Ato Boldon, coach of Jamaican junior sprinter Briana Williams, has dismissed criticism of him in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) that he is helping to develop rival nations’ track and field programmes. The Olympian coached Williams to a sprint double in the 100m and 200m events at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, last week, to the resentment of some members of the T&T track and field community. But Boldon said he is unbothered by the criticism he has personally received, especially on social media. “I have had people on social media from Trinidad saying it’s a shame that I’m coaching ‘against Trinidad’. I find that hilarious,” Boldon told The Gleaner. Boldon is disappointed that he was not given an influential role in T&T’s track and field programme, like his counterparts from other nations, who have moved on from competing to coaching. “I have watched all my peers being given leadership roles – and succeed,” he said. “Glenroy Gilbert (a former sprinter) of Canada, whom I had a conversation with on this very topic; Dennis Mitchell; Jon Drummond (both former sprinters as well), who coached the USA women to the world record in the 4x100m relays. “No one who knows me in the USA can believe I have no influence, whatsoever, on young Trinidad and Tobago athletes, apart from Khalifa St Fort. But my plan is to have athletes from every single island in my camp, and, well, the direct messages [which he has received since Williams’ 100m win] indicate that’s already started in earnest.” ‘I’LL GO WHERE I’M WANTED’ Boldon, while describing the state of T&T’s track and field affairs as “mediocre”, said he will continue training athletes overseas until things change in his homeland. “I have decided that I will go where I’m wanted, so if the TT Federation is content to wallow in mediocrity, while patting each other on the back about how well they are doing every year, I’ll continue to do my thing in Florida.” Boldon, in his time as a sprinter, won four Olympic medals – a bronze in both the 100 and 200m sprints at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, in 1996, then a silver in the 100m and a bronze in the 200m four years later at the Sydney Games in Australia. He also won gold in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Athens, Greece, in 1997.
0Shares0000Sophia Floersch flew off the track on Sunday, hurtling into marshals and photographers, before being rushed to a Macau hospital © SCMP/AFP / K.Y. CHENGHONG KONG, China, Nov 21 – A 17-year-old racing driver who fractured her spine in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix has vowed to return to the sport after surviving surgery lasting nearly half a day.German Sophia Floersch flew off the track on Sunday, hurtling into marshals and photographers, before being rushed to a Macau hospital in a stable condition. “I survived the operation which took 11 hours. Hope from now on it only gets better,” she wrote in a Facebook post late Tuesday.“I’m going to come back!” she added.Floersch said she had to stay “a few more days” in Macau until it is possible to transport her elsewhere.She thanked the medical staff who treated her as well as the people who helped at the scene of the crash for their “encouraging, calming words in these tough minutes in my car”.Dramatic footage captured gasps from the crowd as the Van Amersfoort Racing driver’s car flew through the air and into safety netting at the Guia Circuit’s Lisboa bend, a sharp right-hander.Running 16th, she lost control in a contact down the straight, launched off a kerb and bounced off Tsuboi’s TOM’s Racing car.“My thoughts are also with everyone who was involved in the accident. I hope everybody is healthy,” Floersch said in her post.– Circuit ‘not dangerous’ –The International Motoring Federation (FIA) has opened an investigation but FIA race director Charlie Whiting said it is “too soon” to say what caused the accident. Whiting also insisted that the Macau Grand Prix circuit is not dangerous.“It is too soon to try and establish what the cause was,” Whiting told AFP.“We know the initial cause for her loss of control but we need to analyse very very carefully.“It takes a few weeks to analyse data from the car, analyse video very carefully and try and establish exactly how the two cars made contact, how they interacted and what played which part and where. We have to do it right.“When an accident like that happens, our thoughts are with the people involved and the injured people.“We look to try and understand why they were injured and then we need to find out what we can learn and what improvement can be made to insure that if the same accident happened again, we would have zero injured.”At least three people have died on the Macau Grand Prix circuit.British rider Daniel Hegarty died last year after hitting a barrier at Fisherman’s Bend during the Macau Grand Prix’s motorcycle race.In 2012, Portuguese motorcyclist Luis Carreira and Hong Kong driver Phillip Yau were killed within two days of each other during the Macau Grand Prix.Whiting says the fatalities were not the fault of the course.“Macau is not a dangerous circuit,” he said. “In common with all street circuits the incident rate is higher than a normal circuit but there is no evidence to say that the circuit is dangerous.“There are far fewer run-off areas on this type of circuit. However, where cars do hit the walls it is generally at a very low angle which imparts lower forces into the car and driver.“The guardrails, crash barriers and debris fences have been systematically upgraded over the past few years with significant improvements in a number of areas.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000LONDON, England, March 31- Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly preparing an audacious £70million swoop for Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez.The Galacticos are known admirers of the Uruguay international and were even believed to have made an approach for his services during the January transfer period. The Reds managed to rebuff any advances, though, and Suarez has since gone on to further raise his stock, with Sunday’s strike in the 4-0 win over Tottenham leaving him with 29 Premier League goals for the season – nine more than current Golden Boot runner-up and team-mate Daniel Sturridge.This form has now led to reports that Madrid could return with a vengeance at the end of the current season, with manager Carlo Ancelotti believed to have been given the financial backing to bid for the forward.However, Suarez only recently signed a new long-term deal at Anfield, although his contract is thought to contain a release clause which the Primera Liga title chasers could look to activate, while also offering up either full-back Fabio Coentrao or midfielder Isco to sweeten the deal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach, Zradvko Logarusic looks dejected during their final KPL first-leg clash of the season against Sofapaka after issues with raising a squad. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, September 21 – AFC Leopards head coach, Zdravko Logarusic, is concerned about the fitness of his charges after they laboured to progress to the third round of the GOtv Shield knock-out tournament over the weekend.It took the Croatian’s magic to turn fortunes around when he introduced substitutes- Denis Dodi and Lamin Diallo- who scored to help Leopards overcome National Super League side, Wazito FC 2-1. Go-slows have been the order of the day in The Den with players boycotting training on several occasions after going three months without pay disrupting their training programme.“Our problem is that I have seven players on the bench in any particular match but only one is always fit. The rest can only play for 20 minutes.“Against Wazito, Bernard Mang’oli couldn’t play at all, Diallo although he scored the second goal, he told me he can only play for15 since he was under medication, Duncan Otieno didn’t train the entire week.“Also we have our players who are a bit old, Ivan Anguyo and Joseph Njuguna but they are trying that’s why I take risks in every match we play and sometimes it pays sometimes it doesn’t. My job is to make decisions,” the 53-year-old former Gor Mahia tactician, said.Lack of fitness has been evident in some of Ingwe matches in the SportPesa Premier League where they are seeking to fight to qualify for next season’s KPL Top 8 with four matches to wrap up a nightmare 2015 campaign.Logarusic, who joined the 13-time champions this season, has been a source of inspiration to the team having managed to bring them back on track after returning from a four-game absence to guide them to a 1-0 league win over Western Stima that ended a six-match winless run.“It doesn’t matter how much time I spend in the changing room to tell my players what they are supposed to do but people should know it’s not easy,” Logarusic added.Despite the management woes that has seen two factions claim to be in control, the head coach who won the Shield with K’Ogalo in 2012 is focused on returning Ingwe to the continental competition and reclaiming the domestic cup they last won in 2013.Leopards, placed sixth in the Premier League on 38 points, face a tough test this weekend when they battle it out with Tusker FC in the KPL Top 8 quarter-finals.Ingwe will play their final match behind closed match against Sofapaka when the league resumes in October before tackling Mathare United, Muhoroni Youth and Tusker.
