All Island League perfect foil for NJ plans

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All Island Community Netball League might prove to be a fitting conduit for development plans of the sport’s governors here, Netball Jamaica (NJ).Last Saturday, Dr Paula Daley Morris was elected unopposed as the new NJ president. On Sunday, the INSPORTS-run islandwide league started.”We met with Dr Paula Daley Morris and she wants to meet with all stakeholders and INSPORTS will be included,” Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director, informed. “She wants us to assist in their junior programme development as she wants to start a strong junior programme.”It fits right into our mandate. We hope that this competition will assist in that way,” he said.The competition, which will cater to over 9,500 competitors from various communities across Jamaica, got under way at the Delacree Park Community Centre and in the opening game, Max Social (Maxfield Park) swamped Hagley Park All Stars 36-0. Tashai Price did most damage, netting 28 of Max Social’s goals.Though it involves competition, there are other components to the league, primarily coaching seminars that will be conducted by certified coaches. Players will be taught the rudiments of the game, such as passing, shooting and defending.According to INSPORTS officer Tanya Wright, these seminars can be considered as a continuation of the umpires’ training seminars that were held across the island earlier this year.”In keeping with the agency’s mandate to unearth and nurture talent, this programme seeks to create a medium to expose talents and to channel them into the national programme for further development and possible representation,” remarked Wright, one of the coordinators of the league.Venues islandwide”We’re going to use approximately five venues in every parish,” she continued, noting that the league will continue on Sunday with more matches at Delacree Park.The competition is similar to its popular All Island Football League, which is dubbed the ‘Ghetto World Cup’.”We’re going to be having matches in all the parishes and so far, we’ve been getting positive feedback from the communities. They had been waiting for a long time, so now that’s it’s here they are excited,” said Wright.”We’re going to be placing a lot of emphasis on the coaching aspect because we want to ensure that the basic concepts are taught at the grassroots level.”last_img read more

England, South Africa draw

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):England survived a late South Africa surge as the second Test at Newlands was drawn, with the tourists 159-6 in their second innings yesterday.England finished 161 runs ahead, but had to fend off the South Africans, who took six wickets in two sessions on the final day to provide an unexpectedly eventful finish.After four days of bright sunshine and perfect batting conditions, England were determinedly defending the draw under gloomy skies in Cape Town when bad light ended play just under two hours before the scheduled finish.”It was a nervous finish, actually,” England captain Alastair Cook said. “It’s not ideal and we’ll have a chat about it.”England posted a mammoth 629-6 declared in their first innings, their second highest score in South Africa, only for the hosts to respond with a defiant 627-7 declared. England still lead the four-match series 1-0 and are in good position for a first series win over South Africa in 11 years. There are two matches to play, in Johannesburg and Centurion.South Africa, despite their progress at Newlands, were suddenly hampered with the unexpected announcement after the match that Hashim Amla was stepping down as captain immediately.”If someone else can add more value, why wait and be a hindrance to the team for two more Tests?” Amla posed.In a test where 1,256 runs were scored in the first two innings on a serene batting pitch where batsmen had few problems, it was a strange finish in Cape Town even before Amla’s decision.The surface began to offer spin, and nip and bounce for the quick bowlers and the searing heat gave way to a blanket of gray cloud cover and light drizzle.Ultimately, England kept their nerve to maintain the lead in the series, while South Africa, under pressure to live up to their No. 1-ranking in Tests, found some momentum after a big 241-run defeat in Durban and a hammering for their bowlers at the start at Newlands.”I know after a day-and-a-half a lot was being written and a lot was being said,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. “For us to show that type of resilience with the bat was phenomenal.”last_img read more

