CANR grants

first_imgThe Center for Applied Nursery Research, directed by the University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Tennessee and University of Florida, announces its latest round of research funding. The 2010-11 grants supporting 10 research projects are part of its mission to generate information to keep growers in Georgia and the Southeast on the cutting edge of horticulture research.“This year has been the most competitive grant year on record as CANR received 21 applications for funding from seven universities from Oregon to Florida,” said CANR director Brian Jernigan.Funding awarded for the following universities and projects totaled $25,000:• Dr. Mark Czarnota, University of Georgia: Liverwort control in nursery liners for containerized ornamentals, and weed control in nursery liners.• Dr. Glenn Fain, Tyler Weldon, Dr. Jeff Sibley and Dr. Charles Gilliam, Auburn University: Processed corncob as an alternative to perlite in the production of greenhouse crops.• Dr. Amy Fulcher and Dr. Bill Klingeman, University of Tennessee: Evaluation of the effect of systemic and contact insecticides on natural enemy populations in a woody plant production system—implications for enhanced conservation biological control.• Dr. Gary Knox, University of Florida: Non-invasive cultivars for the green industry.• Dr. D. Scott NeSmith, UGA: Evaluation of elite selections from the UGA blueberry breeding program as edible landscape plants.• Dr. John M. Ruter, UGA: Developing sterile plants for the nursery industry and development of Lagerstroemia subcostata as a new ornamental crop.• Dr. Marc van Iersel, Lucas O’Meara and Dr. Matthew Chappell, UGA: Quantifying water requirements of hydrangea and gardenia.• Sheryl Wells, Chappell and Leticia Sonon, UGA: Relationship between irrigation and leaching of nutrients in container production.• Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward, UGA: Fungicide resistance in Pythium and Phytophthora isolates from Georgia nurseries and greenhouses.In addition to research funding, CANR holds an annual open house where researchers present results of completed projects to members of the horticulture industry. The 2011 CANR Open House will be held Friday, Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth, Ga., in conjunction with the Georgia Green Industry Association WinterGreen Conference.For more information, visit or view the GGIA WinterGreen Conference attendee brochure at is a non-profit organization that provides a managed facility and funding for ornamental horticulture research based on grower needs and conducted under commercial growing conditions. Research projects focus on agricultural engineering, environment and plant microclimate monitoring, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, horticulture, plant breeding and evaluation, new product evaluation, propagation and water management.last_img

FoneDrop limitless phone case ecosystem protects, mounts, and recharges your smartphone » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The FoneDrop limitless phone case ecosystem protects, mounts, and charges your smartphone all in one. The collection includes the POGO Case, POGO Cable, POGO Car-S, and POGO Mount-T. The dual-layer shockproof Case incorporates a magnetic system, wirelessly charging your phone when you dock it on the Cable. As for the self-adhesive Cable, stick it anywhere: in your car, on your nightstand, or on your desk. The Mount-T has a telescopic adjustable arm, and the Car-S holds your phone in your vehicle. This ecosystem works with a range of Apple, Samsung, and Huawei smartphones, and it’s likely to work with even more devices in the future. Better than induction technology, POGO technology offers wireless recharging, works with both Fast Charge and Quick Charge, and lets you transfer data. That means you can use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay while in your vehicle. This limitless phone case ecosystem does it all.last_img

Some good COVID-19-related news you might have missed

first_imgHelp for medical workers is on the wayAmid the shortage of personal protective equipment, Indonesian fashion designers took the initiative to create protective suits for medical workers, including renowned kebaya (traditional Indonesian blouse) designer Anne Avantie and fashion designer Didiet Maulana. Meanwhile, the Jakarta administration has provided special accommodations for doctors and nurses to support them in the fight against COVID-19.A total of 220 rooms with 414 beds have been prepared for medical workers in the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel managed by city-owned enterprise PT Jakarta Tourisindo (Jaktour).Students and start-ups produce testing kits, disinfection chamberStudents of Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, have designed a disinfection chamber to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area, which authorities have declared to be vulnerable to an outbreak.The device, called Sikat Corona (corona scrubber) or SiCo, is a 2-meter-high, 1-m-wide chamber covered by transparent material and equipped with a nozzle to spray disinfectant.Meanwhile, start-up Nusantics is preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits. East Venture, the most active early-stage venture capital firm in Indonesia, provided an undisclosed amount of seed money to the start-up on March 20 to support production.Indonesian performers to entertain quarantined residentsIndonesian celebrities and musicians are scheduled to perform and share their knowledge online on YouTube on March 30-31.To be aired on the Budaya Saya channel, the event is part of the #bahagiadirumah (happy at home) campaign initiated by the Culture Directorate General of the Education and Culture Ministry. The event can also be watched later.The #bahagiadirumah campaign itself aims to be a platform for Indonesian performers and musicians to stay productive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has enacted new policies to help laid-off workers, low-income families and small businesses as the economy slowsTo protect the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to speed up the disbursement of training funds for workers through the preemployment card program, as well as increase the allowance provided to low-income families.The government also plans to provide financial incentives for medical workers, micro and small business, as well as workers in informal sectors. Topics : Amid the climbing number of COVID-19 cases and rising death toll in Indonesia, it is easy to miss the more encouraging developments in the country’s fight against the pandemic.The Jakarta Post has compiled some good news to provide a dose of optimism amid the bleak outlook: Ordinary Indonesians have donated over US$1 million for the fight against COVID-19Crowdfunding platform Kitabisa has seen a surge in fundraising campaigns for COVID-19 mitigation since early March, said Kitabisa spokesperson Fara Devara.As of Monday, the site has 513 related campaigns initiated by public figures, NGOs and members of the general public, with total donations amounting to Rp 24 billion ($1.4 million).“Every fundraising campaign has a different target. The #SalingJaga community movement, for example, has managed to raise over Rp 1.2 billion of its Rp 2 billion target,” Fara told the Post on Monday.last_img

City in China’s Inner Mongolia warns after suspected bubonic plague case

first_imgSunday’s warning follows four reported cases of plague in people from Inner Mongolia last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant of plague.The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.Plague cases are not uncommon in China, but outbreaks have become increasingly rare. From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths. Topics : Authorities in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a warning on Sunday, one day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague.The health committee of the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert, the second lowest in a four-level system.The alert forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots.last_img

