STETHS coach heading to Wolmer’s? … They’ll have to move a mountain to take him – principal

first_img Multimillion-dollar contract Sources have informed The Gleaner that Walcott has been offered a multimillion-dollar contract, which represents a 10 times improvement on his current deal with STETHS. Wellington, who praised Walcott for his work over the years in transforming STETHS into one of the strongest programmes in the country, however, maintains that there is no indication that his prized asset will be changing locations ahead of the coming season. The ISSA vice-president added that he has spoken to the coach, who he says informed him of an interest from Wolmer’s, but gave no indication that he will, in fact, be leaving. “I would have spoken to him; he volunteered to speak with me and I still have no information that he is heading to Wolmer’s, whether from the reports or the conversation I have had with him,” Wellington said. “Nothing I have read or heard says he is going to Wolmer’s. I have read where he is the person being targeted by Wolmer’s, and based on the conversation I have had with him, that is as much as I know as well. “… He (Walcott) is the target of their (Wolmer’s) interest, but I don’t know that he is going there,” Wellington noted. Of note, Walcott is currently a member of the MVP Track Club support staff, providing technical support at training sessions and is a feature at the club’s local exercises, overseas camps and international competition. Walcott, who first arrived at STETHS as a 12-year-old in seventh grade, returned to coach the team after four years of study at the University of Technology. He is in his fourth year at the helm of the programme. He is today considered to be one of the best young minds in track and field coaching and was rewarded for his work with head coach duties for Jamaica’s team to the recent Carifta Games in Grenada, where the team won 86 medals. This year, STETHS finished fifth in the boys’ section at Champs with 100 points and seventh in the female section with 71 points. Last year’s effort saw the Santa Cruz-based team also taking fifth place in the boys’ section (132 points) and ninth in the female section (51 points). In the 2014 instalment, STETHS again finished fifth in the boys’ section with 123 points and eighth in the female side on 65 points. Principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Keith Wellington, said he has not been informed that his track and field head coach, Reynaldo Walcott, is heading to Wolmer’s Boys’ School and is confident it will take a massive effort to poach his prized coach. As earlier reported on www.jamaica-gleaner.com, Walcott is strongly tipped to take over the reins at the Heroes Circle-based institution after its entire coaching staff headed by Christopher Harley was shown the door following another disappointing season, which culminated in a ninth place finish and 50-point tally at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. This follows the school’s back-to-back sixth-place finishes in the boys’ section at the 2015 and 2014 championships. Harley was said to have lost the confidence of several influential members of the Wolmer’s community, such as MVP Track Club coach Stephen Francis, who has been a long-time supporter of the programme. “I am confident that it will take a mountain to move him (Walcott) from St Elizabeth Technical,” Wellington told The Gleaner yesterday. “If he is going to move, those interested will have to plan to move a mountain.”last_img read more

Follow The Trace | Bailey was not ordinary, Mr Blaine, you were!

first_imgThe now-confirmed pronouncement of the current director of football at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Vin Blaine, that it was his expert opinion three years ago that current Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey was an ordinary player in the context of a Jamaican Under-17 squad, is a poignant index of one of what has gone so destructively wrong with Jamaica’s football in recent years. Blaine can no longer deny that he made the asinine pronouncement as the recorded proof of his January 23 comments on the IRIE FM sports talk show What’s The Score was reproduced and played on Hitz 92 FM’s Sports Explosion for all of Jamaica and the world to hear. In this clip, he clearly contradicts himself, saying the words he so forthrightly claimed he did not say, as he concisely referred to Bailey, “he was an ordinary player, as far as I was concerned,” leaving egg all over the face of Blaine. This turn of events once again shows the myopia, incompetence and disdain regarding local talent that has characterised Jamaica’s football leadership and stagnated the development of our young players over the years. By all reports, Bailey had been light years ahead of his peers during his developmental years playing football in Jamaica. He won MVP awards for age group competitions while three years younger than the average age of these groups; he was top scorer and top player in under-13 competitions at 11; he was the stand out player at the under-15 level at 12 and 13. In a Jamaican context, Leon Bailey is an outstanding talent, not an average player. Blaine and the rest of the Jamaican football establishment have been proven to be absolutely and embarrassingly wrong, and deserve every ounce of criticism and heat they have been getting on this issue. Further and more damaging indictment of the JFF’s flawed systems and short-sightedness came when young Bailey was taken into Europe and a year or two later numerous reputable football coaches, including former Holland international, Ronald De Boer, waxed lyrical about the quality of the young Jamaican. De Boer said that Bailey’s speed in combination with his technique is rare, and that the young player had no weak points. Top Belgian team KRC Genk eventually signed Bailey, where he created major waves in this established football powerhouse, before top German club Bayer Leverkusen forked out nearly £13 million to add the teenager to its roster. Blaine and the JFF should hang their heads in shame. Blaine is perhaps unlucky to be attracting all the personal vitriol. After all, he is merely the victim of a flawed system and from an era of thinking that, to my mind, still does not respect the talent of Jamaican players as a whole, and are even less sold on young Jamaican players. The clichÈd rhetoric aside, the recent record is there for all to see. The fulcrum of Jamaica’s senior football programme has been the wholesale pursuit of England-born players who the federation routinely sought, and begged to represent Jamaica. If the Reggae Boyz had made it into the final round of World Cup qualifying, we would not be having this conversation. The exploits of Leon Bailey would quite likely be swept away by the JFF’S self-vindication for what they were doing. It might well have been a blessing in disguise that the World Cup campaign derailed that early, in order to force the current progressive narrative and the actions of the structured development of young Jamaican players. The questions must be asked though: How many young and promising Leon Baileys have Jamaican football officials condemned as being ordinary, or worse, over the years? If Blaine remains a part of the technical leadership of the football, how many more potential Leon Baileys will he destroy and condemn as ordinary players? Embarrassingly wronglast_img read more

