Introduce 100m hurdles earlier – Kerr

first_img EARLIER STAGE Respected female junior track and field coach Michael Kerr is calling on ISSA to introduce 100m hurdles much earlier for girls in high schools, noting that this would help the development of female sprint hurdlers at the senior international level. Kerr, who is in his 30th year as head track and field coach of Wolmer’s Girls School and who has also been involved in the national junior programme for over 20 years as a coach to the CARIFTA Games, the World Youth Championships, and the World Junior Championships, believes that Jamaica can dominate the event on the world stage for a long period if athletes are introduced to the event earlier. At present, local female high school athletes start competing in the 100 metres hurdles in Class II, with the 70m hurdles in Class IV and 80m hurdles in Class III presenting their introduction to the sprint hurdles. “Based on my observation, most of the times, it is our male sprint hurdlers who tend to do much better on the international scene as they start running 100m and 110m hurdles much earlier than our girls,” said Kerr. Kerr stated that the Europeans and the Americans are ahead of the Jamaicans because they start running 100m hurdles at a much earlier stage. “In the United States, for example, once you are in high school the females compete over 100m hurdles and also at the Olympic height of 83.8 centimetres, and here, they have a big advantage over us, and that is the reason why they have so many athletes ranked in the top 10 on the world list,” continues Kerr. “I believe they should cut out the 70m hurdles in Class IV and let them do 80m hurdles, but once they reach Class III, they must introduce 100m hurdles. Because of our present system, the athletes have to deal with three forms of changes in high school in terms of distance,” said Kerr, who also stated that the height of the 100m hurdles should also be moved up from 76.2 centimetres to the regular 83.8 centimetres in Class II as once this is done earlier, it will prepare them for the bigger picture. After seeing Yanique Thompson win gold in the 100m hurdles at the World Youth Championships in 2013 and Rushelle Burton win silver at the World Junior Championships this past summer in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kerr stated that the gap was too far and it was just a one-off scenario. “These hurdle heights were done by the Game Mistress Association (GMA), which then was in charge of Girls Championships, but now with ISSA in charge, they must implement the changes and change with the times as Champs is the measuring stick for our success, and we need to look into this area,” said Kerr.last_img read more

‘Be the Best Marketing Agents’

first_imgThe board chair of the Palm Insurance Corporation (PIC), Mr. Aagon Tingba, Jr., Friday, February 14, urged graduates of PIC to be the best marketing agents in the country.Mr. Tingba, Jr., urged the marketing agents to take the first steps that are needed to build a more promising future for themselves and that of PIC.“Be the best marketing agents you can be in Liberia,” he added.  At least 17 persons graduated.In his keynote address, Mr. Tingba noted that marketing agents should be able to establish a customer relationship with the public as well as being able to sell the company’s product. He also urged them to maximize the wealth of the entity.He further told the graduates to seek a competitive edge as ‘marketing agents,’ which he said, is the best revenge (payback) in the business world.“Every lecture you’ve listened to during your training in this company, every role play, questions and answers you provided, essay written as well as certification you’ve earned, they have all prepared you to adapt change and challenges in order to be successful at Palm,” Tingba indicated.Also speaking, Ms. Venice V. Dean, president and CEO of Palm Insurance Corporation gave the overview of PIC. Ms. Dean further said the company’s financial strength enables it to underwrite all manner of risk incidents.According to Ms. Dean, PIC is a member of the West African Insurance Company Association (WAICA), locally a member of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) as well as the Association of Insurers in the country.     She said the weight of the company is evidenced by high professionalism, reliability and efficiency in its operations.“Life is full of pressure and uncertainties in all kinds of forms and manners; you must ensure that you your organization have a secure future,” Ms. Dean said.The company is registered and licensed by the government through the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to transact all lines of non-life and life assurance businesses.PIC was established in 2004 by a group of Liberian entrepreneurs following a careful study on how to make insurance affordable and simple for ordinary Liberians to understand.For his part, Richard D. Williams, president of the graduating class acknowledged PIC’s management for training them as marketing agents.He told fellow graduates that the training they had received is intended to uplift PIC to another level in the business sector.“As Palm Insurance prospers, we will be praised for the work as agents,” he told his colleagues.He also the used the occasion to recommend to the management of the company to provide logistics that would empower them to be effective on the job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dreher gains entrance into CN Canadian Women’s Open

first_imgThe LPGA tournament will take place August 20-26 at the Vancouver Golf Club, located in Coquitlam, B.C.The tournament will run on a 72-hole format, with cuts taking place following 36 holes played. After 36 holes, the field will be reduced from 156 players to the lowest 70 scores and ties.It’s a significant tournament for Dreher to gain entrance into, as the event holds a prize purse of $2 million.- Advertisement -Along with Dreher, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna and Sue Kim of Langley were the other two British Columbian golfers to receive an exemption.last_img

