Proposed Sports franchise initiative to create thousands of jobs

first_img… GPS Cadet Officer says project will help reduce crime significantly  By Clifton RossGUYANA Prison Service (GPS) Sports Coordinator Cadet Khalifa Hale says there is a proposed plan for local investors to further impact sports by virtue of owning teams.Cadet Hale, who is in charge of the local prison’s sports reform programme as well as on board the joint services sports committee, told Chronicle Sport during an exclusive conversation that Phase 1 of the project is currently ongoing.He said more athletes will have a better financial basis to help with their careers, adding that the project will set a foundation for reducing crime over time in Guyana.According to Hale, the first phase is covering the logistics of first getting the required permission from the government under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. The plan is to turn regular sponsors into full-fledged owners of any sport team they might have interest in within a specific region or community of Guyana.While regular sponsors are more inclined to support a specific team or sport, based on an event, Hale’s plan is geared towards turning interested investors/sponsors into a kind of mini-franchise owner.For example, should a sponsor or stockholder feel inclined to own a football team in his community, that potential team owner will then signal his intentions to the project coordinators and the ministry, who will give the green light for that new owner to now have full access to his or her new franchise.Also, with support coming from the government once the project gets underway, teams will benefit from having access to venues in their communities while owners can utilise venues to further generate more income to sustain their franchise and venue.From a monetary perspective, such a plan, according to Hale, will help to tremendously reduce crime in Guyana while opening newer avenues for youths to put their time and effort into making an honest dollar while creating a crime-free society by using sports as its main tool.With Phase 1 almost completed, Hale noted that his recent talks with Sport Minister Charles Ramson has now prompted him to further wrap up the second phase of planning.He noted that the minister has promised support at his end once the planning party ticked all of their boxes with regard to the project’s blueprint. Upon checking all the boxes, Hale noted that only then the government’s support will come into effect, something the sports coordinator said had given them the encouragement to further complete their initial stages of the venture.One driving force behind the planned move comes from Hales’ everyday encounter with youths who have lost their lives to the judicial system. He said being involved in the prison as a person who places much emphasis on reforming those incarcerated, especially by means of sports and staying fit; has only boosted his efforts to use sports as the primary weapon which will help keep youths out of prison.He noted that over the years, he has seen a number of inmates turn to sports as a way to pass the time behind bars. Hales said the relaxation and joy which sports bring can be used beforehand in a major capacity to further prevent more and more youths from losing their way in the streets.Also, should the project become a reality soon, the Cadet said he was confident that the crime will lessen across the country especially those areas which are in dire need of assistance. Having a community team franchise will help more persons to become involved in community restoration activities both in sports and entertainment.With support from the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), the Allied Arts which is responsible for School sports programmes and a few others local entities have so far shown interest to be a part of the project.Hales said once a significant number of association and sponsors come on board in the days to come, project planners will commence rolling out Phase 2 which will focus on legalising the process and getting the government’s full support.Meanwhile, Cadet Hale can be contacted at or on cell 610-7886 for more information regarding the potential sports plans.last_img read more

No joy for Bennett of day two of Tour of Oman

first_imgThe 195 kilometre stage featured two climbs in the last 25 kilometres.The Bora Argon 18 rider finished outside the top ten on a stage won by Fabian Cancellara of the Trek team who also takes over the leader’s jersey.Tomorrow’s stage is likely to favour the sprinters with Bennett likely to be in the hunt.last_img

Tipp Town side facing tough draw

first_imgThe quarter final draw for the FAI Junior Cup has thrown up some interesting ties for the three Tipperary clubs still in the competition.In the tie of the round holders St. Michael’s have been drawn away to the side they beat in last years semi-final Sherrif YC of Dublin. Clonmel Celtic have been handed a home tie against City United of Sligo. Kenny O’Shea is manager of Clonmel Celtic. He said he wouldn’t know too much about his opponents.If Nenagh Celtic get past Liffey Wanderers in their delayed last 16 tie they will then be at home to Donnycarney FC of Dublin.The remaining quarter final game sees Moyross of Limerick at home to North End United of Wexford.last_img read more

