The Wright View | Why are local meets struggling?

first_img Smaller crowds Let me elaborate. The numbers of those attending this annual relay carnival has been falling in my visual estimation. I believe that there are two possible reasons for this. The first is that there are so many development meets and fans may be getting exhausted. The second is that the cost of attending is increasing and the organisers may have to look at other ways of offsetting increasing costs of promoting the meet, instead of passing on the increase to an already cash-strapped fan. The other problem with this year’s renewal is the withdrawal of some of the schools who were expected to figure prominently in the finals of some of the events. The official reason given by some of the coaches involved seems to be pointing to the fact that the many meets available for participation forces them to make choices as to where and when their charges will appear. However, the Digicel Grand Prix Series, where points are awarded for podium finishes, seems to be the attention grabber for coaches and schools. This fact may in the future adversely affect the attendance of name brand schools, and this may stimulate the Gibson/ McCook organising committee to look at the timing of the relays, vis-·-vis the schedule for meets in the Digicel Grand Prix series. Finally, in the build-up for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, the performance of the non-traditional schools continues to improve, which is a living testimony to the quality of coaches at these schools, the majority of whom are trained locally at the G.C. Foster College. But, there are rumours that there is trouble on the horizon for the continued production of world-class coaches being produced by this formidable institution. There are unconfirmed reports of major discontent among the present students and staff of the college. I am hearing of mass resignations and reduced input of students due mainly to discontent about the quality of teaching and the interpersonal relationship between staff and the principal. I do believe that the ministries of sports and education should take an interest in the happenings at this college, as any disruption in the smooth running of the school may adversely affect the future of the nation’s enviable legacy of producing world-class athletes in a variety of sports, all guided and coached by graduates of the G.C. Foster College. The Gibson McCook relays, held at the National Stadium last Saturday, certainly lived up to expectations. Patrons who attended (including some from The Hague) certainly got their money’s worth, as the pre-event hype definitely lived up to expectations. The added benefit of live coverage on free-to-air and cable television ensured that there was an international audience as well. These relays began in March 1973, as an “anything you can do, we can do better” response to the ultra-successful Penn relays, an annual relay carnival in the USA which Kingston College (KC) was the first Jamaican team to enter. History may recall that there was a “KC Relays” some years previously, which somehow didn’t gain traction with the ‘authorities’ at the time and died an uneventful death. The Gibson McCook Relays afford all types of educational Institutions the platform to portray the skills of their students, as well as giving them an opportunity to experience the highs and lows of competing before a responsive crowd and a widespread television audience. Our national representatives, some well-established, some coming back, and some up and coming, were also on show. Not to be left out were the older folk (masters). However, when I look at the response of some of the invitees and the paying audience, I wonder what is going on.last_img read more

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GTU teams up with Caribbean Voice

first_img…training teachers on social issuesIn an effort to cushion the mental and social effects of the recent laying off of more than 4,000 sugar workers in Region Six, the Guyana Teachers Union has teamed up with the Caribbean Voice, a non-profit organisation, to train teachers to deal with social and mental issues affecting students and the larger community.General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), Coretta McDonald, noted that the union decided to begin collaboration with The Caribbean Voice with the interest of the students in mind. She added that while the union is concerned about the welfare of its teachers, the needs of the students are also of paramount importance.General Secretary of GTU, Coretta McDonald“The GTU is much more than just more money and better working conditions. We see our members as being important; we see our charges for the students and pupils as being even more important, because they’re the ones who are going to be our leaders for tomorrow. We have to ensure that we put systems in place for this. It is against that backdrop that we decided that we are going to have this partnership with The Caribbean Voice, because we recognize that in everything we cannot stand alone,” she explained.McDonald added that the union recognises that “in this partnership, because of the areas we are going to focus on, we are going to achieve a few things that GTU could not have done on (its) own — save lives, developing and nurturing new attitudes and behaviour patterns.”Coordinator of The Caribbean Voice (Guyana), Nazim HussainShe added that the GTU also recognises that the partnership will not only build teachers in terms of assisting them in developing new skills in terms of dealing with social ills, but it is going to enlighten them so that they can pass the knowledge on to students.The Guyana Coordinator of The Caribbean Voice, Nazim Hussain, has said that one such training exercise has already been conducted with over 100 teachers in the Canje, East Berbice area.“The sugar estates are closing. The Rose Hall Estate is one of the affected areas, and we have seen signs of school children being affected by the spill-off, and GTU said we should train the teachers so that they can train students and parents,” he noted.He explained that the teachers have been trained to deal with a range of issues, inclusive of suicide and violence of all sorts.The next leg of the training workshop with teachers would be held at the Berbice High School on January 26.last_img read more

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West La Penitence man to face judge, jury for murder

first_imgA West La Penitence, Georgetown man was on Tuesday committed to stand trial in the High Court after a prima facie case was made out against him.Wayne Gilbert was committed by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 27-year-old man stood before Magistrate Daly for the Preliminary Inquiry which commenced in 2017.It is alleged that Gilbert, on January 20, 2017, while in the company of two others, murdered 34-year-old Rawle Rodrigues during a robbery at Croal Street, Stabroek, Georgetown.In court on Tuesday, Magistrate Daly informed Gilbert that there was sufficient evidence and a prima facie case has been made out against him.The prosecution’s case was presented by Police Prosecutor Richard Harris.In 2018, City Magistrate Judy Latchman had committed Afabia Yankana and Akeem Hayman, Gilbert’s alleged accomplices, to also stand trial in the High Court.Reports are on January 17, 2017, Rodrigues was stabbed multiple times to his chest by three men at the Route 32 Minibus Park, Georgetown. The prosecution had contended that the men trailed the victim from a nearby bar where he was seen consuming alcohol.last_img read more

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Are mail-in rebates too much work?

first_img Put a value on your time. “I just got the last two of five rebates,” one reader wrote. “I had to make three trips back to the computer store, use loads of my own ink to copy everything, waste about a day on useless phone calls, and in general experience so much frustration I almost threw the printer out. Never again!” My recommendation: Determine whether you’re being “paid” enough for the time spent to claim the rebate. On my average pay, I would have made more money writing. Calculate your true savings. From the advertised rebate amount, subtract the costs you incur for postage, envelopes, printing and copying. And don’t forget sales tax. “One of the worst things about rebates is that you have to pay sales tax on money not actually spent on the product,” a reader wrote. (The tax is typically levied on the full purchase price, before the rebate is applied.) You are put off, put out and for the most part thoroughly disgusted. Some of you fight back. And a few – I hand it to you – seem to have licked the system and offer smart tips. I’m talking about the labyrinth of mail-in rebates, the often mind-numbing chore of finding, cutting out, putting together and mailing the required universal product codes, proofs of purchase and sales receipts, then waiting weeks, if not months, for rebate checks to start trickling in. And that’s without having to deal with claims you did not send a form you did submit, when it becomes your word against theirs. I wrote in January about my own rebate hassles on a computer purchase. In response, I’ve received upward of 200 e-mails from readers, most with their own horror stories. From these e-mails – more than on any other subject in years – I’ve gleaned the following observations and suggestions: Know the rules. “I’ve been notified several times that an original UPC (universal product code) was not included with my submission,” a reader wrote. “But this was not one of the terms.” This reader, who knew that the rules required only a copy, had the rebates validated on the spot over the phone. Ask about store policy on receipts before you part with originals. “I bought a cookware set, which included a mail-in rebate for $20,” a reader wrote. “One stipulation was to include the original receipt. I did get the rebate, but then two of the pots’ handles cracked. You guessed it. I couldn’t return the set because I didn’t have the original receipt.” If you must submit the original of anything, get written confirmation of when and to whom you sent it, and keep a copy. Several readers told me that, thanks to their documentation, they received rebates denied at first. But not everybody succeeds. “My rebate was refused because they said I did not send in the original receipt,” a reader wrote. “I knew I had, but they refused the copies. I gave up and just let the $60 go on a printer. I found that if you can wait and watch for sales, you may actually save some money” without a rebate. Complain all the way up. “I didn’t know whom to turn to after my rebate request was rejected and the representative at the toll-free number could give me only scripted answers,” a reader wrote. “I went directly to the retailer that sold me the product. The situation was resolved, but I still had lingering feelings so I went on to make a complaint to my State Attorney General’s office.” Well done. If you are getting the runaround on rebates, the Federal Trade Commission recommends you complain to the state Attorney General’s Office, local Better Business Bureau or the FTC. For more information on consumer issues, go to the FTC Web site www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).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

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Balotelli pictured with newborn son as Nice face Lazio in the Europa

first_img0Shares0000Nice striker Mario Balotelli posted this image of his newborn son in a post on Instagram. PHOTO/Daily MailPARIS, France, Oct 17 – Mario Balotelli has welcomed the birth of his second son, Lion, with a photograph posted in the build-up to Nice’s Europa League clash with Lazio this week.Reports in Italy last month claimed the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker’s girlfriend Clelia had given birth to a baby boy named Lion in Zurich. And now Balotelli, 27, has posed with his second child for the first time to confirm the news. Lion, at almost three weeks old, is a brother to the forward’s four-year-old daughter Pia.Balotelli had previously kept quiet about the pregnancy, although he did take to Instagram in September to share a snapshot of a pregnant woman’s belly, alongside the simple caption: ‘Loading’.READ: Made-up Mario poses with his baby boy LionOn this occasion, his post read: ‘Good night #Father&Son’.The eccentric striker, whose nomadic career has taken him through Italy, England and France, recently claimed to have matured after the controversies that plagued his early career.He said: ‘I haven’t changed. I’ve matured, I’m growing. I’m not 17 anymore, with experience you grow.‘I’m not one of the best in the world and I’m not one of the worst in the world. I’m only myself, like always.’Nice host Lazio on Thursday night in the Europa League with both sides on six points after winning their opening games against Vitesse Arnhem and Zulte Waregem.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Inmate says cop didn’t kill rapper

