CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters joins Saint Michael’s Board of Trustees

first_imgCEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters joins Saint Michael’s Board of TrusteesLawrence J. Blanford, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury, Vt., has joined the Saint Michael’s College board of trustees and attended meetings on campus Dec. 5 and 6.”I felt very privileged to be asked to join the Saint Michael’s board,” Blanford said, explaining that he had become familiar with the college by attending Mass in the college’s Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel since moving to Vermont. Blanford and his family came to the area 18 months ago.”We’ve been thrilled with the masses at Saint Michael’s, he said. “The Edmundite priests are wonderful speakers and it’s a beautiful mass with five, six or even seven priestsI look forward to it every week.”Mr. Blanford came to know SMC President Jack Neuhauser at Mass and through that relationship was invited to join the college’s board. Having just finished a term on the board of Clark-Atlanta University, he had the time and “was thrilled to become a part of Saint Michael’s College.”Mr. Blanford has a history of leading companies. Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2007, he was CEO of Royal Group Technologies, Toronto, Canada, from 2005 to 2006; president and CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, Atlanta, from 2001 to 2003; president of Maytag Appliances, Newton, Iowa, 1998 to 2000; and had previously held management positions with Johns Manville, Denver; PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; and Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.Mr. Blanford and his wife Lynn, residents of South Burlington, Vt., have two children, Amanda, a sophomore in college in Ohio, and John a student at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 368 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students.In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michael’s professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last eight years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30-last_img read more

CHOICE Act passes House, CUNA continues advocacy offensive

first_imgThe House voted 233-186 Thursday to pass the Financial CHOICE Act, a regulatory relief bill with several credit union-friendly provisions. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle thanked the House for their vote, and said CUNA will continue its engagement to get regulatory relief legislation across the finish line.“We applaud the House of Representatives for passing the Financial CHOICE Act, and we appreciate Chairman Hensarling’s leadership on this issue,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. “This bill represents a big win for credit unions and their members. And, as the debate moves to the Senate, we will continue to play offense to ensure Congress enacts common-sense legislation that improves the operating environment for credit unions to more fully serve their members.”The CHOICE Act makes a number of CUNA-supported changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), NCUA examination process and more.Prior to the vote, a number of members spoke of the need for regulatory relief for credit unions and the need for common-sense regulation. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the bill will “bring hope back to Main Street.” continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Compliance: FinCEN, banking agencies encourage AML innovation

first_imgThe Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and its regulatory partners issued a joint statement last week to encourage credit unions and other financial institutions to take innovative approached to combat money laundering and other illicit financial threats.The joint statement, issued by federal financial regulators including NCUA, recognizes that private sector innovation, including new ways of using existing tools or adopting new technologies, can help financial institutions identify and report money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit financial activity by enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance programs.Accordingly, it the joint statement encourages financial institutions to consider, evaluate and, where appropriate, responsibly implement innovative approaches in this area. The joint statement also makes clear that regulators are committed to continued engagement with the private sector on this issue. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Worker dies in accident on Petrobras platform offshore Brazil, union says

