THIS YEAR’S staging of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships will serve off next Monday at the newly refurbished Eric Bell Centre at the headquarters of Tennis Jamaica, Piccadilly Road.The championships will run from August 17-22. The men’s champion will pocket $100,000, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The ladies champion will receive $40,000, and the second place will walk away with $20,000. A total of $260,000 has been budgeted by the organisers for prize money.Categories will include men’s singles, women’s singles, Class II men’s singles, men’s singles 45-year-old and over, men’s doubles and Class II men’s doubles.”The tournament is particularly special for us this year because it will be the first senior tournament to be played on our recently refurbished courts. The venue has a rich history with some of the island’s more memorable Davis Cup battles having been played there, as well as the early display of the talents of many outstanding players,” Aswad Morgan, first vice-president of Tennis Jamaica, said during the launch and official reopening of the Eric Bell Tennis Centre.He said the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Tennis Championships serves as a critical component in the long term vision of Tennis Jamaica.”We continue to be grateful to Hi-Pro for their sponsorship of our tennis events over the past four years. We also want to thank the other sponsors on board with the tournament this year,” Morgan added.exciting, challenging championshipsDavid Sanguinetti, Tennis Jamaica’s tournament director, said he is expecting an exciting and challenging championships.”We are expecting an exciting championships with competition from some of Jamaica’s top players, so come Monday, at approximately 3 p.m., the competition will serve off,” Sanguinetti said.Hi-Pro’s business development manager, Dayne Patterson, said his company was delighted to be associated with the staging of the 2015 tournament. Hi-Pro, a division of the Jamaica Broilers Group, is the title sponsor for the second year running.”We once again look forward to another exciting year of great plays and spectator interactions as we partner to grow the tournament exponentially each staging,” Patterson pointed out.Other sponsors include Salada Limited, Hi-Lyte, Reggae Jammin’ and Jamaica Money Market Brokers.The draw for the tournament will take place tomorrow.
The Education Ministry was on Tuesday challenged by Region Four Regional Chairperson, Genevieve Allen, to introduce Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) at other secondary schools that have been performing well.In particular, the regional chairperson said CAPE should be introduced at the Annandale and Diamond Secondary Schools – East Coast and East Bank Demerara respectively – as a result of their outstanding performances over the past years.Region Four Regional Chairperson, Genevieve AllenShe made the call at the region’s Education Department Regional Award Ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) on Tuesday.“I want to challenge the Department of Education, Region Four and the Ministry of Education, that we only have the President’s College that offers CAPE examination within our region. I am quite sure that because Diamond Secondary has been excelling over the years, along with Annandale Secondary, that want in our projection that either both of those schools or one of those schools, that it should be proposed that they begin to enter our students in the CAPE examination,” she said.Allen posited that there have been major improvements in the education sector over the years as she congratulated the officials for their hard work.Parents were also reminded of the integral role they play in the lives of their children, and that they should continue to work with them to see further improvements.Education Minister Nicolette Henry“I want to encourage all of us to work with our schools at the National Grade Six level. All of our parents will wish, hope and pray that your child is awarded a place at the Queen’s College, or one of the senior secondary schools. I want to remind us that all of us have varying levels of skills and abilities, and I want to urge us to work with our children so that they too can strive ….” she emphasised.In addition, Tiffany Favourite-Harvey, acting Regional Officer (REO), applauded the efforts of the awardees for their performances, noting that this is made possible due to the hardworking staff of the education department.Among the awardees were St Andrews Primary, for Outstanding Performance at the 2019 NGTA; Covent Garden Primary School, for Most Improved School for NGTA 2019; New Diamond/Grove Primary School for Outstanding Performance for NGFA; NGSA 2019, Swami Purnananda Primary School; and for Most Improved School for NGSA 2019, Cane Grove Secondary.