JAAA boss wants separate sports ministry

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake would like to see sport being given its own ministry, as well as the development of more regional sporting facilities, when the new government unfolds. Blake told The Gleaner that a separate ministry for sport would aid in the long-term planning and development of sports locally. “The importance of sports to Jamaica has really grown, especially over the last four years, it has grown tremendously and there are really lots of things that sports can do for this country,” Blake told The Gleaner at the G.C. Foster Classics at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday. “Having a separate ministry for sports would help make this happen and it would help not only track and field, but all sports, so you could start to plan long-term for the development of the country,” he added. Dr Blake added that he would like to see more synthetic track and field surfaces being built across the island. The only all-weather tracks which exist currently in Jamaica are at the G.C. Foster College, the National Stadium, Stadium East, Calabar High School and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I would like to see the development of a number of mini-stadia across the island so that synthetic surfaces could be not only in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is none in the centre or the eastern end of the island, so we would like to see more synthetic surfaces placed across the island,” Blake said.last_img read more

Do not allow the historical significance of plantation Highbury to diminish

first_imgDear Editor,On May 5, 1838, some 180 years ago, the first batch of 128 East Indian immigrants landed at Plantation Highbury, East Bank Berbice. It is important that, as Guyanese, we do not allow the historical significance of Plantation Highbury to diminish.Over the last thirty years, on May 5th, Guyanese gathered at this prestigious site to reflect and show gratitude for the sacrifices of our ancestors.Through the generosity of the Indian Government, Guyana has received a monument to commemorate this historical occasion. The controversial Palmyra site selected for such a monument still baffles the mind of the majority of Guyanese.While Guyanese are extremely grateful for this monument, the reasons given for the selection of this site over the Highbury site have indeed displayed the ignorance and subsequent lack of emotion of those who were instrumental in deciding for the Guyanese population that Palmyra is the best place for such a monument.The reasons given thus far are that Palmyra is at a junction where the Berbice bridge — the way to the Corentyne — and the town of New Amsterdam can be accessed. More people will get to view it.Security at Palmyra would be superior to that at Highbury. The area is more populated, Highbury is too isolated.There is not enough space at Highbury to accommodate such a monument. There is enough land space at palmyra.The roads to the site are not that good, and it’s too far away from the urban areas.Again, the question is: Where is the historical justification for the selection of this Palmyra site?Please permit me to give reasons why Highbury is the best place for such a monument.1: Our forefathers landed at Highbury, not at Palmyra. Highbury was declared a heritage site due to its immense historical significance. The imprints of the feet of our forefathers will forever be in the hearts of us, their descendants. Those with genuine appreciation for the sacrifices of our forefathers will always feel that emotional attachment to a place like Highbury. This site was always graced by the presence of distinguished individuals from 1988 to date. Presidents Desmond Hoyte, Samuel Hinds, Bharrat Jagdeo, Donald Ramotar, and in the last two years, his Excellency David Granger, Indian High Commissioners past and present, Ministers of Government, members of the diplomatic corps, and thousands of Guyanese as well as foreigners, the likes of Yesu Persaud, Ravi Dev, former Prime Minister of Trinidad Basdeo Panday, have all paid homage to this place of pilgrimage. On the historical 100th anniversary of Indian arrival, the then Deputy Prime Minister of India together with the Prime Minister of Guyana joined the gathering under the sacred bel and peepar trees which are still present there today to commemorate this occasion.1. Both domestic and regional tourism can be boosted by the enhancement of Highbury heritage site. With persons making that journey to Highbury, not only will it give them that experience, but also will boost the economic growth of the area. Local shops, fruit juice vendors, subsistence farmers as well as boarding houses can all benefit from the sale of their products and services. Along the way to the site, one can also see a Hindu architectural wonder in the Gay Park Sri Krishna Mandir, the Bermine site, where bauxite was once mined, nature’s own variety of plant and animal life seem untouched, and the breath of clean, fresh air, wide savannah lands that stretch towards the horizons. The poor condition of the roads to the area is not an excuse anymore, as the stretch from Everton to Highbury is already paved, and work is currently being done to have a fully paved road, along with street lights, connecting the town of New Amsterdam to Everton.2. A monument at palmyra after time will lose the interest of the public, as it will be just a pass-by as it is with other monuments in the country that are sited based on the thought that “most people will see it here”. Once the appreciation is there for our rich history, then the question of long journey to Highbury will not even arise.3. Wherever the monument is placed, it must be secured. So the cost of security will not differ based on location. As with every national heritage site, the Government provides assistance in preserving our heritage, and Highbury has receive much needed support from the Government in recent years, and I am confident that such will continue in the future.4. As further development works are earmarked for the site, appropriate security measures will be put in place. The Berbice Indian Commemoration Committee is tasked with the responsibility for the Highbury Heritage Site, and will ensure that the assets are secured.5. The Highbury site can accommodate over three thousand under the roof itself. Sanitary facilities, potable running water, as well as a cooking area are currently at the disposal of the public. This place is used for farmers’ meetings, seminars, medical outreaches, school tours among many other things. The placement of the monument will further enhance the outlook of this site and serve as a stimulus for further development.Mr Editor, it is clear that the justification given for the placement of this commemorative monument at Highbury far outweighs that of the palmyra site. Together with the likes of Dr. Yesu Persaud, Mr. Nourang Persaud and other Guyanese, particularly Berbicians, I am pleading with the relevant authorities to correct this unfortunate situation.Yours faithfully,Ramesh Maraj(PRO- Berbice Indian Cultural Committee)last_img read more

