JN hails Jackie Bell KO teams’ commitment

first_imgJamaica National Bank will continue its commitment to the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) through JN Visa sponsorship of the Jackie Bell Knockout competition.”We have an ongoing commitment to the development of young people, so we will continue to sponsor the Jackie Bell competition,” Michael Collins, JN Bank sales development and training specialist, announced during the JN Visa-KSAFA Jackie Bell presentation ceremony at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston last Thursday night.”We have gotten favourable responses from the public as a result of our involvement with the Jackie Bell competition,” he added.Collins said the teams showed professionalism during the competition, which started last December and ended in April. He added that the officials and administrators were efficient in doing their jobs, so they are looking forward to what he describes as another great season.President of KSAFA Wayne Shaw expressed gratitude to the title sponsors and all the associate sponsors of the Jackie Bell competition, which was named in honour of the late Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, who died during the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. The competition started in 1987.He also thanked the Bell family for their continued support of the top Corporate Area knockout competition, which saw 32 clubs participating.Tivoli Gardens, who defeated Cavalier SC 3-0 in the final on April 19 at Constant Spring Complex, walked away with the winning trophy and $400,000. Cavalier received $250,000 for second place, while Barbican earned $150,000 for third place, and Waterhouse received $100,000 for fourth place.Ryan Miller and St George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall were joint leading goalscorers with five goals apiece. Junior McGregor of Tivoli Gardens won the Most Valuable Player award; Cavalier copped the Fair Play Award; Tivoli’s Brian Rose was manager of the year; and Damion Gordon of Tivoli was coach of the year.last_img read more

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“Fojo’s” fiery trio invades with scorching female vocals

first_imgI have always believed in the saying, “The apples don’t fall far from the tree.” With that being said, here’s a story which may not come as a surprise to some readers, but will surely saturate your musical whims and fantasies.The multitalented musical trioMany may remember not so long ago, when Ian Corbon, better known as “Fojo” – the artiste who invaded the local music arena, blazing a trail much difficult to follow by the competition. But now following in his footsteps are his three darling angels, with liquid vocals more associated with fairies, water nymphs and goddesses.“Fojo” still continues to work with numerous artistes around the globe since he is also a songwriter, producer and performer…. However, his main focus is on taking his “Fojo’s Angels” – 15-year-old Bryana (Trinidadian born); Canadian-born 15-year-old Kadejah; and nine-year-old Guyanese-born Aniyah – to the very top of the recognition ladder where they so rightfully deserve to be placed.The scorching trio are poised to release their first single dubbed, “What’s up with Dad” which tells the story of an overprotective father having to deal with the featherlike notions and fantasies of a teenaged girl (Kadejah) who happens to be the lead vocalist of this very promising song group.Multitalented overseas-based multitalented musician, Ian “Fojo” CorbinKadejah is also set to record and release a few singles of her own very soon.The voice of these talented upcoming young artistes are rare and quite stimulating and takes one back into a fantasy world which allows you to reminisce on the days when fairies, stunning goddesses and water nymphs roamed our world, filling the skies with serene liquid vocals, all honey tones, and tuned to ignite every ‘musical muscle’ within our bodies.These feisty young ladies are urging the public to whip out protective eyewear because the future is about to explode in a blinding kaleidoscope of shooting stars, as this trio readies themselves to unleash a ‘musical thunderstorm’ like never before seen on our local shores.The most amazing things is that these young divas at such a tender age already possess the onstage charisma, captivating allure, and showmanship associated with internationally acclaimed songstresses. Some are already raving that they bring to mind Guyanese Lisa Punch and even Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston in their younger days of stardom. Way to go ladies!The ladies have indeed inherited their vocal supremacy from their father since several years ago, singer/songwriter Ian “Fojo” Corbin led the way when the nominations for the inaugural Accolades – the music awards of Guyana were announced.The genre-hopping Corbin received nine nominations, including major nods for Best New Artist, Songwriter-of-the-Year and Producer-of-the-Year, in a field dominated by soca and reggae acts.Bonny Alves of the Yoruba Singers, who had faced off against Corbin in the Producer category, finished second behind him with six nominations. Songstress Timeka Marshall and soca sirens Michelle “Big Red” King and Shellon “Shelly G” Garraway had each earned five nominations, with nods for the coveted Artist-of-Year award; while reggae powerhouses “First Born” and “Natural Black” also scored five a piece, including Album-of-the-Year.Guyana stay poised, and expect lots of musical surprise from this super talented trio, who we may even soon dub “The Fojo Sisters’.last_img read more

