NBA: Durant’s mom hurt over ‘vicious’ treatment son got in OKC return

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES “The most vicious things you could say, they said about my son tonight. It’s hurtful,” the loving matriarch admitted to ESPN after the heated game.“We poured our heart into this place. Not just him. Our family. This is basketball. This is not whether or not you’re going to make it into heaven.”The 49-year-old mother, who was famously referred to by Durant as “The Real MVP” during his Most Valuable Player acceptance speech back in 2014, could not hide her grief after some fans approached her during the game and uttered obscenities about her son.“They called him a snake, a sellout, a b**ch,” she said. “It’s just a sad day. I understand that they loved him. I do understand it. But the name-calling…It didn’t have to be like this.”Apart from Durant’s emotional return to the city where he spent his first eight seasons, pundits and fans alike were thrilled to see how he’d react against former teammate and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED STORY:Durant’s mother, the ‘Real MVP,’ subject of Lifetime movieSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Following news that the one-time league MVP hired extra security for his first return to Oklahoma since bolting for the Dubs this summer, Durant poured in 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting and led the defending Western Conference Champions to a 130-114 win.Despite the apparent disdain he got from the home court fans, the 28-year-old seemed unfazed by the hate and even told reporters after the game that he thought the boos “would be a little louder.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut unfortunately for Kevin, his mother Wanda Durant could not muster the same composure and admitted to have been hurt by the harsh treatment his son received.Just basketball, not whether or not you’re going to heaven Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely The match-up did not disappoint, as Westbrook brought in an unparalleled intensity and finished the game with a game-high 47 points and 11 rebounds, albeit in a losing effort.At one point, the once dynamic duo were seen jawing at each other in a heated exchange in the fourth quarter.Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook👀😤 pic.twitter.com/xZkxT2keHv— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) February 12, 2017In a separate report from USA Today, famed Oklahoma City restaurant Mahogany Prime Steakhouse reportedly turned down Durant’s offer to rent out the entire place after the game.The eight-time All-Star was eventually given a table on the restaurant, even though Westbrook was also sighted in the same establishment after the game.Kevin Durant is eating dinner at Mahogany after all. pic.twitter.com/c6zeZECEjd— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 12, 2017 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The fiery point guard was reportedly seated in a different area and did not interact with Durant. Khristian Ibarrola ‘The Real MVP’ Wanda Durant did not appreciate OKC fans’ harsh treatment of her son on Sunday. AP file photoAmid a sea of jeers and boos from his former fan base, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors left the Chesapeake Arena with a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.READ: Durant leads Warriors over Thunder in return to OKCADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Wrestling legend Chavo ‘Classic’ Guerrero Sr. passes away at 68 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Life’s a beach

