The JAAA also got exposed

first_imgThe dust is yet to settle and the clouds are yet to clear. The debate continues to spiral as to whether or not Jamaica’s track and field athletes should get preferential financial help, and if so, how much can we afford to give them, and which athletes should qualify, and how should they qualify? While the search for answers to all those questions continues, I maintain my stance that monetary contributions to mediocre senior athletes is not my preferred strategy, and that some of these athletes with these ‘hard-luck stories’, having got to a certain age and stage, need to ‘man up’, look into themselves and take the tough decision to quietly walk away from the sport. I can appreciate, however, that moving forward, some things need to change. Not least of which is the random and disorganised method used by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) in allocating financial help for needy athletes. Misconception One misconception that this ongoing saga has corrected and confirmed is that the JAAA has been and continues to offer significant financial assistance to our athletes. The consensus now, though, is that to continue to disperse funding of the magnitude of $9 million annually without defined systems and structures opens up the JAAA to accusations of favouritism, nepotism and victimisation. The stories are many from athletes claiming to getting different treatment and enjoying different levels of benefits, not based on any set criteria but based on who they know personally, and who they have access to within the organisation. That is the kind of accusation that will always come the way of the JAAA as long as they continue to undertake these disbursements without a transparent structure. Who says, for example, that instead of $9 million, the JAAA is not in position to allocate $15 or $20 million for helping athletes? Who is the JAAA accountable to? Accusations have been rife against the local governing body about the secrecy with regards to the actual dollar-figure amount of the sponsorship that the JAAA has been able to attract over the years, especially with the high profile of the Jamaican athletes in the sport. So no one really knows for sure what they can or cannot afford to do. I was actually astonished on hearing the extent of the assistance that the governing body was able to find in helping needy athletes, in a context of the perennial cries of a lack of funding for key projects such as assembling our juniors for proper training camps ahead of major competition and other developmental activities. An average of over $4 million per year since 2001, increasing year to year, with some $6.5 million already disbursed this year. Certainly going forward, at least an attempt at levelling the proverbial playing field by the JAAA in terms of which athletes get what, how, where and when, is what is required. wilted under pressure The Government has wilted under the pressure and has already committed $40 million to setting up a programme to assist the athletes. While disagreeing with that move in principle, if taxpayers’ money is to be used to help needy athletes, please let it be done on a structured, transparent and equitable basis. The JAAA also needs to fall in line in that regard. Again, I say the revelations made by the airing of this issue have been quite instructive. What is now known significantly that was not known before is the level of assistance that was going the way of the athletes from the local governing body. What we also now significantly know is that the way the funds were being disbursed is rife with imperfections and inviting to wide-ranging questions, and that now needs to change. Over to you, JAAA.last_img read more

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38th death anniversary of Walter Rodney (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,June 13th, 2018 represents the thirty-eighth year since the assassination of Walter Rodney, which occurred on June 13th, 1980. Thirty-eight years should be sufficient time for Guyana and its leadership at its highest level to be able to have a dispassionate and objective discussion on the role of this great son of the soil regarding the contribution he made to the political life of this country.However, thirty-eight years later, in Guyana, we are still not yet positioned to do so, and this in spite of the fact that the party of Rodney, the WPA, is a partner in the APNU and a party in the coalition Government, which has been in office over the last three years.I believe that the failure to have this profound discussion in Guyana underscores the extent to which the political process and political leaders have failed the people, and represents a serious indictment of those who claim the right to lead and to make decisions on our behalf.It should be recalled that Guyana made a major step forward as a nation when the Corbin-led PNCR and the WPA supported an amended motion in Parliament to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the death of Walter Rodney. It is important to note that the PPPC, which sponsored the motion, abstained when the vote was taken, because of the amendment which saw the word “death” substituted for “asssassination”. The PNCR had objected to the use of the word assassination on the grounds that its retention in the motion was prejudging the issue. WPA agreed, and the motion in its amended form was passed, thereby demonstrating tremendous political maturity on the part of the two historical antagonists. Importantly, their actions created the genesis of a public political detente between the two parties that led to the subsequent birth of the APNU and a decisive shift in the politics of the nation.Rodney returned to Guyana in 1975, and the role he played in the Civil Rebellion resulted in profound changes in the politics of the country at that time. WPA and Rodney were able to exploit the existing political contradictions and the legitimacy of the rulers’ right to govern, given rigged elections. Unfolding events shattered the myth that effective unity and collective political actions by the African and Indian working people were unlikely, given the historical political and racial polarisation in the country.The effectiveness of Rodney/WPA’s activism scared the rulers, who, when faced with massive multiracial street protests and demonstrations by the masses, resorted to grave acts of oppression, violence, and political murders in an effort to stem the tide of change. While they were able to hold on to political power, they were unable to reverse the new political reality created by the WPA and Rodney, which subsequently led to the PNC being voted out of office in the 1992 General and Regional Elections. The rejection of the PNCR at those elections was made possible in no small way by the legacy of Rodney, which ushered in a new chapter in the country’s politics.Ironically, the return to free and fair elections brought with it a rebirth of the old race-based politics, which profoundly reversed the gains made by Rodney and the WPA. The rebirth of the race/political contradictions resulted in new challenges, which the nation failed to address effectively in its best interest. Dr Jagan and the PPP, after having come to power, quickly lost their way and returned to the old politics of domination. In doing so, they squandered the democratic dividends produced by the anti-dictatorial struggles. Things got significantly worse after the demise of President Cheddi Jagan.Sincerely,Tacuma Ogunseyelast_img read more

