Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, Mike Fennell says plans for the nation’s Olympic camp at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-25 are going smoothly, as the JOA have already acquired a base for the camp, which will commence on July 24. The JOA boss told The Gleaner they will be holding two camps, one for athletes and another for the swimmers. But while the track and field representatives will use a Rio de Janeiro Naval Base (CEFAN), which is a physical education centre of the navy and the training site of several civil and military sports, swimmer, Alia Atkinson and diver Yona Knight-Wisdom, will decide on a location of their choice. “We have done a series of consultations with the coaches and officials from the JAAA and we have agreed on a camp at the naval base in Rio for athletics. We are also making another camp for the swimming people, Alia Atkinson and diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, at a separate venue of their choice for pre-Olympic camp and both camps they commence on or about the 24th of July,” he said. However, pre-Olympic accommodations for the nation’s representatives in other sporting disciplines will be delayed until qualifications for these non-traditional sports have been secured. “When we know who have qualified we will make preparations for the final preparation, we won’t know fully until we sign off the qualification,” he said. “We know that as far as track and field is concern we have to wait until the trials are held at the end of June and we know the composition of who is going after the JAAA have make their selection. We have one swimmer and one diver, who have already qualify, we are hoping more will qualify because we have a number of other swimmers who are close to the qualifying standard and we are hoping for more of that. “We also have the fantastic news of a gymnast (Toni Ann Williams) qualifying and that was really tremendous. Unfortunately we didn’t make it in fencing but we are still awaiting the cyclist (Marloe Rodman) and he is pretty close to qualifying and we hope he reaches the standard, plus there is also a chance for a boxer. But we won’t know all of this until all the qualifying events have taken place,” he insisted.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Highlighting Ortiz’s Spanish Eclectic-style home are distinctive pictorial tiles encompassing the fireplace. The central tile pictures an opening to a walled city with the quote, “The City of Hearth-side Dreams.” The tiles are attributed to the Batchelder Tile Co. of Los Angeles, a prominent California tile manufacturer during the early 1900s, according to Karen Stoltz, co-chairperson of the Home Tour. At its peak, the company employed 175 people and produced six tons of tile per day. Motifs of birds, flowers, castles and even Mayan and Byzantine themes appear on the tiles in Ortiz’s home. “We try to get people in the neighborhood to preserve those original aspects of their homes like Araceli has,” Stoltz said. “A lot of times they replace old wood-framed windows with vinyl, either because it makes the house look newer or it’s cheaper. But often they don’t realize it’s actually illegal to do that – it violates city codes for this area. I saw a code-enforcement officer citing someone last week for changing out their windows.” Ortiz, 34, who lives with her cousin Erika Carrasco, 23, said she always liked old houses but really learned about the historical aspects of her home when she began restoration. In photographs of the house before Ortiz’s renovations revitalized the antique traits, tangled overgrowth covered the now shady and picturesque back yard, while a barred security screen door blocked the arched front doorway, which is characteristic of Spanish Eclectic style. The previous owner, local artist Joseph Avery, had removed one of the original windows from the living room in order to install an air conditioner. Ortiz found the window in the garage, amid piles of other antique fixtures from the house. “At first I thought the tile read, The City of Death-side Dreams,’ ” Ortiz said. “I thought it fit with the feeling of the place. Avery had painted all the ceilings black and put a mural on the bedroom wall of a dark, creepy forest. There was a crack in the wall from the (1987) Whittier earthquake that you could see through to the outside. It was creepy.” Other homes on the tour include a Colonial Revival Bungalow from 1922 and a Spanish Revival home from 1927. Proceeds from the tour all go back into funding other neighborhood projects, said Stoltz. The tour will take place between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. It includes a quilt show, refreshments, a raffle and an antique car display. Advance tickets are $12, or $15 on the day of the tour. For more information, call (562) 464-9543. Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — When Araceli Ortiz bought her home in uptown Whittier eight years ago, she was unaware of the historic significance of her fixer-upper. The disheveled house, repossessed by the bank and sold to Ortiz at below-market cost, contained many unique but hidden fixtures dating to its 1924 origins. It wasn’t until five years later that Ortiz began to uncover some of its treasures. “I started really working on restoring its original parts a few years ago,” Ortiz said. “The previous owner had it since the 1970s and had really let it get run-down. I don’t think the agent knew the value of some of things in the house.” Later this month, Ortiz’s home will be one of five dwellings featured in the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association’s 2005 Home Tour. All five homes were built between 1904 and 1927 and present a range of architectural styles — from Queen Anne Victorian to California Bungalow.
The Government, through joint funding with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), will spend $186 million during the 2019/20 fiscal year to improve the South St. Catherine – South Clarendon Irrigation system.Details about the project are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The objective of the project is to assist in the achievement of food security and the modernisation of the agricultural sector, through the construction of wells and the development of associated agricultural infrastructure in the arable areas.One major target of the project is to improve the irrigation system, associated production and marketing facilities of selected sites.During the 2019/20 fiscal year, the project also has targets of developing lands, constructing access roads, building a pumphouse, constructing wells and developing irrigation infrastructure.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance of the House of Representatives from March 4 to 5.