Some 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.
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27 June 2011 Oprah Winfrey, speaking shortly after being awarded an honorary doctorate in education at the University of the Free State on Friday, applauded South Africans for their ability to forgive. Winfrey addressed the audience of over 4 000 that had gathered to watch the graduation ceremony and took a few questions from students. Making reference to the infamous Rietz residence videotape, which threatened to tear the university apart along racial lines, Winfrey praised the spirit of forgiveness demonstrated by the workers involved in the video. She called them up to the stage, where she individually shook their hands for the role they played in mending tensions in a racially charged environment. Winfrey said the demonstration of forgiveness is what drew her to the University of the Free State, and she wanted to come witness it for herself, saying it was “amazing” and “nothing short of a miracle.” The former talk show host, famous for dishing out restorative advice, said the decision to forgive was beneficial for the person doing the forgiving as much as it was for the person on the receiving end of the forgiveness. Winfrey also commended Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen on being instrumental in the process of building racial harmony by facilitating a process in which the students who made the video could be forgiven. Although Jansen was slated by many for his reconciliatory stance in the incident, Winfrey noted his strength of resolve, saying he “stood in his own truth” – a move she feels laid crucial stepping stones on the path to integration. She urged the university to stay on track with its goal of building a united community. “Believe in the vision that the university holds for every one of you … Take what has happened and use it to … move the country forward. That is my dream for you.” Source: BuaNews
View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “We would like to give the opportunity to some young Filipinos to experience the dynamism of football,” said EU Ambassador Franz Jessen in a statement issued on Sunday.Jessen said the event, which was held Saturday at the Alabang Country Club, aimed to strengthen the relationship between the EU and the Philippines in sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAmong those football clubs that took part in the event were Gawad Kalinga, Dream Big Philippines, Ceres Alabang, Punta Fuego football club and Tali FC.Some European diplomats from the EU Delegation were also present at the Schuman Cup. Some 200 aspiring young Filipino football players joined the Schuman Cup on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (Photos from the European Union Delegation to the Philippines)MANILA, Philippines — About 200 young Filipinos aspiring to be football players participated in the recently concluded Schuman Cup, which consisted of friendly matches and a football clinic, in Alabang, Muntinlupa.Schuman Cup is the second ever Euro-Filipino Football Festival organized by the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines with the support of the German Embassy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ The event was led by Neco Lambey, the head of the Caribbean Football Club and a highly experienced professional soccer coach from the Caribbean nation of Belize./atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UST enters UAAP Finals, topples La Salle in 5 sets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “When I saw him in Basketball Without Borders, no,” Ujiri said. “That guy has been incredible. He’s been an unbelievable revelation for us.“He doesn’t want to be one of those African players that’s labeled, whether it’s a shot blocker or a defender or rebounder or he runs. He wants to be a star. He wants to be a versatile player in this league and he wants to be able to do it all. And he has put the work into it.“We all used to hold our breath when he went on the fast break. And now we can’t wait until he does that.”Raptors center Marc Gasol, a Spaniard, sets aside the obstacles and looks at the player Siakam is.“He does a great job of using his body, attacking the angles that the defense is giving you. I just like when he plays that aggressive,” Gasol said. “Whatever happened in the past happened. Having a mindset of going for it and knowing that it’s going to be OK, your teammates believe in you, that’s all that matters and he knows that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Warriors sputter at times, fall in Game 1 of NBA Finals FILE – Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams lead against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPPascal Siakam never dreamed of being an NBA hero growing up in Cameroon, but the lanky forward discovered in a youth basketball camp delivered a stellar performance in his NBA Finals debut.Siakam scored a playoff career-best 32 points and powered the Raptors over defending champion Golden State 118-109 in Thursday’s opening game of the best-of-seven championship final.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Siakam, his homeland’s first NBA Finals player, sank 14-of-17 shots from the floor, attacking one of the NBA’s top defensive squads in moves unexpected when he was discovered in a Basketball Without Borders camp.READ: Raptors draw first blood, thump Warriors in 1st NBA finals appearanceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“At that time I didn’t even know if I really dreamed of being at this level,” Siakam said. “I couldn’t even think about this moment because it wasn’t reachable for me. But I think once I got to the point where I felt like I had a chance, I put everything forward and I just worked really hard.”.@pskills43 heard you, Canada. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/VG7ludtnM0— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019It paid off for Siakam and showed what talent Africa might yet produce for the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Super committedRaptors coach Nick Nurse remains stunned by Siakam’s journey.“It’s pretty incredible,” Nurse said. “Two years ago when we got bounced out of the playoffs, he literally went in the gym the next day and he was like, ‘Listen, I need to learn how to shoot. I see that in playoff basketball you better be able to shoot.’ He took it and absolutely ran with it. He was super committed to finding a place in this league and improving his game.“He believes in himself and he went to work at it. I think that’s a powerful statement.”Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who never imagined his own career path when he was growing up in Nigeria, said he couldn’t have guessed Siakam would rise to NBA stardom.READ: Things to know about these most-international NBA Finals Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “It’s amazing. It just shows the growth of the continent,” Siakam said. “Being at this stage and representing the continent is amazing. I just want the game to continue to grow in Africa and for kids to see this and hopefully it inspires them.”Siakam’s effort and journey drew praise from Golden State’s Draymond Green, the defender he outshined.READ: Analysis: Why the Raptors will win the NBA Finals“You got to take your hat off to him of what he has been able to accomplish,” Green said. “He has become a guy. He put a lot of work in to get there and I respect that.”Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was amazed by his teammate as well.“Hard work and dedication and knowing the type of talent that he has,” Lowry said. “Never settling for anything but being the best basketball player he can be.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES