Broomfield: NBL to return next year

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president, Dr Mark Broomfield, expects the National Basketball League (NBL) could return next year, after a four-year absence.Speaking to The Gleaner at the recent Jamrockers Classic final, Broomfield said local basketball is on the rise once again and his two-year-old administration could top things off with the return of the nation’s premier basketball competition to the sports calendar in 2017.”We have to wait until January to look at the (National Basketball) league. Companies have their budgets already but we know that early next year we will start the league,” he said. “We will meet with the teams early next year and have discussions as to how we go forward,” he added.Broomfield hailed the recent Jamrockers Classic and said it is just a part of the rebuilding of local basketball.”To build back basketball we must understand that we have to lay some foundation stones, building blocks. One is to rebuild the fan base, another is re-engage the sponsors and increase the overall fan base.”So we are grateful for the sponsors that came on board for this (Jamrockers) tournament. We may not have got a lot in terms of cash but in terms of value it has no price,” he said.He now wants the event to be held annually.”It’s a great event and this should take us straight into the NBL. I am looking forward to the sponsors who will come on board and see what they can do for basketball,” he said.”We (JABA) have not achieved all the things we want, there are weaknesses and challenges, but together we can rise. If we can bring all the support together and put in the strength of every member, the sport can become great. We are moving together despite the challenges, we are in the trenches but we are rising together.”last_img read more

Ministry steps in after IOA tells minor sports to bear cost of Asiad kits

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Sports Ministry today said it will bear the cost of kits and uniforms of the Asian Games-bound athletes, whose federations are not affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association, after the IOA refused to cover these expenses. “NO team participating in #AsianGames2018 will have to bear the expenses of kit & uniform by themselves I have directed @IndiaSports @Media_SAI to issue kits and apparel to EVERY team representing India,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted. Earlier, the IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said expenses of the ceremonial dress and playing kits of the athletes do not come from its coffers. He claimed that cost will be borne by the sponsors who have signed a contract with it to deal with only the affiliated federations. He said the IOA cannot force the sponsors Li Ning (apparel) and Raymond (ceremonial dress) to also take care of those athletes, who are from non-affiliated federations. Mehta said this has been an established norm and the IOA has never foot the bill of non-Olympic sports and the ones not affiliated with it. He also said the Rs 50 lakh insurance offer to the athletes by Edelweiss does not the cover players from non-affiliated federations. “We are sending more than 540 athletes and more than 200 officials and the expenses for their attire run into crores and IOA has limited resources. So we signed these contracts with the sponsors but they cover only the players of the federations affiliated to the IOA and not outside it,” Mehta told PTI.advertisement “The sponsors get commercial value from association with us. They (sponsors) get commercial mileage from it, say from the interviews, branding or endorsement of their products by the top athletes, so they get benefit from these contracts. We cannot force them to deal with athletes not affiliated to us,” he added. He said even in the 2014 Asian Games, the IOA had not borne the expenses of the attire of the athletes. “Everybody knows the government bears all these expenses, we are not a rich organisation,” Mehta said. “The federations who are not affiliated to us but have recognition from the government will get their reimbursement later,” he added. Asked about federations such as kurash, spot climbing and pencak silat who are neither affiliated to the IOA nor recognised by the Sports Ministry, Mehta said, “If they have got recognition from Olympic Council of Asia (hence taking part in the Asian Games) but are yet to get recognition from the Sports Ministry, what can we do? We are not involved in that.” Out of the 37 sports India is competing in the Asian Games, seven governing federations — bridge, kurash, pencak silat, roller skating, sambo, sepaktakraw, soft tennis, and sport climbing — are not recognised by IOA. These sports constitute 114 athletes out of the 541 announced so far by the IOA. Out of these bridge, pencak silat, roller skating, sepaktakraw and soft tennis are recognised by the Sports Ministry while kurash, sambo and sports climbing federations are not recognised. PTI PDS PM PM PMlast_img read more

Theatre Jobs What Does It Take to Be a Broadway Producer

first_imgCatherine Schreiber Joseph Marzullo/WENN Advertisement Advertisement Leo Blum may have fantasized about life as a producer, but what does the title actually mean? In between the lunches at Sardi’s (yes, those do happen) producers are the shepherds of Broadway—uniting the creative team, raising the financial investment, and guiding a show every step of the way.“The producer is sort of the mother or father; the producer takes a project and gives it life,” says Catherine Schreiber, a Tony-winning and Olivier-nominated producer who was recently named 2017 Global Producer of the Year.“Some people define lead producers differently, but there are general partners who start at the very top,” she explains. “They are financially responsible for the show—so often there will be just one or two—[and] they have the total burden.” Then there are the lead producers, who are responsible for raising a certain amount of capital and also contribute to creative decisions—but the general partners have final say. (In some cases, people call general partners lead producers.) Then there are co-producers, who bring in money from individual investors, but their creative involvement is more limited. Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

GLASS TIGER SURPRISES ALBERTA SENIOR WITH PRIVATE SERENADE

first_imgGlass Tiger (Handout) Advertisement MAYERTHORPE, Alta. — Alan Frew and his ’80s band Glass Tiger surprised one of their biggest fans with an impromptu serenade at an Alberta seniors’ home.Staff at the Pleasant View Lodge, in Mayerthorpe, Alta., say the Canadian hitmakers stopped by after learning that 95-year-old Jean Savage regularly listened to a CD of their music.Frew posted a video of Friday’s encounter on his Facebook page, in which he can be seen singing “Someday” mere feet from Savage, who claps intermittently in appreciation. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Accompanied by a piano and backing vocalist, Frew steps forward at one point to hold both of Savage’s hands while she beams.Chief administrative officer Dena Krysik says it was an “amazing” performance and that Savage is still talking about it days later.Krysik says a staff member contacted the band when she learned they were set to perform in the nearby town of Whitecourt, and told them about a very special fan at the seniors’ home.Frew says on his Facebook page that he couldn’t resist the opportunity to meet “this dear, sweet, lady.”“Her face when I approached her was beyond priceless and we shared the biggest hug,” says Frew says in a Facebook post.“Thank you Jean, you probably think we gave a gift to you…. believe me, nothing could be farther from the truth…..You are the gift.”Krysik says the brief visit came just as Savage was about to head to a bingo game. While staff knew the band was considering the favour, they weren’t sure if they’d actually come by, or when. Krysik says they ended up spending about 20 minutes at the facility that afternoon.“It was so great of them to actually do that for her,” Krysik said Monday when reached by phone.“It was just a great experience (and) watching the joy that she got from it was unexplainable, really.”The Canadian Press Twitterlast_img read more