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Build shelters and safe houses in every region

first_imgDear Editor,Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch were among those at the sod-turning exercise recently in Linden for the construction of two shelters. These projects are being undertaken by the United States Military Services, under the New Horizons initiative. Indeed, it is very laudable that the Linden community and Region 10 will finally be having shelters for abused women and children.Incidentally, in reacting to news of the Linden shelters, a youth activist and ERC Commissioner lauded the efforts on social media but called for similar shelters to be built in other regions, especially Regions Two and Six which have very pressing needs. A member of the Child Rights Commission responded to the young man’s call by telling him to get his fellow Hindus to build other shelters. Requested to explain what her bewilderingly biased statement has to do with the issue under discussion, that CRC Commissioner has gone silent.In any case, The Caribbean Voice reminds the Honourable Minister, Amna Ally, that while there are a couple of drop-in centres and homes, there are no shelters for abused women and children in any other region. But we are certain that the Honourable Minister recognises the urgent need for such shelters and even safe houses in every region. And so we look forward to soon hearing about these initiatives.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

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Wife gets prison in slaying

first_img“I can’t say, because I’m going to face the rest of my life in prison, I did what I didn’t do,” she said. Two of Polk’s three sons addressed the court on behalf of the prosecution. Gabriel Polk, who was 15 when he found his father’s body in the poolhouse of the family’s home in the wealthy town of Orinda, spoke of the pain of losing both of his parents in the same night. “You birthed, you raised, you loved, and then you took it all away,” he said, looking at his mother. Her oldest son, Adam Polk, said he did not know if he would ever be able to forgive her, not only for killing his father but for sullying Felix Polk’s reputation. “If he were here today he would want you to find the best head doctor in the business and get help,” he told his mother. Felix Polk’s two children from his first marriage, which ended when he became involved with Polk, said they wished Susan Polk was eligible for the death penalty.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARTINEZ – A suburban housewife who fatally stabbed her psychotherapist husband and then acted as her own lawyer during a trial in which she cross-examined her sons, was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in prison for second-degree murder. Susan Polk, 49, received the maximum possible penalty for the death of her husband, Felix, 70, whom she met when she was his 14-year-old patient. The two became romantically involved soon after and were in the midst of a divorce at the time of the October 2002 slaying. During her four-month trial and at the sentencing hearing Polk claimed that her husband was a pedophile who abused her throughout their relationship. She said she stabbed him in self-defense, a claim Judge Laurel Brady dismissed in rejecting a request for a new trial. Before the judge handed down the sentence, Polk’s elderly mother and one of her three sons asked for leniency. Polk reasserted her innocence and said she regretted her decisions to reject a plea bargain and represent herself. But she refused to beg for mercy. last_img read more

