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Help our athletes – Warmington

first_imgAn opposition lawmaker used the floor of Parliament yesterday to charge that the State has not been doing enough for sports persons.Everald Warmington claimed that young athletes are only recognised by the Government at the time of their performance or when they return to Jamaica, and are then forgotten.He said that in recognition of the performance of our young athletes, the Government is to establish a special programme geared at providing for the further education and welfare of young athletes.He said in Parliament yesterday that very often, the State only concerns itself with having motorcades and having special holidays for athletes after they have performed well.”Very little is done for them by the Government to help their welfare and education,” he said.The South West St Catherine MP said that if the Government stepped up to the plate, “they would no longer have to be on the streetside selling bananas after they performed exceptionally well for this country”.Cabinet in December approved the establishment of the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan to provide group health and life and personal accident insurance for 1,323 athletes.Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers have been selected to provide coverage for the athletes. The Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan has received funding from the Sports Development Foundation, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, said at a Jamaica House press briefing last November that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Sports Development Foundation had been supportive of the athletes’ welfare, and since 2001, the amount spent for the development and welfare of the athletes increased from $670,000 to $9 million in 2013.last_img read more

South Africa to launch ‘war on poverty’

first_imgThe percentage of South Africans living on less than a 2007 benchmark of R462 a month had decreased from 58% in 2000 to 48% in 2005. Source: BuaNews Briefing reporters in Cape Town on Sunday on a three-day Cabinet meeting that took place in Pretoria last week, Mbeki said the campaign would kick off in August, focusing on the most deprived wards in all nine provinces. The strategy would include motivating each household to make its “own contribution” to its struggle against poverty. According to a Development Indicators report released earlier this month by the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Service unit in the Presidency, income growth among South Africans, combined with the expansion of social grants, had resulted in a rise in income among the poorest of the population since 2000. Taking population increases into account, the number of South Africans lifted out of poverty since 1996 had reached 9-million, the report found, with about 12-million now supported by one or more of the various forms of social grants provided by the government. The teams would go “from household to household” in the identified areas in order to make the most direct, helpful interventions to take these households out of poverty, Mbeki said. The most deprived households identified in the poorest wards would be visited periodically during the campaign by a team of professionals and community workers to identify their specific needs, accelerate their access to government services, and provide safety nets. 28 July 2008 South Africa is to launch a nationwide campaign to reduce poverty among the country’s poorest citizens, President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday. Mbeki said that last week’s Cabinet meeting had noted that South Africa was on track towards achieving its medium-term goals of halving poverty and unemployment by 2014. The long-term goal was for South Africa’s poorest households to receive assistance and support in a co-ordinated and sustained way, with a national “war room on poverty” leading the campaign from the office of the Deputy President. “Even though many challenges still need to be tackled, attaining high and sustained economic growth is and will continue to be a key part of our strategy to achieving these medium-term goals,” Mbeki added.last_img read more

Orphaned baby rhino named

first_img11 February 2016A rhino calf, abandoned by its mother on New Year’s Eve in the Aquila Private Game Reserve in the southern Karoo, has been named Osita, a name of Nigerian (Igbo) origin and meaning “from today onwards it will be better”.The public was invited to suggest names, which were shortlisted to the following six:Nusura: meaning “escaped death” or “survivor” in Swahili;Osita: (Osita di nma) meaning “from today onwards it will be better” in Igbo;Kito: meaning “a rare find, valuable and beautiful” in Swahili;Orion: the rhino was found with the constellation Orion’s Belt directly above it;Bijoux: meaning “rare jewel” in French; and,Bahati: meaning “good fortune” in SwahiliA SMS line was set up for people to vote for their favourite name.The game reserve said life would certainly be better for Osita. “Now weighing over 100 kilograms and gulping down over 20 litres of equine milk formula every day at three hourly feeds, he is strong, boisterous, mischievous and inquisitive.”Watch Osita run and play here:Osita’s handler, Divan Grobler, said the calf “walks to the beat of his own drum”.People who submitted the shortlisted names each won a day-trip safari, and the winner won a one-night stay at the lodge.Osita will have an informal naming ceremony on Valentine’s Day in the morning.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

London Olympics: France’s Camille Muffat wins women’s 400m freestyle swimming gold

first_imgCamille Muffat of France held off a strong challenge from Allison Schmitt to win the Olympic 400m women’s freestyle gold on Sunday. Muffat, a 2011 world bronze medallist, managed to fend off the American in the final 50m to win in 4 minutes, 1.45 seconds, an Olympic record.”I’m relieved and happy,” Moffat said. “I haven’t thought about all the work, I was thinking about the other swimmers and my family.””Being an Olympic champion was the most difficult dream to reach. I knew this year I was the best, but I didn’t expect to win.”Beijing bronze medallist Schmitt was 0.34 seconds behind, with Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, 2008 gold medallist in both the 200 metres and 400 metres freestyle, claiming the bronze.”I did not expect a medal,” Adlington said. “It’s a really tough race. The only disappointment is with the time.”World record holder Frederica Pellegrini of Italy was fifth.last_img