Chuka Momah Speaks on Anthony Joshua’s Victory

first_img*Says the Sagamu-born prized fighter good advert for boxing Duro IkhazuagbeOne of Nigeria’s foremost former boxing writers and analysts, Chuka Momah, has commended Anthony Joshua for braving the odds to reclaim his heavyweight boxing titles from Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night.Momah who was easily the biggest voice on the sweet science, anchoring boxing programme on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in the 1980s through the late 1990s, insisted yesterday that Joshua did the right thing“reminded us of the essence of boxing. Namely, an opportunity to earn a good livelihood without engaging in the brutality of artisans.”The microbiologist trained former Director at Pfizer was however full of apprehension before the fight, given the manner the British heavyweight boxer lost the three belts in the first fight in America early this year.“I was relieved when my Brother paid and hooked on to ESPN which streamed the historic (rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr) bout last weekend in Saudi Arabia  live, a mere nerve -wracking three minutes before the commencement of hostilities.“Before, we had searched for broadcaster almost with futility. My friend, the brilliant writer Muyiwa Adetiba, had phoned to seek my prediction.“He was not interested in my dissection of the tangibles and intangibles that ultimately determine the swing of the pendulum in seemingly difficult fights like this.“He simply wanted my prediction. All the same, l reminded him of the boxing maxim that demands scrupulously that in dicey fights like this, ‘the big good ‘on’ should beat the good small ‘on’.“So I picked the taller Joshua who also had a far longer reach.“The great George Foreman opined that Joshua should fight the way Mohammed Ali did to regain his title from Leon Spinks.” I disagreed. I felt that he should fight the way Ali did to dismantle the mighty Joe Frazier in their second fight. And boy oh boy, was our Anthony Joshua not brilliant? ! I must admit that even though I am a hardened boxing fan, having watched so much boxing in my life time, “I was apprehensive before the fight. Within two rounds, Joshua put me at ease. He moved like silk and hit like ton. He was beautiful both of body and movement.He was dynamically kinetic. He threw and connected with an avalanche of the entire repertoire of punches in boxing -hooks, uppercuts, jabs, crosses and a masterful defence as icing on the cake. In these days of increasing fatalities in boxing, Joshua provided a great advertisement for the sweet science.“He demonstrated that watching a fight can be as emotionally uplifting as reading poetry by Keats , Okigbo, Tennyson or the other great masters of the art.“Albert Camus, the great writer was opposed to both violence and capital punishment. He wrote an account of a street fight in Algeria and concluded thus – there at Corinth, two temples stood side by side. The temple of violence and the temple of necessity.“Joshua reminded us of the essence of boxing. Namely an opportunity to earn a good livelihood without engaging in the brutality of artisans. Indeed,  our Anthony performed like the supreme artist. Wherever they are, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson would have approved!”Anthony Joshua reclaimed his IBF, WBA and WBO titles in the clash in Saudi Arabia 118-110 in two judges score card while the third gave it 119-109 to the British boxer.Round by Round Score CardJai BednallR1: Cautious opening as you’d expect in a fight of this magnitude. Ruiz scored to the body but Joshua landed a right hand and opened a cut above the American’s eye late in the round. Joshua 10-9R2: Ruiz continued to stalk forwards and landed a solid jab to Joshua’s temple to open a cut of his own. The Brit fired back to get the blood flowing from his oppenent’s eye again and shaded another round to continue a solid start. Joshua 20-18 R3: Another good round for AJ as he landed a nice left to the body. He’s fighting with discipline and patience and building a lead. Joshua 30-27R4: The action ignites in the fourth as firstly Joshua, building in confidence, began to take a few more risks. But it cost him late in the round as Ruiz landed the kind of chopping overhand right that did the damage in the first fight and appeared to rock the challenger. Joshua 39-37R5: Good response from Joshua to the fourth round scare. Further tests await but he’s boxing well and as long as he doesn’t overcommit the path to victory appears clear. Joshua 49-46R6: Joshua again lands the best punch of the round with a short left hook that snaps Ruiz’s head. We’re approaching the point where the champion will need a finish to retain his belts, but he remains patient knowing he can finish the fight at any moment with the right punch. Joshua 59-55R7: Signs of frustration for the champ as he’s warned by the referee for a rabbit punch. He hasn’t been hurt yet, but Joshua continues to land the better punches and build up rounds. Joshua 69-64R8: Here we go! Ruiz shows he’s not handing over these belts without a fight as the eighth round gets messy. The American lands several solid shots, including a left hook, to pull Joshua away from his gameplan and begin the comeback. Joshua 78-74R9: And order is restored. Ruiz doesn’t bring the same urgency he had in round eight and AJ gets back to business, sticking and moving to shade the round. Joshua 88-83R10: It’s officially crisis time for the champ. Ruiz has to let his hands go if he’s going to pull this out of the bag. Joshua doesn’t need to take risks. Joshua 98-92R11: You could argue Ruiz edged that round but he didn’t do anywhere near the type of damage needed to give himself a chance. Joshua 107-102R12: AJ is back. He punctuates his boxing redemption with a solid right hand to reopen the cut above Ruiz’s eye before avoiding trouble the rest of the way to surely claim a clear points win. Joshua 117-111Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Reggae greats to be honored in Jamaica

