Oral Tracey Column

first_imgThe dissenting voices against Usain Bolt being voted the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year across all sports by members of the international media ahead of tennis’ Novak Djokovic, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are relatively few but quite fervent.I too would have voted for Bolt to win this award, not because he is a Jamaican, but because of the impact of his performances at the World Championships.Indeed, I am shocked that the American decathlete, Ashton Eaton, was given the nod ahead of Bolt for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, but that is a separate issue.The core argument being put forward is that Bolt was not by any stretch of the imagination the most consistent athlete across all sports in 2015. Certainly, he was not more consistent than Djokovic, who won three of the four available grand slam titles and lost in the final of the other, therefore, Bolt should not have received this award.Just listening to this debate unfold, it confirms a fundamental deficiency in the analysis of sports performances in terms of impact and the magnitude of one performance relative to another.CONSISTENCY ARGUMENTThe notion seems to be that performances at the top in one sport automatically make that performance equal to the top performances in other sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning three grand slam titles in tennis is hardly equivalent to winning three gold medals at the World championships.Not surprisingly, these are by and large the same voices that have been attempting to use the same flawed premise to make the case that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time based on his consistent performances season after season for his club.Again, there is a conspicuous inability or unwillingness to properly reconcile Messi’s excellent club achievements with his abysmal international failures. The simplistic thinking is that he is consistent week in, week out, so he is the best, with no regard for the magnitude of big-day performances.What the journalists across the world saw in Bolt’s performances in Beijing was enough impact in those big performances to outweigh all other performances.Who remembers that Novak won three grand slams?BIGGESTRACEOFTHEDECADEWe all remember vividly, though, that Bolt won the biggest race of the decade, repelling the threat of the drug-tainted Justin Gatlin and all that a victory for the American might have meant to the very credibility of the sport, thus the school of thought that Bolt not only retained his 100 metres title, but effectively saved the sport of track and field.These are the intangibles, the context and perspective about a particular performance which cannot be ‘Googled’ and will not show up on the stats sheet.Bolt does not have to compete every week on the Diamond League circuit to be crowned the Male Athlete of the Year. This award, after all, is not a consistency award.If there is a global event such as the World Championships and Bolt performed the way he did in Beijing in 2015, the sheer magnitude of those performances would have decimated all other performances on the relatively smaller stages provided by the other sports.That is why most of the astute international sports journalists across the globe quite rightly voted for the ‘Big Man’ as 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Neither my fellow journalists nor I can be held responsible for anyone’s inability to grasp that simple principle.last_img read more

Region 2 pushing tourism sector

first_imgThe President and members of the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Tourism Association, in collaboration with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) met on Wednesday with the Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt to discuss plans for the Region’s tourism sector.This is a part of Tourism Awareness Month 2018.According to the Regional Chairman, to attract tourism to the Region, there must be a clean environment; courteous and reliable transportation; accommodations; stable electricity, water and communication and easy access to places of interest.The Region Two Tourism Association President Maria Lords-Lewis said that plans were in place to start a tourism awareness drive in the Region by reaching out toMembers of the Region Two Tourism Association along with Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdattthe schools, business sector, service providers, and residents so as to get all involved, prepared and ready. A general clean-up campaign is expected to start this weekend in Charity, the northern end of the Coast, where all garbage will be collected and disposed of at the garbage dumpsite in Charity. The clean-up campaign will then move to Supenaam next weekend. The team will also be meeting with the key service providers in the transportation, communication, accommodation and other sectors as well as restaurants, cook shops, vendors, entertainment spots and other key stakeholders. Region Two has the potential for a vibrant tourism sector, and boasts many natural attractions such as rivers, lakes, resorts, wildlife, as well as Amerindian Communities, historic sites, and even a small waterfalls in the Amerindian Community of Tapakuma, if promoted, can be one of the most successful sectors in the Region.last_img read more

