Schoolboy footballers look to overseas opportunities

first_img Attractive offers Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) might have seven players looking to make the most of attractive offers from local and overseas institutions, with the University of the West Indies, University of Technology (UTech), and G.C. Foster College providing the local options. One such player is outgoing Captain Oquin Robinson, who, while receiving two firm offers, has University of Connecticut as his preferred choice. Robinson noted that while all his teammates have sat and passed the US Collegiate prerequisite SAT examination, he is determined to continue his studies outside of Jamaica. “Honestly, I want to go to UCONN. So, I am currently awaiting the best offer to move. I will definitely be moving overseas. It is the best choice for me,” he argued. Meanwhile, Gregory Daley, head of daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College’s (CC) sports department, said his players do get scholarships, but few are qualified to enrol. CC marksman Jourdaine Fletcher, who was top-scorer in the daCosta Cup competition, says he wants a scholarship despite featuring for Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United in the current campaign. “I got a lot of contacts from schools overseas, and my mother is dealing with it. I am just using these games to get better,” said Fletcher, who was recently named to the Reggae Boyz squad to face USA. “It is definitely important to still have something in the brain.” While not all Jamaican schoolboy footballers will meet full matriculation standards to local and international tertiary institutions this school year, many have indicated interest in pursuing academic scholarships. This as opposed to signing professional contracts when their high school studies are completed. With the highlight of their sporting year now a memory, life after the daCosta Cup, Manning Cup, Walker Cup, Ben Francis Cup, FLOW Super Cup and Olivier Shield will take focus for a number of the island’s top local young footballers. FLOW Super Cup champions, Wolmer’s Boys’ School, the beaten Manning Cup finalists, could see up to eight of their student-footballers moving on, with team manager Kurt Boothe revealing that the youngsters are carefully weighing their options between continuing their education and pursuing professional football opportunities. One of those players, defender Scott Williams, who currently has several offers from American universities, says he is focused on striking the right balance between football and academics. “One hundred per cent of my teammates will prefer to go abroad, but not necessarily to play on a scholarship,” Williams reasoned. “We know the quality of football here (in Jamaica) is not going anywhere, pretty much, so I am ready to pursue a scholarship.”last_img read more

Morrison golden in 1,000 metre race in Germany

first_imgThe World Cup speed skating season comes to a close this weekend in Germany and Denny Morrison is doing all he can to close out the year on as high of a note as possible. With his specialty the 1,500 metre race still to come tomorrow, Morrison got the weekend off to a great start today with a gold medal performance in the 1,000 metre.Morrison’s time of 1:09.07 was his second best time in the distance this year, though he wasn’t sure how well he had actually skated considering he nearly had a mishap in the first turn of the race.“I had a solid first 50 metres in my race today, which got me off to a good start,” said Morrison in a Speed Skating Canada release. “In the first turn, however, I had a weird step onto my left skate and I skidded a bit, and for a little while I wondered if I had lost a lot of speed. I continued skating and ended up surprised and happy with my opening split, as well as a fast first lap. So I forgot about it and finished as hard as I could.”- Advertisement -If not for a questionable disqualification in the second World Cup race of the year in Seoul, South Korea, today’s result would have put Morrison among the top three finishers in the overall season standings in the 1,000 metre distance.last_img read more

CORRECTION – RCMP search for cooler thieves

first_img– Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP is still looking for suspects in a theft case which occurred nearly four months ago at Taylor’s Peace Island RV Park.Police believe several coolers were stolen from campers in the early morning hours of January 16th.They’re seeking public assistance in solving the crime, but are still unable to provide any suspect description information.Police are also taking public assistance information and/or witness calls in this case, at 250-787-8140 or 1-800-222-8477. CORRECTION – The RCMP made a mistake on the date with this press release.  The date should have been Saturday May 7, so this past weekend.last_img

Comedians flood the Peace region as they gear up for the Peace Country Comedy Festival

