I could have won more if I’d got serious: Bolt

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsMONACO,(Reuters)-Looking back at his astonishing career on the night he was named Athlete of the Year for the sixth time, Usain Bolt said his only real regret was not taking his sport more seriously at an earlier age.“Maybe I would have been at four Olympics,” the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday before being crowned IAAF male Athlete of the Year again on the back of his amazing Rio de Janeiro Games sprint triple-triple in August.“The award is definitely a big deal, it proves all the hard work has paid off,” he said after Olympic 10,000 meters champion and world record holder Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia took the women’s equivalent.“The fans helped vote for this and it’s for the fans I keep doing it.”With nine Olympic golds in the drawer, Bolt plans to hang up his spikes next year after a farewell tour of his favorite venues.He will run the 100 metre only before competing at the world championships in London where he will be gunning for his 12th and 13th world titles if he goes in the relay.“When I look back the only real thing I think I would change was to have got more serious more quickly,” said Bolt.“I was relying more on my talent. If I’d got more serious I think I would have done a lot more in my career. It’s shocking but it’s true. Maybe if I’d started younger I’d have had four Olympics.”Despite his multiple titles and world records, Bolt said the race that would always have a particular place in his heart was the world junior championships in his home country when he won the 200 as a 15-year-old.“That was special,” he said. “That was the beginning. Jamaica 2002, where it all began. That was the biggest step.”However, it was a defeat five years later that made the biggest impact.Bolt took the 200 silver behind American Tyson Gay at the 2007 Osaka world championships and it was a real wake-up call.“After I lost I remember going to my coach saying, ‘I really tried my best but what can I do to win because I really need to win?’,” Bolt explained.“He said: ‘You’re slacking off in the gym. If you want to win you have to get stronger.’ So I was like ‘alright’. I knew what I needed to do and from then I took the step and just worked and worked.”SPECTACULAR STYLEWithin nine months Bolt was the 100 world record holder and weeks later blasted himself into worldwide consciousness by winning the 100 and 200 and 4×100 relay at the Beijing Olympics in spectacular style.Having found a way to win he was in no mood to stop, repeating the feat at London 2012 and, despite early season injuries, doing it again in Rio.Now 30 and with his speediest days behind him, Bolt is trimming his workrate to enjoy one last season, running a series of 100 races only.“Next year is mainly for the fans,” said Bolt who always gives up a huge amount of time to sign autographs and pose for photos every time he races.“It’s a last opportunity for some people to see me run and a chance for me to say goodbye. I’d like to go back to some of my favorite places to run, Ostrava, Lausanne, maybe Paris.”And then that will be it. The man who has carried his troubled sport, sometimes single-handed, for a decade will step aside for the next generation.There will be no Michael Phelps-style comeback at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics either.“Oh no,” he said. “My coach said, ‘Do not retire and come back, don’t ever do that’.“It’s a bit different for swimming but for most track and field athletes it never goes well.“I’m still talking to people about what I will do afterwards and I definitely want to stay involved in the sport but at the moment I am just looking forward to doing nothing,” said Bolt.last_img read more

