Swimming president looks to ease burden

first_imgPresident of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), Handel Lamey, said his administration is trying to alleviate some of the financial burdens parents have to bare for their children who represent the country at the annual Carifta Swimming Championships.In March, news broke that the ASAJ required each parent of the 25-member squad to pay US$3,183.73 or J$388,415 to attend the champion-ships in Martinique. Four swimmers subsequently withdrew from the squad.Speaking at the launch of the Mayberry Schools Championship recently, Lamey just stopped short of making any commitment, as he says his association has been taking steps, including partnering with the Government, to reduce the financial strain that were placed on the parents this year.”We cant’ make any promises, but we will look at how the costing is done for Carifta. In the past, we have had a structure and it is stipulated in our by-laws of how we fund different level meets. Carifta was initially viewed as a development meet, but what we have found competition-wise is that it has grown to be the most competitive meet in the entire region.”So CARIFTA has a higher ratings than a lot of the competitions that were once rated higher, so we will have to look at the funding structure going forward,” he explained.NEXT GAMES”The next Carifta [Games] will be in The Bahamas, and I think we will have a lower cost because we will not have the airline fare that it takes to go to Martinique, and the 2018 Carifta will be in Jamaica, and the cost then will be much lower, because we won’t have to leave Jamaica,” he said.He says with the help and support of corporate Jamaica and the Government, the financial burden can be eased for the parents, who want to see their kids participate in the region’s premier age-group swimming competition.”We have received some sponsor-ship from the Government, and if there is any rebate that can be had, we will be assisting those parents because we know how costly it was to fund that trip to Martinique.”We are seeking funding and trying to partner with corporate Jamaica for the support in the aquatics discipline. We know we have the potential, as we have produced World champions and Olympians, so we see no reason why swimming cannot be at the level where track and field is and it’s our objective to take swimming to that level,” Lamey added.last_img read more

Easy for STETHS

first_imgSt Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) were crowned champions of the all-island ISSA/GraceKennedy Spalding Cup play-off for the 18th time after defeating Excelsior High by 10 wickets at STETHS yesterday.Starting the third and final day on 99 for five, a lead of one run, Excelsior were eventually dismissed for 152.National Under-17 batsman Raewin Senior led the way with 52 for Excelsior.STETHS captain Michael Frew, three for 20, and Odaine McCatty, three for 17, claimed the most wickets.Set 54 to win, STETHS posted 56 without loss with openers Jordane Hill and Okeeno Farquharson ending unbeaten on 26 and 22, respectively.Final scores: Excelsior 121 and 152; STETHS 219 and 54 without loss.last_img

Ja’s Russell, Taylor in Big Bash finals

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia, CMC – West Indies and Jamaica stars Andre Russell and Stafanie Taylor played minor roles but their Sydney Thunder franchises still did enough to secure spots in the men’s and women’s finals of the Big Bash League here yesterday.Playing at Adelaide Oval, the Thunder men’s side trounced hosts Adelaide Strikers by 54 runs while at the same venue, the Thunder’s women eked out an eight-run victory over Perth Scorchers.Both the men’s and women’s side will know their opponents in Sunday’s final following the second semi-finals in Melbourne today.In the men’s, Melbourne Stars clash with Perth Scorchers while on the women’s side, Hobart Hurricanes featuring teenaged West Indies opener Hayley Matthews, take on Sydney Sixers.Opting to bat first in the men’s semi-final, Strikers reached 159 for seven off 20 overs with Alex Ross top-scoring with 47 off 38 deliveries.Seamer Clint McKay finished with three for 44 while Russell managed a single wicket for 31 runs from four overs of pace.Left-handed opener Usman Khawaja then blasted a superb 104 off 59 balls as Thunder sped to their target in the 18th over.Meanwhile, Taylor struck 24 as Thunder Women, opting to bat first, rallied to 118 for six off their 20 overs.She put on 30 for the first wicket with Rachael Haynes who made 15 and a further 21 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell who top-scored with 39.In reply, Scorchers were restricted to 110 for nine off their 20 overs, with opener Elyse Villani getting a breezy 23 from ten balls.last_img read more

Shelter dogs take centre stage

first_imgSAO PAULO (AP):Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo found themselves centre stage at the Brazil Open tournament.In an exhibition with players, Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain and Gastao Elias of Portugal, the canines Frida, Costela, Mel, and Isabelle engaged onlookers on Thursday night by picking up balls that went out of bounds. Not long ago, the same dogs had run abandoned in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city.The shelter dogs, wearing orange ribbons and trained for months, spent almost a half-hour tracking down balls often intentionally missed by the 122nd- and 140th-ranked players. Baena and Elias played for real yesterday in the ATP tournament’s quarter-finals.At the command of their trainer, Andrea Beckert, the dogs retrieved the balls with their teeth and ran off the court to their trainer. The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals.Beckert said that the biggest difficulty was to make the animals more confident and playful.”These are dogs that were mistreated. We have to make them adapt, feel the environment, the court, the noise of the balls, and the noise of the people. Some are doing well; others are still a little scared,” she told journalists.The basic commands that the dogs learnt were “pick the ball”, “let it go”, “stay” and “come”.The organiser of the ball-dog initiative, Marli Scaramella, said that all four still live in shelters.”The idea is to show people that a well-fed and well-treated animal can be very happy. We have more than 1,000 dogs in our care,” she said.last_img read more

Post to Post for April 9 Guineas classics

first_imgThe season’s first classics, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas for native-bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, will be run over a mile at Caymanas Park on Saturday, April 9 and for the second consecutive year Post to Post Betting are title sponsors.Plans for the 42nd annual Guineas Day were outlined by representatives of the sponsors and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday’s launch on the front lawns of Caymanas Park. Each race offers a purse of $3.25 million.According to Mikey Bell, sports betting manager, Post to Post Betting (P2P), the company has donated $4 million towards the day’s activities, including $1 million towards the purses of each Guineas, another million to support the remaining races on the card and a further million to promote the race.CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr., said the two races, which represent the first legs of the Triple Crown series, are eagerly anticipated by racing fans.”They provide a real test for the three-year-olds for the Jamaica Derby two months later and is part of $17 million in total purses for the Triple Crown series this year,” noted Miller.He added that both races should be keenly contested, with last Saturday’s impressive Thornbird Stakes winner, the obvious ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas in whichothers such as SORRENTINO’S STAR, SIMPLY THE BEST, BIRD CATCHER, BUBBLING KITTEN and CLASSY AVIATOR should carry the fight to the Gary Subratie-trained filly.In the 2000 Guineas, Miller singled out CHACE THE GREAT, winner of last Saturday’s Prince Consort Stakes, along with the runner-up ORPEHUS. But he disclosed that ante-post favourite, FUTURE KING, winner of the $4.2 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, is a doubtful starter.”The Wayne DaCosta-trained colt was a late scratch from the overnight allowance race last Saturday owing to a foot injury and it will be a race against time for him to recover. But as we all know, the welfare of the horse comes first and we are hoping for the best,” added the racing secretary.REACH AND ENGAGEBell said: “From our involvement last year we noted that this calendar event attracts a mixture of horse racing and sports enthusiasts, affording P2P the opportunity to reach and engage a wider cross-section of target groups with our growing product offerings, as we continue to deliver our promises that customers always ‘Get the most with Post to Post’,” he said.”Trading as P2P Betting & Gaming Entertainment, our mainstay remains primarily wagering in horse racing. Following the 2015 rebranding exercise, our horse racing product P2P AnyHorse is the lead brand in the sponsorship. And P2P AnyBet engages customers in a variety of international sports,” he added.Also speaking was Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited, while among those present were executives of Post to Post Betting, including the CEO, Sandra Donaldson, operations manager Carl Gowdie and board chairman Amber Stewart.last_img read more

