Boyz taking a hit with MLS salaries

first_imgOn the field, Jamaica was better than the United States (US) during Gold Cup 2015. At the bank, however, US internationals are cashing in more than Reggae Boyz in North America’s top professional football competition.According to figures released recently by the union representing players in Major League Soccer (MLS), Jamaicans generally make far less than their American counterparts, which has left some Boyz claiming lack of respect.The disparity was glaring in the Gold Cup semi-final clash. According to MLS Players Union, the 2015 total guaranteed compensation for the five Americans who play in MLS, and who started against Jamaica, was US$12.3 million, averaging US$2.4 million per player. Captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey are guaranteed US$6.5 million and US$4.6 million, respectively. The lowest compensation will go to Gyasi Zardes, with US$223,000.Meanwhile, four Boyz who started against the US are guaranteed a combined US$787,658.33 in MLS compensation this year, an average of US$196,914.58 each.Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes, goalscorers in the historic 2-1 win, are Jamaica’s projected top earners, with US$272,000 and US$275,658.33, respectively.Midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas will get at least US$180,000, while fullback Kemar Lawrence of New York Red Bulls, arguably the tournament’s best defender, is guaranteed US$60,000, close to MLS minimum.Combined, 20 Jamaica representatives scattered across MLS will make some US$2.4 million in guaranteed compensation in 2015. Half will make less than US$100,000 and nine will earn below US$80,000.Current Jamaican players in MLS interviewed for this story requested anonymity, fearing backlash from their clubs. None suggested American players didn’t deserve their compensation, but some believe the Boyz are being overlooked.”(MLS clubs) do not respect Jamaicans at all,” declared one veteran. “They think Jamaicans are not used to money, so they can offer any kind of money and we’ll take it.”Boyz also claim MLS players from North America who make near-minimum are often inferior to Jamaicans making a similar amount.”Other players from Canada and US get low wages, but they are not the same quality as Jamaicans,” said a Reggae Boy.Jamaicans have a proven record of significant MLS contribution, with several being key members of championship-winning teams. Yet top salaries have not followed club success.”For the players coming from the smaller countries, like in the Caribbean, it’s gonna be difficult because … they’re not seen as being world-class players yet,” explained ex-Jamaica international, Tyrone Marshall, who won multiple MLS titles and is currently an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake.Meanwhile, MLS clubs spend heavily on big names, limiting what they can offer unheralded talent, including Jamaicans.”The MLS makes one mistake,” said Winfried Sch‰fer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior national team during the Gold Cup. “They take too many older players and pay them too much money. That is a problem for the development of the players. A big problem.”Brazilian Kaka is guaranteed most compensation in MLS this season – US$7.2 million. Ex-England internationals Steven Gerrard (US$6.3 million) and Frank Lampard (US$6 million), plus Spain’s David Villa (US$5.6 million), also rake in big bucks.Agents have been blamed for some disparity in compensation. Jamaican players believe they are occasionally caught in conflicts of interest.”Representation is a problem,” said a former Jamaican MLS All-Star. “… You’re never sure what’s going on behind closed doors.Jamaicans are, therefore, starting to take keener interest in their contract negotiations.”You have to put your foot down,” one player said.But Jamaican Damani Ralph, a former MLS player and current agent for several Boyz, doesn’t believe Jamaicans in MLS are unfairly targeted with lower compensation.Players’ value, he explained, is tied to several elements, including quality, experience, and exposure. Jamaicans, especially those coming directly out of US colleges or the local Premier League, are viewed as unknown quantities.”There is a structure,” explained Ralph last month. “… People don’t know what they will get out of (the players) at the beginning.”In national striker Deshorn Brown, however, MLS quickly found out. Brown scored 10 goals for Colorado Rapids in each of his first two MLS seasons after US college. This season, Brown plays in Europe after being guaranteed US$123,000 in 2014, according to the union. Ralph, Brown’s agent, denied money was the reason the player left MLS.”The aim was that Deshorn wanted to move to Europe,” he said.Colorado then signed Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, a former English Premier League (EPL) player. He is guaranteed US$1.2 million in 2015. Doyle had scored two goals in 12 appearances through August 16.Lawrence, sources said, was brought to New York as a backup to a player earning more than three times his compensation. He won the starting job, but ‘Taxi’s’ money metre is stuck on low.”He has outperformed his contract,” said Ralph, who represents Lawrence, “but it’s a contract and he has to honour it.”Former US international Cory Gibbs, an agent with Wasserman Media Group (WMG), which represents some of the biggest names in MLS, including Jamaicans Barnes and Mattocks, doesn’t believe Boyz are being deliberately underpaid either. Gibbs said players like Bradley and Dempsey earned big MLS paydays because of their accomplishments in top leagues and World Cup.”US players have proven themselves at the highest level,” said Gibbs. “… No disrespect, but they’ve built their names.”Slow development of professional football in Jamaica, some Boyz argue, has prevented them from doing the same, leaving little leverage to demand higher pay overseas, despite their talent.”(MLS clubs) like to say we need to establish ourselves,” said a player. “But still, they’d prefer to give big money to players who haven’t produced.”Meanwhile, Jamaican talent is being embraced by MLS. The current batch is possibly the largest ever listed on team rosters for a single season. Five Boyz were selected in the first round of the last two MLS SuperDrafts.But stigma remains. The decision by Alvas Powell (guaranteed US$68,700 in 2015 at Portland Timbers) to leave the national team during the Gold Cup is potentially one.”They (clubs) can say that they can’t invest heavily in players like Jamaicans because they don’t know when they will flip out and walk out,” a former MLS player said.Compensation fortunes for Jamaicans in MLS, however, could soon turn dramatically, following strong performances at Copa AmÈrica and Gold Cup.”The Jamaican player with athleticism, composure, discipline, there’s definitely an upside,” said Gibbs. “… Definitely there’s an upswing (in interest).”Options are opening outside MLS, too. Lawrence, for example, has attracted interest from clubs in top European leagues”If players have quality, they don’t have to play in MLS,” said Ralph, recalling his own decision to move to Russia years ago.Leagues like in Vietnam, for example, offer promising packages. Lower profiled Jamaican players in the “V League” have reportedly earned more than US$100,000 a season – after deductions. Ralph admitted Jamaicans’ MLS value could improve.”Market value of the Jamaican players is not what it needs to be,” he said.Barnes, whose club contract ends after this season, could be an early indicator if change is coming. Unconfirmed sources claim the striker is seeking more than $1 million next season.Barnes declined to discuss the issue during Gold Cup.Late last month, Gibbs didn’t confirm or deny that figure but declared the striker “put himself in a good situation” with recent international performances.So did other Boyz. If MLS doesn’t pay, someone else just may.”There are options out there; options that would surprise people,” said Jamaican agent, Baron ‘Mosiah’ Marshall, who has represented several Boyz in Vietnam and listed China, India, Thailand, and Malaysia among possibilities.”Everything,” Gibbs said, “is about supply and demand.”last_img read more

