Hubert Lawrence | Middle-distance turning point

first_img The last two had done decent stints on the 4×400 relays for St Jago and STETHS respectively. That’s great because the 800m man needs to be more than a plodder. Arthur Wint, who won Olympic silver in 1948 and 1952, and 1960 bronze medal winner George Kerr, both were brilliant at the 400m. Wint, in fact, was Olympic champion in the 400 in 1948. In addition, Clive Terrelonge readied himself to win the 1995 World Indoor Championship title with many solid runs in the 4×400 relay. It’s probably too much to expect that Farquharson to run his way into a Calabar 4×400 squad that has the like of Christopher Taylor and his 2016 World Under 20 bronze medal teammate Anthony Carpenter. That’s a matter for later. For now, Farquharson and his solo record run present cause for hope. In time, if the slow paced of progress accelerates, his performance may be seen recognised as the moment when Jamaica turned the corner to glory in the two-lap event. – Hubert Lawrence has been attending Champs since 1980. The more we succeed in sprinting, the harder it becomes to remember that Jamaica has three Olympic medals and a World Indoor Champion in the men’s 800m. There’s just so much evidence that we are a sprint powerhouse that no one would probably care. Happily, a turning point is approaching. In successive years, Kingston College, Calabar, STETHS and St Jago High School have run faster and faster in the 4x800m relay. This year, at the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Monk Street boys lowered the Jamaican high school record to 7:32.76 seconds. It may be a signal that these school teams are encouraging progress in the middle distances. Another sign appeared on day two of this week’s staging of the ISSA Grace/Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships (Champs). In the heats of the Boys’ Class 2 800m, Kimar Farquharson erased the 20 year old record owned by Olympian Aldwyn Sappleton. Farquharson, a slightly built Calabar boy, cut a full second off Sappleton’s mark to leave it at 1:51.26 seconds. That’s not far from the best Class 1 time of the year 1:51.11 seconds. Farquharson ran alone in a record attempt orchestrated by coach Michael Clarke. As Calabar boys have done before in the heats of the 200 and 400, the strategy attacks the record books when the athlete is rested and when the traditional South-North National breeze is still. The performance had the knowledgeable audience applauding warmly. Calabar will reasonably expect him to win the final on Champs Saturday and the fans will hope he will go even faster. Whatever he does in his remaining races this week, his record run adds to a growing sense that fast times are slowly coming back to the 800 metres. Tyrese Reid, the Spot Valley High School runner who ran 1:51.11 to beat Farquharson in the under-18 section of the recent Carifta Trials, Akeen Colley of Ruseas, who beat Reid the following week and the members of those progressive Kingston College, Calabar, STETHS and St Jago High teams represent real hope for the future of the 800m. Amongst them are 2015 World Under-18 finalist Leon ‘Rudisha’ Clarke and gifted Javauney James. DECENT STINTSlast_img read more

Labour Ministry called to probe ill-treatment

first_imgComplaints by security guardsComplaints by employees of the Kalibur Security Services in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have led to Labour officials being called in to address and investigate the Service’s divisional management.Employees, contracted through the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), have aired numerous concerns over alleged on-the-job ill-treatment by the Linden management, including the indiscriminate firing of employees. The issues received more attention at the weekend when an employee was allegedly fired for “being pregnant” on the job.She later told this publication she was instructed that she was “off the job” after confirming her pregnancy. The 20-year-old mother of one has since been reinstated following the meeting with Labour officials at the RDC in Linden late last week.Regional Chairman Renis Morian noted at a meeting of the Council that he summoned Labour officials after receiving several complaints.Additionally, this publication spoke to several employees who voiced their concerns. One of those employees alleges that the Linden management does not grant employees sick leave, and they are not even allowed to call in sick.There are also allegations that the management is not making payments to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on behalf of employees. Additionally, there are complaints of employees having to undergo drill training without pay.The employees said they have reported the issues to the local Labour officer in Linden and the office of the RDC.Meanwhile, Municipal Councillor Lennox Gasper has called for the employees to be treated fairly, as he noted that he has also received numerous complaints.The Councillor, constituency representative of the area where the female security guard was raped, said the alleged treatment of workers is “unacceptable”, and called for massive intervention.“Several reports would have reached me with regards to the indiscriminate firing of persons for frivolous things…ever since the issue of the rape, everyone has to wear pants, regardless of religious standings, and failure to do so, they’re fired. It’s as if they’re using this whole firing thing as a yardstick to whip the people…I think it’s very unfair”, the Councillor said.He added that such treatment of employees will not be tolerated by the local administration, and called on the security service to provide radio sets to employees and to look after their interests, including the right to be part of a Workers Union. “It’s disrespectful! It’s inhuman! And this practice must stop,” the Councillor iterated.last_img read more

