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IPL’s juggling act – Balancing Champs with Reggae Boyz match in mind

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first_imgWith just a few days separating the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Champion-ships now under way at the National Stadium and Jamaica’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at the same venue, Independence Park Limited (IPL) has taken several steps to ensure that the wear on the surface is limited. IPL General Manager Major Desmon Brown told The Gleaner that every effort is being made to limit the effect that the five-day high school track and field championships will have on the infield area, with the hope of ensuring the surface remains in pristine condition with the Reggae Boyz March 25 qualifier in mind. “What we hope to do, and we will try as best as possible, is to limit any damage to the infield area during Champs of course,” said Brown. “At the same time, we don’t want to kill the spirit for Champs, but it’s also important to do our best to preserve the surface as best as we can ahead of the World Cup qualifier.” Adjustments include the repositioning of electronic advertising boards to the cycle track in front of the bleachers section – from their customary spot at the edge of the infield area – and the addition of protective mats in the shot put vector. “Basically, events like the javelin and discus don’t do too much damage to the surface itself, but for shot put, we have put in the protective turf because that can really create some problems,” Brown added. Officials will also be limiting movement across the infield and have erected protective bordering to help where this is concerned. Brown did, however, admit that they may find it difficult to enforce this restriction at the end of the championships when the winners are announced. “If it’s a one-off thing like what we see from time to time at the end of Champs when winners are announced, it wont have too much of an effect,” he reasoned. The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships will come to an end on Saturday night Calabar High and Edwin Allen High are defending their respective boys’ and girls’ titles. Meanwhile, the Reggae Boyz will be looking to improve on their three points secured to date in their CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on March 25.last_img read more

Mabura miner slapped with wounding charge

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first_imgA miner of Lot 40 Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) on Friday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Fabayo Azore to answer the charge of wounding.Ian Sutton, 24, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on August 17, 2016 at Bamboo Landing, Mabura, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Leon Thomas with the intent to maim, disfigure and disable.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones indicated to Magistrate Azore that he had no objections to bail.The unrepresented defendant was released on $75,000 bail.The case will continue on September 8, 2016.last_img