The rumblings have once again started over the availability and access to the most precious commodity in Jamaican sports: grandstand tickets for the final day of Boys and Girls’ Championships. The discourse has now reached ridiculous proportions with the recent proposal by the past student bodies of top high schools – Calabar, Kingston College, and Jamaica College – launching a formal lobby for a bigger portion of the premium, final-day grandstand tickets to be made available to them. This, to my mind, is a most obnoxious, contentious, and unprincipled proposal. Equity and fairness have been thrown into the garbage, as KC, Calabar, and JC typically seek to feather their own selfish nests. The so-called ‘three the hard way’ are trying to make the case that they spend a combined total of over $40 million in preparing their teams for the marquee event, which, invariably, is won by one of the big three, thus their claim of entitlement for preferential treatment. The arrogance went up a notch with the sly reminder by the ‘cartel’ that Champs would not be the same without Calabar, KC, and JC – with no regard for the fundamental fact that Champs is still a national amateur high-school event. The situation is what it is as it relates to the overwhelming demand for grandstand final-day Champs tickets, and that situation will not change anytime soon. The capacity of the grandstand is less than 5,000, with approximately half of those seats allocated to sponsors, special guests, media, etc. So, in reality, there will be tens of thousands of people chasing less than 3,000 premier grandstand Super Saturday tickets. Certainly, allocating more of those limited tickets to ‘select schools’ cannot be the way to go for the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). Outside of allowing the overwhelming demand to dictate the price of the grandstand tickets, which would probably push the price up to an exorbitant level, ISSA must remain cognisant of the fact that Champs remains a mere high-school event. Under the less-than-perfect circumstances, the limited tickets should continue to be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. That is simply the fairest method of allocation. WHAT NEXT? Following the principle of the ‘three the hard way’ proposal to its logical conclusion, it would not be long before the suggestion comes that only past or current students of the top contenders and the big spenders and recent Champs, winners KC, Calabar, and JC will be welcome inside the grandstand and eventually inside the entire stadium. I suspect that the erudite and principled leadership of ISSA will pay very scant regard to the proposal of what must now be more appropriately known as ‘three the snobbish and arrogant way’. The sending of the right messages of fairness, justice, equality, and transparency must be of utmost importance as it relates to a high-school event. The principle must remain where no students or past students of any particular school should be more entitled to a seat in the grandstand on the final day of Champs than the students or past students of any other school. I sincerely hope that after burning in the fields for so long in order to build Boys and Girls’ Champs into an international spectacle of the highest reputation, that on this particular issue of principle, ISSA will neither fall nor yield.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Baser Amer probably made some of the biggest plays of the game in the offensive end and that really helped us get this win,” Bolts head coach Norman Black. “It’s a very important win for us because we’re in the middle of the pack with Phoenix and this pushes us a little further up and away from the bottom as we try to get to the playoffs.”Niño Canaleta scored a game-high 30 points for the Bolts while Amer had 19, nine in the fourth and overtime periods.Meralco import Arinze Onuaku made up for his limited offensive output of 12 points by grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.Eugene Phelps led the Fuel Masters’ three-pronged attack with 31 points and 26 boards while Wright and Jason Perkins had 28 and 23 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT The Bolts have tallied two straight wins to get to a 5-2 card to stay at the fourth spot while the Fuel Masters dropped to 3-4 after losing their second consecutive game.Baser Amer shone in the clutch for the Bolts showcasing his abilities both in the fourth quarter and in the overtime period.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 crownAmer drilled a three-pointer to give the Bolts a 90-87 lead with 25.4 seconds left in regulation.And although Matthew Wright was able to send the game to extra period, with his three-pointer tying the game at 90-90 with five seconds left in regulation, Amer repeated his ingenuity in overtime hitting a floater with 1:23 left in the game for the Bolts’ 101-98 lead. Meralco subdued Phoenix, 103-100, in overtime in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 With new career best, Almazan credits coach for giving him confidence LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments
Pro Temp Albert Chie– Nominees From MFDP, EPS, Commerce, LME, Youth & Sports, Others Confirmed YesterdayThe President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate yesterday disclosed that President George Weah has submitted 83 nominees for various posts in his government and that the Senate has so far confirmed 35.Senator Albert Chie, during his first briefing at his Capitol Building office yesterday, also disclosed that the Senate is receiving reports that some of the nominees are already ‘conducting the business of government’ without the approval of the Senate.“All those officials that were not confirmed are advised not to conduct the business of government either in their offices or outside of their offices,” he admonished.Speaking for the first time on the recent fracas involving some accredited journalists at the Legislature and the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Grand Kru County lawmaker said a team has been set up by the Press Union of Liberia and the Senate to find out what really happened, “and once we have received their report we will come back to you with the findings.”Pro Temp Chie informed the media that the Senate decided to use the Joint Chamber as its temporary seat for business and to also ensure effective communication among them as lawmakers and between them and the media.The Senate, according to Sen. Chie, is planning to hold its first retreat during the last week in March.The Pro Temp also confirmed that the Senate has received a letter from President Weah announcing the withdrawal of Justice Minister-designate Charles Gibson who, according to Executive Mansion sources, was already rejected by the Senate.He then clarified that the Senate did not make any recommendations in this regard to the President, but that on the contrary, the committee that conducted the hearing was still doing due diligence on the process when the President’s letter was received.Sen. Chie concluded his briefing by disclosing that there has been serious instances of theft of materials, including electrical wires and other important items, at the site of the construction of the two annexes to the Capitol Building, but assured that security has been beefed up through the contracting of a private security firm.Meanwhile several nominees yesterday received recommendations from separate committees for their confirmations, among them were Commerce Minister-designate Wilson Tarpeh; Lands, Mines, & Energy Minister-designate Gessler Elbert Murry; and D. Zeogar Wilson, Minister of Youth and Sports-designate. The Senate also completed the election of the Senate Secretariat and the Sergeant-at-Arms.In the method of nomination for a single candidate, the Senate thrice unanimously voted by the show of hands to retain J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Secretary of the Senate; Genevieve Massaquoi, Assistant Secretary; and Brigadier General Toe Cheleh Toe, Sergeant-at-Arms, for the next six years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ms. Guladia NyamalonBlogger launches social media campaign against More Than MeAs sorrow, heartbreak and anger grip the hearts of young women, mothers, children and even fathers over the horrific abuse of girls at the More Than Me Academy, social media has been inundated with comments and reactions since the release of the exposé by ProPublica.A blogger, Guladia Nyamalon said after watching the video in her office, she broke into tears. “I couldn’t help it because I have an eight-year-old daughter. What if it was my child?” She asked herself.According to Guladia, she went to the school that very day, October 12 to meet Katie and ask few questions but was denied from seeing her on grounds that they were in the media and couldn’t allow anybody see her.“As early as 5 a.m. the next day, Oct 13, I decided to open the Facebook messenger page and add a few women I knew that felt the same way, to work with me so that we can add our voices to those of the many others and ask for justice for our girls”, She noted.Out of this situation, Guladia has created a movement called “More Than Rape, More Than Sad” which is currently being used as a hashtag on Facebook.” The main purpose of the movement is to basically speak about rape cases in Liberia.Guladia said she calls this “More Than Rape” because it’s beyond rape. It’s murder.