Albania qualify for Euros at last!

first_img Serbia played the final minutes with nine men as captain Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off with a second yellow card in the 80th, and Nemanja Matic received a straight red in the 81st. In Group D, Germany needed a penalty from Thomas Mueller (50th) and a late goal from substitute Max Kruse (79th) to overcome Georgia, whose captain, Jaba Kankava, had equalised at the 53rd minute, while Poland had captain Robert Lewandowski to thank for the winner against Ireland. Kruse scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Germany to finish top of the group, one point above Poland. Lewandowski’s goal was his 13th goal in qualifying for Poland. It tied the mark set by David Healy of Northern Ireland in Euro 2008 qualifying. Ireland finished three points behind Poland, but can still qualify for the Euros via a play-off. In Warsaw, Grzegorz Krychowiak fired Poland ahead in the 13th, only for Jon Walters to equalise three minutes later with a penalty. Lewandowski claimed the winner with a header to Krzysztof Maczynski’s cross in the 42nd. Scotland routed Gibraltar 6-0 in Faro, Portugal, in the other group game to finish three points behind Ireland in fourth. Georgia finished six points further back, with Gibraltar bottom on none. captain sent off LEIPZIG, Germany (AP): Albania joined World Cup-winners Germany, Poland and Romania in clinching a spot at next year’s European Championship yesterday after winning their final qualifying games. Germany beat Georgia 2-1 to top Group D ahead of Poland, which beat Ireland by the same score. Albania reached their first major tournament with a 3-0 away win over Armenia to finish second in Group I behind Portugal, which had already qualified. Romania’s 3-0 away win over the Faroe Islands was enough to clinch second place behind Northern Ireland in Group F. Here’s a round-up of action from yesterday’s Euro 2016 qualifying games: In Group I, Albania reached 14 points, two more than Denmark, which had already played their last qualifier and now face the play-offs. Group winners Portugal beat already-eliminated Serbia 2-1, winning their seventh consecutive qualifier after a shock 1-0 loss to Albania in the teams’ opener. Nani scored in the fifth minute, Zoran Tosic equalised in the 65th and substitute Joao Moutinho netted the winner in the 78th. Portugal finished with 21 points from eight matches. With qualification already secured in advance, the Portuguese played without Cristiano Ronaldo and a few other regular starters.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Lethal blow to sporting structure

