The West Indies’ visually impaired cricket team’s Jamaican players have received a sponsorship of just under $3 million to compete in the 2017 T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind in India at the end of the month.The Sports Development Foundation (SDF) has contributed $2.2 million of this, with another $750,000 coming from the Jamaica Cricket Association.Sports Minister Olivia Grange said that the team still needs all the support it can get, especially financially, and has urged corporate Jamaica to get on board to help to cover other expenses the team still has.”There is still a shortfall and I will continue to lobby on behalf our visually challenged cricketers. They deserve this opportunity to compete against the best players in the world. They have always represented their country and the region with distinction and I know they will do so again. I appeal to corporate Jamaica to get behind our visually impaired cricketers and help them to get to the World Cup,” the sports minister said.The donation was made to the team on behalf of the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association as the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind had requested that each player gets funding from the respective territories. This meant a higher figure was needed for the Jamaicans as eight of them make up the 11-member squad.Minister Grange and SDF general manager Denzil Wilks both assured the team that the donation would not affect funds to be given to the Jamaicans at a later date as they look to defend their regional title.SENSE OF OPTIMISMThe team had faced the threat of withdrawing from the competition because of a lack of funds, but as they now look towards their opening game against the hosts on January 31, squad member Jason Ricketts said that there is a renewed sense of optimism in the camp.”We’re confident,” he says. “I’m not gonna say that we’re gonna win (the entire competition), but we’re in a better position now and actually feeling better than a week ago.”His teammate Mark Sweeney said that the donation has him motivated even more to make the region proud.”I must say that I am feeling a sense of relief,” Sweeney said. “I really want to go and represent my country and the region. We’re going out there to give it our best, nothing but the best.”Ricketts said that the uncertainty over participation has affected the team’s training, but they will make the most of the remaining time.”It’s (preparations) not as smooth as we’d want it to be, but we just have to work with the limited time and resources that we have and try and make it work when we get down to India.”The 2017 T20 World Cup for the Blind will run from January 28 to February 12.
The president of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Madam Lusu K. Sloan, has called on the government to address the issue of dual currency in the country. Madam Sloan made the call, recently at a roundtable symposium on the economic and constitutional implications of Liberia’s dual currency regime in Monrovia. The round table discussion was organized by the Governance Commission in partnership with the Constitution Review Committee, and it brought together several state actors from public and private sectors. According to Madam Sloan, business women and petty traders are calling for local business transactions to be done in Liberian dollars. She said local traders are not making profit because they are buying their goods in US dollars from foreign importers and selling them in Liberian dollars. As a result, the LMA president said, local traders, especially market women, are selling without adequate income from the business to better their living conditions. She stressed that dual currency is causing instability of the Liberian economy and not improving the livelihood of local marketers or the economy. The LMA boss highlighted that dual currency is increasing countless problems as many schools are charging fees in US dollars, instead of in Liberian dollars. “We actually want the government and those that are in charge to look at the situation carefully; we are selling our goods and services in Liberian dollars, but some schools are charging fees in US dollars. I don’t think it is supposed to be that way. You can’t have your school in Liberia and charge the parents in US dollars,” she said.Madam Sloan indicated that foreign importers are taking excess US dollars from Liberia to develop their countries, while Liberia remains under-developed. “Buying in US dollars from the importers, selling the goods in Liberian dollars and at the end of the day you have to change the Liberian dollars to US dollars to re-buy drops the profit margin. So you see, more money is going out of the country on a daily basis, because they come here to look for US dollars to carry it,” the LMA president asserts. She wants the government to monitor the behavior of importers toward retailers to enable the local traders to profit from their businesses. Madam Sloan said the National Legislature in collaboration with the relevant authorities should put in place policies to stabilize the Liberian dollar on the market, adding that it is losing its relevance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It’s that time again to submit your music for RocKIN the Peace 2009. This year you’ve got even more time to come with up with your own original music of any format and submit it to see if you can win this year’s grand prize. You can submit any type of music that you’d like…the only catch is…it must be an original tune. You must submit your music (up to 3 songs) on CD to Moose FM by March 7th, 2009. Get more details and the official entry form below or by visiting Moose FM at 10423 101 Ave. You can also visit the official site at www.rockinthepeace.com – Advertisement -After March 7th, 2009 judges from the community will pick the top 10 songs. Those songs will be put on the 2009 RocKIN the Peace CD. That CD will be sold all around the BC Peace. Plus those 10 artists/groups will perform at the RocKIN the Peace Concert at the NPCC. There you will have the final say as to who wins the grand prize. RocKIN the Peace is brought to by the Kin Club of Fort St. John and Moose FM.