The Wright View: Powell’s stroke of genius

first_img The answer? Easy. Place enough doubt in the minds of supporters of Portmore United as to whether the match would be played and force them to decide on the wisdom of spending scarce resources in attending a match at the other end of the island that might not take place at all! The result: sparse attendance by Portmore fans and a vocal and powerful 12th man that inspired local hero, Dino Williams, to score the 88th-minute goal that gave the home team the title. Few saw the strategy out of which victory evolved. I have no doubt that the wounded egos of the organisers and administrators of football in this country will guarantee that Mr Powell, and indeed, the team and fans of Montego Bay United, will be sanctioned. However, in my opinion, that will be a very small price to pay for the victory that occurred on Sunday night. To reach the final of the premier football competition in the island three years in a row and to win it twice is not an easy accomplishment. The architects of victory MUST be suitably and amply rewarded. In this regard, local footballers who STAY and play their football here (some eventually getting overseas contracts that improve their game) must be afforded the opportunity of playing for their country, a strategy that will enhance the importance of the local competition in the eyes of the paying public, instead of turning to so-called ‘Plastic’ Jamaicans, whose only allegiance to football in Jamaica is to play in the World Cup. To the Jamaica Football Federation, I say sanction Mr Orville Powell (and MBU) all you want, but understand that the ONLY way to improve local football and to get us back to the World Cup Finals is to invest in local footballers from the time they leave the Under-19 level and stop relying on ‘Plastic’ Jamaicans, who, once we are eliminated from World Cup Qualifying competition, are never heard from again, until …! Well done, MBU. Well done, rural Jamaica. There is indeed good football being played outside of the Corporate Area. VOCAL 12TH MAN Congratulations are in order for Montego Bay United (MBU), for their victory in Sunday’s final of the Red Stripe Premier League. The coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, and the players deserve victory as they outplayed fellow finalists Portmore United on the field in wet conditions. But what about the input of the real leader of MBU, Orville Powell? In assessing his role in the victory of a franchise that has reached its third final in three years, I am reminded of a quote I read some years ago from a Chinese philosopher, who is best remembered for his book – The Art of War – where he writes about how to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu said: “All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” After winning the competition in 2014 and losing in 2015, Mr Powell realised the importance of the ’12th man’ – the fan support in finals. He got a part of his wish when the administrators of the sport decided to have the final in Montego Bay, the home town of his team. What apparently irked him was the decision of the administrators and the sponsors to have the game played at 4 p.m. on Sunday WITHOUT any input from any member of the MBU hierarchy, who, presumably, knows some-thing about the likes and dislikes of their fans. Mr Powell’s attempts at having the time changed failed. So his Plan B seemed to include how to minimise the support of his adversaries.last_img read more

PSC stands with Guyana Govt

first_imgGuyana/Venezuela border controversy…as time winds down on Good Offices processGuyana’s main Private Sector umbrella representative organisation, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), has reiterated its support for Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, and in particular the Guyana Government, in ensuring that claims to local lands be refuted.The PSC commitment comes in light of the recent border controversy that was sparked between Guyana and Venezuela. The decades-old controversy was brought back into the spotlight following the discovery of oil in Guyana which led to Venezuela reiterating its land claims.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since United States oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil.Venezuela has long claimed a huge tract of land in Essequibo, which comprises nearly 40 per cent of Guyana’s current territory. But Guyana has maintained that Venezuela’s claim on the nullity of an award is a legal matter that must be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Minister Greenidge said the country is awaiting the final decision from the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, now that another year of the Good Offices Process is almost done.The Secretary General’s Personal Representative, Norwegian Diplomat, Dag Nylander, had to submit his report on the meetings he facilitated between the two countries to Guterres.The engagements between the UN representative and the two countries were concluded in November and according to Greenidge, there have only been three meetings between the two countries since.Greenidge said Guyana has intensified its bilateral activism with other countries to ensure the Secretary General honours his obligations which is to refer the matter to the Court (International Court of Justice) at the end of 2017 unless there is significant progress in resolving the matter.The 1966 Geneva Agreement identified the UN Secretary General to resolve the matter using a menu of measures under Article 33 of the UN agreement. Minister Greenidge said, “We call on the Secretary General to look at his mandate and to refer the matter to the highest court in the world, the ICJ.”At the recently concluded MERCOSUR Summit held in Brazil, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said Guyana’s South American neighbour has been updated on Venezuela’s contention that the 1899 Award is null and void, and remains resolute to its original position.The Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that the border controversy issue was recently raised with Brazil and that country has maintained its support for Guyana, noting that the boundaries of the sub-continent should remain where they are and have existed for decades.“The matter was raised with Brazil as per normal. As neighbours, we always have exchanges on this. The President gave them an update as to where we are, and Brazil has not indicated any movement from its traditional position, which is that the boundaries of the sub-continent should remain where they are,” Minister Greenidge explained.In addition, Minister Greenidge said Guyana is awaiting the final decision of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, who undertook to have the matter sent to the World Court, should there be a failure to have an amicable settlement between Guyana and Venezuela.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, claimed, in 1968, the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn. For decades now, Venezuela has occupied the Guyana side of Ankoko Island, objected to the development of hydro power stations in Essequibo, and has been staunchly opposed to Guyana exploring for oil offshore and onshore its Essequibo territory.The Venezuelan Navy had, in 2013, intercepted and detained a Malaysian seismic vessel that had been conducting surveys in an offshore concession granted by Guyana to the United States-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, causing that company to leave and never return.There have also been incidents inland Guyana, with Venezuelan aircraft attacking vessels operating on the portion of the Cuyuní River that the arbitration court has awarded Guyana.last_img read more

