WESTERN BUREAU:Though failing in his bid to secure enough support that would make him a nominee for the post of president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and in the process unseat current president, Captain Horace Burrell, Orville Powell said he is not disappointed, but proud.”I feel a sense of pride because what I did was justified based on facts. If you remove the personalities involved, you will realise it is nothing personal, but one that’s based on raw facts, and we still need to address them,” Powell said.”All I want to do is put out there all the facts. I have put out some, and other stuff said are clearly my opinion, and I will not stop,” he noted.”If Burrell wants me to stop, then the issues raised must be put squarely on the table, itemised and addressed,” said the Montego Bay businessman and owner of Montego Bay United Football Club, current leaders of the Red Stripe Premier League.”I made myself available, and the delegates rejected it. Now they will have to continue dealing with the Captain and his ideas,” he said.lack of supportPowell, who was seeking to remove the long-serving Burrell from the JFF’s top job, failed to convince the various parish associations to lend him their support, with only St Ann standing by his side.The lack of support for Powell leaves Burrell in the position for another four-year term.All the parishes that make up the Western Confederation (St James, Westmoreland, Trelawny, and Hanover) did not support Powell’s bid.However, he still believes the process needs to change, saying whether or not he is president is irrelevant, “because if Burrell can effect the change, he should do it; and if he can’t, then someone must come forward to lead”.strong Desire for changePowell is of the view that there is a great urge among football delegates islandwide for change in the JFF leadership.Why then did their representative parish bodies not support the drive for change?”Everybody, including the delegates that I have spoken to, want the change, but somehow they do not see me as the man, at this time, to take charge,” reasoned Powell.He said Burrell, with blanket sponsorship of several of the island’s parish leagues through his business, The Captain’s Bakery, has insulated the JFF President against any realistic challenge. He called the financial backing unethical.”I am saying this also, that if you refer to the FIFA Code of Ethics, one can draw every interpretation of that fact. We are so guided by FIFA, and my interpretation of his business playing such a role in the football, irrespective of what people may say, is ethically wrong,” Powell argued.
DD Motoring: Letterkenny to Tory Island in 22 hours!DD Motoring: Letterkenny to Tory Island in 22 hours!
Two Chinese tourists apologised for being lost in Letterkenny recently at Boyce’s corner.With more English than I had Chinese and the help of their phone, they tried to explain that they were trying to find the bus station.Simple I thought, as I pointed across the roundabout to the Bus Eireann station, sitting right behind them. Advertisement Then one of the two of them started waving their hands in protest: “No, no, no, bus Johnnie McGinley!”Then I pointed past a line of taxis to a single bus shelter along the side of the road, “JOHN… McGinley,” I suggested.They both smiled in agreement, but with a tinge of uncertainty.Byways of trying to reassure them that a bus would arrive at this lone bus stop, I asked them where were they heading to. Advertisement They searched on their phone and showed me Tory Island on a map.I was going to tell them that John McGinley could probably see Tory Island out the sitting room window of his own home in Magheroarty, near Gortahork, but thought that would confuse these tourists completely.After we departed their company, I thought on their journey from their home in China and how someone could come from the other side of the world, maybe by train, then by plane, and then bus to get as far as Letterkenny.So, in an effort to try and visualise their onward journey from Letterkenny to Tory Island, I decided to do what they had done and Googled their journey from Letterkenny to Tory Island.My first attempt returned a journey time of 19 hours and 19 minutes! That’s what Google figured it would take me to travel the last leg of the Chinese tourists’ journey in Donegal, which included four different transport services operators.They included the Letterkenny Town bus to get me as far as Mr Chippys, then advised me to take the John McGinley bus to Lough Altan Hotel in Gortahork before travelling on the Local Link Donegal to get me as far as Magheroarty.From there, Google told me to get aboard a Donegal Coastal Cruises ship for the final leg of the journey to Tory Island.In contrast to this, I Googled how long it would take for me to go from Letterkenny to Dublin and it came up with four hours and the only service provider for this journey was Bus Eireann, no mention of John McGinley bus, which could have taken these tourist straight to Gortahork and only a few miles up the road was Magheroarty where they could have got a ferry across to Tory. At 19 hrs and 19 minutes to complete the journey by bus, I decided to check the flight time was Ireland to China and found that could be achieved in as little as 12hrs and 36 minutes.The map by google from Letterkenny to Tory Island 22hrs and 24 minutes. Photo Brian McDaid.I know that the journey from Letterkenny to Magheroarty Pier will take you approximately one hour in your car and is just short of 30 miles in distance going over Muckish and even if you went around by Cresslough and Dunfanaghy it would only add less than half an hour to your journey and an extra 10 miles in distanceSo my question is this: Why does Google only know the likes of John McGinley is available for only part of the journey to Donegal?But is unaware of their existence in the part that Bus Eireann is operating in? Once Bus Eireann go to the furthest point