BRIGHT MOMENTS Schafer’s tenure on Jamaica’s bench did have a few bright moments – particularly the team’s capture of the Caribbean Cup in 2014 and its run to the final of the Gold Cup in 2015, where they lost 3-1 to Mexico. Schafer, who has also coached African powerhouse Cameroon, took over from Theodore Whitmore in the middle of 2013 towards the back end of a failed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Meanwhile, Brown, who is said to be considering the prospect, is no stranger to the Jamaican head coaching job having led the national senior programme in three separate stints from 1990-1994, 2001-2004 and in 2006. With veteran Jamaican coach Carl Brown in the wings, under-fire Winfried Schaafer seems closer to the door, with general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Raymond Grant confirming to The Gleaner that discussions around a separation are currently underway with the German and his legal representative. Schafer is being represented by Queen’s Counsel K.D. Knight, and though no information was provided regarding the value of the customary severance package, it is widely believed that Schafer’s contract with the JFF saw him taking home US$5,000 on a monthly basis. “What I can confirm is that the Jamaica Football Federation is in discussion with Mr Schafer and his legal representative, QC K.D. Knight, as it relates to a separation,” Grant told The Gleaner yesterday. Grant pointed to the failed World Cup qualifying campaign, which saw the Reggae Boyz finishing last in their four-team group at the semi-final stage, in an embarrassing show that saw the team winning just once, while scoring the least (two goals) and conceding the most (10) in their six games. “After a failed campaign or programme, it is the responsibility of the JFF to review everything and see where we fell short, where we could have been better, what we need to do going forward, and things of this nature,” added Grant. “The board of directors met yesterday (Wednesday) and discussed the situation and determined that it was best to move in another direction,” said Grant. The administrator added that he does not expect the negotiations with Schafer to drag on for much longer. “The spirit of the discussions have been good. There has been a clear understanding between both sides and based on this, we expect that the finalisation of the agreement should be near,” said Grant.
Re: “Subway to sea viable?” (Feb. 15): Although $4.8 billion for the Wilshire subway is expensive, the route’s importance justifies the cost. A Wilshire subway would not be a slow Gold Line or a useless Green, but a busy line connecting most of the county’s important job centers. It would enhance Metrolink, which could bring suburbanites to more places than just downtown and Hollywood. Rapid transit along the 405 Freeway would still be necessary for Los Angeles to have truly effective transit. However, at some point, we’ll need a Wilshire subway. Shall we build it now, or wait for it to get even more expensive? – Peter McFerrin Los Angeles Re: “Subway to sea viable?” (Feb. 15): “Subway to the Ocean,” though a catchy slogan to become mayor and a necessity for people who want to avoid the traffic on Wilshire and the 10 Freeway, will lose steam before it leaves the station. The main issue is not the cost as some are suggesting but the presentation that this subway is a stand-alone gold-plated project and not part of a bigger regional picture. If a connecting transit line parallel to the parking lot Angelenos called the 405 Freeway is looked at linking the under-served Valley with busy LAX then this Wilshire extension will genuinely build momentum that this is a vital piece of a transit network. Until then, this vision of a subway will just be a pipe dream. – Jerard Wright Los Angeles DWP a business Re: “Big spenders” (Editorial, Feb. 15): The editorial labeling the DWP general manager’s discretionary spending account as a slush fund is outrageous drivel. That fund allows the DWP, which is a business, to operate like a business without having to say “Mother, may I?” every time there is something that is required in a timely manner to maintain the water or power systems. We all know the City Council, so busy sticking its nose into federal and world politics that it doesn’t govern the city very well, can’t be depended on for much, let alone permission to purchase the materials and services the DWP needs on a daily basis. The discretionary fund is a necessary tool the general manager requires to run the DWP in the businesslike manner the ratepayers deserve. I say, “hands off.” – Rod Luedke West Hills Uncontrolled spending Re: “Big spenders” (Editorial, Feb. 15): Uncontrolled spending of DWP money should surprise no one. Only a couple of years ago, our ex-mayor, having been denied 300 million additional dollars for law enforcement, just happened to find $305 million in the DWP that “no one knew was there.” Hook that up with the $23 million recently found in Parks and Recreation that “no one knew was there,” assume that most agencies are equally out of control, then ask yourself why you keep voting for new bond issues and more government programs. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth Not Chekhov Re: “This ‘Cherry Orchard’ more than ripe for the picking” (U Section, Feb. 15): I take issue with reviewer Evan Henerson, this production of “The Cherry Orchard” is horrendous. The production is set in something ridiculously similar to a wooden barrel, with a cast that matches the set. The sole exception, acting-wise, is Alan Mandell, as the ancient servant, Firs. Otherwise, the acting is dull and passionless. Moreover, how can the director possibly justify allowing Alfred Molina to play his part as Lopakhin, the Russian serf, with a flamboyant Cockney accent? It comes across as blatantly amateurish, not modern. It is not enough to have moments of slapstick humor as a substitution for real depth, conflict and behavior, places where real humor comes from. The entire production is chilly and benumbed. It is not Chekhov. – Jeremy Bright Sherman Oaks It does happen The Dick Cheney shooting isn’t the first time the top echelons of government were involved in firearm mayhem. There was the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton duel some 200 years ago. More recently, however, circa 1959, the then-president of General Motors, Harlow Curtice, made the cover of Time magazine, for killing his best friend in a hunting accident in the Michigan woods, north of Detroit. – Rick Rofman Ven Nuys Cheney incident Re: “Cheney: I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend” (Feb. 16): Not only did the administration “stonewall” the Cheney incident for almost 24 hours, but when it did release the story it did not first give a phone call to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who had to hear the news while attending a photo op at the opening of a cell-phone kiosk at the mall. – Marshall Barth Encino His humanity I am certain that the shooting of a loyal contributor by the vice president was only a tragic accident. I am equally certain that the vice president’s reaction gives a deep insight into his humanity, compassion and sense of friendship. A normal person might have said, “Omigawd. How terrible. I’m so sorry that I hurt my dear friend.” Cheney said he had called Harry Whittington to wish him well. “The vice president said that he stood ready to assist.” – Don Culp Burbank Kwan example Re: “Michelle Kwan” (Your Opinions, Feb. 15): The criticism of Michelle Kwan by Claire Tucci is not only unfair, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the Olympic movement. There are no official Olympic medal counts and no Olympic awards for national medal counts. Medal counts are generally the result of early Nazi propaganda, Cold War competition, and modern journalistic hype. Except for those athletes from some totalitarian countries, Olympians do not perform for their country. While there is a healthy and natural team spirit, the Olympics are about individual effort, dedication and excellence. You will find no greater example of the “Olympic Spirit” than the efforts and attitude of Michelle Kwan. – Bob Gates Granada Hills Palestinian quandary There are those who say we should continue to fund the Palestinian government that is now controlled by Hamas because if we cut off the money, it would hurt the Palestinian people. Then again, it was the Palestinian people who voted Hamas into power in the first place. Now, that’s a quandary. – R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Economic gap I only wish that President Bush, his cronies, every congressperson, and even the justices could live with the salaries and needs of the more than one-third of the population that lives at or below the poverty line for three to six months. I only wish that since a large part of the future of this country depends upon the education of the children that all of the above have their children entered in the public school system. I only wish that all of the above live on the income of the many elderly people who have struggled and worked all their lives only to see future benefits lessen and their costs increase. The gap between the “wealthy” and shrinking middle class and poor continues to increase. – Lee Wasserwald Santa Monica 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Don’t do it Re: “Subway to the sea viable?” (Feb. 15): Regarding “Subway to the sea viable?”: The answer to this question is emphatically “no”, due to its mega cost and limited effect. There are many options of broader application, dramatically lower cost, and vastly reduced times of implementation that should be seriously considered. The Orange Line bus route, with its parallel bike trail, is a prime example of providing practical transportation, healthful recreation and an improved quality of life at an affordable cost. For many, the Orange Line is the most prominent public improvement of the past half century in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles could use much more of the same, employing unused railways and the banks of the Los Angeles River. – Don Malvin Canoga Park Pipe-dream subway