At least four schools have received sponsorship to ensure their participation in the Education Ministry’s Children’s Mashramani Costume and Float Parade 2019.The schools that are sure to participate in the parade billed for February 16, 2019, are Tucville Primary and Secondary Schools, St Margaret’s Primary School and St Winifred’s Secondary school.To make the participation of the schools a reality, teachers from the four schools received materials to assist their schools in preparation for the event.The materials are to be used for the creation of costumes even as the Unit ofAdministrator of the Unit of Allied Arts, Lorraine Barker-King and teachers of the four schools at the handing over ceremonyAllied Arts will also be financing the construction of the costumes.Further, the unit has undertaken the provision of needed transportation for the students’ participation from the four schools. The total sponsorship for the four schools has been valued at an overall cost of about $500,000.Handing over the items yesterday was Administrator of the Unit of Allied Arts Lorraine Barker-King who described the gesture as a tradition to select and support some schools annually.She said, “These schools are selected on the basis of their willingness to participate but their inability to do so because of various reasons”.Among the items handed-over were shimmering materials, glue guns and glue, pompoms as well as face masks etc.According to Barker-King, the idea is to foster a more collaborative approach that encourages the involvement of parents at home, the students and teachers at schools and the community as these stakeholders will all be relied upon to lend their creative abilities towards costume construction.Explaining further, Barker-King said, “The Unit normally offers support to schools which do not normally participate and this serves as an enabler because we [the Unit] believe that children should be allowed to be children while socialising through the creative arts as well as fostering creativity.”Meanwhile, the Allied Arts Administrator has informed that planning is in its advanced stages to ensure the successful hosting of the Annual Regional and National Children’s Mashramani activities which will see the regional competitions beginning from as early as January 22 in Region three (3).In addition to the staging of the regional activities, the winners from the eleven education districts will all converge in Georgetown to contest for top honours and bragging rights for the national finals which are slated for staging at the National Cultural Centre from February 14-15, 2019.The categories include dance and masquerade, calypso singing and dramatic poetry presentations. Addressing the subject of sponsorship aside from the traditional sponsors, several other corporate citizens have signaled their interests in sponsoring the various events in support of the nation’s youths.Mashramani 2019 is being celebrated under the theme, “Celebrating 49 with victory in mind – re-discovering Eldorado.”For 2019 it is projected that more than 7000 children, drawn from all eleven education districts, will participate in the regional and national children’s Mashramani activities representing public and private schools as well as children’s organisations.
Crown Counsel has approved charges related to drug trafficking against three Fraser Valley men.Clayton Eheler has been arrested and charged with one count of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He is scheduled to appear at Chilliwack Provincial Court on Jan. 5, 2016.Warrants are out for the arrest of 59-year-old Raymond Morrissey, and 29-year-old Mathew Thiessen. Both men, of Chilliwack, are also charged with one count of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.- Advertisement -This past May, Fort St. John RCMP helped the CFSEU-BC’s investigators take three into custody, and recover 1.8kg of powdered cocaine, 1.6kg of crack cocaine and just under $138,000 in cash after an alleged drug runner based in the Fraser Valley was intercepted.“This was a complex, multi-jurisdictional investigation affecting several areas throughout B.C. and in Alberta,” said the CFSEU-BC spokesperson, Constable Jordan McLellan.“Our investigations span the province and the arrests and seizures we have had in Northern B.C. are further examples that the CFSEU-BC will turn its attention anywhere criminal activity is taking place.”Advertisement This investigated started with a group based in Chilliwack, back in August 2014. This March, it was announced that the investigation resulted in the seizure of cash, weapons, and over $5 million dollars worth of illegal and potentially lethal drugs, including Fentanyl. Several arrests were made as well.The whereabouts of Morrissey and Thiessen are currently unknown.
The world’s fastest man improved his record Sunday, winning a heat at the Rieti Grand Prix in 9.74 seconds despite easing at the end. “This means that I can do even 9.68,” Powell said. “I’m worth that time, I know it.” The record comes only two weeks after the Jamaican finished a disappointing third at the track and field world championships in Osaka, Japan. “I made a couple of mistakes and I corrected them,” said Powell, who lowered the mark by 0.03 seconds, having run 9.77 three times. “That’s what happens when I start to listen to the coach.” The heat, the second of two, was run with a strong tail wind, but it was below the maximum allowed by track and field’s governing body, making the record valid. TRACK AND FIELD: Jamaican breaks his own mark with a 9.74, says he can go faster. By Alessandra Tarantino THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIETI, Italy – Asafa Powell set another world record in the 100 meters, and suspects he can go even faster. In the final, Powell won in 9.78 – with no tail wind. Michael Frater of Jamaica was second in 10.03, followed by Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway in 10.10. “Today I ran like I should have done at the worlds,” Powell said. “At Osaka I was too tense, I was thinking about the race and the time I had to set. Instead, here I was relaxed.” After winning the final, Powell celebrated amid a crowd of photographers on the field of Raul Guidobaldi stadium, throwing a bouquet of flowers into the stands. He also ran a lap of honor, shaking hands with fans and signing autographs. “Me and my coach have been working to getting myself back to normal,” Powell said. “I came here today and I executed properly and did what I was supposed to do.” Powell is only the fourth non-American to hold the 100 world record since 1912. Donovan Bailey of Canada (1996), Armin Hary of West Germany (1960) and Percy Williams of Canada (1930) are the others. Rieti is a fast track on which six middle-distance world records have been set. That was not lost on Powell, who was trying to bounce back from his disappointing performance at the worlds. “It’s a very fast track. I love this track. It’s very bouncy,” said Powell, who trains in Italy three months of the year. “Italy is a good place for me. It’s my second home.” Powell first set the world record of 9.77 in June 2005 in Athens, Greece. Justin Gatlin matched the time in May 2006, but the American faces a suspension of up to eight years following a positive doping test for testosterone and other steroids at the Kansas Relays a month earlier. In June 2006, Powell again ran 9.77, and then did it a third time in August 2006. Despite the fast times, Powell has struggled at major competitions, missing a medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. At the worlds, he finished behind gold medalist Tyson Gay and Derrick Atkins, running 9.96. The bronze was Powell’s first major medal. “That was a race I had to win and I didn’t. Enough. I lost,” Powell said. “The real Powell is the one from today, not the Osaka one.” Powell had also been one of the favorites at the 2003 worlds, but he was disqualified in the heats for a false start. He missed the 2005 worlds because of a groin injury. Michael Johnson, the world record holder at both 200 and 400 meters, criticized Powell during the worlds last month, saying the Jamaican is “not a great competitor.” Johnson said Powell gave up in Osaka when he was overtaken by Gay in the final 40 meters.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!