first_imgMOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “We didn’t know how to organize, but we just thought we could do it,” says Tan. “The question before was who’s going to organize these tournaments. We found a niche. It’s untapped in the provinces. It’s a clean slate for us to build on and work on.”At the time BVR was starting to take off, former Lady Eagle Gervacio focused on behind-the-scenes work, liaising with players for BVR, as well as presenting the event to possible sponsors.“From our own experiences playing beach volleyball, there were just no year-round tournaments that offered at least good competition or good organization, aside from the Nestea event before,” Tan says. “We’ve gone through so many tournaments, we’ve seen how it’s done. We saw that we could actually set a standard.”But as if organizing the event isn’t enough, the BVR founders also have to prepare themselves for battle on the sand.“If we’re given a chance, personally I would rather train and get better,” Tan says. “But I can’t think of anyone else willing to invest time planning and organizing a tournament once or twice a month.”ADVERTISEMENT But work doesn’t end after the matches. “After the game and you win, you can’t savor the win because you also have to fix the awarding ceremonies and think about the logistics,” says Gervacio.Tan adds: “It always falls into place, though.”Gervacio says they’ve taken a community approach in their efforts to grow BVR. “Everyone that we meet in our events are open and very willing to help,” she says.“We’re open to ideas on how to improve BVR,” says Tan, noting that the circuit has provided “good teams in the provinces with opportunities to play in competitions.”The BVR founders say their ultimate goal is to make the Philippines a hub for beach volleyball in Asia.“We have so many beautiful beaches,” says Tan. “We can host Asian competitions and even a leg of the Swatch Series. This is realistic because it doesn’t require having a Filipino team as one of the tournament entries. We’re hoping to also help build a program for a team that will contend internationally.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the followers of indoor volleyball in the country, the scene must have come as a surprise, considering that they’re used to seeing the six athletes spiking their way to victory on the court. This time, however, they are the ones working behind the scenes to stage Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR), their response to the lack of tournaments in the country.Almost two years after it held its first event—the 2015 Christmas Open at SM Sands By the Bay at Mall of Asia—BVR has grown one of the most anticipated events of the summer for both fans and players of the fast-rising sport in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The initial mantra [for BVR] is it’s created by athletes for athletes,” says Soriano, who quit her corporate job to focus on BVR.BVR has gone on to hold some 20 tour legs, including an international tournament last year and a Battle of Champions culminating event in May 2016. Tan, who played for Ateneo, shares that the idea of forming BVR started after a string of postponements hit a local event. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Cignal, Generika-Ayala triumph The press conference was minutes away, but Bea Tan was still on her laptop, putting the finishing touches on their presentation. Outside the room, Dzi Gervacio and Charo Soriano were fixing a standee next to the registration table, while Gretchen Ho, Alexa Micek and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano were chatting with guests waiting for the start of the event’s launch.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Salado powers Arellano past Mapua for 1st win

first_imgView comments GALLERY: NCAA Season 93 Opening Ceremonies LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano silenced Mapua for the better part of the final six minutes to pull out the 91-82 victory to open its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament campaign Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Kent Salado posted 24 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to carry the Chiefs to their first win, showing the league that they are still a force to be reckoned with despite the departure of ace guard Jio Jalalon.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Cañete added a double-double in tune of 17 markers and 12 boards, while Brylle Meca had nine points and four rebounds off the bench.“The win tastes so sweet,” said coach Jerry Codiñera. “It’s hard to get the first game because there’s always jitters. Everything is new. They can feel the pressure, so I’m glad that we’re able to pull this off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Andoy Estrella got the Cardinals within one, 80-79, with 6:17 remaining, but that proved to be Mapua’s last hurrah as Arellano clamped down on defense and extended the lead to as high as 12, 91-79. Laurenz Victoria paced the Cardinals with 23 points and five rebounds, but committed six turnovers in the game. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Estrella, meanwhile, got 19 markers, nine boards, and five assists, but turned the ball over seven times as Mapua committed 25 miscues in the tiff.The Cardinals missed the services of comebacking guard Leo Gabo, who is serving the last of his four-game suspension dating back to 2014, and injured big man Kenneth Magboo.The Scores:ARELLANO 91 – Salado 24, Cañete 17, Meca 9, Dela Cruz 8, Enriquez 8, Villoria 7, Flores 5, Nicholls 5, Abanes 3, Alcoriza 3, Concepcion 2, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0.MAPUA 82 – Victoria 23, Estrella 19, Orquina 9, Aguirre 8, Nieles 8, Raflores 8, Pelayo 7, Buñag 0.Quarters: 19-23, 44-46, 72-71, 91-82.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LSU title parade draws massive crowds For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgUS beat Senegal 1-0 at U20 World Cup INCHEON, South Korea – Josh Sargent scored his third goal of the tournament in the 34th minute, and the United States beat Senegal 1-0 yesterday at Incheon, South Korea, to move into good position to reach the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup. Sargent scored after Aaron Herrera passed to Tyler Adams along a flank, and Adams played a back-heel pass to Luca de la Torre, who was bursting into the penalty area. De La Torre bent the ball back to Sargent. The 17-year-old from O’Fallon, Missouri, who is the youngest player on the American roster, took a touch with his left foot about 16 yards out, spun and beat goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye with a left-footed shot. The U.S., which opened with a 3-3 against Ecuador last weekend, lead Group F with four points, followed by Senegal and Saudi Arabia with three apiece, and Ecuador with one. Silva leaves Hull HULL, England (AP) – Marco Silva has left his position as Hull manager following the team’s relegation from the Premier League. Hull announced Silva’s departure yesterday, a day after the Portuguese coach met with the club’s owners. The 39-year-old Silva signed a short-term deal in January but failed to stave off Hull’s immediate return to the second-tier League Championship. Man City quartet to leave when contracts expire MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City have announced that full backs Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, winger Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero will leave the club when their contracts expire next month. City made the announcements yesterday. Yaya Toure, whose deal is due to expire, is waiting to hear if they will be retained. Clichy joined from Arsenal in 2011, Navas moved from Sevilla in 2013, and Caballero joined from Malaga in 2014. Sagna, a former Arsenal defender, signed as a free agent in 2014.last_img read more

