Man fleeing manslaughter charges arrested in Broward

first_imgInvestigators in Connecticut are reporting that a suspect facing manslaughter charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend has been apprehended in Broward County.49-year-old John Shepard was arrested over the weekend after the story of his disappearance aired on Eye Witness News  and prompted multiple people to call in with tips.Authorities say in 2013 Shepard had been drinking and caused a rollover crash while off-roading.His girlfriend Leah Coleman, was injured in the crash and later died from her injuries.Shepard then left the state before the police could issue a warrant.last_img

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced Today

first_img “He’s not doing well,” Juda Engelmayer told ABC News on Tuesday evening. “He’s looking at the rest of his life and feeling dejected and despondent.”Engelmayer said that numerous friends of Weinstein offered to write letters to the judge attesting to his character, but that every single person insisted on writing an anonymous letter to protect their own reputations.“It shows you that even people who want to support you publicly would be vilified for doing so,” Engelmayer said.Engelmayer declined to comment on a series of previously unpublished internal correspondences released on Monday between Weinstein and his colleagues and defense and public relations teams in the days following bombshell revelations about Weinstein’s past that first surfaced in The New York Times and The New Yorker in the fall of 2017.The documents were unsealed this week at the request of numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News and The New York Times.“I have lost my family,” Weinstein wrote in one draft statement dated Dec. 21, 2017, according to the New York Daily News. “I have daughters that will not talk to me. I have lost my wife. I have lost the respect of my ex-wife and generally almost all of my friends. I have no company. I’m alone. And I will be honest with you: I’m suicidal.” In addition, Weinstein’s spokesperson Juda Engelmayer says Weinstein is having a hard time being locked up after living a good life. Harvey Weinstein ‘despondent’ as he faces sentencing in New York.— ABC News (@ABC) March 11, 2020 The day has come. Queues around the block for Weinstein’s sentencing.— Molly Crane-Newman (@molcranenewman) March 11, 2020center_img (New York, NY) — Harvey Weinstein will be sentenced today after being found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape.The disgraced movie mogul is facing nearly three decades behind bars, while his attorneys have requested a five-year prison sentence, citing his age, medical issues, charitable giving and lack of criminal history. Watch live here:last_img read more

Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians clinch IPL title for fourth time, beat Chennai Super Kings by one run

first_img New Delhi: Shane Watson had blasted three consecutive sixes off Krunal Pandya to get the equation down to 18 of 12. Quinton de Kock missed a simple wicketkeeping chance and conceded four byes as Chennai Super Kings needed nine off the last over. Lasith Malinga, who had dropped Watson earlier and had a miserable day with the ball so far, was given the task of bowling the last over. Watson was run-out thanks to a superb throw from Krunal Pandya for 80. Chennai Super Kings needed two runs off the last ball and Shardul Thakur was on strike. Malinga, who had a poor IPL till now, produced a slow, dipping yorker which trapped Thakur in front. The celebrations started. Like in 2017, Mumbai Indians held their nerve in the last over and won by one run to clinch the IPL title for a record fourth time in a nerve-tingling IPL final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal on Sunday.With this win, Mumbai Indians became the first team to win the title for the fourth time while they inflicted a fourth consecutive loss to Chennai Super Kings in this edition. For MS Dhoni, it was his sixth loss in the final having lost in 2017 at the same venue to the same team while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. For Chennai Super Kings, this was their fifth loss in the final while Mumbai Indians’ odd run in the IPL continued, having won it in all odd years starting from 2013. highlights It was Watson who had kept Chennai Super Kings in the hunt. At the start, he played the sheet anchor to Faf du Plessis who blasted two fours and a six off Krunal Pandya before he was stumped for 26. The wicket of du Plessis resulted in a period when Watson was scoring freely but Suresh Raina struggled. The left-hander was troubled by the short ball and was given out to a bouncer from Mitchell McClenaghan but was overturned on review. However, after scratching around for 13 balls, Rahul Chahar got his wicket with a sharp leg break for 8.Ambati Rayudu was also undone by a short ball from Jasprit Bumrah but it was the run-out of MS Dhoni that turned the match around. The third umpire took five minutes to make the decision after Ishan Kishan had scored a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Dhoni’s bat was on the line and the third umpire had a close look and after a long interval, giving the skipper the marching orders. Dwayne Bravo scratched around and with the asking rate reaching 12, the game was in Mumbai Indians’ grasp.Bravo broke the shackles by whipping a six off Malinga while Watson responded with three consecutive fours to get the equation down to 38 of 18. Mumbai Indians’ fielding worsened as they missed chances with Rahul Chahar dropping a catch. Like he had done in the 2018 final against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Watson threatened to take the game away from Mumbai Indians but Mumbai Indians showed that they could still hold their nerve in a crucial situation after a rather inconsistent performance with the bat.Rohit Sharma chose to bat and Quinton de Kock took charge by hammering three sixes off Deepak Chahar. However, towards the end of the powerplay, Mumbai Indians lost both de Kock and Rohit and they struggled to build momentum. Chennai Super Kings struck at regular intervals and in the middle overs, Imran Tahir was simply brilliant. With the wicket of Ishan Kishan, Tahir became the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 edition going past Kagiso Rabada.Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya slammed a couple of sixes and in the last over, Mumbai Indians needed Pollard to come up with something special. There was a slight moment of controversy when the umpire refused to give a wide on the third ball bowled by Dwayne Bravo. Pollard, in a moment of anger, stepped right up to the tramline to take the strike and he was warned by the umpires. The warning only fired up Pollard who blasted two fours in the last two balls to boost them to 149/8.The assault by Pollard gave Mumbai Indians something to bowl at and the total proved to be just enough. Just enough for Mumbai Indians to clinch their fourth IPL title. This was the fifth time Chennai Super Kings had lost in the final of IPL.This was the fourth IPL title for Mumbai Indians in five titles.Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings for the fourth time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Guyana crash out of Centrobasket U-17 tournament

