The pros and cons of turning professional

first_imgThough the stars of athletics make nowhere near the money gained by their peers in football, boxing, golf, Formula One and the domestic American sports, it’s becoming more tempting for young prospects to make the big move. They’d best beware. It’s not for everyone. Young American high-school sprinters Kaylin Whitney and Candace Hill have recently parlayed their promise into the pros at age 16. Here at home, Jaheel Hyde and Michael O’Hara are both foregoing their last year of high school eligibility to take the pro road. From all reports, both Hyde and O’Hara have tertiary studies built into their plans. That’s smart because there’s no absolute guarantee of a lucrative career in the professional ranks. Injury or loss of form can turn things upside down. Ristananna Tracey left Edwin Allen High School as the second fastest junior 400-metre hurdler of all-time. Sadly, through a combination of circumstances, she has not made progress. Hopefully, her change of training camps to G.C. Foster College will bear fruit, for one whose potential for greatness is still undeniable. IGNORE EDUCATION In a world where proven champions like Norwegian javelin great Andreas Thorkildsen can lose their sponsorship if they lag behind top form, young prospects take a risk when they ignore education. On the other side of the coin is Danielle Williams. She left The Queen’s School as a fine prospect, but not a star. She took the traditional route to college in US scholarship and now she is World Champion. The recent ISSA ruling barring professionals from Boys and Girls Championships forces high school student athletes and their families to decide. Missing Champs is one thing, but missing college is another even more critical decision. If things don’t work out athletically, then the unsuccessful young professional could find himself or herself out on a limb without no income from the sport and no college qualification at 24 or 25. Luckily, today’s world has options. If they prefer, they can stay in Jamaica, where a growing number of tertiary institutions are offering scholarships to student athletes. They can do what Herb McKenley did 1942 and take a US sport scholarship. As Omar McLeod has done recently at the University of Arkansas, student athletes can turn pro early with their sponsors obliged to pay for the remainder of their college tuition. Both routes have produced success, academically and athletically. To be fair, some sportsmen can take the risk to forego college. Usain Bolt and Lebron James are examples of super successful athletes who went pro early and skipped college. However, since no one can be absolutely sure of their athletic future, the best option is to keep academics in the picture.last_img read more

Cone concerned as Ginebra blows huge lead: ‘We have to respond better’

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cone also had that look of concern, which was unusual for a winning coach.He, however, has reasons to be worried about despite guiding the Gin Kings closer to another finals appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ginebra led by as much as 25 points in the first half and was even ahead by 20 entering the fourth quarter but  Rain or Shine still managed to fight all the way back and came within a shot away from forcing overtime.READ: Ginebra averts meltdown, beats Rain or Shine to close in on finals spot View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Alapag shares learnings from young coaching career in Asia League seminarcenter_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone froze for a moment then shook his head before he got up from his seat following his post-game interview on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We did not respond well and it is a concern,” Cone told reporters after Ginebra eked out a 75-72 win in Game 3 of their best-of-five-semifinals series.”We played on our heels playing not to lose the whole second half rather than staying aggressive and playing to win.“They picked up the defense and picked up the physicality and we struggled with it and we gotta be smarter with that for Game 4,” he added. “If we don’t figure that one out, if we don’t come with a little bit more poise and a little bit more fight in us then they’re gonna come out and get Game 4 easy.”The Elasto Painters had a couple of chances to extend the game into OT but James Yap’s two attempts from about 30 feet barely hit the rim as time expired.“We really didn’t respond well to what happened in the second half and that’s on us, it’s not on the referees, not on them, it’s not on anybody but us,” Cone said.“We have to respond better. It was just a tremendous comeback by Rain or Shine and like I said, we just held on by our fingernails.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Rain or Shine emerged as the No. 1 team after the elimination round and Cone said it wasn’t by accident.“You’re a win away but we’re coming out of this game with a lot of concerns. I keep saying it, I’m not sure anybody believes me but there’s an absolute reason they’re the No. 1 seed,” he said.“They play down the stretch very well, they played close games throughout the conference and won all of them including three overtime games. They’re very poised, they’re a veteran team and their import Reggie Johnson is just a really smart, intelligent player. That’s the reason why they deserve the No. 1 seed. We know how good they are and we’re gonna have to battle.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Bright Akhuetie officially named UAAP MVP; Angelo Kouame is top rookie

