Britain’s Ahmad to receive Appleton Award

first_imgKINGSTON: A new award has been added to the 2018 edition of the prestigious RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation’s National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards. The award is named in honour of a pioneering Jamaican woman, legendary Master Blender Dr Joy Spence, and will be presented to the guest speaker at the annual gala at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel tonight. The award, a special blend, is fully customised by the master blender herself to be reflective of the recipient’s personality. The first recipient of the award, which is dubbed the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Pioneering Award, is the British High Commissioner to Jamaica, Asif Ahmad, who will address this year’s function. The high commissioner lauded Spence on her accomplishments while sharing that he was looking forward to receiving the award. “It is a unique experience to have a special blend of rum based on the personality of an individual. For me to be the first to receive in person, the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Pioneering Award, is beyond joy,” Ahmad said. The award is named in recognition of the achievements of the trailblazer that Spence is. A trained chemist, Spence has achieved a number of firsts in her long and illustrious career, which started in 1981 at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, where she joined as chief chemist. She was the first woman to be named master blender in the spirits industry in 1997. In announcing the new award in honour of Spence, chairman of J. Wray & Nephew Limited and J. Wray & Nephew Foundation Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence noted that this marks the 58th year of partnership between the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation and J. Wray & Nephew. “We have sought to renew this long-standing partnership with the addition of a special award to the guest speaker at the annual gala,” Lawrence said. Lawrence described Spence as “a woman of excellence and a trailblazer,” characteristics that are embodied within the nation’s athletes. “Joy is our Usain Bolt of spirits, and the Appleton Estate variants are her Olympic medals,” Lawrence said. Partnershiplast_img read more

“Social work provides a platform for me to contribute positively to humanity,” – Otiffie…

first_imgSocial workers witness things and are part of people’s lives on a daily basis. They are trained to practice empathy and quite often feel the same as the people they serve. They carry the heavy burden of putting aside their values and assessing every situation uniquely.While some may view social work as “easy”, social workers quite often go above and beyond the call of duty. They often neglect their families and relationships, because they are constantly on call. They have to ensure that whenever a situation arises, they are available to deal with that situation to bring some relief to the parties.It is this act of serving humanity that led Otiffie Greene to the field. She has been working with the Child Care and Protection Agency for over seven years and amassed a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dealing with social issues. She has had her fair share of social issues as a child and young adult, so she uses these experiences and knowledge gained to assess and deal with issues as they arise.The 29-year-old is a product of the hinterland since she hails from the rural community of Ituni, which is some 36 miles from the mining town of Linden. She notes that the days spent there have helped shape her into the social worker that she is today:“Those memories are also shadowed with playful laughter and grief after losing my eldest brother when I was six years old. You may want to be asking yourself ‘what a six-year-old really know about death and grieving?’ Well, enough to tell you that my family was never the same after that experience. My mother was never the same. She became excessively overprotective especially with my younger brother.”Burdened by grief, Greene’s mother who was a nurse-midwife at the time began keeping her children close. She was a strong advocate for education and ensured that it was the top priority for her children. Greene and her siblings attended the lone nursery-primary school in the village and after sitting the Common Entrance Exams, she was awarded a place at the Berbice High School in Region Six.“Due to financial challenges, many children were unable to attend high school after completing the Grade Six Assessment. If they did, most often financial challenges tend to override their quest for high school education, and oftentimes resulted in school dropouts. My mother vowed that my siblings and I would never meet that fate. So the planning for me to attend High School began approximately two years before I even wrote the Grade Six Assessment or Common Entrance as it was known then.”She was awarded a hinterland scholarship to President’s College, but instead, her family decided that she and a relative were going to move to Fyrish Village in Berbice, so she could gain her education there. The sacrifice saw her family being split into two for the first time. Her grandmother took on the role of mothering her through high school while her mother stayed back with her younger siblings so they could have completed their education in Ituni.“Leaving my entire world back at the only place I knew as home was hard. I struggled at first to fit in. Life was quite different on the coast, but I ensured that I persevered if not for anything else, it was for the struggle and sacrifices of my mother and grandmother. After successfully passing eight subjects at the CSEC level, I graduated from the Berbice High School, and subsequently sought employment, as a means to support my future academic journey, since financial support was difficult to gain from my immediate family,” Greene explained.She gained employment as a preschool teacher and was actively involved in various activities and community development projects which provided her with several opportunities for advancement. She was pushed to achieve all she set out to and she took the world as her canvas and began painting the life she wanted.In 2010, she started to read for her Diploma in Social Work at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus and after she graduated, she gained employment with the Social Protection Ministry and remains there today.“September of the same year (2013), I returned to the University of Guyana and completed the Bachelor of Science in Social Work. My quest to continually improve professionally and academically resulted in numerous training opportunities, both local and overseas, bin Early Childhood Development, working with families, child abuse, counselling, addiction and the family among many others. In addition, I would have recently completed a certificate in Early Childhood Development.”When she first entered the field of social work, the major challenge was to prove that a young person could function in the field. Her maturity was questioned because of her age,but that did not deter her.“As a young person, I feel that social work is fulfilling, it provides many opportunities to address social ills in society as well as a vehicle to positively enhance the lives of children, families, and communities. It’s a vessel to strengthen social stability, something we will all benefit from in the long run. It may not be viable immediately, but trust me it’s impactful, for this generation and many more to come, ” Greene noted.“Social work is 24/7. It never ends. You’re always thinking of a way to help people even when you’re on vacation for instance or your services are sometimes needed beyond the 4:30 (16:30h) workday. This happens many times. Your commitment and dedication to the job are oftentimes tested during these times.”last_img read more

Doubts grow over Sexwale’s FIFA bid

first_imgBut Sexwale, a former Robben Island prisoner with Nelson Mandela, has made little impact ahead of the vote on February 26, triggering concern from the South African Football Association (SAFA).“The NEC (National Executive Committee), which is the highest decision-making body of the association, raised concerns about his low-profile campaign and they want him to come and explain himself,” SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi told AFP.SAFA, which endorsed Sexwale’s bid, said at the weekend that it wanted to speak to him ahead of a key Confederation of African  Football (CAF) meeting in Kigali on February 5.Sexwale’s spokesman said he was currently out of the country.“By the time that indication came, we had already planned to travel, so we are going to be seeing them next week,” Sexwale’s spokesman Peter-Paul Ngwenya told AFP.Sexwale, 62, became a millionaire business tycoon in the years after apartheid fell, and was on the team that won South Africa the right to host the 2010 World Cup.He also serves on FIFA’s anti-racism and anti-discrimination committee.In a wide-open race, he is up against Jordanian Prince Ali bin al Hussein, Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, Swiss Gianni Infantino and Frenchman Jerome Champagne.“We are there to support him and we need to know what he thinks needs to be done going forward,” SAFA chief executive Dennis Mumble told the City Press newspaper on Sunday.The highlight of the Sexwale’s manifesto is a call for the ban on sponsors’ names appearing on national team shirts to be scrapped, which could greatly boost the income of cash-strapped associations.He has also said he was determined “to repair the damage done to the FIFA brand globally” and to promote the game in Africa and China.“I didn’t want to be president but seeing the problems I thought I would stand,” said Sexwale in one of his few recent interviews.“I feel very sorry for (Blatter). I don’t say he was a friend but he is a friend… Blatter’s work is a monument that stands for itself.”FIFA’s leadership has been decimated by an unprecedented set of corruption scandals.Thirty-nine people have been charged by the US with corruption going back decades, while Swiss prosecutors have also opened investigations targeting Blatter and the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.UEFA’s executive committee has unanimously backed Infantino’s candidacy for the FIFA job.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA has never had a president from Africa in its 111-year history and candidate Tokyo Sexwale wants to change that. PHOTO/OminSportJOHANNESBURG, January 25- South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale was on Monday urged by his own national governing body to explain his lacklustre election campaign as he bids to take over corruption-plagued FIFA.Sexwale, the only African candidate bidding for the job, is up against four rivals in the ballot to replace disgraced Sepp Blatter and become the most powerful man in football.last_img read more