CSEC PE Lecture | The muscular system

first_img These are the most common types of contraction. The muscle actually shortens in length as it develops tension. There are two ways in which this happens. – Isotonic action – the muscle shortens or contracts freely. E.g., the biceps contract when curling a weight. – Isometric action – the muscle shortens or contracts only a little before it is stopped from contracting further by an immovable resistance. E.g., trying to lift a weight you cannot move. The origin of a muscle is where the muscle joins the stationary bone. The insertion is where it joins the moving bone. When a muscle contracts, the insertion moves towards the origin. Muscle and their main actions: 1. Deltoids (three muscles) – Raises your arm forward, backwards and sideways at the shoulder. 2. Biceps – Bends your arm at the elbow. 3. Abdominals (four muscles) – Pulls in the abdomen. Flexes the spine so you can bend forward. 4. Quadriceps (four muscles) – Straightens the leg at the knee. Keeps it straight when you stand. 5. Pectorals (two muscles) – Raises your arm at the shoulder. Draws it across your chest. 6. Latissimus dorsi (lats) – Pulls your arm down at the shoulder. Draws it behind your back. 7. Trapezius – Holds and rotates your shoulders. Moves your head back and sideways. 8. Triceps – Straightens your arm at the elbow joint. 9. Gluteals (three muscles) – Pulls your leg back at the hip. Raises it sideways at the hip. Gluteus maximus is the biggest of these muscles. 10. Hamstrings (three muscles) – Bends your leg at the knee. 11. Gastrocnemius – Straightens the ankle joint so you can stand on your tip toes. Muscles are made up of cells called muscle fibre. There are two different types of fibres: slow twitch and fast twitch. Slow-twitch fibres contract slowly, without much force, but do not tire easily and are suited for endurance activities. Fast-twitch fibres contract much faster and with much more force, but tire quickly. They are suited to activities that needs burst of strength and power, such as sprinting and weightlifting. TYPES OF MUSCLE ACTION The type of resistance the muscle meets determines the type of muscle action. There are two types of muscle action: 1. Concentric 2. Eccentric Successful sporting action depends on our muscles working together to produce skilful movement. The muscles used depend on the activity or the phases of activity. Muscles work by shortening or contracting. The muscles that move your bones when an activity is performed are the voluntary muscles. A voluntary muscle usually works across a joint. It is attached to both bones by tendons. The fibres of the tendons are embedded in the periosteum of the bone. This anchors the tendon and spreads the force of contraction. All muscles contract and develop tension. They work in pairs or groups because a muscle can only pull, it can’t push. For example, the biceps and triceps work together. To bend the arm the biceps contracts, the triceps relaxes. To straighten it, the triceps contracts, the bicep relaxes. This is called antagonistic muscle action. The other main pair of muscles that work together are the quadriceps and hamstrings. The muscle that contract or shorten is called the prime mover or agonist. The relaxing muscle is the antagonist. There are other muscles, called synergists, that contract at the same time as the agonist to help it work smoothly. The state of partial contraction of muscles is called muscle tone. Groups of fibres take turns to contract so muscles don’t get too tired. Even when you are standing still, muscles are partially contracted. Muscle tone is important in maintaining the posture of the body and keeps the body ready for action. There are three types of muscles in the body: voluntary, involuntary and cardiac. Voluntary muscles are attached to bones, they work when you want them to. Voluntary muscles are also called skeletal muscles or striped muscles. Involuntary muscles are found in the walls of the internal organs: stomach, gut, bladder and blood vessels. It works on its own. Contractions in the walls of the blood vessels helps to keep blood flowing. Cardiac muscle is a special involuntary muscle that forms the wall of the heart. It works without stopping, each contraction is a heartbeat. TYPES OF MUSCLES MUSCLE FIBRES ECCENTRIC MUSCLE ACTION CONCENTRIC MUSCLE ACTION ORIGIN AND INSERTION MUSCLE TONE This occurs when the muscle is trying to contract while it is actually being lengthened by stretching. E.g., the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh when going downhill.last_img read more

Reggae Girlz end year at number 65

first_imgTwo years after emerging from a six-year hiatus, Jamaica’s female football team has climbed to number 65 in the world.The Reggae Girlz will end 2016 as the sixth best team in CONCACAF and the number two ranked team in the Caribbean based on the final FIFA/Coca-Cola women’s football rankings for the year.Veteran national women’s coach Xavier Gilbert believes they have done well since returning from their long lay-off but says there is a lot of hard work to be done if they are to overcome the CONCACAF hurdle, where they continue to fall short in their World Cup aspirations.”The programme has been back about two years, and after being out for so long, being at 65, I don’t think is bad. We still need to move up the ladder, but seeing where we are coming from, not being in competition and being at 65 now is a great achievement,” he told The Gleaner.”We are probably the only Caribbean women’s team that has consistently been to all CONCACAF women’s tournaments, especially the junior ones. So it shows that we have talent, so with more exposure and international games, we can achieve our optimal best, as we are consistently making it to the CONCACAF round, so I think it is just a matter of time,” he reasoned.”We have limited resources, and resource is the key. If we can get corporate sponsors to assist, we can break into the World Cup,” he said.- L.S.last_img read more

McKenley-Wint highlight busy day

first_img The programme will kick off with the girls Open 400m Hurdles where Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker and Hydel’s Shian Solomon, who were finalists last year at Champs, are expected to have a battle royale. The boys’ Class Two and Class One 400m Hurdles will follow before the girls and boys’ 1500m for all classes get under way with the sprint hurdles to follow. The Class Two boys’ 400m hurdles, which will be contested at Champs following ISSA’s recent amendments, will follow the Class One event. Later in the day starting at 3:40 p.m., it will be the Olympic Development 400m and 800m events for males and females, where several club athletes will be vying for cash prizes of $50,000 each for the fastest male and female times in both events. At G.C. Foster College, top female teams, Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical, St Jago High and Vere Technical are expected to have a keen contest her. On the male side, St Jago and Jamaica College are the top teams here. The girls Open 400m hurdles will be the first event and Holmwood Technical’s Nicolee Foster, one of the favourites for the event at Champs this year is expected to continue from where she left off last season. BATTLE ROYALE It will be a busy day today on the local track and field circuit as there with six meets listed on the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association calendar. At Calabar High, there will be the second staging of the McKenley-Wint Invitational, while at Excelsior High, we will see the Big Shot Invitational taking focus. G.C. Foster College will be host to the Central Hurdles and Relays meet, while in Discovery Bay, St Ann, the North Central Development Meet will draw attention. Morant Bay High School will host the Morant Bay Relays, while in the West it will be Hurdles Fest and Relays at the Montego Bay Sport Complex. All meets will begin at 8:30 a.m. After a successful staging last year, Calabar High School is expected to stage another spectacle at their Red Hills Road home. After great performances at two different venues last Saturday, the defending ISSA-GraceKennedy boys champions, Calabar and perennial rivals Kingston College will lock horns as the North Street-based team will be well represented with over 130 athletes entered. Both teams are expected to battle once again for top honours at the major championships this year, and this meet is sure to give fans a teaser of the showdown to come throughout the rest of the season, with both teams looking to score early psychological points. Despite the likes of Christopher Taylor, Dejour Russell and Michael Stevens not making their season debut today for Calabar, there should be intense competition from both teams especially in Class One and Three where both are extremely strong.last_img read more

