In the beginning, sports to a child consisted of running up and down, jumping, playing catch and having fun.Then adults step in. Rules are introduced and the game becomes structured, with ultimately winners and losers. Children then benefit from what sports offers – physical activity, the importance of rules, safety, the importance of teammates, respect for authority, etc.Soon, it becomes obvious which sport a child is best suited for, thus the process of becoming great at a particular sport begins.Training is introduced, skills are honed and developed with the first aim being to represent your community, school (or vice versa), club and, ultimately, country.At different points along this journey, monetary reward can be introduced, which may, or may not, reduce the ultimate goal, national representation.In the past, national representation trumped just playing for money but, as the rewards (cash and kind) increased to unprecedented levels, national representation slipped further down the totem pole of life’s goals.To old fogeys like me, that fact is very disturbing.I am one who does believe, however, that maximising one’s ability to be well rewarded for being good at sports can coexist with national representation.All that is needed for this to become reality is for the administrators of sport to be as broad-minded as possible, not let ‘bad mind’ and jealousy corrupt their thought processes as they draft rules, the sole aim of which is to punish the rich sportsman and sportswoman, who dare to think for themselves and eventually refuse to bow to some of their ridiculous demands.As it stands, national representation seems to be an important step on the journey to financial independence.Therefore, international competition should be ‘the best of ours against the best of yours’.Nations should be able to identify talent, develop this talent with facilities, resources and coaches.OVERSEAS HELPMost nations, eventually seek overseas help in developing the skills set and potential of their natives. This may include the hiring of overseas experts, or sending their talented nationals to an overseas destination with better facilities and higher-quality competition that should make that individual better at the particular sport.Eventually, in international competition, the best of ours goes up against the best of theirs. Not so in the 21st century.The rules now allow sportsmen and sportswomen to represent countries in sports, even though their knowledge of the country that they represent is gained from anecdotes and the Internet and, in some cases, they do not even speak the native language of the nation they represent.This ‘rule’ is supported by those who believe that winning is not only everything, it is the ONLY thing.I would like to see Jamaica resist this trend, insist that those who represent us are ‘us’, natives whose skills are identified and developed locally (and sometimes) overseas, returning to represent their country, assist in improving those who are HERE, by passing on what they have learnt, so that the country benefits.
Guyana Jaguars’ coach, Mark Agard, has heaped praise on the Jamaica national basketball team, the Jamrockers, after the local players defeated the visitors 82-67 in the final of the Jamrockers Classic at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Agard said the Jamrockers are playing at a “top level” and that competing against the Jamaica team was a great learning experience. Lynford Brown with 22 points led the local-based team which comprised one overseas-based player in Richard Staple. Brown was supported by Kemar McLeish with 16 points. Stanton Rose was the visitors’ top scorer with 16 points and eight rebounds. Good contributions also came from Terron Welsh with 15 points, and Akeen Kanhai and Nikoloi Smith with 12 each. “This is a developmental programme for us and probably Jamaica,” Agard told The Gleaner. “We are just looking to pick up the pieces as Jamaica has a great programme and we came to learn from them. We want to continue getting these types of competitions, so we can be a better team in the future for CARICOM championships.” The Jamrockers were the better team throughout the final and they held a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and were comfortably ahead 35-24 at the half-time break. The home team continued to over-run their opponent in the third period, taking the quarter 27-15 to lead 62-39 going into the final stanza. The Rohan Robinson-coached team took their foot off the accelerator in the last period and the Guyanese took the quarter 28-20. However, they still lost by 15 points. Robinson said the team took some time to gel but in the final they came together. “In the first game, we were playing mainly an individual game … but I was pleased with the final performance. I didn’t like how we closed the game, so we still have some serious work to do,” he said. In the night’s other game Libertyville Vipers, with 14 points 11 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists from Mike Skinner, defeated the Jamaica Under-21 team 63-61. Ronaldo McKenzie was the Under-21s top scorer with 14 points and six rebounds.
