Anderson urges greater community involvement

first_img BEST EVER One new event, the 800m, is to be added to the event this year with Ray Harvey, the meet director expressing confidence that this year’s staging will be one of the best ever. Apart from the overall sponsorship package, Ockino Petrie of Nestle revealed a second instalment of the Milo Western Initiative and Coaches incentive, geared towards the development of the sport in western-based schools. The initiative is a $200,000 sum for student athletes, who end up making the national track and field team and this amount is to be shared among the schools. The best coach at the Relays will get a sum of $50,000 from Milo and this will be decided by the Meet Director and his team. This year’s patron will be Stephen Smith of Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland and chairman of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association, for his contribution to the development of the sport in the region. More than 2,000 athletes from several primary and prep schools, high schools, tertiary institutions such as UTech, GC Foster and UWI, along with club teams such as MVP, Maximum Air, Sprintec and the Santa Cruz-based Elite Performance Track Club are expected to compete. Jamaican Olympian Marvin Anderson has said that while he understands the reason why schools choose to scout and buy athletes for their respective squads, he would rather see the schools depending on the support of the community to augment sponsorship which would allow them to keep hold of their better athletes. Anderson was the motivational speaker at yesterday’s launch of the 39th staging of the Milo Western Relays, which is set for February 11, 2017 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I am urging the schools to use a community-based thrust to acquire sponsorship, as against always looking to the established organisations such as Milo and Digicel for example,” said Anderson. “While these companies continue to assist through million dollar sponsorships at various levels, schools may not be fortunate enough to be on that list. So I am asking (the schools) to attract small but effective sponsorship to assist the development of your student athletes,” he said. Anderson is a former footballer and athlete at the William Knibb High School and Duncans All-Age in Trelawny, who went on to represent Jamaica in the 100m and 200m at the Carifta Games, CAC Junior Championship, World Championship and Olympics. He said for schools to become independent and be in a better position to keep their athletes, they must be willing to change the approach in how they choose to develop the athletes they have. This entails giving them the necessary support on and off the track and that will serve as motivation for the athletes to stay the course at their school instead of taking up offers elsewhere.last_img read more

Switch without a Hitch

first_imgFormer LISCR head coach and retainable deputy coach, Cooper Sarnor has switched to BYC I, following former BYC Football coach Robert Lartey’s move to LISCR FC.Coach Sarnor was revealed over the weekend at the headquarters of BYC Football in the PHP Community, Central Monrovia in a press conference. BYC Football employment of LISCR FC former manager, Coach Sarnor – resembles the idiomatic expression, “Switching without a hitch.”In his unveiling ceremony, the Bong County football coach penned a two-year deal, subject to renewal.BYC I President Sekou Konneh said on Saturday that the selection of the License B Coach to replace License A Coach was owing to careful scrutiny over several choices.Even though, Coach Sarnor has not a won a title in his 1st division run he is a disciplined coach with lots of potential.His recruitment came eight days after LISCR FC signed former BYC Football’s accomplished coach, Coach Robert Lartey. He also signed a two year deal that is subject to renewal.Coach Sarnoh is a License B Coach with over a decade of experience.However, LISCR FC failed to retain acting head coach Sarnor, who has admirably without a title, managed the team for two years. The newly recruited LISCR manager, dubbed Coach Pello, formerly Deputy Coach of LISCR FC in 1997, has an achievable spell at BYC Football, from 2004 – 2015, where he gave BYC II two titles – 2nd division and knockout, as well as BYC I five trophies – 1st division championship, knockout, two Super Cups and the maiden Coca Cola Trophy – he also had good marks at the Inter-High School Sports competition and County Sports Meet. Mutually, BYC Football parted company with Coach Pello in the just ended 2015 LFA League, when BYC I settled third on the 1st division table.Coach Lartey, who is currently the technical football director for Nimba County football team, said he will definitely introduce the ‘Barcelona’s way of play’ – the sensitive one-to-one ball possession.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah, Be Careful of Endorsements

