NSC Commissioners throw full support behind Christopher Jones

first_imgIN a signed statement issued yesterday, the eight commissioners of the National Sports Commission (NSC), collectively pledged full support behind Director of Christopher Jones, in light of several allegations levelled against him and his modus operandi at the constituted entity.“We, the Commissioners of the NSC, have read in the print media a report that seeks to bring the reputation and character of the Director of Sport Mr Christopher Jones into disrepute. We wish to inform the Nation that we repose every confidence in Mr Jones and his ability to perform his responsibilities with integrity, steadfastness and fairness,” the statement said.Attorney-at-Law James Bond, Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist Aliann Pompey, along with former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan are joined by Guyana Amateur Swimming Association president Ivan Persaud, Lavern Fraser-Thomas, Inga Teague, Seon Erskine and Edison Jefford as commissioners at the NSC, which is governed by the December 3, 1993 National Sports Commission Act. “The incidents so described (with specific reference to the matters relating to the Inter-Guiana Games 2016) are within the knowledge and part of the remit of the NSC. To be abundantly clear there was an Inter-Guiana Games Committee (established to manage and oversee these Games) which was headed by member of the NSC, commissioner Ms Lavern Fraser.”Jones, in an article published in the Tuesday May 9 edition of the Kaieteur News, was accused of allegedly ostensibly instructing the accountant of the NSC to pay his Personal Assistant, Brian Smith, over $3M by way of cheque for works that were allegedly done by three companies that provided cleaning and other services to the commission during the 2016 Inter-Guiana Games.However, the Commissioners pointed out that they are “extremely disheartened that allegations of corruption are being raised when everything was done above board. All Guyana must remember what a tremendous success these Games were. All Guyana must remember the high quality of service rendered to athletes and officials both foreign and domestic.”They continued, “All Guyana must remember the magnificent state our facilities were put into for these Games. This was a collaborative effort between Government of Guyana, the National Sports Commission, the Private Sector and most of all ordinary Guyanese who played their part in getting the job done.”Jones and his assistant Smith were again fingered in several allegations, this time by Deputy Director of Sport Melissa Dow Richardson, who told Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry, Reginald Brotherson, in an April 27 letter, but in yesterday’s statement, the Commissioners, regrettably, said that they found cause enough to document the full nature of the behaviour and conduct of Ms Richardson and if an inquiry were to be launched into her overall conduct many persons will be alarmed.“Notwithstanding, we welcome an investigation into any allegation of mistreatment to women at the workplace as this ought never to be condoned. In conclusion, sport in Guyana is now at a good place where we are seeing results, where we are seeing tax dollars at work,” the eight-member commissioners said.The commissioners urged the nation and all stakeholders of the sport sector to remain focused, adding, that with support of the Ministry of Education, the NSC “will be delivering a synthetic track in Linden, the ‘light it up project’ for grounds countrywide, scholarships for athletes, the installation of a cool-air venting system at the National Gymnasium, a multi-purpose facility in Bartica, completion of the athletes’ database and upgrades to the National Aquatic Centre among other projects in 2017.”last_img read more

Syracuse football roundtable: Positives in the secondary, SU’s 2nd receiving threat and who has to step up against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. It’s the two teams’ first meeting since the Hokies beat the Orange, 51-7, in 2003. Heading into the matchup, beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus answer three questions surrounding SU.1. Has the secondary had any bright spots amid its terrible start to the season?Tomer Langer: Do bright yellow flags flying because of pass interference calls count as “bright spots?” It’s been hard for this secondary, particularly after losing two starters to season-ending injuries. Daivon Ellison has had some nice moments, and most of the secondary has actually done a solid job tackling recently (when the DBs aren’t getting burned over the top) as Cordell Hudson, Kielan Whitner and Corey Winfield combined for 25 tackles against Wake Forest. And if we’re looking at silver linings, none of the DBs are seniors, so experience can only help for next year.Chris Libonati: If you watch games, you know this unit has had some head-scratching plays. That doesn’t fall totally on defensive coordinator Brian Ward, secondary coach Nick Monroe or any defensive back in particular because of the change in scheme. One player who has stood out as outdoing the rest of the secondary is Daivon Ellison. The 5-foot-8 safety has been impressive in clean-up duty from the back end for the Orange. Despite his size — he also only weighs 177 pounds, which is actually a nine-pound improvement over last season — he’s one of the secondary’s best tacklers. When