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PUC closer to deregulation

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California energy regulators took a small but significant step Thursday to deregulate a portion of the state’s electricity market, even as top Democratic lawmakers voiced opposition. Many critics blamed similar deregulation moves a decade ago for contributing to California’s infamous power crisis in 2000 and 2001. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to explore whether it has the legal authority to reinstitute a program called direct access. The program allows large commercial customers, such as hospitals, universities and businesses, to buy service from electricity providers other than their regular utilities. Supporters include California State University, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and dozens of other large energy users. They argued that direct access, also called retail energy competition, allows them to shop for lower rates. In December, a consortium of energy producers called the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets filed a petition with the PUC arguing that the market had stabilized enough to reinstate direct access by next year. “Consumers have choices for most of the purchases they make, and we will evaluate whether and how that may include electricity,” PUC President Michael Peevey said. “Retail competition may exert further downward pressure on rates.” A PUC report said it will take at least 18 months, and probably longer, to decide whether direct access can be reinstated. Consumer advocacy groups and others blame the program for contributing to the power crisis because energy providers were left largely unregulated in the late 1990s. The subsequent manipulation of power markets led to soaring utility prices, rolling blackouts and bankruptcy for the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. “Introducing competition has not always brought about lower rates for customers,” said Timothy Simon, the lone PUC commissioner to vote against the move. The state Legislature suspended direct access during an emergency session at the height of the power crisis in 2001. That action required large energy users to buy their power from traditional utilities, ensuring those utilities a steady revenue stream. The law also gave the state Department of Water Resources temporary authority to buy energy for customers of investor-owned utilities.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

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Northern Lights College students awarded for accomplishments

first_imgCork says he is proud of all his students, and believes they will do well after graduation, saying this is just another opportunity to help students engage the businesses and people that they will work with in their futures as automotive service techs. AST student Savanna Lindley received a tool box and a starter set of tools from Bumper to Bumper for having the highest marks in the Dual Credit AST program, and Levi Germain received the Northern Metallic tool award for the second highest marks.“I believe that entering a trades program at a young age involves a lot of courage on the student’s part,” said Cork.“Sometimes they falter and struggle with staying engaged. Anything that we can use to motivate and encourage students is a huge plus.”This motivation is evident in the shop, as Cork has posted pictures of previous student winners. He plans to continue this tradition to help motivate students in the future.He attributes part of the students’ success to how the program operates. “This trade really is a community of people working together to create professionals of a high calibre.”Advertisement The College’s AME program is designed to train students wanting to work in the aerospace industry, and is available on the Dawson Creek Campus in the Aerospace Centre of Excellence. It works in partnership with Okanagan College’s Vernon Campus. Students from the Okanagan complete the final 14 weeks of practical curriculum here in the Peace Region.Marianne Pelletier was the recipient of the Above and Beyond Award — given to a student who demonstrates positive contributions to the improvement of the AME program and participates in extra-curricular activities within the program, college, and community.The Student Choice Awards went to Ethan Anderson from the Dawson Creek Campus, and Travis Booker from the Vernon Campus. “The students were very pleased,” said AST instructor Rod Cork. “We approached suppliers to source the prizes.”Advertisementcenter_img DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Students at Northern Lights College have been recognized for their accomplishments in awards ceremonies.Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Automotive Service Technician students celebrated their success at an awards ceremony at the Dawson Creek Campus.AME Students Macall Webb and Tyler Hitchmough delivered their valedictorian address to their classmates.- Advertisement -“As I look at these grads today and think back to 17 months ago, they were terrified to be here, and they should be,” said AME instructor Curtis Newby. “Our instructors helped them on the journey, but they put the hard work in.”Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships Mark Heartt says they are very proud of their students. “They put in a lot of hard work and dedication throughout the program, and it shows when they enter into industry.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Five great Champions League comebacks

