Pearson back on top after Italian nightmare

first_img NOT AFRAID TO LOSE “I think that not being afraid to lose is a good way to think because I am certainly not, and I have lost a fair share of races in my career, especially when I should be beating people, but at the same time for me, I know how to run myself into shape, and even though having so many injuries is devastating and immensely tough … you have to take that time to grieve,” said Pearson. “You cry, you are upset, you are angry, but that time passes and you get through it, and you either come out excited and wanting to get back into it or you don’t, and I knew that deep down, if I could get back mentally and physically, I knew that I could be the best in the world again; I knew I could be, that’s what kept me going and that’s what dragged me to the World Championships,” Pearson noted. “I knew I had a chance even though I was lined up next to the world record holder I knew that I was in with a chance. I knew what I was capable of doing. It’s all about who can do it the best on the day. Could these other people next to me. Do they know how to win as much as I do?” Pearson continued. She added that she will now turn her attention to next year’s Commonwealth Games which will be staged in her country even if she is not sure if she will be focussing on just the 100m hurdles or if she will be adding the 100m as well. ZURICH, Switzerland: A little over a year after breaking her wrist, Australian sprint hurdler Sally Pearson spent the first day of the 2016 Olympic Games’ track and field schedule training herself back home. She had spent quite some time convincing herself to continue her career after breaking 12 bones and suffering one dislocation – this after a torn calf muscle sent her crashing to the floor at the Rome Diamond League in 2015. One year since her self-training began, Pearson, who stormed back to the top of the podium in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships in London a couple of weeks ago, put that Italian nightmare to bed on Thursday night with a victory on the very circuit where she suffered that ugly, career-threatening injury two years ago. The 2017 season of the Diamond League came to a boil for her at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meet, with the veteran hurdler adding the Diamond Race trophy to her cabinet with a close 12.55 win over Sharika Nelvis, who ran the same time in an exciting finish at the Letzigrund Stadium. Christina Manning was next best with 12.67 seconds. Looking back at her World Championships win, Pearson, while admitting that it was a long way back for her after her setbacks, said she backed her experience as a winner and her resilience to push her through even at times when she considered giving up.last_img read more

Beyond the Classroom: International Travel and Engagement

first_imgI submitted the above paper to be presented at a Liberal Arts conference at Jackson State University. I believe that this paper will be useful to the University of Guyana, particularly to the students and teachers.My attendees, it is a pleasure to be here to speak to you on a theme that I feel not only passionate about but also a theme that is very close to my heart. The mere fact that I am here at Jackson State University presenting a paper to you speaksto my confidence and vision about student and teacher international engagement beyond the classroom. I am a Guyanese who migrated from a small South American country on the Atlantic Coast (Guyana) about thirty years ago with no particular focus.What is also interesting is that I have not abandoned my native country but do return regularly using this continuous experience to establish contactand communication with other places in the world. I strongly believe that if I had not moved out of my country and not return on a regular basis I would not have been the right person to speak to you on the theme of my presentation: Beyond the Classroom: International Travel and Engagement.My presentation is limited to fifteen minutes and so I will speak to you on three themes: (1) my personal experience with regard to international engagement and how this event has shaped my life. I do hope interested students in the audience may find my experience useful in pursuing their own international engagement; (2) why international engagement is important beyond the classroom not to challenge the traditional format of instruction but to explore other avenues so that the approach to education can be more pleasant and productive for both teachers and students, and so when asked, how was college, the reply should be: we had bags of fun; and (3) the benefits of international engagement in terms of promoting personal growth and development.My attendees, I was born and raised in an insular plantation system in Guyana. I was situated on the other side of the plantation system. This is not an abstract metaphor but a specific place where I was in a specific condition in a specific social class. I was in a place where there were no colleges, nouniversities, no television but I also believed at a very early age that a better life could only be achieved if I was open to new ideas, different people and explore different places from my own. I cannot pinpoint exactly where these thoughts and aspirations came from but I think two events might have contributed to them.The first is that poverty and parochialism within my own family and community promulgated and perpetuated mainly by partisan politics instilled this feeling in me that somehow external contact would be necessary to deal with the labyrinth and lacuna of my daily struggles. In some ways, desperation and deprivation drove me to aspire to higher things in life even though there was never a clear vision and opportunity on how to achieve them. What mattered most to me then and now is the thought of progression, however small, rather than the thought of resignation.I understand the violence of poverty and I am convinced that there is no other event in the world that has more damning, degrading and demeaning effect on humanity than the infernality of poverty, than the ruction of poverty. Yet, poverty has been the whisper of the world. Poverty is the main obstacle to human development but I also believe that thoughts supported by actions—either from the individual or from the community—can be a vehicle out of poverty. I stand before you in that tradition, the strangulation of hopes. But I am here, your university Professor. You can get to here too.The second event that led to wider thoughts in life was the obscurity of my village community. While it may have caused the outsider to ask what young people do when they appear to do nothing, I was willing to read whatever was available to me, I paid attention to events going on in my community, and I observed that those who were going and coming in the community were the ones who were doing well. I began to realise that there was a natural connection between a better life and international exposure.Since then, my life has not been a singular root and route but a transitional and transnational one which has ostensibly prepared me to cope with a changing and challenging world, including the environment here at Jackson State University. I have learned that one cannot truly invent traveling experiences. That would be ostentatious. Traveling experiences have to be experienced. For me, my international travel has become the narrative of my life. I cannot live without it. To be continued.last_img read more

