The Wright View | Don’t abuse Rodgers

first_img ‘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.last_img read more

FEU didn’t show its real game in Ateneo loss, says Pons

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The Lady Eagles, though, had no plans letting them stretch that to five.Fresh from their four-set loss against De La Salle at the end of the first round, the Lady Eagles only had one thing in mind and that was to get back on the winning track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Tamaraws, who were still at cloud nine before the start of the match, came crashing back to earth when the Lady Eagles swooped down on them in quick fashion, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.“We were coming off a win, so the tendency was we would kind of relaxed a bit so we would slow down,” said Pascua in Filipino. “Ateneo was coming off a loss so they had nowhere to go but up.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Compton rues Alaska’s freethrow woes in quarterfinals exit FEU lost in every scoring area of the game with Ateneo taking a 38-27 advantage in spikes, a 6-4 edge in blocks, and a 5-3 lead in aces.“We had really high morale after the first round because we just came off a win so we were really confident that we can beat Ateneo,” said captain Bernadeth Pons in Filipino. “But that confidence was gone when we played, our desire to win didn’t materialize.”Pons, who was averaging 16 points a game before Ateneo, scored a season-low five points but she’s confident they can improve on their 5-3 record.“We have to find ourselves once more because what we displayed in that game wasn’t our real game,” said Pons. There are still more opponents for us to face so we’ll just have to bounce back.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Far Eastern University entered its match against Ateneo on Wednesday as the hottest team in the league with a four-game winning streak in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

Armed bandit chops off guard’s fingers in robbery

first_imgA security guard had two of his fingers severed when he was attacked by a lone bandit on Monday evening in New Amsterdam, Berbice.Jadesh Gealall of Kent Street New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), who works with Integrated Security Service, was on duty at Mount Sinai Nursery when he was attacked and robbed of his cellular phone.The lone masked bandit, who was armed with a cutlass, went to the school at about 23:30h where he confronted the 36-year-old security and demanded him to hand over his Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $56,000. During the robbery, the security guard was chopped to his knee and hand. Two of his fingers were severed as a result.The bandit then made good his escape.Gealall was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He remains a patient at the medical facility.Police are investigating the incident.last_img read more

2009 North Peace Fall Fair Underway

first_imgThe North Peace Fall Fair gets underway today at the Fall Fair Grounds. This is the 62nd time this event has been held.The fair started in 1929 where Robert Ogilvie now stands and over the years grew to it’s current location about 21km North of town on the Rose Prairie Road. The Fair features all kinds of exhibits, plus enetertainment, a tractor pull and more.Below is a map to the grounds- Advertisement -View North Peace Fall Fair Location in a larger mapPlus you can start your day with the annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the City of Fort St. John and the Sunrise Rotary Club…that starts each day at 7am.The cost for a family of four is $25, Single adult $10, students 6-13 $5 Seniors & under 6 free. This entitles you to enter the gate draw and gives you access to all the events.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local Doctor recipient of prestigious award

first_img“Dr. Mackey is a committed GP, a pioneer in his profession, and a dedicated mentor,” said Dr. Richard Moody, North Peace Division of Family Practice, Chair. “He has made significant and lasting contributions to patient health care in Fort St. John and deserves to be acknowledged for all he has done for our community and the North Peace Division.”“The BCCFP has over 4,000 family physician members and annually recognizes outstanding family physicians from across the province in several categories that include Rural Family Physician, Community Family Physician, Teacher, Researcher and Excellence in Contribution. Dr. Mackey is an outstanding rural family doctor who practices in Fort St John,” said Dr. Lisa Gaede, Past-President and Awards Committee Chair.Dr. Mackey has been practicing family medicine in Fort St. John since 1995. He is also a GP anesthetist, obstetrician and until recently provided ER coverage in addition to running a busy family practice office. He was a provincial leader in patient self-management and the first GP in Fort St. John to hold a Group Medical Appointment.- Advertisement -As Site Director for the Peace Liard Family Medicine Residency Program since its inception in 2008, he has been instrumental in training and recruiting rural doctors. It is to his credit that some residents have chosen to remain in the community.Dr. Mackey is also known for his professional leadership to his peers. He has served on the Rural Issues Committee of the Doctors of BC for 14 years and was instrumental in guiding his colleagues towards the installation of an office Electronic Medical Records system.A father of four, Dr. Mackey is also an active community member. He is involved in local choral groups, soccer, bands, and the Stage North theatre group.Advertisementlast_img read more

