ArcelorMittal Workers End Strike

first_imgFollowing two days of go-slow action, workers of the steel giant ArcelorMittal have resumed work at the mining site in Yekepa, Nimba County.An aggrieved worker told this paper via mobile phone that the company has committed itself to address their demands by March 31.“After several hours of discussions, we finally agreed to return to work, while the negotiation continues,” said another worker.“Our demands,” the workers said, “are already in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), so they told us to wait until it is finalized by March ending.” On Monday, January 9, the ArcelorMittal workforce stopped operations at the concession site demanding better wages, benefits and improved living conditions.The aggrieved workers said the company decreased their salaries and benefits during the fall in the price of iron ore last year, but since the improvement in the prices on the world market, the company is yet to reinstate what was subtracted from their wages and benefits.They also complained that since 2014, all their benefits, including school benefits for five children, overtime bonus, job site feeding, have been streamlined.“The same job we are doing in Liberia is the same mining going on in Australia and everywhere Mittal has their company operating; those workers in other countries receive their just benefits,” the workers had said.The company’s Communications Manager, Ms. Hesta Baker Pearson, confirmed the resumption of work by the offended workers and also added that most of what the workers had requested was already in the CBA and negotiation is ongoing to finalize the matter.She said every single year, the company and workers’ union discuss issues regarding benefits, salary increments and other matters that would improve the working condition, but added that it appeared that many of the workers were not informed of this development.The Daily Observer contacted the workers’ union president Cooper Zogbay, but he refused to comment, saying the management does not allow any worker to speak to the press.ArcelorMittal is yet to bring sanity to the entire Yekepa Community, since its management took over the Mount Nimba concession in 2005, leaving most of the area in ruins, including the lack of safe drinking water and limited healthcare, they claim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another medal for Denny

first_imgAdd yet another medal for Denny Morrison. Morrison won silver in the 1,000m on Sunday in Germany in a time of 1 minute and 8.79 seconds, .38 seconds behind Olympic champion Shani Davis. On Saturday, Morrison won gold in the 1,500 metres with a track record time of one minute and 45.32 seconds. Last weekend Denny won two consecutive races in Russia in the 1,000 metre event. – Advertisement –last_img

Young Irish women suffer highest levels of depression in Europe, report finds

first_imgDepression is the highest in young Irish women among their generation in the EU, a new report has revealed.A study from Eurofound revealed that over 10% of young people in Ireland are chronically depressed.The highest rates were in Ireland (12%), followed by Finland (11%), Sweden (10%) and Germany (9%). The study highlights how the pressures on teenagers and young women from cyberbullying, eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia, and homelessness are taking a severe toll on their mental health.Ian O’Grady, president of the Psychological Society of Ireland, said anxiety is one of the main difficulties that young people are encountering in the modern age.“Psychologists can, and should be, to the forefront of support for young people in this area due to the range of evidence-based interventions at their disposal,” he said.The extent of psychological anguish felt by women aged 15-24 years shows worrying levels of hidden mental health struggles. Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on mental health James Brown said: “That’s 336 children and adolescents along with their families enduring an agonising 12-month wait for services needed in the here and now.“The worst impacted service is in Cork and Kerry – which accounts for 274 of the young people waiting 12 months plus,” he added.Young Irish women suffer highest levels of depression in Europe, report finds was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

31 Outstanding Questions To Improve Opportunity Reviews

first_imgIt is critical that you review your opportunities to explore how you win and address how you might lose. An opportunity review can feel like an unnecessary update when done poorly, creating no value as it pertains to forecasting the deal, improving the strategy, or increasing your odds of winning. Here are 31 questions that will improve your opportunity reviews.What is compelling the client to pursue this initiative? Why do they want this deal?What have they done this before and what challenges would cause them to do something different now?What is the strategic outcome they are trying to obtain with this initiative?Why are they engaged with us now?In what stage of the sales process are you?What’s the next action you need to take to move the deal forward in a way that moves them closer to choosing us?Who owns the initiative on the client’s side? Who is