MLS pioneer Butler to be honoured by Earthquakes

first_imgNational Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and  Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.last_img read more

NaFAA Exec. Director Lauds Chinese Government

first_imgNaFAA staff with their instructors in China for Mariculture training— As 25 NaFAA staff return from training in ChinaThe director general of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has commended the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for remaining committed to its pledge of bridging capacity gaps by ensuring the man power development of Liberians under the Coalition for Democratic Change government, led by President George Weah.NaFAA Director-General, Madam Emma Metieh Glassco, who spoke on Monday, shortly after the arrival of the 25 NaFAA staffs from People’s Republic of China (PRC) following a month of training course in Mariculture, termed the training as timely.Madam Glassco added, “China is a friend at the right time.”Mrs. Glassco noted that said training of the 25 NaFAA Staffs has created a window of opportunities, as those trained are now capable to train other Liberians into basic fisheries skills, particularly mariculture.While rating their experiences, some of the 25 NaFAA’s staffs, narrated that the mariculture training was intensive and rewarding, and afforded them an opportunity to interact with world class fisheries professors and experts.The spokesperson of the 25 NaFAA staffs, Tete Babyte Doe, said the trip to China was an eye opener in the field of mariculture and, as such, they have gathered information that would be used to adequately enhance development in the Liberian Fisheries sector.The head of the NaFAA delegation to China, commended the Chinese Government for the opportunity, but also lauded the Liberian government, through NaFAA, for affording them the opportunity to gain knowledge in mariculture.It can be recalled in July 2019, 25 NaFAA Staffs departed Liberia for a month-long training in China as part of efforts of the CDC led-government towards achieving the Human resource development component of the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, a statement from the NaFAA said.The training beneficiaries include fisheries managers, technicians, enterprise supervisors as well as other professionals engaged in varying activities within the Fisheries sector of Liberia.The training was aimed at enhancing participants’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills in mariculture, strengthening the friendly exchanges between China and Liberia, and expanding cooperation between the two nations in the marine fishery.The training took place at the Fujian Institute of Oceanography (FJIO), located in Xiamen city – a special economic zone lying in the southeastern coast of China. Fujian Institute of Oceanography is a full-funding public institution affiliated to Fujian Provincial Department of Science & Technology, as well as a non-profit comprehensive maritime research and development institution.The training course focused on the culture technology for “Fish, Shrimps, Shellfish and Crabs”, which was conducted through lectures, teaching practice, field trips and so on.The Lecturers were Scholars and Experts from universities and scientific research institutions such as Fujian Institute of Oceanography, Xiamen University, Fisheries Research Institute of Fujian, Guangdong Hisenor Group Co., Ltd. of Guangdong Haid Group, Xiamen Kehuan Marine Biotechnology Co., Ltd.The head of the NaFAA delegation made presentations on basic national conditions, administrative organs and managerial methods of governmental maritime sectors; fundamental profile of sea areas and marine fishery resources.Other areas were, Fishery production, marine fishing, mariculture, fisheries infrastructure construction, trade and processing of aquatic products, Marine economic development planning and strategy, Marine related policies, laws and regulations, International cooperation, main cooperative countries, present cooperation ways and management modes in marine related industries.Those who made the trip to China for the month long training were John Pekey Glayflor Jr., Human Resource Officer; Tete Babyte Doe, Associate Fixed Assets Director; Patience Wilson Kennedy, Customer Service Officer; Zubah Kollie Yennego, Procurement Assistant; Anthony F. Williams, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer; Yarkpawolo Kpasaquio Johnson, Manager, Aquaculture Extension; and Oscar Dargbah Daryoue Aquaculture Extension Officer.Others were John S. Morley, Fisheries Observer; Fred B. Wright, Aquaculture Technician; Glanedea Nancy Kolleh, Data Field Coordinator; Rachel Leela Suah, Enumerator; Zoe Yarwhere, Executive Secretary, Director General’s Office; Emmanuel Tony Hallawangar, Receptionist; and Tony Bright Cole Jr., Office Assistant.The rest included Richard Nelson Kargbo, Fisheries Officer; George Adtudu Armah, Technical Officer; as well as Alice Bropleh Weah, Deborah Tarmen Armah, Annette M. Johnson, Abraham M. Johnson and Monibah Leo Keymah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

