Captain 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.
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India post 457 in 1st innings against England at Trent BridgeIndia Today Online | July 10, 2014 | UPDATED 10.18 PM IST July 10, 20148.46 PMVeteran actor Zohra Sehgal passes away52148.01 PMIt was disappointing, did not provide the relief they promised to people during their election campaign: Nitish Kumar1446.49 PMGermany expels US intelligence station chief over spying allegations: Reports666.45 PMMaharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and DGP Sanjeev Dayal are leaving for Pune in the wake of today’s blast006.27 PMMadhya Pradesh Youth Congress workers stage a protest against Union Budget in Bhopal515.50 PMMaharashtra Anti Terror Squad chief Himanshu Roy leaves for Pune in the wake of today’s blast115.48 PMIt was a low intensity blast, I have sought a detailed report; we can’t rule out anything yet: Rajnath Singh on Pune blast1835.45 PMRupee falls sharply by 44 paise to end at nearly three-week low of 60.19 against US dollar105.34 PMHome Minister Rajnath Singh will preside over the Cabinet meeting in the absence of PM Narendra Modi on seniority basis105.32 PMI appeal to people of Pune not to panic and not to believe in rumours: Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on today’s blast10245.30 PMPremium petrol to cost Rs.5 less as govt cuts central excise duty from Rs.7.5 per litre to Rs.2.35 in Budget705.21 PMMaharashtra put on high alert after blast in Pune, Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria calls urgent meeting of DCPs, ACPs205.08 PMAll sections of society have been cheated; where is the BJP’s slogan of Swadeshi now, it’s all about FDI and PPP: Lalu Yadav on Budget72285.00 PMThe Budget converts hopes and aspirations of people into trust: PMWe are going in the right direction to overcome challenges faced in last decade: PM Narendra Modi on Budget.Govt confident of bringing country out of crisis; Budget in line with govt’s vision to create skilled and digital India: PM.944advertisement4.33 PMUnion Budget reflects the seriousness with which the new govt has set about the task of addressing the challenge of revival of growth: Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa4194.27 PMWe’ll come up with a new strategy in next 3 months: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on natural gas pricing1374.10 PMMotorcycle used in today’s Pune blast was stolen from Satara, police sources say it was a low intensity IED explosion2043.51 PMSensex ends 72 points down at 25,372.75 after initial thumbs up to Jaitley’s maiden Budget, Nifty closes 17.25 points lower at 7567.7512143.33 PMForensic experts recover nails and ball bearings from Pune blast site in which three people were injured today2053.28 PMRSS entrant Ram Madhav meets BJP president Amit Shah, takes party’s primary membership413.23 PMI don’t think inflation will come down by this Budget: Mayawati22332.41 PMBlast in two-wheeler in front of Faraskhana police station in Pune, reason not known; 2 injured212.35 PMWe did not want to burden the common man; we had to resolve a lot of issues: Arun Jaitley on Budget1482.32 PMMy objective was to revive the economy; I hope this leads to its expansion: FM Arun Jaitley on his maiden Budget1552.29 PMMeasures announced in Budget will bring back growth, says Union Finance Secretary Arvind MayaramBudget proposals will instil confidence in investors: Arvind Mayaram.Banking system will see resurgence with Budget measures: Mayaram.54232.23 PMFM Arun Jaitley’s family happy with his first BudgetI feel very happy, it’s a very good Budget: Arun Jaitley’s wife Sangeeta Jaitley (left in pic).This Budget will be very good for the nation, I am very happy with it: Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley (right).342.17 PMThere are no measures to control inflation in Budget, it’s very disappointing: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal5122.16 PMThere are no welfare measures, they have only given relief to corporate houses: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Budget68332.14 PM49% FDI in defence is a threat to national security, it is dangerous: Veteran Congressman AK Antony on Budget7172.12 PMIt is only for the rich, not for the poor or unemployed: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Budget11222.07 PMNo sense of direction or measures to improve the situation of inflation; I’ll have to study figures in detail: Shashi Tharoor on Budget60252.01 PMBudget will improve health and wealth of the nation; it’s aimed at operational revival of economy: Venkaiah Naidu33161.58 PMUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls Budget friendly for the poor, youth, farmers, women and senior citizens4591091.43 PMAll proposals already existed and were just presented in a new way; this will only benefit Adani and Ambani, not the common man: NCP’s Nawab Malik on Budget36311.40 PMVeteran BJP leader LK Advani calls Jaitley’s first Budget as ‘one of the best budgets’, says it lays a solid road map3071.36 PMSensex rises by 330.89 points to 25,775.70 after Jaitley’s maiden Budget, Nifty up by 96.80 points at 7,681.801021.28 PMIt doesn’t quicken the pulse, slows down instead: Rahul Gandhi on Union Budgetadvertisement14191.27 PMThere is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes; there is very little in it for the social sector: Sonia Gandhi on Budget15191.16 PMLok Sabha adjourned till Friday after Jaitley’s Budget speech721.15 PMJaitley raises investment limit under Section 80C by Rs.50,000FM Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech in Lok Sabha:- I propose to give some relief to taxpayers and some sectors of the economy: FM.- I do not propose to make any changes in tax rate: FM.