London Olympics 2012: Wrestlers confident of improving on Beijing tally

first_imgThe hype surrounding India’s medal chances at the London Olympics has gathered momentum as the countdown clock is ticking off. Spearheaded by Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Sushil Kumar, the five-member wrestling contingent is being looked at as bright a prospect.The wrestlers were back in the country after a rigorous, high-altitude training camp in Colorado Springs, US, and will be heading for Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday for another two weeks of training before their competition begins in London.At a send-off ceremony on Tuesday, Sushil exuded confidence that they would be able to better their Beijing medal haul. “We are all focused on our job. We got to spar with quality wrestlers in Colorado Springs. The focus of the camp was to work on our stamina and power.””All five of us have the potential to win medals. They have beaten the top wrestlers from other countries while qualifying for London. We are confident of returning with more medals this time,” said Sushil.The 66-kg grappler himself will carry the weight of expectations of winning gold this time. Sushil, who struggled with form and fitness last year, qualified with an emphatic performance at the World Qualifying tournament in Taiyuan, China.”This is my third Olympics and that experience will put me in good stead. I am not taking any pressure. I just want to go there and give my best. I am in good form and I think I am peaking at the right time,” he said.Sushil’s childhood friend Yogeshwar Dutt, who too will be going to his third Olympics, wants to make up for the loss in Beijing.advertisement”I lost a close bout in Beijing and I have fought off injuries to be able to compete again. This is an opportunity that I cannot afford to lose.”The first-timers, Narsingh Yadav, Amit Kumar and Geeta are a motivated lot.Geeta, the first Indian woman wrestler to compete in the Olympics, is upbeat about her chances in the 55kg category. “The preparation has been good. Our stint in Colorado Springs will help us perform better.””I won gold in the qualifying event, so my confidence is high. I am not intimidated by anyone.” “Rather, I like to consider myself better than the most,” she said.Indian Olympic Association (IOA) acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra thanked the sponsors, Sahara and JMD group, for their support.”It is great to see that sponsors are coming to non-cricket sports like wrestling. It will give tremendous boost to the sport. Sushil’s triumph in Beijing has brought wrestling to the fore,” he said. After the ceremony, Sushil and Yogeshwar rushed to attend another send off ceremony arranged by Steel Authority of India Limited which has supported the two wrestlers since 2008.Union Minister for Steel Beni Prasad Verma wished them success at the Olympics.last_img read more

Our mediocrity is there for all to see

first_imgA poster doing the rounds on Facebook says it all. It shows Michael Phelps with his gold haul, the members of a Chinese team flaunting their loot, and an Indian bride laden with gold. “We have more gold,” says the tagline. What is left unsaid is that our national obsession with gold doesn’t extend to the Olympics. We have a gold overload at home, but nothing to bring back, except from Dubai’s Gold Souk.It was almost comical to see the country erupt into celebration when Saina Nehwal got her badminton bronze. I mean, is there any reason to rejoice over a bronze won by default? Other nations do not even remember their bronze medalists, but we do, because we have so few of them. A colleague of ours had the best line to offer when I asked him if it was OK to say that the four sprinters vying for the 100m crown were “going for gold”. The young man said, “The world goes for gold. It’s only we who settle for bronze.”You don’t have to be an encyclopaedia to remember the names of our Olympic medal winners. Phelps has won more medals in his career than India has in its long association with the Games. And the present medal haul of our team has come after the government spent a record amount on its training. There must be something terribly wrong about the state of sports in India if our athletes have so little to show for the money invested on them.advertisementIt was only at the 2010 Commonwealth Games that our athletes put up a creditable show, but they did it because the top names had given the event a miss. It was more important for them then to prepare for other, more credible international championships. After our team’s performance in London, it’ll be a surprise if any athlete of any consequence would want to come to India. So let’s get back to cricket. We are at least the reigning world champions.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019: Dabang Delhi Naveen Kumar’s Stunning Effort to Pip Jaipur Pink Panthers

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. dabang delhijaipur pink panthersJaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhipkl First Published: September 4, 2019, 11:32 PM IST Bengaluru: Naveen Kumar proved once again why he is regarded as one of the best raiders of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) as he helped Dabang Delhi register a 46-44 win against Jaipur Pink Panthers in a high-scoring contest at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Wednesday.The raider picked up 16 points, including a record-setting 10th consecutive Super 10, as the Delhi side overcame a stiff challenge from Jaipur to consolidate their position on top of the points table. The first half of the match saw both teams trade major blows. The Delhi unit had a dream start to the match when their raider Chandran Ranjit pulled off a mighty 5-point raid in the second minute of the match to severely reduce the Jaipur men on the mat. Jaipur, who went into the game on the back of a three-match losing streak, looked clueless as a dominant Delhi side inflicted the first All-Out of the match in the fourth minute (fastest All-Out this season).Jaipur didn’t take the All-Out lightly though and captain Deepak Niwas Hooda initiated a comeback with some strong raids. Nitin Rawal picked up a five-point raid in the 12th minute to clean up the Delhi players and force an All-Out on the table toppers.The closely-fought first half ended with Delhi leading by two points (21-19).The second half, much like the first, started with the Delhi side on the front foot. But Sachin Narwal produced an important two-point raid that saved Jaipur from an All-Out and handed the momentum to the season one winners.Elavarasan produced two mighty super tackles as Jaipur started moving into the lead and inflicted another All-Out on Delhi in the 12th minute of the second half to make the scores 35-29 in their favour.Naveen however, kept the Delhi side in the game, clinching his 10th consecutive Super 10 with five minutes remaining. A three-point raid by Delhi’s Vijay in the dying minutes made it a close affair. And not surprisingly it was the table-toppers who held their nerve to pick a final minute All-Out that pushed them to a 2-point lead that proved enough for a win. last_img read more

Caught out: ODI pitch on sale

first_imgPitch doctoring appears to be a devastating reality in international cricket matches hosted by the country, an India Today investigation has established as it caught a senior curator willing to engineer wicket for Wednesday’s ODI against New Zealand in Pune.In February, India suffered global embarrassment after the ICC condemned the same Pune pitch as “poor” after a game with Australia.Its curator, Pandurang Salgaoncar, has now been caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Worse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”If he’s to be believed, Pune’s wicket was definitely a big-scoring paradise – a bonanza for hard-hitters on the field and for the bookies gambling on them off it.Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”advertisementNow, the curator guaranteed doctoring the pitch to favour one of the teams.”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” asked the reporter.”It will be given,” he agreed. “I told you this is a 340-run wicket, either way,” Salgaoncar added.”That’s fine. That can be bet on. But we want (a team) to be favoured,” demanded the journalist.”That will be done good. I told you,” the pitch curator promised.GUILTY WILL BE PUNISHED: COA BOSS VINOD RAI TO INDIA TODAY The Committee of Administrators has reacted to India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator, hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand.The Supreme Court-appointed CoA head Vinod Rai told India Today the guilty would be punished. The committee is already monitoring the situation closely after the sting operation broke on India Today TV this morning.MAHARASHTRA CRICKET ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT PROMISES STRONG ACTIONMaharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte has promised India Today that strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty of tampering with the Pune pitch ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand which will be played in a few hours time.MCA president Abhay Apte spoke to India Today right after the sting operation was conducted on curator Pandurang Salgaonkar in which he agreed to make the wicket according to their demands”We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Apte said while on his way to the stadium.BCCI SHOCKED AFTER INDIA TODAY STING OPERATION The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said he is shocked with what has transpired this morning after India Today conducted a sting operation on the Pune pitch curator and caught him revealing details about the wicket on camera.”The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues. I am not yet aware of the full thing. I will attend to it immediately and take strictest action. The guilty will not be spared,” Chaudhary told India Today.PUNE PITCH CURATOR BARRED FROM ENTERING STADIUMPune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar who was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium, has been barred from entering the ground.India Today has also been able to confirm that preliminary action will be taken against Salgaonkar, who was a first-class cricketer.BAN PUNE PITCH CURATOR, DEMANDS MOHAMMAD AZHARURUDDINFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has called for a ban on Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar, who was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium.Salgaoncar has already been barred from entering the stadium for today’s ODI and he faces preliminary action but Azhar has called for a complete ban on the curator.advertisementlast_img read more

