Prominent business executive, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, has been re-elected as president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).The CHASE Fund chief executive officer will head the association for a second two-year term, after turning back the challenge of incumbent secretary, Fritz Harris, 52 to 47, during the association’s annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.”It feels good to be returned as president, as over the past two years, the JCA has made several strides,” said Heaven.”It is a good victory for cricket, I believe, as the association is moving in the right direction generally, and the hope is that over the next term things will get even better.”Harris, who prior to the election had served as secretary for the past two years, expressed disappointment at the result, but, in the meantime, congratulated Heaven.HARRIS DISAPPOINTED”I am naturally disappointed with the result, but it’s a membership association with the right to elect the president, and I have to respect that,” Harris said. “I must also commend the president on retaining his position.”Heaven, who prior to his ascension to the post two years ago, had promised to serve for two terms, will also have at least six of his seven executive committee nominees to work with.This is after the they won their respective contests.These include: Dr Donovan Bennett (first vice-president), Mark Neita (second vice-president), Diann Campbell (honorary secretary, Clinton Clarke (assistant secretary) and Hopeton Morrison (treasurer).At press time, the seventh executive position, that of assistant treasurer, was undecided.Kerry Scott, representing Team Heaven, and Errol Moodie, representing Team Harris, were the assistant treasurer nominees.Heaven, during his campaign, noted that several measures had been instituted during his tenure.These, he said, included: the enhancement of commitment to transparency and good governance by the filing of the first annual income tax returns in 16 years, the appointment of a chief executive officer, the implementation of lights at Sabina Park, and improvement practice facilities as well as provision of a new gymnasium and wellness centre. He also pointed to the restoration of local women’s cricket competition to the cricket calendar.Harris, in the meanwhile, a director of the JCA for over 15 years, had campaigned on a promise of change for a betterment of the game.
Paddy McShane.Bernie McDonagh.BOXING: There was All-Ireland success for both Dunfanaghy and Letterkenny boxing clubs at the All-Ireland Amateur Boxing championships last weekend.Bernie McDonagh boxing out of the famed Dunfanaghy club took gold after a string of superb performances over the course of the week.He defeated Johnny Watson (Belfast) courtesy of a 3rd round TKO in what was an explosive performance. In the semi-final, another controlled and assured performance from McDonagh gave him a (3-0) victory over Robert Wright (Tipperary)In the final he fought the talented Joe Daly, from Castlebar and it was an extremely close fight in the opening two rounds.However, in the final round McDonagh found his range and starting to land some telling punches.The judges gave the decision to McDonagh and won the fight (2-1) to take the Boy 1 36kg All-Ireland title back to Dunfanaghy ABC, much to the delight of coaches Eddie and Joe Harkin. Paddy McShane, from Letterkenny ABC also won gold – and he delivered a series of top class performances to take gold back to Donegal.Whilst his team mate Dylan Browne McMonagle took home a silver medal.A great week for Donegal boxing!ALL-IRELAND GLORY FOR DUNFANAGHY AND LETTERKENNY BOXING CLUBS was last modified: April 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandboxingnewsSport
TORONTO – A witness at a murder trial says he sold one of the accused a gun days before a young Toronto woman vanished.Matthew Ward-Jackson says he pleaded guilty to the gun transaction with Dellen Millard that took place in early July 2012.The Crown alleges Millard and Mark Smich killed Laura Babcock because she became the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.The prosecution contends the pair burned her body in a commercial animal incinerator that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Babcock, 23.Ward-Jackson could not recall many details about the gun sale and was often evasive about the numerous phone calls and text messages with Millard in July 2012.Babcock disappeared on July 3, 2012. No one has heard from her since that summer and her body has not been found.Ward-Jackson, who also goes by his rapper name Ish, told court Wednesday that Millard showed interest in a gun that had come into his possession.He later changed his testimony and said he figured Millard would want a gun because he was a “manly man, interested in cars, girls, maybe firearms.”The Crown walked Ward-Jackson through a series of text messages police recovered from Millard’s phone.One discussed a .32-calibre gun, that Ward-Jackson described in a text to Millard sent at 8:14 p.m. on July 1, 2012, as “a really nice nice compact piece.”“Did you write that text?” asked Crown attorney Jill Cameron.“Me or my butler,” Ward-Jackson said.“You had a butler?” Cameron asked.“Yup. Somebody that I paid to help me manage my life … but I did arrange this deal,” he said.Ward-Jackson said the gun was empty when he arranged the deal with Millard. He said he didn’t provide Millard any ammunition.The Crown asked Ward-Jackson repeatedly if he could recall the numerous calls and text messages that phone records showed — the contents of most were not recovered.“I truthfully don’t recall many of them, this is several years ago and I’ve been incarcerated for four years,” Ward-Jackson said.He told court he was testifying against his will. The Crown continued to press him on the gun deal.“Did you ever ask why he needed a gun?” Cameron asked.“No, it’s none of my business, I have no right to ask him that,” Ward-Jackson said.Court also heard about an agreed statement of fact that a .32-calibre gun was recovered at Millard’s home with his DNA on the handle.The trial continues Thursday.