- Tax exemption limit for small and marginal and senior tax payers changed from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.2.5 lakh: FM.- Tax exemption limit for senior citizens changed from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.3 lakh: FM.- I propose to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh: FM.- Housing loan rebate on I-T to be hiked from Rs.1.5 lakh to Rs.2 lakh: FM.- Income Tax Dept is expected to function not only as an enforcement dept but also as a facilitator: FM.- The net effect of direct tax proposals is a revenue loss of Rs.22,200 crore: FM.- FM announces measures to encourage manufacture of LCD and LED panels of TVs, proposals to make CRT TVs cheaper.- FM hikes customs duty on flat steel products to 7.5%, enhances export duty on bauxite from 10% to 20%.- Solar Power equipment manufactured in India to become cheaper.- FM announces reduction in excise duty for specified food package industry from 10% to 6% and on footwear from 12% to 6%.- Specific excise duty on cigarettes raised in the range to 11 to 72 per cent.- Tax proposals on indirect tax front would yield Rs.7,525 crore, says FM Arun Jaitley.911.05 PMGovt to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers: FMFinance Minister Arun Jaitley resumes his Budget speech in Lok Sabha:- I propose to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers through NABARD: FM.- All govt departments and ministries to be integrated through e-platform by December 31: FM.- MSMEs are the backbone of the economy; to be revived through a committee that will examine and give report in 3 months: FM.- FM announces Rs.200 crore for 6 more textile clusters in Rae Bareli, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur.- New airports to be developed through PPP model: FM.- Rs.4,200 crore set aside for 1620 km long Jal Marg Vikas project on Ganga, connecting Allahabad to Haldia: FM.- New and renewable energy deserves high priority; ultramodern power projects to be taken up in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Ladakh with Rs.500 crore: FM.- The ongoing impasse in coal sector will be resolved: FM.- FM proposes to raise PPF ceiling from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.- Pending Insurance Amendment Bill to be taken up in Parliament: FM.- FM announces ‘Namami Ganga’, an integrated Ganga Development Project; allocates Rs.2037 crore to it.- FM gives Rs.100 crore for Varanasi-Gaya-Saranath Buddhist circuit; Gaya to be developed as world class tourism spot.- NRI fund to be set up for conservation of river Ganga: FM.- Rs.1,000 crore to be provided for rail connectivity in North-East region: FM.- Govt proposes to set up a sports university in Manipur: FM.- Rs.100 crore set aside for training of sportspersons for the Asiad Games: FM.advertisement16311.50 AMThe Budget aims at 7-8% GDP growth in 3-4 years: JaitleyFinance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech in Lok Sabha:- The steps I will announce are only the beginning of the journey we wish to take for macro economic stabilisation.- The Budget aims at 7-8 per cent GDP growth in 3-4 years.- There’s urgent need to generate more resources for economy, need to revive growth in manufacturing, infrastructure sectors.- This govt won’t create any law which will retrospectively lead to tax liability.- Composite FDI in defence to be raised by 49%, FDI in insurance to be raised to 49% from 26%.- As large number of people migrate to cities, unless new cities are developed the present ones would become unliveable.- We’ll examine proposal to give additional autonomy to banks and make them more responsible.- Propose to set up a committee to examine how huge money lying unused in postal schemes can be utilised.- EPFO will launch a unified account scheme for portability of provident fund accounts.- I propose to set up 4 more AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal; Rs.500 crore set aside for this.- Six new AIIMS started recently have become functional.- Govt will promote Metro Rail Projects on PPP model; Rs.100 crore set aside for Lucknow and Ahmedabad projects.- Rs.100 crore set aside for Community Radio Centres; 600 new and existing ones will be supported.- FM laments apathy towards girl child; announces Beti Padhao, Beti Badhao scheme; sets aside Rs.100 crore for this.- FM announces Crisis Management Centre for women in Delhi; money to be provided from Nirbhaya fund.Lok Sabha adjourned till 11.50 am as Budget speech halted for 5 minutes.Speaker allows FM Arun Jaitley to present Budget while sitting as he isn’t feeling well.561311.00 AMFM Arun Jaitley begins his maiden Budget speech in Lok Sabha5310.48 AMPoor people should benefit from Budget; if they won’t benefit, rich people won’t benefit, says industrialist Rahul Bajaj121210.37 AMUnion Cabinet clears Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s first General Budget, meeting at Parliament ends9510.24 AMCongress is ruining its own image by asking for the status of Leader of Opposition like this, says BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi13610.20 AMUnion Cabinet meeting begins at Parliament ahead of presentation of General Budget5010.17 AMUnion Minister Jitendra Singh says Budget will meet expectations of people and everything will be fine519.32 AMSensex gains 47 points, opens at 25,51314129.10 AMFinance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry2109:00 AMFinance Minister Arun Jaitley to present maiden Union Budget amid high expectations7266.30 AMHamas rockets target Israel nuclear reactorAccording to media reports, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system has intercepted a rocket and two others fell in open areas as Palestinian group Hamas targeted the nuclear reactor in southern town of Dimona.4505.05 