Dr Paul Wright: Manage special talent

first_imgThe 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. 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.last_img read more

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China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Relations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

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Christianburg Secondary School to offer CAPE

first_imgChristianburg Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has now joined Mackenzie High as the two institutions in that Region offering Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) for students who have completed their secondary education programme.With the aim to close the gap in education delivery across Guyana, the Education Ministry noted that the introduction of the institution as a provider of these exams would aid the CAPE programme being offered in that region.According to the Ministry, the intervention comes at a time when Guyana is expected to experience a ‘purple patch’ with the emerging oil and gas sector, noting that the thrust of Guyana is along the path of the Science, Technology, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) studies. As such, it is important that the schools’The Christianburg Wismar Secondary Schoolcurricula respond to the needs of society.The subject areas that will be taught from the beginning of the new academic year in September at the CWSS include geometrical and mechanical engineering drawing, electrical and electronic technology, computer science and Pure Mathematics. This ultimately would lead to an Associate Degree in technical studies from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).Additionally, such pursuits will allow for exemption from courses at the University of Guyana should the students go on to that tertiary institution.Region 10 has a secondary school population of 4138. While all seven secondary schools are offering the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, only the senior secondary school, the Mackenzie High School, was offering CAPE.The CWSS has one of the strongest technical vocational education programmes in Region 10 which is evident in the CSEC results in the technical subjects. The school is equipped with four large workshops and two Information Technology (IT) laboratories to offer a multilateral programme.Over the past five years, the school has recorded a consistent improvement in student matriculation.last_img read more

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National Anti-Violence Vigil II set for September 10

first_imgFollowing a successful event last year at the inaugural National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil, the organiser has decided to make it an annual event, with the second vigil set for September 10, under the theme ‘Take A Minute, Save A Life’.Voices Against Violence, a loose umbrella of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs and other entities, organised some 300 vigils in communities across Guyana last year to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. In addition to bringing people together, this vigil is an attempt to get communities across Guyana involved in anti-violence activism while fostering the concept of communal action for community wellbeing. It is inexpensive and easy to organise the event and all participants need is a candle or use a cellphone.Vigils can be organised by religious institutions, local businesses, sport and youth clubs, political party groups and schools. Organisers select routes around the community, assemble at a pre-selected place and hold a rally whereby selected individuals can speak on the theme of anti-violence in general or selected aspects such as suicide or abuse. If desired, inter-faith prayers can be conducted and cultural programmes organised. During the walk-about, anti-violence slogans can be chanted.For the purposes of this vigil, all of the following are considered acts of violence either against self or others: trafficking, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic and child abuse, rape, incest, teenage pregnancy, road carnage, dysfunctional relationships, neglect of the elderly, abuse of the mentally and physically challenged. Besides, relationship violence and its dysfunctional socialisation spawn, which are more and more looming as issues of critical urgency, can and do shape personalities that easily gravitate towards crime and attending violence. Thus, violence should be addressed holistically and when communities come together they can begin to become more caring and build more togetherness while getting their feet wet in the practice of mindfulness. In effect, anti-violence must become everybody’s business and immediately so! The candle light vigil, held in communities throughout the nation, is a step in this direction.Besides, the vigil will foster community collaboration, focus on saving lives and preventing harm, and foster the process of societal transformation.Currently, almost 50 entities are coordinating this year’s vigil. Additionally, letters seeking support have been dispatched or will soon be dispatched to various Government Ministries along with the President, the Prime Minster, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the People’s National Congress (PNC). With almost four weeks to go, the organisers are hoping to have other groups involved, as well as more media and Government agencies and Ministries.They are also appealing to local and community leaders, businessmen and other influential characters as well as community organisations, including religious institutions and sports club, to please help bring off this activity by ensuring that a vigil is held in every community, collaboratively where possible.In order for the organisers to map all vigils, provide any necessary assistance, including publicity, ensure that all vigils are acknowledged and lauded, and use photos of all vigils to create an online collage, ‘Voices Against Violence’ is requesting that all vigil organisers/potential organisers to contact them.In Guyana, call Nazim on telephone numbers 644-1152 or 646-4649, Leslyn on 636 1189 or Chandanie on 697-9968. In North America, call Annan on 646-461-0574, Sham on 954-778-3222, Sharmin on 718-506-8225 or Dr Rodney on 516-286-8952.Emails can be sent to caribvoice@aol.com and contact can be made with the following persons on facebook: Gemini Bae Irock, Nazim Hussain, Sham Tilak, Franklin Rodney, Sharmin Prince, Leslyn Holder and Annan Boodram.last_img read more

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Long-retired star Betty Hutton laid to rest in desert

first_imgCATHEDRAL CITY – Betty Hutton, the brassy blonde star of “Annie Get Your Gun,” was buried Tuesday with a handful of mourners in attendance. She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cathedral City, where stars such as Frank Sinatra and Sonny Bono are interred. Hutton died at 86 in her Palm Springs apartment from complications of colon cancer Sunday night, but the official announcement was withheld until after her funeral, said Carl Bruno, executor of her will and a longtime friend. “She wanted anonymity as far as being buried. She didn’t want that to be turned into a circus,” he said. Hutton became reclusive later in life. She was estranged from her three daughters, who did not ask to attend the service, Bruno said. At Tuesday’s small gathering were her three caregivers, Bruno and his partner, who were her landlords. “She didn’t want to be seen,” Bruno said. “She always felt that people were expecting (a) young, 20-year-old bouncing blonde and she didn’t want to disappoint them.” Hutton made about two dozen movies but was best known for the title role of Annie Oakley in the 1950 movie version of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” She got the role after Judy Garland dropped out of the production. She walked out of her Paramount movie contract in 1952, reportedly in a dispute over her demand that her then-husband direct her films. She made only one movie after that but had a TV series, “The Betty Hutton Show,” from 1959 to 1960. She also worked occasionally on stage and in nightclubs. Hutton’s personal life was rocky at times, including four failed marriages and a 20-year addiction to pills. She credited a Rhode Island priest, the Rev. Peter Maguire, with befriending her and turning her life around. She converted to Roman Catholicism. In addition to her daughters Candy, Lindsay and Caroline, Hutton is survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bruno said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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BOGUS CHAINSAWS AND GENERATORS NOW ON SALE IN DONEGAL WARN GARDAI

first_imgGardai say they now have information that bogus chainsaws and generators are now being sold across Donegal.Sgt Paul Wallace has issued warning.A number of weeks ago local Gardai issued a warning to the public regarding the possible advertising such items to unsuspecting customers.These saws and generators are now being offered for sale local Gardai have learned this morning. Items are being sold out of the back of vans by well dressed gentlemen with midlands accents who are moving throughout the county calling door to door.At least one business in Donegal Town was offered such items last weekend.The advice is ‘Buyer beware if it seems to be good to be true it usually is! ‘ warned Local Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace.‘The information we are receiving from the public is that these items are in sealed boxes with brand leader logos for example Honda and Husqvarna but these are replicas not the proper product. They are sold on a bartering method starting off at say… €1200 with the final price being as low as €200/ 250 so there is a message there. “Don’t be conned, purchase locally where you are sure of what you are getting with a guarantee and back up that’s the advise plain and simple,” Sgt Wallace said.Chainsaws for example offered on the market will be copy replicas of established market leaders but only have a operating life of only 40/ 45 hours. There is no back up, guarantee, quality and compliance with health and safety standards may also be in doubt.The public should not to be duped by advertisements by unscrupulous persons who use authentic sales platforms to advertise these items.The quality construction and design of equipment such as a chainsaw or an electricity generator is of paramount importance from an health and safety point of view and purchasers or users should not be ‘conned’ into purchase of sub standard equipment that does not reach industry and European norms.It is important for the public to be aware that ‘ buyer beware’ as if you purchase equipment which is useless there is usually no comeback Gardai would like to thank the public for contacting them and being vigilant in their communities.Further Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ieBOGUS CHAINSAWS AND GENERATORS NOW ON SALE IN DONEGAL WARN GARDAI was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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:chainsawsdonegalGardaigeneratorsSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

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Early poll puts Arnold in lead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Both campaigns said there is plenty of time to sway voters before the primary. “This is the first public poll to show Steve Westly ahead of Phil Angelides and we fully expect our lead to continue to build,” said Westly press secretary Nick Velasquez. “This poll tracks with our own internal polling.” Angelides spokesman Nick Pappas said that “over the next nine weeks, Democrats will decide who has the strength, conviction and effectiveness to take California in a new direction and fully fund our schools. Phil Angelides will win that debate.” Still, the poll found that in matchup between Schwarzenegger and either Westly or Angelides, nearly 30 percent of voters remain undecided. “November will be a very, very close race,” predicted Matthew Dowd, Schwarzenegger’s chief political strategist. “But the poll is good news for us and not good news for the Democrats.” SACRAMENTO – Most voters like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – although not all of his policies – don’t blame him for failing to get a massive infrastructure bond on the June ballot and would vote for him over his Democratic challengers in November, a poll released today says. Schwarzenegger leads the Democratic challengers – state Treasurer Phil Angelides and state Controller Steve Westly – by nearly 10 points, according to the survey by the San Francisco-based Public Policy Institute of California. Meanwhile, 55 percent of Democrats remain undecided between Angelides and Westly, who face off in the June 6 primary. And among those who are decided, 23 percent would vote for Westly and 22 percent for Angelides. “Both sought to bring each other down and they’ve succeeded,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “Schwarzenegger is the big winner in the Democratic civil war.” Respondents blamed the Legislature – not the governor – for the delay of a bond package to support infrastructure improvements, with lawmakers’ approval ratings at 23 percent, among the lowest since the poll began in 2000. Some 57 percent of likely voters do not believe lawmakers and the governor can work together, up 6 points from January. The PPIC telephone poll of 2,002 adult Californians was conducted March 15-22. For the 1,008 likely voters, the margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points; for the 444 likely voters in the Democratic primary, it was plus or minus 5 percentage points. David McCuan, a political science professor at California State University, Sonoma, said the poll shows that the governor continues to draw on his popularity for support. “It is not that Schwarzenegger is successful at solving any of these thorny issues – it is that he’s perceived to be ‘working’ on them. That seems to be his luxury, coupled with the reservoir of celebrity name recognition,” McCuan said. Steve Geissinger, (916) 447-9302 sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Here is when the Celtic v Rangers Scottish Premiership games are

first_imgThere are other teams in Scotland, so to avoid hurting the feelings of those sensitve footy fans as a result of this strong focus on the Old Firm, here is every team’s first game.Celtic v HeartsAberdeen v Hamilton AcademicalHibernian v Partick ThistleMotherwell v RangersKilmarnock v St JohnstoneDundee v Ross County 2 The fixtures for the Scottish Premiership have been announced and talkSPORT.com looked instantly to see when the biggest games of the season are.Yes, the first Celtic v Rangers meeting (the game Celtic fans pretend to not care about) takes place in September.When are the Celtic v Rangers games?23 September, 2017: Rangers v Celtic30 December, 2017: Celtic v Rangers10 March, 2018: Rangers v CelticCeltic scored 13 league goals against their Glasgow neighbours last term, in a season they remained unbeaten and won a domestic treble.Last season:Celtic 5-1 Rangers (Scottish Premiership)Rangers 0-1 Celtic (League Cup)Rangers 1-2 Celtic (Scottish Premiership)Celtic 1-1 Rangers (Scottish Premiership)Celtic 2-0 Rangers (Scottish Cup)Rangers 1-5 Celtic (Scottish Premiership) Celtic were unbeaten against their Glasgow rivals last season 2last_img read more

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GAUDIUM CHAMBER CHOIR TO PERFORM AT CULTURE NIGHT IN CONWAL CHURCH

first_imgGaudium Chamber Choir is proud to be performing as part of Culture Night 2014 this Friday in the beautiful setting of the newly-refurbished Conwal Church of Ireland, Letterkenny.The performance features the young soprano, Riana Lynch, in a program that has a strong Irish element and centres around the important themes of love, death and life.The program will include Stanford’s well-loved The Blue Bird, Michael McGlynn’s arrangement of Siúil Arún for Anúna, plus the first of Hubert Parry’s beautiful Songs of Farewell. There will also be pieces by Sullivan, Brahms, Bach, Buxtehude and Vivaldi, along with arrangements of other Irish traditional songs.Gaudium (“Joy”) was formed last year to give more experienced singers the chance to enjoy performing more challenging music in a variety of contexts.Based in the Letterkenny area, its members come from around the county as well as Derry and Fermanagh.It has a growing repertoire of a wide variety of both sacred and non-religious pieces, and as well as concerts it has provided high-quality music for enthusiastically-received choral liturgies featuring music from among the best of the treasure-trove of gems written for these across the centuries. Conwal Church of Ireland, Letterkenny – 6.45-8pm (as part of Culture Night 2014)Gaudium Chamber Choir (director/organ: Daniel Braddell)Riana Lynch, soprano soloistAdmission is free and no booking is required – just turn up at any time during our ‘slot’   GAUDIUM CHAMBER CHOIR TO PERFORM AT CULTURE NIGHT IN CONWAL CHURCH was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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Palmdale’s sewer fees on the rise

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – How much a $271.5 million upgrade and expansion of Palmdale’s sewage treatment plant is going to cost homeowners isn’t known, but their sewer fees already are going up and will be rising more. Palmdale homeowners’ sewer-service bills went up $30 this year and will rise by the same amount over the next two years to $161 as a result of a 2004 decision by sanitation officials to pay for preliminary upgrade and cleanup of an underground nitrate plume. Fees for connecting new homes to the community’s sewage systems also are rising in stages from $1,780 to $3,190. Sanitation officials had expected homeowners’ fees to rise to $281 a year by the 2010-11 fiscal year, but that was before the price estimate on the project upgrade jumped $74.3 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Officials said they expect to make a re-evaluation of the costs in about 18 months to two years. Connection fees are also likely to be increased beyond original plans as well, officials said. last_img read more

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