2 Whether it be in January or in the summer, Marseille sensation Michy Batshuayi is set to be a hot property on the transfer market. It’s likely to be a matter of when, not if, the French side sell and it appears West Ham have joined the battle for his signature.WhoScored.com have the stats to support him moving to the Premier League. Check out lots of brilliant West Ham statistics here, and read on for WhoScored’s take on the Belgian forward…It’s becoming increasingly harder for teams across Europe to protect their young talents from the watchful eyes of the elite on the continent. The increase in coverage means clubs have greater access to younger players, which in turn is making it more difficult for smaller teams to hang onto their prized assets. One such talent set to draw more and more attention in the coming weeks and months is Batshuayi.The young Belgium international has quickly established himself as Marseille’s first choice striker in the wake of Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac’s respective departures for Swansea and Tigres. Having featured sporadically last season, Batshuayi has started 21 of 22 games in Ligue 1 season, with his performances contributing to a WhoScored.com rating of 7.09. Michy Batshuayi 2 His goalscoring exploits can’t be called into question, with his 12 league goals bettered only by Zlatan Ibrahimvic (17) in Ligue 1 this season, accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’. Yet, the 22-year-old isn’t just a goalscoring striker, as his seven assists indicate. Only Angel Di Maria (9) has registered more than the youngster this term, highlighting his commendable ability to bring others into play.While teams were fully aware of his potential last season, Batshuayi’s performances have perhaps exceeded expectations considering Marseille’s major overhaul last summer. Marcelo Bielsa’s exit following the opening day defeat to Caen left the club at a crossroads, though replacement Michel deserves credit for ensuring they remain in with a chance of securing Champions League.In that regard, Batshuayi is crucial for the French side. Of the 33 players to score 10 or more goals in Ligue 1 since the beginning of last season, only four are scoring a goal more frequently than Batshuayi (every 131.8 minutes). While a number of big hitters have been credited with an interest in the Belgian, it’s West Ham who seemingly lead the way in their quest to secure the striker’s services.Batshuayi may have signed a new contract with Marseille earlier this month, but in the January transfer window, rumours remain abound of ‘this club’ signing ‘that player’. The Hammers are no different, with their current crop of strikers struggling for form and regular fitness. Factor in the impressive performances of summer arrival Dimitri Payet, who continues to excel in his debut campaign in east London, and a move to West Ham could certainly benefit player and club.The duo played together at Marseille last season and while Batshuayi rarely featured due to Gignac’s impressive form, the pair would certainly have the potential to strike up a deadly partnership in the final third. Only three players have played more key passes in the Premier League this season than Payet (57), despite the Frenchman missing almost two months of the campaign with an ankle problem.With Euro 2016 looming, Marseille must be hoping that Batshuayi’s price tag will rise, particularly with the frontman expected to be part of the Belgium squad that travels to France this summer. It would, therefore, be in the Hammers’ best interests to get a deal completed sooner rather than later, especially if Batshuayi enjoys a prolific European Championship that would see interest in his signature increase significantly.Some players are hyped despite playing only a handful of games, but Batshuayi looks the real deal. His already evident striking qualities and scope to improve means he is a striker that any team in Europe could utilise. If West Ham manage to beat their rivals to the punch, then it would be seen as another real coup by the east London outfit.For more stats on Michy Batshuayi, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty Central midfield – Steven Gerrard Gerrard is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history. While he did not win as much silverware as he would have liked, Gerrard’s loyalty to Liverpool was second to none. He scored 120 goals in 504 appearances for the Reds and helped them clinch a fifth Champions League trophy in 2005. Gerrard is making his name as a manager and is aiming to guide Rangers to a Scottish Premiership title next season. Getty Peter Crouch and Jamie Carragher were Liverpool team-mates for three years 13 Xabi Alonso is still beloved by Liverpool fans Glen Johnson stayed at Liverpool for six years Goalkeeper – Pepe Reina Reina joined Liverpool in the same transfer window that Crouch did in 2005. The pair played together for three years before Crouch joined Portsmouth. Reina, who won 36 caps for Spain, has gone on to play for Bayern Munich, Napoli and AC Milan. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Gareth Bale has been linked with a move back to Tottenham this summer 13 TROPHY Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football. The former Tottenham and Liverpool striker enjoyed a successful 23-year career, scoring 108 goals in 468 Premier League appearances. JIBE 13 Getty Getty REVEALED Getty Striker – Jermain Defoe Defoe and Crouch had a lethal partnership at Portsmouth and Tottenham. Following a successful 2008/09 season with Pompey, the pair were both signed by Spurs. Defoe, who is on loan at Rangers from Bournemouth, has made a career out of scoring goals. The 36-year-old is Tottenham’s sixth all-time top scorer with 143 goals. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Pepe Reina spent nine years at Liverpool New job targets Are these the best players Crouch played alongside? Right winger – Gareth BaleTottenham initially signed Bale as a left-back from Southampton in 2007 before being converted into a winger by Harry Redknapp.He spent the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons playing alongside Crouch.Bale joined Real Madrid in a then-world-record £85million deal in 2013. During his time in Spain, the Welshman has won four Champions League trophies, scoring in two finals, and a LaLiga title. Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend Central midfield – Xabi Alonso With over 100 caps for Spain, Alonso will go down as one of the greatest midfielders of the modern era. He retired from playing football in 2017 and ended his career with winners’ medals in the FA Cup, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Bundesliga and LaLiga.The 37-year-old also won two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain.Now, Alonso manages Real Sociedad B. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 13 13 Left-back – Justin Edinburgh Crouch played with Edinburgh during the 2001/02 season when the young forward was making a name for himself in England’s lower divisions.Edinburgh was in the latter stages of his career at the time after starring for Tottenham between 1990 and 2000. The defender moved into management and had successful spells with Newport and Leyton Orient before tragically passing away last month. Justin Edinburgh in action for Portsmouth Centre-back – Javier MascheranoMascherano played as a holding midfielder during his time with Crouch at Liverpool, however, the 35-year-old transformed into a top central defender at Barcelona. He has also played further back for Argentina in the latter stages of his career. Since leaving Liverpool in 2010, Mascherano has won five LaLiga titles, two Champions League trophies and reached a World Cup final.He now plays for Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune. 13 buildlineup.com boost Getty After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football ! Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long. X— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 12, 2019 punished The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 13 13 If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups , get to a champions league final , win the Fa cup and get 100 @premierleague goals I would have avoided you at all costs. It’s been an absolute dream come true 🤖— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 12, 2019Crouch starred alongside some world class footballers and below, talkSPORT.com look at the best club XI he played with. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Rafael van der Vaart was a fans’ favourite at White Hart Lane Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Javier Mascherano was a warrior for Liverpool 13 13 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 13 Getty Peter Crouch played with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool Luka Modric was a huge hit at Tottenham Right-back – Glen Johnson Johnson and Crouch were team-mates during their time with Portsmouth, Stoke and England. Earlier this year, the full-back announced his retirement from football after winning 54 England caps. He will be remembered for his attacking exploits and his ability to score the odd screamer. 