PVL: BanKo blanks Choco Mucho for 2nd straight win

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community The Perlas Spikers improved to a 4-2 record to stay at second seed while the Flying Titans dropped to a 2-2 slate.Dzi Gervacio gave BanKo a 20-15 lead in the third fram but the Flying Titans managed to make one last push to take the set and cut the Perlas Spikers’ lead to one, 21-20, on Mary Grace Berte’s service ace.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsChoco Mucho stayed within striking distance until the end with Maddie Madayag putting them within  24-23.Jem Ferrer, however, timed a dump perfectly to finish things off. Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PLAY LIST 03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones Spikers’ Turf: Perpetual goes 2-0; UST, Easytrip pick up wins Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graftcenter_img MANILA, Philippines—BanKo showed its might and overpowered Choco Mucho, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23, for its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “We know that Choco Mucho is capable of long rallies but on our part every one of us contributed and had our games working for us,” said captain Nicole Tiamzon in Filipino.Kathy Bersola had 15 points to lead the Perlas Spikers while Gervacio and Tiamzon had 13 and 11 points, respectively.Maddie Madayag finished with 15 points for the Flying Titans.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s quakes, cracks send more people fleeing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 3 young volunteers die in car crash after giving aid to Taal evacuees Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’last_img read more

Longwinded process at GLSC

first_imgDear Editor,The Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn, admitted to the media that there is a backlog of over 32,000 land applications going back to the 1980s for which he blamed ‘the process for acquiring lands being too longwinded.’So, after 37 years, nearly four decades, the GLSC’s Commissioner has found the fault. He needs to be complimented, it could have taken another four decades, but I am sure that the resolution of that problem will involve an inordinate length of time.There is no doubt that the GLSC is badly managed and that the ‘longwinded process’ is the direct result of that. It does not need a crystal ball specialist to tell us that applicants who ‘greased the wheels of processing’ have their applications processed with lightning speed. Applicants, who wait on the process wait forever and many of these are in the ’32,000 bundle’. There is corruption at each branch of the GLSC and many of these officers in charge and their subordinate officers are adept at the processing of the applications of those who are willing to be corrupted. Some of these GLSC officials can be seen in their company at expensive restaurants and clubs in New Amsterdam and Corriverton. For too long the corruption within the GLSC has been given the green light and many organisations have turned a blind eye to it.At the recent ‘GLSC Outreach’ at Corriverton, officials were seen collecting bribes in full view of the public and in his letter, Yusuf made mention of this. I was there and saw this. One overseas ‘investor’ had no time to change his US dollars and the officials accepted the US currency. If an investigation is done, it will be seen that certain persons are being given preference over others and it is the main reason for the horrendous backlog. The processing is not done in an organised and sequentially chronological manner. It is not on a first come first serve basis.One of the functions of the GLSC is ‘to receive and evaluate offers to ‘purchase’ and ‘to let’ public lands and to issue for and on behalf of the President, grants, leases and permits to occupy such lands’. The GLSC Act also makes it mandatory ‘to establish and maintain liaison with