1 p.m.: Triple jump – men 2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase – women 3:30 p.m: Long jump – women 4 p.m: 400m hurdles – women 4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles – men 5:15 p.m: 800m – women 5:20 p.m: 800m – men 6:30 p.m: 100m – women 6:35 p.m: 100m – men The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m. The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB). At Wednesday’s launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor. Belinda Williams, NCB’s group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday’s launch: “Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time.” She added: “We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance.” The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a “good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.” UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting. Fourteen finals – eight on the track and six in the field – will be contested on today’s opening day. Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O’Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies. Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend. Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today’s first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without. Selected finals
Fort St. John resident Amy Callison says she’s been surprised to see so many people smoking in parks, pointing to one incident where she saw a father swinging from the monkey bars with a lit cigarette in his mouth just a few feet away from a group of children. “I asked him not to smoke near the kids, and thankfully he moved further away to finish his cigarette,” she writes. “Several of the mothers sitting nearby thanked me for speaking up and said that they were afraid to say anything.” Councillor Dan Davies originally proposed having staff prepare a bylaw banning smoking in parks, but Mayor Lori Ackerman and other councillors expressed concern about bylaw officers being able to enforce it. However, Davies argued that it’s more about creating awareness than catching offenders. – Advertisement -“If they’re aware that there’s a rule around it, they will refrain,” he says. “It is an awareness, and if there are a number of complaints, well, we’ll deal with that the best we can.” Similar signs are already in place at City facilities and the Surerus Ball Diamonds, which were funded by a Northern Health IMAGINE grant. Director of Community Services Sarah Cockerill says they also raise awareness of the City’s zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol, in the hopes that “peers will police each other.” Advertisement Edmonton is one Canadian city that has a smoking ban in areas that children frequent, and a City Councillor’s research assistant told Callison that the cost to create the bylaw was “minimal” at $20,000 for public education ad awareness, which included signs in the 2,700 affected areas. Callison argues that cost would be greatly reduced for Fort St. John, as it would affect fewer than 20 parks.Davies’ motion was voted down, in favour of one to seek a grant for an awareness campaign.