KC win movies Myrie to tears

first_img Treyvon Reid (51st), Michael Allen (74th) and Nathan Thomas (90th),were the goal scorers for KC. Damani Harris (34th), and Chantomoi Taylor (72nd) were the scores for the St George’s.​ Myrie said that this title will helped to lift the spirits of the school community. “This is unbelievable because the school has been hankering for a big trophy for a long time, and these guys have brought it home. Thank God that we have brought it home. I am feeling so ecstatic because I am really proud of the boys. We have worked hard, and people don’t understand the work behind the scenes to get a team out here. Everybody has worked hard, including the management team, so to God be the glory,” Myrie said. Dave Myrie, principal of newly crowned ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions Kingston College (KC) was at a lost for words, and in tears, after his school’s narrow 3-2 come-from-behind win over North Street rivals St George’s College on Friday at the National Stadium. It was KC’s first lein on the title since 1986 and their 15th overall. “We have just been working hard all season and we have taken our setbacks, and we have gone again and come again,”said Myrie as he wiped the tears from his eyes during the trophy celebration. “To have known that we have now broken a 32 year drought is just unbelievable. We live by our motto ‘The brave may fall, but never yield’. People thought that when we were down 1-0, we were out and when we scored they said ‘Yes!’ When they scored again, they thought we were out, but we got up and that is what we do,”Myrie said.last_img read more

Invaluable lessons: Cheddi Jagan’s death

first_imgFor a few days in early March 1997, the nation held its breath in optimism as they waited for good news having learnt that the then President, Dr Cheddi Jagan, was flown overseas to seek medical treatment. None probably contemplated the worst, for their love may have suppressed such morbid thoughts.With positive thinking, they waited in anticipation of a triumphant return, wanting the illness to be defeated. The last image of his ailing but confident smile with an accompanying reassuring wave was etched firmly into their memories as it fostered and energised hope wrapped in unity and nationalism.Unfortunately, death struck and for a grateful nation, the timing was most undeserved and unwelcomed. Tears replaced smiles as sadness rapidly spread throughout the land and beyond its shores. But even with heavy hearts, their spirits were not broken and their hope resolute knowing he dedicated his entire life to making theirs better.Guyanese admired and took comfort in everything they knew of him: his selflessness, his indomitable fighting spirit, his fearlessness, his humility, his simplicity, his determination to free his land and people, his honesty, and his triumphs over adversity.Those were some of the qualities that exuded from his natural disposition; qualities that helped guide and shape their lives; qualities that were exemplary for a simple mortal who walked this land and with its people.News of his death was not words many thought they would read or hear in their lifetime for he was larger than life. On March 6, 1997, that fighter for an independent and free Guyana had fallen, having succumbed at the Walter Reed Memorial Hospital in the USA. Deemed as “sweet irony” in global politics, the country that aided in his removal from public political office decades before was the one that did its utmost to save his life.Maybe the world had changed, and if it did, it might have been an indirect tribute to Dr Jagan’s vision of world affairs and inclusiveness. Guyana, the Caribbean, South America, and the rest of the world were deprived of a true champion of humanity. It was, therefore, not surprising that his New Global Human Order, intended to promote multilateral approaches to the solution of global problems, having been brought to the United Nations, received global support.At home, a great, true and non-materialistic son of the soil had fallen; a son from humble beginnings who became an effective instrument of positive change for the advancement of humanity; a son who founded the People’s Progressive Party (PPP); a son who fearlessly took on the colonial powers.Guyanese, in unprecedented numbers, took every possible vantage point, high or low, to view his cortège after his body returned to the then Timehri International Airport and as it made its way to the cremation site at Babu Jaan, Corentyne, after the days of mourning and his funeral.From all walks of life, the young and the elderly, supporters and non-supporters, they queued in Georgetown and Berbice to file past his casket not just to pay respect, but to have a final glimpse of a hero. Many wailed uncontrollably and the spontaneous outpouring of grief took a different outlook when the funeral procession reached the village of Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara.There, villagers surrounded the hearse bringing the procession to a halt. They demanded to see their brother, leader, and countryman and to pay their final respects. They demanded to say their goodbyes and the images were heartening and impacting for unity.In the 1960s, he spoke of the four cornerstones of our present needs – racial harmony, national unity, national Independence, and peace and progress. He noted, “Without racial harmony there can be no national unity”. Even in death, he was able to forge togetherness.He was a nationalist as vindicated by the images of his life and which were emphasised during his funeral. Despite his cortege reaching the Albion Sports Complex late into the night, thousands and thousands of Guyanese demanded immediate viewing. The magnitude of the never-before-seen crowds forced the cremation to be postponed to the day after it was originally scheduled. It spoke volumes of Guyanese’s sentiment of adoration for him.The genuine and unsolicited expression of love, respect, and shock following his death, as during his life, served to exemplify what Cheddi meant to the Guyanese people. In various ways, through his valiant and selfless efforts, he represented their cause; gave them purpose; courage; restored their dignity; freed them from the shackles of oppression and put them on a path to prosperity.He left a treasure trove of invaluable lessons for the advancement of every aspect of humanity. His life and work remain a reservoir of inspiration for all in the quest for national harmony and for the betterment of Guyana and Guyanese. His unwavering determination through the struggles he led, the sufferings he endured in the process, and his achievements make him arguably the greatest son of the soil.last_img read more

