Digicel puts big bucks into Grand Prix Athletic Championships

first_imgTelecommunications company Digicel has almost doubled the sponsorship for this year’s Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships from $8.5 million to $16 million in cash and prizes in this, the second year of the six-meet high school series.The Grand Prix, which gets under way on February 6 with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay as well as the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, was launched yesterday at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.The other meets in the series are the Corporate Area Development Meet on February 11 and the Camperdown Classic on February 13, both at the National Stadium; and the Central Championships on February 16 and the G.C. Foster Classics on February 20, both at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town.The events to be contested over the course of the series will be the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m.REGIONAL MEETSThe five regional meets – the Corporate Area Development Meet, Youngster Goldsmith, Camperdown Classic (Corporate Area), Western Championships, and Central Championships – will be used to determine the qualifiers for the final on February 20.The six athletes with the two best times from each of the regional meets will advance to the final, with the athletes with the two best times from any meet who did not advance to the final earning wildcard spots for each event.Points will also be awarded to the winning schools, and the institution with the highest number of points will be declared champion at the end of the series. A champion boy, girl, and coach will also be named.The prizes for this year’s event include smartphones, $1 million worth of sporting equipment to the winning schools, and cash prizes of up to $250,000 to the champions.Any athlete who breaks a meet record will earn a scholarship of $20,000, which will be paid directly to the school the athlete will attend in September 2016.There are also $20,000 awards for breaking a championship or national junior record.Digicel’s chief executive officer David Butler told The Gleaner that the company was committed to the long-term development of Jamaican sports.”Since Digicel has been in Jamaica, we have been involved in many grass-roots schemes. Last year was such a success. We just felt that after a huge opportunity, we could see that people really loved the Grand Prix, and the idea was to put more back into the schools,” he said.”This year, we included a scholarship fund of just over $1 million, and that was really important, and it’s also about what kids are doing after athletics,” Butler added.Butler also revealed that the company had extended its three-year sponsorship of the meet, which began in 2015, until 2019.”I think we really wanted to show our commitment to this, and it gives great comfort as well to the events that are involved that we extended that out and we wanted them to understand that this isn’t a one-off thing,” he said.More than 14,000 athletes from 200 schools around the island are expected to participate in the Championships.last_img read more

Politics chose me – Powell

first_imgHaving championed the West Indies cricket team’s cause for seven years, former fast bowler-turned politician Daren Powell contends that he is ready to bowl the People’s National Party (PNP) to victory and unseat incumbent J.C. Hutchinson as member of Parliament for North West St Elizabeth.Powell took 85 Test wickets and 71 one-day international wickets in 37 and 55 matches, respectively.He believes that his “love for people” has destined him to represent them and is ready to deliver.”It’s not me who chose it (politics). Based on what I used to do in the community as a cricketer, people always loved me and showed me respect. People always ask me why I don’t go into representational politics and represent them,” he shared with The Gleaner.”In 2012, South East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Richard Parchment was passing through on a motorcade and the people stopped him and appointed him their new representative,” Powell recalled.”It is not based on anything – just how I live with the people. I have a passion for people and my community. I always do a lot for people and I have a passion for youth,” he shared.”I am weak for people who are very sick,” Powell said of a recent visit to the Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth.While being respectful of his challenger, who has seen as many as 6,438 persons voting for him in 2007 and 5,689 in 2011, Powell said that he has no fear of the political veteran.”He has been around for some 20-odd years. He is not somebody easily beaten, but that constituency is lacking in many things – infrastructure, growth, and opportunities for the youth. One thing is for certain, I am more confident now about winning than when I just started,” stressed Powell.The PNP last won the seat in 1993 when Melford Brown was voted as MP. Since then, it has been the Hutchinson show.”Victory for the PNP! Victory for North West St Elizabeth and those who support change! I will take it home for the PNP,” Powell predicted.last_img read more

Henry stars with three-timer at Caymanas Park

first_imgEmbattled jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who was recently slapped with a 20-raceday suspension by the stewards for not riding MEET JUSTIN on its merits on September 26, highlighted yesterday’s nine-race programme at Caymanas Park with three winners, including 2-1 chance MIRACLE STAR, for trainer Patrick Chang in the overnight allowance mile.His other winners were even-money favourite BATTLE SONG, for trainer Victor Williams in the fourth over the straight, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, for trainer Harry Parsard in the seventh race for the Nasatol Trophy, again over the straight, upstaging title-chasing jockeys Shane Ellis and Robert Halledeen, with two winners each.The 1997 champion jockey should have started his suspension this Saturday, but he appealed the ban and $10,000 fine imposed by the stewards. On Tuesday, he was granted a stay by the Jamaica Racing Commission and will continue to ride until the appeal is heard.Henry brought the 6-y-o horse MIRACLE STAR with a well-timed run to catch long-time leader and evens favourite ROYAL VIBES (Halledeen up) within shades of the wire, winning by a neck in a field of seven.LONG RUNNING TRAIN, who was always prominent on the stands’ side in the Nasatol Trophy, swooped down on long-time leader and 3-2 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT (Ellis up) in the last furlong to win by 1 1/2 lengths in the smart time of 57.4.Henry has ridden 22 winners so far this season to hold down eighth position in the jockeys’ standings.last_img read more

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Pay dispute is now behind us – Waite

first_imgCoach of Arnett Gardens Jerome Waite says that a recent dispute surrounding a cut to his players’ salary by the club’s management is now behind them.This follows his team’s exciting 5-3 victory over the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday in a match played at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.Arnett’s players and technical staff had a salary cut last October that many believe had a direct impact on the team’s struggles at that point. Things seemed to have indeed taken a turn for the better with the Junglists starting the year on the best possible note.The hosts raced to a 5-0 lead courtesy of goals from veteran striker Leon Strickland in the 7th minute, Lennox Russell (28th), Newton Sterling (30th), captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson (41st) and Marvin Morgan Jnr. (57th).TOO LATEUWI finally arrived to the party in the last half and hour of the game, scoring three times in the final 30 minutes with substitutes Patrick Brown (60th), and Kemar Daley (62nd) as well as Davion Garrison (89th) bulging the Arnett net. However, it was too little too late for the University team.Addressing the salary situation, Waite shared that things remained as they were as far as the cuts are concerned, but credited his players for their approach and focus.”It is as it was. We just have to focus on the team and forget about what happened,” Waite said.”The training went well during the week leading up to the game. We scored four goals in the first half, but in the last 20 minutes gave up three goals, so the fitness level needs to work on,” Waite assessed.Arnett did enjoy the better in the first half, but as their coach observed, they began to wane as the game progressed with UWI looking much improved in the second half.Despite the loss, UWI’s coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle commended his team for their fighting spirit.”I must commend the guys for the second half performance. We did not put away enough chances and Arnett did. We are looking forward to the next game,” Gayle said.last_img read more

Jamaica grooming junior triathletes

first_img PROMISING JUNIORS Sprint powerhouse Jamaica is quietly grooming juniors to be international triathlon athletes, following the lead set by Iona Wynter, who finished 34th at the 2000 Syndey Olympics. International Triathlon Union (ITU) coach Ina Daley recently travelled to Mexico City with junior triathlete Johnathan Lyn to participate in the Americas Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI) Youth Olympic Games Development camp. The camp was staged at the National Centre of Development of Sports Talents and High Performance. It targeted junior athletes (born 2001-2002) and coaches ahead of the upcoming Youth Olympic Games 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daley, who has represented Jamaica at the Central American and Caribbean Games and the ITU Age-Group World Championship, said the camp was a success and she was excited with its goals. “I am excited about this programme with its long-term goals of raising the competitive level of athletes in the Caribbean and Central American region,” said Daley, who gained her ITU coaching certification last September in Mexico. “As a coach, it was a good learning experience and exposure to planning for the long-term development in the triathlon for both Junior and elite triathletes,” she added. Jamaica has no athlete in the World Triathlon Series ranking, which pits the world’s fastest triathletes, head-to-head, in Standard and Sprint-distance races, staged in iconic cities, for a chance to be crowned world champion. However, the island has two promising juniors, Lyn and Llori Sharpe, who have had about a year of exposure to the sport, Daley said. Sharpe, a 16-year-old St Andrew High School fifth-form student, finished 18th of 56 competitors at last September’s World Junior Championships in Mexico. She was the only competitor from the Caribbean and the first time Jamaica was sending a representative to the event. Sharpe was recently awarded the VMBS Youth Award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards. Pleased with the juniors’ progress, Daley recently founded a multi-sport club, Athlete’s Edge, “to bring structure and support to the development of the triathlon sport at all ages and levels”, she pointed out. “Working with the national federation is a priority to assist in structuring a youth-development programme. I want to attract the youth to this amazing sport and for them to see the opportunities to be gained. I also see it as a great family sport and one that can encourage health and wellness in the Jamaican community,” she said.last_img read more

Gibson-McCook Relays Watch | St Jago boys gets 4x800m edge

first_imgTwo years ago, a Kingston College quartet anchored by Twayne Crooks broke a long-standing record in the 4x800m relay after recording 7:34.78. Following an average performance last year, the North Street-based institution is unbeaten so far this season in the event with their biggest win coming at the Milo Western Relays, where in a close battle they got the better of St Elizabeth Technical. Following that defeat where the Kingston College anchor runner Teresa Rhoden showboated several metres before the finish line, ‘flashing off’ St Elizabeth Technical’s Ryon Butler, the defending Gibson Relays champions will be coming with blood in their eyes as they will want to return the favour by beating Kingston College in Kingston. It will, however, not be an exclusive battle between KC and STETHS as last year’s second place finisher St Jago High, Calabar and Jamaica College also have deep teams and are expected to do very well. 1. St Jago 2. KC 3. STETHS AVENGING DEFEAT In 2016, St Jago, after a big lead on the anchor, surprisingly lost when one of their top men, Lerone Clarke was gobbled up by STETHS’ Jevaughny James and the Spanish Town-based team will want to avenge that defeat. Their ambitions will be helped by the fact that they have three members from last year’s team back in the line up. Jamaica College and Calabar who both have several quality half-milers in their team, will definitely make this a very hot event and possibly the race of the meet. The record set two years ago by Kingston College could be in danger here, this one will excite and its good that for a change, the middle distance athletes will get some attention this time around. Top 3 Predictionlast_img read more

