The Wright View – Sports took massive beating in 2015

first_imgThe year 2015 is over. Whew! Good news. I am of the opinion that sports in general took a massive beating, with scandals and corruption allegations taking away headlines from the ones who make sports exciting and entertaining – the athletes themselves.That is not to say that the athletes who excited and entertained us were ‘saints’. What last year’s headlines revealed was that those who were supposed to administer the competitions and ensure fairness were there only to enrich themselves and their ‘pardeees’.I view all evidence of malfeasance and corruption as equally abhorrent. Therefore, there is no scandal worse than another. The multiple arrests, allegations, and confessions of the administration of world football, FIFA, take the lead position mainly because of the extent of the problem. But the revelations in athletics, WADA, and the IAAF should not be viewed as any less than what is going on in FIFA. Corruption is corruption, and as Dick Pound is quoted as saying: “In the old days, sport was well outside of anything that governments had focused on. They were all private organisations, and they were run kind of informally like clubs, and so on, and they have tried to pretend that they can do that even in 2015 … and they can’t.”It simply won’t work in this day and age; you have to be more transparent, which doesn’t mean that you have to run around buck naked, but people have to understand how a decision was reached, and by whom, and for what reasons, and that sort of thing never used to happen. There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it’s going to be changed.”The world, now really a global village, means that Jamaica is not immune from the stain of the revelations.In football, the local administrators have steadfastly continued to use a formula for a return to the World Cup that has failed repeatedly, but in the past, such failures were pooh-poohed by a confident president, who knew that he could rely on his contacts and ‘pardees’ in FIFA to arrange international games, tours, and invitations to international tournaments to keep our football relevant.GLOOMY 2016?Now, with a business partner with FIFA clout under house arrest and other ‘friends of Caribbean football’ constantly looking over their shoulders at moves and statements by the female attorney general of the United States, things do not look good for 2016.The hiring of a German coach with a salary package that could not be supported by local financing, coupled with the inability to compensate ‘foreign’ Jamaicans who are used to ’nuff’ money when playing for Jamaica, will end with the failure (again) of this nation to qualify for another World Cup.In cricket, the present regional administrators of the sport have rubbished a report prepared by a CARICOM subcommittee on cricket – that they initiated and for which they handpicked some of the members – determined to continue on their merry way, owing millions of US dollars to the Indian cricket board, antagonising and alienating our best cricketers, and insulting island prime ministers, regardless of what the fans and the other cricketing nations think of West Indian cricket.In track and field, the present administrators have steadfastly refused to answer the reasonable questions raised by colleague columnist Laurie Foster re ‘peculiar’ occurrences regarding tickets bought and used for athletes who did not travel to a particular meet.Dick Pound’s quote in the first paragraph rings true.”There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it is going to be changed.”May 2016 be the year when sport rids itself of corruption! The first salvo in the fight for change is term limits for ‘volunteers’ in administration! Then, 2016 can be better than 2015.It must be better for sports’ sake.last_img read more

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Gbarnga Faces Quarantine

first_imgCogent information filtering in from central Liberia suggests that the Bong County Health Team is poised to quarantine the provincial capital, Gbarnga, if the trend of suspected Ebola deaths throughout the city continues as it has in recent days.Just this week, a total of ten suspected Ebola deaths occurred from the Civil Compound and the Millionaire communities of Gbarnga, Bong County. In at least one case, it was an entire household.Speaking to the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity, a senior member of the County Health Team said that although there was no Ebola test conducted on the dead, the circumstances under which the persons died, it is almost impossible to rule out hemorrhagic fever.“The manner and form people in which people are expiring in the city in recent days has created panic among the residents, including the County Health Team; so the Team has to take some actions to protect others who have not fallen prey to the disease,” the official said.The Senior Health Official explained that the quarantine exercise will serve as a means to contain the spread of the disease in the city and its environs.  “With the number of deaths in recent days in the city, the County Health Team is troubled, so we have to do everything in our power to discontinue the increase of infections in other communities.”The official told this paper that one of the underlying reasons for the increase in deaths in recent times is the entrenched culture of silence on the part of Liberians; something he said is going to harm everyone.As a result, the health official said, the County Health Team is finding it tremendously difficult to fight the Ebola virus in the city.  Also, suspected Ebola virus carriers are not willing to be quarantined or to report to the health facilities for early check up.When the Daily Observer sampled the views of ordinary citizens on the purported information, there were mixed reactions. Some welcomed the idea of quarantine, while others described it as harsh and a violation of human rights.Some of the citizens argued that the quarantining of the city will impose economic hardship to the already impoverished residents, especially given the current State of Emergency where some business people have already hiked prices of their commodities.  Others argued that the action will help to restrict the movement of people who are suspected carriers of the Ebola virus.It has been established by this paper that entertainment centers in the city are virtually without customers due to the alarming death toll in Gbarnga suspectedly from the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, the citizens of Gbarnga have called on the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to provide the necessary protective materials to the various hospitals to enable the health workers return to duty and resume services. Residents agree that the deadly Ebola virus exists but are also concerned that other people are also being killed by curable diseases such as malaria due to the closure of the two main hospitals in Bong County.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Matt Gilmore, Gary Hilderman finish 1-2 in Blizzard Bike Club’s mountain bike race

