Hubert Lawrence: Be like Bolt?

first_imgThe trouble with the Usain Bolt comparisons that are flying around is that the tall man from Trelawny is a once-in-a-generation superstar. To confer comparable senior international success upon Akeem Bloomfield and Chris Taylor because they have exceeded Bolt’s high-school times is dangerous. It’s pressure that they don’t need. Both boys have given evidence that they are extra special and could go all the way. Bloomfield’s conversion from the shorter sprints to the 400m yielded a national junior record of 44.93 seconds at Boys and Girls’ Championships last year. Taylor is a marvel and has the World Youth gold medal to prove it. Though this little dynamo set his personal best of 45.27 seconds in the high altitude of Cali, Colombia, he is clearly capable of going faster. Theoretically, gold medals and world records aren’t out of the question in the future. Even so, the temptation to crown either one of them ‘the new Bolt’ must be resisted. It is borne of respect for the tall man and his 11 individual World/Olympics gold medals and five world records. Surely, it is too much to guarantee that anyone will fill Bolt’s shoes completely. Bad memory shrouds how good the tall man was in the 400 metres when he was 16 and in his last year at Champs for William Knibb Memorial High School in 2003. With insistent rain sprinkling down, he used his speed early on the very track where he had won the World Junior title the year before. He kept his foot on the gas until he realised that his prime rival, Jermaine Gonzales, had stopped. His time blasted the record from 46.22 to 45.35 seconds. A full effort might have broken the 45-second barrier. He hasn’t paid the 400m much attention since, and his personal best of 45.28 seconds shows it. Later in 2003, Bolt equalled Roy Martin’s world junior record of 20.13 seconds. He took sole ownership of that record at the 2004 Carifta Games by winning in 19.93 seconds at age 17. Even now, no other junior athlete has run the 200m faster than 20 seconds. More important than all that is the need for Kingston College and Calabar to continue to manage these two lads well. Neil Harrison, the KC coach, has strengthened Bloomfield and has avoided the 100 and 200 metres to avert the disasters of the past. Similarly, Michael Clarke, the Calabar guru, has kept Taylor clear of troubles. One thing is certain. Taylor must need some recovery time after his 10-race effort at Champs. Together with Jaheel Hyde and 2013 World Youth 400m champion, Bloomfield and Taylor give Jamaica bright hopes for this year’s World Junior Championships in the 400m, the 400-metre hurdles and the 4x400m. Some of them may even see action at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

JAAA boss praises coach Graham

first_imgDanielle Williams’ coach, Lennox Graham, has come in for praise from Dr Warren Blake, president of Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), for the work he has done in preparing Danielle Williams to win sprint hurdles gold in Beijing, China, this past August.Graham is the head coach of the women’s programme at Johnson C. Smith University in the United States, where he coached Williams and her sister, Shermaine, as well as Leford Green. Prior to joining the university in the winter of 2007, Graham was a member of the Kingston College coaching staff that guided the school to six titles at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships between 2001 and 2007.Graham was also a member of the Jamaican coaching staff at the World Championships, which allowed him the chance to work closely with the world champion hurdler.”We have recognised that he has been doing very good work in the specialist area of hurdling, and when you do good work you will be rewarded,” Dr Blake said Monday following a ceremony at The Queen’s School that was held in honour of Williams’ gold medal run.Graham’s talents have brought him tremendous success at Johnson C. Smith. Since his appointment there, Graham has transformed the JCSU track and field programme, having immediate impact at the collegiate and international levels.To Williams, who has trained under Graham for all of her collegiate career, during which she won many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II titles, Graham is more than just an award-winning coach.”Coach Graham is a wonderful coach and a mentor. He literally takes his time with me to help fix things that need fixing and he is patient,” she said. “There are times when I don’t want to train, and he knows I don’t want to train, and he works with me and he works around me. He is really the man who is responsible for my successes. He has taken me from a mediocre athlete and turned me into a world-class athlete.”last_img read more

