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

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

Annandale man killed in hit-and-run accident

first_imgA 31-year-old man is now dead after being struck down by an unknown motor vehicle along the Annandale Railway Embankment road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on Sunday night.Dead is Leon Fung-a-Fat of Lot 162 Annandale South, ECD. Fung-a-Fat was picked up by a public-spirited citizen who saw him on the roadway and stopped to render assistance.Reports are that the now dead man was reportedly struck at about 21:30h while walking along the main access road.It is unclear whether or not Fung-a-Fat was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. However, based on reports received, after the alleged accident, Fung-a-Fat was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to seek medical attention but was pronounced dead upon arrival.The mother of the man told the media that she was at home when she received news that her son was involved in an accident and that he was in an unconscious state. She noted that by the time she arrived at the medical facility, her son was already dead. From all indications, the young man sustained severe head injuries, she added.Commander of C Division, Calvin Brutus told Guyana Times on Monday that investigating ranks are pursuing all avenues to apprehend the driver who is responsible for the man’s death.“There are no CCTV cameras in that area that we can utilise to ascertain what happened and the type of vehicle we should look for. At this point, we do not have the information as to who the driver is. But we are investigating and will continue to do so,” he said.last_img read more

Suspicious person in Sexsmith

first_imgAt approximately 2 p.m., two boys , aged 4, were playing in the yard of a residence on 99A Avenue in Sexsmith when they were approached by a male. The male asked the boys to come to the pet store with him at which time the boys ran into the residence.- Advertisement -The male is described as caucasian, in his thirties, approximately 6 feet in height, with medium length dirty blond hair and blue eyes. He has what is believed to be a tattoo on the right side of his face. He was wearing a red shirt, blue pants, a light blue and green jacket and he was driving a red vehicle with what looked like white fenders.Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating a suspicious incident which occurred on Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010 in Sexsmith.last_img read more

Horse racing: Noble Court pointing toward Kentucky

first_imgNoble Court’s left front shoe didn’t come off until he got to the winner’s circle, but Sadler thought it must have loosened during the race, run in 1:23.12 on a surface labeled “wet-fast” after overnight rain. “You don’t want to say this, but I thought he’d run a little bit better today,” Sadler said. “I’m mollified by the fact he was able to win on a track he didn’t seem to like.” The Long Beach-born Sadler said Noble Court, now 2 for 4 for an owners group led by Arcadia’s Chris Atkinson, would race next in the March 17 San Felipe Stakes. Exhale, Sadler’s top contender for the April 7 Santa Anita Derby and May 5 Kentucky Derby, is aiming for the March 3 Robert B. Lewis, and Court the King for the March 10 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows. Also at Santa Anita, Balance ($4.40) and Victor Espinoza dominated the $200,000 La Canada Stakes, the filly’s first win since the 2006 Santa Anita Oaks. Noble Court, whose sire Doneraile Court is by Seattle Slew (1977) and dam Grey Dawn Grey is by Grindstone (1996), was ridden by Corey Nakatani and paid $3.60. Law Breaker was second by a neck, long shot Half Famous third in a 7-furlong sprint reduced to five horses when Major Pleasure was withdrawn early and Hurry Up Austin scratched at the starting gate after his left hind shoe came loose. ARCADIA – Noble Court lost a shoe on a damp track but gained traction on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The grandson of two Derby winners dug in and held off Law Breaker to take the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, adding to trainer John Sadler’s hopes for the Triple Crown races. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Conte thanks Chelsea fans as Hazard double eases pressure

