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Dalton Myers | A host of problems – Why Jamaica ­cannot stage a major ­multisport event any time soon

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first_imgThe 2019 Pan American Games have just concluded in Lima, Peru, and apart from the weather conditions and the constant traffic, overall, the event was a success for the people of Lima. I’m sure the Pan Am Sports Organisation is happy about the execution. The Peruvian capital did a great job and delivered as expected for the 6,600 athletes from 41 nations present. Jamaica also had record performances in terms of medals, which augurs well for our sport programme’s future. My only hope is that the newly build state-of-the-art aquatics facility, other sporting venues, and the athletes’ village, along with the other aspects of their legacy projects, will benefit the people of Peru and not become wasted resources, as has happened with many previous cities that have hosted major sporting events. Since my return to Jamaica, there are persons who have raised the old question of whether we could host such an event or something smaller. A friend of mine noted that we already have some facilities in place and that only minor upgrades would be needed. I disagree and have long believed that we are just not ready for any major sporting events, especially multisport ones. I know that we look over the fence at our regional neighbours Trinidad and Tobago, which have been awarded the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, or up north to the Bahamas, which hosted the 2017 edition, and believe that we could do it, too. However, I think that to host any major event, there are some low-hanging fruit that we would have to deal with. TRANSPORTATION WOES First, for some major events, we would need to have a good transportation network or, in some cases, a ‘games lane’ for accredited vehicles exclusively. These lanes would need to link sporting facilities with the athletes’ village, etc. With our traffic-management issues, in the main cities, we would struggle to isolate any space, but this is something to examine. We already have taxi issues compounded by irresponsible drivers who make a mockery of road and traffic legislations. There are way more vehicles in Jamaica now compared to when we hosted the last major sporting event, so a lot has changed. There is always talk of legacy projects, and while some countries have had success here, for most, that hasn’t been the case. We would need to look at developing infrastructure that could be really beneficial to the people of Jamaica. Successive Jamaican governments have spoken about upgrading facilities. I think that is crucial right now; however, with so many of our sporting facilities in a poor state, there needs to be an overall strategy for developing and maintaining them. I believe that we could start with the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport. The facility needs to be a key part of our strategy for sports moving forward. Since it is a government-owned facility, investment in the physical plant and residential space could be beneficial. Yes, there are always complaints about the distance, but that in itself is relative when you compare it with other sporting events, where journeys of up to an hour can be the norm between the athletes’ village and other important venues. We have the athletes, officials, and professionals needed to host an event. What we need are better facilities and greater investment in sport. We would need financing from the public purse, along with other public-private partnerships, to make this happen. We would need special legislation, with Government becoming more diligent in ensuring that this new legislation is enforced. The biggest problem we face, though, is indiscipline – on the roads, at sporting events, etc. I remember being a volunteer during the early editions of the Caribbean Premier League, and it was chaos to get patrons to abide by the rules regarding beverages and branding. Of course, a lot of this can be addressed through education, marketing and public relations. In the end, one of the lessons I learnt from the Peru experience is that while pisco sour and ceviche are awesome, it is the volunteers and assistants who can make any games a success or failure. Jamaicans are amazing people and great hosts, so this would be a plus if we decided to host an event. The overall challenges are prohibitive, though not insurmountable. A long-term development plan, and not simply a committee, is needed to guide how we will approach this. Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.com or tweet @daltonsmyers.last_img read more

All-District 1-4A boys basketball team

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first_imgNOTE: The All-District 1-4A team was selected by the district’s coaches.FIRST TEAMTelvin Thomas, WoodlawnLatreavia Black, Fair ParkTybren Wimberly, BossierJeremy Johnson, Fair ParkTra’Michael Moton, WoodlawnMVP — Telvin Thomas, Woodlawn SECOND TEAMJacoby Decker, BossierGaybriel Gilliam, HuntingtonDevonte Brook, WoodlawnEmerson Taylor, Fair ParkJalen Brooks, WoodlawnTHIRD TEAMTahji Davis, HuntingtonTyrese English, BossierTrevic Atkins, HuntingtonChris Davenport, BossierJalen Harding, BentonTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

