Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite said the aim is to keep his players fresh in a rotation system in order to repeat their feat of winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title.The RSPL champions are atop in this season’s national championship on 46 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United (45).Waite intends to stay on top to first win the trophy and incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage with the most points.Waite, who guided Arnett to three of the club’s national titles, is also looking at the bigger picture: to win the CFU championship and move to the CONCACAF stage. The CFU championship is set to kick off next month.”We want to win the national title again. It is the first time for this season that we are leading on points. We are in the lead, so I’m pretty much pleased at this point,” Waite told The Gleaner.With Arnett having scored 36 goals in 24 RSPL games this season, Waite said that the team should have scored more. However, he is pleased with the defensive system as the team has conceded 20 goals.MORE GOALS WANTED”We should have scored more goals but, defensively, we are doing well as a team,” said the coach, who guided Arnett to back-to-back titles from 2000 to 2002.”Looking back at last year, despite winning the title, I was concerned about the fact that we let in too many goals, so it is a massive improvement in that area,” he added.”We will continue to take the games step by step. My aim is to keep the team healthy and injury-free. The rotation of players is necessary. It is all about man-management. It is my duty, and I’m always thinking about the long term,” Waite reasoned.”We are also preparing for the CFU tournament in the Dominican Republic early next month. We will leave for that tournament by month end,” he said.Arnett Gardens and last season’s runners-up, Montego Bay United, will participate in the CFU championship. Arnett will play in Group Four alongside AtlÈtico Pantoja of The Dominican Republic, America des Cayes of Haiti, and Notch of Suriname in Santo Domingo.
UK £300M Caribbean Development FundBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregg QuinnA United Kingdom/Caribbean Development Bank (UK/CDB) delegation visited Guyana last week to discuss possible projects and proposals, as this country prepares to receive part of a £300 million Caribbean Infrastructure Fund promised to countries in the Region by British Prime Minister David Cameron.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregg Quinn told Guyana Times on Tuesday that Guyana remained eligible for the UK Fund, which was announced by the British PM last September in neighbouring Jamaica.In September 2015, the Prime Minister, during a visit to the island, had told then Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that his Government was moving in this direction to help the Caribbean on its path of development – supporting economic growth and creating new opportunities for people living in the Region.The Prime Minister announced the new Fund in Jamaica on the first leg of a two-day visit focused on reinvigorating the relationship between the UK and Caribbean countries.Delivered in collaboration with the CDB, the Fund will use money from the UK’s existing aid budget to provide grants over the next few years for a range of projects that will help boost growth and trade across the Region, creating jobs and opening up new market opportunities for British businesses.The British High Commissioner said the prospects were looking good.“This will be managed and allocated through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). A UK/CDB delegation was in Georgetown…to discuss possible projects and the processes for submitting proposals. All is, therefore, looking good, on track and progress is being made. The UK is fully committed to ensuring Guyana gets its fair share of the available grant funding,” he told Guyana Times.In January, Quinn had said that his Government was scheduled to sign an agreement with the CDB. According to him, the countries will be able to access the funding through the Bank.He said he had already held discussions with the Government of Guyana in relation to the grant and Government had expressed the desire to have the money invested in infrastructure, that is, roads, bridges, ports, stellings, and aerodromes.“Government is looking in the areas that are specified in the grant because although it will be grant funding, there will be conditions in terms of we have to spend it on these broad areas,” Quinn stated.However, he noted that Government has not earmarked any specific projects since it had to await guidelines from the CDB.With this grant, the UK has become one of the largest bilateral donors to the Region. However, only the Commonwealth Caribbean, including Guyana, will be benefiting. The other beneficiaries include Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Belize, St Lucia, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Previously, High Commissioner Quinn had explained that some $450 million of the grant will be directed towards infrastructure works. In addition, he outlined that the British Prime Minister also announced some $45 million to be plugged into improving healthcare facilities as well as a similar amount to boost economic growth in the benefiting countries.Quinn emphasised that the money was not a loan and as such would not have to be repaid. He noted that the monies would be given to the various Governments to be injected into projects agreed upon. The UK will be working along with the various Caribbean Heads to identify and establish their respective projects. The UK Government, in collaboration with the CDB, will be monitoring the programme.However, at this point it is unclear how much of the grant will be given to Guyana. The High Commissioner had stated that while no specific amount was allocated to any one of the eight countries that will benefit, the expectation is that the monies will be disbursed evenly among them.He did note, however, that the determination of the allocated amount would also be dependent on the nature of the project and request submitted.Additionally, he outlined that there was no requirement for the countries to use contracting companies from the UK to carry out their projects.
Rene Bourque also scored for Chicago, which won its second consecutive game after a 1-6-2 stretch. Brent Seabrook and Jeff Hamilton each had two assists in the matchup of the Western Conference’s two worst teams. Sean Burke made 18 saves for the Kings, last in the West with 54 points. Bourque had the only goal of the first period, scoring just 22 seconds in on the game’s first shot. Khabibulin made a couple of close-in stops in the first, including a toe save on Ken Cammalleri at 4:37. • Photo Gallery: Kings vs. Blackhawks CHICAGO – Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout with the Blackhawks and Patrick Sharp scored two goals in Chicago’s 3-0 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night. Khabibulin, who signed a four-year, $27 million contract with the Blackhawks in August 2005, had his first regular-season shutout since March 1, 2004, while with Tampa Bay. He played his 99th game with Chicago and had his 36th NHL shutout. In the 2004 playoffs, Khabibulin had five shutouts to help lead the Lightning to the Stanley Cup title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Al Ahly ‘Real Madrid players helped Zidane to win trophies’ – Al Ahly coach Elwy el-Manzalawy Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gettyimages Al Ahly Real Madrid El-Badry, who led the Egyptian giants to the Egyptian League and Egypt Cup titles last season, believes football isn’t just about managers… Al-Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry believes that Real Madrid’s sensational performance is attributed to the players in the team and not just Zinedine Zidane.Since taking over the Los Blancos in 2016, Zidane has won one La Liga title, two Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, one Club World Cup and a Spanish Super Cup.Zizou’s Real 4/1 for another Euro crown Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But El-Badry suggests that new players helped him to win these trophies. “Zidane is a good manager, but adding new faces helped in in the improvement of the team,” the Egyptian manager told a local radio station.“Football is not about managers only,” El-Badry added.El-Badry led Al-Ahly to the Egyptian League and Egypt Cup wins last season.Al Ahly is set to meet Espérance Sportive de Tunis in mid-September in the quarter final of the CAF Champions League.The Egyptian Giants will face Tala’ea El-Gaish in the first game-week of the Egyptian League.