Jamaicans stand tall at NCAA meets

first_imgLAST Saturday saw the completion of both the NCAA Division 1 East and West preliminary round track and field championships in the United States. The top 12 athletes to finish in their respective events booked their tickets for the National Outdoor Championships to be held in Eugene, Oregon, between June 7 and 10.A host of Jamaican athletes were involved in both Championships, where 28 advanced in their individual events. Sixteen came from the east, and 12 from the west, with former Kingston College quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield leading the way from the east and former Hydel High thrower Shardia Lawrence the top performer from the West.PERSONAL BESTCompeting at the East Meet on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Bloomfield was the top performer in the Men’s 400m. Competing for the University of Auburn, he won his quarter-finals in a personal best of 44.74 seconds. Two other Jamaicans also went under 45 seconds in advancing as Steven Gayle, competing for the University of Alabama, and Nathan Allen for the University of Auburn, both clocked 44.99 seconds to win their heats and were the third and fourth best, respectively, to qualify.Following her recent National record in the Women’s Discus throw, Lawrence continued her excellent form at the West Meet on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin, after a big throw of 60.58m, to be the number one seed moving on to Nationals. Former St Jago High athlete, Samantha Hall, competing for the University of Texas El Paso, also moved forward after finishing seventh overall with 56.50m.Former Wolmer’s Boys sprinter Odean Skeen won his heat in the Men’s 100m for Auburn in 10.24 seconds to be the fourth fastest qualifier in the event. Also advancing with him was his teammate Raheem Chambers, formerly of St Jago High, who was eighth overall after finishing fourth in his heat in 10.37 seconds.Former Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) athlete Sashel Brown continued her good form this season for Auburn in the Women’s 400m hurdles after finishing second in her heat and third overall in a personal best of 56.20 seconds.Other qualifiers on the track were former Wolmer’s Girls athlete Joneil Smith and St Jago High’s Natalliah Whyte, who both competed for Auburn, along with Peta-Gaye Williams and Jeanine Williams. Smith finished sixth overall in the Women’s 100m in 11.40 seconds, while it was seventh overall for Whyte in the 200ms in 22.88 seconds.Peta-Gaye, formerly of St Jago High, now competing for Florida State University, was third overall in the Women’s 100m hurdles in 12.99 seconds, while Jeanine, formerly of Immaculate Conception, now competing for Georgia Tech, was fourth overall in 13.09 seconds.List of qualifiers WEST400m Hurdles Women3. Andrenette Knight – San Diego State 58.66s, formerly St Jago High10. Ranae McKenzie – Kansas State 58.89, formerly Manchester High400m Women2. Chrisann Gordon – University of Texas, 51.29, formerly Holmwood Technical100m Hurdles3.Rushelle Burton – University of Texas, 12.75 +2.4Triple Jump Women5.Shardia Lawrence – Kansas State – 13.39m, formerly Hydel100m Men5. Senoj-Jay Givans – University of Texas, 10.03 +3.7, formerly Munro College200m Men7.Senoj-Jay Givans 20.36 +2.9400m Hurdles Men3.Kemar Mowatt – University of Arkansas, 49.10 seconds, formerly Munro CollegeHigh Jump Men1.Christoffe Bryan – Kansas State 2.18m, formerly Wolmer’s BoysTriple Jump Men2.Clive Pullen – University of Arkansas, 16.64m, formerly Kingston College EASTDiscus Throw – Women1. Gleneve Grange- Florida State 56.24m, formerly Holmwood Technical3. Daniel Thomas – Kent State 55.44m formerly Edwin Allen High6. Kellion Knibb – Florida State 54.56m, formerly St Jago High12. Shanice Love- Florida State 53.19m, formerly ExcelsiorShotput – Women3. Daniel Thomas – 17.48mTriple Jump Men2. Clayton Brown – University of Florida, 16.14m, formerly Jamaica College3. Jordan Scott – University of Virginia 15.96m, formerly Campion CollegeHigh Jump Men5. Clayton Brown – 2.14mlast_img read more