Fancied Stags gun for share of lead

first_imgSons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ With explosive guard RK Ilagan ready to shoulder much of the offensive load, the Stags will prove that runaway victory was no lucky break against the Mapua Cardinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“I guess the players are challenged after hearing those pretournament predictions. They have responded well,” said Macaraya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAllyn Bulunadi, the other half of San Sebastian’s fearsome offensive duo, is still nursing a dislocated shoulder that limited his mobility against the Bombers.But Bulunadi’s shortcomings won’t hamper the semifinal quest of the Stags, who also expect major contributions from forward Alvin Capobres and Kenneth Villapando to complement Ilagan. “We don’t want to focus our offense on RK as much as possible. We can become a better team when everybody contributes,” said Macaraya.The Stags are aiming for a share of the lead with the defending champion San Beda Red Lions as they shoot for a second straight win.College of St. Benilde and Perpetual will have the same objective when they tangle after the San Sebastian-Mapua tussle at 2 p.m.Cerebral guard Edgar Charcos acknowledged the fact that he cannot do it alone after the Altas barely survived against Cardinals, 80-78, a reality check now that last year’s MVP Prince Eze is no longer around.“We have to fill the void left by Prince. Everybody should do his part for us to play as a team,” said Charcos, who keyed that win over the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division View comments LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Fernandez wants to see Pacquiao become president Benefits of township living MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Sebastian has become a hot topic in the Final Four conversation this early in Season 95 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.“Yes, our team has been regularly mentioned as one of the teams that can make it to the Final Four,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya after the Stags lived up to the preseason hype by demolishing the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 82-51, at the start of their campaign last week.ADVERTISEMENT For the Blazers, consistency became the issue for coach TY Tang after they squandered a huge lead near the stretch before they salvaged a 69-66 win through lucky breaks.“Hopefully, we can learn from it and work on getting better by the day,” said Tang, who will rely on Justin Gutang and Jimboy Pasturan in the absence of injured starters Clement Leutcheu and Yankie Haruna.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to stationlast_img read more

Powered by passion, Joshua Pacio looking leave a lasting legacy

first_imgView comments 3 young volunteers die in car crash after giving aid to Taal evacuees Pacio reclaimed the belt after knocking out Japanese Yosuke Saruta in the fourth round of their rematch four months ago, but with no title defense scheduled as of yet, he will be making good use of his time helping out his Team Lakay stablemates set to fight in ONE: Century in October while also contemplating about his future.“Of course I’m always pushed by my family and my teammates to just keep on working. I know that if we continue to work hard, we’re going to see the results,” he said.“The success is in my name, Pacio – it’s our passion, the passion of our coach, coach Mark in martial arts,” Pacio added. “Back then, we didn’t have good facilities during training, but [we] found ways. It’s all about love for the sport, it’s the key to our success moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Former 800-meter world champion suspended for doping Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ MOST READ “I want to leave behind a legacy that inspires the youth to be more,” Pacio said when asked about his long-term goal as an athlete.“I want them to realize that if they really want to, they must pursue their passion and put in the work. I want to show them that dreams should be paired with hard work.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor now, Pacio’s goal is to keep the strawweight belt around his waist.“Back then my motivation was just getting the championship, now the goal is holding it for as long as I can,” Pacio said. Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery LATEST STORIEScenter_img BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s quakes, cracks send more people fleeing Joshua Pacio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Not a lot of fighters can say they’ve become a world champion, let alone a two-time champion at just 23 years old like Team Lakay star Joshua Pacio.But Pacio wants to be known as more than just a star inside the cage as he aims to make a lasting legacy in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PLAY LIST 03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zoneslast_img read more

