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first_img The walkout left the squad five players short for their quarter-final against Haiti, which they eventually won 1-0. Asked about the possible backlash from players who believe he was a letdown, Schäfer said Powell must first approach the JFF and signal his intentions to return, then meet with the players. “When he wants to play in the national team, he must make the first step, I won’t go to Portland and ask him to come back,” Schäfer emphasised. “Before we send the invitation, he has to talk, he has to talk with the players. I want him to talk to the team. He has to talk to the players, his team, his team first. “What is important is the team. The best team is when you have the best bench.” At the time when Powell walked out, Schäfer had said he would not take him back. Now, the coach has said he likes the player and does not want the country to turn against him. “I think he doesn’t know what is the next step,” said Schäfer, as he explained the public’s reaction. “I don’t want him to have a problem in his country, I know the people are very proud. “I don’t think it’s his decision, he’s too young and does not think 100 per cent with his head,” Schäfer added, noting that he provided personal assistance in developing the player both here and by travelling to his Major League Soccer club, Portland Timbers, where he spoke with the team’s head coach there about ways to help him, and now he is a starting player. “Alvas is a young player – 20 years. I like him very much. I helped him two years at Portland and in matches. In training he was better. “We’ve to be more professional. This boy has to learn professional thinking in his head. A team is not 11 players, it’s the entire squad.” Schäfer said the player should have been advised better by his agent, former Jamaica striker, Damani Ralph, who has been to several of the Gold Cup matches and has other players in the Jamaica squad on his roster. “His manager must tell him ‘Alvas you can’t go’. His manager must give him better advice,” the German said. “Jamaica needed him at the tournament. Alvas probably didn’t know. His manager is to tell him that. “First, my player is important, not my money,” Schäfer said that should be the agent’s approach, noting a policy he will look to implement going forward. “When we have a tournament, I don’t want to see a manager of a player in the hotel or the room.” ALVAS POWELL has been handed a chance to return to Jamaica’s men’s senior national football team. “The door is not closed,” said Winfried Schäfer, head coach of the Reggae Boyz, in an interview with Jamaican journalists at the Miami International Airport on Monday evening, as the team made its way home from the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Powell walked away from the team after Jamaica won its group with maximum seven of nine points in Toronto, in July. The player had been threatening to walk out before the match they won 1-0 against El Salvador in Canada, then made the move the morning they were departing for their quarter-final match in Baltimore. “I want to help him. This boy is very, very young, I don’t want this boy’s career to go down,” Schäfer noted of the 20-year-old. In making his decision, Powell defied the efforts of management, coaching staff and teammates, who tried to convince him to stay. “I think he has one problem: He doesn’t listen to people who want to help him. He made a big mistake,” Schäfer said. Powell had actually played against El Salvador as a substitute, and in that game, central defender Jermaine Taylor and goalkeeper Dwayne Miller picked up what turned out to be tournament-ending injuries, while midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and striker Darren Mattocks were both sent off. possible backlashlast_img read more

first_imgFormer national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.last_img read more

first_imgOn December 5 last week the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Medical Team, jointly with Chinese Expert Group on Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Plantation and East International Group, donated anti-Ebola materials to SKD Community, including nearby police stations and the Red Light Market.The materials included sanitizer powder and buckets; motorcycles, rice, cooking-oil, amongst others, estimated to have cost at least US$40,000. The donation was witnessed by his Excellency Mr. Zhang Yue, Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia.Mr. Wang Yungui, Head of the Chinese PLA Medical Team, lauded the people of SKD Community for their kindness and support to the Chinese ETU, promising to work together with the locals in order to win the battle against Ebola.Representatives from SKD community extended their gratitude to the long-term and selfless support shown Liberia by the Chinese government. Commending the rapid speed and high quality of the Chinese ETU construction, they said, that Asian nation’s treatment units have made them feel safer amid the Ebola epidemic. They promised that they would cooperate closely with their Chinese counterparts, ensuring that all the work goes ahead as planned.The SKD Community residents extended their thanks by a visit to the Chinese-built ETU, including its training center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection and fasting for Christians leading up to Easter.Ash Wednesday is considered a day to cleanse the soul and body as Lent begins. The actual date of Ash Wednesday is determined by the lunar calendar, which is why it changes every year. Ash Wednesday can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. This year, Ash Wednesday is (today) February 14, coinciding with Valentine’s Day.A priest places ash on the forehead of a parishioner (file photo)Ash Wednesday derives its name from the blessing of ashes made from palm branches or crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, which are burnt. The ashes are usually placed on the foreheads of Christians in the sign of a cross during mass. The custom reminds parishioners that they are ultimately sinners and need to repent. It is also said to be a reminder that death comes to everyone.Ashes have been used since ancient times to express grief. The gesture was also used to express sorrow for sins and faults. In Job 42:3–6, Job says to God: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” The prophet Jeremiah calls for repentance by saying: “O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes” (Jer 6:26). The prophet Daniel recounted pleading to God: “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).Priests will administer the ashes along with the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, signalling to people that they should start their period of fasting and introspection.Lent symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the Judean Desert being tempted by Satan. The penitential observance originated as a mirroring of this period.Millions of Christians observe Lent. Most believers tend to give up something they enjoy until Lent ends to deny the needs of the flesh in order to focus on the needs of the spirit. It is regarded as a period of spiritual preparation to grow closer to God in the run-up to Easter.Lent is preceded by Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French – the final day of carnival around the world), also called Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, comes from the practice of eating up all the rich fatty foods before fasting which subsequently lent itself to the all-out revelry of carnival which ensued before the solemn Lent period. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word “shrive”, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance and the tradition of Christians trying to be ‘shriven’ before Lent. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as worshippers used up rich foods, including eggs, milk and sugar, before they began their fast during Lent.last_img read more