Killbillies hosting Quesnel Gold Pain in home opener tomorrow night

first_imgThe Fort St. John Killbillies will return to the North Peace Arena tomorrow night for their home opener. The team will be skating with the Quesnel Gold Pain and doors will open at 6 p.m., and the game following at 7 p.m.It will be the second meeting between the teams this year. They met in the Northern Exposure tournament in March in Prince George. The Killbillies won that matchup.Tickets are $10 and are available at ZooFood or at the doors at the North Peace Arena. Children eight and under get in for free and the Killbillies will have merchandise for sale at the event.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bayern beat rivals Dortmund to defend Supercup

first_imgBeing the fifth time Der Klassiker has heralded the dawn of a season in the eight seasons since the DFL brought back the competition in 2010, the heavyweight duo had since registered two victories each.Borussia Dortmund had not lost to Bundesliga opposition at the Signal Iduna Park in 28 months and with the new head coach Peter Bosz, they were expected to present a formidable challenge.Speaking during the screening of the new German Bundesliga season curtain raiser on Saturday, StarTimes Vice President Mr. Mark Lisboa noted that the company has set the ball rolling for its Kenyan subscribers to enjoy major European soccer leagues at the comfort of their homes.“The Bundesliga Super Cup is just the start of our rich football offering to our Kenyan subscribers as we look forward to the Live broadcasts of the 2017/18 Bundesliga, Serie A and French Ligue 1 soccer leagues at the comfort of our subscribers homes,” noted Mr. Lisboa.Bayern’s win against Schalke in the inaugural edition gave them the edge historically, though events on the Signal Iduna Park pitch was swayed more significantly by the pair’s summer preparations.The Signal Iduna Park showpiece also offered the chance for the Bundesliga’s two best goal scorers – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski – to resume their own personal rivalry. Dortmund striker Aubameyang finished top of the pile last season, dethroning Bayern’s Lewandowski by scoring a whopping 31 goals in 32 league matches.The season curtain-raiser certainly lived up to its pre-match billing, and it was not long before Dortmund’s high-pressing game paid dividends when Christian Pulisic robbed Javi Martinez of the ball and coolly slotted past Sven Ulreich for the opener. However, Bayern fought back moments later when Robert Lewandowski prodded in Joshua Kimmich’s excellent cross. The Bavarians were subsequently the better team, testing Roman Bürki on a number of occasions, albeit without finding the net again before the break.Dortmund coach Peter Bosz introduced Sebastian Rode at half-time and that helped the hosts work their way back into the game, restoring balance in midfield.There were half-chances for both teams before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang restored Dortmund’s lead, finishing off a rapid counter-attack with a lovely dink over Ulreich.The home side looked to have held on to win, but Bayern equalised late on when Bayern somehow bundled the ball over the line, via Lukasz Piszczek, following a free-kick, to set up a decisive penalty shootout. Marc Bartra missed the decisive spot-kick to allow Bayern to celebrate their sixth Supercup title.Neither Bayern nor Dortmund had enjoyed a smooth run in the build-up. Though they defeated Premier League champions Chelsea, Bayern were beaten by both Milan clubs — without scoring in either game — during their Bundesliga World Tour adventures in China and Singapore.Dortmund defeated AC Milan before the Rossoneri faced Bayern, but have lost to Espanyol and — very early on — Rot-Weiss Essen as new coach Peter Bosz looked to bed into his new job.The Supercup presented an outstanding show of what is to come in the 2017/18 Bundesliga season in less than two weeks as the Bundesliga season begins with Bayern Munich hosting Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, August 18th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich´s players celebrate after winning the German Supercup against Borussia Dortmund. (AFP)NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 – Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich won the 2017 Supercup after twice coming from behind against 2016/17 DFB Cup winners Borussia Dortmund before settling the match 5-4 on penalties.The most successful sides in DFL Supercup history went head-to-head on StarTimes World Football Channel being a curtain raiser ahead of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season in a mouthwatering meeting in the 18th edition of the DFL Supercup.last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Centre of Independent Learning has won a major National Award at the Better Together awards at Dublin Castle last night.DCIL won the award for the Large Organisations at the Better Together awards. The fantastic organisation aims to have a positive impact on the lives of those living with disabilities in Donegal.DCIL do this through the provision of independent living services which empowers people to live a life of their choosing – and to remove dependency and enable them to live independent lives.General manager of DCIL Rosaleen Bradley along with her dedicated workforce have done amazing work with DCIL – and fully deserve their award last night.Her husband Shane Bradley said, “We won, we won, we won – thanks to everyone who voted for us. “Very proud of my wife and all that she has created and achieved for the Donegal Centre for Independent Living!”  DONEGAL CENTRE OF INDEPENDENT LEARNING WINS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: December 10th, 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:Better TogetherBusinessDCILDublin Castlenewslast_img read more


