Campion, Immaculate too strong for rivals

first_imgCampion College and Immaculate Conception High showed that they were a class ahead of the rest as they comfortably retained their respective titles at the Mayberry Investments High Schools Swim Meet on Friday at the National Aquatics Centre, Independence Park, National Stadium complex.Campion retained the boys’ title with 419 points, finishing well ahead of Wolmer’s Boys’ (366), Jamaica College (282), Hillel Academy (166), and Calabar High (91).Immaculate blew away their opponents in the girls’ category with a whopping 634 points. Campion College (354) were second, followed by St Andrew High (282.50), Wolmer’s Girls’ (137) and Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) 57.There was also a two-team tertiary competition, which saw the University of the West Indies (316 points) reign over Caribbean Maritime Institute (121).The high-point trophy winners with the best individual scores were:Boys 12 and Under:- Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys’, 41 points, while recent Carifta Swim Championships record breaker Emily MacDonald led the girls’ age group for Campion College with 45 points.In the age 13-14 category, Jordane Payne of Wolmer’s Boys’ scored 43, while Immaculate’s Karci Gibson had 31.Chay Stewart of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Anjuii Barrett of Campion (girls) topped the 15-16 age group with scores of 43 and 41 points, respectively.The 17 and over boys went to Jamaica College’s Yonatan Goren, courtesy of 37 points, and Gabrielle Hopkins of Immaculate won the female award with 32.SEVEN INDIVIDUAL RECORDSSeven individual records were broken at the meet, including a double by MacDonald in the girls 12′ and under 100 and 200m freestyle events.Dominic Mullings set new marks in the boys’ 12 and under 100 and 200m freestyle, while Kyle Sinclair also broke the 50 and 100m freestyle records.The other record fell to Britney Williams in the girls 13-14 200m freestyle, while two relay records were also broken – by Wolmer’s Boys’ in the 15-16 200m freestyle and the UWI women in the 17 and over 200m freestyle.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Marin linked with QPR move

first_imgQPR could be interested in signing Marko Marin on loan from Chelsea, German newspaper Bild have reported.Rangers have also been linked with a move for Manchester City’s England defender Joleon Lescott.City are looking to offload Lescott when the transfer window opens, according to The Sun.It is claimed that his former club Everton are interested but his wages – reported to be £90,000 per week – could be a problem for them and that this could open the door for Rangers.Loftus Road boss Harry Redknapp is keen to sign at least one centre-back in January.And the Daily Mail report that Redknapp has launched a bid to sign West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Boxing offers a way out of a life of crime

first_imgThe African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha needs your help to keep youngsters off the streets. (Image: Lead SA)Township life has its harsh realities and those who have experienced them should try to uplift those youngsters who are at risk of being sucked into a life of crime, violence and drugs – Thembani “Terror” Gqeku, a former professional boxer, is that person.Gqeku runs the African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha, which he established in 2011 to get more youngsters off the streets. He was driven to open his boxing club after he saw two youngsters trying to stab each other.Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, located on the Cape Flats in Cape Town. The name is isiXhosa for “new home”. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.“I was looking out of the window and saw two boys fighting with knives and I thought, ‘No, this is not right. Two people should not be fighting like this,’” Gqeku said.Gqeku is playing his part to develop his community and improve skills of those youngsters with whom he works. In his way, in his area, he is working to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan or Vision 2030.DISCIPLINEAlthough all townships have a reputation for violence and the youngsters need to know how to protect themselves, this is not the only thing they learn at the African Youth Boxing Club. “It teaches the youngsters discipline, style… how to survive in life and how to protect themselves,” said Gqeku.He took up boxing when he was just nine years old. It gave him a reason not to smoke, drink, or hang out with gangsters, as do so many other young boys in the township.Gqeku trains a total of 38 children, mostly boys, and aged seven to 15. Training happens six days a week but the schedule is informal. Children start arriving at 3pm and the class starts once enough children are at the gym.“If I get the boys into boxing, I get them out of crime… The boys who train with me, they think twice before committing crimes.”GYM DREAMSGqeku, who is unemployed and has five children of his own, runs the gym for free. “I’d love to have a kit for them,” he said. “My dream is that they can walk in the street and everyone will see that they are from African Youth Boxing Club.”Another need was for essential boxing equipment such as gum guards, boxing gloves, headgear and funds for the boxers to enter tournaments, he said. “When I think of all the challenges, I could cry but these are my boys and I will do anything for them.”He is not alone in his quest. South African township gyms have a long history of creating national and international boxing champions.Gqeku was named Lead SA’s Hero of the Month in September 2014. You can contact Lead SA if you would like to help African Youth Boxing Club.last_img read more

