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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

Vacancies: Letterkenny company seeks Chief Technology Officer & Business Development Manager

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first_imgArklu, the company behind Lottie dolls, which are based in the Colab on the Port Road, Letterkenny are recruiting two experienced individuals to join the senior management team.Arklu are currently recruiting for a Chief Technology Officer and a Business Development Manager.Team Lottie are passionate about preserving the magic of childhood with the award-winning ‘Lottie’ doll range that is sold across the world. We are recruiting for our head office in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The roles are permanent full-time, and both roles provide an excellent opportunity to develop your career in tandem with the growth of this exciting SME. Be part of a vibrant team making a real difference, who are at the forefront of innovation in the toy industry! For more information, please visit our website www.lottie.com.To apply, please email HR@arklu.com with a CV and cover letter. Arklu is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date for applications is close of business on Monday, 5th February.Chief Technology officerLocation: Letterkenny, Co. DonegalSalary: CompetitiveTerms: Permanent, Full-TimeReporting to: Managing Director Role Description• Member of the Senior Management team, taking full ownership of implementing our e-commerce business• Digital Marketing• Create, manage and execute strategies to drive online traffic across B2B and B2C E-commerce platforms• Daily data analytics insights• Weekly KPI targets on the impact of the implementation of the daily data analytics insights• Seek to improve the usability, design and content and conversions of our various country-specific websites, as well as the launch of a wholesale website• Championing the use of the ERP system among the whole team, also ensuring that the ERP system is always fully-synced up with everything else in terms of finance, inventory and customer relationship management• IT risk management implementationCandidate Profile• A highly-organised and adaptable self-starter who works to own initiative• Proven track record of leading and implementing the digital strategy• Proven record in increasing online activity• Ability to develop and lead a small team to achieve the business strategy• Financial awareness and departmental budget management• Strong attention to detail/accuracy and excellent analytical skills• Consistently delivers quality outcomes in a timely and professional manner• At Least 6 years relevant experience in a similar role in a fast-paced environment• Extensive experience in digital marketing on Facebook and Google platforms• Relevant 3rd level qualification requiredThis role is ideally suited to someone who has come from a large agency in Dublin or abroad and considering returning to live in the North West. Business Development ManagerLocation: Letterkenny, Co. DonegalSalary: CompetitiveTerms: Permanent, Full-TimeReporting to: Managing DirectorRole Description• Core member of the senior management team responsible for Identifying and building new partnerships as well as maintaining and strengthening current relationships• Identify opportunities for campaigns, independent retailers, key accounts and distribution channels that will promote the growth of the company• Support and monitor the implementation of growth opportunities and brand development• Formulate and ensure execution of a strategic business development plan• Daily data analytics insights• Proactive identification and implementation of operational efficiency• Managing our CRM system Candidate Profile• A highly-motivated, self-driven individual who works to own initiative• Proven track record of leading and implementing a business strategy• Ability to develop and lead a small team to achieve the business strategy• Exceptional ability to influence without direct authority• Strong attention to detail/accuracy and excellent analytical skills• Ability to draw insights and conclusions from customer feedback and translate into business actions• Consistently delivers quality outcomes in a timely and professional manner• Excellent communications skills• At least 5+ years in a similar Business Development role• Relevant 3rd level qualification requiredVacancies: Letterkenny company seeks Chief Technology Officer & Business Development Manager was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARKLUdonegalletterkennyLottie dollsVacancieslast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Rohit Sharma thrilled as Mohammed Shami makes impressive comeback

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first_imgIt’s never easy for a fast bowler to make a comeback from a knee injury but Mohammed Shami is working very hard to get his rhythm back and the Indian team has plenty of expectations from him in the ICC World Twenty20, opener Rohit Sharma said. (India’s win in photos) Shami had his knee operated last year and has since struggled to reclaim his place in the team. He was named in the squad for the series against Australia but had to pull out even before a ball had been bowled. (India thrash West Indies by 45 runs in WT20 warm-up match) Playing his first match after recovery, Shami took two wickets and gave away 30 runs in India’s warm-up game against the West Indies on Thursday.”It’s never easy for a fast bowler to come back from a knee injury. He’s worked really hard. It was his first game after the layoff and he did pretty well. He’s worked really hard all this while. He executed the plans really well. He bowled bouncers, yorkers, slower ones. That’s what we expect from him. He was one of the main bowlers till the last time he played for India. Expectation will be there on him,” Rohit, who himself hit a sublime unbeaten 98, said.”He worked hard at the nets yesterday, trying to get his rhythm back. He just wanted to go out in the park and play.”It’s about getting a feel of the conditions. Once he got on, he bowled well with the new ball and did well with the old one,” Rohit added.advertisementThe prolific batsman also said that India’s dominant run is a result of excellence in all three aspects of the game.India have won 10 out of their last 11 Twenty20 matches, winning three series — against Australia, Sri Lanka before lifting the Asia Cup — in a row.”We have done well in our last three tournaments and we are not winning just because of one department. We are winning because of our bowling, batting and fielding has been superb,” Rohit said after India’s 45-run win.He said it was great to have a feel of the home conditions before the main round of World T20.”It shows we’re not taking practice matches lightly. We treat them as good as a league match. The feel of the World Cup, coming here and playing in India and having a feel, was important. We did all that,” he said.”Our bowlers did the job for us. Everyone got to bowl. In batting also most got the chances. Fielding effort was so good. Rahane was superb on the field. We’ve one more practice match left. We are happy,” he said as they leave for Mumbai for their last warmup match against South Africa on March 12.Having failed in batting, Rahane (seven) was brilliant on the field taking four catches that dismissed Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy, Ashley Nurse and Sulieman Benn.Eden Gardens is a venue where nothing goes wrong for Rohit, who has won two IPL titles for Mumbai Indians (2013 and 2015) and also scored a world record 264 (against Sri Lanka in November, 2014).”I love playing here. It’s been happy hunting ground for me. Whatever cricket I’ve played here, it’s the same. It’s nice, I love coming here and playing. It’s been good always but that does not mean I score always. I’ve to bat well to score runs and I was happy with the way it went for the team.It’s a typical Kolkata wicket, there was no change in it,” he concluded.last_img read more