Jamaica senior men’s football team, 23 man strong, departed the island yesterday for the for the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in the United States. The Theodore Whitmore coached Reggae Boyz, who recently lost the CFU Caribbean Cup final 2-1 to Curacao, will play the said opponent in their opening game at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, California on Sunday at 6 pm Jamaica time. The Jamaicans will play out of Group C, which also comprises Mexico and El Salvador. The Reggae Boyz will play their second game against Mexico on Thursday July 13, before closing out their Group C fixtures against El Salvador on Monday July 17. The top two teams in each group and the two best third place teams will move on to the knock out round of the competition. Jamaica’s best showing in the Gold Cup came in the last staging in 2015, where they finished runners up after losing 3-1 to Mexico in the final. The 23 man squad reads: Andre Blake, Damion Hyatt, Dwayne Miller, Ladale Richie, Sergio Campbell, Damion Lowe, Kemar Lawrence, Shaun Francis, Oniel Fisher, Rosario Harriott, Jermaine Johnson, Shamar Nicholson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Alvas Powell, Darren Mattocks, Cory Burke, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns, Owayne Gordon, Jermaine Taylor, Kevon Lambert and Romario Williams.
Ahead of this year’s third Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) national conference trade fair, one of the lead agencies in business development, Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) has completed a one-day intensive training in access to finance and record keeping for local business people in Monrovia.The upcoming conference is intended to focus on enterprise-development promotion, inclusive economic growth and empowerment of Liberians.The training was organized and facilitated by IBEX as one of the technical working groups working with the Ministry of Commerce on the pending MSME’s conference in Monrovia, slated from 17-18 November.The IBEX seminar brought together over 50 participants from diverse business backgrounds.IBEX Deputy Chief of Party, Augustus J. Flomo, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the training would provide opportunities for participants to explore ways to break down national and international obstacles to inclusive economic growth in the country.He said as lead agency in business support, the seminar will provide platform for local business people where they will discuss key issues that are affect them in getting access to finance and how to document their businesses.Mr. Flomo assured the business community of IBEX’s commitment to improving the country’s economy.In remarks, the participants expressed thanks and gratitude to IBEX for the opportunity to acquire such knowledge that will help them explore their businesses in Liberia.IBEX program offers financial services to local businesses and commercial bank staff, including technical assistance and capacity building support such as training, coaching, mentoring, advice and loan facilitation for business growth and expansion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
We do not know whether the officials of the United Nations are either aware or watching. But they definitely should be, if they are at all concerned about the reputation of this leading and most powerful international organization.We say this because we are very concerned that too often and all too consistently, UN peacekeeping forces have been embroiled in sex scandals of the worst kind, involving even very young children. These unscrupulous, wicked UN people, who call themselves, and whom the UN calls, “peacekeepers,” have frequently been involved in the most heinous of sex crimes, molesting children. They have forgotten, neither do they care to remember, that the UN created in the 1940s, not long after its own founding, a whole new organization solely for the care and protection of the world’s children. It is called the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).Alas! It is these same UN people who go about molesting the world’s children, especially the most vulnerable, the children of Africa. And they do so with impunity—why? The United Nations, from the highest level, it seems, has for decades been bent on covering up its vicious sex offenders and child molesters. We vividly recall how three or more young girls were a few years ago molested by UNMIL personnel. When they were found and sent to court, UNMIL did not rest until they were freed and shipped out of the country. Who knows? Maybe they were later brought back and deployed in other stations to continue the same nefarious practice under cover.We recall, too, what happened last August when a 12 year-old was raped in the Central African Republic, while a 16 year-old boy and his father were indiscriminately killed by “peacekeepers.” There was another incident in that same country involving the molesting of women and children, some of whom were denied food until the “peacekeepers” could have sex with them! Yes, those involved were French “peacekeepers,” and there was a grand cover-up until a whistleblower, fed up with the indiscriminate atrocities against innocent women and children, reported the matter to the UN headquarters in New