Nelson shines with three-timer

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson started the new season with a bang at Caymanas Park yesterday, thanks to three winners on the CTL Fan Appreciation Day programme.His winners included TARANIS (7-2) in the opening race over 1300 metres for the New Year’s Day Trophy.Nelson also won the fourth race with 4-1 chance PRINCESS SHEMIKA for trainer Steven Todd and came back in the closing race to win aboard the lightly raced 5-1 shot RAS EMANUEL for trainer Peter McMaster over 1200 metres.On an eventful day which saw the stewards of the meet disqualifying two winners, Nelson was actually first past the post a fourth time on PAPER N LACE (3-1) for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in division one of the McKay Security Trophy, only to be disqualified and placed sixth, this for causing interference to highly fancied OH MY GRAND PA (4-1) in the early stages of the event. The race was awarded to long-time leader GRAN CORAZON, the 5-2 favourite.Despite the misfortune, Nelson, champion jockey from 2012 to 2014, said he was happy to emerge the leading rider with a triple on the first day.”I am pleased with all aspects of my riding, and although the plan is to do another stint in North America on and off this season, mainly at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, I will always do well here for the benefit of my fans,’ said Nelson, who is popularly called ‘The Warrior Chief’.The Richard Azan-trained 4-y-o gelding TARANIS ran on strongly to win the New Year’s Day Trophy in a driving finish from highlyfancied SOUTHERN CRUISE(5-2) with newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard, this after the howling 1-5 favourite DRIPPING IN GOLD led untilgiving way to the third horseSHINING LIGHT (6-1) early in the straight.Division two of the McKay Security Trophy provided a runaway win for 7-5 second favourite PERFECT FLYER with Ellis riding for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Howard Hamilton. And the day’s principal feature for the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy over 1820 metres (overnight allowance) was won by 1-2 favourite ALL CORRECT in a stirring finish from the fast-finishing duo of HOUDINI’S MAGIC (5-2) and BRAWN (3-1) in a field of nine.The winner, a 7-y-o gelding by Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz, was ridden by former champion Omar Walker for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owners the Velvet Glove.WARRIOR PRINCESS (5-1, made all) with Robert Halledeen aboard was the other winner to be disqualified in the second race and first place awarded to LEGENDARY PLEASURE (3-1) with whom she had interfered in the straight.last_img read more

Controlling body weight

first_imgControlling bodY weight is really a matter of controlling body fat. The most important consideration for health is not total weight, but body composition (proportion of fat to lean mass). Many persons who are ‘overweight’ are also ‘over fat’ and the health risks faced are due to the latter condition.The secret to managing body weight is eating moderately and getting regular physical activity. This adoption of healthy and sustainable habits will maximise energy and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It will also boost body image as persons are becoming obsessed with weight and shape. However, this is sometimes associated with dangerouseating patterns and disorders.Body weight and body composition are determined by multiple factors that may vary with each individual. Such factors include genetic, physiological and lifestyle trends.Genetic factorsGenes influence body size and shape, body fat distribution and metabolic rates. Genetic factors also affect the ease with which weight is gained and where on the body it is added. If both parents are overweight, it is very likely that their children will be overweight.Physiological factorsn Metabolism this is a key physiological factor. It is the sum of all the vital processes by which food energy and nutrients are made available to the body. The largest component is the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). High RMR burns more calories and hence less weight is gained. The vice versa is true for low RMR.n Energy balance if the energy equation is balanced, an individual burns the same amount of calories as he/she consumes and no weight is gained. If more calories are taken in than expended, weight will increase.n Hormones hormonal changes, especially in females, play a role in the accumulation of body fat. For example,hormones during puberty initiates the development of breasts, wider hips and a fat layer beneath the skin. The hormone leptin is said to be linked toobesity.n Weight cycling repeatedly gaining and losing weight (yo-yo dieting) makes the body more efficient at storing calories and more difficult to lose weight.Lifestyle factorsn Eating increased energy intake and decreased physical activity may increase risk for excess body fat and obesity down the line. For example, eating calorie-dense foods of high fat, high sugar and fast foods low in nutrients, sodas and beers. Consider also the proportion sizes of high calorie meals.n Physical activity modern conveniences such as motor vehicles, remote controls, power machines, etc., have reduced daily physical activity. The lifestyle of men has become sedentaryn Psycho-social persons use food as a means of coping with stress and negative emotions. For many, eating provides a powerful distraction from loneliness, anger, boredom, sadness, and feelings of inadequacy. It can be used to combat low moods, low energy levels and low self-esteem. When food and eating becomes the primary means of regulating emotions, binge eating and other unhealthy eating patterns develop. Such practices may lead to obesity or anorexia.It is clear that most weight problems are lifestyle problems. Controlling weight is a matter of adopting healthy behaviours that can be maintained throughout life and will lower the health risks associated with overweight and obesity.Health risksn Being overweight or obese isn’t something to take lightly. These conditions greatly raise risks for other health problems. Excess body fat increases a person’s risk of developing numerous diseases and unhealthy conditions. Obesity is one of six controllable risk factors for heart disease. It also increases risk for other forms of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancers, diabetes, gall bladder disease, respiratory problems, joint diseases, skin problems, impaired immune function and sleep disorders.n Obese people have an overall mortality rate almost twice that of non-obese people. Studies have shown that women who gain more than 22 pounds since they were 18 years old have a sevenfold increase in the risk of heart disease. Studies also confirmed that overweight and obesity shorten lives.n Scientific evidence shows that the way people store fat affects their risk for disease. Statistics show that obese individuals with a lot of abdominal fat are clearly at higher risk than others with a similar amount of body fat stored in other areas (hip, thigh, gluteal). Evidence also indicates that those whose fat deposits around internal organs have an even greater risk for diseases than those with fat deposits beneath the skin.Risk assessment techniquesIt is clear that most weight problems are lifestyle problems. A few management techniques include:n Changes in diet and eating habitsn Increase physical activity and exercisen Get psychological helpn Manage emotionn Develop healthy stress coping skillsn Positive thinkinglast_img read more

