Follow The Trace | Two-tier system is not the answer

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first_imgThe 2016 schoolboy football season is in full swing with all the spills and thrills that a typical schoolboy football season brings. This season, however, comes into special focus, as it unfolds in the immediate aftermath of yet another failed World Cup-qualifying cycle. As the discussions, debates and analysis continue with added fervour. The age-old proposal of a two-tier system for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions is back on the front burner. Veteran schoolboy coach Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters has been for a long time championing of the call for the best teams in the Manning and daCosta Cup to be separated into divisions with an A division comprising the bigger and better teams with the weaker teams to play in a B division with a relegation and promotion process enforced. The idea is that instead of playing so many meaningless games against smaller so-called inferior teams and winning 8-0, 9-0, and 10-0 the top teams should play more often among themselves, thus guaranteeing more competitive games, better football, and more meaningful development of the players. This, to my mind, is trending down the dangerous road of elitism in what are still amateur school competitions. This radical change would effectively be telling smaller, poorer, less-equipped schools like Tarrant High, Edith Dalton James, Papine etc., that they are not good enough’ to rub shoulders with the likes of St George’s College, Kingston College and Jamaica College. The same subliminal message would be sent to the smaller rural schools, such as Green Pond, May Day High or Black River High, that they don’t belong on the same field and are inferior – not just as footballers, but as a school community and as individuals. That they are lesser beings that their counterparts who attend Cornwall College, Munro College or Clarendon College. As the competitions are more even after the first round, the main objectives sought after by this proposal are for the most part achieved as the proverbial sheep are separated from the goats, as the elite teams do emerge and compete against each other for championship honours. The advent of the high-profile ISSA-Flow Super Cup pushes the concept even further providing an even bigger stage for the top teams to strut their stuff against each other, which further diminishes the need to split the competitions into divisions. The Manning and daCosta Cup competitions as they are, are highly successful and hugely popular products that provide a pivotal platform for the exposure of the nation’s best young football talent. It is the skill of meaningfully identifying that talent and what we do with that talent that have been our most significant let down. The Schoolboy football competitions are far from perfect, within an even more imperfect football structure in Jamaica, but we have to keep our feet grounded in reality. The magnitude of improvement and impact being craved by some of these suggested changes to the schoolboy football product are unrealistic. There are more achievable fundamentals such as improving the surfaces and beginning the transformation in the way talented young Jamaican players view themselves in the wider scheme of things. The practice of drilling it into the subconscious of our top 17, 18, 19 year olds that they are “so young” and have so much time to develop, is a crippling and devastating mistake. The career path of a professional footballer is generally clearly defined from as early as fourteen or fifteen years old. When we keep telling our best young players how young they are, we are covertly setting back the psychological development and advancement an average of five usually detrimental years. These are but some of the immediate problems we need to address in our football before we further muddy the waters with another act of classism. No need for splitlast_img read more

