Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1). DEFENDING CHAMPS Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup.
With the clearance of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by the Rajya Sabha on July 31, the passage for proposed changes looks clear–awaiting the President’s assent now. What is intriguing about the amendment bill, which was stuck in the corridors of the Upper House since 2017, is the long list of penalties that have undergone refurbishing. These penalties, which are the prime catalyst for deterrence, have for long been meagre. This meagreness has promoted a sense of impunity and has caused widespread flouting of traffic rules. It is the individual perception which will be stand justified since everyone who holds a driver’s license will acknowledge how simple traffic violations are not seen as a cause of concern. For instance, not wearing seat-belt has been a common violation simply because a menial sum of 100 rupees serves as the fine for such violation. 100 rupees is still a sum one can afford over repeated offences but 1000 rupees will leave them scratching heads and thinking twice before committing the offence. To this length, all penalties have been revised under the amendment bill which will now aim at effective deterrence. This has been done to ensure road safety and curb traffic violations which are more often than not the reason for road accidents. Speeding will now attract a fine of Rs 5000 against Rs 500 earlier. Here the bigger penalty reforms have been a fine of Rs 1000 for riding a two-wheeler without a helmet along with disqualification of license for 3 months against just Rs 100 before–that too with the advantage of riding the bike without a helmet for the next 24 hours from the time of challan. No helmets are perhaps the easiest procurable fines on a daily basis which will now become a serious issue after the amendments are enacted. Apart from reforming existing violations, new norms have been added in the light of observations made over road traffic and safety. New norms include Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment as the penalty for the guardian/owner if a juvenile is found operating a vehicle. This is particularly important since juveniles, having lesser road-sense, have higher chances of getting involved in accidents. The new law will grant officers the power to suspend the driver’s licenses and will attract twice the penalty if the violator is found to be an enforcing officer. The cornerstone of the bill is the scheme for cashless treatment of road accident victims during golden hour and also protection of the person who renders emergency medical or non-medical assistance to a victim at the scene of an accident. Besides these, the provision to apply for a learner’s license online will come as super handy for the first-timers and reduce the load and expedite the process for issuing licenses manifold. The desperately-needed new norms will try to ensure greater safety on roads while making transport-related queries easier to be addressed through online systems. Though initially, the amendments will require some time to be completely implemented but once in practice, it will gradually change the public mindset and enable a safe and secure system.
Darjeeling: The West Bengal police have recovered a huge consignment of stolen tea from Alipurduar.The tea had been stolen from Assam. A person has been arrested in connection with this incident. A truck carrying a load of 400 sacks of tea had started from the Chirang district of Assam on August 2 for Bengal. The truck was hijacked midway. The management of the tea gardens had lodged an FIR with the Assam police. The Assam police had contacted their Bengal counterparts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The Assam police had asked us for help. We had got a tip off that the vehicle had entered Alipurduar and they were trying to dispose off the tea. We have recovered the stolen consignment belonging to to Kandua and Dhuli Tea Estates of Assam. The stolen vehicle had already been recovered from Dhupguri. One person has been arrested in this connection,” said Nagendra Nath Tripathi, Superintendent of Police, Alipurduar. Siplu Saha, the arrested was produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court on Wednesday. He has been taken to Assam on transit remand. The market value of the tea is Rs 30 lakh.