FLAWED POLICY Owner of the Phoenix football academy, guardian, agent and manager of Leon Bailey one of the best young football talent in Europe, Craig Butler, has come out swinging at current Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) director Vin Blaine, as well as the federation’s failed policy of scouring the lower leagues of England in search of eligible and willing players to represent Jamaica . Butler was emphatic in stating that in pondering his role and the role of his young charges in the future of Jamaica’s football, he will have nothing to do with Blaine. Butler has indicated that he wants the job of Jamaica’s director of football. The outspoken football man also used the term ‘dregs’ to refer to some of the players recruited from England by the JFF. Of course, Butler is being roundly chastised for his lack of tact, and political correctness in making these forthright pronouncements. To speak out publicly of his desire to have Blaine’s job is premature and inappropriate, while he is being accused of disrespecting the national representatives by calling them ‘dregs’. All this while the substantive and fundamental issue at stake, which is the necessary and inevitable changing of the thinking about the way forward for our football, is getting lost in the firestorm of yet another exercise of majoring in the minor. Butler’s claim to fame is in his conviction, belief and success in developing young Jamaican players. His entire ideology of identifying and grooming young players and teaching them the basics of the game before seeking to export their talents to the lucrative leagues of Europe, contrasts sharply with what has obtained within the corridors of power in the JFF for the last decade and a half. The difference is simple but fundamental. Butler is about believing and developing young Jamaican talent, while the ‘old order’ has shown nothing but disdain and disrespect for local players, which manifested itself in the flawed and failed policy of begging half good, half-committed players from England and elsewhere to come and represent Jamaica. We are now at a crossroads with our football, and while Butler is totally in sync with the modern trends and football best practices, the JFF leadership has been caught napping. They are basically left with no choice but to announce a cliched roundabout turn, and spout a new found confidence in the abilities of young Jamaican players. One wonders how genuine this new-found confidence is. With that kind of paradigm shift in the thinking around the football, Butler taking over the role of director of football from Blaine would make a lot of sense. If Blaine is hurt by the way things are evolving, that represents a minor personal inconvenience in the pursuance of the wider good. As for Butler’s reference to some of the foreign born recruits as ‘dregs,’ of course it is harsh and probably inappropriate, but again we are creating a storm in a teacup. This is clouding the more fundamental message – that the time is at hand for us to formulate policies, programmes and philosophies that will enhance the development of our talented young players and stop the wholesale sponging of overseas journeymen. Fundamentally, Butler is right. He may be a little eccentric, arrogant and unorthodox, but again, dwelling on those human imperfections is another debilitating exercise of majoring in the minor, while missing the fundamental, which is the progressive winds of change that are currently engulfing local football.
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award This Oct. 13, 2018, photo, provided by Canisius Athletics, shows 19-year-old Emily Scheck running at a meet in Buffalo, N.Y. Online donations have poured in for Scheck, a sophomore at Canisius College in Buffalo, after she was cut off by her parents for being a lesbian. But for a time, it appeared Scheck, who runs cross-country and track, would have to choose between the much needed funds and her college eligibility. Now that the National Collegiate Athletic Association said she could keep both, Scheck said she heads into Thanksgiving grateful. (Tom Wolf Imaging/Canisius Athletics via AP)BUFFALO, N.Y. — After 19-year-old Emily Scheck’s mother discovered she was a lesbian, the college student said, she lost the support of her parents, financial and otherwise; gained the support of thousands of others; and nearly had to choose between the generosity of strangers and her college running career.Heading into Thanksgiving, she said she has learned something.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew When Emily Scheck stayed put in Buffalo to continue working toward her business degree as a student-athlete, her parents followed through on their promise, she said, right down to depositing her childhood belongings and birth certificate in her parked car and leaving with the license plates, since they were no longer paying the insurance.“At the start, it was definitely tough,” Scheck told Outsports. “I was lucky to be in preseason the first couple of weeks because coach could get us meals in the dining hall.”But it was clear that her jobs at a supermarket and through college work-study weren’t enough to pay her school and living expenses, so her roommate set up a GoFundMe online campaign with the goal of raising $5,000. The amount was quickly exceeded.Then came a new challenge. Scheck was told by the college’s National Collegiate Athletic Association compliance officer that she was breaking NCAA rules. In order to keep the donations, Scheck said, she was faced with leaving the cross-country team.The college offered to try to work with the NCAA to find another option, she said, but there were no guarantees.ADVERTISEMENT New York Knicks end 6-game skid, stun Boston Celtics LATEST STORIES With her story gaining attention, the NCAA last week said Scheck could retain her eligibility and, under monitoring from the school, continue to accept donations for living and educational expenses.