“These girls are stigmatized and it sometimes leads to suicide, they withdraw from society because they are being bullied and, worst of all, they get infected with HIV/AIDs and if not treated in time, the likelihood is death”, she lamented.Guladia said she calls this “More Than Rape” because it’s beyond rape. It’s murder.To create more publicity about this movement, Guladia said she has opened accounts on Facebook and Twitter. The most recent of them is a website to create more awareness on the issue. She further mentioned that she is using her platform as a blogger to discuss the causes, effects and prevention of rape.“To keep this movement running, the CEO of the Giselle Magazine, Ms. Lydia Freeman brought Mr. Shadrick Addy on board and he quickly did our logo. Ms. Dede Dalmeida, the CEO at Dime Diva Promotions, was later added on and has proven to be very supportive,” Nyamalon said.Other Liberians who have been pushing the movement are, Mrs. Joyce Jarwolo, head of the Public Health Initiative Liberia; Ms. Monique Yhap; Augustina Kou Monpleh, CEO of the Liberian Stars’ Views blog; and Mr. Vita Ishmael Tue.Guladia Nyamalon (Savage Love) is a banking professional and a humanitarian, reaching out to children who need educational materials and other needs through her 1 CHILD charity organization. Besides being a banker and a humanitarian, she is also a celebrity blogger and a contributor to the Liberian Entertainment Industry by helping upcoming Liberian artists build their careers in ways to make them better placed to benefit from their talents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The helicopter on the Tampa, Florida, US highwayA Guyanese man died on Thursday in Florida when a helicopter crashed onto the Tampa, Florida, US highway on which he was driving.Dead is Deodat Ganga Persaud, 72. Persaud and his son were travelling in a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up. The son escaped with minor injuries.According to abcactionnews.com, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said that a helicopter suffered a catastrophic engine failure and made a hard landing on 50th Street at Palm River Road a little before 14:30h on Thursday.The news agency reported that Bryan Messick, 39, was piloting the helicopter while Joshua Wells, 21, was co-piloting.After the hard landing, the ABC Action News said that one of the rotor blades came off, hitting a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck that was carrying Persaud and his son, 35-year-old Ryan Persaud. The rotor blade hit Deodat, who was a passenger in the truck.Deputies said Ryan, who was driving the truck, was transported to Tampa General Hospital.“You could start hearing the blades. I turn around and see the helicopter about like 20 feet above the air,” witness Alejandor Bou-Colon is quoted by ABC Action News as saying. “It tries to crash land in that patch of grass. But, then it kept on sliding and sliding until it hit that pole right about there and cut it in half. It was very scary. It was really close. It could’ve been us.”According to Deputies, the two people in the helicopter were highly-trained pilots and had recently been in for service. The chopper was on its way to Sarasota before pieces of its blades fell off.Dan Boggs with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told ABC Action News reporter Michael Paluska that the helicopter is brand new.“It’s only a couple of months old. We will be doing a complete and full investigation,” Boggs said.The pilot told investigators that he had a catastrophic engine failure.“The pilot did a great job, he came in he was auto rotating which means he was using gravity to make sure the rotor blades were spinning fast enough,” Boggs said. “I looked at the surveillance video there was a truck underneath him. He made sure he did not land on the truck; he was floating it as hard as he could til the truck passed by if this had been on grass he’d of probably stopped right where he landed. He really did about the best job you can do in that situation.” The chopper is a Robinson R-44 with tail number N4046J. FlightAware tracking shows the path the helicopter took and where it crashed.The NTSB expects to release a preliminary report of their findings in a couple of weeks. It will take at least 18 months for their final report.
Rio Ferdinand and John Terry 1 Rio Ferdinand has labelled John Terry an ‘idiot’ over his handling of the racism row involving his brother Anton – but would still have been prepared to play alongside Terry for England if he had been given the chance.Ferdinand and Terry became estranged after the Blues skipper used racist language towards Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match between QPR and Chelsea in November 2011. Terry was banned for four matches by the Football Association in relation to the incident, having been cleared of any wrongdoing in an earlier court case.Writing in his new autobiography #2sides, serialised in The Sun on Sunday, Rio Ferdinand hit out at Terry for not holding his hands up to his error and for never apologising directly to him or his brother.