Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president, Ambassador A.B. Stewart Stephenson, is expected to announce that he is stepping down from the role in a press conference today. Stephenson, who is a lawyer by profession, is said to be stepping down because of what he describes as “personal reasons”. He first came to power in 1996, served for 11 years and was then succeeded by Rudolph Speid. He then returned to replace Speid in 2014 for two terms and continued after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) extended the term limit for confederation presidents to four years. Sources say that Speid will be nominated for a return to the role as he has publicly declared an interest, while the association’s general secretary Wayne Shaw, told The Gleaner that he would be contesting the election. No other names are expected to be put forward to challenge them. “We’re surprised and we weren’t expecting him to go,” Shaw said yesterday. “He was in the first year of his four-year term and we did not want him to go. We tried to convince him to stay, but he made his choice.” Shaw says that he does not expect much to change in the association as the rest of the executive body is expected to remain. “The team will still be there,” he says. “We will be OK. The only change is that I will be running for the presidency.” Some of Stephenson’s achievements in the last year of his tenure include brokering a television rights deal with Television Jamaica to broadcast quarter-final, semi-final, and final matches for its competitions for five years; ridding the confederation of debts; and relocating to larger headquarters. Also, during Stephenson’s stint last year, a television rights contract was signed between Television Jamaica and Television Jamaica Sports Network and KSAFA to provide televised coverage of the Jackie Bell Knockout competition. Stephenson had been previously tipped to challenge JFF President Captain Horace Burrell for the top job in local football, but he recently told The Gleaner that he would only consider the position if the money was right, as he has more important priorities. Nominations for the post will be presented to the public next week. KSAFA is a leading confederations in Jamaican football, with 39 clubs as members, across the Corporate Area. HIS ACHIEVEMENTS
Bush’s daylong visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, is a chance to reverse anti-American sentiment and nurture relations with Musharraf, an ally in the fight against terrorism. Some Americans think Musharraf can do more to combat terrorism, but Pakistan claims it has arrested about 700 al-Qaida suspects in the past four years, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Talks about the nuclear agreement with India probably will overshadow discussions on terrorism and economic relations. A framework for an agreement was announced by Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmoham Singh at the White House in July. 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 Last year, U.S. exports to India grew by more than 30 percent. While India’s growth has not touched lower-income groups, India’s middle class is buying air conditioners, kitchen appliances and washing machines – many of them from U.S. companies such as GE, Whirlpool and Westinghouse. India could be a counterweight to the rising power of China, which the U.S. views as a potential rival. India, however, professes little interest in playing that role. “There is no way better to empty a drawing room in Delhi of Indian strategists than to start talking about this idea,” said Robert Blackwill, a former U.S. ambassador to India. Bush’s stop in neighboring Pakistan follows recent demonstrations against cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that were first printed in a Danish newspaper. The protests have turned into platforms for criticism of the United States, the Pakistani government of Pervez Musharraf and the war in Iraq. Bush is not expected to stray far from the gated presidential palace in Islamabad, though he plans to participate in a cricket event. WASHINGTON – President Bush will try to seal an elusive nuclear deal when he visits India this week, but also will seek new footing with a burgeoning economic power feared by some Americans and embraced by others. With a stop in Pakistan, Bush joins presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Clinton as the only U.S. chief executives to visit both countries. India, with more than 1 billion people, is the world’s largest democracy and has the second-largest population of Muslims, after Indonesia. U.S. businesses are eyeing India’s fast-growing economy. Some estimates put its middle class at 300 million; the entire U.S. population is just over 298 million. Some in the U.S. perceive India as a threat to their jobs and are wary of the country’s cheap labor markets. The Bush administration says U.S. jobs will be created if American companies stay competitive in the global economy.