JCA matriculates young coaches to elite level

first_img – Jimmy Adams – Junior Bennett – David Bernard Jr – Andre Coley – Terrence Corke – Robert Haynes – Andrew Richardson – Robert Samuels – Phillip Service – Cleon Smith – Robert Turner – Courtney Walsh – Gibbs Williams JCA’s elite level coaches: Succession planning is the name of the game at the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA). Since 2016, the JCA has seen an increase in the number of coaches with Level 3 qualification or better move from three to thirteen, with ten coaches matriculating to the elite level in two years . Of note is that the average age of elite coaches is now 51 years and two months, down from 53 years and nine months. The face of local elite-level coaching is looking younger; there are seven elite-level coaches who are aged 50 or under, among them David Bernard Jr and Andrew Richardson – both 37 years old. “I never gave much thought to the average age of the elite-level coaches. I’m just happy to continue working among such an impressive group of gentlemen who are extremely passionate about cricket and 100 per cent committed to seeing that every player who represents the Jamaica Scorpions at every age level has excellent techniques, as well as the necessary mental toughness to be successful and dominant,” said Richardson. Bernard Jnr said: “As the youngest of the elite coaches, we look forward to continuing our journey of learning. There are some things which only years of experience can teach, and every day spent among our coaching peers delivers new lessons. It’s a good look for the coaching of cricket in the island; it suggests that we will be able to continue the development of talent seamlessly as we grow, and others ahead of us [will] move on to pursue other life goals when they are so inclined to do.” Meanwhile, national senior coach Junior Bennett says he’s always happy to see more youth within the coaching ranks. Bennett, who has been a cricket coach since 1980, noted that his journey of coaching certification started some 23 years ago and has not ceased. “It’s all about continuous learning, and that happens when you love the sport and have the willingness to always improve. Our coaches have that in abundance. It’s great that we have 13 elite-level coaches. We are spread across the national landscape – in age-level and senior teams, as well as in franchises. We will not sit on our certificates; they will be put to proper use and deliver results,” said an enthused Bennett. The JCA also has plans to get the over 30 existing Level 2 coaches trained and certified at Level 3. CEO Courtney Francis said, “The JCA’s focus on youth development is not limited to players but includes personnel off the field, to include scorers and coaches, among other functions. We’re looking to at least double the number of elite-level coaches in the system over the next year; we will have a great blend of youth and experience. “We’re going to put them to work as well, in the club system across all competitions, in our schools and communities. As the governing body for the sport in the island, we are ensuring that when children are exposed to cricket, they are taught the right things from the start while making it fun.”last_img read more

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More hurricane-affected Guyanese return home

first_imgBringing the total number of Guyanese returning home to 44, a batch of 16 persons comprising mainly women and children were the latest to arrive from St Martin.The group arrived at the Eugene F Correia International Airport on Wednesday evening and were welcomed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Citizenship Minister Winston Felix.A Guyanese, who arrived on the Wednesday evening flight, said she was on vacation at the time when the hurricane hit. She said it was her first time experiencing a hurricane and hopes she will never experience another one in her lifetime, and is very happy to be home with her family.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix; and Director General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Retired Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup welcome the evacuees from St Martin who arrived on the JAGS Aviation flight on Wednesday eveningAs a part of the ongoing efforts to rescue Guyanese from hurricane-ravaged islands within the region, a total of 16 locals returned home on Tuesday evening, among the second batch of evacuees being flown out of St Martin.Among those were Aletha Khandhai, a mother of two, who migrated to St Martin seven years now. The distressed woman and her daughters were ripped from their new found home following the destruction brought on by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which hit the island just weeks ago.Khandhai revisited the horrifying experience and pointed out that it was the most frightening natural disaster she had ever witnessed.Also speaking to the media moments after touching down at the Eugene F Correia International Airport on Tuesday evening was Aretha Woodruff, a cosmologist who had been plying her trade for the past 16 years in the now almost gutted Caribbean nation.Woodruff noted that following the hurricane, the living conditions on the island became practically inhabitable, forcing her to return home until the recovery efforts are well underway.The women stated that, “The reason why I wanted to come home was because we can’t get anything done because I have no water, no electricity at the moment. And all the schools are shut because it is very bad at the moment and I need my daughter to get in school. So I just come so that she can get in school, until things get back to normal, I’ll go back.”With that being said, the evacuees expressed delight in being back at home after the life threatening disaster and thereby thanked those who played a part in the rescue mission.Meanwhile, receiving the hurricane victims was Minister Harmon who highlighted that Government is always willing to lend a helping hand to Guyanese who are in need.Harmon went on to say that despite the regrettable circumstances, his Administration is extending a warm welcome to the distressed countrymen.“This is a joint effort on the part of the Government of Guyana, the Private Sector, the Civil Defence Commission and several well-meaning citizens who have actually come together and put their resources to ensure that those persons who were affected by hurricanes, they can be brought home, welcomed and that we have extended this arm of humanitarian love and affection for our people,” Harmon conveyed.The flight which arrived on Tuesday evening brought 16 overseas-based Guyanese and marks the second batch of evacuees to be rescued from the devastation left behind by the string of hurricanes to hit the region this year.However, it was the first influx of locals out of St Martin as a part of this collaborative initiative.At the commencement of this rescue initiative, some 43 Guyanese living on the island had indicated their interest to return home but following news of their successful return, that total quickly increased to 116.As such, a number of other flights are slated to evacuate Guyanese from the devastated island.Meals were provided to the returnees at the airport by M&M Snackette, free of cost.last_img read more