Pradera continues to dominate PAL field

first_imgCEBU – Talk about going for the kill.Pradera Verde, even with its biggest gun resting, cracked par for the second straight day on Wednesday and is now on the verge of slaughtering the PAL Ladies Interclub Championship division field over a Cebu Country Club layout here that has been at the mercy of Lubao-based squad’s young roster.ADVERTISEMENT NU fights off UST, improves to 2-1 How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Saso, the 16-year-old former Philippine Team mainstay, birdied all the four par-5s in the opening round as she maximized her length off the tees to conquer the 5,100-yard layout.The Filipino-Japanese will also be looking to put the individual championship in the bag, and she would most likely have to do it at the expense of teammate Effendi and Constantino.Constantino came out for the second straight day and has a total of 109 points, one-under for two days.Meanwhile, Rita Horan fired 49, Christine Popp shot 42 and Jocelyn Garcia 39 as Alabang wrested the Founder’s Division lead with a second day 129 for 255, two points ahead of Manila Southwoods-Legends.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cebu CC fired 133 points for 273, 24 points behind SW-Masters.Bernice Ilas shot 53 points, Mika Fortuna contributed 52 and Sofia Chabon never got going and accounted for just 48 as SW-Masters sputtered for the second straight round.Coach Norman Sto. Domingo, despite the big lead, is not about to take it easy as he bared that he will have the talented Yuka Saso leading his third round crew to do the mop-up job this early.Saso played in the first round on Tuesday and fired 59 points. She will lead a team that will debut 13-year-old Annika Pineda-Cayabyab.“We will go all out and try and extend our lead,” Domingo said after watching his last player hole out on the difficult 18th hole of the age-old layout. “We would want to get this done early so that the players can relax on Friday (in the final round).”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Indonesian Michela Effendi fired a three-under-par 69 worth 57 points, Harmie Constantino chipped in with 56 and Kristine Torralba accounted for 53 as Pradera pooled a second round 166 for 331, the highest ever two-round score recorded in the event’s 12-year history.READ: Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gaspingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBreaking par for the second straight day has also never happened before, and taking the brunt of that was reigning six-time champion Manila Southwoods-Masters, which could only come up with 153 to be 34 points behind.And unless Pradera fails to come to the venue to play the third and fourth rounds, it’s all over but the shouting as the rookie squad announced its coming in style and will dethrone SW-Masters in the most convincing way in the next two days. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

GuySuCo downplaying production deficit

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen a statement by the GuySuCo with regards to its 2019 second crop performance. The Corporation’s statement, aspects of which were reported on October 11 in a section of the media, was in response to a statement that was issued by our Union wherein we expressed, very much, our concerns with respect to the performance of the sugar industry thus far.We saw, in the statement, the Corporation said that the GAWU and the NAACIE “…did not take the time to apprise themselves of the real situation regarding the production status…”. We are at a loss to understand what “the real situation” really means. Nevertheless, it was as a result of probing during our October 1 engagement with the GuySuCo, that our Union was able to get a better understanding of the situation the industry is in at this time. We have sought, in the past, to become au fait with plans and situation of the Corporation, but our genuine efforts are being ignored for reasons unbeknownst to us. This is a marked departure from the past when the Union and the workers were treated as valued stakeholders, deserving to know of the industry’s challenges and to consider, collectively, workable efforts to alleviate the difficulties were being faced.The Corporation, in its statement, sought to downplay its production deficit contending that our Union was, seemingly, engaged in misinformation. This, however, is far from the truth. The reality is that the data the GAWU shared was given to us by the Corporation during the engagement we mentioned. We had, obviously, no reason to question the GuySuCo information that was given to us. It appears, in the future, we may have to find some means to ensure that credible and accurate data is shared with us.Now it seems that the Corporation has double-checked its figures and has sought to downplay the worrying state of affairs. Though it has not released, publicly, as far as we are aware, the data to substantiate its contention. We, nevertheless, will give the GuySuCo the benefit of the doubt. But whether the deficit is 35 per cent or 23 per cent or somewhere in between, it does not negate the reality the industry is severely behind its targeted production. It is, in our view, a difficult obstacle to surmount in the remaining crop weeks and, it seems, the crop would have to be extended.We saw too the sugar company charging that “…the second crop which was initially projected to commence in the last week of July…” We find this statement strange bearing in mind that the production schedule that the Corporation provided to our Union, among others, indicated clearly that the first week’s production would be during the week ending on August 9, 2019.The GAWU is, indeed, happy to learn that most of the factory difficulties were resolved though we are aware that there are still some nagging issues. Expectedly, if the Corporation’s statement is anything to go by, those issues would be remedied in a short time. Moreover, we were heartened to have learnt that the Corporation “…is confident that the production targets for the second crop would be achieved…” We are also, like the Corporation, hopeful too.At this time, the GAWU cannot fail to reiterate that important to the industry’s success is the commitment, efforts and dedication of the thousands of workers in the fields, factories, offices and elsewhere. Those workers, who despite the difficulties of their tasks, continue to exert great effort and make significant sacrifices but yet they are treated in the worse of terms. They have, in the era of the “new GuySuCo”, not gotten an increase in pay, they have had their long-standing benefits simply ignored, and have seen some benefits suspended without rhyme or reason. Undoubtedly, the situation and circumstances have greatly impacted them and their families.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Legal luminaries get meagre salary to advise AG

