Forbes : New JAAA executive a ‘good mix’

first_imgBusiness executive Ian Forbes is the new first vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). The Warren Blake-led executive which had served the sport for the past four years was not challenged at Tuesday’s annual general meeting held at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, but there were a few changes among the executive members. Forbes, the second vice- president in the last administration, moved up to the post of first vice-president to replace Dave Myrie, who did not seek re-election. Myrie is the principal of Kingston College. Forbes told The Gleaner that he is always happy to serve the JAAA. “This role means a lot to me and it is an honour and privilege to be selected to represent one’s national athletics association. I have been associated with the sport for many years since being a toddler following in my father’s footsteps. He is also an executive member,” said Forbes. Forbes described the executive as a ‘good mix’ of people. “Based on the skills set of the people selected, I think it is a good mix which will really propel the sport forward . I will serve in whatever capacity the committee sees fit and I am willing to work hard and diligently to ensure track and field in Jamaica remains at the pinnacle,” said Forbes, who also dispelled rumours that he was approached to challenge Blake once again on a different slate. Rumours Full executive “Many rumours were going around which were not really correct, but my mission is to serve in whatever capacity,” he said. Three members who had opposed Blake’s team four years ago are on the new executive. They are Lincoln Eatmon, now second vice-president; Juliet Parkes-Livermore and Leroy Cooke. Parkes-Livermore, who has accompanied teams to overseas meets, is making a return. Cooke, who was manager of the track and field team to the World Junior Championships in Poland last July, is now the director of records. He replaces Ewan Scott. President Dr Warren Blake First vice-president Ian Forbes Second vice-president Lincoln Eatmon Third vice-president Michael Frater Fourth vice-president Vilma Charlton Secretary Garth Gayle Assistant secretary Marie Tavares Treasurer Ludlow Watts Director of records Leroy Cooke Executive members: Gregory Hamilton, Juliet Parkes-Livermore, George Forbes, Maxine Brown, Dr Carl Bruce, Trevor Campbell, Ewan Scott and Michael Clarke.last_img read more

Edwards wants improvement against Cuba

first_img IMPORTANCE OF WINNING Jamaica Under-17 men’s football team coach Andrew Edwards says they will be looking to improve their finishing and defensive application when they take on Cuba in the second match of their two-game friendly series at the JFF Technical Centre, today at 3:00 p.m. Edwards was pleased with the team’s defensive display and chances created in the first game which ended 0-0 at Winchester Park on Sunday, but he wants the team to be more clinical up front and tighter at the back in today’s game. “I thought our defending (in the first game) was fair, overall. We were recovering the ball better, higher up the pitch, and in midfield, it was a lot better than we usually did. We also did better in the second half, and that reduced the number of chances. So overall, it was a big step forward. But we gifted Cuba a few chances, nothing clear cut. But if Cuba was better at the front, they could have hurt us, so we have to tighten up at the back and we have to work on our decision making and the quality of our finishing at the other end of the pitch,” he said. The young Reggae Boyz have not won in five practice matches now, losing two games both to USA and Canada late last year, but although winning the second game against the Cubans is of vital importance, for Edwards, the focus is on developmental targets. “We always want to win the games, and we never want to hide that fact. Winning boosts confidence and improves morale. But we are a work in progress, and we have to make sure we don’t emphasise too heavily on results when we have developmental targets to improve on. “But for this game, we want to limit the number of chances they get, we want to improve on recovering the ball and our defensive organisation, and we want to improve our finishing. If we can improve those areas, we should win the game,” he said. Cuba’s coach, Rufino Sotolongo, said they want to continue looking at players. “The games are important, but we are using them as practice to see some players, so we are going to make some changes. But we will analyse this game and come prepared for the second game (today),” he said.last_img read more

Inoperative traffic lights

first_imgDear Editor,For some time now, the traffic lights controlling the junction of the Rupert Craig Highway and Sheriff Street has not been working.This remains an extremely dangerous situation. Traffic travelling north on Sheriff Street and attempting to enter and cross the Rupert Craig Highway do so at the peril of their lives.There are other traffic lights on Sheriff Street that have not been working for some considerable time, for instance, at the crossing of Duncan and Sheriff Streets.There is also a traffic light which controls the crossing of the Railway Embankment Road and Ogle Airport Road which is left permanently flashing. The result is that anyone attempting to cross the Railway Embankment Road and the Ogle Airport Road, again, does so at the risk of their life. The Ogle Airport Road is the main road with appreciable traffic to and from the Eugene F Correia International Airport. At peak traffic hours in the morning and in the afternoon, this light should be turned on to full operation.It’s noteworthy that as a result of the repairs being carried out on Sheriff Street, the Police Traffic Department has placed officers at Sheriff Street and the crossing roads in the early morning hours, but only up to 09:00h.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

