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Former Trinidad and Tobago and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke said there is a major decline in football in the Caribbean and believes the governing bodies must move swiftly to address this matter. The 46-year-old Yorke, who led Trinidad and Tobago to the FIFA World Cup in 2006, said a lot more needs to be done to ensure that this rapid deterioration of the game is halted. “We have declined in football at the moment and certainly in the Caribbean region. When you look at Trinidad and Tobago, which used to produce quite a lot of players in European football, there are not many (players) now,” said Yorke. “We have seen Jamaica in decline in terms of local players being able to play in the foreign areas and so that is something that we have to look at throughout the Caribbean,” he added. LACK OF ORGANISATION “I think it is just the lack of organisation in terms of the quality of football that we are producing … . (We should) invite people to come here and have a look at the Caribbean players a lot more on a regular basis,” Yorke said. Yorke added that following the qualification of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to the World Cup in 1998 and 2006, respectively, none of the teams in the Caribbean have come close to qualifying for the football spectacle. Yoke, who retired from international football in 2007, has a Level B coaching badge in England. He noted that he would love to play a part in the development of the sport in the region, but has not been approached by any of the regional bodies. “I was very privileged to play in the English Premier League for 20 years and I have that experience and knowledge to play under the great Sir Alex Ferguson, who is arguably one of the great managers,” Yorke said. “You would feel that with your achievements that somewhere along the line that you would want to contribute something back to football here in the Caribbean and in particular in Trinidad and Tobago. I would love to contribute, but it hasn’t happened yet, but I am sure that at some point it may happen,” he said. Yorke, who is an ambassador for Manchester United, was in the island as part of a promotional tour for content on FLOW Sports, which includes the upcoming English Premier League and UEFA Champions League competitions. Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing at FLOW, underlined the value of Yorke’s visit. “We have had a number of legends here and this is really part of our partnership with Manchester United, bringing legends into the market to sort of help us connect with our costumers and connect with our Premier League property that is on FLOW Sports and also kind of build a programme to help the development of football in Jamaica,” said Redwood.
Barcelona’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (R) is congratulated by teammate Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi after scoring the first goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on September 24, 2019. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)Lionel Messi insisted on Wednesday there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board. Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1. ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Speaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured. “Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Luis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right. Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured“We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said.“We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”ADVERTISEMENT Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees View comments Real Madrid facing yet another goalkeeping crisis Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down
…more efforts to refine talents of local entrepreneursWhile addressing the gathering at the launch of the University of Guyana’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI) on Friday last, local entrepreneur, Captain Gerald Gouveia said the Private Sector currently existing inCaptain Gerald GouveiaGuyana is one that is relatively new.In his statement, the mastermind of several tourism and hospitality entities revisited Guyana’s economic standings in the late 1900’s and thereby pointed out the difference in the privately operated portions of the country when compared to what is happening now. It was on that note Gouveia highlighted the need for further efforts to refine the talents and approaches of local business owners, so as to capitalise on the market – both at home and abroad, while adequately catering for the country’s human resources.Captain Gouveia conveyed that, “A lot of us knew a time when 95 per cent of our economy was controlled by the State and then under (former President) Desmond Hoyte we saw a reversal of that and the Private Sector became alive again.” As such, “our Private Sector today is actually a very new Private Sector,” Gouveia said.Adding to the already disproportionate balance between public and private management of the country, Gouveia went on to point out the undesirable conditions which plagued the Private Sector in the past years.The pilot revisited an early moment in his career which led in him in the service of the late Forbes Burnham, during which he relayed the former President’s visions of a more nurturing environment for businesses, and their proprietors, to thrive.