first_img…paid ,000 monthly…as AG enjoys over $1,500,000 tax free salaryTaking issue to questions from a recent editorial in a section of the media, the Legal Affairs Ministry is firing back in defence of the ministerial council of advisers formed to help Attorney General Basil Williams, a Senior Counsel, to perform his duties.According to the Ministry in a statement to the media, all the members of theJustice Duke Pollardcouncil will merely be receiving a monthly honorary payment of $15,000 monthly (US$75); while the Chairperson will be receiving $20,000 (US$100) monthly.The Ministry made no mention of any other benefits and emoluments members of the council might be receiving.But according to senior legal professionals, this is a slap in the face of the legal minds as they have been integral to the legal system in Guyana.This amount is indeed miniscule, when compared to the Attorney General’s tax-free package of $1.6 million per month (US$7674), excluding other benefits. In fact, part of the coalition’s justifications for the unpopular salary increases it took soon after entering Government had been the abnormally high pay of the AttorneyJustice James PattersonGeneral.The Council of Legal Advisors is made up of former Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge, Justice Duke Pollard; former High Court Judge, Justice James Patterson; former Appeal Court Judge, Justice Claudette Singh; Professor Harold Lutchman; and Professor Harold James.Earlier on Thursday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told media operatives at a post-Cabinet press briefing that the salaries for these advisers were minimal. Harmon also noted that the legal advisers volunteered their services.Around the time the advisers were appointed, there had been heavy criticism of Williams’ performance as Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General. One of his fiercest critics had been his predecessor, Anil Nandlall.Harmon had disclosed that the functions of the Council would include providingJustice Claudette Singhlegal analysis and advice on the development of the local justice sector, Government’s legislative agenda and litigation matters; providing input into legal policy design and engaging stakeholders with interest in the justice sector where appropriate.In addition to this unprecedented assistance which Williams will be getting to perform his duties, Harmon went on to say that the Council would be assisted in the execution of its mandate by support staff from the Legal Affairs Ministry.last_img read more

3rd list to be submitted next week

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he was in the process of finalising his third list of nominees for the chairmanship of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which he hopes to submit some time next week. He is hopeful that President David Granger would select one of the names on the list whenOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeosubmitted.“I had committed to submitting a third list publically and with the President, and I believe that I should continue with that process. Clearly, we will have to discuss at some point in time the profound nature of the ruling, but I am hoping that from this third list, that someone would be chosen and then it would become a moot issue,” Jagdeo told the media on Friday.He said he has made substantive progress on his current list of names and indicated that he was yet to meet with President Granger on the list in question.“I am getting difficulties; good solid professionals, people who don’t want to be in the political domain…don’t want their names to become political football, they are very reticent about having their names go up and then in the public, people are told that they don’t meet standards of impartiality or independence or they don’t have the skills to manage what is essentially a technical job not a political job,” he said when asked about difficulties he was experiencing to get persons to agree to be on the list.President Granger has already refused two lists submitted by the Opposition Leader, but Jagdeo is hopeful that an agreement would be met.“We had identified that should have started already, but there has been no attempt on the part of the Government to trigger that process because the work was supposed to be done simultaneously on discussing the way forward should the current set of names not meet the favour of the President,” Jagdeo added.Only recently, businessman Marcel Gaskin moved to the court to seek clarity on the constitutional requirement for the appointment of GECOM Chairman and acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled against President Granger’s interpretation of Guyana’s Constitution for the appointment of a GECOM chairman, saying that there was no preference for judicial persons.Justice George agreed with lawyers for the Leader of the Opposition, who was named in the court proceedings and the Guyana Bar Association that there was no validity to arguments that the person should be a judge, former judge or person eligible to be a judge rather than merely being any other fit and proper person, and that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post.The acting Chief Justice said the Opposition Leader could not be fettered to name persons from the first two categories and that the President should give reasons for the grounds of his refusal of nominees.In response to the ruling, President Granger said that the Chief Justice gave her interpretation of the law and he would continue following his interpretation of the Constitution.Jagdeo said that he would await the written ruling from the acting Chief Justice before he made any further pronouncement on that matter. He added that at some point it would become imperative that the President and he discuss the ruling.last_img read more