first_imgBIG IN BELFAST: Shannon Webster and Ben McDowell put their feet up on a giant deckchair at the launch of and Jet2holidays’ BIGGEST EVER flights and holidays programme from Belfast International Airport.BY TIM HEDGLEY: and Jet2holidays are going BIG in Belfast.They have launched 14 destinations for summer 2017 – and they are now on sale with EVEN MORE flights and there is a news destination to Costa Brava (Girona).The leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist certainly went BIG in Belfast to celebrate, bringing its own special style of sunshine to Victoria Square Shopping Centre with a giant beach scene and beach babes giving passers by the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of flights for next year. The new twice-weekly flights to the Costa Brava will give Donegal holidaymakers direct access to iconic Blue Flag beach resorts Malgrat de Mar and Lloret de Mar. With this latest destination, a total of 82 weekly flights will operate over the summer season.More than 280,000 seats will be available, a 10 per cent growth year on year, with even more flights to popular destinations including Gran Canaria and and Jet2holidays have also extended their flying programme to key destinations including Faro, Ibiza and Palma so customers can really maximise the summer at the start and the end of the season.Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, told me: “This is going to be our biggest and best programme yet at Belfast International Airport, giving local customers even more choice and a fantastic new place to visit. With our continued expansion, we’re thrilled that even more people will be able to experience our great value holidays and award winning flights. Roll on next year!” Graham Keddie, Managing Director, Belfast International Airport, said: “We are delighted to see and Jet2holidays continue their growth in Summer 2017 from Belfast International. Significantly more seats are on offer with increased frequencies to all of the popular holiday destinations and extended season lengths – and of course the long-sought return of direct flights to the traditionally popular Costa Brava region in Spain. We look forward to working closely with and Jet2holidays towards another strong and successful year of operations from Belfast International.”Aldergrove has always been a popular departure airport for Donegal flights are available from just £48pp one way, including taxes at while Jet2holidays breaks can be secured with a low £60 deposit on DD TRAVEL: JET2 LAUNCH BIGGEST EVER FLIGHT PROGRAMME FROM BELFAST was last modified: April 16th, 2016 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:jet2.comTravellast_img read more


first_imgA man who committed ELEVEN counts of dangerous driving – has denied causing criminal damage to a Go Safe speed van.Mark Fair, 25, with an address at Ballinahone, Fahan appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday afternoon.Mr Fair was charged with committing ELEVEN counts of dangerous driving, theft of an empty beer keg, and causing criminal damage to a Go Safe speed van. Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian said his client would plead guilty to all charges – except for the charge in which he is accused of causing criminal damage to the Go Safe van.The alleged incident took place at Lisfannon, Buncrana on August 15th, 2012.While the theft of the keg occurred at the Halfway House, Fahan on December 4th 2014.Mr Fair was also charged for a public order offence at the same location on the same date.The case was adjourned until the 12th of November – and proceeding will take place on that date at Buncrana District Court.MAN ON 11 COUNTS OF DANGEROUS DRIVING DENIES DAMAGING GO SAFE SPEED VAN was last modified: November 3rd, 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:courtsdonegalGo Safe VanletterkennyMark Fairnewslast_img read more

