It was a family affair at Vere Technical High School yesterday as athletes from that institution dominated the first staging of the Veronica Campbell-Brown Foundation 5K, with Britnie Dixon and Kimoy Cohen being crowned the respective female and male champions. Campbell Brown, who was present at the meet along with her husband, Omar, and manager Claude Bryan, was very pleased with the support. “We are grateful for the support as it is the first one, and we will build on it for next year. The main thing we are doing is for two reasons: for charity to help the VCB Foundation to help with girls in high school, and for athletes in building a healthy lifestyle,” said Campbell-Brown. As part of her work in philanthropy, among other things, four students are afforded scholarships through the VCB Foundation each year. The race started early in the morning at the school’s main gate, as the athletes journeyed to the Wembley Football Club main gate and back. Dixon stopped the clock at 19 minutes, 13.40 seconds, while Cohen covered the course in 17:09.75. The top-three finishers among the females were all Vere Technical students, as Kris-Ann Plummer, 19:17.64, and Alithia Ferron, 19:31.93, were second and third, respectively. Among the males, second place went to veteran road-race runner Horace Burey, who represented Island Smile, in 17:18.74, while third went to Vere Technical athlete Oshane Lightbody in 18:31.93. On hand at yesterday’s staging were several executive members of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association in assistant secretary Marie Tavares, committee member Maxine Brown and recorder Ewan Scott.
Britain’s Electoral Commission is looking into a case involving an Indian-origin British parliamentarian following allegations that the Indian tourism office donated 5,000 pounds for a party hosted to celebrate his general election victory, a media report said.Virendra Sharma is a Labour MP for Ealing Southall, a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons.According to the spokesman of the Electoral Commission, it has begun an “assessment” of what, if any, involvement the India-born Sharma had with the donation, Daily Telegraph reported.Accepting donations from foreign sources is illegal under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. The party, which was attended by David Miliband, the former foreign secretary, and Lord Paul, the Labour donor, was held May 23 last year at Monsoon Banqueting Suites in Southall, Sharma’s constituency in west London. An invoice of 5,000 pounds was allegedly sent to the tourist office, Incredible India.Sharma says: “I welcome the opportunity to have the facts properly examined and will fully co-operate with the Electoral Commission so that this matter can be resolved without delay.” When Sharma’s attention was earlier drawn to the matter by Phil Taylor, a councillor in Ealing, he said: “I vehemently deny the false allegations that have appeared in various media. “I have never received a donation from India tourism and have, therefore, never been liable to make a declaration in the Parliamentary register of members’ interests.” Related Items