Getting ready for World Juniors

first_imgIn 2002, there was no clue that Usain Bolt would become the best 100-metre, sprinter in history. Save for a forlorn Class Three effort at Boys and Girls’ Champions two years earlier, he had concentrated on the 200 and 400 metres with much success. The penny dropped at a training camp hosted by the G.C. Foster College. The nation’s finest junior athletes were assembled at the G.C. Foster College for an ongoing training camp. It was a key plank of Jamaica’s preparation for the World Junior Championships which were set for Kingston in July 2002. Bolt lined up against many of the best junior 100-metre sprinters of the day and cleaned their clocks. Those present were stunned by his speed. It was a glimpse into his famous future. In those days, training camps were a standard part of preparation for our junior teams. In the late 1990s, stalwarts like Ian Forbes, Juliet Parkes and Brian Smith manned these camps. They ensured that our juniors faced the world’s best at their best. There was even a time when support camps were held outside of the Corporate Area, with the late Constantine Haughton sharing his expertise with those who couldn’t reach Kingston. The conversion of Melaine Walker to the 400-metre hurdles was done at camp by World Junior head coach Stephen Francis with the blessing of Walker’s high school Raymond ‘KC’ Graham after an injury had threatened her 2000 season. Walker took a bronze in the World Juniors in her new event and the rest is history. In 2002, the juniors were housed each weekend at G.C. Foster and their school coaches freely attended and shared their knowledge. The out-turn was a brilliant performance by the team when the big show rolled around. Bolt famously won the 200m. Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Anniesha McLaughlin and Simone Facey clicked to gold in the 4×100 metres. Facey and McLaughlin took silver medals in the 100m and 200m respectively, with Jermaine Gonzales and Sherul Morgan third in their respective 400-metre finals. Walker moved up to second in the hurdles, behind a world junior record by Lashinda Demus of the United States. It’s a pity that the World Junior Championships won’t come to Jamaica in 2016 but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for it well. The aforementioned training camps have largely dropped off the calender. Where team members come from schools with self-sufficient programmes, they can arrive ready for national duty. That isn’t often the case. In 2010, distance ace Kemoy Campbell was slowed when funding for track at his school ran out after Champs. A camp, like the one that heralded the sprint future of Bolt, would likely have seen to his welfare. Perhaps, a better prepared Campbell would have advanced past the first round on the 1500-metres in the World Juniors in Moncton, Canada. Our top seniors largely have camps of their own, but our juniors suffer if left alone. Our medal haul at the World Juniors tell the story. In 2002, the team’s 11-medal performance may have been boosted by brilliant home support. Since then, the take has settled at lower levels. Jamaica garnered nine medals in 2004, eight in 2006, six in 2008, three in 2010, five in 2012 and six in 2014 at successive stagings of the Under-20 championships. This year, a three-day camp helped to prepare Jamaica’s 2015 Pan-Am Junior team for a 13-medal haul. The 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston were wonderful. The support by a capacity audience, night after night, and the performances by the likes of Carolina Kluft, Blanka Vlasic, Meseret Defar, Darrell Brown and Bolt make it worthwhile for the authorities to consider a return to Kingston at some point in the future. In the meantime, it makes sense to prepare well for the 2016 renewal, wherever it is staged. The revival of preparatory junior camps would be a good way to get out of the blocks. – Hubert Lawrence was present at the 2002 World Juniors.last_img read more

