Boys and Girls’ Champs 2016 is now done and dusted. Once again, it showcased brilliance as Jamaica continues to lead the world in the systemic production of young track-and-field talent. With two early individual records in the 200 and the 400 metres, along with an overall four gold medals, Christopher Taylor of Calabar High was undoubtedly the most dominant athlete on show. The precocious 16-year-old talent must be looked at beyond the scope of setting Champs records and lifting the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for Calabar. Taylor’s supreme talent is a rare gift to be nurtured and showcased by Jamaica for the wider world. Many observers, myself included, are seriously concerned for the future of Taylor in term of realising his potential as a genuine world beater. The World Youth champion over 400 metres is in his fourth year at Calabar High, where he has been nothing but a fearless and aggressive competitor and a champion. He competed in 10 races at Champs 2016 and was flat out in at least eight of those runs. Outside of the physical rigours of doing so much work at such a young age with such a frail physical structure, the possibility of physical, mental, and psychological burnout of this young gem is a clear and present danger. In terms of making the successful transition to the senior level, it is a potentially lethal combination to be as talented as Taylor at such and early age and to attend a Champs-chasing school like Calabar. Rising to the pinnacle of personal performances and team achievements, 14- and 15-year-old provides for a lofty emotional ride for any young athlete. The satisfaction of excelling repeatedly at Champs from such a very early age could be debilitating for the development and transition process of a special young athlete like Taylor. The story has been told of a former Champs star who instructively also attended Calabar and was competing at a World Junior Championships. When he was approached by his national coach with words of motivation and encouragement before the start of his event, the youngster’s response was: “Coach, it’s not Champs, but I will try my best.” The scary history is there for all to see. None of our current senior international male world beaters were outstanding Champs stars at Class Three and represented Champs-winning teams. The athletes who make the transition are generally not from the top Champs schools and generally were not Class Three standouts. Usain Bolt never won at Class Three and competed for William Knibb; Asafa Powell never won at Champs, he went to Charlemont High; Yohan Blake was a big star at Champs for St Jago, but not at Class Three. As great as Taylor is as an athlete, and as a ruthless as he is as a competitor, he is still human and it would a be a tragedy of immense proportion if this youngster – who is already the best in the entire world at his age group – does not make the successful transition to the senior ranks. He is the most special athlete to emerge from the Jamaican production line since Bolt and while the dynamics are different, we must remember that there were moments along the way when we almost lost Bolt. Just as was done for Bolt, Taylor should be protected from ‘burn out”. One more year in school maximum to facilitate the completion of his physical development, then the deliberate and meticulous process should begin of moulding Taylor into the international star he is destined to be.
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments Before he left the Bolts in the previous Governors Cup, Durham told his teammates not to forget that miserable feeling of losing their Game 6 defeat at the hands of the Kings.They won the opener of that best-of-seven series and even went up, 2-1, but collapsed in the last three games, fueling the fire in Durham to redeem the Bolts this time around.“We were hungry back then and I hope we still feel the same way in this tournament,” said Durham.The Elite will bank heavily on Trevis Simpson in the conference that set a height limit of 6-foot-5 for imports.Simpson, untouched in the 2013 NBA Draft, is an athletic wingman who played pro ball in Greece before Blackwater tapped his services.ADVERTISEMENT The reigning best import of the season-ending conference is raring to complete the task of winning it all as the Bolts begin their campaign against the Blackwater Elite on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We came up short last time and we will make the most out of this opportunity to contend again for the title,” said Durham, who led Meralco to its first-ever Finals last year before losing to crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’GlobalPort is also looking to go deep into the playoffs of the import-flavored tournament as the Batang Pier parade former Georgetown Hoya Jabril Trawick opposite the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters in the 7 p.m. match.Challenging Trawick at the low blocks is JD Weatherspoon, who will suit up for the Elasto Painters after previous stints in Scandinavia, particularly in Norway and Finland. Kaya grabs lead after rout of Ilocos FC Just like Elite, the Elasto Painters and the Batang Pier all bowed out early last year and didn’t make it to the playoffs.Arnold Van Opstal will debut with the Batang Pier in the lane after San Miguel traded the Filipino-German to the Batang Pier for shooting guard Von Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham feels there’s unfinished business the Meralco Bolts have to settle in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur
Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Go for Gold trips EAC With five teams in the running for three quarterfinal spots, everything points to an exciting finish to the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday.Barangay Ginebra battles Rain or Shine at 7 p.m., shooting for a victory that will also allow the Gin Kings to avoid a disadvantage in the next round, while Phoenix fights to stay alive in the playoff race at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m excited to play again and I hope I can help the team,” said Romeo in Filipino. “Coach Pido (Jarencio) has done a good job for the team.”With a 4-6 record, Phoenix can at least gain a playoff berth for a quarterfinal spot against TNT with a victory.But a win by the Fuel Masters coupled by a Ginebra loss in the second game will put Phoenix in the No. 7 spot, which will lead to a showdown with twice-to-beat Magnolia.Already through to the next round, the Batang Pier, who hold a 5-5 record, are hoping to avoid dropping to No. 7.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES The Gin Kings, who can book a quarterfinal berth with a victory, haven’t seen action since losing to Meralco on Feb. 18 but are favorites against the depleted Painters.The game has huge repercussions for Ginebra: A loss will relegate it to a playoff for the No. 8 seed with either TNT or Blackwater.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd as if that isn’t already a daunting task, a date with top seed and defending champion San Miguel Beer awaits should they survive that duel.The Fuel Masters need a victory against GlobalPort to survive, but they will battle a Batang Pier squad that will be boosted by the return of Terrence Romeo in the first game at 4:30 p.m. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
LATEST STORIES TNT, though, lost its next game 104-98 to Blackwater but Racela said he understands what Davis went through before arriving at the KaTropa’s camp.“From what we saw today, yeah we’re satisfied,” said Racela. “It’s not really easy for him, but I’m sure he’ll get better as he plays more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Davis put up 23 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 9-of-26 from the field after arriving in the Philippines on Thursday morning.In comparison, Glover was with TNT for more than two weeks before he played his first PBA game. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt looks like TNT head coach Nash Racela is sticking it out with new import Stacy Davis in the PBA Governors’ Cup.The KaTropa didn’t get the best return from their investment in Mike Glover after the import had a disastrous debut of 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, with 15 rebounds in TNT’s 103-90 loss to NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Racela added that Davis had little rest the moment he landed with the import immediately taking care of the requirements needed to play in the PBA and then running straight to TNT’s practice at 12 noon in Ateneo.Davis then went to the PBA office for the official measurements after his first practice with the KaTropa.“That bad shooting night was understandable, he did go thorough that kind of trip and of course you will lose your legs,” said Racela in Filipino as his team dipped to a 1-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Chemistry is the key as Maliksi, Pinto team up to lift Blackwater Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments
Accused: Gingesh KhanA rape victim’s desire of having her abuser put away became a reality on Tuesday after her abuser was sentenced to 29 years in prison on four rape-related charges by Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Demerara High Court.Fifty-two-year-old Gingesh Khan also called “Links” was recently found guilty by a 12-member jury on three counts of indecent assault and one count of carnal knowledge on a child under the age of 15 years. The offences were committed between August 1 and 31, 2008, at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo. Khan’s sentencing was handed down on Tuesday to accommodate a probation report.In court on Tuesday, the report presented by a senior probation officer revealed that Khan was unemployed prior to his incarceration as he depended on financial support from a sibling, who is a businessperson. The court was further informed that persons in the community described Khan as disorderly when he is intoxicated but is otherwise a quiet person. The court also heard that the accused is also known for being involved in sexual acts with cattle as residents voiced that he was not a “positive influence” in the village.The report was followed by an emotional statement written and presented by the victim, who was nine years old at the time of the incident. The statement revealed that she had much respect and trust for the accused but what he did to her caused suicidal thoughts, which eventually led to the victim’s parents moving her to a different community since she was hurt, embarrassed and ashamed.“I felt hurt, ashamed and embarrassed about what he did to me…. I had trust and respect for him and I can remember having suicidal thoughts, everyone in the village know what he did to me,” the victim said in her statement.Meanwhile, Defence Attorney Ravindra Mohabir in his plea of mitigation told the court that his client has been unemployed due to a back injury sustained on his previous job, thus, he needs physical therapy. Mohabir further divulged that his client was charged for bestiality but the charge was later dismissed.Justice Reynolds, in handing down the sentence, told the accused that he breached the trust of both the victim and her family, and groomed and defiled her in the vilest way. On this note, the Judge described Khan as a “sick man”, while handing down the 29-year sentence. Khan was ordered to benefit from the appropriate treatment while being incarcerated.The State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial and Lisa Cave.
