‘We are concerned’ – Burrell says JFF desperately needs cash to pay Schäfer

first_imgWinfried Schäfer, Jamaica senior men’s national football team head coach, is yet to receive his salary for the month of November. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said up to Friday, the tactician had not been paid and that the federation was seeking funds to fulfil its obligation. “As it relates to Coach Schäfer’s salary, we have not yet paid Coach Schäfer,” Burrell said bluntly. “This is the first time we have not been able to pay, and such a long time over. He was due on the 25th (November) and we are not seeing the payment in December. “We have not paid him for the month of November and we are concerned. He is not a happy man. He needs to get his funds and we are hoping that this situation will be resolved shortly,” he said. He said the federation has been working around the clock trying to secure the funds needed to compensate Schäfer, but remains confident its calls will be answered. “We are in need of sponsorship support because the financial burden on the federation is extremely heavy. It is a very challenging period for the federation, but we will do our endeavour to make it work,” he added, noting that it has 11 teams to finance, several of which have been travelling for competition recently. OPTIMISTIC FOR SUPPORT “Sponsors we have talked to, many have said that in their new budget year in March, but I am optimistic that closer to the time, we will get some support. We are trying our very best, working around the clock and doing our endeavour best to see the type of support that we are able to garner to help. “But it is a challenging time and we welcome all the help we can get, because when glory comes, it doesn’t come just to the JFF it comes to the entire nation,” he added. Burrell said it was a very active year for national teams, of both genders, at the various age groups and travelling and accommodation for these competitions proved very costly. “I have to be frank. There is no other sport where so many young people are involved at the national level. We had 11 national teams that participated in competitions (this year). Others (sporting bodies) have one or two national teams. We had 11, with some 35 people travelling at each time, as you must have a full team, doctors, physios, equipment people, and that is what makes the difference with these delegations, and the cost of travel and hotel accommodation amounts to millions of dollars,” he explained. “The nation has to realise that our nation’s football is women and men. Not so long ago, we had to abandon the female programme in order to stay alive because of the finances, and that is the last thing I would want to do. Our women deserve an equal chance and we certainly are not looking to cut our women’s programme. Our ladies deserve the opportunity to display their talent the same way our men do,” he said.last_img read more

Determine to Oppose Determinism

first_imgEven secularists have trouble with books that promote the idea that we are what our genes make us.“Genetic determinism rides again,” announces a book review in Nature. Nathaniel Comfort “questions a psychologist’s troubling claims about genes and behaviour.”The book is: Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are , by Robert Plomin (Allen Lane, 2018). Comfort is troubled by this book:It’s never a good time for another bout of genetic determinism, but it’s hard to imagine a worse one than this. Social inequality gapes [sic], exacerbated by climate change, driving hostility towards immigrants and flares of militant racism. At such a juncture, yet another expression of the discredited, simplistic idea that genes alone control human nature seems particularly insidious.The hideous past of determinism, with its racism, wars and discrimination, should be a lesson to history. Comfort shows quite a list of misdeeds that were the fruit of this flawed idea. Nobody should believe in these days of epigenetics and pleiotropy that single genes determine traits such as intelligence.The most troubling thing about Blueprint is its Panglossian DNA determinism. Plomin foresees private, direct-to-consumer companies selling sets of polygenic scores to academic programmes or workplaces. Yet, as this “incorrigible optimist” assures us, “success and failure — and credit and blame — in overcoming problems should be calibrated relative to genetic strengths and weaknesses”, not environmental ones. All is for the best in this best of brave new worlds.Think of what can happen if science does not oppose the idea that brought us eugenics.Ultimately, if unintentionally, Blueprint is a road map for regressive social policy. Nothing here seems overtly hostile, to schoolchildren or anyone else. But Plomin’s argument provides live ammunition for those who would abandon proven methods of improving academic achievement among socio-economically deprived children. His utopia is a forensic world, dictated by polygenic algorithms and the whims of those who know how to use them. People would be defined at birth by their DNA. Expectations would be set, and opportunities, resources and experiences would be doled out — and withheld — a priori, before anyone has had a chance to show their mettle.To paraphrase Lewontin in his 1970 critique of Jensen’s argument, Plomin has made it pretty clear what kind of world he wants.I oppose him.And Nature apparently agrees.Nature and Nathaniel Comfort sound mighty righteous here, but only by covering up the awful past of Darwinism. See Discovery Institute’s new film Human Zoos for the reality of what Darwinians believed, taught, and did. Jerry Bergman’s books The Darwin Effect and How Evolution Corrodes Morality will make you fightin’ mad about the evil fruit of Darwin’s deadly doctrine.Always be a fruit inspector when you evaluate new ideas. Darwinism has the most rotten fruit in history. The Bible, correctly understood, has its goal as the “fruit of the spirit” — “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Wouldn’t that make for a better world? No law of nature can produce the fruit of the spirit. It is generated by abiding in Christ (John 15:1-11). The Holy Spirit tends the fruit in the lives of those who have committed their trust to Jesus the Son of God. (Visited 390 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BCCI sacks Mohinder Amarnath as national selector, Vikram Rathore comes as replacement

first_imgFormer Indian cricketer Sandeep Patil was on Thursday announced as the new chairman of the national selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Patil, who was selected to represent the west zone on the selection panel, was also finalised as its chief. He would replace Krishnamachari Srikkanth, whose four-year term has ended.Earlier, amidst reports of likely escalation of former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath, the BCCI gave him a shocker and removed him as a selector. He was sacked as selector only after one year of his stint.Former India and Punjab opener Vikram Rathore replaced Amarnath as the north zone selector. The other three selectors on the panel were Roger Binny (south), Rajinder Hans (central) and Saba Karim (east).last_img read more

UK intelligence chief to make rare public speech

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service director is set to give a rare public speech detailing the need for “fourth generation espionage” to combat hybrid threats.Alex Younger, known in his role as head of MI6 as “C,” will talk to students at his alma mater the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on Monday.Excerpts released before the speech indicate that he will emphasize the need for human intelligence in a time of artificial experience and increased technological innovation.Younger will discuss the ways in which Britain’s adversaries are using cyber techniques and taking advantage of the “blurred line” between the cyber and physical worlds.MI6 deals with international security threats. The official threat level in Britain is set at “severe,” indicating that analysts believe an attack is highly likely.The Associated Presslast_img read more

NLC hosting Maritime Bhangra Group at first annual charity talent show

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Lights College is going to be bringing the renowned Maritime Bhangra dance group to the Fort St. John for its first annual International Talent for Charity Show next month.The talent show, which is taking place at the Evangel Chapel on April 7th, is being hosted by the College to celebrate the diversity and talents of Peace Region residents. The Maritime Bhangra Group was founded in Halifax two years ago. Since July 2016, the group has raised money for multiple causes, including the ALS Societies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the Leukemia Society and Autism NS. The group also performed on Parliament Hill at the Canada 150 celebrations, and has appeared on the CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “The Rick Mercer Report”.The group will be joined on stage by members of the Fort St. John community who will be helping to raise money for local charities. Each performance will name a charity, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to their chosen group. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre, with adult tickets at $30. Student tickets are $20. The talent show is Saturday, April 7, at the Evangel Chapel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00. For more information, call Cleo at 250-785-6981 ext. 6212 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Centre issues drought advisory to southern and western states

first_imgNew Delhi: With water storage in dams dropping to a “critical” level, the Centre has issued a “drought advisory” to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, asking them to use water judiciously.The advisory was issued to Tamil Nadu on Friday and similar cautionary letters were sent to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana late last week, said S K Haldar, a member of the Central Water Commission (CWC). Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20 per cent less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years. Water falls under the state list and the advisory recommends states to use it for drinking purpose only till the dams are replenished. The CWC monitors water storage available in 91 major reservoirs across the country. According to the figures released on Thursday, the total water storage available was 35.99 billion cubic metres (BCM), which is 22 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe figure was at 24 per cent for the week ending on May 9. The situation seems to be grim in western and southern parts of the country. The western region includes Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs — 10 in Gujarat and 17 in Maharashtra having a total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM — under the CWC monitoring The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 4.10 BCM until May 16, which is 13 per cent of total live storage capacity. The storage in 27 reservoirs of these two states during the corresponding period of last year was 18 per cent and average storage of last 10 years was 22 per cent. The situation in Marathwada is particulary critical where the water level in 45 major dams has hit an alarmingly low level. On Tuesday, Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, said rainfall in Vidarbha, Marathwada, west Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will be “poorer than normal”. The southern region includes states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs — two of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana together, Andhra Pradesh (1), Telangana (2), Karnataka (14), Kerala (6) and Tamil Nadu (6) — under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. “The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.86 BCM, which is 13 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 13 per cent and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 16 per cent,” the CWC said. Situation seems to be better in the northern region which includes states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are six reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 8.54 BCM which is 47 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The eastern region includes states of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 5.04 BCM which is 27 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.last_img read more