“They were faced with a Private Sector in Guyana with a bunch of entrepreneurs that were extremely unkind to their workers back in the 1950’s. They were working for low salaries, in bad working conditions and long hours; women were not working for equal pay,” Gouveia outlined.He went on to say that, “I sat there and listened to him (Burnham) talk about a Guyana I did not recognise because I did not know it back then. But it was a Guyana we were all dreaming for, where never again do we have to face what they had to face… a Private Sector that was not kind to their workers.”With that, Gouveia welcomed the evolution which saw the emergence of a more balanced economy, presenting a conducive state for growth and success. However, even as the businessman celebrated the accomplishments of the “new Private Sector,” he was inclined to indicate several aspects which are still lacking, even in present day.“But in the (new) Private Sector, it needs education. It is a Private Sector that needs money. This is also a Private Sector that needs the Government to understand that for entrepreneurs to succeed, the enabling environment needs to be in place,” he posited.Moreover, Gouveia, while addressing a more individual approach to the development of the Guyanese Private Sector, indicated that entrepreneurs have a part to play in steering the success of the local economy. It was then that he posited that entrepreneurs must be passionate and primitive.“The best entrepreneurs are hungry entrepreneurs… I believe that entrepreneurship is almost like a talent, you find some people who got it naturally but even people who are born with it still have a lot to learn.” With that, he questioned, “How do you teach a carpenter to become a contractor? How do you teacher a lawyer to operate their own law firm?”It was against that background that Gouveia laid out, “We have many famers but we don’t have a lot of people who understand the business of farming.Every afternoon I have a plane, a 767 that leaves here with 10 tons of empty belly space that can be taking fresh fruits and vegetables to New York to feed the New York market but our farmers haven’t yet understood the requirements of the phytosanitary systems to meet those U.S. systems.”As such, he alluded to the establishment of a tertiary level school of business and entrepreneurship in Guyana as a bold step forward in addressing the several shortcomings such as policymaking, critical thinking, experimental learning and corporate social responsibility, all of which are objectives of SEBI.
Three men are now in Police custody at Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), after they reportedly attempted to rob a gold miner.According to reports, the incident occurred at around 14:00h on Monday at the businessman’s Mabaruma, Wanaina Hill, North West District home.Guyana Times understands that the three men – one of whom is reported to be a taxi driver – parked some distance away from the businessman’s home where they exited the vehicle.The gunmen then managed to gain entry into the man’s home where they proceeded to terrorise the family in their quest to escape with valuables.The gold dealer’s son reportedly had to be taken to the hospital after he was attacked by one of the men and gun butted in the face.However, the men escaped empty handed after they got wind of someone making contact with the Police.They were all later apprehended by lawmen and are now in custody where they are expected to be charged shortly.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, October 6 – Sergio Aguero justified Roberto Mancini’s decision to haul off Mario Balotelli as the Manchester City striker came on to score the crucial goal in his side’s 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.Argentina star Aguero was introduced by City boss Mancini as a 55th minute replacement for Balotelli, much to the disapproval of the controversial Italian, who took an age to saunter off the field and headed straight down the tunnel, rather than taking his position next to Mancini on the City bench. However, within five minutes, Aguero had scored for City, adding to an early goal from Aleksandar Kolarov, and leaving the outcome of the contest at Eastlands in no doubt.There was still time for James Milner to add a late third goal for City, who won for just the second time in seven games in all competitions and kept their first cleansheet of the season at the 10th attempt.After Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League added to their recent struggles, this was a far more emphatic performance from the Premier League champions.Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar helped their cause in the fifth minute with a terribly-timed, scything challenge on Carlos Tevez that gifted City a free-kick on the corner of the penalty area.Serbian defender Kolarov punished the infringement from the set-piece, curling an unstoppable left-footed free-kick past Simon Mignolet for his third goal in four City games.That was the springboard for an easy afternoon for City.Balotelli shot over from 22 yards before Tevez’s shot was blocked by Mignolet with Pablo Zabaleta’s follow-up save drawing a fine stop from the Sunderland goalkeeper.The best chance of a second goal seemed to come from a high boot by Gardner which caught Balotelli in the face after 24 minutes, presenting Kolarov with another convertable free-kick although, this time, the Serbian saw his effort strike Seb Larsson.Sunderland forced Joe Hart into his first meaningful action in the City goal, after 38 minutes, with the England keeper comfortably stopping a deflected Steven Fletcher shot.The half ended with City again threatening, with Gareth Barry’s 20-yard shot, after good approach play from Milner and David Silva, whistling past the post.Fletcher, the only player to have scored in the league for Sunderland this season, opened the second period with a first-time volley which struck his marker Micah Richards without troubling Hart.And City were quickly back in control as Barry’s pass found Silva whose back heel, in turn, played in Yaya Toure for a thunderous shot which Mignolet did well to parry.The champions maintained the pressure as a Milner cross was met by Richards who, having