Throws history at NCAA Champs

first_img Amazing performance History was made at last week’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Championships as Danielle Dodd and Shadae Lawrence took the top spots in the shot put and discus, respectively. Dodd and Lawrence combined for the first Jamaican shot and discus sweep at the NCAA Division 1 level. Understandably, the local throws community is full of praise for the winning pair. Lawrence, a second-year student athlete at Kansas State University, is the first ever Jamaican winner in her event. She moved up from fourth last year to win with a throw measured at 61.37 metres. Lawrence wasn’t alone in the discus final as fellow Jamaicans Kellion Knibb, Dodd, Gleneve Grange, Samantha Hall and Shanice Love were third, fourth, eighth, 10th and 12th, respectively Dodd, a senior at Kent State University, bombed her way to victory with a national record 19.15 metres and now is the fourth-best shot putter of the season. She is the second Jamaican shot put champion as Kimberli Barrett, then at the University of Miami, was the winner in 2005. Julian Robinson, the Calabar High School and University of the West Indies throws coach, described the performances of Dodd and Lawrence as amazing. “It looks good for Jamaica,” he said at the National Stadium on Sunday, “and when you consider, for example, Shadae, I think this is her second year out of high school and to win the NCAA is amazing.” “Danielle, her performance is amazing,” he continued, “and I think if she can maintain that 19 metres form, she can at least make the top eight at the World Championships.” Michael Vassell, godfather of the local throws community, called the results “awesome”. Speaking about Dodd, the Excelsior and UWI coach noted that all of her six throws would have won, and commented, “The level of consistency being displayed by Danielle has shown that she and her coach have been working on some things, and it’s really paying off.” Dodd is far ahead of the 2017 World Championship shot put qualifying standard of 17.75 metres, and Lawrence and Knibb, an outgoing senior at Florida State University, exceeded the discus standard of 61.20 metres with throws of 62.59 and 62.07 before the NCAA meet. – H. L.last_img read more

Guyana-Japan US$3.8M grant for rehab of EDWC

first_imgThe US.8 million Japan grant for phase two of the rehabilitation of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) was on Tuesday transferred to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) at Flagstaff,Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiko Okada and NDIA CEO Frederick FlattsEast Coast Demerara.The project, which stemmed from an agreement by the Japanese Government and the previous Administration in 2007, was divided into two phases.Under phase one, eight excavators, two pontoons, aluminium boats along with engines, 4×4 trucks, GPS devices and laptops were procured.Under phase two, US$3.8 million was provided by the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency for the rehabilitation of six structures within the EDWC, at Sarah Johanna, Nancy, Annandale, Hope, Shanks and Maduni.Making brief remarks at the handing over ceremony were Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiko Okada and NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fredericks Flatts.Holder, in a statement released on the Government Information Agency site, said that “… after the 2005 floods, the East Demerara Water Conservancy’s Northern Relief Channel project was designed to provide the means to release excess water in the conservancy when it is in danger of overtopping and breach”.The Minister further explained that “rehabilitation of the East Demerara Water Conservancy- Component II” has realised construction and rehabilitation of six of the network’s 33 intake/relief structures to protect the EDWC dam from overtopping and collapsing during rainy seasons.Ambassador Okada said that climate change was a matter of great concern to all. “I would like to commend the efforts of the different agencies involved for bringing the project to completion. Japan is committed to supporting developing countries in overcoming vulnerabilities and creating strategies to withstand the effects of climate change as evidenced by this grant.”After being taken on his second tour to the project site by boat, the Japanese Ambassador expressed satisfaction and said his Government stood ready to help the people and Government of Guyana in the execution of suitable projects to aid in the country’s development.NDIA CEO Flatts made similar comments as Minister Holder, adding that the 20 engineers who were trained in dam management, flood control and repairs recently.These works will complement the Hope Canal project.last_img read more

1 killed in another mining accident

first_imgA man has been killed following a mining accident in Omai Gold Mine in region seven (Cayuni/ Mazaruni on Tuesday, the Ministry of Natural Resources has said late Tuesday evening.The Ministry confirmed that there was at least one fatality on Tuesday as a result of a mining accident in the Omai area.While all the facts are still yet to be determined, reports are that an excavator was trying to lower an engine into a mining pit when it toppled and the operator became submerged resulting in the fatality.There are no details at this time regarding the identity of the person who is reported to have died.last_img