first_imgHowever, Conte’s name was sung loudly around Stamford Bridge as the brilliance of Belgian Hazard either side of a second-half strike from Victor Moses moved Chelsea back into the top four.“I think they are reading speculation, rumours on me, and for sure I am grateful to the fans for supporting me this way,” said Conte.“Maybe in this year-and-a-half they understand my patience and will to defend this colour, this shirt, this badge.”Chelsea climbed into fourth with the gap between Manchester United in second and fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur now just four points in the race to join runway leaders Manchester City in next season’s Champions League.“It’s not easy to lose two games but now we are back,” said Hazard. “We are Chelsea, we are the champions, we have to give everything.”At the other end of the table, a third straight defeat is another huge blow to West Brom’s chances of survival with the Baggies now seven points adrift of safety and just 11 games remaining.– ‘Fight until the end’ –“We are going to fight until the end,” said Baggies boss Alan Pardew.“The games coming up, looking at the calendar, this is our period. But it is not good saying they are good games, you’ve got to win them and that’s something we haven’t managed to do for a long time.”Crucially for Chelsea ahead of a huge month on three fronts, Conte’s forward options were replenished as Olivier Giroud was handed his full debut, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata made his return as a second-half substitute after nearly a month out with a back injury.West Brom were dealt an injury blow themselves inside three minutes when former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge limped off to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez.Pardew insisted he had no problem fielding Rodriguez, who was charged by the FA on Thursday with using racist language towards Brighton’s Gaetan Bong last month, but has vowed to clear his name.Rodriguez had by far the best chance of a bright start from the visitors when he latched onto Moses’s wayward defensive header, but dragged his shot wide with just Thibaut Courtois to beat.Giroud passed up a huge opportunity to mark his Stamford Bridge bow in Chelsea blue with a goal when his weak right-footed effort was easily smothered by goalkeeper Ben Foster on 20 minutes.But the French international made amends by providing the pass for the opener as a neat one-two opened the space for Hazard to fire his 14th goal of the season into the bottom corner.West Brom only had themselves to blame for not getting back into the game early in the second period.West Brom’s Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon could have equalised before Chelsea ran away with it © AFP / Glyn KIRKSalomon Rondon fired too close to Courtois after outmuscling Andreas Christensen despite Chelsea claims for a foul on the Dane.And, from the resulting corner, Jonny Evans headed inches over the bar.Moments later, Pardew’s men were 2-0 down as Moses latched onto Cesc Fabregas’s deflected pass to slot low past Foster.Hazard then capped a welcome win when he cut inside before drilling a left-footed shot inside Foster’s near post.The serenading of Conte then began, but far tougher tests await following Hull City’s visit in the FA Cup on Friday.Firstly, Barcelona visit the Bridge in the Champions League last 16 in eight days time before back-to-back Premier League visits to Manchester to face United and City.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eden Hazard’s brace eases the pressure on under-fire Chelsea manager Antonio Conte © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Antonio Conte thanked the Chelsea fans for their loyal support as Eden Hazard’s double eased the pressure on the Italian with a 3-0 win over rock bottom West Brom on Monday.Three-goal thrashings at the hands of Bournemouth and Watford saw odds slashed on Conte becoming the latest Chelsea boss to be dismissed just nine months on from winning the Premier League.last_img read more

Egypt team manager gives the Mohamed Salah news their fans want to hear

first_img 1 Egypt got off to a losing start in their 2018 World Cup campaign Head coach Hector Cuper said after the loss, which came when Jose Gimenez headed in a late winner from a free-kick, that Egypt had “wanted to avoid any risks” in their opening Group A match.He added that Liverpool forward Salah was expected to be available against the hosts in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.Salah – who scored 44 goals in all competitions for the Reds last season – joined the rest of the Egypt squad during a training session at the Ahmed Arena in Grozny on Saturday evening.As posted by the official FIFA Egypt Twitter account @FIFAWorldCupEGY, team manager Leheta provided a positive update on the 26-year-old.Leheta said: “Salah participated in training with his team-mates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russia according to technical staff.“Salah did not ask to play against Uruguay. Russia’s game is fateful and difficult because of our defeat against Uruguay. Winning is our only choice.”Egypt, competing in a first World Cup since 1990, are also expected to have midfielder Tarek Hamed available following a back problem ahead of Tuesday’s match against Russia at St Petersburg.center_img Mohamed Salah took part in full training with Egypt on Saturday and will be “ready to play against Russia” if called upon, according to team manager Ihab Leheta.The Pharaohs’ talisman was left on the bench during the 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on Friday as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final last month.last_img read more

