Looking back at last year’s schoolboy football season, Jamaica College (JC) re-emphasised its imprint on the competition by taking three successive Manning Cup titles. This is a distinction only once achieved in history.This columnist declares interest in that the previous occasion was the 1961, 1962, 1963 trot, started in his final year of a school which churned out three of the nation’s heads of state.Going into the final against perennial arch-rivals St George’s College was a challenge on mammoth proportions. The Jesuit school had rolled over the team from Old Hope Road in the Super Cup final, four goals to nil. In certain quarters, it was seen as humiliating.Take it as you choose, it was a tutorial in basic execution of brilliance, put on by coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-inspired boys in the lighter shade of blue.Coach Miguel Coley, in charge of the JC unit, had been distracted by national duties. However, there were going to be no excuses accepted in-house for that temporary break in his substantive role. The Catholics had to be turned back if a tradition of triumph was to be sustained.In an address to Old Boys’ recently, chief architect in the JC sporting structure and corporate giant, Ian Forbes, summed it up. Himself an old boy, he called the eventual, trophy-deciding one-nil performance as a message to the country.FIGHTING RIVALS”Whether in the classrooms, on the playing fields or in the corporate boardrooms, private or public sector, we must take the fight to our opposing rivals and not let them roll over or conquer us, no matter how frightening the task may be.”Call it late, as the track and field season has started and thoughts are on this Olympic Year. But it was inevitable that Foster’s Fairplay would, at some time, look back at that 4-0, crafted to put the boys from Hope in their place. As to how the comeback to take the Manning Cup, was orchestrated and executed, occupies this column, this week.Enter the passion, belief and commitment of coach Coley. Here was a man steeped in a sporting culture that saw him, at the youthful age of 17, playing basketball, cricket, volleyball, football and doing long jump at Intercol, while attending Mico Teachers College. In 2004, he was named Athlete of the Year. On the soccer field, he “had dreams of one day playing for Manchester United”.Armed with a degree in sports education and a diploma in English and physical education, he had understudied coaching exemplars in Barry Watson (Mile Gully High) and Alrick Clarke (Norman Manley High, where he coupled with teaching duties). Coley referred to Clarke in glowing terms.”I believe coach Clarke was (my) early mentor as he took me to assist him everywhere he coached.”It was in this period that the JC call had come. Given the resultant impact as he became absorbed in the Old Hope Road programme, it would be simple to merely say, ‘and the rest is history’.However, story of the 2015 ‘rise from the ashes’, 1-0, to turn back the St George’s College march, to greater glory, must be told.Coley reminisced. “The four-nil was a catastrophe. It was a tough night. I hadn’t slept based on what took place between Jamaica and Panama (a Reggae Boyz loss). I knew it would be a difficult game, but we were too open and we played right in the hands of a philosophy of outscoring your opponent, as the entire statistic favoured JC except the goal column.”SOUL SEARCHINGHe underwent a period of introspection. He described it as a time to “soul search, dig deep and become stronger as a man”. His confidence never waned.”I was happy that I had time to work with my players before the next game, and I knew things would be way different. But congrats to St George’s, they did what they had to do.”In order to “move from a four-nil”, he took full responsibility. So, “it’s not you, it’s me”, that was what was important.”What was good was that my management staff and school administration had so much belief in my ability to turn things around, and their support intensified. This was the moment for me to see champions brush themselves up and rise with pride.”Therein lay the passion that brought the turnaround. Coley ended the discourse on a special note.”We are one … Fervet family. Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Healso apologized to Trinidad, who began the tournament as a starter but fell out of the rotation through the course of the season.“Ron’s growth is actually a reflection of the team’s growth, wherever Ron went the team went with him,” said Racela. “There’s a bright future for him, he’s a good role player and many will be interested in him.”“I also apologized to Jojo for what he went through this season. He started for us, fell from the rotation, and started for us again but you didn’t hear anything from him. It’s all team for him and I appreciate it.