Simpson will be better for 2016 – Wilson

first_imgMaurice Wilson, coach of 2015 Pan American Games 100-metre gold champion Sherone Simpson, is seeing where his athlete can improve even further on this past season, her most successful in years. The 31-year-old Simpson has been training with Wilson since late 2014 and won Pan American Games gold in 10.95 seconds in July, her first title since she won the Commonwealth Games 200m title in 2006. It was also the first time since 2008 that she was breaking 11 seconds in the 100m. She went on to win sprint relay gold at the IAAF World Championships in August in Beijing, China, where she ran a season’s best 22.50 in the final of the 200 metres. She also advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m. Wilson believes the success Simpson achieved this year will help her achieve new targets for the 2015/2016 season that includes the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next August. “Personally, I felt we had a great season. Sherone was perhaps the only athlete who had to be ready for three major meets – the national trials, the Pan American Games and the World Champion-ships and she excelled tremendously at the Pan Am Games, she made the national team and, in my estimation, she did fairly well at the World Champ-ionships,” he said. He revealed that he got Simpson into the best shape possible for the Pan Am Games to give her the best chance of success there. “I felt a couple of the other ladies were a little ahead of her, and I had to be realistic. I wanted her to have a platform in terms of confidence, and it really worked out for us,” he said. LOOKING FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENT The confidence she would have gained from this season, he said, will help her improve for next season. “I am not the type of coach to get ahead of myself, but I believe it is possible for her to improve at the very least by 0.05s. I never normally judge persons off just one run, so I am talking about being consistent in that region, and if she can be consistent, then her 200m will be better as well,” he said. “I am quite certain that we will make tremendous progress for the Olympic year.” Now that he has learned even more about her, he said it will help him do an even better job of preparing her. “I would have known so much more about her. In terms of some of the things that we were not able to do, I think we will be able to do those things, and as I have always said she is extremely professional, and once she continues to bring that to the game, and with the sort of effort that we both will put into the season coming up, the sky is the limit.”last_img read more

Match point

first_imgHe turned professional in 2008 and won 44 games in the same year. Last year Somdev Devvarman set a record by winning gold medals in the Commonwealth and Asian games. All courtI really enjoyed playing the game right from the beginning and enjoyed taking part in the local junior tennis,He turned professional in 2008 and won 44 games in the same year. Last year Somdev Devvarman set a record by winning gold medals in the Commonwealth and Asian games.All courtI really enjoyed playing the game right from the beginning and enjoyed taking part in the local junior tennis tournaments. From there, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was playing competitive tennis. My parents encouraged me to spend a lot of time outdoors and I played a lot of sport. Having a tennis court in the complex where I grew up in Chennai was also an additional factor that sparked my interest in the game.Now I enjoy what I do and I am following my dream. I don’t believe I made any sacrifices along the way. I looked up to a lot of players especially legends such as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. They set a great example to follow on and off the court. These players represent the sport in the best way possible.First serveI won my first match when I was 10 years old at a tournament in Chennai. It was the first round of qualifying matches and I was really excited about my victory. The journey since then has been long and now it feels really awesome to make it to the grand slams. The grand slams are what you play for. The usual thoughts went through my head right before the first big game. Things like, trying to focus on the job at hand and staying calm. Concentrating on your game plan is also essential. I take one match at a time and try to play my best each time that I am on the court.Challenge roundI don’t think I can pick out one challenge as the biggest one. Sometimes overcoming what seems like little challenges can be the toughest. The toughest game was probably the India vs. South Africa Davis Cup match in 2009 against Rik De Voest in South Africa. It was a tough five-setter where I was down two sets to nil, and winning that match would put India ahead 3-1. That match was physically and mentally draining and I am glad I managed to pull off a win. That victory put us back in the World group after 11 years.Big serveI think it is a great honour to be able to represent your country on a competitive international platform. I am extremely privileged and happy to be able to do so. Having supporters adds to your confidence and it feels really nice to know that there are so many people who follow your career and have such a keen interest on how you are progressing. I don’t think of it as a responsibility. I do feel the pressure sometimes, especially when I am playing for the country. But taking it in a positive stride, it is this pressure that drives me to perform better.Advantage setMy family and my team are my support system. I know I can depend on my family for anything and they are the ones I can fall back on. My team is out there supporting, encouraging and working with me day in and day out. They work as hard as I do to help me get better and stronger. It feels good to know that dedicated people who want to see you do well surround you and are there for you. I really don’t believe in good luck charms, but most sports people are superstitious about something or the other.Apart from playing tennis, I enjoy playing pretty much any sport. I love hanging out with friends and having a good time. I also love listening to music and watching movies in my free time.Down the lineMy aim for this year is to break into the top 50 in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking and maintain that. I have not really planned anything beyond that. I willrevise them later.My advice for those who want to follow in my footsteps and decide to choose professional tennis as a career option would be to, be passionate about the game, enjoy it and be prepared to work really hard. Believe in yourself, be sincere and make sure that this is what you really want because it is a tough life. Tips for successBelieving in yourself is really important. Believe that you can win. A lot of it is in your head.Be dedicated to what you do. So make sure that this is what you really want, be passionate, enjoy it and be prepared to work really hard. Do it with sincerity and hopefully success will follow.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse falls at No 5 Maryland 108