first_imgSince the conduct of the October 10 election that put George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) ahead of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the Unity Party (UP), we have witnessed many politicians and organizations endorsing the CDC standard bearer as the best choice to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The euphoria became exceedingly high when Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson, standard bearer of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), endorsed Weah following the October poll.Since then, many more endorsements have come forth in favor of the CDC candidate. Last week another Nimbaian, Harrison Karnwea, vice presidential candidate of the Liberty Party (LP), and two other LP stalwarts, party chairman Benjamin Sanvee and campaign manager Musa Bility, trooped to the CDC headquarters in Congo Town and pledged support for Weah. This was, surprisingly, even before LP standard bearer Charles Brumskine, who had recently traveled abroad, returned home.What remains puzzling is that the three top LP officials printed T-shirts with images of their political leaders, Charles Brumskine and Harrison Karnwea, and George Weah on them, presenting the LP to the public as being in full support of the candidacy of George Weah and the CDC. Alas, this was totally without the knowledge or consent of their standard bearer, Brumskine.In his swift reaction to the endorsement, shortly upon his return to the country, the LP standard bearer, shocked and bewildered by this sudden turn by his closest party officials, described their action as “Not about endorsement but to degrade and humiliate me.”It would be interesting to conjecture (guess) who was behind all these sudden moves by these men.What does this reaction entail in the stream of endorsements the CDC political leader continues to receive from people in the pending runoff election?The first deceit Weah and the CDC should note is that these men have presented Brumskine as being in support of Weah, contrary to what Brumskine has said. The LP standard bearer did not even know of Weah’s endorsement by three of his (Brumskine) closest allies.Another thing Weah needs to be warned of is that while these men have their constitutional right to choose whomever they may, they have visibly demonstrated some level of insincerity and unfairness by plotting against their political leader by taking such a major decision without his knowledge, and doing it so hurriedly that they could not even wait until he returned to the country.The average observer would consider this nothing short of a stab in the back.How trustworthy could these men be considered to be to any organization, if they can without remorse abandon and sideline their own political leader?Let us also look at records of some of the people endorsing Weah today.Harrison Karnwea served as a vice presidential candidate to Charles Brumskine with the hope that the LP would have garnered substantial support from vote-rich Nimba County. Unfortunately for LP, it only accrued 8,949 votes, while the Alternative National Congress (ANC) received 12,548.So, what hope can you, Mr. Weah, have for votes in a man whose county refused to support him in a national election in which he was a vice presidential candidate?Moreover, Mr. Karnwea and his group are clearly demonstrating the plot that occurred between the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and Brutus. Are you, Mr. Weah, taking note of the kind of people from the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration joining your party?During the 2014 special senatorial election, Ben Sanvee was your main contender who is still on record for boldly stating that “Weah makes mistakes in every statement and sentence he makes.”Today, Sanvee has, without consulting his political leader, endorsed you with this statement, “Weah has been blessed to conquer the world using his legs.”Yes, he trusted his feet, as the emphasis indicates, but does Sanvee think Weah also trusts his head to deliver? What made Sanvee change his mind?This editorial is meant not to cause Mr. Weah to lose confidence in the support he has received; rather to beware of people who once dismissed him as being incompetent for presidential leadership.The CDC is remembered for vehemently criticizing the Sirleaf Administration for corruption and marginalization.Now Weah’s popularity among the grass rooters has grown to the peak, and the officials who worked in government are flooding into the CDC.Yes, we cannot be unmindful of the well-known fact that “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” But consider this  other age-old dictum: “A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scotiabank announces finalists

first_imgBusiness plan competitionAn event planner, a tour operator, a bottled water manufacturer, a videographer and developer of an online barter site are the five finalists who will be competing for $1.5 million in this year’s edition of the Scotiabank Vision Achiever Programme Business Plan competition.The bank on Wednesday officially announced the finalists during its television show “Money Moves”.The top three videos from Facebook reactions were Shemar Spencer for Swopp, Shannita Ramnarine for Experience GT Tours, and Natalya Thomas for Aone Events. Two wildcards, Sherwin Bart for Your Waters and Ruth Wilson for Soarers Video Production, were then selected, bringing the total number of finalists to five.The finalists will be put through an intense business coaching programme by partnering entity ActionCoach from June to August, at the end of which they are expected to produce a business plan using Scotiabank’s free Plan Writer Tool on the Bank’s website.The winner will be awarded $1 million while the runner-up will receive $500,000. The prize money has been doubled this year in light of the Bank’s 50th anniversary celebrations.This competition is in collaboration with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) to promote entrepreneurship. It started in 2014 as a simple business plan competition requiring entrants to use the Bank’s online Plan Writer tool to prepare a plan which was then judged to arrive at the winner.Over the years, the competition has evolved to include video and television pitch elements to teach each entrepreneur how to pitch their business idea to the public and create more awareness and gather public support for their business.There were 16 entrants in this year’s competition, several of whom benefited from a free training session by Dr Rosh Khan of the Masterclass Institute.last_img read more

