He might not have been team captain in his four years as Denham Town High goalkeeper, but like the lawyer he is aspiring to be, a talkative Brian Bennett stoutly defends his team.In this, his final year of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition, the agile goalie, who has kept six clean sheets so far, is hoping to score a scholarship to study law.”I hope that I can get a scholarship to better my future; that alone I am looking at. I have six subjects and it’s my last year in CAPE,” said the player.According to Bennett, who lives in the rough western Kingston community, he wants to become a lawyer to elevate his family and friends in his area.”Nobody is working on anything for me so far, but I am hoping to have a good season, continue making my name, pass my subjects and, hopefully, get a chance to move forward for a scholarship. I want to study law overseas and I love football,” Bennett told The Gleaner.HELPING FAMILY”I chose law because I want to help my family and see if I can help out friends and stuff in my community, where living is tough,” he stressed.Bennett stuck with his inner city-based school despite passing his subjects and amid prospects of transferring to another institution.”This is my fourth year playing Manning Cup. I have played all four years as a starting keeper. I have not been captain, but I am very vocal in helping my team defend and attack as a team,” he pointed out.In Denham Town’s recent game against many-time Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, Bennett was a standout, producing save after save and rallying his teammates to defend well and attack asa team.He describes football as not just about fun, but a way out.”My family has great expectations of me because they know that I can do it and I am the only one to do it for them. I am determined to do it for them,” stressed Jackson, the second of three brothers.”I stuck with Denham Town because I wasn’t sure that I was going to get my subjects. It was a tough time in school and I was waiting on the results, so when I got my results, I wasn’t training with any other team, so I stuck with my school,” explained the goalkeeper.He added that life in his community has been a tough one, but he has had to “just keep calm and hold my head high and keep struggling to get my subjects and do good in school”.
New York, Aug 9 (AP) The USD 3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least USD 1 billion in damages, according to its complaint .Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission over regulatory requirements, the Chicago company said, and it refused to sell the stations it needed to in order to gain regulatory approval.Sinclair Broadcast Group wanted the Chicago company’s 42 TV stations and had initially agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the FCC.The media company, which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators.Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had “serious concerns” about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations “in practice, even if not in name.” That drew a rebuke from Trump.”So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune,” Trump tweeted. He said that allowing Sinclair to expand its reach would have led to a “much needed conservative voice by and for the people.” Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 U.S. markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.advertisementSinclair has become a significant outlet for conservative views.It was admonished by media watchdogs in April after Deadspin, a sports news site, pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script, which warned viewers about “biased and false news” from other media outlets.Sinclair has defended the decision to have its anchors read from the same script across the country as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is “entirely without merit.” “We unequivocally stand by our position that we did not mislead the FCC with respect to the transaction or act in any way other than with complete candor and transparency,” said CEO Chris Ripley.Free media advocacy groups cheered the demise of the deal.Public Knowledge, an advocacy group that has been critical of the FCC under Pai, has been against a tie up between Sinclair and Tribune from the start.”While what has apparently killed this deal was Sinclair’s pattern of deception at the FCC a fact that should affect its future dealings at the Commission the deal was bad on its own merits, and this latest development is good for consumers,” said Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at the organization. “Broadcasters are supposed to serve their local communities. This deal would have contributed to the trend where ‘local’ news and ‘local’ programming is created or scripted out of town.” (AP) PMSPMS