first_imgThe Mighty Diamonds reggae group to be honored at Tribute to the Greats show in Kingston. The Wailing Wailers and The Mighty Diamonds, two outstanding reggae groups who emerged from the fabled community of Trench Town, head the honorees for the Tribute To The Greats show in Kingston, Jamaica on July 27.It is the 22nd straight year of the event which is organized by respected musicologist Kingsley Goodison. He said with the Jamaican government celebrating 2019 as reggae’s 50th anniversary, it is appropriate his show recognizes The Wailing Wailers and The Mighty Diamonds.“The Wailing Wailers are seminal in just about every aspect of music…vocals, harmonies, musicians. The Diamonds are marking their 50th anniversary this year, so it’s fitting we recognize them,” Goodison said.Formed during the early 1960s, The Wailing Wailers included Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Neville Livingston (later Bunny Wailer), Junior Braithwaite, Cherry Smith and Beverley Kelso. They broke out in the ska era with a number of hit songs for producer Clement “Coxson” Dodd including Simmer Down, Lonesome Feeling, One Love, Love and Affection and It Hurts to be Alone.In the 1970s, Marley covered One Love for Island Records. That version is synonymous with world peace and is used as a calling card by many established companies including the Jamaica Tourist Board. Wailer and Smith are the only survivors from the original Wailing Wailers. Marley died in 1981, Tosh in 1987, Braithwaite in 1999 and Kelso in 2008.The Mighty Diamonds launched in 1969 with Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Donald “Tabby” Shaw as original members. Ferguson and Shaw are still active; Simpson suffered a stroke in 2015 and has been unable to tour since.The current lineup is completed by Joseph “Capo” Williamson, a veteran of the South Florida reggae scene.Most of The Mighty Diamonds’ classic songs such as The Right Time, I Need A Roof, Have Mercy and Africa were recorded at Channel One studio in the 1970s.Other awardees this year include pioneer singer/songwriter Owen Gray, Anthony “Chips” Richards, a former marketing executive at Trojan Records, legendary session guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith and Louis Davis of the Vinyl Record Collectors Association.last_img read more

Paddy Power sponsors CONIFA ‘Rebels’ World Football Cup

first_imgPaddy Power has become the lead sponsor of the ‘CONIFA – World Football Cup 2018’ tournament, which will be hosted in London (31 May – 10 June).CONIFA, the ‘Confederation of Independent Football Associations’ is the international governing body for Non-FIFA syndicated football associations.Paddy Power marketing, details that it wants to support the ‘rebels and wildcards of world football who FIFA refuse to recognise’.Countering the FIFA Russia World Cup, this summer’s CONIFA tournament has been expanded to sixteen teams, including the exiled people of Tibet, the Zimbabwean region of Matabeleland, the Isle of Man and Yorkshire.Confirming its sponsorship, Paddy Power released a Youtube video featuring CONIFA president Pers Anders Blind and former Premier League stars Paul Ince and Sol Campbell.Paddy Power will further support the CONIFA tournament streaming the tournament’s matches across its social media channels.Company spokesman Paddy Power said: “We love the idea of a tournament which represents the underdog, and sticks one up FIFA.“English fans have little or no incentive to go to Russia, so we thought we’d give them an alternative right on the doorstep.No millionaires, no prima donnas, just decent lads who are every bit as patriotic as every other international player.” Submit Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Overwatch League 12 teams and start date confirmed for inaugural season