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kouame, despite getting second-most SPs, did not make it to the Mythical Team because of the UAAP’s ruling that only one foreign player will be in that five-man lineup.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s Alvin Pasaol finished with 74.5714 SPs and De La Salle’s Justine Baltazar accumulated 61.2857 SPs to make up the Mythical Team frontcourt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAdamson University’s Jerrick Ahanmisi had 58.3846 SPs while UP’s Juan Gomez De Liaño finished with 63.8571 SPs to make up the backcourt. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In the distaff side, University of Santo Tomas’ Malu Irebu took home the MVP with 80.5714 SPs.National University’s Jack Daniel Animam, who won the Finals MVP, finished second in the season MVP race with 79.7143 SPs to koin Irebu in the forward spots of the women’s Mythical Team.Far Eastern University’s Clare Castro, whose team lost to NU 67-61 in Game 2 of the Finals, was the Mythical Team’s center with 71.3571 SPs.UST’s Misaela Larosa had 76.0769 SPs while Adamson’s Nathalie Prado amassed 74.2857 SPs for the guard spots.Growling Tigress youngster Reynalyn Ferrer was named Rookie of the Year after finishing with 48.9286 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves, finally, are getting it done on defense No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bright Akhuetie mobbed by his UP teammates after receiving UAAP MVP Award. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Bright Akhuetie capped off his stellar first year in the UAAP by capturing the MVP plum of Season 81.University of the Philippines’ center, who officially received the award on Wednesday before Game 2 of the UAAP Finals, amassed 82.5 statistical points, edging Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame, who won Rookie of the Yea with 76.2143 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

New Top Cop meets with GPF Performance Group

first_imgNewly appointed Police Commissioner Leslie James on Friday met the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF’s) Performance Group and outlined key areas that are intended to improve the relationship between members of the Force and the general public.The meeting, held in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, bore fruit, as the ranks present gave the Commissioner the full assurance of their commitment andPolice Commissioner Leslie James, with his deputies and members of the GPF’s Performance Groupsupport.James was, on Thursday, appointed Police Commissioner with immediate effect. Four Assistant Commissioners were each also appointed Deputy Commissioners. They are Lyndon Alves, Maxine Graham, Nigel Hoppie and Paul Williams, who were all in the running for the Commissioner’s post.The four deputies will be responsible for four areas of the Force: Operations, Administration, Law Enforcement, and Special Branch/ Intelligence.last_img read more

State-of-the-art pharmaceutical storage facility faces closure

first_img– employees to be laid offNEW GPC’s 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art pharmaceutical storage facility at Ruimveldt, Georgetown is facing closure unless the Public Health Ministry or Georgetown Public Hospital chose to lease it to continue storage of their medicines and medical supplies. If a decision is taken to close the facility, over 40 employees will face the breadline.NEW GPC’s storage facility at Ruimveldt, GeorgetownAccording to the company, NEW GPC has been allowing the Public Health Ministry and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to utilise storage facilities owned by the company free of cost. This has been the practice for many years and such an arrangement was made possible under the WHO-guided prequalification system which also saw NEW GPC performing quality control services, providing logistical support to both agencies in addition to providing a regulated and certified environment for pharmaceuticals and other sensitive inventory.The warehouse facilities which were specially designed comprise of cold/cool room with 24/7 back-up generators and controlled temperature room and secure/isolated storage for other controlled substances and hazardous items. At the moment the MPH/GPHC is utilising two warehouses at Ruimveldt and one at Farm within NEW GPC Complex on East Bank Demerara.With the Government terminating the Prequalification System and the simultaneous introduction of open public international tendering, NEW GPC is no longer required to extend warehousing and support services of this magnitude. Besides that, such facilities and services are very expensive to operate and maintain.In light of the above NEW GPC has given the MPH/GPHC the option to either vacate the premises or alternatively continue occupation under a tenancy agreement.In March a small number of employees were laid off with full payment of all their benefits. This was a result of loss of business and an apparent Government preference for dealing with importers, who by the nature of their business do not need too many employees.Even in instances when NEW GPC have won tender awards, as the case of the HIV diagnostic supplies, a reason was found to award the business to another company.The NEW GPC pharmaceutical storage facility which is arguably the best of its kind in the entire Caribbean, was designed in accordance with WHO standards for pharmaceutical storage and it is approved by the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department. The facility has (a) furnished offices, (b) heavy-duty storage racks, (c) conveyor, (d) furniture, (e) sprinkler system, (f) security cameras, (g) biometric clock, (h) permanent pallets, (i) fire extinguishers, (j) separate receiving and dispatch area, (k) cold, cool and room temperature storage, (l) separate secure storage for high value/risk items, (m) quarantine zone and (n) special storage for controlled substances/DDA, Hyster electrical lifts and other auxiliary equipment.The layout provides wide aisles and storage racks with three tiers to facilitate quick access and easy stacking of three pallet placements. With a ceiling height of 17 ft in the central warehouse total volume is approximately 868,000 cubic feet.There is also an open yard area within the perimeter fence measuring 415 x 75 ft or 31,125 sq ft to accommodate temporary storage of containers or parking of Canter trucks and other vehicles.last_img read more