first_imgGeorge Gamble finished in third spot. He crossed the line in 44:06, while fourth place went to Pat Ferris who clocked in at 45:26.Roger St. Jean finished in fifth place at 47:05. He was followed by Robin Sipe, Dawit Feyissa and Dan Webster. They finished with times of 48:44, 54:04, and 54:56 respectively. Up next on the schedule for the Blizzard Bike Club is the Baldonnel time trial tonight at 7 p.m., that’s followed by the Cactus Death mountain bike race at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING AWARD

first_imgPictured from left is Ruairi McGee, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal;Niall McHale, Ballina, Co. Mayo; Gary Lyons, Balla, Co. Mayo ; and Anthony Mannion Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal; and student’s at IT Sligo who have been named Winners in the 2014 Engineers Ireland Level 7 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards, sponsored by Siemens, for their project of a Willow Harvester Prototype .Pic:Naoise CulhaneTWO Donegal Students at the Institute of Technology in Sligo are among a team who have won an Innovative Student Engineering Award.Winning projects explore transporting critical medical supplies long distances and develop a more efficient way of harvesting willow to use as a renewable energy sourceStudents Ruairi McGee and Anthony Mannion from Ballyshannon, along with classmates Gary Lyons from Balla and Niall McHale from Ballina in Co. Mayo won first prize in the Engineers Ireland Level 7 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2014, sponsored by Siemens. Titled ‘Willow Harvester Prototype’, the winning group’s entry involved the design, fabrication, testing and analysis of a new and improved prototype device for whole stem willow harvesting.The project focused on providing a more efficient solution for an existing local willow plantation at Ardtarmon House Hotel in Ballinfull whose current harvesting options are time consuming and costly.The harvested willow is used on-site to provide domestic hot water and heating for the guest accommodation.The winning IT Sligo team worked with the Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technologies (CREST) to introduce an innovative design to existing technologies to provide a more economical harvesting solution to smaller, dispersed, willow growers. John Power, chartered engineer, director general of Engineers Ireland said, “Engineering is not only at the heart of our day-to-day lives but it is clear to see from the diverse range of projects entered this year that engineers play a vital role in many existing and developing industries in Ireland – from agriculture and automotive to technology and biomedical.“Of the numerous job announcements over the past 12 months, many of these have been engineering opportunities. There continues to be real career options and demand for engineers of all backgrounds in Ireland. While there is an increase in the number of students opting for engineering at third level we still need more students choosing from the wide variety of engineering courses available to fulfil the employment needs of industry now and in the future.”He continued, “I wish to congratulate all entrants, in particular the finalists, who are an example of the ingenuity and talent that exists in Ireland today.”  DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING AWARD was last modified: June 11th, 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:donegalengineering awardssligo itlast_img read more

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How the Premier League table would look based on every club’s home form only