York. The headquarters’ first reaction was to say that the report had been “prematurely” leaked, until the thing became so foul (offensive) that the headquarters backed off, and a few peacekeepers and some of their superiors were investigated.We recall that it was this same cover-up involving thousands of Roman Catholic priests across many countries in Europe, but especially in the United States, that rocked the church and caused a major embarrassment to many bishops—and The Vatican— who had suppressed the evil behaviors of its priests for decades, until the whole thing exploded.Now here we are, finding this same filth in the very organization that was founded in San Francisco at the end of World War II in 1945 with the sole purpose of restoring peace to the world.Just this past weekend, Radio France International (RFI) reported that a nine-year-old boy in the Gbarnga area was found molested by the same UNMIL “peacekeepers,” who clearly have absolutely no interest in peace, but in patent (blatant) crime against an innocent and hapless Liberian child. How does the UN select its “peacekeepers”? Do they undertake comprehensive background checks? Or are the wrongdoers so entrenched that they consistently employ and give chances to one another?The world must be warned and know that there are some of these international organizations that are infested with many people of deviant behaviors. In this case, women, teenagers or children they come into contact with are at serious risk.Parents, school principals and teachers, student and youth organizations and all concerned organizations and individuals among the Liberian citizenry must beware of the people who enter our borders to engage in “doing good.” We must remember that not all “good doers” are genuine. Many are afflicted with miscreant (criminal-minded) behaviors. The sooner we know this and be on our guard, the better for our children and us.Eternal vigilance should be our watchword. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Beatrice Rangel, a former Chief-of-Staff to former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez has said that a desperate President Nicolás Maduro may well order military intervention into Guyana as a means of trying to divert attention from his internal troubles but not a single platoon of the armed forces of Venezuela will obey that order. “It is not going to happen, the military is too fragmented,” she said, in response to questioning by myself, in capacity as a former Guyanese diplomat about such a possibility during a forum on Thursday here entitled “Voices from Venezuela” – put on by the Council of the Americas.Rangel had earlier argued that the Venezuelan President is desperate and is being “propped up” by a number of international criminal organisations, including the Russian and Chinese mafia and the Colombian drug cartels which are currently directing the Maduro regime’s every move. She criticised the international community’s lack of action on brokering a solution to the crisis in the once oil rich Latin American republic, saying that the violence which is likely to erupt this Sunday, may force it to act. The Opposition and the Government are scheduled to hold votes this month; the Opposition holding a referendum on Maduro’s leadership this Sunday and Maduro holding a vote for a constituent assembly on July 31. This could be the bloodiest day in Venezuela’s recent history, Rangel said, pointing out that this may be the occasion for the Organisation of American States (OAS) to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter and request the United Nations (UN) Security Council to address the crisis in Venezuela.Rangel said the OAS resolution, which fell short of passage by three votes at the recent General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, was a result of threats and scare tactics carried out by Venezuela’s mafia connections which forced countries such as neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago to abstain on the resolution out of fear. She said these groups had been terrorising Trinidadian fishermen off the coast of Tobago, making life difficult for Tobagonians. However, a representative of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s non-governmental organisations participating in the forum later told me that Rangel’s analysis was flawed and that his country’s abstention had to do with future joint exploitation of oil and gas resources that are to be found in the maritime space of the two neighbouring countries.Asked about the role of the oil industry, Rangel said that is a complicated architecture of relationships and accused Venezuela’s State oil company PDVSA of helping to finance and facilitate companies and interests whose access to finance and financial institutions has been cut off as a result of US sanctions placed on them. She cited as an example a reported recent telephone conversation between Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin in which Putin suggested that Maduro may want to ensure he operates within the Constitution and to which Maduro responded that such advice could force him to ask Russian oil interests to leave Venezuela.As for a solution to the crisis in Venezuela, Rangel said the international community has to broker a deal but in the process of