going to sponsor this project?Who has the most to gain or lose from the success of this deal and why?What are the implications of this initiative failing?What is the date the client needs this to start?Who is on the decision-making committee?Which of the stakeholders on the decision-making committee have you met with?What does success look like for them?Whose support do you have now and whose support do you believe you still need to acquire?Is this a purchasing-driven decision or is it being driven by a business owner?Who is the executive sponsor?If it is a purchasing-driven project, what have you done to communicate our involvement with the person who likely owns the project? Do we know someone we can influence?What have you done to create a preference to work with us on this deal?What is our competitive advantage on this project? Why us?Who else are they considering?Have you expanded the opportunity by engaging a subject matter expert who might reshape it in a way that provides us with a competitive advantage?What level of value will this deal create for them? If not’s Level 4, strategic, how do you create greater value?Have the contacts making this decision and their team collaborated on the solution with you, or are we providing a solution without their having already agreed it is the right answer?What do we still need to know to be able to improve our chances of winning?Are there stakeholders who oppose the initiative or our involvement?What do we owe the contacts that are making this decision to ensure they have what they need to properly evaluate our offering against any and all competitors.What have you done to position the investment they need to make to produce the results they need?What might cause the client to choose someone else for this project and what should we be doing about it now?What can we do now to mitigate or prevent losing this deal?  Do we have any relationships that we can leverage to improve our position?What change might we make to improve our odds of winning now?You don’t need to ask or answer all these questions, yet asking them will provide you with follow up questions. If you want to make opportunity reviews valuable, improving your line of questions is the best place to start. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Short on projection, PH gymnasts still log ‘marked progress’

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Hadi totaled 13.450 via an almost impeccable routine that involved high-value movements against the backdrop of Arabian-inspired music.De Guzman, 17, turned in a similar performance—a lot of high-scoring jumps to the tune of a funky jam. But the rookie could only aggregate 13.025 to settle for silver. Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfu was third with 13.000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn balance beam, De Guzman wound up third. Reyland Capellan brought home another bronze in vault, matching his result in the same event two years ago.“It was very good, solid performance by the team,” said women’s co-head coach Jasmin Ortega. “I think we did very well this season. It’s still a marked progress.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kaitlin De Guzman who bagged the the Gold medal for Womens Gymnastics Uneven Bars with Reyland Capellan who won Gold for Men’s Floor Exercises also in gymnastics in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ artistic gymnastics team didn’t get to fulfill the promise of four gold medals but it did improve on its performance two years ago.Newcomer Kaitlin De Guzman settled for a silver after failing to dislodge defending champion Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia in floor exercise Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving The gymnasts had already stashed two golds through Capellan, who defended his floor exercise title, and the 17-year-old De Guzman, who ruled in uneven bars.All in all, it was two golds, one silver and two bronzes for the Philippines.The Philippines won one gold, one silver and two bronzes in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

2015 NFL Mock Draft: First Round

first_imgThe 2015 NFL Draft starts just one week from tomorrow, and per usual, publications around the country are doing their best to attempt to forecast exactly what’s going to happen in the first round. We’re no different. While most people believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be selecting former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick, there isn’t much of a consensus on what’ll happen next. Here’s how we see it all going down. Presenting College Spun’s 2015 NFL Mock Draft for the first round.1. Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida StatetampaTampa Bay is in dire need of a quarterback, and unless the Bucs are scared off by Winston’s off-the-field issues, it’s hard to see them passing on the former Florida State quarterback, who won the 2013 Heisman Trophy and lost just one game in his college career. Is there a chance that Tampa Bay takes Oregon signal-caller Marcus Mariota instead? Sure, but it’d be a surprise. Winston is the pick, and the Bucs are going to have to hope that he’s matured greatly in the past year.2. Tennessee – Marcus Mariota, QB, OregontitansTennessee is doing all it can to make it seem like it isn’t sold on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, but in the end, we can’t see the Titans, who currently employ Zach Mettenberger as their starter, passing. Mariota has been labeled as a “system quarterback” by a number of scouts, but even so, he’s still perceived as the second-best signal-caller in the class. Could Tennessee take him and then trade him before the season starts? Maybe, but we think he’ll be taken in the 2-slot regardless.3. Jacksonville – Dante Fowler Jr., LB, FloridajacksonvilleLet’s face it – Jacksonville has a lot of needs. The Jags could go with defensive end Leonard Williams out of USC, but we think they’ll go with more of hybrid pass rusher – Dante Fowler Jr. The Florida linebacker may not have seen many wins during his collegiate years, but he’s an absolute monster for quarterbacks to deal with. Jacksonville wouldn’t do poorly to take a player who fits in multiple slots.4. Oakland – Kevin White, WR, West VirginiaoaklandIf the Raiders are going to be committed to second-year quarterback Derek Carr, who struggled completing the deep ball last season, they’re going to need to get him some weapons. West Virginia’s Kevin White, who blazed the 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine with a 4.35-second time, is regarded as the wideout with the most upside. Oakland could also take Amari Cooper out of Alabama, who is regarded as the better all-around receiver at the moment. It’s probably a toss-up, but we’ll assume that White gets the nod.5. Washington – Amari Cooper, WR, AlabamaredskinsThe Redskins were woeful on offense in 2014, and it wasn’t just quarterback play that was the problem. Washington, which needs to start piling up playmakers if it wants to compete in the NFC East, is likely to take either White or Cooper – whichever player is left on the board. There’s a chance they call an audible and take Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley, but they wouldn’t exactly be filling a need.6. New York Jets – Vic Beasley, LB, ClemsonjetsWe think Beasley goes at No. 6 to the Jets, who need to improve their pass rushing in 2015. Beasley, who had an incredible NFL Combine performance, is one of the true freak athletes in the draft class, despite being a bit undersized for his position. Fans may be a bit upset if the Jets don’t choose to improve their offense with their first pick, but if the top two quarterbacks and the top two wide receivers are gone by the time they’re up, it’s likely they don’t.7. Chicago – Leonard Williams, DE, USCchicagoLeonard Williams is a beast, and there’s a decent chance he isn’t available at No. 7 – especially if the Titans decide they’ll pass on Mariota. But if he does make it this far down the list, it’s hard to see the Bears passing on him. Somehow, Chicago, long known for its defense, gave up the second-highest number of points in the entire NFL last season. If they have a sure-fire way to improve their pass rushing, they’ll do so.8. Atlanta – Shane Ray, DE, MissouriatlantaThe Falcons need help rushing the quarterback, so they’ll have a number of options. Assuming both Beasley and Williams are gone, the next-best bets appear to be Missouri’s Shane Ray and Nebraska’s Randy Gregory. Ray, the SEC defensive player of the year, has a knack for getting to signal-callers. We think the Falcons will take the former Tiger, but we wouldn’t be surprised either way.9. New York Giants – Ereck Flowers, OL, MiamigiantsThe Giants need help in the trenches, and Iowa’ s Brandon Scherff is a popular pick in mock drafts for Big Blue. Scherff might be the most “plug-and-play” pick the Giants could make here, but we feel GM Jerry Reese will roll the dice slightly on Flowers, who isn’t  as ready as Scherff but possesses tremendous upside. Flowers projects as a potential long-term starter at either tackle spot. He may need some seasoning but could eventually start at right tackle, sliding Justin Pugh inside, or replace Will Beatty as Eli Manning’s blindside protector.10. St. Louis – Brandon Scherff, OL, IowaramsEven with taking Greg Robinson as the No. 2 pick in last year’s NFL Draft, the Rams still need plenty of help along the offensive line. Enter Scherff, who could line up at right tackle but probably best fits as a mauler inside at guard. He’s tough, physical and durable, and should be able to help the team from Day 1. The Rams have a new QB in Nick Foles, and they need to protect him, so Scherff is the best option here, though true tackle prospects such as Andrus Peat and La’el Collins could be enticing. 11. Minnesota – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan StateminnesotaDevante Parker will be tempting here, considering he played with Viking QB Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville and Minnesota badly needs threats in the passing game. But ultimately, we see the Vikings grabbing the fast-rising Waynes. The Michigan State product is a potential lockdown corner and the top prospect at his position. He and Xavier Rhodes will form a worthy 1-2 punch at cornerback for what should be a very formidable defensive unit under head coach Mike Zimmer. 