SportsFeva crowns tennis, soccer champions

first_imgTennis and soccer took centre stage last Friday and Saturday on the grounds of the American International School of Kingston (AISK).The schools’ Liguanea campus was host to the first weekend of the 2016 AISK SportsFeva tournament. The event is spread over two weekends and features more than 290 student athletes from Aruba, Cayman, CuraÁao and of course Jamaica.”SportsFeva 2016 has been going great so far. We had some hiccups with the rain on Saturday as it postponed the U12 TennisFeva finals, but that is to be expected as we deal with Mother Nature and a growing event. In the long run, however, the event continues to deliver for these young athletes and that’s what we are focused on,” said Shirley Davis, AISK’s Head of School.”We had TennisFeva and SoccerFeva last weekend and the turnout was great. Seeing our young athletes, and by ‘our’ I mean the region, compete and grow as athletes. Many of the competitors have been here more than once, and they have formed great bonds and friendships with each other,” added Bradley Ransom, who heads AISK’s athletics department.TennisFeva 2016 started with U-10s competing hard for bragging rights amongst their peers. A number of exciting moments kept on-lookers fully engaged in the rallies on court. In the end, Hillel Preparatory came out on top with the AISK “A” and AISK “B” teams taking second and third place respectively.The Immaculate Conception Preparatory School was recognised for being the most disciplined team and nine-year-old Tomas Bordeau from AISK was identified as the competition’s best sportsman.Hillel was not to be left out of the individual awards, as their nine-year-old Matthew James was named the most valuable player.On the U-12s side, St Peter and Paul Preparatory edged out Hopefield Preparatory for first place as Hillel “A” finished in third.Eleven-year-old Nathan Chin of St Peter and Paul was named the most valuable player, while Hillel Academy’s Xander Bicknell was named best sportsperson. Wolmer’s Preparatory was recognised as this year’s most disciplined team.The excitement of SoccerFeva could not be contained. The football tournament began on Friday with group rounds.Big winners in Friday’s group qualifiers were defending SoccerFeva Cup boys champions Jamaica College, who trumped AISK 5-0 and Campion College with their 4-2 win over Cayman Prep.In Saturday’s knock-out finals, Jamaica College defended their hold on the SoccerCup with a decisive 3-0 win over CuraÁao in the finals. JC earlier beat Hillel 1-0 to make it to the finals, while CuraÁao overcame Campion’s semi-final challenge with a 4-1 win.Competition was no less intense for the female footballers, as Cayman Prep overcoming AISK 1-0 to claim the girls title. Cayman Prep beat the American International School of Cayman 3-1 in penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semi-finals.AISK had turn back Campion College in the semis with a 3-1 win in penalties after a 1-1 draw.AISK SportsFeva 2016 ends tomorrow with ClayFeva, a clay-shooting competition, at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore. The excitement begins at 8 a.m.last_img read more

WOTUS put on hold

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Court of Appeal for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati granted a motion from dozens of other agricultural organizations, businesses and municipalities to hold in abeyance its decision on a lawsuit against a Clean Water Act regulation until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a jurisdictional issue related to the case.In January, the high court agreed to consider whether jurisdiction rests with the federal district or appellate courts to hear the lawsuit over the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The regulation, which took effect Aug. 28, 2015, was proposed in April 2014 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the agencies’ authority over various waters.That jurisdiction — based on several Supreme Court decisions — had included “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. But the WOTUS rule broadened that to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also covered lands adjacent to such waters.The 6th Circuit in October 2015 issued a stay on implementation of the regulation pending disposition of numerous lawsuits filed in U.S. district courts around the country. Last year, the appeals court consolidated the suits under its jurisdiction. Agricultural groups in November submitted briefs to the 6th Circuit, arguing that the agencies promulgated the WOTUS rule without following federal rulemaking procedures, the regulation is arbitrary and capricious or contrary to law and the agencies exceeded their authority under the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Constitution.With just days left in the administration, the Obama EPA filed its brief in defense of the rule with the 6th Circuit. The farm groups also argued that EPA and the Corps of Engineers failed to reopen the public comment period after making fundamental changes to the proposed rule and withheld until after the comment period closed the scientific report on which the rule rested.The agencies also refused to conduct required economic and environmental analyses, engaged in a propaganda campaign to promote the regulation and to rebuke its critics and illegally lobbied against congressional efforts to stop implementation of the rule.last_img read more

VISION OLYMPICS 2020: Lets Win 20+ Medals for India in Tokyo

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). VISION OLYMPICS 2020: Lets Win 20+ Medals for India in Tokyo 2020 OlympicsBANGALORE, Sept 20/PRNewswire/ — Mr. Imran Khan, a visionary entrepreneur, has founded Indias 1st online sports academy vision-olympics, under the aegis of Vision Olympics Foundation, a non-profit trust with a vision to win 20+ medals for India in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Here, more than 40 sports have been listed. By clicking on a few buttons any Indian athlete from any background can register for their choice of sport.Mr. Imran is putting his maximum efforts to set this vision for 130 billion Indians, as he believes India can make it possible when all Indians have 1 vision.To make it possible they are launching India Bike Rally on 5th November 2016 in 3 phases, where a team of bikers travel across India to spread awareness and to set this vision for India.1st phase – Bangalore to Delhi and Delhi to Bangalore Bike Rally will be launched on 5th November 2016 where they are covering Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, handigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Indore and Hyderabad.2nd Phase – 3 days South India Bike Rally covers Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum, and 3 days North India Bike Rally covers Srinagar, Shimla and Dehradun will be launched on 26th January 2017.(MORE) PRN AKGlast_img read more

