first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell hinted a lack of commitment from overseas players while underlining the association’s position to stick with its core of local players for upcoming tournaments. The Jamaicans will feature in the Caribbean Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments this year, and Burrell was quick to highlight his approval of the attitude of the current Reggae Boyz batch. “What we are seeing from the young players is a major difference right now in terms of attitude, in terms of really getting out there doing it, and I think this is one area that we must concentrate on and so the days of players coming from overseas and walking into the national team, those days are behind us,” Burrell said. Burrell’s comments come on the heels of a 1-0 win over CONCACAF team Honduras by a predominantly local-based Reggae Boyz squad in a friendly international in Texas last Thursday. Burrell in an interview with The Gleaner, credited the commitment and drive of the local-based players and pointed to a departure of from the JFF’s trend of recruiting players from overseas with Jamaican ties. “In fact, when you look at the players on the field of play, you realise that there is something different, and speaking with my colleagues in CONCACAF, they, too, have noticed that there is a difference, and so we intend to continue along this line, and I am sure that everything will fall into place in the right order,” Burrell said. The JFF boss added that his federation has decided to embark on this new imitative because the previous plans have not worked out for the national team. “We have to be man enough to say it has not worked and, therefore, after meeting with all the stakeholders, the Jamaica Football Federation decided to embark on a new initiative by including the youngsters and the local-based players who are hungry and who really want to make an impression, and we’re getting the results,” said Burrell. However, Burrell warned that the development of the local players will take time, but he noted that with the right attitude and support of corporate Jamaica, they can make the country proud. “It is going to depend on the attitude of these players and those who really want to do it for the country, which I think is a better way now that we are seeing new things happening for the national senior team,” Burrell said. DIFFERENCE NOTEDlast_img read more

first_imgIn the statement, Erving thanked his friends and fans for their well wishes and prayers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Julius Erving. APPHILADELPHIA — Hall of Famer Julius Erving has been released from a hospital after he became ill at a Philadelphia 76ers’ game.Erving’s management team said Saturday that Erving had undergone a comprehensive medical evaluation and was expected to make a full recovery.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lakers waive veteran center Andrew Bogut after 24 games Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIEScenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments READ: Hall of Famer Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving falls ill at 76ers gameThey did not provide further details.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 folkThe 67-year-old attended the game Friday night and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. The dunker more commonly known as “Dr. J” was honored by the team to mark 35 years since he threw down his famous cradle dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers.Erving led the Sixers to their last NBA championship in 1983 and was 1981 NBA MVP. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgUS$150M bond…notes that GuySuCo still buried in over $70B of debtFinancial Analyst Dr Peter RamsaroopFinancial analysts are expressing concern over the announcement that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has secured a US$150 million (Gy$30 billion) bond to finance its administration of sugar estates.It is a syndicated loan that will have to be repaid within five years at a rate of 4.75 per cent interest. The consortium of investors behind the bond comprise the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI).According to financial analyst Dr Peter Ramsaroop, the repayment of this loan will have ramifications for Guyana’s oil revenues. He noted that while there has been talk of selling lands to repay the loan, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is already buried in over $70 billion in debt. This, Ramsaroop noted, is almost three times the value of the bond.SPU head Colvin Heath-London“The US$150 million also has to be seen in the context of Guyana’s already increasing debt portfolio and diminishing revenue stream. Such a large loan is contingent on the successful turnaround of the now defunct estates,” Dr Ramsaroop has charged.“It is dependent on a reduced debt portfolio and increased revenue streams—a reduced debt portfolio and increased revenue stream based on oil revenues. This in itself poses even more pitfalls,?” he expanded.Dr Ramsaroop notes that the NIS will be expected to inject billions into the venture to recapitalize the remaining estates: Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. According to Ramsaroop, the decision to arrange the loan should have never been taken in the first place.“There is also the fact that, to sweeten the pot for the consortium, a Government guarantee has been given. This (is) in addition to the increasing of the debt ceiling in the National Assembly for loans to be guaranteed by Government,” he said.