Scorpions, Pride in big Super50 clash

first_imgJamaica Scorpions will seek to pull off a big win when they take on group leaders and tournament co-host Barbados Pride in their third match of the WICB Regional Super at Kensington Oval today.Barbados, winners of their two matches thus far, currently lead the five-year group with 10 points, six more than the Scorpions, who have notched a win and a loss so far in the campaign.Surprise package Combined Campuses and Colleges, nine points, are second, with Guyana Jaguars, third, on five points.”The victory over Guyana has given us a lift, but we are still focusing on one match at a time,” said Scorpions wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton ahead of the day and night clash which begins at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time. “Barbados is up next, and we will have to be ready on all accounts, and I believe that we will.”The Scorpions, in their last encounter, saw opener Walton posting a top score of 86, the highest by a player on the team so far this season.He, along with Brandon King, who hit 48 in the opener and 21 in his follow-up inning, are expected to lead the batting along with Jermaine Blackwood, who has scores of 19 and 42, and Devon Thomas, who made an unbeaten 56 against the Jaguars.Others who are yet to produce any significant scores, but will want to get going are West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell and opener John Campbell.TAYLOR TO HEAD BOWLINGThe bowling department in the meantime is once again expected to be spearheaded by Jerome Taylor, who claimed five wickets again Guyana and fellow seamer Reynard Leveridge, who picked up three.”We are not yet out of the waters, and our aim is to qualify for the semi-finals, so we just have to focus on winning matches,” continued Walton.”We are seeing improvements in all areas and once that continues, I know we will get better.”Barbados, boasting arguably the strongest team on paper in the tournament, will look to Kraigg Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and Jonathan Carter.Spinners Sulieman Benn and Ashley Nurse, as well as Holder and Lemar Roach represent their front line bowlers.last_img read more

UTech Knights aim for national crown

first_img After securing their title, Marvette Anderson, the UTech Knights’ first-time coach, quickly shifted focus to the upcoming extension of the Parish League. “The County League is coming up. Both UTech and UWI will be representing Kingston in the County League,” she said. Pointing to their next goal, Anderson added: “To go all the way to being crowned all-island champions would be the icing on the cake. That’s what we’re working towards.” In the other finals, Mico ‘A’ beat Skibo 33-20 for the Kingston crown; G.C. Foster ‘A’ outclassed Rivoli United 32-18 for the St. Catherine crown; and the Dalton Hinds-coached Global had mixed fortunes as while their ‘A’ team won the St. Andrew Intermediate League 32-27 over Excelsior Eagles, the ‘B’ team went down 32-25 in the St Andrew Minor League final to Tantrum. NEW FOCUS Having conquered the Corporate Area, the UTech Knights are taking aim at national honours in the inaugural Netball Jamaica/JN Bank County League. Playing for the St Andrew major League crown, the Knights beat UWI Pelicans 40-36 in the JN Bank Parish League on Sunday in one of five finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre. National player Shanice Beckford, who played goal attack, pumped in a pivotal 36 of 40 attempts for UTech Knights, while her namesake, Shanice Evelyn, added the other four goals from eight tries. Goal shooter Shimona Nelson led the scoring for UWI Pelicans with 28 goals from 18 tries, while Rebecca Robinson, the goal attack, shot eight from 10. COUNTY DIVISION LEAGUES All the teams have advanced to the historic county divisional leagues, which is to be played for the first time. Teams competing in the various Parish Leagues will qualify depending on how they finish. From the parish of St Andrew, the teams that emerge in first and second positions in the Major, Intermediate and Minor Leagues will advance to their respective divisions in the County of Surrey. All other parishes will see the first and second-place teams advancing to the County Major League, third and fourth-placed teams advancing to the County Intermediate League, and fifth and sixth-placed teams advancing to the County Minor League in their respective counties, as long as those teams meet the required standard. Winners and runners-up will then advance to the National Champions Leagues. The County Divisional Leagues are scheduled to start on April 22.last_img read more