China ready to aid Guyana’s infrastructural development

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchu said his country stands ready to aid the infrastructural development of Guyana in light of the expected oil and gas boom, adding that in order for a country to develop, the necessary infrastructure needs to be put in place.Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui JianchuThe Ambassador made the statement while delivering the Vice Chancellor’s Seventh Renaissance Lecture on Monday at the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus. He told the gathering of students, lecturers and members of civil society that the Chinese businesses are willing to invest in Guyana’s development and that the Private Sector should play a much more integral role in the country’s development.He added too that Guyana is on China’s list for aid and as part of his Government’s strategy of extending diplomatic relations, the idea of President David Granger’s dream of realising a paved highway from Linden to Lethem would be realised.“In China we have a thing that if you want to get rich then you have to build your road. There is the opportunity in Guyana for China and Guyana because we not only have the experience, we have the human power and we think the two countries can work together,” he noted.“The President told me how can we build the road from Lethem to Linden and I told my colleagues we have to spend time to go there and to drive there. We think that if we develop Guyana, we know you have gas and oil by 2020 but we think we could have the opportunity to invest more resources in infrastructure and I think that is a good move,” the diplomat added.He further stated that he is committed to working with the Guyanese businesses and Government to realise the infrastructure potentials, making specific reference to the current expansion project at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) being executed by China Harbour Engineering.“I am ready to work with the Guyanese business people, the Government to make the infrastructure. To try to make the infrastructure first eye, the vision into action and to make reality. The Cheddi Jagan Airport is done by Chinese Harbour and it is expected to be finished by year end and it is really important step. We also want to see how can we have deep harbour, how can we have the highway because in China we have suffered a lot… without infrastructure we cannot support development in the country,” Jianchung related.He added that they are aggressively working with the Government to implement the “Jainchung Initiative” or the 5 IT strategy that focuses on: Infrastructure, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Investment, Industry and Integration in addition to Talks, Talent, Technology, Trade and Tourism. He said the initiative is consistent with Guyana’s green agenda as well as its overall development policy and it can form the basis for increased investment and trade between Guyana and China.“Integration – this is one of the hardest for us because not a lot of Chinese know about Guyana and those here are recognised as one of the nations. We have them in every field and we are working to have them integrated in the Guyanese society,” he highlighted.The ambassador said as a part of facilitating development in developing nations, the Chinese Government started the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBORI) or simply called the Silk Road Economic Belt. The OBORI aims to connect the disparate regions in China’s near and distant neighbourhood through a massive programme of infrastructure building and is expected to cost some $100 trillion with over four per cent of that amount already being invested.last_img read more

Technician injured in Uitvlugt bar shootout

first_imgBullets began to rain inside of the Colombian Gold Night Club at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, at about 01:00h on Wednesday, after four young men robbed and stabbed two businessmen and made good their escape with a licensed firearm belonging to one of the businessmen.Police said a 47-year-old technician was stabbed to his left hand and thigh and relieved of cash and his cellular phone, along with his licensed firearm. They added that one of the suspects may have been shot during the ordeal and they are making every effort to apprehend them.A bullet at the scenePolice investigations revealed that the victim was in the company of a friend outside of the bar imbibing when the suspects suddenly pounced and demanded cash, at the same time striking him with a bottle which broke and stabbed him with same. The victim then whipped out his firearm and discharged several rounds at the bandits, who managed to disarm and relieve him of his weapon and valuables before escaping.Club owner, Varsha “Shorty” Dhanpaul, said the four men entered her business place while the two businessmen were sharing a drink. She added that they ordered three beers and some cigarettes and left.“Four boys come into the club and they asked for three beers with $500 and the waitress tell them that three beers is not for $500 that they can get two. The girl gave them the two beers and then they come back and said that they want a $100 cigarette and she gave them two cigarettes. Then they asked where is “Shorty” and she said that they can’t wake the boss lady and then they say go wake she up and they go outside and then they push open the door and they start fire shots at the two men,” she related.Dhanpaul said that after the quartet opened fire on the two men, the waitress ran for cover. The bullets hit both men in their legs and shoulder and they were subsequently stabbed with a broken bottle.last_img read more

