Antiguan businessman is new CFU general secretary

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):An Antiguan businessman, Neil Cochrane, is the new general secretary of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), a CFU release said on Wednesday.Cochrane has been appointed to replace Anguilla’s Damien Hughes, who had announced his intention to leave the position since last year.The CFU statement announcing the appointment said Cochrane has a wealth of experience in management, having spent the last 13 years as a marketing manager.”We have to understand and have dialogue with the associations to understand their strengths and their weaknesses and to see how we can improve and enhance their weaknesses and further develop their strengths, so that when they have their leagues in St Lucia, or in Guadeloupe, or in Haiti they are all of a particular standard. We have to make sure they are all tapping into as many resources as possible to fund the various programmes that they have.”Relocation comingAlready, the new general secretary has announced plans to reduce the CFU staff in Jamaica as well as rent a smaller office there.He also revealed that some aspects of the daily operations of the CFU will be relocated to Antigua.”There will be some reduction in staff in Jamaica and the size in the current facility that we rent,” he said.”And then there will be the establishment of an office here in Antigua with some support staff and in particular the media. The PR machinery will be placed in Antigua.”In his first interview in the new role, Cochrane said while he intends to open-up dialogue with the membership, first on his agenda is transforming the CFU into a financially viable organisation.”The majority of the funding for the Caribbean Football Union comes through CONCACAF, and at the end of the day, the monies are not necessarily close to what the CFU requires to execute all of its programmes,” said Cochrane.”So, therefore, we have an obligation to do our endeavour best to increase and improve the revenue machinery of the Caribbean Football Union so that the member associations and can be supported stronger.”last_img read more

Newcastle flop could be an ‘important signing’, admits Serie A side’s president

first_img1 Newcastle United flop Facundo Ferreyra is on the verge of a move to Genoa, according to the Serie A club’s president.Ferreyra joined Newcastle on loan in the summer from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, but he is still yet to make his debut for the Premier League club.As talkSPORT told you last month, Genoa have now offered the 23-year-old a route out of Newcastle but making a permanent move for the striker.And the Italian club’s president, Enrico Preziosi, has admitted that a deal for Ferreyra looks on the cards.“He’s a good player,” said Preziosi told Il Secolo XIX.“His story is similar to [Diego] Perotti’s, who also didn’t play for a long time. He could be an important signing, a player that my son really likes as does [Omar] Milanetto.“There’s a strong possibility that he will arrive at Genoa.” Newcastle United flop Facundo Ferreyra in action for Velez Sarsfield last_img read more


first_imgJunk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) is nearing its climax on the 8th March in Derry’s Millennium Forum with its Northern Final.The Northern finalists’ entries will be showcased on a choreographed catwalk show to a packed audience with the winning design securing a place in the all-Ireland final at ‘The Bord Gais’ in Dublin. Scoil Mhuire, Crana College, Moville CC and Carndonagh CC have all reached the final with their designs. The Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past two years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. Sponsored by ERP, the only pan-European compliance scheme for electronic waste and battery recycling, Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative.The all-Ireland competition has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2010. The competition has seen student’s work featured on the red carpet at the Royal Premiere of ‘The Hobbit’ in London, captivated audiences at pop-up trashionista fashion shows in Victoria Square among others; been accredited from the European Week for Waste Reduction Awards with a specially commissioned trophy by MLA Sir Alex Attwood and received widespread media attention.The judges for this competition include a selection of fashion and eco experts including Donegal-born, international model and prolific blogger Faye Dinsmore as well as stylist and TV presenter, Darren Kennedy, who is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s top style influencers. Darren brings his sharp fashion sense and keen eye to the judging panel while Tracy Fahey from the prestigious Limerick School of Art and Design will seek to separate the junk from the Junk Kouture. Yvonne Holmes, who is Head of Corporate Communications for ERP Ireland, chairs the judging panel and she will be watching out for the outfits that best promote sustainability, incorporate used materials effectively and of course make clever use of electronic waste in the Junk Kouture submissions.Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O’Donnell had this to say about this year’s Northern Final: “I am so excited about seeing what the North has to offer this year! Last year our Northern winner Jose Varandas’ Warrior Knight Coke Can outfit became one of the most iconic pieces from the 2012 competition. I’ve heard on the grapevine that some of this year’s entrants have created outfits from artificial grass and orange peel- so I think everyone is in for a real treat with the show! I’m really looking forward to seeing what Inishowen has to offer! The Northern Final is taking place in The Millennium Forum in Derry at 7pm on 8th March; tickets are £15 per person and will be hosted once again by Buncrana’s Cheryl and Emile. For further information, please log on to or visit the Facebook page at: or Twitter. FASHION: INISHOWEN TO STORM MILLENNIUM FORUM AT JUNK KOUTURE NORTHERN FINAL was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more