first_imgAn offshore oil worker has died on the Petrobras-owned PNA-2 platform located in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil, according to Brazilian oil workers’ union, Sindicato dos Petroleiros do Norte Fluminense (Sindipetro).PNA-2 and PNA-1 platforms; Author: SP Mac; Source: Flickr (with permission from the photographer)A local news outlet, Noticias Macae, said last Sunday that the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon and that the deceased worker was mechanic Sandro Ferreira da Silva, an outsourced employee of RIP Kaeter.Sindipetro said on Monday that the general coordinator of Sindipetro-NF, Tezeu Bezerra, was due to embark on the platform PNA-2 in the Campos Basin to investigate the accident that caused the da Silva’s death.The union added that the worker was servicing a crane and, according to initial information, was crushed by the equipment.Even though the death was reported by several news portals and social networks, the family of the worker was only officially communicated by representatives of RIP Kaeter at around 9 PM on Sunday, the union said.Bezerra said: “Offshore workers, regardless of the company in which they operate, are our eyes on board and on the ground, and it is they who know the reality of the situation. It is very important that they keep the union up to date on working conditions.“We are living in a time of loss of rights, and this has a great impact on safety. More and more workers are being treated as numbers, as parts that can be changed, and we can never accept that.”Translation: Oil workers in mourning; Source: SindipetroIn a statement released several hours later on Monday, Sindipetro added that the body of the worker still had not been removed from the platform, almost 24 hours after death.According to the union, the removal of the body from the site of the accident is a delicate operation, due to the height of ten meters from the platform floor and difficult access. The work was scheduled to be done by a specialized firefighting team.It is also worth stating that, at the time of the accident, 192 workers were on board. The platform continued to operate as usual.In the early morning on Monday, union officials extended banners at the Heliporto do Farol de São Thomé that denounced the precarious conditions of safety in the operational areas of Petrobras.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday January 6, 2011

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Share Share Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday January 6, 2011 by: – January 6, 2012center_img **Dominica was ranked number six of the World’s Most Unique Snorkelling Sites by Yahoo **Yahoo Travel has ranked Dominica number six of the World’s Most Unique snorkelling sites. Smarter Travel, which is an online travel source for unbiased travel news and expert advice on destinations, compiled the listing for yahoo Travel. The article highlights the Champagne snorkelling site in Dominica as a must see and experience of any nature loving traveler. The article resulted from the promotional efforts of the Discover Dominica Authority. **Discover Dominica Authority partnered with Dominica Solid Waste Management Cooperation on the Adopt – A –Block initiative.**The Adopt-A- Block program was officially launched on, Thursday, January 5, 2011 on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard. The Adopt-A-Block program, a collaborative effort between Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Discover Dominica Authority and Roseau City Council, is geared towards business owners taking some level of ownership of the various ‘Block’ around the city. Businesses have the option of participating by purchasing bins (the SMART BIN) to help alleviate the litter problem in the City, maintaining street lights, providing man power resources for washing down streets and keeping their respective block clean on a daily basis.**Dominica hosts two journalists from Sweden** Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalists from Sourze magazine on January 1, 2012. The journalists, Mikael Bjornfot and Per Sjodhal covered aspects of Dominica’s culture and history through visits to the Cabrits National Park and the Kalinago Barana Aute. Sourze is an online news medium which targets young readers in Sweden. The website (www.sourze.se) has an average of 40,000 online readers monthly, some of whom pay to have their articles published on the website. The article on Dominica is expected to be published in February 2012. **Dominica featured in French Newspapers**Dominica was featured in two articles in Aujourd’hui en France and Le Parisien national newspapers in France which were published on December 25, 2011. This was further to a press trip by French journalist Cecile Everard in March 21-25, 2011. The articles, published by the same company have a circulation of 524,554 copies and a media value of €555,422. The articles featured hiking the Waitukubuli National Trail, wildlife in Dominica, attractions such as the Boiling Lake and Victoria Falls and the Kalinago people. **Dominica featured in French online newspapers**The Waitukubuli National Trail received much needed exposure on French trekking website www.i-voyages.net. The article provided basic information on travelling to Dominica and listed some activities such as whale watching and hiking which might interest the traveller. The article was published by Gregory Rohart of ITrekking further to a group press trip of journalists from France held from December 9–14, 2011. ***Discover Dominica Authority Prepares for Tourism Awareness Month in May*** The Discover Dominica Authority is well underway for preparations for the 2012 Tourism Awareness Month. Tourism Awareness Month, which is recognized in Dominica in May, brings attention to the tourism industry of Dominica. This year’s activities will again involve the youth, the community and the media. Hike fest and other village activities will also be highlighted in the month along with the coordination of Paint-a-Thon as part of an overall beautification project for the city of Roseau. The industry awards ceremony will also be held to honour industry professionals who have excelled in their respective fields. The Discover Dominica Authority encourages the involvement in the many activities during May 2012 as we seek to improve the awareness of destination to the general public and by extension the region. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Ejaria switches allegiance to Nigeria

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Plus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Lil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song EverThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreAll Who Were Alive In The 1980’s Will Get Shivers When See ThisWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Ejaria was born to Nigerian parents in London and went on to develop his game in the Arsenal academy for nine years before joining Liverpool as a 16-year-old. The midfielder previously trained with the Nigeria U17 team in 2013 before making his debut appearance for the England U20 side in October 2016. He was part of the Young Lions’ set-up that won the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup in South Korea, and he later proceeded to the U21 team in 2018. “He has dumped England for Nigeria but the paperwork is still ongoing with Fifa,” a top NFF official told Goal.Advertisement The 22-year-old is believed to have submitted relevant paperwork to Fifa to confirm the change of his nationality, and he plans to renew his Nigerian passport. He left Liverpool in January 2019 to join Championship side Reading on an initial six-month loan before extending his stay for the entire 2019-20 campaign with the option of a permanent move. The midfielder played prominently for Liverpool’s U23 side before his loan move. He managed just two appearances for the Reds in the Premier League and also played three games each in the League Cup and FA Cup in the 2016-17 season. Ejaria was a regular fixture at Reading this season, making 32 appearances with three goals and four assists to his name in the Championship. read also:Super Eagles coach denies comparing Ejaria with Eze Last December, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr denied comparing Ejaria with QPR playmaker Eberechi Eze who is also being courted by the three-time African champions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 On-loan Liverpool midfielder, Ovie Ejaria, has switched his international allegiance from England to Nigeria. Loading… last_img read more

Football: Eagles, Trojans fall to Week 7 defeats

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. BAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth/Sumner and Mount Desert Island football teams fell to Week 7 defeats Friday night in their penultimate regular season contests.In Cumberland County, Ellsworth/Sumner waged a competitive battle with Yarmouth but lost 30-20 in a pivotal eight-man clash. The defeat sent the Eagles to 2-5 on the season.Ellsworth/Sumner racked up 453 yards of offense in the loss. Jack Sandone (150 yards and one touchdown) and Connor Crawford (122 yards and a touchdown) led a rushing attack that totaled 356 yards, and the Eagles also passed for 97 yards with Crawford and Will Johnson tallying two completions apiece. J’Von James returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown on special teams.Noah Hughes had eight solo tackles for Ellsworth/Sumner, which got seven solo tackles and one assisted tackle from James and four solo tackles and one assisted tackle from Crawford. Yet the Eagles had trouble stopping the run against Yarmouth (4-3) as the Clippers used a series of pitches and other run plays to move the ball down the field.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We really gave up the edge on the pitch, and that hurt us,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “They only had one long pass completion the entire night, but they were able to get in space outside when they ran it.”In Bar Harbor, MDI fell to 1-6 with a 38-6 loss to Oceanside. The visiting Mariners scored five first-half touchdowns to breeze to victory and spoil Homecoming for the Trojans.Much of MDI’s offense came via the passing game as Baylor Landsman completed seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Yet the home team was held to -2 rushing yards against Oceanside (4-3), which played 42 minutes of shutout football before Landsman connected with Sam Mitchell for a 35-yard score.Bucksport was idle over the weekend as its original Week 7 opponent, Orono, canceled its entire varsity slate just nine days before the season began. The Golden Bucks (6-0) can seal an undefeated regular season and the top seed in Class D North with a road win over Foxcroft (3-4) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.MDI will close out the season when it hosts Belfast (4-3) for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Friday. Should the Trojans beat the Lions and Medomak Valley and Waterville lose their respective home games against Oceanside and Winslow (6-1), the eighth and final Class C North playoff spot would be decided by a matter of percentage points.“It would be a math thing,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “We are just focused on getting a win this week. There is still a possibility [that we can make the playoffs].”As for Ellsworth/Sumner, the picture is much simpler: The Eagles can qualify for the playoffs with a win over Gray-New Gloucester (1-6). That game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Gray-New Gloucester High School.“This is it,” Crawford said. “If we win, we’re in, and if we lose, our kids turn in their gear on Monday. Our seniors don’t want this to be the last time they play in these uniforms, and they know what’s on the line. It should be a close game.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biocenter_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

THE INSIDE EDGE – JOE SOLOMON,86 NOT OUT, BASIL BUTCHER,83 NOT OUT

first_imgEDWIN SEERAJJoseph Stanislaus Solomon and Basil Fitzherbert Butcher played with aplomb for Berbice, Guyana,and the West Indies during the 1950s and 1960s,at a time when the regional team was establishing itself as one of the top outfits in the business.Joe SolomonJoe SolomonNot only did the West Indies produce numerous high-quality players during this era,but the flair with which they engaged the opposition, whether at home or abroad, was greatly admired to the extent that they were invited to tour more frequently than would have been the norm.In the early years,there were the great George Headley, Clifford Roach, Leary Constantine, Manny Martindale,and Herman Griffith,followed by the legendary Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Alan Rae, Jeff Stollmeyer,Alf Valentine,and Sonny Ramadin,who won so convincingly against England in 1950.Solomon and Butcher took up the mantle in the latter half of the 1950s and continued the great work started by their predecessors,as they etched their names forever in the annals of West Indies and world cricket.Basil ButcherBasil ButcherSolomon was born on August 26, 1930 on Plantation Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice,and in time he turned out for the Port Mourant Cricket Club, Everest Cricket Club,and East Bank Demerara.He was a consistent right-handed middle-order batsman and gentle medium-pacer,who eventually contested 27 Test matches between 1958 and 1965; scoring one century in his first series against India in New Delhi,during which he topped the batting averages.He was a dominant figure on the local scene,(and) an integral part of a formidable batting lineup that included run-machines (like) Walcott, Butcher, Rohan Kanhai, Bruce Pairaudeau and Glendon Gibbs.When England toured the Caribbean in 1960, the selectors tried to convert him into an opening batsman, but with little success. He then went on the historic tour to Australia in 1960-61,under Frank Worrell,where he reverted to the middle order.It was Solomon who hit the stumps with a direct hit in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane,to run out Ian Meckiff by a whisker,to gain the first Tied-Test in cricket’s history. Earlier,he had run out Allan Davidson for 80 at a time when the Aussies were in firm control.Throughout his Test career, Solomon played in the shadows of strokemakers Kanhai, Butcher, Gary Sobers,and company and was rather subdued and dogged in his play. However, whenever he represented Berbice or Guyana, he was more flambouyant and displayed his full range of shots.In fact,his highest firs-class score was a splendid, unbeaten 201 for Guyana against the visiting Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) side at the Blairmont Community Centre ground in 1960.His slow-medium bowling,combined with a few leg-spinning deliveries,were good enough to garner 51 first-class wickets, including four of them in Tests.He ended his seven-year, 27-Test career with 1326 runs at the respectable average of 34 runs per innings,and 5,318 first-class runs in 104 matches at 41.54,inclusive of 12 hundreds.Solomon later served as Chairman of Guyana’s senior selection panel,and West Indies Test selector, and worked with the Guyana Sugar Corporation in its sports department for several years.Like Solomon, Butcher,who first saw the light of day on September 03, 1933,did so at Port Mourant and slowly wended his way into the club team;catching the eyes of Walcott, who had located here from Barbados,and was working as a coach on the sugar estates.He was a middle order batsman and part-time leg-spinner who represented the West Indies in 44 Test matches between 1958 and 1969.He was part of a strong batting line-up which contained the likes of Worrell, Sobers, Kanhai and Conrad Hunte;and many cricketing pundits are of the view that he deserved more recognition for the role he played in the West Indies middle order.Butcher made his debut on the Indian tour in 1958-59 and played in all five Tests;distinguishing himself by recording consecutive centuries, at Calcutta and Madras,and averaged 69.42 in the series.For some unexplained reason, he was only selected for two games out of five against the English in the Caribbean in 1960,and when he did not find favour with the selectors for the memorable tour to Australia in 1960-61, he became disillusioned and wanted to give up the game.Among his most notable exploits on the field is his second innings 133 out of 229 in the Lord’s Test of 1963,which earned the West Indies a hard-fought draw. He struck 17 fours and two sixes in an excellent exhibition of strokeplay in difficult circumstances that saw the next best score being Worrell’s 33.At Trent Bridge in 1966,he came in with West Indies 65 for 2 in their second innings and still behind England’s first innings score by 25 runs. When the innings closed at 482 for 5 declared, Butcher had registered his highest Test score (209 not out),and in the process set up a huge West Indies victory by 139 runs.In the fourth Test against England in Port-of-Spain in 1968,he took five wickets for 34 runs with his leg-spinners,inducing his captain, Sobers, to declare his second innings early in the hope that he (Butcher) would have weaved his magic second time around.However, this was not to be as he bowled only five overs for seventeen runs without any success.Butcher carved an excellent Test record of 44 matches,in which he totalled 3104 runs at a healthy average of 43.11,with seven centuries. At the first-class level, he was involved in 169 games, registered 11,628 runs at 49.90 runs per innings,and compiled 31 hundreds.At the end of his international career, he continued playing for Guyana at the regional level for another couple of years,with a fair degree of success.For many years he lived in Linden,where he advised and coached youngsters on the fundamentals of the game.The cricketing fraternity applauds you two gentlemen. Go for the century!last_img read more

Cricket News Yuzvendra Chahal shatters records in Melbourne ODI, puts India on course for series win

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Yuzvendra Chahal was one of the changes in the third and deciding ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Replacing Kuldeep Yadav who had an off day in Adelaide, Chahal was deemed to be a difference maker on the sluggish MCG wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the wickets of Aaron Finch and Alex Carey cheaply but Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja had steadied the ship with a solid 73-run stand for the third wicket. With Marsh looking good for a fifty, Kohli turned to Chahal and the Haryana legspinner delivered by striking at crucial intervals. Chahal got a legbreak to spin back in as Marsh looked to work the ball to the leg side but he missed and MS Dhoni effected a quick stumping to break the stand.Immediately, Chahal accounted for Usman Khawaja as the left-hander got a leading edge to a delivery that straightened and he could only pop a catch back to the bowler. With Australia losing their clutch players, India went for the kill. Marcus Stoinis edged a sharp legbreak that pitched on leg stump and it took a great catch from Rohit Sharma at slip. After his first spell which yielded 6-0-31-3, Chahal came back for his second spell to wrap up the tail in style.The young legspinner got Jhye Richardson (16) as the batsman edged a flighted delivery to mid wicket where Kedar Jadhav took the catch. He got his five-wicket haul when he trapped Peter Handscomb, who scored his third fifty in front with a quicker delivery. The formalites were complete when Adam Zampa miscued the lofted shot to be caught at long on by Vijay Shankar. Chahal finished with a haul of 10-0-42-6 which was his best figures. It was his second five-wicket haul, having taken 5/22 against South Africa in Centurion. His haul of 6/42 was the best-ever by a spinner in Australia and it was the second five-wicket haul by a spinner in ODIs in Australia, after Ravi Shastri had taken 5/15 in Perth in 1991. Chahal’s haul of 6/42 is the joint-best by a bowler in ODIs in Australia, equalling Ajit Agarkar’s mark which he achieved in 2004 and bettering the record set by Mitchell Starc who took 6/43 at the MCG in 2015. In addition to all the mentioned records, Chahal’s haul is the best-ever by a spinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The young legspinner’s haul has given Virat Kohli’s side a great chance to secure their first-ever bilateral ODI series win. Chahal’s haul is the best-ever by a spinner in AustraliaChahal is the second Indian spinner after Shastri to take 5 wicketsChahal’s haul is the joint-best by a bowler in Australialast_img read more

