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Waugh takes CONCACAF post

first_imgFormer JFF physical trainer and UTech lecturer, Andre Waugh, recently resigned from his posts with both organisations to take up his new role as Caribbean Development Manager for CONCACAF.The former Portmore United Technical Director wants to make a mark and help uplift the general standard of football in the region and believes his experience from both of his former jobs will serve him well in his new capacity.”I really want to make a mark. Money is rewarding but I want to lay in my bed at night and feel I have made a contribution and a mark,” he told The Gleaner.”It has always been my desire to serve at the highest level, so this opportunity from CONCACAF will allow me to pretty much put what I have been doing in both organisations, JFF and UTech, together and try to give back on a wider scale,” he continued.As Caribbean Development Manager, Waugh will coordinate and supervise development activities specific to the Caribbean through CONCACAF. This includes coaching education programmes, women’s football, liaising with different technical directors of the region, and assisting with development programmes. He says that he is ready to take on this new challenge.GREAT RESPONSIBILITY”Everything that has great reward comes with great responsibility. This (job) is going to require a lot of commitment. I am really looking forward to the challenge, and I like the direction of the organisation, the programmes that are on stream, and the vision of the president and the director of the Caribbean office, Horace Reid. So the future looks bright. The philosophy and the vision are clear, and I want to achieve,” he said.Although his focus is to do his best as the regional development manager, waugh has ambitions of moving on to even greater things in the organisation.”We are very ambitious people and the possibilities are endless, but for now, I am just focusing on the task at hand and being fully committed to this job and raising the standard of football in the Caribbean. We will see where it takes us, but for now, it’s just work,” Waugh said.last_img read more

GALLERY: Djokovic wins US Open, 14th Grand Slam

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTADVERTISEMENT Philippine team leaves for Iran Monday night FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss MOST READlast_img read more

Audit of CJIA stalled, critical info not forthcoming – Auditor General

first_imgThe much-anticipated, value-for-money audit, as well as an overall financial audit of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project expenses by the Audit Office of Guyana, is still on the table but has been stalled and it is unclear as to when these audits can be conducted.This is according to Auditor General (AG) Deodat Sharma, who during a telephone interview with Guyana Times, stated that over six weeks ago, a letter was sent to the Public Infrastructure Ministry to supply certain information for the agency to commence its work.According to the AG, that information is yet to be provided and until the Audit Office receives this critical information from the subject Ministry, it cannot begin any audit at the CJIA.However, Sharma noted that the Public Infrastructure Ministry had initially responded to the AG’s office signalling its intent to cooperate.“They just acknowledged the letter to say that they are working on it to send. Until I get the document(s) from the Ministry, then I will be unable to say a time frame of when we can start working,” he stated.Over one month ago, Sharma had explained that the reason that the Audit Office of Guyana had requested the critical information from the Ministry was because of the fact that it needed to have certain groundwork completed in this regard.“We had to get up information, you know. We were doing some reports in terms of what we would need, so I had to let the engineers get up some information like what we are going to be needing later to carry out this special investigation. So the letter has now gone off to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and yes, the audit is still in the pipeline”.This special audit comes in light of a series of calls mounting for a thorough probe into the CJIA expansion project by a wide section of society.For some time, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has faced questions over the CJIA expansion project’s costs and delayed construction. The project was initially supposed to have been completed within 32 months.The project started in 2012 under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration when Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was to contribute some US$12 million.The A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC), when in Opposition, had cut the funding the then PPP/C Government had allocated for the expansion project.When the coalition Government came into power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but after discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), it was later announced that the project would be continued but a number of downgrades were done to the design.The extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government whereby it pledged that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018.Just a few months ago, Attorney-at-Law and anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram stressed that such an audit is, in fact, to be expected and speaks to the broader issue of a Government that is accountable.“It’s obviously something that is necessary. There need not be a call for it. It should be done as a matter of course. It’s part of the broader issue of transparency and accountability. Only an independent audit will be able to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of any expenditure,” Ram had said.According to the Attorney, there are several elements to consider when conducting an audit. Ram urged that any audit into the CJIA expansion project should include elements of both value-for-money and financial audit.“The way an audit is conducted, an audit looks at the materiality of figures and the fact that those figures are to be pursued. The first thing one does is look at the contract and see whether the contract is being observed”.“If there’s any variation, what was the authority for the variation? And was it made in accordance with the Procurement Act? You also need to ensure that those persons who might have compromised at the variation had the relevant expertise to do so”.last_img read more