negotiation has to recognise that it is not dealing in an environment of traditional negotiations and therefore has to be tough, offering Maduro the option of peaceful exile or imprisonment. She also argued that there will have to be the emergence of a new political entity to counter balance the current Opposition. The new political party would have to be one that would represent the interests of the working and middle classes that supported the late Hugo Chávez.The forum also heard from a number of other presenters from Venezuela, including Jose Domingo Mujica, National Coordinator of the Electoral Assembly of Education; University Professor Juan Manuel Raffle; and journalists Marianela Balbi and Nathan Crooks; Venezuela Bureau Chief, Bloomberg.President of the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) Mike Mc Cormack and President of the Transparency Institute of Guyana, Dr Troy Thomas were among participants from Caribbean Community member states in the forum.Regards,Wesley Kirton
Spanish giants Real Madrid ($621 million) and Barcelona ($572 million) are third and fourth in the new ranking.Bayern, who beat domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Saturday’s Champions League final at London’s Wembley Stadium, have seen their brand value increase by 51 million euros compared to last season, while United’s value has dropped by 20 million euros.“The challenge now for all Bundesliga clubs and the league itself is to see if they can export their domestic brand strength into global opportunities,” said Brand Finance’s CEO David Haigh.Interest in Bayern from overseas fans has shot up this season, with one million Munich replica shirts expected to be sold in 2013, compared to 600,000 in the 2012 calendar year.By comparison, Dortmund have sold around 350,000 replica shirts this season.The report’s figures were calculated using a formula based on future turnover attributable to the brand name and reflect Bayern’s growing power, with the Bavarians poised to become the first German club to win the treble of European Cup, German Cup and league titles.“It’s a record year in terms of turnover, as we’ll break the 400 million euros turnover mark for the first time,” said club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“No German club has ever been close before. Propelled by our success on the field, we’re breaking every record off it, too. The club is in great shape for the future.”Bayern face Stuttgart on Saturday in the German Cup final, having already broken or equalled 25 German league records en route to success in the Bundesliga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 29 – Champions League winners Bayern Munich have overtaken Manchester United as the most valuable brand in world football, according to a report released on Wednesday by London-based consultancy firm Brand Finance.According to the report, Bayern are now valued at $860 million (669 million euros, £572 million), overtaking last year’s top side United ($837 million) as football’s most lucrative brand.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is concerned about the lack of defensive cover in his squad.The Gunners were without first-choice defender Per Mertesacker for their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, with the German international yet to reach full fitness following the summer’s World Cup.Summer signing Calum Chambers, 19, put in another impressive display as a makeshift centre-half in the last-gasp 2-1 win over the Eagles, though an injury to Kieran Gibbs proved another blow to Wenger’s already stretched defensive resources.And the Frenchman did confess he isn’t satisfied with his options at the back, suggesting he could dip back into the transfer market before the end of the month.“Yes, I am concerned,” said the Gunners boss.“We’ve had to be creative with buying a right-back [Chambers] and playing him as a centre-back, that shows you it’s difficult to find the right quality in that position.“As I’ve said many times, we’re still on the market and should the right opportunity present itself we will take it.”Asked if the club have made any offers, he added: “No, but it’s possible [they will before the window closes].”Arsenal left it late to secure three points against a plucky Palace, Aaron Ramsey tapping home in stoppage-time to secure victory over the managerless side.The Eagles were left devastated following Tony Pulis’ exit as boss less than 48 hours before their trip across the capital, but Wenger praised the spirit of his opponents, who took the lead through debutant Brede Hangeland in the first half.“Credit to Palace, they fought hard,” he said. “They were physically strong and well organised.“We still lack a little bit a change of pace, but they gave us big problems in defence. But we keep going, that’s one of our strengths, and it paid off today.”Ramsey seems to have continued his match-winning form in the new top flight season and the Welshman, too, was impressed with their London neighbours.The midfielder added: “It was very difficult. They came out and defended really well and were very tough to break down.“They lost their manager earlier in the week but you’d never have known that the way they played. But that’s irrelevant. The result is what we were looking for and we got the three points.”