12. Cleveland – Devante Parker, WR, LouisvilleclevelandWhoever starts for Cleveland at quarterback this season, they’ll certainly welcome Parker to the fold with open arms. A four-year producer for Louisville, Parker may not last until pick No. 12, and the Browns will jump at him if he does. At 6-foot-3, 209 pounds, he provides impressive length and size at the position, and possesses terrific hands. The main cause for concern with Parker is that he missed the first seven games of his senior season with a foot injury.13. New Orleans – Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska new orleansBehavioral concerns and a failed drug test at the NFL Combine have Gregory free-falling on draft boards. There are reports he could slip all the way out of the first round, but we’re not buying that. There is still a tremendous amount of raw talent and freakish athleticism here, and Gregory could wind up being the best pass rusher in this draft class. He’s a good fit for the Saints, who are in the process of a major off-season roster overhaul and need help at a critical position. 14. Miami – La’el Collins, OL, LSUmiamiThe Dolphins need to shore up their pass protection, which makes Collins a logical fit here. He’s a violent, aggressive player, which sometimes hurts him, but also makes him a coveted prospect. Collins brings experience against premium collegiate competition as well. He’s probably a better fit at guard, but could play tackle if needed. If the Fish go with their best offensive line option here, it will be Collins, though if they elect to go with a true tackle they will likely look elsewhere. 15. San Francisco – Danny Shelton, DT, Washingtonsan franThe 49ers need an infusion of defensive talent after the retirements of defensive end Justin Smith and linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. Shelton is a pure run-stuffing interior lineman, with good athleticism to boot. His presence up front should take some heat off a San Fran linebacking corps that needs upgrading and will likely be addressed on Day Two of the draft. Oregon’s Arik Armstead could also be an option here, but we feel Shelton is the PAC-12 pick.16. Houston – Breshad Perriman, WR, UCFhoustonHouston badly needs another playmaker at wide receiver to replace Andre Johnson and pair up with DeAndre Hopkins. Perriman is a big (6-foot-2, 212-pound) target and a bona fide deep threat with blazing speed (4.24 and 4.27 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine). The son of former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman, he’s skyrocketing up draft boards. He needs to refine his route-running but Bill O’Brien and company will ensure he’s selected in the top half of the first round. 17. San Diego – Melvin Gordon, RB, WisconsinchargersWorking under the assumption that the Chargers hold on to quarterback Philip Rivers, San Diego can use an infusion of talent at the skill positions to bolster what was a very strong team in 2014. Gordon gives San Diego a very strong replacement for oft-injured former Charger Ryan Mathews, who only played in all 16 games once in his career before bolting to Philadelphia in the off-season. Gordon, on the other hand, was the model of consistency in Madison. After a solid junior season in which he ran 1,609 yards and 12 touchdown, in 2014 Gordon exploded for an otherworldly 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns. Some may be worried about Gordon’s long-term prospects because of his high carry numbers in college, but he is good enough to make an impact as a rookie, and if Rivers isn’t traded, a move like this can help take the Chargers’ offense to the next level immediately.18. Kansas City – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahomakansas cityTechnically, Green-Beckham was most recently an Oklahoma wide receiver, but the last time he was a relevant star on the field, he was suiting up for Mizzou. Kansas City’s receiving corps was historically ineffective in 2014, failing to catch a touchdown as a group. Green-Beckham has significant off-field issues to overcome, but he was one of the most talented receivers in college football when on the field. In 2013, DGB caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns for Missouri. This is an extremely receiver-heavy draft, so the Chiefs may go after a safer pick like Jaelen Strong, but if they want upside and the local draw, the St. Louis native Green-Beckham may be the choice here.19. Cleveland – Andrus Peat, OL, Stanford clevelandCleveland’s recent draft history has been ugly, especially when it comes to the first round. With two first rounders in 2012, the team took Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, neither of whom is still with the franchise. Both have been disappointing pros. Last season, the Browns once again had two first-rounders, and while it is unfair to judge that draft just a year later, Justin Gilbert hasn’t lit the world on fire in his first year as a pro, and Johnny Manziel…well, you know. The Browns have secured two first rounders once again, and with their first pick, we have them taking Louisville star receiver Devante Parker to help out whichever quarterback wins the job. With this second pick, we like Cleveland to bolster its offensive line with one of the last first-round caliber tackles left on the board, Stanford’s Andrus Peat. Peat comes from solid football stock—his father was