Caribbean Sports & Athletes!

Road to London 2012!

Dominica

Did you know- In the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata (Argentina), Dominica’s runner Steven Agar finished tenth in the 5,000-meter event.

Dominican Republic

Did you know- Despite having won the X Baseball World Cup in Managua (Nicaragua) in 1948, the National team lost the chance to win a gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Guatemala City. Unfortunately the anticipated showdown between Cuba and the Dominican Republic did not occur. Why? The Dominican government refused to participate in the international games in the early 1950s.

Grenada

Did you know- Alleyne Francique of Grenada came in fourth place in the men’s 400m at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. His performance made him “the Island’s best known athlete”. Since the Island gained its independence from the United Kingdom in the 1970s, the Olympic team has not won an Olympic medal.

Jamaica

Did you know- The Commonwealth Games were held in Kingston (Jamaica’s capital) in August 1966. Previously, the IX Central American and Caribbean Games took place in the Island in 1962.

Netherlands Antilles

Did you know- By 2008, the Island’s athlete Churandy Martina –one of the most high-profile sprinters in the Western Hemisphere between 2006 and 2009– was named by the National Olympic Committee as the flag bearer of the national delegation for the 29th Summer Olympics in the People’s Republic of China.

Puerto Rico

Did you know- In 1960, Puerto Rico’s athlete Rolando Cruz finished fourth in the men’s pole vault at the Summer Games in Rome, Italy. From 1959 to 1966, he had won three golds in the central American and Caribbean Games.

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Did you know- Surprisingly, the Island’s sprinter Kim Collins captured the gold medal in the men’s 100m at the IAFF World Championships in the early 2000s. Although his performance in the Games of the 28th Olympiad in August 2004 disappointed many of his fans: Collins placed sixth in the 100 meters.

Saint Lucia

Did you know- A six-member team from Saint Lucia –a former British colony until 1979- participated in the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in the American city of Atlanta in July and August 1996.

West Indies Federation

Did you know- At the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago (Illinois, USA), Antilles pickep up a total of 14 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze) and took seventh place in unofficial team standings, outpacing Venezuela and Uruguay. Antilles -also known as the West Indies Federation- consisted of three former British colonies in the Caribbean: Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad Tobago. The following year, the West Indies Federation captured a bronze medal when it placed third in the men’s 4 x 400m relay in the Games of the XVII Olympiad in Rome (Italy).

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How To Benefit From A Refrigeration Repair And Maintenance Company

The refrigeration system of a business that involves storing of perishable and consumable items have to be kept in great condition 24/7 to keep them safe and unspoiled.

It can result in a great loss in business when you are not able to detect beforehand about an impending trouble you have with your refrigeration and it fails. When something is wrong with your refrigeration system, it usually does not warn you, yet, you have to be always on the watch to notice any abnormality in its function especially the coldness, that can indicate a problem. You, by all means, know that it would be more efficient and cost-effective to repair a broken a refrigeration system than having it replaced.

Hiring a dependable and trusted refrigeration repair and maintenance company is a good option but be sure that the technician that this company have is licensed and insured with the relevant training and education for refrigeration and its procedures. There is no space for delay in the operation of the refrigeration system, therefore it is imperative that the repair has to be done precisely and in a timely manner.

This will give you the confidence and your mind will be at ease that your system are in the good hands of experienced and skilled technicians. You can make an immediate repair yourself, however, with the lack of sufficient information about refrigeration, you may jeopardize the problem even more and incur more damage, so leave it all to the experts to get all the fixing done.

It will not be a bad idea anyhow if you will have a scheduled regular maintenance of your refrigeration system if it is out of warranty, to ensure continuity of its function and service. Remember that a reputable refrigeration repair and maintenance company will always have a good rating from previous clients proving their track record service and satisfactory performance.

Keeping your refrigeration system great shape and in top condition can increase its lifespan and can spare you from investing in another new system when your old one can still serve equally well. When your business is dependent on your refrigeration system, when it breaks down, business profit goes down too, therefore, investing in its maintenance will be worth it.

Nothing else can give you a peace of mind other than getting the service of a repair and maintenance company that delivers satisfactory result in its services that is commendable. Great service means great performing machines like your refrigeration system that also needs great refrigeration experts in repair and maintenance.

Consider a refrigeration repair and maintenance company now before a problem strikes.

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Who’s The Greatest Of All Time In A Particular Sport?

Okay, in reality, it is impossible to unequivocally answer this question. This is sports, however, where (as I have written before) the difference between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. My fantasy would be the invention of a time machine, which is the only way we could seriously attempt to fairly and accurately answer this question. Even then, it would not be as simple as it might appear to be at first glance. In team sports, for instance, if your goal is to determine the best individual player in a sport, this still might not be so clear, because there would still be other individuals competing on the court or field. Even if you were trying to determine something as specific as which of two centers in basketball was better, Bill Russell or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who never played against each other), for example, you still might not have a definitive answer. After all, Russell and Wilt Chamberlain played against each over one hundred times and this is still one of the most debated questions in sports history. (By the way, the answer to the question, “Who is better, Russell or Chamberlain?”, is Jabbar, of course.)

If you were trying to determine who was the greatest in an individual sport, it would still not be definitive, even if you limited it to only one criterion or question, such as: Who would win head-to-head if two athletes played each other in their prime? It seems on its face to be a fair test for determining the best of all time in an individual sport. But is it really? For example, you know as well as I do, that if we beamed Bill Tilden in his prime (circa 1921) onto a court to play Roger Federer in tennis in 2007, that Federer would win. Does that mean that Federer should automatically be ranked higher than Tilden when we are trying to determine who is the greatest tennis player of all time? I think almost of all of us would answer something like, “it is not that simple.” If it were, we would not have to ask who is the greatest of all time in sports like swimming or track and field, because whoever is the current world record holder would be the greatest of all time (for the most part) by default.

