AFTER attracting the country’s leading male and female badminton players, the Guyana Badminton Association last weekend completed the annual Mashramani Badminton tournament at the National Gymnasium.The tournament was played in two segments – Open for men and ladies and age group for juniors.The Open Ladies division was won by Priyanna Ramdhani, who beat Greer Jackson in the final.Jonathon Mangra won the Open Men’s singles after a win over Nicholas Ali.Kayla Jordon took top honours in the Under-11 Girls’ Singles, with Haily Choo-a-Fat placing second and Gianna Ramnarine third.Jonathan Debidin was the Under-11 Boys’ Singles champion, with Avinash Ramnarine taking the runner-up spot, and Jared Bird and Nikhil Sookraj sharing third.Lesha Singh took the Under-13 Girls’ Singles title from Sasha Singh, while third place was shared by Lathika Kandayel and Elese Sangster.Andrew Debidin was the top Under-13 Boys’ player, while Vikash Mootoo was second best and Matthew Beharry third.In the Under-15 Girls’ Singles, Crystal Permaul was the overall champion.The tournament was exclusively sponsored by the National Sports Commission (NSC).
General Manager of Accra Hearts of Oak Gerald Ankrah has expressed uneasiness with the lack of a start date for the new premier league season.According to him, the current situation serves as a financial burden to clubs who have to constantly pay players despite their inactivity.Teams have plunged into serious pre-season with some moving into various camping sites. For Ankrah, this is an uncomfortable situation for Hearts as well as clubs in the league.”It is not a comfortable position at all not to know when or the day the league is starting. Don’t forget we have players that we are paying, it is not comfortable for most clubs.””It is our hope that pretty shortly the GFA will come out with a tentative date and then we will have to program our training to all that.”The league is rumored to commence on December 20. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
DES MOINES — Wednesday was Organ Donor Awareness Day at the Iowa Capitol and Senators used the occasion to unanimously pass a proposal called “Logan’s Law.”It would let Iowans put a symbol on their hunting and fishing licenses indicating they wish to be an organ donor. It’s named after Logan Luft, a 15-year-old from Charles City who died in a an ATV accident. Senator Waylon Brown said because Logan had expressed his interest in organ donation, he ultimately gave the gift of life to others.“A 16-year-old girl received a liver. A 53-year-old woman received a pancreas. A five-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man each received a kidney. And Logan’s heart? Logan’s heart beats in a nine-year-old girl in Kentucky,” Brown said.Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque welcomed Logan’s family to the senate.“I, too, had a daughter who died last summer and she donated five organs as well,” Jochum said of her 31-year-old daughter Sarah. “…It’s amazing how we sit here and write laws on organ donations…and this was one time here I actually got to experience how those laws play out and what a difference it makes in the lives of many, many people in our state and in our country.”Senator Craig Johnson of Independence talking about his 61-year-old uncle, Bob, who died of a massive heart attack just before Christmas. The family made the decision to donate his organs.“I had a message just a little bit ago from his sister: ‘There is nothing better being loved by an organ donor, knowing a part of them lives on after they are gone,’” Johnson said.Wendy Luft and her husband were on the Senate floor as the bill was debated and passed unanimously.“Lenny and I have been down here for the last three weeks, and have been able to speak with our legislators and have great conversations with them and everybody’s been really supportive of us, but to sit down on the floor and be able to hear about other people’s experiences with organ donation and tissue donation — it was so impactful,” Wendy Luft said. “It makes us feel like we’re not the only ones.”Logan Luft’s siblings, other relatives and a couple of teenage friends from Charles City made the trip to Des Moines for the senate debate. Alex Staudt said Logan’s legacy is helping spread the word about the importance of being an organ donor.“When I was listening to the debate today, it kind of just brought back some of the good memories I have of Logan, some of the times we spent together,” Staudt said.Linking organ donation intentions to hunting and fishing licenses is a great way to honor Logan according to Antoine Cooper.“He taught me how to fish…How to put the hook on and actually take it out of the fish’s mouth,” Cooper said. “It was great.”The bill Logan Luft’s family and friends are lobbying for has been introduced in the House, but no action has been scheduled on it there.
“We have maps and data that support that smoke from this size stack will travel for six miles. If accurate, you’re not talking about a local issue. This covers a large part of northern Monmouth County. You’re talking north to Hazlet and Holmdel; west to Marlboro and south to Red Bank and Little Silver. This is not just a couple of neighborhoods in Middletown that should be worried,” added Clark, who recently launched an online petition denouncing the crematorium. The petition currently has more than 4,000 signatures. Rather than a location set behind the cemetery’s mausoleums, which are visible to drivers traveling the state roadway, the developers have eyed a vacant, forested area on the other side of the railroad tracks identified on the municipal tax map as Block 865, Lot 136. According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) press officer Lawrence Hajna, Fair View Cemetery applied for an air pollution control pre-construction permit three years before submitting its application to the township in 2017. Unlike the original site among the cemetery’s thousands of headstones, which includes vital infrastructure like roadways, parking areas and utilities, this 19.5-acre plot is completely undeveloped and, if approved, would place the crematorium directly across Oak Hill Road from the entrance to the Poricy Park Nature Center and a residential development accessible via Ivy Hill Road. It would also be adjacent to Fairview Fields, a series of soccer fields used by township athletes. Currently there are no regulating measures on the books in Middletown pertaining to crematoriums. Mackiewicz said when the application first came before the planning board, she questioned a developer’s professional about the chamber emissions and was troubled to hear the response. “They told me the only thing that comes out of the chamber is water vapor. But that’s a vague statement. After questioning them about the vapor, they said it would not be 100 percent clean. They said it’s the same effect as if I was running my own fireplace. But I’m not putting bodies in my fire place. There’s other things in a body we need to worry about,” Mackiewicz told The Two River Times. Clark also noted there is mercury present in some deceased bodies, mostly derived from silver dental fillings, that is most dangerous to pregnant women and small children. Though crematoriums are considered low emitters of potentially hazardous materials, a group of township residents are not so sure. QUESTIONINGEMISSIONS According to the New Jersey Cemetery Association there are an estimated 25 operational crematoriums in the state, and around the country they are being viewed as a viable option for cemeteries that are running out of plots. A crematorium is a permitted use at Fair View Cemetery, one of the largest nonsectarian cemeteries in the Garden State. Two years ago the application was granted conditional approval by the Middletown Planning Board. The DEP approved thatpermit June 19, 2014, andthe permit is due to expireJune 18, 2019, Hajna toldThe Two River Times. Regina Mackiewicz said she began monitoring the situation in April 2017, and is the founder of the Facebook group Stop Fairview Crematorium, a private group that has nearly 550 members. Fair View Cemetery, a 90-acre parcel bordering Route 35 South, Oak Hill Road and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line railway, initially proposed the construction of a crematorium in April 2017. However, the site of theproject will be moved. Clark, who was an active member of the Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) group, which was instrumental in defeating a $111 million power line proposal by JCP&L, said a new resident opposition group is growing in the township and is collecting data that shows the potential dangers which could arise from the crematorium chambers. The scope of the project is expected to remain the same when Fair View Cemetery goes back to the planning board March 20. A NEW LOCATION Despite several attempts, Fair View Cemetery superintendent William Rockafellow could not be reached for comment. “For me, it’s the environmental impact and it’s the toxins that are most troubling. The smoke stacks are said to be low emitters, but there are still hazardous materials like mercury we need to worry about,” said Andrew Clark during a Feb. 25 interview with The Two River Times. Mackiewicz noted that some bodies can contain medical implants, silicone implants and even unaccounted-for pacemakers. “If pacemakers aren’t removed at the funeral home, who is to say they’ll be removed by the crematorium operators? It could be overlooked, and pacemakers do explode inside crematorium chambers, damaging the chambers and filtration systems, which could lead to bigger problems.” But when the developer, Fair View Cemetery Association, sought a setback variance a few months later, which would have allowed them to build the facility just 50 feet away from the nearby highway, the application was snuffed out with a unanimous vote at the July 24, 2017 zoning board meeting. According to the projectdescription delivered to thezoning board in September2016, the project called fora 1,128-square-foot humancrematorium facility withtwo chambers. Because the application is open before the planning board, Middletown Township personnel and elected officials declined comment. RESIDENTS RALLYIN OPPOSITION MIDDLETOWN – After lying dormant, an application for a proposed crematorium is scheduled to go back before the township planning board in March. Crematoriums have been a controversial topic in the area in recent years, including a 2014 case in Oceanport in which elected officials said they would mount a legal defense against Woodbine Cemetery. Though Woodbine proposed a crematorium, it could not obtain an air pollution permit from the DEP. In 2016, a group of Manalapan residents entered a similar fight against a proposed crematorium at the Old Tennent Cemetery. The planning board ultimately refused to hear the application.