The letter highlighted that the board had failed to heed concerns pertaining to the institute’s governance and reminded its members of the Civil Service and the Ministry of Finance’s concerns that the agency is regulated by rules governing public-sector bodies, that the board is not an executive board and has no authority to revoke or appoint signing powers, cannot authorise who signs or who does not, or has any authority or privilege to sign cheques. It also objected to the board’s interference in deciding staff retirement and reassignment. “The board is acting beyond its scope and authority in removing senior staff from signing on behalf of the institute without cause,” said Grant. “Furthermore, your letter (April 14) indicates you (board) have informed the banks that staff are not to sign cheques. This is an absurd request, they (bank) cannot ignore the legitimate signatures approved by the Ministry of Finance how signatories must be assigned or removed from government accounts.” He continued: “Any decision by the administrative director is legal and binding. You have indicated that you will decide as a board who should retire or have employment extended. “To be so involved in the day to day issues of staff retirement and reassignment is another ridiculous stance as these persons are treated under the Civil Service Pensions Act,” Grant stated in his letter. Although citing the board’s instructions as “untenable”, the JCSA head advised Andrews to comply with the directives until, but specified that the administrative director cannot be held liable or responsible for any decision taken by the board. UNHEEDED CONCERNS LEADERSHIP BREACH The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has again called for the resignation of the entire board of directors of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). This position, it said, was made on the grounds of a second round of attacks on the agency’s administrative director, Ian Andrews, with regard to having his signing authority removed, as well as its proposed action regarding retirement and contract extension of staff. Last year, the Don Anderson-led board rid Andrews of his signing authority – which is part of the administrative director’s job description – a decision that was overturned after a directive by the Ministry of Finance. Now, the INSPORTS board is headed in the same direction. However, the JCSA, which represents government workers, has filed a strong response. In a letter dated April 27 to board Chairman Don Anderson, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, revealed that they were in receipt of two correspondents sent to Andrews (April 8th and 14th) by Anderson on behalf of the INSPORTS board. Grant raised a number of concerns and insists that the action proposed by the board is “ridiculous” and “untenable” and clearly violates the statutes and regulations applicable to government entities. “I must alert you (board) that the JSCA will be calling for the replacement of the board and particularly you (Anderson) as chairman, as we have seen where your leadership of the organisation has breached all public bodies’ guidelines, acts and regulations. Mr Andrews cannot be held liable for any decision taken by the board that he is forced to comply with, despite his declared concerns,” highlighted Grant. Efforts to reach chairman of the INSPORTS board, Anderson, for comments via telephone proved unsuccessful, as all calls went unanswered. The JCSA letter was copied to Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Alison McLean, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mrs. Loris Jarrett, deputy financial secretary, Ministry of Finance and Public Service, the ministry’s financial secretary, Devon Rowe, Mrs. Pamela Monroe-Ellis, auditor general, auditor general’s department, all members of the INSPORTS board and Andrews.
Brains, and not all brawn, in a big way describes Wolmer’s Boys’ School student athlete, Damani Sulph, who though yet to medal on the sporting stage, has achieved an academic high of eight Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) subjects – all Grade Ones – in the recently concluded exam sitting. Young Sulph got distinctions in seven of his subjects – chemistry, physics, technical drawing, English literature, English language, mathematics and, visual arts, all with straight-‘A’ profiles. For mechanical technology, he got an AAB profile. The teen started Wolmer’s five years ago with much sporting potential, having clinched gold and bronze in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively, at the JISA/Seprod Prep Schools’ Champs. In 2011, as an eighth-grader, Sulph struck double gold in the 4×100 and 4×200 metres, while anchoring at the Gibson/McCook Relays. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, however, as Sulph has been slowed by injury. But as the youngster saw his track progression held back due to persistent injuries, he surged for the ultimate balance with academics. “Once I balance tracks and any sport with my schoolwork it will put me in pole position to get scholarships,” Sulph, who intends to be a top graphic designer, told The Gleaner. “I pay very keen attention, so that when I plan to study after school I have already retained much of the information,” he said, describing his method of balancing school and athletics. Due to injuries, his career hasn’t quite taken off in the way he hopes to at Champs, as he has not yet made it to an individual final. At Wolmer’s, though, he has peers of proven success and notes that 110m World Junior champion hurdler, Jaheel Hyde, serves as inspiration. “I want to achieve a final, at least at Champs, before I leave Wolmer’s, and go through a season injury-free,” he continued. “There were high hopes for me from second form after I got those two medals, and I want at least to live up to the expectations,” he stressed. Sulph will head to sixth form, then college, here in Jamaica or overseas. In the meantime, Wolmer’s Boys’ track coach, Christopher Harley, said he is proud of Sulph’s academic achievements and noted that it speaks well of Wolmer’s sporting and academic philosophy. Outside the classroom, Harley believes Sulph has not maxed out his potential and remains confident that if he overcomes injuries, he can achieve big things. “I don’t get a chance to see Damani at his best on the track side of things, but where discipline and academics are concerned, I have no complaints,” said Harley. “He (Sulph) didn’t get a chance to really showcase himself and to really show how far track and field could have taken him. He has another two years in school, so if he decides to put some work in (athletics), anything is possible,” Harley stressed. The student’s parents, Dwight and Marcia Sulph, are proud of their son’s straight-‘A’ profiles. “We are supportive parents; we always trusted his judgement from prep school days, I support him and I support every student athlete,” Dwight explained. His father describes himself as part of a fraternity that goes to all the track meets. “We support student athletes to ensure they go to class, get to training, and when I go to Stadium East training field to pick up my son after training I pack eight or nine of them (students) into my car to take to Wolmer’s,” he explained.
