineligible players against Sudan in the first leg of the preliminary round, FKF will be seeking to avoid the same with the Under-17 where only players aged below 17 years are eligible to play.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Nineteen candidates have been shortlisted for the national football Under-17 head coach job with interviews set to be conducted Friday.The initial list had 60 applicants, including foreign coaches but the number was trimmed to the final 19 who will undergo both practical and theory sessions before the suitable candidate is appointed.last_img read more

China’s Evergrande claim sixth straight league title

first_imgThe deep-pocketed team from the southern metropolis of Guangzhou also became China’s first AFC Champions League winners in 2013 and regained the title in 2015.Evergrande were relegated to China’s second tier in 2010 during a corruption crackdown but they won immediate promotion back into the Super League and have not looked back.Brazil’s Luiz Felipe Scolari is the current coach but Evergrande tore up a deal to bring another World Cup-winning manager, Marcello Lippi, back to the club next season.Evergrande stepped aside to allow the Italian to take the helm at China’s national team, which is struggling once again in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000China’s Guangzhou Evergrande became China’s first AFC Champions League winners in 2013 and regained the title in 2015 © Yonhap/AFP/File / YonhapBEIJING, China, Oct 23 – Asian giants Guangzhou Evergrande clinched their sixth straight Chinese Super League title on Sunday as they underlined their status as one of the region’s top clubs.A 1-1 draw with Yanbian Funde was enough to seal the championship with two games to spare as Evergrande stayed seven points clear of second-placed Jiangsu Suning.last_img read more

Brighton take former Hammer Alou Diarra on trial

first_img1 Diarra tussles with Rooney Former West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra is having a trial with Championship side Brighton as he looks to get his career back on track.Diarra suffered a nightmare spell at Upton Park and only made two Premier League appearances under Sam Allardyce.The former France international agreed to terminate his contract a year early with the east London club during the summer but has been unable to find a new team.Diarra knows Brighton boss Sami Hyypia having played alongside him at Liverpool and will be hoping to impress him before the busy Christmas period.Brighton will not have to pay anything to secure his signature as Diarra is a free agent and can sign him at any time.last_img

Fire danger levels in forest to move up to `extreme’

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service plans next week to ratchet up the fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest to extreme – one notch below its highest warning – in hopes of curbing visitors from accidentally sparking fires in the bone-dry woods. Hot summer days coupled with a lack of rain warrant the added precautions, the agency says. “It’s the whole `Know before you go’ concept,” said agency spokeswoman Sherry Rollman. “So they don’t show up to have a good afternoon and find they can’t use something they brought, and it impacts their enjoyment of their visit.” Several fires under 10 acres each have erupted this season in the 650,000-acre Angeles Forest, but no homes or lives have been threatened, Rollman said. But in the Los Padres National Forest, which spans some 1.75 million acres from Ventura County to Big Sur, the tenacious Zaca Fire has been burning since July 4. The fire has burned roughly 31,000 acres in Santa Barbara County and is 80 percent contained, with full containment expected by Aug. 3, said spokeswoman Kathy Good. Homes and ranches were threatened at first, but firefighters contained the flames before they swept eastward into the San Rafael wilderness area. More than 600,000 acres around the fire have been closed to visitors, but firefighters’ progress battling the blaze bodes well for nature lovers. “The Forest Service plans to reduce the size of the closure July 27 because of lessening danger,” Good said. This past year has been the driest on record for most of Los Angeles County, where a record-low 3.21 inches fell during the season ending June 30. The National Weather Service works closely with the Forest Service, but the weather agency has not issued a red flag watch or warning because weather conditions don’t warrant it, officials said. The agency monitors dry brush conditions, humidity, wind speed and the potential for dry lightning. As of Aug. 1, visitors to the Angeles will be barred from building wood, charcoal or kerosene-based fires, smoking outdoors and setting off fireworks. Propane and jelled gas stoves may be used, but only with a California Campfire permit. Those riding off-road vehicles or wielding chain saws must use Forest Service-approved spark arresters. For more information on fire restrictions, see visit www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles or www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

N.Y.’s Cuomo probes collusion between real estate appraisers, mortgage companies

first_imgAbout 265,000 loans to individuals and families over 18 months were subject to the inflated assessments, Cuomo said. The amount the assessments exceeded true values isn’t detailed in the lawsuit. But the e-mails show an early proposal would have increased assessments “5 percent with a cap of $50,000 if it is fully justified,” according to Cuomo. That plan was rejected for the list of “proven appraisers.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“These blatant actions of First American and eAppraiseIT have contributed to the growing foreclosure crisis and turmoil in the housing market,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By allowing Washington Mutual to hand-pick appraisers who inflated values, First American helped set the current mortgage crisis in motion.” Washington Mutual said Thursday it is suspending its relationship with eAppraiseIT and that it plans to further investigate the situation. “We have absolutely no incentive to have appraisers inflate home values,” Washington Mutual said in a release. “We use third-party appraisal companies to make sure that appraisals are objective and accurate.” In a conference call, a First American lawyer said the company had been cooperating with the attorney general on the investigation and it is “discouraged” by the decision to sue. “Now that we have a sense of the attorney general’s approach, we’re confident that once we’ve had the opportunity to set forth our response before an impartial arbitrator, our activities will be found appropriate,” said general counsel Ken DeGiorgio. ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday a major real estate appraisal company colluded with the nation’s largest savings and loan companies to inflate the values of homes nationwide, contributing to the subprime mortgage crisis. “This is a case we believe is indicative of an industrywide problem,” Cuomo said in a news conference. Cuomo announced the civil lawsuit against eAppraiseIT that accuses the First American Corp. subsidiary of caving in to pressure from Washington Mutual Inc. to use a list of “proven appraisers” who he claims inflated home appraisals. He also released e-mails that he said show executives were aware they were violating federal regulations. The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan seeks to stop the practice, recover profits and assess penalties. last_img read more