Burns, Labuschagne fifties push Australia’s lead to 417

first_imgBy Tristan LavalettePERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns notched half-centuries before New Zealand’s unflagging attack yielded late wickets, but Australia had built a near insurmountable lead of 417 by stumps on day three of the first Test yesterday.Australia reached the close of play at 167 for six with Matthew Wade on eight and Pat Cummins on one. New Zealand quicks Neil Wagner and Tim Southee shared the spoils with six wickets between them.Australia suffered a late collapse but remain in a strong position. The highest successful run chase in Test history is 418, achieved by the West Indies against Australia in 2003.“Bit disappointing to lose wickets tonight but in the grand scheme of the game we are in a good position and in control,” Burns told reporters.Burns (53) and Labuschagne, who has now passed 1 000 Test runs in 2019, did the bulk of the heavy lifting in an 87-run partnership.South Africa-born Labuschagne’s bid for a fourth straight Test century ended when he mistimed a pull short on 50 off Wagner, who persevered with aggressive short-pitched bowling.Australia’s tactical approach to bat carefully and set New Zealand a big target was exemplified by Burns, who did not score until the 25th delivery he faced. His patient knock, however, ended when he was undone by a searing short delivery from Southee.Steve Smith, who scored a massive 774 runs in the Ashes tournament in England this year, fell shortly before stumps for 16 to continue a recent barren run.David Warner, who passed 7 000 Test runs, was Australia’s sole loss in the middle session after he miscued a pull shot off Southee on 19. His sluggish 63-ball innings was in contrast to his majestic unbeaten 335 in the last Test against Pakistan in Adelaide.Even though they lost late wickets, Australia’s commanding performance gave them a stranglehold on the day-night contest. The hosts gained a sizeable 250-run first-innings lead after bowling New Zealand out cheaply on the stroke of tea.New Zealand, in reply to Australia’s first-innings 416, were dismissed for a tame 166 with veteran Ross Taylor playing a lone hand with 80.Mitchell Starc claimed his second five-wicket haul in as many Tests after missing most of the recent Ashes series.He led a disciplined attack which was short-handed after Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the Perth Test, having suffered a hamstring injury on day two.Taylor acknowledged that New Zealand faced a daunting prospect with widening cracks marking the Perth Stadium pitch.“It’s going to be tough but the strength of the side over the last few years has been the fighting spirit,” he said.Both teams are without a paceman after debutant New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson, himself a replacement for injured spearhead Trent Boult, damaged his calf on day one.Oppressive weather conditions continued for the third straight day as the temperature peaked at 41 degrees Celsius.New Zealand have won only one Test in Australia since their sole series triumph across the Tasman Sea in 1985-86.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 416NEW ZEALAND 1st innings o/n 108 for 5Jeet Raval b Josh HazlewoodTom Latham c&b Mitchell Starc 0Kane Williamson c Steven Smith b Mitchell Starc 34Ross Taylor c Steven Smith b Nathan Lyon 80Henry Nicholls c Tim Paine b Mitchell Starc 7Neil Wagner b Mitchell Starc 0BJ Watling b Pat Cummins 8Colin de Grandhomme c Steven Smith b Mitchell Starc 23Mitchell Santner b Marnus Labuschagne 2Tim Southee c (sub.) b Nathan Lyon 8Lockie Ferguson not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2) 3Total: (all out, 55.2 overs) 166Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-77, 4-97, 5-97, 6-120, 7-147, 8-155, 9-166.Bowling: Mitchell Starc 18-2-52-5, Josh Hazlewood 1.2-1-0-1, Pat Cummins 14.4-3-46-1, Matthew Wade 2-0-8-0, Nathan Lyon 14.2-2-48-2, Marnus Labuschagne 5-1-9-1.AUSTRALIA 2nd inningsDavid Warner c (sub.) b Tim Southee 19Joe Burns c Henry Nicholls b Tim Southee 53Marnus Labuschagne c Mitchell Santner b Neil Wagner 50Steven Smith c Jeet Raval b Neil Wagner 16Matthew Wade not out 8Travis Head c Colin de Grandhomme b Tim Southee 5Tim Paine b Tim Southee 0Pat Cummins not out 1Extras: (lb-3, nb-5, w-7) 15Total: (six wkts, 57.0 overs) 167Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-131, 3-148, 4-154, 5-160, 6-160.Bowling: Tim Southee 19-6-63-4 (w-3), Colin de Grandhomme 13-2-26 – 0 (w-1, nb-2), Neil Wagner 17-2-40-2 (w-3, nb-3), Mitchell Santner 8-0-35-0.last_img read more