Windies face uphill task

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Fourteen wickets tumbled as a contest, which ambled lazily for the first three days, suddenly sprang to life on the fourth, leaving West Indies with the ominous task of surviving today’s final day to deny Pakistan a historic series win in the Caribbean.On a topsy-turvy day of the decisive third Test at Windsor Park, West Indies were bowled out in their first innings for 247, as the outstanding rookie seamer Mohammad Abbas claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests with five for 46.Armed with a lead of 129, Pakistan slumped to 90 for seven in their second innings as West Indies wrested control before the visitors rebounded to declare on 174 for eight.IMPROBABLE 304Set an improbable 304 to win on a turning pitch, West Indies ended on seven for one, still requiring a further 297 runs of their target.They casualty was left-hander Kieran Powell (4), who pushed forward uncertainly to the third last ball of the day from leg-spinner Yasir Shah, for Shan Masood at silly point to come up with a brilliant, low one-handed catch.Earlier, West Indies’ hope of getting close to Pakistan’s first-innings total of 376 were dashed as Abbas ran through the lower order to pick up four of the five wickets to fall for the addition of just 29 runs.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah failed to add to his tally, finishing with three for 126.Roston Chase, who retired hurt on 60 last evening, returned to top-score with 69 while captain Jason Holder finished unbeaten on 30.The hosts were stunned in the first over of the morning when wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich lazily wafted at a wide ball and played on to seamer Mohammad Amir off the fourth delivery without adding to his overnight 20.However, Chase and Holder held up Pakistan briefly in a small 21-run, seventh-wicket stand, offering West Indies precious hope.last_img read more

Senate Concurs With Lower House On US$563.6M National Budget

first_imgThe Liberian Senate during one its regular sittingsThe Senate with a vote of nine for, three against and no abstention, concurred with the House of Representatives to pass the National Budget for the fiscal year in the tune of US$563,563,432 million.The Senate received the passed budget from the House of Representatives on Thursday, but voted to send it to its Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget for review and recommendation to plenary at its agreed extraordinary session on Friday.At the poorly-attended special sitting, the committee, which formed part of the joint committee that conducted hearings in preparation of the budget, through its chair and co-chair, Senators Edward Dagoseh and Henry Yallah respectively, recommended that the Act, which takes effect July 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2018, be concurred “for the expenditure of the Government of Liberia…”It can be recalled that the government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning recently submitted as Core Revenue Envelop as per FY2017/2018 Draft Budget to the tune of US$523,560,312; with Contingent Revenue Envelope per FY2017/2018 Draft Budget of US$2,987,688, totaling US$526,548,000.According to the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, during the hearings, adjustments were made in three areas including: tax revenue, US$692,261.00; adjustment in non-tax revenue, US$18,891,797; and adjustment to World Bank Loan/Grant US$5,000,000.The committee’s report also showed “additional brought forward from FY2016/2017 in consolidated fund in the amount of US$1,847,708; total additional core amounted to US$25,047,244.”With respect to the Contingent Revenue, the report shows an additional revenue from adjustment in tax revenue, US$6,218,188; adjustment in non-tax revenue, US$750,000; and adjustment to WB MCC (Road Fund) $5,000,000, which brings total additional contingent to the amount of US$11,968,188; total additional revenue amounts to US$37,015,432, bringing the Total Adjusted Revenue for FY2017/2018 to US$563,563,432 million.It is interesting to note that none of the presidential aspirants in the Senate, Senators Prince Y. Johnson, Oscar Cooper and George Manneh Weah, or even Senator Jewel Howard Taylor running mate to Sen. Weah, participated in the vote to pass the budget, which would be used by any of them, should they become victorious in the October elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Saving seniors from tax scams

first_imgSome of those who filed their income-tax forms at the last minute are soon to receive their refund checks, and there are plenty of people out there ready to help spend them. And some of those people – con artists – have ideas of their own when it comes to separating tax refunds from victims, especially the elderly. Home Instead, an organization that provides in-home, nonmedical care to seniors, would like the public to be on alert for such cons. Janice Hall, general manager of Home Instead’s Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville offices, said tax-season fraud is the same as any other time of the year. Contractor, lottery and Internet fraud are some of the more common scams floating around that seem particularly targeted at seniors, she said. But in some cases, these contractors offer to make unnecessary repairs, she said. The usual gamut of scams is also a danger during this time of year, she said. These include lottery and Internet fraud scams. Seniors often fall prey to identity thieves because they are unaware of how to protect their Social Security number, Hall said. “Seniors who live by themselves are isolated and befriend people easily,” she said. “Just because people want to talk to you doesn’t mean they want to be your friend, which is very sad.” Hall advises seniors who get phone calls soliciting them for donations to check out these charities thoroughly before sending in any money. If they are not sure how to check on these organizations, they should have someone they trust look into the charity for them, Hall said. The Internal Revenue Service issued an official statement last month regarding an online scam that involves e-mails being sent to consumers asking for such personal information as bank account numbers. The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails asking for detailed financial information, the statement said. Information on other types of scams can be found online at www.fraud.org. jannise.johnson@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9318160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There’s so many scams anyway towards the seniors,” Hall said. “We try to tell them if they have family, to field the calls as they come in.” Unfortunately, Hall said, seniors are typically “very free with their information.” Knowing that seniors might have a little extra cash at their disposal this time of year may bring some unethical contractors out in the open. This may arise in the form of people claiming to be contractors who go door to door offering to work on homes. In some cases, these contractors are unlicensed, leaving their customers without legal recourse if something goes wrong. “Almost every senior’s home needs something done to it,” Hall said. last_img read more

West Brom confirm signing of Manchester United defender

first_img Jonny Evans West Brom have completed the signing of Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.The 27-year-old centre-half has penned a four-year deal and joins Albion after making 198 appearances in all competitions for United.The deal for the Northern Ireland international will cost the Baggies an initial £6million, rising to £8million with add-ons.Evans won three Premier League titles after making his United debut in 2007 and has won 42 caps for his country.“This is a great signing for the club,” head coach Tony Pulis told the official West Brom website.“Jonny brings a lot of experience and will be a big player for us – he’s a player I’ve been watching for some time.“We are delighted to have him on board.”Evans fell out of favour under United manager Louis van Gaal, playing only 17 times last season, and did not make a single first-team appearance at Old Trafford this term.“I hope to push the Albion up the league,” said Evans.“It’s a new, fresh challenge for me. One I’m looking forward to.“I know a few of the lads already and I spoke to a couple, who highly recommended the club.” 1last_img read more

LOUIS HITS A HOLE-IN-ONE WITH HIS OWN ‘MASTERS’!

first_imgA golfing mad student has carried out his college dissertation on the Irish Open which kicks off in Royal Portrush tomorrow.Well-known Carrigart estate agent Louis Boyce is so in love with golf that he completed his Masters in Business Development and Innovation dissertation on the competition at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown. Louis, 48, studied why Ireland has been so successful at golf in recent years and why Portrush was chosen to host the Irish Open – the first time since 1947.“It’s a complete study of the event and I really enjoyed doing it. Of course it’s not finished yet.“I travelled to a lot of courses to study what they do and to find out what makes them successful.“It was fascinating to get behind all the work that goes on behind staging such a huge tournament,” he said. Louis is no mean golfer himself as he plays off 8 and has even had no less than three hole-in-ones in his amateur playing career.Playing against the likes of Graham McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy would be a dream come true for Louis who travels to the event on Sunday.“I think that would be every golf fan’s dream but it will probably never happen to me.“Writing about them and the events is probably about as near as I’ll ever get. I just hope they can help me get my Masters,” he laughedWith more than 100,000 people set to descend upon Royal Portrush for the four day event, the event will cost more than €2.5 million to stage.  LOUIS HITS A HOLE-IN-ONE WITH HIS OWN ‘MASTERS’! was last modified: June 26th, 2012 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:CarrigartIrish OpenLouis BoyceRoyal Portrushlast_img read more

