Foster’s Fairplay | Kudos to Carifta coverage

first_imgThe organisers of successive stagings of the Carifta Games have, in recent times, taken a lot of flak for the lack of quality in the broadcast of the annual Easter Weekend event. This column is being written with two of three days completed at the 2017 staging, and a marked difference has been recognised. Foster’s Fairplay, in acknowledgement of the vast improvement in delivery of the action from first-time host, CuraÁao, sincerely congratulates the country for treating the sport with the respect that not only it, but those who participate, deserve. For sure, there is some way to go to achieve perfection, but at least the title sponsors FLOW, can hold its head a little higher as it works at creating a more acceptable viewing and listening model for fans who are not able to make it to the venue. ANSWERS HIGHLIGHTS Having said all that, what were the highlights that this columnist considers to be worthy of mention? Surely, a major plus is the introduction of Caymanian, Kareem Streete-Thompson, himself a Carifta icon, having a record-breaking history in the long jump, while representing his country for six years. He began that campaign in 1987 at age 14 and, during the coverage, brought a level of professionalism and technical competence to his analysis. This was far from being surprising as he is on the panel of the presenters who work for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at their elite global championships. In tandem with Dalton Myers of the region’s Intercollegiate sports executive, he gave the presentation a fresh look. Apart from that positive change, there were revelations elicited in an interview, from the President of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, that cleared the air on some matters regarding the sport. Sometime last year, the world governing body announced that the 2017 hosting of the World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, would be the final one. This had caused some consternation at all levels as questions were being asked as to the reasons. The Carifta broadcast provided some answers due to some carefully crafted queries by the team of announcers. Lord Coe seized the moment to explain that it was felt by different stakeholders that the existing development format did not adequately address that for which it was created. The IAAF, according to the former Olympic 1500m champion, had happily included coaches and athletes in its deliberations as well as federation heads and officials. What was concluded, is that competition at this age group should be brought closer home, with athletes from the different geographic areas competing at a regional level. The IAAF is expected to give their support in order to establish and sustain the viability of the new exercise. What impressed Foster’s Fairplay is that the consultation process prior to the final verdict, was all-embracing and not confined to a top-level decision handed down as if by decree. “Milud” was also afforded the opportunity to give the IAAF’s view on life after Bolt, now that the sport’s legend, Emperor Usain, will be giving up at the end of the London World Championships, come August. Although there was no elaboration, it was apparent that track and field, globally, will take on some of the characteristics of the Usain-inspired Nitro Series held in Melbourne, Australia, at the start of the year. Lord Coe also thought that the sport, already occupying nine months in the year, needs to be converted to a 12-month slog. Track and field was taking a flogging when the former world record holder took office. His predecessor, Lamine Diack was beleaguered with criminal charges, top IAAF executives were similarly being exposed, all as a result of investigations surrounding Russia’s alleged involvement in and subsequent cover-up of drug violations, leading to several disqualifications from competition and the attendant loss of medals. Lord Coe needed a forum, as provided by the Carifta broadcast team, to convince any doubters of his ability to correct a listing ship, that he was the right nominee for the arduous task. The credibility of track and field was in dire need of restoration. The 2017 Carifta Games broadcast team provided an opportunity and they should be commended. – For feedback email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Essequibo Coast students nabbed with ganja in school

first_imgFour students of the Johanna Cecilia Secondary School, in Region Two, were nabbed with a quantity of ganja on Friday.Reports reaching this newspaper detail that the Police received information that four boys were seen smoking cannabis in the school’s toilet.As such, a teacher swooped down on them, and one of the boys, aged 12, was caught with two grams of cannabis. He claimed that he found it in the toilet. His friends, aged 12 and 14, were also searched.This newspaper was told that one 14-year-old admitted that he had brought the substance to school and shared it with the three others. The Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

MAYOR’S HONOUR FOR ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SOCCER HEROICS

first_imgLetterkenny Town Council and Mayor Gerry McMonagle have held a Civic Reception for the successful St Eunan’s College teams who brought All-Ireland glory to the town this season.which won All Ireland titles this year.The college’s minor boys (U-15s) beat De La Salle College from Waterford to win their all-Ireland title. And the Junior Boys (Under 17s) also defeated De La Salle 3-1 in their Final.Pictured above is Ciaran Maloney Captain of Under 15 St Eunans Side with Mayor Gerry  McMonagle.Dale Gorman Captain of Eunans Under 17 team with Mayor McMonagle is below.Below that is the under-15 side – with the under-17s below.  MAYOR’S HONOUR FOR ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SOCCER HEROICS was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MAYOR’S HONOUR FOR ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SOCCER HEROICSlast_img read more

FEARS FOR DRIVERS’ SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TWO CARS CAUGHT BY RISING TIDES

first_imgTwo more motorists have had a lucky escape after their cars were caught by rising tides  on the beach at Rossnowlagh.The incident occurred yesterday evening, and comes just 24 hours after a Toyota was swept away out to sea on the same beach.Rossnowlagh is one of the most popular beaches in Donegal and attracts huge crowds throughout the year. The Mondeo car this mroning.However, the tide comes in exceptionally quick in Rossnowlagh which catches out unsuspecting beach goers.There has been an on-going problem at the beach, particularly during the summer, with many beach goers parking their cars on the beach.Its led to traffic jams on the beach due to the volume of cars on it, with people trying to get off the beach as quick as possible as the tides swarms in on them.This latest incident again reiterated the dangers of parking your car on the beach at Rossnowlagh, thankfully though these two cars were saved this time round unlike the unfortunate Toyota.    FEARS FOR DRIVERS’ SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TWO CARS CAUGHT BY RISING TIDES was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:beachdonegalRossnowlaghtideslast_img read more