Kingston College (KC) coach Ludlow Bernard says that despite a 1-1 draw against St Andrew Technical High (STATHS) in the Manning Cup competition last Wednesday, the focus remains on a sweep of schoolboy titles this season. The North Street-based KC are favoured to win their first Manning Cup title in three decades. They last won the title in 1986 and expectations are very high for this year’s team. KC are in line for another Walker Cup title as they are in the ISSA/FLOW knockout competition final against Jamaica College scheduled for November 26. KC’s last hold on that title was in 2000. The KC team is also on course for a first hold on the prestigious FLOW Super Cup, which is in its third year. KC will face Wolmer’s in a quarter-final match today at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 7 p.m. With KC being the only Manning Cup team that can win all four titles at stake, coach Ludlow Bernard admitted that the pressure is mounting. “The pressure is always going to be there. We have risen to the moment and are unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions this season,” Bernard, who is a KC past student, told The Gleaner yesterday. “We have to be prepared as the team played 14 games in 42 days. We have to keep the players focused as it is down to the starting eleven and about three other players on the bench,” he shared about his squad of young players. Looking back at the game against STATHS three days ago at Constant Spring Sports Complex, Bernard said he tried some players and was not satisfied with their performances. “The result against STATHS was disappointing as we used some players who we put in for the first time. However, the regular players showed maturity and we came back and earned a point. I am reliant on some senior players to take us through,” he said. One of those players is midfielder Rashawn Mackison, who has scored 21 goals in all competitions. “Rashawn is stretched physically because he has played in all 14 games this season and substituted in six of them,” he pointed out about the midfielder who has done the bulk of the scoring for KC. Looking to the Super Cup game tonight against Wolmer’s, who they eliminated during the Walker Cup quarter-final, Bernard said: “We expect Wolmer’s to be coming for revenge.” “The vibe in our camp is high but one of tremendous anxiety among the supporters. They are hungry for success,” he pointed out. DISAPPOINTED
OTTAWA – Gender equality and a national pharmacare plan are expected to be two of the cornerstones of the federal budget when it is presented in the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.He has already hinted at efforts to boost the participation of women in the workforce as part of an overall plan to promote so-called inclusive growth.One measure expected in the spending plan is dedicated paid leave for new fathers — or, in the case of same-sex relationships, the non-birthing parent. The goal is to allow parents to handle the task of raising children more equitably.The focus on gender equality — a key priority for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government — could also mean federal dollars to help close the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces.The budget will also include plans to take the first steps toward a national pharmacare plan — a strategy which would outflank NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has made such a program one of his top priorities.Senior government officials have told The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity that former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will be tasked with leading the effort to breathe life into the pharmacare plan.Hoskins hinted at his new position when he abruptly resigned both his cabinet position and his seat in the Ontario legislature Monday, saying he was leaving “to continue building better health care for all Canadians.”The parliamentary budget watchdog calculated last fall that a national, universal pharmacare program would cost more than $19 billion, but could still slash the overall cost of drugs in Canada by more than $4 billion a year.The federal budget is not expected to balance the books, nor is it likely to include a revised timeline for erasing the deficit, which the Liberals initially pledged to do by 2019.The budget is instead expected to unveil major investments in basic scientific research and environmental conservation.It is also expected to include nearly $80 million over five years to build and run a computer system aimed at ending no-fly list mismatches and $50 million over five years to support local journalism in underserved communities.Investments in child welfare and housing for Indigenous communities, expanding a tax credit for low-income earners and spending to help Canadians upgrade their skills for a rapidly changing job market are other expected budget measures.