Former national basketball player found dead in T&T

first_imgFormer Guyanese national basketball player Andrew Ifill on Monday morning was found dead at his job in Trinidad and Tobago.Dead: National basketball player Andrew IfillAt this time, the details remain sketchy, but based on reports received, his body was discovered about 07:30h by colleagues.Ifill represented Guyana in 2014 at the CBC Championships in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where he teamed up with former Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers guard Rawle Marshall to guide Guyana to a fifth-place finish.In that tournament, Ifill finished with an average of 12.2 points, six rebounds and 1.6 assist per game. He was the team’s second highest scorer behind Marshall.Ifill, who played locally with Bounty Colts, wowed his fans with his basketball skills. Based on reports received, Ifill and his family moved to the twin-island republic to take up residency. The Maloney Pacers Basketball Club are the first team that the famed Guyanese ‘baller’ represented after he migrated to Trinidad.Police are continuing their investigations.Trinidad and Tobago Basketball Coach Gordon Felix called the 40-year-old Guyanese “one of the best ever” to represent his club.In a message to club members on Tuesday, Felix said: “we, the members of the Maloney Pacers Basketball Club and Youth Development Program pay special respect to this great Guyanese and Caribbean basketball player, who brought joy to Maloney Gardens, then later represented Detour Shak Attack and Royal Extra Lions.”He stated that Ifill was the first of many Guyanese to have played for the Maloney Pacers Club with distinguished authority.last_img read more

Officials to mull future of land plot

first_imgNEWHALL – To the north and northeast of Downtown Newhall officials will soon explore ways to unlock the potential of a mostly vacant 200-plus-acre plot of land. They will consider adopting a specific plan similar to the one undertaken for the nearby downtown area. “The idea is to develop something that is compatible with the goals of the Downtown Newhall area, that plays off the expansion of The Master’s College and the extension of Dockweiler (Drive) and the proximity to the Newhall Metrolink station,” said Lisa Hardy, the city’s planning manager. “Something that doesn’t compete with Downtown Newhall, (but) complements what we’re trying to achieve.” Santa Clarita City Council members adopted the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan in December. Retooled zoning codes permit denser commercial development in the 50-block area envisioned as an entertainment, retail and mixed-use neighborhood. 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 A big difference between the two districts is the proposed North Newhall Specific Plan encompasses a large vacant area. The plan would tackle development in the “hodgepodge” of vacant land, homes and commercial lots in a comprehensive way by considering land use, development standards, amenities and trail networks, Hardy said. It would include comprehensive zoning rules that would adhere to the city’s General Plan. Nearly half of the proposed North Newhall plan area – 95 of the 213 acres – is owned by Casden Properties, a Los Angeles-based developer. Casden Properties’ acreage is zoned for a business park, and though the developer had informally talked about building a condominium complex, no formal plans were submitted to the city. “Casden is letting the city take the lead doing the specific plan,” said Jeff Lambert, a consultant to the developer and a former Santa Clarita planning chief. “Casden is stepping back, but will participate in the plan’s development.” Lambert said the company always had planned residential development but has backed off to “let the specific plan work itself out.” The developer would help pay for the plan. The project area is bounded by the Circle J Ranch neighborhood, a Metropolitan Water District easement and Newhall Creek. Its domain includes the gateway to Placerita Canyon at Arch Street and 12th and 13th streets. Val Thomas, a Placerita Canyon resident and 30-year property owner in the canyon, said the Placerita Canyon Propertyowners Association asked the city to establish this type of plan. Letters have been sent to affected property owners explaining the city’s intentions. Requests for proposals have been sought from consultants, said associate planner Jason Mikaelian. Submissions could be reviewed in early April, with the council choosing the best candidate by late April. The plan, which would include an environmental impact report, could be in the works for about 1 years. Without proposals in hand Hardy could not estimate the plan’s cost, but she predicted it will not exceed that of the Downtown Newhall plan. The city paid Pasadena-based urban planners Moule and Polyzoides $1 million to devise the Downtown plan, and has sunk another $7 million into implementing it. Stakeholders will be invited to air their concerns at community meetings and public hearings. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@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

