Veteran coach Winston Nevers says he has no interest in becoming the next head coach of Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, but is publicly endorsing former local star Connie Francis for the post. The Sunshine Girls ended 2016 without a head coach, after Minneth Reynolds resigned in November, one month before her contract was set to expire. It’s understood that the Paula Daley-Morris-led Netball Jamaica administration was leaning to not renew Reynolds’ contract, which was signed by the Marva Bernard administration. Reynolds, who was in the job for just under two-years, guided the Sunshine Girls to a 2-1 series victory over rivals England in the United Kingdom in their last competitive series in November. In the past, Netball Jamaica had faced criticisms for overlooking the vastly experienced Nevers, but the national Under-16 coaching staff member told The Gleaner that this time around, he has no interest in the top post. “They have never called me for the senior team before, but if they call me now, I will tell them that I am not interested in the job,” said Nevers. “There are also three reasons why I am not interested in the job. One, right now I am not keeping a good health, and so I have to look at myself first. Secondly, I can’t take the plane ride and the travelling, and finally, I am not comfortable in the programme.” Francis, a former national coach, he argued, would be a good choice to replace Reynolds and continue the rebuilding of the national netball programme. “I think Netball Jamaica should look at Connie Francis because she is the best person now to handle the programme. I think she is ready for the job and she can also get the best out of these players.” MALE ASSISTANT He added that Netball Jamaica should appoint a male coach as Francis’ assistant in the national team. “I think they should appoint a male coach behind her because they must not make the mistake of not having a male coach in the programme. “These male coaches have been doing a lot of work in netball and they have been getting the results even more than the female coaches now.” Nevers, who is also affectionately called ‘Scrappy’ by his players and fellow coaches, has helped nurture the talent of some of the country’s most decorated netballers. Chief among them are world-renowned shooters Elaine Davis and Romelda Aiken, along with national captain Nadine Bryan, Nicole Aiken, sisters Tiffany and Mesha Wolfe, Tasha Morgan, Georgia Gordon, Anna-Marie Grant and Paula Pinnock. Nevers has guided Jamalco to 16 Netball Jamaica Berger Paints titles, as well as 17 Jamaica National Building Society Senior League trophies.
About 250 citizens of Bong County residing in Monrovia have endorsed Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), as the suitable candidate for president of Liberia.The spokesperson of the group, under the banner of “Concerned Citizens from Bong County Resident in Monrovia” (CCBCRM), Stephen M. Nenepalay, said they reached the decision “after carefully scrutinizing the activities of various political parties.”The formal endorsement program was held at the headquarters of the ANC in Sinkor Airfield.He added: “Our decision to be members of the ANC and support Mr. Cummings is owing to the platform of the party, which does not discriminate.”An elderly woman, who begged not to be named, also said: “The ANC has been supportive of the physically challenged and the Cummings Africa Foundation has been helping us, we who are the less fortunate Liberians.”He has provided scholarships for Liberians at home and abroad, and is involved in healthcare and water projects, which have benefitted over 250,000 Liberians, she said.The group comprised of residents of Kpelle Town, Bernard Farm, Peace Island, Congo Town, Rock Hill and Rehab Communities in Paynesville.The Chairman of the ANC, Orishall Gould, thanked the group and said “the ANC welcomes every Liberian despite tribe or religion.“Here at ANC, everybody is somebody and treated with respect. So, on behalf of the political leader, Alexander Cummings, we wholeheartedly welcome you.“We encourage you to be disciples and bring your family and friends to join us to become victorious in 2017.”Meanwhile, Mr. Cummings announced at a press conference that “safety measures concerning the usage of beaches and drinking alcoholic beverages which sometimes result to death during the November 29 holiday, it is customary for most of our youths to go to the beaches, and in so doing we want to advise them to be safe.” The measures Cummings instituted include billboards that read “Don’t swim when the sea is rough”; “don’t drink alcohol before swimming”; “don’t swim when nobody is there to help you”; and “don’t eat before swimming.”The ANC political leader has also announced that such messages will be posted at most of the beaches in Monrovia, as well as some lifeguards.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)