Messi was not in right condition – Vilanova

first_img“He played in Bilbao on Saturday (when Barca drew 2-2) because he felt better. He imprinted a change on the team but at the end of the game he felt some strange sensations,” Vilanova told a press conference.“He trained yesterday and today, but he didn’t feel right. He is an explosive player and there was a risk he could tear (his hamstring), so he couldn’t help the team in these conditions.“All these years when we have played without Leo we have won games by small margins, but this year in the league we have won games 5-0 and 3-0 without him on the pitch.“When you have a player that is so good, it is normal that you notice it. If Bayern had been without (Franck) Ribery or (Arjen) Robben they would not be at this level.”Vilanova also rejected the claim that a clear-out is needed at the Camp Nou in the close season, but admitted that Bayern’s physical superiority had played a crucial role in both legs of the tie.“All squads are reinforced every season. I said the other day that we didn’t need to change much, but rather recuperate the players we do have,” he said.“Bayern have arrived at this point with all their players and we have many out. Despite the great squad that we have you cannot win all the titles either. You can’t win everything and the first leg has weighed heavily on this game.”Midfielder Xavi Hernandez echoed his manager’s view that injuries and physical inferiority had played their part, but admitted that Bayern had also been tactically and technically superior.“The team has tried, a 4-0 was practically impossible and with Robben’s goal it was impossible,” he told Canal Plus.“Bayern were better. They dominated all the facets of football, tactically they are very good, physically very strong and mentally they were superior.“The absences of (Carles) Puyol, (Eric) Abidal and today of (Sergio) Busquets and Messi is not an excuse, but they weakened the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BARCELONA, Spain, May 2 – Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova defended the decision to field Lionel Messi at the weekend after the Argentine was forced to sit out Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.The Germans’ 7-0 aggregate victory was Barca’s worst-ever European defeat, and although Vilanova recognised that the World Player of the Year’s recurring hamstring injury had played its part in the Catalans’ dismantling, he denied that their dependence on him has grown substantially this season.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP charge individuals following search warrant

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On December 27, 2018, the Grande Prairie RCMP Municipal Drug Unit conducted an investigation initiated by a Crimestoppers tip about a suspected drug house.  A search warrant was executed under the Cannabis Act resulting in a variety of drugs and Canadian currency being seized.The following items were seized;Over $11, 000 cash.1.1 kilograms of dried Cannabis.26 grams of mushrooms.241 grams of Shatter (highly concentrated THC).544 grams of Cannabis oil.- Advertisement -Two individuals were arrested at the location. Charges are pending.Grande Prairie RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.  If you wish to report a drug house in your neighbourhood, please call the confidential tip line at 780-830-7444.  If need to report a crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police detachment.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.last_img read more

Former Sunderland defender nears Deportivo La Coruna move

first_img Modibo Diakite in action for Sunderland 1 Former Sunderland defender Modibo Diakite is on the verge of joining Deportivo La Coruna, according to reports in Italy.Diakite left Sunderland yesterday by mutual consent, just 14 months after he had joined the Premier League side from Lazio.It had been thought that 27-year-old would seal a switch to Fiorentina, where he spent the second-half of last season on loan.However, according to TMW, Fiorentina have now ended their interest in Diakite and the Frenchman is set to join Deportivo La Coruna.The La Liga club are confident of sealing a deal for Diakite and have opened talks with his representatives.Due to the fact that Diakite was released by Sunderland before the end of the transfer window, there is no deadline on when he must sign for a new club.last_img read more