first_imgSecond place went to Dawit Feyissa, he finished the race in 40:27. Pat Ferris’ time of 44:05 was good enough for third.Roger St. Jean took fourth place with a time of 44:12, while Sam Keats rounded out the top five at 48:44.Two riders took part in the short course. Gord Harris finished in 39:10, and Ken Nix clocked in at 56:52.- Advertisement -The Blizzard Bike Club will be back on the hills Sunday morning at 10 a.m.last_img

first_imgPhoto: The first Dokie Wind Turbine in Action – Submitted – Don ClarkThe first wind turbine of the Dokie Wind Project has been installed.- Advertisement -The turbine was fully assembled Monday at the construction site about 50km northwest of Chetwynd. This was the first of 7 turbines that will be installed in 2008 with the remaining 41 to be installed in 2009.The first 7 turbines should be providing power to BC homes in early 2009. When the first turbine is up and running it is expected to provide enough to power 700 homes. By the end of 2009 there should be enough power created by the entire project to power 33,000 typical BC homes.last_img read more

first_img“He was one of the most underrated players in the history of the game, in my opinion, and one of the greatest Celtic acquisitions of all time,” said former Boston teammate Danny Ainge, now the Celtics’ executive director of basketball operations. Johnson played Toros player Jamar Smith in a game of 1-on-1 after practice and everything seemed normal, player Anthony Fuqua said. “He was being coach Johnson out there talking trash, playing basketball, dribbling around and shooting,” Fuqua said. “Everything seemed fine. We’re all in shock.” Toros spokeswoman Perri Travillion said she was talking with Johnson on the sidewalk outside the building when he collapsed. Johnson was joking about getting a parking ticket. “We were laughing,” she said. “He just collapsed.” AUSTIN, Texas – Dennis Johnson, a standout NBA guard who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team’s practice. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros, was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said Warren Hassinger, spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Travillion said she called 9-1-1 and that Johnson never regained consciousness. She said Johnson did not appear to have overexerted himself at practice and didn’t complain of any discomfort before he collapsed. Johnson, a five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, was part of the last Boston dynasty. He spent 14 seasons in the league and retired after the 1989-90 season. He played on title teams with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, when he was the NBA finals MVP. “Whether he was leading his teams to NBA championships or teaching young men the meaning of professionalism, Dennis Johnson’s contributions to the game went far beyond the basketball court,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “Dennis was a man of extraordinary character with a tremendous passion for the game.” Johnson was a favorite teammate of Bird’s, and the two were part of one of the most memorable plays in Celtics history. During the fifth game of the 1987 Eastern Conference finals against Detroit, Bird stole Isiah Thomas’ inbounds pass under Boston’s basket and fed Johnson, who drove in for the winning layup. Boston won the series in seven games, but lost to the Lakers in the NBA finals. “Dennis was a great player, one of the best teammates I ever had, and a wonderful person,” said Bird, now president of the Indiana Pacers. “My thoughts and condolences are with his family at this difficult time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 23 minutes before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, Hassinger added. Mayra Freeman, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said there will be an autopsy. The Toros postponed home games tonight and Saturday night, the NBA Development League said. last_img read more

