WESTERN BUREAU: Facing what is likely to be the most serious challenge to his presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell is refusing to respond to comments made by Montego Bay businessman Orville Powell, who is seeking to boot him from the sport’s top position locally, until nomination closes next week Thursday. Powell announced that he is making himself available for the presidency of the JFF at a press conference on Tuesday, slamming the Captain Burrell-led administration for presiding over a period of rapid decline for the country’s football. However, Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday he has nothing to say on the list of issues laid out by Powell. “He has to first be nominated by four parish associations, so until he is nominated, it makes very little sense in making a comment at this time,” Burrell said. “Mr Powell has made himself available and there is a process where he will have to receive the support of at least four associations,” Burrell reiterated. “When he (Powell) becomes a credible candidate, then I will issue a statement, but at this time, he is not a candidate. I will do so after nominations,” stated Burrell. Gauging his support and weighing his words, Powell said on Tuesday the feedback he has been getting suggests that his candidacy is just a matter of formality. “Let me put it this way; discussions are ongoing and I am confident as can be. All we have to do now is to wait until such time when we will know what we will know,” he said. “As it is now, it’s highly possible I will get the required amount for nomination. Discussions have been good and the support I am already feeling is a positive one,” Powell added. According to a source, who requested anonymity, Powell, who also owns Montego Bay United Football Club – which won the Red Stripe Premier League two seasons ago and were runners-up last season – should get the required nomination from neighbouring parishes Westmoreland, Hanover and his resident parish, St James, while Trelawny’s stance is less certain. Powell is a former JFF vice-president and chairman of the JFF Western Confederation.
A large crowd gathered on Ballyness Bay to help return the stranded Whales to the water. pic copyright Northwest news pix.A leading marine specialist has warned that lessons must be learned from the stranding of a pod of whales on a Co Donegal beach last week.Dr. Mick O’Connell commended the bravery of all those who tried to rescue the whales when they beached at Ballyness Beach on Monday morning last.However, Dr O’Connell, who is the stranding co-ordinator with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group warned people could have been hurt. Austrian woman Antonia Leifner watches agonisingly as the 5 pilot whales slowly die on the beach at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh, Co. Donega. (North West Newspix)He commended the “remarkable enthusiasm” of all those who managed to temporarily put the Pilot Whales back to sea.But he said “There also appeared to be no experienced person in charge of the situation.“Terrified six metre whales are potentially dangerous animals so care is needed that nobody gets hurt, especially when good intentions outweigh experience.”Many locals took to the water in a genuine bid to help release the whales back to sea. However a circus-like atmosphere was created when the whales beached as children straddled on the backs of the creatures.Dr O’Connell said he believes the National Parks and Wildlife Service must take a lead for future beachings as they are responsible for whales, dolphins and porpoises.“The relevant agency needs to have in place a coastal network of personnel trained in the latest best practice guidelines for dealing with live strandings, backed up with appropriate authority to act as a beachmaster,” he said. MARINE SPECIALIST SAYS WE MUST LEARN LESSONS FROM DONEGAL WHALE STRANDINGS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalDr Mick O’ConnellFalcarraghPilot Whalesstrandings