Champions again! – Calabar (287.5), Edwin Allen (329.5) retain titles

first_imgAt 3 p.m yesterday, Calabar High were half of a point behind Kingston College in the race for the Mortimer Geddes trophy. An hour later, the defending champions took over and strangled the life out of their rivals’ challenges in a show of confidence and efficiency, as they powered to their fifth straight and 28th hold on the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships title. In a 4x400m finale that many had dreamed to witness, Calabar’s Christopher Taylor underlined the title when he anchored his team to the win in 3:09.77 in a blockbuster showdown with KC’s Akeem Bloomfield, who stormed around to the front only to see Taylor outsprint him in the final 100m. KC was timed at 3:10.26 with JC taking third in 3:15.06. Bloomfield, who had to make up a 30m deficit was unofficially clocked at 44.5 seconds on his leg, with Taylor timed at 45.3 seconds. Calabar closed their account on 287.5 points to KC’s 250 with JC ending on 227.5. St Jago were fourth on 175 points, ahead of fifth placed St Elizabeth Technical (100 points) As expected, Edwin Allen formalised their third straight girls’ title, with a comfortable win to continue the Frankfield machine’s growing dynasty with 329.5. Hydel was second on 263; St Jago (241.5); Holmwood (184); Vere (139); Excelsior (80) round out the top spots. Powered by champion girl Junelle Bromfield, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) finished with 72 points in seventh. In the Class 2 boys 400m final, Taylor, having already covered the field with 100m to go, looked left; then right before jogging to the line in 47.76, while waving his arms, encouraging his team-mate Brandon Heath, 48.03, to the finish line as Calabar secured a big 16 points. Munro’s Romel Plummer, 48.43 was third. The Calabar titan was again at the front of a one-two finish for his school when he returned to win the 200m title in 22.14 ahead of team-mate Dejour Russell, 21.38 and St Jago’s Gary Gordon, 22.09. In the Class 1 girls 200m final, Holmwood’s Ashley Williams, 24.02 pulled away to win ahead of Green Island’s Kimone Hines, 24.35 and St Jago’s Shanice Reid, 24.42. KC has a special 400m talent of their own and in one of the most predictable results of the day, Akeem Bloomfield manhandled the Class 1 boys 400m field even if his 46.12 was expectedly not as shiny as last year’s 44.93 bomb. St Kago’s Collin Sewell, 47.51 was next best with Calabar’s Aykeeme Francis, 47.66, third. Bromfield, the Class 1 1500m champion, was powerful over the last 100m, as her long legs pushed her to a world junior leading 51.74 win in the Class 1 girls 400m with Holmwood’s Ashley Williams, 52.87, who led up to 250m, coming in second ahead of Petersfield’s Segale Brown, 54.19. She would make it three individual gold medals with an equally impressive win in the 800m, stopping the clock at 2:09.70, with Janiel Moore, 2:15.47 and her Edwin Allen team-mate Asshani Robb, 2:16.73 taking second and third respectively. KC’s Shanthamoi Brown, 50.07 obliged in the Class 3 boys 400m final with a comfortable win over Munro’s Devante Heywood, 50.92, and Daniel Binns (Herbert Morrison), 51.48. The afternoon belonged to Calabar and Seanie Selvin, 14.05 and Tyrone Bryan’s, 14.16, quinella in the Class 1 boys 110m hurdles summed up their mood. JC’s Phillip Lemonios, 14.33 was third. Dejour Russell (Calabar) matched Michael O’Hara’s 13.45 Class 2 boys 110m hurdles record (2013) as he won ahead of Oquendo Bernard (JC), 14.18 and another Calabar man, Orlando Bennett, 14.22. KC’s Davion Williams, 13.62 win the Class 3 boys 100m hurdles event and took his celebration to the KC supporters in the stands. Calabar’s Schavon Carr, 13.89 was second with Warren Henlon (STETHS), 13.94 next best.  Janell Fullerton (St Jago) broke the Class 1 girls shot put record (14.27m), dropping a 14.39m mark to win ahead of Tavia Dixon (Excelsior) 13.61m and Sahjay Stevens (STETHS), 13.17m. St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence, 1:54.84, who broke the 1500m record on Friday also won the Class 2 boys 800m title ahead of Anthony Cox, 1:56.60, also of St Jago and JC’s Dugion Blackman, 1:56.65. In a big upset, the little fancied Nathan Brown (Excelsior), 1:55.21, outlasted St Jago’s Leon Clarke, 1:55.43 and STETHS’ Jauavney James, 1:55.44 in a close Class 1 boys 800m. Calabar secured the two top spots in the Class 1 boys shot put with Kyle Mitchell, 19.27m winning ahead of Warren Barrett Jr, 19.08m and Vashon McCarthy (JC), 18.14m.last_img read more

