The fourth and final regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix series, the Central Athletics Championships came to an end at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports on Wednesday where Edwin Allen and St Jago High walked away with the top team prizes among the females and males. Senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel, Kamal Powell was a proud man after the meet and he is looking forward to tomorrow’s finale at the National Stadium, the GC Foster Classic. “It has been amazing and a wonderful journey so far, this was the fourth of the five meet series and of course the top two from the four championships will make it to the grand finale on Saturday,” said Powell. “Of course Digicel is extremely excited about the type of performances we have seen, the outcome of all four meets and all the athletes performances and the fashion behind this new series and we are looking forward to seeing what will happen. There will be a ding-dong battle inside the National Stadium this Saturday,” he said. Powell spoke about the new format where all teams start from scratch at the finale where no points will be carried over. “Everybody in the finals will start from scratch and I know all coaches of those athletes, who have qualified will be crunching the numbers based on the finishes across the regions to see exactly how their schools will line up and will be calculating how they can carry home the million dollar for the first place or the two other prizes of $500,000 or $250,000 for second and third places,” Powell continued. “I will call it the World Championships of high school track and field in the National Stadium on Saturday, as teams will be vying for cash prizes of over $15 million and no one should miss this,” Powell shared.
WHITTIER – As was the case across California, voters widely rejected all of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s propositions and three other measures in Tuesday’s election.But unlike the rest of the state and the county, Whittier voters – by a 53-47 percent margin – strongly supported Proposition 73, the measure requiring parent pre-notification of a daughter’s abortion.In a city founded by Quakers, personal and religious convictions appear to have played bigger roles than traditional politics when Whittier voters were deciding on Proposition 73.“People don’t perceive the issue to be a political one as much as (one about) a right of a parent to know what’s going on in the lives of their kids,” said Joe Vinatieri, a Whittier attorney.While the GOP has been defined by its pro-life stance, it was absent in organizing any concerted local support for Proposition 73.“There wasn’t even a Republican headquarters in Whittier” for this election, said Barbara Stone, chairwoman of the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Club, a Republican group.Local political consultant Ralph Pacheco, who also serves on the Whittier Union High School District school board, said, “There was an effort to communicate support for Proposition 73 throughout the church community” in Whittier.In Pico Rivera, for example, Schwarzenegger’s measures to make it more difficult for teachers to get tenure and harder for public employee unions to raise money for political purposes, as well as his measure to reform the reapportionment process, all got trounced.More than 80 percent of Pico Rivera voters voted no on the measures.Even in heavily Democratic Pico Rivera, Proposition 73 lost by only a slim margin. In largely working-class South Whittier, voters supported Proposition 73 by a 57-43 percent margin but rejected all the other ballot measures.The same split was seen in a mailer by the Mexican American Political Association, which favored Proposition 73 but denounced Schwarzenegger’s propositions, Pacheco said. Republican email@example.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more