Inflation and the rising operational costs of the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships have forced the school sports governing body to increase the cost of tickets for this year’s event.”The operational cost for Champs has increased many times. If you are to be practical it (ticket price) has to be increased,” Champs committee chairman Colleen Montague told The Gleaner at yesterday’s official opening of the McKenley/Wint track at Calabar High School in Kingston.Ticket prices for all categories of seating for the Champs, which will be held at the National Stadium from March 15-19, have gone up by $500.Season tickets for the grandstand moved to $8,500 and $9,000, while bleachers tickets for Saturday now cost $1,500 up from $1,000. Grandstand tickets for Tuesday through Thursday still cost $500.NOCHOICEMontague said that the rising costs of goods and services left the association with no choice.”The minimum wage has gone up and there is an increase for private security and inflation in every single area has been increased and, therefore, we can’t hold it for any longer. We have to push up the prices in all the categories if we are to host it at the same standards that we have in the past,” the Wolmer’s Girls’ School principal said.Montague also pointed out that ticket prices for the bleachers had not been increased in some time.”We have not increased the bleachers tickets for Saturday for the last seven years,” she said.While some have queried whether ticket prices would be prohibitive to students, Montague noted that the students were a primary consideration in arriving at ticket prices.”We have always been considering the students and their cost and making sure it’s affordable for students. There are systems that we put in place for the students. If they purchase through their schools, it’s $1,200 for students for Saturday bleachers,” Montague said.”The cost for bleachers on Saturday, there are special arrangements for our students and so it’s not priced for our students it’s priced for the adults who will be attending,” she added.Addressing the ever-controversial matter of availability of tickets, Montague said only 5,000 tickets were available for Saturday, which always proves to be the problematic day.”The demand has increased but the supply has remained the same because the Stadium is the same stadium last year and the year before. Those who are trying to get tickets have increased. The number of tickets remain the same. It’s only Saturday tickets that are an issue because the tickets are available every other day.
The band’s population is small at around 800, but its territory is about the size of New Brunswick and contains three of B.C.’s four shale-gas reserves: the Horn River, Liard and Cordova Basins.The Globe says even if only a handful of the proposed LNG plants are built on the B.C. north coast, the Chief expects a six-fold increase in exploration, drilling, and fracking activity. It adds the First Nation anticipates current environmental impacts will include a loss of groundwater, air pollution from three gas plants, and damage from nearly 80,000 kilometres of seismic cut lines.The paper quotes Chief Gale as saying her band is seeking a balanced, solutions-based approach between environmental protection and job creation. Specifically, the band wants a portion of shale gas royalties, not unlike a condition the Premier has demanded for allowing new pipelines to take Alberta oil to the coast.- Advertisement -The article cites her exact words as ,“We want world-class partnerships to go with those world-class resources.” To read the full Globe and Mail article, click here.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The High Court in Nakuru on Tuesday issued a warrant of arrest against five Gor Mahia officials for failing to meet hotel accommodation arrears amounting to Sh500, 000.Resident Magistrate Wilson Kitur issued the orders against Gor Mahia Chairman, Ambrose Rachier, Vice Chairman, John Pesa, Secretary General Ronald Ngala, Kennedy Otieno, and Team Manager Jolawi Obondo for failing to honor a court order demanding the club to pay the hotel arrears. The officials were also required to appear in court Tuesday but they absconded.Kitur said that having failed to honor the judgment of the court in 2015, they had a chance of appearing before the court to show cause but failed.Donnies Bar and Hotel Limited sued the senior officials and wants the club chairman, Rachier to explain why he should not be subjected to civil jail for disobeying a court order directing them to pay the Sh500, 000 arrears.Through lawyer Gordon Ogola, the hotel wants the court to commit Rachier to a civil jail for failure to pay the dues despite a court order.“Gor Mahia have neglected to honor and pay the whole amount and the balance is totaling to Sh437, 080,” Ogola said.Gor are scheduled to depart Monday for South Africa to take on SuperSport United in the return leg of CAF confederation Cup.The hotel sued the record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions in June 2017 but the club failed to enter appearance prompting the court to issue a decree ordering Gor to pay the amount.He wants the club compelled by the court to pay the arrears and cost of the suit.Gor were in Nakuru for a pre-season match friendly against Western Stima when the players stayed at the hotel.The club responded by depositing Sh100, 000 but failed to proceed to fully settle the amount.According to Ogola, the hotel rendered accommodation services to Gor Mahia team on January 19, 2015 totaling to a fee of Sh637, 080.The case will be mentioned on May 8.-By Wanjiru Macharia-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Sahaj Grover competed in 22 tournaments between his first Grandmaster (GM) norm in September, 2009, and the GM title last month. On four of these occasions, he missed out on a title by a whisker.On August 11, Grover was a relieved man, having finally attained the GM title with a win over Peruvian GM Jorge Cori in the ninth round of the World Junior Chess Championships in Athens. “When I got the GM I was more relieved than happy. I was chasing this dream for last three years and so many times I had come close to it. Every time I missed it, I felt disappointed. But when I defeated Jorge Cori, the burden was off,” said Grover at a function here on Friday.A GM title is achieved when one has a FIDE ELO rating of 2500 points. After victory over Cori, Grover’s tally of points has reached 2514.So focused was Grover’s team, which includes his coach Vishal Sareen among others, that on eight occasions, he wasn’t even told that a victory would get him the GM title. “I didn’t tell about the situation to Sahaj on purpose, because we thought that he may crumble under pressure,” said Sareen.”I took a chance and only two hours before the match, I told Sahaj that if he wins the match he would be through to the GM title,” said Sareen.Sareen was absolutely right as Grover held nerves and rose to the occasion to become the 29th GM from India.