Michael Clarke, who guided Calabar High to five consecutive titles since 2012, also supported his colleague’s view. “There are not too many meets,” argued Clarke, who also guided St Jago High and Jamaica College to Boys’ Champs titles. “I believe that there are not enough. These meets bring success globally. I also do believe that there are not enough after Champs,” he pointed out. “The school meets which assist in the development of the athletes are sanctioned by the JAAA,” Clarke added. Meanwhile, JAAA’s general secretary, Garth Gayle, is fully in support of the number of meets on the calendar. “No. The meets are not too many,” Gayle said strongly. “Jamaica enjoys a very vibrant and thorough athletic programme renown all over the world.” “Recently, the CEO of the IAAF attended the Kirkvine meet and he was impressed, especially at the number of competitors who participated in the meet,” Gayle recounted. Gayle disclosed that for the past six years there have been JAAA calendar conferences, where plans were put in place for the various meets. “We have a serious calendar conference, where planning is done. Jamaica have been renown for putting on high quality meets. We need to do more to develop more global stars,” Gayle concluded. ALL IN AGREEMENT Despite a total of 93 track and field meets on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) 2016-17 calendar year, some top coaches see the need for more. The coaches believe that the meets have assisted in the development and successes of top Jamaican stars due to their constant exposure to top-level competition. “I don’t think there are too many meets as we have different levels in order to properly develop athletes,” said David Riley, president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. “There are not enough meets as the (school) athletes have to qualify for Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championship’s each year. Based on that, the meets are certainly not enough. Most meets don’t cover all events,” Riley added. “Last weekend at the Camperdown Classics, the only qualifying events there included the 4×100 metres relay, 800m, 1500m and 100m. There are very few opportunities for qualification,” the Excelsior High school head coach and founder of The Technique Lab added.
A man and his girlfriend, both of Indian origin, were arrested and charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in New Jersey over their plan to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.Narsan Lingala, 54, and Sandya Reddy, 51, both of Noblesville, Indiana, were arrested and charged after a three-month investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI and the Woodbridge Police Department, CBS New York reported.On Aug 18, the two met a hitman with photos of Lingala’s ex-wife, who is a North Brunswick resident, and her house, not knowing that the hitman was an undercover police officer, the report said. They were arrested on the same day.Detectives recorded phone calls with the couple, who now live in Noblesville, Indiana, outside Indianapolis, Nj.com reported citing documents reviewed by NJ Advance Media in connection with the case.Following her arrest, Reddy admitted that she knew about the murder plot in a videotaped statement to police, the report added.Lingala allegedly hatched the murder plot after fighting a court case for years in an effort to get his child support and alimony amounts reduced, IndyStar reported.Though his ex-wife has not been named, a former lawsuit found by Indiawest revealed that Lingala married Saroja Alkanti in 1995. The couple had a son and a daughter who are now 21 and 15 years old, respectively.Lingala was served a restraining order during the course of his marriage following allegations of domestic violence, reports said. He filed for divorce in May 2011. In 2012, he was charged criminally with contempt of court for allegedly violating the restraining order, but the matter was ultimately transferred to family court.The earlier lawsuit also revealed that Lingana agreed to pay weekly child support of $358, on calculations of his annual income at $162,000 while his wife’s income was $47,000.Lingala was the sole owner of IT firm LMN Solutions, which had a fair value of $214,000 at that time, IndyStar reported, citing the court decision.He later argued that his earning was calculated incorrectly and that he should pay a lower amount for the child support and alimony. In 2015, Lingala lost the appeal to have the matrimonial settlement agreement set aside. Related ItemsIndian AmericanIndiana