ST CATHERINE Football Association President Peter Reid is still singing the praises of new title sponsors, Alliance MoneyGram and McKay Security two weeks into the Major League’s new season, which kicked off on Friday, November 16. “It’s a two-year sponsorship, $2 million for the Major League $2-million and $1 million for the Happy Sutherland Knockout,” a grateful Reid told The Gleaner yesterday, adding that the previous two years were challenging ones for the association. “We were getting some support from FLOW, who was with us from 2010 but had gradually reduced its involvement,” he explained. “The clubs, who, when we had minimal sponsorship, helped by making sure they paid their fees, will now be getting prize monies and logo subsidies. We will also be able to put on our awards function, plus the sponsorship is for two years, so we are in a better position to plan. “The clubs are very appreciative of the sponsorship. They understand sponsorship is something you don’t take for granted. They’re trying their best to satisfy the requirements, especially discipline, which is the hallmark of our football. They know sponsors like to be associated with disciplined teams and clubs”. “I would like to say a big thank you to Jason McKay and Peter Chin of Alliance MoneyGram, who have come on board as joint sponsors,” Reid emphasised. Meanwhile, Chin said Alliance MoneyGram believes St Catherine football will help to promote its brand in the parish, “especially Spanish Town and Portmore, which has the second-biggest population size in Jamaica, outside of Kingston”. “We believe football is a good vehicle by which to reach the target market we are going after. It is widely followed and the demographic uses Alliance MoneyGram services,” Chin pointed out, adding that his firm is looking to add additional agents and “drive the traffic to the existing outlets”.
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – Taking advantage of cooler weather, hundreds of “hotshot” firefighters descended Thursday deep into Ventura County’s wilderness. There they will combat the immense Day Fire in hopes of beating it before winds kick up this weekend. The highly skilled crews, helicoptered into this rugged land within the Los Padres National Forest, eat and sleep when they can, then will rotate with others after a few days, said fire Capt. Glenn Skaggs of the neighboring Angeles National Forest, where the fire has spread. It marks the first time since this fire ignited 11 days ago on Labor Day that firefighters have battled it from the inside, Skaggs said. The fire is about 10 miles northwest of Castaic. Terrain is so daunting and winds erratic that crews had tried working the perimeter of the 30,639-acre blaze, avoiding bulldozing and other measures that would harm the wilderness. But flames quickly spread, fueled by high heat and extremely low humidity. Aggressive moves were ordered when the fire threatened to jump Interstate 5 toward a mobile home park and to spread toward homes in Castaic, Piru and Fillmore. “There’s a big push to get the crews in,” he said. “The big push is the next 48 hours.” Fifty-one 20-member crews were being taken into the forest by helicopter, 10 to 12 hotshots at a time. They carry rations and bedding, and more food will be delivered by air. [email protected] (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thursday afternoon, the fire was but 30 percent contained. Until it’s fully contained – a complete line around it – sections of the Angeles forest, including the Pyramid Lake recreation area, the Hungry Valley off-road vehicle park and a sliver of forest east of I-5 and north of Castaic will remain closed, forest spokeswoman Sherry Rollman said. “We want to make sure nobody’s in there if the fire’s direction changes,” Rollman said. “It’s been very unpredictable, but we’re blessed today. It’s overcast and that’s definitely helped.” The cooler weather, with its 60 percent humidity Wednesday night, caused firefighters to cancel planned backfires – controlled burns that eat up brush and create breaks to stop the wildfire from advancing, Skaggs said. “The big plan last night was to burn along the (bull)dozer lines,” he said. “The weather changed and consequently we couldn’t burn, but the fire was reduced so we started inserting hotshot crews.” On Saturday, the dreaded hot and dry Santa Ana winds are due. The goal is to tackle the fire as much as possible to avoid huge flare-ups. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips