Local sporting bodies latch-on to JAMAICA Sport

first_imgCash-strapped local sporting associations have seized advantage of funding available through Jamaica Sport, accessing sponsorship valued at more than US$260,000 for 13 events since the initiative was launched in October 2014.Ten sporting bodies have accessed funds so far.Among the events staged were the recent Jamaica Volleyball Association Beach Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, as well as the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 2015; the 2014 and 2015 Reggae Marathon; the Jamaica International Invitational; the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships; the West Indies Test series against England and Australia and Caribbean Premier League; the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships; and the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers.The Jamaica Taekwondo Association was the first body to access funds to host the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup in August 2014.The Jamaica Badminton Association, Netball Jamaica, and the Jamaica Surfing Association also benefited from Jamaica Sport, which receives funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.MORE BOOKINGSDeputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Jason Hall told The Gleaner that 20,000 hotel-room nights, with an additional 4,000 tourists, have helped generate an economic impact of US$6 million to date.”Back in 2014, all the associations were contacted to notify them of the existence of Jamaica Sport, and our strategy, and what we were trying to achieve. We also held a number of information sessions that speak specifically to sport tourism economic-assessment model,” Hall said.The ITF World Cup, he said, had generated US$2.6 million from 15,000 guest nights.The figures were arrived at using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM).”A measurement tool, where you input the data from the event and even factors non-foreign visitors,” said Hall.He also noted that the International Tennis Federation Senior Championships, which featured French tennis star Marion Bartoli, was televised on four different networks, with 840 guest nights being used.”Staging a major event requires major sponsorship, and the sponsorship from Corporate Jamaica is limited. We are looking at a broader gamut,” he said.BETTER QUALITY EVENTS”We are looking to increase the quality and quantity of events with sporting potential. We are targeting specific events for development,” he added.Hall noted that for interested parties to access funds, their event must have tourism potential and must be sanctioned by the sport’s local governing body. Tourism potential would be evidenced by a marketing plan.Criteria for approval for funding would include giving Jamaica a competitive advantage through hosting, a high multiplier effect, and lower operating costs.Hall said that the events of interest include golf; masters’ events; beach events such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, and beach football; endurance events; high school and youth competitions; training camps; sports conferences; motocross; and surfing.He added that discussions were now in progress to stage a cycling tour of Jamaica in the vein of the Tour de France.Jamaica Sport is chaired by Chris Dehring and includes Howard McIntosh, Caribbean Premier League director of operations; Michael Hall, head of communications at the West Indies Cricket Board; Carole Beckford; and general manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown.last_img read more

Alim Shah Stores dropped from uniform voucher programme

first_img…“victimisation” by Govt for column, claims Ryhaan ShahThe management of Alim Shah Stores, Regent Street and Corentyne, notes that their stores have been dropped from Government’s School Uniform Voucher programme for the first time since the programme began under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government.From the list issued by the Education Ministry in its full page advertisement it appears that Alim Shah is the only business that has been singled out for omission this year. The management feels that this is a direct result of Alim Shah’s daughter, Ryhaan Shah, a columnist of Guyana Times, being critical of the Granger Administration.According to Ryhaan Shah, “as an Indian rights activist” she was also very critical of the PPP/C Government but her father’s business was never singled out for victimisation under that government. She feels Guyana is moving once again into dangerous territory where “criticism of the Government is being stifled and any critics will be aware that they will pay a heavy price.”Since the Alim Shah stores provide competitively priced school uniforms, the management feels that while government’s decision to drop the stores might affect business, the shops will continue to do back-to-school business. “It will also affect the local manufacturers who employ people to sew the uniforms for us, but we’ll all manage,” Alim Shah said.Alim Shah has been in business since 1947 and noted that the business survived the worst of the Burnham era: “Being dropped is a setback but we’ll continue to do business. Our good prices and product will continue to attract customers. I’m very disappointed with the Granger Government’s decision but I’ve lived through it all and this will not break us.”Ryhaan Shah says she is very troubled that government has taken this decision to “victimise her father and her father’s business. He’s 90 years old and has never hurt anyone. This is plain cowardice. Why not come after me?” she said.last_img read more