DONEGAL LADIES HOPING TO UPSET ODDS IN ULSTER FINAL AT CLONES

first_imgDONEGAL’S Senior Ladies footballers go into today’s Ulster senior final against Monaghan in Clones hoping to upset the odds.Monaghan have contested every senior ladies final in Ulster for the past 16 years and have won five of the last seven Championships.But this group of Donegal players is amongst the best assembled in years and they hope they can go one better than the men at the same venue did against the same county last week. This generation of Donegal players is also the result of a decade and more of development and club level.So it’s fitting that this particular group is working today towards a first senior Ulster title for Donegal.Davy McLaughlin’s players have worked their socks off all year; in fact for 16 months since he took charge.He has been telling them this week that they need to play football and forget it’s a final. “Once that ball is thrown in, it’s all about the game,” he said.“We’re not going to Clones to make up the numbers.”Numbers could be important – throw-in is at 3.15pm – so get there in numbers today and support the girls. DONEGAL LADIES HOPING TO UPSET ODDS IN ULSTER FINAL AT CLONES was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:championshipdonegal ladiesSeniorUlsterlast_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN COMES TO A STANDSTILL AS JIM IS BROUGHT HOME

first_imgJim’s remains are taken into the Abbey for the wake today: Pic Paul O’SullivanBY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: Donegal Town came to a standstill atoday as Jim White’s remains came home for the last time.As a mark of respect for their employer, the entire staff of both the Central and Abbey Hotels formed an impressive Guard of Honour as the hearse arrived on the Diamond preceded by a Garda escort.He is being waked at his own request in the Abbey Hotel from 1pm today. Bus Eireann, the Gardai and taxis are to be congratulated for making alternative arrangements to vacate the area for the arrival.The public are being welcomed to pay their respects to Jim at the hotel.Removal from the hotel is at 12 noon tomorrow, Friday, to St Anne’s Church, Ballyshannon for funeral service and burial.  DONEGAL TOWN COMES TO A STANDSTILL AS JIM IS BROUGHT HOME was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:abbey hotelDonegal TownfuneralJim Whitewakelast_img read more

GARDAÍ AND PSNI IN DRAMATIC HIGH SPEED CROSS-BORDER CHASE

first_imgGARDAÍ are tonight hunting a gang after colleagues in the PSNI were involved in a dramatic high speed chase as part of an investigation into cross-Border criminals.A DerryDaily.net reporter witnessed part of the chase in Derry this afternoon shortly before a car containing the gang drove across the Border into Donegal.It’s thought sharp-eyed PSNI officers saw the car in which they were travelling acting suspiciously. Officers immediately tipped off colleagues in Donegal as the car drove off at speeds of up to 130km/hr on a five-male chase from Derry’s Waterside to Muff.A PSNI spokeswoman told Donegal Daily: “Shortly after 1.15pm today, Wednesday, 1 January Police received a report of a blue Peugeot driving dangerously in the Strathfoyle area.“Police attended however the vehicle failed to stop.“The vehicle was subsequently pursued by Police. The Peugeot drove into Co Donegal. “The PSNI are liaising with the An Garda Siochana and investigations are ongoing.”At one stage three PSNI cars all drove at speed over the Foyle Bridge in pursuit of the suspects.It’s understood a Garda alert is now in operation to find the car in Inishowen.Anyone with information – or who saw the car driving dangerously – is asked to contact the Gardai in Buncrana or the PSNI in Derry. GARDAÍ AND PSNI IN DRAMATIC HIGH SPEED CROSS-BORDER CHASE was last modified: January 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:buncranachasecross border chaseGardaiInishowenmuffPSNIlast_img read more

FREE €50 BAR TAB UP FOR GRABS AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S

first_imgThere will be superb LIVE music from STRINGFELLAS at Letterkenny super-pub Sister Sara’s this weekend.YOU can be in with a chance of winning a FREE €50 bar tab by simply liking and sharing this post on your Facebook timeline.STRINGFELLAS are a brilliant band and a large crowd is expected as always to descend on Sister Sara’s on Saturday to hear them perform LIVE on stage. Afterwards DJ Marty Curran will spinning all your club favourites to keep you partying until late with another super-pub DISCO right after STRINGFELLAS finish their set.See you at Sister Sara’s this weekend. 🙂 FREE €50 BAR TAB UP FOR GRABS AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: April 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Bar TabEntertainmentFeaturesfreeSister Sara’sSTRINGFELLAS€50last_img read more