Refining the Budget

first_imgDear Editor,As sure as there is a tomorrow, businesses will pass on to customers some portion of the input VAT costs related to Electricity and Water.Additionally, for other increases in tax costs, businesses will also raise prices and pass the costs on to their customers. Due to the foregoing factors, point number 1 below should be a necessary change to the 2017 budget submitted to the National Assembly for approval.Points two and three expresses in a positive way the type of liberty and justice system that should be apportioned and inherent to the Guyanese way of life.1. Limit the 14% VAT on Electricity and Water to non-residential dwellings and remove any exemption threshold for such entities.2. Freedom to travel abroad must not be prevented by an order from Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), with the order arising from a taxpayer’s indebtedness to GRA.3. Any withdrawal by GRA from an entity’s or person’s bank account/s for tax debt must result from a court ruling.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Enmore Estate likely to miss production target

first_img– could lead to shortage of sugar on local marketThe East Demerara Sugar Estate (Enmore) is way behind its production target for the first crop of 2017, and this could possibly result in a shortage of sugar on the local market.Komal Chand, President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), told Guyana Times that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) shared this information with GAWU sometime last week.“There will be a shortage of sugar on the local market, because (at Enmore) they needed to produce 1200 tonnes of sugar from the time they closed the crop some days ago,” Chand disclosed.GAWU was, last week, asked to intervene to resolve a dispute between the workers and the management of GuySuCo, after management had closed the crop and wanted to restart it in the last week of May. The workers had already made up their minds that the crop was closed, and therefore demanded that GuySuCo give them their out-of-crop benefit — holiday with a week’s pay. Although workers agreed to return to work, adverse weather conditions and the poor state of the dams along the cane fields served as major impediments to the estate’s target being met.“They will not be able to make the target to ensure that the local market is adequately supplied with sugar. They are far from realising it…there is a massive deficit at Enmore Estate,” Chand again emphasised.Chand said the only estate that remains in operation at this time is Enmore, and its production as at April 22, 2017 stood at around 8000 tonnes of sugar. Thus, he said, the overall production across the sugar industry would be severely curtailed.Accordingly, GuySuCo’s first crop set target of approximately 74,000 tonnes of sugar may not be realised.“(GuySuCo’s first crop production) most likely would not surpass 50,000 tonnes. (It was) at 49,000 tonnes with only Enmore operating. Production will be significantly curtailed by over 24,000 tonnes. (GuySuCo) might just make 67 percent of the sugar production (target),” Chand explained.It was revealed in early May that Uitvlugt Estate, located on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), had missed its first crop production target by just over 1300 tonnes. This estate has reportedly produced 7031 tonnes of the projected 8339 tonnes of sugar, representing a shortfall of 1308 tonnes of the projected target.A number of factors were reportedly responsible for the estate’s shortfall in production, two of which were: rat damage to crops, and cane shortage to facilitate production. This publication learnt that much of the canes from several locations on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD) could not, in fact, go to Uitvlugt for processing.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his 2017 Budget presentation, had indicated that the status quo in the sugar industry could neither be sustained nor maintained. He explained that, as currently structured, the industry would require Government’s support to the tune of $18.6 billion for 2017 and $21.4 billion for 2018.He elaborated that, based on the CoI, it was concluded that any money injected into the sugar industry in its current state was money wasted.last_img read more

Injunction hearing told pipeline critics ‘inconvenience’ Kinder Morgan in B.C.

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — A lawyer representing one of 15 people named by Trans Mountain in its application for an injunction against pipeline protests in Burnaby, B.C., says citizens have a constitutional right to freedom of expression.Casey Leggett told a B.C. Supreme Court judge protesters may have caused inconvenience by demonstrating against construction at two marine terminals, but they have not always mounted blockades as Trans Mountain maintains.Leggett read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters sometimes stood peacefully and left after police arrived.- Advertisement -However, Justice Kenneth Affleck countered that Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at disrupting work at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westbridge Marine Terminal.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain has done the same and also focuses on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he says does not justify the granting of an injunction.Affleck has already granted the company an interim injunction that prevents protesters from coming with 50 metres of the two sites.Advertisementlast_img read more

Should Jose Mourinho be sacked as Chelsea manager? Ex-England ace says YES!

first_imgRodney Marsh believes Jose Mourinho should be sacked as Chelsea boss.The Blues have made an alarming start to their Premier League title defence, with Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at home to Southampton their fourth defeat in eight games.Chelsea insist they will stick with Mourinho despite their woeful form and offered their under-fire manager a vote of confidence on Monday.But ex-England international Marsh feels it may be time for the 52-year-old to go.When asked if Mourinho should be sacked during an interview on The Sports Bar, he replied: “Yes. He is getting it all wrong.“He has been one of the greatest managers in football but he is getting everything wrong. It is just one mistake after the other.“Eden Hazard doesn’t seem like he wants to play. They are already out of the Premier League title race and there are only eight games gone.”last_img read more