“While the decisions have already exposed the treasury to billions in further liability, the move has now created a precedent,” Ramsaroop explained. “Precedents then set the stage for future similar transactions.”Syndicated loanThe Guyana Sugar Corporation is already inundated in billions of dollars of debtIt was announced a few days ago that NICIL had issued a US$150 million bond facility through Republic Bank’s investment banking division, in order to raise capital for GuySuCo’s operations. It was also stated that London House Chambers Attorney Devindra Kissoon had helped arrange the transaction.The statement had explained: “With the issue, NICIL becomes the first public issuer to raise debt in the local capital markets in over 10 years. The bond is the largest ever bond facility arranged in Guyana, and was oversubscribed by local investors on the first tranche.”NICIL had also explained that: “the bond will be issued in multiple tranches, with the first tranche of roughly Gy$17 billion, or US$85 million equivalent, being issued to local investors on Friday, May 25, 2018.”According to NICIL, the money from the bond will be used towards capital expenditure and general operations for GuySuCo. But even with this US$150 million, there are still plans to raise a whopping US$65 million more to finance the complete revitalisation and recapitalisation process.In its release, NICIL said it expects to raise the remaining sum, equivalent to Gy$13.6 billion, within the next few months through a combination of local and regional investors.“A targeted road show is expected to be launched within the coming weeks that will likely include investor briefings in Trinidad and Jamaica” in order to raise the much needed funds, the release noted.RepaymentQuestioned during an exclusive interview on the GuySuCo repayment of the bond, SPU head, Colvin Heath-London, insisted that the SPU and GuySuCo were committed to ensuring that all the necessary repayments were made.He had been adamant that strict adherence to financial best practices would be followed within GuySuCo, to ensure that there was no wastage of revenues secured by the sugar company from its ongoing operations.But a source close to the SPU revealed that GuySuCo, with financial advice of NICIL and the SPU, would embark on a process that could see the company selling some $3 billion worth of spare parts that were currently lying in its storage bond.Also, a proposal has been made to secure another $10 million by selling scrap metal sourced from around the company’s East Demerara Estates. This publication was told that over the next few months, GuySuCo would embark on the process of selling prime real estate not being utilised. Some 4600 acres would be up for grabs.From that alone, it is understood, the SPU and GuySuCo hope to garner a whopping $50 billion if sold at different intervals. Further, the Unit could seek to secure some $265 million by selling GuySuCo lands in and around the Wales Estate.last_img read more

first_imgA family is now gripped with the reality of losing a home and a close relative after a fire swept through a Diamond, East Bank Demerara home in the wee hours of Monday.The fire, which reportedly started in the garage of the Lot 796 Third Avenue, Block X, Diamond, home resulted in the death of 59-year-old Thakur Singh. His charged remains were discovered about 06:00h on Monday by members of the Guyana Fire Service.It is believed that the fire originated from an unattended kerosene stove that the man was using in the garage about 03:00h and quickly engulfed the five-bedroom wooden and concrete house.When Guyana Times visited the area on Monday, Jetendra Singh, owner of the house, recalled that he woke up about 03:00h on Monday and as he opened his bedroom door, he was greeted by thick smoke, so he immediately alerted his wife to get the children out of the house. In an attempt to see if it was possible to extinguish the blaze, he ran into the lower flat of the house but the heat was too extreme.He managed to exit the building, along with his son, while his wife and daughter went towards the back verandah. As he checked the garage, it was already engulfed in flames as well as the wooden flooring of the house and at that time, he knew that there was nothing he could do to save any household items.“I went back for my wife and daughter…It had a black tank at the back, so I managed to climb on it and asked my daughter to jump and I catch her…I took her to a safe place and went back for my wife also.”The house and minibus after the blazeHe confirmed that his uncle, who had been living with him for some time, was in the garage when he retired to bed. He could not say, however, if the man was under the influence of alcohol. “As a matter of fact, I didn’t even hear a scream from him during the blaze,” Singh recalled.Meanwhile, while he could not estimate his losses, he noted that if the Guyana Fire Service had responded in a timely manner, his house could have been saved. He added that as soon as he realised that the house was on fire, he contacted the Fire Service but was told the firefighters were battling another fire at Kaneville.“The firemen came here like one and a half hours after the fire started…if they de come in 10-15 minutes, most of the building could have been saved,” Singh related.Apart from losing his house and his uncle, a minibus was also destroyed by the blaze.Fire officials are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