Chang hopes CAC silver boosts fencing in JA

first_imgBARRANQUILLA, Colombia: Caitlin Chang is hoping her historic silver medal win in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games women’s individual fencing competition, epee, will boost Jamaica’s chances in the team competition. “We’ve the team event coming up on Tuesday. I’ve taken a lot of confidence from this medal today and to hopefully bring what I got today in the individual event to the team event and the team is very important,” said Chang, who went down 10-15 to Cuba’s Jocelyn Cruz in the final. “In the qualifying competition we came second in teams and it’d be great to try to improve on that. Today (Sunday) has set me up well for the team event because I’ve seen everybody, I’ve seen how they’re fencing, my team-mates have seen how they’re fencing so hopefully this medal today and with the way I was fencing today we can take that into the team competition. For the team to win a medal as well, that would be the dream,” Chang admitted. There are actually three weapons in fencing – epee, foil and sabre – and Chang said she is not really interested in the others. “I do the weapon of epee and that’s a simple concept because the first touch, the first point, if you hit the person first you get the point. In the pool stage, which is the earlier stage we go to five points and in the knockout stage we go to 15 points. Fifteen points is lot more points and it gets a lot more tactical because people are changing up,” she analysed. “So you can be fencing someone, you’re winning three-nil and you’ve got nine minutes and they change up … So you’ve to change with it, if they’re adapting you’ve to adapt too. She had competed in individual competition on Saturday, along with fellow Jamaicans Ciara Moreira-Brown and Donovan Deans and pointed out that a lot of big names were involved. “There are some difficult people in our region, some of them are Olympians, one of whom I faced today in the semi-final, Maria Martinez,” shared Chang. “She’s a very good fencer and someone I actually look up to, so to fence her and beat her was a real big moment for me.” Chang continued: ”There were a lot of shocks in the competition today, some of the best people went out early, which was interesting. But that’s sport, anything can happen, which I’ve shown today with my medal.” Besides the challenge from opponents, Chang noted that one has to be constantly thinking in the game. “I have to say it’s probably more of a mental game, it’s a very mental game. People say it’s a physical game of chess; you’re constantly trying to set someone up to do something that you want to do and you’ve to try and take advantage of that. So you’ve to stay there, focus on the mind,” she explained. “It’s very tactical, it’s a very tactical sport, so that’s definitely the main thing. “Obviously, there speed as well, you’ve to use speed to beat people; they’re fast and you need to be ready, take an action if you’re ready to. Speed is very important, it’s speed, power and mental,” she added. The 25-year-old female athlete became the first Jamaica representative to win a fencing medal at an international Games. However, it was not Jamaica’s first fencing medal in international competition, as Alison Miller had won gold at the CAC Championship for fencing. When asked to comment on herself in a pioneering role, Chang said: “It’s strange to look at ourselves that way … it’s a really nice idea that I’m a pioneer, but hopefully what it’ll do is inspire other potential fencers in Jamaica; if they want to pick up a sword, if they think about fencing, but they’ve seen it now … and if it inspires then that’s something I’m really proud of and hope will make our federation bigger, I really hope that it makes more people think ‘oh, I really can fence’.”last_img read more

