The second major competition of the Manchester Football Association will kick off today in the form of the Magnum/ Captain’s Bakery Major League at the Kirkvine Sports Complex. The first competition – the Brumalia House KO – was completed in the Christmas break with Ricam FC successfully defending their title with a 2-1 win over Hillstars. This year marks the 12th year in which the Manchester Football Association Major League competition has been sponsored by Captain’s Bakery and the second in partnership with Magnum. The day will start with a dress parade beginning at noon. The competing teams are Mile Gully FC, Porus FC, Alligator Pond SG, Comfort FC, Villa United FC, Star Zone Academy and Technical Strikers). Following the dress parade three games will be played. MRPC wishes a safe 2017 for all Federal win three in a row Brown, Renaut, top New Year’s Day road race Following the Christmas break, the South Central Confederation resumes its JB Rum-sponsored Super League for the top teams of St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth. When the competition took its break after three rounds, former National Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy held the lead, on goal difference, over the St Elizabeth duo of Black Star and St Bess FC as well as Tru Juice of St Catherine. All four are on seven points. A total of six matches will be played between today and tomorrow. The games on are as are as follows: Today – Zone 1 Blackstars FC vs Dunbeholden FC at New Town Sports Complex Tomorrow St Bess FC vs Downs FC at Lacovia Comm. Centre Rivoli United FC vs New Bowens FC at Monk Street Zone 2 Tomorrow Kempshill FC vs Hillstars FC at Kempshill High School Ricam Academy vs Tru Juice FC at Greenvale Comm. Centre Holland PYC vs Sporting Central Academy FC at Holland Comm. Centre Manchester Major league starts today Federal FC continued their good form in the early season of the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine Major League as they easily defeated Portsmouth 3-0 in a recent game. With the win Federal jumped to nine points from three games and atop Zone A. In other games in the zone Old Harbour edged New Raiders 1-0 to be second on six points, and Watson Grove and Royal Lakes drew 1-1. Over in Zone B Christian Pen also made it three wins in a row as they clipped Dela Vega City 1-0 while Bodles drew 1-1 with Frazsiers Whip. Kirk Brown and Melinda Renaut topped the male and female categories of the Evergrow Garden Old Harbour 5K Road Race. Brown, sponsored by Lifespan, won in 15 minutes and 26.93 seconds, considerably slower than his winning time last year. Melinda Renuart, running unattached, topped the female open category after crossing the finish line in 15th place overall. Her time of 18:41.28 was much faster than 2016 champion and second place finisher St Jago’s Chris-Ann Lewis, who completed the course back then in 19:55.40. Lewis eclipsed her best meet time, logging 19:37.38. Chris-Ann Plummer of Vere Technical was third in 20 minutes and 17 seconds. Veteran Andrew Gutzmore, sponsored by Rainforest Seafoods, lost his over-40 male title to Carlisle Russell who finished 13th overall in 18:09.68. Gutzmore came home in 18:37.90. The New Year’s Day event also saw a bigger turnout than last year, with 103 registered runners participating this time around. South Central Super League resumes today The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club has issued a release thanking all sponsors, fans, professional shooters and licensed firearm holders who supported its competitions and used its training facility during 2016. In the release signed by its president, Orville Henriques, the club which is based at the Lincoln range near Hatfield and overlooks Spur Tree, states that “MRPC has grown in stature in no small measure to the support of fans, sponsors, professional shooters and firearm holders in Jamaica and abroad”. According to Henriques: “We are a facility that believes in the total family and bases its operation on safety for all.” The release added that the facility intends to be the best for the legal training of firearm holders and an environment where “the highest standards of shooting can be accessed”. The MRPC opened its door earlier this week with a practice match dubbed New Year’s Rumble. Ten shooters took part with Henriques winning ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques and Owen Campbell taking third. The first monthly match will soon be announced. The Club states it will release its year long schedule at that match.
…parents unaware of vaccination programmeSeveral students of the Lochaber Primary School in West Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) had to be rushed for medical attention at the New Amsterdam Hospital after receiving vaccines at the school.The vaccines were administered on Tuesday last and by the next day, several pupils had to be rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital. Several worried parents reached out to this publication and complained that they were not informed of any vaccination programme.This newspaper was told by the upset parents that the children’s medical records, such as their clinic cards, were not updated.Cassandra Author, a mother of five, told Guyana Times that her six-year-old son has not been able to attend school since last Tuesday.She said while at work on Tuesday, she was called and told that one of her sons was ill at home after receiving a vaccine at school. She said she immediately called the class teacher and was told to call the Head Teacher on the matter.“She ask me if I didn’t carry my son’s clinic card and I told her ‘no’. I did not sign any form and how could they give my son a vaccine unknowing to me,” the woman lamented.She further explained that she was unaware of plans to administer the vaccines at the school.“When I come home I meet my son ill and I take him to the hospital and I left the hospital at 1 o’clock (01:00h) the morning.”The mother said that she went to the school the following day and met with the class teacher and also the nurse who administered the vaccines. She also had a conversation with the Head Teacher.According to Author, she was told that the nurse insisted that the pupils be administered the vaccine even if the parents objected.Author said she contacted the Education Ministry in Georgetown and received an apology from the Department of Education in Berbice.Meanwhile, another mother, Candace Sulkar, mother of one, told this publication that her daughter suffered a similar fate after receiving the vaccine.“She said, ‘Mommy! Some nurse come in to the school and they bore me’.”She said there was blood on her daughter’s shirt and there was evidence which suggests that she received two vaccines.“She go by my sister and she ask my daughter what happen…she get weak and her skin was hot…,” Sulkar said.She said she later took her child to the hospital for medical attention. The same scenario was reported by several other parents, who noted that they are upset at the move by the school without their consent.When contacted, Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn Stephen said that in collaboration with the Education Ministry, all Head Teachers were invited to a meeting at the Berbice High School, where they were told about the vaccines and given consent forms to give to the parents. But the upset parents are adamant that they did not receive any consent form.“Now she (the nurse) asking me for the clinic card so she can put the records in. I have not given her the card…nobody has come to visit to see how the child is doing. Nobody from the school, nobody from the Ministry neither the nurse has come to see him,” Author said.Meanwhile, when contacted, parents of several other schools in the region said that they received the consent forms and even after signing it they received telephone calls from the school to confirm that they had indeed signed the forms.Head of the Regional Education Committee, Zamal Hussain said there was some breach of protocol at this particular school.However, he noted that the Education Ministry has launched an investigation. Hussain also heads the Regional Health Committee. (Andrew Carmichael)
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced this week the preliminary determination in favor of countervailing duties on subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that Argentina and Indonesia provide subsidies to their biodiesel producers in violation of international trade rules. In addition, Commerce found “critical circumstances” to address the post-petition surge of imports from Argentina, allowing for retroactive duties going back to May 2017.As a result of Commerce’s ruling, importers of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel will be required to pay cash deposits on biodiesel imported from those countries. The cash deposit rates range from 50.29 to 64.17 percent for biodiesel from Argentina, and 41.06 to 68.28 percent for biodiesel from Indonesia, depending on the particular foreign producer/exporter involved. Cash deposit requirements will be imposed when this preliminary determination is published in the Federal Register sometime next week. In addition, based on Commerce’s “critical circumstances” finding, these rates for Argentina will apply retroactively 90 days from the date of the Federal Register notice.Between the preliminary and final determinations, the Commerce Department will audit the foreign producers and governments to confirm the accuracy of their data submissions. Preliminary determinations in the companion antidumping investigations are due to be issued in October. Final Commerce determinations are expected by spring 2018.To summarize:Companies in Argentina and Indonesia are selling biodiesel in the United States at price levels that are “dumped” (i.e., sold below their cost of production).Argentina and Indonesia are also providing subsidies to these biodiesel producers.The combined effect of this dumping and subsidization has been a flood of imports at unfair prices, with the result being injury to U.S. manufacturers and workers.Through this case, we hope to address the fact that Argentina and Indonesia are selling into the U.S. biodiesel market at dumped and subsidized prices, and seek to create a level playing field for U.S. producers.