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UPDATED: Weekend start for Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship

first_img POINT SYSTEM Athletes will get nine points for a win; seven for second place; six, five, four, three, two, and one point for individual events; and 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 for the relay. Points will be accumulated from the regional meets and carried over to the Grand Prix Final to determine the overall school champions. Technical committee chairman Maurice Wilson is expecting stiff competition in the sprints at the Western Championships, while the field events should take the spotlight in Kingston. “The 100m and the 200m should bring a lot of attention because the athletes from that region are comparable to athletes from the central and other regions. With the Youngster Goldsmith, the long jump should be of interest because of athletes coming out of Calabar High and even as far as Oberlin High. With Kingston College and Calabar, we are expecting good competition in the throws and the discus,” he said. St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the defending boys’ champions, should get a head start with defending 200m Grand Prix champion Nigel Ellis expected to perform well again this season. Wilson also challenged athletes to hunt for prizes that would add to their schools’ programmes. The champion schools will receive $1 million, runner-up $500,000, and third-place $200,000 worth of gym equipment. Should an athlete break a record at any of the six meets, he/she will be awarded a scholarship that will be made payable directly to the school that the athlete will be attending in September 2016. The coaches of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship-winning male school and female school will each receive $50,000. *Earlier this story had said that the Camperdown Classic would be held at the Usain Bolt Track on Saturday, February 13. That was incorrect. It will in fact be held at the National Stadium. KINGSTON: Top high school athletes from across the island will do battle for $16 million in cash and prizes in the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets under way this Saturday with the Western Championships at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith National Athletics Classics at the National Stadium in Kingston. Events to be contested in the seven-event Grand Prix Series are the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m. The Grand Prix will continue with the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Thursday, February 11; Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 13; Central Championships at G. C. Foster College on Tuesday, February 16; and the Grand Prix final at the G. C. Foster Classics at G. C. Foster College on Saturday, February 20. The top two athletes from each event from the first five meets will earn the first six spots in the finals. There will be two wild card positions for the two next best athletes from any meet.last_img read more

Taarabt could be sacked by QPR after Redknapp rant

first_img1 Adel Taarabt could be sacked by QPR if he fails to fulfil his contract.QPR manager Harry Redknapp has accused the Moroccan forward of being overweight and says he is not fit enough to play a Premier League game.The west London club must give him every opportunity to lose weight and support him over the coming months, but if he fails to co-operate, the club could lawfully dismiss the player, according to Glenn Hayes, a leading employment lawyer at Irwin Mitchell.He said: “The reality of the situation is that QPR have one of their highest earners not playing football.“He is potentially a key member of the QPR squad and presumably like all players, he will have clauses in his contract that relate to his fitness and willingness to train.“If he isn’t meeting these, and it appears that he is not willing to change, then the club could look to lawfully terminate the contract.” Adel Taarabt last_img read more

Local businesses ‘seriously ill prepared’ for Brexit crash out

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Liam Doherty has criticised the government for what he says has been their failure to assist border businesses adequately prepare for the outcome of Brexit.The Finn Valley-based Sinn Féin councillor has said some of the initiatives rolled out to date by government to help businesses prepare for Britain’s withdrawal as ‘nothing more than window-dressing’.Cllr Doherty is calling on the government and state agencies to be much more proactive in their approach to ensuring business preparedness. He said: “It is incredible that this week we heard from Enterprise Minister Heather Humphries take to the airwaves to tell businesses to step up their ‘Brexit preparedness’ when it is the government itself that is failing in this regard.“The government is of course making a lot of noise and has been urging companies to avail of state supports and even advising them to contact their local enterprise Ireland office for news on supply chains.“These may make nice sound bites and is clearly an attempt from this administration to highlight the work it’s doing to help business get ready for Brexit day but, in reality, a lot of these initiatives have been nothing but window dressing.”As Brexit deadline looms on March 29th, Cllr Doherty said businesses are not getting the support they need from the state: “We’re six weeks away from a potential no-deal Brexit and the best that this government can come up with is a help-line and a slideshow from consultants. – this is not good enough in my view,” he said.“Enterprise Ireland has already warned that some 25,000 jobs could be lost in a no-deal scenario, and there’s little doubt that the border region would see its fair share of any potential job cuts.“I speak with business owners and employers here from across the border region every single day and, based on what they are telling me about their experiences, businesses here are being left to their own devices in terms of Brexit planning and are being left without much in the way of practical support from the state.“I am talking about the local shop keeper, the butcher, local retailers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, farmers and small manufacturers, all of whom speak of feeling cast adrift.”Cllr Doherty suggested that his party’s document on Brexit preparedness has the answers to impending economic disruption: “Sinn Féin has repeatedly highlighted the need for direct government support for businesses, particularly border businesses which, given their close proximity to the border, stand to be most adversely affected.“Importers and exporters based locally and that trade exclusively with Britain, the vast majority of which are small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), have voiced real fears that – given they have neither the expertise, scale or resources to easily change practices or navigate the complexities of heightened red tape – they are seriously ill prepared for a potential crash out Brexit by the end of March 2019.“Instead, government is demanding the impossible of our SMEs and, when challenged about their approach, Fine Gael chooses to hide behind a helpline, slideshows or seminars yet, there is very little tangible support being made available to business.“Sinn Féin on the other hand has listened to the concerns of businesses and, last week, the party launched its document on Brexit preparedness which includes a number of practical supports businesses should be able to avail of as Brexit looms. “The package equates to a €2bn Brexit stabilisation fund which would be in addition to any EU supports for agriculture and exporters.“Sinn Féin’s plan will address things like structural issues, while mitigating the short-term effects of Brexit on our exporters.“The time for action is now and I am calling on government to get its act together fast and provide local businesses here in the border region with the supports they need to survive and be sustainable despite all the uncertainty Brexit will create.”Local businesses ‘seriously ill prepared’ for Brexit crash out was last modified: February 19th, 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:BrexitCllr Liam Dohertylast_img read more