Claudrice McKoy – The rose that grew from the concrete

first_img“DID you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared,” Tupac Shakur – The Rose that grew from the concrete.Guyana’s rising star athlete Claudrice McKoy’s life could very well be summed up in the deceased famous rapper’s (Tupac Shakur) poem.On April 16, McKoy clocked ten minutes 39.03 seconds (10:39.03) to win gold in the Girls 3 000 metres Open at this year’s CARIFTA Games in Curacao, finishing ahead of Jamaicans Britnie Dixon (10:44.63) and Kayan Green (10:45.76).She celebrated with the Golden Arrowhead draped around her shoulder, and a smile as wide as the Demerara River and attributed her win to her mother’s hard work and sacrifice.McKoy then went on to win bronze in the 1500m, and added to Guyana’s historic tally at the games (four gold, one silver and three bronze).Claudrice McKoy shows off her gold and silver medal won at this year’s CARIFTA Games (Delano Williams photo)However, as they say, not all that glitters is gold. McKoy, a student of Chase’s Academic Foundation, is currently writing nine subjects at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, but while the 16-year-old has been one of Guyana’s top junior athletes, especially over the last two years, her success comes with an equal, or at times, more challenges.The athlete lives with her mom, Carla Adams, a single parent of five and a security guard by profession, on a piece of land with other squatters in Tucville, Georgetown.Adams would do extra work to make ends meet for her children, but with tears, the woman told Chronicle Sport yesterday that seeing her daughter struggle to cope with studying without electricity for her exams is painful, among other things.“I’ve made several attempts at GPL and nothing. The last time I went, with a letter from City Council, they told me to plant a pole in front of my yard. I did that, but when they came, mischievous neighbours told them a fancy story and they left,” a saddened Adams explained.“It’s hard. I would have to use my phone light to study” McKoy said, pointing out that despite a number of challenges, she’s still overly excited about representing Guyana and showcasing her God-gifted ability on the track.NO HELP!McKoy made her second appearance at the CARIFTA Games this year after finishing fifth in both the 3 000m and 1500m last year, facing the same athletes from across the Caribbean.However, her success came through hard work and determination, fuelled by the confidence of her coach Julian Edmonds that she’s destined for greatness, and most importantly, her mother in her corner.“The only help I get is from my mother with whatever little she could afford,” the well-spoken diminutive athlete told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview yesterday.She added, “I have no sponsorship but I see myself doing great things for myself and country. I already went to the CARIFTA Games, I did excellent there and there’s room for improvement but as I mentioned, there’s no one helping really, just my mother.”“There’s no support system right now. Training is in the afternoons and then I have to study at nights and the only problem is the electricity right now in our area. I mean, mommy tried many times to have it done legally at GPL, but nothing has been done as yet. It’s very difficult because I have to train and study to balance my academics with my athletics and there isn’t any time available,” McKoy said.SCHOLARSHIPAt the National Sports Awards last month, Director of Sport Christopher Jones announced that the athletes who represented Guyana at the CARIFTA will all be given full scholarships to the University of Guyana, but McKoy, though welcoming the news, believes that there must be an avenue for her to excel in athletics.“It’s great yes, but again, the academic part is there yes, but what about my athletics? There’s no room at the University of Guyana for that, for someone like me,” McKoy reasoned.She continued, “Since the CARIFTA Games, there has been a lot of offers because people saw my ability but at the moment, I’m trying to focus on getting good grades, you know, be balanced in both academics and athletics.”McKoy will be among other local athletes who are set to represent Guyana at the June 3-5 South American Youth Championships, to be hosted at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.last_img read more