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

AT LAST! NEW MEDICAL BLOCK AT HOSPITAL TO OPEN NEXT THURSDAY

first_imgTHE NEW MEDICAL WING AT LKGHManagement at Letterkenny Hospital today confirmed that services will start to move into the new Emergency Department and Medical Block from next Thursday,13th September.A number of project teams have been working continually over the last six months since the building was handed over to the Hospital by John Sisk & Co.  to prepare this facility for delivery of patient care.This work has culminated in agreement this morning between Hospital Management and Staff Trade Union Representatives with regard to the staffing arrangements to be implemented in the new building. Hospital Manager Seán Murphy noted that the opening of this new facility and the various service changes it will involve constitute the single biggest development in the Hospital for 31 years.The timetable for the move is as follows:The Emergency Department and Acute Medical Assessment Unit will move to the new building on Thursday, 13th September.The current Medical 3 Ward will move to Level 2 of the new building on Tuesday, 18th September. The current Medical 2 Ward will move to Level 4 of the new building on Thursday, 20th September.The current Medical 1 Ward will move to Level 3 of the new building on Tuesday, 25th September.Dr Anne Flood, Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Project Manager for the commissioning of the new building, noted that these moves will involve significant disruption to the Hospital’s normal delivery of service and requested the patience and co-operation of the public and visitors to the Hospital during these few weeks.Dr Flood and Mr Michael Martin, Project Manager for the Capital Project, would like to thank all those staff and trade union representatives who have worked with them on the commissioning and planning project teams and project sub groups to ensure we were able to achieve this enhancement of patient care.Hospital Manager Seán Murphy commented: “This tremendous development for the provision of Emergency Care and General Medical Services at the Hospital would not have been possible without the tireless effort and hard work of so very many people. “Most importantly both Dr Flood and myself would like to pay tribute to the many staff who have co-operated with the changes required to their working arrangements in order to be able to open this facility.  These individuals have demonstrated yet again the tremendous commitment of the Hospital staff to delivering the best possible Clinical Care to our patients irrespective of the challenges and changes required.“Today’s announcement is a reflection of the Clinical, Managerial, and Trade Union Leadership and Staff commitment that allows Letterkenny Regional Hospital to continue its mission to deliver quality patient care despite the many challenges we currently face.”AT LAST! NEW MEDICAL BLOCK AT HOSPITAL TO OPEN NEXT THURSDAY was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mora picks up first-ever win against Butte as Corsairs open conference play with a victory

first_imgButte Valley >> Coming in, the Butte College men’s basketball team had never lost to a Justin Mora-led team at College of the Redwoods. Mora and the Corsairs finally found the right ingredients capable of dropping Butte coach Russ Critchfield and the Roadrunners, winning 80-73 on the road in the Golden Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Cowan Gym. Butte falls to 12-7 and 0-1 in the GVC, while Redwoods (7-9, 1-0 GVC) at least temporary moves a game up on the …last_img read more

