Phillips remains Guyana’s brightest female sprint prospect.

first_imgIN 2013 she began to gain stride and by 2015 Guyana’s Kenisha Phillips was hailed among the best next generation of Guyanese athletics, driven by the historic fastest-ever 12-second 100m win at the National Schools Championships.Phillips remains Guyana’s brightest female sprint prospect, but despite all her accomplishments locally, the Buxtonian continues to struggle to find her footing regionally.She believes nervousness has been her major issue, but as time progresses, Phillips says working on her confidence will be her top priority when she hits the track at the big meets.Phillips recently was among the 12 athletes who represented Guyana at the CARIFTA Games last month in Curacao, where she took part in the Girls’ youth 100m and 200m but returned medal-less.“A lot of people – with this being my second year – expected me to perform better, but I was nervous,” she declared.Kenisha PhillipsIt was another disappointment for the 16-year-old, who had only last November failed to medal at the South American Youth Championships, and also had a difficult time medalling at CARIFTA 2016.Despite clocking great times prior to attending overseas meets, Phillips clocks some of her slowest times at overseas meets.At CARIFTA, in the 200m, Phillips ended 24.92 seconds, her slowest time of the season, after clocking her personal best 24.47 seconds just a month earlier.In the 100m she finished with a time of 12.15 seconds, despite a SB 11.84 seconds.Nonetheless, she is not worried about the past, adding that she is focused about her future.“I was a little disappointed because I didn’t even run my personal best. But right now I’m trying to put it behind me and hope for the best next year. I just have to try to forget about it and keep training,” she said when Chronicle Sport caught up with her training at the National Park earlier this week.As she moves on, Phillips wants to focus more on building her confidence with the ultimate aim to emulate her idol Usain Bolt.last_img read more

How two years in France molded Miranda Ramirez

first_imgMiranda Ramirez knew how important her decision would be. When she moved to Club Med Tennis Academy (Florida) in 2014, she worked with two or three of the coaches before picking one to travel with her to tournaments going forward. From the time Ramirez turned to professional coaching at 8 years old, she sought long-term relationships. While other players flipped coaches every few months, Ramirez lasted at least two years with each coach she had, her father, Santiago Ramirez, said. That made finding the right coach essential. Then she met Thomas Finck. He used a one-handed backhand like Ramirez, was picky about footwork and expected his players to always get the ball back in play. He was a perfectionist, he said. Just like Ramirez. “We are very similar people,” Ramirez said. “We got along so well. I just love him. He’s great.”Her time touring tournaments in Europe and working with Finck molded her into the player she is today for No. 28 Syracuse (11-8, 4-6 Atlantic Coast). Finck, a professional coach for 13 years, said his mentality is to “kill the point, hurt your opponent,” and “being aggressive from the baseline and any time you can, come to the net.” The remnants of that mindset shows in Ramirez’s current play. In her 13 singles wins this season, she’s looked to end points early. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn late 2014, Ramirez noticed that the deeper into tournaments she got, she matched up against Europeans who favored a strategic game centered on shot making. Her childhood had taken her to various places. She traveled to San Antonio, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; and finally, Florida, where she first trained with Finck.Based in the south of France, where Finck grew up, Ramirez traveled through Europe and parts of North Africa. Outside of her family, he became everything, Ramirez said. Her best friend. Her coach. Her mentor. Santiago and Finck described it as a brother-sister relationship. “Thomas to this day is a great guy,” Santiago said. “Love him to death, and he did everything right by us.”Amy Nakamura | Senior Design EditorFinck played professionally in France before moving to Florida. Ramirez’s parents, meanwhile, placed her into numerous other activities — karate, ballet, hip-hop dancing, soccer — because they wanted to make sure tennis was “her choice,” Santiago said. She enjoyed them, but when her parents asked what she wanted to do the following year, she wanted to be back on the court. Between practices and matches, Ramirez and Finck’s bonds grew. They shared breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the road. They were constantly in each other’s company, playing card games or chess.“If she has a problem and she doesn’t want to speak to her dad or her mom, I have to be the one that is there for her,” Finck said. “She can talk about anything, even something personal.”After losses, Finck also listened. He remembered a Ramirez third-set tiebreaker-loss in Copenhagen, and when she came off the court, she cried. She had lost to the same opponent a few weeks ago, and as the match progressed, she rushed shots, Finck said. Finck hugged her immediately afterward and they talked about non-tennis things. In Tunisia, after another tough loss, he did the same. Ramirez responded with two tournament wins in Netherlands and France and reached a semi-final in Portugal. When the wins racked up, Finck’s message was validated. Ramirez listened to him more and their relationship strengthened. In practices, Finck could see her put in extra work. It translated to matches, like with Ramirez’s improved forehand. As her time in France ended and the prospect of attending Syracuse loomed, Ramirez and Finck had to “move forward,” he said. The final decision was always hers, and Finck was supportive of that decision and still is. He said it was “a shame” and “a heartbreak,” but it was a good idea for her to come back to the United States. In her three years at SU, she’s continued developing. At her game’s core, Finck’s message remains. “You have some players that, … where once they reach their level or next stage, they stay there,” Finck said. “They stay in their comfort zone. With Miranda, she was more always trying to look about something different.” Comments Published on April 2, 2019 at 12:22 am Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