DMV Region National Summit on NonViolence

first_imgD.C. Resident Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, and Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester, Co-Chairs of Black Women for Positive Change are urging D.C., Virginia and Maryland residents to attend the National Summit on Non-Violence, Aug. 23, at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M. Street, N.W., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summit is in response to a fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri that killed an unarmed youth; six individuals shot in Southwest Washington, D.C.; the death of a two year old girl in Landover, Md. who was shot in her own home; and other cities are reporting the same problems.last_img read more

Depressed parents can turn kids into troublemakers

first_imgAccording to researchers, parental depression contributes to greater brain activity in areas linked to risk taking in adolescent children, leading to more rule-breaking behaviours.“This is the first evidence to show that parental depression influences children’s behaviour through the change in the adolescent’s brain,” said lead study author Yang Qu from University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There are a lot of changes happening in the teenage years, especially when we are thinking about risk-taking behaviours, added another researcher Eva Telzer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, analysed 23 adolescents aged 15 to 17, with cognitive testing and brain imaging at the beginning and end of the 18-month study. To measure parental depression, the team collected data from the parents on their own depressive symptoms and who were not currently being treated for clinical depression. The findings indicated that adolescents, whose parents had greater depressive symptoms, increased their risk-taking over the course of the study.last_img read more

Recap A53 closed after accident involving car and motorcyclist

first_imgThe A53 remains closed in the Staffordshire Moorlands following an accident involving a car and a motorbike. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the A53 Leek Road is shut in both directions between Longsdon and Endon. Staffordshire Police have confirmed the road is closed and police and paramedics are at the scene. A spokesman said: “We are dealing with an RTC involving a car and a motorbike. “Ambulance are still on scene “The road will remain closed.” The spokesman added police had been called to the scene at 10.15am. We have no information on the condition of anyone involved in the accident at this stage.” There have been long queues on Ladderedge in Leek and country lanes in the surrounding area are busy. One reader, who says she spent more than two hours in traffic, has contacted us to say Gratton Lane, Park Lane in Endon, Park Lane in Cheddleton and Dunwood Lane and others are incredibly busy. Unconfirmed reports say the air ambulance had been at the scene but police were unable to confirm this. Read MoreLive: Firefighters and police continue to ask people to stay away from Roaches due to wildfire In a separate incident paramedics were also called to Haywood Street near Aldi in the town centre shortly beforehand. That accident, which we currently have no confirmed information for, caused some delays in the town but has now cleared. Updates on the A53 as we get them on the live feed below.16:46Inrix no longer reporting road closedTraffic data company Inrix is no longer reporting the road as closed.13:3944 minutes to get from Leek to CobridgeA motorist has just contacted us to say it has taken 44 minutes to get from Ladderedge to Cobridge.12:39What we know:The A53 is closed between Endon and Longsdon following an accident at around 10.15am this morningThe accident involved a car and a motorbikePolice say the road remains closedWitnesses say the air ambulance was in the area – although police were unable to confirm it was attending this incidentNearby lanes are congested as traffic avoids the areaAmbulance crews were also called to an unrelated accident on Haywood Street in Leek, near Aldi, shortly beforehand12:00Accident involves car and motorcyclist – police confirmStaffordshire Police say the accident involves a car and motorcyclist.11:53″Total chaos”One motorist has just told me it had taken him more than an hour to travel from Leek to Brown Edge and back. He described the situation as ‘total chaos’.11:50Lanes surrounding A53 accident busyAn eyewitness has just contacted us to say lanes in the Staffordshire Moorlands around the accident are very busy,11:32Witnesses report accident by Aldi now clearThe accident by Aldi is now cleared according to eyewitnesses.11:14Reports air ambulance at scene of accident on A53We’re getting reports there is an air ambulance at the accident on the A53 – although we have not verified this independently as this stage.11:10Nearby roads also congestedA number of readers have contacted us to report congestion in Denford – and Dunwood Lane and Honeysuckle Lane in Longsdon are also reported to be congested as traffic attempts to divert.11:05Location of the accident on the A53The affected stretch of the A53 in the Staffordshire Moorlands (Image: Inrix)11:03Trying to contact police for updateWe’re currently trying to contact Staffordshire Police for information on both these incidents.11:00A53 near Dunwood: What we know so farTraffic data company Inrix reports the A53 is shut between Longsdon and EndonEyewitnesses report long queues11:00Haywood Street: What we know so farAn accident is reported to have taken place near AldiEyewitnesses say traffic is moving slowly Emergency services are at the scenelast_img read more