“NCAA rules and waiver precedent allow a school to assist a student-athlete with a fundraiser after a significant life event occurs,” the organization said in a Nov. 16 statement.“She is a member of the Canisius family and we will do whatever we can to assist her,” the college responded.On Tuesday, Scheck said she would stop accepting donations because she had received more than anyone expected — $100,000 from more than 2,500 donors.“Thank you to everyone who showed their love and support in this difficult time,” she said in a statement issued through the college. “The positive outreach has been unbelievable.”Timothy Scheck said the family has apologized for the harsh messages and said comments about disowning their daughter were meant to pressure her to return home. When the parents insisted on counseling, they did not mean conversion therapy, he told The Buffalo News .“It’s a private family matter,” he said. “We love our daughter. We accept Emily.”He could not be reached for further comment. A home phone listing for the family could not be located this week.Emily Scheck said that this Thanksgiving, she is “grateful for everyone in my life who have continuously been there for me.”Her statement encouraged supporters to give to LGBT organizations to help others who are struggling. It ended: “Love is love.” “I now know that family is not always something you have,” Scheck said in a statement Tuesday, “but something you find.”Scheck’s father, Timothy, has said there is more to the story than his daughter has shared.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAs first told by Outsports.com , Emily Scheck said the story began in August, just as Scheck was about to start her sophomore year at Canisius College in Buffalo, where she runs cross-country and track. When her mother came upon photos of Scheck and her girlfriend on social media, she said, her parents demanded she return home to the Rochester suburbs and attend counseling — or be disowned by the family.“Because you disgust me,” she said her mother texted.
Less than 12 hours after a West Coast Demerara businessman was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with over 88 kilograms of cocaine in frozen fish, a Jamaican was nabbed at the Georgetown Post Office Corporation (GPOC) attempting to smuggle a quantity of the illegal substance in deodorant bottles.According to reports received, the 54-year-old man was nabbed by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) during an inspection of the bottles on Wednesday. Reports are that during the inspection, the ranks came into contact with a strange scent, thus prompting them to check more than 20 deodorant bottles individually.The ranks reportedly checked and found the white powdery substance which later tested positive for cocaine. The drug was weighed and amounted to 580 grams. The man was arrested and is expected to be charged shortly.Some of the bottles that contained the cocaine
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Senior Flyers have taken their first step of the post-season towards the North Peace Hockey League championship.The Flyers hosted the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks last night at the North Peace Arena in Game 1 of the NPHL West Division semi-finals. Fort St. John opened the scoring in last night’s playoff game. Rick Cleaver took a pass from Adam Horst and Joey Massingham before putting it past Dawson Creek netminder Josh Round less than four minutes in, in what was a fairly quiet period. Officials only called two penalties, and shots on goal were 9-8 in favour of the Flyers.Things got a lot more lively in the second frame. The Sr. C’s tied things up just over a minute and a half into the second. While shorthanded, Cleaver answered back with his second of the game to regain the lead for Fort St. John, assisted by Horst two and a half minutes after Dawson Creek’s first goal. Just before the thirteen minute mark, Cleaver and Brady Busche fed Horst, who added some insurance for the Flyers. The Sr. Canucks then moved to within one once again with 2:34 left to play. Just over thirty seconds later, Dawson Creek’s John-Wayne Howes was assessed a check to the head penalty. Fort St. John’s Cody Hildebrand took exception to the high hit, and dropped the gloves with Howes. Neither team ended up short-handed, as Hildebrand’s Instigator penalty negated Dawson Creek’s 2 minute minor for checking to the head.- Advertisement -In the third, the Sr. Canucks tied things up 25 seconds in, before Horst scored his second of the game assisted by Cleaver and Marshall Sidwell with 10:10 left on the clock to regain FSJ’s lead. With 3:24 left in the third, Cleaver and Massingham fed Horst, who scored a hat-trick for the insurance. The Sr. Canucks ended up scoring once more to get to within one in the last minute, but the Flyers held on for the 5-4 win to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will take place tomorrow night at the Dawson Creek Memorial Arena. The puck drops at 8:30.