all agencies’ in certain aspects and ‘to advise the Government on policies relating to public lands’. This being so required it is quite an enigma why the land policy as it relates to cattle farming is being so blatantly ignored? Both the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister said dairy and cattle farming should be promoted but not at the expense of those cattle farmers who are already utilising the #52/66 pasture. There are lands available elsewhere such as the #52 backlands which have been applied for by prospective and small cattle farmers who want to expand their cattle farming but nothing has been done so far to facilitate them. Some of these applications have been gathering cobwebs at the GLSC offices in Georgetown and Berbice since five years ago. These persons have been given ‘the royal run around’ because they have refused to be part of the corruption. Benn can check some of these applications for lands to do cattle and rice farming and ask himself the reason why these applications have not been processed.The Commission is also required ‘to cooperate fully with all the Ministries, Government departments, agencies and other public authorities’. But unfortunately, even though these applicants would have gotten ‘no objection’ letters and letters of recommendations from the Regional Democratic Council in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), the processing takes forever. Moreover, in direct contradiction to the policy of the Government, the GLSC has taken it upon itself to invite offers to apply for lands already being utilised by cattle farmers. This shows the highhandedness of these GLSC officials who feel that they are beyond reproach and can operate in complete disregard for Government land policies.I do firmly believe that the Government must start a massive investigation into the corrupt practices and do a massive reshuffling and I do feel that the present Commissioner has no vision to transform the current monolithic structure and organisation of the Commission.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustaphalast_img read more

Sunken “Draga” not hampering vessels along the Mazaruni − MARAD

first_imgFollowing continued concerns over the sunken dredge in the Mazaruni River, a team from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) visited the site to ensure navigation was safe for passenger and cargo vessels; a professional salvager who was acquired by Crown Mining, also assessed the site to see which measures could be taken to have the dredge salvaged.Officials from MARAD met with the Crown Mining on Monday, September 19, 2016 to discuss efforts to remove the sunken dredge at Perimap Falls in the Mazaruni River, a release from the said.It was confirmed by MARAD that passenger and cargo vessels can traverse the area where the dredge is located, using bypass channels available for the smooth manoeuvring of vessels.According to the release, Crown Mining will continue with efforts to remove the dredge with the use of excavators and operators.Over the past few months, Crown Mining assiduously tried to remove the dredge from its current position, unfortunately high tide and the location of the dredge, between rocks in the waterfalls, made it impossible to manoeuvre special equipment to the site, the release noted. MARAD and Crown Mining have been severely criticised over the failure to remove the sunken dredge at Perimap Falls in the Mazaruni.Residents have also complained about the sunken dredge and the government’s failure to have it moved. The channel in which the partially submerged dredge is lodged is the only avenue for transportation to the upper and middle Mazaruni.Only a few days ago, the Ministry of Natural Resources in a statement, assured that between the responsible mining operator and the MARAD, there will be an intensified effort to remove the dredge ‘Draga’ from its location in the Mazaruni River.last_img read more