first_imgHere, AFP Sport looks at five other famous Champions League comebacks:Barcelona stun PSGBarcelona overturned a four-goal first-leg deficit to break PSG hearts © AFP/File / PAU BARRENALast 16, 2016/17First leg: Paris Saint-Germain 4 (Di Maria 18, 55 Draxler 40, Cavani 72) Barcelona 0Return leg: Barcelona 6 (Suarez 3, Kurzawa 40-og, Messi 50-pen, Neymar 88, 90+1-pen, Roberto 90+5) Paris Saint-Germain 1 (Cavani 62)Barcelona won 6-5 on aggregateBarcelona were on the right side of history two years ago, becoming the first team to come back from a four-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League on a dramatic night at the Camp Nou when Neymar punished his future side PSG with two goals.If PSG’s demolition of Luis Enrique’s Barcelona in Paris was a shock, the fightback was mind-blowing with the crucial last two goals coming in stoppage time.Sergi Roberto came off the bench to write himself into Spanish football folklore with Barcelona’s sixth goal in the fifth minute of added time.“I didn’t know if I was dreaming –- I have never known a noise like that,” said a shell-shocked Roberto after the final whistle.Barca’s luck runs out in RomeGreek defender Manolas was the unlikely hero as Roma stunned Barca © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEQuarter-finals, 2017/18First leg: Barcelona 4 (De Rossi 38-og, Manolas 55-og, Pique 59, Suarez 87) Roma 1 (Dzeko 80)Second leg: Roma 3 (Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58-pen, Manolas 82) Barcelona 04-4 on aggregate; Roma won on away goalsBarcelona’s luck ran out in dramatic style 12 months after their PSG heroics with Edin Dzeko’s away goal at the Camp Nou proving crucial.The Bosnia striker struggled to express his joy at Roma’s achievement after his sixth-minute goal in the return game sparked an incredible turnaround by the Italians.“We did it when definitely nobody believed in us,” said Dzeko.There appeared to be no way back for Roma after they were routed in Barcelona.However, after Dzeko’s early goal, a Daniele De Rossi penalty set the scene for Kostas Manolas’s 82nd-minute header to spark wild celebrations led by Roma president James Pallotta, who jumped into Rome’s Piazza del Popolo fountain.Liverpool’s night in IstanbulDudek saved the decisive penalty as Liverpool staged a famous comeback © AFP/File / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFinal, 2004/05Liverpool 3 (Gerrard 54, Smicer 56, Alonso 60-pen) AC Milan 3 (Maldini 1, Crespo 39, 44)3-3 after extra time; Liverpool won 3-1 on penaltiesLiverpool are no strangers to fightbacks in Europe, producing arguably the most staggering in a final against a mighty AC Milan side in Istanbul 14 years ago.They trailed 3-0 at half-time against the star-studded Italians after Paolo Maldini scored inside a minute and Hernan Crespo’s excellent double. But talismanic captain Steven Gerrard gave his side hope with a header early in the second period, and substitute Vladimir Smicer drilled in two minutes later.A breathtaking six-minute spell was completed on the hour mark as Xabi Alonso scored the rebound after his own penalty had been saved by Milan goalkeeper Dida.Rafael Benitez’s underdogs hung on to force a penalty shootout, and Andriy Shevchenko, who had scored the winning spot-kick in the 2003 final against Juventus, saw his effort saved by Jerzy Dudek to confirm Liverpool’s fifth, and most recent, Champions League title.Irureta’s miracleKaka’s Milan were dumped out in unbelievable fashion by Deportivo © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAQuarter-finals, 2003/04First leg: AC Milan 4 (Kaka 45, 49, Shevchenko 46, Pirlo 53) Deportivo La Coruna 1 (Pandiani 11)Second leg: Deportivo La Coruna 4 (Pandiani 5, Valeron 35, Luque 44, Fran 76) AC Milan 0Deportivo won 5-4 on aggregateAfter his side were trounced 4-1 at the San Siro, Deportivo coach Javier Irureta admitted there was no rational reason to believe in a miracle.However, his side burst out of the blocks in the second leg, holding a 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque.Substitute Fran Gonzalez added a fourth with 14 minutes to go and, having prayed for success, Irureta honoured his pre-match promise by taking the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela after Deportivo’s unlikely victory.Di Matteo orchestrates Chelsea escapeIvanovic scored the extra-time winner as Di Matteo’s Chelsea downed Napoli en route to the title © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLast 16, 2011/12First leg: Napoli 3 (Lavezzi 38, 65, Cavani 45+2) Chelsea 1 (Mata 27)Second leg: Chelsea 4 (Drogba 28, Terry 47, Lampard 75-pen, Ivanovic 105) Napoli 1 (Inler 55) – after extra timeChelsea won 5-4 on aggregateChelsea rode the momentum of a stirring last-16 comeback against Napoli to the club’s maiden Champions League title under interim coach Roberto Di Matteo.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg after two Ezequiel Lavezzi goals and an Edinson Cavani strike, Chelsea sacked Andre Villas-Boas ahead of the return leg. The Blues roared back at Stamford Bridge through efforts from Didier Drogba and John Terry, before Gokhan Inler briefly put the Italians back on top only for a Frank Lampard penalty to force extra time.Drogba then teed up Branislav Ivanovic to blast home a 105th-minute winner, and Chelsea would go on to beat Bayern Munich on penalties in that season’s final at the Allianz Arena.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lucas Moura fired Spurs into their first Champions League final © AFP / Adrian DENNISParis, France, May 8 – Tottenham followed in Liverpool’s footsteps by pulling off one of the most stunning fightbacks in Champions League history on Wednesday as Lucas Moura’s hat-trick snatched a dramatic away-goals semi-final victory over Ajax.Spurs trailed 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate at half-time of the second leg, but Moura’s 96th-minute winner sent them into a final against Liverpool — who also came back from three goals down to shock Barcelona on Tuesday — in Madrid on June 1.last_img read more

