That final sprint!

first_imgWith virtually every stride, Usain Bolt has written a paragraph of Jamaican and global track and field history. Chapter after chapter, the iconic sprinter has both defied logic and stretched the boundaries of our expectations.Last night, inside the National Stadium, Bolt went with the starter’s gun for the final time on the Jamaican stage. His 84th race on local soil became his last.More than 30,000 screaming fans – many of whom witnessed some of his other special races at home – like that 2002 World Junior Championships 200 metres gold medal charge – pressured the very seams of the National Stadium at the JN Racers Grand Prix for the chance to get a final glimpse of greatness – in the flesh.Dignitaries, fellow global superstars, grateful Jamaicans, foreigner from near and far – the National Stadium was a hive of emotions.It was a fitting farewell for the big Jamaican and a clear demonstration of his impact and influence in a country that, though so insignificant in geographical terms, has made a gargantuan contribution to the planet’s pulse – whether through culture or sports.But even among Jamaica’s giants, Bolt is a colossus.Sports Minister Olivia Grange puts it best.”Next biggest Jamaican star after Bob Marley? Yes. Anywhere around the world you go, and you say ‘Jamaica’, they say ‘Bob’ and ‘Bolt’. So Bob Marley is synonymous with Jamaica and Usain Bolt is synonymous with Jamaica, so somebody says Usain Bolt, and they think of Jamaica,” Grange said in the build-up to last night’s run.AWESOME WORLD PRESENCE”They listen to Bob Marley’s music (and) they think of Jamaica. It’s just a wonderful, as we would say in Jamaica, ‘link up’ and connection that Jamaica – which is such a small country – has such an awesome presence through its music and through track and field,” added Grange.On the track, Bolt is an inspiration, but his influence does not stop there.His ascension has brought and will continue to push more talented Jamaican youth to the sport. In Jamaica, where not enough is taken seriously enough, athletics is now seen as big business – Bolt’s brilliance has led a boom where the local industry is concerned. We are still far behind as it relates to sports tourism , but again, Bolt has been a major contributor to the thrust – or trickle – of the Jamaican sports tourism product.The hunt will begin in earnest for the ‘next Bolt’, but in truth, Bolt is Bolt; quite like Jesse Owens was Jesse Owens – irreplaceable, incomparable.”There might not be another Usain Bolt, but there will be another athlete who, in his own right, will create history in Jamaica and in the world,” said Grange, again hitting the nail on its head. “He has a wonderful personality. He is just a special human being. He has a dynamic personality. And he is awesome in how he performs as an athlete, yet he is so humble. It is almost as if he is above everything else, but his feet are firmly planted on the ground.”For Bolt, his motivation was simple:”I just wanted to make my country proud … .”Seems the serial winner has had another victory in that department.The journey continues at this Summer’s IAAF World Championships in London – Bolt’s home away from home – but, of course, there’s nowhere quite like home.last_img read more