E-Cigarettes: The Health Risks of Vaping

first_imgNBC News 14 November 2017Family First Comment: Has the Ministry of Health really done their research when they promote e-cigarettes, and do we want them being stocked in supermarkets? “E-cigarette usage has been increasing among teens over the past five years, and flavouring is a huge appeal, with a 2016 study finding that some adolescents perceive the fruit flavoured e-cigarettes to be less harmful than those that are tobacco-flavoured. The tobacco industry wants people to start young and knows that what really attracts them are sweet and fruity flavours. If all that were available was bitter tobacco that could be revolting.”The tobacco industry has been forced to fess up about the dangers of smoking by slapping grisly warnings on cigarette packs, but it hasn’t yet been cornered into giving such disclaimers on e-cigarettes and other vaping products. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American youth are now more likely to use e-cigarettes than any other form of tobacco.In 2016, more than two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes each month.There’s a perception that e-cigarettes are harmless. And while vaping is less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes, these products don’t come without risks. E-cigarettes are fairly new and we’re still learning about their long-term effects, but some of science is clear, and some of it is emerging over time. Here are four health risks worth noting:1. MOST E-CIGARETTES CONTAIN NICOTINE, THE SAME DRUG FOUND IN CIGARETTESNicotine has known damaging effects: It’s additive, toxic to developing fetuses  and can harm brain development in children and young adults up to the age of 20.2. E-CIGARETTE AEROSOL CAN HARM THE BODYThe substance that e-cigarette users breathe in and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances like nicotine, chemicals and heavy metals. Because these products aren’t regulated, it’s impossible to know what’s in an e-cigarette.A recent study, conducted by UNC School of Medicine and published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that not only do e-cigarettes trigger the same immune responses that normal cigarettes do; they spur unique immune responses, too. It comes down to how our bodies process foreign substances.Dr. Pushan Jani, a pulmonologist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth, explains that when our lungs sense something not quite right is going on, our immune system rushes in to attack.“Common sense would tell you [that vaping] leads to inflammation within the lung,” says Dr. Cedric “Jamie“ Rutland, a pulmonary and critical care physician and assistant clinical professor at University of California at Riverside School of Medicine. This reaction can happen “even if you’re smoking just pure water vapor with no nicotine,” says Jani.3. E-CIGARETTES CAN CAUSE INJURIESIt doesn’t happen very often, but e-cigarette batteries have malfunctioned, causing burns on hands and face and other bodily injuries, some as recently as last year. Also, children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes, according to the CDC.4. FLAVORINGS CAN TARGET THE VERY YOUNG“The flavoring industry is huge and these are chemicals that are known to have reasonable safety when eaten and exposed to the GI tract, but the lungs are very different,” says Dr. Robert Jackler, chair of otolaryngology and a professor of otorhinolaryngology at Stanford. “We know in certain industrial settings where people are producing them, they’re quite dangerous to breathe in.”But unknown health risks aren’t the only reason Dr. Jackler takes issue with the flavoring of e-cigarettes, he’s also troubled because he understands that part of the tobacco industry’s purpose in advertising fun flavors is to draw in young people.E-cigarette usage has been increasing among teens over the past five years, and flavoring is a huge appeal, with a 2016 study finding that some adolescents perceive the fruit flavored e-cigarettes to be less harmful than those that are tobacco-flavored. “The tobacco industry wants people to start young and knows that what really attracts them are sweet and fruity flavors,” says Jackler. “If all that were available was bitter tobacco that could be revolting.”The American Lung Association (ALA) has been keeping a close eye on the teenage attraction to vaping and is campaigning for the same federal regulations for e-cigarettes that exist for other tobacco products. “We’re trying hard to encourage the FDA to promulgate regulations of vaping,” says Norman H. Edelman senior scientific advisor at the ALA. “Right now it’s all local jurisdiction.”WHAT ABOUT E-CIGARETTES FOR SMOKING CESSATION?If you’re tempted to make the switch from regular cigarettes, know this: e-cigarettes are not currently approved by the FDA read more

Ighalo brushes off Man Utd contract dilemma amid coronavirus crisis

first_imgNigeria’s Odion Ighalo has refused to be drawn into speculation surrounding his future at Manchester United, and believes football must come secondary to health amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseMost Famous Female Race Car Drivers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art Loading… The 30-year-old has enjoyed a successful stint at Old Trafford since a surprise loan move was completed in January, but could find his time at his boyhood club cut short due to the world health crisis. Ighalo’s six-month loan spell appears likely to expire before action resumes, but the ex-Nigerian international is adamant that discussing his future would be insensitive.After scoring four goals in all competitions since leaving Shanghai Shenhua, both Ighalo and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have hinted that the deal could be turned permanent.But currently, the frontman’s terms are set to run out on June 30 and football appears increasingly unlikely to have restarted by that point.However, Ighalo stressed that he is not thinking about his own predicament, and says that the pandemic sweeping across the world must be prioritised ahead of sport.Ighalo’s loan expires in June but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about signing him permanentlyWhen questioned over his contract dilemma, Ighalo told The Sun: ‘Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don’t even think about it.‘The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one.‘You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully.‘This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all.’United have cancelled all first-team training sessions indefinitely after the top flight was postponed until April 30 at the earliest.Ighalo added: ‘We are all working individually away from the training ground and staying fit at home.‘Of course I miss football, like other players and fans. But lives matter.Odion Ighalo believes football must come secondary to health amid the coronavirus crisisRead Also: Coronavirus: Man United to continue paying casual staff‘Staying safe and alive is our biggest game in the world now – and we all have a role to play in it.’The former Watford ace experienced first-hand how coronavirus has rocked the sporting world after originally completing his switch to United.Ighalo had been forced to spend two weeks away from the rest of his new team-mates after flying out from China due to precautions surrounding the spread of the virus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img

Marriott sweeps Wes Hurst Weekend at Cocopah

first_imgNorthern SportMods – 1. Thompson; 2. Baldiviez; 3. Ty Rogers; 4. Toth; 5. Jonathan Jensen; 6. Frye; 7. Morris; 8. Rogers; 9. Joshua Cordova; 10. Brian Baker; 11. Jones; 12. Davy; 13. Navarro; 14. Webb; 15. Pegues; 16. Dan Westbrook. By Jackson Braun In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Adel, Iowa’s Miciah Hidlebaugh swept the weekend. It did not come easy for the 19-year-old pilot, however, as Nathan DeRagon almost took a Scott Tenney-borrowed machine to victory lane on Saturday. SOMERTON, Ariz. (Nov. 8-9) – After being on hiatus since 2012, the Wes Hurst Memorial returned in a big fashion over the weekend with the IMCA Modifieds at the Cocopah Speedway. Jason Beaulieu led the field to green on Friday night and got the jump on the field. The 30-lap main event was a contest from start to finish, as no racer ran away from the field. Beaulieu faced pressure from Jake O’Neil and Hunter Marriott in the early portion of the race. Marriott analyzed Sobbing’s run around the race track and used the weaknesses to his advantage, getting back around him and holding off the driver of the 99 machine to grab the $2,000 check and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. Modifieds – 1. Marriott; 2. Berry; 3. O’Neil; 4. Baca; 5. Arneson; 6. Brown; 7. Beaulieu; 8. Yeager; 9. Stanford; 10. Taylor; 11. Madrid; 12. John Parmeley; 13. Trevor Miller; 14. Cole Dick; 15. Wallace; 16. Evans; 17. Kiefer; 18. Sobbing; 19. Eric Center; 20. Mari; 21. Bill Miller; 22. Whitwell; 23. Kent Rosevear; 24. Gould. The IMCA Modifieds had a highly competitive field both nights of action. 35 IMCA Modifieds checked in on Friday night, while 31 filled the pits on Saturday. Saturday night’s main event found Marriott on the outside pole position to begin the contest. Marriott got the advantage over polesitter Kenny Wallace, taking the lead early.   Marriott picked up a $500 bonus for sweeping the weekend. In the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, Yuma’s Miles Morris grabbed the win on Friday and Sioux City, Iowa’s Cody Thompson reached victory lane on Saturday.center_img Nov. 8 Feature Results The only thing that stopped Marriott was a few caution flags sprinkled in the 40-lap contest, where Tom Berry Jr. would take his shot at the top spot. Berry would not be able to put enough of a run together to beat Marriott for the $3,000 check.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Hidlebaugh; 2. DeRagon; 3. Johnson; 4. Ashcraft; 5. Beshears; 6. Tenney; 7. Whissen; 8. Hibbard; 9. Olsen; 10. Penny; 11. Duarte; 12. Lenna Miller. Hobby Stocks – 1. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 2. Jason Beshears; 3. Jason Penny; 4. Cody Ashcraft; 5. Brandon Schilling; 6. Mike Lerwill; 7. Michael Whissen; 8. Rick Hibbard; 9. Brandon Painter; 10. Kenzie Olsen; 11. Lyle Driscoll; 12. Brian Johnson; 13. Scott Tenney; 14. Nathan DeRagon; 15. Jim Robinson; 16. Justin Brierly; 17. Tomi Duarte; 18. Trevor Hidalgo; 19. Joshua Cordova.  O’Neil did end up passing Beaulieu, but a broken left front combined with a caution slowing down the field spelled the end of the race for O’Neil. Marriott inherited the lead but Jesse Sobbing got a run and found himself in contention for the win. Nov. 9 Feature Results Hunter Marriott swept IMCA Modified features at Cocopah Speedway’s Wes Hurst Memorial, taking $2,000 checkers on Friday and the $3,000 win on Saturday while putting his name of the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Northern SportMods – 1. Miles Morris; 2. Bo Partain; 3. Manny Baldiviez; 4. Ty Rogers; 5. Chris Toth; 6. Jimmy Davy; 7. Mark Harrison; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. Javier Navarro; 10. Ron Pegues; 11. Blake Rogers; 12. David Jones; 13. Allen Webb; 14. Cody Thompson; 15. Marcos Bojorquez. Modifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Jesse Sobbing; 3. R.C. Whitwell; 4. Tom Berry Jr.; 5. Jason Beaulieu; 6. Kyle Brown; 7. Lance Mari; 8. Austin Arneson; 9. William Gould; 10. Zachary Madrid; 11. Mark Carrell; 12. Chaz Baca; 13. Kenny Wallace; 14. Eric Evans; 15. Trevor Miller; 16. Braxton Yeager; 17. Duane Rogers; 18. Don Earven; 19. Austin Kiefer; 20. Jake O’Neil; 21. Jeff Taylor; 22. Steven Daffern; 23. Alex Stanford; 24. Tyson Evans.last_img

India-Pakistan warm-up match washed out in Brisbane

first_imgBrisbane: India’s first ICC Women’s T20 World Cup warm-up match against arch-rivals Pakistan was washed out, in Brisbane, on Sunday, without a ball being bowled, denting the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side’s last-minute preparations.Heavy downpour resulted in the match being called off without the toss being held at the Allan Border Field, days of the showpiece starting February 21.India will face West Indies in their second and final warm-up game on February 18. AgenciesAlso Read: Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi bat for India-Pakistan seriesAlso Watch: Assam Petro-Chemicals Ltd vice chairman speaks to The Sentinel Digitallast_img

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England vs South Africa past encounters

first_img New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is finally here and hosts England take on South Africa in the opening game of the tournament at The Oval. While England has made it to the World Cup finals three times, South Africa has been knocked out in the semi-final stage four times. Both teams have never won the World Cup title and this gives them the perfect opportunity to break the jinx. England and South Africa have clashed in the World Cup six times with both teams winning three times each. While England won their first two encounters in 1992, South Africa bounced back and won three consecutive games before losing to England in the 2011 World Cup encounter in Chennai. Here are the past World Cup encounters between England and South Africa.Game 1: England vs South Africa, 1992 World Cup, MelbourneResult: England wonThis was the first-ever encounter between England and South Africa on the grand stage. Kepler Wessels, the South Africa captain, hammered 85 and was well-supported by Andrew Hudson’s 79. The 151-run opening stand put South Africa on course for a big total but England fought back and restricted the Proteas to 236/4. In response, rain intervened in the England innings and the match was reduced to 41 overs with a revised target of 226. Alec Stewart hammered 77 but Neil Fairbrother’s 75 and a cameo of 33 from 29 balls from Chris Lewis helped England cross the line by three wickets.Game 2: England vs South Africa, 1992 World Cup semi-final, SydneyResult: England wonEngland and South Africa clashed in the semi-final of the tournament. The rain reduced the match to 45 overs and South Africa chose to bowl. Graeme Hick flayed the bowling to smash 83. Dermott Reeve and Chris Lewis’ cameos helped England reach 252/6. In response, South Africa made decent progress thanks to Andrew Hudson’s 46 and a 38-ball 43 from Jonty Rhodes. With South Africa needing 22 off 13 balls, the rain intervened and after a delay, the target needed for South Africa was 22 runs off one ball. It was a farcical exit for the Proteas on their readmission back to international cricket. Game 3: England vs South Africa, 1996 World Cup, RawalpindiResult: South Africa wonSouth Africa finally got their revenge against England in the 1996 World Cup clash held in Rawalpindi. Solid contributions from the South Africa batsmen helped them reach 230/6 and England were blown away by the pace and discipline of Allan Donald, Fanie de Villiers, Craig Matthews and Pat Symcox as they were bowled out for 152 to lose by 78 runs.Game 4: England vs South Africa, 1999 World Cup, Kennington OvalResult: South Africa wonHerschelle Gibbs blasted 60 and they were boosted by a brilliant knock from Lance Klusener, who hammered 48 off 40 balls. In