Three Alavés players test positive for coronavirus

first_imgCuriously, it was the communication from the basketball team who prepared the document and sent it to the media. On the discomfort that generated that close to a hundred young and asymptomatic people were subjected to the controls at a time when it is impossible to pass the test in Vitoria, the club has been blunt: “the club made the decision to practice the tests within the responsibility policy with the people who are part of the workforce and the results have shown that it was the best way to urgently locate cases and implement preventive measures to reduce, as far as possible, infections . The people involved are asymptomatic and in good health“The Alavés statement Alavés and Baskonia passed tests for the coronavirus on Monday. They were made by players, coaches, assistants and employees of the entity, both linked to the basketball and soccer clubs.Well, the data is already known: A total of 15 people have tested positive, 3 of them belonging to the LaLiga team. There are 7 linked to the coaching staff (watch out for the possibility that one of them is Asier Garitano himself). The remaining five are workers. In Baskonia there have been no affected and that is a more traveling group than Alavés. For now, the identity of those affected has not transpired since they want to safeguard their privacy.last_img read more

“Players will have to sacrifice part of their chip”

first_img“If there are no competitions, the sponsor can argue that it does not have visibility, and it is understandable, because it will have all the right not to pay, just like the partner. If this lengthens, it is normal that there are a series of rethinks and the players would have to make an effort. At the moment, only one day has been suspended. Now the moment is serious, but not very serious. But if in two weeks we remain the same, which gives this impression, because this will not normalize until September, everyone he will have to sacrifice himself, “he argued.De Liébana defended the viability of the clubs and he pointed out: “What cannot be consented to is that the clubs are in the pillory as a consequence of this so extraordinary and unpredictable. If the players do not want to give up their money, the viability of most entities will be difficult. to see how the television rights clause works, among others. ” “For clubs that are modest, like Espanyol, which receives 50 million television from the 80’s of its budget, the entrance in a pothole is almost the destination at the moment. LaLiga has already put the loss at almost 700 million euros. Clubs like Barcelona and Madrid are going to be hooked on fear, because they have different routes of entry, such as television, Champions, sponsorships, etc., and with the tap turned off … “, he stressed.“The tap has run dry and the most important spending chapter, the chip payment, has not stopped. Here the following circumstance occurs: the clubs count each month with the money they deposit each month; television, both, sponsors, both; and box office, both. Therefore, there is going to be an imbalance of a magnitude that can be brutal, with each team on its scale, “he concluded. The economist José Gay de Liébana considers that if the coronavirus crisis persists, in the impact it has on sport, and specifically in LaLiga, the players “will have to sacrifice part of their signing to make the clubs viable, or else there will be serious problems in the entities.”In a telephone conversation with EFE, Gay de Liébana forcefully explained what he considers “a very critical moment” for the viability of the entities “if this unemployment persists”, which considers that if it lasts a few more weeks it should lead the federations to “neutralize the championships and start again from scratch from next season to avoid sports injustices “De Liébana is one of the most visible sports economists on the Spanish scene, and he usually presents and compares the numbers of the major soccer leagues in Europe at his conferences, almost always sending an alert message because many of the entities “live beyond their means”, and openly pointing out what he sees as a new “soccer bubble”.With the unexpected situation that has invaded the daily lives of millions of citizens around the world, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, De Liébana considers that this is a time when the economic fragility of sports institutions could lead to more than one to go through a trance between survival and disappearance. Given this unexpected moment, De Liébana has demanded that the representatives of the players and the athletes themselves, as well as the AFE, understand that if the situation persists “The footballers should make a gesture with the entities and download the chips this season.”Gay de Liébana, who is in the process of treatment for a cancer that he himself announced a few months ago, which makes him a very vulnerable factor at the moment, assured that everyone “has to resist the moment, but some owe more than others”. “The players would have to give up in good part of their record, because as long as there are no competitions, the clubs will stop entering. I don’t know what will happen to the season, but I think a gesture that would honor them would be to stop entering part of their chips. The clubs are going to have to take action because the most important sources of their income are not going to come to them: television rights, marketing and box office, “he explained.last_img read more