13 deals Central midfielder – Luka Modric Modric is the current Ballon d’Or holder after starring for Croatia at last summer’s World Cup. He turns 34 in September, but is showing no sign of slowing down. The Real Madrid star, who played with Crouch at Tottenham, is expected to play a crucial role for Zinedine Zidane’s side in the upcoming season. LATEST Getty latest Jermain Defoe was prolific for Tottenham Left wing – Rafael van der VaartAlthough Van der Vaart’s preferred position was playing behind the striker, he was occasionally deployed as a winger during his career. Crouch only played with Van der Vaart during the 2010/11 season before the former England star left for Stoke. Van der Vaart impressed during his two-year spell at White Hart Lane and had spells with Real Madrid and Hamburg. Centre-half – Jamie Carragher Crouch endured a four-month goal drought after joining Liverpool in a £7million deal from Southampton – and in his book, he revealed a pub karaoke session with Carragher was a turning point in his Reds career. Carragher made 737 appearances for Liverpool before retiring in 2013. Getty Getty On Twitter, he said: “After a lot of deliberation this summer I have decided to retire from football ! Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and to help me stay there for so long. “If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 @premierleague goals I would have avoided you at all costs. It’s been an absolute dream come true.” Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 13 This is a star-studded starting XI
The Grissom Boyhood Home is once again hosting The Galactic Gathering for 2018 with special guest speaker, Charlie Duke. Various ticketed events will be offered throughout the weekend, as well as “for donation” guided tours and activites at the home.There will also be various activities to participate in at Spring Mill State Park for free, as this event will once again take place in conjunction with Gus Grissom Days hosted by Spring Mill State Park.All proceeds for The Galactic Gathering will go toward the Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Boyhood Home, which is dedicated to restore and preserve the history of the home Grissom was raised in. Timeline:Friday, July 20, 8 pm – 10 pm – Launch Party; 1960 Cocktail Party held in the Spring Mill Lakeview Room*Tickets are required and limited. A cash bar will be available at an additional cost to you that evening.Saturday, July 21, 11 am – 3 pm – Tours Through The Grissom Boyhood Home*Tickets are not required. Donations will be accepted and appreciated. Tours will be open house style and will include dessert bar.Saturday, July 21, 2-4 pm – Photo Opportunity with Charlie Duke at First Baptist Church *Purchase individually or bundle with symposium tickets for discount.Saturday, July 21, 7:00 pm – Symposium held at the Mitchell Opera House*Special presentation from moonwalker, Charlie Duke. Tickets are required and limited.If you are planning to purchase tickets and need lodging while in town, limited rooms are set aside in the Spring Mill Inn for this event. Call 812-849-4508 for reservations and reference Galactic Gathering.*There will be no autograph opportunities during this event.
The Smoky Mountain High School Basketball teams dominated the Brevard Blue Devils Tuesday night at the New Mustangs Gym in Sylva. The JV girls set the tempo for the evening with a 49 to 7 point blowout followed by the JV Boys who cruised to a 65 to 47 point margin. The Brevard Varsity girls had played the Lady Mustangs to a close game in early January in Brevard but found themselves no match for the Lady Mustangs on their home court Tuesday. Shay Tisho led all scorers with 20 points followed by Aaliyah McCullom with 12 points. The Mustangs put the game out of reach in the second quarter with a 19 to nine point advantage then stretched it to a 21 to nine point advantage in the third period then moved on to win 65 to 43.The Mustang Varsity Boys got six early points from Tommy Brennan and three from Tyler Waliezer to make an early statement the Mustangs would handle both the inside and the outside game as needed to set the game tempo against Brevard. The Mustangs were on cruise control by the end of the first quarter with a 22 to nine point lead then rolled to a 25 to 10 point advantage in the second quarter to go to the dressing room with a 47 to 19 point halftime advantage. In the third period it is 24 to 13 point advantage then a 16 to 8 point differential in the fourth quarter to own the night and complete the sweep with an 87 to 40 point win over Brevard. Earlier in the season the Mustangs scored 89 to 47 against Franklin and beat Tuscola 85 to 46 and 84 to 47 over Swain. Last nights 47 point win was the largest margin of victory this season for the Mustangs .The wins keep the Mustangs alive in the state rankings. Coming into Tuesday nights game the Lady Mustangs were ranked 8th in the state in the 2 – A Division. The Mustangs Boys are currently ranked 25th in the state 2 – A division.
