Gymnasts did ‘exceptionally well’ – Grant-Brown

first_imgJamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association President Nicole Grant-Brown said the country’s representatives surpassed expectations at the inaugural Caribbean Gymnastics Championships.”We expected the team to do well but they have done exceptionally well,” Grant-Brown told The Gleaner. “They worked very hard and performed way above their ability.”The young representatives topped the regional competition on the weekend at the National Indoor Sports Centre as they amassed 258 points to finish ahead of the Cayman Islands, 228, and Trinidad and Tobago, 219.Outstanding performancesThere were also outstanding performances from boys Samario Smalling, Atorio Brown, Steven Lewis, Daniel Williams, Thierry Lodge-McKnight, while among the girls Kaela Kai Yen, India Shirley, Jane Horan Taylor and Dijonae Cole were impressive.Lewis, a senior male, was the tournament’s top scorer with a score of 74.600. He had first-place finishes in Level Ten on the floor, vault and parallel bars. Williams was second with victory on the rings and pommel horse.Brown, performing at Level Eight, was the nation’s second top scorer with 62.950. He was perfect in winning all six disciplines (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars).The tournament’s third top scorer, Smalling, tallied 58.300 points after winning the Level Four men’s pommel and high bars, while placing second in floor exercise, vault and parallel bars, and third on the rings.Best femaleThe best female performance came from Taylor, who scored 38.450 in Level Three junior girls. Taylor won all four events – vault, bars, beam and floor.Shirley was also first in Level Two female events, taking the vault and floor exercise to top the group with 37.250 points.Kimoya Banks followed her closely with 37.000, although she had just one win, on the floor. Jamilla Duffs was the next best scorer with 34.250, although her only win also came on the floor.Yen, in Level Five, followed with 32.375 points. She was first on the vault, bar and floor for a total 32.375 points.Cole scored 9.500 after she claimed firsts on the vault, bar and floor exercise for Level Three junior women.There were also great performances from Trinidad’s Natayla Lewis, Sydell Hines, Serena Burke, Keyara Prince, Rhenece Andrews, Karresa Kirton, Adrianna Houston and Amethyst Cuffy, and Cayman’s Igor Magalhes and Kaleb Woolaver.The tournament was basically a juniors championship, asthe organisers thought that Jamaica’s senior team was too advanced for the other countries, which would have given them an unfair advantage. As a result, the junior scores were used to determine the placing of the teams.”We are really trying to focus a lot on the juniors to get them competing a lot more, as the seniors have a lot more competition and the juniors don’t have those things,” explained Grant-Brown.”We are preparing our athletes for championships, because come next year when we have the Pan Am, the CAC championships and Commonwealth Games we will be included in these tournaments, so we can be in a position where we are included because we were not included last time (year) and we want to make sure we are competing in as many things as we possibly can,” she added.last_img read more

CTF argues against claims that legalizedmarijuana is a ‘government cash crop’

first_imgWith Prime Minister Trudeau having promised during this year’s federal election campaign to, “Design a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied,” Canada is now closer than ever to seeing what kind of tax money the pot industry can actually produce.In a column written by BC Director Jordan Bateman, it’s noted the Canadian Taxpayer Federation doesn’t oppose legalizing marijuana — but it does disagree with those who view it as a government cash crop.This is Federal Director, Aaron Wudrick:- Advertisement -A 2012 study estimated national marijuana sales at $4.6 billion per year, but the CTF notes that’s total revenue and not potential tax revenue.It further notes that in Colorado — the first American state to legalize pot — tax revenue is on pace to hit $126 million this year, or less than 15 per cent of total marijuana sales of $923 million.Thus it adds, if Canada used a similar tax rate, it would generate $628 million per year in tax revenue, and while that may sound like a lot of money, it is actually less than one-quarter of one percent of this year’s federal government total projected revenue.Advertisementlast_img read more