Valencia draw can’t end Neville’s winless run

first_imgHowever, the visitors dominated the opening 45 minutes and were given a deserved lead when Jozabed swept home Adrian Embarba’s cross on the volley.Neville had opted for Alvaro Negredo over top-scorer Alcacer in attack, and the former Manchester City striker repaid that faith in sensational style when he fired home from just inside the Rayo half to get Valencia back into the game 10 minutes after the break.Rayo took advantage of some more poor defending from Valencia, though, to retake the lead when Diego Llorente looped shot from Jozabed’s corner left Australian goalkeeper Matt Ryan helpless.Alcacer replaced Negredo for the final 25 minutes and thought he had scored the equaliser five minutes from time when he was wrongly flagged offside.However, he wasn’t to be denied his 10th goal of the season moments later when he bundled home Zakaria Bakkali’s cross.Despite the late drama Valencia remain closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places, still 16 points behind Villarreal in fourth and eight ahead of Rayo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Valencia coach Britain’s Gary Naville in the dugout. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, January 17 – Gary Neville’s winless streak as Valencia boss in La Liga stretched to six games as despite Paco Alcacer’s late strike they could only manage 2-2 draw at home to relegation threatened Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.Los Che were heavily favoured to end a two-month run without a league win against a Rayo side that has lost six of their last seven league games – conceding 23 goals in the process.last_img read more

Officer in DUI case denies charge

first_img “I was not drunk,” he said. “I don’t drink.” He said the incident began when he swerved Sunday afternoon to avoid hitting another motorist who slammed on his brakes. An officer who passed by witnessed the near collision and pulled Gossh over, he said. When Gossh identified himself as an officer and said he had a gun in the car, he said the officer stuck his finger about an inch away from his nose and said, “You’re drunk. You’re drunk. You’re drunk” before ordering him out of the car and up against a fence. He said he blew a 0.00 into a Breathalyzer and also gave a urine test, the results of which were not immediately available. He said he was cited to appear in court and is considering filing a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the department. A department spokesman declined to comment, saying the case involved personnel issues. ARLETA – An off-duty LAPD officer who arrests DUI suspects for a living found himself on the other end this weekend when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, police said this morning. Brian Lawrence Gossh, 27, was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on misdemeanor DUI charges and released. There were no injuries, said Officer Karen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. He was arrested about noon Sunday on Van Nuys Boulevard at Arleta Avenue, police said. In an interview before noon today, Gossh, who’s assigned to the Valley Traffic Division, called the charges “ridiculous.” Gossh was featured in a Daily News story published in 2000, when he was a cadet at the Police Academy. In it, he said he’d previously worked as a waiter and in the hotel, travel and commercial real estate industries in his native Austin, Texas before coming to L.A. As a gay man, he said, he was attracted by the domestic partner benefits offered by the LAPD. “I knew the LAPD had close relationships, like a family,” he said at the time. “When I was growing up, officers helped me; every time there was a call, they were there to help me. And I want to give that back to the community.” For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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

Does your life need a budget?