U.S. ski team feeling weight of gold drought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The team was shut out at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The American women had no medals at all, and Bode Miller won the men’s only medals with silvers in the giant slalom and combined. The last U.S. man to win Olympic gold in Alpine skiing was Tommy Moe in the 1994 downhill at Lillehammer, Norway. Street retired after the 2002 Olympics, where she finished 16th in the downhill. She’d like to see this American drought end at next month’s Turin Games. “I think definitely this is one of the strongest teams I’ve ever seen,” she said. “There are medal opportunities in every discipline, for sure. The women’s giant slalom is probably the weakest, but other than that it’s looking good. In some we’re looking at two-three opportunities per discipline. It’s pretty impressive.” One of Street’s favorites is Daron Rahlves, the winner of three World Cup downhill races this season. He matched her U.S. record of nine career victories in the discipline with his triumph last weekend on the classic Lauberhorn course in Wengen. “I have such high hopes for him. I want him to win an Olympic medal so badly,” Street said. “I love him. He’s such a good dude. He’s an all-around good athlete, nice guy, respectful and loyal yet real and cool. “Bode is hard to predict. I’m looking forward to the Bode Show like everyone else.” Among the women, Street looks to friend and protege Lindsey Kildow, the winner of two downhills this season. Kildow placed fourth three times at the worlds last winter in Bormio, Italy, sobbing when she was beaten out for a podium spot in the downhill. “Lindsey has a good in opportunity to medal, and with her world championship experience, she will be OK,” Street said. Street also likes what she sees in Julia Mancuso. “Miss Cool, Julia Mancuso, is just cool enough to come in and ride it,” she said. “She’s good over the flats, she’s got a great touch for snow, she’s experienced enough Olympics and world championships to stay cool.” Street will be working in Turin for NBC’s “Today,” leaving 16-month old son Treyjan at home during the games. She also will be videotaping and blogging. “I only hope I get to watch the women’s downhill,” Street said. “I think I’ll still be able to grasp the sensation even if I’m only living it vicariously.” Street is now 34 and would love another crack at gold, but a few things would have to be worked out. “If I were young and had a young body and had healthy knees and my back didn’t hurt,” she said. “Heartwise, I could be right in there.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Picabo Street remembers the surprising weight, how heavy it felt to have the super-G gold medal slipped around her neck by French ski great Jean-Claude Killy at the Nagano Olympics almost eight years ago. The medal – black onyx etched with inlaid gold and hanging from a bulky blue and gold ribbon – is usually out of sight now, juggled from safe to safety deposit box between the occasional public appearance. center_img “I have my gold forever, and no one can ever take it away from me,” Street said. These days, the American ski team feels a different sort of weight: None of its Alpine skiers has won a gold medal since Street in 1998. last_img read more

Rebuilt Griffith almost ready for next generation to explore

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips GRIFFITH PARK – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopped off a Galactic Express shuttle Tuesday to gape at an all-new Griffith Observatory. “Here it is,” declared the mayor, echoing the famous words of L.A. water chieftain William Mulholland nearly a century ago. “Gorgeous, isn’t it? Beautiful.” City officials announced the Nov. 3 grand reopening of the Griffith Observatory after a five-year, $93 million renovation and expansion. They also unveiled a temporary “by reservation only” timed-entry and shuttle system ahead of an expected visitor crush. The 71-year-old Beaux-Arts architectural icon has been painstakingly preserved, its art deco luster burnished after 70 million visitors. With double its former exhibit space, the Mount Hollywood landmark features a new planetarium, theater, cafe, classroom, bookstore and more than 60 stellar exhibits. New entrances and elevators were added for the disabled. “This is the palace for all of Los Angeles,” said City Councilman Tom LaBonge before a whirlwind media tour. “This is the hood ornament for all of Los Angeles.” With only 199 parking spaces, the observatory will allow no drive-in access in the first few months after reopening. Instead, visitors must make reservations via the Internet or a toll-free call center, or in person at the Griffith Observatory Satellite near the Los Angeles Zoo. center_img Hours will be from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Galactic Express buses will then shuttle visitors from either the Hollywood & Highland Center or the Griffith Observatory Satellite near the zoo. General admission is $8. The price is $4 for children 5-12 and adults age 60 and older. Children under 5 ride free. With an expected 6,000 visitors to ride the shuttles in November, the city will issue 1,200 free tickets. Hikers and cyclists can visit the observatory for free with a 48-hour advance reservation. On Tuesday, officials ogled the gleaming, immaculate reconception of Col. Griffith J. Griffith’s gift to Los Angeles. “I remember coming here as a young boy and being awestruck by the limitless universe that we’re a part of,” Villaraigosa told reporters. “When people come here, they come here with this dream that is the American dream, but they come here because this is a city in which you can make it,” he said. “This is a city where we have an observatory where you can have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the universe – without limits.” (818) 713-3730 IF YOU GO For Griffith Observatory reservations, see, call (888) 695-0888 or go to the Griffith Observatory Satellite, 4800 Western Heritage Way at the Los Angeles Zoo. Shuttles will leave from the satellite or from the Hollywood & Highland Center at North Orange Drive and Orange Court north of Hollywood Boulevard.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Guard deployment to state airports expanded

