No faith in basketball association

first_imgSome major players in local basketball have expressed grave disappointment in Mark Broomfield’s administration after a year in office.Urban Knights’ Gordon Porter and Pete Matthews of Runnin Rebels say basketball is in its worst state in 10 years and that there is no confidence in the administration and its president to attract sponsorship or support of any kind.Porter and Matthews highlighted declines in the sport and the implications of not having a top-flight tournament. The National Basketball League (NBL) will have been out of commission for three seasons this August.Both agreed there is no faith in the administration and its leadership but are willing to give Broomfield time before they consider a no-confidence vote, though they insist that something needs to happen fast.”The major problem the association faces is negative perception. Corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the leadership, and it’s pertaining to what happened in the previous administration, so the present administration is having a hard time convincing the corporate sector to come on board.”As a consequence, the NBL has not restarted, and it is causing other problems because top players are not able to compete at the highest level. Players have not played in two years, others are playing in the lower leagues, and it’s creating all sorts of issues as it’s filtering over to other competitions and it has serious implications for basketball,” he reasoned.The general lack of sponsorship and a flagship tournament are having a dire impact on the sport’s development, said Matthews, who believes that they might have to revamp from the grass-roots level.NO SPONSORSHIP”There is absolutely no sponsorship, and the present administration cannot garner any money, so we don’t know what is going to happen. I can wholeheartedly say I have no confidence in the administration.”We have players sitting down three years, getting fat, players who were coming along, and now there is no top-level league for them to compete in because corporate Jamaica has no confidence in the association, so we are wondering what is going to happen to basketball,” he insisted.Broomfield said that the accusations are not entirely true and insisted that they are slowly trying to rebuild corporate Jamaica’s confidence, but it’s taking time.”How do you gain confidence? To rebuild a sport that has sustained certain damage requires more than a sponsor. I am one hundred per cent sure the corporate community doesn’t question my integrity. Our annual financial statements for 2013-2014 are out and our books are open for those who want to look. That is the only way we can regain confidence. We have to rebrand what we have in this tight economic space, and it requires sacrifice,” he said.last_img read more

East Ruimveldt man fined for slapping mother

first_imgA man was on Friday slapped with an unlawfully assault charge when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Leron Daly.Kerron Cummings of Lot 10 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on May 9, 2018 while at the East Ruimveldt home, he slapped his mother, Maxine Baird to her face.The prosecutor told the court that on the day in question, Baird was carrying clothes into the house when the defendant blocked the door with his hand.The young man was subsequently asked to remove his hands but instead he became annoyed and dealt Baird a slap to her face.The matter was reported and an investigation was carried out.However the man’s mother asked that the court be lenient with her son while citing that he is a “good boy” and needs counselling.“If he was in his right sense he would have never did what he did, I don’t want him to go to jail, I want him to get counselling,” the woman explained to the court.Magistrate Daly instructed that the man be mentally evaluated by a psychiatrist. He was fined $10,000 or an alternative of two weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Senator Neufeld fuming over gas price difference

first_imgToday, the lowest price for gas in Fort St. John is 133.9 at Safeway, while Dawson Creek is at 122.9. Neufeld wants to know why there’s such a big gap in price when trucks only have to drive another 80 kilometres further. He believes the prices should be within two cents, if not on par with each other.- Advertisement – As someone who used to work with bulk fuels, Neufeld says he knows it doesn’t cost an extra ten cents a litre to transport fuel between cities, saying it’s “absolutely ridiculous”. He says he wants service station operators to show him their bill and tell the truth.Advertisement Since his request is always refused, Neufeld says it’s time for people to start complaining. “If nobody complains, guess what? The price stays there. I think we have to start complaining about it.” When he returns to Ottawa later this month, he plans to write letters to the oil companies and service station operators.last_img read more


