Grange urges new JFF boss to focus on grass-roots development

first_imgKINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender, Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, has urged new president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, to put the spotlight on grassroots development. Ricketts won election at the weekend to complete the term of the late JFF president, Captain Horace Burrell. In a congratulatory message to the new JFF boss, Grange expressed confidence in his ability to lead Jamaica’s football “at a critical time of change”. In calling on Ricketts to pay particular attention to talent development Grange said: “Without a strong grass-roots programme, we will not sufficiently unearth and develop talent that will lead to exceptional results for Jamaica at the high performance level.” Minister Grange said she looked forward to an early meeting with the new president to discuss ideas to develop the beautiful game.last_img read more

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Discipline in schools

first_imgAdults in families are often to be blamed for the moral turpitude of the children under their care, and if inculcating false values into children is an instance of abuse, then many adults are guilty of both abuse and the misdemeanors that the children under their care commit. For instance, some children are encouraged by the adults in their lives to covet and steal the possessions of others.We will take the privilege of quoting some passages from an enlightening chronicle of times past, documented in an autobiography entitled ‘A Goodly Heritage’ and written by Elma Seymour, wife of A.J. Seymour, renowned Guyanese writer.(In the absence of their mother, who was visiting her elder daughter in the USA), Mrs Seymour related of their caregiver, “Aunt Car was truly a second mother to us, and papa left many of our problems in her hands. She was always helpful and kind. Besides, we all had to be very polite, well-mannered, and obedient; and no loose-talking or (loose) jesting was allowed in our home.“Aunt Car was always one for encouraging the members of the family, especially those who were married and had started to raise a family, to establish the ‘Family Altar’, where prayers and Bible reading were said daily every morning.”On the discipline and administration in the educational system, Mrs Seymour recorded, “The primary school system in those days was administered by a governing body for primary schools, and priests and ministers of the various denominational schools were appointed to monitor the administration of the schools. For example, at Carmel R.C., while I was there, Fr. McCaffrey was the priest who visited the school once or twice per month, to sign the payroll and the attendance register of teachers; look into any problem facing the head teacher; and sign in the logbook the date of his visit and any remarks he might have to make concerning the discipline of pupils or staff.”This was during the first PPP Government, when C.V. Nunes was the Minister of Education.There were also schools run by Hindu and Islamic organisations, with similar codes of conduct.The products of this system were decent, well-behaved law-abiding adults who believed in the basic principles of honour, respect for their fellow humans, and compassion for the less fortunate in society.The system involved training in decorum, deportment, and good manners, with the requisite and necessary inputs to achieving equitable intellectual, social and physical development, which started from the home, and which was strategically supported by a strong network involving the educational system and the community.Any objective observer can easily argue how far down the ladder we have descended in social behaviour from the days when Mrs Elma Seymour taught school. Rather than a practice where families “pray together” in order to “stay together”, they instead drink together and fight together, and the only solution to this rapid decay in the moral fabric of society is that a holistic approach be taken, as in the days of yore, wherein there is total involvement of societal sectors to upgrade and enhance social behavioural norms.The Government needs to take a pro-active approach in dealing with juvenile delinquency in a structured way, where children with severe discipline problems should be sent to obtain their education under rigid disciplinary conditions, which may serve to restore their sense of social responsibility.Teachers are constrained from punishing children because of widespread concerns about abuse, and the media reported a recent incident where a very dedicated teacher gave an erring student a few lashes and was severely persecuted by students, their parents, and officialdom.According to her, discipline has to be left completely to the parents, as teachers are allowed no latitude, despite the most provoking behaviour from troublemaking students, who even walk with weapons and threaten other students over trifling incidents.Parents, on the other hand, can withhold privileges within the home environment, but without a simultaneous programme, wherein the school is allowed some leeway, even with monitoring from officials from the Education Department, the problems of society will continue to deteriorate into an escalation of violent and aberrant behavior, where even authority figures will be helpless to contain.last_img read more