Monchi and his Sevilla 2.0

first_imgThe ‘machine’ selects finally about 30 elected in each position, ideals for the game concept that exists at that time or is going to exist and also fulfilling the coach’s demand, in this case Julen Lopetegui. In a mea culpa as few assume in football, Monchi acknowledges the error of not having guessed what the coach asked for … As happened with Marcelino García Toral in 2012: “I feel largely guilty that Marcelino It won’t end up working in Sevilla. I did not know how to make a template with the necessary profiles for your game model “. With the new algorithm, create the gaditano, this will be much more difficult to happen.“Before, it was almost all by intuition. Now the data allows us to be sure in some aspects. But it is impossible to replace the human eye. It is clear that before signing a footballer for many millions, you have to see him many times on the pitch, and also to know other aspects of how the person is. Because the players are not Swiss watches, “says Monchi. The player from Cádiz talks about the footballer’s personal life. Diego Carlos, a calm and familiar center-back off the field, is a physical beast on the pitch. It cost 15 million and there are already teams that offer between three and four times more. In that case this Monchi 2.0 has not changed, Already in his first stage as sports director of Sevilla he managed to raise more than 200 million in capital gains. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 17, 2020 Monchi evolves and is revolutionized. Standard-bearer for Moneyball, the sports director of Seville returned to Nervión a year ago with the slogan of further improving if possible what had already worked almost like nowhere else in the world, that ability to sign almost unknown people and turn them into gold, within the fields and also in the international market. That is why it has set up, is still developing, an Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Big Data department.No less than 18,000 footballers from all corners of the planet currently manage the technical secretariat of Seville thanks to technology. About 1,600 per position. “Big Data is the future or rather the present of soccer. Those who don’t take care of it will be left behind. The data reduces risk and helps us make decisions. It should be a tool to browse more easily, to intuit the price that a soccer player will have and also to try to know the risk of future injuries “, assures the King Midas of world soccer.last_img read more