Santa Clarita getting 2 new fire stations

first_imgA report given to the Santa Clarita City Council last year said population growth in the valley was outpacing the construction of new fire stations. After the report, officials created a joint city and Fire Department task force to address the problem. Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin, who sits on the task force, said the city’s involvement sped up the construction of the two fire stations. “Working together jointly on this issue has certainly benefited the construction and future construction of fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley,” he said. The ongoing construction of Fire Station 132 at 29310 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country, the one that is opening May 1, is being managed by the city. The county will build the other fire station at 24525 Copper Hill Drive in Saugus. Two development companies have helped provide the space for the two temporary fire stations, Dyer said. The county also receives fees from developers to defray the cost of building fire stations. At the temporary stations, firefighters are housed in double-wide mobile homes and the fire engine is housed in a metal building. By 2010, permanent stations should be built to replace the two temporary ones, and an additional four stations will be built by then, Dyer said. (661) 257-5253 SANTA CLARITA – The Fire Department is building two new temporary fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley to serve the area’s growing population. The valley now has 10 Los Angeles County fire stations and a regular staff of 53 firefighters. The two fire stations the county is building will each have four firefighters per shift, augmenting the number of firefighters in an area that has demanded quicker response times. One of the stations is expected to open May 1. The other station, which the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to build, should open on June 1. “It will improve response times to the area and also improve what we call the weight of the attack,” said Michael Dyer, chief deputy of business operations for the county Fire Department. “There will be more fire engines out there to respond to a big, large incident.” last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP actively investigating drug-laced cookies in elementary school

first_img“The investigation is in its early stages and the Dawson Creek RCMP are working in partnership with School District #59 and the Ministry for Children and Family Development in order to conduct a full and thorough investigation to determine if any criminality exists,” Cpl. Dave Tyreman said in a written statement.Superintendent of School District 59 Leslie Lambie released a statement earlier in the week confirming such allegations, and went on to validate the district’s continued implementation of programs educating students on the dangers of drug use and the risks of sharing food, asserting “student safety to be its highest priority.”“Any parents who may have noticed anything strange or unusual with their child or even sought medical attention are encouraged to call police,” Cpl. Tyreman concludes.- Advertisement -The Dawson Creek RCMP detachment can be reached at 250 784 3700.last_img read more


first_imgThe 41st Topaz Donegal International Rally kicks off today and there is a huge buzz across the county.It is expected that 70,000 people will come into the county and generate a whopping €25 million for the local economy.The three day event shows no signs of slowing down with both the number of visitors and participants remaining steady. Chairman of the Donegal International Rally, Damian Crawford, said the rally is as popular as ever.“We are the only three day rally event in Ireland and I’m delighted to be able to say it is as strong as ever.“We may be suffering economically but the rally is certainly showing no signs of letting up.“All the bed and breakfasts are sold out and the number of drivers taking part is also holding steady. “We’re looking forward to a great weekend with a huge emphasis on safety,” he said.A total of 141 cars will take part in the main rally while a further 20 cars will compete in the historic section and a further 15 in the junior category.Eamon Magee, who is the clerk of the course for the first time, admits he is a little bit nervous.“There’s a huge amount of planning has to go into the event and I am seeing that first hand now.“Without the hard work of so many people it simply could not go ahead,” he said. One famous rally name will not be behind the wheel this weekend but rather in front of the camera!Driver Toni Kelly is not competing but she will certainly be in the thick of the action as presenter for UTV’s RPM rally programme.“I am really looking forward to it. It will be different but I’ll still be in the middle of all the action.“I am hoping for a great rally and I’m looking forward to some great driving. “Most of all however I am hoping for a safe rally and I would encourage everyone to take things easy following the rally and to listen to the marshals,” she said.RALLY SET TO KEEP DONEGAL’S LOCAL ECONOMY ON THE RIGHT ROAD! was last modified: June 15th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_img42 nd ANNUAL AREA PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHALLENGEVenue:         Finn Valley A.C., Stranorlar, Co. Donegal Date:                        30th May 2012Time:           11.00am sharp Program of Events:  Born 200560mBorn 200460m, 100mBorn 200380m, 300m Long Jump, High Jump Born 200280m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see a)Born 2001100m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot put, Ball Throw for distanceBorn 2000100m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see b)Ball Throw for distanceBorn 1999/2000ShotBorn 1999100m, 800m Rules: Entry fee is £2.50-€3.00 payable in advance or on arrival, each child will receive mementoChildren may compete in two events only plus relay: Schools please noteChildren to compete in their own age category, the exception being relay where the sections are:born 2002 and 2003born 2000 and 2001Schools are limited to 2 children in each high jump, long jump, shot and ball throw.Please note spikes if worn to be 5mmThis event continues to be developing with 96 schools participating during 2012.Qualifying regional trails where appropriate will take place during April/May.  It is desirable to have a local area qualifying final.   Areas which had a qualifying competition last year, were FinnValley (2 days) North West, Rosses, Buncrana, Killybegs South West.Two athletes per event qualifying for the county finals along with one relay each regional event.  Schools in other areas may wish to organise a qualifying competition amongst themselves on a mutually agreed day.  Schools unable to organise locally may still compete at County final with one athlete per event plus relay team per age group.Principals please note the former as numbers have forced: it is therefore desirable to have a local area event if at all possible.Awards- medals top 3, certificates for all children N.B. where areas do not hold qualifying events I will on this occasion hold firm on the above namely one athlete per event per school in jumps and throws.  You can understand this as there are time and safety limitations on the day.The normal format is that I will organise the relays based on school size (this proved very popular in more recent years ):         small school —-1 to 100 pupils, medium size —-1 to 200, large schools— 200 plus Further Details from Patsy McGonagle at 087  222 6112Email: Patsymcgonagle@hotmail.comDETAILS RELEASES FOR THE 42ND DONEGAL ANNUAL SCHOOLS ATHLETICS FINALS was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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


