Corbett wants greater opportunity for local ‘ballers’

first_imgFormer Jamaica national football captain, the legendary and versatile Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, has a burning passion for the development of Jamaica’s football and has longed to play a role in the advancement of the sport locally. Recently, the former local idol has been afforded such an opportunity to make his contribution when newly appointed national Under-20 coaches, Craig Butler and Ricardo Gardner, invited him to share his experience and knowledge with the team. Cargill, who captained the national team for six years and led the country to the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and their third-place Gold Cup finish in 1993 before retiring shortly afterwards, is presently the Under-15 coach of Miramar United Elite FC in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and one of his greatest desires is to see young Jamaican footballers make the transition from national youth teams into the senior side. However, he believes lack of exposure, experience and quality facilities locally will continue to hamper the progress of young local talent and the sport’s development in general. “Jamaica’s football has made a big jump because we qualified for World Cup. My only concern is, after the World Cup what did we achieve?” he queried. “Normally, you should have a facility, because FIFA allocates money anytime a team goes to the World Cup. But the national programme doesn’t have a facility and that is a setback. That (facilities) is where the game is going now, you need facilities to grow,” he told The Gleaner. “They (Butler and Gardner) have reached out to me and it’s nice, even if it is just in a small capacity. To know you are respected by your fellow players who want you around is a good feeling. The beauty is (Craig) Butler and (Ricardo) Gardner are in charge of the Under-20s and they invited me to just to be around the team and give voluntary support and (share) the little experience I have. “I will support the programme because they need sponsors, and I am willing to support them 200 per cent, just so they can give the youths experience,” he reasoned. Corbett also wants to assist the senior team one day and he is hoping this is just the start of his reconnection with local football and the national football programme. “I don’t really push myself up. But I don’t have to be a coach around a national programme. Any capacity, anything I can do to help; that’s why I am here, to help Butler and Gardner and anything that they need that we can do,” he concluded. However, of greater concern is the transition of our junior national players into the senior team. Corbett said there is too much focus on overseas-born players representing Jamaica, when all the talent we need is right here. “In Jamaican football, if you play Under-17, by time you reach Under-20 they throw you away, and it’s not that those players aren’t good, but you need a ladder. Where is the feeder tree, why not invest in the youth level? “But they don’t invest in the Under-17s, the Under-20s and Under-23s, and that is sad really because exposure is what gives you experience. “The senior team plays a lot of friendlies all over the world, but the young kids play local club, so where is the exposure and experience going to come from? So, that is lacking as they do not want to invest the money,” Corbett bemoaned. “At nine years and 10 years, we were the best in the world,” he recalled. “(Winston) Chung-Fah proved that years ago when there was the Miami Classics and we won that every year, nine- to 12-year-olds. But after 12 (years), nothing, and I realise Jamaica doesn’t invest in kids. Nobody wants to wait, everyone wants to plant a seed and reap tomorrow, but we will never go anywhere like that. “The US team invests about US$6-7 million in their youths and our investment is worth about 50,000, still we match strides with them. So just give them a little more opportunity and expose them and they can do it,” he continued. With regard to his involvement, Corbett, who lives in Miami, is looking to contribute in any shape or form and to any of the other programmes. But he is also looking to learn as much as he can from two of the country’s most successful local talents to make it professionally overseas. MUTUAL RESPECT LOCAL TALENTlast_img read more

City announcing substantial new Enerplex sponsor on Wednesday

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has a big announcement regarding sponsorship for the Enerplex.On Wednesday 29th, the City says it will unveil a substantial new sponsor. Earlier this year, the City sent out a sponsorship package to associate a corporate name with the Enerplex facility, with a deadline of April 24 for receipt of proposals.But, there was little interest from businesses, with most business owners citing poor economic times as the main reason for not submitting a proposal.- Advertisement -At a May City Council meeting, Mayor Bruce Lantz announced he would pitch the proposal to some oil and gas companies in Calgary.Now, WL Construction became the first sponsor in June, when they announced they would be sponsoring the arena ice resurfacing machine for $20,000.There is still sponsorship opportunities available, visit fortstjohn.ca for more information.Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman seriously injured in crash fined for no insurance

first_imgA young Clonmany woman, who crashed her car but has no recollection of the collision, has avoided a careless driving conviction but was fined for having no insurance.Chanise Gill, 21, of 36 Riverside Park, Clonmany, was charged with careless driving at Rashenny on August 27, 2018. She was also charged with driving without a licence or insurance and failing to produce her documents on the same date.She pleaded guilty to the no insurance and licence charge when she appeared before Carndonagh District Court. However her solicitor Ray Lannon argued that there was no evidence of careless driving.He said there was a collision at Rashenny around 8am on the morning of August 27 last, however he said there was no evidence as to what happened.Mr. Lannon explained that Ms. Gill, who had a provisional licence at the time, was driving from Clonmany to Carn when her car went off the road and ended up in a field.He said Ms. Gill suffered serious injuries, including a broken bone in her back and a perforated lung and only had a mild recollection of what happened.“In her memo of interview with the gardaí she said it may have been just a dream,” said Mr. Lannon.“There was no admission made in relation to her driving, she only has a mild recollection of the whole things and is going mostly on what people told her.”Mr. Lannon said there could have been interfering factors.“Gardaí found the car overturned in the field, there were no witnesses. We don’t know if any other vehicle was involved or not,” said Mr. Lannon.“There could have been intervening factors. I submit there must be a doubt.”Garda Inspector Denis Joyce said the car left the road on the left hand side and overturned into a field. He said the case rested on the photographs and memo of interview Ms. Gill gave the Gardaí.He said Ms. Gill was taken by ambulance to Letterkenny Hospital following the crash and a sample was taken but unfortunately it was not analysed for an intoxicant by the doctors.Judge Paul Kelly said the collision ‘seemed extraordinary’ in how it could have happened. However he warned Ms. Gill about driving unaccompanied on a provisional licence.“You are not permitted to be on the road without a fully qualified driver,” said Judge Kelly.“There is a reason for this legislation, had you had a full qualified driver with you, perhaps this might not have happened.”Despite this Judge Kelly said under the circumstances he would strike out the careless driving charge as he didn’t believe it ‘added up’.“The only person who suffered as a result of this collision was Chanise Gill herself,” said Judge Kelly.“I don’t think there is any merit in adding to her woes and I don’t believe the charge would add up anyway,” he said, dismissing the careless driving charge.In relation to the no insurance charge, Mr. Lannon said she had the car three weeks and was saving for insurance after being quoted €3,000.He said Ms. Gill recently started her own coffee shop in Ballyliffin and was employing two people. Mr. Lannon asked Judge Kelly not to ban his client on this basis.The District Court Judge fined Gill €200 for having no insurance and agreed not to disqualify her from driving. However, he warned her that ‘part of putting a car on the road was to ensure you had a licence and you could insure the car’.“If you can’t afford to pay for insurance you can’t afford to be on the road,” added Judge Kelly.Woman seriously injured in crash fined for no insurance was last modified: July 22nd, 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)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Plenty of angling options for the holiday weekend

