Coach Neil Harrison’s confidence was clear: “We are ready. We were born ready.”That’s the message he is sending as it relates to his Kingston College (KC) charges’ readiness for the fast-approaching ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.Harrison was speaking at an entertaining Journey to Champs stop in which telecommunications and cable company FLOW boosted KC’s coffers with $200,000 towards their sports development and sports programme at the institution’s Elleston Road Campus, which houses grades seven to nine, yesterday.Over the past three weeks, FLOW has stopped by three schools – Jamaica College, Hydel, and now, KC.The next stops for the FLOW Champs tour are Girls’ champions’, Edwin Allen High, next Tuesday, and Boys’ champions, Calabar, on March 11.The championships’ title sponsor, GraceKennedy, was also on hand to distribute gift bags, refreshment, prizes and nutritional advice to the students.The exciting day included entertainer Bugle releasing a number of hits from his catalogue. There were entertaining dancing battles and lyrical battles between students and FLOW dancers, while former KC students Elli the Viner and Prince Pine entertained and chanted the school’s motto to much jubilation.FLOW’s Whitney Fennell, who is in charge of retail sales, who himself is a Fortis old boy, rallied his former school ahead of Champs.”FLOW believes that the future of this country rests with young people, and we will all be supporting our youngsters, so we will always power our footballers and our athletes in whatever sport they choose,” Fennell outlined.Meanwhile, dean of discipline of the North Street campus Ainsworth Walker jolted the crowd with: “KC, KC, KC … Fortis forever!””I think we are prepared to win Champs, barring injuries. We only have one serious injury in the Class One with Chadwick Brown, and hopefully, he will recover,” Walker told The Gleaner in an interview.”We stand a great chance; they (athletes) just need to be consistent in their training and be advised about their physical and mental state, and once they find a twitch, they should take it serious,” he continued.Ironically, GraceKennedy’s digital media officer, Dwayne Extol, who helped to dethrone KC of the championships at Wolmer’s Boys in 2010, said: “Calabar by far looks impressive all season, JC are dark horses, as they are well-rounded and look a strong unit this year,” Extol pointed out.
Tempers flared in Blacksmiths Lane, Seaforth just yards away from the polling station, as the Jamaica Labour Party’s James Robertson, who is vying for another term as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Western St Thomas, addressed a small group of community members. Robertson, who was being accused of being absent in the constituency, was assuring the people of the work that he had put in over the years. “I have been a father to this lane for almost 30 years, long before I was elected as MP,” he said. Robertson’s proclamation was met with shouts and nods of agreement from a few of the people who had gathered. However, one man, who was holding a cup of what appeared to contain alcohol, approached the candidate with slurs contrary to what he had proclaimed. Another resident of the community exclaimed that the man was drunk and asked him to move away. The accusing man refused, which escalated to a brief fist fight. Robertson ensured that the dispute was settled before leaving the location.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles This is a continuation of the Aces’ historic losing streak with their last win coming almost four months ago at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup.Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks while Joe DeVance added 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Calvin Abueva had 22 points, on 9-of-24 shooting, and 13 rebounds to lead Alaska. PH secures bronze in women’s pairs lawn bowls View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra kept Alaska’s struggles going after coming away with a 94-80 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.As the Gin Kings improve to 4-1, and a fourth consecutive win, the Aces dropped to 0-6 and continued their downward spiral losing their 14th straight game overall.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Warriors won a 16th straight against Phoenix, their longest unbeaten run against a team in franchise history. Golden State’s 14 straight home victories versus the Suns is a franchise mark, as well.Klay Thompson scored 16 points but missed his initial four 3-point tries and finished 1 of 6 from deep, making him 3 for 22 through four games. He sustained what is considered a mild ankle sprain, telling Kerr he could have returned.New Golden State starting center Damian Jones dunked three times in the initial 4:03 — a pair of them on alley-oops — and Durant had one in transition, too. Phoenix called timeout down 12-7 at the 7:34 mark after KD’s slam.Jones also added an early three-point play on a putback and finished with 13 points. He had nine and four rebounds in the opening eight minutes.Devin Booker scored 28 points, TJ Warren had 27 off the bench and Deandre Ayton added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES “Our transition defense was atrocious,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It wasn’t any secret and we were talking about it before the game. We know that’s a strength, that’s who they are.”Curry shot 11 for 18 with six 3-pointers. He had scored 30 or more points in each of his initial three games this season but didn’t play the entire fourth quarter Monday.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix was outrebounded 17-6 in the opening quarter. … While G Troy Daniels had been cleared from the concussion protocol as of Monday morning, he did not play. … Phoenix won at Oracle Arena during the preseason.Warriors: Reserve G Shaun Livingston sat out with a bruised left knee. … The Warriors are averaging 119.8 points during the winning streak against the Suns. … Golden State’s first three games were decided by 11 total points. … The Warriors completed the first set of 13 back-to-backs — which will be their fewest total since the NBA began an 82-game schedule in 1967-68.COUSINS UPDATECenter DeMarcus Cousins will begin doing more “controlled aspects” of team drills during practice, increasing from the extensive individual work he has largely been limited to so far during his recovery from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon. Cousins still won’t be rushed into full scrimmaging but perhaps some light work when the young players scrimmage, Kerr said.“He’s doing fine, he’s doing well,” Kerr said.Cousins has been a big support for Jones, hopping off the bench to encourage the third-year pro and offering insight during timeouts.UNICYCLE GIFT Rong Niu, the Red Panda halftime performer, received a new custom-made unicycle courtesy of the Warriors and it was presented by team President and COO Rick Welts. Niu’s previous unicycle was stolen in January from the luggage area at San Francisco International Airport.Niu let out a “Yeah!” and pumped her fist after successfully flipping the bowls onto her head. Afterward, an emotional Red Panda took a bow, brought the house down, and said, “Thank you so much!”“She’s been amazing. She’s one of the great halftime acts in sports,” Kerr said. “So I think that’s great she’ll be here tonight. I will ask for a report from you guys afterward because I’ll be busy at halftime. I’m happy that she got her bike back.”UP NEXTSuns: Host LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday.Warriors: Host Washington on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter and also had eight assists, leading the Warriors past the Phoenix Suns 123-103 on Monday night.Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Draymond Green dished out eight of 35 assists for the two-time defending NBA champions. Kerr had been disappointed in his team’s passing, rushed shots and ball movement so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe is pleased with the progress: The Warriors shot 51.1 percent in the second of a back-to-back following a two-point loss at Denver on Sunday, which came after a one-point win Friday at Utah.“That looked like our team, just the purpose of each possession, driving and kicking and trying to get guys better shots,” he said. 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(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got back to their pass-happy ways and coach Steve Kerr could smile again about all those assists, fewer fouls and a better night taking care of the ball.“We understand what the keys to our success are and when we don’t do them we make the game extremely tough and give the other team life in terms of more possessions,” Curry said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
Samba Diakite will join his new QPR team-mates in Portugal on Wednesday.The Rangers squad flew out from Gatwick this morning for a break in the sun designed to recharge their batteries ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Diakite, 23, has been representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations since the club agreed his signing from French side Nancy on an initial loan deal.With the tournament now over, he is ready to head back to Europe to begin his Premier League career.Manager Mark Hughes is hoping the defensive midfielder can help a team whose defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday increased their relegation worries.Related story: Diakite to join QPR squad on overseas trip (9 February)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Skin-bleaching agents, weaves – these are the norm for many African women pressured into trying to fit a media stereotype of beauty. One female filmmaker decided to question this Western way of doing things in an animated documentary. Stories that include a local Kenyan hairdresser who can only afford enough beauty cream to bleach her hands and face, are documented in the film Yellow Fever. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) • South Africa’s musos dish on being a woman in music • A need for roots drives passion for genealogy • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Powerful women shape Africa • Big screen treatment for queen of Katwe Melissa JavanWhen she was just a child Ng’endo Mukii realised that the pressure to look professional and presentable made her feel awkward. That’s one of the reasons the Kenyan embarked on a journey to make a documentary carrying the message that women needed an option of choice.Mukii, the director and editor of the animated documentary Yellow Fever, says the pressure to look professional meant having Western ideals in the world in which she grew up. These ideals included having long, straight hair and paler skin.The idea for her film developed as part of a dissertation she did at the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom. Yellow Fever focuses on the media’s perception of beauty and what impact it has had on African women.Yellow Fever has received awards all over the world, including Best Animation at the seventh Kenya International Film Festival in Nairobi in November 2012, Best Student Film at the Underexposed Film Festival in the United States in November 2013, and Best Short Film at the AfriKamera Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland in April 2014.The documentary features women from different generations talking about changing skin colour and styling hair. In one scene, a young black girl (Mukii’s niece) says she would love to be whiter. She says she knows she can change her skin colour with magic.The pressure to change yourselfMukii explains the need for choice. “If your industry only hires women with weaves and those who have a paler skin tone get more promotions and such, then you will be forced by this circumstance, to either find a new industry, or conform.“Many of us conform without realising that we have even done so,” she says. “In Kenya, people openly criticise and make fun of women who have bleached their skin, especially if they are in the limelight. I, however, feel that it’s hypocritical as a society to create these ideals and then criticise those that attempt to achieve them.”Online artist shop Domus explains that Mukii presented Yellow Fever as a means of showing how Africans – and Kenyans specifically – have absorbed the absolute truths presented about themselves over the years, to the point that their own media has become biased towards Western ideals of beauty.