African Guernica: life becomes art

first_imgThe amazing Keiskamma Guernica is alament for those who have suffered anddied in South Africa’s Aids epidemic. A close-up view of women in mourning.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Carol HofmeyrKeiskamma Trust director+27 82 519 0806Emily van RijswijckThe little fishing hamlet of Hamburg, situated in the Keiskamma River estuary in the Eastern Cape, is known not just for its bounty of local fish and its beautiful countryside.It is in this sleepy village that one of the most beautiful artistic interpretations of Guernica, Pablo Picasso’s compelling anti-war work, was created by 50 local Xhosa women.Referred to as the Keiskamma Guernica, the tapestry is, on first appearances and certainly in size, an almost exact copy of the original work, but for one significant difference.The black, white and grey monotones of Picasso’s 3.5m x 7.8m oil on canvas piece are said to reflect newspaper print. This is the medium through which the artist first heard of the bombing of the quiet Basque village of Guernica by German and Italian warplanes in 1937.But the greys, blacks and browns of the Keiskamma Guernica are formed entirely from hand-made felt, skirts of traditional Xhosa women from the area, and the blankets of Aids patients who have stayed at the Umtha Welanga Treatment Centre nearby.The Keiskamma Guernica was first exhibited to critical acclaim at the 2010 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where funding was also secured for the project. It has since found a home in New Brighton at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipalitywhere it can be seen in the entrance hall of the new Red Location library.The women are currently making a smaller version of the tapestry, which will go on permanent exhibition in the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2012.The original Guernica hangs in the Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain’s national museum of modern art.Incorporating Xhosa elementsUnlike Picasso’s symbolism which he pointedly refused to interpret, the Keiskamma work deliberately incorporates a number of elements important to the Xhosa culture, explains Dr Carol Hofmeyr, Keiskamma Trust founder and director.“We tried to make the whole piece specifically Xhosa-related,” says Hofmeyr. “The link of cattle to the ceremonies of the Xhosa culture is very strong.”The mother with the adult child on her lap refers to Michelangelo’s Pïeta, while Hofmeyr herself makes an appearance in the tapestry as the woman in white.And while Picasso’s sun probably relates to his obsession with “the sick sun” which he refers to constantly in his poetry after the bombing, the sun in the tapestry is similarly poorly, made from scrap material.By contrast, the birds at the top of the tapestry are unique to the Keiskamma work, brought in “as a symbol of hope”.And while the depictions in Picasso’s work protest at the horrors of the aftermath of war, each stitch in the Keiskamma work remembers the relentless onslaught of the Aids epidemic, a seemingly unstoppable disease.Uplifting the communityHofmeyr first came up with the tapestry idea while working in local clinics in the area. By then she had already created the Keiskamma trust and through it, was involved in a number of community upliftment projects.She remembers thinking about creating a tapestry of Guernica in 2009 after being confronted on a daily basis by the devastation wrought by the HIV/Aids virus and compounded by the country’s ailing medical system.“The composition of Picasso’s work is very strong. His work was an expression of outrage, particularly of the suffering caused to innocent individuals.” The overall message of the work rang true for Hofmeyr who was seeing similar situations of suffering unfolding in front of her eyes.“While acknowledgement of HIV/Aids is widespread and accepted, the devastation and the suffering of the innocent victims of the disease, who are often left to their own devices, goes unrecorded,” says Hofmeyr.The Keiskamma Guernica tapestry is an expression of that outrage from the community, she says, adding that over time the original idea of embroidery as a means for job creation also became a wonderful tool for psycho-social healing.“We tried to make the making of the work a process of mourning. We talked about loss, about how to deal with it and how to express it. There is so much pain in these families.”Art provides healingHofmeyr and her husband, who is also a doctor, first moved to the area in 2000 with the intention of venturing into art and enjoying the peaceful environment.Writing on the Keiskamma website, she recalls the establishment of the trust: “I was confronted by the poverty in this community and it became impossible to enjoy the beauty of the place without in some way addressing this. So I embarked on a journey that began as an insignificant embroidery project.”Today, the Keiskamma Trust is recognised as a successful and thriving social upliftment project, an NGO which not only provides a source of income, but more importantly, hope to the inhabitants of the area. The trust has also branched out into education and training for adults and children, and runs a successful music academy.“It could have failed or remained small and manageable but it was miraculously successful,” says Hofmeyr.Palliative careEarly on, Hofmeyr realised the need for an aggressive anti-retroviral roll-out approach, as well as medical and palliative care for very sick Aids patients. This resulted in the creation of the Umtha Welanga health care centre which provides full-time monitoring and care to very ill patients, especially in the early stages of treatment when complications are likely.Community involvement plays a strong role, as Hofmeyr has learnt that the successful provision of HIV care depends on suitably trained care workers.“The centre is a place where people can learn to follow the complicated drug regimens in a supportive and nurturing environment.”Other famous works The Keiskamma Arts Trust also created the spectacular 120m-long Keiskamma Tapestry, inspired by the 11th century Bayeux masterpiece.The tapestry hangs in the entrance of the Parliament building in Cape Town, and relates the often turbulent history of the Cape frontier region, from the Stone Age San people all the way through to the 1994 democratic elections.Another magnificent Keiskamma piece is the local interpretation of the famous Issenheimer altarpiece. The work has travelled extensively overseas and forms part of the travelling exhibition Not Alone, an initiative of Make Art/Stop AIDS.The original work by Matthias Grünewald was painted in the 16th century for a hospice in Germany, where the inmates were dying of ergot poisoning, at that time a painful and incurable disease.“In this work, a parallel is drawn between other diseases that seemed hopeless and now no longer exist and this can offer hope to people living with HIV/Aids and indeed to all of us,” notes the website.last_img read more