Madrid against Chelsea in the European Cup, never, never, never …

first_imgLiverpool have been the different nice opponent of the Whites in Europe. They’ve performed two finals, the 1981 European Cup in Paris (1-Zero for the Reds) and the 2018 one in Kiev, with Zidane’s 3-1 triumph (Bale’s double and a purpose by Benzema). Additionally they crossed paths in two heats. In the 2008-09 season, he defeated in the first leg at the Bernabéu in the spherical of 16 (0-1) and debacle in Anfield on the return leg (4-0). In the 2013-14 educational yr, destiny united them in the group stage. Ancelotti’s males shone at Anfield (0-3) with an ideal Cristiano, and so they additionally gained at the Bernabéu (1-0).The third commonest English rival is the different Manchester workforce, Metropolis. On three events they crossed paths. The primary in the 2012-13 season in the group stage, with a victory remembered at the Bernabéu (Mourinho’s celebration was sounded with each knees caught in the grass) after a comeback in the final minutes (he gained 3-2 with a purpose Cristiano) and tied at Ettihad Metropolis (1-1). Three seasons later, the faces met once more, with Zidane on the white bench and Pellegrini on the citizen bench. It was in the semifinals. 0-0 in the first leg of Ettihad and 1-0 in the return of the Bernabéu (Bale). Then he would win the Champions League in Milan against Atlético de Madrid.With Leeds United there was a cross in the 2000-01 season, with Figo already signed. They crossed in the group of the second group. White triumph 0-2 at Leeds and one other success at the Bernabéu, though struggling (3-2), with a well-known purpose by Raúl with the hand just like Maradona’s to England in Mexico 86. In the following course,Actual Madrid and Leeds confronted one another in 2000-01. The journey with the English rivals ends with Tottenham, with which it has been measured in two seasons: 2010-11 and 2017-18. In the first case, Mourinho’s Madrid went like a airplane and went over the Spurs (4-Zero at the Bernabéu and 0-1 in London). The rematch was taken by these of Pochettino in the group stage of the 2017-18 season, profitable in London with an ideal match (3-1). At the Bernabéu, these of Zidane didn’t move the draw (1-1) … however then they ended up profitable the Tredécima defeating one other English participant in the ultimate: Liverpool. However with Chelsea, there is no such thing as a precedent in the European Cup. Never, never, never. Nonetheless, with different English golf equipment it has been extra frequent to see Madrid gamble its status and its future in the most continental competitors. Particularly, it has held a complete of 18 heats, or what’s the similar, 36 video games. No doubt, Madrid’s nice English rival in the European Cup is Manchester United. And, moreover, it was the first. In 1957 they crossed paths in a qualifying spherical in the semifinals. The Di Stéfano, Gento and firm gained 3-1 at the Bernabéu and at Previous Trafford they equaled two. Madrid then gained the title in the ultimate against Fiorentina (2-0). His second crossing with the crimson devils was in 1968. Additionally in the semifinals. At Previous Trafford, slight benefit for the English (1-0). And on the return leg at the Bernabéu, United handed after drawing (3-3) in a recreation that ended up dropping 3-1. Then they’d be champions by thrashing Benfica in the ultimate (4-1). The third crossing takes us again to the yr 2000, from the Eighth of Madrid with Del Bosque on the bench. They have been measured in the quarterfinals. 0-Zero at the Bernabéu and 2-Three at Previous Trafford with the double by Raúl and the magical heel transfer by Fernando Redondo. Three years later the faces met once more, this time in the quarterfinals. Whites win in the first leg of the Bernabéu (3-1) and nice match at Previous Trafford (4-3) with an imperial hat-trick by Ronald Nazario. The fifth and final time the faces have been seen was in the knockout levels of the 2012-13 Champions League. The primary leg, common (1-1 at the Bernabéu). However the return at Previous Trafford was a beautiful victory (1-1) with two objectives from Modric and Cristiano.Actual Madrid and United met in 2000. My good friend Pepe, from Vélez-Málaga, a superb Madrid participant and a voracious soccer fanatic, threw my reminiscence to see if he was in a position to uncover a single duel between Madrid and Chelsea in the European Cup (because it was known as till 1992) or Champions League (because it has been known as since the 1992-93 season). I shortly remembered that ultimate in Athens in 1971, which required a tiebreaker with the first being 1-1 (with an agonizing purpose by Ignacio Zoco close to the ultimate whistle). Two days later, in the replay, the Whites misplaced the title (2-1, with objectives from Webb, Osgood and Fleitas) and Paco Gento mentioned goodbye to soccer, leaving an imperial resume regardless of that defeat. In any case, that was the Recopa, the solely continental competitors that the indeniable King of Europe resisted. There was just one different direct match with Chelsea, and it was the 1998 European Tremendous Cup performed in Monaco. Madrid agreed as the new European champion (the Seventh gained in Amsterdam to Juventus de Zidane) and Chelsea for conquering the Recopa by defeating Stuttgart in the ultimate play in Stockholm (1-0, Zola). The Monaco match was very troublesome and at last the Londoners gained with a final purpose from the Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet (1-0), an outdated acquaintance of the Spanish followers (he performed efficiently for Zaragoza from 1990 to 1997). And till right this moment. These three duels, two in the Recopa ultimate and one in the European Tremendous Cup, have been the solely continental clashes between Chelsea and Actual Madrid. Neither in the defunct European Cup nor in the Champions League have the faces been seen. Never, never, never. And that has been 65 years since the first version of the European Cup started, gained by Madrid at the Stade de Reims in Paris (4-3).Chelsea have a good time the European Tremendous Cup that beat Actual Madrid. 2613674. 535 In 1975 there was an enormous knockout spherical knockout match against Derby County. Unappealable defeat in the first leg 4-1 and the first of Madrid’s nice European comebacks on the return leg earlier than 120,000 followers. 4-1 in regulation time and Santillana’s purpose in additional time that eradicated the English.There was worse luck in 2006 against Arsenal, in the solely European confrontation with the Gunners. López Caro was the coach and the unhealthy ambiance of the workforce helped the Londoners. 0-1 in the first leg of the Bernabéu, with an ideal purpose from Henry. The return at Highbury was a need and to not have the ability and, regardless of a shot by Raúl to the publish, the preliminary 0-Zero didn’t transfer and Madrid was eradicated from the Champions League in the spherical of 16 …Actual Madrid’s steadiness against the English PerformedCattleTiedMisplacedObjectives forObjectives againstlast_img read more