first_imgBut at the start of the 2011-12 season, the Ivorian lost his Arsenal squad number to new arrival Gervinho, leaving his future at the Gunners unclear.Eboué revealed Wenger told him that first-team opportunities would be limited in a side which boasted Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, so when Turkish outfit Galatasaray came calling he jumped, completing a £3m move.This transfer marked the start of his unravelling. 9 ‘Manu’ was a hero at the Emirates Emmanuel Eboué was cleared of arson after spending the night in a cell last weekend.But the former Arsenal right-back remains under investigation for malicious communications, yet another twist in the Ivory Coast defender’s riches to rags story.Eboué’s sad decline is a far cry away from 2004, when the hot prospect signed for the Gunners from Belgian feeder side Beveren. 9 9 9 Come 2014, Eboué was omitted from the main squad, forcing him to train with Gala’s under-21 side for the whole season before being released.Sunderland duly snapped him up on March 9, but just three weeks later he was slapped with a one-year ban from football over his refusal to pay a £1m debt to former agent Sébastien Boisseau over fees accrued during his Galatasaray transfer, a fine which lost him his Sunderland contract and nearly drove him to suicide. The £1.5m deal saw the then 21-year-old link up with compatriot Kolo Touré at Highbury, having impressed former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.“He’s a multi-functional player,” said Wenger.“He normally plays centre-back, but he can play right-back or midfield.” 9 While Eboué was dealing with his football exile, personal tragedy struck: his grandfather and brother died in the same month, plunging him into a deeper depression.He admitted it took a toll on his Belgian wife, Aurélie, the mother of their three children.“Aurélie is very supportive,” he said. “It’s not easy for her. I’ve been hard to live with.” Though he won the first league title of his career that season he did not enjoy the hero status to which he was accustomed in England.A match against Besiktas saw the crowd pelt missiles at him, hurling objects whenever he came within ten feet of the touchline.When fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba joined him in Turkey the next season, the pair were subjected to racial abuse from Fenerbahce fans – but the club and its supporters escaped without punishment. After the 2016 ban, Eboué made a foray back into football, agreeing terms with Turkish Cypriot team Türk Ocağı Limasol in October last year.But abnormal blood values scuppered the move and Eboué was forced to dismiss rumours he had contracted the HIV virus.By December, he was homeless, his wife having divorced him and taken control of their finances after winning all their assets in the split.“I can’t afford the money to continue,” he told the Mirror.“I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come.“Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.“It is hard, very, very hard. “The money I earned, I sent it to my wife for our children. In Turkey I earned eight million euros. I sent seven million back home.“Whatever she tells me to sign, I sign.” He was a popular figure in the Arsenal dressing room Devout Christian Eboué enjoyed a comfortable spell in North London and despite spells of mediocre performances, became a cult hero among Gunners fans who loved his ebullient personality, with one terrace anthem singing: “You’ve only come to see Eboué”.On an Arsenal team visit to Buckingham Palace, the joker even said to Her Majesty the Queen: “Please, I don’t want to be a footballer anymore, I want to look after your dogs.“I want to take them for walks, wash them, feed them. I want to be a dog carer.” He scored in Gala’s defeat to Real Madrid He married Aurelie Bertrand on 25 October 2004 in Flemalle “One day I wanted to kill myself,” he told The Telegraph at the end of that year.“There are a lot of days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed.“My family keep me strong, it’s them that I have to think about but if I was alone, I worry about what I’d have done to myself by now.“There are times when I stay in my bedroom and don’t come out. One, two days in that room. Alone. I lock the door and am just thinking.“The people who know me, when they see my face, they can tell I’m not happy.“This is the lowest I’ve been in my career, it’s a bad time.” Wenger was an early admirer of Eboué’s Fellow Ivorians Eboué and Drogba suffered racist abuse in Turkey 9 9 9 9 When Fatih Terim, the Galatasaray manager now, was made aware of Eboué’s plight, he offered him a job coaching their under-14 team.But now, after the latest incident in Enfield, it seems his demons have won again – despite appearing in the Arsenal Legends side that played at the Bernabeu last month.His loved ones are said to be worried about his mental and emotional state, but during the 2016 ban his so-called friends were not interested.When Kolo Touré, his former Arsenal and Ivory Coast teammate, was punished for failing a drugs test in 2011, Eboué phoned him regularly in support.But when the tables turned, Eboué’s phone remained silent.“I know they know my problem, but I hope one day they will call me,” he said.“Of course it’s disappointing. I thought the friendship was stronger.“You have to be friends in difficult times. But that’s life. I take it in a good way.”We hope he gets the help he needs.Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 08457 90 90 90 (UK) 116 123 (ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.last_img read more

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: It’s going to be a sensational All Ireland Final weekend for someone out there. The National Lottery has just announced that someone here in the North West has just won a staggering €4,871,046.The winning numbers were 19, 25, 26, 27, 39, 45. It’s the latest multi-million euro win for a Donegal lotto player.So if the winner out there is YOU – and you don’t have a ticket for the final….you can always buy a box!Tonight’s big win follows several rollovers in recent weeks.  BREAKING NEWS: SOMEONE HAS JUST WON €4,871,046 ON THE LOTTO was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalHome-page Newsnational lotteryNorth westlast_img read more

