FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Alston High School is now the proud recipient of a new multi purpose hard court courtesy of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and State Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Michael Stern.Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the new facility held on Thursday (April 22) on the school’s compound at Alston, Clarendon, Mr. Stern who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Western Clarendon stated that sports and education are key, and of paramount importance to the Government.“You have to cognizant of green areas for sports and we will never be able to keep our people fit if we do not have green spaces for people to play, for people to stay fit,” he said.He noted that the multi-purpose court represents a huge investment from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) with the $5.4 million for the construction of the court $3.2 million having come from the CDF. The remaining $2.2 million was donated by the SDF.Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, who delivered the keynote address, said Minister Hon. Olivia Grange is committed to the advancement of youth and sports in Jamaica.“The Minister undertook and committed in 2007 to the development of a national sports policy, ‘Sports for all’. She intends fulsome participation of individuals, communities, organisations and the state in the development of sports in Jamaica,” he said.Senator Newby said that the policy speaks to the development of sporting facilities, support to grassroots sporting movements, co-ordination of programmes between high schools, communities and sporting federations.“The intention is to have improved sporting facilities because we have been producing world class athletes on less than world class facilities and one can only wonder what will happen in few years when the talent that which God has given us is matched with the facilities that are equal to the talents. We are going to become so powerful that people will live here just to experience what sports is like in their lives,” he told the gathering.Senator Newby explained that the policy supports grassroots sporting initiatives. “We recognised very well that honing the skills and talents result in the sort of performances that has dominated the world stage within the last number of years. The Ministry wants co-ordination of the programmes between the high schools, the communities and the sporting federations that we can unearth the talent, groom the talent, manage the talent and showcase it in such a way that it rebounds to the benefit of the entire country,” he said.Coach and teacher at Alston High School, Mr.Wilton Williams said the hard court will provide a boost for their physical education programme, as now the school will be able to compete in Inter-Secondary Schools Association (ISSA) competitions.“The court has been a boost for us because we had problems entering ISSA competitions last year. Because we lack the court facility we were not able to be apart of the programme. So now that the court is here we start training and we hope to do well in the ISSA competitions in general,” he said.He added that the court will also facilitate a better teaching and learning environment, and will help to propel the school into the sports limelight.“It has been a tremendous thing for Alston High School. Without it we were playing partially on the road and it was really bad for us so we are really happy that Sports Development Foundation along with the MP can come on board and really help the school to get this court. We really appreciate it and it makes my work easier. Our school will make a name in sports and will achieve great things,” he said. Advertisements RelatedNew Multi Purpose Court for Alston High School New Multi Purpose Court for Alston High School EducationApril 26, 2010 RelatedNew Multi Purpose Court for Alston High School RelatedNew Multi Purpose Court for Alston High School
For the second year in succession, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has collaborated with the Ministry of Education through the Allied Arts Institute and the Child Care and Protection Agency to roll out another 17-and-under female T20 franchise. The launching was done at a simple ceremony on the top floor of the GCB, Regent Road where Territorial Development Officer (TDO) of the Board, Colin Stuart laid out the dynamics of the competition.Stuart explained that the competition will be played across three rounds, the first of which is today at Everest Cricket Club, Camp and Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, and Young Warriors Ground, Cumberland, Berbice, with the two teams who achieved the most points clashing in a final.The TDO shared the board’s delight in once again being able to partner with the aforementioned bodies to promote the game as well as continue the fight to show that academics and sports go hand in hand and in fact, aid in the development of each other. Stuart noted that this competition will be used as a scouting programme to identify those who show potential to be selected for the national youth team or even move up to be included in the West Indies squad.The former West Indies fast bowler also namedropped Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi and Sheneta Grimmond who have been named in the West Indies Women’s side for India’s tour of the Caribbean as well as Cherry-Ann Fraser and Kaysia Schultz who have been regularly invited to the West Indies training camps.The TDO disclosed that it is the intention of the Board to provide an environment for the female players that is similar to the men’s while creating a structure that is non-discriminatory. Meanwhile, Unit of the Allied Arts Administrator, Lorraine Barker-King praised the GCB for yet another step towards the development of young athletes especially since the interest in cricket has been growing in the schools.Barker-King posited that she was pleased to see a woman-dominated head table for a change and labelled the female Guyanese players in West Indies as “role models” for those children who have chosen to embrace the sport.Georgetown Regional Administrative Officer of the Department of Education, Shenaine Christian-Henry reflected on her involvement in the game, reminiscing on her younger years where she was unable to comprehend what “15 runs for two wickets meant” but has over the years grown to love the sport. She most notably recalled the impact the staging of the female T20 World Cup in Guyana had on her. Senior Probation and Social Series Officer of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Sherry-Ann Vandeyar echoed Christian-Henry’s experience but reminded those in administration, that child care is everyone’s business and needs to be at the forefront.Vandeyar commended the GCB for their continued outreach to the Agency in an effort to provide their coaches and other key personnel with the foundation to perform in this area.The Officer further posited that this competition helps to empower women and serves as a “teardown” of the stereotypical gender barriers that often attach themselves to events of this nature.