first_imgExactly a week ago, Jamaica’s sporting structure was struck a lethal blow to the most tender portion of its body its youth. A Manning Cup encounter played at the National Stadium East playing field between Excelsior and St George’s College ended midway when news filtered through that the Light Blues’ captain, Dominic James, had lost his life at the hospital. The 18-year-old, who previously represented Jamaica College, had been transported there by his father, who, along with his wife, the boy’s mother, was watching the game from the sidelines. It was less than five minutes into the game when the youngster, in an off-the-ball mishap, fell to the ground and lay there with minimal movement. That was scary to many who were looking on live or by television. What immediately followed were frantic scenes from the first responders as they gesticulated to the periphery for the support that would have been required in these circumstances. With no stretcher or similar device in place, the now-motionless player had to be taken off cradled in the arms of support personnel, including his coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell. One can only imagine the thoughts caressing the mind of this consummate lover and protector of youth who traditionally extends his paternal-like caring to team member and opponent alike. Later, when the news of James’ unfortunate passing hit the gathering, the outflow of emotion came in torrents. There was falling to the ground by players on both sides; there were close embraces; there were oceans of tears. Schoolboy sport had suffered this type of tragedy before. Who can forget St Jago High School’s Cavahn McKenzie, who passed away after representing his school in a cross-country run in Trinidad? Then there was the 17-year-old, Rushane Ricketts, who suffered a similar fate at the STETHS Cup competition just prior to cementing the transfer from Tivoli Gardens High to Jamaica College. Ardenne’s swimmer, Matthew Hylton, adds to the statistics of similar sad and sorrowful incidents. Foster’s Fairplay will not contribute to the already voluminous calls for an adequate medical presence at sporting events. Suffice it to say that with all the will in the world, the logistical challenge aligned to the scarcity of resources is overpowering. Another thought in this area is, how much will it prevent? In asking that, the response of “even one is too many” is recognised and respected. The Government has prescribed a probe into the circumstances surrounding the mournful occurrence that robbed the nation of one of its brightest talents, blessed with, as highlighted by coach Bell and others associated with the lad, such an admirable work ethic and discipline. The outcome of the announced investigation will hopefully, alter the protocol to be observed before the referee blows that starting whistle or the umpire calls play. On the other hand, given a culture of nine-day wonder, it could be, sadly, business as usual. Whether it is one or the other, there is a legacy that ought never to leave all those who were spectators to the aftermath of this highly regrettable happening. Foster’s Fairplay wishes to commend Dominic’s parents, caught in the midst of unspeakable grief, for their resilience and spontaneous ability to rebound from the scenario that played out before their eyes last Tuesday evening. It was never going to be an easy call. It would have taken a show of fortitude in the face of a tragic loss and permanent separation in flesh from a loved one to come out in support of his teammates at their next game. That they did in the company of the former Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna. The manner in which David and Denese James celebrated each and every one of the four goals registered by their departed son’s teammates spoke to a plethora of positives. Their presence portrayed a strength of character, a caring and courageous commitment to a cause in crisis and a resounding resolve to be part of the revival of spirit, even with the real prospect of having to summon a whole lot more when they come to the final tribute to their own boy and laying him to eternal rest. Well done, Mr and Mrs James. The nation can learn a lesson. • E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com PREVIOUS OCCURRENCElast_img read more

