Bolt, Shelly sprint away with RJR awards … again: The Best!

first_imgKing and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

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Livermore on his way back

first_imgInjury may have ruined his 2015 season but that hasn’t stopped Jason Livermore from thinking big. Axed by a leg ailment during last year’s National Championship 100 metre final, the 27 year-old Livermore is already looking forward to this season’s Nationals. He says his coach, Michael Clarke, is helping him to get back to his best. A late developer, the powerfully built Livermore slowly improved after finishing fourth in the 2007 Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 100 metre final won by Yohan Blake for St Jago High in the record time of 10.21 seconds. His patient work paid off in 2013 when he took a bronze medal in the 200m at the Central American and Caribbean Championships and reached the semis of the event at the World Championships in Moscow. He followed that with a solid 2014 campaign and a bronze in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games. Sadly, the progress stopped last year. Not long after he helped Jamaica to win the 4x200m at the IAAF World Relays, his dreams of running in Beijing at the World Championships were crushed by his injury at the Nationals. He isn’t looking back at that disappointment. “Things have been going great, thanks to God,” he said. “My coach is ensuring that I do the necessary things to get me back where I was and better than I was before.” His coach Michael Clarke had directed him to personal bests of 10.05 for the 100m and 20.13 seconds in the 200m in 2013. He knows that he may need to be better than he was before to qualify for the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  In 2015, six Jamaicans ran faster than his 100m lifetime best and three surpassed his career best in the 200m. Livermore is undaunted and seems to relish the competition.   “Things are looking forward for now in the sprints because there are a lot of athletes in Jamaica, especially young sprinters,” he observed. “Looking at the sprints right now,”  he projected, “2016 Jamaica trials is going to be a very lovely.” His target is simple. “It has always been the same … just go to trials, make the finals and be in the top three,” he said.last_img read more

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Capetonian youths get sporty

first_imgThe youth sports development programmewill enable youngsters from Gugulethuto learn new sports.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more images, visit the image gallery) Prince Albert of Monaco, famous for hishumanitarian work, was the inspiration forthis project.(Image:Wikimedia.org)Khanyi MagubanePrince Albert of Monaco has donated US$36 000 (R300 000) to the youth of Gugulethu, a township in Cape Town, to develop a new youth sports programme.One of the three sponsors of this project, the City of Cape Town says the monarch was inspired to get involved after he realised that the youth could benefit from various sporting activities.The programme will enable the youth of Gugulethu to learn new types of sport and recreational activities. They will in turn share their skills with children between the ages of six to 12.The agreement to set up the programme was signed between the City of Cape Town, the Principality of Monaco and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The newly upgraded NY49 sports complex in Gugulethu will serve as the venue for the sports programme.The sports facility was chosen as it is a popular venue for many Gugulethu residents and people from neighbouring areas.Lack of maintenance and vandalism has however limited the stadium’s potential. Developers and investors hope to restore the venue to its former glory and expand the stadium’s infrastructure.Speaking at the programme’s announcement, Gert Bam, the City’s director for its sport, recreation and amenities programme, said this was a great milestone for the council, “The City is honoured to have been chosen by these international partners for this project,” he said.The project will make it possible for youths to partake in weekly sporting and recreational activities.According to Luzuko Mdunyelwa, from the City’s external relations department, the idea to use sports as a youth development tool came about in 2005 after Prince Albert expressed his interest in the project.To facilitate, the non-governmental organisation, Glocal, based in Rome, Italy, was approached to help the City of Cape Town.Glocal partners with various city councils to create projects, which contribute to community development through sports, tourism, culture, media and information technology.The organisation has helped the UNDP and Monaco set up similar programmes in other African countries.Paying it forwardThe premise of the programme is based on the casual concept of “pay it forward”.Pay it forward is a social concept which encourages a person to do something good for someone. That person then does something good for another, and so a chain of good deeds is passed on.Unemployed youths will be coached in the new sports and will share their expertise in line with the City of Cape Town’s existing programmes.“The idea is that sport is the conduit for other training,” Mdunyelwa said. “All this is similar to the sport and recreation department’s Come and Play programme.”The young trainers will be paid a basic wage, but it will not amount to a full salary, as the project is community driven.“It is also a kick-start programme for them, they can use the skills they have learned and develop themselves too,” said Mdunyelwa.As a way of fast-tracking the programme, a workshop was held on 16 May 2009, which involved City officials, a delegation from Monaco, different sporting federations and representatives of the Gugulethu community.Donny Jurgens, the manager of the specialised operations unit of the department of sport, recreation and amenities of the City of Cape Town chaired the workshop.Issues discussed at the workshop included the expectations of the community and that of the donors, future development, challenges, and proactive steps to make the project successful.A prince with a golden heartBesides his academic achievements and royal status, Prince Albert is most notably known for his humanitarian work.In 2005, he took over the reigns in Monaco, after his father, Prince Rainer, passed away.At the time of his father’s passing, Prince Albert was already representing his country as the president of the delegation at the United Nations.Prince Albert is well known for his experience in the financial sector, a skill which he honed during an internship with the US finance giant, JP Morgan Chase (formally known as the Morgan Guaranty Trust of New York).In 1982, he served as the president of the Monaco Red Cross society, where he engaged in projects in his home country and abroad.His passion for humanitarian work grew after he took part in the Paris-Dakar rally through the Sahara desert in 1985.During his journey he observed the dire circumstances and poverty in several African countries. This inspired him to set up the Monaco Aid and Presence Association.The organisation, formally established in 1988, has active projects in Nigeria, Brazil, Sri Lanka and East Europe and now, South Africa.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Useful linksGlocalPay it forwardCity of Cape TownPrincipality of Monacolast_img read more