We all know that today’s best athletes are superior to yesteryear’s best athletes because of better diet and training (especially weights). Plus, in most cases, today’s athletes have spent more hours practicing and competing throughout their careers than their counterparts in the past. These are huge advantages, especially when the athlete starts playing the sport at age two (ever hear of Tiger Woods?). In fact, it is fair to say that as of 2007, each generation of athletes is clearly superior to the generation before. (An exception to this might be a sport which is currently a lot less popular than it was previously (examples in the U.S. would include boxing, bowling, and to a lesser extent, baseball), since significantly fewer great athletes have chosen to compete in that sport.) In the future, the difference between each successive generation might be marginal or negligible, but for right now, the difference is measurable. So, how do we account for this fact when determining who is the greatest of all time in a particular sport? There is, of course, no right or wrong answer to this, but one thing is clear: How much “allowance” you give to the earlier generations’ athletes for the advantage the modern athletes have will significantly affect any ranking you have for greatness in a particular sport.

Since today’s athletes have the above-mentioned advantages, how about we limit our evaluation to only one criterion: How much better was an athlete than his or her contemporaries? Again, this seems to be fair on its face, but what if the athlete’s contemporaries were especially weak or strong? How do we know for sure that they were weak or strong? After all, they played only against their own generation. Even if we could tell for sure: How much should we account for this factor? Let us try another specific criterion: Which athlete was considered the best in his or her sport for the longest period of time? Unfortunately, you run into the same problem, namely, that the strength of their contemporaries could have affected their length at the top of their sport.

It looks as if, time machine or no time machine, the only way we can even attempt to answer the question, “Who is the greatest of all time in a particular sport ?”, is to use some combination of criteria or factors. Whatever criteria we use, it is safe to assume that: 1) the most recent athletes will probably place higher than they should; and 2) your age will affect your rankings. Plus, how accurate will an evaluation by a 20-year-old be, given that he only witnessed as few as 10 or 20 percent of some sports’ athletes. How do we account for the fact that almost all of us have not seen all the best athletes in a particular sport? And how can we fairly compare an athlete that we never saw with one that we saw compete on a daily or weekly basis? It seems rather obvious there are no good answers to these questions. However, that does not mean we cannot at least try and answer our ultimate question.

In my article “Who are the 25 Greatest Athletes of All Time?”, I suggested 10 criteria for trying to answer this question. Some of the criteria do not pertain to our question at hand so I eliminated them, and we are left with the following suggested criteria:

1. What were the athlete’s accomplishments in their sport? Things to consider are titles (especially majors, olympic, or world titles), championships, records set, rankings (in individual sports), career statistics, all-star selections, awards (especially Player of Year awards and MVP awards), and the length of their careers. Also, did the sport’s rules or equipment changes affect the athletes statistics?

2. For how many years were they considered the best in their sport? How much better were they than contemporaries? How weak or strong in ability were their contemporaries?

3. When you watch the athlete perform, do they do things that other athletes in their sport cannot do? Or, to put it another way: How exciting is the athlete to watch because of their amazing athletic ability?

4. How much impact did the athlete have on their sport or the sports world in general?

5. How much did injuries or a lack of opportunity limit their accomplishments?

6. How consistently great was the athlete?

7. How much did the athlete’s mere presence intimidate their opponents because of the athlete’s dominance? In a team sport, did the athlete’s mere presence or greatness make their teammates better? Also, in team sports, did the athlete make their teammates better in other ways (e.g., leadership, teamwork)?

I think most of us use most or all of these criteria (and any that I may have missed) either instinctually, or perhaps after some thought. You will soon realize that how much weight you put on each of these criteria and factors above will significantly affect your answers. Ultimately, we may never come up with a definitive answer, but at least we can have some fun trying!

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Find Out About The Things You Have To Do To Become A Qualified Engineer

If you are planning on becoming an engineer, one very important thing that you have to know is that there are quite a number of routes that you can take. When it comes to working as an engineer, regardless of the type of job or position you want to have, know that you have to acquire first relevant knowledge, skills and expertise as well prior to you applying for one.

Prior to us talking with you about higher level engineering qualifications, we will first focus on the basic since everything must begin with the simplest things and talking about that, you have to first get A level qualifications and good GCSE since this will place you in a good stead when you plan to apply for a degree. You should now by now that majority of the engineering jobs that we have today are requiring applicants to have this level of qualification. It is already a bonus when you have a GCSE grade in both you math and science subjects since whatever area of engineering you are planning on enrolling to will typically as for these particular skill sets. There is nothing wrong if you have no interest regarding math and science but this will mean that you have to think twice about the career path you will choose since wanting to become an engineer carries the interest for both areas as they are a great help in you doing your job, most especially on the side where you have to solve problems and devise solutions as well.

Another important factor that you have to take into account when it comes to becoming a full-fledge engineer is that you have to decide on the area of engineering you want to take since engineering is so vast you are most likely to get overwhelmed by the choices you make. When we say areas of engineering, we are actually referring to the industries of engineering and these comprises of software engineering, medical science, automobile and also, systems engineering, to name a few. It is very important for you to your research in a careful and thorough manner as you have to understand the industry inside out.

Now, we will be moving on to discussing with you about the higher level engineering qualifications that you have to consider and this qualification talks about engineering entry criteria which you have to comply when you work for any engineering industry. These qualifications actually has something to do with the degree you have, your license and your certification as well as the kind of experience you have as all of these will create a big impact on the kind of work you can perform. Professionals call it as higher level engineering qualification as this will determine who among the potential engineers really has what it takes to become qualified for the position they are applying for.

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