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Captain could be in trouble

first_imgCaptain Horace Burrell has been President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for an accumulated 17 years. Jamaica’s football accomplishments under the captain’s stewardship have been many and varied, headlined by the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the senior World Cup Finals in France, 1998. Add to that the Under-17 team qualifying in 1999 the Under-20s in 2001 the Under-17s again in 2011, and throw into the mix some six Caribbean Cup titles. By any stretch of the imagination, the captain has been the best and most successful leader of Jamaica’s football. Not only did his vision and forthright leadership change the reality of the local game, Captain’s work also changed the perception that Jamaicans had of their national football team in an unimaginable and positive way that has persisted to this day. During his tenure as JFF president, Captain Burrell has gathered vast experience in the intricate nuances of managing the affairs of the nation’s most popular sport. Add to that political savvy, garnered along the way in holding on to that coveted position for the better part of two decades. intimidating reality That is a mere fraction of the intimidating reality that must have cost Mr Orville Powell many sleepless nights, before he decided to throw his hat into the race for the top leadership position of the most high-profile job in Jamaican sport. Mr Powell deserves great kudos for, at least, conjuring the cojones to do what many before him in a sometimes fractious local football fraternity have all failed to do. Having had private conversations with key members of the local football fraternity in recent times, almost in a chorus the call is to see the Captain ousted, with the most popular cry being for a more equitable distribution of the “football spoils”. My response remained consistent throughout, get an alternative candidate, take the message to the delegates and mount the challenge. Until the recent emergence of Mr Powell, the barks have been all louder than the bites. The Montego Bay United Football Club president spoke stridently and passionately and was, for the most part, on point with the issues raised – the lack of transparency and accountability, as well as the spiraling debt of the federation. CONFLICT OF INTEREST He spared no punches in raising the longstanding issue of the perceived conflict of interest in the scenario where the company owned by the president of the federation sponsors numerous parish associations, with the votes of the representatives of those same parish associations set to decide his fate as president. These were but some of the poignant points raised by Powell, which resonates loudly with all concerned with the sport locally. The word on the ground is that Mr. Powell’s biggest challenge will be to secure, in short order, four of the 15 available votes – to get the nomination to challenge for the presidency. The talk is, if Orville Powell gets the nomination, Captain Burrell will be in trouble. There is no doubt that the Captain is a veteran and wily campaigner, who, after suffering that bitter ousting by Crentson Boxhill in 2003, will not want to experience that feeling again, and will spare no punches in protecting his turf. On the other hand, the demise of Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeff Webb and the imminent fall of former FIFA boss, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, represents the loss of some big trump cards for Captain. The question is, will the wind of change sweeping across the sport internationally have enough momentum to sweep Captain out of power and sweep Orville Powell in the opposite direction, and into that now famous office that runs the nation’s most popular sport? Your guess is as good as mine. I am just about taking my seat in the stands, waiting for sound of the referee’s whistle, which should be heard loud and clear on nomination day, Thursday, November 5. Let the games begin.last_img read more

SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER

first_imgCllr Doherty in Killygordon this weekFINE Gael is facing a new crisis today – as its Donegal councillors called for a stop to the introduction of water charges.The leader of the party on Donegal County Council Cllr Barry O’Neill said the introduction of water charges was “a step too far”.Cllr Frank McBrearty had an emergency motion calling for Irish Water to be abolished with 33 of the 34 councillors voting in favour of it. Fine Gael’s Bernard McGuinness abstained. Cllr O’Neill said that he had made his views on Irish Water known within his party for months and as a taxpayer and as a father, he believed water charges should not be introduced.Earlier Cllr Gary Doherty – who spent the week opposing contractors in east Donegal – said the people of this country have had enough of taxes.“I spent this week attending and supporting residents’ protests against the installation of the hated water meters,” said Cllr Doherty.“I would urge an Taoiseach and any member of the government to attend one of those protests. Because it is hard to find the words to convey the depth of feeling that there is amongst the people of Ireland against these charges. “It is nothing short of a disgrace and a crime against this Republic that our people are having water charges forced upon them.“We live in a County that never felt the effects of the celtic tiger. We didnt see the boom that inflated the pockets of the bankers and profiteers in the east who we are still bailing out through water charges, property tax, universal social charge and countless other austerity measures. The people of Donegal cannot and will not take any more.“The message that we gave Irish Water and the Government in Castlefinn and Killygordon this week was simply this “we wont take any more, enough is enough.”“Irish Water is no different to any of the banks before the collapse. It is toxic. It is not fot for purpose. In its short existence it has done nothing but indulge itself in the bonus culture and grab all philosophy that has blighted our country for decades.“Our govrnment has only one option left open to it to my mind. Stop mesing around, stop playing politics and do right by the Irish people. Abolish water charges, abolish Irish Water. “I have here a motion under Section 140 of the Local Government Act signed by ten Councillors so far. It reads ” This Council resolves to direct Council management not to comply with a demand from Irish Water to pass over the personal information of Council tenants held by Donegal County Council.”Around 200 people opposed to water charges attended today’s council meeting.SHOCK AS FINE GAEL LEADER ON DONEGAL COUNCIL VOTES TO ABOLISH IRISH WATER was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cllr Barry O’NeillDonegal County Councilmotionvotelast_img read more