CALL FOR HELP SPORT MARKETING PLAN Jamaica is a land of talkers, of people who sometimes talk more than they act, and because of that, the country continues to mark time. Despite the many improvements in life in the years since 1962, since Independence, Jamaica has enjoyed little real and substantial development. Every summer, for example, is accompanied by drought, and every drop of rain is accompanied by flooding, washed away towns, and roads. After each summer and after each rainfall, the problems are forgotten until the next time they happen. It is always business as usual. The ravage of the drought is forgotten, and the raging floods and the people living along river banks are forgotten. People are allowed to do anything, or most things, and are allowed to live wherever they choose to live, and all because of the attitude which says, “Cho, allow the man”, “every man must live” and “every man must eat a food”. The State is expected to look after all its citizens, especially in times of need, and, therefore, it would seem that while the State should not dictate to its citizens, it has an obligation to cater for the development of the citizens, to educate et cetera, et cetera, and to intervene for the welfare of the citizens, where necessary. Aside from being labelled a bad Government, as a non-caring Government, and as a very callous Government, to stand aside and do nothing would be very costly, and has been very costly. There seems to be a change in the air, however, and one is coming from Desmond McKenzie, the minister of local government, re the Government’s policy on places to live, or not to live, and one from Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sports. From George Headley to Elaine Thompson, Jamaica has had sportsmen and sportswomen who have conquered the world time and time again, and they have young people in many, many different sports who have threatened to, and are threatening to keep Jamaica in the news, and making the news in sports all around the world. For years, however, the sportsmen and sportswomen have been calling out for help, for more assistance from the Government and from the private sector, so that they can continue to develop and to produce, and with all the goodwill in the world, this country could not afford to do so, to do more than it can. The Government, in fact, should not be expected to fully fund sports, certainly not ‘professional’ or elite sport, and certainly not the government of a country which is strapped for funds and one in which there are other priorities. Professional sports, elite sports, usually attract large crowds, television rights, and things which make them viable and self-sufficient. For years, however, many of us have been calling on the Government to do something about finding money for sport, to use the sportsmen and the sportswomen’s achievement and their greatness to help the situation, to invest in sports, in sports tourism, and things like that. Apart from making money, from getting money from that investment into the country’s coffers, the Government would then have enough money to provide for sports, to properly fund sports, to assist people in sports, to assist people who used to be in sports, to assist those coming into sports, and to truly develop sports to match Jamaica’s image in the world of sports. Jamaica has been blessed to have leaders in the persons of Michael Manley, Edward Seaga, P.J. Patterson, and Portia Simpson Miller, who truly loved sports and demonstrated such feeling, plus others like, Natalie Neita-Headley and Grange, who, as ministers with responsibility for sport, have shown that they do care about sports. Recently in Gordon House, Grange, in reporting on the Government’s group life and health insurance, a project started by the former Government, set out a plan to market sports. The plan calls for things like a Caribbean Sports Medicine Centre, whereby athletes, from home and abroad, can be served, for a national museum, and for erecting more statutes of achievers, of people like Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, and Elaine Thompson. It also calls for investment, for supporting meets like the Racers Grand Prix, major international sporting and cultural activities, and other things from which the country can profile itself and make some money in the process, some of which can be used in the general economy, and some of it, or most of it, for sports. Some years ago, in 1995, the Government asked the country, other sports organisations, to forgo any assistance while it funded football’s dream of going to the 1998 World Cup, Grange said in the House recently that the Government assisted the athletes for the Beijing Olympic Games, and it is known that the Government also did so for London in 2012, and Rio in 2016, not to mention the World Championships in between. Grange has stated that while it was a good thing to do, because it was only done for track and field athletes, “it did not sit well with me”. She hopes to organise a proper structure for Government’s assistance in sports, and a good and proper investment in sports to ensure that the Government has the money to do so fairly and properly, especially without pinching from areas such as education, health, housing, and security, must be the right to way to go. In selecting the members of the committees, however, Grange should select the best available people to do the job that she wants done. She should remember that sports is sports, and it has no colour, or should not have any colour. The committees, one to look about things to commemorate the country’s achievements and one for investment, should be made up of people who have shown that they love sports, that they know about business, that they know how to start a business and how to keep it going, and that they also love Jamaica.
