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.
Art dela Cruz. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFor a club as iconic as Ginebra, its new players are normally get thrown to the fire immediately.And for Art Dela Cruz, his Ginebra baptism of fire is to fill the shoes of injured Joe Devance in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “I’m thankful because Joe’s been here for like 10 years, and I’m really thankful because coach Tim saw that we have similarities,” said Dela Cruz in Filipino. “There’s pressure of course to be compared to Joe and I hope I can play that role, because this will be a long road for me.”Helping Dela Cruz get acclimated with the Ginebra system are veterans LA Tenorio and Mark Caguioa as the third-year forward acquaints himself with Cone’s triangle system.“It’s a process, my teammates are preparing me for the plays because my position changes every time,” said Dela Cruz. “Sometimes I play as the big man in the set but most of the time I’m tasked of bringing down the ball and execute plays. It’s a big opportunity for me because this is my first time playing like a point guard.”ADVERTISEMENT Dela Cruz missed much of the 2016-2017 season due to injury when he was still with Blackwater, and now that the third-year forward is well again, Tim Cone expects his new Gin King to play the spot that Devance has temporarily vacated.“We hope we can replace Joe a little bit with the addition of Art Dela Cruz, you know the things that he does,” said Cone Friday at Upper Deck Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseCone banks on the versatility of the 6-foot-4 Dela Cruz to replicate Devance’s playmaking in the Ginebra frontcourt as the 10-year veteran is sidelined after having surgery on his foot.And as for Dela Cruz, he’s just thankful that he was given the opportunity to play in the same role as Devance’s. Olympic boxing greats Lomachenko, Rigondeaux fight as pros View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
GECOM’s foot-dragging on electionsThe brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Tuesday filed private criminal charges against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman and the three Government Commissioners for conspiracy to breach the Constitution of Guyana.The charges were filed by complainant Marcel Gaskin against Retired Justice James Patterson, Vincent Alexander, Charles Corbin and Desmond Trotman. The charges, which were filed by Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin on March 12, 2019, stated that the four defendants, during the period of December 22, 2018 and March 9, 2019 conspired to breach Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana, which provided for the holding of General Elections in Guyana within three months from December 21, 2018.The case comes up for hearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday.Only on Tuesday, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioners walked out of the statutory meeting at GECOM after the issue of house-to-house registration was on the agenda instead of General and Regional Elections as mandated by the Constitution of Guyana.Since the passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, there has been much criticism about GECOM’s preparedness for the mandated General andGovernment Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinRegional Elections.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana states that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo but have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion, by a vote of 33-32, on December 21, 2018, however; persons aligned with the coalition have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5, but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following a challenge of this in the High Court, acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is the majority. The Government has since challenged the Chief Justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal. That case continues today at the Court of Appeal.Clock tickingWith nine days remaining before the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn on Monday reminded that the clock was ticking, even as a civil society group urged President Granger to announce a date for the polls.“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told Guyana Times during an exclusive interview at his Bel Air Gardens residence in Georgetown on Monday.After March 21, 2019, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government effectively becomes illegal. The only way this can change is if the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/C – votes for an extension of the life of the Government, but Opposition Leader Jagdeo says he will do so only if the Head of State announces a date for elections before the expiration of the current voters’ list on April 30, 2019.However, President Granger is not keen on doing so, as he is pushing for house-to-house registration, a process which can conclude in November 2019.Constitutional crisisGuyana has never been in such a situation before, and some experienced political analysts, including distinguished lawyers, have predicted that the country will head into a constitutional crisis.Pressure has been mounting on the coalition Administration to adhere to the Constitution of Guyana, and for the President to call a date for elections soon.President Granger has been insisting that he has to await guidance from GECOM before he executes his presidential responsibility.However, the Civil Society Forum – an organisation comprising several Non-Governmental Organisations, as well as the Private Sector, trade unions and religious groups – argues that this position adopted by the Head of State was “unacceptable”.In a statement on Monday, the Group said: “Giving GECOM effective power to determine when elections will be held is a position for which no constitutional support exists.”It said this “manoeuvre” revived the misgivings and insecurities generated by the controversial selection of the current Chair of GECOM, Justice Patterson, who now has the casting vote on when elections would be held.In February, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regard to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance,” Tanaka said.She lauded acting Chief Justice George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.The acting Chief Justice had ruled that the no-confidence motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, Justice George observed that the President and the Ministers could not, therefore, remain in Government in accordance with Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution after three months.