first_imgDESPITE putting up their best performance, Guyana fell short by 11 points (74-63) against Mexico in what was their third and final game at this year’s Centrobasket U-17 tournament, held in the Dominican Republic.Andrew Wiggins was once again the team’s ‘hot hand’, finishing the game with 22 points, though shooting a miserable 9-28 from the floor. Wiggins also had seven rebounds.Nigel Bowen turned in a ‘double-double’ performance, scoring 21 points, shooting 50% from the floor (7-14), while grabbing 10 rebounds.No other Guyanese was able to reach double digits, but centre Akeem Crandon had another good night on the glass, grabbing 14 rebounds; 13 of which were defensive. The 17-year-old Berbician also had two blocked shots to go along with his three points.Mexico’s shooting guard and captain Moises Andriassi had a game-high 25 points, hitting six of his 13 attempts from beyond the arc to lead his team to the ‘final four’. Andriassi also had 11 rebounds.Kevon WigginsForward Javier Gonzalez scored 15 points, while all the Mexicans featured on their team’s score sheet.It was the Spanish-speaking country’s second win after toppling the Bahamas 83-5 in their previous game.Guyana went into yesterday’s game having suffered heavy back-to-back defeats, and needed to end their campaign on a positive, but, the script for the game was written differently.Mexico raced to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but, Guyana rebounded in the second period, scoring 21 points though allowing 25 by their counterparts, closing the first half trailing 29- 46.While Wiggins and Bowen tried their best to keep Guyana in the game, Mexico were able to have their way with Guyana’s defence and entered the final quarter with a 25-point lead (67-42).With the Mexican coach resting some key players in the fourth, Bowen and Wiggins made a surge and attempted to make a final ‘hooray’ but the 21 points scored was not enough to hand them their first win at the tournament. … lose final game 74-63 against Mexicolast_img read more