Fun day of environmental awareness and local entertainment

first_imgThe Paddle for the Peace is an event held every year to “celebrate and recognize the need to protect the valley and retain its critical ecosystem values in the face of the threat of the Site C dam.”A decision on the environmental certificate for Site C is expected early September, with the Coordinator of the Peace Valley Environment Association, Andrea Morison calling it “an extremely controversial project and the most expensive project under consideration in Canada right now.”Morrison also says Site C will destroy up to 57,000 acres of agricultural and forested land, also adding to the rate increases impacting B.C. citizens and businesses.- Advertisement -The event will provide an opportunity to speak with people from a variety of backgrounds who are concerned about Site C including impacted land owners, recreation providers, First Nations and politicians.There’s also local entertainment and a free breakfast provided.  Morrison says the threat of Site C has elevated the Peace to the most endangered river in British Columbia, making it  essential to retain the valley in order to protect the habitat of fish, wildlife, prime agricultural land and First Nations cultural values.Advertisement Morrison adds the dam threatens the only Class 1 farmland north of Quesnel, “which is increasingly valuable as global warming eradicates traditional food producing land.”The event is being held Saturday July 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the Peace River, at the Halfway River Bridge, approximately a half hour drive south of Fort St. John.The day begins with a breakfast, sponsored by the West Moberly First Nations, running until 11:00 a.m. This is followed by keynote speakers and dignitaries addressing the need to protect the valley, and a canoe launch at noon.The paddle brings you to Bear Flat, followed by an opportunity to socialize with other paddlers while experiencing a variety of entertainment. Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamie Vardy a DOUBT for England and captain Wayne Rooney missing against Spain

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson has announced Wayne Rooney will not start Friday’s international friendly clash against Spain, while Premier League top goalscorer Jamie Vardy is a doubt for the clash in Alicante.The Three Lions boss moved quickly to dispel any potential speculation over his decision to sideline Rooney, insisting he is simply keen to give his other forward players the chance to impress before he whittles down his side for Euro 2016 next summer.The Manchester United captain will instead feature against France at Wembley Stadium next Tuesday.Hodgson told a press conference: “Wayne’s with me today because he’s the captain of our team, he’s the most important figure as a result, but he actually won’t start the game tomorrow.“I’m telling you that because Wayne and I are very anxious that we’re not trying to fool anybody or bamboozle anybody when he’s sat alongside me.“That’s for the very simple reason that we’re looking at various combinations.“Wayne is pencilled in against France on Tuesday.”Rooney understands the need to rotate the squad, adding: “It’s important especially in these games that the manager has a chance to see as many players as he can before the tournament in the summer.“As a player you want to play but you have understand that there are bigger things to consider.”Fellow striker Vardy, who has scored in his last nine Premier League matches, is doubtful due to a niggle he picked up in Leicester’s victory over Watford.Hodgson added: “Jamie Vardy is struggling with a knock he picked up on Saturday. We’re monitoring it, we’re still working on it but it looks unlikely at this moment in time that he’ll be able to play tomorrow.” Jamie Vardy 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS – URRIS SENIORS AND RESERVES RECORD GOOD WINS

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.CLG Iorras wish to thank everyone who supports our weekly Lotto.Match N Win for 10/10/2013 No’s Drawn 2,6,11,13 No Jackpot Winner, Next Weeks Jackpot Is €2,460.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Sarah Harkin Tullagh, Niall Gribben Bellaghey Co.Derry, S Harrigan Drung Quigleys Point, Liam Barkley The Shamrock, Cleagh, Denis N Doherty Glebe. Thank-you to all in the Parish and beyond for your support in the weekly lotto. Well done to our Senior & Reserve teams on two fantastic results:Senior: Urris 3-12 Moville 1-06Reserve’s: Urris 2-15 Moville 0-12. CLG Iorras wish to thank all the supporters who came along to support.CLG Iorras is holding a Big Bingo in the Youth Club, Clonmany on Sunday next October 20th at 3 pm.” €1,000 to be won on the 9th page.”Books €10-sheets €2 extra. Also, side prizes.Please share with family and friends. Come along and try your luck!!Club Meeting – This Wednesday 16th October at 8.30pm all Members Welcome. IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won, contact any Club Member In Your Area To Get Your Ticket.BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly 0877770639 or any Club Member.FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707. Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NEWS – URRIS SENIORS AND RESERVES RECORD GOOD WINS was last modified: October 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more