first_img My pension income is $1,097.83 a month until both Georgina and I die. Work income from our freelance writing, which can fluctuate erratically, is harder to calculate (Yours, if you collect a regular paycheck, should be easier). Based on past experience, we can reasonably hope for a combined income of $60,000 from our writing in 2006. Added to the pension, that gives us a total of $73,174 for a year, before taxes. Is that enough to cover $60,000 worth of expenses? Normally, it wouldn’t be. Being self-employed, we pay a 15.3 percent self-employment tax for Social Security and Medicare on our net income from work. Add federal income taxes, and a combined work-pension income of $73,174 would result in nearly $14,000 in total taxes for us in 2006 if we take the standard deduction and file a joint return as we plan to. (And in reality, because we also receive interest and dividend income from nonretirement accounts, our taxes would be higher than $14,000). The solution: Shelter as much of our work income as we can from income taxes by putting the maximum in our self-employed 401(k) plans. Then, as needed to meet living expenses, draw down principal from nonretirement accounts, but always keeping enough for emergencies. (While dividends and interest we receive from these accounts are taxable, withdrawals of principal are not.) With this strategy, we’ll save more than $5,000 in taxes in 2006. We’ll stay within the second-lowest 15 percent tax bracket, which means we’ll pay only a 5 percent tax on qualifying dividends and capital gains. And we’ll accomplish our goal of continuing to add to our tax-deferred retirement accounts rather than withdraw anything from them. Interested? The maximum contribution for self-employed 401(k) plans in 2006 is $15,000 of salary deferral per person, or $20,000 for those 50 and over, plus 25 percent of net profits, up to a maximum of $44,000 ($49,000 for those 50 and over). For the far more common regular 401(k) plans, the maximum is $15,000, or $20,000 for those 50 and over, subject to terms of the employer plan. Putting in the maximum you can afford can save you a bundle in 2006. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All that stuff about budgets can be frightfully boring. But it’s also terribly important. So, to make it interesting (and personal), I’ll let you peek into my financial life. I’ll tell you how my wife, Georgina, and I estimate our income and expenses, and how we figure out how much (if anything) we can afford to save while working only part-time. In the process, I’ll pass along a tip for substantial tax savings. While everybody’s situation is different, I believe the process we follow can be used by just about everyone. We start by adding up the essential or “nondiscretionary” expenses – the groceries, the electric bill, water and sewer, and so forth (our house is paid for, so there is no mortgage). There are homeowner insurance premiums and property taxes to pay, however, and homeowners’ association dues. And being under 65 (not eligible for Medicare) and self-employed, we are saddled with hefty health insurance costs, with a (gulp!) $916.60 monthly premium for family coverage in 2006, up from $708 in 2005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The best way to project future expenses, of course, is to use the actual numbers, if known, or base them on past experience. Our long-standing habit of tracking expenses makes our budgeting easier (for example, we know we spent $1,389 on electricity and $4,703 on groceries in 2005). With the use of financial software such as Quicken or Microsoft Money, this expense tracking is a snap. We can also see the pernicious impact of inflation over time – groceries were $4,262 in 2004, and the electric bill, $1,211. We can only assume these costs and most others will continue to creep up in 2006. But nowhere has the impact of inflation been as dramatic as in health insurance, where premiums were a “mere” $363 a month in 2000, and in windstorm insurance, where the premium for our Vero Beach beachside home skyrocketed from $1,201 in 2004 to $2,521 in 2005 (because of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne). For 2006, we expect a double-digit percentage increase. But enough of depressing news. After factoring in all our necessary expenses, adding another 5 percent for emergencies and also including amounts for “fun” things, such as hobbies and travel, we estimate we’ll spend about $60,000 after income taxes in 2006. Next question: Will our work and pension income be enough to cover this amount, or will we need to start withdrawing from our IRAs and other retirement accounts for living expenses? last_img read more

Manchester City teenage duo to join Girona on loan until end of the season

first_imgManchester City duo Pablo Maffeo and Angelino are to join Spanish Segunda Division side Girona on loan until the end of the season.Nineteen-year-old defender Maffeo will spend his second spell with Girona after also joining them between January and June last season, making 13 appearances.The Spaniard has impressed in three appearances for City’s first team under Pep Guardiola, in Champions League games against Steaua Bucharest and Celtic and the EFL Cup clash with Manchester United.Defender Angelino, also 19, has played twice for City this season and spent a spell on loan at sister club New York City FC in 2015.Girona sit second in the Segunda Division, four points behind leaders Levante.A statement on City’s website read: “Everyone at Manchester City would like to wish Pablo and Angelino well on their loan moves and we look forward to welcoming them back in the summer.” Pablo Maffeo and Angelino are set to join Girona on loan 1last_img read more

15-year-old boy hospitalized after alleged gang-related shooting in Canyon Country

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Shot in the abdomen, the victim apparently sought treatment at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The boy is expected to survive. Gump said minor surgery was performed to remove the round, which may have been shot from .22-caliber gun. Hospital spokeswoman Bhavna Mistry said she cannot release information about the victim, who is a minor. Det. Dan Finn of the COBRA unit, which investigates gang activity in Santa Clarita, said a preliminary investigation is under way. (661) 257-5255 CANYON COUNTRY – A 15-year-old boy was shot early Saturday at a Canyon Country apartment complex in what appears to be gang-related violence, sheriff’s officials said. Sheriff’s deputies who tracked down the 15-year-old victim at the local hospital said he was mum about the shooting. “It appears to be gang-related, but the victim is not telling us anything,” said Lt. Larry Gump. “We don’t know anything about the suspect or circumstances of it.” A neighbor called the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station about 6:45 a.m. after hearing a gunshot followed by yelling at the apartment complex on Jakes Way. 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