Skating star Hanyu battles emotions to discuss Japan quake trauma

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson On March 11, 2011, the day the quake hit, Hanyu was practising at a skating rink in his hometown of Sendai, one of the cities worst impacted in the powerful tremor.The young Hanyu had to watch in horror as the ice began to crack beneath his skates and the walls shook.After fearing his skating career had been washed away with the closure of the ruined rink, Hanyu moved to Tokyo to train, opting to stay in Japan despite fears over radiation levels from the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima.Hanyu said Saturday that when asked the same question about the quake four years ago in Sochi, scene of his first gold, he did not know how to reply.But now a double Olympic champion, Hanyu was more forthcoming.“Four years ago, when I won gold, I was able to say ‘hello’ to those people affected (in the quake), they were able to show me a lot of smiles,” Hanyu said.“Maybe this time the affected people can give me more smiles.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I was in the inner land of the area that was affected and I was affected by the earthquake.“The electricity, gas and water were shut down and those days were very rough.READ: Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program“But there were more people who were affected to a more serious degree, particularly those affected by the tsunami and nuclear power-plant issues.“I felt very sorry for those people.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ The slender star with a huge following in Japan was lucky to survive after being caught close to the epicenter of the magnitude-9.0 earthquake which triggered a huge tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeast Japan.READ: Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAsked by journalists to reveal more about that fateful day, Hanyu — a budding teenage skater at the time — paused for several seconds as he composed himself in front of the world’s media, and inhaled deeply.“Those were really extremely rough days,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Double Olympic figure-skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu battled his emotions on Saturday to open up on the trauma he suffered in surviving the deadly 2011 Japan earthquake.Moments after the 23-year-old Japanese successfully defended his crown at the Pyeongchang Games, there was a sombre moment when he was asked to talk about the quake and consequent tsunami that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings ONE launches Super Series for stand-up martial arts Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PLAY LIST 02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more

Perez rescues Zark’s-Lyceum to force do-or-die in D-League quarters

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netZark’s Burger-Lyceum’s hopes rested on shoulders of CJ Perez and the reigning NCAA MVP led his side to a gutsy 104-95 victory over Centro Escolar University to remain fighting in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.The hardworking forward uncorked 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter ru n which turned an 88-90 deficit to a 99-92 lead for the Jawbreakers with 1:41 remaining, before Spencer Pretta and Mike Nzeusseu put on the finishing touches in the win.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Despite the win, Robinson remained wary of the three-seed CEU heading into the do-or-die tussle.“We know that they’re gonna bounce back. We know they’re champions and they have the experience. There’s no reason for us to celebrate. We’ll make adjustments for Thursday,” he said.Rod Ebondo fired 32 points and 25 rebounds in his first game since suffering a back injury to lead the fight for CEU.Judel Fuentes chimed in 14 markers, while Art Aquino had 12 in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Perez also grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists, and swiped the ball twice to help Zark’s-Lyceum force a winner-take-all Game 2 affair on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.“If CJ missed those shots, we might’ve lost the game, but that’s CJ for us. He’s gonna win games, he’s gonna lose games, but today, he was on his rhythm and they really wanted to win,” said coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNzeusseu topped the Jawbreakers with 28 markers, 12 boards, and two blocks, Jaycee Marcelino chimed in 16 points and six rebounds, and twin Jayvee got 11 markers, four dimes, and three boards in the triumph.The Jawbreakers survived the game despite squandering an 18-point lead, 49-31 lead in the first half. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 104 — Nzeusseu 28, Perez 26, Jc. Marcelino 16, Jv. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 10, Ibañez 5, Caduyac 3, Tansingco 3, Pretta 2, Cinco 0, Serrano 0.CEU 95 — Ebondo 32, Fuentes 14, Aquino 12, Manlangit 9, Chan 7, Wamar 7, Cruz 6, Arim 5, Caballero 3, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0, Saber 0, Veron 0.Quarters: 32-21, 62-55, 75-79, 104-95.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With World Cup nearing, Asian teams still hiring and firing Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Benilde fans semifinal hopes

first_imgSt. Benilde Lady Blazers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde crushed Perpetual, 25-11, 25-12, 25-18, Saturday night to remain in the running for the next round in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.But the Lady Blazers’ fate still hangs in the balance as Sunday’s matches will decide if they end up in a three-way tie for the semifinals or get booted out altogether.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Over in Cagayan de Oro, University of Santo Tomas finished the eliminations on a winning note, beating Far Eastern University, 25-15, 25-27, 25-18, 22-25, 15-11.Maritess Pablo banged in 13 points, while Jan Daquil and Klarissa Abrian added nine each for St. Benilde, which closed out the elimination round with a 3-4 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’University of the Philippines clashes with San Beda on Sunday with the Lady Maroons needing to win to complete the semifinal cast. LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ SMC airport could boost PH hosting of sports events 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 awardcenter_img View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

