The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.
Cancun, Q.R. — The upcoming public consultation vote on Uber Cancun will cost city tax payers more than 12 million peso.State congress officials are calling the 12.7 million peso bill from the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo “disproportionate”, noting that the vote will only take place in the municipality of Benito Juárez.“It seems to me that this idea of the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo of wanting to collect almost 13 million peso is disproportionate,” said State Congress president, Eduardo Martínez Arcila.“I do not think it’s fair given the economic conditions that the state is going through because the only thing the labor authority has to do is place a ballot box and print some ballots without all the security locks that a ballot for constitutional elections demands,” he added.He says that the 12.7 million peso bill is high since, not only is the vote held only for Cancun, it also consists of only 540,000 ballots.“It does not seem justified that the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo intends to generate this expense. I know that the state does not have enough resources to allocate that amount of money,” he said.The proposal for the public consultation for Uber Cancun was by Governor Carlos Joaquín González, who set the date for July 1, the same day of the federal elections. Citizens will be asked if they approve or disapprove of Uber Cancun being authorized to operate in the city.In April, the government of Quintana Roo submitted a new Citizen Participation Law that would allow citizens to participate in the approval or rejection of some topics of importance such as Uber Cancun.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)