Top judges to gather in SA

first_imgConstitutional Court judges deliberatingconstitutional issues amongst each other.(Image: nextbook.org)Khanyi MagubaneOver 260 senior judges from 93 countries will descend on South African shores for a high level conference focusing on constitutional court judges.The World Conference on Constitutional Justice Conference will take place on 23 and 24 January in Cape Town, and will see judges not only from constitutional courts, but also equivalent institutions and their representatives coming together for the first time.South Africa’s constitution is respected across the world, not only for its inclusiveness for all South Africans, but also for some groundbreaking judgements that have been handed down by the constitutional court.Constitutional court chief justice Pius Langa told journalists on 19 January that the conference would enable judges to share and exchange ideas on constitutional matters and jurisprudence.Langa said the conference would also help in promoting cooperation between courts engaged in constitutional review, in addition to advancing global human rights principles.“This conference will provide both developed and evolving democracies an opportunity to examine and compare the effectiveness of systems and strategies in different jurisdictions for the achievement of accepted goals.”The keynote address will be made by South African President Kgalema Motlanthe on the opening day of conference.The historic event will be hosted in conjunction with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, which is an advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional issues.Constitution influencing societyThe theme for the inaugural conference is: “Influential Constitutional Justice – its influence on society and on the development of a global jurisprudence on human rights.”Langa said the theme would pave the way for the issues that justices will deliberate on, including the all-important one of independence and accountability of the judiciary.Other issues to be thrashed out include interference and the exertion of improper pressure from public representatives, including the media.This is especially true for South Africa, as Langa also took the opportunity during the media conference to lambaste politicians who publicly criticised the judiciary.Langa said attacks on judges had the potential to weaken South Africa’s democracy.Judges have recently come under duress from the ruling ANC party and its alliance partners, mainly as a result of rulings which have been unfavourable to the its leader Jacob Zuma who is trying to avert being tried on corruption charges.In 2008 the attacks worsened when ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe accused Constitutional Court judges of being “counter- revolutionaries” when they ruled on Zuma in a matter he had brought before the court, relating to the criminal charges brought before him.Mantashe responded to the reports that he labelled the judges “counter-revolutionaries” saying that he was quoted out of context.Langa said that while the judiciary was not against the public remarking on rulings made, the criticism should be fair, “What we would not want is criticism which goes to the integrity of the person. A ‘drunk’ or ‘counter- revolutionary’ or whatever.“I mean those are things we don’t expect to hear from the general public because it does not tell us that they have read the judgments that we have given,” he added.The chief justice also noted that judges respect the publics’ right to freedom of expression, but that it should not extend to being insulting to judges.Upholding the rights of SA citizensThe work of the Constitutional Court is rooted in deliberating cases brought before it for evaluation against the country’s constitution.As the highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court has the final say on matters relating to the interpretation, protection and enforcement of the constitution.It deals only with constitutional matters – some cases raise concerns about the application or interpretation of the constitution.Outside of the Constitutional Court, The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in the Free State, is the highest court in the country as far as other law issues are concerned.Although the Constitutional Court only hears constitutional matters, all courts in South Africa have to apply the constitution and the law “without fear, favour or prejudice” (According to section 165) of the constitution.There are various ways in which a case can reach the highest court.The constitutional court will see a case if it is:The result of an appeal from a judgment of the High Court or the Supreme Court of Appeal;A direct application to the Court, asking it to sit as a court of first and last instance because of the urgency of the matter;The result of the court below declaring a piece of legislation invalid, which requires confirmation by the Constitutional Court; orA Bill parliament asks the Court to review.The judges of the Constitutional Court always deliberate as a unit before handing down a ruling.In a case where judges decide to grant leave to appeal, or if it is unsure and wishes to hear an argument on whether leave to appeal should be granted, a case date is set and parties involved are invited to present their arguments before the court.The Constitutional Court doesn’t hear evidence or question any witnesses.Each party will hand in written submissions before the court date to allow judges to familiarise themselves with their arguments and the different position taken by each party.If there are other parties outside of those directly involved in the case who also wish to make written submissions, they are also invited to do so as amicus curiae (friends of the court).This is usually the case with advocacy groups like anti-abuse, or anti-gender discrimination groups.If favoured, the friends of the court are sometimes allowed to make oral arguments during the case.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Contact Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesCameron in Constitutional Court Goldstone to get McArthur prize South Africa’s constitution Judge Sachs honoured in New York Useful LinksThe Constitutional CourtVenice Commission of the Council of Europe Chief Justice Pius Langa BiographyJudicial Services Commissionlast_img read more

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more

Sound Design for Filmmakers

first_imgMap out your sound design during pre-production for better audio in your film or video. This quick tutorial offers tons of great sound design tips for filmmakers.“Fix it in post” has become an industry wide cliche – with all the powerful post production tools sometimes it’s just easier to clean up production mistakes on the backend, right? This shouldn’t be the case. Any real video pro will take their time to get it right during pre-production, not only to save time in post but also to create a better product. That’s the premise of this sound design tutorial from Lights Film School.With useful info for sound newbies, as well as solid reminders for industry vets, this tutorial covers the basics of the sound department and explores ways you can better formulate your sound design strategy (click image for larger view).Picking the right location and taking into account ambient noise and distractive audio is a primary component for ensuring clean audio during a shoot. Loud ambient noise is often problematic to remove in post and can lead to an unnatural sounding result. Learn what other considerations should be made when picking your shooting location.Lastly, the tutorial shares 10 simple things you can do to increase the quality of your audio recordings:Turn off all mechanical and electrical devices.Windows and doors need to stay closed.Scout for quiet times at the location.No talking.Bring the boom op and mixer into rehearsals.Do a test recording and check playback.Record wild lines.Crew should minimize movement.Be on the lookout for noisey props.Capture room tone.We’ve covered Lights Film School previously on the blog (here and here). It’s a great resource for any video or filmmakers looking to up the quality of their work!last_img read more