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Judge upholds measure giving City Council members extra term

first_imgA controversial measure that allows Los Angeles City Council members to run for a third, four-year term was upheld today by a judge who ruled the measure does not violate the state constitution. Los Angeles voters passed Measure R – which also included some reforms to city ethics regulations – with 59 percent approval last November. But a suit challenging the measure had argued it should be overturned because it violates the state constitution by combining two separate subjects – term-limit extension and ethics reforms – in one ballot measure. But today the judge ruled Measure R was not an initiative, and therefore was not covered by the single-subject requirement imposed by California’s constitution. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The ruling ends months of wrangling. Valley Village resident David Hernandez, already embroiled in a fight to keep the cross on the Los Angeles County seal, had joined with homeless advocate Ted Hayes to challenge Measure R. The lawsuit picked up on an earlier court challenge filed by West Los Angeles resident Neal Donner, and the group U.S. Term Limits. A Los Angeles Superior Court already had ruled Measure R illegal, but an appellate court kept the measure on the ballot and planned to consider the legal questions after the election. But Donner decided to drop his lawsuit after Measure R passed, saying he didn’t want to overturn the will of the voters.last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, February 27

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is wanted by Chelsea as the Blues prepare to battle Manchester United for the Saints star. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils will listen to offers for Rafael da Silva at the end of the season, with Louis van Gaal holding talks with senior figures this week over the Old Trafford futures of a further 10 players. (Daily Telegraph)Cheick Tiote will miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery and could have now played his last game for Newcastle United. (Daily Mail)Gus Poyet has reassured Emanuele Giaccherini that he has a future at Sunderland after a nightmare two seasons at the Stadium of Light. (Daily Mail)Robin Van Persie could miss Manchester United’s next four league games through injury. The striker, 31, suffered ankle ligament damage at Swansea on Saturday. (The Sun)Manchester City are keen to tie Yaya Toure down to new long-term bumper contract. (Daily Star)Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe set for new contract that will more than quadruple his wages (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Midfielder set for Chelsea return as AC Milan opt against dealQPR and West Brom transfer target in talks over Moscow moveManchester United outcast admits he still ‘loves’ the club and wants to stayBrentford set to win battle with Watford for Leicester defenderFormer Juventus defender set for shock Watford moveReports – Manchester United prepare summer swoop for Real Madrid starReports – Blow for Liverpool and Manchester City! Argentine star set to stay at PSGlast_img read more

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Revealed! The top 10 coolest football managers – agree?

