Oral Tracey: Protect Taylor from ‘burn out’

first_imgBoys and Girls’ Champs 2016 is now done and dusted. Once again, it showcased brilliance as Jamaica continues to lead the world in the systemic production of young track-and-field talent. With two early individual records in the 200 and the 400 metres, along with an overall four gold medals, Christopher Taylor of Calabar High was undoubtedly the most dominant athlete on show. The precocious 16-year-old talent must be looked at beyond the scope of setting Champs records and lifting the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for Calabar. Taylor’s supreme talent is a rare gift to be nurtured and showcased by Jamaica for the wider world. Many observers, myself included, are seriously concerned for the future of Taylor in term of realising his potential as a genuine world beater. The World Youth champion over 400 metres is in his fourth year at Calabar High, where he has been nothing but a fearless and aggressive competitor and a champion. He competed in 10 races at Champs 2016 and was flat out in at least eight of those runs. Outside of the physical rigours of doing so much work at such a young age with such a frail physical structure, the possibility of physical, mental, and psychological burnout of this young gem is a clear and present danger. In terms of making the successful transition to the senior level, it is a potentially lethal combination to be as talented as Taylor at such and early age and to attend a Champs-chasing school like Calabar. Rising to the pinnacle of personal performances and team achievements, 14- and 15-year-old provides for a lofty emotional ride for any young athlete. The satisfaction of excelling repeatedly at Champs from such a very early age could be debilitating for the development and transition process of a special young athlete like Taylor. The story has been told of a former Champs star who instructively also attended Calabar and was competing at a World Junior Championships. When he was approached by his national coach with words of motivation and encouragement before the start of his event, the youngster’s response was: “Coach, it’s not Champs, but I will try my best.” The scary history is there for all to see. None of our current senior international male world beaters were outstanding Champs stars at Class Three and represented Champs-winning teams. The athletes who make the transition are generally not from the top Champs schools and generally were not Class Three standouts. Usain Bolt never won at Class Three and competed for William Knibb; Asafa Powell never won at Champs, he went to Charlemont High; Yohan Blake was a big star at Champs for St Jago, but not at Class Three. As great as Taylor is as an athlete, and as a ruthless as he is as a competitor, he is still human and it would a be a tragedy of immense proportion if this youngster – who is already the best in the entire world at his age group – does not make the successful transition to the senior ranks. He is the most special athlete to emerge from the Jamaican production line since Bolt and while the dynamics are different, we must remember that there were moments along the way when we almost lost Bolt. Just as was done for Bolt, Taylor should be protected from ‘burn out”. One more year in school maximum to facilitate the completion of his physical development, then the deliberate and meticulous process should begin of moulding Taylor into the international star he is destined to be.last_img read more

Australian Open: Nadal-Cilic among 4 quarterfinals Tuesday

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia  — Quarterfinal play begins at the Australian Open on Tuesday, with top-seeded Rafael Nadal continuing his quest for a second Australian title and 17th Grand Slam championship overall, and Caroline Wozniacki looking for her first anywhere.Nadal will play the opening night match on Rod Laver Arena against Marin Cilic, who has lost five of six matches against the Spanish lefthander.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The second-seeded Wozniacki, who could return to the No. 1 ranking with a win here, plays Carla Suarez Navarro.First up is a quarterfinal between No. 4 Elina Svitolina and Elise Mertens, who is on a nine-match winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat will be followed by the other men’s quarterfinal Tuesday: Grigor Dimitrov against Kyle Edmund, the only British male in the draw after Andy Murray withdrew to have hip surgery. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Guiao fined; players next 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gov’t Pledges US$2.5m for George M. Weah Training Center

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr., have pledged government’s support of US$2.5m to the George M. Weah Training Center which construction begins sometime this month, March 2014.Amb. Baokai on Saturday during the ground breaking and historic training center in Careysburg said the erection of the training center would quench his jealousy of religiously watching talented youthful footballers of other countries and will able to see Liberian youths developing their talents.“We like this opportunity and we will support it our young people to be trained and to enjoy football,”  Vice President Boakai said.He stated that the naming of the training center after the 1995 World Player, Liberia’s and Africa’s football icon and legend who later became a politician is important because Liberia is moving and rising above political barriers to recognize the good in people.Amb. Boakai also said the name is important because it births nation building and buttresses the peace and reconciliation that Liberians are striving for.He hailed FIFA, through the FIFA West Africa Development Officer, for the level of support from the world football governing body and also the township leadership of Careysburg for the availability of the 190-acre of land.The Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration at the House of Representatives, Rep. Edwin Snowe committed the Legislature’s support and thanked the President of the Liberia Football Association for the dream of training Liberian footballers.FIFA’s West Africa Development Officer, John Sampon Kablan extended FIFA’s heartfelt greetings to Liberia and their desire to develop the game and hoped that the center would give young Liberians a home.FIFA has provided US$500,000 to cover the first phase of the project and has promised to provide the artificial turf for the two pitches in the training center. The training center is the country’s fourth goal project.In separate remarks, Montserrado County’s District # 1 Representative Josephine Francis, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, who is also Chairman of the LFA Advisory Committee and Deputy Minister for Administration Jacque Capehart thanked the football house for the initiative and pledged their respective support.The Secretary General of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Nathaniel McGill, on behalf of honoree George M. Weah expressed his thanks and appreciation to the LFA and the national government.The Chairman of the Youth League of the ruling Unity Party (UP) Amos Tweh also thanked LFA for the naming of the training center after George Weah and urged the LFA to include skill training.The president of LFA, Musa Bility has expressed his hope for the training center to be completed by December-2014 and the artificial turf to be laid in two months. Musons Group Incorporated is the contractor and the consultant is Design and Building Incorporated, he said.Bility revealed that the construction of a multi-purpose two storey football house ( LFA’s Headquarters) will commence soon in the Sinkor’s belt and  the erection of a commercial center for the LFA is in place and might be constructed in Careysburg.Meanwhile, a 5-year National Football Development Plan, worth about US$5m was given to Vice President Joseph Boakai. The plan is designed to develop football from the grass root.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FCPF boosts National Toshaos Council for REDD+ Readiness

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry, through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) project, conducted a consultancy programme last month with the intention of strengthening the National Toshaos Council (NTC).The event was a three-day familiarisation workshop, which concluded on February 28, at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Multiplex Building at Kingston, Georgetown and featured 20 elected executive members of the NTC.Present at the workshop was FCPF’s project assistant, Michelle Astwood, who stated that the 21-month consultancy will improve the organisational, governance and financial capabilities of the Council as well as other related stakeholder organisations.Astwood also reiterated that special emphasis was being placed by the FCPF to(From left to right) GFC’s Chairman Jocelyn Dow, FCPF’s Project Assistant Michelle Astwood and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s Coordinator Jude Da Silva, addressing the gathering at the workshopinvolve women in the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Readiness Process. She also urged the NTC to extend its support for the forthcoming activities.Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Chairman Jocelyn Dow stated that the NTC’s role was to ensure the availability of local content in international-led sustainable development programmes and policies such as the FCPF-REDD+, which she guaranteed the GFC would support.Additionally, the NTC’s Chairman, Joel Fredericks addressed the gathering, stating that the Toshaos were contented that the much-anticipated project has commenced, and they were all eager to support it.An outcome of the project will be the provision of financial assistance for office rental and the appointment of three permanent staff for the NTC’s secretariat.The FCPF Readiness Process aims at preparing the NTC and other stakeholders to be involved and make valid contributions towards the national programme for REDD+.last_img read more

Food vendor on bail for ganja trafficking

first_imgA 42-year-old Tucville, Georgetown resident on Monday found himself before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus after he was charged for trafficking in narcotics.Christopher Cummings, a food vendor of Tucville Housing Scheme, faced the charge which stated that on January 11, 2019 at Merriman Mall, Georgetown, he had in his possession 109 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Cummings, who was represented by Attorney Bernard DaSilva denied the charge brought against him.The court heard that on January 11, ranks from the narcotics branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), acting on information, went to the defendant’s vending area and found the suspected narcotics in his hands. He was arrested and charged for the present offence.Attorney DaSilva, in a bail application, told the court that his client was not found with the illegal drug in his possession, as it was found in a container which the Police suspected belonged to him.After considering the application, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus released Cummings on $100,000 bail and adjourned the matter to January 28, 2019. As a condition of bail, Cummings is required to report to the CID once a week until the completion of the case.last_img read more

Minister addresses concerns of parents at ECD meeting

first_imgNGSA 2019Officials of the Education Ministry on Thursday met with parents of students residing along the East Coast of Demerara who will be writing the National Grade Six Assessment later in April of this year.The meeting was held at the Beterverwagting Primary School, and was organised by the Department of Education, after statistics from the January 2018 mock examination showed that the overall average performance for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) was below 50 per cent.As such, Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary) Carol Benn said an intervention was needed, since some students were lagging behind.“After the completion of the analysis, we have found that while some of our children performed satisfactorily, many of our children were lagging behind, and this is a worrying sign for us…The learners in Region Four in the Grade Six class did not reach an overall of 50 percent and over at the mock assessment,” said Benn.A section of the parents who showed up at the meetingEducation Minister Nicolette Henry told the meeting, attended by hundreds of parents, that preparation is essential towards ensuring that passes are secured at a reputable secondary institution.“Parents are very important, and therefore we need to have a very collaborative relationship with parents across this country… Definitely, I’m looking forward to seeing better results. It is important for them, because it will determine which secondary school they will be attending,” said Henry.A number of concerns were raised in relation to the delivery of education. Many concerned parents voiced their dilemmas over factors in the education system which they believe are hindering the learning process and overall performance of their children.According to some, some teachers are arriving at school later that their stipulated time, and the students are not being taught anything on some days.One woman stated that her child was told by his teacher to bring a red-coloured pen to school, so that students can mark each other’s books.This did not go down well with the minister, who stated that the teachers should be responsible for checking the books after these activities.“When I check his book and ask if the teacher marked this. He said, ‘No, another child in the class did it’. They would exchange books and the teacher would have them mark the work. I’m not saying that it is a bad strategy, but the teacher needs to recheck that to ensure that our children are marking it correctly,” she said.Others lobbied for a timetable to be implemented for the students, since they are required to carry numerous heavy books which are not used every day. This causes a physical discomfort and mental strain on students.“Grade Six is just a level away from the Grade Seven class. When they go to secondary school, they are automatically given a timetable, so they know what to take. I’m just asking on the Ministry’s level if it’s not possible to work on a timetable for these children, because they have school books, text books, past paper books, dictionaries, atlas…”Meanwhile, some suggestions called for the mock exams to be slated at a much earlier date, so that parents can understand the weaknesses of the children. Currently, the exams are held just a few weeks before the official NGSA sitting.“Rather than having the mock exam in this term here, if we could have probably had it at the end of Grade Five, so that we, parents, can recognise the weaknesses of the child and (be) able to address (them). That would be very wise for us,” he explained.Before the NGSA examination on April 17 and 18, the last mock examination is slated for March 28 and 29.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, responding to the verdicts in the Anglo trial said there would be mixed emotions from the public in response. He added however that there is still a long way to go before the Irish people feel justice has been served on all those culpable in the Irish banking crisis.Deputy Doherty said: “There will be mixed emotions to the two verdicts last night and today from the Irish people. “Though Judge Nolan quite correctly pointed out that these men were facing technical charges and weren’t answering for the problems of the entire banking system, many people just saw this as a trial of the former bankers who contributed to the crash.“We are still waiting for justice to be served on all those culpable in the Irish banking crisis.“The failures in Irish banks, the reckless loans availed of by developers, combined with the policies of Fianna Fail, have caused great long term economic suffering for the Irish people.“Austerity budgets, unsustainable debt to GDP level, emigration, poverty, unemployment and repossessions have been the sentence handed out to ordinary people.“Meanwhile, those responsible for the crisis haven’t been held fully to account and the Irish public know that.”JUSTICE NOT SERVED ON ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR BANKING CRISIS – DOHERTY was last modified: April 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: NAOMH Conaill have nominated a Tyrone man to be the next manager of the Donegal Senior Football team.The Glenties club have put forward the name of their former manager Cathal Corey to take the county manager’s role.Mr Corey, a father of three who works as a sales rep for a national stove company, was the joint manager of Naomh Conaill with Jim McGuinness in 2009. The coach – nephew of Derry manager Brian McIvor –  took the club to the county title and an Ulster final against Crossmaglen in 2010.He is highly respected in the game, and in particular by Jim McGuinness.Up until now former Donegal No2 Rory Gallagher was being seen as the front runner for the position but Corey’s nomination is being seen as an ‘exciting’ development.His dedication to Donegal could be seen in an AIB promotional video taken on the day of the All-Ireland Final last month when he refused cash for his club in return for tearing up his match ticket. But he said he felt duped afterwards after the video appeared to show him rejecting the money.He said he was offered just €500, not €2,000, and that the video left out his offer to make the donation himself.He said he received abusive messages afterwards.“I said to him: look, I don’t have much money, but I’ll give my club €500 out of my own money, but I want to go see the match here today,” said Corey at the time, saying he was personal friends with McGuinness, Leo McLoone and the Thompson brothers.“They were friends of mine, and I wanted to go to that match. Leon Thompson offered me the tickets – they were their tickets they got for their family and good friends, and I didn’t want to miss the game.” But instead, he said the video (below) seemed to show him rejecting €2,000 for his Tyrone club so he can see Donegal play.Cathal said he thought nothing more of it until the following Tuesday, when he received a text message from a friend telling him he was right not to rip up his ticket. He had not seen the video that that point.“The second that I watched it and seen them giving your man a cheque for €2,000 I knew … the way people were going to be.”“It made it look like they had offered me and the other four or five people €2,000 – but that wasn’t the case. I knew I was going to get s***.” NAOMH CONAILL NOMINATE FORMER McGUINNESS COACH FOR COUNTY MANAGER’S JOB was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cathal CoreydonegalGlentiesJim McGuinnessManagerNaomh Conailllast_img read more


first_imgPauric Breslin continued his fine form of late with yet another 5K win.Breslin was first home in the JG Memorial 5K this evening in a time of 15.27.The following is a list of runners and their times. J G Memorial 5k 2015Place Bib Name Sex AG Club Time1 22 Pauric Breslin m SM Letterkenny AC 15:272 55 Adam Friel m SM Letterkenny AC 15:293 11 Ivan Toner m SM Letterkenny AC 15:494 47 James Mc Fadden m SM 16:285 21 Liam Doherty m SM Cranford AC 16:316 53 Eddie Sweeney m SM Cranford AC 16:447 33 Gareth Kerrigan m SM Milford AC 17:088 61 Noel Diver m SM Rosses AC 17:179 27 Ethan Mc Knight m JM 17:1910 25 Darren Price m SM Letterkenny AC 17:2011 88 Michael Logue m M40 Rosses AC 17:4412 79 John Whorikey m SM 18:0513 20 Ben George m M40 Letterkenny AC 18:0614 6 Shauna Mc Geehan w SW Letterkenny AC 18:0715 45 Enda Mc Bride m JM Letterkenny AC 18:1216 26 Ciaran O’ Donnell m M40 Letterkenny AC 18:2717 32 P.j. Hagan m SM Milford AC 18:3118 23 Denis Shields m M40 18:3319 16 Declan Mc Bride m sm Cranford AC 18:3420 10 Sinead Peoples w SW Letterkenny AC 18:3521 38 Peter Lilburn m M60 City of Derry 18:3722 56 Dennis Mc Ginley m JM Milford AC 18:4923 7 Nakita Burke w SW Letterkenny AC 18:5724 76 Anthony Sweeney m SM Cranford AC 19:0025 66 John Mc Fadden m SM 19:0626 36 Troy Hegarty m sm Letterkenny AC 19:1727 80 Curley Coyle m SM 19:2028 14 Jane Mc Ginley w SW Letterkenny AC 19:2129 17 Frances Gallagher w W45 Letterkenny AC 19:3130 64 Paul Lee m M40 Letterkenny AC 19:5831 70 Seamus Ferry m M40 Milford AC 20:2032 9 Manus Peoples m M50 20:2233 2 Marie Boyle w SW Letterkenny AC 20:2334 74 Gerard Marley m SM 20:2335 4 Cian Mc Meniman m JM Cranford AC 20:2836 86 James Whoriskey m SM Milford AC 20:2937 19 Naoise Enright m M40 Letterkenny AC 20:3338 18 Seamus Gallagher m M50 Letterkenny AC 20:3639 13 David Connors m SM Milford AC 20:4440 8 Anthony Murray m M60 20:5841 72 John Ward m SM Milford AC 21:0942 82 Joe Coyle m SM 21:0943 52 Eddie Doherty m SM 21:1144 73 Gillian Marley w JW Milford AC 21:1345 37 Michael Gallagher m M50 Foyle Valley AC 21:1446 30 Kenith Moore m SM Milford AC 21:1947 35 Hugh Gallagher m M60 Letterkenny AC 21:2248 62 Brian Hegarty m SM 21:2949 57 Stephan Shields m M40 Letterkenny AC 21:3250 24 Ciaran Liddy m SM Letterkenny AC 21:3451 41 Richard Raymond m M60 Letterkenny AC 21:4452 48 Aaron Sweeney m JM 21:4553 15 Ryan Mc Bride m SM 21:5854 5 Paula Hegarty w SW 22:0355 65 Shaun Logue m SM 22:0456 63 Seamus Carr m SM 22:1657 59 Chris Duffy m SM 22:2458 60 Keith Buchanan m SM 22:3459 49 James Doherty m M70 Milford AC 22:4160 69 Gloria Donaghey w W55 Finn Valley AC 23:1561 46 Frank Mc Gettigan m M50 23:3662 87 Michaela Gillespie w W45 23:4163 89 Nancy Mc Namee w W45 Finn Valley AC 23:5964 34 Hugh Doyle m SM 24:1265 85 Aine Whoriskey w SW Milford AC 24:2066 71 Darina Ferry w W35 Milford AC 25:0567 3 Oran Mc Menamin m JM Cranford AC 25:1868 50 Chris Carr m SM 25:5369 39 Jim Hynes m M70 Finn Valley AC 26:1270 77 Stella Mc Cole w SW 26:1571 78 Ruth Mc Crudden w W45 Letterkenny AC 26:2672 44 Linda Harkin w SW UnitrdHealthGroup 26:2873 40 Ann Gallagher w W55 27:0774 51 Cathy Carr w JW 27:0875 54 Tracey Peoples w SW 27:2576 68 Ciaran Harkin m SM 27:2577 58 Caroline Mc Ateer w SW 28:3778 75 Linda Sweeney w SW Fit Hub LK 29:1079 29 Josephine Mc Conigley w W35 Milford AC 32:3380 31 Mary O’ Donnell w W55 Milford AC 32:3381 84 Bridget Wilhare w W55 35:5282 28 James Doherty m M60 Cranford AC 45:10BRESLIN WINS JG MEMORIAL 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 3rd, 2015 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:JG MEMORIAL 5Klast_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Mailer– January 4, 2012

first_imgTeach Someone about Geocaching in 2012Each New Year, millions of people around the world resolve to change something in their lives.Common resolutions include: getting in shape, stressing less, traveling more, and spending more time with family. You can put someone on the road to accomplishing all these things simply by introducing them to geocaching.If you are an educator, group leader, or facilitator, consider introducing geocaching to your group. Not only will they have fun going on an outdoor treasure hunt, but they will also learn about teamwork, problem-solving, navigation, and more along the way.Visit our new Geocaching and Education page to read more on how to engage groups through geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – September 21, 2011September 21, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 10, 2011March 10, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 3, 2011March 2, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more