first_imgThe Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) player development programme, will have a new twist this year, after the local beer giant’s partnership with Nike.The American sports apparel company will send a team to conduct advance fitness and structured football training for selected players and coaches at the Barbican field in a two-day exercise starting today at 8 a.m.Now in its third year, the RSPL player development programme seeks to develop players’ off-field skills such as appearance, media training, social media skills and financial management.The two-day event will this year be split in two segments with on-the-field training for players and coaches on Friday and a seminar on Saturday.Red Stripe’s head of marketing and innovations, Blandine Paul-Reid said they are totally committed to the RSPL players’ development, which is why they have invest in this project and its continued improvement.COMMITTED TO THE LEAGUE”As we look at moving the Red Stripe Premier League to the next level, projects like this are important. Red Stripe is very dedicated to the league and the development of players,” said Paul-Reid.”Developing players has been a long journey. We have gone from a small execution at Courtleigh hotel, to bringing partners like Nike to help our players become better. Having Nike representing the players and helping them build their skills so they can make it big is probably the best development for the League,” she commented.Jamaica and Trinidad’s Nike sales representative, Michael Bookbinder, leads the three man team consisting of himself, former professional footballer and currently top Panamanian Nike coach, Eilado Mitre and head of sport marketing, Pedro Boyd.”I would like to do something positive and get them to a next level, whether in life or in their careers. I want to leave something positive so that people will talk about the event we did. We’ll see what players need to improve on, if it’s speeds, strength,” said Bookbinder.”The coaches will benefit because they are going to see new techniques they are not using now in their daily or weekly routine, and it will help them incorporate new training techniques they are not using now,” Bookbinder added.last_img read more

first_imgAfter several years of drought-like conditions, recent rainy weather might just give grain producers in the Peace River region a chance for a decent crop yield.The longer-lasting snow cover did delay seeding, but despite the late seeding, the season has gotten off to a good start, says David Wuthrich, president of the B.C. Grain Producers Association.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3601|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6b40724469c8f32f8371241737f1c083-Wuthrich Crops 1_1_Pub.mp3] Fort St. John has experienced 60 millimetres of precipitation so far this month. While 71.4 mm is the normal June, with a little more than a week to go before the end of the month, Environment Canada is calling for between 10 and 20 mm, Thursday. That added precipitation could easily push the area above the monthly average.Wuthrich says additional rain could cause problems for grain crops, but would not hurt hay or grass seed production. Ideally, he says grain producers hope for rain at least once a week, followed by sunny weather.The Peace River region has been plagued by drought-like conditions over several years and Environment Canada is predicting a hot, dry summer for most of the country, including across B.C. However, Wuthrich says even if that does prove to be true, the amount of moisture the area has already seen has recharged soils and should be enough to carry the crop through to the harvest.Advertisement As of Tuesday, 257.4 mm of precipitation has been recorded at the Fort St. John airport for the year, which is far higher than the 199.2 mm normal.If crop yields are not as high as anticipated, there are resources for farmers to access, such as production insurance or AgriStability and AgriRecovery. Yet, even this aid may not be enough to sustain farmers. Wuthrich says production insurance is often dependent on a farmer’s 10-year average yield. Thus, if drought conditions persist for several years, the average yield would decrease, limiting the amount for which farmers are eligible.last_img read more