Ikoyi Club 81st Anniversary Climaxes in Style

first_imgHe said youths could use their camera phones which were  very useful tool to snap pictures and post to appropriate quarters instead of posting fake news on social media.He also advised youths to think of how to be employers of labour instead of depending on the system to provide them job.According to him, he joined Ikoyi Club to meet big men and to discuss business as an upcoming lawyer, stressing that Nigerians should not wait until their leaders die before they celebrate them, they should learn to celebrate their leaders now.On Friday, September 25, there was anniversary turn up and pub night, while Saturday was family fun day which featured children and adult bazaar.On Sunday 29th September was the grand finale. There was award presentations, raffle draw, recognition and presentation of plaques to sponsors, while Faith Band dished out electric tunes.The men turned out in full swagger and ladies in the best of stiletto, there is nothing to stop the exquisite display of Naija Elegante.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Ikoyi Club 1938 81st Anniversary which began with a charity walk on September 21 climaxed on Sunday with the anniversary party to close the weeklong celebration.The anniversary kicked- off on September 23 with press conference and in the evening there was anniversary cocktail party to kick start officially the 81st Anniversary. Tuesday September 24 was the music night with DJ Music. The elders took their turn on September 25 at the event Marquee.They were treated to sumptuous meals with light music from highlife band and oldies DJ and on September 26 was the anniversary lecture by Minister of Works & Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who spoke on the topic, Youth and Leadership in Nation Building. Fasola encouraged the youths to be a part of leadership by actively contributing to issues and not just castigating those in authority.last_img read more

Phi Gamma Delta fraternity returns to USC

first_imgAfter a nine-year hiatus, Phi Gamma Delta, an international fraternity also known as “Fiji” or “Phi Gam,” returned to campus this semester and is prepared to deal with the issues that forced it from The Row initially.Because of financial difficulties, Fiji closed its USC chapter in 2000 to pay off accumulating debts. With its return this year, members are making plans to keep this kind of problem from happening again.Comeback · Recruiters from Phi Gamma Delta’s national office tell sophomore Collin Rice about the fraternity, which has returned to USC. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“We have an alumni adviser who is our financial adviser that will work hand-in-hand with the treasurer to look over the budget,” said Justin Burns, national director of chapter development. “The undergraduates are still in charge, but we have amazing alumni who … are advising in their areas of expertise.”Its debt paid off, Fiji wanted to return to USC, so it applied and was selected by the university and the Interfraternity Council from among a number of international fraternities.Ray Carlos, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development at USC, said Fiji was selected because it has both a good system in place and an existing house on The Row.“[Fiji] has alumni who are very involved on this campus. They have a very strong international headquarter, which means they have a number of people who can give resources and support for the chapter and the colony here,” Carlos said. “But most of all, they were very interfraternal. They knew that they were not going to come in and focus on themselves — they want to make the entire community better,”The Fiji house, located on The Row, is currently leased to students from other fraternities and sororities. Though Fiji has returned to USC, the current residents will be allowed to remain in the house until their leases expire, Carlos said.Meanwhile, Fiji is working to recruit a strong class of new members.The fraternity has been contacting sorority chapter presidents, asking them to help find men on campus who are not Greek but would like to help start a Greek organization, Carlos said. Blessing Waung, president of the Panhellenic Council, said the sororities are willing to help out as much as possible.“If they have events they want us to come out to, we’ll definitely be there to support them,” she said. “We’re really excited because there are so many fraternities that are coming back.”Burns said he encourages students to consider becoming involved with Fiji because they will have the chance to be part of its founding pledge class.“They have a great privilege, but more so, a responsibility to create a fraternity that is unique to this campus,” Burns said. “Over the next year or so, as this group continues to develop, they are setting the course, they are setting the tone as to where this is going to go.”The membership process is recommendation-based and there is no rush process, Burns said.“It’s a mutual decision. The men that we’re meeting with need to take time to talk about it with their friends to think about it themselves and to ask questions,” he said.Some students said they would consider pledging Fiji, as opposed to other IFC fraternities.Nick Valerio, a freshman majoring in fine arts, said he liked that there was no rush process.“I’d be interested because the whole rush process is this whole big ordeal that’s really time-consuming,” Valerio said. “A lot of people are really turned off to the whole rush/frat, kind of thing.”In addition to the benefit of being able to join a fraternity without rushing, Danny Luber, a freshman majoring in psychology, said he liked that Fiji was an international fraternity.“The international idea is pretty cool,” Luber said. “Also, I think it would appeal to people who are … [now] interested in being involved in that, but they don’t want to go through the whole rush process.”The fraternity began to recruit members on Sept. 9 and will continue to recruit until Oct. 21.last_img read more