OSU junior attacker Austin Shanks (11) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior attacker Carter Brown’s three goals on Sunday were not enough, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-8, 1-3) lost to No. 5 Maryland (11-2, 4-0) by a score 10-8 in College Park, Maryland.Brown continued his hot play of late, scoring three goals to follow up his two-goal, two-assist performance against Michigan on April 16 in the Showdown in the Shoe.The loss is part of a roller-coaster season for OSU in which the Buckeyes won five of their first six games, lost six in a row, then won in front of more than 20,000 fans against Michigan last week.Maryland started the day’s scoring when junior attacker Matt Rambo recorded his first of two goals to give the Terrapins the early lead.OSU responded when senior midfielder Jarret Hassfeld scored his first of two goals in the game and first of the season to even up the score.After a second goal by Maryland, OSU went on a 4-1 run, capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Trevor Hodgins to take a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter.Maryland flipped the switch, though, and rattled off seven straight goals to take a 10-5 lead in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Bryan Cole and junior midfielder Colin Heacock scored two goals apiece during the run. The second goal was Heacock’s 30th on the season, a team-high for Maryland.OSU went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 10-8, the third being Brown’s third goal of the game with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. However, senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr and the Maryland defense clamped down in the time remaining, sealing in the Maryland win.Bernlohr had six saves on the day, while OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey had eight.The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the game, but nine OSU turnovers led to a time-of-possession advantage for the Terrapins.The loss brings the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 1-3 in the Big Ten going into their final game of the season against Rutgers.Penn State also has a 1-3 record but holds the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes because of the Nittany Lions’ head-to-head win in April.With only one spot left up for grabs in the Big Ten tournament, OSU will need a win against Rutgers and Penn State to lose against Michigan on Saturday.The game against Rutgers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Columbus. read more

Didier Deschamps debunks Pogbas retirement claims

first_imgFrance boss Deschamps believes Paul Pogba will play in Qatar 2022, despite the midfielder’s comments suggesting he may retire from international football. Pogba spoke to journalists on Sunday, catching everyone in the room by surprise by saying Russia could well be his last tournament for the French national side.His comments have come as a surprise to his current manager Didier Deschamps, who still fully expects the midfielder to be a part of the France squad at the next World Cup.He spoke to reporters about his star player: “I don’t think it will be his last World Cup, he’s only 25 years old, it’s highly probable that he will play another one,”Before suggesting that Pogba’s words were likely tongue in cheek: “I always see the same Paul,”“Over the past 15 days, he is suddenly not going to change from being the joker to someone that’s very sincere.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“He’s had to go through some difficult periods but I always see the same player. He has accumulated lots of experience, he’s clear in his head, he’s happy and very motivated.”France is already through to the knockout phase in Russia and faces Denmark tomorrow in a game Deschamps may use to rest many of his starting XI. A la veille du match face au Danemark, les hommes de Didier Deschamps se sont entraînés au Stade Loujniki à Moscou #FiersdetreBleus #FRADAN pic.twitter.com/iAfP6NVz4q— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 25, 2018last_img read more

Piatek reveals Champions League dream

first_imgKrzysztof Piatek hopes to make a Champions League bow soon and further revealed he knew his Genoa teammates via video games.Piatek,23, has netted 13 goals in as all competitions for Genoa since his arrival from Cracovia, earning reports of €50m offers from Napoli and Juventus.Despite the goals drying up since Ivan Juric replaced Davide Ballardini on the bench, the Poland international remains relaxed.“It’s just a coincidence,” he told the Football Italia via Corriere della Sera newspaper.“There’s no such thing as a player who scores in every single game. Plus Genoa are a big club, but not among the strongest teams in Italy right now. It’s far easier to score goals at Real Madrid or Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I never expected to be Capocannoniere of Serie A, but it’s still early days and I can’t rest on my laurels. We need goals, I am hungry for more, and those scored towards the end of the season are often more decisive.”Piatek isn’t the only one who didn’t see his success coming, as he fully admits it was a learning curve.“None of my teammates knew who I was and, to be honest, I was hoping for that clean slate. I thought to myself if they don’t know that I scored 21 goals last season and find the net almost every game, then perhaps the defenders I’ll be facing won’t know it either. So being unknown was an advantage.“I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about my Genoa teammates either. So after signing for the club, I fired up the PlayStation and searched for them on there.”last_img read more

