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Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt announces plans to open Sports Clinic in Jamaica

No world records; it's all beyond me now. Right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible

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Usain Bolt celebrating after the victory. Wikimedia
  • Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica
  • Bolt, the world’s fastest man so far, is now turning his attention to the World Championships in London next year
  • Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100m and 200m at the August 5-13 World Championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s world championships

September 15,2016: Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the track and field.

The Jamaican, who last month brought down the curtains on his Olympic career after sweeping the sprint titles in the third successive Games, says he wants to address injury concerns plaguing young athletes, reports CMC.

“One of the things that I am working towards is trying to open a sports clinic in Jamaica. That’s one thing that’s always on my mind,” said Bolt, who set the 100 meter and 200m world records of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds in 2009.

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“Especially for the youth in track and field because I think injury has always been a problem for youth coming up, and I also would like them to get better care. I also would like to stick with the track and field and stay as close as possible to track and field, so that’s one thing.”

Bolt, the world’s fastest man so far, is now turning his attention to the World Championships in London next year, before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 31.

He is planning to only contest the 100m in London but says his coach has other ideas.

“That’s the plan, but I still have to discuss it with my coach,” Bolt told Television Jamaica on Tuesday.

“(Glen Mills) still wants me to do the double, but I’ve told him I would really like to just do the 100m, so at the start of the season we’ll decide exactly what (to focus on), but that’s what’s on my mind.”

Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100m and 200m at the August 5-13 World Championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s world championships.

He says he is not planning to break records in London.

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“No world records; it’s all beyond me now. Right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible,” said Bolt.

“I just want to go to the World Championships, do my best as always and stay on a certain level and that’s the plan.” (IANS)

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Outsourcing Lectures of Hindu Holy Text Bhagavad Gita on Indian Diaspora in Jamaica (NYC)

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Bhagavad Gita, Wikimedia

New Delhi, May 6, 2017: The Bhagavad-gita is a discussion between Arjuna, a powerfully talented warrior going into a fight, and Krishna, his charioteer. Over the span of addressing Arjuna all way of otherworldly and material counsel, Krishna clarifies karma, the self, the Supreme Self, the motivation behind yoga, the contrast between our self and our material body, how our condition influences our awareness, and how to accomplish the flawlessness of life.

The Gita shows up as a focal part of the Mahabharata, the historical backdrop of more noteworthy India. It is the quintessence of Vedic information and a standout amongst the most critical books of Vedic writing.

Shrimad Bhavagad Gita Lecture and Discussion by Swami Aksharananda is going to be held on 26-28 May at Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, 92-17 172nd Street, Jamaica, NY 11433.

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Preparation work is on the right track! Beijing gets ready for 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing will become the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games

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Beijing, Dec 27, 2016: Beijing has wasted no time during the one and a half years since it won its bid to host the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games along with Zhangjiakou city in July, 2015.

The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Games, which was launched last December, said in its annual report released last week that preparation work is on the right track and will be speeded up next year, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Beijing’s work has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC Coordination Commission held talks with the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee and visited several venues during their first meeting in Beijing in October, and said they were pleased with Beijing’s preparations.

The IOC also praised the sustainability of Beijing’s work, saying it illustrated the vision of the Olympic Agenda 2020.

The committee for Beijing 2022 has taken full advantage of the legacy of the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Paralympic Games — including repurposing existing competition venues, other infrastructure and drawing on the experience of professionals with deep operational experience.

According to the Beijing Organising Committee, venue construction will be started in 2017 and completed by 2019, and all the venues will be ready for test events in 2020.

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There will be a total of 25 competition and non-competition venues for Beijing 2022. Twelve venues are in Beijing, among which 11 are legacies of the 2008 Olympic Games. The only new venue in Beijing will be the speed skating venue.

The conceptual design of the speed skating venue has been opened to international bidding and the final design will be selected soon. The construction will get underway next April.

The alpine ski competition will be held in Yanqing. Most of the courses for this event have been selected this year. Also in Chongli, the Gent Resort Secret Garden has built an Olympic standard half-pipe. Gent is the training base for the Chinese national half-pipe ski and snowboard teams, and will host the FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships in 2021 as test events for the Olympic Games.

According to the Beijing Organising Committee, the emblem for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be unveiled in the second half of 2017, and marketing development will be underway soon.

The Beijing Organising Committee will launch first tier sponsorship recruitment in early 2017, and tier two in 2018. Exclusive sponsorship recruitment will start in 2019.

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Beijing has also put in efforts to encourage participation in winter sports, as China has vowed to encourage 300 million people in China to take up winter sports ahead of the 2022 Games.

At the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur last July, Beijing, along with Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province, beat Kazakhstan’s Almaty to win its bid to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing will become the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. (IANS)

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The Indian Diaspora in Jamaica

Jamaica, situated in the Caribbean Sea, is ranked high in terms of maintaining the Indian culture

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map of Jamaica, www.hercampus.com

By Pashchiema    

History of Indian Diaspora in Jamaica

  • Jamaica is an island nation in the West Indies.
  • The Indian connection with Jamaica is 170 years old. The history of Indian Diaspora started with the arrival of over 36,000 Indians as indentured workers to Jamaica between 1845 and 1917. As the Indian labourers had proved their worth in Mauritius where the conditions were very similar, they were brought to Jamaica to work, mainly in sugarcane plantations as there was unavailability of workers after the end of slavery in 1830.
  • On May 10, 1845, the first ship, Maidstone, arrived at Old Harbour Bay carrying the first group of workers from India.
  • Although, many Indians were planning to return to India but the planters and the Indian government did not encourage the return of Indian workers. During a period of time they were not allowed to leave the plantations, on pain of fines or even imprisonment
  • Even though, majority of immigrants were Hindus but Non-Christian unions were not recognised until 1956 and hence many had to adopt Christianity.
  • The final group of workers landed in Jamaica in 1914 and over half of the Indians who had arrived till 1917 settled in Jamaica and gradually the Indian community began to develop.
  • The Indo-Jamaicans went into trading and setting up their small enterprises and over the decades accountants and managers were recruited from India to work in these enterprises.
  • The Indian community grew further as they started taking up jobs as Indian expatriates such as professors, managers, supervisors, doctors and many other professionals.

 

Jamaica is located in the West Indies. Wikimedia Commons
Jamaica is located in the West Indies. Wikimedia Commons

 Indians in Jamaica today

  • As most of the Indians are descendants of indentured workers, it has largely influenced the facets of farming, medicine, cuisine and politics.
  • Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the same way as it is celebrated in India. Every year in the month of October and November, houses are cleaned and brightly lit.
  • Today, 81,500 Indians live in Jamaica which constitutes about 3 per cent of its population of 2.7 million.
  • The Indian influence on Jamaican life can be seen in the traditional Indian foods such as goat curry, rice, roti and a variety of spinach called callaloo dishes which have a become part of the national cuisine.
  • Indian workers also introduced ‘Marijuana’ and chillum pipe into the island.
  • Indian jewellery, in the form of tortuously shaped gold bangles, have become common in Jamaica.
  • 10 May is now celebrated in the country as ‘Indian Heritage Day’ or ‘The Indian Arrival Day’ and ‘The Roti festival’ which accidently coincides with Mother’s Day and is engraved in the hearts of Indo-Jamaicans.

Pashchiema is an intern at NewsGram and a student of journalism and mass communication. Twitter: @pashchiema5

 

2 responses to “The Indian Diaspora in Jamaica”

  1. Glad to know that Indians in Jamaica have integrated well into the Jamaican society while preserving their culture and religion

    • Although many had to adopt Christianity under some circumstances but today most of the migrants are still rooted to Indian culture

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