JUTC fare increased to $120; senior citizens to pay $60, up from $20

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Transport Ministry announced a short while ago that commuters on the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses will pay an increased fare on September 1.  Adult fares are to be increased from $100 to 120, while students and the disabled will now pay $30 instead o ... Read more

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Record-breaking madness!

16 records tumble at Swim Jamaica Sprint Meet

BY SHERDON COWAN

Monday, March 24, 2014    

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JOSEPH Black and Angara Sinclair led the record breakers as they combined to erase six of the 16 records shattered at the Swim Jamaica Sprint Meet at the National Aquatics Centre on Friday.

Black's first record came in event number four when he took down Christian Alberga's old mark of 59.93 seconds to post a new time of 56.81 in the boys' 13-14 100-metre freestyle. He won ahead of his teammate Jesse Marsh (1:00.59).

The 14-year-old Black returned shortly after in event number 14, where he won the 50-metre butterfly in 28.85 seconds, ahead of teammate Christian Alberga (29.17), both under the old mark of 29.38 seconds.

He then wrapped up his third in the 100-metre backstroke, where he clocked 1:09.62 minutes to beat the old mark 1:13.71. Jesse Marsh (1:11.82) finished second and also went under the mark.

Angara Sinclair of Y-Speedos won the Girls 13-14 50-metre butterfly. She posted a time of 31.09 seconds to take down the old time of 31.94, ahead of Abigail Lamey (31.72) of Swimaz Aquatics who also went under the old mark.

The 14-year-old then clocked 1:15.21 minutes to win the Girls 100-metre backstroke to erase the old mark of 1:17.23 minutes. She had earlier clocked a record time of 1:03.45 for second in the 100-metre freestyle. Annastazia Chin of Tornadoes won the event in a time 1:03.17 minutes, smashing the old mark of 1:04.01.

Ivana Chang of Swimaz Aquatics took down two records on the day, with her first coming in the Girls 15 and over 100-metre freestyle event in a time of 1:03.30 ahead of Leanne McMaster (1:03.47) of Y-Speedos, who also got under the old mark of 1:04.80.

Chang's second came in the 50 metre Butterfly, where she clocked 31.33 seconds, beating the old mark of 31.67 seconds. Stefani Webley (31.64) of Marlins Swim Club finished in second place, and also under the old mark.

Sidrell Williams, swimming unattached, won the Boys 15 and over event in 26.79 seconds to beat the old mark of 27.30, while 12-year-old Joel Wilkinson of Marlins also placed his name in the record books when he won the Boys 11-12 100-metre backstroke in a record time of 1:18.95 minutes.

Stefani Webley posted 1:16.27 minutes in the Girls 15 and over 100-metre backstroke, erasing 1:16.37. Naomi Eaton won the Girls 11-12 50-metre breaststroke in a new time of 39.33 seconds, while Sean Douglas-Gooden of Y-speedos equalled the record for the Boys 13-14 equivalent.

Octavia Gray closed out the morning session in style when she clocked 35.90 seconds in the Girls 50-metre breaststroke, beating the old mark of 36.07.

The evening session saw Kevau Campbell of Swimaz Aquatics pulling down the old time of 1:20.69 minutes, and posted a new time of 1:13.64 minutes in the Boys 15 and over 100-metre breaststroke. Angara Sinclair added another to her name, having won the 13-14 50-metre backstroke in a time of 32.99, erasing 34.38.

All the above swimmers are a part of Jamaica's 26-member team that will depart the island on April 19 for the 29th staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Aruba, from April 22-26.

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