Wilks: SDF doing its best with money it gets
Sports Development Foundation’s (SDF) general manager, Denzil Wilks, has revealed that the entity does not have enough money to fund all the nation’s various sporting associations, but it is doing its best with the allocation it gets.In 2014, the foundation had a budget of just under $160 million to work with, but this was increased to just under $217 million for 2015. Last year’s figure, however, saw a decrease on 2015’s allocation by $26 million and as a result, Wilks has said that he is unsure whether the budget for 2017 will be more, less or a similar figure to 2016.”It is a wholly inadequate budget, resulting in serious challenges for decision-making,” Wilks said.Sport Minister Olivia Grange said that she also finds the budget a challenge for both the ministry and the foundation to work with. “The SDF’s demands are great and, at times, we have to say no to some people,” she said.Officials of some associations have been seeking alternate means to fund their budgets.The Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) receives $107,000 per month from the SDF. Its president, Nicole Grant-Brown, said that this money goes towards paying officials and association debts.She said that because the money provided by the SDF is not enough, JAGA has had to partner with private clubs to make ends meet, as she describes it.”Some of our programmes for the primary and basic school meets are in collaboration with the Jamaica School of Gymnastics (JSG),” Grant-Brown added.SALES FROM ADVERTISINGShe said another way that JAGA will look to generate revenue is to partner with JSG to sell advertising space on billboards in the gym (which is still in its construction phase), to raise some of the funds needed.The Jamaica Rugby League Association (JRLA) receives $88,000 per month from the SDF. Its director, Romeo Monteith, said that given the level of funds needed to cover the cost of its affairs, fundraising efforts would not really go a far way in making up the shortfall.”Subvention (from the SDF) does everything for us locally,” Monteith said. “The simple fact is that when you look at what your major cost is, which is your international games, you’re looking at 20 tickets and hotels, so you’re looking at close to $1.5 million on average and there are very few fundraisers that can raise that money, to be honest.”The JRLA was formed in 2005, but started competing internationally four years later. Monteith said that the association has an international grant, which is used to cover the cost of the senior men’s team’s travels as it is the only team which plays internationally. To save money, the JRLA’s senior team travels once a year and while there are teams which are based abroad, a British-based Jamaican team famously beat Ireland 68-16 and drew 16-16 with Wales last year.
Mirotic, Portis lead way, Bulls blow out Celtics
Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic (44) and Bobby Portis celebrate the team’s lead late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are starting to draw attention for their play together instead of their fight with each other.Mirotic scored 24 points, Portis added a career-high 23 and the Chicago Bulls blew out Boston 108-85 on Monday night with Celtics star Kyrie Irving sidelined because of a bruised left quadriceps.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It feels like it’s March, but it it’s not,” said Mirotic, who has averaged 16.5 points in March during his career — more than in any other month.TIP-INSCeltics: Stevens said he doesn’t expect Irving to be out long, though he added: “Who knows with muscular injuries.” … Stevens also said doctors will re-evaluate F Marcus Morris’ ailing left knee on Tuesday. Morris sat out for the second straight night and the third time in four games. He also missed the first eight games of the season. … Horford had five assists. … Boston’s 85 points were a season low.Bulls: Markkanen participated in the morning shootaround and got treatment afterward. But coach Fred Hoiberg said the prized rookie’s back continued to tighten. … Kris Dunn had 12 points, his career-high fifth straight game in double digits. … David Nwaba had 13 points and six rebounds.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Denver on Wednesday.Bulls: Host Utah on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the two have played well together the past two games.“We need to give the credit to (coach Fred Hoiberg),” Mirotic said. “Fred is the one who is making us play. He’s the guy who is calling the plays for us and putting us in the right spots to play.”As for the fight?READ: Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures“Man, that situation’s over,” Portis said. “Everybody’s talking about that. But that doesn’t matter anymore. We’re just trying to win games.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Matt Barnes retires from NBA at 37, saying he did it his way Mirotic made his first start of the season with leading scorer Lauri Markkanen sidelined because of back spasms and shot 9 of 14 with eight rebounds. Through three games, the 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 16.3 points.Portis shot 10 of 15 and nailed all three 3-pointers.READ: Bulls exercise options on Portis, 4 other players Al Horford scored 15 for Boston (23-6). Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece in the Celtics’ most lopsided loss of the season.“Sometimes you get your butt kicked. It was simple as that,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Chicago dictated the whole game. They played harder than we did. They played with more presence than we did. They played more competitive than we did. They played with more authority than we did. You’re not going to win many games when you play like that.”PULLING AWAYBoston got within 12 in the fourth quarter before Portis hit a 20-footer and Mirotic made a 3 to make it 90-73 with just under eight minutes left. The Bulls remained in control the rest of the way.Mirotic came through with 16 points as Chicago grabbed a 56-42 halftime lead. Portis scored 15 in the first half.The Bulls wiped out a four-point deficit and led 52-34 after a 24-2 run in the second quarter. 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And when Boston cut it to 12 in the fourth, the Bulls simply pulled away for their third straight win.Leading the way were two players who made headlines for all the wrong reasons before the season started.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseREAD: Bulls’ Niko Mirotic accepts Portis apology over fight Their fight at practice left Mirotic with facial fractures, causing him to miss the first 23 games. Portis served an eight-game suspension. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set