JAAA moves to keep cash flowing into track after Bolt

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first_imgPlans are afoot for the formation of the Jamaica Athletics Foundation, an organisation to raise funds for the development of track and field in Jamaica. This was revealed in an interview with Dr Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) last week. The new entity will be reaching out to local corporate entities and Jamaicans overseas.Speaking at his JAAA office in Kingston, Blake said he worried about the possibility of dwindling corporate support after superstar sprinter Usain Bolt retires.”It is a concern because, as you know, Bolt himself pulls and attracts sponsorship to athletics, and people may say that when Bolt goes, there’s nothing in it for us,” he outlined, “so we have to convince our partners that it is worth their while to stay with us, that we’re running a good ship, that we can deliver the same brand alignment that we have done in the past.”The formation of the foundation is part of the JAAA’s response to that possibility.”It’s already a legal entity, the Jamaica Athletics Foundation, where we involve some top people locally and some members of the diaspora, and we have got some key people overseas involved”, he said optimistically.MONEY IS TIGHTHe doesn’t expect that the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will be able to assist much after its efforts to install a new synthetic track at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. “Having been head of the SDF, I know the sort of cash flow they have”, he remarked, “and the money is really tight.”He is envisaging a foundation “where we can raise funds, both from corporate and a sort of crowd-funding venture, where members of the diaspora give a small amount each month”.He also revealed that his association has been able to avoid its customary year-end borrowing in 2016. “This is one of the first years in my memory since 2000 that we have not had to go to the bank to borrow to bridge that gap at this time of the year”, he recalled.To explain, he gave an insight into the JAAA cash flow that included a reference to the association’s major sponsor, German sportswear firm Puma. “The money from Puma, you know, comes in tranches and, usually, at this time of the year, we are facing a serious cash flow problem,” he reported. Blake said tighter management has enabled the association to avoid bank loans this year.last_img read more


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first_imgCYPSD Executive Director, Mr. Koffeh presents a gift to President Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged Liberian youths to be innovative by preparing themselves to play the role of the country’s future leaders.She said the youths play a critical part in national discourse, therefore, their capacity should be enhanced to enable them to deliver when given the opportunity to serve.President Sirleaf made the call when the leadership of the Coalition of Youth and Students against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSPD) presented a framed photo of herself and at her farm in Bomi County, last Thursday for sustaining peace in the country under her administration.According to Mr. Ishmael Koffeh, executive director of CYSPD, Madam Sirleaf lauded the group for the honor.He quoted President Sirleaf as saying that national development is a collective effort and noted that her government provided opportunities that develop the capabilities of the youth.“President Sirleaf actually opened up and said she was not surprised for the honor because she has done well for the Liberian people. She admonished us to be strong and remain focused,” he said.According to him, President Sirleaf said the award is another motivation and she knows that many people, including the youths, have been watching her.Mr. Koffeh said he told President Sirleaf not to be deterred about unfavorable comments by those who have not shown appreciation for the good work that she has done for Liberia.He said his group promised to organize an annual academic challenge program in her honor. He said the group will also carry out a 60-day clean-up campaign in her honor.The CYSPD executive director pledged his organization’s commitment to the “fruitful partnership” with President Sirleaf, especially in the quest to encourage youth volunteerism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgMonths after contact awardedThe continuation of the paved road from the airstrip junction to the North West Secondary School area in Region One (Barima-Waini) is at a standstill and according to Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley, no effort is being made to commence works on the project.Ashley, in an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, said that to date the contractor who was awarded the contract in 2018 is yet to turn up at the site to begin preliminary works.“Up to now, the contractor has not turned up not even to show that they are mobilising to get the work done. Things like that are incomplete in this region. This was a Ministry of Infrastructure project that was awarded since last year.”In addition, other projects, Ashley said, which should have already commenced for 2019, are yet to begin.The sum of $3.4 billion was approved for the Region One Regional Administration during budgetary allocations in December 2018.Ashley posited that three months have passed since the budgetary year began and the region is only now in the process of advertising for the capital projects.“It is in the third month and the region is yet to… it was expected that these projects would have been awarded at least by the 2nd week to the 3rd week of January. They should have started advertising so that by now the contractors would have been able to at least be awarded the contracts for what they are for so that work could have started,” he told this publication.He also stated that at the end of this year, if the monies from 2018’s budgetary allocation have not been utilised then they would be returned to the national treasury and many of these projects would have to be “rolled over” to 2020.“Some of these projects are for the construction of health facilities, enclosure of buildings, gridding and shaping of roads, rehabilitation to health and education facilities, purchasing of vehicles and ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) etc.”On December 12, last year, under the education capital programme for 2019, the sum of $151.200 million was approved for rehabilitative work to the Port Kaituma Primary and Secondary Schools and extension of White-Water Nursery School. The sum also catered for the construction of sanitary blocks at Waramuri, Port Kaituma and St John’s Primary Schools and the construction and enclosure of living quarters at Unity Square and Manawarin. Some $21.9 million was to be spent on school furniture and equipment Including equipment for smart classrooms, desks, benches, cupboards, tables, chairs, racks, fire extinguishers, musical and sports equipment at several schools in the region.$15.7 million was also allocated for transportation. The money caters for boats and outboard engines at Moruca, Barama, Pawaikuru, and St Nicholas, Waramuri and Santa Cruz Primary and Santa Rosa Secondary Schools among others.In the area of health, $101.1 million was allocated for the completion of an X-ray room at Pakera District Hospital and staff quarters at Mabaruma; construction of a maternity waiting home at Santa Rosa, health training complex at Mabaruma; health post at Parakese and incinerator at Kwabanna; enclosure of living quarters and upgrading of the central duct system at Mabaruma Regional Hospital and provisions for hot water baths. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more


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first_imgPoor voter turnout is a major topic of local area post municipal election discussion.Less than 29 hundred of the more than 12 and half thousand voters in Fort St. John, or 23 percent, cast ballots.As pathetic as that was, it was nearly three times better, than the turn-out in electoral area “C” of the Peace River Regional District, where less than 6 hundred, of about 73 hundred elgibile voters, went to the polls.- Advertisement -Here are some of the post-election comments of two of the winning candidates… Fort St. John’s mayor-elect, Bruce Lantz…and the new area “C” director, Arthur Hadland… [asset|aid=640|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3b88d387b74134a47a190396aa44bd7d-Bruce-Arthur_2_Pub.mp3] The answer to voter apathy in this area however, may rest no further away, than Hudson’s Hope.Advertisement Of the 640 eligible voters in that district, 452…or more than 70 percent…cast ballots.last_img read more