Messi set for return at Celtic

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi has returned to training ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League trip to Celtic © AFP / Eitan AbrahimovichBARCELONA, Spain, Nov 21 – Lionel Messi looks set to return for Barcelona’s Champions League trip to Celtic on Wednesday after overcoming a sickness bug that forced the Argentine to miss Barca’s 0-0 draw with Malaga on Saturday.Messi was forced to pull out of Barca’s matchday squad just hours before kick-off and the Spanish champions paid a heavy price as the stalemate saw Luis Enrique’s men fall four points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. Messi returned to training on Monday and looks set to start in Glasgow along with Luis Suarez, who was suspended for Malaga’s visit to the Camp Nou.Barca lead Group C by two points from Manchester City with just a point needed from their final two games enough to secure qualification for the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Remy to Liverpool latest – It’s a DONE DEAL, says Beecroft

first_imgLiverpool have finalised a £8.5million deal for Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy, according to talkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent Graham Beecroft.Reports emerged on Saturday morning that the Reds were in pole position to sign the France international, who scored 14 Premier League goals on loan at Newcastle last season.And it appears the Anfield outfit have clinched a deal for the 27-year-old, who could join the rest of the Reds squad as soon as Thursday.Beecroft told Transfer Tavern: “I understand the deal is virtually done and dusted.“Liverpool have triggered the £8.5million release clause in his contract, and while Spurs were also very interested in him, Remy wants to play Champions League football.“It looks as though Liverpool have won the chase now, and my understanding is that he will be joining the team on their US pre-season tour.“Brendan Rodgers wants to get as many top players in as he possibly can before the start of the season so he can work with them and graft them into the existing squad, so this is another top signing for them.“Liverpool fly out to the United States on Sunday, but Remy will probably join them on Thursday to link up with the rest of the squad when the deal is completed.”last_img read more

Glory, glory! Pochettino needs to understand what the fans are desperate for

first_img Tottenham players celebrate the 1991 FA Cup triumph – the club’s eighth in the competition 3 3 With fixtures against Gent and Fulham up next, it would be difficult to write Spurs off in each of the competitions.Mauricio Pochettino needs to acknowledge that, to be taken seriously as a top club, they must start winning trophies. This group of players are particularly desperate for silverware. Don’t get me wrong, top four is without a doubt our priority. To have come so close in the title race and to finish below fourth would be a serious problem. Without silverware, without Champions League and without a strong record against other top clubs, Spurs could be in for a battle to keep players this summer. The fans would love nothing more than to win trophies with the Argentine, and now is the time to do it. Bring back those glory glory nights, Mauricio. We’re desperate. Spurs have had some glorious triumphs in cup competitions and supporters would love to enjoy a few more during Mauricio Pochettino’s rein, as Sean Cook (@TalkingTHFC) writes…We’re in an era now where the glitz and glamour of the Premier League is at an all-time high. With prize money almost too good to be true, and with the potential to play Champions League football the following season, it’s clear why top clubs are prioritising English football’s elite competition.Tottenham collected a staggering £95,222,320 in prize money last term, with their 21 TV appearances topping up the £22,363,290 fee for finishing third. It’s fair to say Spurs have been in a position to compete for the league this season. Despite Chelsea threatening to run away with the title, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are among six sides who remain in the mix – according to some observers – to take Leicester’s crown. The defeat to Liverpool, however, sounded serious alarm bells for the club. The title has realistically gone, and top four now is the priority. If the loss wasn’t painful enough, the record it continued was even more of a damaging blow. Pochettino has won just one away game against the top six during his three seasons at White Hart Lane. To be taken seriously as title contenders, that is simply not good enough.With no away games remaining against the top six this season, where can Spurs begin to repair their reputation among the elite?The answer lies in two competitions fans of the north London club hold dear. In the all-time record list for FA Cup wins, Tottenham Hotspur sit third with eight triumphs. After all, some of our fondest memories of the club come from games in this historic competition.  3 ‘That’ David Ginola goal against Barnsley in 1999, the Gazza free-kick against Arsenal in 1991, and of course Ricky Villa’s goal against Man City in 1981; perhaps the greatest the competition has ever seen.But why was the last FA Cup success a staggering 26 years ago? The answer? The Premier League. The years following the win against Forest at Wembley happen to coincide with the launch of what was originally the FA Premier League, thus diverting Spurs’ attention to other goals.While the Premier League was detracting from the FA Cup’s appeal, at the same time on the continental stage UEFA’s Champions League – revamped from the old European Cup – had a similar tarnishing effect on Europe’s secondary competition.As a result, the Europa League – formerly the UEFA Cup – came to be held in a dismissive regard by the White Hart Lane faithful. Tottenham have claimed the prize twice, and the 1984 win over Anderlecht is one of the greatest nights in the club’s history.last_img read more