first_img 5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) has scored a goal every 137 minutes, on average, this season – Sanchez has played 3155 minutes of league action, scoring 23 in 37 appearances. 10 10 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) has scored a goal every 94 minutes, on average, this season – Kane has played 2452 minutes of league action, scoring 26 goals in 29 appearances. 10 10 10 10 7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) has scored a goal every 143 minutes, on average, this season – Ibrahimovic has played 2437 minutes of league action, scoring 17 in 28 appearances. We haven’t been short of attacking quality in the Premier League this season.It’s been one of the most exciting battles for the Golden Boot, with Harry Kane, despite missing two chunks of the campaign through injury, leading the way heading into the final weekend of action.But goals tally aside, who has been most prolific in the minutes they’ve spent on the pitch?Check out the top 10 players who have recorded the best goals per minute ratio in the Premier League this season by scrolling through the gallery above. 6. Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) has scored a goal every 141 minutes, on average, this season – Son has played 1978 minutes of league action, scoring 14 in 33 appearances. 8. Diego Costa (Chelsea) has scored a goal every 151 minutes, on average, this season – Costa has played 3027 minutes of league action, scoring 20 in 34 appearances. 10 4. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) has scored a goal every 132 minutes, on average, this season – Lukaku has played 3177 minutes of league action, scoring 24 in 36 appearances. 10 9. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) has scored a goal every 169 minutes, on average, this season – Llorente has played 2363 minutes of league action, scoring 14 in 32 appearances. 10. Josh King (Bournemouth) has scored a goal every 170 minutes, on average, this season – click the arrow above, right, to check out the top 10 in full – King has played 2719 minutes of league action, scoring 16 in 36 appearances. 10 10 2. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) has scored a goal every 100 minutes, on average, this season – Giroud has played 1194 minutes of league action, scoring 12 in 29 appearances. 3. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) has scored a goal every 130 minutes, on average, this season – Aguero has played 2332 minutes of league action, scoring 18 in 30 appearances. last_img read more

first_imgJames Doherty, Keith Cowan and Josh Mailey are the latest players to sign on for Finn Harps for the 2014 Season.They are pictured here with Manager Ollie Horgan and Club Register Chantelle Grant.  DOHERTY, COWAN AND MAILEY ALL SIGN FOR HARPS was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Finn Harps FCOllie Horganlast_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: Romanian player Daniel Timofte who had his crucial spot-kick saved by Packie Bonner at Italia 90 twenty-five years ago this month has told the Donegal goalkeeper he made him a ‘superstar’.Bonner’s dramatic penalty save is regarded as one of the greatest moments in Irish sport and paved the way for Ireland to reach a historic World Cup quarter-final.Bonner became a national hero and is still revered by Irish soccer fans for that ‘save’ in Genoa in 1990. However, for Timofte it was a different story, in the immediate aftermath of his penalty miss he was subjected to a lot of abuse from irate fans, and received calls in the middle of night from fans ‘attacking’ him over the miss.Injuries also curtailed his promising career and he missed out on USA 94 because of injury, Romania performed superbly at that tournament and he missed the opportunity to redeem himself.He is unfortunately now best remembered in his country for missing that penalty.Despite the fact they’re lives are intertwined, Bonner and Timofte have never spoken to each other until earlier this week. Graham Clifford from the Irish Independent travelled to Bucharest to meet Timofte and arranged a call between him and Bonner.Timofte laughs and tells Packie, ‘I made you a superstar.’Packie responds by telling him ‘You’re also a superstar in Ireland’ to which Timofte responds, ‘Yeah, but not over here.’Bonner also tells Timofte about how friends of his where renovating a boat in Burtonport and decided to call the boat ‘Timofte’ in memory of Bonner’s superb save at Italia 90.Timofte responds by telling Bonner he opened a bar in his hometown which he called ‘penalty’. Packie asked him what was going through his mind when he stepped up to hit the penalty.Timofte revealed he was going to go down the middle, but at the last moment his teammate said Bonner wasn’t diving and told him not to put it down the middle.Timofte changed his mind and of course Bonner saved the penalty and the rest they say is history.Bonner also adds that while he admits live changed for the better for him he said he hoped it hadn’t changed his for the worst. To listen to the full interview, click on the link below.http://www.independent.ie/sport/italia-90-daniel-timofte-tells-packie-bonner-how-he-made-him-a-superstar-31278700.htmlROMANIAN WORLD CUP VILLAIN TELLS PACKIE BONNER – ‘I MADE YOU A SUPERSTAR’ was last modified: June 6th, 2015 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:Daniel TimofteHome-page SportItalia ’90newsPackie Bonnersoccerlast_img read more