Trinidad’s Nakhid questions credentials of Platini

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):FIFA presidential candidate David Nakhid, the former Trinidad and Tobago captain, is questioning the credentials of rival Michel Platini, who is also seeking to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the world’s football governing body.Nakhid, who is seeking the support of the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) 25 FIFA nations, is also questioning Platini’s long-standing association with Blatter and his ability to enact changes to a global body that has been rocked by scandal.Platini, the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has been a FIFA executive committee member for 13 years.”Platini has been positioning himself as a reformer, but how can that be?” Nakhid said.”Those who are vying for the post should be scrutinised and looked at. How can someone claim to be free or not tainted when he has been part of the circle that has basically brought football down a sorry path?”Promise of consultationsNakhid has focused his campaign on a promise to consult rather than impose changes to the 32-team World Cup and to ensure that richer nations spread their wealth to the developing world.He also wants to overhaul FIFA’s management structures to ensure that technocrats rather than people like disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner would sit on audit and finance committees.”There has not been the scrutiny placed on (Platini) as has been placed on, for example, Sepp Blatter,” Nakhid said.”On several occasions, I was blacklisted by Jack Warner for the national team because I advocated the rights of players who were inadequately paid. We need to change that type of leadership from that maximum power leadership. Something that involves consultation, that will lessen the corruption, that goes on and increase expertise.”Nakhid needs the support of five of FIFA’s 209 federations by October 26 to compete in the FIFA presidential elections carded for February 26.”I fought against Jack Warner since I was 24 years old,” said Nakhid, who played in Europe between 1988 and 1995 for Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Waregem in Belgium and PAOK in Greece.”I fought against him when everyone was afraid to fight against him and I paid the consequences. Now, it’s in vogue to do it.”Nakhid moved to Lebanon to join Al Ansar before signing up with the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer between 1997 and 1998.Before ending his career at Al Ansar between 2000 and 2001, he played at Al Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

Brodeur back to defend High Mountain 10K title

first_imgLast year’s men’s 10K winner, Andrew Brodeur, is back to defend his title in today’s 2015 High Mountain Coffee 10K in Williamsfield, Manchester.Danielle Tauro, the 2015 women’s champion, will be absent but another massive turnout from both local and overseas participants is anticipated again this year.Brodeur, from the Shore Athletic Club in New Jersey, United States, won last year’s 10K race in 31:38. The Duke University student was virtually unchallenged after the 3K mark as he romped to the title.With the inclusion of the 5K Walk, 5K Run and wheelchair race this year, the day’s activities will begin at 2 p.m. The main event, the 10K race, is set to start at 3:30 p.m.The High Mountain Coffee road race started in 1983 and is the island’s longest-running road race. It is also the foundation of many of the nation’s top past distant runners, including Mardrea Hyman, Kemoy Campbell and Natoya Goule.Meet chairman John Minott says the event continues to be a landmark in Jamaica’s road racing.”This is a wonderful event that we are extremely proud of. We have seen it grow in excitement and the involvement of not just participants but the Jamaican public on a whole. The race has contributed to the development of many Jamaican distant runners, through their participation from schools they attended, and a number of them have gone on to carve out running careers overseas,” he noted.More than $300,000 are up for grabs in cash and prizes. Adults will pay an entrance fee of $1,000 for all events. There is no fee for children.Knutsford Express has arranged a special fare for persons living in Kingston who wish to view or compete in the event. Same-day return is $2,900 while same-day one-way is $1,800.Proceeds from the race will go to the Mandeville Regional Hospital’s renal unit for the fourth straight year.last_img read more

