We had to raise Champs tickets prices – Montague

first_imgInflation 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.last_img read more

We need more top netball coaches – Campbell

first_img HIGH NUMBERS IMPORTANT Coaches obtain these badges through the University of Technology’s coaching courses, which starts at Level One and move up to the Jamaica Award, from which coaches can move on to the international level. But Campbell says there needs to be greater urgency in training top-class local coaches. “There is a UTech advanced course. But the Level One starts in a few weeks, and from there, you move through the different levels. The Jamaica Award takes you to the next level of going international and coaching at that level. It’s not an easy course, because it’s for top coaches, and the theoretical, scientific and psychological sides and the whole preparation of playing at that level is not as easy to grasp,” noted Campbell. “But Jamaica is doing what is best to get coaches up to that level, they just need to speed it up, although I think they are trying to do that. We need more coaches, as we are in a bad place now, because the ones that are qualified are just not interested [in coaching the national team] at this time,” Campbell said. International umpire Sylvester Campbell believes there is a need for more top-level local persons fit to coach the national team and is imploring Netball Jamaica to increase the pace at which they are turning out international-level tacticians. The senior Sunshine Girls have been without a coach for more than two months and most of the handful of local qualified coaches (those holding a Jamaica Award, which is the highest qualification locally) are either unavailable or have expressed no interest in the position. This has left the team in a coaching dilemma since late last year. But Campbell, who also sits on the international testing panel of the International Netball Federation, says the answer to problem is to improve the number of accomplished top-level local coaches. “In any system it is good to have a lot, more to choose from, so it’s good to have more. The cadre [of top level coaches] needs to be bigger, enough for you to pick, choose and refuse from. So it’s important to keep the numbers high so we don’t get in the position we are currently (with national team) in where there are only a handful, when we could have more,” Campbell commented. “A league like BEL (Berger Elite League) was played at a high standard, and you need coaches in it that can coach at a very high level. Coaches you can see and pick because they are performing at the highest level,” he added. Currently, only Oberon Pitteron-Nattie, Connie Francis, Minneth Reynolds, Annette Daley and Maureen Hall hold a Jamaica Award, while Tracey-Ann Griffiths, Conrad Parkes and Marvette Anderson are now completing theirs. GREATER URGENCY NEEDEDlast_img read more

No longer star-struck, Lady Patriots finally triumph

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Petron and F2 Logistics were locked in Game 2 of their PSL AFC best-of-three title series at press time.Coach Joven Racelis said La Salle learned valuable lessons facing tough UAAP teams who, he admitted, intimidated the members of his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We were star-struck and very conscious [before], and fortunately we faced a team which we think is in equal footing with us,” said Racelis. “So I told the players, let’s just get the experience and make the most out of it.”Joven added: “This is something we cherish no matter what, because we played in a semi-professional league and our last game at MOA Arena.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title NU trounces JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum La Salle-Dasmariñas finally broke into the win column after downing Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16, Tuesday night in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam (CGS) at Mall of Asia Arena.Eunice Castillo and Cyrille Ramos and powered the Lady Patriots with 16 and 14 points, respectively, as they nailed their only win in the CGS, which is being played simultaneously with the PSL All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Students benefit from open day at agricultural agencies

first_imgAgriculture Month observancesA display of tambaki and other fish reared in fresh and brackish water at the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station, Mon ReposStudents from Georgetown and East Coast Demerara schools on Thursday benefited from open day activities held at the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station.Head of NAREI, Dr Oudho Homenauth said the activities, though organised as part of the activities for Agriculture Month, were intended to expose the public and students in particular to the work of the various entities, a Government Information Agency (GINA) report stated.“They might be reading about it, especially from doing their School Based Assessments (SBAs) and whatever, but we want them to have the practical side of it. To actually see demonstrations being done and the actual structures and systems that are in operation,” Dr Homenauth explained.At NAREI, demonstrations included both field and laboratory activities which the Agency conducts in the execution of its mandate to aid in the development of sustainable agriculture.Detailing some of the exhibits on display, Dr Homenauth said the agency was continuously working on the development of solutions to common, local agricultural problems and was happy to expose students to the new methods and the benefits they bring to the farming community.“You’ll see for example the demonstration on the management of acoushi ants. We have been talking about how we intend to, in the long term, control the red palm mite fly using natural enemies instead of the use of chemicals alone. Since seeing is believing, they actually see the work being done,” Dr Homenauth said.Further, he stressed the importance of science in agriculture and said open day activities were also designed with this in mind. He is of the view that students must be able to have a practical experience of science in agriculture.“So for agriculture they must also know that they need a background in science as well, because it is science that runs agriculture anyway. Most of what we do here is science-based and that is what we want the young people to become familiar with,” the CEO encouraged.Over at the Satyadeow Sawh Aquaculture Station, students and teachers were treated to a guided tour and discussions on the importance of aquaculture in providing a reliable source of fish protein given the reduction in the country’s oceanic fish stock.Among the species displayed were the tambaki, a freshwater fish native to neighbouring Brazil, the Jamaican red tilapia, the grey tilapia, the Arapaima, basha and other local fish species.Students were exposed to information on methods of cultivating fish stock, harvesting fish and the preservation of fish and fish products for export.Open day activities were also held at the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) and the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA).Agriculture Month is observed in Guyana during the month of October. This year’s observances will see several activities being held across the regions to promote agricultural awareness.last_img read more

Liverpool captain Gerrard looking to avoid emotional Anfield exit

first_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hopes he can keep his emotions in check when he bids farewell to Anfield on Saturday night.The 34-year-old is set to make his final home appearance against Crystal Palace at the weekend to bring the curtain down on a 17-year professional career with the Reds before joining Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.Gerrard will lead his side out, and admits he has been preoccupied by how he will handle everything at the end of the game.“I am looking forward to it, I want to win the game desperately and finish on a high at Anfield. Come the end of the game, it will be an emotional time,” he said.“I have been dreading this moment at the end of the game in a strange way because I am going to miss it so much, playing at Anfield. The aim is to stay strong and avoid a few tears.“I am not really one for attention. I feel a bit sorry for my team-mates. All the attention is on me but when the whistle goes it will be about getting the three points.“I can only apologise if it has all been about me. I have never tried to grab any glory. From day one I have always tried to pull in the direction of the team.” 1last_img read more

Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski as LVG joins chase for Bayern Munich star

first_imgManchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have joined Real Madrid in the race for Robert Lewandowski, according to reports in Germany.The striker has been in outstanding form for Bayern Munich again this season with 23 goals in 25 appearances.Real Madrid have already expressed their interest in the Poland international and want to do a deal next summer.However, according to Bild, they now face strong competition from Manchester United and PSG.The French champions are aware that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to leave in the summer and Lewandowski is their top target to replace the Swede.United, meanwhile, are desperate to land a prolific striker and Louis van Gaal sees Lewandowski as the ideal signing for his side. 1 Robert Lewandowski last_img


first_imgOUTRAGED fans took to the airwaves and the internet last night to denounce the €27 charge to see the Donegal v Antrim in Ballybofey yesterday.And the costs even made national television – with Des Cahill and RTE pundit Pat Spillane expressing shock at the cost.Donegaldaily.com, Facebook and Twitter all had comments sent in from fans expressing disgust at the cost of seeing the Ulster Championship preliminary round tie which saw Donegal beat Antrim in a match branded ‘drab’ by pundits. On Twitter one fan fumed: “Doesn’t the GAA realise there is a recession on? There were four of us and it was over a hundred quid. I won’t be back.”Another responded: “I went to the pub rather than pay and watched it on TV. I couldn’t believe the prices. The GAA needs to live in the real world.”There were many other posts on the cost of entry to MacCumhaill Park.The €27 charge was for the stand – it was €15 for the terraces. Another blogger fumed: “I went to the stand at first but thought it was too pricey, so ended up getting soaked on the terraces. I got soaked but I saved twelve quid.” There was also massive criticism of Donegal’s style of play on many internet sites last night, with fans critical of the style of play which had star forward Michael Murphy retreating to his own half on several occasions during the game.One fan on gaaboards.ie said: “Why in the name of all that’s holy can’t Donegal leave Murphy and McFadden up in attack ALL THE TIME. If I want see a crowd of lads behind the ball all the time I’ll watch f******* rugby.”However Donegal fans defended the county team, one poster insisting: “You’d think someone committed a murder today…with some of the bitter comments.“I’ve seen us confound the pundits far too many times, whether its flopping after being tipped as contenders, or winning when totally written off, to be too concerned about knee-jerk, over the top reactions to this one game!”Another added: “All Donegal people will tell you they would rather the team go out and play man for man but last couple years we have tried that and failed i came out of their today happy because we won the game our 1st in ulster for 4 years so im not gonna complain about how they did it.” * You can see more on this story on our HomePage Sports Section:ANGER AT €27 CHARGE FOR DONEGAL’S ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH was last modified: May 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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:AntrimBallybofeycover chargedonegalGAAlast_img read more


first_imgNew areas of Donegal have been indentified today as having concentrations of gold.Termon and several areas of the Inishowen peninsula were for the first time revealed to have the valuable element. Previously known gold concentrations were also highlighted in Glencolumbkille. The concentrations were described as being at standard levels.These revelations came from findings in the Tellus Border Project, a major mapping project which involved the collection of scientific data on soils, waters and rocks across the border counties of Ireland. The project produced a gold map which is the most extensive dataset of gold in regional stream sediments completed in Ireland to date.Minister for Natural Resources, Mr Fergus O’Dowd TD said that the gold map, along with other maps released today, will add to economic investment already beginning in the Border area.The map set also shows high radon risk areas in the border counties. New areas of Donegal were identified as having high radon levels. The findings will allow the areas to be targeted for further investigation and ultimately the protection of public health from radon risks in the long term.Deputy O’Dowd welcomed the new data. “It’s fantastic to see data emerging which will have a positive impact on the region’s environmental and agricultural sectors – as well as our health and economy – for years to come.” by Rachel McLaughlin  GOLD RUSH: NEW AREAS OF DONEGAL REVEALED ON GOLD MAP was last modified: October 24th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:GoldmapprojectTELLUSlast_img read more


first_imgIt was KilKENNY and not LetterKENNY which picked up Ireland’s top tourist town today.The announcement of the Tourism Towns Award winner which is organised by Failte Ireland was announced by Minister Michael Ring.Letterkenny made it to the final ten in today’s towns around Ireland which competed for the supreme honour. Letterkenny received a €1,000 donation towards it development.The judging panel said the visitor experience in Letterkenny is excellent in relation to food, accommodation and entertainment.The commitment of the town to present and maintain the streets in a tidy fashion is impressive. This along with the public area improvements has considerably enhanced the appearance of the town centre, they added.Congratulating Letterkenny on reaching the top ten, CEO of Fáilte Ireland Shaun Quinn said “I would like to commend the community of Letterkenny for making the top ten at this year’s Tourism Town Awards. You are a great example of what can be achieved in tourism when all the local elements are aligned with a common purpose.I hope that the towns and villages recognised today will inspire other communities across Ireland to take similar steps.”  Speaking about their involvement with the award, Anne McGowan, Chairperson of the Letterkenny Tidy Town Committee said being named among the Top Ten Tourism Towns in Ireland has raised the profile of Letterkenny.“It has increased confidence and ignited a new enthusiasm around the Town. The placement has encouraged stakeholders to identify new marketing opportunities and further promote Letterkenny as a destination of welcome – where the visitor can enjoy all the comforts of the city while experiencing a rich diverse heritage and the rugged bewitching beauty of Donegal.”  LETTERKENNY BEATEN BY KILKENNY AS IRELAND’S TOP TOWN was last modified: November 28th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Failte IrelandKilkennyletterkennytop tourist townlast_img read more