T&T win U13 title in Pre-Cadet tourney

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago (T&T) took honours on the opening day of the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championship, when they won the Under-13 Girls’ title at the National Indoor Sports Centre yesterday. The T&T team defeated Guyana 3-1 and then crushed hosts Jamaica 3-0 to capture the crown. Only three of the four teams competed in the Girls Under-13 section, as Barbados failed to field a team. Coach of T&T, Edwin Humphreys, said he was not sure of what to expect before arriving here for the tournament. However, with only Jamaica and Guyana in the Under-13 category, it resulted in a comfortable win for his girls. “Well, honestly, we weren’t sure of what to expect because some teams were out. And when we heard that it would be only Guyana and Jamaica to contest with in the Under-13 girls, the expectation was high,” Humphreys told The Gleaner. “It was the first day of competition, so we got to see all the other teams. I believe we are better in all categories, so it is very possible we could have a clean sweep of all titles. “We have to stay focused and execute what we’ve practised for the past months,” the T&T coach confidently said. Coach of Jamaica’s Under-11 girls team, Richard Davidson, said they are looking ahead to winning the final today, starting at noon. “I’m going into the final to win the title. The girls will do their best. We are planning to put a spike into Trinidad’s wheels,” Davidson said. Day Two of the championship will begin at 10 a.m. and scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Thursday will be a rest day and competition will resume on Friday with individual action. The sponsors include Jamaica Tourist Board, Cal’s Manufacturing, Hi-Lyte, Independence Park Ltd, Jamaica Olympic Association, Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Nestle Jamaica, Reggae Jammin, Seafreight, Shortwood Teachers’ College, Sports Development Foundation, Tenergy Sound System, Tropical Blue and Xsomo.last_img read more

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball to undergo surgery on his left knee

first_imgLonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers calls a play during the second half of a game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on January 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee.The team said Friday that it will provide an update on Ball’s condition after the surgery. He has a torn meniscus.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Ball, who was chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in last year’s draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists during his first NBA season. He started 50 games.He’s expected to compete with the recently signed Rajon Rondo during training camp this fall to be Los Angeles’ starting point guard. The 32-year-old Rondo agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million this month to suit up alongside LeBron James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’General manager Rob Pelinka said this week that Ball will be fully healthy for training camp. Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

VPA Gets Another 3-Year Mandate

first_imgMadam Hѐlѐne Cavé, EU Ambassador toLiberia.— EU, Liberia Launch Phase II TomorrowThe lifespan of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), has been graciously extended by another three-year period, an FDA release has said.The ceremony marking the official launch of Phase II of the VPA takes place on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Monrovia. It is expected to be graced by an array of government officials and an EU delegation. This Long Term Technical Assistance to Implement the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in Liberia is a project, funded by the EU for the continuation of EU support to the forestry sector to assist the implementation of the VPA/Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT).GoL will be represented by FDA managing director, C. Mike Doryen and the EU by Ambassador Hélène Cavé.The objective of this project is to contribute to the development of Liberia’s forest sector by increasing the value of traded timber products through the strengthening of overall forest governance, sustainable management of forest resources, law enforcement, and rule of law, and equitable sharing of forest benefits, among others.This second phase of EU assistance will emphasize the trade rather than aid aspects of the program. This phase aims at enabling Liberia develop its capacity to issue FLEGT Licenses to help increase international trade with higher paying markets like the EU and others.For this to happen, completing the building of systems and procedures and putting these into operation is needed, so that a Legality Assurance System is fully in place in Liberia. Private operators and community forest owners can then be encouraged to obtain FLEGT Licenses and benefit from added-value exports to premium markets.The FDA is already increasingly taking over responsibilities for managing and financing the VPA implementation.The EU assistance to the VPA process started in 2013 under a first phase of VPA support through a co-financing arrangement between EU and DFID by a total of approximately EUR 20 million, implemented through two main technical assistance projects; one to create a Legality Verification Department (LVD), and the other a VPA Support Unit (VPA/SU). This was complemented by funding of specific additional actions, like support to the civil society, and the independent auditor.A key feature of the EU project is that it will help FDA to provide this coordination in its role as Lead-Agency. This will be achieved through the institutions and processes that were set up for VPA in the first phase; such as the VPA Secretariat, the Liberia Implementation Committee (LIC), National Multi Stakeholder Monitoring Committee (NMSMC) and the guidance provided by the Forward Planner (the VPA road map).The main counterparts to this project are the Government of Liberia institutions administering the forest resources namely the Forest Development Authority (FDA), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MoFDP), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Ministry of Labor (MoL). The present project is a second phase of the specific technical assistance, totaling around EUR 3.4 million.Liberia, a country rich in natural resources with over 4 million hectares of forests, has successfully emerged from war into a peaceful democracy. With variable figures during the last decade, the current contribution of the forest sector to the GDP is estimated around 10 to 11% with ambitions from the current administration to increase this contribution to at least 12% in the coming years, hence the importance of emphasizing trade.The export of commercial timber generates about US$8 million of government revenue annually, which is roughly 26% of the total earnings from natural resources.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo rejects Granger’s sympathies, blames Central Govt for ordeal