Peaches and lemons

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first_imgDriving at the legal speed would drastically drop prices. – Fred Coble North Hills Brilliant idea? Re “Planned MTA hikes could strand some” (April 3): Good thinking, MTA: another public-transit hike targeting the working poor, students, senior citizens, residents and those environmentally-politically conscious commuters who are considering taking public transit as an alternative to driving their cars. If Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and our elected officials invested in a free public-transit system in the region’s major tourist destinations – Hollywood, Universal City, downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica – they might actually achieve their stated goal to increase ridership and get more automobiles off the road, which just might result in less money needed to repair, repave, elevate or tunnel under our already distressed streets-highways infrastructure. – Laurie Golden Woodland Hills The bottom line Re “Paid too much” (March 29): The business owners have to look out for the bottom line. You can’t fault them for that. I believe they should also trim costs at the upper-management level. Remember that the salespeople make commissions as well. If you ever need sales help in a store, just pick up a high-price item and you have help in no time. The other side of the coin is that you have the return factor. The sales representative makes high-dollar pay and sells the highest-price item; then the customer returns it because, in most cases, the sales rep lied about the function of the item just to get the sale. The store loses big-time because now the item is sold at a loss. – Mike Hoblinski Burbank Nuñez doesn’t get it Re “Cardinal against `culture of death”‘ (April 3): In reading Fabian Nuñez’s response to Cardinal Roger Mahony’s homily regarding the proposed bill on physician-assisted suicide, I’m disappointed that Fabian never “got it.” Christ’s teachings are not democratic; nor are they a menu from which to choose. In Luke 18:18-22, we read Jesus’ response to a question posed to him by a rich official. While the answers are not always what we want to hear, his message remains the same: “Come follow me.” – Max S. Duran Acton Distribution of funds Re “A donor state” (Your Opinions, April 4): Mayor Villaraigosa and his political friends almost had me convinced that taking from those who have and giving it to those who may have less was a good thing. Now they are confusing me by complaining that the federal government is not giving California its “fair share” of federal funds by giving more to states that have less. Is taking from those who have and giving to those who have less a good thing? – Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Reyes responds Re “Kiss 200 good jobs goodbye” (April 1): The article that implies that my support of a park plan at Taylor Yard over a manufacturing plant in my district will lead to the loss of 200 jobs is simple-minded and shortsighted. The article fails to mention that the park plan is part of a systemwide Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that the City Council and mayor are poised to adopt in the coming weeks. That plan, which includes job creation among its goals, was forged by thousands of residents through countless public workshops. I am astounded by the quote in the article that “There’s a lot of places you can put a park.” Perhaps in their neck of the woods that’s true, but in my park-poor district, those opportunities are few and far between. I will not sell out that opportunity for the sake of 200 temporary jobs with no guarantee that any of them will go to the local neighborhood. Manufacturing jobs are important, but so are the people who will fill them. A site solution to this specific plant can be found, I assure you. – Ed P. Reyes Councilman First District Marching orders The Daily News has painted an incomplete portrait of the school board race between incumbent Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan in the dramatic “Lauritzen’s betrayal” editorial (April 3). While you write about “political hacks who take their marching orders from the special interests that fund them,” you don’t say who’s funding Galatzan. She is a puppet of downtown business interests: a lawyer married to Brendan Huffman, the business-interest activist crusading against the “living-wage” ordinance. Do you really want lobbyist Harvey Englander in charge of your children’s education? – Marshall Abernathy Woodland Hills Olympic committee In reference to the April 2 Daily News Opinion piece titled “Playing Games: Getting the Olympics to L.A. is not the public’s priority,” I’m happy to clarify the funding issue. Just as in 1984, we seek no public money and expect to need no public money. We do need a bid that is second to none in the competition. To be eligible to be selected to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee now requires guarantees of the sort our government officials have so enthusiastically endorsed. We thank them and our fellow citizens. – Barry Sanders Chairman Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games Mail-in voting Re “City ponders vote by mail ballots” (Tipoff, April 2): It is high time that the city starts thinking outside of the voting box. I can’t think of a more important service to provide to voters than using every conceivable means to make it convenient and accessible in order to encourage a strong turnout at every election day. The proposed mail-in system makes sense, as do weekend-voting days. And, since a mail-in system saves money, maybe we could vote on where the “surplus” will be spent – i.e., to repair city streets and sidewalks. – Ellen Vukovich Sherman Oaks Misperceptions Re “Without oversight” by Jennifer Rabuchin (Your Opinions, April 3): The president does serve the people, which he is trying to do in Iraq, if only the immoral Democrats would quit playing politics and give the troops the money they need. If they want to defund the war, then do it, but don’t put the troops at risk to make political points. Also, the Democrats are no strangers to deficits, having run them from the 1950s to the 1990s, and they are looking to run more deficits in the current Congress. I don’t know why Jennifer is unhappy with the unemployment numbers (about 4.5 percent) since they are better than anything the Democrats could do in the last 40 years. – Dana Franck Glendale160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Tie him to a chair” (Your Opinions, April 3): Professional golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez said, “I read the greens in Spanish, but putt in English.” Your Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminds me of Chi Chi. For Ken Thatcher Sr. to compare Antonio to former boring Mayor “Sad” Sam Yorty is tantamount to comparing a Georgia peach to a Barstow lemon. – Bob Ginn Arcadia Ask yourself I am not saying Democrats have slipped, but when you remember that President Harry Truman said “Give them hell” and, now Sen. Harry Reid says “Give it up,” you can ask yourself who is looking out for you. – Joseph Nicassio Valencia Price at the pump last_img

Former West Brom boss to rival Moyes for Real Sociedad job

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first_img Pepe Mel 1 Former West Brom manager Pepe Mel has emerged as a rival to ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes for the Real Sociedad job.It has been widely reported the Spanish club has identified Moyes as the man they want to succeed Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked on Saturday night.The Scotsman, who left Old Trafford after ten difficult months, is reportedly considering the offer but now, according to sources in Spain, Mel is also in the running.The Spaniard has been without a job since leaving West Brom in May following four miserable months in charge, which yielded just three victories.But Mel’s stock remains high in Spain – thanks to his success with the likes of Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis – and he could be offered a route back in with Sociedad.It is understood that Moyes remains the club’s first choice but they think Mel could represent a more economically viable option.last_img read more