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Dr Paul Wright: Manage special talent

first_img LATTER WIN This latter win came in spite of an unofficial 400-metre split time of 44.5 from Class One 400-metre champion, Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College. Taylor ran an unofficial split (hand-timed) of 45.3 seconds, as he bided his time for his devastating final kick in the last 100 metres. Taylor has run faster times than the world’s greatest sprinter, Usain Bolt, at a similar stage of his career. Let us handle him with care. Finally, congratulations to Asafa Powell on his silver medal in the World Indoor 60-metre final on Saturday. Unfortunately, once again, the rounds took their toll. So far, changing coaches has not made much of a difference. An Olympic gold medal would silence those who remember the words of the great Stephen Francis: “No athlete who leaves my camp improves his/her times.” We (Jamaicans) are blessed with athletic talent. Champs 2017 cannot come too soon. The greatest show on earth (for children) is over. The Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) lived up to its billing and pre-Championships hype. I estimate that more than the reported maximum capacity of 30,000 people were in the National Stadium for the final day on Saturday, April 19, 2016. The talent on show over the previous five days proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jamaica is indeed the ‘Sprint Capital of the World’. However, the female standout of the Championships, Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), cannot be described as a “sprinter”. The remarkable Jamaican child ran in the preliminaries and finals for the girls 400 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres, before anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay final on Saturday night. For those who came in late, Miss Bromfield ran (and won) the 1500-metre race on Friday, then the 400-metre final on Saturday afternoon, completing the distance in 51.74 seconds, the fastest time for a Junior in the world this year. She returned to the track two hours later to win the 800-metre finals, capping the day with anchoring her team to victory in the 4×400-metre relay finals! This 18-year-old from STETHS is not only an athletic phenom, but impressively, she is also a medical marvel. Having exhausted the source of energy (carbohydrate stores) day after day, she obviously replenished those stores enough to complete the demolition of all her rivals in winning race after race and earning four gold medals. The only problem now is what next? What will happen to this young Jamaican star when she transitions to racing against adults? Unfortunately, previous middle-distance stars from Champs have not gone on to victory (and glory) at the world (adult) level. Burnout kills performance The reasons for this lack of success in the adult middle distance world varies from genetics to burnout. Genetics because of the preponderance of fast-twitch fibres in muscle biopsies of Jamaican athletes and burnout because of poor handling of these teenage stars on transition to adult competition. Maybe, just maybe, a ‘Junelle Bromfield National Project’ can correct this glaring anomaly. That project would entail the burying of egos as the nation unites spiritually and financially in managing and preparing this rare talent for world supremacy. I suggest that the start would be allowing her to concentrate on the 800 metres alone, as that is where her best chance for international glory lies. Then what about the Class Two phenom, Christopher Taylor? This remarkable young man ran a jaw dropping 20.8 seconds in the 200-metre preliminaries (a record), 46.33 seconds in the 400-metre preliminaries, another record, going on to win gold in both finals. He then ran a leg in Calabar High’s victorious Class Two 4×100-metre relay, before capping off the night with a relay leg for the ages, anchoring his team to victory in the Open 4×400-metre relay finals.last_img read more