In the end, the Predators lost 5-4 to the Cougars.The Predators are now preparing to host the 2019 Midget Female Provincial Championships this March 21 to the 24 at the North Peace Arena. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Midget Predators were busy on the weekend as they took on the Prince George Cougars for a two-game series.On Saturday, March 9, the Predators were in Taylor to take on the Cougars for game one.The Predators had a good start to the weekend, successfully winning the game 6-3 over the Cougars.- Advertisement -Then on Sunday, the Predators were in Fort St. John for game two of the weekend series.The play was a bit trickier and the score was closer in this game.The Predators pulled their goalie with a little over 2 minutes remaining in the game as a last-ditch effort to stay alive.Advertisement
No word yet on what caused a water line to break at the Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary School on Wednesday morning. Late Wednesday evening the crews decided to keep the school closed again on Thursday and hope to have it open again by Friday. Water was found leaking into the girls and boys change rooms. It was decided to have the water turned off to prevent more leaking. Principal Ray Asai says crews are at the school to repair the problem. [asset|aid=893|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a079bc49694a5ca26529a255a1b919dd-Ray Asai 1_1_Pub.mp3] He says there wasn’t much damage to the building and the broken pipes have not been located yet. As a result of the closure, Mrs. Johnson’s parent meeting for her Grade 10 Science Class scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.- Advertisement –
“In sum, considering the potential prejudicial impact of the gang-related evidence (with its related limiting instructions) against the great weight of the independent evidence of Albarran’s guilt on the underlying charges, I cannot conclude a gross unfairness has occurred that undermines my confidence in the jury’s verdict,” Perluss wrote. The majority ruling said the trial judge should have granted Albarran a new trial on all charges. “Evidence of threats to kill police officers, descriptions of the criminal activities of other gang members, and reference to the Mexican Mafia had little or no bearing on any other material issue relating to Albarran’s guilt on the charged crimes and approached being classified as overkill,” the ruling said. At trial, the prosecutor argued the motive for the shooting was to gain respect and enhance the shooter’s reputation, essentially to earn respect within the gang, the ruling said. “In our view, however, there was insufficient evidence to support the contention that this shooting was done with the intent to gain respect. On the contrary, the motive for the underlying crimes, in particular the shooting, … was not apparent from the circumstances of the crime,” the ruling said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Albarran was convicted of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and attempted kidnapping for carjacking and was sentenced in 2005 to life in prison. Albarran presented an alibi defense from a number of family members and friends who testified he was at a party with his family in Sun Valley at the time of the shooting, the ruling said. “They ruled that the evidence was far more prejudicial than probative, and that it was so prejudicial that it would have inevitably interfered with the jury’s ability to make a fair determination as to the charges themselves,” said William Genego, Albarran’s appellate attorney. “By adding an allegation that this was done to promote a gang, they were then able to bring in all sorts of evidence that they would not be able to bring in otherwise.” Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Sokoler said his office is deciding whether to seek review of the appellate court ruling with the California Supreme Court. He did not want to comment further. Presiding Justice Dennis Perluss dissented, saying there was compelling evidence supporting the jury’s verdict, including three positive eyewitness identifications and an admission of involvement by the defendant. A state appeals court has thrown out an Antelope Valley gang member’s attempted-murder conviction, ruling that gang evidence presented against him was prejudicial. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling, if not reversed by a higher court, means that Adan Albarran will get a new trial on charges stemming from a 2004 shooting outside a Palmdale house during a birthday party. “This case presents one of those rare and unusual occasions where the admission of evidence has violated federal due process and rendered the defendant’s trial fundamentally unfair,” the majority wrote in a 2-1 decision. “Given the nature and amount of this gang evidence at issue, the number of witnesses who testified to Albarran’s gang affiliations and the role the gang evidence played in the prosecutor’s argument, we are not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the error did not contribute to the verdict,” the justices wrote.
