National Under-17 head coach, Andrew Edwards, is highly confident that this team has enough talent to do well in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. The team left yesterday for the Under-17 tournament that kicks off tomorrow. Jamaica advanced to the final stage after easily winning Group Four in the previous stage in July. They had wins against Guyana, 4-1; Antigua and Barbuda, 3-1; and the US Virgin Islands 9-0. Now, the Jamaicans are placed in Group A for the final round of qualifiers to the CONCACAF tournament and ultimately the FIFA Under-17 World Cup next year. “We have an absolutely fantastic chance as we have a team that can qualify for the CONCACAF tourney,” Edwards told The Gleaner yesterday. “I think the talent level and discipline in the team are very good. The youngsters play to instruction, and that is very important in moving forward,” he shared. The Jamaicans will play against Bermuda tomorrow, then Haiti on Sunday and finish the group stage when they face hosts Trinidad and Tobago next Tuesday. In Group B, the teams are Cuba, Curacao, Suriname and Guadeloupe. After the completion of the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals scheduled for September 23. The final will be on September 25. Also, the top five teams from the CFU tourney will move on to the CONCACAF tournament in Honduras in November. SQUAD: Jeremy Verley (Milton Academy, USA), Tajay Griffiths (Wolmer’s Boys’), Daniel Russell (Holmwood Technical), Nickache Murray (Wolmer’s Boys’), Jamoi Topey (Camperdown High), Kendall Edwards (Park View High, USA), Kimani Gibbons (St Jago High), Jordan Peterkin (Kingston College), Damani Osei (Cosby High School, USA), Cawayne Allen (St James High), Jamari Morrison (KC), Renato Campbell (KC), Horace Ramsey (KC), Blake White (USA), Cobi Atkinson (American Heritage, USA), Chad Letts (YSC Academy, USA), Omar Thompson (KC), Kaheem Parris (Dinthill Technical), Raewin Senior (Excelsior High) and Nickque Daley (Clarendon College).
TAT welcomes Yuthasak Supasorn as the new governorThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Friday (28 August, 2015) welcomed Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn as the new governor. His official start date is 1 September, 2015.Mr. Yuthasak, 49, was appointed by the TAT Board of Directors as the TAT Governor after Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik who completed his term at the end of March 2015. He was previously the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Thailand’s MCOT Public Company Limited (MCOT).Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Yuthasak said, “I’m very honoured to have been selected to this very important post. Thailand has excellent tourism products and services and that TAT itself is staffed by capable people who have done a great job in helping to make tourism one of the main pillars of Thailand’s economy.”Mr. Yuthasak said he planned to introduce three immediate strategies upon taking the Governor post at the TAT, including reassuring global confidence and stimulating domestic tourism in the wake of the recent tragic incident in Bangkok, as well as creating a better TAT.On reassuring global confidence, TAT’s domestic and overseas offices are providing regular updates on the ‘business as usual’ situation in Thailand and reiterating that the country continues to be a welcoming tourist destination. In December, TAT will organise a major event to draw tourists.Promoting domestic tourism will also be a top priority, he said, especially for students and senior citizens. He said new ways would be found to promote domestic travel not just during school holiday periods and weekends but during weekdays, all-year.On creating a better TAT, Mr. Yuthasak said, “I plan to further strengthen the confidence among the people within and outside the organisation and to build on the existing ‘TAT SPIRITS’ concept to promote good governance and transparency as well as to reinforce TAT’s positioning as the ‘Guardian of Thai Tourism’ to extend its expertise to other organisations.”He added the plans were to build on the TAT’s strong foundation to improve cooperation with other government agencies, the private sector and partners abroad, and to streamline internal procedures to upgrade the operational efficiency of the TAT, a state enterprise.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand