One overseas candidate is among three persons who have applied for the post of head coach of Jamaica’s senior netball team. President of Netball Jamaica Paula Daley-Morris told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that the interview process for the vacant post will begin next week. “We have three applicants, and the committee will meet this week to review the applications, and at the end of the review, the applicants will be asked to submit their additional documents, and then we will set up interviews for them,” said Daley-Morris. NOVEMBER RESIGNATION The Sunshine Girls have been without a head coach since November, after the resignation of Minneth Reynolds. Daley-Morris added that the job is open to anybody who is qualified and, therefore, she is not surprised that someone from overseas has applied for the post. Australian-born Jill McIntosh was the Sunshine Girls’ last overseas coach in 2014. “We are an internationally rated team, so we accept applications from anywhere, and so we expected people from anywhere to apply. We have employed overseas persons to coach the team before,” she said. Daley-Morris also noted that her association is yet to decide when they will be naming the new coach, but shared that the team’s preparation would continue until the completion of the coach-selection process. “I don’t have a date in mind, but the committee will decide that as well, and so I have to hear from them based on the process that they are using because we can’t announce it until a candidate is selected,” Daley-Morris said. “But we also have other coaches in place, so we are not going to rush the process,” said Daley-Morris. “The team will begin their training in early March, so if we do not have a head coach, it is not going to stop the team from training, because we have an assistant coach, who is still there, and a technical director, and we have other personnel that work around the team,” Daley-Morris stated.
During an exchange with Mohammed, the military colonel who heads the three-member panel asked about allegations that the al-Qaida leader was tortured by the CIA. “Is any statement that you made, was it because of this treatment, to use your word, you claim torture,” the colonel asked. “Do you make any statements because of that?” Portions of Mohammed’s response were deleted from the transcript, and his answer was unclear. He later said that his lengthy confession to the Guantanamo hearing was given without any pressure, threats or duress. The colonel said Mohammed’s torture allegations would be “reported for any investigation that may be appropriate” and also would be taken into account in consideration of his enemy combatant status. The Pentagon also released transcripts of the hearings of Abu Faraj al-Libi and Ramzi Binalshibh, though Binalshibh refused to attend his session. Binalshibh, a Yemeni, is suspected of helping Mohammed with the Sept.11,2001, attack plan and is also linked to a foiled plot to crash aircraft into London’s Heathrow Airport. WASHINGTON – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept.11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of others during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a transcript the Pentagon released Wednesday. “I was responsible for the 9-11 operation from A to Z,” Mohammed said in a statement that was read during the session, which was held Saturday. Mohammed claimed responsibility for planning, financing and training others for attacks ranging from the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center to the attempt by Richard Reid to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes. And he also claimed that he was tortured by the CIA after his capture in 2003. In all, Mohammed said he was responsible for planning 28 attacks, including many that were never executed. The comments were included in a 26-page transcript released by the Pentagon, which blacked out some of his remarks. Al-Libi is a Libyan who reportedly masterminded two bombings 11 days apart in Pakistan in December 2003 that targeted President Pervez Musharraf for his support of the U.S.-led war on terror. The hearings, which began Friday, are being conducted in secret by the military as it tries to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders should be declared “enemy combatants” who can be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals. Hearings for six of the 14 have already been held. The military is not allowing reporters to attend the sessions and is limiting the information it provides about them, arguing that it wants to prevent sensitive information from being disclosed. The 14 were moved in September from a secret CIA prison network to the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where about 385 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. Mohammed’s confession was read by a member of the U.S. military who is serving as his personal representative. It also claimed he shared responsibility for three other attacks, including assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and Musharraf. The transcripts also lay out evidence against Mohammed, saying that a computer seized during his capture included detailed information about the Sept.11 plot – ranging from names and photos of the hijackers to photos of hijacker Mohammad Atta’s pilot’s license and even letters from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!