Foster’s Fairplay: Blame JAAA, Francis for Carter saga

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay is asking track and field’s local governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), to answer a simple question: Why do you continue to provide lethal ammunition for Stephen Francis, the traditionally bellicose coach, to pierce your armour, revealing an underbelly of incompetence? This Nesta Carter omission from the Beijing World Championships is a case in point. It could assist, given the frequency of these missteps, in ‘organising your way out of a garbage can’. Who needs a regime that does not have the interest of its athletes as top priority? Francis makes the point that year-to-year, schools continue to have difficulty in completing the required forms to access Boys and Girls’ Champs. This has led to some of the athletes being ruled out of competing in the stellar event in the particular year. This sanction is even meted out to prominent teams, which are found wanting. Who, with this in mind, can fault the MVP Track Club boss for suggesting that these errant schools could be following bad practices in which their association is engaged? Against that enlightened background, it is instructive to examine the Carter situation. Sprinting legend-plus, Usain Bolt, as defending champion, had unfettered access to the men’s 100m event in Beijing. The end-of-June trials thrust forth Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, and Kemar-Bailey-Cole, who took 1-2-3 at the deciding event. Carter was fourth, and in case of a withdrawal by any of the top three, would be given the empty lane. This, however, pre-supposes that he was included on the entry form as an alternate. He was not. As such, when Bailey-Cole got hurt and had to forfeit the championships, under strictly enforced IAAF rules, no replacement could be allowed. Thus, the JAAA, or their nominee, who compiles the entries, are clearly at fault. What followed were frantic, and in the end fruitless attempts by the JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle, to have Carter offered a side-door access to where their embarrassingly egregious error had placed the team. What made it even more painful is that the MVP sprinter, the defending bronze medallist, was denied a second chance to repeat by the ineptitude of those who should have had his welfare as paramount. Francis had every legitimate right, and in fact, responsibility, to place the matter under the public microscope. However, he, too, has a role – a duty of care – which so far is being overlooked. In protection of his charges, he has ‘taken the sword’ to the JAAA at the slightest perception of an unjust attitude – the type which tends to disrespect, demoralise, and deny them what is their right. Simultaneous with this latest furore, he was ‘nailing the oversight body to the cross’ for a pre-Beijing training camp, not in his view, beneficial to his athletes. THE CARTER SITUATION There can be no stepping away from the fact that the coach has little or no regard for the body to exercise proper stewardship over the athletes. Where, then, were the sounding of alarm bells in the lead-up to the putting together of the Beijing entry documents? Did Francis’ traditional belligerence and vigilance in protecting his charges against JAAA poison go on temporary vacation? Should he not have taken action, not foreign to him – ‘kick down a few doors’ – to ensure that all was well? Come on, Stephen. History has shown that controversy and you sleep very well together. There was a dire need to engage a JAAA known by you to have ‘square pegs meaninglessly driven into round holes’. Questions should have been asked to halt the governing body in its tracks, should it be perpetrating, with or without malice or ill-will, any action or non-action, to deny an athlete, that to which there was an entitlement. In the circumstances, it is inexcusable for Carter not to have competed in the 100m in Beijing. The JAAA and the MVP coach must share the blame and the resultant shame. Carter has been denied a legitimate stage by the joint negligence of two frequently opposing parties. They have taken responsibility for protecting his future. Did someone say something about ‘restraint of trade’? Foster’s Fairplay is all ears. – For feedback: email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com LITTLE OR NO REGARDlast_img read more