Leadership style set up Daley for St James FA presidency

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:GREGORY DALEY says his all-inclusive approach contributed to the overwhelming manner in which he was returned as president of the St James Football Association.Daley was returned at Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making, and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change. We understand the culture they work under and help each club, administratively, to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development, and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” he added.Daley noted infrastructural development and upkeep, coaching, refereeing, discipline of players on and off the field as important areas that will be getting major attention.”We must come to understand what is the best way to reach these clubs, all of which, attract players, mainly from inner-city communities. So for us to get the best out of them it cannot be an ‘I said so, so it must be done’ approach,” Daley said in a clear reference to Powell’s perceived style of leadership.It is the second time in nearly four months that the Montego Bay United owner was losing a football-related election.FAILED BIDPowell failed in his bid to garner enough affiliate support in his move to challenge Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.The tempestuous St James FA election of officers brought out a well-known secret that Powell was a man not afraid of speaking his mind, and he wasted little opportunity in letting the nearly 100 affiliate members hear his voice, calling into question the constitutionality of how things panned out.Bruce Gaynor, the outgoing general secretary came in for special attention from a heated Powell, who slammed his approach to how the night’s activity was to go down, but by time the votes were cast, a dejected Powell quietly left the Montego Bay Cricket Club, which hosted the night’s affair.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.last_img read more

Brathwaite shines as Delhi down Narine’s KKR

first_img Six outings First game NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite once again put his all-round qualities on display with a superb Man-of-the-Match effort as Delhi Daredevils trounced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. In his first game in two weeks, Brathwaite belted a whirlwind 34 from a mere 11 deliveries as Delhi stormed to 186 for eight off 20 overs after being asked to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The West Indies all-rounder then returned with his medium pace to claim three for 47 as KKR were restricted to 159 all out off 18.3 overs. For Delhi, the victory was their fourth in six outings and it moved them into second spot on eight points while KKR lost their third in seven games and slipped to third, remaining on eight points. Brathwaite was a vital part of Delhi’s revival after the hosts slipped to 32 for three in the fifth over. Karun Nair top-scored with 68 from 50 deliveries, adding 105 for the fourth wicket with Englishman Sam Billings, whose 54 came from 34 balls and included three fours and two sixes. When Nair and Chris Morris (0) fell in the space of three deliveries in the 17th over, Delhi were stuttering on 137 for five, but Brathwaite and Billings put on a frenetic 37 off just 12 balls to give the innings impetus. The first two deliveries that Brathwaite faced disappeared for boundaries and he followed up by smashing left-arm spinner Brad Hogg over square leg for six in the next over, which leaked 18 runs. In the final over, he slammed the first ball from West Indies teammate Andre Russell over midwicket for six, but fell to the next delivery, caught at short fine leg off a slower ball. Seamer Russell conceded only four runs from the remaining four deliveries to finish with the excellent figures of three for 26 from his four overs. Off-spinner Sunil Narine, meanwhile, claimed three for 22 from three overs. West Indies Test and one-day captain Jason Holder finished with none for 35 from four overs in his first game of the season. In reply, opener Robin Uthappa stroked 72 from 52 balls, but Suryakumar Yadav, with 21, was the only other batsman to pass 20, as KKR collapsed. Brathwaite proved the architect of their demise, slicing through the middle order with a potent spell. He removed the dangerous Yusuf Pathan for 10 in his first over – the eighth of the innings – before accounting for Yadav in his third over and Rajagopal Satish for 17 in his final over.last_img read more