AMBrazil police denies entry to 267 foreigners in World CupSince the beginning of the FIFA World Cup June 12, Brazil’s Federal Police has denied entry to the country to 267 foreign citizens for various reasons.There are many Argentinean nationals among those denied entry — before the FIFA World Cup, the Argentine authorities sent to Brazil a list of over 2,000 so-called ‘barrabravas’, football fans with a history of violence in stadiums,1004:11 AMArgentina overcome Netherlands in penalties, to face Germany in World Cup finalArgentina overcome Netherlands in penalties, to face Germany in World Cup final Argentina set up a FIFA World Cup final clash against Germany after overcoming the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Both teams failed to score at the end of regular and extra time at the Arena Corinthians here Wednesday.021.55 AMIt’s dream come true for me, says Murali Vijay after scoring tonElated at scoring his maiden overseas hundred and fourth of his career, Indian opener Murali Vijay today said his fine effort on the opening day of the first Test against England here was a dream come true for him.4012.06 AMRussian economy stagnates as capital flight hits $75 billionRussia’s economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.1012.04 AMChina to take measures to promote judicial independenceChina will act to promote judicial independence over the next five years with measures including specialised tribunals for environment and intellectual property cases, state media reported on Wednesday.Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/breakingnews.html
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, singer, songwriter and actress Pink, actress Millie Bobby Brown, singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and FCB and FCB Foundation are among the many stars, leaders and organizations lending their voices to children for World Children’s Day, UNICEF has announced.“It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential,” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.The day, set for November 20, marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilization of the first World Children’s Day. Children from around the world will ‘take over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.13-year-old British star of hit series Stranger Things 2 Millie Bobby Brown, who is backing the initiative, said: “I am so excited for the first ever global celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20th with UNICEF. It’s our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let’s do it – in our schools, with our friends, with our families!”Below is a calendar of key events:Tuesday, November 14:Spanish footballer and New York City FC captain David Villa will be put through his paces in a training session led by children from his New York DV7 Soccer Academy.Wednesday, November 15:Children from around the world will take over singer, songwriter and actress P!nk’s latest smash hit What about us with a brand new music video cover of the song. French music group and UNICEF Ambassadors Kids United, PS22 Chorus and a group of child musicians and dancers have recorded their own version of the track for children, by children.P!nk said: “This World Children’s Day, I am teaming up with UNICEF to remind the world that children and young people’s voices matter and that their perspectives must be included in the decisions that will shape their future. I am excited to lend What About Us to a global kids take over on November 20 as we celebrate the power of kids around the world speaking out about the issues that affect them.”Saturday, November 18:All Blacks rugby stars Ryan Crotty, Kane Hames and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen will team up to hold a special one-off training session with children, sharing skills and practising game moves.Actors and philanthropists Debora-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman are supporting the fundraising efforts for World Children’s Day through #Workout for Water – taking place in gyms in over 100 countries. Instructors and gym goers can participate to help children and their families access safe water, healthcare and food in some of the world’s poorest nations. Click here.Monday, November 20:World Children’s Day event at the United Nations, New York. UNICEF will bring together high-profile supporters, influencers and special guests alongside children who represent some of the world’s most vulnerable children to speak out to the international community on issues that matter to them. Singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle will debut a specially penned track to mark the day. Isabela Moner from Transformers: The Last Knight and Nickelodeon, Logan actress Dafne Keen, Jaden Michael, star of Wonderstruck; Zari, star of the local Afghan version of Sesame Street; and Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact, Sesame Workshop will all join UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and 150 children in a take-over of United Nations Headquarters.Blue carpet photo call from 09.00am – 09:45am ET in the United Nation’s East Foyer. Media should arrive at 08:30am.World Children’s Day event at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. In Geneva, around 200 children and young people will ‘take over’ the Palais des Nations, with the participation of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) Mr. Michael Møller. The French youth music group and UNICEF Ambassadors, Kids United, will perform their version of P!nk’s smash hit What About Us, in an event organized entirely by young people.