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Queen’s-Grace Jackson organisers expect bigger, better meet

first_imgWith The Queen’s School still Jamaica’s only all-female institution to host an annual development meet, the organisers are hoping this year’s 15th staging of the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet will be their biggest, most memorable and most spectacular to date.The event, slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday inside the National Stadium, was launched at the Queen’s School board room on Central Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday.The event, a qualifier for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships in March, is expected to attract as many as 2,400 athletes. It will cost $500 for adults to enter while children with school identification and under 12 will pay $200.Honorees at this year’s meet will be recent graduate Danielle Williams, who won the 100m hurdles gold at last year’s IAAF World Championships and Wayne Long and Winston Harvey for their long-term contributions as track and field officials.five scholarshipsMeet patron, Olympian and past student Grace Jackson, highlighted the fact that five scholarships worth $15,000 each will be given to qualified Queen’s student athletes.”I would like everybody to come out to the stadium and watch the show. We are going to have excellent performances,” Jackson said.Meanwhile, telecommunications provider Digicel are on board for the first time, courtesy of their Digicel Grand Prix series, which sponsors a number of development meets.Main sponsor, Lucozade, has pumped in $650,000 in cash, products and special prizes for athletes and supporters.Meet manager Olive McNaughton stressed that the meet is about the development of athletes.”This meet is not just for the stars. This meet is for development, I think the Queen’s-Grace Jackson Meet has done its part in terms of development in Jamaica,” McNaughton said.Competitors will come from some of the major track and field clubs including MVP/UTech, Racers Track Club and G.C. Foster, as well as from high schools across Jamaica. Teams from Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and St Lucia are expected to compete for the first time.The events down to be contested include 200m for all classes, 400m hurdles, the 400m for clubs and institutions, field events including triple jump and discus while the organisers are also hoping to have the shot put and a special 60m event.The 4x400m relays are scheduled to bring the curtains down at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Overseas-based PNCR group proposes renaming of CJIA

first_img– motion did not receive support; Opposition MP commentsThe Atlanta Chapter of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) party’s North American groups has moved a motion at the PNCR Congress that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana’s main port of entry, be renamed the Burnham-Jagan-Timehri International Airport (BJTIA).The motion, carried in the name of the Atlanta Chapter’s Chairwoman, Carol Trim-Bagot, suggests that the airport should be named after both of Guyana’s independence architects, particularly the late President Linden F S Burnham.The motion is also claiming that the late PNCR leader Forbes Burnham was executive President and leader of the country at the time the airport wasChair of the Atlanta Chapter of the PNCR’s North American Groups, Carol Trim-Bagotconstructed. It noted that the former Timehri International Airport was named after Guyana’s indigenous peoples.Further, the motion is saying that the idea of renaming the CJIA is to keep the importance of the two founding fathers. It stated Burnham’s commitment to the people of Guyana is equally important to the Guyanese community and the Caribbean.The Atlanta Chapter’s motion has reportedly claimed that Burnham also played a major role in the political, social and economic development of Guyana, although the airport was renamed Cheddi Jagan International Airport to honour the contribution of Jagan to Guyana.A source close to the party told this newspaper that the motion was sent to a special committee for further consideration, but it may neither be passed in the current congress nor at the committee, as it did not receive popular support at the congress.The source noted that top stalwarts of the party have already viewed the motion as one that could lead to much controversy in the country, and this is not something the party is looking to create, as renaming of the airport is not an important matter.LaughableNevertheless, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, a long-serving PPP executiveThe Cheddi Jagan International Airport is still under constructionmember, who offered her view on the issue, said the idea is laughable and insensitive on part of the PNCR party and its members.Making it clear that she was speaking on her own personal behalf, and not on behalf of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Teixeira said if the PNCR Congress agrees to the proposal, only then would her party be able to officially make a statement on it. But she said that if such a decision were to be made, she does not believe it would get popular support from the Guyanese nation.In March 1997, following the death of President Dr Cheddi Jagan, the then President, Samuel Hinds, decided to rename the airport in Jagan’s honour. The proposition to rename the airport was made in the Parliament (National Assembly) by then Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Vibert De Souza.De Souza noted that it would be a fitting tribute to a man who had spent his life committed to the betterment of Amerindian people and fighting for the freedom and unity of all Guyanese. A plaque bearing the new name was unveiled on May 21, 1997 by then Prime Minister Janet Jagan.The CJIA (airport) is currently undergoing modernisation and expansion at a cost of $150 million. The runway is expected to be extended to about 10,500 feet, and the expansion is going to provide a new terminal building with a few boarding bridges, elevators and other additional amenities.last_img read more