Sing-along for Johnny Reid

first_imgMoose FM and the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie, want to send two lucky people with a guest to see Johnny Reid in Grande Prairie October 7th.All you have to do is finish the lyric in a famous Johnny Reid song. If you can, you’ll qualify for one of two packages to Grande Prairie that include two tickets and one night stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -Tickets are still available to Johnny’s show.  You can purchase them online here or call 780-538-0387.To book your next stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie call 1-877-814-9336.Listen from now until October 5th, for your chance to win, from Moose FM and the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie.last_img

West Ham summer signing hopeful of Tottenham return

first_imgPedro Obiang is hoping to hand West Ham an injury boost by recovering from his thigh strain in time for the London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.The summer signing picked up the injury in training last month and missed games against Watford and Everton, from which the Hammers took just one point.Manager Slaven Bilic has since lost both Dmitri Payet and Enner Valencia to injury but could now welcome back Obiang in time to face Spurs.The 23-year-old midfielder told “I’m feeling better now and I’m training hard to hopefully join the rest of the guys but these things happen.“I just want to get back as soon as I can to help the team. We’re focusing on the areas where I’m feeling a bit of discomfort so that this week I can start training again with the rest of the team.“I’m very much looking forward to the next match against Tottenham as I am with every game as it represents a new opportunity to play.“I really hope that I have recovered by then and I can be part of the squad so I can make the fans happier.” 1 Pedro Obiang last_img read more

Man City agree £35m deal, Liverpool to land Ipswich starlet? Transfer gossip…

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester City are expected to beat Premier League rivals to the signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte this summer. Pep Guardiola has made a top-quality centre-back one of his priorities this summer and the Frenchman has agreed, in principle, to a £35million move to Manchester. (Daily Mirror)Jose Mourinho remains confident he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager and wants to sign five new players for the club this summer. (Daily Express)Manchester United watched Renato Sanches star for Benfica once again on Saturday but were joined in the stands by a scout from Arsenal too. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have leapt to the head of the queue to sign Ipswich wonderkid Andre Dozzell. The Reds are already in talks with the Championship club for England Under-17 captain Dozzell, who has the same agent as the world’s most expensive player, Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale. The midfielder will not be 17 until next month and the Suffolk side are set to pocket around £1.5million in compensation when he moves on. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool’s rivalry with Borussia Dortmund is set to extend beyond the Europa League this summer with both clubs keen on signing the highly-rated midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. The 20-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach player has attracted widespread interest during his breakthrough season in the Bundesliga, where he has starred alongside captain and the Arsenal target Granit Xhaka. (Guardian)Everton have NOT sounded out former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa about becoming their next manager. (Liverpool Echo)West Ham fear Diafra Sakho is using his selection row to wangle a move away. The £4.5million Senegal striker, 26, pulled out of the squad which drew 3-3 with Arsenal after learning he was being replaced in the line-up by Andy Carroll. (The Sun)West Ham United are following Racing Club striker Gustavo Bou with a view to a £9million move for the Argentine forward. The 26-year-old Bou was a late bloomer but has become one of the most feared strikers in South America since joining Racing where he has scored 43 goals in 50 games. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…?Arsenal FC: ‘Leicester have exposed Wenger’s excuses as a sham and Kroenke doesn’t care’ says Piers Morgan‘I want Ryan Reynolds to play me in Jamie Vardy film’, Leicester star tells talkSPORTDefender Christian Fuchs tells talkSPORT: ‘I can’t wait to play in the Champions League with Leicester!’ Arsenal and Leicester on trail of Marseille midfielder Mario LeminaArsenal join Real Madrid and Benfica in the race for Boca Juniors starlet Rodrigo BentancurJuventus boost! Serie A giants lead race for Edinson Cavani’s signature as Chelsea switch attention to re-signing Everton’s Romelu LukakuChelsea eye summer swoop for Arsenal target and Barcelona ace Arda TuranChelsea transfer report: Branislav Ivanovic in line for summer exit as Roma eye veteran defenderEverton, Liverpool and West Ham all eyeing summer swoop for striker Alexandre LacazetteManchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola puts Villarreal full-back on summer shopping listlast_img read more

Delight for drivers as fuel prices decrease

first_imgPetrol and diesel prices are set to decrease further, reaching a price not seen since 2003. This is due to the economic slowdown in China and supply exceeding demand.RTÉ have reported that the price for a barrel of crude oil has plumetted to $30, a fall of 40%. It is not only drivers who will have healthier pockets – homeowners have benefited too as home-heating oil has also fallen.Top Oil claim that prices have nearly halved over the last two years for 1,000 litres of oil; going from €800 to €450.  Delight for drivers as fuel prices decrease was last modified: August 15th, 2016 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:dieselFUELhome heating oilpetrollast_img read more


