BRUSSELS, Belgium: IMAGINE. Usain Bolt has not quite achieved his full potential. Ridiculous. Surely. Or is it? There are very few people who know Bolt as well as this fellow does, but despite the athlete’s glittering CV, which includes a decade of sprinting dominance at the junior and senior levels, world records in the 100m and 200m, as well as six Olympic and 11 World Championships gold medals, his best friend and executive manager, Nugent Walker, believes the Jamaican superstar has not maxed out and is yet to fulfil on his abilities. Imagine that. Walker, fully assured in his long-time friend’s capabilities, was perhaps the coolest man in Beijing as Bolt, despite a troubled season up to that point, successfully defended his 100 and 200m titles at the IAAF World Championships. However, Walker, who spoke to the athlete’s challenges in 2015, believes track and field’s poster boy has actually underachieved, with injuries and other factors hampering what he thinks is the sprinter’s full potential. Never doubted Bolt Wild celebrations in the stands aside, Walker, who was asked by Bolt to join his team after his heroics at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 IAAF World Championships, has long been a grounding element in the sprinter’s life, and having spent every success, scare and sacrifice by his side, the trained educator-turned-high-level manager sees in Bolt a machine waiting to be pushed to red-line speed. “We always trouble him that he underachieves on the track. I don’t want to name any times, but 9.58 and 19.19 isn’t the best of Usain, so it’s somewhat of a banter among us,” Walker mentioned recently during a chat with The Sunday Gleaner. “Injuries have always prevented that, but we are hoping that next year we can have a decent-enough season where we can show the world his true best. “Usain has spoken about this. He has repeatedly stated that he wants to run sub-19 seconds in the 200m, and the coach has the programme in place. He (Bolt) has the talent to make that happen, so we hope we can get there. Usain is praying, and we are trying to support him that he can have a season where there is no injury or limited amount of injury that won’t set him back, and once we can get a season like that in, the mind can’t imagine what Usain can achieve on the track,” added Walker, who went on to share the secret behind fuelling the fire that drives the world’s fastest man. “We always try to tell him a couple things; people we know who can tick him off, we’d say ‘hey, this person said so and so about you’; we would whisper that to him, and that also gets him fired up. So we always try to keep a balance in what we share with him because he is not a person who is really involved in the media, he doesn’t watch the news every day or read the papers every day, so we streamline what we feed to him,” admitted Walker, when asked about the athlete’s reaction to public doubt. “Usain lives for competition. I don’t know that we can say that enough, so we actually laugh when people say that he is a coward or afraid or backing down. His record shows otherwise. Outside of that, he is always like ‘let’s show them that it can be done again’. He has no problem when it is said that he is not healthy or that he is not running fast, but when his competitive edge is being questioned, that always drives him,” said Walker, who has been friends with Bolt since the age of four. “Our role in Usain’s life as members of his team is to try to get his body in the best physical condition, so that when he gets to the championships, his body can do what his mind tells him, because he has such a strong mind. So once you get him to the championships strong and ready, his mind will take over, and that’s what separates him from everyone else. “Even the races at the World Championships, there were other people who were fitter than him, but his mind power and that will to win, that drive, made him win,” Walker added. Grounding element “He worked hard with his coach, and the reward is now on the table for everyone to see, so he’s really very happy about the way the season ended. The team has never doubted Usain’s or the coach’s ability. There was a concern from the New York meet about what was happening to him physically or medically. Obviously, we figured there was some amount of niggles taking place; injury is a big word, because he was still able to train, but he just could not maximise his potential,” Walker explained. “Doubt? Usain never doubts his ability!” Next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will perhaps present the last big stage for Bolt to truly floor his pedal, and if Walker is right, it won’t be long before the Jamaican speedster gives the historians some more work.
Indicating he’s taking advantange of the economic downturn and low commodity price environment, Cas Morel, the President and CEO of Terra Energy, is moving to solidify the position of the Calgary-based company in the Fort St. John area. Terra has agreed to acquire all of the shares of Tecton Energy Canada, in a cash and share transaction, valued at 8 million dollars. The news release confirming the transaction says, Tecton assets consist primarily, of 140 gross sections of mineral rights, which cover nearly 90,000 gross acres, in the immediate vicinity of Fort St. John. – Advertisement -They are either adjacent to or, in close proximity to, lands currently owned by Terra and, they have the potential for Montney gas. However, more importantly to Terra, the Tecton lands also have potential, in numerous other formations in the region, including those in Baldonnel, Charlie Lake, Belloy, the Halfway, the Doig, and the Kiskatinaw. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approvals but, is scheduled to be finalized late next month.