CDB President in high-level mission to Dominica

first_imgLeft to right: Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency; Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General of Barbados; Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica; Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of CARICOM; Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB; and H.E. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM meet in Dominica on September 26, 2017. President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr.. Warren Smith, has reaffirmed the institution’s support for the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica, after participating in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) high-level mission to that country on September 26.Smith was part of a delegation that met with the Prime Minister of Dominica,. Roosevelt Skerrit in Roseau to discuss rehabilitation and recovery efforts for the country following Hurricane Maria.“CDB stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Dominica as the country seeks to rebuild and recover from this devastating disaster.  We are acutely aware of the significant damage that Hurricane Maria has caused, and have mobilized resources for emergency relief and immediate response. CDB reaffirms our continued support for Dominica to help the country rebuild more resiliently in the months and years to come,” said Dr. Smith on his return to CDB’s Headquarters.CDB has begun making preparations to assist with the restoration of essential services including water and sanitation, and lend technical experts to support the recovery efforts.Water and sanitationThe Bank’s focus will include the restoration of the water supply in Roseau, where damage to the treatment plant at Antrim and associated pipelines has cut off water in the capital. CDB, which was in the process of upgrading the plant and equipment through its Third Water Project, is discussing with the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited, ways to overcome the current logistical challenges to conduct the works, which will be critical in getting the water system running again in Roseau.Technical expertiseCDB is in discussions with private consultants and development partners to provide short and medium-term assistance, including engineers and other technical experts, to assist line Ministries in Dominica in the recovery effort. The Bank is also discussing with regional utility groups and engineering associations opportunities for providing financial support and human resources to assist with recovery in Dominica.CDB has also discussed with the Government of Dominica the option of re-prioritising the use of undisbursed balances on existing disaster rehabilitation loans for post-Maria recovery works.The high-level delegation that visited Dominica included Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General of Barbados; H.E. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM; and Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.To read more on other hurricane relief efforts by the CDB, click this link: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/news/caribbean-news/cdb-provides-funding-hurricane-ravaged-islands/last_img read more

Warriors: Clippers coach Doc Rivers shows appreciation for Oracle fans

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Clippers coach Doc Rivers compares Oracle Arena to the old Boston Garden, but said the similarities have nothing to do with the structures themselves.“It’s a great venue because of the fans. It’s not a great venue because of the building,” Rivers said before Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers playoff series that initiates the franchise’s final postseason run at Oracle. “It’s like the …last_img

