Thursday, 30 May 2013

THE BUZZ REPORT: Whitmore responds to Shelton controversy + Hope Gardens set to host Kingston Pon Di River + Jamaica's Christian Allen exits Scripps Howard

FINDING THE WORDS: We were all rooting for him to go all the way, but Christian Allen, 13, of Ardenne High was on Wednesday eliminated in the Preliminaries (Rounds 1, 2 and 3) of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee championship, currently underway in Maryland. Taking part this year are some 281 spellers from across the United States, as well as the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Japan, South Korea and Jamaica. 42 entrants advanced to Thursday's semi-finals, with a portion of that number scheduled to compete in the championship finals, airing Thursday night live on ESPN from the Maryland Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre in National Harbour, Maryland. Jamaica's Jody-Anne Maxwell, an Ardenne alumna, won the competition back in 1998. [Update: 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York emerged winner of this year's championship.]

ART & NATURE: This year's staging of the budding Kingston Pon Di River Literary Arts & Music Festival, now its third year, will be held on Sunday, June 30 at the Hope Gardens. Among the poets and performers scheduled to appear: Mutabaruka, Cherry Natural, Ann-Margaret Lim, Robert Lalah, Mel Cooke, the Kingston Drummers, and Tribe Sankofa (above).

UPDATE: Though he wasn't summoned for the crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Luton Shelton is still very much a part of the national senior football programme, according to coach Theodore Whitmore (right). "It was a tough job, and that was a tough decision," Whitmore says of the controversial decision to omit the goal-getting striker from the team's latest lineup. "[Shelton] wasn't called for this game, but that doesn't mean that he is out of the programme. It was just a part of the decision-making... We are in a difficult spot right now, but we have to remain positive."

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