Page brings confidence to secondary

first_img “He’s an electric safety back there,” UCLA linebacker Justin London said of Page. “He’s so strong in the air. When receivers go up for the ball, they’re going to have to compete with him to get that ball. He fights for the (ball) like it belongs to him. It energizes us to see him making plays.” The UCLA coaching staff was energized when Page informed them he’d return for his senior season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Page, a two-sport standout, was selected in the 32nd round by the Colorado Rockies in baseball’s June amateur draft. The decision to return to UCLA was easier than the one he had to make as a teenager when he was a fifth-round pick by Milwaukee in 2002 and decided to turn down $750,000 and play college football instead. Page, who has started 33 games and has eight interceptions and 177 tackles during his Bruins career, shelved baseball this summer and made football his sole focus. Page did not participate in spring football, preferring to play baseball. He struggled, batting .149 with 48 strikeouts, and never gave the sport his full attention. That’s not the case when it comes to football. “He just has to go out and play within his abilities,” UCLA defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said. “He’s got enough ability to go to the next level. It’s not going to be going out and doing anything special. It’s going to be being a consistent player week in and week out with his coverage. He’s physical. He has to show he’s not getting beat. When a guy is consistent like that, big plays come to him and he gets noticed more.” An emotional player, Page, along with London and linebacker Spencer Havner, has instilled a new attitude among the Bruins’ defense during training camp. There is more yelling and dancing when the defense makes plays, something that was missing in previous seasons. Jarrad Page seems to instill confidence in everyone around him. As the only veteran in a UCLA secondary ripe with constant alterations, doubts and youth, there’s no doubt about Page, the hard-hitting strong safety with the infectious attitude and a ticket for next year’s NFL draft. center_img Page, who is playing with a dislocated finger, strained a calf muscle Wednesday, the final day of two-a-days. Neither injury has slowed him down. This week, he started working out at free safety, at which he could play until Chris Horton returns from wrist surgery. With defensive backs Matt Ware and Ben Emmanuel gone, it’s up to the veteran Page to pick up the slack. “It’s going to be a big change to see how guys will play and good to see how they react,” Page said. “I know there’s going to be times when they’re confused and I need to help them out on the field, but that’s fine. I’ve always been ready to do that anyway. It’d be nice to play on a team full of seniors and juniors and a lot of experience, but as long as you have a team with talent, you’re fine.” It remains to be seen if UCLA’s secondary will be fine in the pass-happy Pac-10. The untested secondary undoubtedly will be challenged early and often. Page said he is comfortable because cornerbacks Rodney Van and Trey Brown gained some experience last season. Van remembers Page’s comforting words last year after giving up a touchdown in the Bruins’ 45-28 loss to Cal. Van missed a tackle, allowing receiver Geoff McArthur to turn a short-yardage catch into an 80-yard touchdown. Van played only sparingly, and Page knew an experience like that could be devastating to the freshman. “I go to Jarrad a lot,” Van said. “Anything I’m unsure about, I always go to him. When I gave up that touchdown in the Cal game, he helped me. He didn’t want me to be down on myself.” In addition to being a mentor, Page also has a knack for making pivotal plays. During his freshman year, he returned an interception for a touchdown to put away New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. He had a career-best 10 tackles in last year’s win at Washington. In 2003, he returned an interception for a score against the Huskies. His 79 tackles in 2004 were second-best on the team. “I’m trying to play this year to be among the top safeties,” Page said. “All I can do is play my hardest. I can’t go outside myself to try to do extra, that’s when you mess up. I’ll try to play hard and make plays and see where that lands me. I want to make myself No. 1.” — Jill Painter, (818)713-3615 jill.painter@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more