Spurs climb into 4th spot in West after slipping past Thunder

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge, center, drives past Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 103-99. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-99 on Thursday night to climb back into fourth place in the Western Conference.San Antonio matched Oklahoma City at 44-32 in jumping two spots in the standings. The Thunder are fifth, a half-game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Heat close in on playoff berth, top Bulls Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 George had four steals.Mills finished with 14 points and Green had 11.TIP-INSThunder: George fell to the court after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Green with 2 minutes remaining. George rose with some assistance but remained in the game following a timeout. … Oklahoma City’s last win in San Antonio was Dec. 25, 2014. . The Thunder are 18-19 on the road. . Corey Brewer is averaging 10.5 points since signing with the Thunder on March 3, more than doubling his previous average of 4.5 points. Brewer has played 12 games with the Thunder after 65 games with the Los Angeles Lakers.Spurs: Manu Ginobili is now the Spurs’ career leader in steals, passing David Robinson for the franchise record. Ginobili has 1,389 steals, Robinson has 1,388 and Alvin Robertson is third with 1,128. … Aldridge has 67 games in double figures this season, the most he has had since joining the Spurs. . Kyle Anderson had his only two steals of the game in the opening minute. . The Spurs started Aldridge, Mills, Anderson, Pau Gasol and Dejounte Murray for the fifth time this season.UP NEXTThunder: Host Denver on Friday night.Spurs: Host Houston on Sunday afternoon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES George sank three free throws to pull Oklahoma City within 97-96, but Aldridge scored before Westbrook shot an airball on a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining.Aldridge played despite bruising his left knee following a collision in Tuesday’s 116-106 loss to Washington. He was listed as doubtful, but the Spurs couldn’t do without him as they battle for a playoff berth.Aldridge was the only Spurs player in double figures through three quarters, while the Thunder had four with at least 10 points.Oklahoma City took advantage of San Antonio’s offensive troubles when Aldridge exited, going on a 13-2 run beginning midway through the third quarter in taking a 74-68 lead.The Spurs had 18 turnovers, including three in the first four minutes. The Thunder had 17 points off the turnovers, but Danny Green ensured it wasn’t more. Green ran down George from behind following a steal in the third quarter, swatting away a layup attempt near the rim.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Aldridge scored 19 points in the first half, then drove past Steven Adams for a dunk and a three-point lead with 52 seconds left as the Spurs snapped a two-game slide.Paul George led Oklahoma City with 26 points and had six assists. Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 11 assists, but had a pair of 3-pointer miss the rim and land out of bounds in the final minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBoth teams experienced scoring droughts, resulting in 10 lead changes and seven ties.Patty Mills and Davis Bertans hit back-to-back 3s to give the Spurs a 94-87 lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Thunder made only two field goals between the 10:34 and 3:17 mark of the fourth but still were within a basket with less than two minutes remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

National Cadet Corps reintroduced in schools

first_imgSome 487 students from six schools across Guyana will benefit from developmental, leadership and life-skills training as the National Cadet Corps (NCC) programme is reintroduced.After months of consultations with stakeholders, the programme was re-launched on Friday at Hope Secondary School, on the East Coast of Demerara, under the motto “Moulding today’s youth, securing our future”. It is being spearheaded by the Education Ministry in collaboration with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Social Cohesion Ministry and the regional administration.GDF Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West and Ministers George Norton and Nicolette Henry along with officials from the various Ministries pose with some of the participants of the newly reintroduced National Cadet CorpsThe 400 plus participants were taken from schools such as North Ruimveldt Multilateral, Stewartville Secondary, Hope Secondary, Berbice Secondary, St Ignatius Secondary and the Mackenzie High School. The cadets will receive training in a number of areas including environmental and dexterity training, communication skills and academic training in modern language, civic education and home management.Delivering his address at the opening ceremony, Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for culture, youth and sport, Dr George Norton reaffirmed his commitment to programmes which are designed to foster the development of all Guyanese, particularly youths.The Minister commended the course content which contains a number of activities aimed at moulding and transforming the cadets into productive citizens.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry said the programme is designed to produce youths who have the “seriousness of purpose to fulfil their potential as good citizens with the spirit of Guyanese culture and renewed values”.A section of the gathering at the re-launching of the National Cadet Corps programme on Friday at Hope Secondary SchoolMeanwhile, outlining that the re-launch of the National Cadet Corps is a directive from the Commander-in-Chief, President David Granger, Chief-of-Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Patrick West highlighted that the programme aims at building character and teaching young people life skills in preparing them for adulthood.“The programme therefore, aims to build character and teach young people vital life skills for tomorrow’s world which includes, but is not limited to, technical education,” Brigadier West said.The Chief-of-Staff went on to urge parents and students gathered at the event to seize the opportunity presented to them, as he pledged the Army’s continuous support.GDF’s second component, the Guyana People’s Militia, was re-established back in December 2015 despite much criticism by sections of society.Friday’s launching concluded with much ceremonial pomp and flare as schools participating in the programme entertained the Ministers with poetry recitals, from the students of the host school, steel pan renditions from the North Ruimveldt Steel Pan Orchestra and a march pass from the COFORNA Drum Corps.Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson and the Assistant Director of Youth Leslyn Boyce also attended the ceremony.last_img read more

