Follow The Trace | Save the young athletes

first_img Wider revolution It is a part of a wider revolution that must take place in school sports in Jamaica where the future of our most talented athletes across all sports must be seen as more important than winning Champs, or the Manning Cup or the daCosta Cup. For far too long, far too many outstandingly talented young track and field ‘stars’ at the Boys and Girls’ Champs level have fallen by the wayside due to physical and or psychological burnout. We are at a time and space now where the systems and structures are in place by way of a wave of impressive private track and field clubs that continue to effectively capture the best of the best of our young track and field athletes, but regardless of their talent level if the youngsters are physiologically exhausted, burnt out and psychologically saturated the track clubs will be getting athletes for whom it will be difficult if not impossible to make the required transition. The trend over several years is there for all to see. The majority of our most successful senior athletes were hardly ever over exerted at Champs, the best of them all Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson were never members of any title chasing teams at Champs. On the contrary the list is way too long, of outstanding Champs stars who were members of title contending schools, but who have failed miserably to fulfill their promise and potential. The recommendations for changes to the participation rules at champs might well be a knee jerk or panic reaction, but in these moments of panic, ISSA has stumbled upon some sensible changes which are needed to protect our top athletes from the very coaches and schools and communities they so innocently and proudly represent. The contemplated changes to the rules of the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships aimed at reducing the amount of events individual athletes can compete in has filled the air with questions and uncertainty in the months leading up to Champs 2017. It has been proposed that athletes should only compete in two individual events plus one relay, down from three individual events and one relay; the 5000 metres and 2000m steeplechase will be contested by Class One boys only, while the girls 3000m and 2000m steeplechase will only be contested by Class One and Class Two girls instead of being an open event. The gruelling 400m hurdles is set to be broken down into Classes One and Two for boys instead of being an open event. The multi-event competitors in the decathlon and heptathlon will be allowed to do no other event. On the face of it, these recommended changes have the appearance of a panic or knee-jerk reaction to the couple of tragic deaths which occurred in and around ISSA football and basketball earlier this season. The amount of work being done by student athletes across the board has become more of an urgent concern for one and all. That reason aside, these recommendations will more importantly serve to protect the long-term welfare of the nation’s talented young athletes. Understandably, the coaches of some of the top schools especially the schools contending for Champs glory will have a problem with these changes. After all plans and preparations for Champs 2017 are well advanced, with some athletes already putting in the background work in accordance with the old rules. If, however, the future of our young athletes is the genuine priority and not the champs winning ambitions any individual or any group of schools, then by all means bring on the changes.last_img read more

“Bongo” to do community service for narco possession

first_imgSelwin Green, 27, called “Bongo” of Supenaam Village, Essequibo Coast, will serve two months community service at the Aurora Police Station after he pled guilty to narcotics possession.Green appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court last week where he admitted that he had two grams of cannabis in his possession. He was also fined 00.The Prosecution contended that on September 6, 2016 during a Police raid, he had two grams of cannabis in his home.The narcotic was found in a transparent bag under some clothes.last_img read more


first_imgGovernor Haley: Praised by Donegal companyA PRESTIGIOUS Donegal company is set to reverse the trend of Foreign Direct Investment – by expanding into the United States.Inishowen-based E&I Engineering Ltd., a provider of switchgear and power distribution solutions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, plans to invest $17 million to establish its first U.S. operations in Anderson County, South Carolina.The investment is expected to create 250 jobs over the next five years. E&I will acquire the vacant 50,000-square-foot Supreme facility on Harris Bridge Road with plans to expand the complex to 150,000 square feet to accommodate manufacturing of its products.E&I has more than 650 employees across its European headquarters and its plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The American jobs are being supported by local government agencies.“The E&I Group has been highly impressed by the support and assistance offered to us by many of the South Carolina government departments. … We congratulate Governor Nikki Haley in running a highly efficient and well-organised, business-friendly state,” said Damian McCauley, group production director for E&I Engineering said.  HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE DONEGAL COMPANY CREATING 250 JOBS IN AMERICA? was last modified: May 23rd, 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:Anderson Countydonegale&I engineeringInishowenlast_img read more

Gareth Bale responds to Man United speculation

first_img Gareth Bale is the first Welshman to win the European Cup three times Gareth Bale has insisted he is ‘happy’ at Real Madrid and has committed his future to the Spanish champions amid links with a possible summer move to Manchester United.The Welsh star addressed the speculation following Real’s 4-1 win over Juventus on Saturday in his home town of Cardiff, which saw Los Blancos seal their third Champions League title in four seasons.READ MORE: Gareth Bale calls Champions League final win in Cardiff a ‘dream come true’Bale, who has recently returned from injury, came off the bench after 77 minutes to see out the victory having not been selected for manager Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI.There have been big question marks over Bale’s long-term future at the Bernabeu following an injury-hampered fourth season in Spain.The 27-year-old injured his ankle against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League in November – a problem which required surgery – and then lasted just 39 minutes when he was named in the starting line-up in the El Clasico against Barcelona in April.But Real, and Spain international Isco in particular, have thrived in Bale’ absence – winning the LaLiga title and clinching the Champions League crown largely without him.The Spanish press has been wild with reports about a possible exit this summer, with Manchester United – thwarted in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann – thought to be interested.But Bale, who signed a new deal until 2022 only in October, insists he has no plans of leaving his new life in Spain behind just yet.“We are winning trophies and I am happy,” the Welshman said following Saturday’s final victory at the Principality Stadium.“It’s the reason why I came to Real Madrid – to win trophies. We’re enjoying winning them at the moment, so we’ll continue to do so.“Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn’t too bad.“I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.“I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid.“My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing.”Bale was determined to play in the final in his home city despite still being troubled by an ankle injury, and suggested that without the Cardiff final in his sights he may have opted for a second operation.“I was just happy to get on for the last few minutes,” he added.“To play a final in your home city is incredible, but to win it is even better, a great experience. I don’t think many players have won the Champions League in their home city where they were born, so it’s a great memory to have.“It’s been difficult with my ankle this year. I obviously came back way too early from my surgery and I suffered a bit.“We were considering more at one point, but I’ve worked tirelessly hard to get back and to get ready for this game.“I need to go on holiday and rest, and come back stronger next season – mainly for my ankle just to get it properly recovered.“Then I’ll obviously do some work in the off-season to get it stronger and ready for next season so I’ll be firing on all cylinders.” 1last_img read more

Man jailed for preying on student after giving him lift from disco

first_imgA young student has revealed how he has become an alcoholic and has tried to take his own life by drinking bleach after he was sexually abused by a man after a disco.The young man was sexually assaulted after losing his memory when he drank a can of Coke given to him by a man he got a lift home from a nightclub. The victim, who cannot be identified, claimed he was waiting for a taxi in West Donegal when he was approached by Neil McBride.The man, a student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, was waiting for a taxi after a disco in Gaoth Dobhair.McBride, now aged 48, asked the student if he wanted a lift home and on the way gave him a bottle of water to drink.However, the accused ended up at his house and made the excuse that he needed to get something inside. He invited the student inside the house and gave him a can of Coke to drink.The man said he became drowsy and went to the toilet where he phoned his mother telling her where he was.The student said he lost his memory and the next thing he remembers is waking up in his boxer shorts with McBride fondling his penis and testicles.McBride appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court on one charge of sexual assault on October 7th, 2007 which he denied. The court was told that after the incident, the student’s father and his brother arrived at McBride’s house and took him away.The next day the student, who was aged 19 at the time of the assault, attended the local NowDoc service and said he suspected he had been raped.The NowDoc service contacted Gardai and they arrived to interview the student who said he wanted to contact his parents first.Letterkenny Courthouse (North West Newspix)Retired Detective Garda Sgt Michael Carroll told the court that when he called the student’s house the following day, the boy’s father answered the phone. Mr Carroll said the boy’s father told him that they would not be making any complaint and that he was not to phone the house again.The victim later told the court that his father told him that if he made a complaint against McBride their family would be forced to leave the area. However, a number of years later, on March 23rd, 2015, the former student made an official complaint and McBride was arrested.During interview, McBride said it was the student who asked him for a lift. When it was put to him that the victim claimed he was drugged, McBride replied “If there were drugs in his system he didn’t get them in my house.”McBride, of Derrybeg, Gaoth Dobhair, claimed it was the student who wanted to stay in his house and that when he went to put a quilt over him in a bedroom, he accidentally hit him in the groin area.He added that although he was gay he had no interest sexually in the student as he knew he was dating a girl locally.After deliberating for just under four hours the jury found McBride guilty of the single charge of sexual assault.The court heard today (Thurs) how the young victim has been forced to drop out of college because his drinking became out of control.He is now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the past nine months and has tried to take his own life on several occasions.He added that his relationship with his father is non-existent because of the incident.“It is next to impossible this get this out of my head,” said the student.The court was told that McBride has two previous convictions, one for drunk driving and another for the possession of child pornography for which he received a one year suspended sentence in March 2015.Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer said there was an element of premeditation to the assault and it was evident that the victim was in a state of intoxication at the time.He sentenced McBride to 22 months in prison but suspended the last five months of the sentence under the agreement that he enter a bond to keep the peace for 12 months.Man jailed for preying on student after giving him lift from disco was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 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:CokecourtGaoth DobhairGardaiNeil McBRideprisonsex assaultstudentlast_img read more

Chelsea star to ask Maurizio Sarri to leave in January, with Arsenal interested

first_img 2 With new signings Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho also ahead of him in the Stamford Bridge pecking order, a move now seems the most logical step.Sarri said of the young Englishman earlier in the season: “I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view.” The midfielder lost his place in the England squad for the games against Spain and Croatia However, under Maurizio Sarri, the midfielder has started just once this season in the Europa League and subsequently lost his Three Lions place to teammate Ross Barkley.According to the Daily Mail, Loftus-Cheek accepts his gamble to stay and fight for his place has backfired and he concedes he will have to move away to fight for his place.Palace boss Roy Hodgson has already expressed a desire to re-sign the midfielder, while Marco Silva is desperate to add creativity into his midfield.In what would be a shock turn of events, Arsenal are also interested in keeping the star in London. However, this depends on where and when Aaron Ramsey decides to leave. Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants to leave Chelsea in January in a bid to resurrect his career.After a fantastic loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, the 22-year-old was part of the England World Cup squad and looked set to finally cement his position at Stamford Bridge. Loftus-Cheek enjoyed success on loan last season, and could be forced away again in January 2last_img read more

Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Lue has been scrambling to come up with combinations that work, and his job has been made more difficult by injuries to Rose, Iman Shumpert and with James working himself into shape after missing most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.Also, the Cavs are still without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is still recovering from a hip injury.Wade, who signed a one-year deal for a chance to play alongside his close friend James again, likened the Cavs’ current state to something he experienced a few years ago in Miami.After winning consecutive titles, the Heat started 4-3 before winning 10 straight games. They finished 54-28, won the conference title and made the Finals for the fourth straight year.Wade is still amazed it happened.“I don’t know how we made it,” he said. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.“Indiana should have beat us that year. We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot. For the guys here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year. That’s sports, it’s tough.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James’ career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse Thursday.Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES As the Cavs regrouped at practice before leaving to play the Washington Wizards on Friday, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.“No one in here is a rookie,” Wade said. “Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It’s frustrating when you’re going through it.We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out and I think we will.”Wade said communication, or a lack of it, has been at the root of Cleveland’s problems. With the league’soldest roster, it’s not a surprise that the Cavs are struggling defensively against younger, and in some cases, more athletic teams.But what it alarming is that the Cavs have been slow to correct their mistakes and teams are shooting so well against them. Cleveland’s opponents are making a league-high 42 percent of their 3-point attempts.Wade joked that it feels like teams are “shooting like 90 percent on open shots and 70 percent on contested shots.”“We have a long way to go defensively,” he said. “If we was at our best defensively and they was tagging us like this, it’d be red alert. Right now, as we said, we’ve got to continue to get our coverages down, our communication down.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title One of Cleveland’s most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he’ll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.Thompson’s injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season’s surprises — for the wrong reasons.Cleveland has lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that’s when he was virtually alone on a Clevelandteam, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Deepika Padukone’s reaction to Ranveer Singh’s childhood photo is unmissable

first_imgIt is no secret that Ranveer Singh has a quirky sense of fashion, but what fans did not know is that he has always been like this. Ranveer took to Instagram to share a childhood picture of himself sporting a mohawk and captioned it, “Avant Garde Since 1985”.While netizens are loving young Ranveer (the picture has garnered lakhs of likes in just a few hours), the actor’s rumoured girlfriend Deepika Padukone commented “noooooooooo”, followed by three emojis of a monkey covering its eyes. Photo: ScreenshotMeanwhile, speculation is rife that Ranveer and Deepika are all set to tie the knot on November 10 this year. It is being said that though the ‘roka’ was done quite some time ago, the wedding date was finalised only recently.Gossip columns have been churning out story after story of Ranveer and Deepika’s wedding. However, when India Today Television caught up with Ranveer earlier this year, he emphasised that marriage was not on the cards anytime soon, though he admitted that he had been thinking about it.”These are things I think about. I try to create a life and work balance. As much as I am consumed by my work at the moment, these things (marriage) are on my mind. But nothing decisive as of now,” he said, adding that he was neck-deep in his professional commitments and that getting married would have to wait.ALSO READ: Are Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone getting married on November 10?ALSO WATCH: Marriage is on my mind, says Ranveer Singhadvertisementlast_img read more