Aureus Mining to Begin Gold Production in Liberia Soon

first_imgAUREUS Mining, a mineral company prospecting for gold in Grand Cape Mount County, is expected to begin full production in July next year, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Reading said.Giving the assurance on October 27, at the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry during a press briefing, Mr. Reading disclosed that from what it has discovered, Aureus Mining will be producing 120,000 ounces of gold each year and providing employment opportunities for 300 Liberians.Mr. Reading said he is impressed by the level of progress made and emphasized that the mine will be the largest commercial gold mine in Liberia.Mr. Reading added that though impressive progress is being made, there are logistical challenges that his company needs to overcome such as poor infrastructure that creates difficulty in moving logistics to the site.Mr Reed said he looks forward to the level of cooperation that would ensure that the country benefits from the proceeds of this valuable resource.He appealed for the cooperation of Liberians as well as the government to overcome additional challenges moving in of logistics and people into the country safely.Regarding the expected revenue intake, Mr. Reading said an ounce of gold may be sold for US$150, underscoring that more revenue generation could be derived from the price of the commodity.He disclosed that the company obtained a loan of US$250 million for its investment in Grand Cape Mount County. Mr. Reed did not name the bank providing the loan facility.Speaking earlier, Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo said the gold mine will be the first commercial gold mine in the country.He said this development has for a long time been going on and significant progress has been made there to ensure the mine will be in full operation soon.He indicated that despite the health crisis the Liberian Government is trying to do all it can in the mining sector so that Liberians will not lose hope.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New restaurant targeted in latest border break-in

first_imgGardaí are investigating a break-in at a newly opened restaurant in Inishowen. The Treehouse Bar & Restaurant in the border village of Muff was targeted by thieves on Thursday night (21st March).While the culprits left empty-handed, a significant amount of damage was caused in the attempted burglary. A large glass door was smashed and a till has been taken from the restaurant, which opened just six months ago.But the Treehouse team have refused to let last night’s incident stop them from opening today.Owner Paul McGonigle told Donegal Daily: “It’s business as usual here, we had breakfast this morning, it’s lunchtime now. We are still welcoming our customers as normal.”Anyone with any information is asked to contact Muff Garda Station on +353749384002 New restaurant targeted in latest border break-in was last modified: March 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:borderburglarymufflast_img read more

49ers’ George Kittle: Voodoo necklace, bully football rule the day

first_img … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.NEW ORLEANS — George Kittle warded off evil spirits in more ways than one to set up the 49ers’ 48-46 comeback win.In the obvious aspect, three New Orleans Saints defenders were needed to finally stop Kittle’s 39-yard reception at the 28-yard line on fourth-and-2, the key play that set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal as time expired.Dabbling in voodoo may have helped the superstitious Kittle, too.last_img read more

Weather to dominate markets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather features will dominate U.S. grain markets for at least the next 60 days. Those weather features will be in both North America and South America. As the U.S. began the winter weather season last month, several items stood out. First, the Plains and the hard red winter wheat grown in that area went into dormancy among the latest dates in history. That late dormancy was a result of one of the warmest and driest record fall periods. The same dry and warm conditions seen in the U.S. Plains were also dominant in the Midwest. Harvest in Ohio took place with very few rain delays this fall. Second, the southern half of the U.S. will see relatively warm and dry conditions. It will bring concerns of potential winter kill for U.S. wheat if the winter lacks sufficient snow cover to protect the wheat plant. Third, the northern half of the U.S. will see colder than normal conditions. The central and eastern portions of the U.S. likely will see several bouts of transportation headaches compounded by colder than normal temperatures taking place at the same time as heavy snowfalls.What is different this year? The Polar Vortex that Ohio suddenly came to know several years ago is once again upon us. Digging further into weather patterns, the Polar Vortex can either be stable or unstable. The past two winters it was in a stable pattern. That pattern trapped the cold air from Siberia further north up into Canada, giving Ohio warmer than normal winters with snow amounts below normal. This year the nature of an unstable Polar Vortex will bring the cold air from Siberia further south into the U.S. bringing those cold weather patterns into the northern half of the U.S. This winter Ohio can expect two to three weeks of below normal temperatures followed by a warming pattern only to be repeated in a short period of time. Lather, rinse, repeat.Weather patterns from South America will greatly influence grain prices for the next three months. Last year a big reason for the corn and soybean rally from January to April was due to dry conditions in Argentina and southern Brazil. Northern Brazil at that same time was getting plenty of rainfall. Earlier this fall that pattern seemed like it could easily be repeated this year. Now with mid-December rains coming to Argentina along with forecasts calling for a normal rainfall pattern, that likelihood seems less certain. In addition, dry conditions seem to be becoming more pronounced in northern Brazil.For many weeks, U.S. soybean sales in October and November reached unheard of levels of 90 to 100 million bushels. Mid-December U.S. soybean sales were just 73 million bushels as soybean sales begin to see significantly more pressure from Brazil and Argentina. This shift in the origin of sales can produce price spikes and dips. It is not unusual for prices to move up and down, in a very choppy fashion — sometimes quickly and dramatically. What has been so unusual for the last several months has been the price rally in spite of record U.S. soybean production when so many had expected soybean prices to be much lower than they currently are. Many would call soybean prices overvalued. It has brought much excitement in November and December as producers have been anxious sellers of new crop 2017 soybeans with the November 2017 CBOT soybeans moving over the $10 mark.The reasons for price movement falling and rising can be broken down into two factors — demand and supply. When the market has focused on record U.S. soybean supply, prices have moved lower. Conversely when the focus shifts to record demand, prices have moved higher.China continues to focus on price and value when buying soybeans. Mid-December they bought at least 20 cargoes of U.S. soybeans in one week. This is in spite of the huge rally to the U.S. dollar since early November. Why the focus on U.S. soybeans? China’s currency is at several year lows, which has to be a huge factor.last_img read more