Contractors soon to pay a fee for development around SD 60

first_imgThe SSAC is a fee applied to contractors who plan to create new developments or subdivisions within School District 60, later being allocated to the district as a means of financial support for their development and maintenance of new schools.The city has also put aside land for the planed development of 2 new schools, one site in the Northwest and one in the Northeast.The fee does not apply to the District of Hudson’s Hope, as the ministry says they will not generate significant enrolment demands in relation to the identified school sites.- Advertisement -The city will play the role of a collection agency, and as such, retain $2,000 annually, plus 0.1 per cent of charges collected to cover administrative cost, allocated for general revenue.After the first year, council will review the actual processing and administrative cost, potentially considering another area in which the money can be used.last_img read more

Di Maria, Costa, Sakho, Fabregas – who is the player of the season so far?

first_img Is Angel Di Maria the player of the season so far? In his newspaper column, talkSPORT Drive presenter Adrian Durham says Angel Di Maria, not Diego Costa is his player of the season so far.Costa has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games, while Di Maria has scored three goals and created as many since his move from Real Madrid.Whereas Costa walked into a Chelsea side that should have won the title last season, Adrian says in his Mail Online column, Di Maria faced a huge challenge upon arriving at Old Trafford.He asked: “If Di Maria keeps up his form for United and takes them back into the Champions League, surely that is a far bigger achievement than anything any player might do at Chelsea this season?”And as we enter a break from Premier League football, with Scotland, England, Wales and Northern and Republic of Ireland all in action, talkSPORT asked listeners on Facebook to tell us who their Premier League star so far is.Join the debate on Facebook here. 1last_img read more

DDTV: A TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED

first_imgA Taste of Donegal’ Food Festival is now in it’s third year and has been a growing success story.This year the festival on August 26th, 27th and 28th will be bigger and better than ever with more space, more exhibitors and hopefully, even more visitors. Set against the backdrop of Donegal Town Harbour thousands of people will come along to enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere of this popular event.Exhibitors always delight with their displays and tastings. The programme of events includes celebrity chef demonstrations, cookery demonstrations, children’s cookery demonstrations and entertainment.A host of top chefs including our own Conrad Gallagher will be there for this superb weekend.Here’s this year’s timetable: August 26th4.00pmFestival opensFood & Drink Exhibitors selling produce with tastings7.00pmOfficial Opening by Senator David MorrisMusic by Barbara EdwardsM.C. for the evening Noel Cunningham Advertisement 8.00pmCookery Demonstration by Celebrity Chef Conrad Gallagher (Salon des Saveurs)9.15pmDicey Reilly’sWorld Beer Tasting Dean Me Guinness (NewsTalk)10.00pmShort fireworks display over Donegal Bay by Pains Fireworks11.00pmFestival closesAUGUST 27TH11.00amFestival opens12.30pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity ChefConrad Gallagher (Salon Des Saveurs) and rising star Gary O’Hanlon (Viewmount House)2.00pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity ChefNeven Maguire (McNean House)3.15pmWine appreciation and tasting by Richard Finney (The Wine Buff)4.00pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon sponsored by Kavanaghs Supervalu, Donegal5.00pmCookery demonstration by local award winning Chef Anthony Armstrong6.00pmEntertainment by the Donegal Abbey Singers7.00pmFestival closesAUGUST 28TH11.00amFestival opensmiddayCookery demonstration by Brian McDermott (Community Chef)1.00pmCookery demonstration by Maura Dufficey (An Bord Bia)2.00pmCookery demonstration by Joe Shannon (Radisson Blu Sligo) assisted by Margaret Carr Flynn (Ocean FM)3.00pmWine appreciation & tasting by Charles Searson (Pauls Off Licence/ Searson’s Wine Merchants)3.45pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio (Ballyknocken House and Cookery School)4.45pmCompetition Winners announced and Presentation of Awards5.15pmCookery demonstration by local award winning Chef Anthony Armstrong (Donegal Cookery School)6.00pmFestival closesDDTV: A TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED was last modified: July 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:a taste of donegal food festivalDonegal Townlast_img read more

