HVFC for Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_img Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).last_img read more

Media barred from prison CoI

first_img– Public Security Minister dodges transparency questionMembers of the media were on Monday barred from hearing the testimonies of members of the Prison Service at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison fire. This decision followed aPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan speaking with the media at the Guyana Fire Service on Mondaymeeting with Commissioners which delayed the start of Monday’s session.Sometime after 10:30h, Chairman of the CoI, retired Justice James Patterson advised that the testimonies would be done “in-camera”. Before the public was ushered out of the proceeding, Justice Patterson had stated that he would inform the media as to when they would be allowed to return.One of the key witnesses expected to testify at Monday’s session was Prison Officer Lyken (only name given). Lyken, who was reportedly ordered by his superiors to take video footage of the prison riots, was poised to give his version of the events which led to the deaths of 17 inmates. Notably, this publication witnessed equipment being set up to present the video footage taken as evidence.In the past weeks, controversy had ensued when the Attorney representing the Joint Services, Selwyn Pieters had made constant references to the footage in grilling his witnesses despite the said footage not being tendered as evidence. When upbraided by the CoI Chairman, Pieters threatened to resign from the CoI.Justice Patterson had raised concerns over the way in which the video footage was released to the public. In the footage, which was shown to the media operatives on April 4, prisoner Collis Collison and members of riot forces were shown to be engaged in an altercation.Attorneys representing the Guyana Bar Association had later raised concerns over the lack of transparency regarding the non-disclosure of the Standard Operating Procedures which govern the Joint Services operations at the Camp Street Prison.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was on Monday questioned by the media over the closed-door setting and concerns about lack of transparency with the process. Ramjattan whilst evading the question of transparency posited that it was within the authority of the Chairman to allow such a move.“The CoI is controlled by the CoI members…he has authority to do that I suppose under the Terms of Reference and if he thinks it is a matter for security reasons, why not?” the Minister posited.Notably, Station Officer at the Guyana Fire Service, Andrew Holder was last week allowed to disclose what inmates related to him when he carried out his investigation as to the cause of the deadly fire. Holder had concluded that the fire emanated from inside the Camp Street facilities and that inmates were indeed responsible.“It is my conclusion that this fire occurred as a result of a prisoner or more than one prisoner setting fire to mattress or mattresses within the prison walls,” Holder had noted.last_img read more