FIFA boss: New home will transform football in T&T

first_img IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIPS Infantino was quick to underscore the importance of the FA forming partnerships in order to develop the sport. “Obviously, a collective effort is needed,” he stressed. “One person or organisation alone cannot do anything, but I am sure that with the help of the Government, who is very committed, and also a little bit of FIFA and CONCACAF, I am sure the results will be there.” Infantino, a former general secretary of UEFA, also praised the work of John Williams, whose administration has come in for criticism in recent times, especially for its bungling of the appointment of a national men’s coach to replace the long-serving Stephen Hart. “I have been able to witness really a new Trinidad and Tobago Football Association with a new spirit, with my friend, David, who with his passion, brings everyone with him,” Infantino said. “I have witnessed the government, who is fully behind the football association. I have been witnessing the population in Trinidad and Tobago, who is absolutely passionate for football.” He added: “[John Williams] is one of these persons who can really make things happen with his energy, his passion, and his way of working. This is certainly inspiring, and this is why I am really happy to be one of his friends.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): FIFA President Gianni Infantino believes the establishment of the Ato Boldon Stadium as the country’s new national development centre could have a profound impact on Trinidad and Tobago football. The Italian, who took over the helm of football’s controversial world governing body last February, announced during his visit there earlier this week that the Couva venue would now become the Football Association’s home. Construction is expected to begin shortly on the building that will house the FA’s new offices. Located in central Trinidad – about 45 minutes outside of the capital of Port-of-Spain – and named after one of the country’s most heralded Olympic sprinters, the stadium was opened in 2001 and hosted games in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup that year. The facility will now also serve as the main venue for national team training and international games, though the Hasely Crawford Stadium will remain an active venue. “This will change Trinidad and Tobago football but also Trinidad and Tobago society,” Infantino said. “Football is a great game in which players, both boys and girls, are taught not only how to play football and how to be sports persons, but how to be human beings with values and respect. And this project will of course boost the whole football movement in Trinidad and Tobago. “If you work around this talent, you will have great results and it will send a strong message in the country and also in the whole CONCACAF, Caribbean and Americas on what can be achieved if you work seriously.” Infantino’s visit to the island was his first since assuming office, replacing the long-serving Sepp Blatter who was forced to step down amid corruption allegations. He was welcomed on arrival by TTFA president David John Williams and Sports Minister Darryl Smith, and later met with Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.last_img read more

Luke Wilson to headline 12 Mighty Orphans

first_imgLos Angeles: Luke Wilson is set to star in director Ty Roberts’ historical drama 12 Mighty Orphans. The movie is an adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name which tells the true life story of a group of Fort Worth orphans who form a football team and vie for the state championship during the Great Depression. Wilson, 47, will essay the role of the team’s coach, Rusty Russell, a World War I veteran who arrives with a troubled past, much of which is due to being abandoned in an orphanage when he was a child. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Looking for redemption by trying to turn around the fortune of other orphans, he accepts a job as the head football coach to a Texas orphanage/high school. Through dedication, he redirects his players’ feelings of loss and humiliation into a dominant team that played in the Texas state championship,” the official plotline of the film read. Roberts has penned the script in collaboration with Lane Garrison, reported Deadline. The project will be produced by Mike De Luca, Angelique De Luca and Brinton Bryan.last_img read more

UBMs TechInsights Reorganizes Lays Off 10

first_imgIn an effort to streamline the business and integrate recent acquisitions, United Business Media’s TechInsights group today announced a “leadership reorganization” that has resulted in the elimination of roughly 10 percent of its global workforce, or about 25 employees.“We continue to invest in strategic acquisitions and we constantly innovate our business and content models,” CEO Paul Miller said in a statement.The reorganization aligns TechInsight’s businesses into three verticals: media (which includes EE Times and TechOnline), marketing services and professional services. Leading these new groups will be Paul Way (senior vice president of media), Harry Page (SVP of professional services) and Jenn Markey (chief marketing officer).As part of the reorganization, Miller will serve in a sales leadership capacity on an interim basis for EE Times and TechOnline. In terms of growth, TechInsights will be making its biggest investments in online, performance marketing and professional services, Markey told FOLIO:. “We’re approaching an inflection point between the sponsored-driven side of our business and the audience-driven side,” she said. “The services side comes strictly from the audience perspective and the other side comes from the sponsor. We’re looking to for opportunities to marry the two and reuse content from the services business into the media side while trying to subsidize some of the cost the sponsors are currently bearing for that content in that particular space.”Markey declined to speak about specific layoffs other than to say “less than 10 percent” of TechInsight’s overall workforce was eliminated. Following the reorganization, the business will employ about 250 people worldwide, she said.This isn’t the first round of layoffs from TechInsights this year. In May, about 10 people were laid off across the board, including sales, editorial and production.last_img read more