ARCADIA, California (AP):Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder completed her next-to-last workout in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where she is expected to meet Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.Beholder ran five furlongs in 1:02 under regular rider Gary Stevens yesterday at Santa Anita.American Pharoah went seven furlongs in 1:23 on Wednesday over the same track for trainer Bob Baffert.Richard Mandella, who trains Beholder, says she will ship to Keeneland on Monday and have one workout in Kentucky before the October 31 race.He says Beholder’s latest work was merely to maintain her form. Stevens says she’s “on top of her game.”
KINGSTON:In addition to his highly anticipated performance at the Digicel Grand Prix finals on Saturday, popular dancehall artiste Popcaan is also pledging $100,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the top two schools in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championships.”I have been hearing a lot about the Digicel Grand Prix and everything they’re doing for the young athletes and their schools, so I wanted to be a part of that,” Popcaan said. “So, in addition to the other prizes, I will be giving the top male and female schools $50,000 each to continue the development of their track and field teams.”I want to also encourage students to continue to pursue non-traditional career paths such as track and field and entertainment, especially with Jamaica’s growing dominance in these fields worldwide,” he added.Sponsorship manager of Digicel, Danielia McLean, welcomed the announcement.”We’re very excited to have Popcaan on board to close the 2016 Grand Prix series and celebrate the performance of our young athletes,” said McLean.”The development of the schools’ athletics programme and Jamaica’s track and field industry overall is something that we all have a part to play in, so Popcaan’s contribution will also go a far way in helping us to achieve the main goal of this initiative,” she added.The month-long series will end with a grand finale this Saturday at the G.C. Foster Classics in St Catherine. The top performing boys’ and girls’ schools will each receive $1m in gym equipment from Digicel and the most improved boys and girls’ school will each receive $125,000 in cash from GraceKennedy. Honey Bun will also be providing $100,000 cash towards for the athlete nutrition programme at each of the winning schools.The grand finale will feature exciting performances, a major surprise, plus a party stand. Tickets to the event will cost $500 for adults and $300 for children. Patrons can gain access to the party stand by purchasing a $300 Flex Card at the gate.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by SportsMax, GraceKennedy, CB Chicken, KFC, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun and Logo Stitch.
Tempers flared in Blacksmiths Lane, Seaforth just yards away from the polling station, as the Jamaica Labour Party’s James Robertson, who is vying for another term as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Western St Thomas, addressed a small group of community members. Robertson, who was being accused of being absent in the constituency, was assuring the people of the work that he had put in over the years. “I have been a father to this lane for almost 30 years, long before I was elected as MP,” he said. Robertson’s proclamation was met with shouts and nods of agreement from a few of the people who had gathered. However, one man, who was holding a cup of what appeared to contain alcohol, approached the candidate with slurs contrary to what he had proclaimed. Another resident of the community exclaimed that the man was drunk and asked him to move away. The accusing man refused, which escalated to a brief fist fight. Robertson ensured that the dispute was settled before leaving the location.
