JEFFGRANIT staff Hazlet’s Amanda Benoit battles with Freehold Borough’s Emily Bracher for the ball during a recent U10 division game in East Brunswick.
JEFFGRANIT staff Hazlet’s Amanda Benoit battles with Freehold Borough’s Emily Bracher for the ball during a recent U10 division game in East Brunswick.
Dear Editor,I wish to support the excellent letter written by Dr David Hinds in another section of the media on February 1, 2017, making a strong case against terminating the services of proficient and effective officials on the basis of their age, irrespective of their competencies.As a long-serving international Human Resource Management professional (and as one who is already past the biblical ‘three score years and ten’ but still gainfully employed, thank God!), I can attest to the fact that age is not necessarily a measure of someone’s ability to perform well. Indeed, there are numerous examples of persons in their 50’s and 60’s who are already mentally and physically ‘challenged’, if not ‘retired’, while there are others who are decades older, but still performing optimally.The challenge is to assess persons based on objective appraisals of their performance and potential without undue consideration of their date of birth. This is especially important in our Guyana context, where there is no surfeit of skilled and effective persons, and where the dearth of suitable technical and professional persons is likely to become more acute in the coming years.Why put out some of our skilled and effective Guyanese professionals to pasture on the questionable pretext of age, while retaining even older individuals who are not necessarily more effective; in any event, there is no proof that they are denying opportunities for younger compatriots!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud read more
Dear EditorThe nominee for the post of GECOM Chairman has been the latest hot topic on our nation’s agenda. Numerous discussions have been held, as well as a list has been submitted, but to no avail. Our conversations, consultations, discussions, or what have you were not convincing enough to persuade the President as to that “fit and proper person” to hold that position. Our discussions are going in circles. There has been a submission of the first list of names, which President Granger bluntly rejected, reason being the submitted list had no judge as its nominee. His refusal has left many of us dumbfounded, because the Constitution that should have landed us with such an individual was suddenly found to be lacking in the clause “fit and proper person.” The President and his Attorney General are having great difficulty with the interpretation of the term “fit and proper person,” hence his refusal to accept any of the names on that first list. Their interpretation of that clause ultimately leads to a judge and a judge only.Be that as it may, a second list is soon to be presented to the President for his perusal, and, hopefully, his approval. However, I must readily say that I am somewhat of a pessimist when it comes to matters of a GECOM Chairperson, judging from the response the President gave on the first list. So I am almost certain the same fate would befall this new list of persons. Being as dogmatic as President Granger is, he leaves nothing to speculation, so the situation is another rejected list and a final unilateral appointment by the President himself.Now, we have tapped into the grapevine and have come up with some very interesting results. News is circulating that a nominee is already on the cards, and that individual is a woman. She is a longstanding supporter of the PNC, one in whom the President can trust. That person is a former High Court judge. However, reports are that the powers that be are at loggerheads with the final selectee, especially the Attorney General. Let’s wait and see what happens.Respectfully,Neil Adams read more
… to focus on regaining officeThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will be holding its Congress in the last quarter of this year, according to its General Secretary, Clement Rohee, ending weeks of speculation over when the highest decision-makingPPP General Secretary Clement Roheecaucus of the main Opposition political party will meet for the first time since it lost political power in May 2015.Rohee told his Party’s weekly news conference on Monday that the Congress would focus primarily on regaining office.The Party’s Central Committee met last weekend and made the decision, which according to Rohee now paved the way for the establishment of the Congress Committee.“The Central Committee resolved unanimously to hold its 31st Congress in the last quarter of 2016 in keeping with the Party’s constitution. Now that Central Committee has agreed that we will proceed with the Congress in the last quarter of this year, the Executive now has to meet and agree on the establishment of the Congress Committee, and the Congress Committee will then begin its work in terms of the venue, the date and the theme for the Congress,” the General Secretary explained.He reflected on past Congresses where the political atmosphere and progression were the focal point, noting that now that the PPP/C was in Opposition, its perspective would be on regaining political power.“At this Congress, now that we are in the Opposition, a new perspective will obviously be formulated and we have to take into consideration that our Executive Committee has been meeting every week to assess the situation, so has our Central Committee which has been meeting quarterly to assess the political situation in the country. This is what you call a political work-in-progress. The perspective now that we are in Opposition is the regaining of political power…that is the fundamental task ahead of us,” he stated.Rohee added that the urgency of the Party to retake political power within the shortest possible time was emphasised “in order to arrest the downward trajectory in which the country is now heading”.Other areas that the Party would be focusing on are seeking electoral reforms, including lobbying for e-registration, a new voters’ list, electronic voting and e-tabulation of results.Rohee also noted that the Executive Committee was currently “discussing strengthening the Party both organisationally and ideologically in order to deliver on its mandate to ensure a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Guyana with the PPP/C back in office”.He explained that in accordance with this, the PPP/C was working on broadening the appeal and reach of the Party with respect to stakeholders and the society at large.The General Secretary also condemned attempts by external elements at “sowing the seeds of discord within the leadership of the Party”, saying “the Party reiterated its resolve to counter any such attempts to divide the Party”.The Congress will also elect a new Central Committee.The PPP’s 30th Congress was held August 2-4, 2013, at JC Chandisingh Secondary School at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice under the theme – “Strengthen the Party, Build Unity and Advance Democracy”. read more