first_imgParking meter burdenPeoples Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has called out the Government for failing to nip the Parking Meter Project in its bud, as he rejected the sympathies now being expressed by President David Granger and his administration in relation to the corrupt initiative.Jagdeo highlighted that the Central Government had more than enough opportunities to prevent the project from materialising, but refused to act on the premise of not wanting to interfere with local government affairs.But the Opposition Leader finds it odd how Government suddenly changed its views full circle, after civil society reacted in uproar and demanded that the shady deal be scrapped.Government was privy to the contract some five months ago, but yet allowed the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to grant the green light to the private investors, despite the contract consisting of clauses which allows the parking meter company to take full control of the capital.Jagdeo highlighted that Government could have stopped the project from going forward right there, especially since they have majority Councillors on the M&CC.“The ministry had an adverse review of the contract and yet they proceed to support it and they can’t claim that they did not support this project,” the former President observed.He noted too that the Government had another opportunity to terminate the deal when the By-laws came to the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for approval.“So they not only had the contract, (they) had a review done of the contract, gone against their own review of the contract, but then they had one of their Cabinet ministers help to bring this contract into being so who takes approval for that, is it not Granger himself,” he stated.Jagdeo also argued that the concerns now being expressed by the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government are not even genuine as its members were part and parcel in the process of supporting the controversial project.The Opposition Leader also contended that a reduction in the rates of the paid parking will not solve the problem, as he reiterated calls for the entire initiative to be scrapped. “There are so many other features of that contract that are unbelievably stacked in favour of the investor… they have he has now saddled us with unbelievable liabilities if this contract should be repudiated now… and we can only put the blame at the doorstep of this Government,” he emphasized.last_img read more

Govt announces settlement plan for Venezuelan refugees

first_imgGovernment on Monday announced that plans are in progress for the development of a homestead settlement area for the 260 confirmed Venezuelan refugees, who are occupying areas in Region One (Barima-Waini).This was related by Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix at the conclusion of the third multi-agency coordinating committee meeting held at the Ministry of Citizenship, Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown.In addition to the resettlement area being self-reliant, “it is intended that we [will] develop something like a homestead where families are accumulated and eventually, we can move them into cash crop farming. We can encourage that so that in the first instance, they can feed themselves and if they have surpluses, they can sell. We are looking at crops for their sustenance and their immediate needs. Once you get that … going, then the next thing is to guide them into areas in whichCitizenship Minister Winston Felixthey can sustain themselves. The immediate outcome is that we want to see them properly settled and they must be able to sustain themselves…,” the Minister is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.According to him, the agencies on the committee will continue to play their roles in lending whatever assistance is necessary to those in Region One while assessing the migration of Venezuelans into Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).“In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is continuing its vaccination [efforts]… [The Department of] Immigration is continuing the registration and support work… The Police [are] also following through with the support work to this committee. So, all agencies, locally, are locked into this committee to provide services and support for the Venezuelans in Guyana. We are also exploring the situation in Region Seven [in order] to find out where [the Venezuelans] are and what numbers we have to [cater for],” he said.The Committee has also been working alongside the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF); International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Human Rights’ Council (UNHRC) to determine areas of collaboration and support.Rather than criminalise the Venezuelans, Minister Felix said that the CommitteeSome of the Venezuelan refugees in Region Oneand, by extension, the Government, have chosen to respond to the situation in a humane manner, with concern for the safety, health, and accommodation of the migrants.Guyana had, in 2016, convened a meeting of Non-Governmental Organisations and the Private Sector to consider the deteriorating conditions in Venezuela. The Venezuelan Government was, however, not open to receiving any material assistance being offered at the time.Guyana is already providing medical assistance to many Venezuelans. It has been reported that Venezuelan nationals are crossing into Guyana, especially at Region One, to seek medical treatment for malaria.There have been persistent reports that owing to a troubled economy and unrest that has gripped that nation, shortages of basic services and food exist in Venezuela, including health services.last_img read more

Contract deal misses DWP pay level

first_imgLos Angeles officials and six unions representing 22,000 city workers reached a tentative five-year, double-digit salary deal just as the current contracts expired, officials said Monday. The deal ended days of intense negotiating in which the unions sought parity with Department of Water and Power workers, who are among the highest-paid employees in the city. City and union representatives confirmed the five-year contract but declined to discuss details. Sources said the contract would amount to about a 13 percent salary hike. But while both its length and annual pay hikes will be steps toward parity with DWP workers, sources said it will not close the nearly 20 percent gap in average salaries reported Sunday by the Daily News. “The great outcome for the city is the unions and management working together on some tough issues facing the city,” said City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson, who declined to provide details of the contract. “(It is a) very fair deal.” A sticking point in negotiations had been a five-year contract negotiated with DWP workers in 2005 guaranteeing 16.8 percent annual salary increases that could rise to 28 percent, depending on inflation. Officials said the six-union pact does not include a similar clause for inflation. It must still be ratified by members and approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The deal came at 11:59 p.m. Sunday – a minute before the old contracts were set to expire – and followed recent concerns over a possible sanitation strike. Earlier this year, the Engineers and Architects Association staged a three-day walkout in protest of the salary disparities and won a three-year contract with annual raises of 3 percent. The most recent contract for civilian workers in the city was for a total of 6.25 percent, with no raise the first year. Generally, city officials say, each 1 percent increase costs the city $12 million a year. The deal will go today to the Executive Employee Relations Committee, which includes the mayor, council members and CAO staffers. Sisson called the DWP pay disparity “the elephant in the room” during negotiations, but said negotiators kept the fiscal health of the city as their central focus. Sisson said the new contract allows the city flexibility in planning, and she predicted savings to the city in fewer labor arbitrations. “That has value: productivity and time,” she said. Barbara Maynard, spokeswoman for the Coalition of L.A. City Unions, said she could not comment on the deal because it had not yet been shown to members. But Maynard said the mayor used “mutual-gains bargaining” in the negotiations. “The move put negotiations on a cooperative track rather than a path that could have led to a strike or other conflict,” Maynard said. “Mutual-gains bargaining focused the parties on problem-solving and finding shared interests. In addition to wages and workplace issues, the union bargaining teams engaged with city leaders around such topics as service efficiency, safety and programs to help connect local youth to good jobs with the city.” Dennis Zine, chairman of the council’s Personnel Committee, said the equity issue between DWP and civilian workers remains a major issue. And Zine, who opposed the DWP contract two years ago, said the Daily News’ story highlighting the gap could make ratification of the civilian unions’ deal difficult. “I know how people make comparisons,” he said. “If there’s a monkey wrench, some people will read the article and say, `This isn’t fair; we’re too far apart.’ “Obviously there’s a great disparity; that’s a fact of life. Do we bring DWP down? That’s not going to happen, and we don’t have the money to bring the others up.” The civilian coalition in the recent talks included Service Employees International Union Local 721, representing 9,160 workers from custodians and trash-truck drivers to street-services employees. It also represented 9,000 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 36 employees including clerical workers, librarians, professional medical employees, Community Redevelopment Agency workers, and mostly part-time Recreation and Parks employees. Other unions include the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501; Laborers International Union Local 777; Los Angeles/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council; and Teamsters Local 911. Eduardo Martinez, economist with the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said it’s common for public unions to go after better packages won by other unions even amid strained budgets. “It’s pretty common in the unionized public sector for the most recent, highest contract to be the benchmark for all the other contracts,” Martinez said. “It can cause some budgetary issues … it could result in some potential cutbacks in services.” (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

CARVER STAYING PUT! Magpies won’t move for ‘big name manager’, talkSPORT told

first_imgSteve Howey believes Newcastle United will stick with temporary manager John Carver next season – despite the Magpies’ awful form.The 50-year-old was handed the reins at St James’ Park until the end of the season, following Alan Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace earlier this year.Derby boss Steve McClaren is firm favourite to be offered the role permanently in the summer, but former defender Howey insists owner Mike Ashley will keep Carver, who has seen his side pick up just five points from their previous 10 matches, in place.“The fans, and myself included, don’t think Newcastle are going to get a big name manager in,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“For a big name manager to come in he’s going to make demands and want money. He’s going to want money for himself and for players.“I think [owner] Mike Ashley will stick with JC [John Carver]. I feel really sorry for him because he’s had injuries and suspensions, along with players not being on form.“It’s been a really difficult time for him and I just hope he can turn it around.”last_img read more

Euro 2016: Who will England play in the round of 16?

first_imgEngland have finished second in Group B at Euro 2016 after drawing 0-0 with a stoic Slovakia in Saint-Etienne.The result, paired with a 3-0 win for Wales, leaves the Three Lions facing a much tougher route to the final than had they topped the table.So who will Roy Hodgson’s men now face in the round of 16 in France?Well, as runner-up in Group B they will face the runner-up in Group F – which contains Portugal, Hungary, Iceland and Austria.As it stands, with one matchday left, England would face Iceland.It could all change depending on the results of Wednesday night’s games, so what are the permutations?Hungary v Portugal and Iceland v Austria…If Portugal win and Iceland winIn this scenario, the two teams would leapfrog Hungary to take the top two spots. It would all come down to goal difference, or goals scored to decide who finishes top or as runner-up.If Portugal win and Austria winHere, the Three Lions would face Hungary in the round of 16 with Portugal topping Group B and Austria finishing third following their earlier loss to Hungary.If Portugal win and Iceland v Austria is a drawOnce again, this leaves England facing a clash with Hungary in the next round as Portugal top the table and Iceland finishing third.If Hungary win and Iceland winIf the Magyars upset Cristiano Ronaldo and co, it would see them top the group with ease and England would land Iceland as their next opponents.If Hungary win and Austria winWith this permutation, superstar Ronaldo is going home early and England will face Austria next Monday.If Hungary win and Iceland v Austria is a drawIt’s Iceland for England here as the Three Lions attempt to progress.If Portugal v Hungary is a draw and Iceland winRoy Hodgson and his charges would be getting the calculators out in this scenario. Hungary and Iceland are battling for the top two spots and goal difference will decide it.If Portugal v Hungary is a draw and Austria winAn easier calculation here as Austria jump above Portugal and Iceland into second spot, creating an encounter with England. Hungary will finish top of the table.If Portugal v Hungary is a draw and Iceland v Austria is a drawIf these results come to pass in France, it comes down to goals scored to decide whether Iceland or Portugal finish second and face England. 1 England players look dejected after drawing 0-0 with Slovakia last_img read more