Turning Point Sports Bar will come alive tomorrow when Georgetown Domino Association (GDA) Executive Member Dion Carter stages his Annual Birth Anniversary Competition for all teams interested in participating.The dominoes stalwart, who has been involved in the game for many years and has also played a pivotal role in spreading the game, has organised the competition, which will enjoy sponsorship from ANSA McAL under its Stag Beer brand.According to Organising Secretary Mark “Jumbie” Wiltshire, the format of the competition will see teams being awarded five points for a win, while second and third place will receive three and one point respectively.Wiltshire added that teams were advised to adhere to the rules and regulations that would govern the tournament, informing that the no pay no play law would be in effect.The winning team will take home $150,000, runners-up $75,000 and third place $35,000 along with trophies. The entrance fee is $12,000.Starting time is 15:00h, and teams are reminded that they must be at the venue early to complete registration since late entries will not be accepted.Wiltshire further disclosed that the final day of the tournament would be held at Dynasty Sports Bar, South Ruimveldt.
Oaks Christian High of Westlake Village quarterback Jimmy Clausen – the top-rated junior recruit in the country – has given his verbal commitment to attend Notre Dame, choosing the Fighting Irish over USC. Clausen, in South Bend, Ind., with teammates Marc Tyler and Casey Matthews on an unofficial recruiting trip to attend Notre Dame’s spring scrimmage Saturday, declined to comment on his decision. Oaks Christian football coach Bill Redell confirmed Clausen’s commitment Friday following a phone conversation with Steve Clarkson, Clausen’s private quarterback coach. Clarkson – in New York for the upcoming NFL draft – is a close friend of the family, having previously worked with Clausen’s older brothers Casey and Ricky, both of whom played at Tennessee. Clausen, 27-0 as a starter the past two seasons, led Oaks Christian to its third consecutive Southern Section championship last fall. According to Redell, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Clausen – who has thrown for 7,300 yards and 96 touchdowns in his career – last visited with USC coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday. “I haven’t heard from Jimmy or his dad (since they arrived in South Bend), but I’ve been told by a lot of people who I consider reliable sources about the decision,” Redell said. “I don’t think he really planned on committing this weekend, but maybe when he got there, he got caught up in the excitement and made his decision. It’s a little surprising that it happened so fast, but if (former Notre Dame coach) Lou Holtz is saying so on ESPN, then I guess it’s true.” Clausen is expected to make his official announcement at 6:30 a.m. PDT at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend. He isn’t allowed to sign a national letter of intent until February 2007. Clay Matthews, Casey’s father and an Oaks Christian assistant, is with Clausen and Tyler in South Bend, but had yet to speak with Jimmy or his father, Jim Sr., regarding the commitment. Redell said he believed one of the deciding factors in Clausen’s decision to choose the Fighting Irish over USC was the opportunity to be mentored by Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. Before arriving at Notre Dame, Weis was offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots’ three Super Bowl titles in four years, and as a defensive and special teams assistant for the New York Giants during their Super Bowl XXV victory. “Charlie Weis has a great history with quarterbacks and with Brady Quinn graduating (in the spring) and Jimmy on track to graduate in December, he should be able to come into practice and begin learning the system right away,” Redell said of Clausen, who is taking additional courses at Ventura College in order to graduate early. “One thing about Jimmy is he’s not afraid to compete. But with Brady graduating, the door is kind of open. Notre Dame is a very prestigious university and I’m really excited for the kid. It’s an exciting time for Jimmy and Oaks Christian.” USC still has quarterbacks John David Booty and Mark Sanchez on its roster, in addition to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks’ Garrett Green arriving in the fall. Green was part of a Trojans 2006 recruiting class that was rated No. 2 in the country by most analysts. Clausen’s decision, along with the possibility of Tyler following him to South Bend, could make Notre Dame the front-runner to secure the nation’s top recruiting class in 2007. Weis signed two quarterbacks from the Class of 2006 – Zach Frazer (Mechanicsburg HS, Pa.) and Demetrius Jones (Morgan Park HS, Chicago) – but didn’t offer the nation’s top quarterback prospect, Mitch Mustain (Springdale, Ark.), with the hopes of getting a commitment from Clausen. “It’s becoming a trend for colleges to offer these kids early,” said Redell, who noted that Tyler has been rated as high as the No. 2 junior prospect in the country, according to recruiting services. “I know Jimmy had a lot of discussion with his two brothers, because they’ve been through this before.