Infantino Tells Iran to Let Women into World Cup Qualifiers

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino has demanded Iran provide assurances women will be allowed to attend 2022 World Cup qualifiers after expressing disappointment the country has reneged on its commitments to open up stadiums.Infantino faced criticism for attending a Tehran derby in March 2018 where women were shut out of the stadium. But when he returned to the Iranian capital in November for the Asian Champions League final, hundreds of Iranian women were allowed to watch Persepolis play Kashima Antlers of Japan.“I was able to witness real and tangible progress with regard to genuine participation of women in football,” Infantino wrote this week to Iranian soccer federation president Mehdi Taj in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.“The fact that these important first steps were made, and that I was able to witness it personally, makes it all the more disappointing that it was not possible to keep up the positive momentum and to continue with similar progress,” Infantino added.Infantino highlighted a June 6 friendly between Iran and Syria when “the gates were closed to female spectators and when, it would appear, a number of women seeking to attend the match were detained by security forces for a number of hours.“Unfortunately, this is, I also have to say, not in line with the commitments given to us in March 2018 by President (Hassan) Rouhani when we were assured that important progress would be made on this matter soon.”Women have been mainly prohibited from attending men’s games and other sports events in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.“Whilst we are aware of the challenges and cultural sensitivities, we simply have to continue making progress here, not only because we owe it to women all over the world, but also because we have a responsibility to do so, under the most basic principles set out in the FIFA Statutes,” Infantino wrote.“In the circumstances, I would be very grateful if you could inform FIFA, at your earliest convenience but no later than 15 July 2019, as to the concrete steps which both the FFIRI (Iranian soccer federation) and the Iranian state authorities will now be taking in order to ensure that all Iranian and foreign women who wish to do so will be allowed to buy tickets and to attend the matches of the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which will start in September 2019.”Earlier this week, FIFA acknowledged it was wrong to remove people campaigning for women to be allowed into Iranian stadiums from a Women’s World Cup game in France. Stadium security officials intervened in Grenoble during Saturday’s game between New Zealand and Canada when they spotted T-shirts campaigning for women’s rights in Iran.By: Rob Harris, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Manhattan Skyline: PicoITX SBC with NXP i.MX8M processor

first_imgarmStoneMX8M is a high-performance Single Board Computer in PicoITX form factor. The Cortex-A53 CPU (64 Bit) from the i.MX 8 processor family is available in Dual or Quad, as well as with an additional Cortex-M4. The processor is very well suited for multimedia applications (video decoding up to 4k, UltraHD is possible) and the Cortex-M4 core can be used for real-time processing.The CPU offers OpenGL/ES 3.1, OpenGL 3.0, Vulkan, OpenCL 1.2 as well as playback of videos up to 4Kp60. The module offers 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, 1GB SLC NAND Flash and additionally up to 64GB eMMC, as well as USB3.0, Audio IN/OUT/MIC, Gigabit Ethernet, mPCIe (SIM Slot), MIPI CSI, 3x I2C, SPI, 4x UART, CAN and SDIO (uSD Slot). LVDS (up to FullHD) and DVI is available for display connection. Resistive and PCAP touch panels can be connected via I2C. One further option is an on-board WLAN/ BT4.1LE module (pre-certified). armStone MX8M will be available until minimum 2028.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Conrad introduces its digital platform at embedded worldNext Andes: RISC-V IDE available for free downloadlast_img read more

Munich World Cup: Manu Bhaker secures Olympic quota in shooting

first_imgYoung shooter Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here Wednesday, putting the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event behind.The 17-year Bhaker shot 201.0 in the final to secure the quota for the Tokyo Games.Winner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds.On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field.This is India’s first quota in women’s 10m pistol.Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won quota places in men’s 10m air pistol at the World Cups in Delhi and Beijing respectively.Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s).Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s).Also Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on topAlso Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichAlso Watch:last_img read more

Ziva Dhoni outsmarts Dwayne Bravo in IPL 2019 throwback video

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 20:28 IST Ziva Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo (@ChennaiIPL Photo)Ziva Dhoni had been Chennai Super Kings’ biggest Super Fan during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. From cheering for “Paapa” from the stands to goofing around in the CSK camp with her charming personality, Ziva added a lot of colour to the CSK camp.Ziva Dhoni found great company in the other Super Cubs from the team, including Suresh Raina’s daughter Gracia, Harbhajan Singh daughter Hinaya among others.CSK’s social media posts involving their youngest Super Fans were a big hit and it seems not just the star cricketers but their little ones had fun during the team’s run to the final in IPL 2019.It seems, Ziva Dhoni has been missing all the madness. In a social media post on her official Instagram account, Ziva can be seen playing with Dwayne Bravo while Gracia Raina is chasing her with a soft toy in hand.The post was captioned: “Memories”.Bravo high fives Ziva but when Dhoni’s daughter attempts another one, the Super Kings all-rounder tricks her by removing his hand just in time. However, Ziva goes on to hold Bravo’s hand tight before completing another high five.Earlier this week, photos of Ziva Dhoni hugging her father as they waited at the airport during the IPL 2019 season went viral on social media.Right after the IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, Ziva Dhoni was also seen teaching Rishabh Pant vowels in Hindi.advertisementZiva had also spread awareness about the importance of voting during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in her own cute way. Notably, Dhoni had flown to Ranchi between two crucial matches to make sure he completed his duty as a citizen of the country.Dhoni will be heading to the United Kingdom for his 4th World Cup appearance. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman is still an integral member of Virat Kohli-led Indian ODI side and he will be expected to play a key role at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoAlso Read | Used to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammateAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ziva DhoniFollow Gracia RainaFollow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow Dwayne Bravo Ziva Dhoni outsmarts Dwayne Bravo in IPL 2019 throwback videoIn a video on her official Instagram account, Ziva Dhoni can be seen playing with Dwayne Bravo at the Chennai Super King team hotel. Ziva was among the biggest Super Fans of CSK during Indian Premier League 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap, Saina Nehwal slam ‘bad umpiring’ at World Championships

first_img Press Trust of India BaselAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 16:58 IST Saina Nehwal lost to Mia Blichfeldt in a three-game marathon. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal slammed the standard of umpiring in her BWF World Championships pre-quarterfinal loss to Denmark’s Mia BlichfeldSaina, who had won a silver at the 2015 World Championships and a bronze in 2017, put up a gritty performance before losing 21-15 25-27 12-21 to BlichfeldtP V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth progressed to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles and men’s singles competition, respectivelyIndian badminton ace Saina Nehwal on Friday slammed the standard of umpiring in her BWF World Championships pre-quarterfinal loss to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, terming it “very sick”.Her husband Parupalli Kashyap, who often sits by the courtside during her matches, also lashed out at the umpire following the narrow defeat.”Still can’t believe 2 match points which the umpire overruled in the second game. And the umpire tells me in the mid of second game ‘let the line umpires do their job’ and I don’t understand suddenly how the umpire overruled the match points..very sick,” the London Olympic bronze medallist tweeted.still can’t believe 2 match points which the umpire overruled in the second game . And the umpire tells me in the mid of second game let the line umpires do their job and I dnt understand suddenly how the umpire overruled the match points..very sick @bwfmedia @HSBCBWF Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 23, 2019Saina, who had won a silver at the 2015 World Championships and a bronze in 2017, put up a gritty performance before losing 21-15 25-27 12-21 to Blichfeldt, seeded 12th, in the women’s singles match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes on Thursday.There was no video referral in place for Saina’s match as it was not held in one of the two courts with live streaming facility.”2 match-points snatched away by bad umpiring. And numerous wrong decisions,” Kashyap, a 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, wrote on his twitter handle.”Unbelievable that there are no reviews on other courts at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. When will our sport get better ? SICK @bwfmedia @HSBCBWF @NSaina #feelingcheated #totalbwfworldchampionships2019.”advertisementWhile Saina exited, Olympic and two-time World Championship silver medallist P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth progressed to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles and men’s singles competition, respectively, with straight game wins.Also Read | BWF World Championships: Saina Nehwal misses 9th successive quarters berth after defeat to Mia BlichfeldtAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Saina Nehwal Parupalli Kashyap, Saina Nehwal slam ‘bad umpiring’ at World ChampionshipsWorld No. 8 Saina Nehwal blamed poor umpiring for her defeat to Mia Blichfeldt in a three-game marathon in BWF World Championships 2019.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Wards of the State Overcoming the Odds

first_imgThey have refused to be stereotyped and boxed in a corner, choosing instead to defy the odds, and in the process, break down the social construct that seeks to define them and determine their destiny.Orlando Powell, Dwayne Haynes and Shallene Oliver have proven that children who have been put in the care of the State are not destined for a life of doom and gloom, but with the correct guidance and interventions, can become productive members of the society.Despite the challenging circumstances they may have faced, they have worked hard to ensure that they make something of themselves, and in doing so, have been able to accomplish more than some of their privileged counterparts.All three wards are now actively pursuing or seeking to pursue tertiary level education that will see them making a positive impact on the society in their various fields. They have been given this opportunity, due to the generosity of Children of Jamaica Outreach Inc. (COJO), a Jamaican charitable organisation based in New York.The wards were presented with scholarships worth US$4,000 each during COJO’s annual scholarship awards luncheon, held at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on May 22. Founder and Chairman of COJO, Gary Williams, also presented the awardees with computer tablets.The scholarships were made accessible to the wards through the Child Development Agency (CDA).Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who was on hand to assist with presentations, noted that COJO’s scholarship award, “sends a clear message that we should be careful of the labels we place on our children, irrespective of their circumstances and their backgrounds.”“We still have a very long way to go in this country, as we get rid of stigmatising and stereotyping our children in State care,” she said.Orlando, who is in his third year of study for a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work at Northern Caribbean University, says he intends to be a great product of society and ultimately a good father and husband when that time comes.Though he has aspirations of being “filthy rich,” the intelligent young man is aware that this can only be achieved through hard work and dedication, as he is guided by his personal philosophy that “good things come to those who work for it.”The past student of Happy Grove High school in Portland, who started out his tertiary education studying Psychology, decided instead to choose a career that “gives me an opportunity to be a more hands on person, to empower people.” He is grateful to COJO and the CDA that he will be able to fulfill these aspirations.For Dwayne, who is the current Head Boy of St. Jago High School, and is in Upper Sixth at the institution, his dream is to pursue a career in law at the University of the West Indies.Dwayne shared that he was overjoyed when he learnt he was a scholarship recipient. “Just the fact that I was recognised by the CDA and COJO, that made my day; that made me feel really special,” he said.Shallene is in her second year of study, reading for her Bachelors degree in Nursing at the International University of the Caribbean.She thanked COJO “for affording us these scholarships and the wonderful way in which they have been presented to us.”“I would also like to say thanks to Mrs. (Francis) Edie, Mrs. Eunice Scott-Shaw (Regional Director of the CDA), and other members of the CDA staff who worked assiduously to make these scholarships accessible, in order to assist us in realising our dreams in our different fields,” she said.“As recipients of these scholarships, we can assure you that we will make ourselves and by extension, you the sponsors proud,” she added.Meanwhile, Minister Hanna said the recipients are an inspiration to her and are role models for young people all across Jamaica and the world to emulate.“As wards of the State, you have proven that no circumstances will allow you to limit your dreams and your potential and your aspirations. You have already begun to realize those dreams by pursuing tertiary level education and being among the brightest and best young people produced by our society,” she said.The Minister said it is important that when children are doing well, “when they are braving the odds and in the face of adversity conquering all and achieving outstanding accomplishments,” they must be given the recognition that they deserve, as COJO is doing through this “fine gesture,” which will provide encouragement and tangible help for the deserving young people.“Organisations such as COJO are critical to the multi-task process of caring for our children, protecting them, encouraging their positive development and achievement of personal and collective success. The Government and all our agencies work diligently every day with persons like Mr. Williams to ensure the absolute importance of joining hands and hearts with the State, as we embark together on the mission forFor her part, Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, Carla Francis-Edie said the agency was heartened by the achievements of children in State care over the last several years.She said it is laudable that the wards have continued to excel, “despite the challenging circumstances from which many of them hail.”Mrs. Francis-Edie noted that last year, more than $19 million was expended on educating children in the care of the State. “Despite this, we need the support of our partners in corporate Jamaica and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such as COJO. This is why an organisation like COJO is priceless,” she said.She thanked COJO for its partnership, especially due to the fact that the scholarship recipients have formally exited the CDA’s care, which means they are over 18 years old.The scholarship luncheon is among the activities forming part of COJO’s week-long visit to Jamaica in observance of Child Month.These include presentations of computers, appliances, office equipment and sneakers to New Vision Children’s Home in Manchester, Garland Hall Children’s Home in St James, and Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston.COJO is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help improve the health, education and general well-being of underprivileged children. Over the past 10 years, the volunteer-driven organisation has supported a number of institutions in Jamaica and the United States.last_img read more