…no penalties, vague time frame for officials to take actionThe long-awaited ministerial Code of Conduct has been gazetted by the coalition Government, but despite the concerns raised by Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) when it reviewed the draft, some of its most critical recommendations have been ignored.After reviewing the document earlier this year, one of TIGI’s main recommendations had been for penalties the State could impose for specific breaches by Ministers and officials to be incorporated within the Code of Conduct. According to the anti-corruption advocate, the Code was silent on these penalties.The Code is expected to cover Ministers, Members of Parliament and public office holdersBut while the Code lists transgressions such as taking and soliciting bribes, exhibiting discrimination while discharging one’s duties and using public property for unofficial purposes, the Code remains completely silent on what form penalties, if any, will take.At the time, TIGI had complained that while there was focus on breaches of the Code, the President, David Granger, and the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, were identified as the relevant authorities for administering disciplinary action.Since the Code was silent on specific penalties for breaches, TIGI had warned that this left these two officials with the responsibility to determine the penalties. TIGI had noted that instead of leaving this to the will of the very people the Code would govern, specific penalties for some breaches should be laid out.“This will improve public confidence in the process. The Code itself needs to be fleshed out in much greater detail, and we strongly recommend taking guidance from model legislation such as the UNCAC.”But the amended Code of Conduct makes no mention of any disciplinarians. In fact, Article 12, which TIGI said made mention of the President and his Minister, has been removed.No timelineOther problems that TIGI identified with the draft were the absence of a specific time limit for resolving conflicts of interest involving Ministers and public officials in Article Four. It had noted that phrases like “as soon as practicable” could lead to abuse.This advice has gone unheeded by the Government, with Article Four (1) stating “that public officials would not allow private interest or the pursuit thereof to conflict with their duties or improperly influence conduct”.“Provided that any such conflict that tends to interfere with the proper discharge of his or her public duties shall be reported to the Integrity Commission for guidance on a resolution as soon as practicable in favour of the official duties of the person in public life.”And while TIGI had warned the Government against leaving it up to the conflicted Minister to avoid conflict of interest situations, Article Four (3) states that public officials will “take reasonable steps to avoid, resolve and disclose any material conflict of interest, financial or non-financial, that arises or is likely to arise”.It seems that one of the few changes that were made in accordance with input from the transparency advocate was expanding Article Eight, which deals with sexual misconduct of public officials.TIGI had expressed criticism of Article Eight, saying that it only referenced sexual misconduct while performing official duties. According to TIGI, “this is an unnecessary and undesirable restriction.” The organisation had made it clear that sexual misconduct, whether on or off duty, must disqualify anyone from continuing to hold the post of a public official.In the gazetted version of the Code, Article Eight (1) states that no public official shall “pursue a course of conduct which amounts to offensive sexual comments, gestures or physical contact or such conduct of a criminal nature under the Sexual Offences Act.”Part two of Article Eight goes on to prohibit sexual misconduct while a public official engages in official duties. In addition, it prohibits an official from using their authority for “sexual gratification”. Again, however, the Code does not specify any steps the Government would take against such deviants, independent of criminal proceedings under the Sexual Offences Act.A committee was appointed in 2015 to review and strengthen the draft Code of Conduct. Last year, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had stated while handing over the document to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo that the Commission had reviewed similar documents from Africa, Europe and other parts of the Caribbean.But TIGI has been critical about the overall lack of specificity in the language used to craft the Code, leaving loopholes open for Ministers and others governed by it to escape sanctions. It had noted that “this lack of specificity appears as low commitment to integrity in public office and it can ultimately impede the effectiveness of the Code and erode public confidence”.ArticlesThe Code of Conduct is made up of 11 Articles. Article One prohibits public officials from taking bribes, while Article Two focuses on discrimination. Article Three prohibits public officials from accepting “any gift, benefit or advantage from anyone, (except) personal gifts from a relative or friend”. This provision, it states, does not apply to gifts received on behalf of the State.Article Five states: “No public (official) shall use his or her official influence in support of any scheme or in furtherance of any contract or proposed contract or other matter in regard to which he or she has an interest.”Article Six has provisions for ensuring confidentiality. It prohibits public officials from disclosing any information that is classified as privileged or confidential, to any unauthorised person. Article Seven prohibits officials from using public property such as money, equipment, supplies or services for unapproved purposes.Article Nine prohibits public officials from accepting “lavish or frequent entertainment” from any person or entity that the Government has or may have dealings with. This, the Article notes, includes invitations to sporting events and concerts.Article 10 prohibits officials from using their office in an improper manner for personal gain, while the final article forbids anyone in public life from having outside employment “except with the written consent of the relevant authority”.Signing off on this code, which is expected to cover Ministers, Members of Parliament and public office holders, was Prime Minister Nagamootoo.
Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool shirt Raheem Sterling wants to leave Liverpool and fans are already preparing for his departure.Well, one fan is anyway.STERLING’S AGENT: LIVERPOOL EXIT RUMOURS ARE PREMATUREUpon hearing the news, @pkirchb asked his followers on Twitter what he should do with his Sterling shirt.And he came up with a simple solution, which you can see below. If Sterling does leave, where would you like to see the money Liverpool receive for him, invested? Let us know below. 3 3 3
Johnston Press has told staff at the Donegal Democrat newspaper group that they are seeking redundancies at the paper.The Scottish-based publishers have made a series of cuts to staffing at its newspapers throughout Ireland in recent weeks, shutting offices and doing away with editor and advertising manager roles.It’s understood that four positions at the paper are under threat – one in advertising and three in editorial. Johnston Press sources say all the positions in the Letterkenny and Donegal Town offices will go on a voluntary basis.Donegal on Sunday is to be closed down as part of the shake-up. Sales had been below 3,000 per week in recent times.The Thursday edition of the Democrat will also go Compact as part of a re-design.“This was inevitable,” said one insider, “the Sunday has been performing poorly in terms of sales.” REDUNDANCIES ANNOUNCED AT DONEGAL DEMOCRAT was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
Donegal’s Road Safety Officer has pleaded with people across the county to switch off their phones while driving.Brian O’Donnell’s plea comes as statistics show that motorists who use their phones while driving are now FOUR times more likely to be involved an accident.The council official said motorists must be more aware of the incredible danger of using their phone when driving. And he added that it is time this practice becomes a cultural taboo also.He said “Using mobile phones while driving creates a significant risk and this practice needs to stop.“You don’t have to look too far to see drivers using mobile phones while driving. Research of mobile phone use by Irish drivers, has revealed that a significant number of motorists are violating mobile phone road traffic regulations, with more and more drivers continuing to put their lives, and others, at risk by using their mobile phones while driving”.Research has also shown that a significant number of truck and van drivers, mostly male, are using a mobile phone while driving. Despite recent legislation, this trend is common practice and a very troubling one. A traffic collision caused by a driver using a mobile phone is unnecessary.“The collisions caused by using a mobile phone while driving are similar to those caused by drink drivers in that they are completely avoidable. Nobody has to use a mobile phone while driving and nobody has to drink and drive,” he added.4,429 fixed penalty notices have been issued for using a mobile phone while driving during January and February this year and this is now the second highest penalty point offence in Ireland after speeding.A total of 30,524 offences have been recorded for 2014.Mr. O’Donnell added “We are asking drivers to realise how their phones take their attention away from driving and having your full attention is never more important than when you have the lives of other road users in your hands. “It is just not worth the risk just to take a call or answer a text. As more people use the roads, we want to ensure that everyone does so safely and with consideration for all road users”.Even if you are using a hands-free phone you should avoid making or answering calls when driving.All phone calls distract drivers’ attention from the road. Keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone.‘SWITCH OFF OR RISK DEATH,’ WARNS DONEGAL’S ROAD SAFETY OFFICER was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Brian O’DonnellGardaimobile phonespenalty pointsroad safety