Laurie Foster: Race for Olympics heating up

first_imgThe traditional magic and mystique of Olympic year is once again raring its attractive head. With just about nine weeks to go for the National Championships (Trials), already, a few athletes are positioning themselves, drawing for their bow and taking aim. The bullseye is a seat on the plane to the widely acknowledged ultimate in sports participation, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in the Brazilian city of Rio. For this blessed nation, with the eye-catching attraction of the sports’ world-governing body, the professional circuit, yet unfolded, promises of spectacular performances are rife. After missing two World Championships through troubling injury, Yohan Blake has stormed back. He has publicly dropped a name that identified him as a monstrous and despicable creature, which he is not. The former St Jago High School sprinter and current national under-20 record holder (10.11+1.2) blasted a then 100m world-leading 9.95 legal at the UTech-MVP Classic on April 16. It stands as arguably the most compelling boost of confidence and satisfaction levels for a country trying to put its best feet forward leading into the great spectacle in the South American continent this August. EARLY DAYS Downgrade the Blake impact a bit to Simone Facey’s 11.00 at the Tom Jones Memorial last weekend. This, too, must be a morale strengthener to an athlete who has been constantly flogged in more recent times by many she considered to be her inferior in junior track. The 2009 Berlin WC 4x100m gold medallist has sent an early indication of her path to Rio. The mark will earn her lanes at the very top of the competition ladder where there is no dodging by the world’s fastest as exists with the other gender. Yet, it is early days and one is not aware of the quality or sustainability of her programme. Suffice it to say, in the absence of this knowledge, to the fringe-based honours suspects at Trials: “Watch out, VCB, Sherone (Simpson), Kerron (Stewart) and company, Simone might have been sleeping, but is now fully awake.” The advance of the nation’s throwing programme cannot escape mention in a Rio context. Foster’s Fairplay will continue to carry the flag for coaches/pioneers of excellence in that traditionally ignored area. Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell have torched the consciences of the movers and shakers of the sport in the local arena. Their charges have been crashing parties in both genders. The new, and much appreciated by a few, wellness in discus and shot put is contagious. It has spread to the Edwin Allen and Petersfield High school models. Foster’s Fairplay, on that limited mention, is hearing legitimate calls reminiscent of the soul classic by the group Champagne – “How about us?” Yes, the template has extended to other camps. However, the point to be made is that the world scene has been invaded in these hitherto peripheral disciplines and the two coaches mentioned can take a proverbial bow. As MVP’s Paul Francis, himself part of a game-changing group, said on Facebook recently, words to the effect of: “Why stop at the World Junior level? Go for the Olympics.” Let us then see if the throwing contingent of (Odayne) Richards, (Jason) Morgan, (Federick) Dacres, (Traves) Smikle and company can inspire the new discus national Under-20 record holder and Vassell-conditioned Shanice Love to reach for Rio. With all that jockeying for team selection in store, the fans’ taste buds are already well moistened. The intensity of the Diamond League and all that it brings to the fore will only be more enticing and threatens to sweeten the competition brew even further. Looking at the pending action, on field and track, one learned critic, referring to the Jamaica Trials, opined: “It will be like a mini-Olympics. Another, speaking in less ornate terms, confided: “It nah guh normal.” Foster’s Fairplay believes that those predictions could fall short at crunch time, June 30 to July 3. For feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Raiders trade CB Conley to Texans in exchange for pick

first_imgALAMEDA — Gareon Conley became the latest first-round draft pick to find himself in another uniform, with the Raiders dealing the starting cornerback Monday to the Houston Texans for a third-round draft pick.Conley follows Khalil Mack, dealt to the Chicago Bears before the 2018 season, and Amari Cooper, who was sent to Dallas a year ago. All were drafted by former general manager Reggie McKenzie, who resigned last season and eventually replaced by Mike Mayock.“Say whatever you want. We …last_img read more

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AppsGoneFree Keeps You Posted On App Store Deals