North Korea tests hightech new weapon

first_imgThis undated picture released from North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 16 November shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd R) examining and guiding the master plan for Sinuiju City at an undisclosed location. Photo: AFPNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”, Pyongyang’s state media reported Friday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearisation talks.It marked the first official report of a weapons test by North Korea since it began a delicate diplomatic process with Washington over its nuclear and missile programme.”Kim Jong Un… visited the test ground of the Academy of Defence Science and supervised a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon test,” said the official Korean Central News Agency.It said the test was successful but did not specify the type of device involved.Pyongyang’s suspension of testing for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles has been key to this year’s rapid diplomatic developments and North Korean-US negotiations, and has been repeatedly praised by President Donald Trump.Trump and Kim met in a historic summit in Singapore in June, where they signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula.Hours after the KCNA report, the US State Department said it was “confident” the process remained on track.”At the Singapore Summit, President Trump and Chairman Kim made a number of commitments regarding final, fully verified denuclearisation and creating a brighter future for North Korea,” a statement said.”We are talking with the North Koreans about implementing all of those commitments. We remain confident that the promises made by president Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled.”Progress since Singapore has since stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over the meaning of the document, and a return to testing would cast grave doubts over the future of the process.The use of the word “tactical” in the KCNA report suggests that no long-range ballistic rocket or nuclear device was involved, and there were no immediate indications any such test had been detected by the South.However, one of the senior military officials listed as accompanying Kim was Pak Jong Chon, identified by the specialist website NK Leadership Watch as head of the Korean People’s Army Artillery Command.KCNA released only one photograph to accompany its report, showing uniformed men taking notes as Kim talked. The background gave few clues to what kind of weapon was involved.In response to the first reports, Adam Mount of the Federation of American Scientists tweeted: “That pit of dread you felt in your stomach when you read this is your reminder that the DPRK missile test pause is voluntary, partial, and can fail without notice if it isn’t explicitly codified.”DPRK is the abbreviation for the country’s official name.Running outKim expressed “great satisfaction” and said the test marks a “decisive turn in bolstering the fighting capacity” of the North’s military, KCNA said.The “ultramodern tactical weapon” had been developed over a long period and its “great success serves as another striking demonstration of the validity of the Party policy of prioritising defence science and technology and the rapidly developing defence capability”, it added.The news came almost a year after Pyongyang’s last test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and recalled the repeated announcements of 2017, which included by far its most powerful nuclear blast to date and rockets that brought the whole of the US mainland into range.Soon afterwards Kim declared the development of his nuclear arsenal — which Pyongyang has long said it needs to defend itself against a possible invasion by the US — complete.The Winter Olympics in the South then triggered a rapid diplomatic rapprochement on the peninsula, heralding the Singapore meeting and three summits between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.A second encounter between Kim and Trump is expected in the new year.But Pyongyang is demanding sanctions imposed against it over its weapons programmes are eased and has condemned US demands for what it calls its “unilateral” disarmament as “gangster-like”.Washington insists the measures should stay in place until the North’s “final, fully verified” denuclearisation.Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korea Studies in Seoul told AFP the test was “a signal to the US sent ahead of the high level talks that its own patience is also wearing thin”.last_img

Annual YellowBird golf tournament raises 50000 for schools devastated by the hurricanes

first_imgTags: Top News TORONTO — Close to 120 Canadian travel professionals came out for a great day at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville on Friday to support a foundation dear to their hearts: The YellowBird Foundation.The tournament raised an estimated $50,000 (final amount to be published June 15) to help schools damaged by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, in an effort graciously sponsored by WestJet and WestJet Vacations.It was a fun day of golfing, prizes, lunch and auctions, and this year even included a spa bus for those less interested in golfing.Everyone played well, but the golfing prizes went to:. Men’s Winner: Michael Price, Jean Lafreniere, Michael Bird, Brett Wilson. Men’s Runner-Up: Dan Langevin, Duncan Bureau, Brian Robertson, JC Girard. Mixed Winner: Jennifer Waver, Paul Poulin, Karen Salviato, Aaron Payne. Mixed Runner-Up: John Pease, Zul Shaikhali, Morgan Bell, Jim Morrison. Longest Drive #1: Devin Kinasz and Dave Thompson. Closest to hole #7: Morgan Bell and John Pease. Closest to hole #15: Morgan Bell and Aaron PayneMore news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionSince its inception in 2005, The YellowBird Foundation has donated nearly $500,000 to educational initiatives in the Caribbean and Latin America, largely from money raised at this annual golf tournament.“As you know, some people in the Caribbean are living in poverty and the benefits of tourism do not reach them,” says Gerry Kinasz, a founder of The YellowBird Foundation and Publisher of Travelweek.  “I hope the projects we support will give children the opportunity to grow and that they will understand that there are people in the world who really want to help and see them succeed.”This year The YellowBird Foundation helped rebuild an elementary school in the Turks and Caicos. The school teaches 586 students between the ages of three and 11 and the impact from the hurricanes a few months ago caused major damage to the school structure and several classes were closed. Please watch the video below. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, June 4, 2018 Annual YellowBird golf tournament raises $50,000 for schools devastated by the hurricanes More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager Canada“The YellowBird Foundation does really great things for children and education in the Caribbean, and the projects they support change every year. We support a lot of charity events at WestJet, but it is especially important to get involved in projects in a destination to which we fly,” says Jane Clementino, Director of Agency Sales, WestJet.The YellowBird Foundation and WestJet thank all the participants and look forward to welcoming everyone again next year. Posted by Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more