The Wright View | Reality check for administrators

first_imgThe administrators of sports in Jamaica seem to have a problem with any member of their organisation speaking out about any perceived problem. Whenever there is a report of a ‘problem’ the administrators complain bitterly about “a process” whereby complaints can be resolved internally. They are eerily silent when it is revealed that the ‘problem’ had been previously discussed ad nauseam internally, without any tangible move being made to resolve the problem. So, frustrated, an interview is given, a document leaked, and then wholescale wringing of the hands, as the offending individual is disciplined/sanctioned. Oh dear! What can the matter be? The answer seems to lie in the sense of entitlement that comes with the elevation of these men and women to positions of power. Every acceptance speech by an administrator who has sought the position, and won, speaks glibly about ‘communication’ with players, officials, and fans. Yet, whenever ‘problems’ surface, the frustrated complainer, being human, fails to follow point by point ‘the process’ and out he/she goes, while the ‘problem’ remains and festers. Winning in any sport tends to allow ‘problems’ to be ignored or papered over, but when the team begins losing over and over again, and the fingers of the fans begin pointing, searching for the person(s) responsible for the poor run of results, this is where our administrators hunker down, dropping players, firing coaches, daring any member of the losing team to go public. Whatever happened to the administrator who spoke at his/her inauguration? Power – power that has unmasked a character flaw which is much too painful to admit. I do believe that the four most popular sports in Jamaica are Horse racing, football, track and field and netball. We lead the world in track and field not because we have good administrators, but because we have world-class athletes. I fear the post-Bolt era of track and field because that is when the ‘problems’ cannot be papered over or ignored, and if not corrected, no longer will be comfortable with the moniker ‘sprint capital’ of the world. In football, persistent and financially embarrassing losses have caused the leader of our nation’s football to finally come to the realisation that the future of local football lies in the development of LOCAL talent. RELENTLESS FALL DOWN In netball, a relentless fall down the world ranking has finally caused the administrator of that sport to look in the direction of LOCAL coaches to guide our world-class talent to the pinnacle of world netball. Hopefully, soon, gender bias will also go the way of dependency on foreign coaches, bringing the results that the fans crave. In cricket, the Trump-like thin-skinned qualities of the leadership – who insist on foreign leadership that is obviously alienating any player whose self-belief made him a world-rated player – is not helping the team. Tony Becca, in his column on Sunday, pointed out the dual roles of President Dave Cameron and technical director of cricket Richard Pybus. Tony is so right when he articulates a question that has been dogging West Indian fans as star after star is ushered from representing us, the people of the region. “How can a non-West Indian stop a West Indian player from representing the West Indies, regardless of the circumstances.” Maybe that question is what led Mr Cameron to agree to do that interview on SportsMax, falsely hoping to give the impression that there is some West Indian input into what is going on with our stars. I do hope that the refusal of Jamaican James Adams to renew his English coaching contract means that he is considering coming back home to rescue West Indian cricket. What a wonderful director of West Indian cricket he would be!last_img read more

Girls in ICT Day to be observed with several events

first_imgGirls in ICT Day is observed every year on April 26 in all member countries and organizations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU).The National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has, for many years, led Guyana’s outreaches into schools with special focus on rural areas. Since the Ministry of Public Telecommunications was established in 2016, GICT Day has blossomed, and the programme to attract the attention of more girls to ICT has been broadened considerably.Female students from several secondary schools across Guyana were exposed to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) operations of GTT during a tour of the telephone company in 2018Tech Day and other GICT events have been held at schools at West Demerara, East and West Berbice, Essequibo and Georgetown.This year, the NFMU’s activities include 2 Tech Camps, to be situated at the St. Cuthbert’s Mission along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway and at the Charity Secondary School on the Essequibo Coast. On Friday, April 5, the NFMU team will travel to St. Cuthbert’s to begin working with approximately 64 girls from the community who already have a basic understanding of cellphone technologies and the Internet.The tech team expects to come away with a ‘Needs Analysis of the girls’, an assessment of the community’s capacity to master more complicated IT programmes, and an understanding of its to work with educational apps. They will also examine the computers installed at the school, most of which are out of order, and will specify what items are needed for a functional computer laboratory at the school.On Tuesday, April 9, the team goes to the Charity Secondary School to hold a full-scale Tech Camp for teenage female students. These students are also computer literate, so the NFMU team plans to engage them in discussions and demonstrations to encourage them to learn Programming, Graphics Design and website development.The NFMU’s Tech Camps for Girls are held every year. In July 2018, at the CTU’s Roadshow and Agricultural Expo held in the Corentyne, female students from the Bygeval Secondary School launched the app they created to measure moisture content in planted fields.The public will be kept abreast with all activities in observance of Girls in ICT.last_img read more