first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? tense Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium is no longer the Theatre of Dreams as the Red Devils stumble. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 6 latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 6 Most Popular Premier League News revealed Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow At the other end of the table, though, we already have our main three relegation contenders with Cardiff City, Newcastle United, and Huddersfield Town all yet to win a game with eight matches gone.It will be tricky for any of them to stay up at this rate but they are still in touching distance of Fulham and Southampton who are struggling to get going.Home form will be key for all Premier League teams this season; if you can’t get a victory in front of your own fans you’re likely to fail to complete the required objectives.But which clubs have the best form at their own stadium? Find out below. 6 A flag carrying the Chelsea crest flies at Stamford Bridge. 6 8. EvertonP 4 | W 2 | D 1 | L 1 | GF 7 | GA 5 | GD +2 | Points 79. Brighton & Hove AlbionP 4 | W 2 | D 1 | L 1 | GF 7 | GA 6 | GD +1 | Points 710. Manchester UnitedP 4 | W 2 | D 1 | L 1 | GF 6 | GA 7 | GD -1 | Points 711. Leicester CityP 4 | W 2 | D 0 | L 2 | GF 7 | GA 5 | GD +2 | Points 6 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Pete the Eagle is loving life at Selhurst Park, even if the results aren’t coming. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? gameday cracker The 2018/19 Premier League season is looking nicely poised as we enjoy the second international break.We have a clear five-team pack hunting for the title with just two points separating Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal. 1. Manchester CityPlayed 4 | Won 4 | Drawn 0 | Lost 0 | Goals For 13 | Goals against 2 | Goal difference +11 | Points 122. LiverpoolP 4 | W 3 | D 1 | L 0 | GF 8 | GA 0 | GD +8 | Points 103. ChelseaP 4 | W 3 | D 1 | L 0 | GF 10 | GA 4 | GD +6 | Points 10 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings TOP WORK 4. BournemouthP 4 | W 3 | D 1 | L 0 | GF 10 | GA 5 | GD +5 | Points 105. ArsenalP 4 | W 3 | D 0 | L 1 | GF 7 | GA 3 | GD +4 | Points 96. WatfordP 5 | W 3 | D 0 | L 2| GF 7 | GA 8 | GD -1 | Points 97. Wolverhampton WanderersP 4 | W 2 | D 2 | L 0 | GF 6 | GA 3 | GD +3 | Points 8 A West Ham fan reacts at the London Stadium. predicted 6 15. FulhamP 4 | W 1 | D 1 | L 2 | GF 6 | GA 10 | GD -4 | Points 416. SouthamptonP 4 | W 0 | D 2 | L 2 | GF 3 | GA 7 | GD -4 | Points 217. Crystal PalaceP 4 | W 0 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 0 | GA 5 | GD -5 | Points 1 12. Tottenham*P 3 | W 2 | D 0 | L 1 | GF 5 | GA 3 | GD +2 | Points 613. BurnleyP 4 | W 1 | D 1 | L 2 | GF 6 | GA 6 | GD 0 | Points 414. West Ham UnitedP 4 | W 1 | D 1 | L 2 | GF 4 | GA 4 | GD 0 | Points 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 18. HuddersfieldP 4 | W 0 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 0 | GA 6 | GD -6 | Points 119. Cardiff CityP 4 | W 0 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 3 | GA 10 | GD -7 | Points 120. Newcastle UnitedP 4 | W 0 | D 0 | L 4 | GF 3 | GA 8 | GD -5 | Points 0*Tottenham Hotspur have been playing their home games at Wembley this season SORRY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 6 Wolves fans celebrate a goal at Molineux. Leicester City fans react at the King Power Stadium. last_img read more

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Men’s Golf Finishes 14th at Weather-Shortened Colin Montgomerie Invitational

first_imgLucas Scherf led the Bulldogs with a 36-hole score of 150 (74-76) and he finished T30. Tommi Avant carded a 155 (76-79) to place next at T59. Kyle MacDonald and Shayne Patel each shaved six strokes off their first-round scores for final two-round scores of 156 (81-75) and 162 (74-83), respectively. Chase Wicklund finished 71st with a score of 157 (74-83). SPRING, Texas – The Drake University men’s golf team finished 14th at the weather-shortened Colin Montgomerie Invitational. Florida Gulf Coast won the tournament with a score of 578 (289-289). Story Links Drake posted a 305 in the opening round Monday before the second round was cut short due to inclement weather. The Bulldogs completed approximately 10 holes at Augusta Pines before teams were pulled off the course. The teams returned to the course this morning but more inclement weather forced the tournament to end after 36 holes. Drake carded a 308 in the second round.center_img Drake travels to Springfield, Mo., March 11-12, for the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate.Print Friendly Version Final Results last_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: Happily moving on without Antonio Brown

first_imgALAMEDA — It’s like covering a normal NFL team again. No more wondering and waiting for the next Antonio Brown social media blast or behavioral quirk. And if Brown was that much of a pain for the media, it’s hard to comprehend what it was like for the Raiders, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock in particular.Which makes it all the more impressive how Gruden, Mayock and Co. successfully navigated the Raiders through an impressive Week 1 win over Denver that exceeded pretty much …last_img read more