seen his header blocked, followed up with a goal-bound shot that Sunderland full-back Danny Rose cleared off the line.Balotelli, with his final act before being replaced, slid in but failed to connect with a Kolarov cross and Richards’ powerful header from a Milner corner forced Mignolet into an acrobatic leaping catch.On the hour, however, the newly-arrived Aguero appeared at the near post to meet an accurate Kolarov cross and comfortably applied a lethal finish, forcing the ball in from six yards.It was not until the final minute of the game that City’s complete control was underlined after a foul by Craig Gardner on Kolarov just outside the area.England international Milner took the free-kick, wide on the edge of the penalty box, and drove a strong shot past Mignolet via a deflection off Gardner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The La Liga outfit head into the second leg with a 1-0 first-leg advantage, a result achieved despite Villarreal lacking the financial power of their heavyweight opponents. Speaking ahead of the match, Marcelino claimed that the £30m-plus striker, who was on the bench for the first leg, cost as much as Villarreal’s annual turnover is.“Liverpool as a club have an extraordinary squad of footballers when you consider Benteke cost 50m euros which equates to the whole turnover of Villarreal as a club,” he said.“We come here full of hope, we are going to give everything we have got and we will enjoy ourselves. Our main aim is to be competitive. We feel we have the capabilities we can make it through to the final.”The Spaniard does not believe his side well be over-awed ahead of their trip to Anfield, and that they can be proud regardless of the result.“This group of players needs to be proud of what they have achieved as we are already qualified for the Champions League,” he said.“This is an occasion to be celebrated. In no way whatsoever will we be affected negatively by the atmosphere, if anything we will be affected positively and galvanised by it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Christian Benteke (C) celebrates scoring during an English Premier League football match against Leicester City on December 26, 2015. PHOTO/AFPSPAIN, May 5 – Villarreal manager Marcelino has taken a swipe at Liverpool’s spending power ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final second leg.Villarreal manager Marcelino has taken a swipe at Liverpool ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final second leg, by asserting that Christian Benteke’s transfer fee is the same as Villarreal’s turnover.
Graham Stuart believes Chelsea must replace Romelu Lukaku following his club-record switch to Everton.The Belgian striker has completed a £28million move to Goodison Park, after impressing on loan at the Toffees last season.Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba has returned to west London this summer, while Jose Mourinho has also raided Atletico Madrid for their star forward Diego Costa.But ex-Blues midfielder Stuart insists his former side must dip back into the transfer market for another hitman – despite Mourinho’s claims to the contrary.“Diego Costa is a magnificent signing,” he told the Sports Bar. “There’s no doubt about his qualities and he seems to have settled in nicely. I don’t see him being any problems.“The issue Chelsea have, is that, [following Lukaku’s departure], unless they can get anyone else in, they will be in the same situation they were in last year. Jose Mourinho doesn’t know who to turn to if anything happens to Costa.“If he picks up an injury or suspension, where does he go? Will he look to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba? Let’s be honest about it. At his age, if he’s not playing at regular intervals, it’s not easy to step into a Premier League or Champions League game [and perform].”
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Moore also has launched a program with the state Department of Corrections, which notifies the LAPD when a gang member is released back to the Valley. Police officers talk with the newly released offender about rehabilitation and work programs. “What we are able to do is profile these individuals and follow up with them to see what they are doing,” Moore said. The programs are aimed at quelling a steady increase in gang-related crime. The Los Angeles Police Department says Valley gang crime is 12 percent higher this year than in 2006, when it skyrocketed by 40 percent over the previous year. Moore said there were more aggravated assaults during the first three months of the year but also noted that city record keepers had changed the way they categorize gang crimes. “If you look more closely at some of these crimes, they aren’t really connected to gangs,” Moore said. Seeing progress in efforts to combat gang violence in the San Fernando Valley, a city panel voted Monday to continue a pilot program teaming probation officers with cops. Deputy Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department said he is encouraged by a 30 percent drop in gang crime during the past month in the Valley, and he hopes to reduce the violence even more. “I think that any number above zero is too high, and our intention is to strengthen the tools across the San Fernando Valley to come to terms with gangs,” Moore told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. The pilot program is expected to cost city taxpayers about $250,000 for a full year, with Los Angeles County also kicking in funds. In the program, a probation officer works at each of the Valley’s police stations with uniformed and anti-gang officers. Reaching out to gang members and families, the officers try to avert violence and keep younger siblings from joining gangs. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390 For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!