Tipperary’s Senior Footballers have secured promotion to Division 2.Liam Kearns side overcame Armagh in a thrilling encounter this afternoon which saw the Premier trail for most of the match despite clocking up 2 goals early in the second halfWith 5 minutes to go and Armagh pulling away with a four point lead, Tipp secured 3 successive points followed by a goal by Michael Quinlivan in the dying seconds to secure victory for the county’s Senior Footballers. Tipperary now go on to play Louth in the League Final at Croke Park next Saturday evening at 5 pmMeanwhile – Tipperary CCC has confirmed that the planned first round of the county senior football championship will not take place next weekend due to the Division Final.Instead Round 3 of the County Hurling League will proceed and the County U 21 football semi-finals will take place on Saturday the 15th of April.Also in Division 3 action today.Laois have been relegated after a 3-15 to 4-11 loss to Offaly.Antrim are also relegated after they could only draw at home to Longford – the full-time score Antrim 1-13 Longford 0-16 and the already promoted Louth lost to Sligo by 1-11 to 0-17.ElsewhereIn Division 1Kerry have secured an unlikely final place in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League while Cavan have been relegated after they failed to beat Roscommon, losing by 1-13 to 1-10.In Division 2Galway have secured promotion to the top tier for the first time since 2011 after defeating already promoted Kildare by the narrowest of marginsThat meant Meath have finished in third despite a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-13 win over Clare.A late draw for Down has kept them safe in Division 2 for another year, at the expense of Fermanagh and Derry.It ended Cork 1-10 Down 0-13.Derry are down to Division 3 despite beating Fermanagh by 2-8 to 0-13.And in Division 4 Limerick defeated Wicklow 2-13 to 2-9, Westmeath had a dominant 3-26 to 1-9 win over London, while Carlow overcame Wexford by 2-14 to 1-7. Photo: © Tipperary GAA Twitter
The Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann has reopened after extensive restoration works by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), just in time for the start of the winter tourist season. A popular heritage attraction for students and visitors, the site had been closed since April 2011 to facilitate rehabilitation of the great house and install a multimedia interactive attraction. Executive Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Laleta Davis-Mattis, described the new exhibition as “first class” and is “the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.” The JNHT head explained that restoration of the site was of such importance that the Board of Trustees decided to utilize all available funds for the project. She expressed thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, which also provided funding, and Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, who is also the Director of the Museums of History & Ethnography at the Institute of Jamaica. Tour operators and stakeholders were given a tour of the renovated site earlier this month. The 18th century plantation house has been beautifully restored, with roof, floor and bathrooms overhauled. A new state of the art exhibition has been installed, which exhibition features carved stone pieces from the 1500s uncovered in archaeological excavations of an artisan’s workshop on the property in 2002, as well as several other new pieces. In addition, historical reconstructions of Sevilla la Nueva (the Spanish village), both in paintings by renowned British reconstruction artist Peter Dunn, and computer generated imagery (CGI), offer the visitor a glimpse into the rich history of the site. The artifacts on the site, from the Spanish sugar mill to the water wheel and replicas of the Taíno and African houses, trace the history of Jamaica from its earliest beginnings to the end of the British era. As with the previous exhibition, there is a room with artifacts dedicated to each culture (Taino, Spanish, African, English). Mrs. Davis-Mattis informed that the park is now open seven days per week with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. She is encouraging persons to book their tours ahead of time. She said that the target audience is Jamaicans and visitors, as the agency seeks to educate persons about the nation’s heritage. The Seville Heritage Park, located along the north coast approximately four kilometres from St. Ann’s Bay, is regarded as one of Jamaica’s most significant cultural heritage sites. It includes the archaeological remains of the indigenous Taino village of Maima, the 16th century Spanish settlement of Sevilla la Nueva, and the post-1655 British sugar plantation known as New Seville. The encounter, co-existence, and intermingling of Taino, Europeans and Africans at the site typifies the current Jamaican demography and gives credence to the National Motto, Out of Many, One People. The JNHT head informed that the heritage park along with the Underwater City of Port Royal and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, have been placed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) tentative list for nomination as a World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria, which are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
VANCOUVER — Wayson Choy, the celebrated author of “The Jade Peony” and a powerful voice for the Chinese-Canadian community, has died.His agent Denise Bukowski announced his death on Twitter on Sunday, saying that he died in his bed on Saturday night.Choy was born in Vancouver in 1939 and had an illustrious career that spanned decades, winning a number of awards and becoming a member of the Order of Canada.He is best known for his debut novel “The Jade Peony,” which is set in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1930s and 1940s and tells the stories of three children in an immigrant family.The novel won critical acclaim, sharing the 1995 Trillium Book Award with Margaret Atwood’s “Morning in the Burned House.”Choy is also the author of two acclaimed memoirs, “Paper Shadows,” and “Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying.”The news prompted a wave of condolences from authors on social media, with novelist Jen Sookfong Lee writing that everyone should aspire to be the kind of author and mentor Choy was.She wrote that he attended her “first big reading” in 2007 and whispered to her, “You did a good job. I’m proud of you.”“In the years following, he was unfailingly kind, always telling me he had read my latest book, always asking how publishing was treating me,” Sookfong Lee wrote.“I don’t say this much but my heart is broken. He was every possible good thing I could have ever imagined. I have always loved you, Wayson.”The Canadian Press