The new bus rapid transport station at Joubert Park signals the start of a revolutionised public transport system forlong-suffering Johannesburg residents. (Image: Rea Vaya)Janine ErasmusExecutive Mayor of Johannesburg Amos Masondo and Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe revealed the prototype station of the city’s much-anticipated bus rapid transport (BRT) system at a ceremony in November 2008. The station is located in Joubert Park, close to Johannesburg’s present train station.While the Joubert Park station was built on-site from scratch, subsequent stations will be constructed in a modular fashion at a central point and assembled on-site. The modular design was created with the input of many different interest groups and is considered a cost-effective and streamlined approach to station construction.Meanwhile, the prototype station will undergo extensive testing by representatives from both the city and the public, including the disabled, and any necessary refinements to the design will be made as they are needed.“The BRT system is crucial to the success of South Africa’s transport system,” said Radebe. “Without a good bus service that is accessible, affordable and attractive to a broad range of people across society, local transport simply cannot work.”Gathering speedThe R2-billion ($206 000) Rea Vaya (Sotho, “we are moving”) project is gathering speed. City authorities have also just signed a memorandum of agreement with bus and taxi operators, who currently make up the bulk of public transport options. Their co-operation is vital to the timeous and successful implementation of the BRT system, said Masondo. Rea Vaya will also interface with the Metrorail system of trains.The innovative BRT system aims to reduce traffic congestion, a major bugbear of Johannesburg drivers, by achieving a 70:30 ratio of public transport versus private transport before 2010.The first phase will see a host of articulated buses traversing dedicated bus lanes in the centre of roads around town. With 150 stations, eight terminals and six depots on the cards and a total distance of 122km covered, Johannesburg residents can look forward to the start of substantially reduced journey times and stress-free commuting within six months. Phase 1 is expected to be fully complete by 2013.The entire Rea Vaya system will cover some 330km of Johannesburg roads and will not only contribute to a more satisfactory commuting experience for the city’s residents but will also have been responsible for the creation of numerous jobs. City authorities expect 29 000 new jobs to be created in the first phase alone.The system is also the single largest green project ever undertaken by the City of Johannesburg. It is estimated that if just 15% of regular car users who live in the vicinity of Rea Vaya switch to the BRT, the city will achieve a saving of 382 940 tons of carbon dioxide by 2010 and 1.6-million tons by 2020.Phasing it inThe first phase of Rea Vaya features two sub-phases, 1A and 1B. Phase 1A, comprising 48 stations along 40km, will come into operation just ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009. Phase 1B with a further 102 stations along 86km, will complete the first stage in time for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.Operating on the same principles as the Cape Town system, which is also in its first phase of development, Johannesburg’s BRT system will feature a network of trunk, feeder and complementary routes serviced by a fleet of 427 22m-long trunk buses, 413 feeder buses and 350 complementary buses.Stations are planned at regular intervals so that passengers won’t have to walk more than a few hundred metres along the route to reach any point of embarkation. The stations will incorporate smart card technology to collect fares before boarding, thus eliminating the possibility of delays as well as the need to carry cash. They will also be closely monitored with closed-circuit television, amongst other security measures.During the operating hours of 5am and midnight buses will arrive at intervals of not more than three minutes in peak time, and at 10-minute intervals during quieter times. The system is expected to carry over 400 000 passengers daily, alleviating the congestion and accompanying stress experienced every day on the city’s busy roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Johannesburg residents.All major locations in the city will be serviced and residents even in outlying residential areas such as Randburg, Dobsonville, Alexandra and Lenasia will be pleased to know that they have not been neglected. An inner-city circular route is also on the itinerary. The BRT network will connect with the Gautrain at Park Station.The north to south Rea Vaya route, currently in the design phase, runs from Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto to the business suburb of Parktown. Another north to south route connects Parktown with Sunninghill north of Johannesburg.Public participationThe look and feel of buses will be decided on only after an extensive public participation process, currently underway.Trunk buses will be able to accommodate up to 112 passengers and will travel exclusively along the dedicated bus lanes, stopping only at Rea Vaya stations. Complimentary buses will have a capacity of 75 passengers and will operate along the bus lanes but will also be able to stop beside the pavement. Feeder buses, on the other hand, will carry 32 passengers and will not drive on the bus lanes at all but will use regular roads.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s infrastructure Cape Town’s new bus systemUseful linksRea VayaCity of JohannesburgRidesmart
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says during a trip to China he plans to raise the case of two Canadian winery owners from British Columbia who have been held by Chinese authorities because of a customs dispute.Champagne told reporters travelling with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he takes the case “very personally,” and that he has raised it in the past with his counterpart, the Chinese commerce secretary, and will do so again on Monday in Beijing.“We have voiced very clearly to the Chinese leadership our dissatisfaction and our concern,” Champagne said.“This is a matter that should not have led to the type of actions that was taken.”Amy Chang, 24, the daughter of John Chang and Allison Lu, told Trudeau in a letter this past week that the last 20 months have been a “nightmare” since her parents were jailed.Trudeau en route to Beijing for a four-day state visit to China that will begin on Monday with a visit to a popular social media company to sell Canada as a vacation destination. Government officials say the focus of Trudeau’s overseas trip will be deepening economic ties and attracting more Chinese investment to Canada, and that includes highlighting the upcoming 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.But he is under pressure from human rights groups to raise consular cases with Chinese leadership.Champagne said engaging economically with China allows Canada to have frank discussions about such cases.Joined by several cabinet ministers, Trudeau is to arrive late Sunday, ahead of his Monday morning visit to the headquarters of Sino Corporation, which owns China’s most popular social media platform, Weibo.The prime minister is to take part in an event there to promote Canada as a tourism destination.Weibo is billed as China’s most popular social media platform, combining elements of Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. In September, Weibo’s microblogging and social media services surpassed Twitter, and now reaches 376,000 monthly active users.Trudeau departed for Beijing after attending a campaign event in Surrey, B.C. on Saturday in support of Liberal candidate Gordon Hogg, who is running in the Dec. 11 byelection.The number of Chinese tourists visiting Canada more than tripled from 2010 to 2016 to 625,000 after China granted it approved destination status.Later on Monday, the prime minister will meet with Premier Li Keqiang at Beijing’s opulent Great Hall of the People, as part of an ongoing commitment to have yearly meetings with his Chinese counterparts. Trudeau’s first visit to China was in the late summer of 2016.Trudeau is to meet President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. He will also have meetings with senior Canadian and Chinese executives while in Beijing.Despite China’s eagerness to start free trade talks after several rounds of exploratory discussions, officials say Canada is still assessing its position.The government recently released the results of consultations with more than 600 businesses, academics and civil society groups. Some surveyed said a pact with Canada could kill Canadian jobs and reduce the ability to compete against lax labour standards, lower environmental requirements and Chinese state subsidies.In announcing the trip earlier this week, Trudeau’s office made no mention of free trade, and government officials have said no decision has been made on whether to pursue such negotiations.Champagne, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Bardish Chagger, small business and tourism minister, will accompany Trudeau for the duration of the trip.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is also headed to China, but she’ll be with Trudeau only in Beijing, where she’ll be promoting clean energy co-operation with her Chinese counterparts.After Beijing, Trudeau is scheduled to move on to the city of Guangzhou where he’ll give the keynote speech at a global business conference and meet with various business leaders about trade and investment.