Gallery: Final Freedom Friday celebrations

first_imgWords and pictures by Shamin ChibbaHundreds gathered at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg to celebrate the last of South Africa’s Freedom Fridays on 25 January. The campaign encouraged all South Africans to display their patriotism and pride by wearing anything resembling the colours of the national flag or the jersey of their favourite national sports team.Hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture, Government Communication and Information System, Lead SA and Proudly South African, the event attracted celebrities like Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Daniel Baron, as well as media and even schoolchildren.Speaking at the event, Proudly South African chief executive, Leslie Sedibe, reminded the crowd that the freedom that the country was celebrating did not come for free. He added that great strides had been made over the past 20 years and it was important for everyone to collectively celebrate and vote regardless of which political party one supports.Keeping in line with the 2014 Freedom Month theme, “South Africa – a Better Place to live in. We have a good story to tell”, Lead SA chief executive, Yusuf Abramjee, said all citizens should practice their democratic rights while continuing to share the South African story.Click on the images below for a larger view.Patriotic South Africans donned green and gold for the Final Freedom Fridays celebrations at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Johanneburg.Xhosa poet and cultural activist, Bonga “Imbongi” Siyoko, hails from Transkei in the Eastern Cape. Wearing traditional Xhosa garb, his recitations called on South Africans to embrace our freedom.The Freedom Friday campaign was geared at reminding South Africans, especially young people, of where we come from as a nation and that the freedom we live with should be defended.Proudly South African chief executive Leslie Sedibe, left, said the freedom we gained did not come for free and that it was important for everyone to celebrate it.Singer/songwriter, Daniel Baron, sung one of his biggest hits titled Not Here at the Final Freedom Fridays celebrations.Freedom Fridays are celebrated in the lead up to Freedom Day on 27 April, which is observed annually to commemorate South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections in 1994.Freedom Dancers urged the crowd to join them as they looked to end Freedom Fridays with song and dance.Bulelani Magwanishe, deputy minister of Public Enterprises, was not only at the celebrations but was also promoting government’s major services.A mascot for a Cape minstrel band, wearing the colourful attire typical of the minstrels, proudly waved his South African flag at the Freedom Fridays celebrations.Cape minstrels were at the Nasrec Expo Centre playing their carnival music to an appreciative crowd. They are a major feature at the Cape Minstrel Carnival held in Cape Town every 2 January.last_img read more

NFU applauds Green New Deal Congressional action on climate change

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York today released a framework for what they call a “Green New Deal.” The resolution is meant to kickstart broad discussions on how the U.S. will both mitigate and adapt to climate change, which is current projected to drastically alter the U.S. economic and social stability.“Farmers Union members understand the need for action on climate change, and they will be active in ensuring farmers have the tools and incentives they need to both adapt to and help mitigate climate change,” said Rob Larew, National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications. “American family farmers are primary stakeholders in the battle against climate change, as they’ve been withstanding increasingly devastating natural disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires and hurricanes. The impacts on not only their individual bottom lines, but also on their communities, have already been significant, and they will be exacerbated by more severe disasters.“NFU stands ready to work with Congress to ensure that federal legislation recognizes what’s at stake for farm families and rural communities, and what potential we have to offer national and global efforts to sequester carbon and curb the worsening effects of climate change.”last_img read more

Create Your Own Opening Title Sequence Using PRISM!

first_imgLooking for something special for your latest project? In this video tutorial, we show you how to create an energetic title sequence using Prism.Let’s say you want to make a dynamic opener for your series or documentary. Well, using the Prism pack from RocketStock, you can blast through this process and make a really killer opener! Let me show you how. Build a Project FileThe first step is to build a project file of images and videos you think best represents your brand. Each clip should be no longer than 1.5 seconds. Once you’ve assembled a mini-montage of your opening credit sequence, it’s time to apply the prism effects. Import the video assets, and choose which style you like the most — there are plenty to choose from.Drag and Drop PrismDrag and drop your Prism asset over the video layer you want to animate. Next, find the video layer you want to transition into and apply it under your first shot. This will sandwich your transitioning shot in between your Prism asset and your second clip. Repeat this trick at least three times using a different Prism asset for each transition.Create Unique TransitionsYou can also create a unique transition using one of the Prism assets and applying a tint over the footage. Now put this effect into screen mode, and layer it over your sequence. BOOM!And finally, here are a few other ways you can spice up your title sequence using these FREE effects from RocketStock.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.How To Create An Explosion Scene + Free Action Compositing ElementsVideo Tutorial: Create a DIY Wireless China Ball LightMinimize Your Lighting Setups For Narrative ShootsCreate An Animated Website Presentation Using After EffectsESCAPE ROOM (Short Film) — How To Composite Your Own Stuntslast_img read more

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Aubameyang: I’ll only get better