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FDA report on antibiotics validates work by U.S. pig farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest America’s 60,000 pig farmers continue to do what’s right on the farm for people, pigs and the planet when it comes to demonstrating their commitment to antibiotic stewardship. That’s why the findings in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2016 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals came as no surprise, but as a validation of the hard work U.S. pig farmers have put in to reduce the overall need for antibiotics while still protecting the health and welfare of the pigs under their care.“This report, which still is based on sales and not actual usage, supports what we already know at the farm level — we’re using fewer antibiotics overall today because we’re committed to reducing the need for them while protecting the health and welfare of our animals,” said Terry O’Neel, National Pork Board president. “When we must use antibiotics, we work closely with our veterinarians to ensure that we use them according to the FDA-approved label.”Veterinarian Dave Pyburn, vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board, says the new report must be viewed for what it is — an estimate of antibiotic use and not a literal measure of use at the farm level. He also points out the inherent size and longevity differences between cattle, pigs and poultry when looking at antibiotic use. Different species will obviously face additional health challenges due to longevity. For example, a broiler chicken typically goes to market in about six weeks, whereas for pigs it’s about six months and for beef cattle it’s 18 months.“Unfortunately, the FDA report is not truly reflective of overall antibiotic usage by species because the pharmaceutical companies don’t record sales by species,” Pyburn said. “Secondly, the report does not include species-specific data regarding ionophores in its results, making its estimate about which species use more antibiotics than another less than precise. For example, pig farmers use almost no ionophores, but poultry and beef producers use a fair amount of that class of antibiotics.”Despite its species-specific shortcomings, the FDA report clearly shows that the overall usage of antibiotics in livestock is the lowest since 2009. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics reports, America’s pig farmers produced over five million more market hogs in 2016 than in 2009 and market weights increased by 16 pounds in that period. Those figures suggest that today’s pig farmers are using far less total antibiotics per pound of pork produced.“As a scientist, I’m very excited about the work America’s pig farmers have funded to help us get a more precise handle on antibiotic usage,” said public health veterinarian Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health with the National Pork Board. “We’ve been collaborating with some of the best researchers in the world on developing on-farm metrics, so that we can make additional progress in antibiotic stewardship in a way that has a tangible and positive outcome for the health of people, pigs and the planet.”According to Fowler, the National Pork Board’s work with researchers on creating novel on-farm antibiotic use metrics will advance more quickly in 2018 since much of the groundwork has been completed. Likewise, similar work has been done by the U.S. poultry and beef industries.Fowler believes ongoing collaboration with academia, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations is the best way to move forward in solving the complex issue of antibiotic resistance. She points to the Pork Checkoff’s ongoing work and collaboration with partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the global One Health initiative. Also, long-time industry programs such as PQA Plus have put even more focus on antibiotic stewardship today, which complements the Checkoff’s investment of more than $6 million for antibiotic-related studies since 2000.From a farmer perspective, O’Neel said 2017 has been another milestone in antibiotic stewardship.“While some of our detractors may think it’s only legislation or new rules that move us to act, we know differently,” he said. “The data that we are seeing in this FDA report shows that livestock producers were reducing the need and usage of antibiotics prior to the enactment of the FDA guidances going into effect on Jan. 1. It also reflects our ongoing dedication and competency as pig farmers to practice good antibiotic stewardship.”last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal needs to change strategy

first_imgAll is not lost yet. Saina Nehwal will have the opportunity to win an Olympic bronze for the country and she needs to get her focus on the match against China’s Wang Xin. The coaches need to talk to her and mentally prepare her for the big occasion. Saina should approach it as a gold medal match.She will have to play to her strengths and not into the hands of the third-ranked Chinese, something which she did against Wang Yihan in the semi-finals.It was a disappointing loss for Saina against the world No.1 Chinese. Saina appeared sluggish and was not patient. She was looking for quick points and made too many judgments that led to errors. Wang is a tall girl and has a good reach. Saina needed to engage her in long rallies, push her back and control the points. But more often Saina tried to match Wang at her speed and game. She should not be making the same mistakes against Xin who is a similar kind of player.Parupalli Kashyap has been pushing the top players for some time now. He has the game and he has improved his fitness. But he has been lacking in temperament towards the closing stages.Now coming to the important issue of fixing in badminton, it was good to see the Badminton World Federation (BWF) finally taking some action. But they should take the blame for allowing this to continue in the game. It is not the players alone, but also the coaches and officials who should be penalised because they are the one pulling the strings.advertisementThe farce played out at the Wembley Stadium in front of the spectators was nothing unusual for the badminton fraternity.The Chinese and Koreans have ruined many tournaments by fixing winners among matches between compatriots. This is one of the reasons why the game has not gained in profile.(The writer is a former national coach and two-time national champion)last_img read more

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‘The sort of secularism practised in India should have died a long time ago’

