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No faith in basketball association

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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

Tragic drowning victim Lee a hugely popular young man on Arranmore

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first_imgThe young man who died in a drowning tragedy on Arranmore Island this morning has been described as a hugely popular young man who was a huge part of island life.The victim has been named locally as Lee Early, a 26-year-old single man from Arranmore Island.The tightly-knit island community, which has a population of around 450 people, are grieving today following the freak accident which claimed Lee’s life. Another man in his 30s was lucky to escape after the men’s car went into the sea at Poolawaddy Pier just after 5am this morning (Sun).It has since been revealed that Mr Early, who worked on the Arranmore Ferry, was also a volunteer on the island’s RNLI lifeboat.Indeed his father Jimmy is the coxswain on the local lifeboat.Members of the lifeboat crew, whose station is close to the scene of the tragedy, rushed to save Mr Early and his friend after their car entered the water. The passenger managed to swim free but Lee died at the scene despite the heroic efforts of the lifeboat crew members to resuscitate him.RNLI area life-saving manager for Ireland, Owen Medland, said Lee’s death would be a huge loss to the island.“The deceased was one of our volunteers and was very close to us. He was a super young man who would be a loss to any community never mind a small community,” he said.“As an organisation, our thoughts are with the family, our volunteer crew who fought valiantly to save the young man’s life, and the wider Arranmore community.“We would like to assure the community that after what appears was a tragic accident, we are maintaining our lifeboat service on the island which is further testimony to the crew in Arranmore.” Local Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher said he was shocked by the new of Lee’s death.He said he knew the family whom he described as “true islanders” and there was a great sense of loss as a result of Lee’s death.“A sense of deep shock descended on the island when news broke of the tragic death of Lee.“He was a highly-regarded, hard-working and popular young man from a well-respected island family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time,” he said.A full Garda investigation into the tragedy has commenced.The investigation will probe how the men’s car ended up in the sea off the pier which is at the rear of the island.A post mortem on the late Mr Early will be carried out tomorrow (Mon) at Letterkenny University Hospital to determine an official cause of death.His family, including father Jimmy, mother Noreen, brother Adam and sisters Rachel and Laura are being comforted by family and friends on the island.The island has been at the centre of a huge campaign aimed at persuading people from around the world to live there.Locals even wrote letters to families around the globe in America and Australia telling them of the benefits of coming to live on the island.The island, which rests 5 kms off the coast of Donegal has its own health centre, community centre, three schools and even a digital hub.The hub was set up in conjunction with telecoms giant Three and offers super-speed broadband for people wishing to set up businesses on the island or who want to base themselves there.Tragic drowning victim Lee a hugely popular young man on Arranmore was last modified: November 20th, 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)Tags:arranmoredonegaldrowningislandLee Earlyvictimlast_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks goalie nightmare realized in Game 2. What’s next?

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first_imgSAN JOSE — It’s a script that Sharks fans are all too familiar with. If they turned it into a full-length movie it would probably be called, “Five Minutes Late.”For the eighth time in 16 franchise meetings with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Sharks surrendered the opening goal less than five minutes into the first period. By the 6:11 mark, Vegas held a 3-0 lead, making Game 2 of the opening-round series look like a sequel of last year’s Game 1 showdown between the Pacific Division rivals that …last_img

EPA overreach addressed with new legislation

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many agricultural groups are pleased with the bipartisan leadership of Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) as they introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would put in check the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempt to broaden the definition of “waters of the U.S.”“Tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers and land owners have spoken out, but EPA has yet to fully acknowledge the proposal’s potential impact on everyday farming activities,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “We work hard every day to minimize the environmental impact of raising the food, fuel and fiber we all consume. We’re grateful that our congressional representatives are paving the way to safeguard both farmers and their land.”Farm Bureau is urging Congress to act swiftly, before the rule is final, so agencies can re-craft the rule to ensure it is practical and addresses the concerns of farmers, ranchers and business owners across the country.last_img read more