League names squad for southern confederate trials

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first_imgRugby League BY KILA NAO The Moresby South Rugby Football League has announced its Southern Blacks squads that will be participating at the Southern Confederate trials to be staged on August 8 to 11 at Kwikila station in Central province. The teams comprising of senior men, U-20 men’s and women’s sides were selected after very successful final trial matches held on Sunday. League chairman Brown Meruma said it was a change of perception and his executives have taken a bold stand and selected young players who have talents and potential to reach new heights. “Most of the players are new and up-and-coming talents that we have identified in our competition that need exposure at a higher level competition,” Meruma said. “We have a lot of confidence in the teams and we know they have the ability to prove their skills on the field. “The senior men’s team will running under the guidance of Stanley Olo who has a lot of experience behind his back and he is capable of bailing the team out of trouble. “I want to express gratitude to our good patron and Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko for his continuous support to sports programs in the electorate,” Meruma said. He also thanked the SP PNG Hunters management team for their support in witnessing the trial matches and also presenting Hunters training shirts to the best players. The Southern Blacks senior men’s side is Ezekiel Komia (Talia Spartans), Rex Sale, Emmanuel Laua, Rodney Andrew, Nathan Andi (Gabutu Dragons), Yeki Benjamin, Brandon Somavi, Joseph Komeli (Southern Sons), Junior Hoki, Goratove Ori (Sabama Raiders), Paul Yol (Muni Knights), Stonily Olo (2 Mile United), Michael Timothy, Geoffrey Mark, Jerry Kupu, Clensey Kay (Koki Eels), Aisi Sale (Korobosea Souths), Koko Kaipu (Minu Knights), Ande Warako (Talia Spartans), Simon Kaman (2 Mile United), Levi Andrew (Muni Knights), Badi Elizah (Vadavada United), Joe Omarao (Kaugere Bulldogs) and the team of officials are coach Junior Paul, trainer Mark Kumbi, team runner Etu George and team manager Tony James. The Under 20 side is William Akia (Kaugere Bulldogs), Elwood Oki, Bolo Mathias, Moses Harulu (Sabama Raiders), Justin Andawi (Korobosea Souths), Sine Kia, Brandon Siba, Bomai Bare (2 Mile United), Alphy Smith (2 Mile United), Kingsley John, Nathan Tala (Koki Eels), Ezekiel Panadan, Jim Luke (Kaugere Bulldogs), Manu Joseph, Junior Mark (Vadavada United), Yanimo Francis, John Kaupa Jnr ( Saraga Dust Crows), Nick Kusiri (Kipo Eastern Pride), Samson Steven, Samson Paijape (Gabutu Dragons), Junior Kinibo (MK West), Rex Don ( Southern Sons) and the team officials are Coach Jackins Mark Olam, Trainer Philip Seri and manager Kaupa Jack. The women’s side is Carol Francis, Rachel Weki, Rose Tuku, Elizabeth Paison, Flora Yanu, Yvonne Mora, Heather Ario, Lisa Dau (Gabutu Dragons), Dominica Bu, Joyce Kainavi (Saraga Dust Crows), Carol Gabe, Naomi John, Agnes Francis, Rachel Joe, Obai Mark, Grace Yopolo (Vadavada United) Mavis Tolewa, Sabeti Munagolo (IPA Eagles Koni), Tina Vere (Kaukana United), Roxanne Gapi, Rose King (Joyce Bay Roosters), Julie Lapun (MK West) and the team officials are coach David Waleya, trainer Koivi Vincent and team manager is Nita Siki.last_img read more

Trippin’ down memory lane

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first_imgDebbie Kay Housley has taken time to lighten up this dreary weather day Friday for us.  Thanks for taking us to a fun time in many of our lives.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/26/2018-9AM-FROM THE CHARLIE HUTSON PHOTO COLLECTION)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

[VIDEO] Highlights from Deyonta Davis’ 17-point performance for the Memphis Grizzlies

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Rams coach Sean McVay: ‘I might need a couple of beverages to relax’