Teen charged for friend’s murder

first_imgMervin SquiresA teenager was on Thursday charge for the murder of his friend whom he had stabbed to death during a gambling game on Sunday last.The teen appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 7, 2019, at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he murdered Mervin Squires.As such, he was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on July 19, 2019.It was reported that on the day in question, a group of men were gambling at 3rd Street Grove, EBD during which and argument broke out between Squires and the other young men over money.The argument quickly turned into an alternation and it was this time, the teenager whipped out a known and stabbed Squires twice to his chest.Squires reportedly died on his way to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. At the Hospital, his inconsolable family members gathered to get a glimpse of his body that was laying on a stretcher.His mother told this publication that she was at church when she received the tragic news. She explained that her son and the suspect are friends and would usually lime together.However, a post mortem performed on the remains of the 21-year-old of Kaneville EBD proved that he died of a single stab wound to the heart.Squires leaves to mourn his parents and two sisters.last_img read more

Wildfires generates more than 1,700 insurance claims

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Policyholders who have suffered losses as a result of the Southern California wildfires should contact their insurance agents at the following phone numbers: — Auto Club, (800) 67-CLAIM; — Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, (866) 456-3108; — Mercury Insurance, (888) 313-6372; — Safeco, (800) 332-3226; LOS ANGELES — The wildfires raging throughout Southern California have generated 1,760 insurance claims so far, the Insurance Information Network of California said today. More than 1,100 structures have been destroyed in the fires. By the time the wildfires are extinguished, insurance claims could reach $500 million, the nonprofit insurance information group said. The 1991 Oakland Hills fire remains the state’s most destructive brush fire, burning down 2,900 homes and resulting in $1.7 billion in insurance claims. “We’re not yet done with these very unpredictable fires, which will clearly cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and are likely to reach at least $500 million in insured losses,” said Candysse Miller, executive director of the Insurance Information Network of California. — State Farm, (800) SF-CLAIM; and — Travelers, (800) CLAIM-33.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA taxi-driver is facing a bleak Christmas after heartless thieves stole a set of seats from his specially-adapted taxi-van.Dickie McGranaghan had left the specially-made seats outside his Letterkenny home when he went to collect two wheelchair-bound pensioners.But when he returned to refit the seats back into his taxi, they were gone. The theft of the seats, which were specially made at a cost of almost €1,000, now means Dickie won’t be able to collect passengers in his car.Dickie, from Ballymacool Terrace, explained “I take the seats out to allow me to collect wheelchair-bound passengers.“They were specially made and fit onto rollers in my taxi. They cost me more than £750and had to be made in Northern Ireland.“Christmas is the busiest time of year but now I can’t collect bigger parties in the eight seater because I don’t have these seats,” explained Dickie. Dickie says whoever stole the seats on Tuesday night last knew exactly what they were doing.“It would have taken two people to lift them and they initially moved them a couple of hundred yards before someone must have collected them in a van,” he revealed.But the fed-up taxi-driver said the expensive seats are useless to anybody else.“It’s sad because nobody will be able to use them as they have been especially made to fit my taxi.“I’m not sure if they were just taken by someone passing in a van or if they planned it. But the problem is that they are useless for anybody else because they only fit my taxi. “The sad thing is that they have probably just dumped them in a field where they’ll rot away,” he said.The theft has been reported to Letterkenny Gardai who are investigating the matter.TAXI-DRIVER FACING BLEAK CHRISTMAS AFTER THIEVES STEAL SPECIAL SEATS FROM CAB was last modified: December 4th, 2014 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:Ballymacool TerraceDickie McGranaghandonegalGardairobberyseatstaxilast_img read more