OAKLAND, Calif. — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counsellors or youth advocates. For Walter “Earlonne” Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting.Woods, 47, was recently released from San Quentin State Prison after California Gov. Jerry Brown commuted his 31-years-to-life sentence for attempted armed robbery. Brown cited Woods’ leadership in helping other inmates and his work at “Ear Hustle,” a podcast he co-hosts and co-produces that documents everyday life inside the prison.Woods has since been hired as a full-time producer for the often funny and at times heart-wrenching podcast, which has been a smashing success since its launch in 2017. The show’s roughly 30 episodes have been downloaded 20 million times by fans all over the world.Listeners have praised “Ear Hustle” online as “eye-opening” and “incredibly humanizing.” But for Woods, one of the most meaningful reviews came from the governor’s office when they called with the good news.“The one thing that the lady said, you know, she told me, ‘We love the podcast in this office,’ ” Woods told The Associated Press of the commutation call from Brown’s office. “I don’t know if the governor listens, but people in his office listen. People really like what we do.”During their podcast, Woods and fellow creator and outside co-host, prison volunteer Nigel Poor, give listeners a peek into the hardships and small joys of men incarcerated at the medium-security facility.In interviews with the hosts, inmates discuss struggles such as finding a compatible cellmate to share a 5- by 10-foot (1.5- by 3-meter) cell, share why they take care of frogs or black widow spiders as if they were pets, or describe the impact of solitary confinement or being on death row.Woods, an affable man with a quick smile and a sharp sense of humour, helps listeners understand prison life, while Poor brings an outsider’s perspective, asking insightful questions that at times push inmates to reflect on what put them behind bars.The podcast offers listeners an intimate look into lives society doesn’t spend much time thinking about, said Woods, who spent 21 years behind bars.“People get to see the car chases. They get to see the trial. But they don’t know what happens after you get to prison,” Woods said. “We’ve been able to really humanize people, and people realize that those in prison are just people who made dumb decisions.”Brown agreed, and in his commutation letter, issued the day before Thanksgiving, the governor said Woods “has clearly shown that he is no longer the man he was when he committed this crime.”“He has set a positive example for his peers and, through his podcast, has shared meaningful stories from those inside prison,” Brown wrote.The podcast project started after Poor, a San Francisco Bay Area artist who has volunteered at San Quentin since 2011, approached Woods.In 2016, Poor saw Public Radio Exchange’s Radiotopia network was sponsoring a podcast talent contest, and she asked Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin’s spokesman, for permission to enter. Another co-creator, Antwan Williams, who is serving 15 years for armed robbery, came on board to do its sound design.Their pitch beat more than 1,500 contestants from 53 countries, and they received the backing of a group of radio professionals, Poor said.“Everyone was shocked when we won, especially the prison. Lt. Robinson told me he let us enter because he never thought we would win,” she said, laughing.“Ear Hustle,” — eavesdropping, in prison slang — has found international success, with fans sending cards and letters from as far as New Zealand, Qatar in the Middle East, and Mauritius in East Africa. The free show also can be accessed in prisons throughout California and the United Kingdom. New episodes are posted every couple of weeks.Julie Shapiro, Radiotopia executive producer, describes the podcast as a “roller coaster of emotions” that challenges what people understand about life in prison.