DPS deputy chief addresses annual report

first_imgThe Annual Security and Fire Safety report, which was released by the Department of Public Safety last Wednesday, illustrates a continuous decrease in crime in the USC community according to Deputy Chief David Carlisle.Reports of auto theft dropped from 21 in 2013 to six in 2014, and reports of robbery decreased from 17 to 11. Both of these crimes have been steadily decreasing since 2012. However, reports of burglary increased from 28 to 31 in the last year and aggravated assault increased from eight to 10. Carlisle noted that when reports of crimes are relatively low, increases and decreases can be coincidental and difficult to prevent.Another decrease occurred in Violence Against Women Act crimes. These crimes are defined by a 1994 federal law and include domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The University created new policies to address these crimes in 2013 and saw a decrease from 26 to 17 reports in the last year.“The University has implemented policies to make sexual assault reporting easier for students; therefore, DPS anticipated an increase in the number of reports,” Carlisle said. “However, the opposite was true. We hope that increased awareness and prevention have led to the decrease.”A significant spike occurred on the Health Sciences campus, where motor vehicle theft rose from two reports in 2013 to 13 reports in 2014. Carlisle attributed this to the expansion of the campus, which has caused an increase in parking premiums. This typically causes students and faculty to park on side streets, which are not as closely monitored as the parking structures. DPS is currently building a new parking structure that will provide more secure parking spots.Despite the spike, Carlisle reports that the number of auto thefts on the Health Sciences Campus are still remarkably lower than the average number in surrounding neighborhoods. To keep those numbers low, he is coordinating with LAPD to increase security presence in the areas where theft most often occurred. This effort is just part of the overall coordinating effort between DPS and the LAPD, who feel that the USC campus is continuing to lead the nation in safety and security measures.“We believe that the crime statistics demonstrate that USC compares very favorably in comparison to institutions of higher learning in similar urban environments,” Carlisle said. “While in reality the objective of continual declines may be unachievable, our goal is to make USC the safest urban campus in America.”The report is mandated by the Jeanne Clery Act, a 1990 federal statute aimed at providing accurate reports of on-campus safety. All colleges that receive federal funding are required to produce a security report that provides detailed analysis of certain types of crime on campus and in the surrounding area by Oct. 1 each year. The report also gives a detailed description of the University’s relationship with local police and its campus-wide procedures and policies for emergencies, discipline and security.“The Annual Security Report’s purpose is to provide current and prospective students and staff with crime statistics so that they can make informed decisions about which educational institutions to attend or as a place of employment,” Carlisle said. “We are pleased to able to report an overall decrease in reportable crime over the prior year with notable reductions in robbery, auto theft and Violence Against Women Act crimes.”last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin blows three-touchdown lead, falls to Penn State 38-31 in Big Ten title game

