How realistic are the chances of the six Jamaica representatives participating in non-traditional events medalling at the World Championships?Men’s discus throwers Jason Morgan, Federick Dacres, and Chad Wright make up half the list, while respective men’s and women’s shot putters O’Dayne Richards and Danniel Thomas, along with female decathlete Salcia Slack, complete the roster.The best medal prospect is O’Dayne Richards in the men’s shot put. He is definitely the country’s best-ever athlete in the event as he has three major titles in his career – World University, Commonwealth, and Senior Pan Am Games champion.At the recent Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, he had a career-best and national record 21.69 metres to win the gold medal. This mark by Richards has him at number three on the World list, with the United States’ Joe Kovacs being world leader with 22.56m and two-time World and defending champion David Storl of Germany second with 22.20m.Four years ago in Daegu, Dylan Armstrong of Canada threw 21.64m for silver, while two years ago in Moscow, Ron Whiting of the United States heaved the ball for 21.57m to mine silver.Assessing these results, Richards would be motivated as anything close to his personal best could lead to his greatest achievement ever in the event.Hoping to medalLooking at the leading performers in the men’s discus, Morgan, who ranks number two with 68.19m, just behind world leader Piotr Malachowski of Poland, with 68.29m, could also medal.However, as he has done over the past few years, after making a big throw before a major Championships, Morgan has failed to replicate. In fact, since making that throw, he has been to several meets and is yet to go close to his top throw.Dacres, who has shown in the past that when it comes to major championships he can compete with the best as he was World Youth and World Junior champion in 2011 and 2012, will be hoping to rise to the challenge. He is ranked at 11, with 66.30m.For the others, it will take a miracle for them to be on the podium as Wright, with 65.03m, is at number 24 in the men’s discus; Thomas is ranked 38th with 17.76m; while Slack, with 6141 points, is rated number 27 in the women’s heptathlon.
He says Ottawa’s record funding of healthcare will reach $40 billion a year by 2020, and in the current fiscal year, B.C. will receive over $4.4 billion in Canada Health Transfers.He adds, a pre-election note, which puts that amount $1.6 billion above what was provided to the province under the previous federal Liberal government.He also notes the Conservative government is taking steps to ensure all Canadians have access to a healthcare system that is both, “strong and sustainable.” He adds, what’s not sustainable, is pouring money into a system at a rate exceeding the capacity of the economy to pay. Here in B.C., there have been demands from healthcare professionals that the Harper government restore $36 billion in federal healthcare transfers.The critics are opposed to changes that have the federal government maintaining six per cent annual increases to healthcare funding until fiscal 2016/17, followed by hikes pegged to GDP growth with a three per cent minimum.Bonnie Pearson of the B.C. Hospitals Employees Union says this province will end up receiving $5 billion less over the next decade.- Advertisement -“While yes, there is additional money that goes into health, the demands on that additional money increased far beyond what’s available,” says Pearson. “So how that plays out is that there is not enough staff.”Pearson adds, “We’ve seen the overcrowded emergency rooms, we’ve seen the hallway medicine, we’ve seen the chronic understaffing at residential care; so people are waiting longer – in some cases for health services – we expect that those waitlists and the wait for services will continue to grow.”Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer has responded to the critics’ claims arguing that healthcare funding is at an historic high.Advertisement
The Earagail Arts Festival has had its first ever international launch – in the political capital of Europe.Fianna Fail MEP Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallager, Clannad’s Máire Ní Bhraonáin and county councillor Patrick McGowan helped get the July festival launched in Brussels.The contemporary and traditional arts festival is 23 years old this year. Ms Ni Braonain, who performed at the opening staged in the European Parliament, said she was a long supporter of the festival but hoped this year it would attract a wider audience.She added that she hoped it would also assist Donegal entrepreneurs to network and form local businesses which would be the key to future growth.MEP Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher said Donegal needed a boost and the Earagail festival was fantastic resource for local people.Details of the festival will be launched over the coming days. It is backed by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council and the EU’s Committee of the Regions.EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL GETS INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH was last modified: May 24th, 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) Tags:BrusselsEaragail Arts Festivallaunch