“People don’t expect to have something in common with those telling their stories from prison, but the details of their lives resonate with listeners because they hear these men encounter daily life in some of the same ways that we do,” Shapiro said.The outpouring of love and appreciation for the show has grown since Woods announced on a Nov. 24 episode that Brown commuted his sentence.The first thing Woods did after walking through the prison gates on Nov. 30 was take in the view of the San Francisco Bay and of the ocean “as far as the eye can see.” An episode featured his first moments as a free man.Since then, he’s been noticing new styles, like women everywhere in yoga pants, and people walking through the streets with their heads bowed. He quickly realized they were looking at their smartphones, which didn’t exist when he started his sentence in 1997.Woods has also spent time people-watching at a high-end department store, visited Disneyland and recently made eggs for the first time in two decades.The fourth season of “Ear Hustle,” which will be released this summer, will feature stories of his re-entry to society and interviews with other inmates released after long sentences. He and Poor also plan to visit maximum-security prisons and tell the stories of prisoners there.“There’s a lot of people that’s in there that should be out,” Woods said. “I created a podcast, but I’m not the exception.”Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press
Alberta passed legislation officially repealing its provincial carbon tax last week, after United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney won the April election on a promise to kill it.“It’s unfortunate because Alberta had a made-in-Alberta plan to put a price on pollution and we clearly need Alberta to be part of our national climate plan as Alberta has the highest emissions in the country,” McKenna said in Ottawa.“We need to move forward to tackle climate change.“We see the impacts of climate change through extreme weather, including in Alberta where there are forest fires that are burning earlier than ever before, that are burning stronger, and that is having serious impacts on the lives of Albertans as well as on their economy.”Alberta joins four other provinces _ New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan _ which have declined to impose their own carbon levys, leaving Ottawa to impose the federal one.Kenney has said if Ottawa impose its fee, he will join Saskatchewan and Ontario in fighting it in court. OTTAWA, O.N. – Ottawa says a federal carbon tax will be imposed on Alberta starting Jan. 1.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has written the province to inform it of the decision.She says 90 per cent of the money collected will go back to Alberta taxpayers in rebates, meaning an average family of four will get $888 returned next year. The remaining 10 per cent will go toward making buildings in the province more energy efficient.
Thiruvananthapuram: A late surge of voters saw the polling percentage mount to 70.28 by 5 PM in the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala Tuesday. Women turned out in large numbers in all the booths in several of the 20 constituencies that went to polls. The turnout which hovered little over 56 per cent at 3 pm picked up in the late afternoon and stood at 70.28 per cent, officials said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister Alphons Kannamthanam and BJP leader Kummanam Rajashekharan are among those who are trying their luck from the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Wayanad, from where Gandhi is contesting besides his stronghold Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, recorded a voting percentage of 73.18 till 5 pm. However, it is raining heavily in wayanad, especially Sultan Bathery and Kalpetta areas, causing anxiety among the political leaders if the turnout would be affected in the dying hours of the polling. Kannur recorded the highest voting percentage of 75.41 per cent at 5 pm while Ponnani recorded the lowest 64.91 per cent. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Thiruvananthapuram, where Congress nominee and former union minister Sashi Tharoor is locked in a fierce triangular battle involving BJP’s Kumanam Rajasekharan and CPI’s C Divakaran, registered 65.76 per cent polling. Two elderly persons collapsed and died while waiting to cast their votes in polling booths at Vatakara and Pathnamthitta constituencies, while another person, who returned home after voting, complained of uneasiness and died shortly thereafter, police said. Communist stalwart and the lone surviving member of the first Kerala Legislative Assembly, K R Gowri, who turned 100 last year, and nonagenarian former Chief MinisterV S Achutanandan exercised their franchise at booths in Alappuzha. A total of 2.61 voters have to chose from 227 candidates, including 23 women, who are in fray in the state. The strength of first time voters in Kerala is 2.88 lakh in the age group of 18-19.