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tags: charles lukwagoFUFA Super cupKCCA FCvipers sc KCCA FC receiving the trophy after defeating Vipers on SaturdayFUFA Super Cup 2018Vipers SC 0 (2) – 0 (4) KCCA FCMutesa II Was Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuSaturday, 22-09-2018WANKULUKUKU – KCCA FC defeated rivals Vipers SC 4-2 on penalties to retain the FUFA Super Cup on Saturday evening at Wankulukuku.Both sides ended the 90 minutes of normal time deadlocked at 0-0, requiring penalties to be separated.KCCA FC goalkeeper Charles Lukwago was the star of the day making several eye catching saves both in normal times and the shoot-outs.In the first half, Lukwago made a stunning double saves; First denying 2017/18 league top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma, parrying his low effort and then sending Noah Wafula’s rebound out for a corner-kick.Mike Mutebi’s side’s best chance of the first half fell to defender Bernard Muwanga who could not keep down his fierce volleyed shot from inside the area as it went over for a goal kick.In the second half, Lukwago was at it again as he tipped over a Moses Waiswa expertly curled free-kick, out for a corner.With just a few minutes on the clock, the former Proline custodian saved his side again as he denied Sserunkuma from close range.However, there was still time for Allan Okello to try and win it for KCCA at the other end but his effort was fouled by Fabian Mutombora in the Vipers goal.After the final whistle was blown at the end of regulation time, KCCA tried to make a substitution, bringing on Jamal Maliyamungu in place of Charles Lukwago for the penalty shoot-outs but the match day officials turned their request down.The move would later turn out to be a blessing in disguise with Lukwago saving from Aggrey Madoi and Waiswa. Only substitute Tito Okello and Geoffrey Wasswa converted their spots for the Venoms.Hassan Musana, Mustafa Kizza, Bernard Muwanga and Julius Poloto all found the net for KCCA to win 4-2 on penalties.The victory means KCCA FC retain the trophy that won last year after defeating Paidah Black Angels 3-0.This is the perfect build up for Mike Mutebi’s team as they await the start of the 2018/19 League season next week.For Vipers’, their new tactician Javier Martinez Espinosa missed out on a chance to win his maiden silver-ware in Uganda.The StarTimes Uganda Premier League is slatted to start on Friday, 28-09-2018 but surprisingly, fixture have not been drawn yet.Comments
Raphoe notes:Raphoe Tidy Towns Local History ProjectHave you any old photos of Raphoe & District? We are particularly interested in photos of community or church events, farming, local people & characters, schooldays, sports days or indeed any other photographs of interest. All original photos will be scanned or copied and the original returned. All those donating photos will be acknowledged.Donations may be left for the attention of Martin or Hilary in the Tidy Towns office at the Volt House. Tel 9145692. Raphoe Family Resource Centre Afterschool and Homework Club 2017/18Registration for the Afterschool/Homework Club will take place on Tuesday 5 th September 2017 from 3pm – 6pm at the Resource Centre, The Volt House, The Diamond, Raphoe. Reg Fee €7. For more information please contact: 074 9145796 or 0873641503.Do you want to give the Gift of Sight?Niamh Coyle will be collecting glasses to donate to Lion’s Club International who will send them to people who desperately need them in developing countries such as Africa, India and Eastern Europe. There are collection boxes in Coyle’s Centra Raphoe, Louise Masterson’s Opticians Raphoe and Raphoe Pharmacy. Niamh is working towards her Chief Scout Award and An Gaisce. The spectacles must be in good condition for people to wear and you don’t need to send the case. Your glasses will make a difference. Thank you!Donegal Youth Service Community Employment ProjectVacancy: Youth Support WorkerLocation: Raphoe Family Resource Centre19.5 hours per weekApplicants must be eligible for Community Employment (terms / conditions apply – General rule 21 years old and 1 year unemployed). Contact your local Intreo/DSP Office for confirmation.For further details or Application form Contact:Lee Stephenson 074 – 91 29630 or send C.V. (with PPS Number and Date of Birth.) to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Email; email@example.com or call in to Raphoe Family Resource Centre, Volt House, The Diamond, Raphoe. Tel: 0749145796St Columba’s Conference SVP RaphoeWould you like to bake or donate cakes, scones, pastries etc for a Coffee morning & Cake Sale later this year probably around Halloween in aid of our local SVP Conference? If you can help please give your name to Catherine Laird 0877629686 or Bernadette Gallagher 0876819148. Please help us to help others. Thank You. Raphoe SVP Conference.Raphoe Tidy Towns Vacancies:The Tidy towns will have the following vacancies for the next C.E Project due to commence in September. 