Work permit keeps MoBay United coach on sidelines

first_imgBrazilian Leonardo Neiva is yet to officially take up duties as head coach at the western Jamaica Premier League outfit Montego Bay United Football Club because he is yet to receive a work permit.This is a month after the announcement that the South American would have officially taken over as the new coach, following the departure of American Timothy Hankinson in November.Orville Powell, MoBay United’s owner, said Neiva’s paperwork is being processed and he hopes that it will be very soon.”The coach came here for us to really look at him. He didn’t come with a work permit as we did not know we would have wanted him. The authorities came by and we told them what it was all about and they told us to do the right thing, so we are doing the right thing,” Powell explained.”We have made the application now. All the documents are in order. We just have to wait until the approval, which is solely dependent on the Ministry [of Labour]. But it’s the [Christmas] season now, and we are mindful of how the holidays can slow a process, so we just have to wait and see how long,” he continued.In the live televised game on Monday night, MoBay United played away at Harbour View and the Brazilian was seen taking notes and even barking instructions to players from the sidelines until he was spoken to by one of the match officials at half-time.He was not seen after the break, but Powell thought his presence should be of no concern to the match officials.”I don’t know why the official should be concerned with him. He is not on the match card; there is no documentation that he is a part of the system. He is a spectator, so I don’t know why an official would want to say something to him,” Powell said.”But we have to be mindful because we blundered with him coming here. We overjumped the procedure, so we just have to correct that because we had the cart in front of the horse.”We are not blaming anybody. It’s our responsibility, and we just have to make it right,” he continued.Meanwhile, the team sits atop of the standings with 33 points from 18 games, the same as Portmore United, who have an inferior goal difference.”We really appreciate where we are, but we think we could have done better. It is not an easy league and the teams are coming at us, so we have to do a whole heap to maintain ourselves at the top.”last_img read more

Taylor, Dottin set for Super League

first_img LEADING BATSMAN LONDON (CMC): Marquee West Indies women’s players Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are among 18 overseas players set to highlight the inaugural Women’s Super League bowling off here this summer. Both players played key roles earlier this month in helping to fire the Caribbean side to their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title, with a win over three-times defending champions Australia Women a fortnight ago. Jamaican Taylor, the Windies captain, has signed on for Western Storm, while Dottin, a Barbadian, will play for Lancashire Thunder. The six teams – also comprising Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Stars, Southern Vipers and Yorkshire Diamonds – will do battle in the Twenty20 campaign under a round robin format from July 30 to August 14, with the final set for August 21. Taylor is one of the leading batsmen in the women’s game in both shorter formats, and was voted Player of the tournament in the recent T20 World Cup for her 246 runs an average of 40. She will line up alongside South African Lizelle Lee and New Zealander Rachel Priest, with top England players Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson all included. General manager Lisa Pagett said Taylor would be an asset to Storm. “We are really excited to have Rachel, Stafanie and Lizelle playing for Western Storm this summer,” Pagett said. “They are exciting cricketers and potential match winners in their own right. To have players of this calibre playing alongside Anya, Fran and Heather makes for a really exciting Western Storm line-up.” Dottin, meanwhile, will arrive with quite a reputation. She was the first woman to score a T20 hundred – off just 38 deliveries – back in 2010 and was also excellent with both bat and ball in the recent World Cup. Both Taylor and Dottin also played in the Women’s Big Bash League last December.last_img read more

Showdown for RSPL crown – Portmore ready for final, unclear whether MBU will show up

first_imgOn the face of it, when the whistle blows at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this afternoon at 4 p.m., or whenever, signalling the start of the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League final, promoted team and multiple champions Portmore United should start as favourites. The team, which originated in the parish of Clarendon under the name Hazard before changing base to Portmore in St. Catherine but now straddles both parishes, has been the most consistent this season. That consistency saw them crowned ‘League’ champions as they ended the regular season with the most points and were duly rewarded with the $1m bonus. Additionally, Portmore United have owned Montego Bay United (MBU) on the three occasions that they have met this season. In their match, which marked their return to top-tier football, they defeated Montego Bay United 2-0, with Montego Bay resident Ricardo Morris responsible for one of them. That was followed up with a 1-0 win at the Juici field, courtesy of a Cleon Price strike. Morris was again on the score sheet along with Tramaine Stewart and Mark Alves as Portmore United left Montego Bay with a 3-1 win in the last meeting. QUALITY TEAM Even with the evidence, which is helped by the depth of their available squad, Portmore United coach Jeffrey Hewitt will not accept the favourites’ tag. “To me, MoBay will be starting favourites. This is their third consecutive final and that shows that they are very consistent. They are quality team and their record speaks to that, so no one can take anything away from them,” said Hewitt who was a part of Portmore United’s coaching staff when they won in 2008 and 2012. “Despite that, we are confident in our abilities and what we can do. Yes, we have beaten them in the three matches that we have played so far, but the past does not matter now. What matters is what we do on the day,” added Hewitt. According to the man who distinguished himself at Garvey Maceo, the Portmore United unit is so focused right now that nothing will distract them. Not even the protest action by MBU, which has seen them boycott a number of promotional events leading up to today’s big day and them threatening not to show up for the 4 p.m. start. “We are so focused that we are not entertaining any thoughts of them turning up or not. We are preparing for a 4 p.m. game and we will be showing up for that. “Tomorrow’s game, we are anticipating, will be a very competitive one. It is a final and our players know what is at stake and we have to go out there and compete,” he added. VERY OPEN While the Portmore United camp has been very open, the Montego Bay United camp has not so much as entertained a call or interview request from the media in relation to today’s game. The Sunday Gleaner, however, managed to speak with someone close to the camp. “My players are ready for the game. They have not been distracted by what is going on, and they will be showing,” the source said. “This is the third final that the team has been in, the past three years, and this is important to us. The first year, we won; last year, we came second; and this year, we are going out to win again. “Even if it is nine players, we are going to play them. No team can beat Montego Bay United four times in a season,” the source added. In addition to the record going against them, Montego Bay United have the offfield distractions which could spill over on the field going against them. Add to that the absence of two of their most potent players – Owayne Gordon, the season’s leading scorer to a loan deal, and Dino Williams to an injury. Allan Ottey is the only one available of that pacy and skilful trio. A lot will depend on the former schoolboy star who shone alongside Portmore’s Morris for St James High. Injury kept him out for chunks of the season, but he will have to lead the forward line with support from Cory Hylton. Goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is a player with a lot to prove as he is a former Portmore United player and conceded three goals in the last match. Losing again will not sit well with him. If he reports in inspired form as he has been on occasion, he could lift his teammates. With almost everything stacked against them, this could be the motivation the Montego Bay United players need to pull off the improbable victory.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Sports and the media