GDF aircraft “tried and tested” – Harmon

first_imgAmidst concerns being expressed over procurement of four aircraft, the types of which are no longer manufactured, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has again sought to defend the $697 million purchases.Since Government announced its intention to buy two Islander and two Skyvan reconditioned aircraft, which are no longer being manufactured, questions have been raised on various issues, including maintenance and sourcing of parts. The Islanders will be purchased from a company in neighbouring Brazil, while the Skyvans, from Belgium, are owned by a United States-based company.State Minister Joseph Harmon has explained that a team from the Guyana Defence Force GDF) has inspected the planes to be procured from a company inA Skyvan already in the GDF’s fleetBrazil, and has submitted positive reports on the condition of these craft.“I can also say to you that the aircraft…were inspected, and that the team of inspectors sent back a very positive [preliminary] report about the condition of (the) aircraft, and they believe that we have a very good buy…and I have every confidence in the quality of personnel that actually inspected these aircraft and recommend them for purchase by us in Guyana,” he stated.According to the State Minister, Guyana, like many countries around the world, already has operating similar aircraft which were manufactured sometime around 1977.“These were aircraft that people don’t sell them when they have them… What I can say to you is that these are tried and tested aircraft all around the world. In fact, here in Guyana, there is a large fleet of that type of aircraft, and when people have them, they don’t sell them,” he said.Asked about the lifespan of these aircraft, Minister Harmon pointed out, “These engines can be changed, they can be upgraded and all of that; so there’s no single statement that says, ‘This aircraft will run for five years, 10 years…’ Once the airframe is solid — and I can say to you the airframe is very solid — all of the other parts can be changed as you go along. So you’ll have good lifespan off these aircraft.”Earlier this month, the National Assembly approved $484,239,000 for the GDF to make final payments for the four aircraft. The army had already identified some $213,885,000 from its 2018 capital programme to make initial payments.Harmon, who also sits on the Defence Board, told the House’s Committee of Supply the foregoing in answer to questions from Opposition Parliamentarian and former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had asked whether Government had considered procuring Twin Otter aircraft instead. In response, the State Minister explained that while the Twin Otters are as good as Islanders, the latter are more versatile, and spares are easier to source.He had noted, too, that the GDF is better equipped to deal with these types of aircraft, while adding that the price was also a deciding factor, since a Twin Otter costs somewhere between US$2.4 million and US$4 million for a used one, and a new one is being sold at US$7 million.The two Islanders will be used to ferry passenger and cargo, while the two Skyvans will be used for paratrooping and “troop-carrying purposes”.last_img read more

Center of attention

first_img(818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – By the time Kwame Brown returns from a sprained left ankle in mid-March, the Lakers will have played for 2 1/&2 months with Andrew Bynum as their starting center. With that in mind, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was asked Thursday if he was starting to accept that the 19-year-old might be his starting center for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. “I’m almost positive he’s still in the formation of his ultimate body type,” Jackson said. “There’s always injuries and things that come along, so we want to be real careful.” Brown sought a second opinion on his injured ankle Wednesday and learned that he would be out another four to six weeks. For the time being, Bynum will start and the Lakers likely won’t try to acquire another big man. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak questioned whether there was another center available who could play a significant role. Jackson said there wasn’t a pressing need playing in a conference where Houston’s Yao Ming is one of the few true centers. “There’s a lot of mobility that’s needed at the center spot right now, especially in the West,” Jackson said. center_img “We’ve always been concerned about Andrew’s amount of minutes,” Jackson said. “We don’t want him to have to play heavy minutes right now at this age. He’s a little bit young to be out there playing all those minutes. So far we’ve gotten away with it this season.” Bynum is averaging 29.2 minutes since he returned to the starting lineup after Brown was injured Dec. 31. But Jackson said it would be ideal for Bynum’s “growth pattern” if he could split minutes at the position. last_img read more

Agents of Discovery at Fish Creek Community Forest

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The staff of the city of Fort St. John recreation have announced the Agents of Discovery App.Residents are being invited to the Fish Creek Community Forest on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm to learn about the app and nature in Fort St. John.The Agents of Discovery App can be downloaded to Android and iOS devices before you arrive at Fish Creek for city staff to help get you on your mission.For further questions contact 250-785-4592 or e-mail – Advertisement –last_img read more

Manchester United target’s agent claims there’s ‘no reason’ for striker to leave

first_img Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic 1 The agent of Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic claims there is ‘no reason’ for him to leave Atletico Madrid.The Croatian struck 12 league goals during his first season in Spain and had been linked with a move away.Juventus are reportedly keen on the striker, while Manchester United have also been touted as a possible destination.However the 29-year-old’s agent, Ivan Cvetkovic, has now rubbished talk of his client leaving Atletico after just one season.“In the first year in a new country it takes time to settle in,” Cvetkovic told Tportal.“The fans are now attached to him, and Mario has adapted to the city and to the club. There’s no reason for him to leave and not respect his contract.“Of course, in football everything is in a constant state of flux, and you never know what could happen, but this is not the time to speculate.”last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Roma on season-long loan

first_img1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has joined Serie A title hopefuls Roma on a season-long loan deal.The 25-year-old Poland international was limited to just 17 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season.Szczesny lost his place to David Ospina halfway through last season and the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea has increased competition further.“I’ve come here to win matches and trophies with Roma and I think the team are strong enough to do that. I think there’s great potential here,” Szczesny told“I already know the faces and the names of my new team-mates and I’m hoping to get settled here quickly.”Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the former Legia Warsaw keeper has a future in north London.“I personally rate him highly – you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20,” he said last week, before the loan was confirmed.“He already has huge experience. I don’t want that experience at such a young age to be wasted.” Wojciech Szczesny last_img read more