3 LeT ultras killed in Pulwama

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including a student, were killed in south Kashmir on Thursday morning, sparking clashes that resulted in the killing of a youth and injuries to over 50 protesters.A Srinagar-based police spokesman said the Pulwama police, the Army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Bank Mohalla, Kakapora, Pulwama, closed in on their hideout. The ensuing gun battle, which began around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, ended in the morning, and the house where the militants were holed up was razed.“One Army official was injured but is stable,” said the spokesman.The LeT militants were identified as Majid Hameed Mir, Shakir Ahmad Jugjoo and Irshad Ahmad Dar, all residents of Pulwama. Two AK rifles and one pistol were recovered from the encounter site.“Mir was behind the killing of two sarpanches and a bank robbery. He, along with Gugjoo, killed two civilians,” said the police.Scores of locals participated in the funerals of the three militants, with two coming from middle-class families. Mir, 19, according to his brother Imtiyaz Ahmad, was a final semester student at Kite Polytechnic College and was missing from June last year. The family owns orchards, restaurants and deals with poultry.Gugjoo, 18, who was to join a college in Chandigarh on April 25 , went missing on April 22 as police launched a search for him. “We received his last call on Wednesday when he wanted to speak to his mother,” said his relative. The third militant was a sand-digger and a school dropout.last_img read more

Supreme Court upholds Bombay High Court order, no IPL match in Maharashtra after May 1

first_imgThe Supreme Court today dismissed pleas by Mumbai Cricket Association and Mahrashtra Cricket Association against shifting of Indian Premier League matches out of Maharashtra. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage )Maharashtra has been reeling under severe drought this year and the Bombay High Court had ordered all IPL matches to be shifted out of the state in May. However, the court has allowed the BCCI to go ahead with the Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians vs match at the MCA Stadium in Pune on May 1.The Supreme Court’s order means the BCCI will now have to deal with logistical nightmares. As many 12 matches, including the final will have to be shifted out of the state. Defending champions Mumbai Indians, who were asked to select from three venues – Jaipur, Kanpur and Raipur – had reportedly selected Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium as their home venue in May. However, the pitch was queered further after the Rajasthan High Court asked the state government why IPL matches should be held there when the drought situation in the state was worse than Maharashtra. The government has been asked to file a reply by April 30 before the Rajasthan High Court delivers its verdict on May 3.It has been learnt that logistical considerations and creation of an easy fan base are the primary reasons that prompted Mumbai Indians to zero in on Jaipur, which has had the experience of hosting IPL matches during the first eight seasons of IPL.Meanwhile. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had recently said that the board was deliberating on shifting the IPL out of India over constant water crises. The cash-rich T20 league has been played overseas twice in its nine-year history. advertisementIn 2009, the IPL bandwagon had moved to South Africa due to the general elections in India while in 2014, the BCCI took the IPL to the United Arab Emirates for the first 15 days, also because of the general elections.”The IPL Governing Council will be looking at the venues in India and abroad. We have to check the availability of the venues and prevailing conditions,” Thakur had told the media in New Delhi last week.last_img read more