Report shows South Africans have many reasons to be hopeful

first_imgA new report called Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope from the Institute of Race Relations shows the country has come a long way since the 1980s and 1990s. Overall, lives have improved vastly, amid the challenges.John Bostock, researcher at the Institute of Race Relations releases a report called Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope on 8 November 2016 in Johannesburg. (Image: Priya Pitamber) (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya Pitamber South Africans are faring much better today compared to the 1980s and 1990s, revealed a report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) released on 8 November 2016 in Johannesburg.Titled Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope, it showed that lives of South Africans had improved economically and politically over the past two decades.IRR hosting a media briefing on a recent #Reasonsforhope report titled: life in South Africa Reason For hope. pic.twitter.com/dQuGjPKRv0— IRR (@IRR_SouthAfrica) November 8, 2016It acknowledges the challenges faced by the country, but also focuses on the strides made.“But amidst the turmoil, IRR analysts see the story of a young democracy that has made a vast amount of progress in fields ranging from the economy and employment to living standards, poverty, education, healthcare and crime,” it reads.IRR researcher John Bostock said it showed what has gone right since 1994. “Our society has normalised since 1994, to some extent,” he said. “It is important for the public to have perspective on the state of the country.“We look at how we are doing ourselves, we start with ourselves and then we look at our neighbours and our friends. We need to separate our personal state with how the country as a whole is doing.”The numbersIn 2015 real per capita GDP was 33% higher than in 1994.Disposable income growth per capita increased from R23,686 in 1994 to R33,660 in 2015, an increase of 42%. “That’s very encouraging, I would say. It shows that people are better off,” Bostock said.The total number of people with jobs has doubled from 7.9-million in 1994 to 15.6-million in 2015.Access to formal housing has increased by 131.3% from 1996 to 2016. “That translates to 1,042 formal houses built every day,” reads the report. “When looking at informal housing, for every shack erected after 1994, approximately 10 formal houses have been built.”University enrolment rates have increased by 281.4% from 211,756 in 1985 to 807,663 in 2014.There’s been a decline in the number of new HIV infections from 646,806 in 1999 to 321,497 in 2015.There’s been a 62.5% increase in healthcare professionals in the public sector between 2000 to 2015.The murder rate has fallen by 49.3% since 1994.The report concluded that life in South Africa was better today compared to 20 years ago.“Good analyses of South Africa are those that are able to read the good with the bad and tolerate the apparent contradictions to reach conclusions that say: ‘Yes, we have problems, but we have also made remarkable progress that serves as a foundation upon which we can build a much better country.’Click here to read the full report.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

AgCredit hosting succession planning events

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planning for the next farming generation involves many challenges as well as emotional issues. To help, AgCredit, Agricultural Credit Association is hosting four succession planning seminars across northwest and north central Ohio.The featured speaker is Dr. Ron Hanson, a recently retired professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Hanson was raised on a family farm in Illinois and has counseled Nebraska farm families for 40 years. He helps farm families resolve issues involving farm business ownership, family succession and the transfer of management control between farming generations.Seminars will be held on the following dates: DateLocationRSVPFebruary 26Colonnade Banquet Facility11001 State Route 250 Milan Ave.Milan, OH 44846419-663-4020 or dwhite@agcredit.netFebruary 27Masters Building 10171 State Hwy 53 N. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351419-447-0787 or dwhite@agcredit.netFebruary 28All Occasions Catering 6989 Waldo Delaware Rd. Waldo, OH 43356419-947-1040 or dwhite@agcredit.netMarch 1Leipsic Community Center120 E. Main St.Leipsic, OH 45856419-523-6677 or dwhite@agcredit.net Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Hanson’s presentation and discussion on the challenges to farm business ownership succession planning and how to start the process for succession planning will follow. Times are the same for each location. Please RSVP by February 12 to the phone numbers listed above or by emailing dwhite@agcredit.net.last_img read more