2019 Coy Cup schedule and teams have been released

first_img“We’re really excited. The current team has never played Williams Lake before. Back in the 70s, the Flyers played Williams Lake when they were all part of the same league; it’s been a long time. I don’t know whether we’ve ever played Prince Rupert. So we’re very excited to see two new teams.”van Nostrand also says that volunteers have preparations well underway for the Cup.“We’re in pretty good shape, actually, and we’re just putting the finishing touches on some items over the next month.”Official 2019 Coy Cup Schedule. Source FSJ FlyersAdvertisement The 2019 Coy Cup will be taking place on March 26 to the 30 at the North Peace Arena.Reserved Seating Ticket Packages are $175 plus applicable fees.General Admission Ticket Packages are $135 plus applicable fees.Single game tickets will not go on sale until after Game #2 on March 26.Get your tickets now at Energetictickets.ca or in person at Systems Sound Source, located in Fort St. John at 10421 100 street.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The schedule and teams for the 2019 Coy Cup has been released.The teams participating in this year’s Coy Cup include host Fort St. John Flyers, Dawson Creek Senior Canucks, Williams Lake Stampeders, and Prince Rupert Rampage.The first game of the Cup will be taking place on March 26, at 3:00 p.m., where the Cancuks will take on the Stampeders.- Advertisement -The Flyers first game is on March 26, at 8:00 p.m., as they take on the Rampage.Home teams will be wearing dark sweaters, while visitor teams will be wearing white sweaters.Senior Flyers President, Paul van Nostrand, says the Flyers are very excited for this year’s Coy Cup as they get to take on some new teams.Advertisementlast_img read more

August building numbers in Fort St. John

first_imgConstruction numbers continue to tell a story of slow times in Fort St. John.The latest civic building inspection report says 28 permits were issued in August, with a total value of roughly $1.94 million.That brings the year-to-date total to 157 permits, at a value of almost $14.5 million.   Now, when you compare this year’s numbers to last year’s, you can clearly see evidence of the slowdown.- Advertisement -There have been only 3/4 of the permits issues this year compared to last, and only 1/4 the value.   Of course, the Enerplex is a major factor in last year’s high numbers.The city took in $7,500 in revenues from the 157 permits issued in August, for a year-to-date total of $67,200.last_img read more

Montebello council moves toward removal of city administrator

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The Montebello City Council has decided to move ahead with the removal of long-time City Administrator Richard Torres. In a closed-session performance evaluation of Torres at Wednesday’s meeting, the council voted 3-2 to work out the details of his separation agreement at its March 14 meeting, said Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid. The three-vote majority calling for Torres’ removal were Lopez-Reid and council members Jeff Siccama and Bob Bagwell. Rosie Vasquez and Bill Molinari were opposed. All three members of the majority have cited their desire to “move in a different direction” as the reason for replacing Torres. Torres is one of the longest-running city administrators in the area, having served nearly 18 years in Montebello. Torres could not be reached for comment Friday. “We need new ideas,” Bagwell said. “(Torres) has been a great crisis manager, but we seem to be stuck in a deficit budget and we’re not moving forward. We need new ideas and leadership.” But Vasquez said removing Torres would weaken the city beyond repair. She said the council majority had damaged the city’s unity already by firing three other department heads since gaining the three-vote edge in the 2005 elections. Those included fire chief Jim Cox, community development director Ruben Lopez and city attorney Marco Martinez. “A lot of people don’t know this, but (Torres) turned down a $25,000 raise,” Vasquez said. “He said the city couldn’t afford it and he didn’t need it. And he’s lived here all his life and cares about the city. “This is a very sad day and it’s just another blunder that will cost us thousands of dollars,” she added. Vasquez was referring to Torres’s $131,000 annual salary which was found to be the lowest in a survey last year of nearby comparable cities, done by the City Whittier. “I believe he has an exemplary legacy,” Vasquez said. “He’s been a fine example of an administrator who’s dedicated his entire professional career to Montebello.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Public plea to help find body of missing man