Top shot Tavares Finson thrills

first_img Sub Junior B Sub Junior A Darren Gordon (44) Shoot off win Rajhir DaCosta (44) Raheed DaCosta (43) Junior B Young marksman Roman Tavares-Finson was unstoppable with close-to-perfect shooting, setting the stage with a brilliant 49 of 50 birds, which saw him claim the High Overall Champion spot at the Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship on Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine. The 13-year-old, who was claiming his first major title, missed just one target on his way to upstaging a very compact field. In the Super Six round, he hit a table-topping 64 birds. The Hillel Academy standout shooter scored 15 in the Super Six to lead his school to a winning score of 215, a seven point advantage over the American International School of Kingston (AISK), which shot 208, and Champion College 204 in third. Jamaica College finished fourth with 176 points. “I have won a couple times, but not as big as this one, I guess it was more of adrenaline happening. I am very happy with the win,” he told The Gleaner. Roman, the son of prominent lawyer and government senator, Tom Tavares-Finson, said the course was a challenging one. “If I thought about it in my head, I wouldn’t have done it, so I just maintained my momentum and concentrated,” he said. The competition saw more than 70 upcoming junior shooters give a good account of themselves, with Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan giving them much credit. “I didn’t think we would have more than a high score of 45, Roman shot 49, and this gives me an idea of where we are and how we are really achieving a lot from year to year, and where we go and how we are to overseas standards,” Azan noted. “I think we are getting closer.” He also credited second overall runner-up, Danzel Knight, who bravely shot with a broken hand. Meanwhile, the category winners received $1,500 credit from main sponsor Digicel along with their other prizes. The Super Six top finishers were Roman Tavares-Finson (64), Zachary Chen (58), and third Danzel Knight (58). Jonah Subaran scored 56, followed by Zachary Lazarus and Mark Desnoes 55, respectively. Peter Mahfood hit 52 and Zachary Duncan was the next best with 51. Zack Lazarus (42) Shoot off Second Zachary Duncan (42) Shoot off Third Sebastian Levy (41) First Jordan Vaz (47) Thomas Gore (45) Richard Todd (43) Juniors A Girls C Abigail McMaster (41) shoot off win Christina ChangPong (41) Kimberly McNally (39) Nikolai Azan (41) John Chin (38) Amir Azan (38) Adam Fletcher (39) Dylan Williams (37) Jack Tickle (35) Girls A Isabelle Chin (39) Leah Azan (36) Savannah Miller (30) Girls B Savannah Miller (45) Anna Issa (38) Annabelle Chung (37)center_img Sub Junior C Junior C Sub Junior Roman Tavares-Finson (49) Jonah Subaran (42) Mark Desnoes (42) Sub Junior D Danzel Knight (45) Zachary Chen (42) Peter Mahfood (42) Jonathan Ralston (49) Matthew Holness (40) Alexander Desnoes (33) Sub Junior E Class Winnerslast_img read more

Samuels will not walk away from football

first_imgLong-time football administrator and now prospective mayoral candidate of Lucea, Sheridan Samuels, says he does not plan to leave football administration while fulfilling his ambitions in politics. Samuels is one of four People’s National Party (PNP) candidates in Hanover who were successful in winning their divisions in the recent local government elections. With seven electoral divisions in Hanover, one of the PNP councillors will be selected to chair the Hanover Municipal Corporation and become mayor of Lucea. Some amount of jostling is now taking place among the winning PNP councillors. Samuels has experience in his favour, as he previously served as a councillor in the Hanover Parish Council. He is also the president of the Hanover Football Association and treasurer of the Western Confederation of the Jamaica Football Federation, which covers the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland. STICKING TO TASK In an interview with The Gleaner, Samuels, when asked if he would relinquish his football association positions if he is selected to serve as chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation and mayor of Lucea, gave an emphatic no, claiming he has unfinished business in football. “Well, I have met with the executive of the associations, and we had some discussions, and they have asked me to stay on, if selected. If there is no regulation against me staying on as the president of the association, then I will stay there until we have achieved the objectives that we had set out from day one,” he stated. “I will definitely not walk away from the football. If I am selected as the mayor, I think it will help the football more, because I will get the chance now to assist them even financially, because that is the area that we really have some constraints, so I know that I could use that office and lobby for the development of football in the parish,” he emphasised. He said that there is a lot of work still to be done in the football administration in the parish and the region. Focusing his attention on the chairmanship of the Hanover Municipal Corporation, Samuels said he has learnt a lot while serving previously as a councillor in the parish, and is prepared to do things differently from previous mayors. “I was born and bred in the nearest community to the Lucea town centre, and I know the concerns from day one, so I will ensure that I go out there and do whatever I can to keep this town (Lucea) clean,” he stated, adding that he knows that cleanliness of the parish in general – and the town of Lucea in particular – is one of the main concern of residents in the parish.last_img read more