Man City close to winning Champions League group after Shakhtar drubbing

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 Gabriel Jesus grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City, aided by a farcical penalty decision, edged closer towards the Champions League last 16 by thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.City were leading 1-0 through David Silva in the Group F encounter at the Etihad Stadium when Raheem Sterling stubbed his toe and fell over to earn a freak spot-kick which Jesus converted. BEST OF Shakhtar had a right to feel aggrieved but they were otherwise outplayed for a second time in two weeks by City, who made victory certain through Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and two more Jesus strikes.It was a performance that suggested whatever negativity might surround City following a series of allegations about their financial affairs in recent days, none of it is affecting Pep Guardiola or his players.The result also ensured they will go into Sunday’s derby against Manchester United in good heart, with the bonus of having rested the likes of Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany.City did not start with the gusto that led to them demolishing Southampton at the weekend but were comfortably in control from early on. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Riyad Mahrez struck late on to make the result more emphatic Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The Brazilian, selected ahead of Aguero, then should have added another after breaking through but Sergii Kryvtsov got back to block.Bernardo Silva also went close again with an effort that was deflected narrowly over.City added to their tally early in the second half as Sterling went from the ridiculous to the sublime with a brilliant run, shrugging off two defenders and curling into the top corner from the edge of the area. LATEST SORRY 3 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sterling kicked the turf with his left foot and went down center_img scrap latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker tense Most Popular Football Stories revealed City had two further penalty appeals turned down as Sterling and David Silva went down under challenges but Kassai had no alternative other than to point to the spot again 18 minutes from time. David Silva was clearly felled by Taras Stepanenko and Jesus fired into the top corner.Mahrez added another six minutes from time when he chested down Ilkay Gundogan’s pass and blasted past Pyatov and Jesus wrapped up the scoring by chipping the keeper for his third. They claimed the lead after 13 minutes when Mahrez wriggled his way through the area on the right and pulled back for David Silva to turn home. Bernardo Silva then threatened a second as he cut inside and fired at goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.The second actually came in comical circumstances after 24 minutes as Sterling lost his footing in the area. The England forward was played through by Fernandinho but then kicked the ground as he shaped to shoot and tumbled over.Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai had no hesitation pointing to the spot but within seconds replays were showing the extent of his error. The arguments for VAR to be introduced will only grow after such incidents but City accepted the gift as Jesus, in need of a goal, stepped up to score. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring his hat-trick The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more

A holiday or a home improvement loan? B&S Credit Union can make it happen

first_imgIt’s that time of year again when we are looking for two things – a bit of sunshine or a chance to improve our homes.B&S Credit Union in the Twin Towns has the answer to both.Whether you’re looking to borrow to help with your household expenses or for a larger purchase like that dream kitchen or new conservatory, B&S Credit Union have the right personal loan to suit you. And if you’re happy with your home but think a nice trip to Lanzarote or a cruise will do you and your family the world of good, then B&S can help with that too.They have made it easy to borrow as little as €100 or up to €55,000 at a fair, affordable rate with no application fees and no early repayment charges.And with their easy-to-use calculator on their website https://www.bandscu.ie, you can see exactly how much you will be paying back.It couldn’t be simpler. That much-needed break or that dream makeover is only a click away.Visit: www.bandscu.ie or call in and chat to a member of staff today! A holiday or a home improvement loan? B&S Credit Union can make it happen was last modified: April 4th, 2019 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:B&S credit unionholidayhome improvementslast_img read more

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Soweto gets Toyota dealership

first_img3 December 2007Toyota South Africa has joined forces with Barloworld Automotive and long-time Soweto entrepreneur Richard Maponya’s Maponya Group to establish the first Toyota dealership in the country’s largest township and take advantage of the rising disposable income of its residents.“We have long sought a franchise outlet in this important and burgeoning market,” Toyota South Africa chief executive Johan van Zyl said in a statement last week.“Soweto has been a long standing ‘open point’ in our dealer network. As the vehicle market has expanded in recent years, the urgency to fill this point with a viable dealership has grown.”Van Zyl said that it was necessary for his company to take its products closer to key markets, so that it could continue to maintain its position as the market leader in the country. The envisaged development will be a world-class fully-fledged Toyota dealership with the latest corporate identity.“We commend Toyota SA for taking the bold step and showing confidence in the market by awarding this opportunity in Soweto,” Maponya said.According to the statement, the Maponya Group, the largest independent employer in Soweto, is a successful black business organisation with interests in food retailing, fuel retailing, and property development.In September, the Maponya Group opened a R650-million shopping mall in Soweto with Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, and Edgars as anchor tenants. Future projects include a 100 000-square metre Motor City investment, of which the Toyota dealership forms the first stage.A study commissioned by the City of Johannesburg’s economic development unit in 2003 found that the township’s residents had disposable income of about R4.3-billion, of which R3.4-billion was spent outside the township.Toyota said it was therefore unfathomable that Soweto did not have a motor dealership while statistics indicated that the car population of Soweto was growing at an increasing rate.“This opportunity will again create jobs and bring investment into Soweto,” Maponya said. “More importantly, the people of Soweto will now be able to purchase vehicles and get quality after-sales service right at their doorstep.“This will undoubtedly add to the changing face of Soweto.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more