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I would like to apologize to these two because I couldn’t bring them to the Finals in their last year,” said Racela in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “These two are very good players, not just good players, but very good people.”FEU, which finished fourth in Season 80 after a 7-7 record in the elimination round, was able to force Ateneo, the top-seeded team with a 13-1 slate, to use its twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals with an 80-67 beating in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAteneo, though, battled back in the second game to secure a win in overtime and set up a Finals date with defending champion De La Salle.Racela, who just finished his first head coaching year at FEU, said Dennison was the reflection of the Tamaraws’ growth. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU alum Santos says Tams should learn from Final 4 loss Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES FEU head coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad bid goodbye to Far Eastern University, and if there’s one person who is saddened to see the two leave is head coach Olsen Racela. Racela and the Tamaraws failed to enter the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals after losing to Ateneo, 88-84, in their rubber match and this will forever be in the former PBA star’s mind as he regrets not seeing his seniors play for a title.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Saturday evening stated that the ethnic differences of Guyanese must not be exploited for narrow or political purposes.Harmon was at the time speaking at the launch of the Ethnic Relations Commission’s (ERC) “This is us” theatrical play held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC).“While we cannot deny the instances of racial tension in our history, we can boast that we have not reached the levels of the ethnic conflicts that exist in many parts of the world. However, we live in a polity where there is the tendency to exploit our ethnic diversity for narrow self-interests, with little consideration for the negative effects on our efforts to forge national unity, national unity that is so crucial to the sustainable development of our country and to the establishment of strong bonds of nationhood,” he said.The Minister called on all citizens to remain vigilant and shun any attempt to promote ethnic strife. He said that in May 2015, when the David Granger-led Administration took office, it was recognised that Guyanese longed for national unity. As such, the new Government established the Department of Social Cohesion, the first of its kind in this hemisphere.“President David Granger and his Administration sought to ensure that the work to promote peace, harmony and national unity would be fully supported at the highest level of the State apparatus. As a consequence, this Department was placed within the Ministry of the Presidency. The work of the Department of Social Cohesion has, from its inception and continuing to this moment, reflected the Government’s resolute and unswerving commitment to ethnic harmony and national unity. Testimony of this commitment was further evident in February 2018 when the re-constituted Ethnic Relations Commission was sworn in by President Granger. These policy positions and concrete actions by the coalition Government were clear manifestations which demonstrated that the Government was not paying lip service to the cause of good and genuine ethnic relations,” Harmon added.It is for these reasons, he said, Government values the existence of the ERC and recognises its importance.“These functions include a broad range of actions and interventions such as education, monitoring and reviewing of the ethnic landscape, and above all, to ensure there is ethnic harmony and social cohesion in the country, a task that is supreme and one of which the Government will continue to provide full and unwavering support,” he noted.The State Minister continued: “We cannot afford to squander the bright future that imminently beckons, we cannot allow negative ethnic considerations and actions to stymie our progress or thwart our efforts to forge ahead in unity. This is our time, this is our opportunity to consolidate and accelerate the renewal of Guyana and it behoves every Guyanese in their homes, communities and regions as well as the diaspora, to remain vigilant and look out for any attempt to promote ethnic strife and exploit our ethnic differences for narrow purposes,” he stated.Member of Parliament Priya Manickchand, who represented Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, echoed similar sentiments. She called on Guyanese to live in unity.“Our children should be taught that they can celebrate their differences even while they are living in unity. I don’t wish for my children or grandchildren or our future generations to grow up in a society where they will still have to deal with this issue even after we are gone,” she said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the ERC, Reverend Dr John Smith in his remarks said that the ERC celebrated its 17th anniversary on Friday but was reconstituted by President Granger thirteen months ago.The ERC, he said, has recognised that much work has to be done and as part of its work programme, it has decided to use theatre to promote its messages. Theatre, he posited, provides the environment for serious messages and conversations to take place without offending anyone.The event was also attended by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder and Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma.