TCI CVQ Portfolio Workshop for High School Teachers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 2, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services, in a major thrust to promote competency-based education in the country, hosted a two-day training workshop in Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).   The event was held at the HJ Robinson High and Clement Howell High Schools respectively on January 25 and 26, 2018.   Forty-five teachers from public and private high schools throughout the islands with specialization in TVET Education participated.  The facilitator was Miss Jodine Williams who currently serves as the Senior Assistant Registrar in the Syllabus & Curriculum Division, at the CXC Regional office in Kingston, Jamaica.In an effort to address the need for local skilled workers and to provide greater curriculum options that takes into consideration the individual learning styles and interests of our students, the Ministry of Education introduced the CVQ Programme in public high schools in 2015.  The programmes introduced thus far are Carpentry, Commercial Food Preparation, Data Operations and Office Administration.  Other programmes are expected to be introduced in the coming academic year.The CVQ Programme is based on Competency-Based Education Training and Assessment (CBETA) which is built on the philosophy of being learner centred.   As students’ progress by mastering each competency, they are required to create and maintain portfolios of their work.   The workshop was therefore specifically to train teachers in helping students build and manage their portfolios, as well as train teachers to assess their students work, based on established industry standards.Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Trail Crews And Volunteers Clean Up Swan Lake Canoe System

first_imgCrews and volunteers have also placed fresh signage on all the portages in the canoe system. The Moose River is also open and floatable, according to KNWR. To access the Moose River, travel from the East Entrance to Swan Lake. From Swan Lake to Izak Walton State Recreation Area, plan either an 8-10 hour day or an overnight trip. Crews report good trail and camping conditions all along the route. The recent rains are bringing out the mosquitoes, so remember your head net and insect repellent as you plan your float. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trail Crew, with the help of the Kenai Watershed Forum Streamwatch interns, have cleared the Swan Lake Canoe System from the East and West Entrances.center_img The Swan Lake Route is the most popular of the two systems, covering 60 miles and 30 lakes and connected by shorter portages with access to the 17 mile long Moose River. For a map of this route visit the KNWR Maps site.last_img read more

Kate Middleton left mortified due to this SHOCKING prank on her by

first_imgCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pass British Prime Minister Theresa May as they attend the Men’s Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018, in London, England.Getty ImagesKate Middleton was not always surrounded by guards. At one point, she was a commoner too, doing summer jobs. It was during this time that a prank was played on the Duchess of Cambridge that had left her mortified.Cal Tomlinson, one of Kate’s colleagues during her summertime at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, recalls the prank in the book Kate: The Future Queen, written by the royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl.Kate Middleton’s duties in the marina involved cleaning the decks, greeting guests and giving them safety demonstrations. It was during one of these demonstrations, Kate was completely caught by surprise as a staff had rigged her life vest with condoms. As she inflated the vest, the condoms were everywhere around her leaving her to feel “very embarrassed” in front of stunned guests. Kate Middleton, Duchess of CambridgeGetty Images”When she pulled the toggle, the thing inflated and a load of condoms fell out,” Cal recalls how the incident happened. “She was mortified and very embarrassed,” he further added. That the incident had left a deep impact on the Duchess’s life, remembered Cal. “She was angry at first, but she settled down, and I don’t remember her ever getting them back,” he pointed out how the Duchess responded. Following that summer Kate went onto attend college.In the University of St Andrews, she met Prince William and it was in Fife, Scotland in 2001 did she make a pact with the Prince of secretly marrying each other.Though Express has found out that Nicholl later contended in her 2011 book, The Royal Romance, did Prince William and Kate Middleton makes a secret pact of marrying each other after their second major break up.”I suppose what none of us knew was that she and William had actually made a secret pact to be married way back in 2007, after they got together after their second major break-up. And we know that this is a couple who are very good at keeping secrets. So really, Kate had the last laugh, because she’s got her prince,” Nicholl contended in the book.last_img read more