What has already been hailed as the best Wray and Nephew Contender series since its inception seven years ago, is set for an exciting finish, with two semi-finals on Wednesday, July 5 and 12 and the grand finale on July 26. There have been some interesting changes for these three shows. The first change is the venue. Instead of the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, both the semis and the final will be held outdoors, on the spacious grounds of Mico University College, on Marescaux Road in St. Andrew. This has been done to facilitate the large crowd of spectators expected to attend.There is also an addition to the programme. Each night, there will be a second professional bout on the card. On July 5, Jamaica crowd favourite Devon “Concrete”Moncriffe will clash with Canadian Winston Matthews, over five rounds, before Sakima Mullings and Tsetsi Davis clash in the first semi-final. Matthews is the boxer who fought the No. 1 seeded Mullings at the start of the competition and gave a very good showing. Mullings won the fight by unanimous decision, but it was a close hard-fought contest.Matthews was disappointed that he did not get the verdict, and after the fight said publicly that he wanted to fight in Jamaica again.The promoters have given the opportunity to do so against a very good opponent. Moncriffe also bowed out in the first round of the competition, when he lost to Canadian Larone Whyte, by split decision. This too was a very competitive bout, and the match between these two fighters, will undoubtedly live up to expectations.eight-round boutOn July 12, last year’s Contender champion, Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will be challenged by Ramel ” Sub Zero” Lewis, another boxer who fought earlier in this year’s Contender series. This bout will be over eight rounds and will see Corley putting his boxing skills against the power-punching of Lewis. The semi-final that night, will be between Phil Rose from Canada and Richard “Frog” Holmes from Jamaica. On the final night, another former Contender champion, Kemahl Russell, will face Venezuelan boxer Mario Antonio Avendano over eight rounds. Avendano is a tested veteran, with a 30-11-1 record.He has a lot of experience, and fought for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in 2011, but lost. This is billed as youth versus experience, and Russell, with a record of 10 wins and one loss,will be given the opportunity to see how well he can do against against a wily boxer.The winner of the Contender series, will, in addition to the title, take home $2- million. The runner-up will get $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.
…at the gatesPrezzie described the PPP MP’s who staged a raucous placard protest while he was addressing Parliament as “vulgarians”. The neologism, of course, invoked the term “barbarians”. And in case anyone missed the allusion, for good measure, Prezzie insisted the PPP has a “contempt for culture”. In the midst of invoking “1964” – the year in which the PNC was ensconced into office after violent riots – the reference was not by accident.Reiterating to the black-tie audience of the overseas PNC faithful that he was “a Burnhamite”, Prezzie vowed, “My brothers and sisters, that is where I take my ideas from, my ideology from and it’s good for you to know that.” Part of the tradition of a Burnhamite is to genuflect to the forms of “civilised” behaviour – even as the most uncivilised policies are being executed. Burnham illustrated this literally, even when he walked out of Parliament with the rest of his PPP colleagues back when they were all together: he took time to bow to the Speaker!!He could mock Rodney by alluding to the latter’s prowess at high jumping at Queens, when his goons violently broke up the WPA’s meeting and Rodney was forced to scale fences to escape being maimed for life. Burnham was not a “vulgarian”, presumably because he didn’t actually break the legs of other politicians. He of course, (in)famously advised Rodney to “make his will” since his (Burnham’s) “steel was sharper”, just before having him (Rodney) blown to smithereens. But he was not a “vulgarian” because he offered his challenge with his well-modulated Churchillian English.Prezzie, in like manner, is not a “vulgarian” even though he let the whole country down the primrose path by letting them think he had moved past his original demand for a judge – and then pulled the (constitutional) rug out from under them. He was not a “vulgarian” because he took time to call Jagdeo for a five-minute meeting to inform him he’d selected an 84-year-old judge with absolutely no experience in “electoral matters” and padded his CV to boot!! Jagdeo should probably be grateful some goons hadn’t softened him up with a baton.But this is all part of the demonisation of the PPP and their supporters as they’re set up for whatever condign treatment Prezzie deems necessary as his PNC follows their path of 1964 to return to office in 2020. Who cares for the squeals of “uncivilised” vulgarians? They’ve got to be taught good manners, don’t they?Like by the young “non-vulgarian” PNC supporter exposing his privates to the PPP women protesting in from of Parliament.They’ve got to be civilised – by any means necessary.…in economicsPrezzie was also not a “vulgarian” when in addressing Parliament he claimed, his “Government wrested the nation from the vice of divisive and destructive winner-takes-all politics and laid the basis for a system of inclusionary democracy – (which) seeks cooperation for the ‘common good’ rather than one that fosters confrontation and chaos.” Even as he’d just slapped Jagdeo across the face with his (glove) of rejecting all three lists!Prezzie was also not a “vulgarian” when he boasted about his “prudent” management of the economy to deliver 3.1 per cent growth – even as he accepted that all due to gold production! So what if the other FIVE SISTERS are on life support and 7000 sugar workers are going to be out of jobs – with no new employment in sight!So Jagdeo and his PPP MP’s are supposed to cheer daintily at these bon mots – like the gentry looking on at a game of cricket at Lords.Not too loudly – that would be vulgar!!…at the bridgeThose cussing captains of the oil ships stuck for days as engineers tried valiantly (but successfully) to fix the winch to retract the Demerara Harbour Bridge were definitely “vulgarians”.That’s why the new bridge will also be retracting!! We’ll show THEM!!