O’Meara overcomes cuts to secure win

first_imgSteve O’Meara overcame cuts over both eyes to make a winning return to the ring, beating Chas Symonds on points on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s world title fight at Wembley Arena.Clashes of heads left O’Meara with a cut over the right eye in the opening round and then a nasty injury over the left, which led to moments of concern towards the end of the third.After the ring doctor allowed O’Meara to carry on before the start of the fourth, the West Drayton man boxed at longer range for the rest of the six-round contest and was a 58-56 winner after having a point deducted for a low blow late in the fight.It was the Shepherd’s Bush-born light-middleweight’s first outing since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth title in December.“I half-panicked and thought there’s no way I was going to let the fight get stopped, so I tried to get him out of there,” he told West London Sport.“That was probably not the best idea and they weren’t the tactics when I went in there with, but I felt I had to do something.“He was catching me but not hurting me, so I neglected my defence a bit and was prepared to take one to give one to try and stop him.”Mitchell Smith enjoyed a great win.And O’Meara admitted he was worried when the referee seemed inclined to stop the fight before the beginning of the fourth round.He said: “I was pleading with the referee. I said to him: ‘I can see fine’ and he wasn’t listening to me.“The first person you should ask is the fighter and see if he can see. At least test me rather than telling me I can’t see.“It didn’t seem like he was on my side at all and he’s meant to be caring for the fighters.“When the crowd comes and pays money to see fights, the last thing they want is to see a fighter get stopped prematurely on a cut.“The referee didn’t seem to give a monkey’s about that and if he’d stopped that fight I’d have been really disappointed in him and in boxing in general.“I know next time to stick to the gameplan and not panic, but the ref didn’t help with that panic because I saw him keep looking at the doc.“The ref would have helped if he’d have been a bit calmer. He looked over the doctor twice and as a fighter you know that’s not good.“I told the doc I was okay and luckily he agreed with me. I’m pleased to get the win.”Earlier in the evening, Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith enhanced his growing reputation by destroying Gavin Reid in the first round.Wembley welterweight Gary Corcoran also maintained his unbeaten record, comfortably beating Tottenham’s Mark McKray, but there was a controversial defeat for Northolt light-middleweight Ryan Toms.See also:Smith dazzles Wembley with quick winTrio to feature on Wembley Arena 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Saving is a big deal

first_imgRay Maota Since July 2008 to date Teach Children to Save South Africa, through 15 banks and 28 financial sector institutions, has empowered more than 350 000 grade four to seven pupils in over 1 500 schools. (Image: Flickr) Fikile Kuhlase of Basa said that the rationale of the programme is that the earlier children learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely, the better the chances that this culture will be engrained in them. (Image: The Banking Association South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Teach Children to Save South Africa  + 27 11 645 6721/6740 RELATED ARTICLES • SA financial whiz is world’s best • Grooming future leaders: priceless • Young people: own your destiny! • All aboard the Youth ExpressThe need for a culture of saving has been reiterated countless times by financial institutions. How better to get one going than to instil it in young people who will benefit from the habit in their adult years?This is where the Teach Children to Save South Africa (TCTS SA) programme comes in. This year the initiative is celebrating five years of grooming youngsters to be savvy savers.Set up by the Banking Association South Africa (Basa), which partnered with the national Department of Education, the programme focuses mainly on primary school pupils under the age of 13 years.Basa represents local and international banks registered in South Africa, and currently has 34 members. Its fundamental mission is to provide banking services to as many South Africans as possible in the interest of developing growth in the country’s socio-economic sector.“Financial literacy is among the strategic objectives of the association,” said Fikile Kuhlase, senior GM of socio-economic growth and development at Basa.How the programme worksThis year’s edition of the programme will be rolled out nationally from 16 to 27 July, with the main event taking place on the 18th at the Booi Primary School in Port Elizabeth’s Zwide township.During the week of the campaign, pupils will participate in lessons and activities designed to create an understanding of crucial tools like budgets and savings plans.They will also be taught how to differentiate between needs and wants, track their daily expenses and learn how to make saving an integral part of their lives.“The lessons are delivered by volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals who have willingly traded the boardroom for the classroom to instil lifelong sound habits of saving,” said Kuhlase.Since July 2008 to date the programme, through 15 banks and 28 financial sector institutions, has empowered more than 350 000 grade four to seven pupils in over 1 500 schools.“The rationale is that the earlier children learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely, the better the chances that this culture will be engrained in them,” said Kuhlase.Interested schools have to register with the South African Savings Institute (Sasi) to become part of the programme.Role modelWell-known television and radio personality Minnie Dlamini (22) has been appointed as the programme’s ambassador.“Minnie epitomises the type of behaviour we hope to instil with this programme,” said Kuhlase.“Not only is she financially savvy, but she is astute as well, and because of this, she is now financially independent.”Besides appearing in broadcaster M-Net’s popular television series The Wild, Dlamini is also the face of international hair-care brand Motions and presents a music programme on national radio station Metrofm.Financial literacy criticalFinancial literacy is critical in improving South Africa’s saving rate. According to Basa, 70% of South African adults do not save.In 2011 the country’s domestic savings rate had seen a drop of over 10% from 35% 23 years before, in 1988. The country is ranked among the lowest in the world at 20%.In contrast, consumers from developing countries such as China are saving more, with the Asian country boasting the highest rate in the world with 52% of national GDP.While the poor savings culture impacts individual households, it also affects the inclusive growth of the country’s economy, says Sasi, which celebrates national savings month every year in July.“The current domestic economic situation with slow growth and inflation at the top of its band has exposed South Africans’ vulnerabilities in terms of their income, expenditure, savings and debt,” said Sasi chairperson Prem Govender, at the launch of the campaign earlier in July.She said South Africans needed to take charge of their lives by saving.“Many South Africans still count on the state or their neighbours to bail them out of financial woes,” said Govender.last_img read more