Quamina Street fatal stabbingKelvin Chisholm, who recently denied he committed the May 1, 2014 murder of Nigel Lawson, who was fatally stabbed at Quamina Street, Georgetown, will soon know his fate as the State rested its case after star witness Rawlin Sarrabo testified at the High Court on Wednesday.Accused: Kelvin ChisholmSarrabo, who now lives in the United States, testified via Skype that in May 2014, he was living at 252 Quamina Street, Georgetown, where he witnessed the two men having an argument in front of his home on the day in question.The 12-member jury heard that Sarrabo knew Lawson from doing odd jobs in the area and he would often ask for money. The witness also recalled that the argument between the two was loud and that Lawson was swinging his hands. Sarrabo claimed that there was no struggle and Lawson was trying to get away from the accused. He further testified that he did not see the phone or iPod in Lawson’s hands.The accused man allegedly told Police that the now deceased man had stolen the said items from him. Sarrabo meanwhile testified that he witnessed the stabbing, but did not see what “the man on the bicycle” used to stab the now deceased man. Under cross-examination by defence counsel Compton Richardson, it was suggested that the star witness was not telling the court the whole truth of what he saw that night, but Sarrabo said that this was incorrect and maintained his story.Earlier in the trial, Police Detective Inspector Herbet Henry testified to witnessing the caution statement of Chisholm and that he took him back to the scene on Quamina Street. According to the witness, the accused said the deceased “thief me thing and I went behind he and he cuff me; we had a scuffle and ah tek me knife and bore he.”Henry told the jury that he went to the place where Chisholm said he was guarding and recovered the cellphone, iPod and bicycle.It was on Tuesday that Police Lance Corporal Quinn Sandy testified that the accused told him that the now deceased man went into his yard and stole his cellphone and iPod. The Policeman had also told the jury that Chisholm told him that the two men had a “fine scuffle”.Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh testified that Lawson’s cause of death was perforation to the heart and lungs visa stab wound. State Counsels Narissa Leander and Abigail Gibbs are assisting the prosecution’s case while Chisholm is also being represented by defence counsel Hewley Griffith. The matter is expected to conclude before Justice Navindra Singh today.
Goaltender Tavis Viens said, “It’s tough to play a slower team who produces chances in bunches. We played a good systems game and I played a solid game but we had way to many turnovers.”Huskies Assistant Coach Todd Alexander said, “We were really lethal on the powerplay tonite, guys were in their spots and we had a lot of heavy, sustained shifts.” When asked about the upcoming game with JDA Kings on Saturday night Alexander added, “we have to clean up our penalty kill and make sure we are covering our assignments. We let Beaverlodge score three powerplay goals tonight and we know that Grande Prairie possesses a lethal man advantage.” Alexander who obtained a degree in psychology added that he has applied his knowledge from his post- secondary education to his players when the situation calls for it.The Huskies are in action tonight versus the Grande Prairie JDA Kings at the North Peace Arena. Puck drops at 8:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies moved to 2-0 on the season with a 9-4 thrashing of the Beaverlodge Blades.Tavis Viens would get the start in goal for the home side. Huskies Gary Loewen would open the scoring on the powerplay 7:16 into the first frame. Assists went to Geoff Dick and Dane Bateman. Loewen would find the back of the net for his second of the contest on a feed from Jeridyn Loewen and Geoff Dick. With just over two minutes remaining Joshua Robinson would bulge twin and make it 3-1 off a pass from Matthew Apsassin and Jared Lang. Bateman would add a fourth goal for Huskies on the man advantage right before the first period buzzer. Lang would collect the lone assist. The Huskies would fire 19 first period shots on the Blades netminder, while Viens made six of seven saves.After allowing an unassisted tally to the visitors, Jacob Lang would beat the Blades netminder at 16:34 of the second stanza to make it 5-2. Jeridyn Loewen and Joshua Robinson would pick up the helpers. At 19:05 Nolan Legace would score his 3rd of the season with the assists going to Teagan Mccullen and Gary Loewen. The Huskies would pepper the Beavelodge with 15 shots in the middle period upping their total to 34 going into the final 20 mintues.- Advertisement -After allowing the Blades to claw back into the game, midway through the third with the score at 6-4, the energetic city boys would use the home crowd energy to responde at 12:43 thanks to Jarod Lang who was set up by Geoff Dick. Four minutes later Matthew Apsassin would tally the 3rd powerplay goal of the game. Jacob Land and Jeridyn Loewen picked up the assists. Sebastian Powsey would finish off the scoring with 30 seconds left. Jarod Lang and Jared Lowen got the helpers, making the final score 9-4.The Huskies would go a perfect 4-4 on the powerplay, while they gave up three man advantage goals. Goaltender Tavis Viens who picked up the win, made 26 of 30 saves. The Huskies would fire 54 shots at the opposing goalie. Jarod Lang lead the way with one goal and three assists. Gary Loewen, Geoff Dick and Jeridyn Loewen all chipped in with three point nights.First star of the game Gary Loewen said, “He was happy with the victory, but we stooped to the Blades level tonight and we’re out of position alot, something we need to clean up.”Advertisement