HARPS FAIL TO BREAK DOWN LONGFORD TO DRAW AGAIN

first_imgDraw specialists Finn Harps lived up to their name with yet another share of the spoils this evening.Ollie Horgan’s side just couldn’t break down a stubborn Longford Town side.This was Harps’ 12th draw of the season. Any chance of a promotion play-off is now out of sight for the Donegal outfit after they drew 0-0. HARPS FAIL TO BREAK DOWN LONGFORD TO DRAW AGAIN was last modified: August 9th, 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:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Road restoration moves ahead in mountains

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Construction crews are moving more than 37,000 tons of dirt and rock to cut a new route for winding San Francisquito Canyon Road, a main commuting link between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley. Destroyed by January storms, the road is scheduled to reopen by early spring – as soon as a temporary bridge, made of three railroad flat cars, is completed across San Francisquito Creek. An aide said county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has been encouraging the Public Works Department to expedite building of the road and bridge. “He understands the hardship it causes residents of Green Valley and other communities in this area,” Norm Hickling, field deputy to Antonovich, said about the missing road. “This is a major artery for all four of the mountain communities, as well as the Antelope Valley,” Wood said. The new segment is following a route roughly graded in the 1980s by county workers, but abandoned after the discovery of an ancient landslide farther south that would have made completing the realigned road too costly. Though that grading was done years ago, construction crews must widen cuts through hills and add fill in low spots because road safety standards have changed to require gentler curves and grades. The temporary bridge is being built by laying three railroad flat cars across a decades-old one-lane bridge. That bridge, expected to cost about $350,000, will commuters use the road while the permanent bridge is built a few feet upstream. The temporary bridge is needed because there is a time-consuming process to get federal and state approval of construction plans and environmental matters for a permanent bridge, said Mark Caddick, district engineer for county roads. The permanent bridge could cost $3.7 million to $3.9 million, which is included in the $7.5 million estimate. The construction could be completed by the end of January if no rain falls, Caddick said, but officials have set a reopening date of March 31 because of the likelihood of weather delays. A thunderstorm last month halted work temporarily. “There will be delays due to rain. We still think the end of March is a good date,” Caddick said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 To get the road out of a low-lying area that is easily flooded, a 1.8-mile section is being moved to a a hillside west of the creek, avoiding a marshy area, a narrow canyon and two bridges damaged by last winter’s storms. Moving the route and repairing other storm damage – as well as reconstructing pavement damaged by heavy construction equipment rolling along it – is expected to cost about $7.5 million, of which about $5.5 million will be paid by state and federal governments. The new route will be the last segment of the restored road, already repaired for more than two miles between Green Valley and Saugus. Since July, hundreds of commuters have been driving the roughly graded dirt in early mornings and evenings, led by a pilot vehicle. Residents of Green Valley and the communities of Lake Elizabeth, Lake Hughes and Leona Valley have been driving to Santa Clarita on Lake Hughes Road and Bouquet Canyon Road to the west and east of San Francisquito, since those roads were reopened within weeks of the winter storms. Residents are glad that San Francisquito Canyon Road is being repaired, Green Valley Town Council President Kimberly Wood said. Green Valley residents count on San Francisquito as an evacuation route if a brush fire approaches from the north. last_img read more

Dry Desert Explodes in Color

first_imgOne of the driest places on Earth has been storing its seeds underground for years for a moment like this.The photos in this Live Science article are astonishing, considering where they were taken. The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth; where did all this vibrant color come from?Astrobiologists go to the Atacama Desert to study life at the extremes. Usually it is brown, barren and dusty. What happened?The normally barren, almost Martian landscape of the Atacama Desert recently erupted in flowers, painting the hillsides, blue, fuschia, orange and yellow. The almost magical transformation occurred thanks to heavy rains earlier in the year, which watered flower seeds that had lain dormant for years.In a companion piece on Live Science, Tia Ghose says this part of the world usually gets 0.6 inch a year of rain. It’s springtime in the southern hemisphere. This is the biggest bloom in 18 years, she says. Similar rare blooms occur in other deserts such as Death Valley.Seeds can sometimes survive for decades waiting for the right conditions. How do they know? Moisture descending through a seed coat underground can leach out inhibitors to sprouting. There are also built-in clock controls to know the seasons, and other monitors such as for temperature. Some of these trigger cascades of enzymes that form networks with feedback loops, switching on genes that wake up the cells in the seedling and call them to action. How the various factors coordinate these changes is not well understood. One thing is for sure; the plants have it all figured out. Simultaneously, they sprout up and bloom while the conditions are good.What a wonderful world! To see a dry, hot desert spring to life is amazing; what an illustration of the difference between Earth and Mars or the moon. You could shower Mars for years and never see something like this. Why? The required ingredient is complex, specified information. It’s been programmed into these seeds by a Mind that is not only super-intelligent but loves beauty.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more