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Shuffling…

first_img…the same pack of cardsThree months after Chief Justice George declared that the unambiguous language of the Constitution barred dual citizens from sitting in the National Assembly, President David Granger finally moved to comply with her order; unanimously reiterated by the Appellate Court. The four APNU/AFC MPs — all of whom had ministerial responsibilities — finally resigned, and were “replaced”.And it’s in these “replacements” that we see it isn’t only in Ukraine that a comedian is the president of a nation. Surely, Granger gotta be joking with his announcement! Imagine him saying that Joseph Harmon is no longer the “Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency”!! But since there was no replacement, what does this mean, when we all know he’ll be the Cabinet Secretary with all the powers he formerly possessed?? Basil Williams hoped that his number one rival would’ve been eliminated.Just as shameful is the supposed “resignation” of Carl Greenidge, the Foreign Affairs Minister. No one was named to replace him, and most likely Granger will be handling the portfolio with Greenidge as his “Presidential Advisor”. Now, is this any way to run a country with its arch enemy Venezuela on the west – which has claimed two-thirds of our territory – unravelling and on the brink of a civil war?? And us having hauled them to the World Court!!The resignation of his son-in-law, Dominic Gaskin, as Minister of Business is really irrelevant, since he’s done absolutely nothing in the last four years, and is totally clueless about business in any case. He’d set such a low bar for performance that his replacement, Hemraj Ramkumar, will have to start practising the limbo!!The last replacement – of Rupert Roopnaraine – from the Ministry of the Public Service in the Ministry of the Presidency is of no consequence, since he’d been pretty much put out to farm. His WPA replacement, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, should at least be able to perambulate to press the WPA flesh with the coalition’s full court press on elections!Granger had the opportunity to deal with some of the scandalous behaviours of his Ministers, and here again, it was just the old three card monte!! Simona “I is” Broomes – of New Thriving “run them over for fried rice fame” –  was moved from Natural Resources to Ministry of the Presidency with responsibility for Youth Affairs. Presumably, she’s needed there to ensure PNC youths inculcate her trademark bullyism as they “boom out” Marley’s “War!” to the PPP!!Valerie Yearwood’s move from Housing to “Rural Agriculture” presumably leaves Holder with “Urban Agriculture”, for which he’s probably more suited!! She’s replaced by Annette Ferguson from MPI.This was no “replacement” by Granger; just a reshuffling of the same old pack of cards!!…towards anarchyAs we await the CCJ decision, we gotta admit the PNC got what they wanted – a ‘get out of jail’ card from the NCM. Even if the CCJ were to rule that 33 is in fact greater than 32, as the PNC’s GECOM ‘Plan B’ is executed, they would’ve gotten their full five-year term of office. But the question is, to what end??Just look at what they’ve done to our Constitution and our bifurcated democracy to achieve that. In all political systems — but especially in severely divided ones like ours — if the rules of the game aren’t respected, but are bent and twisted opportunistically just to retain power, anarchy is inevitable. Our politics is analogous to two boxers duking it out in the ring, with the Constitution as the referee. If the latter’s decisions aren’t accepted as final – let’s say on hitting below the belt – boxing inevitably becomes brawling.And that’s where we’re headed, aren’t we??…the tacticsThe TUC says the PPP shouldn’t be boycotting Parliament, since their MPs are collecting their salaries. Really? So when public servants strike – like for 57 days in 1999 – the PPP Government should’ve withheld their salaries??Or, more pertinently, the union should return striking workers’ contributions?last_img read more

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Spikers’ Turf: Sta. Elena-NU dumps Mapua to kick off Open Conference bid