“In response, women and girls feel pressured to conform to these ideals that essentially go against the grain of our bodies. As a result, this has affected our own sense of self-image and we constantly use chemicals to straighten our hair and bleach our skin, in an attempt to emulate these ideals,” says Mukii.News portal Huffington Post says Mukii named her film after Fela Kuti’s 1970s song of the same title. “However, while Kuti’s lyrics lash out at the women who choose to use skin-bleaching products, Mukii wants to challenge those who create the ideals. In her words, ‘rather than alienating or attacking people who are victims of them, we should actively address the lack of celebration of women of all appearances.’”The filmmaker asks: “Why is there no acknowledgement of the pressure that exists to push Kenyan [and other] women to willingly poison their skin and bodies with various chemicals [mercury included] in an attempt to have a paler complexion? Why should any normal girl feel that she will be more beautiful and lead a happier life if she loses weight?” Ng’endo Mukii interviewed family members as a microcosm for Nairobi and the women who live in Kenya.The intervieweesMukii says at first she had wanted to interview a number of women and find out their histories and perspectives. “But I realised that within my own family I had a number of generations with whom I am already connected and intimate, and we have had very different experiences growing up.“So I interviewed my mother and my niece and included my own memories and narration to use my family as a microcosm for Nairobi and the women who live here,” she explains.Mukii told Design Indaba Conference 2015 that the people in her family did not want to be filmed, so she turned to animation for the characters: “I’m animating them because no-one wants to talk on camera,” she says.“Documentary animation is really changing Kenyan peoples’ perspective on documentaries,” Mukii says. “You don’t expect it to have animated Kenyan characters talking.”Her responsibility as an AfricanSpeaking about her craft, she explains that if she feels passionately about something, it becomes the focus of her film. “If it happens to be a social issue that I am concerned about, then yes, my work will reflect that.“I do sometimes feel that there is an expectation that, as an African director, I must focus on certain social issues deemed as ‘African’, and that other content beyond this scope is seen as not ‘African enough’.“I can understand why this pressure would exist, but I feel it limits our creativity and even our own understanding of ourselves as citizens in this urbanising and multifaceted context we call Africa.”Africans, she adds, have the opportunity to tell their own stories.Watch Yellow Fever on Vimeo here.
What MPs and political managers of the Congress and Trinamool Congress could not achieve, a Bollywood star managed.Mithun Chakraborty played the role of a mediator between Pranab Mukherjee and Mamata Banerjee, winning the Congressman the support of the mercurial Trinamool chief in the presidential election, it has emerged.And if the buzz in West Bengal’s political circles is to be believed, the actor could represent Trinamool in the Rajya Sabha.Few would know that Mithun and Mukherjee share a rapport that was born four decades ago. The Congress’s ‘man for all seasons’ has admiration for the Bengali who achieved stardom in Bollywood. In turn, Mithun has high regard for one of the tallest politicians from his state.Mithun, who once enjoyed cordial ties with late West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu and sports minister Subhas Chakraborty, is equally comfortable with Mukherjee.It may be recalled that in 2005, when Mukherjee was the defence minister in UPA-I, he had recommended Mithun for the Padma Shri. In 2009, the star campaigned for Mukherjee for the Lok Sabha polls in Jangipur, from where the Congressman was seeking re-election.And when the Congress was hoping against hope to receive support from the Trinamool for the July 19 presidential poll, Mithun played the role of the go-between.Mithun, who also shares cordial ties with the temperamental Banerjee, touched an emotional chord with her and advised her to support the veteran Congress leader.While Mukherjee was busy campaigning in other states, Mithun was on the job of bringing the Trinamool chief and the UPA presidential candidate closer.advertisementIt is understood that before Banerjee did a U-turn and announced her party’s support for Mukherjee two days before the elections, Mithun had communicated the Trinamool’s decision to the Congress leader.Mithun was personally invited by Mukherjee to attend the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. The actor flew to the city from Kolkata along with Banerjee on a private jet that was arranged by the Congress.On Tuesday night, Mamata and Mithun, along with railway minister Mukul Roy and Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, drove down to 13, Talkatora Road, to meet Mukherjee.The meeting of the Bengalis was nothing short of an emotional affair!
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community. According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago. Story Highlights “Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community.She said that it is love of the immediate family that will prompt love of the community and, ultimately, country.Ms. Grange was speaking at Sunday’s (August 5) National Emancipation and Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Constant Spring Road Church of God, Kingston, which was held under the theme, ‘Jamaica 56: One Love…One Family’.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, headed the dignitaries attending, who included South West St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who represented Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips. Both read Old and New Testament scriptures during the service.According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago.“It was that same love of family, in the broadest sense, that led to the efforts that resulted in Independence for Jamaica from Britain ,which we mark for the 56th time on Monday, August 6. It is the love of family that underlines the deeds of our National Heroes and the sacrifices that they made, which were, in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice,” the Minister added.Ms. Grange thanked Jamaicans who are serving the nation in various ways and giving of their best “continuously and selflessly for the good of all of us”.“Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added.