Liverpool set to fight off Arsenal and Chelsea to secure stunning Pulisic deal

first_imgLiverpool could be set for a New Year boost with the Premier League leaders now frontrunners to secure a stunning deal for Christian Pulisic.According to The Sun, the Reds have tabled a £45million bid for the Borussia Dortmund ace as Jurgen Klopp looks to maintain his side’s title charge by adding extra firepower to his ranks. Christian Pulisic Factfile Name: Christian PulisicBorn: 18/09/98 in Hershey, PennsylvaniaClub: Borussia Dortmund (114 appearances, 15 goals)Honours: German Cup winnerInternational: 23 USA caps, nine goals Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have formed a devastating front three under Klopp, but the Reds manager is understood to want more firepower in reserve as the club challenge for major honours in 2019.Liverpool are six points clear at the top of the Premier League at the midway point of the season and will also have the FA Cup and Champions League knockout stage to contend with, meaning a big squad is required to push on all fronts. Christian Pulisic could be on his way to Merseyside in January 1 Pulisic is rated as one of the most promising players in world football, having starred for Dortmund since moving from America to Germany in 2015.He has made 114 appearances for the Bundesliga giants over the past four seasons, scoring 15 goals, and has already won 23 caps for the American national team.Pulisic has failed to agree a new contract with Dortmund and with only 18 months left on his current deal he is poised to move on in January.Arsenal and Chelsea have also been tracking the 20-year-old, with The Sun reporting that the Gunners have had a £35m offer for the US starlet rejected.However, Liverpool are the firm favourites to secure his signature, with a deal tipped to be done with Dortmund for a fee of around £45m to £50m as soon as the transfer window reopens on January 1.last_img read more