first_imgWriting on the wall “Dead secularism is being propped up by those whose interests are served by rousing the psychosis of insecurity. For India to survive, it’s best that it is laid to rest.”Jit majumder, kolkata Insidious DoctrineNo tears need to be shed for the death of secularism in India,Writing on the wall”Dead secularism is being propped up by those whose interests are served by rousing the psychosis of insecurity. For India to survive, it’s best that it is laid to rest.”Jit majumder, kolkataInsidious DoctrineNo tears need to be shed for the death of secularism in India for it has come to mean victimising the majority community and promoting a feeling of alienation among the minorities (“Secular Nemesis”, April 8). What we need is an inclusive enlightened type of secularism based on the model set up by many liberal democracies of the world that inculcates a patriotic fervour and is conducive to social harmony. But this would be possible only if our politicians shunned their narrow and selfish attitudes for the greater good of the country.Wing Commander S.C. Kapoor, NoidaOver the past few years, Indian secularism has lost its substance and what remains is its trappings, resulting in an increasing alienation of minorities and growing polarisation of society. It is time to realise that religion is man’s creation and God does not aspire for abodes like temples, mosques and churches built over corpses.K.S. Thampi, ChennaiThe adage that it is better to have a clever enemy than a foolish friend applies to our secular country. It is better to have political parties like the BJP, Shiv Sena and the Muslim League which have an open agenda than those political parties which keep them under wraps.Nandita Thakur, on e-mailOne religion is tyrannical and two religions would try to cut each other’s throat, said Voltaire. There can be nothing more injurious to the soul of our nation than conflicts borne of religious intolerance. Moral values should be directed only by reason and religion should be an aesthetic search for sanctity and eternal wisdom.H.L. SHISHOO, on e-mailHow can secularism die if it never existed in its true form in India? In fact, all communities will live in harmony if we accept that dual-faced secularism is dead, but then the politicians will be thrown out of work.Dr Rajiv Chopra, DehradunadvertisementIf your article wanted us to believe that the Gujarat riots exposed the true face of India, the genesis cannot be explained away with adjectives of selective indignation at the failings of the Congress party. The anger also has to be directed at the current Government. The BJP chief minister in Gujarat formed bands of thugs to riot and murder. But just as Praveen Togadia does not represent Hindus and the Imam does not speak for all Muslims, these thugs too do not represent the face of a majority whose tolerance has snapped.Uday Turaga, PennsylvaniaThe sort of secularism practised in India should have died a long time ago. The Nehruvian policy of secularism distorted the word to mean a state that is partisan to the minority religions at the cost of the majority religion. It is due to these interpretations that there is so much discontent in society today and an otherwise peace-loving Hindu is turning militant. It’s time Indians were treated as just that and not as minorities or majorities.Amul M. Mittal, DelhiEven though a key principle of independent India is in danger of being trampled upon by the forces of communalism, I do not entirely agree with the dismal picture painted in the cover story. Secularism was not a brainchild of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru. It is deeply ingrained in our national culture. Our leaders simply identified it and tried to strengthen it by institutionalising it. Whether it is the politics of caste or communalism, the rot is at the top, not in the layers below.Subhajit Basu, on e-mailBill of ExchangeThe opposition parties led by the Congress should feel ashamed at having sent the message to the world that though we talk of fighting terrorism on the global front, we are divided over the issue in our own country (“Lethal Weapon”, April 8).S. Balakrishnan, JamshedpurIn Course of TimeIt is unrealistic to draw comparisons between an old golf course like the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) with ones that have come up more recently (“Royal Decline”, April 1). In the past four months, a string of all-India and international tournaments have been played at the RCGC with many golfers praising the course. As for the monthly subscription, it is not Rs 150 as mentioned but Rs 350. Also, there has never been any proposal seeking to hike the membership fees. And it is pertinent to note that the venue of the Indian Open or any major tournament is the prerogative of the sponsor. And corporates, unfortunately, are moving away from Kolkata.Kuldip Singh, Committee Member, Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata advertisementMoral SenseIncreasing incidents of familial strife and crime reflect the dichotomy between an unthinking infatuation with the western way of life on the one hand and time-honoured Indian traditions on the other (“The Mysterious Death of Natasha Singh”, April 1). Instead of merely trying to ape the West, we need to be discriminating in our choices in consonance with our religious and moral value systems.Sonia Kapoor, NoidaClarificationIt was reported that union Sports Minister Uma Bharati had advised the PMO to stall the Indira Sagar power project in Madhya Pradesh to stymie the Chief Minister Digvijay Singh (“Newsnotes”, April 8). This is incorrect. The chief minister, in fact, wrote to her expressing gratitude for her role in facilitating the project. The error is regretted. – Editorlast_img read more

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Kashyap aims to peak during Asiad

first_imgIn a year full of important events, Parupalli Kashyap wants to peak during the Asian Games starting on September 19. For the ace shuttler, who won Commonwealth Games gold last month, the continental showpiece holds immense value and that is why it was at the top of his priority list.After the CWG, Kashyap competed at the World Championships where he lost in the first round after a tough match against Dieter Domke of Germany. But he seems to have put that disappointment behind and is ready for Incheon.”It is a very important event for me and I want to come back with a medal. This has been a hectic year, and my priority was the three events – CWG, Asian Games and the World Championships. Actually, I want to peak during the Asian Games,” Kashyap told MAIL TODAY.He, therefore, took some time off training after the Commonwealth Games which ended on August 3. “I gave some rest to my body for a week and I started training slowly. I was playing in so many events and even though the World Championships was near, the body needed some rest,” he said.”I wanted to recoup so that I can push myself in the next tournament. I have been training hard for the last 10 days. There is another 10 days to go before the individual competition starts and it will be a crucial period of preparation. I am pumped up and confident for the Asian Games,” he added.”I met a tough opponent at the World Championships and lost a close match but I have got over that now. I won gold at the CWG which was big for me and now the entire energy will be on the Asian Games.” Kashyap knows the level of competition at the Asiad and says draw will play an important part in his chances. “The draw will be crucial. You don’t want to run into some big names in the initial rounds. The competition will be tough.” He is, however, relying on his experience and ability to handle pressure situations.advertisement”I love playing for the country. It gives me great pride and satisfaction. I know how much the CWG gold means to me. So, whenever I turn up for the country, there is a drive to do well. I have performed well in pressure situations.”In the team event, too, it will be singles that India will be banking on. “We have good singles players. Both the doubles teams gave a good performance at the World Championships, but for us to do well there with all the top teams in fray, We have to win the three singles.”Returning home with a medal from Incheon will be perfect for Kashyap to end a happening year. “Though I have entered a few tournaments after Asiad, I will take a call whether to play [in all of them] after the Asian Games.”last_img read more

