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.
Tamayo, who is on the teachers’ negotiating team, said school board President Vincent Chavez told teachers Thursday that the board had “heard your message.” Man charged with child molestation LOS ANGELES – A 77-year-old former reserve captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is named in a federal indictment accusing him of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl aboard an airline flight, prosecutors said Friday. Howard L. Brookfield of Whittier is charged with one count of abusive sexual contact for allegedly touching the girl through her clothing during the Feb. 3 American Airlines flight. Brookfield has since resigned his reserve post, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. His attorney could not be reached for comment. He was one of nine residents of Southern California and Arizona who prosecutors said were indicted over the past week as part of a nationwide initiative to crack down on alleged child exploitation crimes. Hospital donates medical supplies WHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital has donated approximately $3,500 in medical supplies to the University of California Global Medical Brigades. The items will be used to provide medical relief for people in Honduras with no access to regular medical services. More than two-thirds of people in Honduras live in poverty. The leading cause of death for children under 5 is malnutrition. Some of the items donated include ibuprofen, baby formula, blood collection tubes, IV kits, cold packs, disposable surgical cable, syringes, sodium chloride, abdominal pads, adhesive dressing and elastic bands. Free mini-massages offered to seniors LOS NIETOS – Los Nietos Community and Senior Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave., will offer free mini-massages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. The massages for seniors will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Musical group set to perform WHITTIER – Yuval Ron, a Middle Eastern musical group, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruth B. Shannon Center of the Performing Arts, 13406 E. Philadelphia St. Formed in 1999, Yuval Ron performs spiritual music and dance. Its goal is to bridge gaps created by national, racial, religious and cultural divisions by fusing musical styles from different areas of the Middle East. For more information, call (562) 907-4203. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A day after teachers staged a boisterous demonstration at the school board’s meeting, El Rancho Unified School District teachers said Friday their talks over a new contract with the district will resume next week. On Thursday, about 200 teachers and parents jammed the cafeteria of El Rancho High School, where they demanded that the district guarantee them that a cost-of-living increase will be included in the new contract. “What we’re asking for is their commitment,” Selby Grove Elementary School teacher Rico Tamayo said Friday. “We want them to think of us as their mortgage payment: you pay that first, then if you need to, you make reductions for other things.” Talks will resume Thursday, he added.