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Andrea Kingma has posted to her FB account a public plea for help in locating her husband who has been missing on the Peace River.Kingma said, “he has been missing since May 29th, we just want to remind people to keep a lookout for his body as we aren’t sure where along the peace river he is or if he got swept down past Taylor.”- Advertisement -On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to a location near the Peace Canyon Bridge after reports that a male had fallen into the river. Local emergency crews immediately started the search with help from North Peace Search and Rescue.Posted to Kingma’s FB profile on Monday, July 8th, 2019, her post reads as follows;“So I still don’t have any updates to share on my hubby’s recovery (he’s the one in the middle) as they still have not found his body. But he is either trapped somewhere under water between Hudson hope and Taylor bc or there is a chance he might have gotten swept down past Taylor bc either way it would mean the world to me if this could get shared to anyone who is in one of the towns or cities along the peace river in bc and Alberta please. I would love nothing more then to have him come home for a proper goodbye.. again he the one in the middle. If you do find him please contact the rcmp This was the last picture he took with his buddies. He has 2 tattoos on the left arm.Thank you!”Kingma shares, they have not received any updates on the recovery of her husband’s body that might be caught in the river or has travelled south of Taylor, possibly into Alberta. She is wanting to have him home for proper closure.Advertisement According to social media posts, the missing person was working in the Hudson’s Hope area and had gone fishing with two other friends when he went missing.If you have any information, contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP at (250) 783-5241.last_img read more

It’s not over yet! Former Man City man issues title warning to Chelsea

first_imgFormer Manchester City defender Spencer Prior has warned Chelsea the Premier League title race is far from over.Jose Mourinho’s men are overwhelming favourites to finish the 2014/15 campaign on top of the table after a stunning start.But City have begun to find their form, with three successive wins moving last season’s champions to within six points of the leaders, and Prior claims his old club are well capable of reeling in their rivals.Speaking on Extra Time, he said:  “It’s been a fantastic week for Manchester City. It’s now gone beyond people saying Chelsea will walk away with this.“The gap was probably bigger this time last year when City went on to win the title, and there is still a long way to go.“Manchester City seem very, very settled now. It will be more than just a one horse race.“I think they have got more depth in their squad than Chelsea. The real test is when Chelsea get further into European football. That is when teams will have a chance to turn them over.“I look at the way Man City are performing at the moment and them, alongside Man United, are the form team.”last_img read more