DeGale weighs in ahead of title clash

first_imgJames DeGale weighed in at 11st 13lb 8oz ahead of his European title showdown in Liverpool.The Harlesden man takes on defending champion Piotr Wilczewski, who has lost only one of his 30 professional fights and was a fraction under the 12-stone super-middleweight limit.Wilczewski, 33, has the WBO inter-continental belt as well as the European title, and the Pole is ranked two in the world by the WBO.“It’s going to be a hard fight. The guy’s a good fighter and is coming for a fight, no doubt about it,” DeGale told West London Sport.“I know he hasn’t come here to give up his title and that there’s pressure on me to produce a big performance, but I’m ready to go out there and prove the doubters wrong.”It will be DeGale’s first outing since he lost his British title – and his unbeaten record – to arch-rival and fellow west Londoner George Groves on a majority-decision verdict in May.The 25-year-old is convinced he should have been declared the winner of that bout, but a victory this weekend would put him in line for a rematchor even a world title shot.Promoter Frank Warren wants DeGale to fight for a world titlleDeGale said: “I want to get this European title and then move on to bigger and better things. The super-middleweight division is on fire at the moment and I want to be a part of it because I know I can mix it with the big boys.“If Groves wants to fight me again after this, then great – bring it on. I still think I won that fight and don’t know how someone can win a title fighting on the back foot like that.“But if he wants to run from me, I’ll just move on. This European title shot is a great chance for me to move on to a higher stage and I’m going to grab it with both hands.“Win this fight and I’ll be ranked second in the world by the WBO and also in the top 10 of the other organisations. It’s a cracking opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it.”DeGale’s ponderous start to the grudge match with Groves proved costly and he has pledged to be much more assertive at the Echo Arena on Saturday.And his trainer Jim McDonnell, criticised by some after the Groves fight, believes his man will thrive on the pressure of knowing that he cannot afford to lose this weekend’s encounter.“We’ve worked on cutting the ring down and I’ve been really pleased with James’ work,” said McDonnell, who also trains west London light-middleweight Steve O’Meara.“He’s definitely learned from the Groves fight and I think that loss will be a blessing in disguise – the making of James, not the breaking.“His sparring has been absolutely brilliant and it’s obvious he wants that European title badly. And come fight night, he’ll get it. I think he’ll produce his best performance yet.”last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Farhan Zaidi aced his first Giants trade deadline

first_imgThis was not an easy MLB trade deadline to navigate. The transactional pipes were plugged until only hours before the 1 p.m. last call, as many teams entered the day stuck in a state of organizational ambiguity with their 25-man rosters.The Giants were one of those teams on the fence that separates buyers and sellers, but they wound up being one of the most active teams Wednesday, all while remaining firmly straddled on that fence.And now that the dust has settled, it’s clear to me that San …last_img

Black Mambazo’s Grammy ‘for Mandela’

first_img28 January 2014Ladysmith Black Mambazo has dedicated their latest Grammy award to the memory and legacy of former president Nelson Mandela, news agency AFP said on Monday.The traditional isicathamiya group shared the award with “flamenco fusionists” The Gipsy Kings for “best world music album” for their record Singing for Peace Around the World at the awards in Los Angeles in California on Sunday night. It was the group’s 16th nomination – and its fourth Grammy.Other nominees in the world category were Ravi Shankar for The Living Room Sessions – Part 2 and Femi Kuti for his album No Place for my Dream.The group dedicated the work to Mandela, who died in December last year, and said all proceeds of the album purchased on their website would be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.Group member Sibongiseni Shabalala told Eyewitness News that when they received the nomination, “we already said we hope to win this for Madiba”.US tourLadysmith Black Mambazo is currently on a three-month tour of the US, performing in New Orleans, New York, Washington DC and other cities.Formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1964 after hearing a harmony in a dream, the group made their first recording in the early 1970s – and have recorded more than 40 albums since.They are South Africa’s foremost proponents of the Iscathamiya, a traditional Zulu style of singing.RootsThe group gained international fame and recognition in the late 1980s, following their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Grammy Award-winning Graceland album.Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s previous Grammys include one for best folk recording in 1988 for their album Shaka Zulu, which was produced by Simon; another in 2004 for Raise Your Spirits Higher; and for Ilembe in 2009.TributeWhen Mandela died in December last year, the group wrote a tribue just hours after the former state president passed away. “Nelson Mandela was one of us but he was able to change our nation because of his incredible will, his dignity and his humanity.“We are often asked about our most memorable career moments. The expected answer is usually about work with famous entertainers or about winning Grammy Awards. This is not so. Our most memorable moment was in 1993 when Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Madiba asked us to join him on his trip to receive the award in Norway, to sing and to represent our nation. He would say to us that we are South Africa’s “cultural ambassadors” to the world. We took this honour very seriously,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.“Now, it’s left for all of us to carry on his mission. We must continue the journey of making not just South Africa, but the whole world, a peaceful, forgiving place. If we all keep Mandela’s way within us, we can achieve greatness. As we continue to spread the message of peace, love and harmony, we re-dedicate ourselves to Mandela and his dream of a Rainbow Nation, a Rainbow World, in fact. May his journey continue in the soul and spirits of all who were touched by him.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sales Growth: An Interview with McKinsey’s Jon Vander Ark

