first_img Partnership The defeated candidate, Stewart Stephenson, brought to the table, a number of the captains of industry, whom one could wish, expects will be in the forefront of any plans to support the sport through sponsorship. The more fashionable term in current times, is partnership. If they sign up, they must move in concert with the thinking of their shareholders. It will be no easy task to get the signature of these big boys if they are not convinced that the present JFF regime will have their concepts mirrored. Failing this, they will consider that their funds are best invested elsewhere. Interesting days lie ahead for the nation’s football and the group that wears the crown of leadership. Hopefully, they will be up to the challenge. As is being seen coming out of the London World Championships medal shortfall, Jamaicans are intolerant of failures on the field of play. It is hoped that Ricketts and his team recognise, respect and rigorously respond to this. It will be a hard road to travel and not enough time, given the constraints explained. They need to move speedily and smartly to accomplish what the nation demands. Foster’s Fairplay wishes the very best for the new leaders of Jamaica’s football. – Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. The die has been cast as far as the medium term future of Jamaica’s football is concerned. The delegates have voted, and the head of the Clarendon Football Association, Michael Ricketts, will lead the charge for another two years. He is only empowered, according to the Constitution of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), to hold the position for that period, as that is what it will take to finish the leg of leadership started by the late Captain Horace Burrell. Burrell took the country to the pinnacle of world football by having its name among the 32 finalists who answered the call for France, 1998. This has set a template which now sees such an elevation in status as a right, to be sustained against all the odds that stand in the way. Unfortunately, football does not work that way. What should be the first order of business is the tackling of a huge debt, said to be in the region of approximately $300 million. The good news, if it can be so described, is that a substantial portion of this is owed to the Government and negotiations to reduce same should not be too much of a difficulty. Cleaning up the image of the nation’s football should be seen as a responsibility for all those who are in a position to benefit from a better look. This includes the Government, as all the national teams who are ambassadors for Brand Jamaica, when they represent the country abroad, deserve the load-shedding of some of the burden which could hamper their progress. There is, however, a major problem that could be in store for the new boss. Jamaica has already faltered in its steps towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Moscow next year. The country will not be there, so, as Ricketts stated in pre-elections exchanges with the nation, the focus of his organisation’s initiatives will be the next staging in Qatar in 2022. Thus, the dilemma rests in the fact that last Saturday’s mandate will not carry him that far. How then can Ricketts, in his bid to impress, tackle that? As Ricketts himself has stated, Jamaica’s football is at a crossroads. Foster’s Fairplay strongly supports that view. One of the points raised constantly during the campaign is that the JFF top man is only answerable to the 13 delegates who elected him to office. Nothing could be further from the truth, and if his Federation does not deliver the goods, he will soon find out. The entire country will be yapping at his heels. Ricketts and his organisation will need the support required to achieve the nation’s ambitious aims. The private sector will be called upon to play a major part in any process to advance the level at which the sport now sits. Since he is only assured of holding the reins for the next two years, what message in support of this will he take to them?last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Lillian Castillo has seen coyotes in the mountains but never in her neighborhood – until last week. “I was coming home from Hollywood late at night and I saw a coyote with two pups crossing the street,” Castillo, 20, said. “I was kind of weirded out.” What is likely the same coyote has been making regular appearances in the picnic area at Streamland Park, near Castillo’s neighborhood, county parks and area animal control officials said. The coyote regularly appears in the picnic area at about 11 a.m., said Hector Alvarado, a Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department maintenance worker. “She goes by the picnic table,” he said. This week, Southeast Area Animal Control Authority officials launched a hunt for the coyote after receiving calls from concerned parkgoers. On Thursday, SEAACA officials posted warning signs and set out a trap baited with roasted chicken. But as of Thursday evening, the coyote had not been caught. The nearest natural coyote habitat is Whittier Narrows. So why would a coyote venture into a public park crowded with humans, a species the shy animals usually try to avoid? “Coyotes are truly opportunistic. They will go for the easiest food first,” said Mickey Long, the natural areas administrator for the county parks department. Uncovered garbage cans and scraps left over from people eating lunch at the park spell easy food, said Cpt. Aaron Reyes of SEAACA. “She’s smart. She’s just trying to survive,” he said. Animal control Officer Stephanie Hingson searched the northwest side of the park Wednesday morning and caught a few glimpses of the gray, medium-sized coyote. When Hingson lost track of her, she set out hot dogs to attract the critter. “She was sniffing around, probably looking for something to eat,” Hingson said. Later, Officer Alvaro Torres and Reyes, carrying a catch pole and a tranquilizer gun, walked through the area trying to track the animal. Although they believe they might have found a den and paw prints, the coyote eluded them. “She probably knows this area better than any of us,” Reyes said, adding that officials will have to capture the coyote and her pups, then relocate the entire family to Whittier Narrows, a few miles away. Coyotes roam many miles during the night, so even if officials manage to capture the mother coyote, she could easily find her way back to the park, said Long. The animal’s diet consists mostly of rodents, such as squirrels and rabbits, he added. “I don’t know if she’s having trouble with the cooler weather. Certain things \ are hibernating,” Long said. “Ground squirrels are underground more. If she’s feeding pups, she might be particularly desperate.” Coyotes are not likely to bite a human, he said. “We humans have trouble seeing ourselves as pushing into their habitat, but we are,” said Long. “It’s our job as humans to learn to be around them.” Though SEAACA officials hope to catch and relocate the coyote soon, they issued a warning to residents. “Stay away from it and don’t feed it,” Reyes said. “Then notify SEAACA. We’ll respond immediately.” If you spot a coyote, call SEAACA at (562) 803-3301, Ext. 223. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more