Barcelona are reportedly lining up a January move for Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen.The La Liga champions currently have just two fit centre-backs, one left-back and no right-backs following the latest injury to Thomas Vermaelen. LIVING THE DREAM 2 Christensen, 22, has fallen out of favour under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri and the Dane has admitted he is unhappy with his current situation at the club.“If you asked every player that’s not playing if they’re happy, they’re going to say no,” he said. “Everyone wants to play. Latest Transfer News targets moving on Christensen has become second-choice at Stamford Bridge 2 RANKED IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Andreas Christensen has been restricted to appearing in cup games this season The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets REVEALED LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer “Not playing is not fun. It’s a different situation to last season.”Head coach Ernesto Valverde has said he wants ‘four centre-backs who can play’ and he is expected to add to his defensive ranks in January. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January And according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Christensen is top of the club’s wishlist.La Liga is currently in its winter break, but injuries to Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Nelson Semedo and now Vermaelen have emphasised the need for more depth.
Celtic have been drawn in Group B of the 2017/18 Champions League along with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht. Brendan Rodgers’ side booked their place in the group stages for the second consecutive season with a 8-4 aggregate win over Astana on Tuesday. They were one of the last sides to be drawn out of pot four at the event in Monaco.Celtic last faced Bayern Munich and Anderlecht when the three sides were drawn together in the 2003/04 tournament. They held Bayern Munich to a 0-0 at Celtic Park before losing 2-1 in Bavaria. They beat Anderlecht 3-1 at home that season but lost 1-0 in Belgium.The most expensive player in the world, Neymar, will come to Glasgow with PSG. Celtic played the French side in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995 when they won 1-0 and 3-0.The Hoops previously knocked Linfield out 6-0 on aggregate and then Rosenborg with a 1-0 away win to progress in the competition. They did not concede a goal until their sixth and final match of the qualifiers when they lost 4-3 to Astana in Kazakhstan. Last season, Celtic finished fourth in their group, behind Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
“By Monday I would expect us to have at least two additions in that would strengthen us as a squad going forward. “We would have liked to have had at least one in before Saturday’s game but it looks now like it will be Monday. “The midfield area is where we are light in numbers. We’ve had to rely on the same players remaining healthy so it will give us more options over a variety of positions moving forward for the rest of the season.”Ross, who was collecting his manager of the month award for December, says he’s entering another crucial stage of the season. Jack Ross is hoping to secure two new signings over the weekend in an attempt to bolster his Championship title chasing St Mirren squad.The club have seen Darryl Duffy and academy duo Conor O’Keefe and Evan Horne leave the club on loan this week while Gregor Buchanan’s deal was mutually ended.The Buddies boss is looking to strengthen his midfield though and is set to welcome two new faces to Paisley over the weekend.“We’ve had a few outs during the window, that’s partly because our squad was a little bit big and also because of how the core of the squad have been doing this season,” he said. Having already said last month’s fixtures would have a huge impact on St Mirren’s season, he’s now looking towards the two months that could shape whether they get out of the second tier.“Going into the festive period was a crucial time because of the number of fixtures, the weather conditions and the heaviness of pitches,” he continued. “To come through that period was good but the players are also fully aware they can establish a lead now at the top. “We’ve done one part, getting there, but no team have managed to remain there for a consistent period. “If we can do that over the next six to eight weeks then we’ll give ourselves a really good chance.”
Paul McGowan has committed his future to Dundee, signing a one-year contract extension to the club.The midfielder’s existing deal was due to expire at the end of the season and he was free to speak to other clubs.St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright revealed earlier this week that he had made an official request to begin talks with the 30-year old over a move to McDiarmid Park.The midfielder joined Dundee from St Mirren in 2014 and is close to making 150 appearances for the club. He’s scored one league goal for the relegation-threatened side this season.