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On ISSA, schoolboy football and unruly behaviour

first_img dangerous behaviour This reprimand is so numbing in its inappropriateness, that it boggles my mind. Perpetrators of such rank indiscipline and potentially dangerous behaviour should not be allowed access to further games involving that school. That is a given, even if it means that ISSA will not be able to collect gate receipts that can offset the cost of putting on the game. At some stage, Jamaicans must realise that if the cost of unruly and dangerous behaviour is far less than the reward for unruly and dangerous behaviour, then no amount of divine intervention will curtail future similar occurrences. Giving a ‘bly’ If the people who murder our fellow citizens and rape our women and children thought for a moment that being caught and punished was a reality instead of the present 80% chance that their identity will remain unknown, or if by some stroke of luck they are indicted, then a good lawyer and the ability to have prosecution postponed year after year will almost guarantee no punishment. It is the little things that matter. The New York City mayor and police force recognised some years ago, that if you start by fixing the broken windows and prosecuting anyone who breaks the law (riding on the sidewalk for example), crime statistics will dramatically be reduced. This attitude of giving a ‘bly’ only serves to incentivise miscreants. After the weeping and wailing of those justifiably severely punished for ‘stoning the ref’, such incidents will cease, thus improving spectator comfort, sending a message to the children who attend the schools and eventually improving revenue as more supporters and spectators will feel that their safety and the spirit of sport are in good hands. Football in particular, and sport in general, is a part of the holistic education of our children and our people. It must never be the ‘reason’ to go to school! The school teams are now sponsored (some more than others) and it seems as if the other aspects of school life are now on the back-burner. The playing surfaces remain woeful and the prevailing drought conditions are definitely not helpful. In the ISSA-controlled schoolboy competition, night games are being introduced for what can only be described as ‘revenue enhancement’. I suppose it matters not if children coming home from night games are exposed to increased danger from ‘evil’, as long as ISSA collects at the gate, (“ah-nuh-nutten”). Already there are reports of coaches of “small” schools complaining bitterly of the poaching of talented youngsters by affiliates of “big” schools, despite the welcome efforts of the Ministry of Education to minimise this nefarious practice. The administration of activities in any civilised society depends on the strict adherence to agreed rules by the participants. Rules that are broken or ignored will only serve to incentivise those looking on to “act accordingly” if the cost of breaking a rule is far less than the benefit derived from adhering to the rule. It now seems (to me) that if the supporters of a school do not agree with a referee’s decision in a closely contested game, then by all means “stone the ref” and cause the game to be abandoned. The team was going to lose the match anyway, but now the ref (or any other authoritative figure) will be well aware that “when-it-comes-to-this-school… no bother mek we lose!” .(stoning the ref) be rewarded by a loss of points and “don’t do it again.”last_img read more


first_imgHUGHESThe death has taken place, suddenly, of Norman Hughes, Cashel, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. Suddenly. Funeral arrangements later. House private please.McDAID The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Marion Mc Daid, (nee Mc Glynn), 34 Town Parks, Convoy and formerly of Killanure, Convoy. Her remains are reposing at the family home. Funeral from there on Wednesday morning at 10.15 for 11 o’clock funeral mass in St Mary’s Church, Convoy, followed by interment in the new cemetery, Convoy. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o the Mc Daid family.WILSONThe death has taken place at his home of Gerald Wilson, 6 Kingsfort Park, Derry. Funeral from his home on Wednesday at 9.30am for 10am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, followed by interment in St Baithin’s Cemetery, St Johnston, Co DonegalMcDEVITT The sudden death has taken place of Charlie Mc Devitt, Greenans, Glenties. His remains will leave Letterkenny General Hospital today, Monday, at 4pm to arrive at Holy Family Church, Edininfagh at 4.30pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11am followed by burial in the local cemetery.McDAIDThe sudden death has taken place in Glasgow of Jim McDaid, formerly of Gortnalake, Creeslough. His Funeral Mass is taking place today in Holy Cross Chapel,  Govanhill, Glasgow, followed by burial in Philip’s Hill Cemetery, Carmunock.MULHERNThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Micky Mulhern, Carrowreagh, Bridgend. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10am to St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, for Requiem Mass at  11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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:AUGUST 8THdonegal death notices august 2011OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – MONDAYlast_img read more