World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

first_imgWhile the exuberance turned to tears when Iran missed the chance to snatch a last gasp winner against Portugal, ending their tournament dreams, some in the mixed gender stands said they would still treasure the landmark night watching an open-air screening of the national team.“It felt weird to buy my ticket online, it’s so exciting to come to the stadium,” said Arezou, a psychologist in her thirties.“When I felt the heat of the crowd in the stadium, I told myself I really wanted to remember this moment as one of the best of my life.”The decision to throw open the gates of the iconic stadium came after Iran’s opening victory over Morocco, when tens of thousands took to the streets of the capital in rare and wild celebration, many of them women.Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum.“It’s the first time I have come to the stadium. I really wanted to be here and I am so happy! Even if we don’t win, it will still be a victory and we are proud of our players,” said Raana, a flight attendant.– Nail-biter –A good natured family atmosphere prevailed among the young crowd in the stands, who watched the crunch match in Russia on a screen placed below twin portraits of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.The decision to throw open the gates of Tehran’s 100,000 capacity Azadi Stadium came after Iran’s opening win over Morocco triggered rare street celebrations © AFP / ATTA KENAREThe match was one of nail-biting drama and controversy after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo caught Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji with an elbow to the face.In an electrifying game that went down to the wire, Portugal defender Cedric was penalised in stoppage time for a handball, and Karim Ansarifard converted from the spot to give Iran a lifeline.Mehdi Taremi nearly snatched a dramatic winner after a deflected shot rolled into his path, but he fired into the side netting as Iran were eliminated, ending their hopes of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.– New freedoms? –The vacillation by Iranian authorities over whether mixed spectators would be allowed to attend open-air screenings of the country’s World Cup bid shows their deep sensitivity over women’s rights.Iran’s opening game had initially been due to be shown live in stadiums and parks but authorities cancelled all open-air screenings just hours before kick-off forcing fans to watch in cinemas.Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum © AFP / ATTA KENAREAfter the public celebrations of that victory, Tehran provincial council buckled and again said stadiums would screen the games.“I really hope this is the start of a culture in which women can go see games in stadiums. From now on, it’s possible,” said Arezou.At half-time, from a podium on the Tehran pitch, well-known actress Behnoosh Bakhtiari thanked President Hassan Rouhani for the evening and expressed hope that similar opportunities will follow.A moderate conservative, who was re-elected in May 2017, Rouhani has said repeatedly he wants to see women at sports stadiums, but the idea has met fierce opposition from hardliners.After the game, fans both female and male celebrated in the streets into the early hours, undaunted by Iran’s elimination.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000While the exuberance turned to tears when Iran drew 1-1 with Portugal, ending their World Cup dreams, some women fans said they would still treasure their night watching the game at a Tehran stadium in a first since the 1979 Islamic revolution © AFP / ATTA KENARETEHRAN, Iran, Jun 26 – For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran’s largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran’s agonising World Cup elimination.Cheering and with their cheeks painted with the national colours, women showed they were just as caught up in the World Cup fever sweeping the country as they seized the opportunity to attend a live screening at the 100,000 capacity Azadi (Freedom) Stadium, which, like other sports arenas, has been off-limits to them since the the Islamic revolution of 1979.last_img read more

VIDEO: Argentinian fourth-tier side claim famous win after SUPER pre-match photo

first_img Sacachispas may have given the football world a new superstition… De la cuarta categoría del fútbol pero eliminaron en penales a un equipo de Primera en la #CopaArgentinaSuperhéroes Sacachispas. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/3i1OPRHsAE— Fútbol Sin Censura (@FutSinC) May 23, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Not all superheroes wear capes….but they’re partial to wearing football kits.Argentinian fourth-tier side Sacachispas were given a mountain to climb after being handed a daunting looking Copa Argentina cup-tie against Primera Division side Arsenal de Sarandi.And in a bid to psyche themselves up for the clash, every player lined up for the pre-match photo while wearing a variety of different superhero masks.But the wacky stunt looked to have the inspired affect after pulling off a shock victory in  penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 in normal time.We may have a new superstition on our hands….Watch the video belowcenter_img 1last_img read more