first_imgRTE pundits Colm O’Rourke and Joe Brolly may have called it ‘puke football’ and ‘embarrassing’ but Donegal picked up their first Ulster Championship win for four years at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey this afternoon.Just over 5,000 fans braved the elements to watch what turned out to be a dour affair between two sides who were more concerned about not losing the game than winning it.With so much expected from Donegal after winning the National League Division Two title at Croke Park a couple a few weeks ago, nothing but a polished display would keep Donegal’s critics from beating down their door. That didn’t emerge but Donegal were always in control however with solid performances from the likes of Ryan Bradley, Mark McHugh and Adrian Hanlon.Antrim never looked like a team that had what it took to knock Donegal out in the preliminary round of the championship.And if their manager ‘Baker’ Bradley thinks Donegal play ‘puke football’ as he claimed earlier this week, it’s difficult to know how to describe his own team.On the pitch it was a difficult day for captain Michael Murphy who is getting used to being marshalled by an extra man. That said it’s difficult to see why the Glenswilly man was constantly forced to drop deep into midfield and sacrifice Donegal’s firing power up front.Donegal went in leading 6-3 at half-time.Those who didn’t dig deep into their pockets and pay a recession-numbing €27 for a ticket in the stand had the ‘pleasure’ of listening to O’Rourke and Brolly at half-time.Both men castigated the game and dished out special treatment to Donegal who they claimed were embarrassing.Brolly said it even went beyond ‘puke football’ and described the first half display as something out of an exorcism. Despite hitting a number of wides in the second half, Jim McGuinness’ side took control thereafter but should really have ran out more comfortable winners.Mark McHugh put a more respectable look on the scoreline when he combined with St.Eunan’s Kevin Rafferty in the closing minutes to score a well-taken goal.The game finished 1-10 to 0-7 and Antrim could have no complaints after failing to turn up on the day.For Jim McGuinness and his emerging side, he still has plenty of food for thought. Should he continue to play a defensive brand of football and hope his team’s breaking-style of play can net them enough scores to overcome more accomplished rivals.Or should he take the ultimate gamble and allow his young team to play the open brand of football many feel they are capable of.The answer may rest somewhere in between both. The reality is that Donegal have something to build on and it’s not too many times in recent years Donegal fans can say that.EndsRTE CALL IT EMBARRASSING BUT DONEGAL OVERCOME ANTRIM IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: May 16th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:AntrimdonegalRTElast_img read more


first_imgThe British Milers Club meet in Watford at the weekend attracted a big entry of Irish athletes with plenty of PBs for the visitors.Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) was a good winner of the B 1,500m in a time of 3:42.68, a huge improvement on his previous best of 3:47.15, and also inside the standard for the European U23 championships.ATHLETICS: McBREARTY KNOCKS FIVE SECONDS OFF PERSONAL BEST was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Over the last few years, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has taken off in popularity. Its main selling point is short workouts with a huge calorie burn.The only problem with HIIT is that it is not suitable for everyone. If you are a beginner, have never exercised before, injured, very overweight or elderly, HIIT is not the type of cardio you should be looking at for fat loss.Not everything has to be high impact and high intensity when it comes to fat loss.Our body’s preferred way of burning fat is low impact activity that puts very little stress on our bodies and our joints.The best way to use these exercises is to do them with very little exertion, keep your heart rate low and do them for extended periods of time, anything from 45-90 mins. It mightn’t be the most exciting form of cardio for fat loss, but it works.The Cross Trainer Also known as the Elliptical Trainer, the cross trainer is a great way to get a full body cardio workout in without putting any impact on your hips, knees or ankles.Find a speed that you are able to maintain for around 60 mins, you should be able to hold a conversation with the person beside you for the duration of your workout.The Cross Trainer has the added benefit that you are able to work your arms along with the legs during your workout. The Stationary BikeIdeal for people of all ages, the Stationary Bike gives a great lower body workout with zero impact.They are easy to use, convenient, not effected by weather (indoor), help build leg strength and most of them even comes with personalised T.V’s on them, so you won’t even miss your favourite show while burning some calories.Road Bike Cycling is a great leisure activity, but if you are biking for weight loss you need to structure your workout differently than you would if you are just doing a casual cycle with a friend.Don’t be too concerned with distance just now; duration matters more at this point.Again, aim for 30-45 mins at the start and increase this as you get used to the time and your distances improve as you get fitter.You have the added benefit of fresh air and nice scenery as you exercise.WalkingProbably the easiest form of exercise you can use to burn fat.Get yourself a good pair of trainers, some comfortable clothing, and you are good to go.As with cycling duration matters more than distance, aim for 30-45mins when starting out and increase the time as your distance increases over the weeks.Your pace is determined like the Cross trainer, you should be able to hold a conversation for the duration of your walk.SwimmingI have saved the best for last.The American Council on Exercise notes that the buoyancy of water reduces your “weight” by approximately 90 percent. The result is a significant reduction in stress on the hips, knees and the back.Obese people may find swimming much more comfortable than work on fitness machines, which sometimes involve impact and may not accommodate the size of their bodies.Even if you do not know how to swim, a pool can help you get an effective calorie-burning workout. Deep-water walking burns more calories than walking on solid ground because of the resistance of the water. Water fitness classes also provide an opportunity to exercise in a group setting, without the impact of traditional aerobics.So there you have it.5 ways that you can burn fat and are suitable for any age or fitness level, all you have to do is start.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below. RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: LOW IMPACT EXERCISES FOR BURNING FAT was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more