Priestly still yearns to represent country

first_img GREAT POTENTIAL GOOD PERFORMANCE “My performance was really good throughout. I scored a few goals and had a few assists, and in the final, I had a good performance. It was a great feeling helping them to their first championship,” he said. “Football-wise, I really like the city. I really enjoy the football, the style of play. They are more technical, more touches, and as such, and it really suits my game. I feel at home there. Even before you go on the field you are ready to play because you are playing in a country where the people love football, so your game goes up without you doing anything different just because of the energy. So those things motivate me … if nobody is in the stands, you won’t have any motivation. “Apart from Arnett or Waterhouse, you don’t really get that vibe when you are playing here,” he pointed out. “Any player who used to play overseas and comes back here can tell you it’s a different feeling when you are lacing up your boots,” he insisted. Although the player is currently a free agent, he is constantly in contact with his agent and expects to join a team soon, as he is looking for an even better 2016. “I want the best for myself, so, God’s willing, He will provide something. I will just continue to play hard and play my football. If you are playing good football, you are going to stand out no matter where you are, and that is all I want to do: try and improve in any way possible. That is the aim, to get better for 2016,” he added. “At one point (Winfried) Sch‰fer saw one of my videos and showed some interest, but in terms of a follow-up, I didn’t hear anything. “I have been performing internationally from I was little and in the games that I played, I showed I have the potential to be in the national team. “Now the older me has learned a whole heap more, is smarter and more experienced. It’s just to get the opportunity as I am always looking to play for my country,” the player who turns 31 in April told The Gleaner. Priestly has spent the last five years abroad, plying his trade in Azerbaijan, the United States, Finland and Bangladesh and thinks playing for the national team would also give his family a chance to see him perform in person. “Playing for the country would give me an opportunity to let my family come to my games. That is something I look forward to, but it’s up to them (selectors),” he added. The flamboyant and tricky playmaker, who is commonly called ‘Boogie’ locally, was a crowd favourite since joining Antigua GFC at mid-season in October, and he found the experience of playing in a football-mad country like Guatemala very inspiring and encourages local players to try and break into the international market to gain experience in like environments. Almost a decade after playing the last of his six games for the Reggae Boyz, creative midfielder Akeem Priestly still has the hope, desire and will to represent his country. The former Harbour View player just completed the Guatemala top-flight season with Antigua GFC, playing a starring role in their first-ever championship. The well-travelled player, who made his senior international debut at age 19 against Guatemala, believes he still has something to offer at the international level and thinks he is playing well enough to earn a recall. “I did multiple interviews in Guatemala and they (reporters) asked me why I am not playing for the national team. They watch the team (Jamaica) and say what I show I could definitely make the team. But I tell them it’s beyond my control,” admitted Priestly.last_img read more

Digicel Grand Prix helps smaller schools shine – Riley

first_imgKINGSTON:Head coach of Excelsior High School’s track and field programme, David Riley, says the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships helps schools with smaller athletics programmes to shine.Pointing to his own team which finished third among the girls teams and in the top five among the boys’ teams in the 2016 Grand Prix series, Riley said higher-quality athletes were able to earn valuable points from fewer events, compared to the annual Boys and Girls’ Championships, in which larger teams win by harnessing more points.Excelsior athletes who performed well at Saturday’s Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College were Shanice Love, who won the girls’ Under-20 discus with a record throw of 50.39 metres; Andre Garvey, who was third in the boys’ Under-20 discus; Joel Morgan, who won the boys’ Under-16 long jump; Jonathan Smith, who was third in the Under-20 long jump; and Kaliah Jones, who was second in the girls’ Under-17 high jump.”It’s a great opportunity for the schools to go out there and not use 10,000 people to win a championship. It works for teams like ours that have quality athletes, but can’t score 200 and 300 points to win Champs, but because we have six good athletes [we] can go there and compete against the six athletes that are good for the other schools.”It’s a great opportunity for schools that are small and have good-quality athletes and not have to pad their performance. It great for small teams and great for teams with quality,” he said.Edwin Allen girls and St Jago boys were named Grand Prix champion schools.Riley added that the more sponsors that track and field is able to attract, the better.”The Grand Prix is a positive thing for the sport. The sport is part of an entertainment package that we have not really been exploring a lot, and anything that makes it big is going to help the sport,” he said.last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 84 – Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro William 1.IRAQ 68 – Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hamad 5, Hameed 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Algburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0.Quarters: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comChristian Standhardinger sparked the decisive third quarter blast as Gilas Pilipinas blew out Iraq, 84-68, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Friday at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.The Fil-German big man dropped 12 of his 16 points in the third frame, on top of his seven rebounds, to help the Philippines break away from a tight 32-31 lead at halftime to a commanding 60-39 spread late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Frustrations boil over after Altas’ sorry loss to Knights LATEST STORIES View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaTerrence Romeo, who starred in Gilas’ 96-87 win over China, also fired 17 markers, 11 coming in the third frame where Gilas outscored the Iraqis, 28-9. He also had four assists and two boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Carl Bryan Cruz also went on a perfect 3-of-3 clip from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points and two rebounds, Roger Pogoy added nine markers and two boards, and Gabe Norwood had eight points and seven rebounds in the decisive victory.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid  Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her At 2-0, Gilas has now earned the top seed in Group B and can formalize its automatic quarterfinals berth with a win against Qatar on Sunday.The Philippines bucked a poor start, where Iraq imposed its size advantage to gain control of the first half, before solving the puzzle after the break and pulling away to a lead as high as 23, 64-41, courtesy of a Raymond Almazan dunk with 8:35 remaining.READ: PROFILES: Gilas Pilipinas Final 12 for Fiba Asia Cup 2017 For the second straight game, Gilas also continued to catch fire from beyond the arc, shooting 12-of-29 from three to negate the Iraqis’ presence down low.Naturalized import Kevin Galloway was stifled in the second half as he topped Iraq with 23 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ramjattan contradicts Granger