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Sta. Elena-National University started off on the right track and opened up its campaign with a sweep of Mapua, 25-8, 25-19, 25-21, in Group D of the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference Thursday at Paco Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Berhashidin Daymil, the Best Middle Blocker of the Reinforced Conference, led the Ball Hammers with 11 points, six coming off kill blocks, while James Natividad and Nico Almendras added nine points each.“It was a normal game for us, we just had too many errors so we have to work on that,” said Sta. Elena head coach Dong Dela Cruz in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMark Egan led the Cardinals with nine points.In the middle game of the triple-header, Adamson University took down National College of Business and Arts 25-23, 25-15, 25-23. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her John Mark Ronquillo led the Green Spikers with 11 points to lead his team to its first win in Group B.“We had first game jitters so the team adjusted especially to the rookies and at the end of the day we got the win so we’re happy and we just have to develop our skills on the areas that we still need to improve on,” said Green Spikers head coach Arnold Laniog in Filipino.Carlo Villahermosa led the Scorpions with five points while Robin Clemente added four.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake MOST READ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graftcenter_img George Labang and Royce Bello had seven points apiece to lead the Soaring Falcons as they took their second win in three matches to take the top spot of Group A.Adamson head coach Pao Pablico, though, did not like how his team fared in the third set especially coming off a strong second frame.“NCBA fought back in the third set because my players relaxed after taking over in the second set,” said Pablico in Filipino.Baden Pabalate led the Wildcats with 10 points, eight coming off spikes.In the final game of the day, Eco Oil-De La Salle gave Centro Escolar University a rude welcome with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 beating.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community LATEST STORIES Brazil-born history-maker vows to take China to Fifa World Cup View comments Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemerylast_img read more

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Petroleum engineering programme to be introduced at UG

first_imgIn the wake of a massive oil find in Guyana, the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, will soon be offering a Petroleum Engineering course in colloboration with the University of Guyana, Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine has disclosed.Speaking with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Dr Roopnaraine stated that he is currently in engagement with the UWI’s principal and they have agreed to move forward with the programme. He indicated that arrangements would be in place as early as the start of the semester in September.Recently, in the National Assembly, the Education Minister had revealed his intentions for the programme. He stated that he had held a meeting with the Principal of UWI, St Augustine campus, Dr Clement Sankat, to discuss developing a petroleum engineering education programme that would prepare Guyana for the human resource challenge of running its impending oil industry in the near future.Petroleum engineering is the study of the cost-effective extraction of oil, gas and other natural resources from the earth. It is expert through the design, drilling and operation of wells and the incorporated administration of subversive reservoirs.Roopnaraine was at the time speaking about Guyana’s human resource problem and its brain drain. He had stated that one of the major challenges of the Education Ministry is the development of human resources to facilitate Guyana’s growth.He posited that it is crucial that the government be inventive and develop a strategy for human resource expansion.last_img read more

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Sniffer dog leads Police to illegal gun, ammo

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force has expanded its investigative methods, this time using a sniffer dog to recover an illegal weapon and ammunition that were concealed in a taxi driver’s car door.According to Police reports, based on intensive intelligence gathering, ranks conducted a search on a taxi driver of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) and his vehicle at the Brickdam Police Station on Wednesday.Injured, Samuel PersaudIn the initial search, the ranks came up empty handed but, determined, decided to utilise one of its sniffer dogs which is trained in the detection of firearms and explosive devices.The Canine named “ACE”, under the guidance of its handler, led ranks to the left front door panel. Upon further inspection by opening same, the ranks found an unlicensed .38 Smith and Wesson revolver along with five live matching rounds.The taxi driver was arrested and is expected to be charged shortly.last_img read more

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Manchester United star insists: We can catch Chelsea and win the title

