Jamaica’s Damion Lowe off to Norway

first_imgKRISTIANSAND, Norway (CMC): Jamaica defender Damion Lowe is now in Norway following his transfer to first-division club IK Start. The 24-year-old Lowe was transferred from the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League on Wednesday following 18 appearances in all competitions in his first season with the American club. “This is a player who has impressed us, especially with his speed and duel power,” IK Start head coach Kristian Karlsen. “He has an offensive game style and is very fit. I have seen him several times and also have contacts in the United States that have kept him under surveillance.” Lowe was a member of the Jamaican men’s national team and played every minute of the Reggae Boyz’s run to the final of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. “I was very impressed by his game when Jamaica reached the final,” said Karlsen. “He was a vital player on the team, and in many eyes, one of the best players in the competition.” Lowe spent the previous three years in the Seattle Sounders organisation, primarily playing for Seattle Sounders FC 2 and then a successful loan spell with Minnesota United FC in 2016 before moving to Tampa Bay. Rowdies chairman and chief executive officer Bill Edwards said the club will miss Lowe, since he has been a great asset, but would not stand in the way of a young athlete’s success. “I know Damion will represent the Rowdies name well in Europe, and while he is doing that in Europe, we will be pushing forward still with our mission to win the 2017 USL Championship,” said Edwards. “We attract the best of the best players at the Rowdies organisation, which is possibly the most unique team they will ever play for in North America. We are so proud to have been able to provide Damion with the opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream to play in Europe.” IK Start are currently second in the OBOS-ligaen, the Norway first division, which is the second tier of the game in the country. GREAT ASSETlast_img read more

Granger Govt has now embarked on a journey of “detour and frolic”

first_imgDear Editor,We as a group have not written a formal letter since May 2015. We were committed to the principle that President Granger must have his 100 days to set his foundation for the next 5 years. Even though we were very disappointed at what produced after those 100 days due to the incompetence of the Granger-led administration, we thought that we must provide him with some more time since he claimed that the economy was in such a bad shape after the PPP lost the elections. But falsehood must be exposed and President Granger today stands as a messiah of falsehood when it comes to how he has managed the nation – like a titular President who is checked out, the new Arthur Chung.In 18 months, we have found verifiable cases of some 20 incidences of malfeasance, mismanagement of the Treasury and plain old nepotism on the part of the Granger-led administration. There is now enough evidence to confirm that the Guyanese people were duped by these geriatrics, as they practice their wicked trade of detour and frolic. We can find very little evidence that this Granger-led administration is any better than a Ramotar-led administration.We are on record for firmly calling out the Ramotar-led administration for their blatant acts of nepotism and mismanagement of the nation. We think that we have earned the right as members of the Diaspora and civil society to call out these wanton acts of financial rape that are happening every day under this Granger-led administration. It must be opposed, exposed and if necessary deposed. And the most powerful sword to carry out this battle is the pen.This latest nepotistic act of providing two sitting Ministers appointed by the PNC to Granger’s Cabinet with some $6.6 million per year to fund their studies is nothing but abhorrent. In total over the life of their studies, collectively these two Ministers will cost the nation some G$26 million. That is enough money to build at least one brand new low-income house for a poor and deserving family in every Administrative Region of Guyana.Anyone with any modicum of integrity will know while serving as a sitting Minister, they ought to focus on their jobs 100 per cent. Poor people lives are depending on their performance. And this foolish excuse that because the PPP had granted Robert Persaud a scholarship while he was a sitting Minister, is utter nonsense. It was wrong under the PPP and it is wrong today under the Granger-led government.President Granger has now reduced the management of the affairs of the State into nepotistic frolic because if he was morally centred, he would have known that the responsibility of a Minister is for decision and policy making in a government. That is not a part-time job.These Ministers are being paid G$18 million each in wages and benefits to supervise several Government departments and at least one of them is an abysmal failure as a policymaker, in the case of Minister Henry. But yet, over the next 3 years, President Granger will have allowed these two Ministers to commit alleged legal larceny by distributing some $125 million of the people’s money to their benefit (wages, other benefits, school fees, travel, and so on) while they work part-time. But what is painful is this same Granger government continues to say they have no money to pay the ordinary workers a living wage. Heartlessness from the geriatrics.This modus operandi from President Granger is that he and his cabinet has “the first call on the Treasury for their personal among equals”. This situation exposes him for what he really is; a political fraud who never had the welfare of the people at heart all along. Fool us once, it is on you, but you dare not fool us twice and that is why our pens are out once again after some 19 months in hibernation.The majority of people now have no confidence in him as the Local Government Elections revealed. How dare he tell the Diaspora to stop writing? Is he a dictator? Those with wisdom will know that the pen is mightier than the sword, so why would they surrender that advantage? We leave the nation with this historical metonymic adage which says:“Beneath the rule of men entirely greatThe pen is mightier than the sword. BeholdThe arch-enchanters wand! — itself is nothing! —But taking sorcery from the master-handTo paralyse the Caesars, and to strikeThe loud earth breathless!”Our journey Part Deux now begins.Sincerely,Asquith Rose andHarish Singhlast_img read more