he’s faced down bigger runners, he stays down and wraps up the ball carrier. Despite not starting in the first two games and not getting much playing time, he’s third for SU with 37 tackles. In coverage, he has one interception and hasn’t been beaten as often as his counterparts. His emergence has been and will be key for SU going forward.Jon Mettus: The secondary has looked bad for various reasons including miscommunications, poor coverage and bad routes taken to stop ball carriers. A lot of the big plays the Orange has given up — often for scores — fall on the shoulders of those in the secondary. Safety Daivon Ellison has looked the best after filling in for injured safeties Antwan Cordy and Kielan Whitner, now establishing himself as a starter. He makes plays at the line in the running games, looks like the best tackler in the secondary and has forced a fumble and snagged an interception. Cornerback Corey Winfield has been emerging slightly as a bright spot over the last three games where he’s recorded 15 tackles and broken up two passes, including a big hit in the backfield that led to an interception against Wake Forest. But he’s been plagued by missed tackles like almost every other defensive back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer2. How desperate is Syracuse to develop a second threat from the wide receiver position?T.L.: I’m not sure it’s a matter of developing that second threat per se as much of a finding the other threats to be more consistent. Wake Forest game aside, Ervin Philips had at least six catches in every game this season and Steve Ishmael has five in each of his last two games. But the catches all seem to come on a few drives with the offense getting shut out at other points. The weapons are there; the offensive execution just needs to be more consistent.C.L.: Well, I think SU has two. Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips. I think Philips hasn’t gotten as many looks simply because Etta-Tawo has simply been that good. In its last game against Wake Forest, Eric Dungey looked away from Etta-Tawo a lot without a ton of success. Once SU can spray the ball over the field (and get mismatches at more than one spot) rather than concentrate on one area, it’ll have more success. That’s a long way to say SU needs another outside threat more than it just needs a second general threat. If Steve Ishmael proves to be that guy remains to be seen. He’s a good receiver, but his skillset also doesn’t jibe with the system he’s in all the time. Ishmael isn’t as quick as the other wide outs on the roster. More than a second threat, SU needs to figure out its offensive line.J.M.: It’s not just a second threat that Syracuse needs, it’s a third and maybe even fourth. Right now, Amba Etta-Tawo is the primary and basically only deep threat. Ervin Philips has established himself as the secondary threat with 42 catches to Etta-Tawo’s 51, but Philips has more than 500 yards fewer than Etta-Tawo. Part of it has to do with the outrageous success that Etta-Tawo is having — save for the hurricane-filled Wake Forest game — but against teams with better secondaries, Eric Dungey needs to throw the ball to more than just one or two receivers when throwing it close to 50 times per game. The Orange is going to likely rely on the short passing game more, too, with a struggling offensive line and running game. It’s time for Steve Ishmael, Brisly Estime and maybe even freshman Devin Butler to step up.3. Which SU player has to step up in order for Syracuse to have a chance against Virginia Tech?T.L.: The entire offensive line, honestly. A lot of pressure came up the middle last week against Wake Forest so some might single out Colin Byrne or either of the two guards. But the truth is that this patchwork group as a whole hasn’t been that strong. It hasn’t been terrible, but it’ll need to be solid not only in pass protection but in run blocking if SU has a chance to beat VT.C.L.: Aaron Roberts/Evan Adams. Colin Byrne said WFU sent double A-gap blitzes, which is a horrendous mess to pick up and is a nightmare when you consider how patched together the SU offensive line is right now. Byrne has played well in place of starter Jason Emerich and maybe even better than Emerich would have played, but it’ll be up to SU’s guards to aid in interior blitz pickup. And you best believe a defensive coordinator like Bud Foster is going to try to blow up the SU offensive line with blitzes. Dino Babers mentioned Foster’s previous work during Monday’s press conference. If Babers doesn’t want his squad to end up on a highlight film for Foster, he’ll need his interior linemen to be ready.J.M.: Colin Byrne. The success of this offensive line starts at the center, both in position and space. Pressure up the middle makes it impossible to run the ball (see the 11 tackles for a loss by Wake Forest) and hard to throw the ball (see Dino Babers’ postgame press conference where he mentioned that receivers were open but Dungey couldn’t see them because of the pressure). Dungey is mobile enough that he can step up to avoid pressure from the edges, but from the center is disastrous. Byrne has been the most critical of his own play and the play of the group recently (interestingly, Dino Babers decided not to make him available to the media this week). All eyes should be on him and the middle of the offensive line. Comments Published on October 13, 2016 at 11:03 pmlast_img read more