first_imgA superb collection of Olympic Games posters and related memorabilia, from 1900 right up to this year’s London Olympics has juts gone on display at the County Museum in Letterkenny.This exhibition draws on Paul Foley’s Olympic poster and memorabilia collection.It is a diverse collection of images includes official posters for the football tournament held in the summer games. The posters broad popular appeal and ability to relay messages through eye-catching and memorable imagery means that many of them are now prized souvenirs or collectable works of art and design.From 1896 to 2012, various different cities have hosted the Summer Olympiads (three were missed due to war).Each host city has created its own unique promotional poster, the design of which often reflected the prevailing cultural and artistic tone of the period.Throughout the history of the games, Olympic posters have provided a unique visual record evoking everything from time, geography and style. They are considered one of the major ways to spread information on the Olympic movement and convey the Olympic spirit. Olympic posters are not only a piece of art but every poster has a story to tell, it is not only a memento of the Olympic Games but it celebrates physical and sporting achievement and offers inspiration to the athletes of tomorrow.Football has been included in every Olympiad except the first games in 1896 and 1932, as a men’s competition sport. While football tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games, these were contested by various clubs. The games of 1908 were the first international tournament.“I think people who visit this exhibition will be inspired. Even people who are not normally interested in sport will enjoy visiting the exhibition because the posters and memorabilia are snapshots in time – a visual record of sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture,” said Caroline Carr, Assistant Curator at Donegal County MuseumAdmission is free and all are welcome. SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES CAPTURED IN UNIQUE DONEGAL EXHIBITION was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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:Donegal County MuseumOlympic Games exhibitionlast_img read more

Pearse Doherty TD rejects calls for direct rule in Stormont

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has today reiterated Sinn Fein’s stance on direct rule in Northern Ireland. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said that there can be no return to Direct Rule in the aftermath of the DUP’s decision yesterday to collapse the talks process in the north.DUP leader Arlene Foster said talks collapsed due to ‘serious and significant gaps’ between the DUP and Sinn Fein, particuarly on the issue of the Irish Language Act. Deputy Doherty has today called on the Irish Government to make clear that they are in opposition to Stormont coming under direct rule.Deputy Doherty said: “The issues involved are not going away. Sinn Féin know that, the Irish government know that, the British government know that and the DUP know that.“These issues don’t threaten anybody. They are issues of rights. Rights for all do not mean less rights for some. I would urge the DUP to reflect on their position.“I want to acknowledge the Tánaiste’s contribution in trying to make this work. He has been involved and engaged. “Sinn Féin want the institutions up and running, and public services and rights being delivered for all. Sinn Féin are crystal clear on what happens next – Direct Rule is not an option.“The Taoiseach said in December that the Irish government ‘won’t be supporting direct rule’ and in September the Tánaiste said there ‘can be no British-only direct rule’. They need to make that position clear to the British government”.Pearse Doherty TD rejects calls for direct rule in Stormont was last modified: February 15th, 2018 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:direct ruleDUPPearse Doherty TDSinn FeinStormontlast_img read more