David Moyes: Real Sociedad manager 1 David Moyes’ appointment as the head coach of Spanish side Real Sociedad puts him in rare company, as one of a select bunch of British managers to test themselves abroad.Moyes, who was dismissed just 10 months into a six-year contract with Manchester United, agreed an 18-month deal with the La Liga club and will follow in the footsteps of Steve McClaren, who moved abroad to rebuild a reputation damaged in the UK by poor results.Among the list of successful exports to the continent and beyond include John Toshack, Terry Venables, current England boss Roy Hodgson and the late Bobby Robson, who was arguably Britain’s greatest managerial export.Robson, who passed away in 2009, won back-to-back league titles with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven after leading England to the semi-finals at the 1990 World Cup.He then went on to win the Portuguese league and cup double with Porto, before guiding Barcelona to the Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in his only year in charge at the Nou Camp.With that in mind, ahead of Moyes’ first game with the San Sebastian club, talkSPORT takes a look some of the British managers and coaches employed beyond these shores in recent years.Steve McClarenFollowing his ill-fated reign with England, which ended following the Three Lions’ failure to qualify for the 2008 European Championship, McClaren headed to Holland with FC Twente.The Englishman rebuilt his reputation courtesy of a Dutch league title in 2010 and following brief spells at Wolfsburg in Germany and Nottingham Forest, McClaren returned to Twente before being appointed Derby head coach last year.Derby reached the play-off final last season falling to QPR, but are back challenging at the top of the Championship this campaign.Brian DeaneFormer England international Deane, who scored the first ever goal in the Premier League in 1992, was confirmed as the manager of newly promoted Norwegian top-flight club, Sarpsborg 08 FF, in November 2012.They finished third from bottom in Deane’s first season, avoiding relegation after beating Ranheim in the play-off.Chris ColemanThe Wales manager moved abroad to take charge of Real Sociedad, following his dismissal at Fulham in 2007. With the club in fifth place and unbeaten in its previous 11 games, Coleman resigned seven months later citing differences with the club’s newly elected President Inaki Badiola.After a spell with Coventry City, Coleman was appointed manager of Greek side Larissa in 2011, but he stepped down a few months later indicating financial troubles at the club led to his resignation.During his time in Greece, Coleman lost only one game in 12, whereas the club slipped to nine defeats in the next 12 games after he left.Bobby WilliamsonFormer Clydebank, Rangers, West Brom, Rotherham and Kilmarnock striker Williamson turned to management in 1996 and led Kilmarnock to the 1996/97 Scottish Cup.Following spells with Hibernian, Plymouth and Chester, the Scot was appointed the coach of the Uganda national team, leading the team from 2008-2013. During this spell, Williamson led Uganda to the 2011 CECAFA Cup and almost qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, losing on a penalty shootout in their qualifying play off tie against Zambia.After being dismissed, Williamson moved to Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia guiding them to their first national league championship in 18 years and in August this year was appointed the manager of the Kenya national team.OthersSteve Kean: Following an unsuccessful spell with Blackburn Rovers, Kean become the manager of Brunei side DPMM in 2013 and was appointed coach of the Brunei national team last month.John Gregory: The current Crawley Town manager moved to Israel in 2009 and was appointed head coach at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth. Six months later the club were relegated and Gregory moved to fellow Israeli side FC Ashdod but resigned a year later with the club facing relegation. In June 2011, Gregory took charge at Kazakh club FC Kairat but his contract was terminated just six months later.Tony Adams: Former Arsenal captain Adams was appointed manager of FC Gabala in Azerbaijan in May 2010 following a failed spell in charge of Portsmouth. In his only full season at the club, Gabala failed to finish in the top six and missed the league’s play-offs in the process.Peter Taylor: England U21 boss between 1995-1999, Taylor also managed the full England national team for one game in November in 2000. The former Leicester boss was appointed as Bahrain manager in 2011 and guided the team to the Gold medal at the 2011 Arab Games but was sacked in October 2012.Peter Reid: Having been out of management for four years, Reid became head coach of the Thailand National team in September 2008 but left 12 months later by mutual consent. The former Sunderland boss is currently in charge of the Indian Super League outfit Mumbai City.Ray Wilkins: The former Fulham assistant boss was announced as the Jordan national team manager in September. In his first two games, he has recorded a win and a draw, both against Kuwait.