first_imgGECOM chairmanship – says past appointments constitutional Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is adamant that the previous appointments of Chairmen of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were very much constitutional, a position that was previously rejected by President David Granger.President David GrangerRamjattan, addressing Journalists at his party’s first bi-weekly press conference for 2017, was taking a dab at the current fiasco between Government and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the nomination of a new chairman for the elections body. While the party said it supports the position the Head of State has taken on the matter, Ramjattan when questioned said previous appointments of Chairmen were within the confines of the Constitution.Appointment constitutional“Those were very much constitutional and if I might tell you this, it was very fortuitous or fortunate that the then President and Opposition Leader managed to find favour with a name in the first list.”He said, however, that while it was fortunate in the past that both the serving President and the Opposition Leader were in agreement with the list provided , it does not mean President Granger has to accept one of the names from the first six provided.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPresident Granger last Wednesday said that he was moving to put an end to the breach of the Constitution, which saw persons without the qualifications of a Judge being appointed to the position of GECOM Chair. He said regardless of what obtained in the past, as current President of Guyana, it is his responsibility to ensure that the provisions of the Constitution will be followed.BreachesHe was at the time responding to Guyana Times when asked about his acceptance of a nomination for the GECOM chairmanship in 2000 by then Opposition Leader Hugh Desmond Hoyte without having the necessary qualifications of a Judge as required under the Constitution.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“My understanding is that at all material times, a member of the legal profession or several members of the legal profession were on the list, but my acceptance of the nomination or my name being on the list does not necessarily mean that I must accept the six names which are submitted. So it doesn’t follow the law of what you would call the ‘non-sequitur’ (a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement). The point is, even if the Constitution had been breached or if a nomination had been made in breach of the Constitution 10 or 20 years ago, there is no need to repeat it. That is not a precedent, I don’t accept that. I’m accepting now, as President, that the Constitution provisions must be applied,” the President stated.“This is a constitutional matter and I’ve cited the Constitution to (Jagdeo). I’m not playing politics, I’m serious about the appointment of Chairman of GECOM and the Constitution is very clear. Mr Jagdeo did write to me and he asked for some clarification,” the Head of State said.He added, “Well, as I said it has now gone into the legal zone and we are going to ensure that he gets the legal clarification that he needs, but in terms of names, I’m not in the business of naming names at this stage. I’m in the business of satisfying the constitutional requirement for the appointment so that is as much as I can say at this stage. The law will prevail and we will continue to engage the Leader of the Opposition as required under the Constitution. So I’ve not disengaged (him), I’ve examined his letter and a response will be sent.”In response to the President’s rejection of his first list of nominees and his consequent request for a second one, Jagdeo, last Tuesday, wrote the Head of State requesting an urgent meeting, while asking that he elucidate his interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana, which deals with the requirements of the nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader.The six nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader in December last year were retired Major General Norman McLean; Attorney and Political Analyst, Christopher Ram; former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo; Peace and Governance Consultant, Lawrence Lachmansingh; businesswoman, Rhyaan Shah; and Professor James Rose, none of whom President Granger noted has the qualifications of a Judge as required by the law.The Head of State had outlined that the Constitution requires only persons who are Judges, qualified to be Judges, or former Judges of either a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court.However, Jagdeo pointed out that his interpretation of the Constitution is that the requirements go beyond the qualifications of a Judge.Playing politicsJagdeo meanwhile believes that President David Granger is playing politics with the matter and therefore announced his intention to have the issue resolved at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). He said if both parties were unable to resolve their differences regarding the interpretation of the Constitution, he will propose that both the Opposition and the Government approach the CCJ together seeking a resolution.If Government is unwilling to take this route, then he is prepared to take the matter to the CCJ alone, he said.last_img read more

