Facing a financial crisis, administrators at local cricket clubs say they have been forced to take a wider approach to keep their clubs in operation as they struggle to deal with monthly expenses that climb in excess of $500,000. This against the backdrop of little or no direct financial support from the Jamaica Cricket Association, pushing clubs to tackle the situation by adopting a more multipurpose approach and placing focus on fundraising efforts, ranging from after-work socials and road races to wall advertising and venue rental. Mark Neita, president of the Melbourne Cricket Club, which has turned out West Indies stars such as Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh and Marlon Samuels, says his club has put together a 10-year plan which it hopes will lead to greater financial security, while noting that the institution fully understands the need to diversify in the face of scarce revenue potential in local cricket. “We understand that if we were to just focus exclusively on cricket, then we would not be able to make the revenue needed to sustain a club like Melbourne. You have to see what programmes will work for your club, but if you just focus exclusively on cricket, your club will die because there is not enough revenue from cricket,” Neita stressed. Neita pointed to 12 sponsors who he says play a major role in the club’s continued existence, with other revenue streams such as cricket clinics, membership fees, plus an active bar and restaurant also keeping the lights on. Lucas Cricket Club, another cornerstone in local club cricket, with famous alumni including George Headley and Chris Gayle, according to long-serving vice-president Brian Breese, has also been looking to go beyond cricket to help with the offsetting of expenses. Among the club’s focus is the establishment of a cricket tourism component as well as a focus on community cricket. “We have tried to expand to more than just cricket. We have a group that comes in the mornings to exercise, and we call them the Lucas joggers. We have people who play table tennis, couple of dart boards and we are always trying to go beyond cricket and to put in a multipurpose court as well,” said Breese. The management is also looking to renting the ground to other cricket teams, while looking to its membership of close to 90 persons to pitch in with membership fees. Breese, meanwhile, will be heading back to England to work on their cricket tourism business component, which he hopes will help bring visitors from schools and clubs in the off-season from September to March. According to Breese, they have a partnership with Jason Henzell of Jakes in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. TRIP OUT OF TOWN “The idea is to take them (tourists) out for two weeks and they stay in St Elizabeth and play some matches and help raise funds for the club, where we would have them come to Kingston and play matches, see Bob Marley Museum and other attractions,” he confirmed. Meanwhile, chairman of the Boys’ Town Cricket Club Lindel Wright noted that his club, the home of West Indies’ Collie Smith, continues to struggle to cope with its massive budget, which, when considering its football team, raises to $14 million a year. “It is tough going. We are nowhere near 50 per cent of that amount at the moment. We are more than a club, though. We are dealing with the ‘have nots’ of the society and we operate out of Trench Town,” he explained of the 76 year-old club. “We are struggling. It’s day to day. It is terrible. The burden now falls on a number of individuals and stalwarts of the club to assist,” Wright bemoaned.
View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes, though, was still pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BaliPure ousts Creamline, faces Pocari Sweat in PVL Finals Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long, it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino as she put up six points at Alonte Sports Arena.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerFEATURED 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’“But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team skipper Mika Reyes admitted there were first-day jitters when the Philippines faced off against Hong Kong in the opening day of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday.The Philippines made quick work of Hong Kong 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, in the group stages to take a 1-0 record atop Pool A but there were times when some of the players seemed stiff while on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket over New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) in the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The “Death Lineup” breathed new life into the Golden State Warriors.It was yet another reminder: In the NBA playoffs, where even a brief downward slide can be enough to end a season, even the best teams won’t hesitate when they feel a need to shake up their starting lineups.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Cleveland, which has a chance to win its way back into the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night if it can finish off a sweep of Toronto, almost didn’t even get to this round. Facing a win-or-else Game 7 in the first round, the Cavaliers put LeBron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson — the four holdovers from their 2016 NBA championship team — out to start with Kyle Korver.It was their first time starting together this season. James survived cramps, scored 45, and the Cavaliers held off Indiana to advance. They haven’t lost since.“All five of us, we knew what we could get out of each other,” James said afterward. “We’ve been in situations before. We’ve played in big games before. That’s a comfort.”Toronto could use some of that comfort.Since James entered the league, only one No. 1 seed has gotten swept in the conference playoffs — Atlanta, in 2015, by James and the Cavaliers. Toronto shook up its lineup in Game 3 on Saturday night by trying Fred VanVleet instead of Serge Ibaka, but the Raptors fell into the dreaded 3-0 series deficit when James made a running bank shot at the buzzer for the win.Everything is on the table for the Raptors now.“You realize how big it is in this moment to get a victory,” Raptors star DeMar DeRozan said.Sometimes, even subtle changes pay off nicely.Boston inserted role player Semi Ojeleye into its starting lineup before Game 5 of the Celtics’ first-round series against Milwaukee. Ojeleye’s role: Find a way to slow down Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.Ojeleye was on the floor to help open the next three games, the first starts of his rookie season. He scored 10 points in those games, though none of that mattered much to the Celtics. His primary role was defense, since Antetokounmpo averaged 27.8 points on 62 percent shooting in the first four games of the series. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Desperate times in the first round sent Cleveland to desperate lineup measures. Toronto, the team that finished with the NBA’s second-best regular season record, sought a spark by changing its starting five against the Cavs for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Utah showed Houston a new look Sunday in Game 4 of their West semifinal matchup, and while the Jazz slowed the high-powered Rockets at times they still fell into a 3-1 series deficit.And then there’s the Warriors, who were coming off a big loss in Game 3 against New Orleans so they put their five best players — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green — on the floor Sunday to start a game for the first time all season. The result was a rout, one that allowed the Warriors to head home with a 3-1 lead in their series against the Pelicans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Anytime we’ve been in any danger over the years, we’ve sort of gone to this lineup,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The lineup worked or whatever, but it’s not about the lineup. It’s really not.”All due respect to Kerr, he might be overstating that one. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Golden Knights’ magic ride heads to conference final Golden State’s starting five on Sunday — some call it “The Death Lineup” because of how opponents tend to succumb against it, others prefer “Hamptons Five” because Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Green were the players who went to the Hamptons two summers ago in an effort to lure Durant to the Warriors — was absolutely dominant. NBA.com charted them as being on the floor together for 18 minutes, during which they outscored the Pelicans 52-26.Every other Warriors lineup used over the other 30 minutes played the Pelicans even, 66-66.“We got momentum on our side really early,” Curry said. “Every single person on the floor in that lineup is a playmaker. And so we have multiple options and just look for the best shot on every possession.”It wasn’t exactly an in-case-of-emergency-break-glass move by the Warriors.But these NBA playoffs have seen some of those as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With Ojeleye in the lineup, Antetokounmpo averaged 23 points on 50 percent shooting in the last three games — and seemed particularly out of sorts in Game 5, the first one where the Celtics made the change.Boston won that night by five points, and wound up surviving the series in seven games.“He did a great job,” Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to Ojeleye. “He played hard. He competed.”And that’s the secret, Kerr said. It’s not about the names, he insists. It’s about how well they perform.It’s become a bit of a running joke around the Warriors that Kerr won’t reveal his starting lineups until he absolutely has to, no matter how many times he is asked.But this time, after the results on Sunday, Kerr isn’t holding his cards to his chest. Game 5 is on Tuesday night. The “Death Lineup” starts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments
Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Already ‘barely breathing,’ NLEX heaves sigh of relief after first win Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ The Fighting Maroons racked up their third straight victory in Group B in a game which pitted Bright Akhuetie against his former school, which dropped to a 0-3 card.Akhuetie, though, was a silent contributor for UP finishing with just 10 points and grabbing down eight boards as it was Paul Desiderio who carried the scoring burden with 20 points on 5-of-9 shooting from deep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“As I’ve said before, there are wins that I really don’t like and there are losses that I like, these are some of the wins I don’t like because we didn’t exert too much effort,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.“The win was just a result of something we’ve done but as far as objectives are concerned I don’t think we were able to get it but we’re still going to move on after this.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Gelo Vito was the muscle underneath for the Fighting Maroons with a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double.Edgar Charcos filled the stat sheet for the Altas with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block while Julius Tiburcio missed out on a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. University of the Philippines stayed hot after taking down University of Perpetual Help, 77-63, Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Having successfully completed advanced military staff training, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Commander Vernon Burnette has returned to Guyana from the United States with a Master of Science degree and a Diploma from the Naval War College at Rhode Island, USA.He graduated last May from the Salve Regina University with a Master of Science Degree in Administration, Justice, and Homeland Security, and last June from the Naval Staff College at Rhode Island with a Diploma in Navy and Joint Professional Education in National Security, Strategy, Policy, and Joint Military Operations.The two courses were done concurrently, with the latter focusing on theatre security decision-making, strategy, war-fighting, and joint military operations. It also included several large-scale planning exercises which provided participants with the opportunity to draft national security strategies.Commander Burnett studied alongside a diverse group of American and international senior officers, and has been recognised as a highly professional officer with the requisite skills and attributes for higher levels of command. He was publicly commended for his two academic papers titled, “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief,” and “Existing Security Challenges between the United States and the Caribbean.”While commenting on his achievements, Commander Burnett stated, “It is my intention to use this new knowledge to make a positive impact towards the further development of the GDF Coast Guard. We were not only able to draw from the course material presented, but from the experiences of the officers who attended from the various militaries, with similar security challenges, strengths and other factors,” he added.
