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

Kawhi Leonard Is The Terminator

Even though they held a one-point lead with just more than a minute left in Game 4, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors found themselves with their backs against the wall on Sunday in Philadelphia.The Sixers and their raucous home crowd at Wells Fargo Center could almost taste a victory, one that would have given them an enormous 3-1 series advantage over Toronto heading into Game 5. And they would be accomplishing that despite getting a poor scoring effort from Joel Embiid, who was under the weather for the second time during the series.But as the clock ticked down to that final minute, Leonard, who’d gotten almost everything he’d wanted Sunday, had other plans. He used a screen from teammate Marc Gasol, and four dribbles to his right, but both of Philly’s pick-and-roll defenders — Embiid and Ben Simmons — opted to follow Leonard to the right wing. Where another player might have passed the ball, Kawhi chose to elevate, lofting a rainbow 3-pointer over the outstretched left arm of the 7-foot-2 Embiid.Aside from all but assuring that Toronto would knot the best-of-seven series at two games apiece, the shot punctuated yet another virtuoso performance by Leonard, who logged 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting and 14 rebounds, and is so far having one of the most efficient postseason runs we’ve ever seen from an NBA player, let alone a wing player specifically.In this series against Philly, Leonard is somehow averaging 38 points on 62 percent shooting, with a perfect-looking shot chart. He’s drained an unthinkable 21 of his 24 uncontested shot attempts through the four games, including hitting 6-for-6 on Sunday.Leonard did all this while continuing to have an impact on the defensive end, where he held Simmons in check during the first half before sliding over during the third period and heavily limiting swingman Jimmy Butler, who had scored efficiently up until that switch occurred.Leonard wasn’t solely responsible for Toronto’s win Sunday. Gasol — who’d been held to eight points or fewer in Games 1-3 — was more aggressive and finished with 16 in Game 4. Similarly, Kyle Lowry looked for his shot early and finished with 14 points after having just seven in Game 3. Danny Green was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. All of these contributions were helpful in light of Pascal Siakam, arguably Toronto’s second-best player, shooting 2-of-10 from the floor while playing through a calf injury, and Serge Ibaka being the only Raptor to score off the bench.But make no mistake: Kawhi has played as if he were content to do this all by himself if need be. And in many ways, that spectacle is still noteworthy considering how far a cry it is from what Leonard was earlier in his career, before he became a clear-cut franchise player.During this postseason, just 33 percent of Leonard’s baskets have been assisted, according to NBA Advanced Stats, while the other two-thirds have been self-created. Snapshots over time illustrate how that’s flipped almost entirely, as he’s become more of a 1-on-1 player. During the 2012-13 regular season, for instance, 65 percent of Kawhi’s makes were assisted. That share of assisted baskets dropped to 54 percent during 2014-15, and to just under 48 percent in 2016-17 before dwindling to just a third during these playoffs.The question to raise here, of course, is whether it’s possible for Leonard to keep this up. He can’t keep shooting 70 percent from midrange when he was a 46-percent shooter from there during the regular season, right?On some level, the answer to that may depend on whether the Sixers are willing to be more aggressive about forcing the ball out of Leonard’s hands. We’ve written before about what makes Leonard so different from the other stars in the NBA (aside from how mysteriously quiet he seems to be): He does just about everything at an above-average level, while defending and scoring better than almost anyone. But if there’s one area to test, it’s his playmaking, which generally pales in comparison to LeBron James’s or even Kevin Durant’s. (Both contemporaries regularly enjoy 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratios, while Leonard has yet to post such a season.) Leonard, who had five assists and seven turnovers Sunday, has closer to a 1-to-1 ratio this postseason, with 31 assists and 29 turnovers so far.Going one level deeper, Kawhi was the NBA’s least efficient wing player1Among the 60 players who faced at least 25 traps and blitzes. this past regular season when opposing defenses either blitzed or trapped him in pick-and-rolls, with the Raptors scoring just 0.46 points per chance in such situations, according to data from Second Spectrum.So while Philadelphia hasn’t been able to stop The Terminator-like Kawhi yet, the Sixers at least have something they can try in hopes of slowing him down as the series moves back to Toronto. read more

TV Commercial Campaign under consideration for destination TCI says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – Television marketing of the Turks and Caicos is being contemplated by the Ministry of Tourism according to Hon Porsha Smith. “Those thoughts are already in our minds, its just a matter of time for us and us finding the financial resource to be able to afford them.”On Saturday, with the arrival of a new direct United Airlines flight from Houston, we asked the Minister if she and her team believe the time has come for destination TCI television commercials to these markets on their local TV stations.“I think we are also looking at expanding our office locations actually in those areas, so you are going to be seeing more coming from the Tourist Board some recommendations that will go to the government on expanding ourselves and putting in strategic locations so that we can better serve the tourists that are coming to us.”A tide has certainly turned for the Turks and Caicos which now sees a surge in visitor arrivals during summer, guests catching those discounts on the usual ‘peak season rates’. Terminal and Marketing Manager of the TCI Airports Authority, Lavern Reynolds explained things are booming. “Well, what I’m very happy about is the fact that it is starting now which is June, which is somewhat our off season. So we are bringing people in on our off season to keep our tourism product busy, pretty much all year round. We hope to have this flight every off season and continue from there on in, so I think it’s a great addition to the plethora of flights that we have.” Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bumper Sticker promotes Provo as #1 Island in the World Tourism Month launched with Stakeholders in Turks and Caicos Related Items:destination tci, lavern reynolds, Portia smith, tv commerciallast_img read more

Bahamas Met Department still monitoring Hurricane Jose

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Nassau – The National Hurricane Centre is advising that based on its latest models, when Hurricane Jose completes it loop on Friday, September 15, 2017, it will be pointed more towards the Carolinas and Virginia, USA.   This suggests that Hurricane Jose will pose much less of a threat to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands this coming weekend or early next week.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology will, however, continue to monitor the movement of Jose, because looping hurricanes have, in the past, not conformed to the suggested forecast tracks and Jose is still too close in proximity to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to not be of a concern.The centre of the storm was located about 435 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island.    It is moving towards the east near 6mph and this motion is expected to continue today (Sept 12).    Turn towards the southeast is expected followed by a turn towards the southwest by Wednesday (Sept 13).Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75mph with higher gusts.    Some additional weakening is possible during the next day or so and Jose could weaken to a tropical storm later today.For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer, NEMA at (242) 322-6081. 322-6085. 361-5569. Email: [email protected]  Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs. Facebook: NEMA-BahamasPress Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Benitez talks about his time with Inter

first_imgThe Spanish manager and current Newcastle United boss lasted only six months at the helm of the Italian Lega Serie A giantsSpanish coach Rafael Benitez left Liverpool in 2010 after six years with the team, for what he thought was a better opportunity.He was hired as Internazionale Milan new boss in 2010, but he only lasted six months.“I won two titles at Inter: an Italian Super Cup and the Club’s World Cup”, Benitez was quoted by Calcio Mercato.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Moratti is a gentleman but he is in love with Inter and is way too emotive. He was doing everything for his players but he became nervous in a second after a bad result.”“I didn’t leave because of the senators. I had the support of Samuel, Cambiasso, Cordoba, Milito, and Zanetti. Eto’o scored 18 goals with me. Let’s say daddy Moratti didn’t want to sell his pupils,” he added.“I had 15 players who were over 30. We had a plan to rejuvenate the roster but we had the problem of the Financial Fair Play and I knew it when the market was already closed.”last_img read more