Chess takes the initiative

first_img “There are schools that play chess and have a team, but to use chess as a means of social intervention, that might be a little new,” Holness told The Gleaner. “There are people who are attempting it. We want to partner with them, we want to inject new resources, and we want to support the growth of the sport. So we plan to use the centre at Seaward, not just for the school, but to spread the playing of chess in the community.” According to Wilkinson, the next step is getting chess entrenched in the school system. “We need to get chess arguably mandatory in all schools,” he proposed, “especially early-childhood institutions – from primary, prep, what we used to call all-age, come right up.” He said that the Government, through the Ministry of Education, has already asked schools to facilitate chess and to “introduce the programme, subject to their resources”. However, his further recommendation is clear. “It would have more far-reaching effect if the government adopted it as a government policy and have the Cabinet institute it,” he added. “Ideally,” he theorised, “I would like to see an ISSA coming on board.” As evidence of growth, he observed that fact of 50,000 players coming to chess in the last decade, but appealed for support. He noted that a far larger number of schools contest the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup and DaCosta Cup football tournaments than those who play chess. “We would like to see, as a matter of course, 100 (or) 200 schools doing chess competitively, starting from the entry level.” Twenty-five schools played the most recent all-island chess championships. By comparison, almost 90 schools started this year’s DaCosta Cup, with 42 bidding for the Manning Cup. The Chess Federation president believes that Jamaica will benefit from the spread of critical thinking that chess promotes, but is asking for help. “We can’t do it alone,” Wilkinson beseeched, “and we need significant support.” “The sport of chess is on the advance in Jamaica.” That is the view of Ian Wilkinson, president of the Jamaica Chess federation. However, while the Federation is pleased with the current state of affairs, Wilkinson says that there are some key moves that are needed to sustain the momentum. In particular, the federation’s president recommends that chess become mandatory for students at the primary level, that ISSA become involved at the secondary level, and that the chess-in-schools initiative be cemented by government policy. Wilkinson said that he was encouraged by recent developments. “To have the prime minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, state publicly that he’s on board with the programme and that he’s going to establish a chess centre at the Seaward (Primary and Junior High) school in his constituency”, beamed Wilkinson, “it’s a good indication of what’s to come because he’s the leader of the country.” The prime minister made those comments at the launch of the Jamaica International Chess Festival last week. The chess centre will be at Seaward Primary and Junior High School in Olympic Gardens, which falls within his constituency of West Central St Andrew. SOCIAL INTERVENTIONlast_img read more

Wuk pon she

first_imgSatiricus was confused, which, his friend Harry had once assured him, was his default position so he shouldn’t worry. But as he slouched towards the Back Street Bar, he wasn’t worried as much as he wanted to know what was going on. He’d just read about the indefatigable Attorney General Moustache Man “decriminalising” obeah and witchcraft.“I didn’t even know “Obeah” was a crime,” said Satiricus to the fellas, the moment he’d taken his seat and grabbed his beer.“Na Burnt Ham bin legalise obeah?” asked Cappo, with a grimace. “”E bin seh a dem W’ite Man mek Obeah wan wrang t’ing.”“Obeah gat fuh be lega all de timel!” asserted Bungi stoutly, after he’s downed his beer.“Why’d you say that?” asked Hari.“Yuh na rememba when de PNC bin a stick wan w’ite dally wid pin in front a de court an’ chant “wuk pan she”?” asked Bungi.“W’en dem want Janet fuh resign, na?” asked Cappo. “None a dem na get charge and lack up!”“Well it looks like even though Burnt Ham said Obeah was OK, the law was still on the books,” said Satiricus.“Fellas, Obeah is an African practice,” said Hari. “But every group have their own version, you know!’“Like when da pries’ in Exorcis’ tek out wan devil fram da lil gyaal?” asked Bungi. “Da Obeah, right?”“Or when dem people a guh a pandit fuh “open book” pan dem enemy,” asked Cappo. “Da gat fuh be obeah!!”“But if it was illegal and now the Government makes it legal,” worried Satiricus. “Won’t this now encourage people to do more Obeah?”“That’s a worry,” said Hari. “Maybe while WE didn’t know Obeah was illegal, those who practiced it kept low because they knew.”“Well, wha’ me know,” said Cappo looking at Satiricus, “Dis elec-shan time me guh ‘wuk pan Nagga Man!!”“E’ legal now!” grinned Bungi.“My friends,” said Satiricus. “Didn’t you hear Nagga Man say he’s Madrassie? They have the biggest Obeah!!”last_img read more