GARDENING – YOUNG HORTICULTURALIST OF YEAR PROVES FRUITFUL FOR DONEGAL MAN

first_imgConor receives his award.This past week I had the great pleasure of attending the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, organised by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, which was held in Ardgillan Castle in North Dublin. By Gareth AustinSadly I’m a few years of being a ‘Young Horticulturist’, but one Donegal man who was in the thick of the action was Conor Gallinagh, the Stranorlar man came second in this all-Ireland competition. I caught up with Conor for a chat after the competition…
You’re a 4th year student in UCD studying Horticulture, what attracted you to Horticulture?Coming from a diverse background in horticulture, agriculture and forestry, I was always involved in it from knee high. Either with my granny at the florist or with grandad and dad on the nursery and the farm. This passion soon developed further and became very interested in the industries. Although I was almost destined to a career in agriculture after becoming one of the Irish Farmers Journal, Young Farmers of the Year after competing at the Heifer and Hogget Competition in 2010. But when it come closer to deciding my future career, I guess horticulture won out over pursuing agriculture or forestry. I decided UCD was the best possible place for me to develop my interests further as it offered a level 8, honours degree. My passion has excelled over the last year or two and I have become more actively involved within the industry especially through social media.Why is it important that young students and horticulturists get involved with the YoungHort? Networking is essential in such a small industry within Ireland. Getting to meet likeminded people which share the same interest and passion as you is great. These are people that either you may require for knowledge, employment or potential customers.It also gives young horticulturists an organisations to be part of and become actively involved to help promote and share the industry.Has your engagement with the competition benefited your professional/personal development?I believe the competition has benefited both professionally and personally, getting to know students from the different colleges and share our story with one another is a great. The competition also encourages and helps with the progression within the horticulture by testing you on your knowledge but also allows you to learn from the array of questions asked.It also helps build on and share your passion of horticulture by meeting with the various horticulture students who are studying an array of courses within horticulture form design to nursery production to a horticulture degree.I would highly recommend any young horticulturist out there to take part and the great thing about is that you don’t even have to be part of a college/course. Go for it, enjoy yourself and meet fellow horts.What about the competition do you most dislike?I think everyone one would agree that the fact that you are sitting in front of a quiet large audience which can be quite nerving wracking. Then being asked some very difficult questions can add to the nerve factor. At the same time though I think this helps to improve your self-confidence and public speaking.You’re obviously a bright fellow, what’s your future after UCD? I’m a horticulture blogger and this is one particular area that would love to pursue and develop further. I believe it would be a great way to inspire a new generation of horts.I would also like to become a horticulture educator and be able to teach the next generation of passionate young horticulturist.As I stated previously I come from a background in horticulture and would love to get more involved on the farm and tree nursery once I have completed my studiesAs a YoungHort, what are the challenges facing young people entering the Horti industry?The lack awareness of what a career in horticulture can hold is discouraging many young people away from it. This is to do with the poor image that is commonly associated with the industry which tends to be seen in many cases as a low skill and low earnings career. In truth the industry has many options and diverse opportunities from lecturing to sportsturf to landscaping to name a few. There need to be more encouragement from a school level up and to make people more aware of the industry.In Donegal how can we engage more people with Horticulture and raise awareness of the importance of gardening for promoting good mental health?As I stated above the image of horticulture has to be re-jazzed and then helped to promote horticulture for its true value, for the health benefits it possess, the potential career opportunities and the many other values it holds. This can be achieved through the different medias, newspaper, radio, social as well as talks and workshops to enlighten the public to different aspects such as fruit growing, herb uses etc.An interesting concept which I heard from one of the fellow young horticulturist yesterday as a career prospect was horticulture therapy. This is an interesting concept and could have massive potential with the ongoing concern in regards mental health Conor would love to hear from any inspiring horticulturists or perhaps someone is considering a career in horticulture, so do get in contact with him either through any of his social media pages; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (A Horticulturist’s View).GARDENING – YOUNG HORTICULTURALIST OF YEAR PROVES FRUITFUL FOR DONEGAL MAN was last modified: March 4th, 2016 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:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

Kirizestom Ntambi replaces Iguma in Cranes Squad

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019 qualifiersDanis IgumaFUFAKirizestom NtambiSebastian DesabreUganda Cranes Ntambi plays for Ethiopian side Coffee FC (Agency Photo)AFCON 2019 Qualifiers-Group LTanzania vs Uganda National Stadium, Dar es SalaamSunday, 24-03-2019 @6pmMENGO – Ethiopian based defender Kirizestom Ntambi has made a surprise return to the Uganda National team.Ntambi who has not featured for the Uganda Cranes in a while has been selected to replace injured Denis Iguma in the squad of 46 that was summoned by French tactician Sebastian Desabre earlier this week.Iguma was included in the initial squad but it has since come to light that the Kuwait based star is currently nursing an injury and will not be in position to take part.Uganda will take on Tanzania in their last Group L AFCON qualifiers on the 24th of March at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.“FUFA confirms replacement made by Uganda Cranes coach Sebastian Desabre for injured Denis Iguma with Kirizestom Ntambi of Ethiopian side Coffee FC ahead of the Camp due in Cairo 17th-22nd March, read a statement on the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) twitter handle.Ntambi who once featured for local giants SC Villa and Express is now plying his trade in Ethiopia for Coffee FC. He is one of a few players who is regarded as wasted talents in Uganda, possessing immense ability on the ball but somehow failed to hit the hight his talent deserves.He is a product of the now-defunct Jogoo Young and last played for SC Villa in Uganda where he helped the club lift the 2015 Uganda Cup.Ntambi and the other 14 Foreign-based players will team up with the 9 local players who will have been chosen from the 29 that start training next week, and then team up in Cairo on the 17th.The Cranes team that was summoned to prepare for the Tanzania game:for camp in Cairo,Egypt: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilah Omdruman, Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Nicolas Wadada Azam FC, Tanzania), Herbert Bockhorn Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Moses Opondo (VendsysselFF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (MC Oujda, Morocco), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco). Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Wila Paul (Paul FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), . Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC),Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha ( Onduparaka FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa).Comments last_img read more