Mens volleyball teams run ends at Final Four

The No. 10 men’s volleyball team was swept 3-0 by No. 1 Stanford in the NCAA Championship semifinals last Thursday.Sophomore Shawn Sangrey earned a team-high 12.5 points.Giving up 11 service errors in the match, the Buckeyes gave up the battle in the third set, falling 30-17.Stanford went on to defeat No. 12 Penn State in the finals 3-0 on its home court, Maples Pavilion on Saturday.

Lampard buzzing after Derbys comeback win

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard is in seventh heaven after his side scored two late goals to win 4-3 at Norwich City on Saturday.Norwich were 3-2 ahead with just nine minutes to go, but Florian Jozefzoon’s 87th-minute goal pulled the game level before Jack Marriott netted in stoppage time to complete the comeback for Frank Lampard’s side.The game was delayed by 25 minutes after a fuse box problem caused a section of the stadium to lose power after Norwich had gone 3-2 up.“It was a game which had everything and I don’t think I have been involved with one like that before,” Lampard told Sky Sports.“I have certainly never gone back to the dressing room and then come back like that before and as a manager, I have never been involved in a game with two late goals like that.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“I think the delay worked in our favor because Norwich had just scored their goal and the momentum was with them.It was bad timing for them and good timing for us because it gave us the chance to reorganize things and I thought David Nugent did a superb job when he came on, playing a part in both our goals.“Norwich will be saying they deserved something from the game, and they would have [deserved] a point to be fair, but I think we deserved this for the way we came out after the delay.“The players deserve so much credit for coming away from a tough place like this with three points.”last_img read more

Anchor Point Residents Rally To Save Chapman School At Assembly Meeting

first_imgResidents are now asking the assembly to “step up” and help lessen the impact to local schools by funding to the max at the borough level. Pastor Roy Lovegrove from Anchor Point: “We do what we can with that little town, there are many problems. Our church tries to address it through our food bank and our drug addiction programs. But my theory is if you close that school down, you will kill the city.” Another to testify was Heidi Stokes, a teacher at Chapman school: “As you know, these budget proposals are devastating and create uncertain times for all Alaskans. This budget will negatively impact our schools ability to even stay open, let alone meet the needs of our students. Two thirds of my colleagues are at risk of losing their jobs today, not to their due to their non tenure status. Our ability to meet the needs of our students has been compromised should the governor’s budget be passed, education will suffer a blow that I feel will take decades to overcome.”  The current plan calls for cutting roughly $310 million from the state Department of Education and Early Childhood Development from the department’s current $1.3 billion budget. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District faces an unprecedented deficit of over $20 million dollars or more if the Governor’s proposed FY20 state budget is passed. Chapman School is located at Mile 157 on the Sterling Highway and serves approximately 130 students from pre-k through 8th grade. Chapman has 10.5 certified staff members, 4 itinerant certified staff, and 5.5 classified staff. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A number of Anchor Point parents, teachers, and residents testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday about the proposed cuts to education funding. One major area of concern is the fate of the Chapman School. Danielle from Anchor Point was the first to testify against the possible closure: “We have two children that go to Chapman school. For the first time ever my husband and I have talked about leaving not just leaving anchor point. But leaving the state. If education is not funded to the cap, I feel like Alaska will not only lose top rated schools, including Chapman, but will effectively be crippling or killing the small towns and communities across Alaska as families and educators move away.”last_img read more