And then there were…

first_img…twoIt doesn’t really matter how many of the mushroom parties made it to Nomination Day, does it?? In the scheme of things – as they developed after 2015 – there were always going to be only two parties standing: the PPP and PNC. That was no mystery – much less the Agatha Christie bestselling one that started out with “10 Little Indians” and ended with “none”.One just had look at the hoopla the two “big ones” made as they descended into the Umana Yana to file their nominations to tell this tale. Nomination Day is a Guyanese institution –– and all the minnows knew it. They knew if they were able to muster up a decent crowd to put on a show (of force?!) they’d earn some credibility. But they just couldn’t. Just getting those signatures from six regions plus the one for their top-up list wore them out!!So all those who’ve been holding their breaths for a “third force” to duplicate what happened in 2006 and 2011 with the AFC better exhale right now!! Didn’t happen and ain’t gonna happen! Imagine these pipsqueaks didn’t even have the common sense to appreciate that unless they hang together, they’d certainly hang separately! So even that inconsequential promised fusion of the two lawyer-dominated utopians fell apart and they all went separately. And will definitely be hanging in the same manner!!So what’d we see from the two main contestants that will be duking it out over the less than two months left to March 2nd? The more raucous PNC crowd was expected: Georgetown is their stamping-ground and it doesn’t take more than an offer of fried rice at the end of the day to get out the lumpen elements – especially of the female persuasion, to come out for another wine-down! What was noticeable were so many of the female PNC ministers getting down and dirty with the music. While all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, surely these Ministers should retain some modicum of good taste if they expect to retain any shred of respect from the citizenry afterwards!!The PPP?? They were able to pull off a rousing Nomination Day march from their headquarters on Robb Street to the Umana Yana. That destination, itself, sent a message as to why their foe, the PNC, is just mouthing slogans and will be rejected by the people come March 2nd? Why? Well, for years, they have flagellated the PPP for “allowing” City Hall to fall into disrepair. So what have they done in their five years at the helm??They couldn’t even have the Nominations presented at that locale: couldn’t risk Granger falling through the floor!!…“see-far” pretentionsGranger has been trained in history – at our expense, thank you at UG and UWI!! In that discipline, you learn how to look back but not with anger, as Granger is one to do. And that’s why Granger’s absolutely the wrong man for the job of steering the ship of state of Guyana right now, as PPP candidate Irfaan Ali pointed out. “Full steam ahead!” he cried even on Nomination Day, even as his head was turned firmly at the past!! If we were in colder climes, you’d worry we’d be hitting an iceberg! But as Ali said, he’s steering a sinking ship and boasts it’s because it’s laden with goodies!!But remarkably, Granger has now declared he’s a “see-far” man – ie someone with the gift of seeing far into the future. Your Eyewitness figures the man is so clueless, that after someone must’ve told him that Guyana needs a “visionary” leader, he consulted his thesaurus and saw “far-seeing”.And commandeered that GDF helicopter to see far ahead!!…the humiliation of RamjattanYour Eyewitness was embarrassed to see Ramjattan with his canary-yellow shirt on Nomination Day, standing out in that sea of boisterous green.He looked frantically around, wondering “where have all the yellow gone?”last_img read more

Simbas in dream Vodacom Cup debut

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March8- The Tusker Simba XV had a memorable debut performance as they beat the Eastern Province Kings to record a notable 17-10 (halftime 5-5) victory in their Vodacom Cup match played at City Park, Cape Town on a blustery Saturday afternoon.The crowd had barely settled into their seats when the referee awarded a penalty to the Kings which they kicked to the corner. Big flanker Claude Tshidibi scored from the lineout maul and the Kings led 5-0 with virtually no time gone on the clock. Centre Scott van Breda was unsuccessful with his attempted conversion from the left hand touchline. The wind was a major role-player and the Tusker Simba XV was pinned in their own territory for long periods of time.A rare foray in the Kings half saw winger Leonard Mugaisi score a good try to level the scores. Flyhalf Kenny Andola missed the conversion and the two teams remained deadlocked until the halftime break. The Kings spurned many chances to kick for goal and a poor display in the lineout saw them unable to convert their possession and territory into points. This was further evident when the Kenyans were reduced to 14 men after eightman Joshua Chisanga was sent to the bin for repeated infringements. Despite having a numerical advantage the team from Port Elizabeth could simply not finish off any of their chances.After the interval the Kenyans had a moment of magic as an attempted drop kick by Andola was poorly dealt with by the Kings and somehow the ball came out on the side of the Tusker Simba XV. Mugaisi was on hand to dive over the line and score his second try of the afternoon. Andola found his target with the conversion and the lead was 12-5 to the Kenyans. Minutes later hooker Maxwell Kangu showed a burst of speed that belied his age of 30 years to finish off a superb piece of attacking play. The subsequent kick at goal resembled a soccer corner rather than a rugby conversion and the lead remained 17-5.The Kings threw everything at the Kenyans and despite a few bright moments from replacements such as Brian Skosana and Selvyn Davids they were unable to find the try line. When replacement prop Pieter Stemmet barged his way over to narrow the gap to 17-10 the Kings it summed up the afternoon perfectly when Van Breda hit the post with his conversion attempt. The Kenyans held on in the final minutes to make sure they opened their account with a win and send the Kings back home to do some serious soul searching.-By SuperSport.comSCORERS:TUSKER SIMBA XV – Tries Leonard Mugaisi (2) Maxwell Kangu; Conversion: Kenny AndolaEASTERN PROVINCE KINGS – Tries: Claude Tshidibi, Pieter Stemmet; Yellow card: Joshua Chisanga (Tusker Simba XV, repeated infringement)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Will Olunga pay the price of meteoric rise?