Photo: Construction has already begun on the Alaska Highway between the 271 Road and Charlie Lake – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caPreparations are already underway for twinning the final stretch of the Alaska Highway out to Charlie Lake. The project has an estimated completion date of September 2009, but Project Manager George Lomas says the contractor, Belvedere Place Development, has decided to try and get an early start on things. Before the pavement can be laid, approximately 1 metre of soil and organic matter must be dug away and replaced with a gravel mixture. The company is hoping to complete that process in the next month, before the ground freezes for the winter. The company also hopes to get utilities moved, including power poles and gas lines, before the winter sets in. Belvedere expects to start construction next year as soon as the ground has thawed, so expect traffic delays this summer.- Advertisement –
Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the modern greats of German football and he illustrated on Saturday why Manchester United are reportedly interested in his services.The Bayern Munich midfielder, marking his 500th appearance for the German champions, curled home a beauty during their 2-0 victory over Mainz on the final day of the Bundesliga season.Can Louis van Gaal tempt the German away from Bavaria this summer?
A man who savagely attacked a pub landlord with a baseball bat after he barred him from his bar has been jailed for two and half years.John McGettigan, whom it was claimed was kicked out of the pub for calling landlord Darren McLaughlin name such as Tommy Tugger and Pat Mustard from Fr Ted, was found guilty of the brutal attack. The court heard how McGettigan had followed Mr McLaughlin to his home in Foden, Carndonagh and struck him several times with the bat breaking a number of his fingers at 2am on October 8th, 2013.McGettigan’s legal team had claimed the issue arose out of an incident during which Mr McLaughlin was caught masturbating behind the bar of The Orchard Bar in Gleneely.McGettigan, 32, admitted being the ringleader among a number of pub regulars who slagged Mr McLaughlin and that this eventually led to him being barred.The attacker, a fisherman and part-time farmer, has continued to deny he was the one who attacked Mr McLaughlin at his home.However, a jury disagreed and returned a unanimous guilty verdict that McGettigan had assaulted Mr McLaughlin causing him harm.Pub landlord Mr McLaughlin read out a moving victim impact statement in which he said he was not only physically hurt but also left mentally scarred by the attack.He revealed how he now sleeps with lights on inside and outside his house at night and how he suffered financially by not being able to return to work.He also condemned the nature of the evidence and the media coverage of the case (the full victim impact statement is carried below.)“It was very hard to relive the night of the assault and it made me feel very vulnerable all over again. The court case itself was hard enough, but when I arrived home to be told that my case had been on social media (Irish Sun) and the story had been fabricated and blown out of proportion I was gutted.“The stories in the papers have affected me, my immediate family and not to mention my business. I was so upset that I could not face anyone for days or go to my work.“Again I was physically sick, could not sleep or function and was out money because I could not work myself. It has put a very big strain on my current relationship and family.“During the hearing of the case I felt like a criminal because of the evidence Mr McDaid gave, that was not relevant to the night or time of my assault, and then to have papers print that a lewd sex act was the cause of my assault has furthermore damaged me mentally, my immediate friends, family and business.“I want to move on from this but it will not be easy as I feel like I will be the one with a record because of Google and social media and the links to this case.“I would like to thank the court and jury and I hope that I can finally put closure on this matter and eventually try and move on with my life.”Barrister for McGettigan of Gemstone Park, Gleneely, Mr Peter Nolan said the incidents of Mr McLaughlin masturbating in the bar was “an essential part of the trial.”“It is necessary to clarify that he admitted to these allegations. He has to accept that this was an essential part of the trial,” he said.Judge Martin Nolan agreed but told Mr McLaughlin that this aspect of the case would be forgotten in time.“This evidence had to come out and it is unfortunate that he came to public notoriety. I hope other matters will come along and he will be forgotten about,” he said.A number of people spoke up on behalf of McGettigan including his current employer and his next door neighbours.However, the most heartfelt came from his sister Mairead, a community children’s nurse.She told the court that the family’s parents were both in their 70s and as the only son in the family, John regularly helped his father on the farm.She added that her brother didn’t want the family to come to court for the initial trial because he was protecting them and keeping them together as usual.Passing sentence, Judge Martin Nolan said the attack was at the higher end of the scale for Section 3 assaults.He described it as a “savage assault by any standards” and that he must sentence McGettigan by taking into account those facts.He said a baseball was a frightening weapon, that few people in Ireland played baseball and that most other people have baseball bats for other reasons than playing baseball.He said that he also accepted that if he sent him to jail that many other people including his family would suffer.But he added “On night in question, temper overcame you and you committed a huge misjudgement and it was pretty malicious.