Donegal accent voted sexiest in the country

first_imgTHE DONEGAL accent has been voted the sexiest in the country – again.Research by the hotel chain Jury’s Inn for Valentine’s Day, found people in the rest of the country can’t get enough of the sexy Donegal tones.More than 1,000 people were questioned for the survey and a massive 37% voted Donegal their No1 accent in the country. That was more than three times the nearest rival – the Cork accent which won 13 per cent of the vote.The Dubs came in third with 12 per cent.Now that is something to shout about! And with tens of thousands of new tourists coming this direction this year, here’s one more good reason to be proud of Donegal.Donegal accent voted sexiest in the country was last modified: February 13th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Man Utd boss Ferguson keen to beat Chelsea to signing of Brazilian – report

first_imgManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to pip Chelsea to the signing of Brazilian teenager Lucas Moura, the Daily Mirror say.Ferguson is reported to have sent a delegation to Brazil to thrash out a deal to sign the Sao Paulo midfielder and is pleading with United’s owners to spend up to £30m on him.Real Madrid are also said to be interested in Moura, who has already played for his country and is regarded as one of the world’s top prospects.The Daily Mail suggest that Benfica’s apparent interest in Manchester United midfielder Anderson could help Chelsea capture Axel Witsel.Mackie recently signed a new deal.It’s believed that Witsel – reportedly a target for Chelsea and Real Madrid – will be allowed to leave if Anderson signs for the Portuguese club.Meanwhile, QPR’s Jamie Mackie is wanted by Southampton and West Ham, according to The Sun.It is claimed that both promoted clubs are considering tabling £1m bids for the Scotland forward.Mackie signed a new contract at the end of last season, committing his future to Rangers until 2015.Fulham are interested in signing Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, according to the Mail.It is claimed they could move for the former England man after his transfer to Turkish outfit Beskitas appeared to stall.The Sun report that Fulham are competing with Ajax for the signing of FC Twente’s Holland Under-19 midfielder Chris David.The player’s agent Fabio Alho is quoted as saying: “Fulham and Ajax both want to be kept informed about Chris.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Video Gear for Traveling Road Warriors and Frequent Flyers