first_img“I don’t know David Mack; I don’t know Rafael Perez,” Anderson said in the deposition, made Aug. 20. “It was a lie, and I’m ashamed of it,” he said. B.I.G., whose given name was Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was gunned down March 9, 1997, while leaving a music-industry party. His family has filed a wrongful-death suit seeking damages from the city. It accuses the LAPD, and specifically Mack, of responsibility for Wallace’s death. In his deposition, Anderson accused the family and its lawyer of offering to cut him in for a portion of any award for falsely implicating the police. The Wallace family’s lawyer, Perry R. Sanders Jr., denied the allegation. A prison inmate who implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the slaying of rap star Notorious B.I.G. has recanted his story, a move that provides another twist in a complex and unsolved killing. Waymond Anderson, a former r&b artist now serving a life sentence for murder in a separate case, said in a deposition that he lied about the officer’s involvement as part of a scam to win a monetary settlement from the city. Anderson’s deposition, first reported in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, states he was offered a portion of any settlement if he testified that former LAPD Officer Rafael Perez told him David Mack, his former patrol partner, was involved in the slaying of B.I.G. Mack and Perez have both long denied any involvement in the killing. 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

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Research links panic attacks, heart trouble

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The findings add panic attacks to a list of mental health issues – depression, fear, hostility and anxiety – linked in previous research to heart problems, said study co-author Dr. Jordan Smoller of Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. “Postmenopausal women who are experiencing panic attacks may be a subgroup with elevated risk,” Smoller said. “Monitoring them and reducing their cardiovascular risk may be important.” The study, published in Monday’s Archives of General Psychiatry, wasn’t designed to explain the link, Smoller said. He speculated that a panic attack may trigger heart rhythm problems or that stress hormones released during an attack may harm the heart. Some of the reported panic symptoms, such as shortness of breath, may have been heart problems in disguise, Smoller said. Forty-one of the 3,243 women in the analysis had a heart attack or death from a heart problem. An additional 40 had strokes. The study followed the women for five years and was funded by the drug company Glaxo Wellcome, which is now GlaxoSmithKline PLC. By Carla K. Johnson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – The rapid pulse and shortness of breath of a panic attack can feel like a heart attack, and it may signal heart trouble down the road, a study of more than 3,000 older women suggests. Women who reported at least one panic attack in a six-month period were three times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in the next five years than women who didn’t report a panic attack. The researchers took into account other risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, inactivity and depression and still found that panic attacks raised risk. last_img read more

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Formert Arsenal youngster makes Daggers move

first_img1 James Dunne Dagenham & Redbridge have completed the loan signing of midfielder James Dunne from Portsmouth.Dunne, who was on Arsenal’s books as a youngster, has made 36 league appearances for the south coast club since he signed from Exeter in 2014.But the 26-year-old has struggled for game time this season, with his last outing coming in the Capital One Cup in August.Now he will get the chance of more first-team action at Dagenham after moving to Pompey’s League Two rivals on a month-long deal.Daggers boss Wayne Burnett told the club’s official site: “I’m absolutely delighted we’ve managed to get James down from Portsmouth for a month.“He’s someone I know very well, with the team playing against him on numerous occasions. He’ll bring a competitive edge and energy to the group, so I’m really pleased we’ve managed to get hold of him.”last_img read more

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REVEALED: EVEN GLENSWILLY MEN JOIN ST EUNAN’S ‘COME DINE WITH ME’

first_imgExclusive Pictures inside John Haran’s house – and not a KFC Bargain Bucket to be seen anywhere!DONEGAL’S biggest ever ‘Come Dine With Me’ is in full swing across the county tonight (and even in Dublin!).The St Eunan’s GAA Club big night out involved members inviting family and friends around for dinner…and then heading off to The Grill for some grooving later.Donegal Daily can exclusively reveal that despite rumours over the past week St Eunan’s legend John Haran did NOT feed his dozen guests with a KFC Bargain Bucket. In fact sources say it was like being at a 5-star MasterChef class!So good was the food that even Glenswilly star Gerard McGrenra turned up, looking a wee bit hungry.And Mr Haran was happy to take his 20 quid for the St Eunan’s kitty – and feed the poor fella.Meanwhile there was a world GAA first at another venue….these two spotted doing dishes for the first time. Picture courtesy of a certain gentleman in the picture just below it!  REVEALED: EVEN GLENSWILLY MEN JOIN ST EUNAN’S ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ was last modified: November 24th, 2013 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)last_img read more

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