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.
New Delhi/Gangtok: As many as 10 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the BJP on Tuesday, propelling the saffron party to the status of the main opposition in a state where it had not won a single seat in the recent assembly polls.In Gangtok, the SDF leadership said it would prefer to wait and watch now as the situation is “complex”, while the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) refrained from commenting on the development. The MLAs met BJP working president J P Nadda and joined the party in the presence of its general secretary Ram Madhav, who is in charge of the party’s affairs in the north east. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Madhav told reporters that the SDF had a strength of 13 MLAs and its legislature party decided to merge with the BJP. The BJP is running government as the main party or in alliance with regional parties in all the northeastern states except Sikkim and this development has pushed the party closer to power there as well. Two-thirds or more numbers of the MLAs of a party can join another party without violating the anti-defection law. The SDF headed by Pawan Kumar Chamling ruled the state for over 25 years, making him the longest-serving chief minister of the country but he lost power in the recent polls. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe party won 15 seats while the SKM won 17 in the 32 -member assembly. Since two of the SDF MLAs had won from two seats, they resigned from one seat each, reducing the party’s strength to 13 in the assembly. “We want to wait and watch the situation now. The issue is complex. We can neither welcome it, nor condemn it outrightly without giving consideration to the circumstances in which this development has taken place,” senior SDF leaders P D Rai and K T Gyaltsen told a press conference at Gangtok. They, however, did not elaborate on why the issue is complex. The two added that the party will remain alive under Chamling’s leadership and continue to serve the people of Sikkim. The SDF was a saffron ally earlier but now the ruling SKM has replaced it as a member of the BJP-headed North East Democratic Alliance. The switching sides of the SDF MLAs may alter the relationship between the SKM and the BJP. Chief Minister and SKM president Prem Singh Tamang aka Golay has visited New Delhi on several occasions to strengthen friendship with the BJP top brass.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Shelley Niro, a Toronto-based indigenous artist whose long career has deeply engaged both the presence and conspicuous absence of First Nations peoples here and in the United States, is the winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award.The award, which carries a $50,000 prize, also includes a career survey exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during next year’s Contact Photography Festival, and a monograph published by prestigious German art book publisher Steidl.Niro, a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan, is enjoying an uptick in profile recently. She has work on view in two separate exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the Scotiabank prize is her second major accolade in a short span: in February, she was among the winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter