Laurie Foster: Good job Calabar High

first_img Add Russell ‘Midnight’ Thompson and his vivid story-telling – fiction with a sprinkling of fact – the five- or six-strong Wynter clan, all representing the black and green, and the call was like that following a Sir Garfield Sobers extra-cover drive – “not a man moved”. They all craved their ‘I was there’ status and had to be seen in the place – talk about distraction as the distant sound of a gunshot, piercing the air at intervals, indicating the start of yet another, seemingly irrelevant race. There was a cost for all this. Those highly anticipated races went by without the visual input of some of the most ardent followers of the sport. Thank you, ‘Stewie’ Spencer for passing by and bringing the group to attention as to what had been missed. It was a good day, and the hospitality of the homesters was first-class. It only needs a little fine-tuning to get the event in more spectator-friendly mode. Calabar has a tradition of excellence in the sport to uphold. Wint and McKenley started the trend, and those now in the limelight are carrying the baton, protected by a host of well-wishers. There can be no better way to concretise the tradition of the ‘Utmost for the Highest’. They were summoned to perform last Saturday, and the response was tumultuous. “Here, Sir.” Good job, Calabar! NOT A MAN MOVED Saturday, January 23, 2016, was a significant day in the already richly endowed history of Jamaica’s track and field. It signalled the dawn of a new day in which Calabar High School hosted a track meet on a home-based, synthetic surface. The event was in honour of two of its athletic products who have etched their names in the annals of the sport around which the country has received its most global acclaim. That such prominence, privilege, and prestige should have gone to Red Hills Road was indeed fitting, given that school’s meaningful contribution to the process. The celebrants, Herb McKenley and Dr Arthur Wint, stand as the first two Jamaicans to record medals at the highest echelon of the sport. These came at the 1948 London Olympics when the country, not then an independent nation, huddled under the Union Jack, singing God Save the King, took gold (400m) and silver (800m) from Wint’s efforts, and silver (400m) from the McKenley performance. As if by a divine mandate, with the demands of history not to be denied, Saturday last was to feature a spectacle that could not have been accorded a more appropriate stage. On display, opening the year of the XXXI Olympiad, were two home-grown athletes of a more recent generation, both given to top world ranking at their age levels in the 400m, similar to Wint and McKenley. Javon Francis and Christopher Taylor have made their announcement that they would be factors to be considered when up against their global competitors. Francis took the spotlight at the 2013 Moscow World Championships after a spine-tingling anchor run in the 4x400m relay that plucked a silver medal out of nothing. His 44.00 split called to mind the gold medal, world record-breaking leg of 44.6 at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics by the undisputed great, Herb McKenley. Taylor ran to Jamaica’s only gold at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, last year, registering 45.27, not only a national youth (Under-18) record, but the second-best ever for a 15-year-old. If ever the healthy tradition was on the doorstep of repeat greatness, the time must be now – the prospect of it being cemented, mouth-watering. That the raison d’Ítre for being present was sidelined is testimony to the atmosphere and ambiance that was the Red Hills facility on the day. The presence of old stagers in local scholastic sport, representing the administrative, supporter or on-the-field cohort, detracted somewhat from the competition, however enticing. This columnist, in several aborted attempts to take up trackside viewing advantage, was thwarted by absorbing conversation with such sporting stalwarts as Bernie Panton of a former local governing body fame and a Calabar old-timer; ‘Bowla’ Morant of mid-60’s Fortis football glory; and Devon ‘Stone Age’ Smith, who they all acknowledged to have been a fierce middle-order batsman at the host school.last_img read more