first_imgQPR got to half-time on level terms at Hillsborough after absorbing plenty of pressure from the home side.Kieran Lee went shot wide early on after being found by Jack Hunt’s cross, and Ross Wallace also went close for Sheffield Wednesday when he fired just over.Rangers had another let-off when Atdhe Nuhiu was just unable to connect with Daniel Pudil’s cross.And Nuhiu was denied by a good save from keeper Alex Smithies after the Owls target man got through on goal just after the half-hour mark.At the other end, Gabriele Angella headed wide from a corner.Angella came in for Paul Konchesky as a part of a defensive reshuffle, while January signing Nasser El Khayati was handed his full QPR debut.Junior Hoilett and Jamie Mackie were dropped to the bench.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Diakite, Chery, Mackie, Petrasso, Hoilett, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgWith fellow first-round picks Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas pegged to rotate inside next to Buckner on passing downs, the 49ers enter free … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SANTA CLARA — Whatever money the 49ers earmarked for the defensive tackle position could very well be part of a historic contract. For one of their own.DeForest Buckner is eligible for an extension after his third season produced 12 sacks and a Pro Bowl debut.last_img

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres Negros chair Leo Ray Yanson hoists the inaugural PFL trophy with matriarch Olivia V. Yanson, who is an avid supporter of the team, looking on. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—The uncertainty surrounding the future of club football in the Philippines has not stopped reigning Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros from staying true to its mission of raising the country’s football stock internationally.With club football in the country at the crossroads following the pullout of several clubs over the past year and the Philippine Premier League yet to be launched, the Busmen are focusing on bigger goals next year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “We love representing Negros, we love playing at Panaad,” says Schrock. “We have an owner who really looks after us and who consider a great friend off the pitch.”But results on the pitch are just half the story for Ceres. With the AFC Champions League match against Yangon United set to be played at Panaad Stadium on Feb. 5, the club is bracing for another hosting job.Teams in tournaments of this magnitude subject themselves to strict AFC International Standards with sanctions and fines meted if those are not met.“It was quite an experience for us because we really just had to learn along the way,” says club administrator Nicolas Golez, who spearheads the local organizing committee for local matches.“We try our best to make sure that the pitch is in the best condition and improving the lighting at Panaad. It was worth all the hard work when we saw the big crowds for the matches.”Giving back to fansThrough it all, though, the club has allowed fans free admission to matches, despite all the hard work and the money that is being spent in every international tournament.It is Yanson’s way of giving back to the fans for the support and his effort to nurture the Negrense fans love and passion for the Beautiful Game.“I just want the city and the province to be recognized internationally for football,” he says.“Of course it’s all worth it. To tell you the truth, we are humbled by our results because it’s not easy. We are committed to be the best club that we can be.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Road to redemptionIt’s the same feeling a couple of years ago when they missed out on the United Football League title. After that disappointing campaign, the Busmen went on to their so-called road to redemption, taking the AFC Cup by storm.“We’re always looking to improve,” says Yanson. “When we first started Ceres, we knew that it would take a lot of hard work and resources to reach the level we are now and stay at that level.”Yanson has established close ties with players like Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble, Manny and Mike Ott, Patrick Reichelt, who, in truth, can play in the top leagues in Southeast Asia, but have opted to stay on with the club as Ceres carries the Philippine flag in AFC competitions.Half the storyADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments “We’re closely following the situation in the league, but we just can’t wait what happens there,” says Ceres club chair Leorey Yanson, who has used his personal resources to make sure the club runs smoothly and is up to standard when it stages its home matches.“We have a big responsibility to do well in the AFC Champions League and maybe in the AFC Cup. We just can’t let our guard down so we really have to prepare well for these very important tournaments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAfter a stellar year in 2017 when they bagged the AFC Cup Asean zone title and became the first PFL champion, the Busmen started this year with a stunning run in the AFC Champions League that was only halted by Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian.A return to the AFC Cup Asean zone final, where they lost to Singapore’s Home United, left the Busmen even hungrier and more determined than ever heading into the new season. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pagdanganan, Dy rule nat’l doubles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more