first_img0Shares0000Michael Olunga in action for Harambee Stars against club side Gor Mahia on Wednesday, July 1 at Nyayo Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, July 1- At the moment, anything he touches turns to gold. He’s Kenya’s hottest football property with moves abroad already mooted but is the country draining 21 year-old Michael Olunga a tad bit too much?In recent history, emerging prospects have illuminated the domestic scene only to fade out of the latter almost as first as they appeared. Some manage to find their way back to the top whilst others have not been too lucky, disappearing to the oblivion. Olunga has been credited with a staggering 11 goals in 16 domestic games, his four-goal blitz against Chemelil Sugar the latest salvo to enhance his blossoming reputation as one of the most fearsome finisher anywhere at the time.The former Tusker FC lanky youngster who was snapped by Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia post-season was rushed to the national team set-up, starring for the Under-23 side that bowed out of Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying by Botswana.Having missed the first leg, Olunga almost completed a Kenyan football miracle when his hat-trick sunk Botswana 4-1 in the return leg, with Stars exiting on away goals rule after a 4-4 tie on aggregate following a 3-0 first leg reverse.Head coach Bobby Williamson then drafted him to the senior squad for the 2017 AFCON qualifying opener to Congo Brazzaville where Stars escaped with a credible 1-1 draw.Such is his importance to the national side that he was flown straight from a KPL game in Kisumu where Gor wrapped up the first leg unbeaten by beating Tusker 1-0 to Kigali, Rwanda where the team was playing an invitational peace tournament.The forward shook off jet-lag to score alongside Southampton star, Victor Wanyama in a 2-0 win over Sudan, repaying all costs incurred in flying him in having come on as a second half substitute.There was nothing the Geospatial Engineering student at the Technical University of Kenya could do as his team surrendered to Ethiopia’s Walya Ibex 2-0 during the first leg of their Africa Home Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier in front of a partisan crowd.If there is one man Williamson is counting on to overturn the deficit on Saturday against the Ethiopians, then it has to be Olunga who seems unfazed at the moment with the spotlight shone on him a year after he was just another rookie struggling to find his bearings at Tusker.– No fears-Gor head coach and Williamson’s fellow Scot, Frank Nutall, maintains there is no risk of the striker who is admittedly still the raw article of burning out despite the heavy burden placed on his young shoulders.“The player is our player so we will use him whenever we feel we need to play him. It’s not having an impact on him as you can see he scored four goals this past weekend and he’s scored 11 or 12 goals so far.“As well as that his overall play during games is at a high level and at a very good tempo so I don’t think it’s having any effect on him in a negative way,” Nutall, who succeeded the Stars boss at Gor asserted after his side held the national team 1-1 on Wednesday.“He’s a Kenyan player and surely when you have a player of that type and the things he brings to the U23 and the national side you would use him. If I weren’t using him and the national coach wasn’t using him, we would be getting criticism.“And personally he is a 21 year-old. He gets time off and he gets plenty of time to rest and recover and he’s doing fine,” the K’Ogalo boss explained further.If Olunga needs a timely reminder of how quickly the tide can turn, he only needs to look at the Gor bench where one George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo usually sits when not getting a rare start such as Wednesday’s friendly.In 2010, Blackberry burst to the scene with almost similar venom to Olunga, storming to the top of local scoring charts and being catapulted instantly to the national team besides being named the KPL player of the Year.A swift move to Randers FC of Denmark followed end season and after playing for a grand total of seven minutes, his contract was cancelled a year later with two years to run before another high profile move to Tanzanian giants, Azam, also went belly-up.He returned to the KPL with strugglers Nairobi City Stars before making a prodigal return to K’Ogalo, a shadow of the imposing player who mesmerised crowds and filled stadiums.Francis Ouma (2008) and Kevin Kimani (2011) are some other former KPL players of the year who had barnstorming seasons and earned quick national team caps only for their careers to wander south after their campaign of wonder.With Stars and inevitably foreign clubs nosing around the latest sensation, it is up to Nuttall and the national team set up to ensure he does not crash and burn as fast as he arrived to the big stage.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Celebration of film in Fort St. John

first_imgFashion and art made from film strips will be there for the judging, with over $1000 in prizes to be awarded by judges. While the designs are being presented, the 84th Oscar Academy Awards will be on the big screen. Tickets for the event cost $15 and are available at 250-785-1992 or The red carpet starts at 5 p.m. with the fashion competition at 7:30.- Advertisement –last_img

Lionel Messi: ‘Yes, I am an alien from another planet’

first_imgFor a long time Lionel Messi has been described as being from another planet, and his incredible performance against Bayern Munich was a perfect example of his superhuman abilities.Finally the talkSPORT translator has found some video evidence to suggest that Lionel Messi’s talents may be quite literally ‘out of this world’.Watch the video above to see what plans Messi has, not just for the Champions League, but also for planet Earth. For more translator videos, subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube!*DISCLAIMER: Our subtitles are about as accurate as Bayern Munich’s front line.last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand announces retirement from football

first_img Rio Ferdinand Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from football.The former West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender’s career spanned 19 years and saw him win 11 major trophies, including six Premier League titles.The 36-year-old, who represented England 81 times, was released by the Hoops earlier this week after their disastrous season which saw them relegated to the Championship after just one season back in the top flight.The Ferdinand family endured tragedy off the field earlier this month, as the defender lost his wife Rebecca to cancer at the age of just 34. 1last_img read more