…60% of complaints are about neglectWith the state of public confidence in the Guyana Police Guyana (GPF) being at best tenuous, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has charged police officers to employ every effort to eradicate corruption and strive to rebuild trust in the Force.During the opening ceremony of several training courses for various ranks of the GPF, on Monday at the Police Officers’ Training Centre at Eve Leary,A section of the participants at the opening ceremony of thetraining coursesGeorgetown, Ramnarine made the above charge, and told the roomful of officers that the success of any organisation depends on the integrity of its officials. He also noted that inspiring trust and eradicating corruption are two major challenges facing the GPF.In this regard, he underscored the importance of the training programmes in imbuing in law enforcement officials cognizance of the importance of trust, transparency and accountability.“You are specifically chosen because you are our frontline officers who interface daily with the general public, and the quality of that interaction will either aggravate or alleviate,” he declared.He told officers that most people want to respect the police, but if police do not cultivate in the public that trust in law enforcement institutions, public confidence would not be forthcoming.“If you are respectful, fair, patient, courteous and humble, and if you can be trusted and relied on by the public and your colleagues, then our organisation and country at large will be better off,” he admonished.Against this backdrop, Ramnarine said the training programmes would inculcate the much-needed people skills in members of the Force, and train ranks to perform their duties with sincerity and professionalism.“It’s not just coming on a training programme and going through a period…the whole intention is that when you would have left or completed this programme, you are expected to be a better policemen or woman, and your behaviour and attitude have to reflect this,” he explained.He pointed out that the Police Force has made major strides in expanding its focus on youth, revamping its learning driver theory, building capacity in the Criminal Investigation Department, strengthening its intelligence-gathering capacity, implementing a new concept of community policing, and establishing gender-based violence units in each division, among other things.He, however, noted that the GPF is still grappling with increasing complaints of neglect, simply because of the negative attitudes and demeanors police officers employ when engaging the public.In quoting a report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ramnarine highlighted that security is an increasing concern in Latin America. “High rates of crime affect almost every area of development in a region undergoing rapid social change… The lack of trust and confidence in the ability of authorities – and in this case, law enforcement officials in particular – to protect (people) and keep their (families) safe has contributed to a sense of instability,” he read.In this regard, he disclosed that a whopping 60 per cent of all complaints received by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) on a daily basis are directly related to various forms of neglect arising from either poor supervision or, in many cases, no supervision at all.
His Excellency David Granger earlier today rejected the second list submitted by Leader of the Opposition for nominations for the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.In a letter dispatched to Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, the president stated that he has examined the curricula vitae of the six persons, and as such, found them to be unacceptable.The nominees were identified as Justice of Appeal B.S Roy (ret’d), Justice William Ramlall (ret’d), attorneys Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Nadia Sagar, former Magistrate, Kashir Khan and private sector commission representative, Gerald Gouveia.Details will follow in the June 03, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.
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Glenfin GAA notesLottoLotto winning numbers for 13/09/2016 are 3-2-5-7-4-6-8-1. Sean Bonner matched 3 numbers and gets €60.00. Jackpot for the 20/09/2016 is €4250.00.Minor BoardU16 Girls play Ardara on Tuesday the 20th in the A Quarter Final. Time TBC Senior MenReserves and seniors are back in Championship next weekend. The reserves play St Eunans in the Senior B championship on Sunday the 25th at 3.30pm in McCool Park. The seniors play Four Masters in Senior A play off on Saturday the 24th in Red Hughs pitch at the Cross at 5.30pmAirtricity WalkThe Club is looking for volunteers to take part in the Airtricity Walk on Saturday the 24th of September 2016. Sponsorship cards are available from Seamus Herron 0879195467 or Seamus Ward 0872052481. SSE Airtricity will make a donation to the club based on the amount of money raised on the walk. It’s a great social event and you can start between 9am and 12 Noon. It will help the Club raise much needed funds by just registering and doing the 15KM walk/run. We need to get as many as possible over 12 years of age to take part. Your help will be very much appreciatedClub Gear is available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539, Francie F Marley on 0872414714 or Jakie OMeara on 0871222112 . GAA News: Glenfin seniors face Four Masters in Championship was last modified: September 19th, 2016 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:GLENFIN GAA NOTES