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Simply brilliant! Look at these Harry Kane goal stats from 2017 alone

first_img 2 At the start of the week, Harry Kane had scored 22 Premier League goals, but he had 29 to his name by the end of it.That was thanks to the four he scored against Leicester and the the hat-trick against Hull on the final day of the season.Kane won the Golden Boot – his second successive award – while he scored 35 in all competitions. Opta also explained that the Tottenham striker is the sixth player to score a hat-trick in successive Premier League games and the first since Wayne Rooney did it in 2011.And even more impressive is that his treble against Hull was the FIFTH time in 2017 he has scored at least three in one game. Remember, Kane didn’t even start scoring until September and he also had to miss seven weeks of the season between September and November through injury and another three in March.14/01/17: Three goals against West Brom (Premier League)19/02/17: Three goals against Fulham (FA Cup)26/02/17: Three goals against Stoke (Premier League)18/05/17: Four goals against Leicester (Premier League)21/05/17: Three goals against Hull (Premier League)REVEALED: PREMIER LEAGUE GOLDEN BOOT TOP 10PLAYERS WHO PLAYED AND STARRED FOR THEIR BOYHOOD CLUB Harry Kane won his second successive Premier League Golden Boot center_img 2last_img read more

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DONEGAL ANTI-WATER TAX GROUPS TO MEET TO DISCUSS POLICIES

first_imgA Right2Water/Right2Change Public meeting will take place in the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny on Wed.23rd of September at 7.30pm.This will be a presentation and discussion open to all on the policy principles developed by the Right2 Water Trade Unions in two conferences held earlier this year. A sizeable number of submissions to the policy document were received , including those from political parties , trade unions community groups and individuals.Right2Water Donegal activist Owen Curran said ‘ This Document on Policy Principles is to be welcomed , and the hope is that many political groupings and parties who oppose this government and their policies will sign up to it in the run up to the election. Many of us feel that after all the non-payment ,campaigning work and protesting over the past few years against water charges but also against the Property Tax and Austerity in general, that it would be a missed opportunity if these campaigns were not given a political edge , especially with an election looming.”“However, it would be a mistake for it now to become all about electoral politics . All those who got involved in opposing these taxes and charges in some way must not now just become passive voters whose future is dependent on the make up of the next Dail. Remember, any concessions gained in regards to the water charges so far have come about by pressure from people on the ground. “Cast your mind back to last November’s huge protest in Letterkenny – and the amount of politicians that were claiming to be against water charges in the press and media- AFTER that event.“So it remains vital that non-payment is continued at least until the election , and that the campaigners on the ground continue to mobilise people to keep the pressure on all politicians , including those in opposition with the aim of bringing about the legislative abolishment of water charges- ie force the in coming Dail to scrap the charges.’So come to the meeting, have your say on the policy principle document on water , but also on housing , health , education , jobs and decent work and democratic reform.Remember , change wont happen on its own. Join this debate on how we change this country for the better.The Policy Principles can be viewed here. www.right2water.ie , copies will also be available at the meeting. DONEGAL ANTI-WATER TAX GROUPS TO MEET TO DISCUSS POLICIES was last modified: September 16th, 2015 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:donegalIrish Watermeetinglast_img read more

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Torres and Bent start in derby clash

first_imgFernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea in the derby at Craven Cottage, where Darren Bent returns for Fulham.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Willian, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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