USC offers classes to help non-native English speaking students

first_imgUSC offers its ever-growing international student population of non-native English speakers resources and learning opportunities to boost their English fluency and prepare them for a top-tier university education in the United States.The American Language Institute at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences provides a range of English language classes, testing services and training opportunities.Operating independently of other linguistics and languages programs within USC Dornsife, ALI provides services catered toward non-native English speakers.Design by Deborah Ho | Daily TrojanAccording to Jim Valentine, director of ALI, the institute focuses largely on improving oral and written English skills.“I would say writing and oral skills, a half-and-half division, are the largest issues for [non-native English speakers],” Valentine said.Valentine notes, however, incoming international students’ English-speaking skills are improving.“We’re seeing better levels of preparation, and in general, quite impressive levels of fluency,” he said.For students who need more assistance with speaking English and perform poorly on the International Student English Exam, ALI offers courses that fulfill USC English language requirements. ALI classes are also availible to all USC students who want to improve their English language skills.Unique initiatives such as the ALI’s International Teaching Assistant program offer non-native English speaking teaching assistants, through collaboration with undergraduate students, the opportunity to improve their English skills and get acquainted with American culture.Graduate students who want to become ITAs are paired with native English-speaking undergraduate student consultants from diverse backgrounds.“We mainly focus on public speaking and also how to communicate with undergraduate students,” said Tony Hsieh, a senior double majoring in music and cinema production and a former undergraduate student consultant. “One part is teaching them how to lecture and give them confidence and the other is to show them student life.”Through weekly interactions, the student consultants are able to pass on linguistic knowledge and cultural awareness to their older peers.“We take them out to restaurants, go to movies with other ITAs, etc.,” Hsieh said. “It’s important for them to know how to connect with undergraduate students that they’ll be teaching.”Woojoo Lee, an ITA from Korea, has found the program beneficial.“It’s always hard to teach in English, [the ITA program] gives us a chance to speak in and practice English,” Lee said. “Usually we have casual conversation, and sometimes I give him some class materials and he corrects my pronunciation.”The program also reciprocally provides value to the undergraduates who work with future ITAs.“Our [ITA] program creates one-on-one situations whereundergrads benefit not only from teaching, but can also learn about the TA’s culture,” said Valentine. “It’s a really exciting program.”last_img read more

Read-only Launch For Medium & Branch, But Twitter Founders Promise More

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market On first use, it’s not (ahem) obvious what Medium is. There is seemingly no way to navigate around collections, nor are there subscribe buttons – for anything, as far as we can see. However, Williams promises that this version of Medium is “just a sliver of what we’ve figured out.” So we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at this early stage.Medium is also currently just a read-only experience for most users, even if you register. “Posting is limited to a small invited list of friends and family,” wrote Williams in his introductory post. They will be letting other registered users post soon – but when is unknown.If we had to sum it up on first impression, Medium is like a categorized Tumblr. But without being able to post, it’s difficult to get a proper sense of what Medium offers compared to Tumblr, Pinterest and other modern publishing platforms.What Branch IsLike Medium, Branch isn’t completely public yet. If you register using your Twitter name, you’re promised an invitation “soon.”Branch is easier to understand – it’s basically a discussion forum, where someone posts a topic and others comment on it. For example this “branch” about women in tech: You can start a discussion based on something you found on the Web, or an original thought. You then add people to the discussion via email or Twitter – so the discussion remains closed and you control who’s in it. However you can choose to publish the branch publicly elsewhere, such as on WordPress. Tags:#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have been busy developing two new services, both of which were publicly launched this week by their incubator company The Obvious Corporation. Unfortunately, both products are read-only for most people right now. So first impressions will be muted – perhaps even mystified, since Medium has very little navigation. That said, Williams and Stone have an outstanding track record with Web publishing products, as co-creators of first Blogger.com and then Twitter. So let’s see what they’ve cooked up.The first launch was Branch, a kind of discussion forum that came out of private beta yesterday. Then today, Obvious Corp released a brand new publishing platform called Medium. In announcing Medium, Williams positioned it as the next evolution of Blogger.com – which was launched back in 1999 by Williams and Stone. Similarly, as a discussions focused product, Branch can be thought of as an extension to Twitter. The connections might not end there. What’s most intriguing about Branch and Medium is that the two products may eventually intertwine, although Obvious is calling them “completely separate products” for now.What Medium IsLet’s start with the newest product first. Medium is a blog publishing platform, where posts are organized by topic or theme into “collections.” Collections can be “closed” (private) or “open” (public). To receive an invitation to join Medium, sign in using your Twitter ID. Will Medium and Branch Connect Together in Future?Obvious Corp states that the two products are separate. However, the Branch Twitter team noted that “there’s lots more to build, though, so we’ll see where we end up.”One immediate feature that would make sense is the ability to post a branch onto Medium. For example, if there was a ‘women in tech’ collection in Medium, the branch above could be published there. But we’ll see how this plays out.Despite the two products being a read-only experience for the majority of us when we first encounter them, it’s worth being patient given the success Williams and Stone have had with previous publishing innovations. Maybe Branch or Medium – or a combination of the two – will be the next Blogger or Twitter. It’s too early to say, but let us know your first impressions in the comments.last_img read more