Donegal County Council may once again reject its Budget for 2014 after Fianna Fail said tonight they will still not support it.Scenes from last week’s council meetingThe council will meet again today tomorrow in a last ditch attempt to agree a €138M Budget for the coming year.The Budget proposal was defeated by 15 votes to 13 last week after three days and 21 adjournments when Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Independent John Campell rejected it. It was hoped councillors could reach some kind of agreement on the Budget when it meets tomorrow.But this evening Fianna Fail cast serious doubt on any hopes of a resolution when they said they could not accept the Budget in its present form.Once again they cited the issue of Irish Water as not being a good deal for the people of Donegal.The council’s eleven Fianna Fail councillors issued a statement tonight saying they are standing firm on their decision that the current Budget is not a good deal for Donegal. “We will continue to maintain our stand on behalf of the Donegal Public and send a clear message to the Management of this Council as well as Minister Hogan that the people of this County have suffered enough and will no longer accept these savage cuts from this Government.“Having always taken a view that Irish Water was not going to offer a fair deal for the Households across our County, our position has been reaffirmed in recent days with many of the revelations which have come to light.“This in effect shows that the lack of information and difficulties in attaining contact from Irish Water has been a smoke screen and an audacious attempt to push ahead with a revenue generating mechanism called Irish Water. Minister Hogan rammed through legislation before Christmas where all of the opposition TD’s walked out of the Daíl, he and his Government are neither prepared nor willing to listen to a view point other than his own or his party’s which flies in the face of democracy.“The Fianna Fail group are prepared to take a stand in an attempt to raise the issues which we face on a daily basis and try to force this government to give a better deal to Donegal and it’s citizens.”The group said despite its continued strong representations in regards to being allocated additional funding for roads and housing within Donegal, it is unfortunate that their requests have gone unanswered. They added that they cannot therefore accept this and must ensure that the needs of the Donegal Public are listened to and delivered upon for this reason they are taking a stand.“We are asking Fine Gael, Labour and those independents who are supporting the Government to join us in taking a stand in appealing to the Minister to consider our concerns and the needs of the people of Donegal.“We want to be a position to provide essential services to the people of our County and therefore we ask Minister Hogan to acknowledge the Democratic Decision that will be taken here today and ensure that Democracy and not Dictatorship rules our County.”FIANNA FAIL SAY THEY HAVE NO PLANS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS ON REJECTION OF BUDGET was last modified: January 12th, 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:Budget 2014Donegal County Councilfianna failrejection
Donegal Tourism Ltd in association with Donegal County Council will host a e-tourism seminar on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny commencing at 9.30am.Attendees will get top tips from expert keynote speakers focused on topics such as social media, e-mail marketing, SEO, the latest tourism trends, website internationalisation and much more.Mr. Barney McLaughlin, Board Director of Donegal Tourism Ltd said “our seminar comes directly after we have been exhibiting and showcasing the county to international and national conference and event buyers at the Connect 16 Event in Dublin’s RDS. “Now it’s the turn of the trade here in Donegal to get up to date on the latest social media and internet trends as well as finding out what Donegal Tourism has been doing to promote the county”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey will open the seminar and welcome attendees. Darragh Doyle a leading online engagement strategist will discuss topics such as running successful social media campaigns, reaching target audiences and developing an online strategy unique to each business.Barry Walsh from OSD Digital will be on hand to provide attendees with the latest information on booking trends and techniques to internationalise tourism businesses and reach worldwide markets, which is particularly relevant in light of the recent news of Brexit.Chairman of Donegal Tourism Ltd and Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Mr. Seamus Neely will be presenting the latest tourism strategies for County Donegal and future plans. A Q&A session will allow attendees to put forward questions to the panel of expert speakers and engage in debate on the current topics of interest in tourism.With places already booking up quickly, this seminar will provide an excellent platform for tourism providers to engage with industry experts and learn how to grow their business and is the perfect forum for those in the tourism sector to come together, to network with their peers and to look at how the tourism sector as a whole could benefit from a collaborative approach to marketing and developing the tourism product that Donegal as a County has to offer both nationally and internationally.This event is open to tourism providers from across County Donegal and is free of charge and everyone with an interest in tourism in Donegal is most welcome. For more information and to register your attendance at the Donegal Tourism Seminar visit www.countydonegaltourism.com and click on ‘Tourism Seminar’ or visit www.facebook.com/donegaltourismDonegal tourism operators to get top e-tips from local seminar was last modified: September 28th, 2016 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)