‘BIG MONEY’ TRANSFER APPROVAL So, another chapter in the sordid affairs governing children at play, when “big money” is involved. The letter of the day from a member of the Jamaican Bar Association that appeared in this newspaper on Friday, March 17, reminds me of the present state of affairs in the English Premier League. Arsene Wenger, the man in charge of Arsenal Football Club has been reappointed year after year to lead the team to success, anywhere – the EPL, the Champions League … anywhere. He has failed year after year, yet year after year, he promises “soon”. The author of the letter in question has been leading the charge of athletes who run afoul of the regulations of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission, year after year, and has failed year after year to find success. Therefore, who is to blame? The referee, the pitch, the schedule, the tribunal, the procedure, the opinion writers? The list seems endless because under no circumstance must the finger be pointed where the blame really lies. Fans of Arsenal are asking “when will we win one?” Could there be a similar call here in Jamaica? Young Rodgers had his application to transfer to Kingston College (KC) approved and left his native land Uganda in time to fulfil the requirements of a successful transfer. However, a series of blunders, between airline staffers and German Embassy officials, resulted in a planned arrival in Jamaica on or around August 24, being transformed to his physical arrival here on October 16 and arriving on the doorsteps of KC on October 18 last year. Since his arrival, young Rodgers has excelled academically, and more important, it seems, has proven to be an exceptionally gifted middle- to long-distance runner. This has resulted in the young man becoming a firm candidate to earn 18 points for his school in the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) according to those who have become, by virtue of historical success, experts in making such predictions. His academic success in class (98% in a recent mathematics exam, according to his headmaster) seems to be of little interest to educators of rival schools. What has irked some of these leaders is the fact that he now has the potential to be a major factor in the ‘fight’ between the top schools to win at Champs, thus qualifying for mind-boggling monetary rewards, previously unheard of in this annual athletics competition. Thus the win-at-all-cost mantra of once-upon-a-time friendly rivalry among schools has resulted in a bizarre breach of accepted protocol regarding decisions made by the executive of Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), the body of principals who control Champs, and the threatened withdrawal of one of the major players in Champs from participating in some of the pre-Champs ceremonies. This has resulted in a flurry of unsupportive comments on social media, and a call from a sports journalist for KC to ban this child from representing his school at Champs. The effect of all of this … “He is unhappy. He feels down, especially when he goes on Facebook and sees everything that is being said about him”, to quote his headmaster at KC, Dave Myrie, “The result of the objection of a rival school which, as revealed by the head of ISSA, has benefited from a similar ruling of ISSA in the past, is the mental and psychological abuse of a child!” An objection that has absolutely no chance of success if we are to believe the facts behind the decision of the executive of ISSA as outlined by the president. The response in Jamaica to the consistent and persistent abuse of its children has resulted in the formation of different organisations whose main aim is to sensitise us, the citizens, of the scope of the problem; and to identify ways to combat this blot on our yearning to be civilised. Betty Ann Blaine’s group, Hear the Children’s Cry, has made impressive headway in fulfilling this mandate. However, abuse continues apace, and the now increasing aggressive posture of new groups is causing mainstream Jamaica to respond in ways that appear to view protest as worthy of ‘lock down’. The continued abuse of our children is not limited, however, to physical and sexual abuse. The consistent and persistent psychological abuse of our young population is nurtured and perpetrated by some of the very organisations tasked with protecting our children from mental and psychological abuse. The brouhaha surrounding the (successful) attempt of those tasked with the upbringing of Ugandan teenager Arymanya Rodgers to come to Jamaica to live and continue his education brings into sharp focus the ‘abuse’ of a child.