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — It seemed too easy.The bounces, the calls, the everything, really, tilted in the favor of the University of Wisconsin football team during the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Badgers led 28-14 at the half, and the overwhelming feeling was that they’d cruise to a third conference title in six years.But Penn State’s play in the second half prevented that. The Nittany Lions outscored the Badgers 24-3 over the game’s final 30 minutes on their way to a 38-31 victory, their first championship in the conference’s title game era.“I honestly had faith,” junior safety D’Cota Dixon said after the game. “I never thought we were going to lose, even in the last minute. I thought we were going to get a turnover, get a first down, tie it. It’s on us. I personally will take responsibility as a safety on this team.”Dixon prays with some teammates before and after every game. This time, he could not find the words during the post-game prayer.“It just hurts so bad, sending out my brothers, especially the seniors, on this,” Dixon said while tears welled in his eyes. “We had a great opportunity this year. We had a lot of goals, a lot of plans, and we executed it all up until this one game.”Wisconsin had a final shot at tying the game late. With 1:05 left, UW lined up for a 4th-and-1 from the PSU 24-yard line. But senior running Corey Clement back could not earn that one yard, resulting in a turnover on downs and a Penn State win.“I should’ve been able to get one yard at least,” Clement, who rushed for 164 yards on 21 attempts, said. “That’s on my part, I should have kept my legs churning and dug it out somehow, find a way.”Sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley and the PSU offense tormented the UW secondary. He finished with 384 yards and four touchdowns on 22 of 31 passing, and attacked the overmatched Badgers deep all night, especially when the Wisconsin pass rush went absent. McSorley was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.UW entered Saturday allowing just 13.7 points per game, which ranked third in the country. Prior to Penn State, the most points UW gave up all season was 23 — to Ohio State, in overtime. The 435 total yards the defense yielded to PSU was the most it allowed to any team in 2016.Wisconsin kicker Andrew Endicott booted a 23-yard field goal to regain the lead, 31-28 as the third quarter wound down, but a 38-yard Penn State gain into Wisconsin territory from McSorley to receiver DaeSean Hamilton (eight catches, 118 yards) closed out the frame.Two plays later, Penn State took its first lead of the night. McSorley laid in a perfect ball to tailback Saquon Barkley, who finished with 83 rushing yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, on a wheel route for an 18-yard score. The Nittany Lions led 35-31 with 13:41 left in the game, and they’d remain on top until the confetti fell.Wisconsin had a chance to get the ball back quickly, as the Nittany Lions were headed to a three-and-out, but the officials flagged inside linebacker Leon Jacobs for roughing the passer. That kept the drive alive, and Penn State’s Tyler Davis knocked through a 24-yard field goal with 5:24 remaining to make it 38-31, which would hold as the final score.The band played its way through a somber rendition of “Varsity” as the Penn State players corralled at midfield to celebrate while their fans chanted “We Want ‘Bama.” Two hours earlier, the scene seemed unrealistic.“I don’t like the fact we don’t get started as quickly as I think we can, but I do like the fact that I’m able to come in at halftime and say to our guys that we’re a second-half team,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said.Since its Nov. 12 game against Indiana, the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents in the second half by a margin of 106-3 and came into the game averaging 13 points per game in the fourth quarter.It was all Badgers for the majority of the first half. The defense was rabid, punishing McSorley with forceful hits whenever the opportunity presented itself. The unit forced three-and-outs on Penn State’s first two offensive drives.The UW opened their first series in vintage Badger fashion, a 14-play, 81-yard drive over the span of eight minutes capped by a fullback dive from Austin Ramesh to make it 7-0. Wisconsin’s next possession was the opposite, but for good reason. Clement took a carry headed right, cut hard left, and streaked 67 yards down the UW sideline to make it 14-0 not even 12 minutes into the game.“I wish I could put it into words,” Clement said of the loss. “This game really doesn’t define how we played this whole season. I would have loved to finish Big Ten champs, but some things just don’t always work out in your favor.”On PSU’s ensuing drive, McSorley laid the foundation for his future air attack. Picking on junior Lubern Figaro, a reserve cornerback, McSorley found tight end Mike Gesiki on a 33-yard touchdown on a jump ball to make it 14-7.With less than 10 minutes left in the first half, a bad shotgun snap sailed over McSorely’s head. A pack of Badgers pursued the ball in the backfield, only for the football to somehow bounce into redshirt sophomore inside linebacker Ryan Connelly’s hands at the 12-yard line. Connelly, complete with a spin move, trudged into the end zone to make it 21-7.Everything seemed to be going the Badgers way.With his team on its own 42-yard line, Franklin left his offense on the field for a 4th-and-2. Fifth-year senior Vince Biegel hurried McSorley, forcing an errant throw and giving the Badgers great field position, which they took advantage of with fifth-year senior Dare Ogunbowale’s seven-yard touchdown run. Wisconsin led 28-7 with 5:15 until halftime.Things were progressing swimmingly. UW had a chance to step on Penn State’s throat when redshirt junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt sacked McSorley on another fourth-down attempt to the PSU 42. However, the Badgers went three-and-out.A 40-yard touchdown pass, featuring Figaro getting burned again, from McSorley to wideout Saeed Blacknall made it a two touchdown game 58 seconds before halftime.Offensively, Penn State’s second half began the same way the first half ended for them — a long touchdown from McSorley to Blacknall. After Endicott missed a 48-yard field goal on UW’s first possession, the two connected on a 70-yard bomb down the middle of the field, beating junior Natrell Jamerson, another reserve corner, and Dixon, who was late getting to the middle of the field. That cut Wisconsin’s lead to 28-21 with 10:58 left in the third quarter.“It’s tough when you’re in situations like that, when you can’t stop it pretty much,” senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton said while holding back tears. “They kept making good plays. We were in position and everything.”Barkley tied the game with 4:22 left in the third quarter on a three-yard run, finishing off an eight-play 63-yard drive. The Badgers would regain the lead on Endicott’s field goal for one minute and 35 seconds before Barkley’s touchdown catch put the Nittany Lions up for good.last_img read more