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first_img Watch: Rams meet with shooting victims’ families after epic win A dozen crazy numbers from the Rams’ epic 54-51 MNF win over Chiefs Rams coach Sean McVay joked that he “might need a couple of beverages to relax” after a record-breaking 54-51 victory over the Chiefs.In a game that featured 14 touchdowns and 1,001 combined yards, the Rams stretched their 2018 record to 10-1, becoming the first team to hit double figures in wins this season. “It was fun. I don’t know if I would say it was fun from a defensive standpoint but there was a lot of good football.”An exciting back-and-forth match-up and it came down to … until those final seconds ticked off you really weren’t able to breathe at all.”It was a highly competitive game and, even though there were a lot of points scored, I think there was still a lot of great play from defense and some different things, and they were responsible for a couple of points on the board.”It was a great matchup, but it was just one game and there’s a lot of football left.”We’ve got to do a great job making sure that we respond, get ourselves as healthy as possible and we’re refreshed and ready to go when we play the Lions coming back from the bye.”14 total touchdowns.1,001 combined yards.The highest scoring game in #MNF history.The @RamsNFL won a mega matchup @Chiefs that MORE than lived up to the hype! #KCvsLAR pic.twitter.com/XrNZOBJ64I— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2018The Rams dedicated the victory to the first-responders and victims involved in recent tragedies in California, including the wildfires and the Borderline Bar mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.”I think they wanted to use this game as a chance to try and give some relief to some of the people that have gone through a lot of things, whether it’s people with the fires or some of the shooting victims,” McVay said.center_img And McVay conceded he may need some help to come down from the adrenaline of such a frantic game — the first in NFL history to see both teams surpass 50 points.”It was a whirlwind,” McVay said. “I feel like I might need a couple of beverages to relax, but it was great. This is what you love so much about the game. Related News “I think it’s about being a representation of this community in the right way, with the way that we compete, the way that they stay connected and stay together.”Those things are a lot bigger than a game but I think that our guys wanted to be able to put a good product out there and represent the community in the right way.”I think they did that.”last_img read more

NFL news and notes: Ezekiel Elliott gets his extension; Antonio Brown finally picks helmet

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first_imgThe day before the start of the regular season was all about contracts, and there could be more to come this week.Meanwhile, one player is taking the opportunity to remind people he’s still looking for a job. Colin Kaepernick posts video of himself training with Odell Beckham Jr. Josh Rosen ‘still learning’ Dolphins offense, offensive coordinator says 🔙 in action❕@EzekielElliott | #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/AZ3kkLHz6u— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 4, 2019The Cowboys open the regular season against the Giants on Sunday.Antonio Brown has his helmet, but is still left with finesThe Raiders receiver will wear a Xenith Shadow after previously sporting a Schutt AiR Advantage, which was no longer approved by the NFL because it was deemed outdated. Brown said the new helmet makes him feel “agile and comfortable” while also allowing for “better visibility.”After the summer drama, Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown has opted to play this season in a Xenith Shadow helmet. Brown believes the Xenith Shadow makes him feel more agile and comfortable, and allows for better visibility.RIP, Schutt AiR Advantage. pic.twitter.com/dNFWO9Z8QD— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2019Brown had filed two grievances against the league as he hoped to avoid wearing a new model, but he lost both hearings. Given he didn’t have proper headgear until now, he’s left with more than $50,000 in fines he racked up for missing mandatory team activities while the equipment debacle was ongoing.Nick Foles dealing with abdominal sorenessNonetheless, the Jaguars quarterback is still expected to be under center for Jacksonville’s opener Sunday against the Chiefs, but his status is something to be monitored Thursday when the team resumes practice.Foles was held to just 19 snaps in the preseason, all of which came during the third game against the Dolphins. Should his limited availability continue, though, the Jaguars only have rookie Gardner Minshew and second-year quarterback Chase Litton on the depth chart.Two things that don’t matterMelvin Gordon trade market lukewarmMaybe it’s the high asking price, as the Chargers are rumored to be seeking a first-round pick and a fifth-round pick. But the running back hasn’t garnered much interest beyond Philadelphia. The Eagles reportedly proposed sending Jordan Howard to the Chargers in exchange for Gordon and a swap of mid-round picks. However, this would cause the Chargers to take on some of Gordon’s salary, so naturally, the team declined the lopsided trade.Gordon will miss Week 1 against the Colts since he failed to report to the Chargers’ facility this week, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens in Week 2.Atlanta “very, very close” to agreement with Julio JonesThe Falcons receiver never had plans to hold out but team owner Arthur Blank offered some assurance, saying he has every reason to believe the two sides will reach a deal soon.”I’d be surprised and disappointed if we didn’t get it done this week. … I think it’s very reasonable to assume it will get done this week,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told The Athletic.Jones, who is set to earn $9.6 million in 2019, has two years left on the five-year deal worth $71 million he signed in 2015, though the expectation has long been that he will have a new contract in place before Atlanta kicks off the regular season Sunday against the Vikings. Browns to wear ‘Color Rush’ jerseys as primary uniforms for 2019 season Three things that matterEzekiel Elliott ends holdout after getting Cowboys extensionJust hours after Jared Goff signed a record-breaking deal with the Rams, Elliott got the contract he’s been holding out all offseason for — a six-year deal worth $90 million in new money that included $50 million guaranteed to make him the NFL’s highest-paid running back. The 24-year-old returned to Dallas on Tuesday and was back at practice with the team Wednesday for the first time this year. Related News One video you have to seeA shirtless Odell Beckham Jr. caught passes — including a couple one-handed beauties — from Colin Kaepernick in a video the former 49ers quarterback tweeted.From putting in work predraft, to staying ready against the odds! Love to my Brother @obj – #StillReady🎥: @REL @djtonedef @GaryNgUSC pic.twitter.com/mcSCn8vpHE— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 4, 2019Wednesday’s tweet of the dayBrown let the Raiders know exactly how he felt when he shared a screenshot of his fines to his Instagram story with the caption that read, in part, “when your own team want to hate but there’s no stopping me now.”Antonio Brown posts his displeasure with fines from #Raiders pic.twitter.com/0OMhdwFu7K— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 4, 2019last_img read more