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple’s App Store is a frantic place. There’s no good way to keep track of what’s new or what’s changed among the more than 700,000 apps in there. For instance, when a great app goes free for a promotion, wouldn’t you like to know about it? Believe it or not, there’s an app for that. AppsGoneFree 2.0 launched Tuesday.Apps don’t cost a lot of money, but if you’re the type of person who likes to try them all, it adds up. So AppsGoneFree updates every day with the latest free promotional offers for paid apps. AppsGoneFree 2.0 has an iPad version and nine languages and App Store locations, so more people can take advantage of the offers. It also has a new feature called AppBump, which lets the million members of AppsGoneFree nominate their favorite apps to be featured. If the developer agrees to make the app free for a day, AppsGoneFree will feature it prominently.AppsGoneFree is a service from AppAdvice, a site dedicated to reviewing the latest and greatest iOS apps. The site’s knowledge of the app universe helped it identify an area of need for developers and customers alike, and AppsGoneFree is the result.App Store StrugglesApps in the App Store live and die by the buzz. By temporarily going free, they can quickly climb the charts and get attention. This hopefully leads to future sales.“The problem with this methodology is the App Store is too crazy a place for methodologies,” says AppAdvice editor in chief Jamie Young. “There are literally several hundred apps reducing their price to free each day. This technique doesn’t work reliably to draw any attention to an app.”So AppsGoneFree helps developers get an additional bump out of those promotions, and its new democratic features let the community of app enthusiasts give valuable feedback and generate exposure.And whether you’re an enthusiast or not, if you want to know when great apps go free, just install AppsGoneFree (it’s free), and the app will alert you when the day’s issue comes out.Disclosure: Jon and Jamie used to host The Dock Podcast together, which is why Jamie tipped him off to this update. jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#apps#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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9 Things You Need to Know About Closing

first_imgThe words you use to ask for your dream client’s business are less important than all of the things you do leading up to that point.There are a lot of smaller “asks” that you need to make on your way to the final “ask.” You can’t move the final “ask” forward by skipping the “asks” that should have come before it.Your dream client wants you to ask for their business. They want to work with someone who wants to do the work.If the language you use to close makes you uncomfortable, then it probably isn’t good closing language. If your close has a name, then it probably isn’t good for business-to-business sales.If your dream client doesn’t say “yes” to your ask, then they have some concern that you haven’t yet resolved. If you don’t resolve that concern (or overcome that objection, if you prefer), then you are not going to get an affirmative answer by asking again.If your dream client has needs now, ask for the opportunity to help, even if you haven’t completed all the steps in your sales process. You can begin working with them while you are going through the process.There is no scenario in which it makes sense for you to wait for your dream client to ask you to work with them. Not asking for the business doesn’t make you a better salesperson.Sometimes the best way to help your dream client is to ask for the commitment to get started and force them to make a decision that they have been postponing because they are afraid to make a change that is necessary.Asking for the commitments you need to serve your dream client doesn’t make you a bad or pushy salesperson. Not asking does.last_img read more

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RCMP sitting on watchdog report into alleged spying on antioil protesters

first_imgOTTAWA — The RCMP has been sitting for two years on a watchdog report into alleged Mountie surveillance of anti-oil protesters, a civil liberties group charges.In a letter this month to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, a lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association laments the “inordinate delay” that has effectively obstructed the report’s release.The association lodged a complaint in February 2014 with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP. It alleged the national police force improperly collected and shared information about people and groups who peacefully opposed the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project and attended National Energy Board meetings.The association said monitoring, surveillance and information sharing with other government agencies and the private sector created a chilling effect for those who might wish to take part in hearings or other public discussions on petroleum issues.The commission launched a public interest investigation and completed an interim report into the matter in June 2017, forwarding it to the RCMP for comment on the conclusions and recommendations.The commission cannot prepare a final report until the RCMP commissioner responds, which also means the findings can’t be disclosed to the civil liberties association or the public.In March, Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association, wrote commission chairwoman Michelaine Lahaie to express concern that more than five years had passed since the complaint was filed, saying the RCMP may have violated the fundamental freedoms of Canadians exercising their democratic rights.“It is our view that this interminable delay undermines the credibility of the CRCC and, more importantly, calls into question its ability to fulfil its primary function: ensuring accountability of the RCMP and fostering public trust and confidence in Canada’s national police force,” Champ’s letter said.“It is regrettable that the CRCC may not be treating this complaint with the seriousness it deserves.”After receiving no reply, he followed up with another letter in May.Nika Joncas-Bourget, the commission’s director and general counsel for reviews, told Champ in late May the watchdog shared his frustration with the Mounties.“We can assure you that we have repeatedly expressed concern to the RCMP regarding the time it is taking to receive the Commissioner’s Response,” she wrote.  Joncas-Bourget said once the commission receives Lucki’s response, it will “promptly issue” its final report, something it usually does within 30 days of getting the top Mountie’s input.The RCMP had no immediate comment on the reason for the delay or when the commissioner’s response might be coming.In his Aug. 9 letter to Lucki, Champ noted the RCMP Act imposes a legal duty to provide a response to the commission’s interim report “as soon as feasible.”“In short, the RCMP has been sitting on this report for over two years and effectively obstructing its release to my client and the public,” he wrote.“It is our view that two years for your review and response to the CRCC’s interim report is clearly an unreasonable delay not contemplated by the statute, whether the delay is due to insufficient allocation of resources or any other cause.“This delay is all the more serious when the allegations concern fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Canadian Constitution.”The civil liberties association also complained in early 2014 about improper monitoring of anti-pipeline activists by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.The review committee that oversees CSIS dismissed the complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome, a proceeding that is ongoing.— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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