Sam Allardyce wants Crystal Palace star as first Everton signing in £20m deal

first_img1 Sam Allardyce is ready to raid former club Crystal Palace in January.The new Everton boss is looking to strengthen his squad in the New Year and, according to The Sun, has earmarked James Tomkins as his first Toffees signing.Everton have won four of their five games under Allardyce, who was appointed in November, and have conceded only two goals.But Allardyce is looking to boost his defensive options and it is understood he is lining up a reunion with Tomkins, who he worked with at West Ham.Tomkins has made 38 appearances for Palace since joining them from West Ham for £10million in 2016.Palace are likely to demand £20m to part with the 28-year-old but that is unlikely to deter Everton, who are bankrolled by billionaire Farhad Moshiri.last_img read more

Gerrard: I know Rangers players to trust after Dundee draw

first_imgSteven Gerrard said he now knows which players to trust after his much-changed Rangers side were unable to held by ten-man Dundee.After losing 1-0 at home to Aberdeen at Ibrox in midweek, Gerrard drafted in Joe Worrall, Andy Halliday, Jordan Rossiter, Ryan Kent, Eros Grezda and Kyle Lafferty for the Premiership fixture at Dens Park.But Rangers’ changes failed to have the desired impact as the visitors failed to keep pace with Celtic at the top of the table.Former Light Blues forward Kenny Miller put the hosts in-front. That advantage was cancelled out on 21 minutes when Nathan Ralph was given a straight red card for a foul on Daniel Candeias and Andy Halliday fired in the resulting free-kick. “I know the players I can trust and it is a reality check today that we are not good enough to make six changes.“It should make my job a lot easier moving forward because there will be less knocks at the door because if players are honest with themselves and watch that performance back I don’t think they have a leg to stand on.“But I welcome the knocks because I have all the evidence and ammunition to show them why they are not in the team.”Gerrard, however, accepted responsibility for the Aberdeen and Dundee matches.He added: “I am very disappointed. Our last two performances have been very poor.“Seven days ago we were in a fantastic place, top of the league, looking like we had players who could handle the responsibility of being a Rangers player because we end up at the top.“The last two performances don’t look like the team we are trying to build and individuals are not stepping up and performing at a level that is acceptable.”Lafferty had the ball in the net before the break only to be ruled offside but Gerrard claimed he did not get the chance to make his feelings known.He said: “It looked good for me. The official delegate has just asked me have I got anything to say about the officials but before I could open my mouth he walked past me and left.”Dundee boss Jim McIntyre was delighted with his side’s desire to hold on for the draw but will appeal Ralph’s red card.He said: “I have seen it again and the referee said it was for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity so it will be appealed because Andy Boyle was round on the cover so it is definitely not.“So that was disappointing but I would rather talk about how good the players were. I was delighted especially after being down to 10 men for so long. I thought the boys showed great resolve. The players deserve all the credit.” Rangers, however, couldn’t find a winner, leaving Gerrard to bemoan another sub-standard showing on the road.Asked about all the changes, he said: “It won’t happen again. “People knock on the door. People shake their head when they are not in the team. People are disappointed but that’s fine, that’s football.“But when you are given a chance, go and back it up, go and perform. Give me a problem and a headache. It is pretty easy, pretty straightforward for me now.last_img read more

The Final Whistle: Episode 1 – Ryan McHugh, Charlie Harrison & Red Óg Murphy

first_imgListen back to Episode 1 of Ocean FM’s The Final Whistle – a weekly podcast of sporting chat, discussion and debate.On this week’s programme, Ryan McHugh on winning his second football All-Star award. Sligo’s Charlie Harrison (pictured) reflects on his fourteen years as an intercounty footballer, and Curry teenager Red Óg Murphy joins AFL side North Melbourne on a two-year rookie contract. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Final Whistle: Episode 1 – 01/11/2018 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. You can contact the programme by text/WhatApp on 0833500530.Got a story for the programme? Email Final Whistle is broadcast every Thursday night from 8-9pm and is also available as a podcast on read more