“For me, the biggest idiot will always be John Terry,” he said.“As England captain and my centre-back partner he could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately that he had used the words in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.“I think that’s probably what happened and what the truth is. Anton and I would’ve accepted that – instead he never gave us the chance.“I’ve never actually spoken to John about the case. I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put my family through.”Ferdinand said the incident led to Anton receiving death threats and to their mother having her windows smashed, receiving bullets in the post and ending up in hospital due to a stress-related virus.“We weren’t best mates, but we were football buddies,” he added of his relationship with Terry prior to the racism incident.“Yet he just sat there and watched as my brother went through all that because of his stupidity. That was the betrayal, He tried to run away from what he’d done.”The former Manchester United defender, now with QPR, officially called time on his international career in May 2013, having not played for his country since 2011.But he insisted he would have had no problem playing alongside Terry despite the off-field issue.“Strange as it might sound, I would’ve been happy to play for England alongside him,” the 35-year-old added. “I’ve played with people I didn’t like for years. There were some at Manchester United I wouldn’t go for a drink with, call or text. But I played with them.“The England coach Roy Hodgson should have at least asked, ‘Could you play with John Terry?’ If I said ‘No’, then okay, one of us is out of the equation. They can pick the other. But that conversation never took place. It could all have been handled much better.”Ferdinand also spoke of the end of his childhood friendship with Ashley Cole after the former England left-back spoke for Terry in court, saying the brothers heard the news through their lawyers and felt betrayed by Cole.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Phil is one of the most coachable kids I have ever been around,” said Broneer, also a math teacher at Canyon. “He’s such a hard worker. He has improved his marks every year.” Malinowski, the team’s jumping captain, has experienced setbacks this season. He twisted his ankle at the April 8 Arcadia Invitational and is still trying to recover enough to resume workouts. “He should be about 90 percent (by the end of the week),” Broneer said. “His goal was to clear 6-10 this year, but now the goal is to just get healthy again. He should be in good enough shape to compete in the state meet (June 2-3 at Cerritos College.” Malinowski’s first meet since the ankle injury likely will be Thursday at home against Saugus. email@example.com When Canyon High track and field coach Paul Broneer watched high jump standout Phil Malinowski miss his jumps at the Southern Section Div. I finals last season, he realized talent wasn’t an issue. It was the technique, Broneer insists, that had to be changed. Malinowski, the top jumper in the area, was building up too much speed with the popular “J” approach, so Broneer suggested the “C” method, which limits the jumper’s speed. Malinowski, now a senior, has thrived since the move, improving his mark more than four inches to an area-best 6 feet, 8
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “It’s a kick in the pants,” Bill Lyons said. “By and large, it’s a positive experience, but there’s an interesting contrast depending on your audience. When you’ve got a bunch of preschoolers, it’s hugs and high fives; when it’s an adult party, it’s a little more ribald and humorous. You have to be two different people.” Lyons said that kids and their wish lists always make him smile, especially when they include toys a little bigger than those found under the tree. “I had a 5-year-old boy on my lap and asked him what he wanted for Christmas,” Lyons said. “He was very specific, he wanted a Harley-Davidson Soft Tail. I think he’d been talking to his daddy.” Lyons and his wife, Darleen, take special care to make sure no child is left behind, hiding candy canes in their costumes so every little one gets something from Santa. “I’m a little older, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been around kids,” he said. “Here, I get to visit with every age, from newborns to teens. It’s nice renewing my acquaintance with little kids. It puts a little perspective in my life.” SANTA CLARITA – He’s the most popular guy of the season, slipping down chimneys and holding court in shopping malls around the world. To accommodate a growing number of children, he’s outsourced a little of his fieldwork to white-bearded men willing to don the bright red suit and furry hat. And these Santa Clause wannabees are. What’s it like to play the jolly old elf? Some of the hardest-working clones shared their innermost thoughts about this seasonal job. Van Lee, who has spent more than a decade of Christmas seasons in the red velvet suit, not only has a dependable list of answers to kids’ questions – “How do the reindeer fly?” “Pegasus taught them.” “I don’t have a chimney, how do you get into my house?” “Every house has a pipe somewhere and with my magic bag…” – but also uses cutting edge technology to preserve the magic. “My wife, Mrs. Claus and I have Bluetooth headsets, which fit under the wigs. She’s off talking with the child’s parents and the kids don’t see her. She always asks for a good thing the child’s done in the last week and a bad thing, so I can be very specific. They are always amazed what I know about them.” His favorite age is the 12-13 range, when most children stop believing but still visit Santa “just in case.” “I was talking with a 12-year old boy just last week,” Lee said. “I told him that I was very proud of him making 12 points at the basketball game, but wasn’t very happy about him talking bad about the other players after the game. He stared at me and I could see he was asking himself, ‘Is he or isn’t he?”‘ “It’s a really cool gig to do,” said sometimes Mrs. Claus Linda Storli who arrives at house calls driving red-suited husband Dennis Koontz in her fire engine-red Corvette convertible. “Kids get so excited, even adults get into it. I’ve had to stop and ask for help to get the top up and they stand there, mesmerized because he’s Santa.” The depth of some believers’ faith is evident by some of their questions. Koontz said the toughest requests are when children ask for mothers to come home or for Santa to get Dad out of jail or to bring back a sibling or grandparent who has died. “It’s really tough to do,” he said. “We tell them we know they’re sad and that we’ll try and work on it and let them know we understand they’re dealing with something very tough.” “People have asked us to bring grandparents back. We ask where Grandma or Grandpa went, thinking they’re in Canada or somewhere and they say they’re in heaven,” Storli said. “It just breaks your heart.” “Kids don’t ask for a lot these days; they’re wondering and thinking and don’t seem to be as greedy as they used to be. We go to million-dollar homes and homes that aren’t anywhere close and there’s no difference in the children. There’s that wonder and amazement.” Sheldon Allen, who has lost count of the years he’s been the designated jolly elf for community events such as the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Valencia and company parties as well as individual families, said that his most memorable lap sitter was a young boy who only wanted a job for his father. “It really makes you think how the family problems have sifted down that far, from the parents to the children,” he said. — Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Story Links Drake Match Notes ESPN+ – at ISU ESPN3 – at UE Live Stats – at ISU ESPN+ – at Valpo Live Stats – at Valpo Live Stats – at UE The Drake University volleyball team will continue its season on the road this weekend as it takes on Evansville, Indiana State, and Valparaiso. Over the last two seasons, the Bulldogs are 5-1 in road matches against those three opponents. The Bulldogs hope that history continues as they aim to get back in the win column this weekend. Drake enters the weekend with a 7-14 overall record and a 1-7 mark in Missouri Valley Conference matches.Senior setter Paige Aspinwall paced Drake in its last outing, a three-set loss at UNI with a team-high 17 assists and 11 digs for her second-straight double-double and ninth of the season.Junior libero Kylee Macke continues to climb in the Drake record books as her 23 digs at UNI moved her into sole possession of fifth in career digs at Drake with 1,473. She helps lead the Drake defense that ranks 14th in the nation in total digs this season.Macke is poised to be joined on that list by Aspinwall, who needs just 19 more digs to move into the all-time top-10 in digs. Aspinwall already ranks fourth in career assists at Drake and has the potential to become the only Bulldog to rank in the top 10 of both categories.Indiana State enters the weekend with a 4-14 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the MVC. When the Bulldogs faced the Sycamores earlier this season at the Knapp Center, the Bulldogs won 3-1 with 25 kills from freshman outside hitter Haley Bush. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs fell to Evansville 1-3 at the Knapp Center. Bush recorded 17 kills. The Aces enter the weekend 14-5 overall and 5-3 in conference. This will be the first time the Bulldogs face Valparaiso. The Crusaders have a 8-14 overall record and 3-5 conference record. Print Friendly Version