Jamaica has won the bid to host the 2016 Caribbean Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championship to be held in July of this year.Jamaica had been in contention to host the championships that will feature eight male and a similar number of female teams from across the region battling for the right be called Caribbean champions. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending male and female champions.Martinique had also expressed an interest in hosting the championships, but following a visit here late last year by president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA), Mushtaque Mohammed, it was decided that Jamaica was the better option. During his visit Mohammed conducted site inspections and looked at hotels in Kingston. He also met with athletes and officials before making his decision.”From my inspection visit, it was evident that you and your team have the enthusiasm and drive necessary to provide the best conditions for the hosting of our major tournaments,” Mohammed told Jamaica Volleyball Association president Rudolph Speid in a letter communicating the good news.This will be the second occasion this year that Jamaica will be hosting a major international volleyball tournament as the island is set to host the second round of Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, at the end of January.
Rudolph Speid, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), has expressed delight at the association being selected to host the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship in July this year. The president said the selection puts Jamaica one step closer to realising the association’s objective of popularising, professionalising, and commercialising the sport in the country.This will be the fourth time since last year that Jamaica has been selected to host an international volleyball tournament. In May 2015, Jamaica hosted the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Ocho Rios and, in August, the CAZOVA Under-19 championships were held at the G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine. JAVA received high praise from CAZOVA for both tournaments. Jamaica has also been selected to host the second round of Olympic qualifiers at the end of the month, and now the Caribbean Championships. Speid believes these achievements will help boost the sport locally.”The volleyball community is ecstatic about being selected to host the Caribbean championships. The country has done a good job hosting two previous tournaments last year, and it will help to build the image of the sport,” he said.From July 7 to 17, 16 teams from across the region – eight male and eight female – will be competing for the respective titles, both held by Trinidad and Tobago. Due to the regional appeal, JAVA will be tasked with partnering with a Caribbean communications network to send pictures out to the region. “We have to get an event like this properly televised and reported on so that people here will start to identify with the sport and so that it can be seen as an alternative to other sports.”RAMP UP PREPARATIONSIt is only one of many things JAVA will have to get done to ensure a successful staging of the championships estimated to cost about J$20million. “We have to now ramp up preparations. The local organising committee will take over now and ensure that we get the relevant permits, meet with Major Desmon Brown at Independence Park Limited and, most important, take measures to ensure that the venue gets filled every night for the tournament.”They will also have to tie down an estimated 250 hotel rooms, possibly more, to accommodate the visiting teams and any visitor who might be travelling to see the tournament, an indicator, Speid says, on the potential impact the tournaments can have on sports tourism.CAZOVA has also promised to deliver an indoor court that will have to be in place by April. Agreements have already been reached to have the court installed at the National Arena.Meanwhile, JAVA will be out seeking sponsors to help fund the venture.”We have some national sponsors, but we will need to go beyond them. We have to put on a very good event,” Speid said.
Gardai are hunting thieves who stole a caravan from the side of a house in Falcarragh.The cheeky robbery of the caravan took place at Ballyness between 6am and 7am on September 8th last.Gardai have viewed CCTV footage and are seeking to interview the driver of a blue VW car which was seen towing the car. The caravan, which measures 28 feet long and 8 feet wide, was taken from Falcarragh but was taken in the direction of Clady.The Hobby VIP caravan had been clamped by the owner but this did not stop the thieves from removing the caravan.Garda Grainne Doherty said the caravan also had a grey and blue stripe down the side and has a registration number of WJZ 9398.Garda Doherty appealed for anybody who may have been on the road early that morning and noticed a caravan being hitched by a car to contact their local Garda station. She also appealed to anybody who may have dashcam footage to get in touch with Gardai.Gardai hunt thieves who stole caravan from side of house was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:caravanFanadGardairobbery
State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours throughout the month of March.“I am excited to host monthly office hours in each of the four counties I represent. It is important for me to meet face-to-face with residents and hear their concerns, answer questions and help them with issues involving state government,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering.His office hours schedule is:Friday, March 13Mackinac CountyDriftwood Restaurant590 N. State St. in St. Ignace9-11 a.m.Chippewa CountyPure Country Family Restaurant11370 W. Main St. in Rudyard2-4 p.m.Friday, March 27Cheboygan CountyBig Boy Restaurant861 S. Main St. in Cheboygan9-11 a.m.Emmet CountyAlanson Depot Restaurant7568 US 31 in AlansonNoon-2 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at email@example.com or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. Categories: Chatfield News 03Mar Rep. Chatfield announces March office hours
Viacom will launch its Paramount Comedy channel in Russia in April. The localized service will be programmed with Russian and international content and target the 18-34 demographic.In conjunction with the launch announcement, Viacom said it has hired a new ad sales manager and channel boss for its Russian services. Mikhail Nepomnyaschy joins from Disney and will fill the ad sales role after being appointed commercial director. Andre Gromkovski, meanwhile, joins from Bazalevs Group and becomes head of channel, Paramount Comedy Russia.The roster of international series on the new channel will include South Park and Last Man Standing while. Viacom said that local comedians will also play a key role in the channel’s programming with Dmitry Romanov and other local comics contributing.Viacom would not disclose which platforms the channel will be carried on at launch, but told Informa Telecoms & Media that it would announce distribution partners in March.