CHASE Invests $4.4 Billion in Sports Development Prime MinisterOctober 21, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedRed Stripe to Invest US$10 Million Over Five Years Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has hailed the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education (CHASE) Fund’s approximately $4.4 billion investment in Jamaica’s sports development since its inception in 2003.This input, she said, includes over $532 million channeled into the sector during the last fiscal year.The Prime Minister noted the contribution in her speech delivered by Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, at Thursday’s (October 16) 10th Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence ceremony, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.Mrs. Simpson Miller also commended several other Government entities, including the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), and Social Development Commission (SDC), and the national sports associations and federations, for their contribution to the country’s sports development.She further highlighted the role of the private sector, noting that the Government alone “will never be able to provide all the support needed to advance sports development. The sponsorships and endorsements that are provided by the private sector are extremely important.”The Prime Minister also acknowledged the input of Jamaicans in the Diaspora, whom she stressed “must not be ignored”, adding that “they continue to support our athletes, especially when they are competing overseas.”Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that Jamaica has been able to perform exceptionally well on the international stage, and in instances, much better than many countries with larger geographical, space, budgets, and facilities.“Jamaica’s exceptional international sports performance is not by chance. We have coaches who can be compared with the best anywhere. We have internationally recognized sports administrators, (and) we have some of the best sports programmes at the primary, secondary, tertiary, and national levels,” she stated.Mrs. Simpson Miller highlighted several sports development policies and programmes which have either been implemented or are in the process of being carried out by the administration.These, she informed, include a National Sports Policy, which has been instituted “to create a dynamic and enabling environment in which persons enjoy and excel in sports at all levels, while building strong bonds of unity in their communities.”The Prime Minister also noted the High School Sports Infrastructure Project, being implemented in partnership with the SDF, and the Sugar Transformation Project, “to begin to address some of the infrastructure needs at the level of the secondary schools.”“The projects will improve fields, running tracks, and courts, in 24 high schools. The projects will cost (over) $250 million and (are) intended to further enhance the sport facilities in the schools identified,” she indicated.Mrs. Simpson Miller advised that the administration has also commenced development of a health insurance plan for the nation’s athletes, and assured that “with the support of the SDF, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), and National Health Fund (NHF), we are working to make the health insurance plan a reality.”She also highlighted the Build Jamaica Project, which was launched by Sports Minister, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley in Three Hills, St. Mary on Thursday (October 16), and is being funded by the United Kingdom-based TOP Foundation, and Youth Sports Trust, under a four-year grant.This project will train young people across Jamaica to become leaders in sports, Mrs. Simpson Miller said, adding that “as a nation, we must use sports as a vehicle for development of our youth.”“Jamaica has become an even more dominant world beater in sports. We intend to keep our winning advantage, building on the work of the early pioneers, such as George Headley, Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley, Cynthia Thompson, and others who paved the way. Our generation cannot afford to drop the baton,” she stated.Olympian, Michael Frater, was awarded the 2014 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedGovernment Steadfast in Mission to Get Jamaica Working – PM Photo: JIS PhotographerWater, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill (right), with Laurel Smith, member of the management team of this year’s winner of the 10th prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence, Olympian, Michael Frater, following the presentation at Thursday’s (October 16) awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Mr. Pickersgill, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made the presentation to Mr. Smith, who collected the award, in Mr. Frater’s absence. 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Angel di Maria scored twice against former employers Real Madrid as Paris St-Germain began their Champions League Group A campaign with a comfortable win.Thomas Meunier’s stoppage-time goal added more embarrassment for the Spanish giants – and heightened the pressure on Real manager Zinedine Zidane, whose win ratio is below 50% since returning to the club towards the end of last season.Eden Hazard, making his first start for the visitors, showed some nice touches but struggled to influence proceedings, as a Real old boy stole the show.Celebrating his 100th appearance in the competition, Di Maria opened the scoring with a close-range shot that crept inside Thibaut Courtois’ near post from Juan Bernat’s pass.While Real’s Belgian goalkeeper Courtois appeared to be caught out for the opening goal, he could do nothing to prevent the second.Idrissa Gueye’s fine work on the right create the opening for Di Maria, who found the bottom right corner superbly with a curling effort from 20 yards.Hopes of a Real fight-back were briefly raised when Gareth Bale lobbed the ball magnificently over home keeper Keylor Navas from the edge of the penalty area.However, his goal was ruled out for handball by referee Anthony Taylor after it was reviewed by video assistant referee (VAR) officials, as was Karim Benzema’s offside effort late in the second period.And a miserable night for Real and Zidane was compounded as Juan Bernat and Meunier, strolled through the visiting defence before Belgian full-back Meunier placed the ball into the bottom right corner.It confirmed that PSG, who were without their entire first-choice strike force of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, halted a run of three consecutive defeats against the Spanish club.In Madrid, substitute Hector Herrera scored a 90th-minute equaliser to crown a fine Atletico Madrid comeback and deny Juventus victory in the Champions League.Former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado produced a sumptuous curling finish to put Juventus in front before a header by French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi made it 2-0.Stefan Savic sparked Atletico’s fightback with a header inside the six-yard area before Herrera struck from a late corner.Juventus sent on substitute Aaron Ramsey in the 86th minute, the Wales midfielder’s first appearance for the champions of Italy since moving to Turin in the summer.In Group D’s other game, Lokomotiv Moscow won 2-1 in Germany against Bayer Leverkusen.Juventus host Leverkusen on 1 October while Atletico travel to Russia to face Lokomotiv on the same day.2018/19 finalists, Tottenham, threw away a two-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a point in their Champions League Group B opener against Olympiakos in Greece.Two goals in four first-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Lucas Moura’s scorching 20-yard finish.Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded shortly before half-time through impressive Portuguese winger Daniel Podence’s quality finish.That lifted the passionate home crowd and Olympiakos equalised from the game’s second penalty, former France forward Mathieu Valbuena beating Hugo Lloris, the current Les Bleus captain, from the spot.Tottenham’s result means both of last season’s Champions League finalists have failed to win their opening group games, after holders Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy on Tuesday.In Group B’s other game on Wednesday, Bayern Munich beat Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in Germany thanks to goals by Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muller.Meanwhile, in Kharkiv, Manchester City bounced back from their shock Premier League defeat at Norwich by launching their Champions League campaign in style with a deserved victory at Shakhtar Donetsk.Humbled at Carrow Road on Saturday evening, the English champions were imperious in Ukraine against an initially tenacious, but ultimately inferior, opponent.Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring midway through the first half, firing into a largely empty net after Ilkay Gundogan’s curling shot came back off the post.Mahrez then turned provider for the onrushing German to toe-poke the ball past the helpless Andriy Pyatov and give the visitors a firm grip on the game – a grip they did not relinquish.After spurning a number of good opportunities, including an untypically forgiving close-range effort from Raheem Sterling that struck the post, Gabriel Jesus gave the one-sided game a more fitting scoreline with a neat finish after Kevin de Bruyne’s pass.Only Dinamo Zagreb’s 4-0 hammering of Italian side Atalanta in Croatia prevents Pep Guardiola’s side topping the group.Related
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