ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth swim team posted a strong result in its final road meet of the season Friday with a sweep of Foxcroft at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.On the boys’ side, the Eagles won every individual and relay event to claim a 129-15 team win. The Ellsworth girls’ team topped Foxcroft 109-32, winning every individual and relay event with the exception of the 500-yard freestyle, in which the Eagles didn’t field a swimmer.On Saturday, Ellsworth diver Elena Springer placed third in the Palmer Invitational at Husson University. Springer finished the meet with 276.8 points, an Ellsworth team record.Ellsworth will be back at home at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1, for Senior Night. The Eagles will host George Stevens Academy in their final meet before the PVC championships, which will be held Feb. 8 (boys) and Feb. 9 (girls) at the University of Maine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
–president hails support from young athletesBy Clifton RossTitans Table Tennis Club has ventured into the academic stream following the pandemic which has robbed athletes of their playing time.Club president, Dwain Dick, told Chronicle Sport that the club has ventured into the line of providing academic support for youths as well as their young table-tennis players.Dubbed the ‘Titans Virtual Learning Academy’, the virtual online sessions offer classes in human and social biology, Mathematics, English, EDPM, Physics, and Information Technology, among other subjects, with prices ranging from GY$4,000-$10,000 monthly.There will also be Grades 6, 7-11 and evening classes for adults who might be interested in writing CSEC. Since Covid-19 unleashed its havoc a few months ago, table tennis has been dormant due to the respecting of the social distancing and quarantine guidelines.The club president said that due to the state of things, it was important to ensure that while players were away from live action as well as schools, which remain closed, they maintained that balance of academics, which usually goes hand-in-hand with sports.According to Dick, this new format will allow athletes along with those within the general public, to keep that necessary balance needed to perform at a high mental level during these tough times.Also, with a number of the club’s junior national athletes being heavily involved in their academic lives, Dick believes that it strengthens their approach to table tennis, which calls for exceptional concentration, mental prowess and reflexes.By making use of the time away from schools or even regular gatherings at classes, the young athletes can remain fixed in a positive environment amidst the toughest of recent times, which have afflicted sportsmen and women globally.Dick also advocated for the local associations to keep working closely with their athletes during this time of distancing and solitude.He was also strong on associations keeping track of players workout regimes, eating habits and dedication to working on whatever they can with regard to their skillset during lockdown, as to ensure that they are well-prepared to re-enter a normal sport environment.The club’s head further maintained that his players were keeping in good playing shape by their own personal means, adding that he’s eager to get back out there with his tennis players and Guyana’s next crop of top stars.
Source: talkSPORT Gabriel Jesus’ early header proved the difference as quadruple-chasing Manchester City reached the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win over Brighton.The Brazilian headed home a from a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne cross after just four minutes at Wembley.Controversy erupted when City’s Kyle Walker escaped a red card after a VAR review of a coming together with Alireza Jahanbakhsh but, despite resisting further damage, Brighton could not find a way back.Chris Hughton’s men applied plenty of pressure in the second half, with Aymeric Laporte producing a fine clearance to deny Glenn Murray but City managed the game well.Raheem Sterling also had three good chances to make the game safe.City made a confident start, and while Brighton may have been pleased to see that Sergio Aguero had failed to shake off a knock, they were soon left reeling by his deputy.Just four minutes of mostly City-controlled play had elapsed when De Bruyne bent a delicious cross behind the Seagulls defence that sat up invitingly for Jesus to meet with a powerful diving header.Brighton’s fans, who outnumbered those from City and were clearly savouring the occasion, were immediately silenced. The team were similarly deflated and it took some time for them to recover.Yet City did not go in immediate search of the killer blow. With another big date in the Champions League at Tottenham on Tuesday they seemed content to play patiently and it did not make for a great spectacle.While Brighton had a half-chance through Anthony Knockaert and David Silva had a shot blocked, the main talking point of the first half came when Walker and Jahanbakhsh clashed.The pair chased a ball into the City area, with Walker reacting badly to being pushed in the back. After going head to head, Walker made the next move, appearing to push forcibly towards Jahanbakhsh.Referee Anthony Taylor booked the City player but there was a VAR check for a potential red card. Eventually, Walker was given the benefit of the doubt but bickering between the players continued for some time afterwards.It was perhaps with that in mind that City boss Pep Guardiola removed Walker at the interval, although the England full-back had also required treatment towards the end of the first half.With left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko out injured and Benjamin Mendy making his first start since November in his place – which had been a surprise – City perhaps showed potential vulnerabilities on the flanks.Yet Brighton could not expose them further despite a positive start to the second period.Pressure almost paid off when Shane Duffy headed into the danger area from a corner, while Murray looked a certain scorer as the ball dropped invitingly in front of goal, only for Laporte to intervene and hack over the bar.That prompted a response from City and Sterling brought a fine save out of Mathew Ryan with a curling effort from outside the box.The England star also had an effort blocked by Lewis Dunk before forcing another save from Ryan in the closing moments.In Brighton’s final flurry, Knockhaert appealed for a penalty after a clash with Laporte but nothing was given.