Unhappy Bayern slams media coverage

first_imgMUNICH (AP):Leading figures at German champions Bayern Munich hit out angrily against the media for its reporting of the club’s recent loss of form, even threatening to take legal action if necessary.Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and sport director Hasan Salihamidzic appeared together yesterday to speak out against what they consider unfavourable media coverage.Rummenigge labelled some of the criticism aimed at Bayern “derogatory, slanderous reporting” as he addressed a packed news conference.After winning the past six titles, the 28-time German champions are sixth in the Bundesliga and have not won their past four matches overall.”Today is an important day for Bayern Munich because we are telling you we will not put up with it anymore,” Rummenigge said.”Polemic seems to know no boundaries anymore … This applies to the media, it applies also to experts, and it applies above all to experts who once played football for this club.”Rummenigge even cited Article 1 of Germany’s basic law: “The dignity of man is sacrosanct.”The Bayern officials complained against ‘outrageous’ criticism of club stalwarts Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels following Germany’s 3-0 loss to the Netherlands last week.Former Bayern player Olaf Thon, now a TV pundit, said Boateng and Hummels were playing “old-man football” in the side’s central defence. Thon, a skillful midfielder who played for Bayern from 1988-94 stood by his criticism.Bayern who started the season well under new coach Niko Kovac, with seven straight wins in all competitions, have been the subject of critical coverage for its lacklustre play in recent games. Kovac’s side has appeared flat and laboured and were humiliated 3-0 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach before the international break.last_img read more

Dalton Myers | Wanted: More awareness of JAIP

first_imgI’ve always believed that the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP) was a very good initiative by the Government that is geared at developing sport in Jamaica. It therefore bothers me that ever since the launch and implementation of the programme in 2016, several ministry officials, including the Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange, have had to publicly urge athletes to be part of the plan. In 2015, Cabinet approved the Insurance plan to provide more than 1,000 athletes across all sports with group health as well as life and personal accident insurance. The plan was then launched at the Office of the Prime Minister in 2016. At the time, the Government outlined that Guardian Insurance would provide group health insurance for 1,323 athletes from approximately 28 national sports associations that were registered with the JAIP. The Government also indicated that as part of the plan, Allied Insurance Brokers, through Sagicor, would provide personal accident insurance. You can understand then why it bothers me that the Government has had to be pleading with member associations to have their athletes apply to this plan particularly because medical expenses have been among the major challenges for Jamaican athletes, especially amateurs trying to make it to the professional level. Lack of medical support leads to issues with athlete-injury management and injury prevention as well as creates psychological barriers for athletes when they are then not able to train and compete at their best . Sadly, many athletes are still not aware of the plan, and in some cases, are ignorant of the benefits. In April 2018, Director of Sport Policy in the ministry Suzette Ison, speaking at the ‘More than an Athlete: Not Just a Player’ symposium, mentioned that many athletes were still not aware of the programme. She encouraged all athletes to check with their national associations to ascertain registration status. She even said that once an athlete was on the development squad or the national team, he/she should be registered so as to be eligible for the plan. Grange has made similar comments over the past six months, even suggesting that associations need to find ways to get athletes on board. In a space where we argue that Government is not doing enough, I would want to believe that any support given would be taken up by athletes and their support personnel. The interesting thing is that ever so often, we see or hear of athletes who meet the criteria for the JAIP but have not applied, seeking financial support from the Government or the general public. The minister wants more athletes registered in the plan, especially since her Government had seen the importance of the project and continued to fund it through the National Health Fund, the Sports Development Foundation, CHASE, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund for over $60 million. INDUSTRY CHALLENGES This is part of a broader issue, though, and speaks to some of the challenges we have in this country in building our sports industry. Some athletes do not opt into the plan because they already have personal plans or coverage through their tertiary institutions, et cetera. Others don’t because they believe being part of it equates to being “controlled” or bonded by the Government. Others are told by support personnel not to apply for various reasons. The other challenge is that some athletes genuinely are not aware of the benefits because their support personnel themselves are not familiar with those benefits. Lastly, some athletes genuinely believe that any sport benefit is for track and field and other ‘traditional’ sports and not for those in the other disciplines. Maybe greater public awareness is needed so that we can get more persons on board. I think the ministry should conduct some focus groups to ascertain the reasons for athletes not taking up this opportunity. They should also host more forums and workshops while working closely with the Jamaica Olympic Association and the Sports Development Foundation to get more support from national sporting associations for the JAIP. We have several athletes whose careers were cut short due to the inability to source funding to manage an injury. I hope this urging by the Government will be helpful. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.com or tweet @daltonsmyerslast_img read more