Sam Allardyce sides with Jose Mourinho over fixture rearrangement

first_img1 The Eagles boss feels Manchester United have been overlooked Sam Allardyce has echoed Jose Mourinho’s criticism of the Premier League, insisting Crystal Palace’s fixture with Manchester United should have been moved to aid United’s preparations for the Europa League final.Mourinho’s team will travel to Stockholm to contest Wednesday’s showpiece against Ajax just three days after hosting Palace in their final league game of the season.United will finish sixth regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s fixture and Palace cannot be relegated with three teams already down. After their 0-0 draw at Southampton, Mourinho was adamant that the fixture should be brought forward but added he would not waste time making such a request.“In any country in the world the match would be Saturday, because Sunday we are sixth, doesn’t matter what, and Crystal Palace are safe,” Mourinho said post-match.He also joked he hoped his “good friend” Allardyce would tell Palace to “go slow”, and the Palace manager responded: “There’s no doubt about that (that the game should have been moved).“They could easily have changed it last week and said ‘We will give you the best chance to try to win the Europa League’.“It’s a great shame that we are not like other countries, who will bend over in fixture terms to help their teams win European competitions. We’ve all been moaning about the fact we’re not getting anywhere near the Champions League or we’re not getting anyone winning the Europa League.“When you look at Jose’s fixture list, this will be his 63rd game on Sunday. It’s a tremendous effort but no help unfortunately from the Premier League to give him the best chance of winning a trophy that Manchester United haven’t won. That would happen abroad. They would change the fixtures for you.“Because there is nothing on our fixture it is easy to change it. We’re not going to influence anything one way or the other in terms of results for ourselves, and it would have been a good gesture by the Premier League to have done it to give them the best chance.”Allardyce is already without Andros Townsend for a fixture Mourinho says will be started by his 20-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira. As he has done recently, the Portuguese again plans to field a weakened XI, saying “I hope you don’t kill me when you see my team”.Allardyce was then asked if he would do the same in Mourinho’s position, and he said: “No doubt about that. The XI that play at Stockholm would probably not feature at all in this last game.“It would be wrong for me as a manager to jeopardise anybody that you want to pick for that football match. We all know that injuries happen more in competitive matches than they do in training.“Having played 62 games, the rest period between now and playing in that game is massive for his team.“We’re going to play the last game with the fittest team we’ve got. There will be some changes but my team want to play at Old Trafford. They don’t want me to leave them out.“Whether Jose plays a weakened side or not, it will always be a difficult task because if there are younger players at Manchester United, they’re definitely talented. It’s a job we need to do and hopefully we can go there and do it. The players are looking forward with no pressure on them to go perform on one of the biggest stages in football.”last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal priest has condemned people who refused to open their doors to a mother of two little boys who were swept away in last week’s Hurricane Sandy in the US.Devastated Glenda Moore banged on doors in Staten Island just seconds after losing a grip on her two sons Connor, 4, and Brandon, 2, during heavy floods and gales.Nurse Glenda, who is married to Donegal man Damien Moore, 39, was refused help after her pick-up truck was flipped upside down on a road. Just seconds later as she scrambled to get to higher ground, her sons were ripped from her grasp and washed away by rising waters.Glenda rushed to nearby homes but one person told her to go away and another turned out a light in a house.Fr. Philip Daly, of Damien’s home parish of Portnoo, said he couldn’t come to terms with the reaction of people to Mrs Moore’s desperate pleas for help.“You can’t put into words what she must have been going through. That awfulness wasn’t helped by the actions of these so-called neighbours who refused to give support to the poor woman. The pick-up truck was literally pick-up and thrown 30 yards backwards and she found herself in waist-height water. She was making to higher ground but another gust of wind“When she went to the first house she was told to clear off and leave them alone and closed the door in her face despite her pleas for help. She then went to the next house and got no reaction there. She was all own her own.