first_imgFull day Summer Fun ClubBenefits parents – benefits children! All day fun from 11 July to 19th August 9am – 5pmBook by the day – book by the weekGive children the chance to explore and have fun with fully qualified staffEach week includes: Outdoor with outings to Alcorns, Lurgybrack Farm, Ards Forest ParkSurfing in DunfanaghyCooking DayArts and Crafts DayEnvironment day round Letterkenny TownCost €25 per day €110 per week Call 9123986 or 0867251779 info@carahouse.ieFind us on FacebookECCE Free Preschool YearPlaces now available for September and January intakesCall 9123986 or 0867251779Very few places remain for afterschool groups in September.FULL DAY SUMMER FUN CLUB AT CARA HOUSE was last modified: June 7th, 2016 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:CARA HOUSEFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgFormer Letterkenny Rovers player Dale Gorman has been handed a THREE-YEAR contract extension by his employers Stevenage FC.Stevenage are managed by former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham. Gorman impressed Sheringham during pre-season – and was involved in several first-team games at the beginning of the season.However, he suffered a nasty injury that ruled him out for six weeks – but he has returned to full training and made a cameo appearance against Bristol Rovers.Stevenage have been so impressed with Gorman – that today they officially announced the midfielder had penned a new three-year deal at the club.DELIGHT FOR GORMAN AS HE PENS NEW THREE-YEAR CONTRACT AT STEVENAGE was last modified: December 1st, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

U.S. death toll reaches 2,000

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week President George W. Bush warned the U.S. public to brace for more casualties in the fight against “as brutal an enemy as we have ever faced, unconstrained by any notion of common humanity and by the rules of warfare.” “No one should underestimate the difficulties ahead,” Bush said in a speech Tuesday before the Joint Armed Forces Officers’ Wives’ luncheon in Washington. As a sign of those challenges, one of Iraq’s most ruthless terror groups – al-Qaida in Iraq – claimed responsibility for Monday’s suicide attacks against hotels housing Western journalists and contractors in Baghdad, as well as suicide bombings Tuesday in northern Iraq. In the latest casualty reports, the Pentagon said Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander Jr., 34, of Killeen, Texas, died Saturday in San Antonio of wounds suffered Oct. 17 in a blast in Samarra, a city 60 miles north of the Iraqi capital. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. military announced the deaths of two unidentified service members – a sailor and a Marine – in fighting last week in a village 25 miles west of Baghdad. Those announcements brought the U.S. death toll to 2,000, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. BAGHDAD, Iraq – The American military death toll in the Iraq war reached 2,000 Tuesday with the announcements of three more deaths, including an Army sergeant who died of wounds at a military hospital in Texas and a Marine and a sailor killed last week in fighting west of Baghdad. The 2,000 mark was reached amid growing doubts among the American public about the Iraq conflict, launched in March 2003 to destroy Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. None was ever found. In Washington, the U.S. Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of the fallen 2,000. “We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their courage, for their valor, for their strength, for their commitment to our country,” said Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist. “Our armed forces are serving ably in Iraq under enormously difficult circumstances, and the policy of our government must be worthy of their sacrifice. Unfortunately, it is not, and the American people know it,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat. It was unclear who was the 2,000th service member to die in Iraq since the U.S. military often delays death announcements until families are notified. On Monday, for example, the U.S. command announced that an unidentified Marine was killed in action the day before – after the deaths of the three service members reported Tuesday. In an e-mail statement to Baghdad-based journalists, command spokesman Lt. Col. Steve Boylan said media attention on the 2,000 figure was misguided and “set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives.” He described the grim statistic as an “artificial mark on the wall” and urged news organizations to focus more on the accomplishments of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. For example, Iraqi officials announced Tuesday that voters had approved a new constitution in the Oct. 15 referendum, laying the foundation for constitutional, democratic Iraqi government after decades of Saddam’s tyranny. “I ask that when you report on the events, take a moment to think about the effects on the families and those serving in Iraq,” Boylan wrote. “The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone.” Boylan said the 2,000th service member to die in Iraq “is just as important as the first that died and will be just as important as the last to die in this war against terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have not known freedom in over two generations.” He complained that the true milestones of the war were “rarely covered or discussed,” including the troops who had volunteered to serve, the families of those that have been deployed for a year or more, and the Iraqis who have sought at great risk to restore normalcy to their country. “Celebrate the daily milestones, the accomplishments they have secured and look to the future of a free and democratic Iraq and to the day that all of our troops return home to the heroes welcome they deserve,” Boylan wrote. In the latest fighting, U.S. and Iraqi troops raided insurgent safe houses Tuesday northwest of Qaim, a tense town near the Syrian border along a major infiltration route for foreign fighters. At one safe house, where women and children were also staying, an exchange of fire detonated an insurgent’s suicide vest, causing the roof to collapse, a U.S. statement said. “The women and children were rescued from the rubble and treated by medical personnel,” the statement added. U.S. aircraft then destroyed three buildings after the survivors were taken to a safe area, the statement said. Elsewhere, suicide car bombs exploded Tuesday in the generally peaceful Kurdish province of Sulaimaniyah, killing 12 people. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility in an Internet statement. The group also said it was behind the three suicide car bombs aimed at the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad. Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said 17 people were killed – mostly hotel guards and passers-by – in Monday’s attack, which involved bombers driving two cars and a cement truck. The U.S. soldier who shot and killed the truck driver said he initially had a hard time seeing the truck drive through the breach that the first car explosion had created in the concrete wall. “Once the dust and the debris settled down, I noticed the truck had already breached through our perimeter,” Spc. Darrell Green told CNN American Morning. “He backed up and then pulled forward. As he was doing that, I engaged in machine gun and took out the driver. If he had made it through, he could have done a lot more damage, a lot more casualties than what actually happened.” In a Web posting, al-Qaida in Iraq said it carried out the hotel attack to target a “dirty harbor of intelligence agents and private American, British and Australian security companies.” The hotel complex houses offices of the AP and other media organizations. Also Tuesday, insurgents killed six Iraqis – a 7-year-old boy, two Iraqi soldiers and three policemen – and wounded 45 others in a series of attacks in Baghdad. A video posted on an Islamic extremist Web site showed a U.S. soldier being shot in Iraq while guarding an armored vehicle. The militant Islamic Army in Iraq said one of its snipers killed the soldier in Baghdad on Monday, but the U.S. military said it could not verify the authenticity of the claim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgTHERE is widespread shock and sadness in Co Donegal today at the news of the death of a young man injured in a crash in March.Darry McDaid, 23, from Cavanacaw, St Johnston, has been in intensive care at  after his BMW car crossed over four lanes and crashed into a wall.Gardai are still investigating the cause of the crash which happened just before 1am on March 23 last on the Letterkenny to Derry Road at Drumnahoagh. Darry’s family and friends had held a vigil at his bedside, hoping and praying for his recovery. SADNESS AS CRASH VICTIM DARRY LOSES FIGHT FOR LIFE was last modified: June 21st, 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:car crashDarry McDaiddeadletterkennylast_img read more