AME Zion Church Joins ‘Bring Our Girls Back’ Campaign

first_imgThe Board of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church worldwide has petitioned all communities of faith, who call upon the Sovereign God, to join the Church in a day of fasting and praying on May 30, 2014 for the release of 276 school girls abducted recently by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.The Church wants all people to use the day to petition God to visit the world with His amazing power and grace to effect the resolution of the grave insult to the humanity of the Nigerian school girls and the wretched grief of their families, and to give the world a witness that will urge upon the hearts of humankind the cessation of exploitation, abuse, and other wickedness toward disenfranchised people all over the world. In a declaration signed earlier this week by the president of the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey and all of the bishops of the Church both active and retired, the Church condemned the terrorist act by Boko Haram and decreed Friday, May 30, 2014, a day of fasting and prayer in the name of the one God “who is in us all and above us all” in order to invite the intervention of the Almighty for the release of the Nigerian school girls.In release of the girls, the militants have demanded the release of their members detained by the Nigerian government.Boko Haram terrorist group has been raging terror against Christians and the government in Africa’s largest economy for a long period. Boko Haram, which name in the Hausa language means “Western education is bad,” is terrorizing to make northern Nigeria or the entire nation an Islamic nation.  But the recent abduction of the school girls and the bombing of churches and public institutions by the terrorist group have triggered global condemnation with the United Sates at the center.The “Bring Our Girls Back” campaign has dominated the social media including facbook and twitter, but the Boko Haram has remained adamant despite threats by the US and other western governments to join in the war to defeat the group.In their proclamation, the AME Zion Church applauded the efforts of the Obama Administration and other world leaders to lend support to the Nigerian government in their attempt to rescue the girls; but noted “our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ taught us that to dispel some evils requires more than power and might, but are not affected “except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21).” The Church, however, called upon authorized governments and other authorities throughout the world to engage in sustained, meaningful endeavor to affect justice for the disenfranchised and to end economic exploitation of the weak and poor. The proclamation stated: “whereas, after three weeks, 276 of the girls are still missing and are reported to be suffering unconscionable abuse and denigration of body and spirit; and whereas, we feel the anguish of the parents, siblings, and friends whose loved ones have been captured; whereas, this horrific action takes place during this period of history when exploitation of women, children, the poor, and the otherwise vulnerable is accepted by many astound perspective, the justifiable use of strength, and even aligned with Christian principles.”Active bishops of the A.M.E. Zion Church who signed the proclamation are: the president of the Board of Bishops- Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey, senior Bishop- Rt. Rev. George E. Battle, Jr., Bishop Richard K. Thompson, and Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr., Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Bishop Darryl B. Starnes, Sr., Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Bishop W. Darin Moore and Bishop Michael Angelo Frencher. The retired bishops are: Bishop Joseph Johnson, Bishop Marshall H. Strickland and Bishop Nathaniel Jarret, Bishop George W.C. Walker, Sr., Bishop S. Chucka Ekemam, Sr. and Bishop Warren M. Brown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New organisation focuses on rescuing abused, abandoned animals

first_imgFounders of the organisation (left to right): Steffi Denobrega, Marcia Tucker and Shari Da SilvaA newly established organisation referred to as “Paws for a Cause” has been the driving force in providing assistance for animals, who are neglected or abused by their owners.The group was formed on February 16, 2019 by three women, Steffi Denobrega, Marcia Tucker and Shari Da Silva, who were previously involved in rescuing animals but decided to combine their efforts to reach a wider spectrum.To date, they have received many reports of animal cruelty and have managed to offer help with support from volunteers. One of the founders, Steffi Denobrega told the Guyana Times that many animals are taken in, sometimes in critical health conditions, where they are offered a home and treatment until an adoption is finalized. In most cases, they are kept at a shelter but volunteers would foster some of the animals at their house.“We have a foster home and he have about 10 animals there so most of them are rescued and then we have members from our group that foster at their homes, like kittens and puppies. As those animals grow up, find homes for them,” said Denobrega.Daily experiences involve many animals who have been seriously injured. In one instance, Tucker stated that they heard word of a horse being used for labour but upon arrival, they were unable to save the mammal.She explained that a puppy was beaten by an owner with severe head injuries inflicted with a sharp object. That animal was successfully rescued, where medical attention was provided.“The abuse is the roughest part of the job. We’re extreme animal lovers and when we see those things, it’s hard but it’s what keeps us going,” she stated.Usually, these reports would be made by concerned citizens who would send details to their facebook page at Paws For A Cause. Members of the group would then dispatch themselves to the area to rescue the animal.It was related that these cases are prevalent on the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara, with cats and dogs being at the top of the list for abuse. However, the organisation is planning to heighten their response to areas in Berbice, Bartica and other far-flung areas.“On a day to day basis, we get reports all over Georgetown and we try to schedule on when we’re going to rescue them. On the East Coast and the East Bank is way bigger than Georgetown,” said Tucker.They have also engaged a number of schools to educate young children on their approach towards animals and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) to look out for animal abuse.“We want to reach out to the NDCs and the Mayor and City Council because we want to stretch this further. We want to go to Essequibo and Berbice and Bartica because all these places have problems. We try to get volunteers from those areas to assist us,” Denobrega added.In the past week, they would have facilitated the adoption of a batch of puppies and two dogs. For now, Paws For A Cause are trying to get more volunteers on board to assist with rescuing animals from remote areas of Guyana. Throughout the past month, they have collaborated with veterinarian, Dr Nardeo Bassoodeo and the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) among others.“We’d really like if more vets can come on board with us and help because one is not enough and we want to expand our foster care systems and get more volunteers on board,” one of the members mentioned.Animals that were rescuedAnimals that were rescuedEngaging students on caring for animalslast_img read more