first_imgBlizzard, the developer of Overwatch, has announced the last three locations for initial Overwatch League franchises and also revealed the start date of its league.Although still later than initially planned (quarter three of 2017), preseason fixtures will get underway on Wednesday December 6th 2017, with the official season starting on Wednesday January 10, 2018. Additionally, the developer has revealed that Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston are the final three destinations for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. The Philadelphia franchise will be owned by sports and entertainment company Comcast Spectator, which manages stadiums, arenas and venues across the world and also owns the Philadelphia Flyers, a professional hockey team. The two Texas franchises will be heading to two more familiar faces. Team EnVyUs, following news of large investment and a relocation to Dallas will indeed be taking the spot in Dallas. EnVyUs are a team that have been in Overwatch for a long time and have kept faith. Their current roster is considered up there with the best so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them enter the inaugural season with very few changes.The other franchise in Texas will be Houston. The Houston franchise will be taken up by esports juggernaut OpTic Gaming, a team very well versed and highly regarded in FPS titles already. The fan base, dubbed the “green wall” are amongst the most raucous in esports so this is a move that will most definitely generate interest.There’s still a vast amount of questions from many about the Overwatch League. The first season, from what the release states, will all be played in Los Angeles at the newly unveiled Blizzard Arena. This goes against the initial understanding that each franchise would need its own venue and be required to build a local fan base. Furthermore, there’s only three franchises outside of North America. With London, Seoul and Shanghai housing the three, many are left wondering how the franchise system will truly effect the franchises east of the United States. It’s likely that Blizzard must have come up with something, but as has always been the case with the Overwatch League, details somehow still remain sparse.Esports Insider says: The cynics are still there for the OWL but hey, a start date and 12 confirmed teams is progress. It’s safe to say a few months ago many didn’t even think it was going to happen. Let’s see how it goes.last_img read more

Two Alpena Residents Arrested For Manufacturing Meth Inside Their Home

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAs a result of an ongoing investigating the HUNT narcotics team discovered a meth lab in a residence on 7326 Spruce road on Friday, November 3rd. Andrew and Autumn Zarske face multiple felony charges relating to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.One of the charges is manufacturing meth in the presence of children.The couple has five children all under the age of 5. The 7th District meth response team and Michigan State Police Alpena post were on scene. In addition to police, the Wilson Township, and Alpena combat readiness-training center fire departments were called in for standby in case a fire erupted.Law enforcement agencies were on scene for 8 hours while the fire department was on standby for 3.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious John Clifford Tesmer dodges sentencing and hits the high roadNext Miss Sunrise Side Pageant to Crown Another Winner This Weekendlast_img read more

NLDS Game 5 starting lineups set for Dodgers vs. Nationals

first_imgWhen Stephen Strasburg started Game 2 of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers never looked more feeble. Strasburg allowed one run in six innings and struck out 10 batters in the Nationals’ 4-2 win. Walker Buehler delivered the best performance by a Dodgers starting pitcher in the series, hurling six shutout innings in Game 1. Now, the two right-handers will square off in Wednesday’s Game 5 with the season on the line for both teams.The Dodgers are using a different lineup after their last experience against Strasburg (see starting lineups below). Outfielder A.J. Pollock batted third in Game 2, but by Game 4 he was benched in favor of rookie Matt Beaty. Pollock’s next strikeout will be his 11th in the series, matching an LDS record. His next hit will be his first. Nationals manager Dave Martinez hasn’t shuffled the top or the middle of his batting order in this series. The more intriguing tactic will be how Martinez deploys his bullpen. Will Max Scherzer be available to pitch two days after his last start? If so, for how long? If not, how will Martinez coax outs from a bullpen that’s been shaky at best?NLDS GAME 5When: Wednesday, 5:37 p.m. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Postseason career: 1-1, 3.03 ERA (5 starts, 29-2/3 innings)Hates to face: Brian Dozier, 3 for 5, double, HRLoves to face: Trea Turner, 0 for 8, three strikeoutsNATIONALS RHP STEPHEN STRASBURG (18-6, 3.32 ERA)vs. Dodgers: 4-5, 2.45 ERA (12 starts, 77 innings)at Dodger Stadium: 1-3, 1.62 ERA (5 starts, 32 innings)Postseason career: 3-2, 0.64 ERA (5 starts, 28 innings)Hates to face: A.J. Pollock, 7 for 17, 2 doubles, HRLoves to face: Max Muncy, 0 for 12, 7 strikeoutsSTARTING LINEUPS: How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Where: Dodger StadiumTV/Radio: TBS, 570 AM, 710 AMTHE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP WALKER BUEHLER (14-4, 3.26 ERA)vs. Nationals: 1-1, 2.33 ERA (3 starts, 19-1/3 innings)at Dodger Stadium: 11-5, 2.52 ERA (29 starts, 189-1/3 innings)last_img read more

Marković to Announce List of Players With Greece Today

first_imgThe men’s handball representation will play the pre-qualification games against Greece on 2 and 5 April  for the performance at the European Championship 2016 in PolandThe first game will be played on 2 April in Thessaloniki, while the rematch is scheduled on 5 April in Cazin.The B&H handball team announced that the coach Dragan Marković will announce today the list of players for the games with Greece. The best team from these games will perform in the group stage of qualifications that starts by the end of October 2014.The two best teams from every qualification group will participate at the European Championship in January 2016.(Source: Fena)last_img read more