He said that more than $500 million passed through the JFF, with an average $400,000 going to the parishes. “How is it that with more monies coming through the JFF that we are more in debt?” he asked. He said there must be change if the overall health and development of local football is to be realised. “Travelling around the Caribbean, I’ve realised that Jamaica is not respected no more. There needs to be a healing process. We have seen a steady decline in fortunes since 2009; Jamaica has gone from being a powerhouse to a lackey, in footballing terms. “I think that the JFF can support the parishes and not a person doing so,” Powell stated, in a veiled reference to Burrell’s near-blanket sponsorship of several parish leagues through his Captain’s Bakery enterprise. MORE IN DEBT WESTERN BUREAU: Having attained much success with Montego Bay United, businessman Orville Powell is now setting his sights on bigger goals. He desires to unseat Captain Horace Burrell as president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Speaking at a press conference at the Blue Beat Bar and Lounge in Montego Bay yesterday, Powell said the time has come for fresh ideas, stopping just short of calling the Burrell administration of the island’s football as shabby. “We are now at a place where I call it decision time; time to change the direction of the JFF. Without saying anything further, this is my decision, I will be making myself available for the presidency of the JFF,” Powell said. His challenge comes at a time when world football is facing a raft of changes in the aftermath of the bribery scandal that has hit the sport’s governing body, FIFA, and which has resulted in several arrests of top officials, including CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, and, more recently, the suspension of its president, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, among other leading players in the game. “The work, for me, begins now and I will be engaging all the parishes to have meaningful discussions. I believe the future is with us,” Powell said. “They are saying the same thing that I am saying. “This decision was a timely one. A couple months ago, I would have never thought I would be sitting here. I have always been urged to do so, but what impacted me was that game against Nicaragua at the National Stadium. I saw how far our football would have been impacted had we failed to move on,” outlined Powell. With the JFF elections due in December, Powell has a relatively short time to secure the number of delegates needed. A former Western Confederation chairman and a JFF director, Powell gave a long list of woes besetting the federation, including a whopping $200-million debt burden.
PICO RIVERA — Crews were pumping out water from beneath the Rosemead Boulevard bridge spanning San Gabriel River on Tuesday to assess any possible damage from Monday’s storm. The bridge and a portion of the road remained closed indefinitely. Caltrans crews had been working before this week’s storms to reinforce the bridge’s footings, which were damaged during rain storms earlier this year. Officials were not sure Tuesday whether any of the repair work was damaged by Monday’s storm. “We are closing it for safety reasons, because we were already working on it when the water came,’ said Jeanne Bonfilio, spokeswoman for Caltrans. Once workers bring water levels down 2 to 3 feet, officials can assess whether there was any new damage. They will then decide whether to reopen the bridge, she added. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We can’t give an exact time for the re-opening until we see the damage,’ Bonfilio said. Caltrans closed off Rosemead Boulevard between Gallatin Road and San Gabriel Boulevard Monday evening. The closure was prompted after the Army Corps of Engineers released water from the San Gabriel River into the Rio Hondo River, which can handle more water. The bridge crosses over the Whittier Narrows dam, about halfway between the two rivers. During the release, water levels climbed under the bridge. Motorists who normally take Rosemead, also known as State Highway 19, are being re-routed onto the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, which also runs north and south. City officials said they realize the closure is an inconvenience, but it’s something that needs to be done. “We know it’s a headache for motorists, but this was an unexpected deluge and we understand Caltrans’ reasons for doing this,’ said Bob Spencer, the spokesman for Pico Rivera. This is the third time this year that Caltrans has closed the bridge. In January, it closed for three weeks during that month’s storms. Officials closed it again in May, after inspectors noticed that water had gouged a huge tunnel along the footings of the pillars that hold up the bridge. At that time, the bridge had dropped 2 inches, and officials feared it was in danger of failing. Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e- mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!