Sharpeville students receive Brand South Africa bursaries

first_imgTwo students from the Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville, Soweto, were awarded bursaries from Brand South Africa to further their studies in marketing and communication at the North West University.Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache, were among the Class of 2013’s top performers at Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in SharpvilleThe students, Thandeka Dlamini and Palesa Mphache, were among the Class of 2013’s top performers at the school.The students received the bursaries at the school on 17 January as part of Brand South Africa’s drive to give back to the community of Sharpeville, recognising the pivotal role of students in the area in changing how the international community viewed apartheid and its proponents.School pupils in Sharpeville, in 1960, protested the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools; during the protests apartheid police forces opened fire with live ammunition on the children, prompting condemnation and worldwide protest. This year, 54 years after the massacre, South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy.SUPPORTING STUDENT’S EDUCATIONBrand South Africa chief executive officer, Miller Matola, said the organisation is “delighted to play its part in supporting the further education of two students who have played their part to qualify for further education opportunities.“We congratulate them on their outstanding matric results and wish them well as they enter another phase of their lives – tertiary education”.The Brand South Africa Play Your Part campaign encourages South Africans, including those in civil society, government, business, and non-governmental organisations, to contribute actively and positively to developing their communities.Brand SA CEO Miller Matola says education is important to allow South Africans to come up with innovations and technologies allowing the country to prosperMatola says education is important to allow South Africans to come up with innovations and technologies allowing the country to prosper. He believes that South Africa is one of the best countries in the world because of all it can offer.“We look forward to their contribution to our country and its development once they have completed their studies. We urge the Class of 2014 to remain committed to preparing for their final examinations at the end of the year so that they too can access further education and training opportunities,” he said.Eric Xayiya, member of the executive council for economic development in Gauteng, present at the event, said Lekoa Shandu Secondary students were selected for the bursary because of the school’s rich history as one of the oldest schools in the country.Collins Chabane, minister for performance monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency, selected the school to receive the bursaries on Mandela Day in 2013. The Brand South Africa bursaries offer an incentive for students to rise above their circumstances and perform well in their final school exams.last_img read more

11 Must-Read Video Production Articles (June 2016)

first_imgHere are the top news articles, rumors, and announcements from the world of video production for you to enjoy at your leisure while soaking up some summer rays.Top image via Blackmagic DesignSummer is heating up, which usually means video production news is cooling down. However, fresh on the heels of (an albeit disappointing) NAB and with some exciting announcements from Canon, Blackmagic and DJI, June has had its fair share of exciting news bits already.So, before you trade in your cameras and lights for beer koozies and swim trunks, check out these must-read articles for June.1. Major Camera Rumors from CanonCanon Rumors reports that a new Canon 5D Mark IV is currently being tested by photographers in the field ahead of an August or September announcement. There have also been whispers of an all new Canon C700 to compete with the ARRI AMIRA, along with a new Canon EF 1000mm f/5.6 IS DO lens. Stay tuned on this one. Read about the rumored Canon camera specs here.2. Werner Herzog to Teach Online Filmmaking Class This SummerIndieWire writes about Werner Herzog‘s new online film school launching this summer through Master Class. The online program features twenty video lessons and over five full hours of learning documentary and narrative feature filmmaking from the eccentric master.3. Frame.io for IOSFrame.io, the collaborative video sharing and review platform, has jumped into your phone, now allowing you to upload, review and share with collaborators from anywhere, anytime. The app, available in the App Store, utilizes some of the nifty iPhone perks like TouchID and 3D touch for Peek and Pop support.4. Blackmagic Design Releases URSA Mini 4.6K Test FootageOriginally set to be released last year, the new URSA Mini 4.6k has been delayed to get it up to functioning at full capacity. Well, looks like those issues have been fixed and Blackmagic is shipping the URSA Mini 4.6k pre-orders. Watch the test footage here.5. 5 Tips for Picking the Right Trailer MusicRed Shark News Staff puts together a helpful list of five tips to use when picking music for your film trailer. #4 is our favorite, but they’re all good! Give it a read over at Red Shark News.6. GoPro Needs a HeroSean O’Kane delves deep for The Verge in an interview with GoPro CEO Nick Woodman about the company’s less than spectacular 2015 and raising expectations for a new focus on software and editing. With recent layoffs of 7 percent of the GoPro team, the profile piece couldn’t be more timely.7. Tips for Working With LogosCaleb Ward breaks down some basic tips and tricks for working with logos when editing your next corporate video. Removing backgrounds, converting to vector art, and some simple animation tricks will help give your video that next-level shine. Try it out on The Blast at RocketStock.com.8. DJI and Film Riot Launch an Online Film SchoolDJI and Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly have decided to join forces to help you make more kick-butt films. The mini-sessions show you all the practical behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the completion of an original short film shown at the beginning of the class. As with all their teachings, you’ll enjoy the ride. Watch the first three episodes.9. Cannes 2016: What Cameras Were Used to Shoot This Year’s FilmsCurious to know what some of the best up-and-coming films were shot on at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? You’re in luck. IndieWire reached out to all the directors and DPs to find out and compile a neat little article.10. The Difference Between Color Correction and Color GradingTo some, the terms “color correction” and “color grading” are one and the same. To others, they are distinctively different parts of the coloring process. Shutterstock’s Footage Blog breaks down the definitions more thoroughly.11. Sadly, This Happened Hope those were as informational and enjoyable to read as they were for us to compile. Look out for an updated list next month and keep shooting!Have any other articles you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

