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.
By AFRO StaffThe upcoming Maryland Gubernatorial Forum, hosted by Associated Black Charities and the Greater Baltimore Committee, is now open to anyone who wants to attend. Previously, the event was limited to employees of Greater Baltimore Committee member organizations and those invited by Associated Black Charities.The event is set for April 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.Diane Bell-McKoy (pictured), president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, will ask the gubernatorial candidates questions at an upcoming forum along with Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. (Courtesy photo)While the event is free, attendees must register in advance.So far seven Democratic candidates have said they will participate: Rushern Baker, Benjamin Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah.Gov. Larry Hogan, who is a Republican, has also been invited.“Maryland is one of many states across the country where racial and ethnic demographics are increasing,” Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities, said in statement. “The importance of using a racial equity lens in policy in order to create more equitable outcomes for all Marylanders is imperative. We are excited about Marylanders getting to know these candidates and to assess which of them would best speak to their dreams and aspirations for a better, more equitable Maryland.”The forum will be held at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Leadership Hall, 685 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Register at gbc.org/events/maryland-gubernatorial-forum-april-2018. For more information go to gbc.org.