Hot topics abound at Commodity Classic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the RFS, to the Farm Bill, to infrastructure, there is a lot to discuss at this year’s Commodity Classic. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins and Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese visit with farmers Fred Yoder from Union County and Keith Kemp from Preble County about the hot topics being covered in Anaheim.last_img

Announcing the June Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_imgJune’s featured Geocacher of the Month is known for his kindness and ability to engage the geocaching community through his creative caches.Congratulations to SniperChicken for pulling in an incredible 108 votes! We greatly appreciate your dedication to geocaching.June Featured Geocacher of the Month, SniperChickenSniperChicken is the Board President of the Mississippi Geocachers Association. He owns over 140 caches and is known to go above and beyond to research every hiding location to provide fellow geocachers with a unique cache and story.According to one geocacher casting a vote, “SniperChicken is a great guy…you won’t find many more dedicated. He does whatever he can to help others, to make a cache different and exciting. He’s a real inspiration to newbies and seasoned cachers alike. All the candidates are great, but SniperChicken stands out above the rest.”SniperChicken will receiver a collector’s edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon, and a certificate acknowledging his contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.Thank you to the fellow June nominees and all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.Featured Geocacher of the Month IconThe geocaching community is encouraged to re-nominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com. Every nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for July featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Monday, July 16th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”July Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJuly 20, 2012In “Community”Announcing the February Featured Geocacher of the MonthMarch 8, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

2 Indians Bag Cartier Entrepreneurship Award For Women

first_imgTwo Indian entrepreneurs, one behind an environmentally-friendly sweetener and the other who markets 100 per cent biodegradable sanitary napkins, today bagged USD 30,000 each as the finalists of the 2018 Cartier Women s Initiative Awards.Swati Pandey of Arboreal Agro Innovations, which oversees the production of an innovative, high-yielding variety of Stevia sweetener, and Kristin Kagetsu of Saathi Inc, which uses banana fibre to create sanitary napkins, were announced as the Asia-Pacific finalists for the awards set up to honour and support female entrepreneurs.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img