CBI wants Kalmadi, Bhanot to quit CWG OC

first_imgFile photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started cracking on the 2G spectrum allocation scam suspects, it has been finding it difficult to make headway in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) contracts scam. Sources told Headlines Today that the agency wants CWG organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi and its second-in-command Lalit Bhanot be moved out of the body as they were allegedly obstructing the investigation. The CBI has complained to the Union cabinet secretary that Kalmadi and Bhanot continuing at their posts in the OC was proving to be a hindrance to the probe. Sources said CBI wants the two moved out of the OC as soon as possible and a formal request in this regard has already been sent by CBI Director A.P. Singh to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar. But Kalmadi’s removal might not be that easy as the OC is registered as a society in 2005. All decisions of the society are taken by the members of the society. Soon after the Games, the government had asked the sports ministry to decide on the OC’s term.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal rout

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pulled up Fabinho after their thrashing of Arsenal.After the 5-1 win, Klopp admits he wanted better from the Brazil midfielder.Klopp said: “Fabinho hit two very average passes and he was shaky in the next couple of moments. That can happen – it’s all part of the process.”Football is a game full of mistakes and it’s how you deal with it. “Then we could bring Jordan Henderson on and he was so fresh. Arsenal didn’t have a lot of chances but that allowed us to close all the space in midfield.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sir Richard Branson Talks About The Importance Of The Elders

first_imgSir Richard Branson has revealed that one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is helping to establish The Elders.“When I think about the things I am most proud of, working with Virgin Unite, Peter Gabriel and Nelson Mandela to incubate The Elders is right up there,” he blogged. “This astonishing group of independent global leaders is going from strength to strength, working together for peace and human rights.“While I was in Davos, The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan, spoke out an all manner of issues, ranging from the need for greater leadership and cooperation to dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis to resolving the Syrian civil war and tackling the Islamic State.“Members of The Elders have been in charge of countries, from the US to the Republic of Ireland, Brazil to Norway, Mexico to Finland. In Kofi Annan, they are led by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Kofi, Martti Ahtisaari and President Carter have all been named Nobel Peace Laureates. They have all witnessed history on the frontlines, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to Haiti.“The Elders operate where there is war and abject poverty – but also hope. Where yesterday’s enemies sign today’s peace treaties. Where innovation transforms millions of people’s lives.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

Minerva train but miss prematch meet AIFF calls it blatant disregard

first_imgBhubaneswar: Barely hours before the tournament’s scheduled kick-off, the Super Cup was shrouded in uncertainty with Minerva Punjab FC giving the customary pre-match conference and meeting a miss, prompting the All India Football Federation to label it as “blatant disregard”. A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of the tournament after eight I-League clubs Tuesday pulled out citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). “While representatives from three clubs — FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and Indian Arrows — were present on both occasions, Minerva Punjab FC did not attend either despite being present in Bhubaneswar,” the AIFF said in a statement. “This is extremely disappointing, and a blatant disregard for the federation,” the apex body added. As per the schedule, former I-League champions Minerva Punjab are slated to play Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City on Friday, the opening day of the qualifiers. In case Minerva Punjab stick to their decision to withdraw, the AIFF said the “rules and regulations of the tournament will be invoked”, and the matter forwarded to the relevant authority for further action and decision. The Super Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, with the qualifiers starting from March 15. The final is slated for April 13. Minerva, along with seven other teams, had Tuesday pointed out that the I-League clubs are being neglected in all aspects by the country’s football federation. The clubs said it had written a letter to the AIFF in February regarding multiple concerns such as the future of the league but they are “yet to hear back” from the federation. Minerva also highlighted how the AIFF has “not provided any financial assistance to the participating teams” despite having a title sponsor for the event. With no AFC competitions also on offer, the club felt the competition lacked any incentive for the teams.last_img read more