BALLYLIFFIN CHALLENGE LAUNCH

first_imgThe 2nd annual Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge 10 mile event will be launched in The Ballyliffin Lodge next Friday Jan 21st @ 7pm .Again the nominated charity is the Hospice unit in Carndonagh.There is an international dimension to the event this time round with a large group from London travelling to participate. The race this year will be Easter Saturday, April 23. For more details go to their facebook page link below:http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/The-Ballyliffin-10mile-Coastal-Challenge-2011/146842005338829BALLYLIFFIN CHALLENGE LAUNCH was last modified: January 15th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Fiorentina target Southampton star as they seek to solve big problems

first_img MONEY The Southampton man has started just two Premier League games this campaign, scoring once, and appears to be available for the right offer. Latest Football Stories RANKED 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Southampton could lose striker Manolo Gabbiadini in January as Fiorentina consider a move.La Viola have been struggling for goals this season, scoring just 18 time in 12 matches and only managing one against relegation battlers Frosinone last time out. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice center_img REPLY REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Southampton ace Manolo Gabbiadini. The Italian giants have already got several options as they plot their transfer activity for the coming window.Nicola Sansone, currently on the fringes at Villarreal and once of Sassuolo, is under consideration, while Besiktas forward Ryan Babel is another possibility as he seeks out a move.Corriere dello Sport also believe Lyon starlet Martin Terrier could be ideal for the role, along with Ismaila Sarr from Rennes.And Gabbiadini is also on their watchlist as they look for a proven goalscorer to join their ranks and fire them up the Serie A table. ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Wilma forces game switch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It’s the third time since the start of the 2004 season that a Miami home game was rescheduled because of a hurricane. The Dolphins lost to Tennessee in last year’s home opener pushed up a day by Hurricane Ivan, then were beaten by Pittsburgh in a deluge — remnants of Hurricane Jeanne — two weeks later. “They couldn’t have picked a better team to send down there and play well,” said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, whose team will fly to South Florida on Friday morning. “That’s the way we’re approaching it. We’ll go down there and play our best football game of the year. The guys are in a good frame of mind. They accept it. We would have liked it to be a different way but we have no choice.” The game will be televised by CBS affiliates in primary secondary markets in South Florida and Kansas City. But there will be no national telecast. “We are not extending the telecast to more markets because we want to adhere as closely as possible to the spirit of our longstanding policy not to conflict with high school and college football during their seasons (which means Friday night and Saturday),” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. Moving the game would seem to put Jason Taylor’s streak of 87 straight starts in jeopardy. The Dolphins’ standout defensive end hasn’t practiced this week because of a foot injury, and linebacker Junior Seau is still bothered by an injured calf. MIAMI — Hurricane Wilma slowed down Thursday, prompting the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs to start moving quickly. Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas apologetically skipped his normal interview availability, saying he needed to cram two days of film study into a few hours. The Chiefs scrambled to revise travel plans, and league officials worked on new television arrangements and other details. When Wilma makes its expected arrival in Florida sometime Sunday, the Chiefs will be long gone. Their visit to Miami was switched to Friday night because of the looming Category 4 hurricane — which would be the eighth to affect the Sunshine State in the past 15 months. “This is only about the fifth one of those we’ve had this year,” said Dolphins coach Nick Saban, who learned of the schedule switch during Thursday’s practice. “So it’s not our first rodeo when it comes to these things, and we know how unpredictable they can be, and we know how dangerous they can be.” center_img Clearly, the Dolphins would have liked the extra time to get those two players ready to face a Kansas City rushing attack that’s averaging more than 127 yards per game. “We’ve got to play sometime,” said Miami’s David Bowens, who may start in Taylor’s place. “It gives us a chance to show how we react to an adverse situation. … It has been 11 years since I played on Friday night — high school. It definitely takes me back.” Vermeil lobbied for the game to be played in Kansas City, and the prospects of a long plane ride followed only hours later by a game didn’t exactly overjoy the Chiefs. “Everyone’s concern is the safety of the players and the coaches and the fans. And that’s what most paramount,” Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said. “Obviously, I’ve never watched the Weather Channel as I have in the last 24, 48 hours.” The teams have two common opponents. Kansas City (3-2) beat the Jets 27-7 in the season-opener; one week later, the Dolphins lost to the Jets 17-7. And the Chiefs were beaten 30-10 by Denver in Week 3; Miami downed the Broncos 34-10 in Week 1, Denver’s only loss so far. “Look at that game and Denver doesn’t look like the same team because Miami didn’t allow them to be,” Vermeil said. The Chiefs will face a two-runner attack by Miami, with Ricky Williams set to make his home regular-season, post-suspension debut alongside rookie Ronnie Brown, the No. 2 overall draft pick who’s rushed for 343 yards in his first five games. “Both those guys are great backs, and they can do different things,” said Chiefs safety Patrick Surtain, who spent seven years in Miami before being traded after last season. “We’re going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s because both those guys can hurt us at any time. That’s the key to the game — stopping those guys.” Surtain said he was pleased Williams is back with Miami, saying he hopes the 2002 NFL rushing champion “regains the form he had a couple of years ago.” For this game, though, Surtain would prefer Williams have the last weekend’s form. Williams had five rushes for 8 yards and six catches for 22 more yards last week in Miami’s loss to Tampa Bay, his first game since the end of the 2003 season. “Once we get through the mental part and get on the field, it will be fun,” Williams said of the schedule switch. “We don’t have any Monday night or Sunday night games this year, so it’s a chance to take advantage of the national attention and make a name for ourselves.” All, of course, before Wilma becomes the only name on the minds of most Floridians. “It’s inconvenient, no question,” said Joe Bailey, the CEO of Dolphins Enterprises. “But it’s also an adventure.” 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

