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

Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Southland lawmakers react to speech along party lines

first_imgSouthland Democrats pilloried President George W. Bush’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, saying it was littered with already broken promises on health care, energy and education, while area Republicans praised the address as a show of strong leadership at home and abroad. Following are reactions to Bush’s speech from Southern California members of Congress. Republicans: Rep. DAVID DREIER, R-Glendora: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “President Bush laid out a strong vision tonight for a more prosperous, more productive America.” Dreier praised Bush’s domestic agenda and credited the president with staying “resolute” on Iraq and the war on terrorism. “We need to stay focused. We need to see this through,” Dreier said, referring to the war in Iraq. Rep. ELTON GALLEGLY, R-Thousand Oaks, said Bush’s speech had a “human touch.” “It was clear to me he was making every effort to say, I want to work in a bipartisan way.” On Bush’s call to develop alternative energy sources, he noted: “We didn’t even hear those things during the Clinton administration.” Gallegly said he thinks Bush balanced the proposed new spending initiatives with calls to eliminate some 140 programs. New programs for energy and education might cost money, Gallegly said, “but it’s also the future of your country.” Democrats reacted with deep skepticism. Many said they share Bush’s vision of improving health care, alleviating poverty, addressing the continued scourge of AIDS and seeking alternative sources of energy – but said they don’t believe the administration will put up the money to cover its promises. Rep. BRAD SHERMAN, D-Sherman Oaks, described Bush’s speech as full of style but lacking in substance. And he noted that in calling for a reduced dependence on foreign oil, Bush did not encourage energy or fuel conservation, nor urge higher mileage standards. “This is a speech that would sound good listening to the radio in a Hummer,” Sherman said. He also noted that Exxon’s staggering $36 billion profit this quarter so far outweighs the $10 billion Bush boasted America has spent over the past five years on energy research that “that says to me the president is not seriously committed to alternative energy.” Sherman said the high point of the speech for him was when Bush noted that Congress failed to privatize Social Security and “one bald member of Congress” – namely, Sherman – stood up to clap. Democrats, most of whom strongly oppose privatization, followed suit. “I created the standing ovation for the president’s failure to change Social Security,” Sherman said. Rep. HENRY WAXMAN, D-Los Angeles, also panned Bush’s health savings account plan as combining “the worst elements of the president’s failed Social Security privatization plan and his Medicare prescription drug fiasco.” Waxman argued that the accounts would increase health care costs for consumers and force others to ration care, “embroiling them in a confusing morass of accounts and bills when they should be focused on their health.” Reps. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, did not respond to requests for comment. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more