“Living with Intention” motivational mission and book tour commences in the US

first_imgOn June 1, 2018, Consul General Barbara Atherly hosted an evening of inspiration and a book signing ceremony at her New York office.Romonee Kallicharran and her husband shared a light moment with Sonia Noel at the book launchThis event kick stated the launch of “Living with Intention” Motivational Mission and Book Tour that is expected to be taken to several states in the United States. The ambiance and energy in to room was electric.Lorna Welshman Neblette, who is a close friend Guyana’s fashion icon, Sonia Noel, emceed the significant event and shared her experience with the Guyanese author who she calls a visionary and change agent.Sonia Noel is the author of four books that will touch the lives of many around the world.Barbara Atherly stated that her wardrobe once had several pieces of outfits designed by Noel but during her travels around the world, people wanted to have them and as such, with pride she gifted them.Noel had her audience glued to her every word during her overview. She explained why she decided it was necessary to share her story with the world.“I took away many things from Ms Noel. When you are obedient, God shows you that there is nothing you can’t do. It was such an honour to be at Sonia’s book signing in New York. Sonia reminded us not to worry about the naysayers and to focus on building and maintaining what she called “relationship capital”. When you have that, you can get things done and go places that even money can’t. She is amazing,” journalist Melissa Lissa stated.The excerpts were brilliantly done by Dr Desiree De Florimonte Women Across Borders – Fulfilling Purpose. She read an inspiring part of her chapter.The main objective of “Living with Intention” Motivational Mission and Book Tour is to inspire “people to want to do because in the doing they become”.It also motivates them to give the world the best version of themselves and more importantly, it encourages people to join the mission for that positive change.Apart from NY, the tour is scheduled for New Jersey; Boston; Cambridge, Atlanta; Connecticut; Miami; Tennessee; Mississippi; New Orleans; Philadelphia; and Washington, DC. Later in the year some other cities will be added.Noel extend gratitude to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Barbara Atherley, Seantor Roxanne Persaud, Robert Clarke, Winston Rodney, Laksmie Singh, Royal Wines and Banks DIH among others.last_img read more

“Vanilla” all set for Mash 2019

first_img– launches “1Voice” music video“Vanilla”, as she is popularly referred to, is creating a storm on social media, especially Facebook, with her music video “1Voice”, which has received over 25,000 views in less than 48 hours of its online release.“1Voice”, written by Burchmore Simon, speaks of Guyanese working together to truly achieve the goal “One People, One Nation and One Destiny”, to eradicate racism and racial divisions.“Vanilla”, who was named Melissa Roberts by her parents, is a self-motivated individual who pushes herself to the extreme.She is heading into the Carib Soca Monarch Competition with her eyes set on the crown after placing second three times. She is encouraging her fans to come and support her and the competition.“Vanilla” is presently getting people fit and ready for the Mash season via Digicel’s Mash Fit workout session at the GCC Ground, Bourda.In addition, she is at Banks on the Avenue for a special Mash Party Fitness Session. When asked where she gets the energy, “Vanilla” smiles and simply says it comes naturally and “I’m generally a happy person”.The artiste notes that success is not an easy road and gives credit to her label Kross Kolor Records, Banks DIH, Eco Atlantic Investments International, Digicel, Cerulean Group Inc, the Public Telecommunications Ministry, radio stations and DJs, old and new fans, and family and friends, especially Phillycia Burke.She also encouraged everyone to support Mashramani, since it is one of the festivals that create opportunities for the creative industries as a whole.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Melissa “Vanilla” Robertslast_img read more