National Farm Machinery Show Video Highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Acres of indoor farm machinery displays draw thousands of people each year to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky, with 2018 being no different. The Ohio Ag Net team had a chance to talk with some of the exhibitors about their products.While down at the show, the OAN crew came across a unique looking skid loader at the CAT booth. Surrounded by excited young people in blue corduroy jackets, Joel Penhorwood stopped in to find our what the Kentucky FFA was up to as he visits with Bradon Burks, State FFA Vice President.Dale Minyo visits with John Couch of SISCO talking the McFarlane Cobra Reel Disk, on display at the annual show.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visited with Jerry Quellhorst of GEA. The robotic farm market is attracting more and more options for the dairy industry including but not limited to robotic, carousel choices.Salford Group’s Brad Baker also visited with Joel. The exclusive 6700 Mounted Air Boom Applicator for late model John Deere Sprayer Chassis is new for 2018 and is getting notable attention at this year’s show.last_img read more

On Privacy in Social Networks: What Drives Users?

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series by Alex Korth on privacy. In the next post, he will cover problem areas that originate from provider goals and market mechanics.To date, we witness the mass adoption of social networks. Roughly every 10th citizen of this planet uses these services to communicate with others. For the satisfaction of human need like socialization and self-esteem, users visit these services – very often more than daily. In communication, regardless of online or offline, people put their privacies at risk for some benefit. In the offline world, we learned since our childhood how to do this properly with respect to the culture we live in. We learned how physics of the world around us work: We know when spoken word is recorded or who can see us communicating with someone. For most given communication situations, we perceive a level of transparency by sensoring the surroundings to control the receivers for what we want to say. For instance, we know how loud to speak in a crowded, noisy room so that only our communication partner gets us. We also know that a postal service’s personnel will be able to read a postcard we send. To communicate in a social network, we intuitively try to adopt learned social norms from the offline to the online world. Unfortunately, the transparency and tools for control we need to maintain our privacy do not find equivalent counterparts there.Compared to everyday communication offline, social networks bring a new party into play: the providers. The fact that providers can freely define their platforms’ rules for communication is one reason for many of the problem areas highlighted in the following. Commercial providers run social networks as an ecosystem to generate content and knowledge. That is content about users and other things like locations or photos. From that content, knowledge can generated and monetized, such as to run targeted ads. This ecosystem must be ensured to remain attractive to its users. Otherwise, they would stop to revisit it. However, Nielson found users to vary in heavy contributors, intermittent contributors and lurkers. This inequality holds more true the harder a feature is to handle. For instance, to found and populate a group is way harder to do than to like something, which requires a single click only. Hence, providers design their platforms’ rules for information flow so that this rare, valuable content can be spread as broadly as possible. Any tool that chokes the flow of user content is counter-productive to this goal.The users of a social network want to satisfy human needs. Therefore, we expose some of our personal information to, in return, receive a satisfaction. Like in the offline world, we need tools that provide us with transparency and control of the audience for our content. The problem is as simple as controversial: as users want to control the reach of their personal stuff, which is most likely a limiting need, providers want to spread user-generated content as wide as possible to keep up the heartbeat of their products.In this three post series, I want to deal with the problem areas involved in this field. As highlighted in the below graphic, this post concentrates on the users’ decision-making process as well as their behavior as to befriending other users and its consequences. 