United warned against signing Galacticos

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United players celebrate a goal against Chelsea. PHOTO/FileLONDON, July 3- Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has cautioned Manchester United against filling their side with too many stars, a ploy he says backfired at the Bernabeu.Much of the success that Manchester United achieved under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was built on the back of a team that balanced youth, experience and star players. However, the Red Devils appear to be moving away from this policy, with Louis van Gaal afforded a considerable transfer kitty during his first season at the helm.In the build-up to and during 2014/15 campaign, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind arrived in Manchester for a combined fee believed to be in the region of £145 million. And that’s a figure which is set to be increased on significantly during the current transfer window.Dutch international Memphis Depay has already made the move to Old Trafford for a fee of £31m, and the club have made a £28.6m bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. In addition, United have been linked with moves for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi and Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.Calderon, who served as Los Blancos president from 2006 to 2009, saw Madrid secure just two titles from 2003 to 2011, despite boasting a team that was packed to the brim with big-name players that included Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo – all of whom have been named the world’s best player at some point.The Spaniard believes that part of the problem with the Los Blancos team during this period was that they had too many stars and that they failed because they “thought it was just a galacticos system and forgot about working hard”.Calderon feels that United are in danger of losing their balance in the same way.“It is a matter of results,” Calderon told the BBC. “If you don’t get the titles and you don’t get the victories, the fans are going to be upset and you need to change your policy in some way.“I don’t know Manchester United’s policy but the right combination is having a mixture of very good players and working with the younger ones that are already with you.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Spain’s De Gea lined up for Czech game in Euro

first_imgDe Gea had always been expected to start the tournament ahead of long-time number one Iker Casillas but has been dragged into a scandal and has vehemently denied allegations in the Spanish media linking him to a prostitution case.“If De Gea is able to play, he will play. “If he’s not then we’ll take another decision. We have to think about the goalkeeper situation for the whole team,” Del Bosque said.“We can’t just think about how the goalkeepers are now but the whole year, the whole season. A final decision will be made tomorrow but they’re big guys, they won’t feel the pressure,” he continued.Dea Gea said on Friday that he had consulted his lawyers about reports in a Spanish newspaper that he had been named in a statement given by a protected witness in a rape case against pornography producer Ignacio Fernandez Allende.Defender Sergio Ramos conceded that De Gea’s unwanted headlines had come as an unhappy surprise for the squad but said the entire team were behind the keeper.“The controversy hasn’t changed anything. We have a good atmosphere in the group and we will support our team mates whatever,” Ramos said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000De Gea (left) may not play for Spain on Monday after denying allegations he is linked to a prostitution case.PHOTO/Getty.PARIS, Spain, June 12 – Spain goalkeeper David De Gea is in line to start their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday despite being involved in an off-field controversy, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Sunday.The final decision, though, would be made on Monday, Del Bosque told journalists.last_img read more