“One more game,” Guardiola said. “We were seven points behind not long ago from Liverpool but we didn’t give up.“I know now is not (about) saying how good was the season, now is arriving first. We just have to win our game.”It was anything but straightforward against Leicester who, under the guidance of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, proved tough defensively and a threat on the break.Yet City, knowing the importance of victory, gave it everything. They were again missing the midfield composure of Fernandinho but made their usual high-energy start.Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling tore down the right and left flanks respectively and cut inside menacingly while Phil Foden, again trusted by Guardiola in another key fixture, was also lively.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The celebrations from Kompany, Guardiola and almost everyone connected with the home side were exuberant and emotional but the game still had to be closed out.Hearts will have been in mouths when former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho got clear but he missed the target, and City held on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, second left, celebrates with Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva after scoring his side’s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City returned to the top of the English Premier League with one round left after captain Vincent Kompany hit a sensational goal to beat Leicester 1-0 in a dramatic and tense match on Monday.The ferocious long-range shot by City’s long-serving and influential captain settled nerves 70 minutes into the nail-biting contest at Etihad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Leicester was also relishing the contest and it was the visitors who created the first serious opening when Ricardo Pereira skipped into the area and had his shot blocked by Kompany. Marc Albrighton’s follow-up effort was also charged down.City threatened as Foden chested down and volleyed at Schmeichel, then Youri Tielemans forced a low save from Ederson.Sterling raced behind the defense and flicked the ball onto Jonny Evans’ arm but penalty appeals were half-hearted and dismissed by referee Mike Dean.A sign of City tension came as David Silva was booked for a cynical challenge on Tielemans which prevented a breakaway from inside his own half.But City then started to take control, and Sergio Aguero hit the bar with a thumping header. Schmeichel did brilliantly to claw the ball off the line as it bounced down.City finished the half on top but there was another moment of alarm as Kompany was booked for bringing down James Maddison in full flow.City sent on Leroy Sane and poured all its efforts into attack after the break. City appealed for another penalty as Sterling went down under a Hamza Choudhury challenge but nothing was given and the Foxes almost caught the hosts out as Maddison flashed an effort wide.The tension increased and the anxiety was evident as Aguero was denied at point-blank range by Schmeichel after Evans miskicked.Then Kompany produced his first league goal of the season.“I didn’t score this season, but for me I always feel in big moments, in moments like this, I’m going to do something,” Kompany said. “I don’t know whether it’s a header or anything, I always feel like I’m going to do something. All I’m going to say is I’ve scored goals like that in training.” Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Few will have expected Kompany to shoot when the ball fell to him 30 yards out but he let fly with a powerful strike.“Vinny, I tell you, ‘No shoot!’” City striker Sergio Aguero was captured on television telling Kompany after the final whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLeicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had no chance as the ball swerved away from him into the top corner.Pep Guardiola’s treble-chasing side needed to win to retain control of their title destiny, and their 13th successive victory took them a point above Liverpool. City should successfully defend the title next Sunday at lowly Brighton. Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton at the same time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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…sentenced to 8 years behind barsThe now 20-year-old Angelique Williams, who was charged with murdering her pregnant best friend in 2015, was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment when she appeared before Justice Navindra Singh at the Georgetown High Court.Williams had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on April 6, 2017.While handing down his sentence to the visibly remorseful young woman, Justice Singh advised her to utilise the educational system while in prison and to abstain from consuming alcohol.As she was escorted out of the courtroom, the young woman was heard extending seemingly sincere apologies to her best friend’s family as well as her own.On May 21, 2015, the accused, who was 18 years old at the time, reportedly stabbed her best friend, Renita Thomas, who was then 20, at Versailles on the West Bank of Demerara.According to reports, the two women had been best