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One step forward for Hyde

first_imgAfter a fine 2016 season, Jaheel Hyde wants to go one step further in the 400m hurdles. The 20-year-old plans to surpass his Olympic Games semi-final placing with a spot in the final at this year’s IAAF World Championships in London. To that end, he is working to move to the next level.”You know, last year I hit every mark that I set out for last year,” he reflected recently on a 2016 campaign that saw him defending his World under 20 400m hurdles crown, cutting his Jamaican junior record to 48.81 seconds and reaching the Olympic semi-finals. “I wanted to defend my World Junior title and to take everything in steps,” he said.Now, the University of the West Indies student is focused athletically on London. “Each year, I’m going to have to put on one step on it,” he asserted, “so that is what I’m aiming for this year.”Asked to pinpoint his 2017 target, Hyde said, “Of course I want to make the World Champs team, and I want to make the finals, and that’s the one step.”The former footballer is still adjusting to the rigours of training solely for athletics. “Trust me, it’s very hard, “he confessed. “When I was doing football, you know I started track and field in January,” he recounted, “so sometimes I would say to him just let me start training in January because to train from September straight back through to August is very hard.”He is, however, resolved to do the work greatness requires. “If I want to move to the next level, these are the sacrifices I have to make, so I’m not really bothered by it anymore.”MY OWN DESTINYIt’s no surprise that he misses the beautiful game. “Of course I miss football,” he revealed. “I even have thoughts of going back to football, between me and you,” he said.Despite that, this precocious Cameron Blazers team member won’t lace up his boots for quite some time. “I just want to enjoy my track and field career and see what happens,” he said . Moreover, he is quite sure that he was right to choose athletics over football. “I always wanted to do something where I control my own destiny,” the former Wolmers’ Boy striker reasoned.”For example, the Manning Cup final,” he recalled of a 3-2 loss to Jamaica College in 2013. “I played my heart out there, scored two brilliant goals and we lost.””When I go out there by myself now, and I mess up, I know that’s all on me,” he said. “When I lose, it’s on me,” Hyde said. “When I win, it’s on me.”last_img read more

Closure of Ordnance Factory Board Mamata writes to PM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him not to corporatize the Ordnance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata.”I have been receiving reports regarding a decision that the Government of India has apparently been taking to corporatize all the Ordinance Factories including the Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in Kolkata. It has also been suggested that this will finally lead to privatization of these great national assets.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Ordnance Factory Board with its headquarters in the Ayudh Bhavan, Kolkata, is the world’s largest government set up for manufacturing arms and ammunition for a country’s armed forces. Indeed it is called the fourth pillar of the Indian Defence apparatus. Founded in 1775, the set up includes 41 factories all over the country, nine training institutes, about 1.6 lakh officers and employees. It produces a vast range of arms and equipment that enable our soldiers to guard our frontiers, she wrote. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateExpressing her deep concern for the Centre’s proposal, Banerjee maintains: “I am shocked and surprised to know that the vital pillar of the country’s defence and this key industrial initiative of our land is now being contemplated to be subjected to a sudden exercise of degovernmentalisation for which there has been not even an iota of stakeholders’ consultations uptill now.” It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Congress has raised the issue of disinvestment of profit-making Central PSUs and the party’s MPs have raised the issue in Parliament. Banerjee requested the Prime Minister to kindly reverse the process as the national security and defence of India is involved. “I would therefore request you to kindly stall and reverse the process of corporatization and privatisation in the greatest interest of the national security and defence of our country. While the industrial policy in our country has gradually been made more and more friendly to the private players in the market, there are some core strategic areas where the state is yet to abdicate its paramount role.”last_img read more