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang I’ll only get better for Arsenal, Aubameyang warns after debut goal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:58 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Pierre-EmerickAubameyang - Cropped Getty Images Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Arsenal v Everton Everton Premier League African All Stars The Gabon international made a positive impact in his first appearance for the Premier League side and maintains there is much more to come Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says his debut goal for Arsenal was just a taste of things to come as he promises he will get even better in England.The 28-year-old striker completed a club-record £55 million move to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window, while the London club let Olivier Giroud go to Chelsea for £18m after the Frenchman became frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities this season.Aubameyang was immediately thrown into the starting XI for Saturday’s clash with Everton, while £52m summer signing Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench. 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 As the Gunners strolled to an easy win over Sam Allardyce’s side with three goals in 20 minutes, the Gabon international opened his account for his new side in the first half.Although Aubameyang strayed offside as former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s delicate touch made its way through to him, allowing him to chip it beyond Jordan Pickford.The game may have included a hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey and a treble of assists from Mkhitaryan, but it was the new striker’s debut goal which attracted the most attention, but he insists it will be the first of many.”Of course I was really happy,” Aubameyang said via the club’s website.”We won the game in the first half and the second was a bit different. We are all happy.”Is there more to come from me? I think so.”Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan’s bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium has impressed coach Arsene Wenger, who feels they looked right at home in their new team.”The two players who came in during the transfer window look like they have always played with us with us because they have the same mobility, same ability and same technical quality,” the Frenchman said after the game.Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal after making a strong start to the 2017-18 season with Dortmund, scoring 21 times in 24 games in all competitions.However, his time at the German side soured towards the end as he was punished by the club and dropped from the squad as he forced his move to the English capital.last_img read more

Friends mourn loss of NB fisherman who freed dozens of entangled whales

first_imgCAMPOBELLO ISLAND, N.B. – A lobster fisherman with a passion for freeing whales from deadly fishing line was killed soon after he cut the last piece of rope from a massive whale in the waters off eastern New Brunswick, friends and colleagues confirmed Tuesday.They say Joe Howlett had helped rescue about two dozen whales over the last 15 years.Mackie Green of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team said Howlett had boarded a federal Fisheries Department vessel off Shippagan on Monday to help a North Atlantic right whale that had become entangled in a heavy snarl of rope.Green was not on the boat, but said he was told the 59-year-old veteran fisherman was hit by the whale just after it was cut free and started swimming away.“They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip,” said Green, who started the rescue team with Howlett in 2002 and had worked closely with him ever since.“Joe definitely would not want us to stop because of this. This is something he loved and there’s no better feeling than getting a whale untangled, and I know how good he was feeling after cutting that whale clear.”Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc issued a statement Tuesday offering his sympathies to Howlett’s family and friends.“We have lost an irreplaceable member of the whale rescue community,” LeBlanc said, adding that such rescues can be dangerous.“Taking part in whale rescue operations requires immense bravery and a passion for the welfare of marine mammals … There are serious risks involved with any disentanglement attempt. Each situation is unique, and entangled whales can be unpredictable.”The minister confirmed Howlett was working with federal conservation officers and the Canadian Coast Guard. As well, he said Howlett was aboard a smaller “fast response” vessel when the rescue was taking place. But the federal statement offered no other details.Jerry Conway of the Canadian Whale Institute in Campobello, N.B., said Howlett had freed another North Atlantic right whale in roughly the same area less than a week earlier.According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, nearly three-quarters of all known North Atlantic right whales have scars from past entanglements with commercial fishing gear.Another animal welfare group, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, says accidental entanglement is the biggest global threat to whales, dolphins and porpoises. And the International Whaling Commission reports an estimated 308,000 whales and dolphins die annually due to entanglements with marine debris.Conway said Howlett’s death is a great loss to the community of fishermen and scientists who work to help whales trapped in fishing gear or struck by ships.“He is a very knowledgeable fishermen, and who better to do disentanglements than a fisherman who knows the knots and the ropes and the gear?” he said. “He’s going to be sorely missed by the community and he was an integral part of a very unique group of fishermen here on the island who were involved in doing the disentanglements.”Conway, who had known Howlett since 2002, said he didn’t know the details of what happened but added that disentanglements never involve rescuers getting in the water. He said crews are usually on boats that are low in the water, and they use special gear to cut the ropes from the animal.Howlett was the skipper of the research vessel Sheila, which was used to study right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, he said. In the past month, seven right whale carcasses have been found floating in the Gulf. Tests showed one died after getting caught in fishing gear. Injuries on the other two were consistent with ship strikes, researchers said.Howlett left the Sheila and took his rescue gear onto the Fisheries vessel after this latest whale was spotted in the Gulf.“He was very committed to this and he was very concerned about the state of the oceans,” Conway said.Green said Howlett was originally from Chester, N.S., but moved years ago to Campobello Island, where he started a family and got involved in the scallop and lobster fisheries.Friends say the death will be keenly felt on the small island of about 850 people, where Howlett was known for his humour, big laugh and generosity.“The whole island’s in mourning here,” said Green. “Joe was the life of the party. He was always upbeat, laughing, telling jokes, so the whole island’s at a desperate loss … He was a great fella and he really cared about the whales.”— By Alison Auld in Halifax and Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more