friends for over five years. However, on the day of the incident, the duo, in the company of Thomas’ one-year-old child and some friends, went to the Aracari Resort on the West Bank of Demerara.While they were leaving the location, the two girls got involved in an argument which escalated into a physical altercation. The altercation turned deadly when Williams armed herself with a broken bottle and repeatedly stabbed her best friend to the chest, stomach and head.This happened in full view of the duo’s friends and Thomas’ child.Reports in the media at the time indicated that the cause of the entire incident was jealousy on Williams’s part.According to relatives, the best friends had made a pact to become pregnant at the same time and raise their children together. However, as they worked to make their plan a reality, Thomas got pregnant with her first child and Williams did not.This angered Williams, but she reportedly “got over it” until the day in question when she accidentally learnt that Thomas was pregnant again and she had been “left in the dark”. (Ramona Luthi)
0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, May 8- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s substitutions were responsible for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Valladolid which severely dented Los Blancos’ title hopes, according to his opposite number.Madrid were 1-0 up at half-time in what was a must-win game for their La Liga title chances but they appeared to lose their grip on the game after half-time at the Estadio Jose Zorilla. The home side pressed more and more as Ancelotti removed attack-minded Isco and Karim Benzema for the more defensive Asier Illarramendi and Marcelo, and were rewarded in the 85th minute with Humberto Osorio’s equaliser.A second surprise draw in four days left Madrid needing major slip-ups from both leaders Atletico Madrid and second-placed Barcelona to have any chance of winning the title, while the point lifted Valladolid out of the relegation places with just two games remaining.Valladolid coach Juan Ignacio Martinez told his postmatch news conference that he felt Ancelotti’s substitutions had contributed to the swing in the game’s momentum.“We were reeling at 0-1 down but we were able to react,” Martinez said. “The game had lots of ups and downs. We finished it playing in their half and with a lot of possession, provoking a fear in Madrid which their own boss, with his changes, transferred to his team.”Ancelotti gave a different explanation to reporters afterwards, saying that following their impressive 4-0 Champions League win at Bayern Munich his players had not been able to locate the “mental energy” required for La Liga.“We had the match under control for 70 minutes, but then we started defending deep and conceded a goal from a dead-ball situation,” the Italian coach said. “It wasn’t a case of a lack of attitude because [goalkeeper] Iker [Casillas] hardly had a thing to do all night.“We made a few mistakes as we lacked the mental energy for a match of this kind, near the end of the season. Physically we’re fine, [but] it’s difficult to recoup that energy, which is so important at this stage of the season, after playing in a Champions League semifinal.”The Blancos boss admitted that being four points behind Atletico with two games to play, and with Barcelona also having their destiny in their own hands, made it almost impossible for Madrid to win the title.“Winning La Liga will be very difficult, but it’s still mathematically possible,” Ancelotti said. “We have to carry on and win our remaining two La Liga games. I’m not concerned about who the favourites are to win the title.”Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso was clearly angry with his side’s second successive under-par performance when he spoke with reporters in the mixed zone.“This is practically over for us now,” Alonso said. “More than anything I am annoyed with the team because we have not realised how important the second 45 minutes were.“After going ahead, when it got difficult in the second half, we did not keep that intensity to close out the game. In the second half we really took our foot off the pedal, we did not have the concentration and intensity necessary for a game of this importance. “I hope it is not repeated because it was not a game in which we could let our guard down.”Alonso said his teammates would have to be sure not to make such mistakes in the upcoming Champions League final against local rivals Atletico Madrid on May 24.“These are moments which we cannot repeat,” he said. “Ahead of Lisbon the motivation is obviously maximum, and nothing like this should happen. “But still we should have known that La Liga is very difficult, and keep making demands of ourselves. In just one game, if you drop a little, you are not able to get yourself going.”-Soccernet.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Three school administrators, an aerospace manager, a former water board member and a PTA volunteer have applied to fill the school board vacancy left by Tom Lackey’s election to the City Council. Palmdale School District trustees will hold a special meeting Jan. 24 to interview the candidates. “I figured between six and eight,” board President Sheldon Epstein said. “You take a look at how many people run for office, that’s about the normal range.” Lackey, a California Highway Patrol sergeant, resigned Nov. 30 from the school board seat he had held since 1999 after being elected to the City Council in November. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Lackey’s school board term expires in November 2007. The school board applicants are Mark Gross, a principal at Joshua School in the Lancaster School District; Kathryn MacLaren, active in the Yucca School PTA, a Girl Scout leader and team coach and fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; Justin Murphy, a Lockheed Martin senior program manager; Bill Perry, a former Palmdale teacher and assistant principal at Challenger Middle School in Lake Los Angeles; Jeff Storm, former Palmdale Water District board member and city planning commissioner; and Ruben Zepeda II, assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Trustees decided in December to appoint someone rather than call a special election, which could cost the district anywhere from $30,000 to $200,000. At the meeting, a seven-member advisory committee made up of one community member named by each of the trustees and one representative each from the teaching, nonteaching and management staffs will listen as the candidates are interviewed. After the interviews, the board will go into closed session to discuss the candidates with the members of the advisory committee, come back out into public session to deliberate and make the appointment.
It’s safe to say things are going pretty well at Leeds United.Garry Monk’s side sit in third place and are seven points off the automatic promotion positions.And things got even better for the club last night.Goals from Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara sealed a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest as the club secured a sixth straight win at Elland Road.Check out Doukara’s unbelievable volley above…..
Manchester United romped to a comprehensive victory over champions Leicester to revitalise their hopes of claiming a top four spot.Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata ensured the Red Devils travelled back home with all three points.The result leaves Jose Mourinho’s side two points behind fourth placed Arsenal and brings an end to the a three game winless streak for the visitors.So, just how did the United players perform?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Manchester United player ratings… Ander Herrera – 6 – Sloppy in possession at times, but the Spaniard grew as a force when the game developed 14 14 14 14 14 14 SUB –Ashley Young – N/A – Looked set to leave the club in January but could see more minutes in the second half of the season. Given too little time to make an impact 14 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 9 – Uniteds standout player. Linked up excellently throughout the evening with Mata and capped off his performance with a beautifully taken goal David de Gea – 6 – Had very little to do, but dealt with any rare Leicester threat with a sense of calm and authority Paul Pogba – 6 – A quiet performance by the midfielder and could have done better with a close range effort in the first half 14 Marcus Rashford – 6 – The young striker lead the line alongside Ibrahimovic, but was selfish on too many occasions. Rashfords pace caused the Foxes plenty of problems Eric Bailly – 7 – The defender marked his return from injury with a commanding display and produced a fine measured tackle to prevent Ahmed Musa scoring in the first half Juan Mata – 8 – A fine showing by the dynamic midfielder. Leicester simply could not deal with his subtle movement and should have ended the night with more than one goal to his name 14 14 SUB – Daley Blind – 6 – Replaced Rojo at half time and was given the pleasure of watching his teammates pick off Leicester at will 14 Chris Smalling – 7 – Linked with a summer exit, Smalling brushed off the rumours in an excellent evenings work. Assisted Mkhitaryans opener after winning a header in midfield SUB – Marouane Fellaini – N/A – The much maligned midfielder came on for the final 15 minutes to play out the closing stages 14 14 Antonio Valencia – 7 – The roaming fullback put in a fine performance and set up Ibrahimovic for the crucial second goal to settle any United nerves Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7 – Another game, another goal. The Swedish veteran continues to excel in the Premier League and produced an expert finish to double Uniteds lead 14 Marcos Rojo – 6 – Did not put a foot wrong in a 45 minute appearance before being substituted through injury
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Arsenal were humiliated by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday and Arsene Wenger’s side are now out to 25/1 to win the Premier League following the 4-0 defeat, while Jurgen Klopp’s men are into 11/1 after their impressive display.Frank de Boer, meanwhile, is already under pressure at Crystal Palace and former boss Sam Allardyce is 6/1 to make the Eagles his next club if he decides on a return to management.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast