The fourth Digicel Cup Inter-Schools Sporting Clays Tournament shoots off on Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore with the highest number of competitors to date. As many as 78 shooters drawn from nine schools across the island, including Manchester High, Jamaica College, Campion College, Wolmer’s, Hillel Academy, the American International School of Kingston (AISK), and Sts Peter & Paul Prep. The beginners, or youngest shooters, starting from age nine, will take to the 14-station course at 9 a.m. after which the official opening ceremony will be held. The tournament features 50 targets for all shooters. The top six shooters will compete in the Super Six for the highest overall total and the championship trophy. The Super Six will involve 18 targets. (The super six comprises the six highest scores at the end of the regular stage). A new champion will be crowned this year as Jake Therrien will not be defending his title. According to Khaleel Azan, president of the Jamaica Skeet Club, “it is great to see the increased number of shooters who have registered for the tournament, which has grown significantly since it started in 2013. This year, we have seen a big increase in the female shooters, moving up to 12 from seven last year. All the shooters are well prepared for this year’s Digicel Cup, having competed in several tournaments leading up to this competition. We are expecting a big crowd, including families and friends of the shooters.” Azan also said that the large field augurs well for the sport in Jamaica as the future is secure, with a very good crop of young shooters coming through. The sponsors are Digicel, Wata, Reggae Jammins, Best Dressed Chicken, True Juice, Hawkeye, St Mary’s Banana, Bigga, Tin Grinners Club Jamaica, and Arts & Photo Impressions.
There is no question that California’s coast faces unprecedented challenges. Recent studies, including a comprehensive report from the Pews Ocean Commission, highlighted concerns such as overfishing, a growing population (eight of 10 state residents now live in coastal counties) and resource extraction. (California’s ban on offshore drilling will come under fire as pressures increase for new sources of oil.) These were among the many reasons the Legislature approved the 1999 state Marine Life Protection Act. The question now facing a state advisory group is how to implement the act on the coastline that stretches from southern San Mateo County to Point Arena. Specifically, the group will determine which areas of the local coastal waters should remain as is, which should be turned into reserves (where fishing could be prohibited) and which should be turned into conservation areas (where some commercial and recreational fishing will be allowed). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The challenge will be to develop a plan based on the best fisheries science available, while not destroying the livelihood of Californians who are dependent on the ocean economy. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!