first_imgHipsters favourite Jurgen Klopp has taken over at Liverpool.He became a hugely popular figure during his time at Borussia Dortmund and now he is bringing his excitable style to the Premier League.But who is the coolest manager in football? It’s a question talkSPORT has tried to answer but if you disagree with our selection let us know?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our top 12.Think we’ve left someone deserving out of the list? 4. Carlo Ancelotti – Pirlo’s favourite – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Can you smell what Carlo’s cooking! The Rock has nothing on the Italian who has won trophies at Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid. 10. Slaven Bilic – rock star boss – to find out who rank as the coolest managers in football, click the arrow above – Bilic acts as if it’s normal to take West Ham to Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal and leave with all three points. 10 7. Marcelo Bielsa – El Loco is a deity among other coaches – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – What would football be like if Bielsa didn’t exist. When Pep Guardiola refers to you as ‘one of the best coaches in the world’, then you’re doing something right. 9. Joachim Low – A World Cup winner, yet not a hair out of place – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Or a bead of sweat on his forehead 10 1. Pep Guardiola – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Best dressed manager, whose teams play the best football and who made the defensive midfielder role cool 10 3. Diego Simeone – the Don – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Dressed like a character from a Martin Scorsese film, Simeone has turned struggling Atletico into a European power and had them competing with those preening millionaires down the road in Madrid 10 8. Jose Mourinho – winner – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – He doesn’t care who he upsets en route to winning everthing 5. Manuel Pellegrini – Pardew wishes he was him! Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Nothing ever seems to faze this title winning manager 10 10 2. Jurgen Klopp – he’s definitely not ‘the normal one’ – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – He is a manager who prefers ‘heavy metal football’ who was in charge of football’s coolest club 10 6. Mauricio Pochettino – Mr calm – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – A nice guy who always knows what he wants 10 10 10last_img read more

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MORE TREES, LESS TREES, BUS SHELTERS, ZEBRA CROSSINGS, NAME PLATES AND MORE ATTRACTIVE ARCHES DEMANDED FOR LETTERKENNY!

first_imgLETTERKENNY town Council may have spent almost €1 million upgrading its Main Street but it’s still far from perfect according to local councillors.A number of councillors last night raised motions and questions about the Cathedral Town’s main thoroughfare at the town council meeting.In fact there are no less than SIX changes, upgrades and uprooting needed. First off Cllr Dessie Larkin is not a happy camper about the number of trees lining the street.Instead of stopping at Market Square, Cllr Larkin wants the street to be evergreen right down to Lower Main Street.And trees are also on Cllr Victor Fisher’s mind.He has a major problem with the tree outside the town’s post office and claims it is blocking the view of drivers who can’t see people crossing the road. And speaking of road crossings, Cllr Jim Lynch is far from happy at the state of the ornate arches under which Letterkenny folk are passing to cross the road.Cllr Lynch wants something or even anything done with the arches more attractive or even more practical!If road crossings are your thing, then Cllr Gerry McMonagle wants the town council to place zebra crossings at….err……well every crossing.The newly erected seats on the Main Street may be a welcome resting place but they haven’t been quite ‘signed off’ on just yet.Cllr Victor Fisher is demanding that the names of some of the town’s best known residents including the late Dick Duffy, Dr.John Farrelly, Johnny Gallagher and Nora McConnell be inscribed on the seats as had been agreed. And finally, if it’s a bus you’re waiting for on the Main Street, then Cllr Fisher is again your only man.He is demanding that a bus shelter be placed outside the post office.Which kind of makes you wonder ……..why all this wasn’t done before the cheque was signed off on for the developers of the Main Street’s refurbishment?Another €100,000 of taxpayer’s money should do it! EndsMORE TREES, LESS TREES, BUS SHELTERS, ZEBRA CROSSINGS, NAME PLATES AND MORE ATTRACTIVE ARCHES DEMANDED FOR LETTERKENNY! was last modified: February 14th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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NORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED

first_imgCommittee members and sponsors of this year’s North-West 10K at last night’s launch.The North West 10K road race and walk has raised a staggering €656,000 for 29 deserving Donegal charities, it was revealed last night.The amazing figure was disclosed as details of this year’s event in Letterkenny were announced.Proceeds from the race, which takes place on Sunday May 4th, will go to two charities – the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund and the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Once again both Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports are the main sponsors of the event.Grace Boyle sees how far this year’s t-shirt sponsorship with Evolve Menswear will stretch to!It is hoped that more than 3,000 walkers and runners will again get under starter’s orders for this year’s event which gets underway at 2pm.Editor of Donegal Daily, Stephen Maguire, said the website was delighted to once again get behind the event.“The North West 10K gets bigger and better each year. It is a real community event which puts everything back into the community. “We are proud to get behind it and to support the two  man charities and many other charities which will also benefit from the event,” he said.Entry fee for runners will be €15 while walkers will be €10.Pre-entry will be available in the days before the event to avoid the queues.The first 2,500 will once again be guaranteed the cool NW 10K t-shirts which many are still wearing during their training regimes since last year’s event.We will bring you regular updates leading up to the event on Donegal Daily. In the meantime you can also log on to www.northwest10k.comNORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED was last modified: March 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:Conwal Parish ChurchdonegalDyslexia AssociationletterkennyNorth West 10kracelast_img read more

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Big spenders

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But slush funds, like the DWP’s other wanton spending ways, are no longer acceptable. Not when the utility wants to hike rates 3.8 percent this year, followed by four more years of hikes. Not when it has demonstrated time and again a disregard for the public by allowing millions in questionable expenses, such as the fiasco of a $1 million contract to a failed scooter vendor, and the continued fattening of the nation’s best-paid staff. Not when simple projects such as the DWP’s Owens Valley dust-control project by a politically connected contractor more than tripled in cost. This particular slush fund is currently the target of a reform-minded Board of Water and Power Commissioners that wants some accountability in the utility. The panel wants to see what contracts have been approved by Deaton and his staff. The public should too. It’s an examination that’s way overdue. Nor is it overly suspicious. The DWP has routinely misspent millions in nonwater- or nonpower-related expenses including public relations, sponsorships and siphoning off millions to the city’s general fund. For too long the political power of the DWP has created a curtain of secrecy around the department. The result was years of raids on the DWP revenues with impunity. The DWP has no business gouging the public for more money until it cleans up its own big-spender ways. DWP General Manager Ron Deaton has a spiffy little perk that goes along with his leadership of the city-owned utility: authority to spend $100 million in ratepayers’ money each year without the oversight of anyone else. At least that’s the average annual total of the general manager’s discretionary spending account for Deaton and his predecessors. Since they lavish raises on their employees and squander so much of the $4 billion operating budget year after year, a mere $100 million probably doesn’t seem like much. General managers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have the unique ability to authorize purchases of up to $150,000 a pop in personal services or supply contracts, without getting any authorization. To be fair to Deaton, this has been a long-standing policy he inherited. The DWP has always operated as its own sovereign nation, greasing the political wheels with its considerable revenue from selling water and power to the second-largest city in America. 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

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Hotels’ business booming

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOf the 14 area motels and hotels that line Interstate 5 and local suburban streets, these establishments had a 91 percent occupancy rate in June. The county’s next highest occupancy rate over the same period was near Los Angeles International Airport, which had about 86 percent of its hotel rooms filled. As hotel occupancy booms, prices to stay overnight in them are gradually increasing. The average room rate in June 2005 was $115. Today it’s $130, according to the consulting firm’s report. Aside from cultural happenings, the city counts on sporting events to draw in tourists. Thousands poured into town in June for athletic activities. Santa Clarita’s AYSO soccer, for example, brought in about 1,000 visitors for a three-day tournament. An additional 4,000 people came to town for a girls softball tournament. And an annual football festival at Saugus High School saw 500 more in attendance. Swim Fest 2006 attracted another 500 in June, and the Cranberry Classic Meet saw 1,600 attendees – many of whom stayed in local hotels. SANTA CLARITA – More people stayed overnight in local hotels in June than in any other part of Los Angeles County, making the Santa Clarita Valley a significant destination point for visitors, according to a PFK Consulting report. Natural draws to the area include the white-knuckle rides at Magic Mountain, down-home fun at the annual Cowboy Festival and All Corked Up International Wine & Food Festival. While thousands drive in and out of the area for the theme park, this year an estimated 22,500 people attended the city’s cultural events, which are developing a prestigious reputation for Santa Clarita and attracting many to the area. “More people are recognizing Santa Clarita, and a lot of the way they are getting it is through our association with these events,” said Jason Crawford, the city’s film and tourism administrator. “Then people think of coming here for trips not related to those events.” Already, the city plays host to ice skating and ice hockey championships, pro tennis tournaments and this year’s Junior Olympics swim competition. The weeklong AT&T Golf Classic at Valencia Country Club sees 30,000 to 40,000 visitors in February. The city aims to pack in more sporting events because these activities are the best way to attract visitors, Crawford said. “That’s … something we’ve learned over the last few years and is something we’re working toward – a full calendar year of events,” he said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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

