DCOA reflects on past year

first_imgLocalNews DCOA reflects on past year by: Dominica Vibes News – December 31, 2014 The Dominica Council On Ageing (DCOA) Inc., has expressed gratitude to its many benefactors and supporters throughout 2014 and is looking forward to even closer collaboration in 2015.In a press release issued on Wednesday, 31 December 2014, the president of the Council, Zetma Toussaint said the organization is indebted to the Government of Dominica, its many affiliates, well-wishers, institutions, corporate citizens and Patrons for the “invaluable assistance rendered to it during the course of the year 2014”.It said without the respective contributions in cash and kind that were meted out by the various patriots, “the Council would not have been able to pursue its objective of bringing care, comfort and hope to the Elderly of the State through its advocacy work”. “At the dawn of the New Year, 2015, it is right to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the goodwill of the people of this land whose generosity continues to reflect our care for humanity and particularly for those who still enjoy the golden era of life,” Mrs Toussaint said. The President made that statement at the end of an island wide three-week tour with members of the DCOA Inc. visiting all the 29 centenarians on island. During these visits the respective care-givers were complimented for the quality of care that were observed to have been given to the centenarians, all of whom were in high spirits and some still eager to engage in dialogue. Additionally, during the visits the Council gave donations and presented a food hamper to all through the centenarians courtesy of Issa Trading Company Ltd., “a gesture which this corporate entity has undertaken for the past three years”. The statement notes that the Council is aware of the challenges that lay ahead in the coming New Year and beyond but “remains steadfast in its resolve to advocate on behalf of the elderly”.“It recognizes that there is more that needs to be done and call on all to do whatever, wherever and whenever possible, to assist in promoting the cause and registering the voices of the elderly in our communities,” the statement notes.“The DCOA Inc takes this opportunity to wish all a blessed and prosperous new year”. Sharing is caring! Share 197 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

AFI gives in to the demands of selection committee for World Championships

first_imgThe insistence of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on having Priyanka Panwar in the women’s 4x400m squad for the World Athletics Championships, which begins in Beijing on Saturday, could cost India dear.Priyanka, who was handed a two-year suspension for an anti-doping violation in 2011, will not go to Beijing for the event after AFI’s efforts fell flat in a trial conducted at Patiala on Monday.The AFI announced a 17-member Indian squad for the Beijing championships on Tuesday. Five athletes – M.R. Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Debashree Mazumdar, Anu Raghvan and Jisna Mathew – have been named in the women’s 4x400m squad.Also read: 17-member Indian athletics squad for World Championships Normally, there are six athletes named in the relay squad but this time, India will have only five to choose from.The selection committee, headed by Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, had originally picked Anilda Thomas in the relay squad. Anilda, who is the second best runner this season and clocked 52.71sec in her win at the National Games in Thiruvanathapuram, however, missed the first trial.Priyanka also did not compete in the first trial but ran in the inter-Railway meet where her best timing was 58.09sec in the heats. But the AFI apparently wanted Priyanka in the squad and named her while sending entries to Beijing before the deadline. Apparently under pressure from the selection committee, AFI arranged a last-minute trial on Monday.  Priyanka clocked 56.4sec in the trials on Monday evening behind Anu Raghvan. None of the other four members, who have been selected in the squad, took part in Monday’s trials.advertisementThe AFI finally seemed to have accepted the logic of the selection committee that an athlete who had not proved herself in a National-level meet this season should not be picked and dropped Priyanka.Tintu, whose pet event is the 800m, is part of the relay team but it could become difficult for her to manage the two events on the same day if she qualifies for the 800m final. It is scheduled on the same day (Aug 29) when the women’s 4x400m relay qualification will be held.Meanwhile, Asian champions Inderjeet Singh (shot put) and discus thrower Vikas Gowda were among those named in the 17-member squad for the August 22 to 30 event.The squad, which comprises 10 women and seven male athletes, will be competing in nine events in the biennial event at the Bird’s Nest stadium.The SquadMen: Discus: Vikas Gowda; Shot Put: Inderjeet Singh; 20km walk: Gurmeet Singh, Baljinder Singh, Chandan Singh; 50km walk: Sandeep Kumar, Manish Singh RawatWomen: 3000m steeplechase: Lalita Babar; Marathon: Lalita Babar, O.P. Jaisha, Sudha Singh (marathon); 20km walk: Khusbir Kaur, Sapana; 800m: Tintu Luka; 4x400m relay: Tintu Luka, Anu Raghavan, M. Poovamma, Debashree Majumdar, Jisna Mathew.Coaches: Nikolai Snesarev, Andrei Filimonau, Pritam Singh, P.T. Usha, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Alexander Artsybashev, Ramakrishnan Gandhilast_img read more