“She was hysterical and I’m sure she got her message across but they weren’t interested. Whether it was fear or not I don’t know but it was a rather strange reaction to someone in need of support,” he said.The boys’ father Damien was at work with the city council when the tragedy occurred.Glenda decided to get into the couple’s Ford Pickup truck when the storm hit and go to her mother’s home after her electricity failed. But during the hour long journey her truck was hit by a gust of wind and thrown 30 yards backwards.She got out of the truck, found herself waist-high in water and decided to get to higher ground.However just seconds later Glenda and her two boys were struck by a second gust which blew the boys away into the rising water.The boys were found just 20 yards apart on Thursday last, days after they became separated from their heartbroken mother on Monday. Fr Daly has been comforting Damien’s parents, Paddy and Fay, who are in their 80s, retired back to live in Loughfad after spending a large part of their life in the US.He said they simply cannot bring themselves to speak about what has happened to their little grandchildren.But he said the entire community is now rallying behind them once the sheer tragedy of the events have come to light.Since Friday last a steady stream of people have been calling to the couple’s home with mass cards and other gifts for the family.A person at the couple’s home at picturesque townland of Loughfad, which is home to just 100 people, said that they were not planning on giving interviews to the media.Local county councillor Terence Slowey said the local community are devastated by the news of little Brandan and Connor’s deaths.“Paddy and Fay are just salt of our the earth people and it’s devastating what has happened to them.“I think they met when they both lived in America. They are back in Donegal many years now and are very respected within the community.“For something so freak and tragic to happen such a lovely family makes it all the more hurtful for everyone involved,” said the Ardara-based councillor.Local woman Kathleen Shovlin, who works in local shop, Nicholsons in Portnoo, said the fact that the accident had happened so far away made it all the more difficult.“If it was here then people could go to the funeral and pay their respects to the family properly.“But Pat and Fay are elderly and it will obviously be too difficult for them to get there.“My husband knew Damian well and he said he was a very down-to-earth, straight kind of fella. It’s just terrible.“Everyone is trying their best around here just to go and visit them and be of some comfort to them,” she said.Fr Daly added “The parishioners here are a very Christian community. People started to talk about it last weekend. Up until that they felt restrained in the hope that the boys would be found alive.“People then started to call to the house of Paddy and Fay and the house has been full until 12.30am each morning and they have found that very supportive.“It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time.”Fr Daly said Damien regularly visited home in Donegal where he has many cousins and other relations and the Moore family are very well-known locally.Damien left Donegal in his 20s after working at a number of jobs in both the fishing and forestry sectors.It is understood Damien’s only sibling, his brother Patrick, who lives in England, has flown out to join his grieving brother in the US.Fr Daly said “Damien was born here in Portnoo but emigrated young in life and married Glenda. He works for the city council in New York, but over the years always kept up contact with the area and visited his parents here at Loughfad. The news has come as a huge shock to locals in this area.“The Moores are a long established family in the Portnoo-Kilclooney area. They have many cousins who reside here and relations are comforting Paddy and Fay at this difficult time for the family. Damien would have attended the local national school at Ballykillduff before he went to make his way in the world,” he said.Fr Daly revealed how Damien was in work when the hurricane hit.“Glenda was concerned because there was no electricity in the house and she had two young boys. However, she said to Damien she would stay at home until he got back,” Fr Daly said.Despite her ordeal, the brave mother joined the search for her boys until their bodies were located by officers who had used heat-seeking equipment to search marshes.On Friday night, the names of the two boys were read out as part of a remembrance which is held every year on the Feast of All Souls.Fr Daly, also confirmed the family are hoping to arrange a remembrance in St Conal’s Church, Kilclooney on the day of the funeral in New York which is still being arranged.“For various reasons Paddy and Fay cannot travel to the funeral so the community felt it was important to show our support for them.“We think the funeral could be Friday but we are not certain at this stage.“Whenever it is arranged for we will also have a mass here in memory of the two boys and to pray for Damien, Glenda, Paddy, Fay and all their family and friends,” he said.He added that the only small consolation was that the boys’ bodies have been found and that they can have a proper funeral and burial.DONEGAL PRIEST CONDEMNS NEIGHBOURS WHO CLOSED DOOR IN FACE OF TRAGIC MOTHER was last modified: November 6th, 2012 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:BRANDONCONNORDAMIAN MOOREGLENDA MOOREHurricane SandyUSlast_img read more


