“I just like the water,” the words of 14-year-old swimming enthusiast Jadyn George, one of Guyana’s brightest developing prospects in the pool.Despite trying her hand at a number of other sports and extracurricular activities, including table tennis, tennis and dancing, swimming has always been the only thing that has managed to stick; all because Jadyn just could not shake her immense affinity for being in the pool and competing.She is well-known as half of the George twins, the other being her sister Danielle, also a swimmer. Both are sisters of former national swimmer Onika George.It was actually Onika who sparked her younger siblings’ interest in swimming.“She had started swimming and we just wanted to try out the sport, and we just ended up being in this sport. Even though we did try other sports, swimming was the only one we stuck with,” Jadyn said.That was over ten years ago. Today, George is Guyana’s leading swimmer in the Girls 13-14 category, which she has been dominating all season taking almost all of the age-group champion titles for every local meet this year.“It was just fun. I would always get very hyper, just wanting to go in the pool, when I was younger. Yea, it is hard at times but just as long as you push yourself, after a while it becomes easier,” she shared.This will be her first year in this new age category, but she’s still going in with confidence.The timid third-former was Guyana’s only gold medallist on a team of 28 swimmers at the Goodwill Swim Meet last year.George went in as the underdog ranked as low as eighth in some of her races, at the time when she was competing in the 11 to 12 category.But she shocked all, even herself, when she was the first one the touch the wall – in her race, not once, not twice, but three times in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.The gold medal was the peak of Jadyn’s achievements as a swimmer, marking her first time medalling at the developmental meet, where Guyanese competed against swimmers from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and St Lucia among other nations.This year George is facing a similar situation, not ranking so well in several of her races, but she’s still holding out for another upset.“I feel confident in myself. I know that I feel that I will improve my timings. I’m more and more confident that I could medal, day by day,” she related.George is one of 40 swimmers who will be representing Guyana at this year’s Goodwill Swim Meet to be held in Guyana at the National Aquatic Centre from August 18 to 21.
Keith Earls will face a disciplinary committee in London today with his participation in the Autumn Internationals in doubt.Earls was called to the hearing after his red card in Munster’s bonus point win over Glasgow on Saturday.The 29 year old was given his marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Fraser Brown. If Earls is found guilty of dangerous play he would face a minimum 4 week suspension, which would rule him out of three of Ireland’s four test games.
Bedfordshire’s Sophie Mills will be aiming to make it third time lucky when she tees up in England Golf’s Grand Medal Final at the end of June. The 16-year-old clinched her place when she led the 10 qualifiers from yesterday’s East Region Medal Final, which was played in warm sunshine at Chelmsford in Essex. It’s the third time in four years that she has made it through to the Grand Final – and on both previous occasions she’s been in the prizes. Sophie (pictured) will be joined in the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28 by Belinda Rattray of West Kent, Lynn Cherkas of Porters Park, Elaine Mankelow of Peterborough Milton, Holly Hunter of Redbourn, Jude Hole of The Links, Newmarket, Fiona Glasswell of Bury St Edmunds, Lorraine Norris of Rochford Hundred, Wendy Cook of Colne Valley and Wendy Wigg of West Essex. All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013. Sophie led the way in the qualifier with a net score of 73, one over par, which included two birdies. “I played nicely but the main thing was that I holed out really well, because the greens were quite tricky,” she said. “And, although it was sunny, the wind was picking up which made it quite tough.” The first time Sophie qualified for the Grand Medal Final in 2011 she was off 16 handicap. That year she tied for second place, but came third on countback. She returned to the event in 2012, when her handicap was eight, and she was runner-up. Sophie, who now plays off four and attends the Lee Westwood Golf School at Stoke by Nayland, said: “I’m very happy to be going back to the final and I’m definitely going to try and win it this time! “I’ve got good memories of this competition and it’s nice to be able to do it again by winning at my club and coming back.” The other Regional Medal Finals are: South at Tyrrells Wood, Surrey, on 24 April; Midlands North at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on 3 May; Midlands South at Tadmarton Heath, Oxfordshire, on 13 May; North at Houghton-Le-Spring, Durham on 21 May; South West at Forest Hills, Gloucestershire on 25 May. East Region Medal Final Qualifying scores Par 72 CSS 75 reduction only 73 Sophie Mills (Wyboston Lakes) 74 Belinda Rattray (West Kent) 77 Lynn Cherkas (Porters Park), Elaine Mankelow (Peterborough Milton), Holly Hunter (Redbourn) 78 Jude Hole (Links, Newmarket), Fiona Glasswell (Bury St Edmunds), Lorraine Norris (Rochford Hundred), Wendy Cook (Colne Valley), Wendy Wigg (West Essex) Click here for the full scores 10 Apr 2014 Sophie targets Grand Medal Final success
Story Highlights Head of Data Management for eGov Jamaica, Walt Brown, says significant safeguards will be instituted to secure information obtained for the National Identification System (NIDS). EGov Jamaica, the agency that will provide technical information and communication technology guidance to the NIDS project team as well as host the system, is ensuring that all its employees undergo mandatory security training. Head of Data Management for eGov Jamaica, Walt Brown, says significant safeguards will be instituted to secure information obtained for the National Identification System (NIDS).“We are going around ensuring that the major stakeholder systems will have the requisite infrastructure and measures adopted to ensure that there are no points of exposure in the data that will be resident in NIDS,” he said.Mr. Brown was speaking at the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town’s bi-monthly meeting at Arians Restaurant in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on February 8.EGov Jamaica, the agency that will provide technical information and communication technology guidance to the NIDS project team as well as host the system, is ensuring that all its employees undergo mandatory security training.“From the gardener to the Chief Executive Officer…everyone has to do all the security programmes and you have to pass it at a certain level or you will have to repeat (them) until you (do). (The training involves) at least three or four security courses every month,” Mr. Brown stated.Additionally, he said policies are in place to deal with the application of computer patches and upgrades in order to “keep compliant with the latest releases of software to ensure security”.“We have demanded the highest level of security in the industry (from) those vendors who will be providing certain aspects of the software,” Mr. Brown assured.Meanwhile, Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, said countries with a NIDS are being closely observed as regards best practices, particularly in relation to security.These countries include: Estonia, South Korea, and some African nations.She also pointed out that ethical or “white hat” hackers will be employed to test or evaluate NIDS’ security framework, as is the case in Estonia. “We have demanded the highest level of security in the industry (from) those vendors who will be providing certain aspects of the software,” Mr. Brown assured. Meanwhile, Mrs. Lynch-Stewart informed that persons are becoming more understanding and less fearful of the need for a national identification system.“Everywhere we have spoken…people understand. People are surprised about what we are asking… (regarding) all the information that they already provided (elsewhere),” she said.NIDS is jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank at a cost of US$68 million, a significant portion of which will fund security infrastructure strengthening.First phase registration is slated to begin with a pilot in September 2018 and proceed to a national roll-out in 2019.