Moviemaker Ian Gabriel tells South African stories

first_imgIan Gabriel, director of the critically acclaimed film Four Corners, features in the second episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to air on SABC2 on Sunday 22 June at 9pm.Gabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. (Image: Ian Gabriel)There are thematic links between Ian Gabriel’s two films, Forgiveness and Four Corners. The latter is about family trying to get beyond the past to make a new life. The former deals with apartheid and the difficulty of reconciliation.Gabriel is equally at home directing off-the-cuff, slice-of-life observation as he is bringing the human touch to celebrity talent. His work with jazz greats Miriam Makeba and Abdullah Ibrahim, political icons Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, football star Cristiano Ronaldo, actress Charlize Theron, world champion long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, among others, is testament to his ability to achieve outstanding performances from actors, characters, musicians, sports heroes and political figures.Watch the Four Corners trailer: First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for freelast_img read more

Website helps farmers identify, manage mycotoxins and ear rots in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A website developed by plant pathologists from Purdue University and a nationwide partnership of research institutions could help farmers better understand and respond to the threat of mycotoxins and ear rots in corn.The site, Corn Mycotoxins, includes management information as well as photo and video reference materials about Aspergillus, Diplodia, Fusarium and Gibberella — the four most common and economically significant ear rots. The website also provides information on how to properly store moldy grain and the characteristics of various types of mycotoxins.Ear rots occur when certain fungi infect corn. Several of those fungi produce mycotoxins, which accumulate in grain. Mycotoxins can be harmful to livestock and humans if contaminated grain is used in livestock feed or human food products.Mycotoxins are natural chemicals that are very stable and not easily eliminated from contaminated grain, said Charles Woloshuk, professor of botany and plant pathology and member of the website development team.“Prevention is the most effective management strategy to reducing the impact of ear rots and mycotoxins,” Woloshuk said. “We created the website to make management information readily accessible to farmers and agribusiness personnel so they can take appropriate precautions to prevent ear rots and manage mycotoxins if they occur in the grain.”The website is a product of the Integrated Management Strategies for Aspergillus and Fusarium Ear Rots of Corn project, which was established in 2012 with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of the project is to coordinate and promote a research and Extension collaboration that provides corn producers with new tools for managing ear rots and mycotoxins.In addition to the USDA and Purdue, participating institutions are the University of Arkansas, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University and Texas A&M University.The national scope of the project is important, Woloshuk said. For example, researchers have examined how common production factors such as hybrid susceptibility to ear rots and fungicide application impact mycotoxin levels in different regions of the U.S.last_img read more

UST dominates UAAP judo anew

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In the juniors division, UST successfully defended the boys title, while UE became the new girls champions. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding University of Santo Tomas continued its dominance in the UAAP Season 80 judo competitions Sunday at Sports Pavilion inside De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa.The Golden Judokas extended their reign but had to share the distinction with Ateneo after the two schools finished with an identical 30 points in the men’s competition.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa ‘Proud’ Sablan asks for another season: Tigers will be ready next year View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Extra lightweight Daryl John Mercado and Sherwin De Rosa finished 1-2 for UST, as half middleweight Renzo Cazeñas and heavyweight Dither Joshua Tablan took golds in their weight class.Also boosting the Golden Judokas run were half middleweight Luis San Diego (silver), featherweight Russel Rhey Lorenzo (bronze), lightweight Jeunesse Nikole Ong (bronze), and half heavyweight George Kim (bronze).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, featherweight Isaiah Anthony Tuazon, lightweight Earl Timothy Uy and half middleweight Harmon Anthony Tuazon led the fight for the Blue Eagles as they won gold medals in their respective classes.Half lightweights Michael John Isidro (silver) and Christian Dominic Clemente (bronze), heavyweight Rafael Angelo Cadiente (silver), half middleweight Hermogenes Arayata IV (bronze), and middleweight Alfred Benjamin Querubin (bronze) all had podium finishes for Ateneo. LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Golden Judokas took home a league-best 13th title in the men’s division, while the Blue Eagles bagged their seventh.Judo implemented a new scoring system this season. First place gets seven points, second garners three while a point will be awarded to the third place finisher.It was a different case in the women’s division for UST as the Lady Judokas annexed their dynasty to a fourth straight season, wounding up with 45 points.Khrizzie Pabulayan (extra lightweight), Almira Ruiz (lightweight), Jamaika Ponciano (half heavyweight) and Renielyn Castillo (heavyweight) all had their part in UST’s four-gold haul, as the group also finished with four silvers and five bronzes to bag the school’s 10th overall title.University of the East, meanwhile, finished second thanks to golds from Ma. Jeanalane Lopez (featherweight), Claudine Nargatan (half lightweight), Patricia Nicole Rosario (half middleweight), and Bianca Mae Estrella (middleweight), but the Lady Warriors’ campaign was foiled when they could only deliver a silver and a bronze in the two-day event.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Australian Super Trans Tasman Open Teams Announced