High Court grants State 2 weeks to file defence

first_imgDIPCON vs Finance MinisterThe court hearing into the legal proceedings filed against Finance Minister Winston Jordan by Trinidadian company DIPCON Engineering Services over non-payment of monies which the Government was ordered to pay back in 2015, on Thursday commenced in the chambers of Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Demerara High Court.Finance Minister Winston JordanAttorney General Basil Williams appeared on behalf of the State. During the hearing, an application was made for an extension of 14 days (two weeks) for the respondent (State) to serve and file a defence into the case challenging the Finance Minister. As such, the application was accepted by Justice Sewnarine-Beharry, allowing the respondent to have two weeks to file their defence.The Attorney General in an invited comment revealed that following Thursday’s decision, they would have to write to the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards in order that a new court be constituted to hear the matter.DIPCON has recently moved to the court over non-payment of some US$2.2 million which the Government was ordered to pay back in 2015. The legal proceedings were this time brought against the Finance Minister as he failed to adhere to the court order, compelling the State to pay the aforementioned amount of money to the Trinidadian company.Minister Jordan during last week informed the media that the company will receive the monies it is legally due, but the Government needs some time.“…but the judgement is a huge judgement. Our lawyers, the Attorney General’s (AG) Chambers, will deal with the matter. The Government, through the AG Chambers, will start examining the matter to pay them (DIPCON)…we will provide a response shortly” Minister Jordan stated.In 2017, Justice Rishi Persaud had ruled that DIPCON recover from the Government of Guyana some US$665,000 as monies due to the engineering company for road-building and construction works undertaken for and at the request of the Government, along with some US$1.5 million for increased costs incurred by DIPCON.The engineering company also requested a six per cent per annum interest from February 10, 2009 to October 21, 2015 and thereafter at a rate of four per cent per annum until fully paid. It was also ordered that Government pay DIPCON costs to the tune of $1,200,000 along with a stay of execution for six weeks from the date of the ruling.last_img read more

Colbert solves a cone-nundrum

first_imgColbert, who spoofs flag-waving conservative pundits on his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” is donating his proceeds to charity through the new Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund, which will distribute the money to various causes. – Associated Press Comic pleads guilty to DUI Tracy Morgan pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. The 38-year-old comic, who co-stars on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” submitted the plea in Manhattan Criminal Court in exchange for a conditional discharge, meaning he must meet conditions set by the court and the case against him will be dismissed. Stephen Colbert may have no taste for the truth, but he does have a sweet tooth. Ben & Jerry’s has named a new ice cream in honor of the comedian: “Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream.” It’s vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and caramel. Announcing the new flavor Wednesday, Ben & Jerry’s called it: “The sweet taste of liberty in your mouth.” The Vermont-based ice-cream maker is known for naming its flavors after people such as Jerry Garcia, Wavy Gravy and the band Phish – which Colbert sees as a political bias. “I’m not afraid to say it. Dessert has a well-known liberal agenda,” Colbert said in a statement. “What I hope to do with this ice cream is bring some balance back to the freezer case.” – Associated Press 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