Ottawa judge takes province local jail to task over treatment of Ojibway

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn Ottawa judge vowed in December to personally find out how an Ojibway man waiting an extra six weeks in the local jail to get a Gladue report done was suddenly transferred to another jurisdiction before it was completed.Justice Heather Perkins-McVey said she was going to take the matter up with Legal Aid Ontario, a government agency that funds the reports, and the superintendent of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.Perkins-McVey agreed to do so on the urging of the Ojibway man’s lawyer Ewan Lyttle who complained at the sentencing hearing Dec. 15 that it was unacceptable to have an accused agree to wait in jail for a report only to be shipped against his will to another jail in Lindsay, Ontario, over 300 km west of Ottawa.Lyttle said it was another example of “systemic problems” Indigenous people face in the Ottawa justice system.“I totally agree with the concerns that you have raised,” Perkins-McVey said according to transcripts of the hearing obtained by APTN National News.Lyttle said his client agreed to a six to eight week adjournment on sentencing based on a request from the sole Gladue report writer in Ottawa to get the report completed.“It is critical that jails recognize and respect the process and do not ship offenders to different institutions during the report preparation process,” Lyttle told APTN. “If offenders are shipped out before the preparation is complete, it throws a giant monkey wrench into the process and causes unnecessary and unacceptable complications and delays.”Lyttle believes his client was transferred around Dec. 6 which only left nine days to get the report done before his sentencing hearing.When his client was transferred, the writer had not completed the report. Lyttle was told the Ottawa writer wouldn’t complete the report because the man had been moved.Legal Aid Ontario pays for the reports in Ottawa but contracts Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto to write them.Earlier this week, APTN reported lawyers complained of long delays getting a report completed, including Lyttle who said waiting two months for a report is too long.With his client in another city, Lyttle was left to find a new writer. It turned out Aboriginal Legal Services had another writer in Lindsay but that person also declined to do the report because of time constraints.Lyttle, who at this point was scrambling to get a report done, asked Legal Aid to pay for the writer he had originally requested to do the report, Mark Marsolais, a First Nations man in Ottawa who owns a Gladue report company.Legal Aid initially rejected Marsolais to do the report saying all reports had to go through the sole writer it funds through Aboriginal Legal Services.Mark Marsolais stepped in and wrote a Gladue report in four days after Legal Aid was unable to.But with little time, and the courts expecting a report, Legal Aid approved Marsolais in the end.He got it done in just a few days.And Perkins-McVey said in court she was impressed by the quality.“It is a very well written report and it is very comprehensive,” said Perkins-McVey.Lyttle suggested to the court imagine if Marsolais had six to eight weeks.“But Mr. Marsolais, and I know that you appreciate his report, got this together in a matter of about three or four days,” Lyttle told Perkins-McVey. “If he had more time, I can’t imagine how more thorough it would have been.”A Gladue report digs into an Indigenous person’s history and what the effects of colonization, such as residential schools, may have had in them being in court.The report detailed how the Ojibway man suffered severe sexual abuse while in foster care as a young child in Manitoba, which is why APTN is not naming him.The local jail had been in the news for more than a year with overcrowding issues that reached the point it had inmates sleeping in showers.“I will also bring this to the attention of local authorities who are engaged in trying to improve the circumstances of Aboriginal persons in our justice system,” Perkins-McVey said in December.APTN is not aware of what Perkins-McVey’s efforts accomplished.As for the Ojibway man, the Crown abandoned its request of a six month sentence for assault and said based on the contents of the Gladue report, the Ojibway man should get time served, which was 83 days at the time.The judge agreed to time served and put him on probation for 18 months.Based on the Gladue report, she also urged the man to get into a number of addiction treatment programs.Before he walked out of the court a free man, Perkins-McVey had one request of him.“Do you have any objection to me attaching the Gladue report, in a sealed envelope, to the probation order so that the probation officer will be informed about your background and your circumstances?” she asked.The 36-year-old Ojibway man agreed and later that day walked out of the court with a copy of his life story.One he was reading for the first [email protected]last_img read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – To all interested Parties: The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) takes this opportunity to appreciate your goodwill during this time for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).Please note, the established process for engaging the TCI Government to donate relief items is as follows:-1. An official letter providing the list of items, quantities, values, port origin and proposed schedule time for arrival in the Providenciales Port;2. An official letter providing the names of all persons, along with copies of his/her respective passport bio-data page;3. Any other supporting information.Upon receipt of the information, the DDME will process your documents and respond providing the necessary clearance.Please contact the DDME at [email protected] should your require any additional clarification.Regards,Department of Disaster Management and Emergencieslast_img read more