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Listen to interview here.Last Friday I interviewed Jon Vander Ark from McKinsey about their new book, Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World’s Sales Leaders. Sales Growth is really aimed at sales leaders well above the first line sales manager. But I asked Jon to allow me to frame our conversation around ideas that would be valuable for salespeople and sales managers, and he agreed.I directed the questions around five ideas from the book, but they aren’t the five proven strategies. They are just parts of the five proven strategies.The first idea we riff on is getting to opportunities before your competitors. I believe this means you develop your business acumen, you know what challenges your clients are likely to face, and you bring them ideas. Some of McKinsey’s research bears this out.The second idea we discuss is targeting clients. It’s easy to believe that because some industry is generally down that you should spend your time somewhere else. Jon suggests that “Averages lie.” There may be serious pockets of growth in industries that are generally down.The third prompt I gave Jon was around pursuing customers relentlessly and getting there early. It’s easy to give up and look for more receptive clients. But that isn’t the answer. The new buying cycle makes it difficult to win unless you get to your dream clients early.The fourth idea is just fun. It’s a story from the book about a company that instituted what they call hunting days. Personally, I believe every day is a hunting day, but this story may give you one or two really good ideas.Finally, we tackle the value of coaching. McKinsey’s research shows that high growth sales organizations spend a lot of time coaching their salespeople. Listen to the podcast and discover the shockingly high percentage of time spent coaching and then ask yourself if you are spending too much time serving your organization.I hope I hooked you. Give the podcast a listen. Buy the book. Let me know what you think.last_img read more

Sania Mirza advances to Round 2 of US Open

first_imgSania MirzaIndian tennis player Sania Mirza along with her Brazilian partner Bruno Soares progressed to the second round of the mixed doubles competitions of the US Open at the Flushing Meadows in New York.It wasn’t exactly an easy opener for the top seeds as they needed an hour and eight minutes to move past local pair Tornado Alicia Black and Ernesto Escobedo 6-2, 3-5, 10-5 late Wednesday evening.Sania had also won her women’s doubles first round with Zimbabwean Cara Black against Czech twin sisters Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova.Sania’s compatriot and defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek also moved into the men’s doubles second round when they overcame Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.last_img

Health Gets Infrared Temperature Guns for Provo Airport

first_img Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Oct 2014 – The temperature infrared guns are here… here to test whether passengers arriving to Providenciales are with high fever and possibly infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Arrived since Monday at the Provo International Airport; you can see the Minister of Health Porsha Smith being scanned by the device; photos are posted at her Facebook page. The government on Friday announced measures to keep the islands Ebola Free… we also learn that the hospitals are well outfitted in the event they have to contend with EVD. Meanwhile the New York Times is reporting that the White House is considering how robots can help in the fight against Ebola. Providenciales Airport Reopens Today Recommended for you Related Items:Ebola, Portia smith, providenciales international airport, temperature infrared guns, white house Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdalelast_img read more

Senate Committee to Look into Military Housing Reports

first_imgThe Senate Armed Services Committee is planning a Feb. 13 hearing into the conditions at military housing facilities across the country, Reuters reported.As stories have emerged of safety lapses at some privatized housing, the committee’s personnel and readiness subcommittees plan to question DOD officials and federal housing contractors.“If they aren’t getting it, we need to look at what the Department of Defense is doing to hold these contractors accountable,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chair James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said.“This is a long time coming,” said Janna Driver, an Air Force spouse whose children got sick from mold at their home on a base in Oklahoma, according to Reuters.U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Pankau ADC AUTHORlast_img read more