VMworld Hints At Post-Windows World

first_imgWindows’ position within the business marketplace is shifting. Witness this year’s VMworld conference in San Francisco. VMworld is the virtualization Mecca — and this year’s show could herald a new era for VMware competitor Microsoft: the post-Windows era.News from a virtualization conference might not seem too relevant to Windows, but VMware’s announcement Tuesday of its new Horizon Suite makes a lot of difference. The suite, available in beta in the fourth quarter, pulls together several of VMware’s multi-platform management tools.This is VMware committing to heterogeneous platforms, and that’s a pretty big deal.“For nearly 30 years, Windows has been the dominant platform in the workplace,” explained Phil Montgomery, senior director of Product Management, Desktop Products at VMware. Now, he added, it’s Windows, Macs, iPads, and Android devices with which an IT manager has to contend.The Horizon Suite promises to manage files, data and privileges across multiple platforms.“It’s not necessarily about just mobile devices,” Montgomery said. “Mobile’s just one part of a much bigger multi-device workspace.”Confronted with so many new and varied devices, managers can enact prohibitive policies, work with mobile-device management systems (which are slightly less restrictive), or just open the gates with a bring-your-own-device strategy.He said one of VMware’s clients, a major college, was to deploy VMware View, a virtual desktop interface that enables employees to log into a completely controlled desktop environment over a network.When VMware asked what hardware the 10,000-seat deployment would be supporting, the college’s IT managers said it would be on the students’ own machines – all of them. The college took bring-your-own to the extreme.Bring-your-own “is the direction that IT is going,” Montgomery said. If that is the future, unified management platforms will be must-haves as all-Windows environments become less common, and perhaps more rare. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Virtualization Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Valverde tells Griezmann: Save your goals

first_imgAntoine Griezmann ‘Save your goals for another time’ – Valverde tells Barca target Griezmann Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 21:51 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AntoineGriezmann - cropped Getty Images Antoine Griezmann Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid The France international attacker is a prime target of the Catalan side but says he “really wants to score” against Barca on Sunday Ernesto Valverde believes Antoine Griezmann will provide a major threat to Barcelona’s La Liga ambitions on Sunday but the Camp Nou boss would not be drawn on speculation over the France forward’s future.Griezmann enters the top-of-the-table clash in incredible form, having followed a hat-trick in last weekend’s 5-2 win at Sevilla with all four in the 4-0 thumping of Leganes on Wednesday.The latest round of transfer rumours in the Spanish media this week suggested Barca were moving closer to securing a deal for the 26-year-old, despite Atleti complaining to FIFA over the Liga leaders’ alleged pursuit of their player at the end of last year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For his part, Griezmann is simply focused on scoring a first career goal at one of football’s most celebrated arenas, telling reporters “I really want to score and celebrate it on Sunday”.”Well I’d rather he saved his goals for another time,” Valverde said in response at his pre-match news conference.”As for his future, I can’t tell you but he’s a player who’s in excellent form at the moment.”Tomorrow he’s one of the strengths of the Atleitco Madrid team. We’re going to have to look after him very closely.”Pressed again on whether he would like Griezmann at Barcelona next season, Valverde added: “Look, he’s a very good player. I have no doubt about that.”He scored four goals the other day and three the time before.”But I’m not going to talk about a player who plays for another team, especially one we are playing the next day. That would be improper.”Sunday’s match has taken on added weight due to Atleti taking chunks out of Barca’s once-formidable lead at the summit.Their advantage has been trimmed to five points on the back of midweek action that saw Las Palmas hold Valverde’s team to a draw.Far from being unsettled by this state of affairs, the Barcelona head coach expects his star men to rise to the occasion.”The games this season that have been really tough and tight, where there have been things at stake, we’ve responded,” he said.”Look at the game away to Atletico [a 1-1 draw in October], we played very well. Juventus at home [a 3-0 win in September] there was tension we might not win. We ended up top of the Champions League group.”In the game at Stamford Bridge [1-1 in the Champions League last month] we played good football and let’s not forget the Bernabeu [a 3-0 Clasico win in December].”I think the team responds to the big occasions but we’re playing big teams who have their own weapons as well.”Atletico’s title challenge is built on a miserly defence, breached only 11 times over the course of 26 games in La Liga, but Valverde expects them to be buoyed by their recent prolific form.”They tend to alternate during their games so I suppose they’ll do something similar tomorrow,” he added.”I’m expecting an Atleti who will be quite attack-minded. I don’t think they will sit and wait for us, I think they will come at us and try to make our defence suffer.”last_img read more