Sumner Newscow straw polls: Sheriff and District 2 Commissioners

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first_imgFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.  Loading … Who will you be voting for in this Tuesday’s primary for Sumner County Sheriff? Darren Chambers Jason Boyd Undecided View Results Who will you be voting for in District 2 for Commissioner? Jim Newell Shelley Hansel Undecided. View Results by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is our pre-election straw polls for local races. These polls are completely unscientific. We will be having two local elections this next Tuesday: The Sumner County Sheriff’s race and the County Commissioners District 2. If you do not reside in the county or in the case of the county commissioners District 2 race don’t reside in that particular district, please refrain from voting.  Loading … Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +20 Vote up Vote down Guest · 2 weeks ago No choice here, a real officer of the law or a privileged wanna be country star. Report Reply 0 replies · active 2 weeks ago -11 Vote up Vote down Reds · 2 weeks ago I have been very undecided about whom is the best for this position, but after today I think I have made my choice. I have done a lot of research and I have read a lot of post about these two individuals. Chambers has received a lot of people talking for him, but do those individuals (other officers in different communities) know what goes on inside at the sheriffs department or do they just know him as a “friend”? I was very disappointed when I heard that Chambers would not attend the dinner that was set up I believe in Caldwell by a young man that wanted the two to get together and answer questions for those of us that still needed answers. I have been in this community over 20 years and have never met Chambers at all. I have spoken to Boyd, no I’m not a friend of his nor have I known him prior to this election. But he has answered every question I feel that was asked of him. So with that being said I think my vote will go to BOYD! Report Reply 1 reply · active 2 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Guest · 2 weeks ago Wow I have never spoke to either of them in my life and it’s pretty clear to me that Chambers has real experience as a Sheriff. Sad how people make superficial judgements on others instead of real background. If Boyd is elected I’m fairly sure a lot of officers will be looking to move away from Sumner county. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid struggle to find solution to Odegaard equation

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first_img At the moment, it is expected that the Norwegian will take part in pre-season preparations with the first team, ahead of a loan move to a European club yet to be determined. 09/07/2016 at 21:22 Real Madrid signed the player in January 2015, for 2.8 million euros from Stromsgodset.  CEST The 17-year-old Norwegian midfielder, who arrived at the club with the tag of being a future superstar, has seen his star wane in the last few years and the club is looking for a team to take the youngster. Therefore, the future of Odegaard seems to be in the German Bundesliga, as it is the league which most interests the player and his father.center_img After 18 months with the second string Castilla, he has failed to adapt and has not shown a sufficient evolution in his game to make the leap to the first team. Sport EN The case of Martin Odegaard has become a real headache for those responsible of the sporting structure of Real Madrid. ‘Los Blancos’ are actively searching for a solution to the player’s situation. The ideal outcome would be to loan him to a mid-table Liga club. However, the salary of the youngster makes this a very difficult, and unlikely, option.last_img read more

Facing a vicious cycle

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first_imgBy JARROD POTTER CYCLOCROSS is only in its first significant pedal strokes in Australia, but in that short time Berwick’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img