The successful rescue of over 400 street children and re-uniting them with their parents and guardians by Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), through the assistance of Street Child UK was celebrated during its one anniversary last Tuesday in Monrovia with SCoL recommitting itself to children’s welfare.Speaking at its Monrovia headquarters, Program Director Michael John Bull reflected on the difficult road he traveled to get the association started.“I began with four volunteers in 2013,” he said, pointing out the challenges he accepted when he was requested to travel from Sierra Leone to Liberia to help organize the Liberian version.Without funds, he said he accepted the challenge and after going through many difficulties, including spending four hours in a police detention in Monrovia for delaying a payment, the organization took off.He told the gathering of volunteers and others that he had no regret for the sacrifices that he went through during the initial organization of Street Child of Liberia.He expressed appreciation for the support of SCoL’s volunteers as well as Street UK and challenged them to recommit themselves to rescue the most vulnerable section of the Liberian society, street children.Earlier, Street Child of Liberia’s Board chairman Thomas Blah briefly narrated the challenges before, during and after the organization was set up and commended program director Bull and the volunteers for their exceptional work.He encouraged the volunteers to accept ownership of Street Child of Liberia to ensure that should Director Bull transition to another level in his career choice, “They will be able to grow to another level.”Mr. Samuel N. Burnette, Jr, who served as the soccer coach and took nine young boys to participate in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil, expressed his excitement and the positive image built by the players during their two weeks’ stay in Brazil.He noted that Street Child is not all about football, but the experience in Brazil rekindled his faith in the good that can come from children who are rescued from the streets.“These nine players are our ambassadors to direct other Liberian kids to positive work,” Burnette said.One of the early volunteers, Ms. Musu Rogers told the gathering the challenges inherent in the identification, recruitment, tracing and re-uniting street children with their parents and guardians and said it was worth the effort.“I want to comment Program Director Bull and all the volunteers for our achievement,” she said.Public Relations Officer, Ms. Tarsha M. Jackson described the one-year achievement as a milestone.She recounted her initial uncertainty of the organization since there had been many organizations with similar dreams that did not succeed.“In the course of time I regain hope and confidence of what we set to achieve and today I’m grateful that we reached a milestone,” Tarsha said.Street Child of Liberia provides educational and business grants to families whose children are under its program. The children are mainly identified and collected from the streets of Monrovia and Buchanan and it plans expansion in its second year, a member said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Easter Sunday 3k 2011 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club 1 102 8.45 Conor Bradley – City of Derry 2 120 9.03 Pauric Mc Kinney – Letterkenny A C 3 145 9.06 James Flanagan – Tír Chonaill A C 4 106 9.21 Neil Gibbons – Letterkenny A C 5 104 9.26 Garvin Walker – Letterkenny A C 6 105 9.27 Kevin Ferry – Letterkenny A C 7 133 9.27 Gavin Crawford – 24/7 Triathlon 8 146 9.28 Leo Murray – Tír Chonaill A C 9 125 9.29 Kieran Mc Bride – Letterkenny A C 10 144 9.31 Paul Mc Glinchey – Letterkenny A C 11 126 9.33 Ivan Toner – Letterkenny A C 12 154 9.47 Darragh Mc Daid – Letterkenny A C 13 130 9.56 Paul Cullen – 24/7 Triathlon 14 103 9.57 Barry Meehan – Letterkenny A C 15 137 10.02 Brian Crossan – Individual 16 136 10.06 Ryan Porter – Finn Valley A C 17 159 10.11 Humprey Murphy – Letterkenny A C 18 131 10.12 Paul Doherty – 24/7 Triathlon 19 111 10.13 Robert Bigger – Civil Service 20 127 10.14 Paddy Mc Bride – Letterkenny A C 21 158 10.15 Darragh Crossan – Letterkenny A C 22 119 10.15 Joe English – Letterkenny A C 23 114 10.18 Aidan Mc Kenna – Letterkenny A C 24 150 10.21 Brian Ferry – Individual 25 116 10.24 Marcus Mc Clintock – Letterkenny A C 26 110 10.31 Keith Downey – Individual 27 142 10.33 Michael Duffy – Individual 28 121 10.41 Pat Gallagher – Inishowen A C 29 122 10.42 Padraig Friel – Letterkenny A C 30 153 10.42 Pat O’ Donnell – Individual 31 123 10.48 Glen Duncan – Letterkenny A C 32 148 10.59 Seamus Sweeney – Rosses A.C. 33 113 11.00 Ben George – Letterkenny A C 34 147 11.01 Pauric Kelly – 24/7 Triathlon 35 141 11.04 Gerry Gribbons – Individual 36 108 11.05 Neil Mc Collum – Letterkenny A C 37 151 11.10 Garvin Mc Closkey – Letterkenny A C 38 117 11.10 Maura Kearns – Donore Harriers 39 156 11.14 Zach Mc Gowan – City Of Derry 40 149 11.21 Noleen Porter – Finn Valley A C 41 132 11.24 Jerome Burke – Individual 42 107 11.27 Malcolm Mc Causland – City Of Derry 43 112 11.29 Paddy Fox – Cranford A C 44 109 11.38 Gabrial Crossan – Letterkenny A C 45 101 11.49 Frankie Mc Ginley – Individual 46 128 11.50 Mattie Sweeney – Letterkenny A C 47 129 11.51 Steve Sweeney – Letterkenny A C 48 152 12.00 Gerard Mc Gettigan – Individual 49 135 12.18 David Ward – Individual 50 140 12.22 Paul Cosgrove – Letterkenny A C 51 134 12.38 Martin Greene – Rosses A.C. 52 143 12.54 Sharron Greene – Letterkenny A C 53 155 12.56 Hanah Mc Gowan – City Of Derry 54 118 12.57 Graine Kearns – Individual 55 138 12.58 Edward Duffy – Individual 56 124 12.58 Irene Mc Fadden – Letterkenny A C 57 157 13.05 Charlie Joe Mc Ginley – Letterkenny A C 58 115 13.28 Pat Mc Kenna – Letterkenny A C Total Runners: 58 LETTERKENNY AC EASTER SUNDAY 3K RESULTS was last modified: April 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Easter Sunday 3k resultsLetterkenny AC