Ask any loss prevention team what the most important aspect of interfacing with senior management is, and you’re likely to hear the terms “partnerships” and “cross-functional.”These elements are not specific to the loss prevention industry. You would probably hear a similar response from an executive in any other department.Working cross-functionally is a critical component to a successful loss prevention program. Loss prevention departments often add value to the organization by assisting other business units with their unique investigative and technological tools. Additionally, there may be times in which those business units return the favor.- Sponsor – Organizations call upon the diverse skills of cross-functional teams to tackle complex issues in the organization.For all the value that cross-functional teams provide, it is worth understanding their flaws. This may be best explained by the social psychology concept “process loss” related to group decisions.Process loss is a general term that describes inefficient problem-solving in groups.Psychologists found that groups tend to focus on the information that they have in common, rather than their specialized knowledge.For example, a group containing IT and loss prevention may focus on areas of knowledge overlap rather than deploying their specialized knowledge, which is the entire point of a cross-functional team.Researchers demonstrated this concept by giving two groups information related to a political candidate, in which positive information was double that of negative information in both groups.However, one group received individual items, in which the negative information overlapped among group members. This group chose to discuss the information they had in common with each other (negative), which resulted in a much greater negative opinion of the candidate compared to the other group.In the 1950s, researchers demonstrated individual participants’ desire to conform to a group majority in a series of psychology studies referred to as the Asch conformity experiments. In these tests, researchers demonstrated that group members changed their opinions based on the overall attitude of the group. Said another way, the group members showed that they did not want to “rock the boat.”Unfortunately, sometimes the boat needs to be rocked if the data suggests that it should. Some participants may feel pressure to compromise even when they should not. Conformity in these situations is detrimental to the success of the organization.In another example of process loss, groups have the ability to ignore the expert on a subject and democratize decisions. If the majority feels one way, they may reach a decision regarding a subject about which they have no expertise.Imagine a cross-functional group overriding the organization’s legal team regarding a legal matter. In these instances, it may be best to allow the subject matter expert to make the call. In the loss prevention industry, we may see this happen regarding allocating physical security resources. If best practices are ignored, there could be some creative reasoning regarding where resources go. This decision could ultimately result in liability for the company.It doesn’t make sense to label cross-functional teams as bad. They’re not. Moreover, cross-functional teams are vital to the professional growth and skill sharing of an organization. However, it’s important to understand when a cross-functional loss prevention team may be going off the rails.Recognizing knowledge overlap and conformity can give group members the ability to step back and refocus. Unfortunately, claiming to be the expert isn’t the most effective way to convince a group. In this case, partnerships and influence are key. If you’re an influential loss prevention director or other business partner, everyone probably already knows you’re the expert.This article was originally published in 2014 and was updated September 17, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
A Peabody, Massachusetts, man and a companion from Melrose are facing charges in connection with the theft of wheelchair van from a hospital and shoplifting spree in Saugus. Just before 1 PM Thursday, a wheelchair van stolen about 6:30 that morning from Melrose-Wakefield Hospital was spotted on Route 1 south in Peabody by a woman who was driving in the area and called it in to the State Police’s Danvers barracks.A short time later, Trooper Martin Cooke spotted the wheelchair van — owned by Armstrong Ambulance — on Lake Street and followed it as it turned onto Route 1 southbound. Cooke activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and attempted to stop the van, but the driver refused and kept driving. A pursuit was authorized, and Cooke chased the stolen van south on Route 1 to Route 129, where it entered the Goodwin Circle rotary and continued east toward Lynn.The van, which had a flat rear tire at that point, attempted to pass traffic when it struck an unoccupied Ford Explorer parked at the intersection of Route 129 and Regina Road in Lynn and came to a stop. Troopers placed the driver and passenger, both males, under arrest, and transported them to Danvers barracks for booking.- Sponsor – During the subsequent investigation, State Police determined that at approximately 9:20 AM, nearly three hours after one of the men stole the van, both men shoplifted several hundred dollars worth of men’s clothing from Kohl’s department store in Saugus. The merchandise… The Salem News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now