first_imgDuring the protests against President David Granger on September 19, 2019, at the Pegasus Hotel, he was visibly shaken up when some concerned Guyanese inside the hall called out his government’s illegality after the constitutional timeline for elections expired the day before.While the protesters voiced their concerns within the hall and the Police intervened, Mr Granger posed with feet crossed, one hand akimbo and the other on the rostrum to wait out the period until they left.That pose has since gone viral and his supporters labelled it as him being unbothered by the proceedings. Others saw it as him being clearly shell-shocked by the incident. Whatever the view, the label of being unbothered seems apt for various reasons.At a recent rally in Linden, he re-enacted the pose, and from all reports, it sent his supporters into a frenzy. That seems to demonstrate their love for his unbothered disposition. He, himself, appears to latch on to it. It suggests, among other things, him being unbothered by the fact that the Government became unconstitutional after September 18.The day after, leading members of the international community issued an official statement alluding to that unconstitutionality. Subsequently, other international bodies did likewise. That’s aside from the Opposition and civil society organisations here in Guyana. All were common in their calls: an unconstitutional Government and the need for an election date to be named.With pressure brought to bear, he eventually, after the first attempt to not be definitive, named the election date. Subsequently, and again only after mountain pressure, he followed up with the requisite proclamation.From his actions since December 21, 2018, it appears he is totally unbothered by the expiration of the constitutional election timeline and its unavoidable consequences to both the country and people. Guyana is now with an unconstitutional Government.This situation may have its genesis in Mr Granger’s interpretation of the law; seemingly in a manner that conflicts with the Constitution. He seems unbothered by accusations of him deliberately misinterpreting the Constitution to drive a believed agenda.That snowballed and created situations where the Constitution and an order from the country’s highest court of arbitration were fragrantly disregarded, seemingly to extend his government’s stay in office. That’s clearly demonstrative of an open defiance of the rule of law to which Mr Granger appears to be— again, by his actions and the marketing of his pose— unbothered.Him being unbothered has caused much bother for Guyanese as they are faced with a situation in which the President and his Government, having taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, openly disrespect it.In reflecting on APNU/AFC’s tenure in office, unmistakably, it would reveal many other things Mr Granger and his administration seemed unbothered about. Giving his Ministers a 50% pay hike while claiming a lack of funds to increase salaries for public servants, the firing of hundreds of Indigenous Guyanese, forcing thousands of sugar workers out of their jobs by closing estates without exploring alternative employment and then withholding their severance pay, were just a few cases he and APNU/AFC seemed unbothered about.The closing of the estates has created devastating and humiliating social impacts on thousands of families. Mr Granger’s government’s implementation of some two hundred new tax measures has brought untold sufferings on the backs of ordinary Guyanese. His seeming uninspiring economic policies have led to a drastic slowing down of a once vibrant and growing economy.That economic slowdown has led to the closure of a number of businesses, forcing many workers into unemployment. There is now increasing frequency of power outages— an average of eight per day as stated by the electricity company. The disruption to production and productivity and the unbearable inconvenience it foists upon Guyanese, is inconceivable, as is the constant disruption to traffic resulting from City streets being barricaded to insulate Mr Granger from any semblance of protest action.Recently, spring tides and overtopping caused numerous communities along the coast to flood. The heavy loss to residents and farmers is still being determined. Almost immediately, the Leader of the Opposition and other members of his party were seen present in many of those communities in an effort to assess, comfort, and assist those affected.To date, the President is yet to visit any of those areas. With unrelenting crime that leads to fatalities in some instances, Guyanese live in constant fear. These scenarios show clearly who is unbothered and who really cares.It’s very possible that Mr Granger will re-enact his unbothered pose to energise his base during this election period. In doing so, since he hasn’t distanced himself from his supporters’ take on the pose, he stands to further confirm the growing belief of him, and his now unconstitutional government, being unbothered by the concerns of the citizens.Unfortunately, he is not alone, for Caricom, up to this point, appears similarly unbothered by the situation here. Their silence speaks volumes as Mr Granger’s pose.last_img read more