a six year NFL player—and played at a Stanford program that has been effective in developing talent on the line. Cleveland is due for a few of these top picks to work out, and Peat seems like a good bet. 20. Philadelphia – Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut eaglesNo player in this draft helped himself more at the NFL Draft Combine than UConn’s Byron Jones, who blew up the internet with his world record 12-foot-3 broad jump, and didn’t hurt matters with a 4.43 40-yard dash and 44.5-inch vertical. Philadelphia has needs throughout the secondary, and Jones has experience playing both corner and safety, as well as the athleticism to fill in wherever needed. Football Outsiders ranked Philly’s 2014 pass defense 18th in the NFL, and it continues to be a major need. If Chip Kelly continues to favor Pac-12 players, he could also take a chance on Washington cornerback Marcus Peters here. 21. Cincinnati – Landon Collins, S, Alabama cincinnatiLandon Collins is almost universally regarded as the top safety available in this draft, and while it may not be the most glaring immediate need for the Bengals, it may be hard to pass up a top-line safety at No. 21. Bengals starter George Iloka’s contract runs up in 2016, while Reggie Nelson is getting a bit long in the tooth, and will also be up for a new deal after this coming season. Collins can come in and add to the secondary right away, and slide in as a starter for 2016, if he doesn’t win a job outright as a rookie.22. Pittsburgh – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest steelersWake Forest was pretty dreadful overall in Dave Clawson’s first season, but the Demon Deacons’ secondary was a major strength, in large part due to Kevin Johnson. The team ranked 12th in passing defense last year, nationally. Johnson is widely considered a first rounder, and more importantly, the Steelers seem like big fans. According to CBS, of the 23 NFL scouts at Wake Forest’s Pro Day, four were from the Steelers, including defensive backs coach Carnell Lake. Assuming he is still on the board at 22, it seems like he is a good bet to join the Steel Curtain. 23. Detroit – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia detroitHow do you make an offense with Calvin Johnson even more frightening? Stick a guy like Todd Gurley in the backfield. With Reggie Bush out in San Francisco, there is a hole at running back in Detroit, especially with Joique Bell coming off knee and Achilles’ surgeries. Gurley also has injury concerns, but there is a chance he is ready for the beginning of the season. This would definitely be a big swing from the Lions, who can also use help along both lines, especially after losing Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins, but if Gurley bounces back and realizes his potential, few teams would have that kind of talent at the skill positions. 24. Arizona – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State arizonaThe Cardinals parted ways with starting center Lyle Sendlein last month, leaving a hole in the middle of their offensive line heading into the draft. Erving had a very interesting career at Florida State, starting at defensive tackle, where he was relatively productive early in his career, before moving to left tackle, where he became an All-American. During this past season, Erving moved inside, and is currently projecting as a center at the next level. While he can probably use some polish, most players would not be able to move across the line and play so effectively. Not only did Erving make that move, but he then moved positions and learned the offensive line’s most cerebral position on the fly. Add in solid athleticism, and Erving could be a player that goes here and fills the starting spot for Arizona immediately. 25. Carolina – Cedric Ogbeuhi, OT, Texas A&M carolinaOgbeuhi’s stock has dropped a bit due to his ACL tear, but he’s still a very-talented offensive tackle who is worthy of going in the first round. He’s big and athletic. Carolina’s offensive line was one of the league’s worst in 2014, with quarterback Cam Newton rarely possessing the time he needed to make good throws. So it makes sense for the Panthers to look for an offensive lineman with this pick. Ogbeuhi is a good fit and could potentially start right away. 26. Baltimore – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State baltimoreMost believe Baltimore could look for a wide receiver with their first pick, and, thankfully for the Ravens, wideout is one of the deepest positions in the draft. Strong, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound wide receiver, is one of the most talented prospects in the draft. He possesses elite speed – 4.44 40 time – and strong leaping ability – 42-inch vertical jump and 123-inch broad jump. Strong shined with the Sun Devils this past season, catching 82 passes for more than 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’ll be a strong fit for Joe Flacco’s vertical passing ability in Baltimore. 