first_imgTickets are $20.00 a piece and can be purchased by calling any of the vendors or by simply calling the Lido at 250 785 3011.More information can be found online by visiting the Peace Country Comedy Fest’s official website. “Of course, year one is always a little tougher but I think having the venues on side and having people come out (will have an impact),” Kirschner said.The official tagline for the venue is ‘a city filled with laughter is an energetic city’, which Kirschner say rigs true in regard to the hard working populace of Fort St. John.“Everybody up here works very hard and they work long hours,” Kirschner proudly explained. “Everybody needs a good laugh and I think bringing in the comedy fest will do that…We look forward to doing it every year at this same time.”The comedy fest runs September 18 – 20.Advertisement “They’re all top drawer headlining comedians…many have been in the business for 20 and 30 years,” Organizer of the comedy fest and Owner of the Lido, Brain Kirscher said.Kirschner added, “We’ve got Mike Dambra and Damonde Tschritter, Dave Dempsey, Dylan Mandlsohn, Larry Horowitz, Ray Anderson, Andrew Grose, John Wing, Dave Merry. The line-up is definitely top-notch.”The locations in which you can catch a show include the Lido, the Legion, Overtime Sports Bar and Grille, Lone Wolf Golf Club, Chances Casino and Lakepoint Golf and Country Club.- Advertisement -“You never know what’s going to come out of their mouths,” Kirschner explained, adding the Lido is hosting a ‘Down and Dirty’ show on Saturday, which is one of the only that has an age restriction. “They make a lot of people laugh; and some things may be politically incorrect or gender specific.”As for the rest of the venues, it’s up to the host’s discretion as to the age limit upon entrance.Kirschner says he would like the comedy fest to become an annual event, and goes on to say he would like to see larger television networks engaging in coverage, adding the only way to make that possible is by ensuring a successful first year with packed houses.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jim McGuinness leaves Beijing post for ‘new chapter in Europe’

first_imgJim McGuinness says he is looking forward to ‘a new chapter in Europe’ after confirming that he has left his post as assistant manager of Beijing Sinobo Guoan.The 2012 All-Ireland winning Donegal manager joined the club in July on a two-and-a-half year contract as assistant to Roger Schmidt.The Glenties man had been employed by Celtic since the winter of 2012, as a sports psychologist and then as a coach. Beijing Sinobo Guoan finished ninth in the Chinese Super League in 2017 and while Schmidt, a former Bayer Leverkusen manager, is to stay in China, McGuinness is to look for a new opening closer to home.“I would like to thank the owner of the club, Mr Joe, the GM, Mr Li Ming and everyone associated with the club,” he said.“The respect and hospitality I have received since I arrived in Beijing has been fantastic. Every day working at the club has been thoroughly enjoyable.“I would also like to thank Roger for giving me the opportunity to be part of his management team. It has been an amazing experience working under a top European coach and I have learned so much from him. I feel my experience in Beijing has set me ups for the next stage of my coaching development and I look forward to a new chapter in Europe.”Jim McGuinness leaves Beijing post for ‘new chapter in Europe’ was last modified: January 10th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BeijingBeijng Sinobo GuoanChinaGlentiesJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

Humboldt State softball returns to the field, sweeps San Francisco State in CCAA opener

first_imgThe last time the Humboldt State softball stepped onto the field, the Jacks were destroying any kind of competition that came their way en route to an ultra-impressive showing at the Desert Stinger Tournament title in Las Vegas.Runs might not have been as plentiful as they were three weeks ago, but the Jacks’ pitching was just as good as ever.Led by senior right-handers Madison Williams and Kalyn Paque, No. 1 nationally ranked Humboldt State claimed its first two California Collegiate …last_img

SowetoTV goes on air

first_img17 July 2007South Africa’s largest township got its own community television station this month, as SowetoTV started broadcasting from the Tloreng Primary School in Orlando West, Soweto.The station has been granted a licence to broadcast for a full year by the Independent Communications Authority (Icasa), an achievement the station’s management and staff consider a victory for both themselves and the township at large.“This television station will make South Africa proud. It’s a creation of the people of Soweto for the people of Soweto,” SowetoTV’s secretary, Meshack Mosiya, said at the launch of the station on 1 July.The television station, which occupies two classrooms at the school, will offer community-oriented content, such as documentaries on social issues, as well as programming about music, poetry, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis.Run largely by volunteers, SowetoTV first broadcast in July 2005 for eight hours a day for a month, with a second one-month run taking place in December 2006.SowetoTV chief executive, Tshepo Thafeng, said the idea to start a community television station was hatched in 2000, and the station had encountered “ups and downs” until Icasa issued a licence to broadcast for a month in 2005.He hoped that over the coming year, the station would develop into a fully commercial enterprise.“The main objective of the station is to educate, inform and entertain the people of Soweto. It will be the voice of the voiceless covering issues that affect the people of Soweto,” Thafeng said.Mosiya said various organisations had chipped in with much-needed help to make the station a success, particularly Urban Brew Studios, which provided essential technical support.“The station will benefit the people of Soweto in many ways. It will [also] create job avenues for the youth of Soweto [and] it will develop skills in television broadcasting and in fields such as music and other performing arts,” Mosiya said.It was not set up to compete with broadcasters like the SABC or, but was meant to complement these stations, according to Mosiya. “We actually need their support to make this community station a success.”The station is available across Soweto on the UHF, bang after the frequency. However, the signal in some parts of the township, like Mofolo, Phiri and Dobsonville, was weak on Sunday.Deon Botha, the advertising sales manager, said the technical team would work flat out on Monday to rectify this.“Our technical team will identify all those areas in Soweto where the signal is weak and we hope all areas in Soweto will receive a clear signal,” he said.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