When love goes to science for inspiration

first_imgAn engineer, a finance teacher and now a fiction writer, Dr Rajiv Seth is a man of many fields. This ardent lover of science does not believe in restricting himself to only one domain. In his book Never Say Goodbye, he entwines a love story with science. Read on to discover what sowed the first seed for his book, his views on technological innovation and its possible aftermath… Your book Never Say Goodbye is a love story in which the character attempts to transcend the law of nature through science to make her love eternal. Since it is your first book, how did it happen? What was the source of inspiration for you? And tell me something more about the book. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Many years ago, human beings experimented with Dolly the sheep – the first attempt at cloning an animal. It fascinated me, and just like many others, I wondered if it would ever lead to human cloning. I followed the many debates which have taken place, and I guess that is what sowed the first seed of the story of my book.Never Say Goodbye is about two doctors, Anjali and Aakash, each satisfied in their own worlds, but each yearning to do much more in life. And so when they meet, it is as if the synergies propel them into new areas of work. They work together, pushing each other to realise their potential. Emotional and physical attachments naturally follow – but complications arise because Anjali is married and Aakash is not. Initially Aakash lectures Anjali on marriage being sacrosanct, while Anjali is rebellious. Aakash pushes Anjali to get into the world of genetics and Anjali enjoys every bit of it, setting up a funded research lab in India. But then Anjali has a child from Aakash, and then the roles are reversed, with Aakash becoming so frustrated with Anjali and his child not being able to be with him, that in a state of depression he ends his life. Anjali is so taken aback, that, while thus far she was opposed to human cloning, she now pulls out a source of Aakash’s DNA and decides to take the plunge and create a clone of Aakash. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix You have taken up the issue of human cloning and therapeutic cloning in your book. The opponents of the technology use the notion of human dignity against it because of which either it is banned or a highly regulated field, what is your view on this technology?While therapeutic clwoning is being done, and the benefits of that are widely known, it is human cloning which has drawn-in the aspect of ethics into it. Can we play God? Won’t it lead to many chaotic situations? As I have mentioned in my book, what if someone could find the DNA and create multiple clones of Adolf Hitler? But then this happens with most technology. Scientists discover and create new things.How we use them is what determines the fate of the human race. Nuclear fission, for example, can be used for the good of mankind, but at the same time can destroy generations. So my opinion is that while the field of genetics will definitely benefit mankind, its misuse can lead to chaos.Technology has its share of bane and boon. Do you think putting a ban on further advances of some technology as being morally right? Don’t you think banning new technology only ensures that our society become stagnant? For instance, ban on genetically modified crops in India?Human beings wouldn’t be where they are, if it were not for scientific advancements. What is therefore required is a good regulatory framework where the use of technology or scientific discoveries are regulated in a correct and ethical manner. Above all, I think increased education and awareness levels would help us all to self-regulate!What is your passion? Is it science, finance, teaching or writing?Science definitely! There are so many fascinating things being discovered and created around us all the time, that the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ which little kids take along with them all the time, are still alive in me – and I do hope they never die.But then, being a typical Gemini, I have always wanted to dabble in many other things too. So Finance is what I got into for my doctoral research. Teaching and writing are natural corollaries. And today, what gives me the biggest high is to be in a class-full of young, questioning minds!Do you plan to write another book? Would it be a sequel to your first book because of its open ending?A lot of people who have read the book have actually felt that a sequel would be very interesting. Yes, Never Say Goodbye ends with many questions left unanswered in the readers’ minds – but then that was the intention. I get a thrill when those who have read the book write to me to say that they spent hours thinking after they finished with the book. So I have actually been toying with the idea of a sequel where the clone of Aakash takes birth, with Anjali not having a relationship of any sort with him, but still having a bond which is unshakeable. It would be interesting for the cloned Aakash to go through life in a society which is yet to come to terms with even genetically modified food!last_img read more

High levels of bacteria found in raw meat dog foods

first_imgFeeding your pooch with raw meat could pose potential health risks as they contain high levels of bacteria, researchers have warned. A study by researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden showed that many raw meat products contain enterobacteriaceae species, which are indicators of faecal contamination and hygiene standards. Such food products can also cause health risks to people, particularly infants, elderly and those with poor immunity, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA raw meat-based diet has become increasingly popular with dogs in recent years because it is seen as a “healthier natural alternative” to the widely available commercial products. But unlike commercial feeds, raw meat products are not heat treated or freeze dried to pasteurise, the research team added. For the study, published in the journal Vet Record, researchers took samples from 60 packs of raw meat samples that were analysed for bacteria, including enterobacteriaceae species – clostridium perfringens, salmonella and campylobacter. Nearly 31 samples (52 per cent) contained bacteria levels that exceeded the 5,000 bacteria per gram maximum threshold set by the European Union regulations, said the study. Escherichia coli was found in about a third of the samples. Clostridium perfringens, another marker of faecal contamination and hygiene standards, was found in 18 samples (30 per cent).last_img read more