The KIG JEEP Junior and Mentor Doubles Tennis Classic is scheduled to serve off on Saturday at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, at 9 a.m.The Junior and Mentor programme is the brainchild of Llockett McGregor and is part of his mandate to invest in junior players on multiple levels.The concept, which began six years ago, was forged because of the apparent disconnect between juniors, seniors, and past players.Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager at KIG JEEP, said that they got involved in sponsoring the event because of the intent behind the tournament.”Kingston Industrial Garage is very pleased to be associated with an event that encourages ‘giving back’ and which has the potential for positive, lasting effects on the development of young tennis players in Jamaica,” said Denton.This unique tournament features amateur players (21 and over), partnered with young players on the junior tennis circuit, enjoying competitive action on the courts.The adult amateurs are meant to form a bond with their junior partners and will, hopefully, follow their progress on and off the courts, offer encouragement, advice, and continued moral support.”Adult amateurs select a junior’s name and they’re teamed with them as doubles partners. The mentors are expected to continue in the juniors’ lives, whether it’s on court or off court, providing moral support and encouragement,” McGregor said.Amateurs and juniors alike are invited to sign up to participate, by today, through their respective clubs’ notice boards, Tennis Jamaica, or directly with McGregor at the Liguanea Club.As part of its sponsorship arrangement, an extensive range of KIG’s Jeep vehicles will be shown at the event, and participants, patrons, and members of the Liguanea Club are invited to see and experience the brand at leisure.Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up following the conclusion of finals on Saturday.
Open Liberia’s executive director, Samuka Konneh.On the very day Liberia inaugurated its new President and Vice President, a civil society organization released what it referred to as ‘useful data’ to support the new government’s education and youth development programs.The data is contained in a report titled: A Decade Without Higher Education, which details findings from a study conducted in September and October 2017, that sought to understand the level of education attained by local commercial motorcycle and taxi drivers within the last decade.There are an estimated 40,000 commercial motorcyclists in the country.Open Liberia’s executive director, Samuka Konneh, warned that in another decade from now, and as attractive as the commerical motorcycle sector remains, more and more young people will fail to attain higher education – thereby increasing the number of illiterates and school-dropouts in the country.The study concludes that as much as commercial motorcycle business seems to be a vibrant income-generating sector, it has in some significant ways hampered the pursuit of higher education by Liberia’s youth population. Releasing the report, Konneh said that the fast and untaxed revenues from this sector discourages actors from pursuing sustainable careers, either through higher academic, technical or vocational education, adding that the sector plays an enduring role in suppressing the national campaign against illiteracy.Motorcyclists overwhelmingly supported the candidacy of the soccer legend, George Weah.The study interviewed 1,001 motorcycle taxi drivers – 868 or 86.2% of whom the study finds have spent between one to ten years in the sector.“But in that whole decade, 90% of respondents attained less than a high school education. Only two motorcyclists were found to have graduated from a college or university, although 53 enrolled,” Konneh said.According to him, the primary reason commercial motorcyclists cited for not furthering their education was the lack of money to cater to personal, family, and school obligations at the same time, and from a single income source. “Interestingly, only a few respondents blamed their not being in school on lack of interest or lack of school in their communities. In fact, as per the data, all except 5 respondents expressed interest in going back to school,” he said.Specifically, the study found that 45 of respondents (4.7%) have only attained elementary education; 231 (23.9%) have attained junior high education; 251 respondents (26%) have attained up to but not more than senior high education; while 341 respondents (35.3%) have graduated from high school within the last decade.The study also finds that within the last decade, only 21 of the respondents enrolled at a technical or vocational school.Holding the country’s stability as a measurement, the reports says any person who was in elementary school in 2003 would have been out of high school by the end of the decade in 2013.Konneh: “Similarly, those who were in junior high within the same time frame would have been in their 2nd or 3rd year in college while those at high school level would have all been out of college by now – if they had remained or continued in school. But the reality is different, based on the data our study has generated from speaking with actors in this sector.”Apart from the inquiry about their educational level, the study also inquired about why these young people chose the motorcycle taxi sector. The primary reason cited by them was to sustain themselves and their families, and not to pay school fees. 366 or 36.6% of respondents said they chose the trade primarily to sustain themselves while 318 (31.8%) chose it to sustain their families. In fact, only 99 respondents (9.8%) chose to drive motorcycle taxi in order to pay school fees.“These statistics explain why 90% of commercial motorcyclists interviewed are still in high school or only high school graduates,” Konneh added.The civil society organization is proposing that while commercial motorcycling remains a viable income generating sector, stakeholders in Liberia’s education and youth development should begin to develop technical, vocational or professional training programs specifically tailored for and targeting actors in this sector.“Our emphasis on this category of young people is based on the fact that they find motorcycle taxi driving as an activity that generates income to handle their immediate expenses, but ignore the long term effect of not being educated. Commercial motorcycling is not a sustainable trade or career. The fact that 90% of the young people interviewed did not get enough income to enroll in a higher learning institution supports our conclusion that commercial motorcycling is not a sustainable activity,” says Konneh.“If we must empower and include our young people in our country’s governance, we must start by prioritizing education rather than money-making at an early stage in their lives,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Entering tonight’s game, the Huskies (13-17-0-2) occupy fifth place in the NWJHL standings, two points behind Slave Lake (15-17-0-0), and only two points ahead of the Dwson Creek Junior Canucks (12-19-0-2).The Junior Canucks and Huskies met in Fort St. John just six days ago on January 31, in a spirited affair that produced 188 total penalty minutes, three fights, and a 6-1 home victory for the Huskies.It was a solid outing for the Huskies line of Blair Karasiuk, Dylan Houle and Cayle Bell, who combined for ten points during last Thursday’s win.- Advertisement -Each team enters tonight’s game on a streak, with one team looking to snap out one, the other, looking to extend it. The Huskies will hit the ice with a two game winning streak, which they hope to make three in-a-row at the expense of Dawson Creek. The Junior Canucks on the other hand, will start the game with a league worst, six game losing streak on their record.Tonight’s game will also be a rubber match in the two teams’ five game season series. Appropriately, each team enters tonight’s match with two wins under their jock straps, so the winner will emerge the victor in the five game regular season series between the two Peace Region rivals.Back to the league standings, the Huskies currently have 28 points for fourth place in the standings, two above Dawson Creek who sit alone in fifth with 26, and two behind Slave Lake’s 30, who occupy forth place by themselves.Advertisement To listen live, click here. Slave Lake also plays tonight, taking on the North Peace Navigators, so a Huskies win and a Slave Lake loss would result in Fort St. John moving into a tie for fourth. Conversely, a Huskies loss would result in Dawson Creek moving into a tie for fifth with the Huskies, who could fall behind the fourth place Thunder by four points if Slave Lake defeats the Navigators.Tonight’s game is also the third last game for the Huskies in their regular season and the team would love to keep the victories coming as they roll into the postseason. The team has won six of their last seven games, a perfect time of the season to heat up.There’s also an exciting goal scoring race within the Huskies roster, as not surprisingly, Robbie Sidhu leads the team in points with 57. However, for goals scored, Sidhu only leads rookie Cayle Bell by a single goal, 21-20, so it will be interesting to see if the goal scoring rookie can take the lead from the Huskies veteran.The game hits the ice tonight in Dawson Creek beginning at 8 p.m. and you can catch all the live action on 100.1 Moose FM. Don’t forget to listen to the informative and entertaining Moose FM pre-game show, beginning 15 minutes prior to puck drop.Advertisement