“It is an interesting group but our target remains to get at least to the Main Cup quarters. In terms of physicality we expect a tough game from New Zealand but with Russia and Argentina, I don’t think they can match us in terms of physicality especially on the breakdown,” Simiyu said when unveiling the squad on Thursday.The coach has made only two changes from the squad that did duty during the last tour in New Zealand and Australia.Oscar ‘Wheels’ Ouma has been ruled out with a shoulder injury and has been replaced by Frank Wanyama while Oscar Ayodi returns to the squad for the first time this season after recovering from a recurrent knee injury, replacing Brian Tanga.“We thought it is the right point to expose Ayodi at that level because he has been working hard and is key to our success. We also thought this is good time for him after the injury and it also gives us a balance at our bench,” the coach added.At the same, Simiyu says the resignation of strength and conditioning coach Ian Gibbons earlier this week has not had a big impact of the team, pointing out they had a good contingency plan with the Kenya 15s strength and conditioning coach Richard Ochieng as well as his Lionesses counterpart Sam Njogu helping in.“It is quite unfortunate but we understand his decision looking at his perspective because he has to make decisions in regard to career and family. We respect that decision. Of course we miss him with his expertise but we are comfortable that things are moving well in that department,” Simiyu said.Billy Odhiambo of Kenya takes on the Russia defence at the HSBC Sydney Sevens, 05 February, 2017, round four of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Photo credit: Michael Lee @ KLC fotos for World RugbyKenya Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bukusi has confirmed that the Union is working on replacing the Englishman, though he could not put an exact time line on when the new man will be drafted in.“It is sad that he resigned at that time but the Union is working on it and within the next couple of weeks we will find a solution. Meanwhile we have temporary measures put in place. We will look at the best individual for the job whether local or foreign,” Bukusi opined.Simiyu meanwhile is confident the team will do better than the Sidney and Wellington legs especially after working to address the mistakes on concentration, ball handling and conditioning.“The problem we have had from the word go in terms of conditioning is the fact that we didn’t have a good pre-season. That is why you find the consistency issues arise. But we have refreshed over the last three weeks of training and we have addressed the issues we had. I am very confident we will improve,” Simiyu, a former Kenya Sevens skipper noted.Shujaa enjoy massive support in Las Vegas and Simiyu has described playing in the American city as ‘playing at home’. He hopes that support will drive them to succeed.“I am hoping they can push us because we need to fire as well as we were firing before. We need to get that to above four tries per game and once we do that I am sure we will not have any problems,” he added.The team will travel to USA on Saturday with their first match of the fifth leg set to be against heavy weights New Zealand at 4:15am Kenyan time on Saturday.Shujaa team to Las Vegas, Vancouver:Andrew Amonde (KCB), Frank Wanyama, Eden Agero, Willy Ambaka (Kenya Harlequins), Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo, Oscar Ayodi, Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Sammy Oliech (Impala), Billy Odhiambo, Collins Injera (Mwamba), Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru RFC), Dan Sikuta (Kabras).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya 7s coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu targets to succeed in the Main Cup as Shujaa travels to Las Vegas and Vancouver, the fifth and sixth legs of the HSBC Sevens World series.Shujaa has only qualified to the Cup quarters once this season, and looking on to Las Vegas where Kenya is pooled with New Zealand, Argentina and Russia, Simiyu is confident the team can maneuver out. read more
Cristiano Ronaldo just loves to show off his body at every possible occasion, and he has treated fans to his physique once again.The Real Madrid superstar released a video to his Instagram account to show off him working out in the gym, getting his body into shape on ‘leg day’.And he does prove just how strong his legs are – the legs which have scored hundreds of goals at the top level of professional football.You can watch the video below… Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s leg day below 1
1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is wary of potential fixture congestion should Manchester United reach the EFL Cup final.United seem on course for the Wembley showpiece as they head into the second leg of their semi-final at Hull on Thursday with a 2-0 lead.Reaching the February 26 final, however, would mean the Premier League game against neighbours and top-four rivals Manchester City, scheduled for the same day, having to be rearranged.With both Manchester clubs still in the FA Cup and also due to resume European campaigns in the spring, it is unclear when that fixture could be played.Mourinho said: “I know that it’s going to be hard if we go step by step. If, if, if – we go to the field of the ifs – but if we beat Hull and we play the final then we don’t play against Manchester City.“The match against Manchester City I’m sure they will choose an amazing moment, difficult for us, to make us play against them.