“It is distressing to impose such a sentence on a good man in many ways because putting you in prison will affect you and your family but because of the seriousness of the crime, a sentence is warranted in this case.”He sentenced McGettigan to four years in prison but suspended the last 18 months.* Victim impact statement of Darren McLaughlin“MY injuries sustained from my assault: I have been left with visual scars to my head, my leg and I have continuous pain in my fingers, hand and leg. Since the assault I have been affected psychologically. It has left me very nervous traveling home at night. It leaves me with the need to leave lights on inside and outside my house all night which makes me feel like a child.“After the assault I had to leave my rented house and move in with my family because I was afraid to live alone. But I did keep on my rented house.“After the assault I had loss of earnings due to not being able to work myself. I had to pay out for extra staff to cover the work I would normally have done. And I was also out monies because of medical expenses.“The assault made me very uneasy for a long time when I went back to work. I found myself making up stories about the assault because I was afraid that I might have been attacked again if I really mentioned who did it. This is totally out of character for me.“As a publican I found it very hard to get into any confrontations after the assault because I had no confidence any more.“For a long time and to this day I still feel the need not to take the direct route home and this has been made worse since the court hearing.“A day or two leading up to the court case I was extremely nervous and physically sick, so much so that my partner had to cover me at my work. When I went to court the next day I never expected my personal business and character to be discredited so maliciously.“It was very hard to relive the night of the assault and it made me feel very vulnerable all over again. The court case itself was hard enough, but when I arrived home to be told that my case had been on social media (Irish Sun) and the story had been fabricated and blown out of proportion I was gutted.“The stories in the papers have affected me, my immediate family and not to mention my business. I was so upset that I could not face anyone for days or go to my work.“Again I was physically sick, could not sleep or function and was out money because I could not work myself. It has put a very big strain on my current relationship and family.“During the hearing of the case I felt like a criminal because of the evidence Mr McDaid gave, that was not relevant to the night or time of my assault, and then to have papers print that a lewd sex act was the cause of my assault has furthermore damaged me mentally, my immediate friends, family and business.“I want to move on from this but it will not be easy as I feel like I will be the one with a record because of Google and social media and the links to this case.“I would like to thank the court and jury and I hope that I can finally put closure on this matter and eventually try and move on with my life.”Man who attacked pub landlord with baseball bat jailed for two and a half years was last modified: February 3rd, 2017 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:attackbaseballbatDarren McLaughlinFodenGleneelyJohn McGettiganJudge Martin NolanOrchard Barprison
Last week, a major story broke in every major news outlet across the globe. It turns out that the advice we have been given for years regarding the harmful effects of fat in our diet, were completely wrong.National dietary advice on fat consumption issued to millions of US and UK citizens in 1977 and 1983, to cut the incidence of coronary heart disease, lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up. It “should not have been introduced,” concludes research published in the online journal Open Heart. The article published in the BMJ’s Open Heart journal argues that dietary guidelines adopted by British authorities in the early 1980’s and still in use today are based on “very limited evidence”.The new research claims to show that women were excluded from trials to determine the relationship between fat and coronary heart disease and that the risks of saturated fats were not conclusively proven.The paper also exposes how the original research only focused on unhealthy men and that its findings did not explicitly call for new dietary guidelines to be imposed.Think about that for a minute. The study did not call for new dietary guidelines to be introduced, and yet they were? “It seems incomprehensible that dietary advice was introduced for 220 million Americans and 56 million UK citizens, given the contrary results from a small number of unhealthy men,” write the researchers.They go on to say: “The results of the present meta-analysis support the hypothesis that the available [randomised controlled trials] did not support the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in order to reduce [coronary heart disease] risk or related mortality.”And they conclude: “Dietary advice not merely needs review; it should not have been introduced.”But in a linked editorial, Rahul Bahl of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, offers a note of caution.The most up to date review of the evidence also concluded that the evidence on which current dietary guidance is based was “very limited,” but this doesn’t mean that the risk factor identified is not a true risk factor. “There is epidemiological and ecological evidence suggesting a link between dietary fat and heart disease, added to which public policies generally don’t require randomised controlled trial evidence,” he adds.