Northridge’s season ended by Pacific

first_imgThomas Shewmake led CSUN with 14 points and 10rebounds. UC Irvine 53, UC Riverside 52: Mark Kelley scored with a minute to play to give the Anteaters (14-17) the win over the Highlanders (7-24) in a first-round game. Patrick Sanders had 15 points and nine rebounds for the fifth-seeded Anteaters. Larry Cunningham scored 19 points for the eighth-seeded Highlanders. UCI, which trailed by 18points in the first half, took a 53-51 lead when Kelley converted his own rebound of Michael Hunter’s missed layup. Hunter stole the ball to start the possession. UCR’s Dedrick Bates made a free throw to narrow the deficit to one point with 45 seconds to play, then the Highlanders had two chances to win, but missed two shots. Cal State Northridge trailed by 14 points at halftime and couldn’t catch up in a 71-54 loss to Pacific in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament on Wednesday at Anaheim Convention Center. The Matadors ended their season with a 14-17 record. 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

Premier League Preview Show – including Arsenal v Tottenham in the North London derby

first_imgCan Arsenal recover from their humbling at Bayern Munich to go top of the Premier League?We’re asking the former Crystal Palace, Leeds United and QPR midfielder Shaun Derry whether this is the Gunners’ year. It’s the North London derby this weekend, as ten-games-unbeaten Tottenham travel to the Emirates.After their abject performance against Spurs on Monday… bottom of the table Aston Villa host Man City. We’ll be asking if new boss Remi Garde can save the Villains from relegation this season.Also on the show; Sports Breakfast host and former Man Utd & Ipswich striker Alan Brazil gives us his ‘three to watch’ and talkSPORT’s Spanish Editor Alvaro Romeo plays the talkSPORT Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img

Brilliant videos to highlight what Man United have missed since ‘huge error’

first_imgPaul Pogba may once again wear the red of Man United after the “huge error” in letting him go.Four years ago Juventus pounced when the 19-year-old’s contract expired and he has since gone on to become one of football’s most coveted midfielders.Rio Ferdinand, who was at Man United at the time, said he expects Pogba, now 23, to become the best in the business in a couple of years. “His star quality was undoubted,” he said during his role as a television analyst during Euro 2016. “There was not one person in that changing room who wasn’t sure. Everyone in that changing room knew that him leaving was a huge, huge error.”However, the latest rumour puts Man United in the lead to sign Pogba and the player is reportedly happy to come back to Old Trafford in a deal that could cost around £100m.In the years since leaving the club, the midfielder has won four Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and finished as a runner-up in the Champions League. Here is a selection of his best bits including goals, assists and skills.last_img read more

Ventriloquist-comic Rickie Layne, at 81

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ventriloquist-comedian Rickie Layne of Northridge, who appeared dozens of times with his dummy, Velvel, on “The Toast of the Town” and the subsequent “The Ed Sullivan Show,” has died. He was 81. Layne died Feb. 11 at Tarzana Medical Center of heart failure. From 1956 to 1966, he was a mainstay of the two Ed Sullivan programs, making 38 appearances. Layne’s ventriloquist act, with his dummy “Willie Gladstone,” originally began in his teenage years, but was honed during his military service in the Army during World War II. After being discharged in 1945, he worked the “Borscht Belt” resort hotels in New York’s Catskill Mountains. That’s when Willie Gladstone got a Yiddish name change to Velvel. Layne was discovered in 1955 by singer Nat “King” Cole at Ciro’s nightclub in Los Angeles. Cole pitched the act to Sullivan, saying if it bombed, he would either pay Layne’s fee or perform on Sullivan’s show for free. Sullivan agreed, and Layne and Velvel made their first appearance on Jan. 1, 1956, on “The Toast of the Town.” “He claimed not to be a great ventriloquist because his lips did move a little. He thought of the dummy as a tool for his comedy,” said his daughter, Teri Layne. “He would tell people jokes in the market. He would do crazy stuff all day long out in public. He was all about making other people laugh. He was an all-around nice guy and a really fun dad.” Layne and Velvel toured the club circuit, including the Copacabana in New York and the Las Vegas venues of Caesar’s Palace, the Flamingo and the Desert Inn. Born Richard Israel Cohen on Oct. 30, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Layne also had a career as a character actor in film and television. His film credits include the Disney comedies “The Strongest Man in the World,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “The North Avenue Irregulars.” Layne and Velvel had a guest-star appearance in 1986 on an episode of “Night Court.” In 2002, the duo was presented with the lifetime achievement Askins Award by the International Ventriloquist Association. Layne is survived by daughters Sandy Duncan, Teri Layne and Kelly Benning, and four granddaughters. He was cremated and did not have a funeral. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.comlast_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE been drawing crowds to Malin Head for a few weeks.Now it looks as if Malin Head is drawing in…more dolphins.Up to 30 of the beautiful creatures put on a sunny Sunday display for locals and tourists alike. People starting their summer holidays at the popular Ardmalin Caravan Park were soon flocking to the shore and the pier to get a better look.One of the dolphins has already been given the name Banba (for obvious reasons).But at this rate, the locals could be running out of names for all of them.John O’Hara, on holidays from Co Down, said: “We love Donegal anyway, but when the sun’s out like this – and there are dolphins splashing around in the ocean, there’s just nowhere better on earth. “We’re here for a week – we might just add another week now.” WOW! NOW 30 DOLPHINS PUT ON A SUMMER SHOW OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Ardmalin Caravan Parkdolphins Malin Headtouristslast_img read more