Paul Goldschmidt has become a Cardinals fan favorite in less than two games.St. Louis’ new slugging first baseman homered three times in the first seven innings Friday night in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Goldschmidt went deep in the first, sixth and seventh, each time against a different pitcher (Freddy Peralta, Taylor Williams and Jacob Barnes). MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Top Play(s) of the NightNot 1, Not 2, but 3 HOME RUNS from Paul Goldschmidt! 💪💪💪 #ChangeUp pic.twitter.com/Ze6HjrgvV1— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) March 30, 2019Goldschmidt also made major league history with those dingers; he became the first player ever to hit three home runs in his first or second game with his new team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN.The Redbirds fans who made the trek to American Family Park were delighted with the man who joined the club in an offseason trade with the Diamondbacks and then signed a big-money contract extension with St. Louis during spring training.WYLLYS: Goldy’s contributions to Cards will go beyond statsGoldschmidt singled in the second inning, too, which means he had 13 total bases in his first five at-bats of the night (a cool 2.600 slugging percentage).The Brewers walked him intentionally in the ninth inning with first base open and Matt Carpenter on second. The outburst came one night after Goldschmidt struck out three times in the Cardinals’ Opening Day loss to a main NL Central rival. Goldschmidt finished 4 for 5 with five RBIs on Friday in a 9-5 Redbirds victory. St. Louis and Milwaukee will face each other 10 times in the season’s first 28 days.”(On Thursday), you have three strikeouts. Today, three homers. That’s baseball. Which is awesome about this game,” Goldschmidt told reporters, including Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “There is a lot of failure built in and there are good nights and you’re just trying to take it day by day.”This article has been updated with more details and a published comment from Goldschmidt.
As he’s averaged 23.3 points in the three games since Williams’ defection, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell made two 3-pointers in the final minute against Charlotte. Lakers guard Nick Young actually made a game-winning 3-pointer against the Thunder on Nov. 22 after stealing a pass directed to Williams. With increased point-guard opportunities amid Williams’ absence, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has averaged more points (16.3) and assists (3.3) than his season averages (13.9, 2.1).“Everybody is capable,” Russell said. “We know Lou is clutch every chance he got. We got a lot of players that are the same, but were overshined by Lou. I feel like we can build on it.”Walton said that will hinge on two variables.“One, I want to see who’s playing well that night,” Walton said. “Two, to make big shots, you have to want to take big shots.”But as D’Antoni said sarcastically, ”It’s hard to find a closer when you’re down 20.”“I’ll be nice and quit being an (smart aleck),” D’Antoni said. “They’re going to try to build up the young guys and rightly so. They’re on the right path.”Not as close as Houston, which has launched as a possible NBA championship contender with Williams’ arrival.“Obviously they’re still building for the future,” Williams said of the Lakers. “I was a little anxious to compete at a high level right away being in the latter part of my career. It worked out for both sides.”Paying duesThe Twitter message initially showed Young expressing gratitude to Williams as his teammate. Young then suggested he does not owe Williams for any unpaid bets after the Lakers traded him to the Rockets.“It doesn’t work that way,” Williams said. “When they come to Houston in a couple of weeks, he’s got to pay up.”The Lakers play in Houston on March 15. So, Williams told a reporter to inform Young that he’s “looking for him” to arrive in Texas with enough cash to clear his debt.“Metta (World Peace) owes me money, but I’m not worried about Metta,” Williams said. “Metta’s good at paying. Nick’s always late.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The responsibility mostly fell on Kobe Bryant, who remained intent on taking the last shot through shooting streaks and slumps.Even with Bryant no longer in the shadows for the first time in 20 years, the Lakers, so far, haven’t used the 2016-17 season to develop their next closer. Instead, they leaned on veteran guard Lou Williams, who led the Lakers with 18.6 points off the bench and ranked among the league’s best in fourth-quarter points (7.7).The Lakers can no longer depend on Williams in crunch time after trading him last week to Houston for reserve forward Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick. While the Lakers made the move to develop their young roster, will they also find a definitive closer?