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first_img Mandeville-based journalist Paul Byfield, who covered sporting events in Manchester and St Elizabeth for the last 15 years, will be buried today following a church service starting 11 a.m. at the Pentecostal Church on Brumalia Road. Byfield, who primarily worked as a correspondent for CVM TV, died two weeks ago at the age of 54 after battling colon cancer. At a special get-together on Thursday night, Byfield’s home in the community of Waltham was packed with persons from the sporting, business, and civil communities in Mandeville. Retired sports administrator Pat Anderson, who is credited with introducing Byfield to the field of sports coverage when he handed him a tape of a popular road race in Mandeville around 2000, remembered his energy in covering sports. “He was among the first on the list of invitees when planning a function as you felt that if he came, it would definitely be covered. I admired that about him,” said Anderson. The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), through its president, Orville Henriques, also offered a tribute to Byfield’s work and condolences to his family. “Byfield was one of the first journalists to cover events at MRPC, so we remember him with much gratitude in helping to get shooting out at a time when people didn’t believe in what we were trying to achieve,” said Henriques. “May his soul rest in peace, and I know it is a difficult time for his family, but I wish them the same energy and interest he had to succeed.” Women With a Purpose 5K Run/Walk Treasure Beach and its environs will come alive today, starting with this morning’s Women With A Purpose 5K Treasure Hunt Run/Walk event. The Treasure Beach Women’s Group is the chief organisers of the event, which seeks to bring awareness to breast cancer victims and former victims who have beaten the odds by surviving. The group is seeking to raise $3 million to fund their outreach services. The event has got a tremendous boost, with the acquisition of sponsorship from German bra manufacturers Anita, who actually make a special line of bra that caters specifically to women who have had a mastectomy. The race is set to start at 7 a.m., following which there will be an after-party, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Portmore Business House football kicks off Naggo Head win INSPORTS netball rally Mandeville sportscaster to be buried today There were incentives galore as the finals of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee netball leagues for the fourth quarter were completed at the May Day High School last Sunday. For the second year in a row, Williamsfield emerged as champions, defeating Bombay 22-20 in an exciting senior final, which was decided in the last two minutes of the game. The junior final was decided in similar fashion, with Pear Tree taking the title after outlasting Albion 16-13. Porus snapped up third place by defeating Broadleaf 22-17. The prize was impressive, with Williamsfield collecting $60,000, a trophy and 10 medals. Bombay were left smiling with $40,000 for second place, while Police garnered $30,000. Pear Tree collected $50,000 for the junior crown, with second-place Albion getting $30,000 and Porus pocketing $20,000. The payout for the individual awards were similarly decent, with Williamsfield’s Samantha Martin and Pear Tree’s Sheena Ricketts each taking home $10,000 for being the respective senior and junior Most Valuable players. The Most Disciplined team award, copped by Albion, yielded a $25,000. Baseball/softball certification Waterhouse United staved off the challenge of Braeton All Stars to carve out a 20-point (300-280) victory over their arch-rivals in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League mid-season final at the Olympia Crown Hotel, 53 Molynes Road, St Andrew. Earlier, in arguably the best match of the season, Waterhouse United shocked previously unbeaten Braeton All Stars 300-299 in a nail-biting countdown during the eighth round. With the victory, Waterhouse gained additional bragging rights, a trophy, and a cash award. Williamsfield, Pear Tree win Central Manchester titlescenter_img Naggo Head Primary were crowned Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Klayto Sutherland Portmore Primary Schools Netball Rally champion, after they defeated Portsmouth 2-0 in the final last Wednesday. Naggo Head’s Quacian Davis was named the competition’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Waterford copped third place as they surprised Ascot Primary 3-1. Ascot looked good in the preliminary round as they notched up three straight wins. Ten schools contested the one-day event. The league commences on Wednesday, October 26. At the end of the final on Wednesday, Andrea Hanson, INSPORTS’ officer for Portmore, handed over the winning trophy to a jubilant Naggo Head team. Waterhouse United are mid-season champs Edwards, Hamilton take George Lee Foundation 6KM The quartet of Oshane Archibald, Kimara Austin, Jon Saleem Oliphant, and Natasha McKenzie were the top performers at the Church Teachers’ College 5K Run/Walk held in Mandeville last weekend. Archibald, representing GC Foster College, was first past the finish line in the 4600-metre run in a good 14 minutes and 29 seconds, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical schoolboy Obrien Frith. Daniel Glave (GC Foster), Ainsworth Daley (Knox), and Kajay Walker (GC Foster), respectively, rounded out the top five. Kimara Austin of Spaldings High, who came in 24th overall at 19 minutes, 31 seconds, was the first-place female. Garrett Donald, who at age 11 was the youngest competitor, came in 30th overall at an impressive 20 minutes and 35 seconds. Oliphant and McKenzie defended their titles in the male and female walk, respectively. Oliphant was timed in 29:40, while McKenzie, who was third overall, finished in a time of 34:23. Coaches in Portmore and the corporate area were certified during a joint venture coaching course in softball/baseball by the Jamaica Baseball Association and the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association and Socana Elite, a Canadian-based coaching duo of Candice Stephens and Courtney Auger, at the Ascot Primary School in Portmore, recently. Stephens is an international pitcher for Canada and she possesses seven variations of pitches, while Auger is an international batter and catcher for South Africa and is ranked 18th in World softball. Both players suited up for Strathmore Magic, among other teams. The coaches were given practical and theoretical assignments, including teaching skills and rules of the games to children and how to instill discipline and proper conduct for budding players. Other information shared included setting up the batting line-up and field placements. Three-time defending champions Cable Pro got off to a less than inspirational start to their season as they were held 0-0 by newcomers Konnexx in the Portmore Business House five-a-side football league at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head, Portmore, on Wednesday night. During what was the official start of the season, Wisynco copped the best outfit award in the uniform parade. Next week’s games pit Network Plus versus Wisynco at 7:30 p.m., while the feature match at 8:30 p.m. will see Bridgeport Police battle Lasco Distributors. All games will be played at the Sunshine playing field. GC Foster athlete tops Church Teachers College 5K Showayne Edwards and Ackelia Hamilton won the respective male and female categories in the George Lee Foundation 6KM Road Race at the Portmore HEART Academy recently. Hamilton won in 20 minutes and 22 seconds to beat Bridgeport High’s 16-year-old athlete, David Thompson, who clocked 20 minutes and 42 seconds. St Catherine High’s Romardo Huluzana placed third in 21 minutes, .01 second. Hamilton, a student at St Catherine High, took the female section in 26 minutes, 24 seconds, while her schoolmate, Serena Douglas (26 minutes, 40 seconds), and Dana Thomas (27 minutes, 59 seconds) of Bridgeport High, placed second and third, respectively. Mayor George Lee, who died three years ago, is the first elected mayor in Portmore. He played a major role in Portmore achieving municipal status. The foundation, headed by Anita Lee, the former mayor’s widow, has been coordinating the event alongside OnDiRun, a data-management organisation. Proceeds of the road race will go towards scholarships for schoolchildren and a Senior Citizens Recreation Centre, two things the late mayor was passionate about.last_img read more

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Hotel boycott

first_img– Bill Lyons Santa Clarita Another civil war? It seems to me that the executive branch is engaged in a civil war with the Democratic-controlled legislative branch. President Bush appoints GOP fundraiser Sam Fox ambassador to Belgium without Senate confirmation and castigates House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria even though three Republican congressmen had visited there a short time ago. I wonder what will happen next in this skirmish between the two branches. – Jean Strauber Encino Plastic bag issue Just as in the case of the “shopping cart” issue, I will, again, point to Europe when it comes to the most recent controversy on this side of the Atlantic: the plastic bag. For decades now anyone shopping for groceries or otherwise will either bring a bag – widely practiced – or pay from 20 cents to a dollar. That simple move is the solution to yet another situation Americans find terribly complex. In each case, the levy of a fee makes the difference. It seems that the prospect of such has a soothing effect on a host of social and environmental problems. – Michael E. White Burbank Big oil, big prices Dow Jones’ Market Watch reports that Chevron’s CEO, David O’Reilly received $27 million in stock options last week. O’Reilly also serves as Chevron’s chairman of the Board, which should be monitoring O’Reilly’s performance as CEO. Meanwhile, gasoline prices march steadily toward $4 per gallon, and California drivers must cut back on other expenditures to finance Chevron’s largess. The resultant diminished consumer spending saps energy from the economy. The real question is why our legislators will not loosen Big Oil’s grip on consumer’s wallets. One reason may be the recent junkets to Japan and South America that California legislative leaders have taken with energy officials. – Lloyd A. Dent Studio City Accelerating change This planet has endured numerous global climate changes, but something very unnatural is sneaking up on it. It required many thousands of years to add the first billion people to the population, only 12 years to add the last billion. One year less to add the next billion, and so on. Can resources, environment handle 17.5 billion people devouring the planet by 2018? The warming and population explosion could collide and equal mass starvation. Imagine cities tripling in population. – Ken Garrison Rosamond160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Garcetti’s folly” (Our Opinions, March 25): I applaud City Council President Garcetti’s support of the boycott of the LAX Hilton. Your recent editorial is misinformed. Garcetti recommends that potential hotel customers honor this boycott and avoid any inconvenience and disruption caused by the boycott by choosing from the many other fine hotels in the L.A. area and along Century Boulevard. I recently spoke with an employee who has worked for the LAX Hilton for 22 years. He supports the boycott even though in the short term his earnings could be reduced. I hope the owner of this LAX hotel will agree with the Hilton Corp. and begin to deal with workers in good faith. – Jane Affonso Redondo Beach Bus fare hikes Re “Planned MTA hikes could strand some” (April 3): Why do those like Bonnie and Richard Haviland stew about bus fares? Don’t they realize that approximately 80 percent of the cost of their ride is paid by others? Do they think they are entitled to low fares because they can’t afford to pay the actual cost? This victim mentality has bred unprincipled vote-seeking politicians who reinforce this “poor me” thinking and boldly legislate hundreds of smoke-spewing, nearly empty buses to roam the streets in the name of service. If buses truly add to our quality of life, people will pay full, unsubsidized fares to use them. I think the Havilands and other bus riders should be grateful for the taxpayers’ largess. last_img read more

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