Ramirez dominates Ahmed with 6th round stoppage

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first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He was ranked fourth in the division despite almost 70 percent of his previous wins coming against boxers with losing records.Ramirez already holds the distinction of being the first fighter from Mexico to win a title in the 76kg division and now he’s setting his sights on unifying the different titles.“Next I would like to fight with another champion from Europe or England for a unification.“I want to be the best division pound for pound fighter.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rondina admits UST lacked composure in 5-set loss to DLSU Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ The bout was the feature fight on a card that also saw Filipino Jerwin Ancajas make an impressive American debut with a 10th round knockout of Israel Gonzalez to keep his IBF super flyweight belt.READ: Ancajas impresses in US debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe southpaw Ramirez improved to 37-0 with 25 KOs as he defended his 76 kilogram (168 pound) title for the third time since winning it from Arthur Abraham in 2016.Ramirez said he was pleased to get his first win by a knockout in three years. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – CARSON, CA – APRIL 22: Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico poses for a photo with his belt after beating Max Bursak of Ukraine in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Super Middleweight World Championship at StubHub Center on April 22, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPMexican champion Gilberto Ramirez easily retained his World Boxing Organization super middleweight title, dominating challenger Habib Ahmed in a one-sided main event on Saturday.Ahmed’s corner mercifully threw in the towel with 29 seconds left in the sixth round as their fighter was unable to fight back while being overwhelmed with body and head shots.ADVERTISEMENT “This fight was really important,” Ramirez said. “We have been training for a knockout and we got it. “I never felt frustrated. I kept moving forward at him and tried to hit the body.”Ramirez suffered a cut above his left eye in the third round from an accidental head butt. His corner did a good job of closing the wound so it didn’t bother him for the final three rounds.He came dangerously close to knocking Ahmed out in the fifth round, connecting on separate occasions with an overhand right, right hook and a driving right jab before the challenger was saved by the bell.Heading into the final round, Ramirez had landed a total of 90 punches to just 24 for the heavy underdog Ahmed, who was fighting for the first time out of his home country. ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Out of the Box

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first_imgIRISH LUCKPietersenEngland’s chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup may have been enhanced by Kevin Pietersen’s injury. The England batsman, who went back to England for a hernia operation, will miss the rest of the tournament and the IPL while he recovers in readiness for India’s visit to England in the English summer.MorganSome commentators and former players feel the hernia couldn’t have come at a better time because it means the return of Irish-born Eoin Morgan to the England side. After losing to Ireland, England captain Andrew Strauss could do with a touch of Irish luck.  SIZE DOES MATTERMoodyThe drive from Colombo to Kandy is hazardous at the best of times. With slow traffic and winding bends, it’s a severe assault on the senses. I, along with two commentators, former Australian player Tom Moody and former Pakistani player Rameez Raja, embarked on a bumpy ride to cover the New Zealand vs Pakistan match at Pallekele, 25 km from Kandy. That was till our car was stopped by policemen for a supposed violation of traffic rules. After 10 minutes of futile negotiation between the driver and the policemen, Moody stepped out, towering over the policemen. It was a pivotal moment. “Have a nice onward journey,” beamed a policeman staring up at the 69″ former Sri Lankan coach.JOB SWITCHSeveral World Cup TV commentators may quit their jobs for a new profession once the tournament is over. With a number of international coaching positions becoming vacant after the World Cup -India, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be changing their coaches-don’t be surprised to see newbie telly stars in an even newer role.advertisementReligion has no boundaries. Lakshmi, the mother of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, has asked friends in Chennai to conduct a special prayer for her son at Tirupati. It’s the legendary spinner’s last World Cup and his mother is topping it up with regular prayers at her home in Kandy. Organisers there have already decided to name the stadium after the legend.Soccer SecretTeam India may have trounced the Netherlands in their league match at Delhi but Dutch coach Peter Drinnen is more interested in knowing how good the Indian players are at soccer. After his team’s practice session was over, Drinnen stayed back to watch Team India playing a mandatory game of football. Cricket may be the chosen profession for the Netherlands’ coach, but like a true ambassador of the Oranje team, his heart lies in football.- The writer is an ESPN Star Sports commentator for the World Cup 2011last_img read more