Elmo, Big Bird, among recalls

first_imgFisher-Price and the commission issued statements saying parents should keep suspect toys away from children and contact the company. The commission works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall. Allmark says the recall was “fast-tracked,” which allowed the company to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they even made it to store shelves. In negotiating details of the recall, Fisher-Price and the government sought to withhold details from the public until today to give stores time to get suspect toys off shelves and Fisher-Price time to get its recall hotline up and running. However, some news organizations prematurely posted an embargoed version of the story online. Allmark said the recall was troubling because Fisher-Price has had a long-standing relationship with the Chinese vendor, which had applied decorative paint to the toys. Allmark said the company would use this recall as an opportunity to put even better systems in place to monitor vendors whose conduct does not meet Mattel’s standards. He added: “We are still concluding the investigation, how it happened. … But there will be a dramatic investigation on how this happened. We will learn from this.” The recall follows another high-profile move from toy maker RC2 Corp., which in June voluntarily recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line. The company said the surface paint on certain toys and parts made in China from January 2005 to April 2006 contain lead, affecting 26 components and 23 retailers. WASHINGTON – Toy maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys – including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters – because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. The worldwide recall being announced today involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products. The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10million Power Wheels from toy stores. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price, said the problem was detected by an internal probe and reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall is particularly alarming since Mattel, known for its strict quality controls, is considered a role model in the toy industry for how it operates in China. “Anytime a company brings a banned hazardous product into the U.S. marketplace, especially one intended for children, it is unacceptable,” said Nancy Nord, acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Ensuring that Chinese-made toys are safe for U.S. consumers is one of my highest priorities and is the subject of vital talks currently in place between CPSC and the Chinese government.” Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industries Association, praised Mattel’s quick response to the problem and suggested Mattel will use this setback as a lesson not only for the company but also for the entire industry. However, he expressed concern about how the recall and other toy recalls will play out in consumers’ minds in advance of the holiday season. “We are worried about the public feeling,” Keithley said, adding he observed how toy companies are embracing strict controls during a recent toy-safety seminar in China. “We have thought all along that (consumers) can be confident in the products,” he said. “But if companies like Mattel have this, then you have to ask how did this happen?”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

Runner bill would give state two new prisons

first_imgLANCASTER – California would build two new state prisons, a correctional-officer training academy and 10 small “re-entry program facilities” under legislation authored by state Sen. George Runner to deal with crowded, problem-plagued state prisons. Introducing the measures as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prison reform package, Runner said he doubts that the new prisons would end up in the Antelope Valley but said the high desert would be a good location for the training academy. “I think it depends on what community steps up,” Runner said of where the new prisons might be built. A federal receiver took control of the prisons’ medical system in April after a U.S. District Court judge found that an average of one inmate a week was dying of malpractice or neglect. The receiver, Robert Sillen, has authority to mandate wide-ranging reforms that could cost California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, The Associated Press reported. “The inmates are already there, just in gyms and that kind of issue,” Runner said. One-quarter of the Lancaster prison has already been converted into a reception center, where inmates arriving from court convictions or on parole violations spend about 60 days being assessed before they are sent on to permanent prison quarters. The nature of the two proposed new prisons has not been decided. One might be a medical facility to treat prisoners with major medical problems and the other might be a mental facility, Runner said. The “re-entry program facilities” would be locked buildings that would each hold 50 inmates in the last 90 days of their sentences, so they could be linked to welfare, counseling and other help before they are released on parole. The inmates would go to “re-entry” facilities in the communities where they are scheduled to be paroled. Where the prisons, “re-entry facilities” and training academy will be built will depend on recommendations by state prison officials and ultimately the decision rests with the state Legislature, Runner said. Runner said he expects opposition from residents of communities where the re-entry facilities are to be built, but he said the re-entry facilities should do a better job of linking inmates to community services before they leave prison. “I assume there will be folks who say we don’t want one of these. That fact right now is they are getting these parolees,” Runner said. To come up with room for the impending crunch next summer, California prison officials are negotiating with officials in other states to take in California prisoners, primarily illegal immigrants imprisoned for California crimes. They hope to place 5,000 of those inmates in other states with room in prisons or jails.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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.At the rate criminals are being sentenced now, California’s 33 prisons are expected to run out of room to take in more inmates in June 2007, and officials fear that a judge will order that prisoners be released earlier if more space is not created. In addition, Los Angeles County officials are transferring out of county jails more than 1,200 parole violators the county had incarcerated under a state contract. County officials said they need the space for county prisoners, and they hope moving out the parolees will reduce the tensions and violence that last winter turned into riots that left two dead. Statewide, prisons contain nearly 172,000 inmates – 159,000 of them men – and 19,000 are sleeping in gymnasiums, day rooms and hallways, some in triple bunks. Lancaster’s California State Prison-Los Angeles County, for example, was designed for 2,200 inmates in single-inmate cells, but since it opened it has had two inmates per cell. Now it has some 4,540 inmates, including about 330 sleeping in bunks set up in gymnasiums and recreation day rooms. All the prison’s gymnasiums have been filled with bunks, prison spokesman Lt. Ken Lewis said. State officials have proposed constructing dormitory-style quarters for 400 inmates by April, and for an additional 264 by 2009 at the Lancaster prison. last_img read more