Hacking Europe’s Cultural Heritage with Europeana’s New API

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#art#Location#web audrey watters Related Posts Europe’s rich cultural heritage can be found in museums, libraries, galleries, cultural institutes, and archives throughout the continent. And thanks to digitization efforts and Europeana, much of this heritage can also be found online. Europeana is an Internet portal that provides public access to Europe’s digital libraries – more than 15 million cultural objects including paintings, drawings, archival papers, books, letters, radio broadcasts, newsreels, films including some of the world’s most famous cultural artifacts such as the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton’s notes and book about the Laws of Motion. About 1500 institutions have contributed to Europeana, including the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdamn, and the Louvre in Paris.Anyone can visit the Europeana website to search through the materials. And now, thanks to its newly released API, other applications and services may soon be on the way.At the beginning of the month, Europeana held its first in what will be a series of hackathons, a way to showcase the potential of the API to data providers, partners and end-users. Europeana’s new API is a search API that lets you search and display collections, metadata, and previews.The Europeana Hackathon Projects The Hackathon earlier this month was by invitation only, and currently European’s API is only available to its partner developers. Those restrictions stem, in part, from the agreements that Europeana has had to make with institutions in order to access, search, and display their digitized collections.Nonetheless, those who did participate in the Hackathon did build some great tools, including at least one that Product Developer David Haskiya says that Europeana will use itself. One project was component built for the open-source content management system Joomla that includes both a keyword search and a map search. With the latter, you can look up objects in the the Europeana database within a region. Another project built a wrapper for the Europeana API, helping geo-enable the queries. Then, by interfacing with OpenLayers, you can draw a box on a map, setting a boundary for your search, which will plot the results on a map. (You can view the demo here.) And just so you don’t restrict your searches solely to the most famous of Europe’s cultural artifacts, one project will help with discovery: a random image explorer. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Why Digital Libraries, APIs, and Hackathons MatterThe debates surrounding the importance of and the obstacles to any sort of national digital library have certainly resurfaced following the recent Google Books decision. Who owns the rights to cultural artifacts? Who can and should be responsible for digitizing these artifacts? Who then stores them? Who can access them, and how? These debates, of course, aren’t new – in the U.S. or in Europe. In January, a European Union report cautioned its member states against turning over this efforts entirely to the private sector.While these contentious legal issues are still being worked out, the Europeana API – and the hackathon – point to another important aspect of these sorts of projects. A digital library isn’t simply about the preservation of important cultural material. It’s about making sure that material is accessible. And with an active support for linked data and now with an API, it looks like Europeana is well on its way to moving these sorts of efforts forward.Image credits: Ton Zijlstralast_img read more