Single-mother wins case against Govt

first_imgRepossession of core homeChief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards has ruled in favour of a single-mother who challenged the State’s repossession of her home at Lot 902 Plantation Westminster, Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara.Gaytrie Singh, a mother of four, had moved to the High Court by way of a motion, asking for, among other things, a conservatory order prohibiting servants and/or agents of the Central Housing & Planning Authority (CHPA) or any other officer of the State from interfering with her possession and occupation of her property.She was also seeking over $10 million in damages for what she wants the court to declare are breaches of her constitutional right not to have her property seized without compensation.Singh’s attorney Anil Nandlall told Guyana Times that the Judge ordered the State to pay $200,000.Additionally, the ruling said the repossession of the woman’s property is a violation of her fundamental right and freedom as is guaranteed to her by Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana.The ruling said the repossession has breached any term or condition contained in any Agreement of Sale in respect of the said land or any transport or certificate of title in relation to the said land, more particularly, a condition which mandates the title holder or the transportee to be in occupation of the said land, is unlawful, contrary to and in breach of Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana, in breach of natural justice, arbitrary, oppressive, unreasonable, capricious, null, void and of no effect.The court also granted a Conservatory Order prohibiting servants and/or agents of the CHPA, the Housing Ministry or any other officer of the state from entering upon, remaining, occupying or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the woman’s quiet and peaceful possession, occupation and enjoyment at her property.Meanwhile, in defending its move, the CHPA said it had seen evidence of persons sub-letting and, in one instance, attempting to sell one of the houses.The Central Housing and Planning Authority had threatened and attempted to confiscate dozens of core homes which were allocated under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government to single-parents.Several lawsuits have been filed already, challenging the State’s decision to repossess homes.last_img read more

It doesn’t get any better for NASCAR

first_imgThe last 50 laps featured five wrecks, all involving multiple cars, and small wonder. There was no room. With three dozen circuits left, the top 20 were separated by a second. With six laps to go, the field was as tightly packed as it was at the start. At the finish, as car parts, smoke and sparks flew through the air behind them like the climactic chase scene from “The Road Warrior,” Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin were racing side by side at around 200 mph separated by the length of a car hood. Seconds later, providing a perfect exclamation point, Clint Bowyer skidded across the line with his car upside down – and on fire. The first 150 laps of the Daytona 500 was like watching drivers circle the lot at the grocery store politely waiting for parking spots to open up. Then the sun went down, a full moon popped up and everybody started behaving like the Wolfman – suddenly in a hurry and only too eager to mix it up. Then an hour or so later, his handlers announced four teams caught cheating would lose their crew chiefs for Sunday’s race. A fifth team, headed by owner-driver Michael Waltrip, was busted the following day. That may have been the most embarrassing development of all, since he was fronting for new series-entrant Toyota, a manufacturer that knew little about NASCAR’s notorious past and liked seeing its reputation smudged with oil even less. The funny thing is hijinks have been on the way out the last half-dozen or so years, as NASCAR embarked on an NFL-style expansion plan, growing more homogeneous than homespun, more choreographed than chaotic in the bargain. But this race was a throwback in the best sense of the word, at least once the sun went down and the cars found their grip on the ancient concrete oval. Drivers banged into the walls and off each other and the crazier it got, the more chances they took. “Wildest thing I’ve been part of,” Harvick said after officials posted his margin of victory at .020 seconds, “in a long time.” Martin, the sentimental favorite, was trying to win his first Daytona title in 23 tries. “We were inches or feet or whatever. We were short. It was so close,” he said finally, “but it was second.” It’s small consolation, but it was as good and honorable a second-place finish as there’s been in NASCAR. Even so, Martin could have whined about the lack of a caution flag seconds from the end. As he battled Harvick to the line, the final, seven-car crash was exploding just a few hundred yards behind them. Had the yellow flag been dropped, the field would have been frozen and Martin would have won. Instead, the green flag flew. “I was ahead of it all,” Martin conceded, “It was pretty decent where I was sitting.” And because Martin was a stand-up guy, France, Harvick and all the rest of the employees in his traveling circus are sitting pretty. Since the Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s biggest event, the season effectively starts with its Super Bowl and builds momentum from there. Now there’s a great race, a little controversy and enough highlights to fill up a week’s worth of the nightly programs that ESPN has trotted out to promote the sport it just bought back into. A few years back, France was asked whether all the changes he embarked on, from increased corporate involvement to a crackdown on the drivers’ conduct, language and under-the-hood shenanigans wasn’t driving his core audience away. He replied that coming up with magical moments wouldn’t be tough so long as men and machines remained a volatile mix. “Racing has always had them. The trick now,” he said, “is to keep them coming on a bigger stage.” So far, so good. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The guys calling the race on Fox, with decades of NASCAR experience between them, scoured their collective memory banks to come up with an ending nearly this wild. One referenced “Joey Chitwood,” the daredevil who performed death-defying auto stunts beginning in the 1940s, and whose best work still is available on Another nominated the 1979 Daytona 500, when Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison locked up in a final-lap battle, spun into the infield, started throwing insults and then punches as Allison’s brother, Bobby, pulled over and joined the fray. The fight garnered so much attention that a nation watching the first-ever live broadcast of a 500-mile race barely noticed Richard Petty making up a half-lap deficit and sneaking across the finish line. Grand as that race was, driver turned broadcaster Darrell Waltrip came up with an even better one. “This finish,” he said, recalling last year’s NASCAR-inspired hit comedy, “It’s `Ricky Bobby.’ It couldn’t have been any better.” Think back to the events of last week, when NASCAR czar Brian France gave his upbeat state-of-the-sport address. He boasted about new TV partners, new sponsors, a new carmaker coming on-board to challenge America’s Big Three, and the additional responsibilities all that money rolling in would place on the people who make the sport go. last_img

Ah, to be young and joyous once more

first_img“Why are they so excited?” he asked, his tone carrying a note of weariness. “I guess they’re having fun.” A frown. “Fun? Boring.” I shrugged. “Well, not to them. You know, I remember when you used to like to toss a ball around, too.” A raven-haired little girl toddled up toward the net and threw an orange ball a few inches forward, hitting the wobbly plastic stand instead. As the ball bounced back and careened down the driveway, she raced after it. A rush of memories of dropped balls and enthusiastic giggles charged out of my brain’s dusty archives. How could I have forgotten them so soon? Middle childhood had brought a nascent maturity and a growing wisdom to my son, the tools he needs to face the challenges of classroom and field. But, middle childhood had claimed in return the sense of awe, of fun, that now radiated from the youngsters before us. I found myself longing to mother another toddler again. George suddenly dashed into our garage, emerging a minute or two later with his bicycle helmet on and his unicycle under his arm. Balancing himself against our car, he mounted the solitary seat above the shiny red wheel and launched himself down the driveway. Balls were suddenly still as the children gathered to watch the captivating spectacle. “What’s that?” squeaked a high voice. “A motorcycle,” insisted the group’s leader, feisty 3-year-old Maya. “Hey, George, can I ride it, too?” “A unicycle. It’s too hard. No brakes, no hands.” The lopsided grin was back, as George sat proudly on his precarious perch. The oohs and aahs from the youngsters inspired George to show off a few more riding tricks before he dismounted with a flourish and landed lightly on his feet. “But I’ll throw a couple of balls with you, OK?” George melted into the pre-schoolers’ game with an unaccustomed gentleness. Boosting smaller players so the net would be in reach. Cheering just as loud when those rare baskets were made. And laughing from his heart to share a toddler’s joy. I’d forgotten how much fun very young children could be. And so had my not-so-very-old son. But, the gift that comes to us with each new life and each new child, the gift of wonder, was for a moment ours again as we let ourselves remember when our own world was so wondrously young. Linda Reid Chassiakos, M.D., is director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HE stood silently behind the wooden post next to our driveway, peeking around it, with a lopsided grin and curious eyes. The other children were less than 4 years old, and, as a 9-year-old, it wouldn’t do to seem too interested in their play. The rickety plastic basketball hoop was almost up to his brow, but still a far-off target for the tiny gigglers who enthusiastically, clumsily threw oversized brightly colored balls at its rim. I sidled over to him, still keeping watch on my temporary charges, and whispered. “Hey, George, you want to play?” The absurdity of my question led to a well-deserved eye-roll and head shake. “Babies,” he added, to underline the point. I nodded. “Yeah, I’d forgotten how little kids can be.” I put my arm around the shoulders of my own little boy, now almost as tall as me. “They grow so fast.” last_img read more

Exclusive – Sansom warns Arsenal: ‘Play like you did against Palace and you’ll be out of Champions League’

first_imgKenny Sansom has warned Arsenal they have to up their game if they are going to reach the Champions League.The Gunners are in Turkey where they will take on Besiktas this evening in the first leg of their qualifying match with a place in the group stages up for grabs.But, after a sluggish 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener, Sansom insists they must get their act together against the Turks.The former Highbury full-back told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “If they play like they did against Palace they’ve got no chance. That was one of the worst passing performances I’ve seen from them in a long time.“It looked like they were half asleep. I’ve never seen it before, it was amazing. I don’t know how many times they gave the ball away under no pressure.“Wenger has said the season has come too early [for Arsenal] and it’s going to be tough [against Besiktas]. But they need to qualify. They want to be in Europe and competing with the best.”last_img read more

‘One-woman shoplifting industry’ in court again on theft charges

first_imgA woman previously described in court as “a one-woman shoplifting industry” has appeared in court again – on theft charges.Lisa Mongan was charged with the theft of €40 of cosmetics from Penneys in Letterkenny on August 5th, 2017. The court was told that Ms Mongan was spotted on CCTV with the Rimmel London cosmetics.The products had been recovered but one of them was damaged.Ms Mongan had previously been sentenced to three months in jail after being found guilty of a litany of theft offences.Solicitor Donough Cleary said he had thought that all matters of theft had previously been dealt with by the court on the last occasion.He said that Ms Mongan, a mother of three from Cashel Park, Letterkenny, was appealing the jail sentence to the Circuit Court.Judge Paul Kelly said that in light of the plea to the appeal on the prison sentence, he would apply the Probation Act on this charge.‘One-woman shoplifting industry’ in court again on theft charges was last modified: November 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyLisa MonganPenneystheftlast_img read more

Sheephaven divers spot rare Sunfish

first_imgSheephaven divers had a remarkable dive at Melmore Head on Saturday morning, where the marine life put a tremendous display that will make this dive one to remember for quite some time to come.On the surface before the dive the club members were fortunate enough to encounter a Sunfish that was clearly not one bit concerned about the presence of the dive boat. Then later it remarkably began to jump out of the water, four times in a series across the cove, looking like a large stone skipping across the surface.Then as the divers descended into the Melmore Head cave and chimney another three Sunfish went past, following each other in a line at a depth of 24 metres, which was another sight rarely witnessed by divers.Elsewhere the entire dive site has been populated by large Pollock, Wrasse, shoals of juvenile Pollock, Bib and Cod. Then they came across a Conger Eel clearly badly wounded but still alive, barely. Goodness knows how this poor creature was hurt in this way but unfortunately its future could not be good.Finally as the divers prepared to begin their ascent from the Melmore wreck they came across two Lobsters squaring up to each for a fight, until one backed down and left the scene for its rival.Water temperature was just below 15 degrees Celsius, while in-water visibility was well over 10 metres at a depth of 25 metres. Dive times of nearly 55 minutes were recorded before all divers were recovered and the run back to Mevagh was completed.Sunday was all about club members achieving the deserved recognition of where their diving has got to, with four club members successfully completing their Club Diver Test, while elsewhere another diver got their first dive on the Laurentic.The four new Sheephaven Club Divers are Bernie Gallagher, Maureen Gallagher, Caroline Mc Gee and Matthew Mc Gonagle.For these divers in gaining their second star they get the recognition of the successful completion of a course that brought them from absolute beginners to accomplished divers and opens the door to further grades and courses in the future.Training Officer Anne Boyle led the two boat dive party to Pat Mc Gee’s where the Regional Dive Officer Gearoid Mc Carthy conducted the practical examination in two sticks. Later back in the club house the candidates completed the theory element of the test and in doing so were able to demonstrate that they have been properly trained to a satisfactory level to be awarded the Club Diver grade.The CFT Club Diver or 2 Star grades has an international reputation through the CMAS Federation that will allow qualified divers access to dive organisations across the world, but more importantly it provides a sense of achievement to the recipient that will never be forgotten.Sheephaven SAC is indebted to Gearoid for taking on the examination of four candidates in one day, definitely a job well done.As the club diver test was underway Kevin Boylan led a single boat dive party to the Laurentic, where for one diver it was their first opportunity to conduct such a deep dive at this site. On the surface sea conditions were good, but on the wreck they were better still, with clear in-water visibility right across the width of the wreck and only the slightest of a tidal current.The dive was conducted as a no-decompression dive on 21% air, allowing for a 12 minute bottom time, followed by a 10 minute ascent including 2 one minute pile stops at 25 and 15 metres and a further 3 minute safety stop at between 3 and 6 metres.For both the first time Laurentic diver and the new Club Divers Sunday morning was a dive that demonstrated that they have achieved a very significant level of accomplishment and well done to all involved.Sheephaven divers spot rare Sunfish was last modified: August 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Divingsheephaven sacsunfishlast_img read more

McMullen named Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Suzie McMullen of Pickerington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s organization director for Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Pickaway and Ross counties. In her position, she will be a liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist county groups with program development and implementation and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Previously, McMullen was a sales representative for Dow AgroSciences and an intern for Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.She graduated from Ohio State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and minor in production agriculture. She was named a top 20 senior in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Ramesh Bais sworn in as Tripura Governor

first_imgRamesh Bais, a seven-time MP from Chhattisgarh’s Raipur and former Union minister, was on Monday sworn in as the Governor of Tripura, an official said. The Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, Justice Sanjay Karol, administered oath of office to Mr. Bais in the presence of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and senior officials of the administration.Mr. Bais, 71, who succeeded Kaptan Singh Solanki, was accorded the guard of honour at the lawn of the old Raj Bhavan building here. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that he would work for the all-round development of the State. The Chief Minister said that he had known Mr. Bais since 1999 and the new Governor’s experiences will be beneficial for the State.last_img

Tanduay catches fire in the 3rd quarter, racks 3rd straight win

first_imgMOST READ Paul Varilla unloaded all of his 15 points in that killer third quarter, while also added two rebounds and two assists for the game.Lester Alvarez also poured 10 of his game-high 17 markers in the third canto, to go with 11 assists and three boards, while Von Tambeling came out strong in the period to drop 13 points, three rebounds, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I really laud Von Tambeling. I didn’t play him in the first half, but he was our spark in that third quarter,” said coach Lawrence Chongson, as Tanduay bucked its sluggish start and came out firing after the halftime break.“The energy that was missing in the first half, I eventually saw it. They only needed some reminders and I’m glad that they responded,” he said. Emil Palma also added 17 markers and eight assists, Adrian Santos got 15 points and eight boards, and Paul Sanga got 13 for the Rhum Masters, which led by as much as 44 late in the game.Former Rhum Master Ken Acibar led the way for Gamboa (1-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Mike Parala had 12 markers and seven boards in the loss.The Scores:TANDUAY 113 – Alvarez 17, Palma 17, Santos 15, Varilla 15, Sanga 13, Tambeling 13, Sollano 6, Taganas 4, Terso 4, Acidre 3, Gaco 2, Vigil 2, Villamor 2, Eguilos 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 71 – Acibar 16, Parala 12, Avenido 11, Acuña 8, Montuano 7, Padilla 6, Jumao-as 5, Riva 4, Vidal 2, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0, David 0, Knuttel 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lester Alvarez. PBA IMAGESTanduay had a blazing third quarter as it clobbered Gamboa Coffee Mix, 113-71, for its third win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Rhum Masters started off hot and went on a 23-0 blast to start the third frame as it unleashed 53 points in the period, the most points in a quarter in PBA D-League history, on a scorching 21-of-26 shooting from the field to turn a 37-34 halftime deficit to a decisive 87-49 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Quarters: 21-20, 34-37, 87-49, 113-71.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more