“It’s a challenge, but it’s fun to watch those guys out there trying to get to that next level,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I think we’ll get there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers (19-42) enter Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics (38-22) at Staples Center mindful that process will take longer than it took for Williams to fit in with the Rockets.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said Williams is “a lot better player” than he initially thought after entering Wednesday’s game against the Clippers averaging 24 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and from 3-point range. While Williams’ credited D’Antoni’s free-flowing offense that centers on 3-pointers, layups and foul shots, D’Antoni contended the 30-year-old Williams “can do this for another five years.”Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost their three games since Williams’ departure for two reasons. They struggled to make games close in double-digit losses to Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Lakers folded in the final minutes to Charlotte.“They still have a problem with scoring down the stretch. As a team they’ll have to figure out who is their go-to guy,” Williams said. “A few of them have it. But it’s a matter of collectively who they’re going to put the ball in whoever’s hands and live with that guy.”There are some candidates.
Representative of BiH Kenan Kodro decided to change his surroundings, and his new club Grasshoppers (Switzerland).Grasshoppers has announced through their official website that he has been lent for six months, i.e. until the end of the current season, and they will decide on his future in the summer.Kodro scored seven goals in the Spanish Primera for Osasuna last season, but his team dropped out of the league. Then, he was transferred to Mainz, Germany, where he could not impose, and although Mainz was looking for a way to borrow him during the winter in order for him to have more minutes, Kodro wanted to stay and fight for his place in the team.Kodro will now be a teammate to another new member of Grasshoppers who is also from BiH, Rifet Kapic, who signed for this club after playing for Gorica (Slovenia).(Source: fokus.ba)
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Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Tax Payer · 240 weeks ago So if all the wonderful tournaments raise so much money then why does the course need more in tax money? Why is it such a sin to request that the course pay it’s own way by charging the people that use it instead of raising taxes on people who have no desire to play the game nor care if the course is here or not?. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Tax payer when was the last time you flew a plane into the airport? Just asking. … Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down jay · 240 weeks ago who cares about the airport, only the rich people use it, its like the golf course these 2 things don’t make wellington grow in anyway. Wow the golf course made 8,,500 in one tournament but the don’t pay its bills. Long live wellington right, as our leaders run it to the ground. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 240 weeks ago I didn’t know how it would happen, or how the justification would be drawn…..but there if it is. Lol. The “it’s for the kids” argument. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Eric · 240 weeks ago If on average $30.00 are spent in Wellington by out of town golfers $30×4000(rounds)= $120,000 / year. Not bad for a “amenity” you don’t use. Us out of towners enjoy the Wellington Golf Course though! I’ll fight to keep it and I don’t even live there lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 240 weeks ago “or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins.” Yeah, I guess I’ll have to go to my grave not knowing about this. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 240 weeks ago Bobby, I for one thank you for this piece defending the Wellington golf course! I am not a resident of Wellington, nor do I golf, but I can sure see how having the course helps your local economy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 240 weeks ago Nice article Bobby, but I would like to see some documentation about the value. Most times these numbers are usually slightly over rated. Most of the negative comments relate to the frustration the local taxpayers are feeling right now with all the issues down at City Hall and they are looking for ways to save tax dollars. I do believe the course does provide some value to our community through the ways you have identified, but I too would like to see the course be more self supporting. I know Cueball, it is only .01% of the total budget, but what does that equate to in actual dollars? I think if the information Booby has provided is compared to the City’s tax support, people may understand situation better. Just saying. Report Reply 2 replies · active 240 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Credence I would have to do some research on that. If your asking to track what each fundraising tournament made. This would obviously depend on the number of people playing and what the entry fee is per player minus the payback or prizes. DH would have a schedule of all the tournaments from last year. The point is there are so many that on some dates they have them in the morning and afternoon. The main point was the fact that people who do not play golf benefit from those who do. Yes it is a quality of life issue. It adds to our community. I just don’t understand the attitude of just because one doesn’t use something makes it useless or not important. I disagree. Like I said I will never use the airport but it seems enough do to justify giving it ten times the money the golf course receives at least this next year. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the editor:First off let me say thank you for the three part series on the Wellington Golf Course. I have grown up on this course. Â I love golf and those that have dedicated themselves to making the game a healthy part of Wellington life. There were more than golf lessons learned from Gerald, Kathleen and Steve Gill while growing up. A group of us learned life has itâ€™s up and downs. The lie you receive isnâ€™t always fair but the only thing mattered was the next shot. That same philosophy holds true off the course in our daily lifes.Â Life is what we make of it. It is always fair but the challenge is to continue keeping the faith and hitting the next shot.Bobby WilsonAnyone that knows me understands my addiction, I love golf. Â I will defend the game, the course and its worth in our community with every ounce in my body.Â It isnâ€™t just a game to some of us it is a way of life and those we play with are not just golfers to us but part of an extended family.I can understand that some will never use the golf course. They will never know what it is like to hit a crisp iron shot, roll in a long putt or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins. I totally understand some have the attitude that golf is a rich manâ€™s game. I am here to tell you that it is not the case at all.The one thing that was never covered in the three part series that I find crucial to the argument of city intervention or funding is this. What is the golf courses role in our community. Letâ€™s take a look at just that.Â Â Letâ€™s talk fundraising. We golfers as some like to say should support the course. Pay for the course ourselves. I believe that we do a pretty good job of that. But what else do golfers support. Well we support the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, The Wellington After School Program, The Wellington Crusader Club, The Scott Rice Memorial Tournament, The South Central Cat Backers and the Lions Club to just name a few. We support these not because we get to play free golf that day. Most are already members of the Wellington Golf Club and can already play for free. Playing in these events are expensive but worth every dime. They fund scholarships, equipment, events and add to the quality of life for so many.Â The ones that benefit from these types of fundraisers are kids that are still in school. I would imagine that most have never played a round of golf.When we play in these tournaments usually food is catered in or purchased locally. The golf course allows it to be made in the pavilion at the course. It is just another way money stays local. I do not know if there is away to adequately track that kind of details. But I have had everything from Burgers, Steaks, BBQ, Mexican food to KFC. I appreciate all the vendors that support these charitable causes and make a meal part of the tournament. But again it is money being spent locally.So how much money does a tournament raise? Well according to the Scott Rice Memorial Staff they have raised $50,000 at the local golf course in six years. That is $8,333 per year as an average.Â The Scott Rice is one of the biggest tournaments that the golf course host each year. But the important thing is that I would go as far as saying that out of the 144 golfers to play that day at least half do not live in Wellington.There are several more examples of these types of tournaments. If you want to raise a lot of money in one day have a golf tournament.Â The one thing that makes this so incredible is not only the hard work of volunteers but of the Wellington Golf Club Staff. Derek Harrison or DH as we call him does a tremendous job marketing the golf course. He has brought new tournaments and ideas to the course.Last summer the Wellington Golf Club hosted the Kansas Boys Championships. The course was crammed full of young golfers that had made their way to Wellington. The tournament was an unbelievable success. I was at awe of the volunteers that came out to support the tournament. I do not know what the economic impact on Wellington was that week but I know we had families staying in our local motels and eating at our local restaurants.There are several â€œquality of lifeâ€ opportunities that the City of Wellington supports. I have never flown a plane into or out of the Wellington Airport but I certainly feel like it is important to maintain. I see the money that has been allocated for the airport is a much larger amount than