“There is certainly a strong argument that an overreliance in public health on saturated fat as the main dietary villain for cardiovascular diseases distracted from the risks posed by other nutrients, such as carbohydrates,” he writes.“Yet replacing one caricature with another does not feel like a solution.”So what does this mean for us? What it means is that you should not fear foods like red meat, butter, cheese and cream.With any food, moderation is key.In contrast to saturated fats, trans fats, which are industrially produced and lurk under names like “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” will wreak havoc on your body.So what types of fat can we eat and are actually good for our health?(It is important to remember that this will work best if your diet is made up of whole foods rather than processed foods.)Foods like; Oily fish or omega 3 supplements (2-4 times per week), extra virgin olive oil, flax seeds, nuts (not peanuts), nut butters (almond, cashew), seeds, avocados, coconut oil, steak, minced steak, milk, cheese, Greek yoghurt, cottage cheese.These are a few choice sources of fat that you can include in your diet that, taken in moderation, can help improve a number of health issues in the body and may also help lose some stored body fat.#TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below. #TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: THE BIG FAT LIE was last modified: February 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:BIG FAT LIEemmet rusheFatfitness columnsaturated fattrans-fats
Sam Simbwa (left) has been in charge of URA as a care-taker (Photos by Agencies)URA FC sealed the acquisition of former Express FC head coach Sam Simbwa Bamweyana on a three year deal.Simbwa has been acting as care-taker for the last few games of the past season and although he initially said that it was on temporary, he has now turned it into a permanent role.Speaking after his appointment, Simbwa rubbished talk that he enjoys moving from one place to another.“I am not a journeyman like many people say, said Simbwa.“Name for me any other coach in Uganda apart from Fred Kajoba and Mike Mutebi that has spent more than two seasons at the same club.“That is just the nature of our job that when conditions worsen, you move on.“Take a look at Express, I won the trophy but there was no money to pay me, I am a professional coach and work to be paid.“At SC Villa Jogoo, the chairperson called for a change from nowhere so like i said, this is the nature of our job as coaches.Last season, Simbwa was in charge of URA for four games, winning one (2-1 away to Proline FC on the final day) and drawing the other three.During that period,he has sought for his back room staff and identified Robert Mukasa as his immediate assistant, former club legend Augustine Nsumba the second assistant and former Vipers goalkeeping coach Steven Billy Kiggundu as the new URA goalkeeping coach.Simbwa (second left) and his coaching staff pose for a photo with URA FC officialsThe trio has also been handed a three year tenure each and will be tasked to help Simbwa restore URA’s past glory.URA has won four league titles in their history, last winning it in the 2010/11 season.The others came 2006, 2006/07 and 2008/09 but it has come increasingly difficult of late like Paul Nkata can attest, to even contend for the league.Nkata was fired just before Simbwa came in and at the time of his (Nkata) departure, left URA only five points off relegation.Ssimbwa is one of the most experienced coaches in Uganda and the CECAFA region having coached more than 10 clubs.In Uganda, he has handled Entebbe Health, Military Police, Mbale Heroes, SC Victoria University, Express, KCCA, Sports Club Villa Jogoo, Soana, Police (Rwanda) and lately Sofapaka in Kenya.His last league triumph in the Uganda Premier league dates back to the 2011/12 season when he guided Express FC to their latest crown.Speaking about his targets at URA, Simba had this to say.“I thank URA FC for this opportunity given.“I am an experienced coach ready to use teamwork to get results.I will work and serve interests of football and this coming season, i want two trophies (Uganda Cup and league).Ssimbwa’s immediate task at hand will be rebuilding a stable dressing room, establishing a quality playing staff through affluent signings and restoring the faded club glory.URA FC has already embarked on preparations for the new season with test and trial matches for aspiring new players. Most recently, URA FC humiliated Kamwokya based RIFO Namataba 4-0 at the barren and dusty Kamwokya playground, along Kira road.Comments Tags: sam simbwaURA FC
SAN FRANCISCO — When a team has the worst record in the league, it’s time to experiment.Because of injuries and free agent defections, the Warriors (2-10) have gotten out to a disappointing start to the season. There may be no answers on the depleted roster, but coach Steve Kerr hasn’t stopped tinkering to find some sort of chemistry that could turn things around.Since Draymond Green returned from his finger injury, the Warriors’ starting lineup — D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Poole, Glenn …