How to apply online for a South African smart ID card

first_imgThe days of queuing at the Home Affairs offices may become a thing of the past very soon. Through Home Affairs’ online application system and partnership with banks, applying for a smart ID card has become a little easier.Applications for smart ID cards can be done online. (Image: My Broadband)Compiled by Priya PitamberHome Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department was trying to expand its footprint and make it convenient for people to apply.”The entire process is paperless and digitised and there is no human intervention along the line,” he said.e-Home Affairs allows people who are aged between 30 and 35 years old to apply for their smart ID cards and passports, upload supporting documents and pay for their applications online. They can make an appointment with their selected banks to have their photos taken and fingerprints verified.How to applyStep 1: Go on to the e-Home Affairs website and register. To register, you will need to:Complete personal details;Create a password, and;Answer various questions for security purposes.Step 2: You will receive an OTP (one-time pin) to confirm your cellphone number. Enter it in, and click submit.Step 3: You will receive another OTP to login to your profile.Step 4: Complete your application form for a smart ID card. The fields marked in red are mandatory.Step 5: It is optional to upload the listed, supporting documents. The originals will be required when visiting a bank branch.Step 6: You can make an online payment or choose to pay at a branch of a bank. An online payment means you need to log on to your bank’s payment system to complete the transfer. The smart ID card costs R140.Step 7: Book a slot at a bank that has the Home Affairs service available for your biometrics to be captured. But remember:Booking an appointment is needed for a visit to a bank.No booking is needed if you are going to a Home Affairs office.Step 8: Print out your confirmation letter.Step 9: Remember to take your confirmation letter and your green barcoded ID book when going to the bank to capture your biometrics.Step 10: You will receive a SMS notifying when your card is ready for collection at the bank.Source: Department of Home AffairsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South African watersports in 2013