in the North West of Ireland, Letterkenny, the service terminates the Galway express, terminate the service in Derry, and private bus services that transport the most passengers out and in of Donegal all year round is not recognised outside its county by an information giant like Google.Everyone knows that it would never take 22 hours to get from Letterkenny to Tory Island, no matter who was driving the bus, and at different times of the day and even longer journey via Dungloe to Tory Island can be achieved by Local Bus Donegal in under 12 hrs.But in my opinion, those times are still sending out the wrong messages for anyone that is thinking of visiting our county and it will surely put them off.On the run-up to the recent local election, calls were made by councillors for a proper bus hub to be created in Letterkenny to cater for all the buses from all the private operators that make their stop at Mr. Chippys in Letterkenny.A better option could be an online transport hub dedicated for Donegal to included all the bus services public and private sectors included would be of more benefit to both the tourists that are making the effort to come as far as Donegal.And it would also help the tourism industry in Donegal, which in my opinion is suffering badly these last few years.The chartered tours may well take a lot of this bother out of a holiday, but God knows how many other tourists are giving up as soon as they Google Donegal, which looks as if it has no transport service at all.But if all the operators were included in the one online transport hub made just for Donegal, it would surely improve our fading tourist trade.Happy Motoring folks.DD Motoring: Letterkenny to Tory Island in 22 hours! was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)
9 November 2004Retief Goosen’s nickname is The Goose. Maybe it should be The Golden Goose. In the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship, featuring an elite 31-man field, Goosen proved once more that he’s the poster boy for the saying: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.The South African star brings to mind images of Clint Eastwood in his Spaghetti Western days: the quiet manner and the slit eyes, as if he were always looking into the sun. But even the Man With No Name would find it difficult to overcome The Goose in a duel.Outshooting the TigerNo one, it seems, relishes the toughest challenges that golf poses more than Goosen. His two US Open titles are evidence of that.Now he’s provided additional ammunition for that argument, outduelling Tiger Woods in the final round of the Tour Championship to lift the title on a testing East Lake layout.To put this feat into perspective, it is only the third time out of 33 that Woods has failed to win after having at least a share of the third round lead.“Goose is one steady player . You don’t win two US Opens by being very erratic. You have to be steady, and he’s done that”, Woods commented aterwards.Goosen started four shots behind Woods, but fired the only bogey-free final round as he posted a six-under-par 64 to take victory by four shots. His round matched the lowest final round in any of the four Tour Championships that East Lake had previously hosted.Hanging around under the radarAccording to the South African, he “likes to hang around under the radar”. That he manages to do that is possibly a bigger feat than any other that he has achieved yet. One has to ask, how is it that Goosen’s name seldom comes up as a likely challenger in the big events, even after two major victories?This is a man who has proved he is as tough as teak; remember that he won 10 matches in succession in the Dunhill Cup. When the chips are down, one man you wouldn’t want to face is Retief Goosen.After his win, it was pointed out to Goosen that he had won five times on the US PGA Tour since he started playing it regularly, about four or five years ago. The question was then posed whether he thought that was about the right number of wins, or should he have had more by now.‘I know which ones to pick’His answer was interesting: “I don’t know. I’ve won good ones, and I probably had my chances to win a couple more, and I probably think I should win a bit more. But I’m getting more and more comfortable out there now, getting to know the golf courses, as well, that we play.“I know which ones to pick and know the ones I like. I can work my schedule out that way so I’ll give myself more chances.”That’s not good news for Goosen’s rivals.His win in Tour Championship lifted him one place in the world rankings to a career-high fourth place. Tiger Woods’ second-place finish was enough to lift him to number two in the world, with Ernie Els moving down to number three, fractionally behind the American.Goosen’s victory also boosted his bank balance by US$1 080 000 (R6.74-million) – a huge prize that is testament to the status of the Tour Championship.It was The Goose’s second win on the US PGA Tour of 2004. He previously won the US Open, which made him, along with Tiger Woods, one of only two players to win a US PGA Tour title for four years running. In Europe he also laid claim to the European Open title.Great year in the US and EuropeDespite campaigning extensively on both the US PGA and European Tours, Goosen recorded very high finishes on both money lists. In the US he finished in sixth spot, while in Europe he ended as runner-up to Ernie Els.Two other South Africans contested the Tour Championship. Ernie Els and Rory Sabbatini both finished nine shots off the pace on two-under-par 278, good enough for a share of tenth place.In the top 100 of the latest world rankings, it is Ernie Els in third, Retief Goosen in fourth, Rory Sabbatini in thirty-first, Trevor Immelman in fiftieth, and Tim Clark in sixty-ninth place. South African-born Nick Price (Durban) occupies forty-fourth place, and Justin Rose (Johannesburg) is ranked sixty-seventh. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material