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.
May 31. The fee for the workshop is $30 and includes a financial planning binder. Participants will learn about keeping up with inflation, ways to reduce taxes on investments and saving for retirement and college. For more information on the financial workshop, call (562) 902-3100. Whittier holds chili cook-off WHITTIER – Whittier’s Historical Society and Museum will present a Chili Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Joe Miller Field, Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Admission for the event, which will also feature various entertainment, is $3. For more information, call (562) 698-1718 or (562) 945-3831. Nichols named to city commission LA MIRADA – The City Council has appointed Alan Nichols to the Community Services Commission. The nine-member advisory commission is an important part of government in La Mirada. The Community Services Commission studies areas such as recreation programming and social services. Nichols has served on the La Mirada Athletic Council and the La Mirada Community Services Foundation. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Event showcases local artwork WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation will present its 2nd annual Community Arts Showcase at the Whittier College campus, 13406 Philadelphia St., from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the fundraiser is set at $25. Whittier artists will display their work; local restaurants will feature their culinary specialties; and local performing artists will showcase their talents during the event. The showcase will be held at the Ruth B. Shannon Center at the college. WCAF has organized the event in an effort to raise money to support its philanthropy program. The group grants funding for music and artistic programs for many students. For more information or details on where to buy tickets, call (562) 464-3360. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A North Park Middle School fundraiser, sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 23 at the restaurant, 9290 E. Whittier Blvd. Twenty-five percent of all food purchases goes to the North Park Middle School Associated Student Body. For more information, call (562) 801-5137. Whittier promotes graffiti awareness AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWHITTIER – Graffiti awareness and prevention workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and May 31 at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Ave. The workshops are being held to get community input on how to fight graffiti in city neighborhoods. For more information, call (562) 464-3360. Workshops help with finances LA MIRADA – The city will hold a three-day financial workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning next week through