first_img FOCAL POINT SPANISH TOWN: Preparations for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Primary Schools football and netball competitions got underway as teachers and coaches participated in a seminar hosted by the state agency at the Social Development Commission offices in St Catherine recently. The session which focused on netball, was led by veteran local coach and one of the most highly regarded international umpires, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Campbell. Campbell, who is also an INSPORTS sports officer, held an interactive session with representatives from more than 35 schools ahead of the under-12 netball competition, which will shoot off tomorrow at the Homestead Sports Complex, where each zone in Central St Catherine will participate. “This session’s main focus is to bring participating schools up to speed with the new INF rules to prepare the kids. We are going to discuss the changes and additions as well and strategise how best to interpret and apply them to the game for the under-12 participants,” said Campbell. “It is important for the coaches and kids to have an appreciation of the new rules so that they can grow stronger in the game.” Highlights included a demonstration of new protocol regarding how the area of play is set up, to ensure a smooth game and the safety of the young participants. The safety of children playing the game is a focal point of INF’s new mandate that each team must have a primary medical care provider for the duration of all matches. In support of this, INSPORTS announced that it will provide full medical service for the opening and closing games of the competition. Additional changes included a reduction in the number of whistle blows to potentially one at the start of the game if it proceeds without incidence. New procedures also include all time-outs reduced to 30 seconds and that at least one leg should be wholly within the centre circle for centre passes. “It is important for the kids to get a good foundation as we assume that some of them will become Sunshine Girls. What we want is that when they get to the international level their knowledge of the fundamentals and their skills will be of a high calibre so that the most we have to do at that level is help to strategise and work as a team,” Campbell observed. “We are creating that high level of skill at the national level and in our domestic leagues because we are trying to develop a cadre of players that we can choose from to represent Jamaica.” He continued: “We want each parish to get involved in playing netball and from there we will have a grand final. Following the grand final we want to select players for the elite league which is the Berger League and then from there we can select players for the national team.”last_img read more


first_imgPensioners are being treated with almost no respect when they turn up at post offices to collect their monthly pension. This is according to Region Six Chairman David Armogan, who on Friday said that Government must act now and put measures in place to prevent the long periods the elderly have to wait to collect their monthly pension.Region Six Chairman David Armogan“What I have seen around and people have reported to me is that they go to these post offices on the first or second day of the month, which is the designated day to collect their pensions; and when they go there, sometimes that have to wait until 10 or 11 o’clock. They go there at 6 0’clock in the morning, and hardly any of them would have had anything to eat,” Armogan told this publication.However, that is just the tip of the iceberg, he said, adding that many pensioners need to be accompanied, while others have medical conditions which make it almost impossible for them to be at the post office for five or six hours.The regional chairman explained that post offices are now no longer ready to make payments as soon as they open for business.He noted that the pensioners receive only a small amount of money, and when they are asked to return on a second day, there is an additional cost in terms of transportation.Armogan said the situation is far from being acceptable. He also noted that many of the post offices — not only in Region Six, but countrywide — do not have proper sanitary facilities to accommodate pensioners.“I have seen instances where pensions have virtually soiled themselves because they don’t have access to toilet facilities,” Armogan related. Hunger, he said, also affects many pensioners waiting to collect their pension at post offices, which is assigned to distribute old age pension.The regional chairman said he have received reports of pensioners fainting as they wait to receive their pension at a post office. Many post offices lack seating accommodation, the chairman added.“They have to stand up in a line just for those couple dollars. Even as heart-rending as this may seem, some pensioners are forced to endure that ordeal for two days, and on occasions for a third day,” he said.Armogan has said he is hoping that the authorities responsible for the payment of pension – moreso the Social Protection Ministry and the Guyana Post Office Corporation — would come together and improve the situation.Pensioners, he added, have contributed immensely to Guyana’s development, and should therefore be treated better. “They don’t deserve that kind of treatment. The onus in on the current Administration to fix the situation,” he has declared.last_img read more