The Fort St. John Formula Powell midget Flyers were in Grande Prairie on Saturday. It was a successful road trip for the Flyers as they were able to bring home two points in the standings following a 5-3 victory.The Flyers fell behind almost immediately after the opening faceoff. Grande Prairie took the lead just 11 seconds into the game. Fort St. John tied the game six minutes in, however they fell behind again shortly after.Trailing in the second period, the Flyers had themselves a solid middle frame. They scored in the opening minute, and tallied another two goals in the second half of the period in a span of 2:32 to take a two goal lead to the dressing room.- Advertisement -As the final 20 minutes got underway Grande Prairie closed to within one, however Fort St. John restored their two goal advantage a minute and a half later to close out the scoring.Finding the back of the net for the Flyers were Ryan Young (2), Lane De Rose (2), and Lance Aylward. Austin Craig got the start in goal for the Flyers.
The playfield at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, which is currently being utilised for sporting activities, is currently in a deplorable state, posing threats to both athletes and teachers.During a visit to the facility, coaches complained that the uneven grounds are dangerous for the athletes, which can result severe physical injury.A deplorable section of the pavilion’s ceiling covered in bee nestsOne teacher, Damion Layne, who is attached to Friendship Secondary School told Guyana Times in an interview on Wednesday that the ground is in need of urgent repairs.He said that the children complained of having to slow down at specific spots on the field owing to rutted landscape.“We were fortunate to be able to have sports on the ground and in my opinion, I think the ground needs to be rehabilitated. It’s not really 100 per cent safe for the students to run at their full potential, it had a lot of (uneven) areas and so. The pavilion was not in the best of conditions either… so if it is that we can have someone take care of it as early as possible it would make me feel much more comfortable to take my house or my students there to perform,” the teacher said.The uneven track that athletes are forced to useAdditionally, the pavilion, where onlookers would cheer the athletes, was also observed to be in a deplorable state.Sections of the ceiling were rotted and the remaining sections were almost taken over by bee nests.Another teacher told this publication that when it rains, the shed becomes almost useless as several spots allow the rain water to pass through.The Grove-Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) when contacted said the schools had the opportunity to inspect the field before they made a decision to book the facility.The officer attached to the NDC could not say when was the last time rehabilitation works were conducted there but noted that the ground was “prepared” for the sports events.In addition, she was unable to say if any works are planned to upgrade the facility in the near future.