No CNN, Net 90 is not a reasonable payment term

first_imgAccording to Twitter user Marcus DiPaola, CNN sent a letter to freelancers this week stating that as of June 17 of this year, it would extend payment terms to “Net 90” (payment 90 days after invoice). The letter also said that Turner is currently working with Citi on providing an optional program that uses a financing tool for suppliers — which would allow them to get paid before 90 days. On that, it said more details would be provided soon.CNN claims that it is making this change to be “better aligned with its corporate interests,” and that it will be implemented as contracts expire. But Net 90 is NOT a reasonable payment term for people who must pay rent every 30 days. And in NYC, CNN’s new policy challenges the Freelance Isn’t Free law, which set a 30-day standard for payment and protects freelancers from accepting reduced rates in order to receive faster payment. Freelancers have taken to social media to protest the announcement. Because make no mistake, Net 90 hurts independent workers’ financial stability. CNN is effectively asking freelancers to finance the cash flow of a multi-billion dollar company by waiting one quarter of a year for payment. We cannot allow businesses who employ freelancers to lower the bar, and circumvent the Freelance Isn’t Free law with predatory payment practices. Have you been affected by a Net 90 payment policy? Tell use about the real-life consequences you experienced at advocacy@freelancersunion.org. We will update this story as it develops.last_img read more

Related New flights between Oslo and LisbonTAP Por

first_img RelatedNew flights between Oslo and LisbonTAP Portugal has unveiled new flights to Oslo from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.New Salzburg flights from easyJetNew Salzburg flights from easyJetNew flights at Budapest AirportBudapest Airport is to welcome several flights this summer, with new routes from a series of low-cost carriers. Portuguese airline, TAP, is to offer cheap flights to Morocco this winter.The carrier will launch flights from Lisbon to Casablanca in October, taking the number of African destinations served by TAP up to nine.Flights to Bissau, Dakar, Luanda, Maputo, Johannesburg, Sal, Praia and Sao Tome already operate from TAP’s European bases.TAP explained that the new flights to Casablanca are a result of increased passenger demand and analysis of popular destinations.”The choice of Casablanca, one of the largest and most important Moroccan cities was the result of rigorous market analysis and will enable TAP to diversity its activities and thus meet market demand and the need to find new destinations,” the airline said in a statement.Flights to Africa have proved popular for TAP, with more than 224,000 passengers flying from Portugal to the continent since services began.Demand for flights to Bissau saw the airline introduce a third weekly service from Lisbon to the capital city of Guinea-Bissau last month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Study finds elevated risk of congenital defects in lithiumexposed infants

first_imgJun 19 2018Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found an elevated risk of major congenital malformations in fetuses after first-trimester exposure to lithium, in the largest study ever to examine the risk of birth defects in lithium-exposed babies.Nearly one and one-half times as many babies exposed to lithium during the first trimester experienced major malformations compared to the unexposed group (7.4 percent compared with 4.3 percent). In addition, risk for neonatal hospital readmission was nearly doubled in lithium-exposed babies compared to the unexposed group (27.5 percent versus 14.3 percent). However, lithium exposure was not associated with pregnancy complications or other delivery outcomes, such as pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, gestational diabetes, or low birth weight. In addition, the researchers found that the risk of birth defects in lithium-exposed infants was lower than previously thought, because previous studies did not look at large enough populations.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsThe study examined the risk of congenital malformations such as heart defects and pregnancy complications in a meta-analysis of primary data from 727 lithium-exposed pregnancies compared to a control group of 21,397 pregnancies in mothers with a mood disorder who were not taking lithium. The data was taken from six study sites in Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The researchers also measured delivery outcomes and neonatal hospital readmissions within 28 days of birth.Lithium therapy is widely recommended as a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder, which affects approximately 2 percent of the world’s population. Lithium helps to prevent severe depression and mania. In the United States, bipolar disorder is more commonly treated with anti-psychotic drugs instead of lithium.”Women should be informed on malformation risk in first-trimester exposed infants, but also about very high relapse risks for mental illness both during pregnancy and during the postpartum period,” said the study’s senior author, Veerle Bergink, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Given the well-documented effectiveness of lithium in reducing relapse in the perinatal period, some important clinical considerations are either to continue lithium in a lower dose during the first trimester or to restart lithium after the first trimester or immediately postpartum.”Source: http://icahn.mssm.edu/last_img read more