Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, Handel Lamey, feels the country’s performance at the recently concluded Carifta Swimming Championships will see them begin to keep pace with their higher ranked regional rivals, in the near future. According to Lamey, some Jamaican performances surpassed his expectations in terms of national and Carifta age group records which fell, including a few long-standing meet records from, as early as 1996.”We are getting closer to the top; we are moving closer and closer, so we are progressing,” reasoned Lamey.good performances”We had some very good performances, looking forward to us keeping this team together,” the ASAJ boss added.Lamey assured that the ASAJ will be looking to recruit the skills of a technical director who will be expected to keep the swimmers well conditioned, and improving.”We need much more work, first and foremost. I think we need a national director that will now direct a nationalprogramme that will focusnot only the junior swimmers,but senior swimmers,” hecontinued.”If we had the national programme, they could fall within that programme right away,” he assured. Lamey wants to have a gym in place at the National Aquatics Centre, which he revealed, will be furnished with equipment already here.Meanwhile, Jamaica placed sixth overall with 530.50 points, ending Carifta with 12 gold, eight silver, and 10 bronze (30 medals).They surpassed the 25 achieved last year in Martinique.
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! When California lawmaker David Dreier’s name emerged last month as a temporary successor to freshly indicted Majority Leader Tom DeLay, murmuring began among a faction of conservatives who said Dreier was too moderate for the job. House Speaker Dennis Hastert ultimately gave the slot to Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, while giving Dreier, R-Glendora, many of the leadership responsibilities. Whether right-wing members derailed Dreier’s ascension is questionable. The 13-term lawmaker still has moved into the highest echelons of Republican power. He meets regularly with Hastert on strategy. He presides over weekly meetings of committee chairmen. He has, essentially, half of DeLay’s old job, just without the title or the office suite. Many now say that Dreier could emerge more influential than ever. Although – in a town where perception often becomes reality – analysts say the eastern Los Angeles County lawmaker is now battling a public impression that the popular clique didn’t want him on its starting team. “It was a pretty open rebuff of him,” said Norman Ornstein, congressional scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. “I don’t think his peers are going to elect him to anything higher, but he can chair any committee he wants,” added Shawn Steel, past president of the California Republican Party. “I think they’re looking for more engaged leadership to fulfill the mission. Being a me-too, get-along Republican isn’t going to cut it.” Dreier, for his part, dismisses the ideological labels foisted on him. In his first lengthy discussion about the roller-coaster afternoon that DeLay stepped down, Dreier last week said he was flattered to be considered – but never wanted DeLay’s job and still doesn’t. “I’ve never run for any elected leadership. I’ve never really aspired to it. For me, the absolute dream job is to be chairman of the Rules Committee,” he said in his private top-floor office in the U.S. Capitol. “On that day, I did a lot of thinking about my father,” a Marine Corps drill instructor, Dreier recalled. “My father instilled in me a sense of team. I know that may sound trite, a little mundane.” But, he maintained, it’s how he felt about taking on DeLay’s role: “I didn’t want to do it, but I was willing to do anything for the team.” He attributes not getting the job solely to the sentiment that it was more appropriate to move Blunt – then in the No. 3 job as majority whip – into DeLay’s No. 2 role. “Roy Blunt is next in line,” Dreier said. Of Hastert’s decision, he said, “In many ways, I was relieved.” But many lawmakers said Dreier was first chosen precisely because he never aimed for GOP leadership and would not have designs on the job if DeLay returned to reclaim his title. Blunt, however, made a strong play for it. And in the wings, the conservative cadre known as the Republican Study Committee was holding a meeting of its own. “It probably has to do with the label on David Dreier, and he’s not labeled as a clear conservative,” said Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa. And the label of “Dreier the moderate” seems to have stuck, although Dreier de- scribes himself as a “small `l’ libertarian Republican.” He says he has four core beliefs: a free economy; a limited government; a strong national defense; and personal freedom. He votes against abortion, but in support of stem cell research. He is a committed supply-sider and a vocal advocate of free trade. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731