Don’t play politics with children

first_imgDear Editor,In last Cabinet’s press briefing, Minister Joseph Harmon mention that the three tiers of Government must work together in order for Government to be successful in serving the people.This is a fallacy, and it is evident that the minister only speaks about respect to local government authorities. Many decisions that are being agreed upon by majority agreement, or even unanimously, are not being respected and implemented by the Government-appointed Regional Executive Officer in the Regional Democratic Councils that are being governed by People’s Progressive Party.Just a few months ago, a motion was unanimously agreed upon by the Regional Democratic Council for Region Six to provide transportation for school children of affected sugar workers. To date, there has been no implementation of this decision. Government may want to give the excuse that this expense was not budgeted for, so it can’t be implemented.Government should know that when three David G buses were implemented in one year, the expenses for drivers, fuel and maintenance were taken out from the budget when those provisions were not catered for in the budget. This cost for the sustenance of the David G bus programme is costing taxpayers millions to sustain the program. So why can’t sugar workers’ children enjoy the same benefit?Maybe because they are not the coalition Government’s children, or just because their parents are PPP supporters.Minister Amna Ally, at a Fyrish, Corentyne handing over ceremony of a David G bus, said, ‘Region Six did not vote for us, but the coalition Government still supports the people.’ This is a clear case of discrimination, and raises a lot of questions.I can be proven incorrect if this coalition Government can give clearance for the motions to be implemented immediately, to help these poor children to go to school.The President, at almost all the five Bs programme, reminds people that children should be given equal access to education. I only hope he remembers that and implement it immediately.Don’t play politics with children and their education.Another example where this coalition Government don’t respect local democracy is when the RDC in Region Six propose in their 2018 budget rehabilitation and extension of a fishing wharf and access road to the wharf at Chesney, Albion Corentyne, but that was taken out from the budget and another project was given preference. This particular project would have improved and expanded the fishing industry in this area, where more than 1500 persons directly benefit, and a few hundred indirectly.The question is: why get rid of a project of this magnitude? This is a national disgrace when you speak something that you really don’t practice.Sincerely,Zamal HussainRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

Chelsea dominate PFA team of the year

first_imgThe PFA team comprised just four English players.Eden Hazard, one of the nominees for the PFA’s player of the year award, was in midfield along with Chelsea team-mate Nemanja Matic, while star striker Diego Costa, who has scored 19 goals in the Premier League so far this season, was selected up front.Blues captain John Terry and centre-back partner Gary Cahill were at the heart of the PFA team’s defence, with full-back Branislav Ivanovic also included.Ryan Bertrand, the other full-back in the PFA side, was a Chelsea player at the start of the season before joining Premier League rivals Southampton on a full-time deal following a loan move to St Mary’s.Manchester United’s David de Gea was in goal for the PFA side, while the midfield also featured Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur and England rising star Harry Kane, the favourite to be crowned the PFA’s young player of the year at an awards ceremony in London later Sunday, was chosen to partner Costa in attack.PFA team of the year:David de Gea (Manchester United); Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea); Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal); Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Diego Costa (Chelsea)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 26- Chelsea dominated the team of the year announced Sunday by Professional Footballers’ Association, with six players from the Premier League champions-elect in the side voted for by their fellow pros in England.Jose Mourinho’s side, who face London rivals Arsenal later on Sunday, are well clear at the top of the table and on the brink of bringing the English title back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2010.last_img read more

Up in smoke

first_imgOne concerned British viewer and an animated cat and mouse have sparked a debate about protecting children from smoking versus preserving art and history. After an unidentified viewer complained that two Tom and Jerry shorts in which characters lit up were not appropriate in cartoons aimed at children, Time Warner had illustrators paint over a cigar and a cigarette. Both cartoons were made more than 50 years ago, when smoking on-screen was commonplace. The flare-up has raised questions about whether altering decades-old cartoons is rewriting history to satisfy current values or whether it’s necessary to keep children safe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesParents Television Council, a nonprofit group based in Los Angeles that advocates improving entertainment programs for younger audiences, applauded the decision to edit smoking scenes. “If children see smoking glamorized on films it makes it all the more likely they are going to pick up that habit,” said Melissa Caldwell of PTC. “That’s been the consensus of the research community.” Caldwell believes altering cartoons is a simple way to protect children. “This is an entertainment form,” she said. “It’s not like altering the `Mona Lisa’ or adding a cigarette to the `David.”‘ Illustrator Signe Wilkinson, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, disagreed. “Even if it was Tom and Jerry saying hideously racist things, it’s good for us to know where we came from,” said Wilkinson, who draws for The Philadelphia Daily News and is an outspoken advocate for free speech. “It’s also good for young people to know things can change.” Wilkinson was skeptical that smoking habits can be picked up from television. “If people pick up smoking from a Tom and Jerry cartoon, they’ve got many deeper problems that need to be attended to first.” Smoking characters have a long list of credits, even on shows aimed at youngsters. Pecos Bill, Bugs Bunny and Lampwick from “Pinocchio” all smoke. “Back in that time, it was completely acceptable to show something like that,” said Cynthia Overman, who teaches character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. “Smoking was not considered dangerous.” Because of tighter standards, episodes containing violence, rough language or racial stereotypes such as those in “Song of the South” and “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs” have been edited or removed entirely from network line-ups, Overman said. The issue, she said, is whether people today should revise what came before when it doesn’t suit current tastes. “This is all retrospective,” Overman said. “People are looking back and looking at films saying, Well, we don’t think that way any more and this is offensive.” In one of the offending cat-and-mouse cartoons, Tom tries to woo a lady cat by rolling and smoking a cigarette with one hand. In another film, a tennis opponent is puffing on a stogie. In addition to changing the two episodes, British employees at Hanna-Barbera are reviewing other scenes that glamorize cigarettes and cigars. Cartoons broadcast domestically have not been altered, according to James Anderson, a spokesman for Cartoon Network, the U.S. cable channel owned by Time Warner that showed the episodes in Britain. “We are evaluating the scenes in the U.S. but we always do that periodically,” Anderson said. “No decision has been made whether there is going to be editing in the U.S.” The company made the changes after receiving a letter asking them to review the cartoons from Ofcom, the British equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission. The removal process is lengthy. “We just go through it frame by frame and take the cigarette out by painting over it,” said Lucy Amos of Boomerang. “It’s quite a time-consuming job, but obviously one that we are dedicated to doing because we’re primarily a children’s channel and we want to do the best for our audience.” (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘I’m not certain that’s where he’s happiest’ – Southgate admits Rashford doubt

first_img update Gareth Southgate has put a lot of faith in Marcus Rashford with England latest Getty Images – Getty deals Harry Kane says England can beat France, Spain and HollandAnd as Harry Kane is the Three Lions’ talisman and guaranteed starter at centre-forward, Rashford regularly features out wide for his country.Southgate has now conceded he believes Rashford is ‘happiest’ when on the wing, though the boss has admitted the 21-year-old is ‘still a work in progress’.“For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a no .9,” said Southgate, “but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress.“A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up.“If he plays as a no. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 25.39%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen statement rookie error 1 England vs Kosovo (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTcenter_img Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta “I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in.”Rashford has not scored for Manchester United since netting twice in their opening weekend defeat of Chelsea last month, while his most recent England goal came against the Netherlands during the Nations League finals in June.Rashford remains a key part of England’s current and future plans, and Southgate claims England’s attack is exciting as any other in the world.Kane took the headlines at the weekend with his hat-trick but is complemented by the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, as well as Rashford.“I think that they’re as exciting as anything, really,” Southgate said of his attacking unit.“I remember going to Spain and thinking ‘well, a really tough game, but actually you look at our front three and their front three on the night and I felt that we were strong’.“And I’ve got to say, we’ve got Sancho and Hudson-Odoi who are going to push, and really push, so I think that it is exciting.“You need to have players on the field to affect the games, but you need to have players that can come in and have an impact and I think we’re in a healthy position.” targets Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target stalemate BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LIVE on talkSPORT Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is NOT a centre-forward, England boss Gareth Southgate believes.The Red Devils star has been played as a no.9 for the majority of his career, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred to select him out wide throughout the early stages of this season. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ last_img read more

Gormley takes charge at St Molaise Gaels

first_imgSt Molaise Gaels chairman Sean Herron with Willie Gormley.Willie Gormley is set to take charge of St Molaise Gaels’ senior footballers next season.The Bunninadden native, who guided Tubbercurry to a Senior Championship win in 2014, has since managed both IT Sligo’s senior team, and Bundoran in Donegal.The Grange-based club won the intermediate title in 2016, and retained their senior status in the season just finished.Former Leitrim intercounty footballer Gareth Phelan will be part of Gormley’s backroom team, along with James Watters and Philip Lang.Mick McElligott will remain on as junior team manager, having guided the club to the Junior B Championship title in 2017.Gaels are the second Sligo club to confirm their senior team manager for next season, following confirmation last week that Padraig McGourty will take charge of Coolaney/Mullinabreena for 2018.last_img read more

WikiCafe: MetaCafe Invites Users to Edit Video Metadata

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#web Popular video sharing website MetaCafe just announced the launch of a fascinating new experiment it’s calling WikiCafe – the ability for any registered user to “edit, enhance, and even translate video tags, descriptions, and other types of metadata.”Somehow Metacafe has a much lower idiot-to-civil commenter ratio than YouTube, where we can only imagine what kind of disaster such an experiment could lead to. For MetaCafe, though, this could be another experiment that works out really well.The OptionsHiting the “edit options” button that appears above every video leads to three buttons appearing. Edit video details, translate and “advanced wiki.” The advanced wiki is a MediaWiki page dedicated to discussion about each video. Unfortunately editing those pages requires another account creation and login. We don’t expect to see them utilized extensively.MetaCafe’s History of ExperimentationMetaCafe is no clone of YouTube. The company was offering a revenue share to a large portion of their top users since October 2006 through the successful Producers’ Rewards program.Unlike YouTube, MetaCafe said it had an exclusive focus on user generated content. And most unlike YouTube, the company employed an army of video editors to vet, highlight and keep an eye on all the content coming through the site. All of these strategies have worked quite well for the company, whose founders have cashed out to investors, as well.But a Wiki for Video Metadata?Could this possibly work? There’s no clear explanation yet about how the site will handle versioning or the other nitty gritty of the wiki way – but we’re sure they’ve got plans. The prospect of users enriching show descriptions and categorization is a really exciting one.Translation of metadata from one language to another is a valiant idea – but translation is something that other sites like DotSub (subtitles) and Lingro (dictionaries) have figured out great ways to do already. We have a hard time imagining that the translation that can go on at MetaCafe will come close to what can be done by those other communities.Who knows where it will all lead, though. It’s a brave step by MetaCafe. Who’s next to allow users to edit file metadata? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IAI Announces 2018 Elite Training Day Event Dates

first_imgThe International Association of Interviewers (IAI) has recently announced that false confession expert, Dr. Saul Kassin, will be the keynote speaker at IAI’s annual Elite Training Day event, to be held in Chicago April 11–12, 2018.“We are very excited to have such a renowned expert speak at our annual Elite Training Day,” said Wayne Hoover, CFI, IAI executive director. “False confessions are a real concern in our industry, and we are confident Dr. Kassin will provide relevant, captivating content to the professional interviewers and interrogators attending this year’s event.”Saul Kassin is a distinguished professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and Massachusetts professor emeritus at Williams College, in Williamstown, MA.- Sponsor – He received his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. He later served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Kansas; taught at Purdue University; served as a US Supreme Court judicial fellow, working at the Federal Judicial Center; and was a postdoctoral research fellow and visiting professor at Stanford University.Dr. Kassin is author of Psychology (Prentice Hall, 4th edition) and Psychology in Modules (Pearson Custom Publishing). Along with Steven Fein and Hazel Markus, he is also lead author of Social Psychology (10th edition), published by Cengage Learning. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters and has co-authored or edited various scholarly books, including: Confessions in the Courtroom, The Psychology of Evidence and Trial Procedure, The American Jury on Trial: Psychological Perspectives, and Developmental Social Psychology.Elite Training Day is among the main events of the year in the interview and interrogation community, where leading experts from across the globe gather for training and networking opportunities. Developed by IAI, this event features a dedicated focus on honing the skills of the interviewer.To find out more about Elite Training Day 2018 visit advantage of the early bird pricing and register here. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more