INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

DWP plans one-two punch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“All these charges add up. If it were just 3 percent, nobody would be jumping up and down,” said Soledad Garcia, who heads the Neighborhood Council Oversight Committee, which has opposed the rate increases. But the DWP interim general manager, Robert Rozanski, said the utility has made no secret of the surcharges. He said he has warned ratepayers that – rate increase or not – bills will rise next year simply because of the surcharges. “Everything is going up in cost,” he said. Last year, the DWP reactivated the energy cost adjustment factor, a surcharge that lets the utility pass along the high cost of natural gas. The ECAF surcharge also funds the utility’s efforts to develop more green power to meet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s mandate that the utility buy 20 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2010. The ECAF alone is expected to increase rates by 12 percent over three years. The utility also levies surcharges to cover the extra cost of buying imported water. This year, with record-low rainfall, the DWP has to buy 70 percent of its water, up from just 30 percent in previous years. That extra cost amounts to a $71 million increase from last year, pushing up the purchased-water surcharge passed on to ratepayers. “Customers have a pretty big increase just associated with the low rainfall. That’s beyond our control,” Rozanski said. But even with the surcharges, ratepayers in Los Angeles still pay less than customers in surrounding cities, he said. “At the end of the day, look at our rates, compare them to other municipal utility rates, and we’re still better than most. You look at the investor-owned utilities, and we’re way better,” he said. At the City Council’s first hearing on the proposed rate hikes Tuesday, members signaled they are willing to approve increases if they can ensure the money is spent on much-needed infrastructure upgrades. Council President Eric Garcetti said the DWP must produce a plan with benchmarks and deadlines to show the utility is using the new dollars to replace power poles, upgrade circuits and hire electrical specialists. “If we can show our ability to do this, then we can look our ratepayers in the eyes and say, trust us. But right now I need that trust,” Garcetti said. Councilman Greig Smith introduced a motion calling for creation of a citizens oversight committee to ensure money raised through the proposed rate increases is used only for infrastructure – and not transferred to the city’s general fund. Smith’s motion would address a major complaint of neighborhood councils: Some 7 percent of money raised through rate increases goes to the city’s general fund to pay for streets, police and city services. “If this is really for infrastructure and replacement issues, let’s do it and not use it as a way to increase the transfer (to the general fund),” Smith said. The council also is considering a DWP proposal to divide the city into two temperature zones in which residents in the hotter San Fernando Valley are charged less for electricity than residents in the rest of the city. DWP officials said many utilities in the state already stagger rates based on temperature zones. But some City Council members said they are concerned with making residents south of Mulholland Drive subsidize the electricity bills of Valley residents. Others asked for more elaborate temperature zones to ensure fair rates. “Somebody living on the north side of Mulholland Drive in the hills compared to someone living in Boyle Heights – I bet it’s probably cooler there,” said Garcetti, who asked for more detailed maps. “If we’re trying to truly be fair, that reflects both temperature and politics, as opposed to just temperature.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even as the Los Angeles City Council weighs a proposed DWP rate hike, surcharges for natural gas, renewable energy and imported water are expected to push ratepayer bills even higher. While the surcharges pass along the fluctuating costs of power and water purchases and are already in place, they are expected to increase again next year. And the charges come on top of the Department of Water and Power’s base rates, which are proposed to increase 9 percent over three years for power and 6 percent over two years for water. Factoring in the surcharges, power rates are expected to increase more than 15 percent by 2010. Anticipated water rates, including the surcharge for purchased water, were not available Tuesday. last_img read more

Paediatricians lead fundraising charge for sick children

first_imgSpaed Team consists of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. (Image: The Nest)For South Africa to be a better place for all its citizens, and for the country to achieve the vision embodied in its National Development Plan, every individual needs to play their part in making life better for the next person.Doing just that is a group of paediatricians, known as the Spaed Team, who are once again raising funds for the Wits Paediatric Fund (WPF).Spaed Team consists of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Team members will cycle the Jozi Urban Mountain Biking Adventure, or Juma, and run the Jozi Urban Run Adventure, or Jura, to raise money on 5 and 6 September.Dr Jennifer Geel, a paediatric oncologist from Charlotte Maxeke, said: “We want to use the money to buy protective clothing that is used in catheterisation laboratories. This is an important service because it is a specialised theatre where children are diagnosed with complex problems and in some cases prevents them from having to undergo heart surgery.”The team aims to raise R100 000 to buy equipment for the cardiac catheterisation laboratory at Bara. Play your part and log on to Spaed Team’s Do It 4 Charity page to make donations, or check the WPF’s Facebook page.WITS PAEDIATRIC FUNDThe WPF raises money to improve facilities and health services for the babies and children in need of care at the three academic hospitals. The cash is used to buy expensive medical equipment, supplementary medical and therapeutic services, and materials for the renovation of wards, as well as for professional development training.It was established in 2008 as a departmental initiative of the Wits Paediatric Health Department, facilitating the demand for specialised medical treatment that cannot be covered by government funding alone.Professor Daynia Ballot, its chairperson, said: “We are a close-knit team of devoted doctors and nurses who are experts in our respective fields. Together our three hospitals supply health care to many thousands of children in need on an annual basis from tiny preterm infants to adolescents.“Through the WPF we can uplift our children with top-class treatments, transplants, equipment and renovations needed to facilitate health care.”MOOSA AND MAXEKERahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital is named after Rahima Moosa, a struggle icon born in the Strand, Cape Town on 14 October 1922. She became politically active after becoming aware of the unjust segregation laws in South Africa.In 1955, she played a significant role in the organisation of the Congress of the People, at which the Freedom Charter was adopted. In 1956, while pregnant with her daughter, Natasha, she helped to organise the Women’s March, under the auspices of the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw). Together with Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Sophia Williams, Rahima spearheaded the historic march to the Union Buildings where women handed over petitions against pass laws.She died in 1993, a year before South Africa held its first democratic elections.Charlotte Maxeke was born in Ramokgopa, Polokwane (then Pietersburg) in Limpopo on 7 April 1874. She graduated with a BSc degree from Wilberforce University in the US and on her return to South Africa, she was the first black female graduate.Her life as a missionary led her social activism and she helped to organise the anti-pass movement in Bloemfontein in 1913. She also founded the Bantu Women’s League of the South African Native National Congress in 1918.As leader of this organisation, she led a delegation to Prime Minister Louis Botha to discuss the issue of passes for women. This was followed by a protest the following year. She was also involved in protests on the Witwatersrand about low wages, and participated in the formation of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in 1920.Maxeke died in Johannesburg in 1939.last_img read more

Facebook Wants You To Beta Test Its Android App

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Got an Android device and a burning desire to know what Facebook is up to for its mobile app? Well, wonder no more: The social giant has launched a new program that lets Android users take upcoming features for a spin. You can get in on the action immediately with the program’s first beta. Here’s how to join:Join the Google group “Facebook for Android Beta Testers“Visit this link in the Play Store and click “Become a Tester”Download the Facebook Android app from the Play Store (which updates your app)Join the Facebook page “Facebook for Android Beta Testers” to submit bug reports or share experiencesFor more information, check out the official announcement. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification readwrite Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#mobile#now The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Federer, Nadal, steam into Indian Wells quarterfinals

first_imgKecmanovic is the last teen left in the men’s draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic’s run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem.Thiem needed less than an hour to subdue the 89th-ranked Karlovic, surrendering just seven points on his own serve and punishing Karlovic’s second serve.Thiem said putting 87 percent of his first serves in play was key in his first meeting with Karlovic.“I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That’s what I transferred also to the return games,” he said. “I made two breaks in the right moment I would say.”Thiem booked a meeting with 18th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2 in 57 minutes a day after the German stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).Khachanov produced just one ace to the big-serving American’s 12 but stretched his record over Isner to 4-0.Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his win over Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fourth-seeded Federer, fresh off his 100th career title, looked poised to finish off Edmund in less than an hour.But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match, just a small speed bump in a match that he took charge of early.“He didn’t have the best start, so that cost him the first set,” Federer said. “Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges the fans after his win over Kyle Edmund, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with brisk fourth-round wins.World number two Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball it’s sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing.”Federer will fight for a semi-final berth against 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz.Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3.Although he’ll be an overwhelming favorite against Hurkacz, Federer said he wouldn’t take a semi-final meeting with Nadal for granted.“I hope I can get there,” Federer said, “but I’m not going to underestimate Hubert.” Kecmanovic capitalizesA day after world number one Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying.Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP’s Masters 1000 series launched in 1990.Kecmanovic, ranked 130th in the world, had taken the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 when the 74th-ranked Japanese retired because of injury.Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final. Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4.Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn’t as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced.Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year’s edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. 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