Suspected drug peddler kidnapped and murdered by rivals in Kerala 2 detained

first_img(Representational image)Johannes Simon/Getty ImagesA 21-year-old suspected drug peddler was kidnapped and murdered by members of a rival gang in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on Tuesday. The police detained two suspects on Wednesday.Anandhu Gireesh was reportedly kidnapped by two men during a temple festival in Konchiravilla, reports Deccan Chronicle. His body was found in an empty plot near the Government Polytechnic for Women near Karamana.The police have identified the suspects as Balu (19) and Roshan (21). According to The News Minute, Balu and Roshan are from Neeramankara.Reports suggest that Anandhu’s death was the result of a clash between two gangs. He was said to be the leader of one of the gangs. The gangs clashed during the Konchiravila temple festival on Tuesday which ended with Anandhu being kidnapped and eventually murdered.Some of Anandhu’s friends had received a phone call from his phone informing them about his abduction. The call was then cut and the mobile phone was switched off. On Wednesday morning, Anandhu’s body was found severed veins on his hands.The police reckon that he was left to die bleeding. His body was also found in a location frequented by drug peddlers and addicts.  Sanjay Kumar Garud, the Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner, told Asianet News that multiple injuries were found on Anandhu’s body.   Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:42Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Students march in anti-drug rally in Shimlalast_img read more

BGE Celebrates Veterans Day Honors 350 Military Member Employees

first_imgBALTIMORE– Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is proud to join millions of Americans honoring our active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day. As the nation honors the men and women who serve our country today, BGE offers special thanks to its more than 350 military members driving excellence in service and reliability as valued employees.All active, retired and reservist military members employed at BGE received special pins to commemorate their service, along with letters from executive leadership at BGE and the Exelon Corporation, its parent company.“Across all areas of our company, BGE is indebted to our active and retired servicemen and women,” said BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. “All of our team members are creative and passionate; however, leadership, collaboration and mission-focused work are particular areas of strength among those who have military experience. Their impact is clear through their performance here at BGE and most importantly, in our strength as a nation.”Many of BGE’s military and military-supporting civilian employees are members of Exelon Militaries Actively Connected (EMAC) employee resource group (ERG).   The ERG provides a support network for self-identifying employees with prior, active or reserve duty military service and civilian advocates.EMAC is among several groups invited by Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh to participate in a Veterans Day March to Baltimore’s War Memorial monument for a ceremony honoring veterans this morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.“It is very gratifying to be part of a company with a very clear commitment to supporting veteran employees,” says EMAC Baltimore President and BGE Procurement Specialist Dawn Adams-Alexander. “Knowing that my ideas, experiences and perspectives as a veteran are a welcomed part of our company’s culture makes my work that much more valuable, and advocacy for fellow veterans that much more rewarding.”The Military Times named Exelon Corporation among its top 50 ‘Best For Vets’ employers ranking in May, citing the company’s practices in recruiting military members, veteran-related policy and organizational culture for veteran support.last_img read more

Allwin day for Indian paddlers at Asian Games

first_imgIndian paddlers enjoyed an all-win day on Tuesday at the Asian Games as country’s top doubles duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj reached the men’s doubles third round here on Tuesday. Amalraj and Kamal unexpectedly lost the first game before taming the Nepal’s Purshottam Bajracharya and Amar Lal Malla 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10.The Indian pair, who got a bye in the opening round, took 22 minutes to defeat players from the Himalayan nation. Also booking a third round berth in the men’s doubles was the pair of Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh as they took just 15 minutes to disptach Yemen’s Omar Ahmed Ali and Mohammed Fahd Gubran 12-10, 11-5, 11-6.In the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals, the combine of Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar rallied to beat Japan’s Seiya Kishikawa and Ai Fukuhara 5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-4 in 26 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.last_img read more