first_imgOn one of the most popular holidays for boats targeting ocean salmon, it looks like the North Coast will be blessed with favorable offshore conditions. Inland anglers who are considering making the long trek to Humboldt to enjoy our beautiful, coastal weather and to fish for salmon will want to pay close attention to the tides.Very large tidal exchanges are predicted through the holiday weekend, which could create hazardous bar crossing situations. Once safely outside, you can expect to find …last_img read more

R10bn jobs-saving initiative

first_imgAccording to the report, attention would be given to those sectors which were already showing signs of early job losses, including the clothing, textiles and footwear, mining, and the automotive and capital equipment sectors. Development finance “In line with the principles outlined above, we are convinced of the need for a bold intervention in the form of a broad stimulus package, as signalled in the recent budget that has economic and social components,” the report states. 20 February 2009 The South African government is to spend R10-billion over the next three years on the National Jobs Initiative, which will bring together a range of new and revamped programmes as part of an initiative to save jobs during the global economic crisis. Stimulus packages The report mentions that development finance institutions would need to play a significant role alongside the government in order to save jobs and keep the South African economy buoyant, and the joint committee has tasked these institutions with providing their rescue package proposals to the task team within four weeks. With the help of organised business and labour, the government is to develop proposals within the next four weeks to provide a rescue package to other affected industries, including the electrical and electronics sector, engineering and the building materials industry.center_img Details of the initiative were released in a report, “Framework for South Africa’s response to the international economic crisis”, drawn up by a task team comprising members of government, business and organised labour, which met in Cape Town on Thursday. The initiative’s goals are to minimise job losses, ensure that all activities strengthen the capacity of the economy, and sustain are high levels of investment in public sector infrastructure. “Such [stimulus] packages will include reciprocal commitments by companies of what they will contribute to turnaround strategies,” the report states. The parties also agreed to develop action plans to ensure timely implementation of a number of planned initiatives, including intensifying the expanded public works programme. Following the meeting of the committee, a number of task teams have been established to monitor progress on the proposals put forward. They include task teams for leadership, investment and financing, social interventions, employment, and distressed sectors. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

IPL 4: Kochi denies move to buy Sourav Ganguly

first_imgThe Kochi franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday denied it was in talks with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly for a place in the team in the fourth season of the tournament. Reacting to media reports that the Kochi IPL was trying to sign up Ganguly, Mehul Shah, a majority stake owner in the franchise, told Headlines Today that there was no such move. Media reports had said that the Kochi IPL had contacted other teams to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from them to rope in Ganguly, as players unsold in the auction could not be picked without their consent. The former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain had remained unsold at the IPL 4 auctions held earlier this month. The 38-year-old batsman had played for KKR in the first three seasons.last_img read more

Delhi University Admissions 2014 available

first_imgUniversity of Delhi admissions for undergraduate courses for the academic year beginning 2014 have begun from today June 2, 2014. One of the most popular Universities in India, Delhi University has 54,000 seats available for the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) itself. The last day for filling application form is June 16 while the first cut-off list will be released on June 24.With students scoring high percentage in CBSE Class 12 examination this year, the university officials are speculating that cut-offs will soar.”As the number of students getting marks in the plus-90 bracket has increased, so cut-offs are likely to soar,” J.M. Khurrana, DU dean student’s welfare, told IANS Sunday.A centralised form, with both online and offline options, would cost Rs 100 for general candidates and Rs 50 for SC/ST and OBC candidates.St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College will conduct their own admission. For applying in both the colleges, students have only the option of online form.The university earlier launched an android-based mobile application called “DU UG admissions 2014-2015” from where students can fill their optical mark registration (OMR) forms and get information about the university.The university has also conducted “open days” where parents and students were provided information on admission and their queries were answered.While for the offline process there are 18 centres/colleges in north, south, east, west and central Delhi, where students can procure and submit their forms.This year, there will also be “university observers” who will see that admission is carried out without any problem.advertisementWith most of the procedure remaining the same like with students only having choice of filling the course option, the university has removed the additional eligibility criteria that colleges used to impose on students.The students, who have studied a lot of vocational subjects, can include them in their best four but they will have to lose 10 percent marks from the subject with highest marks.The university has specifically advised the students to fill in the actual marks and leave the deduction and addition part with the colleges.Besides the Bachelor of Management Studies, the entrance examination for all courses were cancelled.Delhi University has 77 colleges affiliated to it.last_img read more