Air-quality rule altered for mining

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“It would be impossible for a mine operator to know `these are the right trucks and those are the wrong trucks,”‘ he said. Rule 1157, which was adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District in January 2005, was designed to reduce particulate emissions from sand and gravel mines. It requires mine operators to cut dust from loading and unloading activities, equipment, storage and paved and unpaved roads at the facilities. With the revision, excavation would be prohibited, unpaved roads would sprayed with water twice an hour unless chemical dust suppressant is used, and loose mounds of material would be dampened shortly after the material is loaded. The rule contains an exemption that would excuse some mine operators from meeting the standards during high winds under specified conditions. The mine group sued the AQMD a month after the original rule was adopted in January 2005, saying it was hard to follow and would be difficult for the agency to enforce. A settlement reached by the two parties in September 2005 called for spelling out high-wind rules to permit loading and shipping materials if dust-control standards are met. SANTA CLARITA – Despite pleas from city officials, air-quality regulators have revised a rule so that some mining activities will be conditionally allowed on windy days at quarries such as the proposed Cemex mine in Soledad Canyon. Excavation would be prohibited, but materials could be loaded and shipped if dust-control measures specified by regulators were followed. A mine trade group welcomed the decision. “The problem with the previous incarnation of the rule was the (mine) operator would have to know where the product was going,” said Adam Harper, executive director of the California Mining Association. Most trucks are privately owned. Mine operators do not know where they are headed, and drop-off sites could be changed en route, he said. The agency postponed a June hearing on the matter to weigh the city’s concerns. Since then, the board was short of a quorum twice before it adopted the change Friday. City government, which has spent nearly $7 million battling the proposed 56.1-million-ton Cemex mine, championed passage of Rule 1157, and Travis Lange, the city’s environmental services manager, questioned any changes. “We don’t want to see any watering down of the rule,” he said. “We feel this amendment does that already, (and) we don’t want to see any more of that.” He is concerned that the rule could be altered piecemeal, unraveling its benefits at the Cemex mine, expected to begin operating in 2008. Laki Tisopulos, the AQMD’s assistant executive officer for planning and rules, said the change streamlines and simplifies the measure’s wording while accomplishing the same goal. He does not expect any more revisions. “If additional amendments (are needed), we’ve committed to the city we will do a cumulative-impacts analysis to make sure nobody gets shortchanged,” he said. Tisopulos said he believes the revised rule will be the best of its kind countrywide. “The companies have agreed during high winds they will be shutting down mining operations, which are very nasty operations,” he said. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GARDA McCALLION: ‘HE WAS JUST THE BEST GUY EVER, JUST BRILLIANT’

first_imgGARDAI who served with killed Garda Robbie McCallion are today devastated after his killer was cleared of manslaughter by a jury in Letterkenny.They are still stunned that a jury cleared cop killer Jamie McGrenaghan of manslaughter – even though the crime carries the same sentence as that of the one he admitted to: dangerous driving causing death.A judge will decide next week what sentence is appropriate for the latter crime – he will impose a mandatory five year driving ban. But the sentence for causing death by dangerous driving could be anything from a fine to life imprisonment.That is now in the hands of an infallible judge.Today a Garda who knew the dead officer told us: “It is still hard for me to talk about Robbie, he was just the best guy ever, just brilliant.“I still can’t believe he is dead.“I have to believe in justice but I find that very very hard. As a guard I try my best to prevent crime, detect crime and bring criminals to justice but this has knocked my faith in the justice system.TELL US WHAT YOU THINK info@donegaldaily.comGARDA McCALLION: ‘HE WAS JUST THE BEST GUY EVER, JUST BRILLIANT’ was last modified: February 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Glencar/Manorhamilton GAA club celebrates 50th birthday

first_imgThe Glencar Manorhamilton GAA Club celebrates 50 years of existence this year with a full programme of events planned over the August Bank Holiday weekend.As part of these celebrations,  official opening of the club’s new pitch and dressing room facilties at Boggaun, Manorhamilton, will take place this Sunday August 4th 2019. Events will commence at 1pm with the official opening scheduled for 4pm sharp.A commemorative book entitled: ‘The Glencar Manorhamilton GAA Story‘ will be launched by county GAA stalwart Tommy Moran on Saturday, August 3rd, in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton at 7pm.Listen to Thady McTernan’s interview about the book with Brian Kerrigan on Ocean FM last Saturday: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat ‘The Glencar Manorhamilton GAA Story’ – Thady McTernan interview 27/07/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. View the full listing of events below:last_img read more