Bournemouth Bath to get facelift

first_img ADDED ATTRACTIONS “We have done a lot of work, but there is still a lot of corrective work left. It is going to be a multiyear project, and we decided to phase the development. This year, we will focus on rehabilitating the pools for the summer so we can have some summer activities. We have finished the conference room, we are doing the amphitheatre, and the bathrooms are almost finished. All this should be finished by September, and by Christmas, we want to finish some other things,” he stated. Meanwhile, Green, who is funding the project singlehandedly, is seeking commitments to ensure the continuous usage of the facility, and he said that the residents have given their word to protect and maintain the complex. “We are seeking a strategic relationship with the Caribbean Maritime Institute, the University of the West Indies, and others for the utility of the pool, and as a feature of our arrangement and relationship with the community, they will have the place to host events,” he added. Green said that in the past, the pool was the only source of income for maintenance of the complex, but he believes that to keep it from returning to a similar state, more than swimming is needed. He added that the upgrade will include attractions such as restaurants, an amphitheatre, a board-walk, and a multipurpose court. “When you look at the investment in the pool and the possible returns, you see why it continued to fail. So we widened the scope to make sure we have sustainable involvement and activities, and we are looking at the three major components, arts, sports and entertainment,” he said. The pools at Bournemouth have been the centre of its history, and Green said that it would continue to play a major part in the facility’s activities. “We look at sports. We have a playing field and a netball court, which can be a multi-purpose court. The pool is very integral because it remains of major infrastructural value. The maintenance cost is very high, but in terms of engaging the youths and developing skills, it’s really a low-cost activity. They just need time, training, and maintenance of the pool,” he said. The former Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association president said that like many citizens, he was concerned about the facility’s state, with windows shattered, electrical wiring looted, and bathroom facilities destroyed. The complex’s surroundings are also in need of bushing and are littered with faeces. However, after obtaining a lease from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation earlier this year, Green has done extensive renovation and has set a two-year timeline to complete the project, but he is looking to complete it in phases. MORE CORRECTIVE WORK TO DO Leonard Green, the investor who has undertaken a multimillion-dollar renovation project at the Bournemouth Bath facilities in East Kingston, said a return to the old operational ways is what he describes as a “recipe for failure”. Green revealed plans to redevelop the facility into a multipurpose sports, arts, and entertainment complex, though the pool will remain an integral part of the transformation.last_img read more

Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first win

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas players Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Adamson skipper Jema Galanza complemented Permentilla’s scoring exploits with 17 points while Bernadette Flora and Christine Soyud combined for 14 points.Regine Arocha led the 0-3 Power Smashers with 13 points while Pacres and Ann Esguerra added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chiara May Permentilla ended the match in spectacular fashion while earning her 24th point with an off-the-block kill that ensured Adamson’s first victory.“I think I really stressed to them today the team that was going to win today is the team that is going to be more consistent,” said Lady Falcons head coach Air Padda. “I think that’s been a really big problem for us and we knew that we were going up a team that was similar to us, not in skill but just with the inexperience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Power Smashers, despite being a club team, is composed of collegiate athletes—the same scenario as the school-based Lady Falcons.“I know most of those girls are NCAA college girls, and they also got [Dimdim] Pacres from UST [Univeristy of Santo Tomas].” MOST READcenter_img LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University stopped its losing streak in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and broke the Power Smashers in four sets, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Falcons are now at 1-2 while the Power Smashers saw their losing streak stretch to three games.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Kaya grabs lead after rout of Ilocos FC

first_imgView comments Kaya, which increased its tally to 23 points, has played two more games than Meralco. The Sparks tangle with Global Cebu FC on Saturday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Robert Lopez Mendy was also on target, while Eric Giganto came on in the second half to complete the rout for coach Noel Marcaida’s men, who have racked up four wins in a row and could pick up a fifth win when they meet Ilocos again at home on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion finally scored its first win of the season after turning back struggling JPV Marikina, 2-0.A brace from Jess Melliza propelled Stallion to seven points from 12 matches for sixth spot, leapfrogging past Davao Aguilas. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketscenter_img Perpetual nips Mapua MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ghanaian striker Jordan Mintah fired his first career hat trick in the Philippines Football League to carry Kaya FC Makati past Ilocos United, 5-2, on Wednesday night even as Stallion Laguna secured a breakthrough victory to move up to sixth spot.Mintah headed in two goals after a clinical finish in the first 10 minutes opened the scoring for Kaya, which zoomed to top spot ahead of FC Meralco Manila on goal difference.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more