a month agoAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lot

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated. last_img read more

Patrick Brown says he can disprove sexual misconduct allegations against him

first_imgTORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, who stepped down from his position late last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct, said Sunday he can disprove the accusations.In a lengthy Facebook post, Patrick Brown wrote that he has been investigating the allegations reported by CTV News. He said specific details of the accusations from two unnamed women, which date back to when he was a federal MP, contain discrepancies that prove the accounts are false. Brown also alleged that both his accusers know CTV reporters socially, and the broadcaster left out a contradicting account from a witness.“I will clear my name,” Brown wrote in a post that had been shared more than 2,000 times as of Sunday afternoon. “THIS STORY IS FALSE.”The post echoed an interview Brown gave last week to the Postmedia news agency, which was published in the Toronto Sun and several other outlets, in which he proclaimed his innocence and said he was considering legal action.Following Brown’s social media statement, CTV defended its reporting.“CTV is aware of the claims made in Patrick Brown’s Facebook post (Sunday) and those reportedly made in his interview with the Toronto Sun. CTV News stands by its story,” Matthew Garrow, communications director for the broadcaster, wrote in a statement.Brown, whose resignation came just months before a spring election, wrote on Facebook that he will continue to fight for his family and his constituents, as well as his name and reputation.“The #metoo movement is important. I support it. I embrace it. My drive to public service includes creating a safer and more respectful world for women. The #metoo movement is too important to allow outrageous allegations like these to derail it,” he wrote.The allegations reported by CTV have not been verified by The Canadian Press.The broadcaster reported on Jan. 24 that one of the women, who is now 29, said she was still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him.CTV reported the alleged incident happened in Brown’s bedroom with the door closed, but Brown said in his Facebook post that at the time of the alleged incident, he lived in an open concept apartment and the bedroom didn’t have a door.CTV also reported the second accuser was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he allegedly sexually assaulted her at his home after an event she helped organize.Brown alleged in his post that the accuser actually tried to kiss him that night, while the woman he was seeing romantically was in another room.“I stopped her immediately and offered to drive her home, which I did,” he wrote. “There are at least three witnesses, one of whom even spoke to CTV, that refute the details of her allegations.”He said CTV left that witness’s account out of their report.Brown stepped down in late January, just hours after an emotional late-night news conference in which he vowed to fight the allegations.A few days later, he was asked to take a leave of absence from the PC caucus, and interim leader Vic Fedeli said he would not sign Brown’s nomination papers if the allegations still stood at campaign time.A spokesman for the PCs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Brown’s Facebook post Sunday afternoon.Brown’s resignation caused the PCs to launch a hastily planned leadership contest ahead of the June election.Votes will be placed online in early March, with the results announced on March 10.So far, three high-profile candidates — former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, former Ontario lawmaker Christine Elliott and Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney — have entered the race.Elliott has said that if Brown can clear his name, he should be allowed to run for the party in the coming election.last_img read more

Inviting indigenous people into economy means 277B economic boost report

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA _ The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board says Canada’s GDP would get an annual boost of $27.7 billion if barriers were removed to ensure Indigenous people can participate in the economy.The group’s latest report, to be released Tuesday, says equal economic opportunity for Indigenous peoples would help Canada address ongoing economic challenges caused by low productivity and demographic pressure from an aging population.It also notes the productivity of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples would match that of their non-Indigenous counterparts if they received the same level of education and training.The report says an additional $8.5 billion in income could be earned every year by the Indigenous workforce if education and training gaps are closed.For example, it suggests B.C. could stand to benefit to the tune of $1.4 billion a year in additional income earned by more than 125,000 workers, while Ontario could bring in an additional $2 billion through more than 169,000 workers.The board says the Indigenous labour force is underutilized, despite the fact the Indigenous population is young and growing fast.Dawn Madahbee Leach, the board’s interim chair, says economic development can also assist in reconciliation efforts.“I can tell you first-hand, when somebody is provided with a job, they are able to provide for their families with regards to basic needs like shelter and food and then they become a role model for their children,” she said.“This report deals … with helping our people to help themselves through employment, through education and training.”news@aptn.calast_img read more