Reflection of society The massive and intense media attention schoolboy football has garnered recently has highlighted many aspiring young, talented players and has turned many into overnight stars. However, these regularly televised schoolboy football matches have highlighted another fact: that the phenomenon of bleaching has engulfed our secondary institutions and their sports figures. Its popularity with young people, especially those involved in sports, is a growing sensation, and The Gleaner sought the insight of a few high school principals on how widespread the phenomenon is in their schools among student athletes. Holy Trinity and Cornwall College’s principals, Margaret Brissett-Bolt and Dr Lennox Rowe, respectively, as well as Wolmer’s vice-principal, Osagdoro Asayimwese, all declared a no-tolerance stance on bleaching and that student-athletes found bleaching were not allowed to represent these schools. All three principals admitted that the phenomenon had infested their schools and they had to find ways to discourage it. “My sportsmen and women wouldn’t even think of it. They wouldn’t be selected for rugby, football, netball – none. That is definitely a no-no, ” Brissett-Bolt insisted. Cornwall College’s Rowe held a similar position. “My view is zero tolerance. We do not support it. We do not condone any type of chemical to alter the skin,” he said. “We had students (bleaching) on various teams, and I outlined my stance that if they do it, they are not going to represent the school.” Wolmer’s Asayimwese said they, too, have implemented rules to discourage the behaviour. “At the start of the school year, the principal dictated to and informed the school community that there would be no tolerance for bleaching and where boys were found bleaching, steps were taken to have them have it corrected,” he said. The consensus is that it’s a reflection of the society and students are influenced into the bad habits by their immediate surrounding. But it is said to be generally practised by weaker academic students. Brissett-Bolt believes that the schools can only do so much. “First we had the girls doing it, then the boys. I have seen improvement, but during the holidays, they will bleach again and try to fix it before they come to school,” she said. Brissett-Bolt insists that the phenomenon is not irreversible but that it is now fully engraved on the minds of our young people. And although the authorities are doing everything to keep it out of the schools, it’s not an easy challenge because of its acceptance in the general society.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to change the position of Anthony Martial.The Manchester Evening News says Solskjaer could give Martial a new role in the club’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.Marcus Rashford has so far been Solskjaer’s trusted option up top.The England international impressed against both Cardiff and Huddersfield, sparking hopes he can kick on now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge.Yet Martial could be deployed in a No 9 role instead.Rashford has sparkled in recent times.But Martial is the club’s top scorer this season and could be fielded there instead.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.O’Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.A statement released by Billericay read: “We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.”Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.”Jamie O’Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.”From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here.”
Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.
Shimla: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is on a winning spree in Himachal Pradesh, after 2017 assembly polls, and this year’s Parliamentary elections, is set to take a fresh test to its popularity graph in two assembly bypolls at Dharamshala and Pacchad, slated for October 21.After lots of rumbling and suspense in the ranks, the party on Sunday named – Vishal Nehria, a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJMC) leader and Reena Kashyap, a former Zila Parishad member from Dharamshala and Pachhad constituencies respectively. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe two seats fell vacant after Kishan Kapoor, a cabinet minister and two-time MLA Suresh Kashyap were elected to the Lok Sabha from Kangra and Shimla (Reserve) seats with a record winning margins. Both Nehria and Reena will be contesting the assembly polls for the first time. The party’s decision to field news faces, however, has left some potential contenders sulking. Sanjay Sharma – a brahmin, has also lobbied hard since been based at Dharamshala for a long time. He hoped that BJP working president J P Nadda will back his case but the party went out for Nehria to woo Gaddi voters. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAnother contender was Umesh Dutt– who was given ticket in 2017 poll but later dropped to retain Krishan Kapoor, a staunch Shanta Kumar loyalist. The BJP had maintained complete suspense for the candidates even as Krishan Kapoor, now MP, was advised not to push the name of his son Shashwat Kapoor and Suresh Kashyap was too left with no choice but to wait for the party decision on the candidate. Challenging Reena Kashyap will be Congress veteran and former Speaker Gangu Ram Musafir, who had lost the poll to Suresh Kashyap in 2012 and also 2017. Musafir was elected to the assembly first time in 1982 as an independent candidate but later had joined the Congress to become a cabinet minister thrice and also Speaker. He has won seven elections. In Dharamshala, the Congress is trying its luck on Vinay Inder Karan, a youth leader, who also belong to Gaddi community as being Nehria. First time, the battle will be within two Gaddi leaders, who claim to have a sizeable vote percentage in Dharamshala – where Krishan Kapoor been their face and strong Gaddi community leader. Karan’s name cropped up after former minister and a staunch Virbhadra Singh loyalist declined to contest the poll. There were also rumours about his joining the BJP if the party agrees to field him as its candidate. Asked about this BJP state president Satpal Satti said, “The party had taken a principled stand to give ticket only to a person from the party cadres. No outsider was considered for the ticket.” Dharamshala will be a big political testing ground for the BJP once again as it’s also in Kangra region, where BJP senior Shanta Kumar been calling shots. Shanta Kumar was denied Lok Sabha ticket and instead was replaced by Krishan Kapoor.