first_imgDo you frequently travel with your camera? Here are a few pieces of must-have support video gear for traveling video pros.Even seasoned traveling videographers and filmmakers can get stressed out when it comes time to pack up their gear. Check out this checklist of essential video gear for shooters on the move, plus some rules and tricks for getting through security faster.PowerImage from Philip BloomDepending on your location, you may not have access to electricity while you are shooting. Make sure you’re charged up and have plenty of batteries before arriving. Also, traveling with batteries is a huge pain in airports. You need to carry-on all of your batteries. Don’t put batteries in your checked luggage unless you want dogs sniffing your bags before a SWAT team destroys it.You need to know each batteries wattage as well. As long as each individual battery is under 100 Watts, then you shouldn’t have any problems in the airport. Passengers are only allowed to carry 2 batteries that are over 100 Watts. Also, make it a habit to put some gaff tape over the connection points. It puts security at ease, and will helpfully help you get through checkpoints faster.Don’t forget that you will also need to charge all those batteries when you make it back to a hotel. Be sure to bring battery chargers and surge protectors. If necessary, bring quality travel adapters, car chargers, and/or portable usb chargers for your phone and laptop.If you find yourself low on power in the middle of nowhere, you may have to get creative. Check out this video from Tim Johnson at Whitespace Films. He figured out a way to use his Canon LP-E6 batteries to power his Sony a7s. MemoryWait. So the first two things on a travel list are batteries and memory cards? YES! You will need a lot of them. It’s always better to have too many memory cards rather than not enough. If the cost of memory cards is a factor, then invest in a portable hard drive or at least some thumb drives. You’ll definitely want an external hard drive that does not need power. Just keep in mind that if you are constantly dumping footage in the middle of nowhere, your laptop battery will die. Are you starting to see the vicious cycle here?Don’t forget that you will also need a memory card reader. You’ll also want the cables to connect your card reader and hard drive as well. Bring an extra cable or two. They can get damaged or just stop working. If you are dumping footage straight to your laptop, you’ll certainly want to remember your laptop charger.LightLight kits are actually a hot topic among travelers. Some swear by packing them, and some tell you to rent on location instead. I fall in the middle category. If you are going somewhere that you can easily rent a light kit, it’s usually the better option. If you are traveling to remote areas without plumbing, you may have a hard time finding a rental house.I found the easiest thing to take are cheap video lights. If they get damaged in transport, it’s not a big deal. You can grab a cheap $30 video light and get by. It’s also a good idea to pack a flashlight or headlamp. A headlamp will help you search for gear in dark locations — and (if you are in a pinch) you can use that as a video light. Combine a cheap $30 light, a flashlight, and a cell phone, and you have the cheapest three point lighting system. Hey… if it works, it works.Don’t forget that lights need batteries. VICIOUS CYCLE!StabilizationAny videographer should know how important it is to have stable footage. Having stable footage while traveling becomes a real challenge. You’re most likely trying to pack as lightly as possible. You don’t want to carry around too much gear if you are hiking up mountains. Heck, I don’t even like trying to get all my gear to my car in the driveway. Compact is key.The type of shoot you’re on will determine what you need to bring. I am a big fan of monopods for travelers. They are so much easier to work with than just about anything else. If you are going to need a slider, then a monopod won’t cut it. I frequently use the travel size Kessler Stealth slider when I am abroad. It’s small enough to fit in my check bag, and I can carry it around pretty easily on location. If you are using a slider, you will also need to grab a travel tripod. Be sure that it can support the weight of the camera, lens, and slider. (Author’s Note: I am not sponsored by Kessler. I just give them my money.)A Glidecam is another option to stabilize your footage. Glidecams come apart fairly easily and are easy to pack. The difficult part is knowing how many counter weights you need to pack for you camera. You’ll really start to question yourself for carrying actual weights around in your bag. MoVI and Ronin are other choices as well, but I find that they don’t travel very well. They’re fantastic tools, but not the best for long distance.Cleaning KitWhen I say cleaning kit, I don’t mean just for your camera. Yes, you will need microfiber wipes, sensor wipes, cleaning solution, a brush, and a dust blower. Go ahead a grab a nifty little cleaning kit like this one from Giottos.On top of camera cleaning kit, don’t forget a first aid kit too. Don’t go for the cheap kind with bandages that slide right off. Invest in a decent quality kit, one that has alcohol wipes. You’ll never know when you’ll get a cut or roll an ankle. True story: I once partially dislocated my kneecap when traveling for a shoot. I got checked out and then hobbled my way to a drug store to buy pain pills and a knee brace. I spent the next day hopping around while shooting. Now my first aid kit always includes aspirin and a compression wrap.While on the topic of cleaning, don’t forget to pack toilet paper if you are going to a very remote location. You can even use it in the airport instead of relying on the so called paper that their bathrooms offer. In very remote locations, you’ll also want bug spray and sunscreen.BagsFinding the right bags and cases for traveling is going to be a trial and error process. It’s different for every person. The one thing I can certainly say is this: rolling bags are great for checked items and to get things to a hotel room. Other than that, they will be a curse. A rolling bag should never be your primary bag. Find yourself a quality backpack that you can wear all day long.Another thing to consider is your location. If you will be in a big city, thieves are on the lookout for camera bags and gear. Sometimes it’s best to use an inconspicuous hiking backpack. One that can still store the gear you need. You don’t always have to have a lens placed safely in a foam cube. You can wrap it in a t-shirt and be just fine.Messenger bags are great for when you don’t have to carry much gear at once. That’s why they are so popular amongst photographers who only need a camera, lens, and maybe a tripod. But if you are hiking long distances, do yourself a favor and properly balance your weight with a backpack. That audio equipment, laptop, and all the extra gear will take its toll on your body as you get tired.Bonus: Waterproof JacketA rain jacket is always handy. Obviously it’s great for rain, but you can also use it to cover up your gear. If the sun is beating down on you and you can’t see your monitor or screen, you can use a rain jacket to make a monitor hood. When packing for travel, always think of multiple uses for everything you have. Then you will save yourself the trouble of packing too much. Got any other must-have video gear in your travel kit? Share your knowledge in the comments below!last_img read more