Not against switching … But Neita-Headley says athletic body should guard against talent drain

first_imgNatalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, is not against the practice of athletes switching allegiance, reasoning that people are going to take advantage of opportunities to improve themselves and their families. While she is not against the switch, Neita-Headley – while in attendance at a press conference to launch LIME-Flow’s $28 million sponsorship of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Associa-tion (JAAA) – warned that the country must protect against a certain level of talent drain. Over the past few months, up to five Jamaica athletes have declared their intentions to represent other nations, which has caused some public backlash. However, Neita-Headley said because of Jamaica’s rich talent in athletics and other sports, some local talents would have limited chances to represent the country, especially at major championships like the Olympics or World Championships. “When we send footballers off after they bad up the (local) Premier League and they get signed to an English club, Jamaicans are happy because an opportunity has been created for a young athlete,” the minister said. “I am not happy for anyone to just leave our shores, but where opportunities arise and persons can take advantage of that opportunity, we should,” she noted. “I don’t want to stifle our young people, to tell them that 12 of you are qualified to run, but you will never make it to an Olympics because you can’t go below 9.7 or 9.8. But opportunities like that exist elsewhere and we must be able to look deeper than the surface. “When the footballers leave, we are happy to let them go to find a new club. Sometimes our teachers leave or our nurses have to leave. So what I’m saying in the case of the athlete is that the JAAA uses this wisdom as to how and when we can do this so that we don’t have a drain on our talent pool,” she stressed. In most, if not all, the recent cases where Jamaican athletes have switched allegiance, they have been offered lucrative payment packages in return for their service. However, Neita-Headley insisted that there is a process to handle these defections and the JAAA still has a say in whether an athlete stays or leaves. “We have to understand there is a process. We have to sign off on these athletes. It’s not like they can just get up and leave. The JAAA has to sign off, and in some cases, they have to wait from one to three years to compete for that country. So it’s not like you can leave today and compete tomorrow,” she pointed out. “But these offerings are probably more lucrative packages than we can afford. “Our talent is sometimes too much for our little country to manage and so we can’t sway our athletes to stay here full time and don’t do anything else,” Neita-Headley argued. “It’s impossible to pay them full time. We are grateful to those who are willing to stay and make the sacrifice and we are putting all in place for them to be able to stay. But even in that period, there are others who will find opportunities elsewhere. The JAAA decides on who goes and when because we don’t want there to be a talent drain,” she reiterated.last_img read more

Nadal sends injured Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement

first_imgTop seed Nadal had taken the opener 6-3.“This is my last Grand Slam,” said Ferrer who was runner-up to Nadal in the 2013 French Open final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I have great memories of this tournament and I am just sorry that I couldn’t finish it tonight.”Ferrer, 36, will play his last tournament on home ground in Madrid next year. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “I am very sorry for David and sad for him,” said Nadal.“We are close friends and have shared great moments — the Roland Garros final and Davis Cup wins.“He is one of the greatest players to have come from our country. He’s a great person and great player.”Nadal, chasing his 18th Grand Slam title, will face Canada’s Vasek Pospisil for a place in the last 32.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs New stadium, new clocks make for a new-look US Open ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Rafael Nadal, of Spain, is viewed past David Ferrer, also of Spain, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)World number one and defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal sent his close friend David Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement on Monday when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first round match with an injury.Ferrer, a former world number three but now standing at a lowly 148, called it quits on a hot and humid night on Arthur Ashe Stadium when he led 4-3 with a break in the second set.ADVERTISEMENT 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Cllr. Brumskine Sues EPA over Gas Station Construction