first_img The media have a number of effects on sports, some of which have been very positive. For example, the media have: • Brought more sponsors to sports • Awakened public interest in sports so that people either play or watch sports more often • Made some sports performers rich and famous •  Allow coaches and performers to study techniques on video and improve performance • Educate and inform about sports through documentaries, coaching programmes and discussion of current issues • Paid broadcast rights to sports governing bodies which are used to develop the sports. The media have also had some negative effects on sports. For example: • Some major sports get wide coverage, while others find it hard to get coverage in the media and minor sports find it hard to attract sponsorship. • Live television coverage often means smaller crowds at the game venue. An event may lose money as a result. • Sports personalities may find their private life in the spotlight. The influence of the media on sports, especially television, is very powerful. We can tell how important sports is to our culture by the amount of time and space the media devotes to it. Newspapers, television (terrestrial, cable and satellite), radio, magazines, films and the Internet are all forms of media. All of them devote a great deal of time and space to reporting, discussing and analysing sports. The impact the media has on sport began in the late 19th century, when newspaper first started reporting on games and events. Later at the beginning of the 20th century, radio began to broadcast live, whereas thousands of people attend a football match, the same match broadcast on radio could reach millions. In the 1980s, television turned many sports into entertainment packages, giving them a more glamorous image to attract viewers. In the 1990s, satellite and cable television transformed sports into a global phenomenon. Sports events can now be watched from anywhere in the world, live in your home. The audience that enjoys sports through the media is larger than the number of people who take part, and the opportunities for sponsors to advertise their product are increasing. Advertisers and sponsors back sports because of the exposure they get in the media. Television and radio allow individuals to experience live coverage of matches and sport discussion programmes, where people talk about events and performers. Newspapers carry reports of matches and events, comments and sports news. Sports magazine are also a growing area of the sport media. They concentrate on specific sports and sport personalities. Events presented by the media have been ‘packaged’. They decide what to put in and what to leave out and what point of view to take, for example, in TV sports the camera operators and video editors decide which shots you see and from which angle. The producers decide who should be interviewed. What is presented is often more exciting than the actual event. This is credited to closeup shots, slow-motion replays, dramatic commentary and interviews. In all of the media the way an event is package depends on the time, space and money available. But it also depends on the aim of the media, which might be to: • Entertain • Inform • Educate • Hype an event • Attract attention • Please the sponsors • Express a particular point of view The media have turned sportsmen and sportswomen into celebrities. Top performers became household names. As a result, they attract attention from sponsors and advertisers. For example, the media attention given to Lionel Messi in football and Usain Bolt in track and field athletics have made them into household names. POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE MEDIAlast_img read more