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NATIONAL YOUTH TRAINING CAMP DATES CONFIRMED

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) National Youth Training Squad Camp will be conducted from 28 June – 1 July 2007 at the Currimundi Recreation centre on the Sunshine Coast.The compulsory training camp for Australia’s National 18 and 20 Years Youth Squad members is the first time the appointed National Youth Coaches will have the opportunity to assess and work with Squad members since the announcement of National Squads earlier in the year.Participants at the camp will form the core of Australian Youth teams for the Federation of International Touch Youth World Cup to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant believes the camp is a pivotal step in Australia’s quest to regain the Youth World Cup trophy which was claimed in 2005 by arch rivals New Zealand.“TFA have high hopes for our Youth Program and we want to help all squad members to achieve their own individual goals during this process. It is imperative that we get off to a good start and set the tone with a camp that positions us to mount an imposing challenge to regain the number one World Youth ranking in 2009.” Mr. Grant said.The camp will centre around player education, understanding, and development in the following areas:·         Education process around participation and expectations within the Youth Elite Program.·         Developing and challenging our existing Australian playing approach to the game to suit international competition.·         Assessing squad member’s ability to perform within the camp format.·         Education process around fitness requirements and fitness testing procedures within the Youth Elite Program.·         Assessment of squad member’s suitability for 2009 Youth World Cup and/or selection into the Open Teams.National Youth Squad members will enjoy a well rounded and varied program set around training, team building, recreation activities, athlete education and match play.Participants have been sent an invitation and information about the camp and need to accept their position via e-mail by MONDAY 7 May 2007 by e-mailing TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant at wayne.grant@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

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TFA Invests In World Cup

first_imgIt is also recognised that the World Cup is the culmination of a clear strategic objective for our nation and one that has been a high priority for all concerned.A comprehensive analysis of the organisation’s position and subsequent planning requirements have now been completed which has resulted in a commitment from the TFA Board of Management to the 2011 World Cup campaign which is significant, and a great testament to the value the Board has placed in the success of the Australian contingent.The total investment is in excess of $250,000, which will prepare athletes for this campaign, and also ensure costs are achievable for the majority of the contingent.TFA Chairman, Michael Rush, says that it is an exciting time for the Australian contingent, and wishes the team’s the best of luck at the event. “Touch Football Australia is totally committed to the High Performance program and invests significantly in it every year,” Rush said. “World Cup selection is the pinnacle of achievement for the athletes and I’m pleased the organisation can announce further support around this event.  I join with everyone in the touch community wishing the athletes well for their final preparations and for the tournament itself.”TFA also recognises the ongoing support of the Australian Sports Commission in also achieving this result through our High Performance funding.TFA now looks forward to the opportunity to retain its position as the number one country in Touch Football for officials and teams. Related Files2011_tfa_world_cup_commitment-pdflast_img read more

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23 days ago​Huddersfield pile pressure on Stoke boss Jones

first_img​Huddersfield pile pressure on Stoke boss Jonesby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City suffered further misery in midweek as they were defeated 1-0 by Huddersfield in the Championship.The result means that it is another week spent at the bottom of the Championship for the Potters.Manager Nathan Jones had already spoken about the security of his position before the game.Now it appears that he is only a matter of time from getting the sack, given the club’s poor run of form all season.It was a tight game between the two Championship sides, with both teams having chances to score first.But eventually it was Juninho Bacuno who came off the bench to seal the win for the Terriers away from home. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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