Praise for Dodd, the record breaker

first_imgDanniel Thomas-Dodd upped her national shot put record for the second time in 2017 with a runner-up finish at the US NCAA Indoor Championships. Competing on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University, Dodd pushed the shot put to 18.40m. That added 8cm to a mark she set last month. Dodd broke the Jamaican record of 18.20m last month with a mark of 18.32. In College Station, she peppered the 18m line with a six throw series of 18.00, 17.90, 17.99, 18.26, 18.40 and a final-round foul. Willingness to work Marlon Gayle, who coached the Westmoreland native for two seasons at Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School, attributes her improvement to her willingness to work with a goal in mind. Speaking on March 12, he said, “If she wants something, she’s going to work towards it, and I told her regardless of which college you go to, university you go, you’re going to do well.” She left Edwin Allen with the 2012 Boys and Girls’ Championships shot put record – 14.47m – and set sail for Kent State University in Ohio. She has blossomed there. A member of Jamaica’s teams to the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she was a finalist in the discus, the 2015 Pan-American Games where she punched the shot 17.76m to place 5th, she has also competed against the best on the planet at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics. According to Gayle, the 24- year-old Thomas-Dodd is a coach’s dream. “What makes coaching exciting and achieving objectives a good thing, is to have an athlete who really knows what he or she is about”, he said. “That motivates any coach to really do their very best and be their very best for those individuals,” Gayle smiled.last_img read more

“Good life” nothing but a slogan – Ram

first_img…urges Private Sector to have more “spine” on Govt excusesChartered Accountant Christopher Ram held no punches as the two-day Business Summit drew to a close at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel, and called for the private sector to show some spine when it comes to holding Government’s feet to the fire and asking tough questions of the administration.The vocal social activist was extremely critical of the APNU/AFC coalition (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change) Administration, calling the “good life” nothing but a slogan.Ram appeared as part of the panel discussion on taxation in Guyana, and used the occasion to not only lament the existence of “over concentration of taxation”, but the “runaway spending of Government.”The eminent chartered account, in his scathing upbraiding of policy makers and business leaders alike, called on the private sector to show some spine and to not skirt around the critical issues.The Chartered Accountant told the business summit there can be no serious consideration of the taxation system in Guyana without also addressing its relationship to Government spending.“We have had runaway public expenditure in this country,” said Ram.Singling out the increased ministerial and other portfolios and Government agencies, Ram was livid that public administration is the most bloated it has even been in the nation’s history.Ram said this is the largest Administration with the fewest technocrats and with the highest cost on the budget.“Let’s not avoid the real issues…we have to look at the expenditure side of it,” according to Ram.The straight-talking accountant was adamant “something is wrong with public expenditure management, and that is where the private sector needs to start this discussion.”He suggested there was manipulation or irresponsible spending when he questioned how, at the end of June, a mere 28 per cent of a Ministry’s budget is expended; yet, by December, this jumps to 90 per cent.Ram quipped: “Are these incapable managers suddenly experts?”He told the Business Summit, “We are fooling ourselves if we talk about taxation” but ignore Government spending.Ram used the occasion to also take aim at Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who has been seeking to peddle the notion that taxes have not been raised.“I feel insulted as a member of the Tax Reform Committee,” Ram said.He pointed, too, to the numerous increases, and even called some of the new fees “disguised taxation.”Ram, also a practising Attorney-at-Law, told those in attendance that things have reached a stage where revenues are no longer being used only for the provision of public services, but the administration was in fact now running Government as a business for profit.“To say we are not introducing any new taxes, I find that mind-boggling,” Ram lashed out at the Minister, saying his position would imply that there is currently an ideal tax system in place.Drawing reference to remarks by Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, the social activist reminded that Guyana has one of the worse cases of income and wealth inequality.Taking a jab at the GRA, Ram reminded that it was only in 2015 last that an Annual Report was tabled for that key revenue collecting agency; that report, he emphasised, was dated 2010.last_img read more