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Cities to play their part in building national competitiveness

first_imgJohannesburg is known as the City of Gold. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 5 February 2016 – Positioning South Africa as a globally competitive destination is central to Brand South Africa’s mandate. Throughout the month of February Brand South Africa will engage with various stakeholders in the Northern Cape, Free State and Western Cape to discuss the vital contribution each province adds to South Africa’s national competitiveness.Cities are critical in purveying the image of a globally competitive country and are therefore of utmost importance in building and communicating national competitiveness. Brand South Africa has therefore throughout 2015 hosted workshops across the country to ascertain the views of a variety of stakeholders in building the country’s reputation and competitiveness.Media are invited to join in on the discussions around how all sectors of society can work together to position South Africa as investment globally competitive destination. In addition to these discussions, Brand South Africa will share nation brand corporate identity toolkit to empower attendees to cohesively communicate a positive image of South Africa across various communications platforms.Media are invited as follows:Northern Cape:Date: Wednesday 10 February 2016Time: 09h00-16h00Venue: Protea Hotel, Kimberley Big Hole, W Circular Road, KimberleyWestern Cape:Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016Time: 09h00-16h00Venue: TBCFree State:Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016Time: 09h00-16h00Venue: TBCRSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Kelly Davids on kellyd@brandsouthafrica.comAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Kelly DavidsTel: +27 11 712 5072Mobile: +27 (0) 74 928 4285Email: kellyd@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOutspoken against Ginebra going to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Jared Dillinger seems to have bit more than he can chew as Meralco stares at a 0-2 deficit in the championship series.But the Fil-Am forward is man enough to admit that the Bolts, especially the locals, have their work cut out for them after a dismal showing in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Letran slips past St. Benilde to earn Final 4 playoff Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA FinalsThe 33-year-old acknowledges that the taller and bigger Gin Kings have played a part on intimidating and forcing the Bolts shooters to struggle in the series.“It’s tough. Those guys are 20-30 pounds heavier than me. I’m fighting but they’re big boys over there. It’s not like we don’t know that to begin with, but it wears down on you especially when they post up on you,” he said.But Meralco isn’t just going to roll over and die as Dillinger and company plot their revenge on Game 3 on Wednesday.“We just got to go back and look at the film, keep doing the same routine you got to get some shots up, see the ball going a little bit. No excuses. It’s tough, but we got to adjust and we have to figure it out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead“Something’s got to happen. Aside from Allen Durham, no one’s shooting that well – Del (de Ocampo), me, Baser (Amer), (Chris) Newsome, Cliff (Hodge). We got to make shots, that’s it. We’re not making our end and it’s tough on AD,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough the first two games, Meralco has shot 23 percent from three, down from their average of 37 percent, the league-best, prior to the Finals.Dillinger has also played subpar in the series, where he’s averaging 5.5 points on a 17-percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while committing two turnovers.last_img read more

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Birmingham experts team up with SAI

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) With an aim to improve the performance of the Indian athletes, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has signed a new agreement with the University of Birmingham to develop education programmes to be used by coaches, sport scientists and PE teachers. There was a record breaking number of Birmingham-educated athletes who were selected for the Olympics to represent England and in the wake of their success at the Rio Games, Indian sports coaches and sports scientists visited the University of Birmingham for a two-week programme. The programme benefited personnel from a range of sports and science disciplines, including Indias fastest man — 100m national record holder and Olympian Anil Kumar Prakash. Sports experts at Birmingham will work with SAI partners to identify joint research opportunities and areas of common interest, as well as teaming up to shape sports policy and the development of Indias next generation of athletes at all levels. “SAI is delighted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the University of Birmingham, which is highly-regarded in the area of sports science,” Director General SAI Injeti Srinivas said. “SAI looks forward to partnering with the University of Birmingham and strengthening its coaching development programme, as well as introducing state-of-the-art scientific support in training, evaluation and preparation of its high performance athletes,” he added. University of Birmingham Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Robin Mason said: “The University of Birmingham is proud to team up with the Sports Authority of India. I am delighted that our highly-respected sports experts are working successfully with the very people leading the development of sport in India. “Birmingham welcomed its first Indian student in 1909 and we now have a great opportunity to build on our long history to create a common sporting future. We can learn much from each other and look forward to developing long and productive partnerships that draw on both Indian and British expertise to help improve the sporting performance both our countries.” The University of Birminghams School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences was recently ranked as the best in the UK for Sports Science by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. PTI CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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