“Then we have Europa League, a non-stop competition. In the Europa League you have to play last 32 and last 16. If we are going to progress it’s going to be really difficult.“Let’s see what happens in this moment. In this moment we have a 25 per cent chance to win the League Cup, which is the first competition to be decided.”Hull appear to have been given a new lease of life by the appointment of Marco Silva as manager a week before the sides met in the first leg at Old Trafford.The Tigers remain deep in relegation trouble but Mourinho believes his fellow Portuguese will give them a fighting chance of beating the drop.He said: “I knew it, (it is) no surprise for me. It was not just the immediate impact of any team that changes the manager.“For the next couple of weeks there is always an impact, a new feeling, but then things normally go back to the previous situation.“I knew that Marco is such a good coach that the team would really improve. It is still a difficult job in hand, still a big fight with six or seven teams for relegation, but he is a very good coach.”Mourinho has strong history with the League Cup having won it three times across his two spells in charge at Chelsea, but he does not believe success necessarily has wider significance.“I don’t see things in this perspective,” he said. “It’s nice to win competitions but I don’t think it’s crucial to doing well after that.”Mourinho was speaking at a press conference to preview the match sporting a new, closely-cropped, hairstyle.“The haircut is a privilege,” he said. “It is a privilege because I’m the kind of guy that can do it and in one month have a new wig! Some of you can’t do it!”Mourinho did not wish to comment on recent remarks from Sir Alex Ferguson that he “has done a great job” but he did say the former United boss had provided valuable support from a respectful distance.He said: “He doesn’t want to be around and come too many times. I told him that this is his house always and forever, but just a couple of times.“He travelled with us in the bus and the train, he visited us once, but we know that this is his club, his life, and that he is supporting us.” read more
Portugal vs Switzerland (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNetherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Sarri is believed to have travelled to Italy to negotiate a deal with Juventus.The 60-year-old had a turbulent first season at Stamford Bridge and was reportedly on the verge of being sacked at one stage.Chelsea’s season ended with a third place finish in the Premier League and they beat Arsenal in the Europa League final to secure Sarri the first ever silverware of his career.Jorginho arrived at Stamford Bridge from Napoli last summer, along with Sarri. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LIVE ON talkSPORT Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 shining REPLY no dice tense Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho both joined Chelsea from Napoli last summer Jorginho has urged Maurizio Sarri to not take the Juventus job as it would be seen as a ‘betrayal’ by Napoli fans.The Chelsea boss is favourite to land the manager’s post in Turin following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Italy international spoke about Sarri’s potential departure ahead of his country’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Greece.“It would be sad because I think (Sarri) did a good job,” Jorginho said.“We finished third in the Premier League, we won the Europa League and we reached the EFL Cup final despite all the critics. REVEALED “It was a good first season in Chelsea. It would be sad for everyone.“The Napoli fans still have him in their hearts; it’s normal that they could get angry. They could treat it as a betrayal; they’re like that. We’ll see what happens.”Frank Lampard, Javi Gracia and Allegri himself have all been linked with succeeding Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout should he depart this summer. read more
LATEST scrap 2 Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has told talkSPORT he ‘misses’ the old-school grandeur of White Hart Lane – but their new £1billion stadium is beginning to ‘feel like home’ already.Spurs demolished their home of 118 years in 2017 to make way for their new state-of-the-art ground, which finally opened its turnstiles to supporters earlier this year after a long delay. getty With its modern design, focus on fans and high-tech facilities – bottom-up beer taps anyone? – the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has got even rival fans’ tongues wagging.Having grown up with the Lane as a second home, as a young fan and as a player, Winks admits he was sad to see the old stadium go.But he has hailed the club for keeping its spirit alive in their new ground, saying the team already feel settled despite only playing seven games there so far.Speaking in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday, Winks said: “Do I miss White Hart Lane? Yeah, it was an iconic place.“It was where I scored my first ever goal, I watched games there all through the years when I was young, it was an incredible place.“You could always feel the crowd on top of you, especially when you were playing well. revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF Spurs’ new stadium is one of the best in the world White Hart Lane was the beloved home of Tottenham for over 100 years deals MOST-VIEWED FOOTBALL HEADLINES “What they’ve tried to do is make the pitch and stadium as similar as they possibly could on a bigger dimension and a larger scale. It still feels like home when you go there.“It’s only been eight games, but it sort of feels like we’re still at White Hart Lane.“It feels like our home already.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Harry Winks IN FULL HERE latest SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT getty Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker “At some stadiums you can hear the crowd but you can’t quite feel it on top of you, whereas at White Hart Lane you could always feel it.“It’s similar at the new stadium. When you’re on the pitch it feels like the fans are there with you.Harry Winks on talkSPORT:Jamie O’Hara can’t believe it when Winks names his favourite away groundSpurs star tells talkSPORT he wrote to Steven Gerrard as a child… but he never wrote back! Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update read more