Cabinets are expected to cost an additional $22,000, to go along with $10,000 to make it universally accessible, and almost $16,000 to change the site to behind the current fire hall. Senior management also made the decision to build it to certify with German Passivhaus Standards, which brings a $44,000 price tag, plus the additional cost of specific “certified” building material. “We could have built it without the certification, but built it Passivhaus-like, but really because it’s a demonstration project, we really lose a lot of status that comes with it if you don’t go for the full certification to prove that you can do it in Fort St. John,” argues Hunter. In addition to all that, some of the costs like excavation and crane fees that were already approved were higher than expected, to the tune of over $22,000. All together, based on the original scope of the project, it is approximately $40,000 over budget, and the completed project cost with the extra work is expected to be $490,000. Despite that, it’s believed the house will still achieve council’s goal of having it cost no more per square foot than a standard house in Fort St. John. Advertisement “When you build this house this far north, there’s lessons that you learn,” admits Ackerman. “We believe that we have built a good example of how it will work.” Once finished, the Passivhaus would be the most northern in Canada, matched worldwide only by one in Finland. $300,000 was originally included in the 2013 Capital Budget, and the additional $150,000 will come from the Fair Share Reserve. Council only decided in late April that the house will be used as a temporary living area and recruitment incentive for new employees for the first year, and be turned into a single family home. “In order for us to encourage others who are building homes and developers to take this route, to get the real return on the investment, to see what that’s going to be, you need to have a family living in there,” maintains Mayor Lori Ackerman. – Advertisement -However, City Manager Dianne Hunter explains that meant the addition of work like cabinets, appliances, and furniture to the original plan. “Once council made the decision that we would like to put a family in there, and monitor its energy consumption,” she says, “then of course we realized we needed to put a kitchen in there, and then finish it and bring it up to occupancy permit stage.” Advertisement
Millwall celebrates Magaye Gueye’s late goal against Wigan Millwall claimed a lifeline in their quest for Championship survival with a vital 2-0 victory over relegation rivals Wigan, who ended the heated clash with nine men.A bad tempered match saw its first man handed his marching orders on the hour mark, with Latics striker Martyn Waghorn shown red for violent conduct.Millwall then took the lead through Nadjim Abdou’s header, and it only got worse for Wigan, with defender Jason Pearce, along with Lions midfielder Ed Upson, sent off for fighting.Despite the numerical disadvantage it still seemed the manager-less Latics could scrape a point in the closing stages, having dominated play with the ball, but Magaye Gueye made the points sure for Millwall with a low strike in stoppage-time.The basement battlers were tied on 36 points ahead of the meeting, and while three points doesn’t lift the Lions out of the bottom-three, they are now just four points adrift of safety and could have that gap reduced to one, should Rotherham be hit with a point deduction for fielding an illegible player in their recent win over Brighton.At the other end of the table, Bournemouth remain one point clear at the top following a 1-0 victory at Reading; Callum Wilson scoring the game’s only game in the fourth minute.But Norwich City are still right on their tail, with the Canaries just one point behind in second place courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Leeds United.Yellows midfielder Graham Dorrans squandered the chance to open the scoring from the spot in the first half by smashing his penalty against the crossbar, but Jonny Howson eventually broke the deadlock after the break, the local boy stunning his former side with a fine strike.However, Dorrans later made amends for his earlier miss with a second goal in stoppage-time to seal a fifth consecutive win for Norwich.Jelle Vossen and Patrick Bamford scored inside the first ten minutes to guide Middlesbrough to a 2-1 victory over Wolves, with the win seeing them rise above Watford into second place, while Derby bounced back from their recent poor run of form to consolidate their play-off place with an emphatic 4-0 triumph over relegated Blackpool.The Rams had won only one of their last nine games but look little time to set the tone, with Craig Bryson opening the scoring after just three minutes, while goals from on-loan stars Darren Bent and Tom Ince sealed the points at half-time. Bent added his second after the break from the penalty spot.Ipswich also maintaind their spot in the top six, and extend their unbeaten run to five games, after beating mid-table Cardiff 3-1 at Portman Road.Elsewhere, Demarai Gray was the hero for Birmingham as his 78th minute goal saw the Blues share the points in a 2-2 draw with Blackburn, while Bolton also claimed a point against Charlton thanks to Adam Le Fondre’s late strike.Kieran Lee scored the only goal of the game against the run of play as Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a 1-0 home win over a dominant Brentford, while Brighton and Huddersfield Town played out a goalless stalemate. 1
Chris Sutton says Chelsea should consider a move for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk if they fail in their pursuit of Everton’s John Stones.The Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Southampton and Everton both keen on the 24-year-old.But Sutton, who spent six years at Celtic after a one-year spell at Stamford Bridge, thinks Van Dijk should also be on Chelsea’s radar.Jose Mourinho wants a new centre-back and has set his sights on £40million-rated Stones, but Sutton insists Van Dijk is on a par with the Everton youngster.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, Sutton said: “I think he’ll be taking the Premier League by storm in the next month or two.“This boy Van Dijk for me is every bit as good as Stones. They’re talking about £10m for him which is absolute rubbish.“I can understand that because he plays in the Scottish league and that might go against him but it doesn’t matter what league they’re playing in, it’s all about the quality of the individual.”