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Waning Rooney on brink of history

first_imgBut he goes into the games on the back of a 10-match league scoring drought — the longest of his Manchester United career — and facing questions as to whether he can still cut it as a top-level goal-scorer.Aside from a well taken hat-trick at Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round, Rooney has cut a sluggish figure in United’s campaign to date.Obliged to lead the line alone in manager Louis van Gaal’s single-striker system, he has looked isolated and off the pace, his touch betraying him, his famous explosiveness diminished.It has brought to mind the words uttered last year by Paul Scholes, Rooney’s former United team-mate, who said that Rooney’s premature emergence as a teenager means he may have reached his peak some years ago.Rooney himself has dismissed suggestions that he is past his best and has pointed with justification to a historical record that shows his fallow periods are frequently followed by flurries of goals.And yet there is no escaping the fact that he is no longer the game-changing force of nature, the rampaging bull, that burst onto the scene with Everton at the age of 16, earning him the nickname ‘the White Pele’.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described him as “the biggest England talent since I’ve arrived in England”, but the true weight of his achievements remains hard to measure.With United, who he joined from Everton in 2004, he has won almost everything, including five Premier League titles, two League Cups and the 2008 Champions League, and is the club’s third-highest scorer with 233 goals.– False dawns –He has scored some of the modern era’s great goals, including a stunning overhead bicycle kick against Manchester City in 2011, and was voted England’s Player of the Year in 2010 by both his peers and the country’s journalists.But for all that, there lingers a sense of potential unfulfilled, and nowhere is that feeling more pronounced than when his achievements with England are brought under consideration.It is now 11 years since he exploded onto the international football consciousness at Euro 2004 and the time since has brought nothing but false dawns and disappointments.Rooney admitted as much last year, after England’s meek group-stage exit at the World Cup in Brazil.“Obviously I’m not going to be as big a legend as Sir Bobby Charlton,” Rooney said. “He’s won the World Cup.”In purely statistical terms, however, Rooney’s England record stands up against anyone’s.He is only the ninth player to have represented England 100 times or more and with his 30th birthday still to fall, he is likely to surpass Peter Shilton’s all-time appearance record of 125 and improve Charlton’s goal-scoring mark by a healthy margin.“He has to rank right up there in the pantheon of English football’s finest,” says Gary Lineker, whose tally of 48 England goals Rooney matched with the winner in a 3-2 victory against Slovenia in June.Geoff Hurst, who scored the hat-trick against West Germany that gave England the 1966 World Cup, this week described Rooney as a “true great”, although he said Charlton’s role in that success set him apart.Lineker famously squandered an opportunity to equal Charlton’s record when he botched an attempted ‘Panenka’ penalty in a friendly against Brazil in 1992 on what was to prove one of his last England appearances.All-time great or not, Rooney is unlikely to finish his international career without adding to his tally.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England’s Wayne Rooney trains at St George’s Park on September 2, 2015, ahead of their Euro 2016 Group E qualifying match against San Marino in Serravalle on September 5. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, September 4- It is telling that although he stands on the verge of becoming England’s all-time leading goal-scorer, Wayne Rooney’s standing in the game remains a matter of debate.Ahead of back-to-back Euro 2016 qualifiers away to San Marino, on Saturday, and at home to Switzerland, on Tuesday, Rooney needs two goals to surpass Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49, which has stood for 45 years.last_img read more