Black Sash making its mark for 60 years

first_imgFor more than half-a-century, the Black Sash has been helping people in tangible concrete ways realise their human rights. Formed in response to the discrimination practised by the apartheid government, today it still works to assist the downtrodden. Black Sash, the initiative that started in 1955 to fight against the government’s apartheid laws, are now for example helping people who have fraudulent deductions for loan repayments and airtime taken from their grants. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) Melissa JavanHelping people who rely on social grants who have fraudulent deductions for loan repayments and airtime taken from their grants, is just one of the things the Black Sash has been doing over the past few years to relieve the pressure of poverty.In May, this initiative – known for its vision to make human rights real – celebrates 60 years of existence. On 19 May 1955, six women decided to take political action against the packing of the Senate to disenfranchise coloured voters; it was to be foundational to the establishment of the Black Sash.According to the organisation, the women who started this initiative continued to making their voices heard by organising peaceful marches, handing over petitions and helping a number of South Africans who were affected by apartheid laws.“They were also part of a group of women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 against pass laws, on what is now known as Women’s Day,” says the Black Sash. “The group was initially called The Women’s Defence of the Constitution League and later nicknamed the Black Sash by the media, because of the black sashes they wore to marches.”It was not an easy road for them. News reports speak of the negative feedback from the public. They were often taunted as vuilgoed (rubbish) and lighted cigarettes were thrown at them. In Worcester, in the Cape, a man confronted the women, saying: “We would like to push you into the sea.”But they also had some support: they were greeted by V for Victory signs, thumbs-up salutes and warm congratulations for their activism.The seed they plantedThe Black Sash embarked on campaigns against the erosion of civil liberties and racial segregation. “They also set up a bail fund in 1958 to assist people arrested for contraventions of the pass laws. Soon afterwards, the first Black Sash advice office opened in Cape Town, offering free paralegal advice and support.“The following 20 years were difficult as political movements were driven underground or into exile. Through this period the women of the Black Sash stood in silent protest with their placards, provided advice services, researched laws, followed parliamentary debates, wrote articles, took statements, monitored and recorded meetings, and kept and published lists of those victimised by the apartheid government,” the organisation says.“We continue to work to realise the rights of the most vulnerable, with an emphasis on women and children. In partnership with civil society organisations across the country, we work in three programmes: rights-based information, education and training; community monitoring; and advocacy in partnership.”Elroy Paulus, the national advocacy manager, said that until 2011 the Black Sash offered one-to-one advice-giving as a service. While this service is no longer an option, there is a helpline through which members of the public can ask a Black Sash paralegal anything relating to their rights. “We work with approximately 400 community based-organisations [and] non-governmental organisations, many being advice offices,” he explained.Much needed to be doneWhile apartheid may be over, there is still a need for the Black Sash. Lynette Maart, the national director, said: “The challenges facing South Africa are inequality and extreme poverty, a footprint left by apartheid and globalisation which will not be changed quickly.“While we acknowledge that we have a good Constitution, it is in part a promise that does not always translate into human rights on the ground, and we need to remain mindful that there is still a lot of work to be done.”She gave an example of one of the group’s achievements: she and a colleague were on a farm in Franschhoek to witness the repayment of funeral cover instalments deducted fraudulently from the accounts of several social grant beneficiaries.The Black Sash had exposed fraud and misrepresentation of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). “To date, the Paarl Advice Office has uncovered 43 cases in Franschhoek alone,” Maart said.“The Black Sash and our community based-organisations [CBO] partners have witnessed many other unauthorised, illegal, fraudulent and immoral debit deductions from the Sassa branded bank accounts – including [for] water and prescribed debt.”Prescribed debt is debt that is older than three years. In terms of South African law, a debt prescribes – meaning it falls away or expires – after three years.In March this year, the Constitutional Court ordered Sassa to implement a timetable for the new tender for payment of social grants nationally in October 2015, Maart said.“We hope that the South African Reserve Bank serves on the new Sassa Tender Bid Committee to ensure that proposals from prospective bidders technically and systemically prohibit any EFT, stop or debit order deductions from ring-fenced bank accounts and block the trade of personal confidential data, including biometric data and cellphone numbers.”FestivitiesWhile the hard work to make human rights real continues, the Black Sash did spend time celebrating its 60th year.On 16 May, Standing on Street Corners: A History of the Natal Midlands Region of the Black Sash, by Mary Kleinenberg and Christopher Merrett, was launched in Pietermaritzburg.On 19 May, the book Sheena Duncan was launched in Cape Town.On 23 May, a gathering was held for Gauteng colleagues at the Women’s Jail Atrium on Constitution Hill. Sheena Duncan was launched in the region and there was a panel discussion.About Sheena DuncanDuncan was an anti-apartheid activist and counsellor. She was the daughter of Jean Sinclair, one of the co-founders of the Black Sash, and joined the organisation in 1978. She played a significant role in the group and was involved in recruiting members for resistance movements.The book Sheena Duncan was written by her colleague and friend, Annemarie Hendrikz, while Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote the introduction. The online news portal IOL reports that Tutu, speaking at the launch, said he thought God was proud of Duncan. “I think God was glad God made Sheena Duncan. He rubbed his hands together and said, ‘Now there’s something.’”She died in 2010.The Black Sash National Helpline, 072 66 33 739 or help@blacksash.org.za, is a free national information, advice and referral service.Watch the history of the Black Sash and how these women made an impact:last_img read more