Double-header cricket action on today at MSC

first_imgFresh off convincing victories in their latest games, Fisherman Masters and Success Masters will clash in a heated battle when the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) Inc 40-over round-robin tournament continues today at the Malteenoes Sport Club Ground on Thomas Lands.In the latest action two weeks ago, Success Masters thrashed Narine Masters by 103 runs in a lop-sided contest at Everest. The victors were led by Hackeem Majeed with 64, Vijay Baljit (35) and Baldeo Muller (25) as they compiled 187 for 8 from their 20 overs before bowling out Narine Masters for 84.Fisherman Masters replied to 133 for 3 made by RR Masters with 137 for 2 from 15.1 overs for the easy eight-wicket win. Troy Ramsaywack (76) and Dennis Mangar (36) led the chase nicely with a huge partnership that RR Masters had no answer for.However, the game of the day saw Regal Masters turning the tables on HS Masters with a 26-run victory in challenging conditions. Regal took first strike, but were held up early on by the opposition bowling, which was led by Samuel Kingston with 3-13 from four overs. After losing their top order cheaply with Eoin Abel, Linden Lyght and Mahesh Chunilall back in the hut with the score on 46 for 3 in the ninth over, the victors got a busy 31-run partnership from Saheed Mohamed (29) and Fazleen Mohamed (21)that put them on course for the challenging total.After their dismissal, the lower order also cashed in with cameos from David Harper (15 not out); Mahendra Hardyal (15) and Parsram Persaud (10 not out) that took them to 129 for 7 after 20 overs. HS Masters, who briefly entertained thoughts of a second consecutive victory over Regal Masters following their thrilling last-ball win the last time the two teams met in May, then ran into Gamal Seenjan and their plan vanished.Left-arm bowler Seenjan opened the bowling and sent down his four overs consecutively for just nine runs while claiming a key wicket. HS Masters never recovered from the slow start and eventually folded for 103 off 19.5 overs. Fazleen Mohamed returned to claim 3-22 while Hardyal (3-30) and Persaud (2-23) supported admirably.In the games today, Success and Fisherman Masters will battle on pitch number two while Narine Masters and RR Masters will slug it out on pitch number one. Both games begin at 10:00h.Meanwhile, Regal Masters, who drew the bye this week, are leading the points table as the tournament edges closer to the play-off stage. The other Masters teams in the tournament are Albion Masters, Essequibo Masters, and Parika Masters. The round-robin Over-40 and Open tournament is sponsored by Ink Plus, Crown Mining Supplies, and Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop.last_img read more

Cops & audits

first_imgGiven the LAPD’s history, department brass can’t be too careful. Unfortunately, it seems like they’re not being careful enough. The challenge now is to move swiftly to fix problems that have been identified. IT’S been a bad week for the Los Angeles Police Department, as least as far as audits are concerned. First, City Controller Laura Chick revealed that the department is still using wasteful, 1950s-era methods of managing its finances. And now an internal audit reveals that the LAPD’s anti-gang units aren’t managed much better. In 20 percent of the cases sampled, evidence in gang cases was not properly recorded. The information in these filings, including Miranda responses and approval for strip searches, are the sort of safeguards that exist to prevent abuses such as the ones we saw in the Rampart scandal. And while no one thinks these lapses are deliberate, they could, in certain circumstances, undermine a prosecution – or enable a culture of corruption to fester. 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