1: Privacy Balance and the Privacy ParadoxThe privacy balance is something we control all of a sudden and both online and offline. As Alan Westin observed, every time we are communicating or in public, we make adjustments between our needs for solitude and companionship, intimacy and general social intercourse, anonymity and responsible participation in society, and reserve and disclosure. In the online world, examples for privacy balance can be found in e-commerce applications: users expose selected personal data, such as credit card details and our postal addresses, for the benefit of not having to leave their homes to shop goods.The privacy paradox kicks in when the satisfaction of human needs, such as belonging, self-esteem and respect by others, gets involved. Research has shown that users who claimed to protect their privacies, at the same time acted against their stated concerns by switching off privacy preserving controls or massively exposing private information. We are distorted in our decision making process. Subconsciously, we trade off long-term privacy for short-term benefits.2: Befriending StrangersIn most social networks, mutual access to personal information of two users is granted if they are befriended. So far so good; friendships can be considered a proper and intuitive means to control the reach of personal information and content. However, there are three drawbacks relevant here: alexander korth Tags:#privacy#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Firstly, in most social networks friendships are not qualifiable. That means that we are able to control future information flow only in a binary way: either there is access granted, or not. There is nothing in between to, say, private stuff can be addressed to one group of friends, and business content to another. Even if a social network lets you group, tag or define lists of friends: do you actually use there features? Most don’t.Secondly, trust in online systems has been shown to be of lesser perceived necessity than in face-to-face encounters, encouraging people to befriend strangers as a result of disembodiment and dissociation. The problem is missing feedback functions or a reminder that future information flow is received by these strangers. Thirdly, providers exploit the second point to encourage users to befriend others. By applying principles like game mechanics, they provide an easy way to collect friends and satisfy our need for self-esteem and social inclusion while at the same time paving ways for a broader future spreading of content. How did you like the first two of nine problem areas we described here? Did you notice the problems and pitfalls by yourself? Please share your thoughts in the comments!Photo by rpongsaj Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Breathe Easy With Balanced Ventilation

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Houses need fresh air. Without ventilation, the quality of indoor air can rapidly become worse than that of the outside air; that holds true even in urban areas. Common contaminants include gases, odors, and moisture, and these can stem from utility rooms, garages, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.Until recently, fresh air entered a typical house through various openings, whether intentional (a fan or open window) or unintentional (holes and leaks around windows, rim joists, door jambs, and sheathing penetrations). Over the last few decades, however, houses have become tighter, and the unintentional flow of air through the building envelope has been reduced. Once a house reaches about five air changes per hour (ACH), it’s important to start thinking about using mechanical ventilation to ensure indoor-air quality.In regions with moderate to significant heating and/or cooling loads, HRVs and ERVs are the most efficient means of mechanical ventilation. Depending on the efficiency of the heat exchanger, it can transfer anywhere from 50% to 91% of the conditioned air’s heat and energy to the supply air.Homeowner satisfaction with a recovery ventilator will depend on the answers to three questions: Does it keep the air temperature comfortable? Is it cheap to operate? Is it excessively noisy? Does it keep the air temperature comfortable? Comfort speaks to a unit’s thermal efficiency. Thermal efficiency is the recovery ventilator’s ability to transfer the temperature of the outgoing air to the incoming air. When a unit transfers a high percentage of the heat or cold to the incoming air, the fresh air can be diffused directly into the living space without creating cold drafts in the winter and warm eddies of air in the summer.To compare the effects of efficiency on indoor-air temperature, let’s say the indoor temperature… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more