response, England simply could not handle the fielding brilliance of Gibbs and Jonty Rhodes. Allan Donald took 4/17 and was well supported by Steve Elworthy and Jacques Kallis as England were bowled out for 103, losing by 122 runs.Game 5: England vs South Africa, 2007 World Cup, BarbadosResult: South Africa wonAndrew Hall and Andre Nel decimated the England batting in the super-eight encounter in the 2007 World Cup. Hall took 5/18 and Nel chipped in with three wickets and England was bundled out for 154. Graeme Smith’s 89 off 54 balls ensured the chase would be smooth and South Africa won by nine wickets.Game 6: England vs South Africa, 2011 World Cup, ChennaiResult: England wonIn a low-scoring tie on a pitch assisting pace and spin, England was boosted by a solid 52 from Jonathan Trott and a gritty 60 from Ravi Bopara. For South Africa, Imran Tahir was the star with 4/38 and Robin Peterson taking 3/22. England reached 171 but they put up a fight. South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals and Stuart Broad’s 4/15 gave England a tense six-run win. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. England and South Africa have played six times in ICC Cricket World Cup.Both England and South Africa have won three games apiece.England won their last encounter against South Africa in the 2011 World Cup.last_img

Success after overcoming challenges: athlete Anfernee Headecker enjoying his CARIFTA Gold

first_imgNINETEEN-year-old Anfernee Headecker is still coming to grips with his CARIFTA Games silver medal, something he says is a dream come true after all the challenges he has faced over the years.At the CARIFTA Games in Curacao, earlier this month, the former St Stanislaus College student won silver in the Boys’ junior 1500m, in a personal best time of three minutes 58.22 seconds (3:58.22s), the pinnacle of his athletics career since he started in 2013.However, apart from the full scholarship to the University of Guyana (UG) that the Director of Sport announced last week, Headecker says he also has an offer from the Tennessee Tech University, in addition to another coach, which will help to boost his budding career.When the Inter-Guiana Games gold medallist started out his 2017 season, qualifying for CARIFTA was one of the objectives at the top of his list.This being his last year to attend the CARIFTA games, he was determined more than ever to medal. Though he was determined to win, for Headecker the achievement still came as a surprise.Headecker says he can’t stop being proud of how far he has come, from his days of struggling.“I feel proud of myself because it’s something that I’ve been working on long, since I started athletics life, and seeing it come through I feel like I’ve achieved something that I’ve always wanted to achieve,” the Guyana Defence Force athlete expressed.“It was really challenging since I started training in 2013, because at times I had to leave my training because of exams, and due to financial struggles, I could not have always continued training,.” he further explained.Headecker always had a liking for athletics, but it was only in 2013 after winning silver at the National Schools Championships that he finally decided to take athletics seriously, encouraged by his friends.Soon after Headecker joined the Running Braves Athletics Club, he was told about the CARIFTA Games and the opportunities that could open up for him, and he set his goal to one day make it to the Games.He eventually moved over to the Guyana Defence Force Track Club and continued his training, aspiring one day to achieve his goal.last_img