first_imgPhil Jones insists Manchester United are still firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title.United are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after their 11-match unbeaten came to an on Sunday when they lost 1-0 to Southampton at Old Trafford.But Jones insists confidence within the camp has not been damaged by the defeat and the defender believes his side can quickly put together another impressive run of results.When asked whether the loss meant it would be hard to catch Chelsea or City, the United defender said: “No. You have seen teams dropping points.“I think Chelsea were clear of City and then two games within the space of a week and they are back in it. That’s how football changes.“It’s up and down. You just never know who is going to drop points. That gives us hope. There’s always hope, but we have to worry about ourselves really rather than anyone else.”Senior sources at Old Trafford insisted towards the end of last year that United had been on an “upward trajectory” since Louis van Gaal took over in July.But however much he does not like to be told about it, the Premier League table suggests otherwise.After 21 matches Van Gaal has amassed 37 points – the same number as his predecessor David Moyes, who was sacked after 10 months having spent less than half the money his successor has on transfers.There is no doubt Van Gaal has restored a sense of grandeur and expectation about the club, though.And when asked whether United were in a better position to bounce back now compared to last year, Jones added: “Yes. There’s a lot of confidence still in the dressing room.“We have lost the game, the lads are disappointed but you have to move on quickly.“You can’t dwell on these results. We have done okay over Christmas.“We would have liked to have picked up two more points against Stoke and Tottenham but now we need to get a bit of a run, Losing is always a little setback but it’s nothing more than that.“We have to look forward to the next game and make sure we get three points. We have been on a decent run and we need to go on a new one.” 1 Phil Jones in action for Manchester United against Chelsea last_img read more

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U.S. soldiers crash on Afghan border

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan – The mountaintop landing zone where a U.S. helicopter crashed near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan is a day’s walk from the nearest passable road.The area’s only residents are al-Qaida and Taliban militants holed up in makeshift bases where U.S. and Afghan forces are now hunting them down.“That area is a place where nobody is living, but I can confirm that it is a dangerous area. The enemy lives there,” said Gen. Abdul Ghafar, the police chief of Kunar province where the helicopter went down Friday afternoon.Ten U.S. soldiers on a combat operation to flush out Taliban insurgents died, military officials said Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe CH-47 Chinook was conducting operations on a mountaintop landing zone when the crash occurred. Other aircraft and crews were also at the landing zone and said hostile forces did not cause the crash, the U.S. military said.“There is no indication that the helicopter came down due to some enemy action,” Lt. Tamara D. Lawrence, a coalition spokeswoman, told The Associated Press.The crash site was near the town of Asadabad, the provincial capital of Kunar about 10 miles northwest of a U.S. base and about 150 miles east of the capital Kabul.Some 2,500 Afghan and U.S. soldiers are conducting a joint military operation in Kunar province, near the border with Pakistan. It’s one of the biggest offensives since the ouster of the hardline Taliban regime by U.S.-led forces in late 2001 for hosting al-Qaida.The crash was the deadliest for U.S. forces here in a year and comes at a time of increasing militant attacks in Afghanistan’s southern and eastern provinces. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Promising Liverpool youngster signs new long-term deal at Anfield

first_img Joe Gomez: The defender joined Liverpool from Charlton in 2015 1 Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has signed a new long-term contract, the club have announced.The 19-year-old has made nine appearances for the club, but has seen his progress stunted significantly by a series of injuries since joining in 2015.The England Under-21 international made an impression under Brendan Rodgers, but knee and Achilles problems have held him back since then, limiting his playing time before a return to first-team action against Plymouth in the FA Cup.On his return to fitness, he told the club website: “I feel good, very good. I’m back training normally and have been for a good while now. Obviously, it was nice to get some minutes in the last two FA Cup games.“Now it’s about me trying to push on and keep learning – learning from the team. I’ve got good role models in front of me: Dejan (Lovren), Joel (Matip), Ragnar (Klavan), Lucas and so on.“It’s a great environment for me to be in and I’m just trying to learn each day from them, as well as trying to push and challenge them at the same time. It’s good and I feel good.”After signing the long-term deal, he added: “It’s a massive gesture from the club to show that trust and faith in me.“That’s why it was so important I did the same and done it so quickly, because I’m very happy here. I’ve loved living here and playing here and learning under the new manager, so it was a quick decision.”last_img read more

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For the record

first_imgA July 29 story about Chinese pollution drifting across the Pacific to California included a serious error based on information from The Associated Press. The wire service said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates on certain days that nearly 25 percent of the particulate matter in the skies above Los Angeles can be traced to China. Instead, EPA officials cited a Harvard University model saying Asia contributes about 30 percent of the background sulfate particulate matter in the Western United States. Based on the Harvard model, EPA researchers estimate that Asia contributes about 1 percent of all particulate matter in Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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