27. Dallas – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB, UCLA dallasThe Cowboys could go in a couple different directions with their first-round selection; running back and cornerback are also positions of need for Jerry Jones’ franchise. But with the draft’s top two running backs – Gurley and Gordon – already off the board, we have them going with a pass rusher here. Odighizuwa is one of the most physically gifted players in the class. He possesses a ridiculous frame, good speed and excellent strength. With Greg Hardy suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season, it makes sense for Dallas to look for a replacement. And Odighizuwa is a very good one. 28. Denver – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon denverPeyton Manning’s time with the Broncos is closing, fast. So they need to bolster the unit that is in charge of keeping him healthy: the offensive line. Fisher, a 6-foot-6, 306-pound offensive tackle, was one of college football’s best offensive linemen in 2014. He was so good, in fact, that many people dismissed the Ducks’ lone regular season loss because it occurred with him off the field. Fisher is polished and possesses strong fundamentals; he should be able to step in right away and start. Going from protecting a Heisman winner in Marcus Mariota to a future NFL Hall of Famer in Manning should be pretty cool. 29. Indianapolis – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State indyMost draft analysts seem to believe the Colts will go in one of two directions with their first pick: offensive line or defensive line. We’re predicting them to do the latter. Goldman, a big, physically enforcing defensive tackle out of Florida State, could step in and play the nose tackle position in Indianapolis’ 3-4 scheme. With the Seminoles in 2014, he was a third-team All-American and a first-team All-ACC performer. He’s probably below average in terms of his pass-rushing ability, but his run defense and line clogging physique make him a formidable fit for the Colts. 30. Green Bay – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU green bayThe Packers’ secondary has been incredibly inconsistent in recent seasons, so going with a defensive back here makes sense. Collins, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound cornerback out of Baton Rouge, La., is one of the draft’s most talented secondary players. With the Tigers, he had 10 passes defensed and allowed only 35 percent of the balls thrown at him to get completed. His size is exactly what you’re looking for in an elite defensive back, too. Green Bay’s defensive coaches like defensive backs that can play multiple positions and at 6-foot-1, Collins seems to possess that ability. 31. New Orleans – Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami new orleansWith the loss of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, and the regressing of Marques Colston, the Saints need to find another weapon for Drew Brees. Dorsett, who was originally believed to be a third-or-fourth round selection, is rising up the draft boards in rapid fashion. Dorsett, a burner out of Miami, would be a great fit for Brees’ vertical passing game. His speed – runs a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash – is among the best in the class. Most analysts seem to think he’s a lock to go in the top 40 and we don’t see him slipping past the Saints, who need a pass catcher. 32. New England – Marcus Peters, DB, Washington new englandDarrelle Revis is gone, so the Patriots could use another secondary player. Some believe FSU DT Goldman is their top choice, but with him off the board, we have them going with the talented-but-troubled Peters, a 6-foot, 197-pound cornerback out of the Huskies’ program. He’s had some issues, as he was dismissed from the Washington program last November. But his talent is first-round worthy and Belichick has been known to take on a chance on players in the past. New England seems to possess the infrastructure needed to allow someone like him to grow and thrive.last_img read more

MP Henry Reaches Out to Denbigh High

first_img Welcoming the gesture, Principal of the institution, Janice Julal, said the entire school community is appreciative of the move, noting that the particular area of the building was constructed in 1969 and has structural issues. Mr. Henry said in addition to his contribution from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), he will be encouraging contractors to partner with the school, and if they cannot do the work free of cost, they should allow him to pay them within two years from his constituency allocation. Minister of Transport and Mining, and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Mike Henry, has reached out to the Denbigh High School in the parish with a $1-million donation for remedial work on a section of its building. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Mike Henry, has reached out to the Denbigh High School in the parish with a $1-million donation for remedial work on a section of its building.Mr. Henry, who was on a recent visit to the school, was told that the administrators had sent to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information seeking $4 million to correct the problem affecting over 300 students.Mr. Henry said in addition to his contribution from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), he will be encouraging contractors to partner with the school, and if they cannot do the work free of cost, they should allow him to pay them within two years from his constituency allocation.