4 General Environmental workers, 1 Caretaker/cleaner & 1 Secretarial/ Accounts Administrator. For an application form please contact the Supervisor on 0879473527 or 9145692. Vacancies open to male and female applicants. DSP eligibility criteria for community employment applies for all posts. Thank You.50-50 Bonus BallThere was no winner of the Bonus Ball this week. To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am- 12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Thank You.Raphoe Notes: Do you have old pictures of Raphoe? was last modified: August 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:picturesRaphoeRaphoe Family Resource Centre
CINCINNATI — On May 1, 2018, Brandon Crawford was the Giants’ biggest offensive liability, as the shortstop was hitting .189 with a paltry .537 on-base plus slugging percentage.On May 1, 2019, Crawford’s batting average was slightly higher than it was a year ago at .198, but his OPS was a club-worst .495.Crawford’s slow offensive start gave the Giants significant cause for concern a year ago, but after a dismal April, the left-handed hitter rebounded with two of the best months of his pro …
Berkeley scientists are disputing the notion that the rows of plates on the backs of stegosaurs served as heat exchangers. Instead, they were for show. EurekAlert and Science Daily explain that this was probably true of other dinosaur decorations: “The team’s analysis of stegosaur plates lends support to a growing consensus among paleontologists that the weird adornments of many dinosaurs – the horns of triceratops, the helmet-like domes of the pachycephalosaurs, and the crests of the duck-billed hadrosaurs – likely served no function other than to differentiate species, akin to birds’ colorful feather ornamentation.” If they evolved as decorations, maybe heat exchange was an “exaptation” – i.e., an incidental benefit. (Some stegosaur-like species have little or no plates.) Sexual selection is not a likely explanation, though. Kevin Padian said, “we don’t see a clear distinction between male and female stegosaurs. Without sexual dimorphism [physical distinctions between male and female], you have no evidence for sexual selection, so you can’t invoke sexual display as an explanation.” Neither does defense make sense. The structures were too flimsy to provide protection; the munch from an allosaur would be “like biting through a sandwich.” Padian argued for the only explanation left: that the structures were for “elaborate displays for social group recognition,” like bird calls, underscoring the “importance of behavior to evolution.”The structures would have to be pretty large and elaborate to function for social group recognition. How many lucky mutations did that take? A mole or nub on one stegosaur’s back would probably not be enough to get the ball rolling, to make all the others think that it was so attractive, he or she would be the only one getting a mate. Maybe some things in nature are just for looks and contribute little or nothing to survival of the fittest. Structures might be amplified by microevolution into extreme forms, but Darwinian theory would have a hard time explaining how they got there in the first place.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matthew Klopfenstein, from Wayne Trace, is the new Ohio FFA President.President: Matthew Klopfenstein, Wayne TraceVice President: Mary Buehler, AnnaSecretary: Michaela Kramer, BotkinsTreasurer: Haley Wilson, SheridanReporter: Aaron Klohn, ClydeSentinel: Robert Thiel, RidgedaleRegional Vice President at Large: Lesley Shanahan, Mechanicsburg; Ryan Goddard, A.B. Graham Ohio Hi-Point; Alyssa McQuiston, Miami Valley CTC; Sarah Landis, Valley View-MVCTC; and Madison Sheahan, Genoa-Penta.
Uttar Pradesh was hit by another deadly dust storm that claimed 17 lives and left 11 persons injured on Friday evening.A U.P. government spokesperson on Saturday said that most of the deaths were caused due to falling of trees and house collapse.Moradabad bore the maximum brunt of the storm, with as many as seven deaths reported from the district, followed by three deaths from Sambhal, the State government spokesperson said.Two deaths were reported each from Badaun, Muzaffarnagar and Meerut, while one death was reported from Amroha, he said.Five persons were injured in Amroha, three in Moradabad, two in Muzaffarnagar and one in Badaun.The State government has directed all district magistrates to distribute relief within 24 hours.The State was swept by three major dust storms last month that left over 130 people dead.On May 13, 39 people died in various districts including Bareilly, Barabanki, Bulandshahr and Lakhimpur Khiri districts.On May 9, a severe storm left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 left 80 dead in the State, most of them in Agra district in the western part of the State.