first_img18 December 2013South Africans sparkled in watersports in 2013, with the country’s swimmers, surfers, canoeists and paddle-skiers proving themselves once again to be among the best in the world.Fina World ChampionshipsChad le Clos, the SA Sportsman of the Year in 2012, followed up his gold and silver medal at the London Olympic Games with two gold medals at the Fina World Championships in Barcelona.He captured the 200 metres butterfly title, which he had also won at the Olympics, in 1:54.32, and then backed that up with a stunning victory in the 100 metres.Lying fifth after the first 50 metres, Le Clos, in typical fashion, flew home over the second 50m to take victory in a South African record of 51.06 seconds.“After winning the 200m, people were saying that the time was not fast. So I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could win the 100 and do a fast time,” Le Clos told Sapa after securing gold. “It was great to win the 200m, but the 100m race is very special to me. Ryan Lochte came in and he really wanted to win. That gave the race an extra flavour and I think it was one of the biggest races of the night.”Olympic champion in the 100 metres breaststroke, Cameron van der Burgh, claimed gold in the 50 metres in 26.77 seconds, despite suffering from flu, while his training partner Giulio Zorzi snatched bronze in a personal best time of 27.04 seconds.Fina World CupIn the Fina World Cup, Le Clos demonstrated his versatility and walked away with his second overall title in the series. His highlights included setting a world record of 1:49.04 in the 200m butterfly in Eindhoven.Roland Schoeman performed strongly and finished fourth in the overall standings. He was untouchable in the 50m breaststroke, going through the season undefeated in the event.Myles Brown, competing in middle to long distance freestyle events, made a big step up, finishing eighth in the overall standings. His results included a win over Tunisian great Oussama Melloui in the 1 500m, which Brown won in a South African record 14:36.19, lopping almost three seconds off the previous mark, which Ryk Neethling had set in 2000.MBE for NatalieFormer Paralympic star Natalie du Toit was honoured by the Queen of England, receiving an honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to Paralympic sport.Midmar MileThe Midmar Mile continued to set the bar as the world’s largest open water swimming event. Race organiser Wayne Riddin was nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association’s Man of the Year Award, while Lorna Cochran, who completed her 15th Midmar Mile at the age of 89, was nominated for the Woman of the Year Award.Chad Ho, who missed out on a medal in the 5k open water swim at the Fina World Championships by just one place, won the Midmar Mile for a record fourth time in succession.Swimming BritainSean Conway, meanwhile, became the first ever person to swim the length of Great Britain, undertaking and completing a challenge that some had suggested would lead to his death.“My supposedly two-month swim took me four-and-a-half months as I battled 12 degree water, jellyfish stings in the face and 20-foot waves,” he said in an e-mail to SAinfo after completing the challenge.Canoe Marathon World ChampionshipsSouth African paddlers starred at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Copenhagen, with Hank McGregor winning the men’s K1 title for a third time, while Andy Birkett won the under-23 men’s race, edging out fellow South African Brandon van der Walt for the gold medal.Marion Young won a K1 gold medal at the Masters World Championship and then teamed with Angela Scruby to claim K2 gold in her age group. Len Jenkins senior also won K1 gold, and Hank McGregor’s father, Lee McGregor, teamed with Allan Hold for an age group victory in K2 competition.Dusi Canoe MarathonHistory was made in the Dusi Canoe Marathon when Lance Kime claimed the men’s title and his sister Robyn won the women’s race. Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi, meanwhile, took over 17 minutes off of the Non-Stop Dusi record.Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt claimed a fourth successive K2 victory in the Fish River Canoe Marathon.McGregor showed his class as an all-round paddler by teaming with Jasper Mocke to win the Vaal Canoe Marathon, which served as the South African River Championships. He and Mocke followed that up with a victory in the Ozzie Gladwin, South Africa’s premier one-day canoe race, and McGregor then travelled to Hong Kong, turning his hand to surf ski racing, where he won the Dragon Run.Ocean Racing World ChampionshipsSouth Africa also shone at the first ever Ocean Racing (surf ski) World Championships. Sean Rice claimed the men’s title and Michele Eray the women’s honours. There were six South Africans in the top 10 of the men’s race, while Michelle Burn and Nikki Mocke completed an all-South African podium in the women’s event.Grant van der Walt was the first under-23 finisher, Kenny Rice the first junior, and Kirsten Flanagan first among the junior women.SurfingJordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag led the way among South African surfers.Smith’s year was highlighted by a victory in the Billabong Pro Rio, his third victory on the World Championship Tour, but his first outside of South Africa.“This win feels unbelievable,” Smith said after claiming the title. “It’s another dream come true. I knew I could win a World Tour event, but I had to prove to myself that I could do it away from South Africa.”In her first year on the World Championship Tour, Buitendag showed she belonged by finishing the year ranked eighth in the world, with a best result of third in the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro at Barra da Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro in May.The strength and depth of South African surfing was further shown in a number of international team competitions.Team successesTeam South Africa were crowned the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Team champions and captain Shaun Joubert won the men’s title at the ISA World Surfing Games in Panama in May.South Africa also placed second at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Montanita, Ecuador, where Greg Emslie and Chris Knutsen won gold medals, and Andre Malherbe and Heather Clark silver medals.At the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Huanchaco, Peru, Simone Robb was crowned women’s world champion, while South Africa finished second behind France in the team competition.last_img read more

South Africa climbs business tourism rankings

first_img20 May 2014 South Africa has climbed from 37th to 34th in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) latest ranking of business tourism destinations worldwide, with Cape Town and Durban being rated Africa’s top two cities for meetings and events. The ICCA’s 2013 rankings, released last week, confirm South Africa’s position as the top business events destination on the continent, followed by Kenya and Morocco. In the African cities ranking, Cape Town and Durban were followed by Nairobi in third place, while Stellenbosch outside Cape Town was placed 10th. Internationally, Cape Town came in at 52nd (behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th), while Durban jumped a massive 60 places to rank 97th in the world. “Before 1994, the first year of our democracy, South Africa hosted 12 international association conferences,” SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said in a statement on Monday. “Fast forward to 2013, and we have grown this number to 118 ICCA recognised meetings. “We have also hosted 1 038 international association conferences that met the ICCA’s criteria since 1994, and remain ranked under the top 11 long haul destinations globally.” Major international events successfully hosted by South Africa include the International Aids Conference in 2000, the 123rd Session of the International Olympic Organising Committee in 2011, the World Congress on Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the One Young World Conference in 2013. An estimated 20 000 delegates will converge on Durban in 2016 when the country hosts the International Aids Conference for the second time. The meetings and conferences hosted by South Africa “have not only demonstrated the country’s world-class infrastructure and capabilities, but have also showcased a united industry and a committed government, working hard, passionately and together to take this industry forward,” Nzima said. He added that South Africa’s achievement was a win for the continent as a whole. “We need to collaborate and unite with our counterparts on the continent if we want to be a destination to be reckoned with on the business events front. The business events markets is vast and varied. There is enough for everyone – but it will take collaboration, partnership and understanding that we are working to unleash the potential of business events for the benefit of the continent, not just our country.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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