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce its three Open teams that will compete in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland in February next year.  The Australian Open teams (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) have been announced following a training camp in Sydney two weekends ago. Australia will be looking to continue its recent success over New Zealand in the Open divisions at the Super Trans Tasman Series after its 3-0 series whitewash in April this year. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever following the reintroduction of the Trans Tasman Series concept in 2009. Australia is the current Trans Tasman title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters categories as well as the current World Cup champions after their success in 2011. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players on selection in the Australian Open teams:   Women’s OpenKristin BossCharlotte CaslickEmilee CherryEmily HopkinJessica McCallSarah PeattieLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh QuinlanAlicia QuirkPeta RogersonSarah SpacieMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterTBATBA Men’s OpenWillie BishopStuart BriertyScott BuckleyNicholas GoodDylan HennesseyNathan JonesBen MoylanRobert NakhlaPeter NormanJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsDylan ThompsonMatt TopeDaniel WithersAnthony ZiadeMixed OpenMichael ChapmanKristian CongooMichael LawCameron NichollsLawrence OberleuterRohit PrasadSebe ReyMichael SinghTrent ToumaKristy BrennanKylie HilderPatricia MichealopolousElin MortimerLeah OpieCara ZaremskiTBATFA congratulates all players on this wonderful honour and wishes all the very best during the event. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series for all of the latest news and information. Related Files2013_stt_open_teams_announced-pdfRelated LinksAussie Teams Announcedlast_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter.The Fitbit Charge 2 is now available at Harvey Norman!The Fitbit Charge 2TM offers a range of new features that can be tailored to you in order to provide a more fulfilling fitness journey. Breathing exercises, cardio fitness monitoring, and PurePulse are all there to guide you, while the new larger display makes it easier than ever to interact with your FitBit.For more information or to purchase your Fitbit Charge 2, please click here. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for greater Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

Judge orders land dispute involving former Alberta chief back to Square 1

first_imgCALGARY – A federal judge has sent a land dispute between two families on Canada’s largest First Nation back to Square 1.Justice Michael Manson did not overturn a decision that transferred land from former Blood Tribe chief Harley Frank to another family.But in a 29-page ruling, Manson noted that the process used by the Blood Tribe, which included a rejection from an appeal board, wasn’t fair to the Frank family.“The applicants were denied procedural fairness,” wrote Manson.“Given the decision that the appeal tribunal’s decision was procedurally unfair, it is not necessary to consider whether the decision was reasonable or not. It would be wrong to go on to speculate what the outcome would otherwise have been.”The dispute on the Blood reserve, home to 12,500 people in southwestern Alberta, involves 600 hectares of prime agricultural land allocated to the Frank family in 1960.Although band members can’t own property outright, they can have it allocated to them with the approval of the chief and council.Frank’s father staked a claim nearly 60 years ago and had two years to make improvements on the undeveloped property near the St. Mary Reservoir.Earlier this year, Frank was informed that the band’s land dispute panel had awarded all but two hectares of the property to a family with adjacent land. Frank said the decision was based on evidence of a hand-drawn map and was approved by the chief and council.His request for an appeal was rejected.Manson ordered the appeal panel to reconsider the case and ordered that the chief and council send it back to the original land panel for a new hearing.He said ideally no one who took part in the original hearing would be part of the new one. But he also said he couldn’t order that because he has to respect the Blood Tribe’s self-governance.“It is particularly important that the appeal tribunal, council and the panel engage in a meaningful and impartial reconsideration,” Manson wrote.Frank’s Calgary lawyer, Peter Leveque, was satisfied with the ruling.“He went about as far as we could have hoped he would go. He set aside the whole thing, requiring them to start over,” Leveque said.Frank, 68, was thrilled with the judge’s decision.“I don’t think I was denied anything, given that the judge or court will only go so far into a First Nations governance jurisdiction,” Frank told The Canadian Press.“You never get all you want, especially in court, but I’m happy. I feel I poured my heart and soul into this. I think I won the war. Not just the battle.”Frank hopes the federal government will address the matter of individual land rights in an eventual overhaul of the Indian Act.“What’s still outstanding is do Indians have property rights? It’s a step forward and maybe this will be the first step for this to be addressed.”There was no immediate response from the Blood band.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more