City slicker Sterling ready for star role with England

first_imgSterling endured vitriolic abuse for his tame performances at Euro 2016, a witch-hunt that peaked when he posted a social media message appearing to flaunt his wealth just hours after playing in England’s humiliating last 16 loss against Iceland.His problems carried over to City as Sterling struggled to impress new boss Pep Guardiola last season, sparking rumours the winger would be sold.But Sterling has a fiercely competitive streak burning between a largely placid demeanour and he rose to the challenge of proving Guardiola and his critics wrong.The 23-year-old won back his place despite Guardiola’s pre-season signing of winger Bernardo Silva and has emerged as a key figure in City’s charge to the Premier League title.“When there is doubt or I’m under pressure, that’s when I’m at my best,” Sterling told reporters on Monday.“When you see stuff like you might not be in the squad, you think ‘Ok we’ll see’.“It was the same thing in the summer when Bernardo signed and we already had Leroy (Sane).“I thought to myself when I get back for pre-season, make sure I’m on it. I was looking forward to it.“I wasn’t aware of some of the stuff around Euro 2016. But if I’m getting judged on football and I’m doing bad I accept that.“I’ve always had belief I can get better.”Sterling credits Guardiola for seeing potential in the raw youngster who arrived from Liverpool convinced he had to win games all on his own.– Sage advice –Guardiola has mixed sage advice with some tough love to get Sterling to buy into his team-first philosophy.The results have been remarkable, with Sterling scoring a series of vital goals in City’s march to the brink of winning the Premier League.“He gives me a lot confidence. Before I was more raw, every time I got the ball I wanted to take someone on,” Sterling said.“For me, the main thing is he makes everyone do the simple stuff, play the easy pass.“He told me to open my body up when I dribble to get momentum rather than dribbling with the outside of my foot.“But he lets you know when he’s not happy. I gave the ball away three times against (Crystal) Palace and I thought I wouldn’t play again for the rest of the season!”Now Sterling, who has 20 goals for City this season, hopes to find his scoring form with England after a long international drought.His next opportunity comes on Tuesday when England face Italy in a friendly at Wembley.“It’s because the gaffer takes me off!” he joked of his barren run.“It’s a different environment, but I should be scoring for England.“I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. It was the same with City and then there was a turn around.“I do have a feeling its going to come soon.”England manager Gareth Southgate has noticed the change in Sterling over the last year and he believes the player deserves as much credit as Guardiola for the transformation.“I can see the confidence in him. That’s where Raheem has to take credit, if a player isn’t willing then all those messages from the manager are wasted,” Southgate said.“You can see the positions he has taken up, his belief in front of goal.“He’s scored more goals in training this week than I’ve ever seen. He’s thinking about the type of shot more, not snatching at things.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England’s midfielder Raheem Sterling attends a press conference following a training session at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground in north London on March 26, 2018, ahead of their international friendly football match against Italy © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 27 – Raheem Sterling has vowed to finally emulate his blistering Manchester City form in an England shirt as the electric winger eyes redemption at the World Cup.Sterling’s last taste of a major international tournament was a bitter one, but the forthcoming World Cup in Russia has the potential to be a far more uplifting experience.last_img read more

‘Juan Mata is everything Arsenal fans pretend Mesut Ozil is!’ – Manchester United fans LOVE their Spaniard

first_imgThe best playmaker in England?Juan Mata produced an inspired performance to help spearhead Manchester United’s crucial comeback victory over Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.United prevailed 2-1 to earn their first group stage points of the season, mainly thanks to the Spaniard’s penalty and a sublime piece of skill to set up Chris Smalling for the winner.Red Devils fans waxed lyrical about their number eight throughout the 90 minutes, and many of the best Twitter reactions can be found below: Juan Mata 1last_img read more

LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT AFTER HIQA REPORT

first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalA report arising from an inspection of hygiene practices at Letterkenny General Hospital has shocked visitors and patients.Inspectors found that patients were being put at risk of infection from poor hand hygiene and non-attendance of hand hygiene training.Baby cots were said to have layers of thick dust and grime inside drawers, with rusted metal frames and dirty cradles. A patient bathroom had no waste disposal bin, while another bath was held together with adhesive tape. The hospital were aware that the inspection would take place on June 5. Despite a previous inspection in February, the hospital’s hygiene standards were not completely up to scratch.The HSE responded to the HIQA report to say that a number of positive improvements in Letterkenny Hospital had been noted since the February inspection.“Letterkenny Hospital recognises that whilst hand hygiene rates have improved since the previous HIQA visit, the results of this most recent audit demonstrated the need for further improvement in our hand hygiene practice.”As the hospital rebuilds itself after the devastating floods in July, the HSE say they will take all observations from the report into account.  by Rachel McLaughlinLETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT AFTER HIQA REPORT was last modified: September 20th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:hand hygieneinspectionLetterkenny General Hospitalreportlast_img read more

Is this Everton’s XI for next season with FIVE new signings?

first_img Right-back: Seamus Coleman – The Irishman will be out of action for the start of the campaign but should return from a double leg fracture and will undoubtedly be Koeman’s starting full-back. Until Coleman returns, Mason Holgate is likely to replace him, or England Under-20 star Jonjoe Kenny. Left-back: Leighton Baines – The English full-back is getting on and not as dynamic as he once was down the flank but he’s still a trusty performer for the Toffees; he could get competition from Brendan Galloway, though. 11 Striker: Sandro (Malaga) – Heavily linked with a switch to Goodison Park since Ronald Koeman was spotted in the stands scouting the player. A haul of 14 goals in 30 games in LaLiga has understandable drawn attention to the ex-Barcelona man. And given he has a rumoured release clause of €6million, he could be one of the bargains of the summer. 11 Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – Click the right arrow above to see how Everton’s side could look in 2017/18… – The Black Cats star has been a breakout performer and, had it not been for his saves, the club would have been relegated sooner without him. He deserves top-flight football as he shows international ambition and the Toffees are a likely destination given he would be a big upgrade on both Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg. His £30m price tag is, though, a little hefty. Centre-back: Ashley Williams – Experienced Wales international Williams is likely to continue at centre-back as Koeman seeks some consistency in the centre of defence. 11 Centre-back: Florentin Pogba (Saint-Etienne) – Also linked with RB Leipzig, the 26-year-old, who just happens to be the brother of Manchester United star Paul, could be set for a switch to Goodison Park. A strong and versatile defender, Koeman could do worse than swooping for the player. Defensive midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – A hit since his January move from Manchester United, he should be fully fit and adapted to life at Goodison Park. 11 Central midfield: Idrissa Gueye – Since the arrival of Schneiderlin, Gueye’s moved increasingly into a freer box-to-box role, where he can intercept and charge forward on the counter – expect more of the same next season. 11 11 11 Left-wing: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Whether the Toffees keep hold of Ross Barkley, or not, it is being reported they will do all they can to land the Swansea star in the summer. He’s likely to cost more than £20m. Central midfield: Davy Klaassen (Ajax) – Having proven his quality as captain of the Dutch side’s young stars this season, Klaassen seems set to leave Amsterdam for somewhere new. Merseyside could well be that pasture if the Toffees stump up around £22m. 11 Right-wing: Yannick Bolasie – Once the skilful winger returns from his knee injury, he should be a starter at Goodison Park once again. 11 11 Everton’s season may have only just finished, but already it seems they are ready to get their transfer business underway.The Toffees may have finished the campaign in seventh spot, which puts them in the Europa League for 2017/18, but they were still 15 points off the top four.Ronald Koeman will know, with an extra competition to play in next year, he needs to improve his squad, and they have already been linked with a number of players ahead of the summer transfer window opening on July 1.So what could a potential Everton XI look like next season? talkSPORT collects some of the most likely rumours, and build a potential Toffees team for next season when everyone is fit.You can see the team by clicking the right arrow, above… 11last_img read more

MAZDA3 IS BEST IN CLASS AT MCGINLEY MOTORS IN LETTERKENNY AND DONEGAL

first_imgMcGinley Motors in Donegal Town and Letterkenny is celebrating after their most popular Mazda model picked up another important award recognising quality and reliability.The Mazda3 was awarded first place in the all-important European compact class on the latest customer satisfaction study conducted by the US research institute J.D. Power. In the largest survey of Germany’s automobile market, Mazda3 scored 85.6 percent for overall customer satisfaction.In the rankings that reflect customer satisfaction for individual car brands, Mazda achieved an average of 83.1 percent. This ranked fourth on the list of 25 brands, and once again outperformed the industry average of 81.3 percent. “The new Mazda3 model has been a great success for us this year thanks to its reliability track record,” explained Pa McGinley at McGinley Motors, Letterkenny.“There’s something for everyone, you really have to get behind the wheel of these cars to experience how good they are. Mazdas are very economical to drive, have low carbon emissions and have lots of added features. We’re delighted with the interest so far. We’ve got a great selection of old and new cars to take a look at. I would invite people to drop in for a test drive.”The most popular engine in the new Mazda3 range is the 1.6-litre diesel. Sitting in the lowest road tax band A this diesel unit is the natural choice for Irish drivers offering plenty of power and torque, while averaging just 4.5L/100km (62mpg).Reliability, low running costs and the superior build-quality of Mazda models have been highlighted by the industry awards for the Japanese manufacturer so far this year. Mazda3’s success comes on the back of the Mazda MX-5 rated as ‘Best Sports Car’ in the JD Power Survey. All Mazda3 models sold in Ireland are built in Mazda’s Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. “The success of the Mazda3 range in Ireland over the last seven years is built on bullet-proof reliability. The quality of our Japanese-built cars is apparent the moment you sit in a Mazda3”, explains Billy Gilroy at McGinley Motors, Donegal Town.“The combination of competitive pricing and generous levels of standard equipment is bringing new customers to the brand”, continues Billy. “The Mazda3 Executive model is the most popular Mazda on Irish roads with a host of standard equipment including Bluetooth®, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning and 15” alloys wheels”.To take a test drive of the Mazda 3 or take a closer look at the full Mazda range call Billy at McGinley Motors Donegal Town on 074 97 40110 or Patrick at Letterkenny showroom, 074 91 25666.  MAZDA3 IS BEST IN CLASS AT MCGINLEY MOTORS IN LETTERKENNY AND DONEGAL was last modified: December 14th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Mazda3McGinley Motorslast_img read more