the golf course. The swimming pool even though ran by the Rec Center still receives some city funding. I am glad to see that as well. Even though my swimming pool days have passed me by, I can remember some fun afternoons diving off a real high dive and also some timeouts on the famous grates. Kids need a place to swim even if it is water down the drain so to speak.My point is just because one does not golf doesnâ€™t mean that it should not be supported. I would venture to say that more money is raised at the Wellington Golf Course that benefits more programs in Wellington than any other place in town. If I am incorrect someone will surely post a comment. So as I said earlier there are more people who gain from the golf course than just a select few as some say who play the game.The Wellington Golf Club is a public golf course. The Wellington Menâ€™s Golf Association is a diverse group of men from all walks of life. I am a proud member and watched last fall as we awarded scholarships for college. We take pride in our support of the next generation of leaders that come from our community. We always have room for more.Â If you have never played the game give it a try. You donâ€™t have to have the best equipment to start. You might just find out why some of us call it the greatest game ever played.Bobby WilsonWellington, Kansas.Follow us on Twitter.
BILL FLETCHER JR.(NNPA)—The recent news about NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett was more than unsettling. Having been diagnosed with the early stages of chronic encephalopathy, an illness directly related to head traumas, he feels his life slipping away from him. At the age of 59 he faces an uncertain future, yet it is a future that has confronted many football players, past and present.Dorsett was part of the group of former football players who settled with the NFL recently for $765 million in connection with conditions such as CTE that have resulted from their football years. The settlement itself was highly controversial since it underestimates the extent of damage done to football players and, in effect, let’s the NFL off the hook. Nevertheless, many former players were desperate for a settlement in order to address their on-going medical problems.Dorsett was a star among stars, someone who seemed nearly invincible in his greatness. Nevertheless, careers end and the physical damage inflicted on the players over the years takes its toll, resulting in conditions such as CTE and a shortened life-span for these modern-day gladiators.When we hear the news about former players, such as Dorsett, most of us shake our heads in both sadness and frustration…and then we turn on the next football game. We create a peculiar sort of disconnect between the reality of the injuries faced by these players, and the activity that so many of us watch on any given Sunday. We do not stop and think about the sorts of demands that we, the fans of professional football, need to place on the football industry in its entirety.The issue of safety is not one exclusive to the NFL. It really is a matter that must be addressed when high schoolers start playing and then when they work their way to college. The injuries start early and there is no scientific certainty as to how many injuries ultimately result in conditions such as CTE, not to mention countless other challenges, such as injuries to bones and joints.There comes a time when shaking our heads, as those watching the gladiators competing on Sundays, makes us complicit in the misery that many of these players face upon the end of their careers. Perhaps it is time to join with the NFL Players Association in demanding greater steps to address safety, but also appropriate medical care and long-term assistance for the players when they have moved on. To do otherwise feels no different than the equivalent of watching the gladiators do battle in the ancient Roman coliseums. The only difference seems to be that death was quicker in the coliseum. Today, we allow our modern day gladiators to end their lives slowly in misery and absent dignity.(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us”—And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.)Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier
Final Results | PhotosMcKINNEY, Texas – For the second consecutive year, Sam Houston State has claimed the Southland Conference title after closing out the 2019 Southland Conference Championship shooting an 889 on the Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. The Bearkats also claimed the individual title as Noah Steele concluded the tournament three under par for a 213, beating the second-place finisher by three strokes.After finishing the opening round tied for second place, SHSU employed a consistent game plan during day two that resulted in a 293 and a 291 in the second and third rounds, respectively. Steele vaulted the Bearkats to the top of the standings with a 68 in round two. Sam Houston State rallied once more over the final 18 holes and combined for a 291, the team’s best round of the tournament. Of the team’s