Class proving to be a taste treat

first_imgLA PUENTE – The aroma of pastrami and warm bread could be smelled throughout the Hacienda La Puente Adult Education campus Wednesday as students tried their hand at creating mouthwatering dishes during a cooking class. Twenty-five students worked together to create the meal – spicy pastrami paninis with saffron aioli and baby arugula with goat cheese sprinkled with dried cherries and walnut vinaigrette. “It’s a hands-on course,” said Keri Beck, culinary arts teacher for the adult school in La Puente. “We do all our cooking in class and whatever we cook for that night everyone gets to taste it.” Offered through the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Adult and Continuing Education Department, the five-week class has been in place for six years to intrigue those interested in the craft. “The course is designed for people who may like to go to culinary school and are taking a step in the right direction and to see if they actually want to be in this line of work,” Beck said. Aspiring chefs are not the only ones drawn to the course; the majority of the students hope to learn to create dishes for personal functions. West Covina resident Sal Latamirano has been taking cooking classes through the adult school for five years when he decided he needed something to fill his day after he retired. “It keeps me busy,” Latamirano said. “I cook all the time now on the weekends and during the week for my wife, family and neighbors – they’re my tasters.” The 62-year-old roamed the kitchen in his bright red apron, which was splattered with chili peppers and sombreros, offering help to novices. “You have people coming in from all walks of life,” Beck said. “Some are beginners, some are pros and some don’t even know how to cook anything at all.” While Amelia Avalos, 60, has cooked for her family for years, the La Puente resident agreed to join in the class after her daughter, Melissa Avalos, 28, asked her to join her. “I said `Yeah let’s go,”‘ Amelia Avalos said. “It’s very nice learning how to cook a variety of foods.” Participants learn how to create anything from linguini shrimp scampi to herbed pita toasts with feta cheese to homemade buttermilk waffles. Learning to cook American meals grabbed Rudy and Charma Olaso’s attention. “I wanted to cook what we’ve learned here since at home it’s all Filipino food,” said Rudy Olaso, 61, a La Puente resident. At the end of class, all 25 students gather around the table and taste their creations. “This is the best part,” Latamirano said, “when we get to eat.” (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2303 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Violent crime on the rise in big cities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We see that budgets for policing are being slashed and the federal government has gotten out of that business,” said James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. “We’re still far better off than we were during the double-digit crime inflation we saw in the 1970s.” Nationally, murders rose 4.8 percent, meaning there were more than 16,900 victims in 2005. That would be the most since 1998 and the largest percentage increase in 15 years. Detroit, Los Angeles and New York were among several big cities that saw murder numbers drop. Theories about New York’s decline vary. Some experts point to favorable shifts in demographics and the economy, as well as the crash of a once-thriving crack market that fueled violence in the 1980s. Officials in the 36,000-officer department, the nation’s largest, credit their crime-fighting approach. They cite a tactic refined over the past decade in which commanders use computers to track crime patterns – particularly those involving guns and drugs – and deploy patrols where and when criminals are most active. Police in Houston attributed some of their spike in violent crime to New Orleans gang members who evacuated there after Hurricane Katrina last fall. The FBI figures were released on the same day authorities announced the arrest in Louisiana of a Katrina evacuee considered one of the Houston area’s most-wanted killers. Staff writers Todd Ruiz and Ruby Gonzales contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FBI statistics Monday confirmed what big cities like Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland and Las Vegas have seen on the streets: Violent crime in the U.S. is on the rise, posting its biggest one-year increase since 1991. Locally, El Monte, Pasadena and West Covina don’t mirror the national trend. Their statistics for 2005 show a slight increase in only certain types of violent crimes and property crimes. No cities in the Whittier area are large enough to fall under the reporting guidelines. In El Monte, murders declined from 7 in 2004 to 4 in 2005; Pasadena had six murders in 2005 compared to nine in 2004, a 33-percent reduction. West Covina had one more murder – 6 – in 2005 than the previous year. In Philadelphia, homicides jumped from 330 in 2004 to 377 in 2005, a 14 percent increase, according to the FBI. Murders climbed from 272 to 334 in Houston, a 23 percent rise, and from 131 to 144 in Las Vegas, a 10 percent increase. Some criminal justice experts said the statistics reflect the nation’s complacency in fighting crime. Crime dropped dramatically during the 1990s, and some cities have since abandoned effective programs that emphasized prevention, the putting of more cops on the streets, and controls on the spread of guns. last_img read more