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Contaminant discovered in well water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Perchlorate in high doses has been connected to thyroid problems. One part per billion is roughly the volume of one grain of sand in an Olympic-size swimming pool. The well, which taps into the deep Saugus Aquifer, is located within 1,000 feet of another well that was capped due to perchlorate contamination in 1998. Decades of munitions testing and manufacturing at the 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite property north of Soledad Canyon Road has left a chemical plume in the aquifer – one of Santa Clarita Valley’s prime water sources. Eight water wells – including NC-13 – have tested positive for perchlorate. Though officials are unsure about the exact size of the plume, studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suggest it is moving west and northwest, Diaz said. Officials with Whittaker Corp., which is charged with decontaminating the property, did not return calls for comment Monday. But Cole said the company will pay for the construction of a monitoring well between NC-13 and the Bermite property. NEWHALL – Trace amounts of perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, have been discovered in a Newhall County Water District well near the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site. Routine tests conducted several months ago detected presence of the chemical at well NC-13, located near the Circle J Ranch subdivision and Oakdale Canyon. The district continues to operate the well, but will conduct further tests and analyses, said General Manager Steve Cole. The amount of perchlorate found was minimal – from undetectable to up to 1.9 parts per billion, he said. State standards requiring agencies to report the presence of perchlorate is about 4 parts per billion, while the state recommended level for safe drinking water is about 6 parts per billion. “It was detected at a very low concentration,” Jose Diaz, project manager with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control overseeing cleanup at Whittaker-Bermite, said Monday. “We’re doing investigations in the general vicinity of that well to determine where the plume extends.” “They will be able to pull samples from those special zones as far as what effects it has on our wells in case of increase concentration,” he said. “It’ll give us data in overall risks that’s out there.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Woman to stand trial in death of parking valet

first_imgBURBANK – A woman who was eight months pregnant when she allegedly scuffled over a $5 parking fee with an elderly parking valet who later died was ordered Wednesday to stand trial. Hilda Stephanie Voskanian, 31, of Burbank pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 75-year-old Pedro Dorado of Hollywood. She was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 2 in Pasadena Superior Court. Burbank Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty found enough evidence to order a trial after hearing testimony from witnesses at a preliminary hearing, defense attorney James Epstein said. Police said Dorado suffered a head injury in the June 30 altercation outside Bellaj Reception Hall, 237 E. Olive Avenue. He later checked himself into the hospital and fell into a coma during treatment. He died July 18. Police arrested Voskanian two days later. Epstein said evidence will show his client acted in apparent self-defense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Alan Smith: Alexis Sanchez playing like a man who wants to leave

first_imgEx-Arsenal forward Alan Smith told talkSPORT Alexis Sanchez is not fully dedicated to the club.The Chilean, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer and could go for free next year.And Smith believes the foward’s poor start to the season speaks for itself.“Sanchez’ form hasn’t been brilliant,” he said, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He looks like a player whose mind perhaps is elsewhere, not committed to the club. “They’re not getting the best out of him and the quicker they can resolve the situation,  the better.“It looks like he’s just going to walk away for free in the summer. That’s disastrous from a business point of view.”Another player whose contract runs out in the summer is Jack Wilshere.The midfielder is expected to start when the Gunners meet Liverpool on Friday night in what could prove to be a top-four crunch tie.Smith believes the Englishman will be desperate to grab the opportunity in Aaron Ramsey’s absence and prove that he deserves a new deal.He added: “He’s pretty much at full fitness, he’s pumped up, he’ll want to be proving a point out there and if he has a good game that’ll certainly make Arsene Wenger think.“The manager’s been looking to see Jack go through a period without getting injured and to show that he can stay in the team.“He gives Arsenal something they haven’t got. I don’t know whether they would offer him a contract or not.“I’m just pleased he’s back in the frame now.”last_img read more

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‘The fans are worse than angry’ – Lingard slammed for obscene social media video

first_img Lingard has been accused of caring more about his image and social media presence than his work on the pitch Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:56Loaded: 8.48%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Does he actually think that’s going to benefit him?“I don’t think there’s ever been as much of a gulf between the top players and the fans. Young fans are looking for role models – that isn’t a role model.“Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Sir Alex Ferguson, imagine them watching that – what are they thinking?” Ally McCoist has told Manchester United star Jessie Lingard to be a better role model for young fans after posting another embarrassing video on social media.The England international has been active on social media throughout a post-season break in Miami with Marcus Rashford, but has done more than show his questionable taste in fashion. 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Shopping in the Epcot Countries – Get to Know China

