The third Berger Elite League, organised by Netball Jamaica, was launched on Wednesday at General Accident Insurance Company with a lottery to select the members of the six teams. Defending champions Clarendon Gaters, runners-up St James Sharpes, St Catherine Racers, Manchester Spurs, St Ann Orchids and Kingston Humming Birds are the six teams. Each team will have 10 players, with all having members of the national senior team. Some of the players to look forward to seeing on court include Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, Paula Thompson, Anna Kay Griffiths, Kadejah Williams, Shantel Slater, Adean Thomas, Stacey Facey and retired Sunshine Girl Simone Forbes, as well as returned Sunshine Girl Kimesha Sterling. The teams will now begin training in preparation for the start of the competition on November 10. An opening ceremony, set for 5:30 p.m. at the National Indoor Sports Centre, will precede the first match. President of Netball Jamaica Dr Paula Daley-Morris was pleased to see the lottery completed and promised high-level competition and exciting matches from the first match. She said that the competition will be used to identify talent for the senior teams going forward. Looking forward to the best of three matches to close the competition in January, she mentioned that they will play exhibition matches such as celebrity vs masters matches to heighten the excitement for the spectators. Daley-Morris says that some of the matches, including the opening match, will be aired live on SportsMax (this is being done for the first time). Daley-Morris indicated that there will be some new but experienced coaches this year including Connie Francis, Oberon Pitterson-Nattie in addition to the other 10-member coaching panel. Dalton Hinds, coach of the defending champion Clarendon Gaters, said that it will be a tall order to defend his championship as all the teams are strong this year. He promised that the team will do its best to be victorious again nevertheless. Casey Perue, marketing manager at Berger Paints Jamaica, said that the company was pleased to be supporting the growth of Jamaica’s most successful team sport for decades and will be around for the long haul. They also plan to stage various promotional activities at the matches to give back to the spectators who support the sport.
It is now confirmed that a Liberian was on Tuesday injured in the twin bombings at the Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, Belgium.The victim is Mr. Sekon Watson, of Liberian origin and presently a US citizen, according to Dr. Isaac Nyenabo, Liberia’s Ambassador to Belgium.Providing an update yesterday on the barbaric attacks on Belgium, Ambassador Nyenabo stated, “Mr. Watson, who was injured at the Brussels International Airport is now being treated at the St. Luc Hospital near Brussels. I visited him a while ago and he is doing well, thanks to the Almighty God.” The Ambassador further said that Education Minister George Werner, who was also at the airport at the time the Islamist militants set off their explosives, is well and was able to leave Belgium yesterday morning to travel to France, where he and staff of the World Health Organization (WHO) Liberia office are scheduled to attend an international meeting in Lyon. Ambassador Nyenabo further stated, “Finally, I am informed by the Liberian Association leadership that a lady of Liberian descent, who is a Dutch citizen by the name Elita Weah, is still missing since the bombing incident.” “We are making all efforts to search for her. The Diplomatic Corps is informed through written communication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium that the threat level still remains at the highest level. I am closely working with all my Belgian counterparts in identifying and locating our people who were trapped in the attack,” Ambassador Nyenabo said on the Liberian Embassy’s Facebook wall.He also told Liberians living or stranded in Brussels, to be aware that the Belgian authorities have announced that the terror threat level remains at level 4, which is the highest and that they should remain careful and respectful of the regulations issued at this difficult time.Following the attacks, a staff of the Embassy in Brussels, Mr. Isaac C. Yeah, posted on Facebook: “So far Amb. Dr. Isaac W. Nyenabo and the staff of the Liberian Embassy near Brussels, Belgium are all fine and doing well in the wake of the incident at the airport.”According to Belgian authorities, the two men, who blew themselves up in the suicide bombings at both the airport and the Maelbeek metro station, were brothers – Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, Belgian nationals.The Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed at least 14 persons at the airport and 20 at the metro station. Over 260 were injured in both attacks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)