Jamaica needs strong MVP

first_imgWest Indies cricket is now more a source of sadness and depression than the vehicle of inspiration and pride it once was for the Caribbean and the Jamaican people. The Sunshine Girls have fallen short of expectations in their most recent outings, which, in itself, is quite disappointing. The unpredictability of the Reggae Boyz make them a risky emotional investment going into the next round of World Cup Qualifying. The only major sport that continues to deliver emphatically and consistently for Jamaica at the highest level is track and field. Beijing 2015 is still fresh in our minds. Jamaica finished an impressive second in the standings with 12 medals, including seven gold, two silver, and three bronze. Of those 12 medals won in Beijing, Maximum Velocity and Speed (MVP) Track Club athletes had a part to play in winning seven, including four gold, one silver, and two bronze. The importance of the Stephen Francis-led MVP to the overall success of the Jamaican track and field programme cannot be overstated. It is, therefore, of national importance that MVP continues to be strong and successful in turning out and maintaining top-class athletes. The recent trend of top athletes leaving the MVP track club is now becoming worrying. Michael Frater, Melaine Walker, Asafa Powell, and Sherone Simpson left previously and are being followed now by Kaliese Spencer, Christine Day, Natasha Morrison, and more. Not only have they all walked away, but they all seem to have come out with the same acrimonious complaints aimed at head coach, Francis. From the outside looking in and simply analysing the complaints of the athletes leaving the club, one common thread seems to be Francis’ dictatorial style, as well as his club regulations. National 400-metre champion Christine Day recently summed it up, saying coach Francis wanted her – after a decade at the club – to revert to being the same person she was at 18 or 19 when she first came into the club. She quite rightly opined that was impossible, because she will never be a teenager again. Francis is a dedicated student of the sport of track and field. He is totally consumed by his craft, which is why he is so good at what he does. Like all of us, coach Francis has weaknesses. I think the weakness relevant to this unfolding situation is his people skills. Coach Francis needs to first realise and then accept that his style and method of dealing with a desperate, hungry, subservient teenager cannot be the same in dealing with an established athlete with an international profile, reputation, and status and some money in the bank. The natural human reaction to the perception of that kind of behaviour is to exercise the choice to walk away. The fact that athletes the calibre of Spencer and Day have now actually walked away, is a function of them now being in a position to walk away. If we extricate the egos from this situation and even assume that Francis and MVP will produce adequate replacements for the athletes who left, that is not necessarily the best possible outcome to this scenario. It would be to the benefit of MVP, the athletes involved, and indeed to Jamaica if these quality athletes were able to remain at MVP and continue their development in addition to, and not at the expense of, the new stars who will emerge. The question is, will these egos ever be extricated? One suggestion I’ve heard is that the other principals of MVP should totally assume the area of communication with the athletes within their ranks, and indeed with the public at large, and that Francis should stick exclusively to coaching. Great theory, but will that ever happen? I would not bet on it.last_img read more

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POLL SHOWS PEOPLE ARE NOT BELIEVING FIANNA FAIL – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin’s Seanad referendum campaign director Pearse Doherty has said today’s poll showing the referendum to abolish the Seanad is set to be passed is evidence that people don’t believe Fianna Fáil when they say they will reform the Seanad. Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty said the people have had enough of Fianna Fáil’s cronyism and their broken promises.He said “While not putting too much heed in opinion polls the continuing trend in this referendum campaign is that the yes side is leading and the referendum will pass. “This is despite Fianna Fáil’s attempt to hoodwink the people into keeping this Seanad on a promise that they will reform it.“However, even when they published their reform proposals we seen that they wanted to retain the most undemocratic measure contained within the current Seanad set up, the process of appointing people to the Seanad with the consent of the electorate.“The bottom line is that the people haven’t believed Fianna Fáil in this campaign, they are sick of their cronyism and their broken promises and this Friday they will come out and vote to abolish the Seanad.“With that said, it is important that people don’t get complacent and I would urge everyone to come out and vote on Friday and to vote yes.” POLL SHOWS PEOPLE ARE NOT BELIEVING FIANNA FAIL – DOHERTY was last modified: September 30th, 2013 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:Pearse DohertyreferendumSeanadlast_img read more

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Sheff Wed v QPR: Changes for Rangers

first_imgBobby Zamora, Karl Henry and Gary O’Neil are in QPR’s starting line-up for the game at Sheffield Wednesday.  Brian Murphy is in goal for Rangers are they are without the injured Rob Geeen.QPR: Murphy, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hughes, Hoilett, Barton, Henry, O’Neil, Morrison, Zamora. Subs: Lennox, Carroll, Keane, Yun, Kranjcar, Maiga, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Trump relishes feud with the NFL, reviving issue with tweets

first_imgWASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump is indulging in his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.And his feud with the NFL shows no signs of abating, with the president tweeting early Monday morning: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”Trump’s spat with athletes comes as the president prepares to sell a tax overhaul plan and revive …last_img

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Chraxli’s mini Wonderland — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Ostschweiz SwitzerlandN 47° 05.491 E 009° 29.866 Difficulty:1 Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Have you ever wondered what your town would look like shrunk to dollhouse scale? Cache owner, chraxli, not only had the vision, but he executed the idea in his own front yard! Paying homage to their local station in Wartou, whose sign is featured in the vignette, this Geocache of the Week in Eastern Switzerland is anything but Traditional.CO chraxli’s station sign in Wartou makes a special miniature appearanceThe village in Chraxli’s mini Wonderland features a weaving train track, bridge spanning a miniature creek, illuminated street lamps, intricate buildings, working water pump and waterwheel, grazing livestock, and a myriad of other animals. Chraxli, who maintains the scene with his wife, originally owned a simple Traditional nearby, but they felt the need to convert their unused strip of lawn into something special. “It should be something about a train in a beautiful terrain,” Chraxli said of their brainstorming process. “The idea haunted our minds for some more time and we finally got to work in the spring of 2017.The train emerges from a gated tunnel with caboose in towThe project took around ten weeks from groundbreaking to completion of the technical and water-based features. The star of this cache is undoubtedly the train that connects the different features in the village. Its tracks weave through the alpine scene while it transports the access key to the cache container right to the geocacher via a START button. Once pressed, the train emerges from a gated tunnel with caboose in tow, proudly carrying its precious cargo (passengers, too!). “The control is handled by a microprocessor,” chraxli explained, “which monitors the function and detects faults and informs us via SMS.”  There are five miniature animals in this picture — can you spot them all?The extensive amount of care that went into the implementation of this cache as well as the labor of love in preventing the moving elements’ technical failure are evident. That effort has been richly rewarded by the positive logs and Favorite points that have steadily poured in over the last year. “When we are at home when cachers come here, we can meet them and have a short conversation,” chraxli remarked. “In my opinion, this is the reward of each cache owner and should be the [incentive] to all others to publish great caches or caches in nice places.” A miniature working spigot, waterwheel, and street lamp“For us, geocaching is about the experience, the great caches and beautiful places that are remembered that you would never have seen without geocaching,” chraxli said. True to his word, Chraxli’s mini Wonderland is sure to make tracks in the years to come as a memorable experience, both for his family and the cachers that visit. “Never give up the ambition to create awesome caches…then the joy is biggest on both sides!”  Miniature hills are the perfect home for miniature deer CO chraxli’s home station sign makes a special miniature appearance The smallest details, down the individual rocks that form this bridge, have been taken into account Illuminated streetlamps and building windows add an even higher realistic design element  The building that houses the cache Quack! Terrain:1 SharePrint RelatedWelcome TB-Hotel Liechtenstein — Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2019In “Community”It takes THREE — Geocache of the WeekApril 24, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”Basel 1 GCG95Z GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 9, 2012April 9, 2012In “Community” TraditionalGC75ZT5by chraxlilast_img read more

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Meal for ₹5 to urban poor in Madhya Pradesh budget

first_imgMeal for ₹5 to the urban poor, pension to widows and Seventh Pay Commission benefits to employees were key highlights of Madhya Pradesh’s Budget for 2017-2018 presented in the Assembly on Wednesday. Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya presented a ₹1,85,564.27-crore budget, which goes to the polls in 2018, with a revenue surplus of ₹4596.40 crore He hiked VAT on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) sold for fuelling at Indore and Bhopal airports, thus making the air travel dearer from these two cities. “The State has remained a revenue surplus state since 2004-05 and the same situation is expected to continue in 2017-18. The fiscal deficit for 2017-18 is estimated to be ₹25688.97 crore, which is within the 3.5 per cent limit prescribed under the Madhya Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2005,” said Mr. Malaiya, presenting his fifth Budget. “State Government employees will get the benefit of the Seventh Pay Commission from Jan 1, 2016, and will be paid hiked salaries from July 2017,” he said. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan later announced that meal will be provided to the poor for Rs 5 initially in four major cities.last_img read more

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India’s Ola takes its Uber rivalry to Australia with launch in Sydney

first_imgThe company announced its plans to go Down Under at the end of January and in Sydney, which is its first full launch, Ola said it has signed up over 7,000 registered drivers. Initially, passengers will be able to enjoy free rides for a limited time with plans introduce other “new initiatives” — read: promotions — in a bid to keep its service competitive once it begins charging.Uber was the first to launch ride-hailing services in Australia, and today it operates in over 20 cities across the country and New Zealand. Europe’s Taxify — which, like Ola, is backed by Chinese taxi app company Didi — moved into Australia via a Sydney launch in November. It has since expanded to Melbourne.Read it at Tech Crunch Related Itemslast_img

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Are Unmarried

first_imgDear Parents, We know that our unmarried status generates its own trauma even beyond our respective communities. Accordingly, we feel compelled to tell you right here what we long to tell you at uncomfortable dinner table conversations, or on family trips where we are held hostage in the car to your lectures and emotional blackmail. Ready for our ‘real’ reasons for not tying the knotty knot?1. We fear we might be gay or we are gay. The problem is that we can’t tell you. You know why? Because there’s no word for “gay” in our language. And if we simply say “gay” in English, we fear you’ll think we’re “happy” and press us further about why we’re not married yet.2. We are disgusted at the way the boy’s family treats the girl’s family even in the 21st century. The son’s parents often act rude, obnoxious, or play dirty little games (even if they have unmarried daughters) during the “getting to know you phase.” They act uninterested even though they are interested; they send third parties to give us mixed messages; they keep bragging about how tall their son is, and how fair he is. The shorter and darker we are, the more they must brag about their son’s height and skin color. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? A man doesn’t give up much in a marriage. He just has to exist, and the girl’s parents adore him, and feel grateful that he married their daughter. No matter that it’s the daughter that works herself to the bone keeping up family obligations, cooking five meals a day to visiting relatives, putting up with their snide, irrational behavior, raising the children, or making her career the source of “flexibility” rather than his. Shouldn’t the girl’s parents be the ones playing power games with the guy’s family, since she’s the one providing not only the “goods” but also the “services?” We feel if it’s this bad before “I do” what the hell will become of us after “I did?” Just ask our mothers and grandmothers for the answer.3. The “attitude of gratitude” is not reciprocal. Let’s face it: it doesn’t take much for a young man to qualify as an “eligible” bachelor. And we use “eligible” in the best sense of the word. He just needs to have a job and have no felony convictions. And the bachelorette? She must pass “qualifying” exams to even get to the point of being considered. And the standards for passing are ever so arbitrary. She must have no sexual history (remember, rumors = truth), she must have the perfect family; if someone in her family was scandalous five generations ago, she’s not in the running anymore.She must be a certain height, be fair even if the man is bald and dark as cow dung. Until recently, a man could rest on laurels such as his professional qualifications and so-called “family background” (synonymous with how much money the family has, and not the functionality of the family). Us girls are no longer impressed with qualifications and family background- “assets” we already have. We are gold-diggers of a different kind – we want him to be our friend; we want him to be egalitarian. We are not to be “drafted” into his family to be efficient cooks and housekeepers, or sacrificial dress-up dolls. Nor do we want to be the very qualified women he can brag about, yet stay at home so he get the best of both worlds. We want a man to choose us even if we can’t cook, can’t keep house, and won’t give up our identities, maiden names, or careers for them. We certainly marry (and have married for centuries) men knowing they cannot (will not) cook, don’t have “time” to keep house, and will not give up their identities or careers for us.4. Many of the men we have been introduced to have poor hygiene. The lack of attention to hygiene could be attributed to the man’s assumption that he can rest on his professional laurels and family background to win us over. Times have changed. And how. Deodorant and breath mints are not optional. Bad hygiene is reason enough for us not to see one of your sons again.5. Many of the men we meet cannot handle “dialogue.” They wax poetic about how they want their partners to be their best friends, and how they crave “mutual understanding.” This is often one-sided. One bachelorette found the young man across the table impressed with her until she mentioned she will keep her maiden name after marriage. At this point, even though our bachelorette had spent a lot of time and money traveling to meet this man, he nixed all plans (though she had taken unpaid leave from her job), hrefused to converse with her any further, and left her stranded in her hotel room for the three days.Only because he had different views. This often happens with many issues that are unrelated to the health and functionality of a marriage. How does a person’s desire to keep her maiden name after marriage, or the fact that she has different political opinions going to make her a less loving, less dutiful partner? Many of us have close friends that have views that vastly differ from ours. But do we ditch the friendships on these grounds? Exactly.6. Many of us have toxic parents, who are actively involved in selecting a groom for us. Many of our mothers are female misogynists, and our dads are the poster-boys for the “keep patriarchy alive” movement. These parents clearly consider everyone’s feelings paramount – except for ours – even though we are the ones getting married, and we are the ones who will have to rough it out in our new families. The girl is supposed to acquiesce to any guy because of what the family thinks, or because the parents won’t get sleep until she gets married, or because the parents don’t want to insult a millionaire’s son or because she has “no right to be selfish.” Toxic parents will use any pernicious tactic to get their daughter married under the guise of doing “what’s best” for her. We don’t want the toxicity to leak into our marriage choices, so we dread going home for vacations, lie to survive, and keep meeting recommended men for coffee to keep our parents at bay.7. Many of the men we meet aren’t entering the marriage game conscientiously. We are especially suspect of the men who say they are doing this because they couldn’t find anyone else, or because they want to please their parents. We’ll never feel secure in this type of partnership, because we’ll never feel he’s marrying us for us. We could be “any woman” and we want to feel like the “one” or at least one of the few “ones” in the universe.8. Some of us women don’t believe in marriage, and we are going to keep avoiding it as long as we can. It is not a crime to remain unmarried. Kanya power lives!9. Some of us are dating someone non-Indian. We want to take our time dating this person, because we grew up with the “wisdom” that these marriages spell “trouble” and will ultimately end in divorce. Hence, we don’t want to reveal our love interest to you unless we have thought about the situation from every angle (including yours), and we are stalling for that reason. We ourselves are also struggling with the question of whether defying our parents is ultimately “worth it” or going to cause too much pain.10. Some of us genuinely want to marry Indian men, but haven’t found the right one.Some of your Indian daughters   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Ter Stegen saves penalty as Barcelona draws at Dortmund

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi smiles at the end of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)DORTMUND, Germany — The only thing missing for Borussia Dortmund was a goal.The German team did everything but score as Barcelona barely held on for a 0-0 draw in their Champions League opening game on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Dortmund substitute Julian Brandt struck the crossbar and Paco Alcácer also went close against his former side. It was the first game in which the Spanish striker failed to score this season.“We had to suffer a lot, especially after the break when we lost control and they were very dangerous,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who thanked ter Stegen for “his outstanding saves.”The 16-year-old Ansu Fati made his Champions League debut to become Barcelona’s youngest player in a UEFA competition, before coming off for Messi in the 59th. Messi hadn’t played since injuring his leg in pre-season.Defender Mats Hummels showed why Dortmund brought him back from Bayern Munich with several vital interventions, starting with a block to deny Antoine Griezmann’s first effort for Barcelona, then a crucial headed clearance from the lurking Luis Suárez. Griezmann, on his Champions League debut for Barcelona, produced the cross.Dortmund’s first big chance fell to Reus, who was denied for the first time by ter Stegen in the 25th. Jadon Sancho also missed a good opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ A Barcelona corner caused chaos in the Dortmund defense, with Roman Bürki punching the ball clear and Fati’s effort from the rebound deflected over by Reus.Dortmund was more aggressive after the break but ultimately couldn’t get past ter Stegen. Messi, meanwhile, looked far from his best.“I’m going home with the feeling that we dropped two points. We would have put ourselves in a great position in this difficult group,” Hummels said.Dortmund next faces a trip to Slavia Prague on Oct. 2. The Czech champion held Inter Milan 1-1 after conceding a late equalizer in Italy.“Then we’ll see how strong we are,” Hummels said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img Roger Federer to decide soon on Tokyo Olympic plans US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The home side hit the crossbar, missed a penalty, wasted a host of chances and even kept Lionel Messi quiet on the Argentina star’s first appearance of the season.Messi came on as a substitute for the last 30 minutes but was unable to spark the visitors’ struggling attack, with Dortmund creating the best chances of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Instead Barcelona had goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to thank for avoiding defeat as he saved a penalty from Dortmund captain Marco Reus in the 57th and denied the home side with a string of saves on his return to his native Germany.“It was a very difficult game,” ter Stegen said. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own manlast_img read more

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