Jamaican young athletes must improve preparation for intl. meets

first_imgThe fact that Jamaica returned from the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a paltry medal haul of two was unspectacular, but not unexpected. For to the keen observer, Jamaican junior athletes have long misunderstood the significance of international events except for the much revered annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia. So it was with much delight that we noted the charge from new Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) boss Christopher Samuda, his CEO Ryan Foster and head coach David Riley to their affiliates to start placing greater emphasis on preparing athletes for international competition. Condition athletes for international events Samuda told the media: “Going forward the respective sports are going to have to look at their calendar of events, and the coaches in particular. When we have international events such as the Youth Olympics you have to condition your athletes for the international stage. “We have done it at the regional level, we have done it at the local level, that is a novelty for us. What we must do is to concentrate on transitioning out athletes to the international stage; there’s nothing like a Youth Olympics 100m title. You go down in the annals of world history.” Aim for optimal performance He added: “So we have to get together, yes, the JOA has a responsibility. But the individual sports associations and federations must look seriously at their calendar in the interest of their athletes and see how best they could make the adjustment to ensure that they get the optimal performance on the international stage for their athletes.” At the recent Youth Olympic Games, Ackera Nugent won a bronze medal in the women’s 100 meters hurdles and Antonio Watson copped silver in the men’s 200 meters. Foster supported his boss. “The international stage is where it is and the Jamaican track and field calendar does not stop at CARIFTA Games or the Penn Relays, this is the international level and we should be training our athletes not just for these competitions, but even out of competition for conditions such as these because when they do transition into becoming professionals this is what they will be facing on a daily basis on the Grand Prix stage. Place more emphasis on coaching“So while we commend them, because the conditions are really bad, we need to place more emphasis at the coaching level and as administrations in ensuring that our athletes transition on the world stage.” Riley, who coaches at Excelsior High School, noted that while the frigid conditions affected “Peak performance”, prioritizing was the real issue. “There’s no question as to the competence of our coaches and their ability to get the athletes sharp and ready, it’s sharp and ready for which meet. And that will vary depending on the philosophy of the coach or the philosophy of the program that the athlete is a part of, whether they want local glory (whether), they want regional glory or international glory; that is where the whole issue is.” Instigating the necessary changes Well said gentlemen, but now you have to follow up by instigating the necessary changes because clearly inadequate preparation played a huge role in the below par performance of some of these athletes. How else could one explain the dismal performances of Calabar High School’s Evaldo Whitehorne, who entered the 400m event with a time of 47.15 seconds, but stopped the clock at 51.55 seconds in his Stage One heat? Or Vere Technical High School’s Daniella Deer, who entered the 400m event with a personal best of 53.06 seconds, but somehow registered a pedestrian 1:00.12 minutes in her Stage One heat? We concede that the weather conditions at the end of the South American winter was not ideal for sprinting and came at a time that was really the end of the athletics season for those from the northern hemisphere. But that is not an excuse to underperform if they were properly prepared.   It is full time the handlers of our elite athletes, particularly their coaches, realize that regional and global successes have far greater reach than those achieved at the much hyped Boys’ and Girls’ Champs. Problematic IOC formatBut even as we chide those in charge of our elite athletes for their lack of vision, it would be remiss of us not to express our frustration with the powers that be at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the format adopted. Apparently for track and field events the winners are arrived at not necessarily for the one who ran the fastest time or measured the longest or highest distance, but on the aggregate times/distances of the two events. And based on how some of the Jamaican athletes performed in their Stage One heat, they either weren’t aware of or didn’t remember the format as they never gave everything in their Stage One heat. But why tinker with and employ such a format if the IOC is preparing these athletes for senior competition? Why not employ the traditional means to determine winners? Then we are told that neither the local governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, nor that of the others, selected the teams, but rather the regional body, North America, Central America and Caribbean. Do they know the athletes better than the local bodies? One explanation is that at this level the selection process, which is akin to an invitation, and the format employed, were to foster the “Spirit of competition”. But don’t they want the same “Spirit of competition” at the senior Olympics? It’s time to have one common format throughout the various age groups at IOC events. That would make the transition easier for all athletes. Think on these things IOClast_img read more