first_imgThe approval for the construction of a gas station has landed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in trouble with Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, the political leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP).Cllr. Brumskine took the agency to the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice after the EPA granted a businessman identified as Lee Samuel the authority to construct a gas station within the vicinity of Cllr. Brumskine’s property.The LP political leader resides on the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Boulevard, in Paynesville outside of Monrovia.Testifying in court last Friday, Cllr. Brumskine said that prior to his action, he wrote the Agency about the danger the gas station’s underground fuel storage tank could pose to the health of the community, especially because the area is a swamp.Cllr. Brumskine said that before the construction of the gas station began, he also sought advice from several environmental experts in the United States of America, who told him that construction of the underground fuel storage tank would have a serious impact on the wells built in the area and the community as a whole.He named the Attorney General of New York and the USA Environmental Protection Agency as some of the experts he consulted.He said he then wrote to inform the EPA about his findings. The agency replied that it would do everything possible to address his concerns.“They told me that they were going to send their monitoring team to assess the area.  EPA later informed me that there was no threat of contamination because all the appropriate safeguards were in place,” the LP leader added. “Firstly, they acknowledged our concern about the danger the storage tank would pose on me and the community,” he said.“It was based on their assertion that I asked them to show me a copy of the environmental impact assessment they did on the consequence of placing a fuel storage tank underground in a swamp area.  I promised to under write the cost of the assessment,” stated Cllr. Brumskine.“Up to the present, EPA has refused and failed to let us have copies of any documents regarding their findings and the environmental law,” Cllr Brumskine said, adding, “This is why I filed this suit for the court to give us justice.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: January 23, 2015

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JFK being Restored to Original Status

first_imgThe Liberian government has said that there are now ongoing efforts to restore the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) to its “original status” before the civil war, which began on December 24, 1989 and ended in August 2003, when former President Charles Taylor went into exile.The JFK hospital, once Liberia’s major referral health center for nearly three decades, is now more of a primary healthcare provider. It lost its tertiary status due to the years of civil war and neglect by various regimes.At the height of its full capacity in the 1980s, patients flew in from most parts of West Africa to seek medical attention in Liberia.However, all is not lost. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced recently in her State of the Nation Address that efforts are now ongoing to restore the hospital to its original status. If the President’s words are anything to go by, then it would mean restoring all of the medical center’s facilities, including the Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Center, which now lies dormant, a wasteland encroached on by land-grabbers. The President didn’t explain in detail what efforts are ongoing in the restoration drive. However, on Monday, October 13, 2015, the JFK administration, along with authorities of the Ministry of Health, called a gathering to hold discussions on a five-year strategic plan, which is aimed at restoring the hospital to its prewar status. In that meeting, which was held at a local hotel, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn announced that the hospital would need more than US$180 million to regain that status.Dr. Dahn said they had met in order to “move JFK forward.” For those wondering why now since the nation has been at peace for more than a decade, this was her response: “Over the past 10 years, the Ministry of Health has been working on restoring and strengthening the primary health care services and that is because most of the people will seek health care first at the primary level before they utilize the tertiary level.”The Health Minister stated that in order to make an impact in combating common illnesses, which can most times be easily prevented, they focused their attention on strengthening the primary healthcare level.“Because of that today, Liberia has made some achievements. Liberia was among the first eight countries in sub-Sahara Africa that achieved MDG 4 three years before it ended [in 2015],” she stated. Despite stating that her country has made some improvements in primary health care, she, however, said that the tertiary level now needs attention, adding: “It’s only on our continent Africa that our leaders go to another continent to seek healthcare [when they fall sick].” According to the Minister, this is because some African countries, such as Liberia, can’t afford the kind of health services and investment in the sector.When one considers the paltry US$60 million allocated to the health sector in the National Budget, the Minister is right saying there is less investment in the sector.She indicated that if Liberians want to see JFK where it ought to be, especially those who share the national ‘cake,’ they need to think “differently.”Min. Dahn added that Liberians are not happy with the present look of JFK and so everyone needs to now think differently toward improving the hospital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCMP release name of Chetwynd avalanche victim

first_imgThe RCMP has now confirmed, 45 year old Harold Keith Waldner, was the Rycroft, Alberta man, killed in the Sunday afternoon, avalanche southwest of Chetwynd.The RCMP now says he was one of five snowmobilers, part of a group of 14, caught in the Sunday afternoon avalanche, southwest of Chetwynd. All five victims were dug out and the other four survived. However, the group was forced to leave the body of the fifth man, at the avalanche site and, it wasn’t recovered until about four o’clock Monday afternoon.It brings to 13 the number of persons, killed in BC back country snowslides in recent weeks, including an Enderby snowmobiler, who also died Sunday afternoon in another avalanche near his home in the North Okanagan.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Wigan striker Riera set for January transfer window move?

