I want to give more to Jamaica – Powell

first_imgHis time on the track may be winding to a close, but influential Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell is hoping that when he does hang up his spikes, his time off the track will be largely spent giving back to the society. “It is really amazing, the effect that we (athletes) have on people. There is a lot more that we can do as athletes,” Powell said. “Post retirement, boy, this retirement thing!” Powell laughed. “I really just want to help Jamaica. You have kids coming up who would want to be in my shoes one day and want to be in all the athletes’ shoes, so I am just trying my best to do as much as I can to be a good role model for everyone,” he pointed out. Powell, through his Asafa Powell Foundation (APF) handed over $560,000 to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday. The funds were raised via an online #SpreadABed4KPH crowd funding campaign. “To see that we can stop traffic, crime, everything in maybe nine seconds or whatever time it is … just for us to come together,” he pointed out, while assuring he would like to see social initiatives in the fight against crime. “It’s up to Jamaica and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association to really form something for the athletes to help a lot more,” he continued. The athlete, who also contributed part of his personal funds from participating at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said he wants to live a life of making a difference in the country and help with social responsibilities. Powell called it “a great feeling” to give back to Jamaica. “When I am home sitting down, where I go on the balcony and chill, everyone who pass by can see me, they pass by they shout ‘Asafa, Asafa, big up!'” the sprinter reasoned. “The reception I get from people is just amazing, and sometimes I sit back and ask why these people love me so much. It’s just crazy how the people of Jamaica love me. You want that from your country, this is where you should get the love,” he explained. While Powell’s foundation, which was started a few years ago, may have been dormant for some time, Powell said he has changed a few members and will be restarting it in full effect. “We have a lot more things in store. As the years go by, we have a lot more plans and bigger plans.We will re-launch the foundation and will be doing other things,” continued Powell. Speaking of reaching out, the Sub-10 Sprint King said he personally got in touch with American sprinter Tyson Gay, who lost his daughter recently to gun violence in the United States. “Definitely reached out to him. This is something that is so sad and shouldn’t happen to anybody, and I felt really bad knowing he is a fellow competitor of mine. “I reached out to him, and the response that I got is very surprising. I didn’t know he is someone who respected me that much, and now I have a different kind of respect for him now after this tragic incident,’ Powell outlined.last_img read more

Travel Alert: Disruptions as roadworks begin on the N13

first_imgRoadworks have begun to cause travel disruptions on the busy N13 Letterkenny to Derry/Inishowen road at Burt. Motorists are being urged to plan ahead and leave extra time for journeys as one lane is closed to traffic in Burt.Surfacing works are taking on the N13 between Burt Chapel and the border at Bridgend for the next six weeks. A stop/go system is in operation, along with a special speed limit of 60kph and diversions. The roadworks will involve replacing the traffic management, surface course replacement, drainage works and road lining.A diversion is in place for the Derry/ Inishowen bound traffic via the R239 (Slab Road) and the main N13 will still be open to Letterkenny bound traffic from Bridgend.The works are expected to end on 7th September 2018.Travel Alert: Disruptions as roadworks begin on the N13 was last modified: July 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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),A diversion is in place for the Derry/ Inishowen bound traffic via the R239 (Slab Road) and the main N13 will still be open to Letterkenny bound traffic from Bridgend.last_img read more

President Chinchilla signs law advocates believe key to samesex unions

first_imgNo related posts. On Thursday morning, President Laura Chinchilla signed a bill intolaw that could establish common-law marriages for gay and lesbian couples in Costa Rica, reported the daily La Nación.Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi confirmed that the law had been signed and sent for publication in La Gaceta, the government newspaper that is the final step in the bill’s journey to becoming a law.The president made good on her promise to sign the bill into law, despite an outcry from conservative lawmakers who petitioned her to veto it.Conservative Christian lawmaker Justo Orozco of the Costa Rican Renovation Party announced he intends to file a constitutional complaint against the Young Persons Law, which deals in part with family matters, the online daily crhoy.com reported. Orozco claims the law, which he did not vote for, is “discriminatory” because it creates benefits for a specific group, persons between 18 and 35 years old.An edit to the law’s Family Code proposed by lawmaker José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party says that common-law marriages should be extended to all regardless of gender, “without discrimination against their human dignity.”Advocates argue that the statement extends to same-sex couples because the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is contrary to human dignity, according to crhoy.com.Orozco added that Article 242 of the Family Code, which establishes common-law and ceremonial marriages as between a man and a woman, should be respected.Common-law marriage in Costa Rica is available to people who have been together for at least three years. It guarantees partners the rights to inheritance, to social security and public insurance benefits and to visit the other person in the hospital. Facebook Commentslast_img read more