Anyone who has picked up gun will be eliminated, says Kashmir Corps Commander

first_imgSecurity forces eliminated Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) leadership in Jammu and Kashmir in less than 100 hours of the February 14 Pulwama car bomb blast, Lt. Gen. Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, claimed on Tuesday The 15 Corps, also called the Chinar Corps, mans the Line of Control (LoC).“We have eliminated the JeM leadership in the Valley, which was being handled by JeM from Pakistan. The type of car bomb attack that took place in Pulwama on February 14 happened after a long time in Kashmir. We will keep all options open to deal with these kind of attacks,” he said.He was speaking at a joint press conference with Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hasan in Srinagar. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Corps said the Army had leads on the type of explosives used in the Pulwama attack but refused to share the details “as investigation is under way”.Referring to the Pulwama encounter on February 18 that left five security personnel dead, Lt. Gen. Dhillon said Brigadier Hardeep Singh, who was on leave due to injury, cut short his leave voluntarily and came to the operation site and stayed there to lead his men from the front. Brigadier Singh was also wounded in the encounter.Lt. Gen. Dhillon asked the mothers of Kashmiri youth to request their sons who’ve joined terrorism to surrender and get back to mainstream. “Anyone who has picked up gun will be killed and eliminated, unless he surrenders. Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters the Kashmir Valley will not go back alive,” he said.Mr. Pani said there was a significant dip in recruitment in the last three months. “The families are playing a huge role in this. We would like to urge the families and the community in curtailing recruitment.” Mr. Hasan said helpline-14411 had been helping Kashmiris across the country in wake of this attack. “A lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for assistance all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces,” he said.Two non-local Jaish terrorists were killed in Pulwama on Monday and they were identified as Kamran alias Fahad and Rashid alias Gazi alias Lukaman, both from Pakistan. A local militant, Hilal Ahmad, was also killed. The Army on Tuesday said they were involved in the February 14 attack on CRPF convoy at Lethpora.last_img read more

War between Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his former confidant Pyari Mohan Mohapatra intensifies

first_imgThe war between Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his former confidant and Rajya Sabha member, Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, who was suspended from the ruling Biju Janata Dal in the wake of the failed mutiny of May 29, has intensified.In a fresh blow to Mohapatra, the CM on Saturday sacked the chairpersons of three state-run corporations and a member of the state planning board, all of whom had been hand-picked by Mohapatra.The move came within hours of Mohapatra denying a secret patch-up with the CM. “I don’t do anything secretly. Whatever I do, I do in broad daylight,” the Rajya Sabha member told journalists at an event.last_img read more

Xiaomi launches smartphone dock that checks blood pressure, heart rate

first_imgForget reaching out for those use-at-home devices or the hospital to check your blood pressure and heart rate. Here comes a much handy gadget that can do the job for you, and it is none other than your smartphone!Xiaomi has launched a smartphone dock in partnership with iHealth Labs that will be used to monitor blood pressure and heart rate. The company reportedly invested $25 million in iHealth Labs this week.As reported by a website, the smartphone dock will go on sale exclusively via Xiaomi’s website in China at a price of CNY 199. It can measure both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure along with the heart rate.The dock sports an attached pad that is attached to the person’s arm to take readings using the app on your smartphone. It is easy to use as Xiaomi states, and is ideal for elderly users. The results of the blood pressure and heart rate can be shared with others via the companion app.iHealth Labs has launched similar blood pressure dock for the iPhone which was much expensive than Xiaomi’s dock with a price tag of $79.95. Xiaomi’s debut in health-related gadgets was in July when it launched Mi Band alongside the Mi4 smartphone.last_img read more