New Rovers deals for Cawley, McNicholas and Morahan as Morgan departs

first_imgDavid Cawley has signed a new two and-a-half year contract with Sligo Rovers, while youngsters Niall Morahan and Luke McNicholas have signed until the end of next season in their first professional deals.But former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan has departed the club as he is set to continue his rehabilitation from a troublesome abdominal injury back home on Merseyside.Leitrim native Niall Morahan joined the Rovers Under-17 side from Carrick Town, and also played for Strand Celtic. He was the club’s U17 Player of the Year last year and is the current U19 captain.Goalkeeper Luke McNicholas joined Rovers underage set-up from Manulla in Mayo and is a Republic of Ireland U18 and schoolboy international.With both players having finished their Leaving Cert, they now commence full-time training with the Bit O’ Red for the next year and a half at least on professional contracts.With new deals also recently announced for youngsters John Mahon, Jack Keaney and Ed McGinty, Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle says it is important that the club continue to develop talent from within…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Gerard-on-Luke-and-Niall.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Cawley has been one of Rovers’ most consistently impressive performers this season, and he admits that he has been happy with his return to the club…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/David-Cawley-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Morgan has made just one substitute appearance for Rovers since April as he battled with injury, and Lyttle says he has been very unfortunate…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Gerard-on-Morgan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Adam Morgan.While Mikey Drennan, Kris Twardek and Lee Lynch were among the mid-season senior signings for the club, Morahan and McNicholas have joined a host a young players to enter the club’s full-time set-up. Liam Kerrigan and Ed McGinty also recently signed new pro deals.  David Cawley said: “There is always a bit of pressure when you come back to a club, particularly given there was success last time.“I’ve been really pleased with how it has gone so far on a personal level. I’m really enjoying my football and this is the club I love being at more than any other. This is a great for stability for myself, my family and I don’t have to worry about contracts for the next two years, I can focus completely on my football.“I’ve had some difficult experiences but like anything in life you become that bit older and wiser and focused. I keep my head down and do my job and I’m the extra voice in the dressing-room when it’s needed. Luke said: “The experience of being part of the first team has been first class. I’ve loved it and there’s an obvious step up in class.“To work with someone like Mitchell Beeney is unbelievable and I know Ed who is going from strength to strength.“My club in Mayo, Manulla, were very supportive of me and were the big part of my earlier years of playing football. I’m grateful to them today. My family have also always been behind me so I want to thank all of them too.“It’s going to be a great experience being a permanent part of the first-team squad. I want to show I’m here on merit and best of all I can play Under-19s for the next year so it gives me a chance to keep playing matches. We get top coaching and I feel I’m in a great place to keep getting better. I’m thrilled to sign today.”Niall said: “It is that cliche of a dream come true to sign as a professional, it is every young lad’s ambition. I’ve been in training with the first-team and it has been terrific. There are plenty of players I know like John Mahon and Jack Keaney and they’ve set the example.“This is a great opportunity for me. I was involved in pre-season with the first-team and play Under-19 now. That’ll continue hopefully. But I think I can replicate what the lads have done eventually. I’m sure the coaches have a plan around that, the Under-19 management and the Under-17 before that too has been brilliant.“It is nice to be a Sligo Rovers first-team player from Leitrim too – Rovers have a following in the area and people in the county would be asking how you are getting on there.“My former club Carrick Town has a good link with Rovers. I’d like to mention them too for all their help. Hopefully it grows the link between Leitrim and the club. I want to progress and signing professionally where I can put 100% into my football will give me a great chance. I’m going to keep working hard and do my best with this platform I’ve been given.” “I’ve built up a good understanding with Rhys McCabe and now Lee Lynch has come in too. I get on great with Lee off the pitch and we’ve kind of always had an understanding. It’s an energetic midfield that I think is quite strong.“I don’t think we’re a million miles off a higher level as a team. There’s a better understanding in the team now. We need to climb the table and move away from where we are. There’s also the possibility of a Cup final and a Cup run to come.“I get on really well with Gerard. He’s an ambitious young manager. He’s a great communicator I find and he has a vision for the club.“We’re going the right way about things. It’s not an overnight job but I’m signing this contract today knowing that I want the club to be challenging at the other end of the table during this spell. It’s where a club like this should be.”“At the testimonial match last week, I think it all put the era of success the club had in our minds given so many people from that time were there. Why would you not want that again? That’s the question everyone should ask. And the new lads here probably saw the way those players get looked at and how they are thought of by the fans. It’s up to us to bring the club back towards those times. I’m delighted my future is here and I want to keep going in a positive direction.” “I try to get to as many of the matches as I can and now that school is off we’ve brought more in for training. I see the likes of Darren Collins or Dan Beya or whoever it is and you get to know them a bit better when they’re in with us.“We are not signing these lads today for the sake of it. The club has taken this route in recent years and more and more are emerging. I think if we can keep them together, keep their mentality, then it can produce some terrific players and our own players at that. So much has been spoken about Raff Cretaro in the last week. Lyttle said on the duo: “Niall is the captain of our Under-19s and very consistent. He’s in with us now in first-team training and we want to see how the full-time environment will benefit him and take him to the next level. There’s a lot of potential in Niall. Again, like a few players previously at the youth level, he has worked for this chance.“Out of all the players we’ve signed on pro terms, Luke is one that really, really excites me. Rodney, our former goalkeeping coach, felt he was a brilliant talent. He now makes the step up and it’s going to be great for him.“We’ve already held a couple of conversations about a loan move in the future – just to get some senior football if we can – because training and Under-19s games aren’t enough for certain players. That’s for next year, however. For now he’ll come in and work with the goalkeepers. That’s his focus and to become comfortable in the set-up. He’s one we have a lot of confidence that he can do well but like any player, they have to grab it with both hands now.” Lyttle said: “The club has taken a shift in policy in recent times. It is so important to have a good youth structure.“We are not afraid to play our young players when the time is right. We have our head of youth Danny O’Leary and a lot of great young coaches working with us. “It didn’t happen overnight for Raff and it didn’t happen easily. He was, for so long, one of the few local links to the team. But if you work at it, they do come along more frequently.“The club will maintain a full-time environment that will aim to compete with the best in the country. We aren’t there yet but we will keep trying to improve and it’s about building.“We have signed senior players from in the league and outside the league that are the base of our team and that will also continue.“But we will also give these chances to our local players. It’s the remit of my job from the board and it’s something I’m passionate about, and from being here since last year, I know it’s something our supporters are passionate about.” Gerard Lyttle said: “I think everyone would agree David has been one of, if not, our best player this season. He has done his talking on the pitch. He’s a very good footballer and has been so consistent. David is a quiet lad but his displays on the pitch show a maturity and we’ve benefited so much from his return to the club.“He deserves this contract. The club are excellent at rewarding the players. It is thinking ahead. We don’t want one-year deal and renegotiating at a certain point every year. The players that perform on a consistent basis will reap the benefits. The proof is there with the actions of the club.“We will hopefully sit down with one or two players soon. Our priority is getting points on the board first and foremost. It’s up the players to show how much they want to be here. David has been rewarded today by his desire to succeed with Sligo Rovers.”last_img read more