Help! Players rescue ambulance in Brazilian league game

first_imgMedics took the decision to transport him to hospital, but the ambulance refused to start after Silva was loaded into the vehicle.Players then joined forces to help push the stricken ambulance off the pitch at the Mane Garrincha Stadium.“It’s the first time I’ve seen that. It’s a lamentable scene. I thought the driver was kidding but he insisted the ambulance wouldn’t start and asked for our help,” Flamengo defender Rever told match was interrupted for more than 10 minutes and finished in a 1-1 draw, and Silva was eventually discharged from hospital on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Players from both sides briefly put their allegiances aside to help the stricken ambulance © AFP / Pedro MARTINSBRASILIA, Brazil, Sep 17 – A Brazilian league match between Rio de Janeiro rivals Vasco da Gama and Flamengo gave way to surreal scenes as footballers from both sides came to the aid of an ambulance that broke down on the pitch while transporting an injured player to hospital.Vasco midfielder Bruno Silva crumpled to the ground near the end of Saturday’s game in Brasilia after a clash of heads with a team-mate, and briefly lost consciousness.last_img read more

Nzonzi, Dzeko score as Roma move third in Serie A

first_img0Shares0000World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi scored his first goal for Roma. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMILAN, Italy, Oct 7 – Steven Nzonzi and Edin Dzeko scored in either half as resurgent Roma won their fourth consecutive game to move third in Serie A with a 2-0 win over promoted Empoli in Tuscany on Saturday.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side had slumped to ninth after a four-game winless streak, but jumped into the top three with a win over second-from-bottom Empoli. French World Cup winner Nzonzi headed in his first goal for Roma since his move from Sevilla in the 36th minute, with Bosnian ace Dzeko following his midweek Champions League hat-trick against Viktoria Plzen by wrapping up the points five minutes from time.Roma are now ten points behind leaders Juventus — who have a maximum 24 points after eight games — and one point adrift of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli who host Sassuolo on Sunday.“The main thing is we’re back winning,” said Dzeko.“It wasn’t an easy period but we worked our way through it, we have now won four games in a row heading into the international break and we have fixed things a bit.”Teenage defender Luca Pellegrini got his first Roma start, with midfielder Javier Pastore and centre-back Aleksandar Kolarov injured.Lorenzo Pellegrini sent a free-kick over for Nzonzi to get the opener with Empoli proving wasteful.Ismael Bennacer rattled the woodwork for the hosts after the break with Francesco Caputo blazing a penalty over the crossbar on 58 minutes after a Cengiz Under handball.But Dzeko grabbed the second, collecting a Stephan El Shaarawy through ball to fire into the roof of the net.Roma have now won their last four games over Frosinone, Lazio, Viktoria Plzen and Empoli, for a total of 14 goals with just one conceded.But Di Francesco insisted there was room for improvement.“We made a few too many mistakes and tended to switch off at times. That’s why I changed the system in the second half.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTHIS is what is left of a Lough Swilly bus after vandals set fire to it in Inishowen.The 50-seater vehicle is nothing more than a shell after the blaze near the beach at Culdaff.Local people say they are shocked that recent acts of vandalism in the area have escalated to this. “It is just beyond comprehension,” one local mother told today.“It’s very hard to understand the mentality of the people who would wantonly destroy property like this.”A neighbour told us: “Culdaff is one of the most beautiful places in the country and it is being destroyed by mindless idiots.“When you see that (bus) sitting there, it’s like we live in a warzone. It isn’t exactly a great advertisement for tourists either.” Local Gardai are investigating the incident and have appealed to anyone with information to contact them at Carndonagh or Buncrana. GARDAI LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER LOUGH SWILLY BUS IS BURNED OUT was last modified: April 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER LOUGH SWILLY BUS IS BURNED OUTlast_img read more


first_imgA young French au pair is looking for a host family in the Letterkenny area to work with for the summer months.Miriam, 17, has good English but wants to improve her English with a host family for the coming weeks until August 31st.She has a full CV and is a non-smoker who plans to return to France to study law at university. She is very pleasant and a non-smoker.As well as light housework, she is available to baby-sit.Anybody who is interested in meeting Miriam can contact us at and we will pass on your details.  DONEGAL FAMILY SOUGHT FOR AU PAIR FOR SUMMER MONTHS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 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:au pairdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

People are sheltering those involved in murder of man in Buncrana – Gardai

first_imgGardaí say they believe a number of people are sheltering those involved in the murder of a man in Inishowen.Andrew Allen was killed in front of his partner at his home in Links View Park, Buncrana on February 9, 2012.The 24 year old was shot a number of times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Gardai have renewed their appeal for information in relation to his murder, and believe that a number of people were involved in the “destruction of evidence.”A silver Vauxhall Cavalier believed to be involved in the murder was found on fire in Fahan shortly after the shooting.There has been a number of arrests in connection with the investigation but nobody has ever been charged.Gardai particularly want to speak to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around the scene of the shooting or where the burning car was located. The scene of the murder of Andrew Allen in Buncrana in 2012.A spokesman said “An Garda Siochana are grateful for all the witnesses that have come forward and made statements but gardai believe that there are still people in both Buncrana and Derry city who have information that may assist with the investigation.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 93 20540, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.People are sheltering those involved in murder of man in Buncrana – Gardai was last modified: February 10th, 2018 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:Andrew Allenbuncranamurderlast_img read more