Eight young swimmers will depart Jamaica for this year’s Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Swimming Championships, a development meet set to run tomorrow through to Sunday in the twin-island Republic. The team will leave Jamaica today to compete at the four-day meet. They will be in search of qualifying times for next year’s Carifta Swimming Championships, which will be held in Bahamas, over the Easter weekend. They are Karci Gibson of Marlins Swim Club, as well as Sage Sinclair, Kyle Sinclair, Jordane Payne, Zaneta Alvaranga and Saamanta Selvon of YSpeedos. Western Jamaica-based swimmers Raina Hutchinson and Kara Hutchinson of Sailfish Swim Academy, located in Montego Bay, will also be competing in the meet. The team will be under the guidance of manager Georgia Sinclair and Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) certified Rory Alvaranga, who coaches four of the swimmers. “This development meet will expose them to high-level competition, and the experience will be a good one. It will allow them to come and perform personal bests, and just swim fast times,” Alvaranga pointed out. “I tell them to do what they are trained to do, and just have fun.” The coach says the environment will be one of the best to produce some fast swims to make those Carifta qualifying times, using an Olympic style platform starting block. Meanwhile, the Jamaicans will be competing at the six-month-old National Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad. It was completed ahead of the Rio Olympics, meeting all International Federation for Aquatic Sports requirements for international events. The facility has an indoor competition pool, 50m outdoor warm-up pool, as well as a cold-water pool.
During 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) issued 34 judgements and reasons for decision, its highest number of judgements delivered in a calendar year since it began its operations in 2005.Throughout that period, the CCJ also heard 28 new matters in both its original and its appellate jurisdictions. The court’s term ends on December 17; its last hearing for the year was a case from Barbados, heard on December 5. This matter was the appeal of Renaldo Alleyne, who was convicted of manslaughter after six young women died when the Campus Trendz Mall was firebombed during a robbery in 2010. Alleyne had been sentenced to six concurrent life sentences. The hearing was broadcast live, as are all the hearings from the Court.During this period, the judicial officers will be preparing for upcoming cases and hold case management conferences on current matters. Judicial reform work also continues during this period. The CCJ Academy for Law will be staging during this period its fifth Biennial Conference, in partnership with the General Legal Council, from December 13 to 15, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica.The Conference is being presented with the support of the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, the Caribbean Development Bank, CaribExport and Scotiabank Jamaica, and will feature over 50 international and local speakers. During the Conference, the Jurist Project will be launching a Criminal Bench Book for Magistrates and Parish Court Judges. The Bench Book provides guidelines, based on best practices gleaned from courts and judicial officers throughout the Region. The Bench Book will be an excellent resource document for Judges and Magistrates and will provide a template for judiciaries to adapt for their unique situations.Additionally, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, UN Women and the JURIST Project collaborated earlier this year to launch a Gender Protocol template, which the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT) has developed for use by Judicial Officers in Trinidad and Tobago. The JEITT launched the Trinidad and Tobago Gender Protocol on November 27, 2018.The CCJ is also preparing to launch its second Strategic Plan early next year. The new Plan will cover the period 2019-2023. The Plan will include updated vision and mission statements as well as new core values for the 13-year-old organisation. The Court’s units are currently preparing work plans, which will be broken down to work plans for each CCJ employee, to align with the Court’s overall strategic plan.
“I’m going to support personal freedom and lower taxes,” George Runner said. George Runner said Ledford acted as if the contributions were some “deep, dark secret” when they have been fully and properly disclosed. “Ledford needs to tell people why he is running, what he is going to do for them, and what his philosophy is. That’s what voters want to know,” George Runner said. Sharon Runner’s first campaign-finance statement reported more than $113,000 raised so far for her re-election bid. Runner said she expects to raise more than $200,000 for the campaign. Ledford said he was in the process of opening a campaign account. Ledford said his campaign contributions will be “pure as distilled water.” Before criticizing the Runners’ campaign financing, Ledford said he has more experience in building bipartisan consensus on issues of importance to the region, such as his work with the North Los Angeles County Transportation Coalition. Ledford criticized both Runners for not soliciting Palmdale city officials’ views on issues that need to be addressed in Sacramento and said he would do a better job of working with the district’s cities. “I have a great understanding, from the ground up, of what is happening here in the high desert,” Ledford said. “I will represent the district evenly and fairly.” The winner of the June 6 Republican primary will face Democrat Robert “Bo” Bynum, a Palmdale School District trustee, in the Nov. 7 general election. Two candidates who filed for the Assembly race failed to qualify for the ballot – Republican Josephine Sotomayer, a Victorville schoolteacher, and Green Party member Tom Bolema. Sharon Runner, who succeeded her husband in the local Assembly seat, is finishing her second term as Assemblywoman and under the state term-limits law can serve no more than three terms. The 36th District covers the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster and the rest of the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, as well as portions of western San Bernardino County, including the cities of Victorville and Adelanto. Republicans account for 44.9 percent of the district’s registered voters, compared with 35.3 percent for Democrats, according to state statistics. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“First of all, no one is holier than thou,” Sharon Runner said Thursday afternoon in a telephone interview. “None of this affects how I vote on issues.” For example, Runner said she has authored anti-drunk driving legislation, and she has taken a stand against gaming off Indian reservations. “I believe when you are raising money to help Republicans, you take in as much money as you possible. The money is helping other Republicans get elected in the state,” she said. Sharon Runner said she finds the criticism ironic since Ledford used to own a Palmdale bar. George Runner said that he and his wife have probably raised well in excess of $2 million in campaign funds over the past five years, so the money from those three interests represent a fraction of the total. When those industries do come before the state Legislature, it’s typically for issues related to personal freedom and taxation issues, he said. LANCASTER – Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford formally announced his run for state Assembly Thursday, calling himself a consensus builder and slamming his opponent for accepting contributions from tobacco, alcohol and Indian gaming interests. Ledford said Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, and her husband, state Sen. George Runner, accepted donations totaling more than $100,000 over the past five years from tobacco, alcohol and gaming interests. “My opponent is fully positioned in front of the trough,” Ledford said. “The money is being accepted by people who represent themselves as holier than thou.” Ledford will appear in the June 6 Republican primary against Sharon Runner, whose latest campaign finance filing statement lists donations from beer producer Anheuser Busch, tobacco giants RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris, and Indian tribes with casinos, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahulla Indians, Pechanga Band of Mission Indians, and the San Miguel Tribal Administration.