Wolmer’s face Bridgeport in key clash

first_img Group A: – Clan Carthy vs Jamaica College – Tivoli vs Calabar at Edward Seaga Stadium Group D: – Penwood vs St Mary’s College at Cling Cling Oval Group E: – Bridgeport vs Wolmer’s at Dunbeholden field – Kingston High vs St Jago Group G: – Campion College vs Kingston College – Jose Marti vs Camperdown (Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.) Wolmer’s Boys will face Bridgeport High in a top Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup football competition Group E clash at Dunbeholden field in St Catherine, today, starting at 3:30 p.m. St Jago and Wolmer’s are locked on 13 points apiece in the group, however, St Jago have a superior goal difference. Bridgeport occupy third position on nine points, followed by Mona (6) and Kingston High (0). With that picture, the Wolmer’s camp is fully aware that a win would put them in a better position for one of two automatic spots in the group to advance to the next stage. Today’s games “This game coming up against Bridgeport is very important. We knew that the games against the St Catherine teams (Bridgeport and St Jago) are key to us advancing from the group. We had a draw against Jago on Friday, and now we face Bridgeport,” coach of Wolmer’s Vassell Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday. “We are most definitely looking for a win, but that won’t be easy playing away to a team that is still in contention,” the veteran schoolboy coach reasoned. Alphanso Gooden is Wolmer’s top scorer with four goals, and he should get good support from Delano Smith on two goals and captain Kashaun Smith. Meanwhile, Bridgeport will also be coming all out for a victory that would improve their slim hope of qualifying for the next round. Bridgeport’s new coach Garnett Lawrence is looking forward to this return fixture after losing the first game 2-0 at Wolmer’s last month. “We have been saying to the team all week that this is the game that could make or break us. It is important to secure all three points to stay in contention for a place in the next round,” Lawrence who took over as coach this season, said. In another game, defending champion Jamaica College is highly expected to easily beat Clan Carthy, and cement a spot from Group A to the next round. – M. S. IMPORTANT GAMElast_img read more

Giving back

first_imgRecently there appeared a story borne of and written by this columnist. It featured a suggestion, albeit a public one, to two of Jamaica’s best ever sprinters, who sat atop the planet during the 2005 to 2007 period. Quoting from the article, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson “had produced positive samples when tested for forbidden substances … Under World body dictates, drugs in the system meant one overarching thing – the performer is ultimately responsible. The verdict was guilty, as charged.” The unfolding of the drama continues. “They copped 18-month bans which were later reduced on appeal to six months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). It was in an attempt to salvage a damaged reputation that the matter was taken to the higher court and following that, the revelation came that the company that sold the substance to the athletes had delivered monetary compensation.” The suggestion was made that the two athletes make a contribution (in cash or kind) to the high schools where their enormous talent was nurtured. This would be a noble deed and not without precedent. Programs across the sport’s firmament need funds to sustain themselves. It is not inconceivable that there are some athletic gifts languishing at either institution that are waiting to be further developed, with lack of sufficient funds being the obstacle. In summary, the bottom line is that both schools, Charlemont High (Powell) and Manchester High (Simpson) could make productive use of gifted funds. This is said in absence of what this columnist thinks would have been an unnecessary verification check. This columnist does not take lightly the denial of a basic human right. However, the words of detractors to the thought of a ‘sharing of the wealth’ continue to rankle. They ignited the revolutionary and repressive thought of applying the muzzle to persons, who, as the saying goes, are entitled to their opinion. Open to question here is how much should such an entitlement be allowed to corrupt the mind of the reasonable and well thinking? A responder to the article, Wayne, and they are to be encouraged, described it as “an improper suggestion”, going on to lambaste by further comment “tek yu eye offa di people dem money, some a unu too damn grudgeful and bad mind”, ending his typed assault with “disgusting’. Another, Raymond, posting under a banner as though associated with Powell’s school, identified the thought as “bad mind active as usual!!!”. Yet, another, a female, Georgia, was equally dismissive, asking some questions. “Share which wealth? Where were the supporters when they were stand accused? “No money can remove the tarnish, but it will help them and their family and who they want to give.” Tony wanted to know if the writer was “petitioning for the athletes (Powell and Simpson) to give up some of their settlement $$,” while wondering how serious was the writer. Foster’s Fairplay is fuming, straining at the bit, to say: “Shoo and leave the studio”. The article spoke to offering assistance in a struggle, to produce similar brilliance that these two outstanding and well-loved athletes have. They both have represented Jamaica with distinction, pocketing major medals at the highest level. Yet, the four posters would like to see some little ones for the future suffer for the lack of well needed funds, than follow in the footsteps of those who came before. Shame on you. Your voices are better not heard on this subject.last_img read more