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.
The case of alleged simple larceny in which 64-year-old Walter Joseph of Oronoque Drive, Retrieve, Linden has been accused of removing from Black Face Disco, where he was employed, 60 cases of empty Banks DIH Ltd bottles valued at $30,000, at some time between May 2017 and February 2018, commenced on Tuesday before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse.The virtual complainant on Tuesday took to the stand to give evidence against Joseph, who is currently on $20,000 bail and is being represented by attorney René McDonald.The matter has, however, been adjourned to August 27.
29 November 2011International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has called on delegates attending the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa to retain the trust that was built in Cancun, Mexico last year.“The trust that was rekindled in Cancun is still very fragile, and we call on all parties to retain the gains of the Mexico conference,” Nkoana-Mashabane said after being elected COP 17 president on Monday morning.She described the two-week talks, which began at the city’s International Convention Centre on Monday, as signalling the “end of the line” for many pressing issues that were agreed on at COP 16 in Cancun in December last year.The UN has confirmed that 192 parties from 191 countries have arrived in Durban for the the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the total delegation put at just over 15 000.“This conference needs to be aware that time is against us, a lot of people are looking at us to find solutions to the climate problems and we dare not fail them,” she said.As president of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Nkoana-Mashabane faces the tough task of having to bring the parties together in finding common agreements over the future of the Kyoto Protocol and how to finance adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.The first commitment period of the 1997 treaty is coming to an end next year and developing countries are pushing for a second commitment period, but major economies, that include the United States and Japan, have so far refused to come to the table.The European Union said it would commit to the new commitment to the Kyoto Protocol but had placed conditions on this, including the demand for a change in the framework of the convention.The green light on both the Kyoto Protocol and the Green Climate Fund – Countries last year agreed to a start-up funding of US$100-million towards mitigation and adaptation programmes – is expected when ministers and heads of state arrive at the conference.Source: BuaNews
Frustration and despair have been loyal companions to many builders trying to negotiate the tight credit market. That likely is why we may be hearing more and more about builders’ unorthodox approaches to working with banks.One loan-success story catching attention this week is that of Martha Rose, whose Martha Rose Construction, based in Seattle, had struggled to secure financing for a four-home project called Fish Singer Place. Rose finally landed a loan by sinking enough of her own money into the project to get foundations for the homes in the ground, and by developing a marketing plan that touts Fish Singer’s green construction and energy efficiency performance.As Rose told the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, it wasn’t an easy sell, in any case. Of concern to some of the 10 lenders she visited was the fact that there were no presales for the project, and prospective prices for the homes are in the Seattle area’s upper-middle range: $638,000 to $658,000 for homes of 2,000 to 2,400 sq. ft., with the fourth unit, which includes a 525-square-foot carriage house, priced at $788,000.Rose hired Adrian Willanger, whose firm Eco-Redux focuses on helping green builders and developers market their projects in ways that highlight their expertise in sustainable and energy efficient construction. For Rose, the Daily Journal notes, the process included creating a business plan for Fish Singer Place – whose homes are being built to five-star Built Green standards, with an aim to achieve net-zero-energy performance – that she could present to lenders.Sound Community Bank liked Rose’s thoroughgoing green approach and gave her a loan. She says her financing odyssey taught her that, in the current lending climate, getting money takes far more time, effort, and improvisation that it did two years ago. But key to it all is playing to one’s strength, especially if it’s green construction. “When I went to close my loan with the bank, I asked if my being a green builder had anything to do with the final agreement,” said Rose. “He said it had everything to do with it — that had I not been a green builder, they would not have given me the money.”
Keeping the window open for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik has said he will not dissolve the Assembly in December.“There is no issue with the Assembly. I don’t want to unnecessarily tinker with it. There is a reason for it. The elected people are still members of legislative assembly. They have been provided with funds to serve the people. So, even though there is not an elected government in place, the political process is going on, as the process includes political activity as well. Keeping this in mind, the Assembly will not be dissolved,” Mr. Malik told a local newspaper, Greater Kashmir, in an interview on Friday.This assumes significance after Bharatiya Janata Party State secretary Ashok Koul said his party was ready to form the government “if the required number of 19 MLAs come to us.”The Governor’s rule will complete six months in Kashmir in the third week of December. Suspended animationGovernor Malik could have dissolved the Assembly, which was put in a suspended animation as per the constitutional requirement by then Governor N.N. Vohra. The BJP decided to pull out of the ruling alliance with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on June 19, paving the way for Governor’s rule in the troubled State.With the Centre failing to hold elections within the stipulated six months, Mr. Malik said, “Yes, of course, J&K is heading towards President’s rule. It is a normal legal procedure according to the Constitution.”The Governor said both the regional parties, the National Conference and the PDP boycotted “but a lot of their people did contest the elections.” He invited the regional parties to participate in the panchayat polls.
Indian boxing’s High-Performance Director, Santiago Nieva speaks during a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on April 30, 2019. – Boxing must quickly fix “controversies” surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said April 30. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)Boxing must quickly fix “controversies” surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said Tuesday.The International Olympic Committee is to deliver its verdict on May 22 on whether to keep boxing at the 2020 Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s tough because it is not black and white. It is a grey area when it comes to close bouts.”At the 2014 Asian Games, India’s Sarita Devi refused to accept her bronze medal and tried to hang it on her Korean rival instead, who won the women’s semi-final on a unanimous decision.Devi — who dumped the medal on the podium and stormed away in tears — was later banned for a year.But the 37-year-old, who won bronze at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, feels the experience changed her.“I have matured a lot in all these years. But I have sacrificed a lot to be still relevant in Indian boxing,” said Devi, who insisted she would try to reach the Olympics if it is still in the contest.Nieva said that if boxing keeps its place, he was confident that India — the land of the legendary Mary Kom — has a fast-improving pool of boxers with a chance of winning a medal.India finished the Asian championships with two gold medals, four silver and seven bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PLDT escapes Cignal, nabs PSL Grand Prix bronze Nieva, director of the Indian men’s and women’s teams and a senior member of the AIBA international federation coaches commission, said he was “worried” about the looming decision.“I think they will find a way but… in boxing we tend to exaggerate our importance for the Olympic movement,” the Swedish coach told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We think that we are so pure, one of the oldest, but for other people who are not into boxing, they see it more from a commercial and political standpoint.“They don’t want controversies, they don’t want scandals at the Olympics and boxing is giving controversies over and over again,” said Nieva. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The IOC froze boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games to give the sport time to clean up its image after allegations of bout-fixing tainted the 2016 Rio Olympics.An inquiry into AIBA governance and its anti-doping programme is also being held.In response, the “right to protest” a referee’s decision is to be re-introduced at the world championships in September.Nieva said India had been on the receiving end of judging blunders, and highlighted the 49kg final at the Asian Championships in Bangkok when Deepak Singh lost his final to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan.“We felt it was very clear,” Nieva said. India was certain Singh had won, and the coach said this is an example which showed the rules are “meaningless”.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