tournament-leading 50 birdies, 17 came in the final round. Luis Carrera knocked down six birdies by himself over the final 18 holes, cementing the Bearkats’ second-straight title bid.Lamar pushed Sam Houston State to the brink with a team score of 290 in the third round. Kevin Lee and Sam Dumez led the Cardinals and tied for fifth place overall, each notching a 222 for the tournament. LU remained poised across all three rounds, tying Southeastern Louisiana for pars made throughout the tournament (152). The late LU surge was highlighted by the team’s tournament-best 4.20 par-four scoring average. The Cardinals earned runner-up honors after shooting 896, 32 strokes above par.Stephen F. Austin employed the largest comeback bid of the championship after improving four spots in the standings following a seventh-place opening day conclusion. The Lumberjacks were led by Jake Hendrix who finished third in the individual standings with a 220 (+4). Angelo Leyvani concluded play tied for 15th overall, while Johannes Gudmundsson registered an impressive final round of 69 (-3) to tie for 18th in the individual standings. SFA shot one under in the final round to snag a third-place finish with a score of 909 (+45).Southeastern Louisiana finished in fourth place, shooting 911 for the tournament. The Lions were led by Joris Etlin and Logan Kuehn who each tied for eighth-place after carding 224. Etlin led the tournament with a pair of eagles that came in the final two rounds.Abilene Christian shot 912 across three rounds to finish in fifth place, while McNeese claimed sixth-place honors with a 916. Incarnate Word registered a 924 for seventh place and Houston Baptist finished in eighth place with 929.Nicholls took ninth place (947), New Orleans finished in 10th place (949) and Central Arkansas was 11th in the final team standings (959).Sam Houston State will now head to the NCAA Division I Regional Championship at a site yet to be determined. The regional tournament is set to take place May 13-15.
Big help is being provided for some so-called small sports through a thrust from the national sports agency, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). The initiative, called the Minor Sports Development Programme, will see the state body partnering with rugby, volleyball, softball, table tennis and basketball in several areas. Leaders of several of the national sporting associations recently met with INSPORTS’ administrative director, Ian Andrews, and discussed ways of improving the growth and development of the respective sports. “All of these organisations say they have these programmes going, but they don’t have the technical capacity,” Andrews noted. “If we can help them with the technical expertise and to get proper venues, then it would go a far way in lifting their sport,” he added, further explaining the need of raising their profile to spark interest and participation. Arising out of the meeting at the agency’s head office, consensus was arrived at with regards to critical areas of need. These are: – Technical support in the form of training coaches and game officials; – Facilities (playing fields and courts); – Equipment; – Primary school age-group competitions; – Meeting facility; – Administrative development capacity. “They’ve been pressuring us for help,” continued Andrews, who outlined that the associations welcomed the Minor Sports Development Programme initiative and pledged their support and cooperation to ensure that maximum benefits to the nation’s youths were forthcoming. Part of the development, he explains, is reciprocal, as they intend to increase the knowledge base to have more persons involved in the training process. “They can train our officers so that they can be certified and help with instituting these programmes,” Andrews said. Calvin Martin, vice-president of the Jamaica Basketball Association and president of the Southern Conference Basketball Association, “thinks the initiative is long overdue” and implored other sporting bodies to work hard at improving their game. “I’m hoping that all the other sports, besides basketball, push for more support,” said Martin. “We don’t have the networking, the resources and personnel and when INSPORTS comes on board, it helps to grow and develop some more. We want to host seminars and learn more about carrying out the day-to-day activities.” He added: “Their youth programmme should benefit mainly. For us, we have mini basketball for the Under-13s, which is our focus this year, and INSPORTS has pledged to support that. We’re starting out in Kingston, St Catherine and Montego Bay. We’re hoping to get into Mandeville as well, but we’re starting out small and see if we can grow. “Mini basketball has two components, one is aimed at the community and the other for prep and primary schools.” Martin, who is also a sports officer at INSPORTS, further noted that “basketball has always gotten support from INSPORTS”, but said they are shooting for increased backing. “We’ll also be looking for additional private partners. What the programme needs cannot be supplied by one entity,” he stated.