Marseille are working on a deal for former West Brom winger Stephane Sessegnon.The Benin international is currently a free agent after his contract at the Hawthorns expired last month.The former Sunderland man has been linked with a number of clubs, including some from China and the Middle East.But, according to France Football, Sessegnon is in fact closing in on a move to Marseille.The French club are in need of a winger after agreeing to sell Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to Tottenham.Given the fact he is available for free, Sessegnon is seen as the best replacement on offer and Marseille hope to push through a deal for the 32-year-old by the end of the week. Stephane Sessegnon 1
It’s certainly a scary line-up at the Cavern in Letterkenny this weekend.It all kicks off tonight wit a special Graduation Party with Joe Decks and a Southern Comfort Promo.Tomorrow night sees the Big Saturday Night Out with DJ Marty Friel. Things keep rockin’ on Bank Holiday Sunday with the Ultimate Fancy Dress party with €200 for the best dressed reveler.And on Bank Holiday Monday, DJ Marty will bring things out with a bang on the decks. WHAT A TRULY SCARY LINE-UP AT THE CAVERN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! was last modified: October 24th, 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:bank holiday weekendThe Cavern
Former Highland Radio DJ Steven Lynch.A former Highland Radio DJ has been awarded €26,000 after successfully suing the station for constructive dismissal.Steven Lynch claimed he was forced to leave the station in April 2013 claiming he could no longer survive on his salary after the use of a company car and a sales position were taken from him.The Employment Appeals Tribunal found that Highland’s behaviour justified Lynch resigning and claiming constructive dismissal saying there had been a “fundamental breach of contract.” Highland boss Gerry RabbitteThe tribunal found however, that Mr Lynch’s attempts to find alternative employment was mainly limited to broadcasting which they said was too restrictive an approach at the time.The tribunal had been heard over the course of three different days at the Silver Tassie Hotel earlier this year.Lynch, 37, from Carndonagh, had been employed by the Letterkenny-based station since 2004 until before he left in May 2013.He quickly became a popular presenter on its afternoon show and his show’s listenership was second only to the flagship Shaun Doherty Morning Show.He earned a basic wage of €394 for presenting his show but also had the use of a company car from Monday until Friday and was also on 20% of any adverts he sold to a list of between 40 and 50 clients.The car was one of a pool of three cars which were sponsored by Inishowen Motors in return for €10,000 worth of advertising on the station each year.When the company was sold to the Rabbitt family in 2008, a series of cost-cutting measures were introduced.Former station manager Collins told the tribunal that the business had turnover of €2.5 million with a profit of €750,000 at the time.However, despite a turnover of €2 million in 2009, this was the year the recession started to bite and staff were asked to take a 10% pay cut.Mr Collins said he thought this was excessive as the station was still in a very healthy state.He added that during 2009, the company paid more than €700,000 in bank debt as well as €100,000 to agents for the sale of the station.Local auditors were also replaced by outside agencies leading to another substantial cost.In his evidence, former station manager Collins told how marketing manager John Clancy, who joined the company in 2012, was constantly raising the issue of Mr Lynch and how he had become “obsessed” with him.His client base on the Inishowen peninsula was eventually reduced to 15 and the use of the company car was taken from him and taken over by Mr Clancy.Mr Collins said he told the radio presenter to go and spend time with his father who was dying at the time saying “Highland Radio will still be here when you get back.”The tribunal was told that Mr Lynch was looking for an extra €200 to compensate him for the loss of both the car and his position within sales.Mr Collins took this to the board but they rejected it.Solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said his client estimated he was at a loss of €67,294 since leaving the station in May 2013.The tribunal was told that Mr Lynch was immediately replaced by another presenter Gary Gamble who was still employed at the station.HIGHLAND Radio has had hundreds of thousands of euro pumped into it to save it from closure, its owners have said.Members of the Galway-based Rabbitte family spoke out as they gave evidence in an employment tribunal held at the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny yesterday.Gerry Rabbitte and his son Tim both told the tribunal that claims by former manager Charlie Collins that they had taken huge amounts of cash out of Highland when staff were hit with ten per cent pay cuts were wrong.Former DJ Steven Lynch is suing for more than €75,000 in lost income since he left the station in May 2013.Mr Lynch has alleged that Gerry Rabbitte’s son-in-law and marketing boss John Clancy had “chipped away” at him until he quit.He claimed his wages were cut from an average of €611 per week to €390 after most of his advertising sales clients were taken off him in January 2013.He also had access to a pool car stopped, increasing the cost of driving to and from his home in Carndonagh.Mr Lynch left saying he could not support his wife and children on the €390 he received for presenting his popular afternoon show.Yesterday however Tim Rabbitte said that while Mr Lynch was a good presenter “it was clear his sales were not good enough but I wanted him to remain as a presenter”.Tim Rabbitte told the hearing: “I offered him €450 and suggest he think about it; a lot of our DJs would do other things outside work using the Highland name and thought that would help.”Highland have claimed that Mr Collins had already made his mind up to leave the station and launch a rival bid for the franchise and that Mr Lynch was part of this.“It was clear his mind was elsewhere,” said Tim Rabbitte.He said the station had expected a response to an offer given via Mr Collins of €450 plus a €50 fuel allowance.“We would have considered it had he come back asking for more,” said Tim Rabbitte.But the company didn’t get a response, he said. Instead Lynch quit.“If Mr Collins came back with a compromise figure we would have looked at it; but he never came back – that was the point at which it perished; that was the end of it,” said Tim Rabbitte.He said the station was in a difficult position. Revenue was down forty per cent.He denied claims that €700,00 a year taken out of the company was for other companies or the family.“My family have never taken a penny out of that company – this was an attempt to blacken the name of Highland radio,” said Tim Rabbitte.“The money all went back to pay loans.”Gerry Rabbitte repeated this in his evidence in the case.He said they had paid too much for the station and had bank loans to pay.He accused Mr Collins of making claims that money was taken out of Highland for other companies.“I want to categorically deny this. This was planted out there by Mr Collins that we were taking money out of Highland to pay off another company; we were paying nothing other than the loan we took to buy Highland Radio.“We are there seven years now and we’ve never taken a cent out. We have put hundreds of thousands of euro into the station otherwise it would have been gone,” he said.Mr Rabbitte said he didn’t know at the time that Mr Collins was planning to launch a bid for the radio license.“In hindsight we were very gullible at the time. Mr Collins later tried to take our business off us.”He also refuted claims by Mr Lynch that he got a phone call from a member of staff at Highland Radio on the day his dad died asking him to leave the pool car to Buncrana for use by another DJ.“Nobody from our company made that call and the member of staff wants an apology for that,” said Gerry Rabbitte.Mr Lynch’s solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin responded: “It happened and I can assure you she won’t be getting one.”Mr Rabbitte confirmed his son-in-law was no longer with Highland Radio.Mr McLaughlin asked him if this was because of his role in this case.Mr Rabbitte denied this, saying Mr Clancy had taken up a better paid position elsewhere.Mr McLaughlin then asked why there had been no negotiation with Mr Lynch who had been offered €450 at that stage plus €50 diesel allowance.“I told Mr Collins he could negotiate. A child of eight could understand that,” said Gerry Rabbitte.HIGHLAND RADIO TO PAY DJ €26,000 AS HE WINS CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL CASE was last modified: October 30th, 2015 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)
Rosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner has bared all ahead of their Champions League clash with Celtic, which you can hear live on talkSPORT 2.The Danish star, who once played for Arsenal, Birmingham City, Juventus, and Wolfsburg, is currently enjoying a reinvigorated career in Norway. With the Trondheim outfit, Bendtner has hit 23 Eliteserien goals in one-and-a-half seasons, and will now attempt to down the Scottish champions in Europe’s elite competition.The player, though, appears relaxed despite his side needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit when the Glaswegian giants roll into town.And just two days before the match, Bendnter posted a cheeky snap on his Instagram where he spent time skinny dipping with his girlfriend Philine Roepstorff.You can listen to live commentary of Rosenborg v Celtic in the Champions League live on talkSPORT 2. Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner missed World Cup 2018 through injury. 1
Goalkeeping legends Packie Bonner and Shay Given to host a celebration of Donegal football this October in Ballybofey.Packie and ShayAs part of the Donegal Gathering 2013, Goalkeeping legends Packie Bonner and Shay Given are coming home to Donegal to host a unique ‘Legends and Heroes Celebration Day’.The sporting public are invited to join our two famous net minders for “Heroes and Legends’, a day and evening dedicated to the distinguished list of Donegal soccer players who took on the brave challenge of going overseas to pursue a career in football. The day will commence with a Golf Classic on Sunday October 6th at 1pm, in Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf course. Afterwards there will be a Gala evening at 7pm in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey followed by music featuring our very own Mickey Joe Harte and Guests. This event is in association with the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and Finn Harps Youth Programme.Football fans who attend will get the opportunity to join star names such as the always engaging Ray Houghton, and a number of household stars from the football world for a day of Golf and entertainment.Packie Bonner said he is looking forward to hosting the special day.“We felt it was important that the Donegal gathering included a keystone event which would bring the football family together to share our passion for the game. Whilst recognising the invaluable role local Donegal Clubs played in the development of football and talent. I am looking forward to a great day”. Co-Host Shay Given said “I am delighted to be coming home and joining everyone for ‘Legends & Heroes’. Donegal has always been a hotbed for producing talent and that is a direct result of the huge time and effort put in by coaches and volunteers across the County. A gathering of football people for an informal and enjoyable evening is a great idea and I am really looking forward to being part of it all”.On behalf of the Donegal Gathering Paddy Harte said “I am thrilled that Packie and Shay are hosting what is going to be a very special occasion. It’s going to be wonderful to have so many renowned players, coaches, administrators from the Donegal football family come together to celebrate a common love for the game.”Further information available from Villa Rose Hotel: 074 9132266. PACKIE AND SHAY TO HOST A CELEBRATION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL was last modified: September 10th, 2013 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)
Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV’s “Bosom Buddies” and who in his words became “a walking inspiration” after she contracted cancer, has died. She was 46. Sperber died at home Tuesday after an eight-year battle with breast cancer, publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said Wednesday. A Los Angeles native, Sperber appeared in dozens of television shows and movies, including all three “Back to the Future” films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, the actress became an advocate for cancer care. In 2001, she founded the weSPARK Cancer Support Center on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. The center provides free emotional support, information and social activities for individuals and families affected by cancer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s a very lonely disease,” Sperber told the Daily News in an interview in 2002. At the time, she was in Stage 4 of the disease, which had spread throughout her body. “People are feeling so isolated and in fear when they’re diagnosed with cancer, so it’s a huge step when they come here,” she had said. “You take it day to day, and do the best you can.” “The memory of Wendie Jo is that of a walking inspiration,” Hanks said in a statement Wednesday. “She met the challenges of her illness with love, cheer, joy and altruism. We are going to miss her as surely as we are all better for knowing her.” Sperber also had roles in Steven Spielberg’s “1941,” Robert Zemeckis’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” and Neal Israel’s “Moving Violations” and “Bachelor Party.” Her television credits include “Murphy Brown,” “Private Benjamin,” “Will & Grace” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.” Sperber helped unveil and promote a breast cancer stamp for the U.S. Postal Service in 1998, Geffen said. Sperber is survived by a son and daughter, her parents, two sisters and a brother.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!