Jamaica’s Tsetsi Davis, one of the favourites to take the 2016 version of the Wray and Nephew Contender title, had an easy first fight, on Wednesday night, as he completely overwhelmed his young American opponent Courtney McCleave in their five round fight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. McCleave’s corner threw in the towel at two minutes and 10 seconds of round four. McCleave, who is 21 years old, and has been a professional boxer for only a year, showed his inexperience right from the start of the fight. He really looked like a boxer with only three previous fights, two of which he lost, and his record is now one victory and three losses. Davis, who now has a 15-4 record, had won the three previous rounds easily and seemed to be on the brink of a knockout victory when McCleave’s corner threw a towel in the ring to signal to referee Ransford Burton, that their fighter was in no condition to continue. It was the right decision for them to make, as McCleave would just have been beaten up badly and knocked out, if the fight had continued. Davis, who last fought on July 1 last year, when he dropped a majority decision to Richard Holmes, showed that he was in need of a fight. He stalked McCleave from the opening bell, but missed with several punches that were thrown to his opponent’s head. His timing was badly off and he would have been better served if he had tried to build up his attacks behind his jab. McCleave showed some boxing skills as he tried to score points with his jabs, but these were tentative and had no muscle behind them. A few landed to Davis’ head and body but had no visible effect on him and certainly did not dissuade him from coming in. After repeatedly missing with punches to the head, Davis changed strategy and made the body his target, and this paid dividends, as McCleave was definitely hurt a few times. He increased the pressure each round and after round three it was clear that the fight would not last much longer. Davis stepped up the pace at the start of this round, and his hooks to the body made McCleave wince in pain. His corner saw what was happening and correctly gave the signal to the referee that their fighter had had enough. Davis now moves on the quarter-finals, where he will certainly get better opposition. He has a lot of work to do in the meantime, however, as his conditioning seemed suspect. He is, however, one step closer to the first prize of $2-million and the title that has eluded him over the years. In the amateur bouts that preceded the main event, Raheim Pitter from Boys’ Town scored a first round technical knockout victory over Shaquille O’Neil from Sugar Olympic gym, while Joshua Forrest-Davidson from Seaview Gardens gym had a similar second round victory over Joel Wedderburn from the St. Thomas Boxing Club.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 Thunder clicked on both ends of the floor, shooting 52% from the field while holding the Jawbreakers to just 28%.Flying V was up, 56-29, at the half before stretching its lead to 43 in the fourth quarter.The Thunder shoot for a 10-0 eliminations sweep against Batangas on Tuesday.Former PBA veteran Mac Cardona paced Zark’s with 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum crushes Arellano for 4-0 start in NCAA ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ PBA IMAGESFlying V outclassed Zark’s Burgers, 97-59, to move one win away from an elimination round sweep in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.It was business as usual for Jeron Teng, who secured his second straight triple-double with 20 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the unstoppable Thunder to their 9th win.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Teng, the top MVP candidate, scattered 21 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in a blowout victory over AMA Online Education last week.“I have to give credit to my teammates because no matter how good my pass was, if they couldn’t shoot, then it’s impossible for me to get a triple double,” said Teng. “But I think we’re a talented team and anyone can score in our team. Anyone can have a breakout game and is capable of scoring.”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’It was a no bearing game for Flying V, which already clinched an outright semifinals berth with a 9-0 record.“We just wanted to do our best in this time so we don’t lose our sharpness going into the playoffs,” said head coach Eric Altamirano
LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a US Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.“I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.”LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later.On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match.In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once – in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico – in his 106 fights.LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down.In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx.After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said. MOST READ In this photo, taken Jan. 27, 2005, Robert DeNiro (left) and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie “Raging Bull” in New York. LaMotta, whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 95. (Photo by JULIE JACOBSON / AP)MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees
The Beermen, who are eyeing a Grand Slam, have a 7-3 record and are in a three-way tie with TNT and NLEX for the third spot. The Beermen almost had a fourth player notch a double-double after Arwind Santos put up 15 points and nine boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Terrence Watson had 26 points, 11 rebounds to go along five assists, three steals, and three blocks while Alex Cabagnot posted 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.“All of us have to step up, and if possible we should all get double-doubles,” said Fajardo after San Miguel edged Phoenix, 109-107, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFajardo also came away with a double-double of his own, finishing with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks.“It’s a good thing we got the win, one more game until the end of the eliminations and we have to win our last game so we can get to the top four.” In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—There are a lot of things June Mar Fajardo enjoys like winning titles, capturing awards, and seeing his teammates excel.The reigning three-time PBA MVP is known for his selfless nature and when a couple of his teammates put up double-doubles, Fajardo was quite proud of the achievement.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ Dela Cruz, Hontiveros bid farewell to PBA Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
UP clawed back from a 21 points down, 69-48, with Paul Desiderio capping off an 18-5 run that cut Adamson’s lead down to just eight, 74-66, with still five minutes left. The Falcons, however, responded with a 12-0 run near the end of the game to rebuild a 20-point lead, 86-66, with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd as the Falcons secured their semifinals spot, head coach Franz Pumaren said they had already settled into the reality that they are one step closer to their title aspiration.“Our mentality is Final Four mode already,” said Pumaren. “During this stretch, every game is a learning process for us, a learning experience for us.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Free tickets to Alab Pilipinas season opener Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “In the time that we made run, I didn’t call a timeout, for me that’s one way of trusting my players, one way of making them feel that they should rise above the challenge.”Sarr led the way for the Fal ons with a 25-point, 17-rebound double-double while Jerie Pingoy had 15 points, eight assists, six steals, and zero turnovers.Desiderio led the Fighting Maroons with 20 points while Javi Gomez de Liaño had 10 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University locked up the third seed after withstanding a late fightback by University of the Philippines, 86-70, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Soaring Falcons rose to 9-4 record while the Fighting Maroons dropped to fifth with a 5-7 record, a full game behind fourth seed Far Eastern University, which booted University of the East out earlier. ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments