Laurie Foster: Preparing ‘Champs’ stars for global stage

first_img‘Champs’ 2016 is now consigned to the history books. In some cases, it has unearthed, and in others, cemented a more than fair share of awesome talent. It never ceases to amaze how much is being done with so little. In this regard, Foster’s Fairplay, focusing on the future at the world level, will be looking in particular at two athletes, drawn from the many coming to mind. That the country is now the envy of the world in the area of sprints is impatient of debate. The recent feats of the Kingston College (KC) phenom, quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield and sprinter Nigel Ellis out of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and described in knowledgeable quarters as the real deal only serves to drive home the point. Coming from a history-making 44.93 at last year’s world spectacle event, Bloomfield has his compass set beyond that stage. So confirmed coach Neil Harrison, who sees the World Junior Championships in July and a spot on the Rio Olympics team as the season’s chief objectives. Although no such crystal-ball glance is coming from Ellis’ camp, a wise coach must see the repeat 10 teens as a promise of things to come. Another point to be made here is that the cash-rich Bahrain trek has claimed a couple of the nation’s fast men who were understudying the Bolt, Blake, Powell top rung. Ellis, barring being steered in that direction, could ‘run in’ on one of the vacancies created. A few years ago, the highly respected track and field legendary disciplinarian and JAAA president, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, was hosting a top-ranked administrator in the business. Enthralled with the island’s outstanding global performances, the visitor requested to be taken to where “these fantastic athletes did their training”. The pride-ridden ‘Teddy’ headed for the North Street campus of his own KC. After about one hour of watching some of Jamaica’s most gifted young athletes, the seemingly impatient guest, with a flight to catch, asked if they could relocate to the spot, as previously requested. With no regard for his shortness of stature, Teddy drew himself to full height, made a two-handed, all encompassing sign and said, “You are standing on it”. Against this background and an ever-mushrooming storehouse of talent with less-than-adequate quality or quantity of proper facilities for preparation, a recent comment by the sport’s world governing boss is quite interesting. That Usain Bolt has rescued the sport has become almost a clichÈ at forums across the world. Well, Lord Coe is calling for “more Usain Bolts”. Once the suspicion that such call is a request for a lifeline to be thrown to a badly drug-tainted sport is accepted a way forward can be sought. Typically, what is not mentioned is the role played by the equally excellent, coach, Glen Mills, who has stage-managed the Bolt act. However, that is for a different story at another time. Having said all that, there can be but a single response to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president’s musings. There is a role here for Dr Warren Blake, local athletics’ top man. Picking up on the ‘more Bolts wanted’ comment, he should meet with the good upper house British parliamentarian and assist him and track and field to rise above the ongoing Russian drug debacle. Coe should be invited to assemble his IAAF executive in an initiative to afford Jamaica the infrastructure pivotal to enhance its already glorious product. The Coe remark could not have come at a more opportune time, with a new Government taking office. For a start, a synthetic track in every parish would be handy. A travelling cadre of talent scouts, fuelled by some of the current high-performance-oriented coaches, would also have to be slotted in. Much like Coe, the Jamaican president needs to turn a few things around. This would be a lasting legacy to his tenancy. Image cleaning is required both in Monaco and here, and Coe has left a door open. Enter, Dr. Blake. For Feedback, email FANTASTIC ATHLETESlast_img read more

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Bahamas Carifta Swim Champs for 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 20, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas has done it again and has reclaimed its Carifta Games swim champion title this year.  A thirty-six member team earned just under 800 points to top the defending champs, Guadeloupe who scored 662 points.Cayman Islands completed third with 622.5 points, Trinidad and Tobago scored 615 and rounding out the top five was Barbados with 556 points.   The Carifta Swim was held in Nassau at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Acquatic Center.#MagneticMediaNews#CariftaGamesBahamas#BahamasCariftaswimchamps2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BahamasCariftaswimchamps2017, #CariftaGamesBahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img

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Poll speculation on Modi vs Priyanka ends Congress fields Ajay Rai from

first_imgCongress leader Ajay Rai will face Narendra Modi in Varanasi.Putting all speculations to rest, the Congress party on Thursday, April 25, fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh to contest the general election against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ajay Rai had contested unsuccessfully with only 75,000 votes against PM Modi in 2014 election.The Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur against BJP’s actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan.The development came hours before PM Modi’s roadshow in the temple state. The Prime Minister will hold a mega roadshow that will begin at 3 pm, a day ahead of filing his nomination from Varanasi.  Twitter/@INCIndiaEarlier, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that she would be happy to contest the Lok Sabha 2019 elections from Varanasi parliamentary constituency to take on Prime Minister Modi if her brother Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tells her to.Speculations had been rife about Priyanka Gandhi contesting the national election from Varanasi after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stated, “I will leave you in suspense. Suspense is not always a bad thing.”Priyanka Gandhi joined politics in January this year and was given charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, which includes Varanasi.Did you know?Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor, also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat and was defeated. PM Narendra Modi won from the Varanasi seat with over 5 lakh votes.Varanasi will go to polls in the last phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections i.e. on May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

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PM urges int community to keep up pressure on Myanmar

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaStating that the root of Rohingya problem lies in Myanmar, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the international community, including Switzerland, to keep up pressure on Myanmar for an early peaceful solution to the crisis.The prime minister came up with the call in a joint statement after a meeting with visiting president of Swiss Confederation Alain Berset at her office.“We had a productive meeting today. We’ve discussed the Rohingya crisis during bilateral talks. I shared that as the root of the problem lies in Myanmar, the solution has to be found in Myanmar,” she said.“I put emphasis on full and immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission Report, as that will be critically important for the sustainable return of the Rohingya people, in safety and dignity, to their homes in Myanmar,” the Prime Minister said .At the meeting, she said, they discussed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a unique opportunity to build new global partnerships.Sheikh Hasina said today both the countries agreed to conclude a framework MoU on collaboration on matters related to the implementation of Agenda 2030 in near future.A joint declaration identifying the key areas for broader cooperation between the two countries was issued today, she said adding, “We may now ask our respective authorities to develop a roadmap for the implementation of our joint undertakings in a time-bound manner for the shared prosperity of our two people.”She thanked Alain Berset for making his historic first-ever official visit to Bangladesh and termed it a milestone in 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.Hasina recalled her visit to Switzerland in December 2000 at the invitation of the then President of the Swiss Confederation.She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had great admiration about Switzerland for its democratic values, high economic achievement, unique foreign policy of peace, friendship and firm neutrality. “Bangabandhu, my father, looked at Switzerland as a model and wanted to develop Bangladesh as the ‘Switzerland of the East’.”Switzerland was among the first few West European countries to recognize Bangladesh as an independent state on 13 March 1972. Ever since Switzerland became an important development partner and a time tested friend, she said.Hasina appreciated the role played by Switzerland regarding the Rohingya crisis at different United Nations forums and beyond.“I’m very happy to learn that high-powered business delegations from both countries exchanged views in the first-ever high-level Bangladesh-Swiss Business and Investment Forum held today.”She hoped that Swiss companies will explore business opportunities in Bangladesh, and invited them to participate in sectors like oil and gas exploration, power and energy including renewable energy, critical infrastructure development, ICT, banking and insurance, and pharmaceuticals.last_img read more

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Google advances on mobile payment system makes partnerships with MasterCard Citigroup

first_img( — Google is making some new friends in the world of finance. They have announced partnerships with both MasterCard and Citigroup, that will allow users of Android-based phones to go shopping and pay with their smartphones at the register. Rumors about Google’s exploration of near-field technology for payment processing have been floating around for some time now, but we finally have some specifics to drool over. This deal will involve VeriFone Systems, who will be making the readers that will be need for the transactions. VeriFone usually makes credit card readers, so this may not be a major transition for them. Google has also begun talks with another potentially large partner, Wal-Mart, which would give them a fair sized starting set of locations.The project, is still in its very early stages, but rumors are flying around that Google is expected to begin testing of an NFC system as soon as within the next fiscal quarter.You may be wondering what exactly Google is going to be getting from this deal? According to sources close to the deal Google isn’t expected to get any of the revenue from the transaction fees. Most likely, what they have to gain is a lot of new data about their users. Over time this shopping data will be able to determine patterns of consumption and more effectively target adds to mobile-device users while in or near participating stores. The program may also offer customer data to retailers. So, while this technology may be cool, there are some kinks to be worked out. Google would do well to learn from its experience with Google Buzz, and make sure to give consumers control over what data they are sharing.Near Field Communication technology has been supported by Google’s Android operating system since the release of Android 2.3, which you may know better as Gingerbread. Citation: Google advances on mobile payment system, makes partnerships with MasterCard, Citigroup (2011, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An NFC mobile phone interacting with a smart poster. Image: Timo Arnall/Wikipedia Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img via WSJ More information: Google to set up a mobile payment system this year? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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NYC Taxi Industry Takes Aim at Uber With New App

first_img Enroll Now for Free August 27, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Better late than never? Perhaps.The legacy taxi industry monopoly in New York City was dethroned when Uber barreled into town with its ride-hailing smartphone app four years ago. Finally, the cab industry is attempting to create an e-hailing app of its own: Arro.It’s about time, but it may even also be too late. After all, many yellow and green taxis in New York are already registered with Uber, as they can be hailed through the Uber T option.Still, Arro differs from Uber T in that it will allow passengers to pay drivers from within the app (Uber T only allows for hailing through the app, not payment) and won’t charge passengers a $2 booking fee . Arro also promises no surge pricing, meaning it won’t hike rates during periods of high demand. Surge pricing is one of the biggest complaints customers have against Uber.Image Credit: ArroRelated: 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Uber on Its 5-Year AnniversaryThose are legitimate product benefits, but how Arro looks and feels will also determine its success. The Uber app is beautiful and it works. And why wouldn’t it? The tech company has taken on billions in venture capital in the five years since its launch to fund its growth and development. If Arro’s app doesn’t measure up, it could be a dead on arrival.   Arro is launching in New York City, one of the biggest and therefore most coveted ride-hailing markets in the U.S., but it intends to expand to Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C.It is available on both iOS and Android.Related: The Future of the Sharing Economy Is a World Built Like Bitcoincenter_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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