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Hard work, low pay

first_imgRe “Civil-service pay” (Your Opinions, Aug. 21): Bob Driscoll claims the average pay of a federal civilian employee is $106,579 a year compared with $53,289 for a private worker, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Those government figures must be about doctors, nurses and upper-management staff. It takes the lower federal civil-service workers 30 to 40 years to make it to $40,000. Have those in the private sector forgotten that government workers pay federal and state taxes too? I am retired and I still pay taxes! It isn’t easy working for the federal government. The pay wasn’t that good for the hard work that I did, but it was worth it to be with the veterans and assist them with their lives. – Brynie Brackin Pacoima Identifying God Re “Local mosques open doors to the curious, explain Islam” (Aug. 21): Rev. Gwynne Gulbord, head of ecumenical and interreligious concerns for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, says: “We have come to be afraid of and demonize the other, forgetting that we are all children of the holy – whatever we may call that, whether it is Buddha or Allah or Elohim or God or Jesus.” Then, in the same piece, Heather Atkinson, a Woodland Hills attorney, asks about the Islamic symbols she saw in the prayer hall. “What does this one say?” she asked. “There is no God but Allah,” is the response. Clearly the Muslim faith and the Reseda mosque do not have any ambiguity or conflict in identifying who their God is. Perhaps the Episcopal Church of the United States should take notice. – Camelle M. Read La Cañada Flintridge Hollywood justice Re “Mel Gibson gets three years’ probation” (Aug. 17): If my son were caught driving under the influence and having an open liquor container, would he get away with the “sentence” that Gibson got? Guess if you have money for a good lawyer, you can get away with breaking the law. – Evelyn Kaufman Studio City None of the above Re Online poll, Aug 21: How could any Daily News reader intelligently respond to Monday’s question: “Do you believe Karr’s confession?” Only David Karr knows the answer right now, and only the investigating officers have any clue as to its authenticity. The proper answer to the poll is “don’t know,” but unfortunately, that wasn’t included. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades No reason to gripe Re “Gripe central” (Aug 21): I take exception to the Daily News’ opinion that Metro is shortchanging the San Fernando Valley when it comes to providing transit service. All transit agencies schedule service levels that match the ridership demand. Only one of Metro’s high-bus-ridership corridors – Van Nuys Boulevard – is in the Valley, and it isn’t even in the top 10 systemwide. If the Valley had as many people riding the bus as does the central core of Los Angeles, we would also have service as frequent as that part of the region. – Kymberleigh Richards Chair, Metro San Fernando Valley Governance Council Chatsworth Raising the risk Re “Judge rules no-warrant wiretapping is unlawful” (Aug. 18): The ACLU works hard to protect the rights of criminal defendants. They shopped around for a judge who would rule that the government can’t listen to calls coming in from Pakistan, and got the protection they wanted for future defendants. They also raised the odds that Daily News readers will be killed by terrorists. People are working diligently on plans for nuclear, chemical and biological attacks on New York, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Judge (Anna) Diggs Taylor has ruled that the government can’t track those plots the way the British did to keep thousands from dying over the Atlantic. – Mike Nowland Simi Valley Love it, or … Recently there has been an increase in letters to the editor bashing President Bush. There is no question that the White House has made some errors and that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but does open hostility serve any purpose? People who are extremely upset with our great country must remember that it is not a crime to leave. – Richard Promen Chatsworth160Want 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

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