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham will release a short film in which he quizzes children about their views of the world. During the heartwarming film, Beckham is seen in conversation with five children asking a series of questions such as what changes they would like to see for children in the future and what rules they would give grown-ups.The film was recorded in New York with children aged 6-10 years-old: Smith (6), Jenna (7), Fiona (7), Jayla (8) and Royce (10).Beckham said: “This World Children’s Day we are handing over the reins to children, encouraging them to speak out for each other. One important lesson from my travels with UNICEF is that we need to listen to children about the world they want to live in. On November 20th children will unite to discuss what matters most to them such as violence, bullying, education and demand a better future for every child.”In Spain, the mighty FC Barcelona football pitch, home of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi, will be taken over by 24 children aged 9 and 10 years-old who will be put through their paces in a practice session with Coach Ernesto Valverde, before being joined by the players for the game handshake. Children will also storm the boardroom and take over the roles of President and Vice President at the Club’s Board of Directors. Over at Fundació FC Barcelona, children will take over key roles.In India, 22 special child athletes aged 13-18 years-old will take over the cricket field and play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. At the event, 14 year old Raseel Arora will also unveil a unique idea ‘cricket scoreboard’ idea that recognizes girls’ achievements in India.In Copenhagen, South Korean actor and long-serving national UNICEF Ambassador Ahn Sung-ki will help children take over the work of the world’s largest humanitarian supply warehouse.In Accra, 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the Africa they want during a series of TED Talk-style events called Africa Dialogues. The event will be streamed live, and recordings of the 5-10 minute talks by the children will be disseminated on digital platforms. The children come from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Gambia. Click here.Around the world, leaders across levels of government will support World Children’s Day, including Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Taoiseach of Ireland (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Jordan Hani Al-Mulki, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and with support from the United States Conference of Mayors, mayors from across the U.S. will participate.More than 50 organizations globally will turn over roles to children including LEGO, Qantas and H&M Foundation. For example, to celebrate children’s right to play, children will take over the roles of Chairman of the LEGO Foundation Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, and Chief Marketing Officer of the LEGO Group Julia Goldin. The children will spend the day directing a team of advertising creatives at LEGO House and LEGO offices in the making of a LEGO stop-motion advert on the power of play to be released early January 2018.In schools around the world, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and fundraise in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
Facebook Advertisement NWA versus Ice Cube. Biggie versus Tupac. Nas versus Jay Z. Nicki Minaj versus Remy Ma.Rivalries and beefs are a longstanding tradition in hip hop, from b-boys and b-girls battling it out in dance to rappers trading lyrical barbs, live or via diss tracks. But fans taking an artistic battle from a performance space into the real world is rare and surprising, according to hip-hop writer A. Harmony.“Battle rap is a fixture in hip hop. It’s considered a sport. It’s considered a form of entertainment and a chance for MCs to really showcase their skills. It’s a part of the music industry. It’s a part of the music culture,” explained Harmony, hip hop contributor to Exclaim Magazine. Advertisement But a full-on brawl ensued at a Pusha T concert in Toronto on Tuesday, after some audience members apparently tossed drinks onstage at the American rapper — who has been embroiled in an on-again, off-again beef with hometown favourite Drake — mid-performance. Briefly retaking the stage, the Virginia rapper seemed to accuse Drake of being behind the slight. The concert was closed down shortly after. Later, a concertgoer turned up at a nearby hospital with stab wounds, according to police.Note: strong language and violence in following videoThe drinks being tossed might have been something “between concertgoers that got out of hand,” said Harmony. It might also have been the result of fans “who decided to take this form of entertainment and turn it into something it wasn’t.”In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in young music fans lashing out at rivals for perceived slights to their idols, whether its Beliebers rallying behind Justin Bieber or the BeyHive lashing out in support of Beyoncé.“We have seen instances of super fans kind of crossing the line,” Harmony noted, citing an instance this July when Nicki Minaj fans waged a brutal campaign against a Canadian freelance writer who offered a negative critique of the rapper’s music.Different kind of connectionToday’s fans aren’t like those of previous generations. They feel a different, closer connection to their idols thanks to social media — and that goes for rap aficionados as well, according to Emmanuel Tabi, a hip-hop fan and University of Toronto PhD candidate examining cultural production and its intersection with education and activism. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Rap beefs are a longstanding hip hop tradition. But have some fans taken the feud between Pusha T and Drake too far? (Getty Images) Login/Register With: Twitter