“I hope that the procurement exercise of the country allows me to move it in that direction, because we can’t have debris falling on children,” Mr. Henry told JIS News.Welcoming the gesture, Principal of the institution, Janice Julal, said the entire school community is appreciative of the move, noting that the particular area of the building was constructed in 1969 and has structural issues.“The donation from Mr. Henry will go a far way in having our students in a safe environment,” she said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the school, Cecil Morgan, while thanking Mr. Henry for the support, informed that they will be forging additional partnerships with community members to ensure that the institution remains on the growth path, and provides high-quality education for the students.Denbigh High School, located in the parish capital of May Pen, has 1,600 students and over 80 teachers.last_img read more

Where Cheerleading Ranks in Safety Among High School Sports

Cheerleading falls in the middle of the pack. The total concussion rate across all girls sports is 41 concussions per 100,000 competition athlete exposures; cheerleading has a rate that’s about three-tenths of that.But when we factor in concussions accumulated in practice, we see something interesting. In every sport except cheerleading, the rate drops steeply — concussions in practice happen about one-sixth as often as concussions in competition. Cheerleading was the only sport of the 20 surveyed that had a higher risk of concussion in practice (14 per 100,000) than in competition (12 per 100,000).“When we delve into the data more closely, we can actually find out where practice-related concussions are occurring,” Comstock said. “With cheerleading, they’re occurring all over the place. They’re occurring on asphalt, on grass, on tile. And if you think about it, if cheerleading isn’t considered a sport, [it] may not be afforded the same resources — even for practice — as other sports.”Here’s Comstock’s theory on why the injury rate is higher during practice: If cheerleading isn’t officially designated as a sport at a school, there are better odds that the team isn’t practicing on athletic mats and instead setting up in, say, a parking lot or school cafeteria. In competition, however, the students are likely to be on proper mats and therefore less likely to be at risk for getting a concussion. The reports from the 2011 catastrophic injury study at UNC seem to back this up; a high number of the injuries seem to occur both during practice and also as a result of contact with a hard surface.What does that mean? “Recognizing cheerleading as a sport may actually make the sport safer because they should then be given a designated space to practice,” Comstock said. Official sport status means that money, equipment and resources come from schools, not necessarily from the cheerleaders themselves or alternative sources.Is there a difference in concussion and injury rates between the 35 states that have made cheerleading a sport and the 15 that haven’t? We don’t know, because the data doesn’t exist for that kind of determination yet. But Comstock’s team is working on it.Although the raw-injury count in cheerleading may tell a headline-grabbing story, it’s important to look at those numbers in context. Yes, catastrophic injuries happen, as do concussions. But keeping in mind that a lot of kids are cheerleading — and that every day we may take risks that have even grimmer statistics — we can get a better picture of the actual risks involved. Think of a dangerous high school sport, and football is probably the first that comes to mind. You might not think of those students in uniform on the sidelines, cheering for the players.And yet cheerleading isn’t as safe as you might think, which was one of the reasons New York State — following 34 other states and Washington, D.C. — reclassified it as an official school sport last month.Media coverage of the New York decision largely focused on athlete safety — in some cases referring to cheerleading as one of the most dangerous sports. The raw statistic that cheerleading accounts for two-thirds of all catastrophic injuries among female high school athletes was repeated by news outlets across New York.1Consider: New York’s CBS Local, The Buffalo News, the New York State Sportswriters Association, The Wall Street Journal, MyFoxNY, The Suffolk Times, The Daily Gazette, the Times Union, etc. Some, like The Wall Street Journal here, showed an iteration of a chart similar to this:The data for this chart was pulled from the 29th annual report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, an independent research body at the University of North Carolina.2This 2011 report, written by Frederick O. Muller of UNC and Robert C. Cantu of Emerson Hospital in Massachusetts, contains a section on cheerleading. The center classifies catastrophic injuries as either “serious,” “nonfatal” or “fatal.” An injury is considered serious when it’s severe but has no ongoing functional disability. For example, a 17-year-old cheerleader in 1998 attempted a back flip, slipped on wet artificial turf and landed on her head, shocking her spinal cord and causing temporary paralysis. Nonfatal injuries lead to permanent