first_imgShare This!Epcot’s World Showcase countries are a magical entree into the world at large. Even if you can’t get to China or France or Morocco, you can gain some insight into the culture of those places through the attractions, architecture, and food represented in the Epcot pavilions. But let’s face it, one of the key enticements of the World Showcase pavilions is the shopping. Even if you’ll never get to London, you can get souvenirs from the United Kingdom without ever leaving Florida.We’re going on a tour of the shopping opportunities in Epcot’s World Showcase countries — this time we’re visiting China. Bear in mind that the merchandise mix in the parks is constantly changing. While all the photos in these posts were taken in the first half of 2019, it’s quite possible that some of these specific items will be gone by the time you visit. They will, however, give you the flavor of what you can expect to find as you shop around the World Showcase.The China pavilion has one of the largest stores in the World Showcase, featuring one of the wider arrays of merchandise, from $1 trinket toys on up ceramic and jade objects costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re with a group with a range of shopping interests, China be near the top of your visit list.Clothing and AccessoriesThe clothing, accessories, and jewelry sold in China range from traditional silk and silver to items with no demonstrably Chinese origin. You might find a silk dress for a heritage pageant, or some comfy silk PJs, a tee or sweatshirt embellished with signs of the Chinese zodiac, a plain black leather purse, or almost anything else. Toys and GamesLook for plush creatures, puzzles, games, and other toys small and large. Many of these items have a panda theme, which makes sense this being China. Some of these items are similar to the panda toys sold at the Animal Kingdom. Sadly, there are no actual pandas at Walt Disney World. Home DecorChina sells home decor items that range from truly elegant porcelain vases, to items that are not particularly elegant, but that may be amusing. There is also a large wall of swords for sale in the China pavilion – let’s assume they’re decorative. FoodGiven the size of the China pavilion shops, there is relative lack of food items sold here. Most of the stock is related to tea or candy, with some bottled beverages as well.center_img MiscellaneousThe China pavilion shops sell lots of things that are, well, things. Some of these items are practical, like stationery or books. For other things, you may not be really sure what they are or why they’re there, but they’re awesome and you want them. What do you like to buy in China? Do you have a favorite item you’ve purchased there? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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African communicators coming to Johannesburg

first_imgThey will be attending the third annual 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference. The conference will be held in Johannesburg on July 29 and 30.The theme of the 2008 Conference is ‘Africa’s time has come, Mobilising for 2010 and beyond’. This is a call to action to everyone to stand up and be counted. It is derived from South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which was themed ‘Africa’s time has come – South Africa is ready’.The many entities that work within the shared communication framework of South Africa’s 2010 National Communication Partnership include Government Communication Information Systems (GCIS) the International Marketing Council (IMC), Proudly South African, the South African 2010 FIFA World Cup™, SA Tourism, private sector and Civil Society.Explains Nkenke Kekana, the Chairperson of the 2010 National Communication Partnership, “We want to achieve a coherent and action-oriented plan. That is why the conference this year is held over two days as against the one day conferences we held in 2006 and 2007. The conference will make it possible for African communicators to exchange ideas and practical suggestions on how to improve the continent’s image and reputation in the world, using the opportunities presented by the 2010 World Cup”.“It is also a way to build African solidarity and to foster a climate that contributes to African growth and development”, said Nkwenkwe Nkomo, the Co-Chairperson of the 2010 National Communication Partnership.The first day of the conference will have a South African focus, and delegates will be introduced to the United South Africa Campaign.The second day will focus on sharing the Partnership’s communication framework for the next two years and the emphasis will be on Africa. One of the highlights will be a presentation by a Public Relations expert from Africa who will address the way to mobilise, communicate and market the continent.Ends.Issued by:Meropa Communications on behalf of The National Communication PartnershipFor more information, please contact:Lauretta Theys: 011 772 1000/ 083 444 4755laurettat@meropa.co.za orPamela Dlamini: 011 772 1000// 082 686 2198pamelad@meropa.co.zaGosebo Mathope IMC: 078 784 3724gosebom@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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