DQ upset after star leaves for Calabar

first_img CONTROL MOVEMENT Principal of the Donald Quarrie High School Talbert Wire is still crying foul five months after the institution’s track star Jordan Anderson’s move to Calabar High School. Anderson won Donald Quarrie’s first-ever medal at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships last year, capturing the bronze medal the boys Class Three 800m. His exploits didn’t go unnoticed, with champions, Calabar, providing a more attractive option for the youngster, who turned up for school last September in the black and green of the Red Hills Road-based school. Wire has accused Calabar of taking away his school’s only star athlete without any consultation. “I am not very pleased at all because I wasn’t even called by my counterpart to say that ‘your school (Calabar) is going to be taking one of my students’,” said Wire, who claimed to have learnt of the situation after Anderson did not show up for classes at September’s start of the current school year. “At ISSA meetings, we keep saying to our principal counterparts that they should not do these things. Allow us to groom our students, and if it is a situation that you are going to take the child because the young man has the talent, then communicate with us, but up to this minute, my principal counterpart has not said anything to me and to the Donald Quarrie High School, and we are not pleased,” Wire blasted in reference to Calabar principal Albert Corcho, who also serves as an ISSA executive. “The school celebrated forty years of existence last week and this is our first medal we have ever won at the Boys and Girls’ Championships, and we were anticipating that we would use this young man as a stepping stone to obtaining even more medals this year,” Wire continued. Corcho, through his secretary, said he would not comment on the matter. The Ministry of Education’s stipulation for the transfer of students from one school to another is that schools must provide the ministry with an acceptance letter and a release. The ministry will then sanction the transfer with a third letter. These letters must be submitted to the ministry before he or she can participate in any ISSA-run competition. This rule was signed off in 2015, but it came into effect at the start of the new school year in September 2016. ISSA’s vice-president Keith Wellington noted that the association will only investigate the matter when the student attempts to represent Calabar. “For us at ISSA, we do not control students moving from one school to another, so when a student transfers from one member school to another, our stipulation is that they sit out a year before they become eligible to participate for their new school,” said Wellington. “Therefore, we have no interest in a student transferring from one school to the next until attempt to represent their new school,” said Wellington, who is the principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School. However, all does not seem lost for the eastern Kingston-based institution, with head coach of the school’s track and field programme, Nicholas Pommells, expecting his charges to do well this season despite Anderson’s absence. “I am disappointed that he left because the medal that he won last year has highlighted the school, but the show must go on and we have athletes that are capable of winning medals at Champs this year,” said Pommells.last_img read more

2017 Contender: Champs or Chumps?

first_img PROVEN THEMSELVES LEGITIMATE PLATFORM However, Brown, refutes this saying that although these boxers’ professional records may suggest they do not have enough experience, they have proven themselves on the amateur circuit. “Well we can only go on records, I don’t see anybody on their list who is like (DeMarcus) Chop Chop Corley (last year’s winner, who is a former World Boxing Organisation, light welterweight champion) but I see four or five boxers there with good enough records to show that they are competitive and I expect a very keen competition. “We took a look at their amateur records because what their promoter said is that they have a couple of promising youngsters who have good amateur records and they are now coming into the pro field and we think they can hold their own. I had reservations about the boxers but on the Jamaican side, we’re also looking at a couple of boxers who also don’t have many fights.” During the 2015 season of the series, Kemahl “The Hitman” Russell, who went on to win the competition, said that he believed himself to be better than the opponents he faced and was just using the tournament to prepare for future bouts overseas and to potentially challenge for world titles. His manager Leiza-Mae Keane, who is also the director of K’NRG Manage-ment, says that The Contender should be seen first of all as a television show for entertainment, then as an athletic competition. “I’m not bashing The Contender because it is a platform, somewhat,” Keane said. Jamaica Boxing Board of Control general secretary Leroy Brown has defended the decision to invite Canadian boxers in to this year’s Wray and Nephew Contender Light-Middleweight Boxing Series, saying these fighters’ were chosen because of good records on the amateur circuit. The competition has been criticised over the past two seasons for featuring opponents which many say are not on the same level as local professionals, either because they do not have enough experience in the ring or because many of them have spent long periods inactive. This criticism may seem fair as only four of the eight Canadians have six or more wins to their names, while four have only competed in four or less professional bouts. “But for it to be a legitimate platform, the boxers have to have proper management. “You can put guys with talent in it. Look at Russell, he went in with three fights. They didn’t think he was gonna do well but it gave him that platform. “The Contender over the years is catering to the old boxers that carry the crowd. The Tsetsi Davis, the Richard Holmes the Devon Moncriffe – if none of those boxers make it to the final, The Contender is gonna have a problem.”last_img read more