first_img Oriol Riera in action for Wigan 1 Wigan striker Oriol Riera could be set to leave the Championship club in the January transfer window – despite only joining in the summer.The 28-year-old moved to the DW Stadium in June, arriving from Osasuna for £2m after the Spanish side suffered relegation from La Liga.However since making the switch Riera has managed just six starts in the Championship, finding the net on only one occasion.The striker has now reportedly received several proposals from La Liga clubs offering to bring him back to Spain during the January transfer window.During his final season in La Liga with Osasuna, Riera notched 13 goals in 37 league games despite the club finishing 18th in the league.last_img read more

Tumkas, Al-Ahly clash in boys Chapa Dimba R.Valley final

first_imgTitus Kapchanga missed a penalty late on for the Solidarity side who came into the Rift finals as favorites having knocked out national champions Kapenguria Heroes.In the first semifinal match Tumkas Boys saw off Narok’s White Rhino four goals to one. Tumkas got off to an exhilarating start with two goals in the first 10 minutes through Lamech Ochieng and Brian Kipruto.White Rhino got one back in the 22nd minute to set up an exciting second half but two goals from Alvin Kipkogei and Geofrey Sakwa in the second half ensured the win for Tumkas.-Girls semis-Tabitha Wangari of Nakuru West Queens right, fight for the ball with Daisy Busia of Kitale Queens during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba season two, Rift region semi-finals at Eldoret Show grounds, Eldoret ahead of the finals tomorrow. Kitale Queens won the match 2-1.In the girls final Nandi’s Itigo girls will take on Kitale Queens from Transzoia after they both breezed through their respective semifinal games.Backed by their vocal schoolmates who had come in droves at the stands, Itigo Girls Saw off Bomet Queens three goals to one in the first girls’ semifinal.Jepkorir Holger opened the scoring for Itigo in the 18th minute before a Mercy Tarus double either side of the break made it three nil. Windrose chepkoech scored a consolation goal for Bomet in the 89th minute.In the second semifinal two goals either side of half time by Philis Chemtai and Metrine Nanjala was enough to see Kitale Queens beat Nakuru West Queens 2-0.The finals will be played on Sunday at the ASK Showgrounds in Eldoret from 8:00am.The winners will receive a cash reward of Sh200,000 each and wil join Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern for the national finals.The runners-up will also pocket Sh 100,000 each among other individual prizes. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propel gifted players to the national team.This year an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides. ResultsGirlsItigo Girls 3: 1 Bomet QueensKitale Queens 2: 0 Nakuru West QueensBoysTumkas Boys 4: 1 White RhinoSolidarity boys 0:1 Al AhlyFinals FixturesItigo Girls (Nandi) Vs Kitale Queens (Transzoia)Tumkas Boys (Uasin Gishu) Vs Al Ahly (Kajiado)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shikuku Luta of White Rhino right, fight for the ball with Alvin Kipkogei of Tumkas during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba season two, Rift region semi-finals at Eldoret Show grounds, Eldoret ahead of the finals tomorrow. Tumkas won the match 4-1.NAIROBI, Kenya, March 22 – Home team Tumkas from Uasin Gishu County will square it out with Al-Ahly from Kajiado in the boys’ final of the Rift valley region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Youth tournament.Al Ahly saw off favorites Solidarity boys from Trans-Nzoia 1-0 with Abdulrahman Abdullahi’s header in the first half proving to be the match winner.last_img read more

ANOTHER club joins race for Arsenal target Thomas Lemar

first_img1 Arsenal target Thomas Lemar Juventus have identified Arsenal target Thomas Lemar as an alternative to Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa.The Italian champions have been in talks with Bayern over the Brazilian winger and are keen to take the former Shakhtar Donetsk man to Turin this summer.However, negotiations between the two clubs have stalled recently and both parties are struggling to reach an agreement over a transfer fee, with the Serie A giants now considering alternatives.And according to Tuttosport, Juve will make a move for Monaco’s Lemar if they fail to negotiate a fee with Bayern for Costa.Lemar is also a top target for Arsenal and Monaco have already rejected an offer from the Gunners, as they are keen to hold on to the Frenchman.There are suggestions that Arsenal could end their pursuit of the 21-year-old if they succeed in convincing Alexis Sanchez to stay at the Emirates next season.last_img read more

QPR XI will play Woking

first_imgA QPR XI will visit non-League Woking for a pre-season friendly.The game will take place at the Kingfield Stadium on Saturday 21 July, kicking off at 3pm.A team mostly of Rangers’ reserves and youth-team players are expected to be involved.See also: Pre-season fixtures guide Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img