disabilities. Fatal injuries need no explanation.But it’s not the raw numbers that should scare people. (These numbers are misleading, as I’ll explain in a bit.) Rather, it’s how these cheerleaders are getting injured that should warrant concern.Cheerleading is different from every other high school sport (for which there is injury-tracking data) in one critical way: More cheerleaders are getting injured during practice than in competition. And that’s why cheerleading’s official designation as a sport could go a long way toward reducing the number of injuries that make it risky.The earliest incarnation of high school cheerleading — think girls in school-letter sweaters and thick skirts encouraging a football team — has morphed into a hypercompetitive and acrobatic institution. And all the flips, throws, jumps and human pyramids have resulted in more injuries. A lot more injuries. That’s why it has been seductive for media organizations to report raw numbers.But it’s the rate of injury that matters.3To determine the rate, we can divide the number of injuries in a given period by the number of participants in that given period, and multiply by 100,000 to determine the injury rate per 100,000 participants.A rate makes a world of difference in how people interpret dangers and risks. For example, if I told you there were 179 unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010, you might get frightened. But when I turn that into a rate — by factoring in that 200 million people visit beaches every year, and they visit multiple times — it shows that the probability of being attacked by a shark is one in 11.5 million. That’s much less frightening.Similarly, when we factor in how many high-schoolers are participating in cheerleading, we get a different perspective on “the most dangerous sport” narrative.4Finding participation numbers for cheerleading isn’t easy, especially because for decades, it wasn’t considered a sport (and still isn’t in many states) and thus keeping a tally on athletes wasn’t necessarily required. The authors of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research report admitted difficulty in finding an accurate number of competitive cheerleaders, which is crucial for determining a rate.The authors of the report I referred to earlier cited two participation numbers in cheerleading. A 2009 news release by the National Federation of State High School Associations said there were 400,000 high school cheerleaders in the U.S. (The number, however, didn’t distinguish between competitive and noncompetitive cheerleaders.) A 2010-11 high school participation survey showed significantly lower participation: 96,718 girls and 2,846 boys for a total of nearly 100,000 participants in competitive cheerleading squads.The authors decided to go with the 100,000 count in estimating the rate of injury. Because there was one catastrophic injury that school year, they said the effective rate was one catastrophic injury per 100,000 participants. Had they gone with the more inclusive estimate, they would get 0.25 catastrophic injuries per 100,000 participants. A couple of years earlier, study co-author Frederick Mueller told The Washington Post that he estimated the rate from 1982 to 2007 to be 2.68 catastrophic injuries per 100,000 high school participants, a figure derived by dividing the 67 known catastrophic injuries by an estimate of 2.5 million high school cheerleaders over the 25 years. Compare those rates with these other high school sports:It’s crucial to get perspective on these numbers. Let’s assume that Mueller’s estimate — 2.68 catastrophic injuries for every 100,000 high school cheerleaders — is accurate. In comparison, each year 17.9 of every 100,000 New York state residents are hospitalized for traffic-related pedestrian injuries — nearly seven times higher than the upper-bound catastrophic-injury rate for high school cheerleaders. So, even if cheerleading is the most dangerous high school sport, it might be less dangerous than walking to work.But what about more common, non-catastrophic injuries, like concussions?Dawn Comstock, a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, runs High School RIO, a national database that has monitored 20 high school sports since 2005. She referred me to a 2012 paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The paper, based on High School RIO data, looked at concussions among high school athletes — where they occurred (in practice or competition) and in what sport — as well as participation rates during the 2008-10 school years. The finding?“Cheerleading is not nearly as dangerous a sport as some of the previous research painted it to be,” Comstock said. “It has the 10th-highest concussion rate of the 20.”Concussions are a compelling data set for tracking the dangers of a sport because they’re relatively common, and yet they’re severe enough to be reported (as opposed to, say, sprains and strains). But they often don’t have long-term impact. Here are the competition concussion rates per 100,000 athlete exposures:5An athlete exposure is defined as one athlete participating in one game or practice. Boys Volleyball was not included in the chart because no concussions were reported. read more

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