first_imgTragic mum Lorraine Gallagher is backing plans which could see cyber bullies sent to prison for up to three years.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe Dail is set to debate legislation which is being adopted in New Zealand which will make cyber-bullying a new offence of ‘incitement to commit suicide.’Lorraine (37) whose daughters Erin, 13, and Shannon, 15, took their own lives, says something drastic is now needed to stop the epidemic of online hatred. “It has got to the stage where a strong message needs to be sent out to cyber bullies that they can no longer do this.“We don’t know how many young people have given up on their lives because of being tortured online.“If young people think there is a chance that they could end up behind bars then I think that threat may stop some of them from doing it.“The message needs to go out that if you abuse other people online then you are leaving yourself open to the full power of the law,” she said. Lorraine, from Ballybofey in Co Donegal, recently marked the first anniversary of her youngest daughter Erin who took her life on October 27th last year.Erin had complained that she was being bullied online and a full investigation has been launched into those complaints.Just six weeks later in November last year, Lorraine’s only other daughter Shannon also took her life because she could not cope with Erin’s loss.Lorraine, who gave birth to a baby son Lennon in May, said she must continue her life for her two sons.“When Erin and then Shannon died I honestly didn’t know how I could go on. “But I have had to find the strength to go on for Sean James and Lennon.“The girls just doted on Sean James and I know they would have been the same with Lennon.“My doctor told me that I have to live for the living and not live for the dead.“It’s difficult at the moment when we are remembering the girls’ first anniversary and all they did. “But I have to do it now for my boys,” she said.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE BACKS PLANS TO JAIL CYBER BULLIES was last modified: November 10th, 2013 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:Ballybofeycyber bulliesdailErin GallagherLorraine Galaghernew lawshannon gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgSWILLY Rovers have been severely punished after a small number of their followers allegedly directed racist abuse at a teenage boy.The Ramelton club is to appeal the results of a hearing into the incident.The disciplinary action comes following alleged monkey chants and other slurs aimed at a 14 year old Cameroon-born player Thierry Baba during a cup game played on March 1st. The Ramelton club have been fined €1,000 and banned from hosting SFAI cup games after an investigation found some fans did take part in racist chants.An SFAI committee reviewed referee Joe McHugh’s report on the game at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin’s Red Cow Inn.Both Swilly Rovers FC and Castlebar Celtic FC were represented at the hearing.Following that review the SFAI committee has made the following decision: The Committee concluded that racist chanting by Swilly Rovers supporters did take place.With immediate effect Swilly Rovers FC is prohibited from playing any further games in the SFAI Cups at their home ground for the remainder of this season.All further SFAI Cup games where Swilly Rovers would have had home advantage this season will be played at a neutral venue of the SFAI’s choosing.Swilly Rovers FC is fined the sum of €1,000 payable to the SFAI as per its rules on fines payment.Swilly Rovers FC is severely warned as to its future conduct. The Committee recommends that the FAI’s inter-cultural department sets up the appropriate educational course with Swilly Rovers FC as soon as possible.”Swilly Rovers, who have consistently denied the incident, say they will appeal the decision.SWILLY ROVERS TO APPEAL OVER ‘RACIST INCIDENT’ was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:finedpunishmentracist chantsRameltonswilly roverslast_img read more

Kevon Looney: ‘I should be able to play in Game 6’

first_imgTORONTO — No matter how often he falls and feels the pain, Kevon Looney has stood up and absorbed it.Looney remained on the ground after Toronto guard Kyle Lowry collided with him over a fight for a rebound in the third quarter of the Warriors’ eventual Game 5 win over the Raptors in the NBA Finals on Monday. The Warriors sat Looney with 4:50 left in the third quarter and the entire fourth after determining he aggravated a fracture near his chest and ribcage. Just how it played out with his …last_img