Gibson/McCook Relays eliminates dilemma

first_imgAll season, track and field fans have had a dilemma. With the JAAA schedule packed on every Saturday from the start of the year, hard choices have been made. If you saw the slip-surge 10.44-second run by Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor at the Camperdown Classic, it meant you missed the determined 52.4 4x400m anchor leg by Junelle Bromfield for STETHS at the Western Relays. Choosing either one meant almost certainly missing the 51.91-metre record discus heave by Excelsior throws princess Shanice Love at the King of the Rings at the Antrim-Mountain View Avenue-based institution. That dilemma disappears on Saturday with the Gibson/McCook Relays. As is customary, there are no other meets on the JAAA schedule on the day when the Gibson/McCook Relays presents a feast for sprint fans. First staged as the Gibson Relays in 1973, the meet is a festival of speed. The 4×100-metre relay is at the foundation of the meet, with preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary student-athletes all attempting to move their batons around the National Stadium track at high speed. Bordered by the meet-opening and meet-closing 4x400m relays, Gibson/McCook also has competitions in the 4x200m, 4x800m, the sprint medley and selected individual events. Jamaica has always loved the sprints, so while other meets have come and gone, the Relays has retained its appeal. Many view it as a prelude to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and use it as an indicator for the results of that high-energy high-school meet. Hence, the core of the support of the Gibson/McCook has long come from past students of the champion teams in the land. With no scheduling dilemma to split the attentions of the fan base, this Saturday should be no different. In recent years, interest has been boosted by the presence of superstars who have foregone the traditional move to the United States of America to study and train. This has given fans an early-season glance at Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and the like. Very few have the opportunity to see them at the Olympics or the World Championships, so it’s a day aficionados cherish. Bolt has been a brilliant source of speed and excitement. His Racers team holds the men’s 4x100m record at a phenomenal 38.08 seconds. That was at the 2010 renewal, when the tall man also zipped through a 4x400m anchor leg in 44.2 seconds in vain. Last year, he made the news worldwide for a race his Racers team lost by inches, the men’s 4x100m to the University of Technology. Relays are the team event of athletics. It takes co-operation to pilot the baton, from start to finish, safely and quickly enough to win. The speed, the fine margins for error, and the excitement, has kept fans on the edge of their seats and on their feet during each of the previous 39 stagings of the event. Don’t be surprised if it happens again on Saturday. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Former Arsenal winger joins Bayern Munich

first_img1 Bayern Munich have signed former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry on a three-year deal.The 21-year-old made his Gunners breakthrough in 2012 but after struggling to command a regular berth – and a loan spell with West Brom – joined Werder Bremen last summer.An impressive season which yielded 11 goals from 27 appearances brought him to Bayern’s attention and the two-time Germany international has now joined the Bundesliga champions.“It is a great honour to be part of FC Bayern,” he said. “Before me lies an exciting time, which I am very much looking forward to.”Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added on his club’s official website: “We are delighted to see another young German national player in FC Bayern in Serge Gnabry. Serge has developed very well in Bremen.” Serge Gnabry: The Germany international has signed a three-year deal with Bayern last_img

South Africa to host One Young World in 2013

first_imgJohannesburg will play host to the 1 500 youth leaders from around the world who will attend the One Young World Summit in 2013. Brand South Africa has partnered with One Young World and assisted the City of Johannesburg in winning the bid to host the Summit. Read morelast_img

Facebook Said To Have Sexting App In The Works

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… adam popescu Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guess who just might be the newest addition to the sexting community? Facebook. That’s right, the nearly 9-year old company is growing up. Big time.The house that Mark Zuckerberg built is reportedly set to launch a new standalone app aimed at competing with Snapchat, a disposable photo and video chat service best known for… well… sexting.Technically, the service is about creating private, “self-destructable” picture and video messages that users can send and choose the amount of time that the photo will be available for viewing. After the allotted time, the content deletes itself from the sender’s and receiver’s phone, and from Snapchat’s server. Like it never happened. You can imagine the appeal to those who want to send “cheeky” images.Details for the release are still sketchy (Facebook’s official response to ReadWrite’s inquiry was: “We’re not going to comment on rumor and speculation.”). But we do know that Snapchat boasts a community that sends 50 million photos per day, and Facebook is likely betting its users, 1 billion people, who upload about 300 million photos a day, want to play. Although this app would a stand-alone product, operating like Facebook’s Instagram app, the coming service would be able to draw from a huge user base.What’s Coming?Ben Tao, chief executive of adult crowd-funding site Offbeatr, and digital marketplace Extra Lunch Money, says there is a huge market for sexting. But he’s not sure people will look to Facebook for it. “If people can do this for free and know that those messages and pictures are never stored, even more people will use it,” he said. “However, given Facebook’s privacy reputation I doubt [it will] be able to convince the majority of users that these messages and photos are deleted like they are on SnapChat. When people think of ‘sexting,’ people think of SnapChat. They don’t think Facebook.” But Kelly Lux, a social media strategist at Syracuse University’s iSchool, thinks the app could be big, and used for more innocent purposes than sending NSFW content. “My view is that Facebook is going to jump on whatever bandwagon is hot at the moment and see if something sticks,” Lux said. Lux doesn’t think the forthcoming app will be as big as Instagram because of the fleeting nature of its content. She also cautions that the promise of impermanence of photos and videos could lead to bad choices on the part of users. Even though the photos themselves would be automatically deleted, fast-fingered recipients or uploaders could still take screenshots or save those photos.“I think this idea sets a bad precedent for young people who still have not heeded the wisdom of ‘what happens on the Internet, stays on the internet,’” Lux warned. “There are permanent digital footprints from their connected activities.”The app is supposed to launch before the end of the year. That’s two weeks away. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#apps#Facebook#social media Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more