Children ‘in tears’ after playground is closed

first_imgThere has been shock in the Glenties area after the sudden closure of the local playground.Children and families were upset to learn the news yesterday that they would lose their beloved community play area due to ongoing issues.The Glenties Playground Committee said they were forced to close after failing to get Donegal County Council to take over responsibility for the space. The committee had sought to hand over the upkeep, maintenance and insurance costs to the council, but efforts to secure this funding were unsuccessful. The committee said that the costs they faced for the insurance and upkeep were unsustainable.Local residents were shocked and disappointed to learn about the sudden closure of the playground on Friday. Parents and grandparents have said that the closure will be a huge loss to the town.However, efforts are now underway to resolve the situation.Local County Councillor Anthony Molloy said he was in contact with the local authority on the matter. Cllr Molloy and Pat the Cope Gallagher TD have planned to meet with the Glenties Playground Committee this Saturday afternoon. “I am confident we can find a swift resolution to the ongoing issues and have it re-opened for the children as soon as possible,” Cllr Molloy said.Independent councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig added that such playgrounds are a service for the community which must be funded by the council.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “There is a dozen-plus playgrounds like this organised and run by community committees. If they can, and if they are willing, they should be handed over to the responsibility of Donegal County Council. Monies have to be found for the insurance because this is an important service for the community.”Children ‘in tears’ after playground is closed was last modified: October 28th, 2019 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:Glentiesplaygroundlast_img read more

EPOC Co-Chair Hopeful that Capital Expenditure will Increase in the Future

first_img Additionally, non-borrowed reserves amounted to $1.936 billion, some $462 million more than the $1.474 billion targeted for the period. Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman, Keith Duncan, is hopeful that Government’s future capital expenditure will increase if the buoyancy in tax and other revenue inflows recorded during the 2016/17 fiscal year continues.Tax revenue inflows totalled $458.3 billion for the period. This was $18.3 billion more than the targeted $440 billion.Additionally, non-borrowed reserves amounted to $1.936 billion, some $462 million more than the $1.474 billion targeted for the period.This resulted in the Government generating a primary balance surplus of $135.9 billion for the 2016/17 fiscal year, which ended on March 31. This was $12.9 billion or 7.7 per cent above the minimum seven per cent target of $123 billion.Speaking at EPOC’s quarterly briefing at the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group head office in New Kingston on Friday (May 19), Mr. Duncan said Government’s overall expenditure totalled $503.4 billion. This, he noted, was $5 billion below the target of $508.3 billion.He indicated that capital expenditure from this sum totalled $42 billion, which was $2.8 billion or 6.4 per cent less than budgeted.Mr. Duncan said while the administration was able to close the gap during the last quarter of 2016/17, “we still lagged behind the budgetary expenditure.”He emphasized that inadequacies in infrastructure such as drains that result in flooding, as was evident with the torrential rains that have lashed the island over the past several days, could significantly impact Jamaica over the long term.“We know that capital expenditure is where we really need to increase the spend in order to ensure that we can stimulate growth through this line item,” Mr. Duncan statedIn this regard, he expressed the hope that “if the buoyancy in the tax revenues continues, (then) the capital expenditure that was budgeted (this year) would increase significantly over the next budget (and) we will have even more fiscal space so that we can really invest in the infrastructure and social services in our country.” Tax revenue inflows totalled $458.3 billion for the period. This was $18.3 billion more than the targeted $440 billion. Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman, Keith Duncan, is hopeful that Government’s future capital expenditure will increase if the buoyancy in tax and other revenue inflows recorded during the 2016/17 fiscal year continues. Story Highlightslast_img read more