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“We tried to be very vocal about the fact we were going to begin random baggage inspection at the boarder gates to ensure that no beverages and liquids purchased in the sterile area were brought onto the aircraft,” said Nico Melendez, spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Administration. “That added to the workload of the TSA, and we needed help to carry out that function at the airports.” One of the main functions of the troops is to assist with secondary random baggage screening of passengers before they board their flights. California Highway Patrol officers and bomb-sniffing dogs have also been sent to a number of airports to assist with security duties. Bob Hope Airport spokesman Victor Gill said the airport has had few problems, even though most fliers use it for shorter trips for which they only bring carry-on luggage. SACRAMENTO – California National Guard troops have been deployed to additional airports throughout the state, including Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, in an effort to beef up security after last week’s heightened terror alerts, officials said Wednesday. The expansion follows the move by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week to send 300 troops to three major airports after reports of British authorities foiling a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound planes. The deployment has grown to 600 troops covering eight airports – Los Angeles, Burbank, Ontario, Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose and Oakland. The troops were sent at the request of federal security officials at the individual airports, who said they needed assistance with baggage screening and other security measures. The new screening procedures that prohibit liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-ons simply mean more people are now checking their baggage. “Aside from the morning of Thursday, Aug. 10, we have not seen at all the same kind of delays that were characteristic of that first day,” Gill said. Several airports said that while they are still advising passengers to arrive at least two hours before their flights, the delays caused by the additional screening measures have now subsided. Los Angeles International Airport officials are advising passengers to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international flights. That is the same advance time the airport was recommending prior to the new terror alerts, primarily because summer is a busy time for travel, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Creating an Extraordinary Workplace: A Q&A with Ron Friedman

first_imgOver the past decade, researchers have had powerful insights into how we can work more effectively. But much of that research isn’t being applied in the workplace, says Ron Friedman, Ph.D., who spent years studying human motivation and teaching psychology at the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Friedman, @RonFriedman on Twitter, is the founder of ignite80, a consulting firm that helps leaders build thriving organizations.In his book The Best Place to Work (Penguin Group, 2014), the author turns academic science into practical tips that leaders at every level can use. We talked to him recently to find out more.  What are some key elements to creating “the best place to work”?In The Best Place to Work, I focus on three major themes, all of which contribute to creating an extraordinary workplace.First, psychological needs are at the heart of employee engagement. If you want motivated employees, create conditions that fulfill an individual’s basic psychological needs. That means helping them feel competent, connected and autonomous in the way they do their work.Second, organizations are better off acknowledging the limits of the mind and body. We’re not machines. We have limited mental bandwidth and require restorative experiences (like midday walks, exercise or even naps) to produce our best work.Third, integrating work and family life. For too long, companies have encouraged employees to seek “work/life balance.” That may have been possible 20 years ago, but today technology has rendered that notion obsolete. Instead of pretending that work and personal time are separate, one of the lessons of this book is that organizations are better off when they actively seek to blend the two worlds.What are some affordable things a company can do?Here are three recommendations for creating a psychologically satisfying work experience:Help employees expand their skills. When we view our workplace as a vehicle for growth, we feel a stronger connection to our organization. Offering a reading budget, encouraging employees to scan industry blogs during the day and inviting employees to take an online course that helps them build their competence are all ways of creating the experience of growth at work.Foster more meaningful relationships between colleagues. Feeling a connection to our co-workers is vital to our engagement and productivity at work. Instead of leaving friendships to chance, organizations should consider offering seed money for after-work activities that allow employees to connect over existing interests (like bowling, cooking or exercise). Find ways of making work more autonomous. We experience autonomy when we have a sense of choice on the job. To promote autonomy, it’s vital for leaders to provide a rationale when tasks are presented and to offer flexibility on how and when the work is performed. You can also grow autonomy by providing employees with options on where they work.One chapter is about “how to turn a group of strangers into a community.” Why should managers encourage friendships among co-workers?Friendship is the single-most overlooked factor when it comes to building an extraordinary workplace. It can be a powerful motivating force. For one thing, when you and your colleagues are close, failing to perform your duties generates more than a dissatisfied customer or an unhappy manager—it means letting down your friends. Closer connections also foster more honest dialogue. Studies show that friends are more willing to ask for help and more comfortable speaking up when a colleague is on the wrong track.In my book, I offer a number of recommendations for fostering close workplace friendships, including introducing new employees not just by their professional experience but also by describing what they like to do for fun. That gives people a way to connect over hobbies and shared interests, which sets the stage for long-term friendships to blossom.How can managers make work more meaningful for employees?One of the best things you can do to make work meaningful is to show your employees how their work improves the lives of others. We live in a world in which we’re all highly specialized, and, for many of us, it’s hard to identify how our efforts make a difference. It can feel like we work in an e-mail factory, and it’s hard to find meaning when you’re staring at a computer all day long.It’s a leader’s job to bridge the gap between the abstract and the concrete. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, but it can be done when you make it a continuous focus.Dori Meinert is senior writer/editor for HR Magazine.To read more on the SHRM Book Blog, please click here.last_img read more