0Shares0000Research has pointed to a long list of hazards ranging from heart attacks and strokes, to unsafe sex, accidents, suicides, and a spike in domestic abuse. Photo/COURTESYPARIS, France, June 8 – For football fans, the World Cup should be a time of fun with family and friends. But beware, experts say, it can also sicken or even kill you.Research has pointed to a long list of hazards ranging from heart attacks and strokes, to unsafe sex, accidents, suicides, and a spike in domestic abuse. “It is not just a game,” warned a 2010 study in the American Journal of Medicine which said major sporting events “can acutely increase cardiovascular event and death rates.”Most at risk are patients with known coronary artery disease, it said, or those who find themselves in particularly stressful circumstances: “a passionate fan, a high-stakes game, a high-intensity game, a loss, and a loss played at home.”Many a football fan may have shouted at the TV that they “nearly had a heart attack” when their team missed a shot at goal or let an opposing player through to score.But this is not something to joke about.Research has repeatedly shown that psychological triggers such as stress, anxiety, and anger — emotions any sports fan can relate to — can bring on a heart attack.“We know that this is an exciting time but don’t forget about your heart health,” advises Julie Ward, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation.Measures to reduce risk include using blood-thinning aspirin, meditation, and avoiding activities such as smoking, eating artery-clogging, fatty foods, or binging on alcohol or drugs.– Eye strokes –Though not within the control of fans, winning or losing makes a difference too, according to one study in New Zealand.It found a 50 percent increase in hospital admissions for heart failure, particularly among women, after a semi-final loss in the 2003 rugby World Cup.By contrast, hospitalisations were lower after the country’s 2011 semi-final win.It is not only our hearts we should watch.One study noted an explosion during the 2014 World Cup in cases of “retinal vein occlusion” — a blockage of small veins in the eye that is also known as an “eye stroke”.A common cause of vision loss, it is more common in people with cardiovascular disease.Researchers compared the number of cases treated at a German university eye clinic during and four weeks afer the 2014 World Cup with the same period in 2013.It found a definite increase, and said “it can be assumed that the emotional strain caused by a World Cup is a risk factor.”Why does the beautiful game stir up such dangerous passions?Psychologists have suggested that sporting events can give people a sense of group belonging and shared identity.There is also the sense of hope they provide, even for fans of teams that never win… Maybe this time!With such a deep emotional investment and high expectations, failure can lead to crushing disappointment. And it can drive some to more than just tears.Several studies have found suicides rocketing after a World Cup defeat.A study last year found “a significant increase” in hospital admissions of young women in Tehran who drank poison during the four weeks of the 2014 World Cup.Iran was eliminated in the knockout stages.Conversely, in 2012, a study reported a “significant decline” in suicides in France during the four weeks of the 1998 football World Cup the country hosted and won.– Drink water, move around –A further threat to fans, experts warn, is risky behaviour driven by drinking too much alcohol, leading to road accidents, unsafe sex, and violence.A 2013 study, looking at trends during the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Cups, found the risk of domestic abuse in England rose by 26 percent when the national team won or drew, and 38 percent when it lost.Keeping an eye on alcohol intake is high on the list of “simple steps to stay healthy” compiled by Ward.“Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated during the match,” she added.“Also cut back on the drinks high in sugar or caffeine as these can affect your heart rate and rhythm,” she told AFP.No need to cut out snacking altogether.“But try and have some healthy choices in the house too -– try hummus and carrot sticks, a variety of colourful fruit and some popcorn, either plain or spiced with paprika, chili or rosemary, for a lower-fat, lower calorie alternative to crisps and roasted nuts,” Ward recommended.And don’t sit down for too long, she added. Get up and move around at least every 30 minutes for the sake of our heart.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Petr Cech in action for Arsenal 1 Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a calf injury, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.The veteran shot-stopper suffered the problem in the closing stages of the midweek defeat to Swansea.He will now miss a crucial run of games, including Saturday’s north London derby clash at Tottenham, the FA Cup fifth round replay with Hull and the last-16 Champions League tie at Barcelona.Cech’s absence is a huge blow for Arsenal as they bid to get their title bid back on track against Spurs.Wenger’s side go into this weekend’s White Hart Lane meeting on the back of two straight defeats in the Premier League, which has left them six points adrift of leaders Leicester.“[Cech will be out for] three to four weeks. It’s a serious calf injury,” said the Frenchman.“He had a groin alert on the first Swansea goal and maybe compensated a bit too much and provoked another muscular injury.”The Gunners will also be missing Laurent Koscielny against Tottenham with a calf injury, but the defender should be back for the visit of West Brom a week on Saturday.Wenger added: “It is what we call a grade one tear. I don’t think he will be available for Tuesday but should be OK for next Saturday.”
West Ham were denied victory in the final FA Cup game at Upton Park before the club move to the Olympic Stadium.Man United were the villains, with Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scoring in a 2-1 win, with James Tomkins getting one for the Hammers.Rashford’s goal was the pick of the bunch, though, and he will be key as his club search for a first FA Cup triumph since 2004.“He is very focused on his work, I admire that,” manager Louis van Gaal said. “When you are so young and with so much attention, it is not easy and he is scoring so many important goals.”WATCH MARK NOBLE CARRY ANDER HERRERA OFF THE PITCH 1 Marcus Rashford’s shot flies past Darren Randolph (watch it below)