KINGSTON:Coaches of student athletes participating in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship are happy that their contestants are enjoying the cool benefits of on-the-ground cold therapy, courtesy of Pure National Ice, one of the partners in the series of youth-development meets across the country.This new ice bath facility, known as the Pure National Ice Cold Therapy Zone, is expected to improve the overall performance of the athletes, especially those who perform in multiple events.”Having this cold therapy treatment here at the meets is a brilliant idea, especially since a lot of the athletes have to perform in multiple events on the same day or even in the same week,” said Leroy Gray, strength and conditioning coach at Racers Track Club and one of the coaches of the Kingston College (KC) track and field team.”This increased level of activity causes the build-up of a lot of lactic acid in their bodies, and the cold therapy is just one of the ways that we can help to remedy that.”Gray added: “I have no doubt that this cold therapy is going to help foster an overall improvement in the performance of the student athletes as it will replenish and recondition their muscles following an event, making them much lighter and re-energised for any subsequent events.”Patrick Johnson, one of the coaches at Excelsior High School, shared similar sentiments.”Today, one of my athletes made a big personal record in the 1500m,” he said at the Youngster Goldsmith track meet. “In order for him to repeat this kind of performance today, or even later this week, he needs this kind of therapy. The same can be said for other students who run the 400-metre final and also have to run the 4×4 relay.”Johnson also commended the sponsors, Pure National Ice and Digicel, saying: “A lot of us as coaches don’t have the means to provide this kind of therapy for our athletes while they are at school, much less while they are at these meets performing. This is quite an upgrade for a lot of them, and I must thank the sponsors for providing this facility at the meets and improving the overall quality of the experience for the students.””The Digicel Grand Prix gave us the opportunity to play a part in supporting sports development in Jamaica and preparing our young athletes for the world stage,” said David Walton, sales and marketing manager at Pure National Ice.”We know that many schools don’t have the capacity to provide this kind of therapy for their students, so we felt the development meets would be an ideal environment to expose them to the benefits of this. We consulted with a number of coaches and sports medicine experts and they all agree that having this type of therapy available on the ground would be highly beneficial to muscle recovery and performance of the athletes.”The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Western Championship at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith Meet at the National Stadium. The series will culminate at the G.C. Foster Classics slated for February 20.The events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and the 4x400m relays. The public is invited to log on to www.digicelgrandprix.com to keep abreast of the latest news.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by Sportsmax, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun, and Logo Stitch.read more
WILMINGTON, MA — The Moving Wall Wilmington Limited Edition Commemorative Challenge Coins are in!Pick yours up by visiting Lou or Mike in the Veteran’s Affairs Office or call them at 978-694-2040. Coins will also be available at the Fourth of July Building during the Wall’s visit from July 26 to July 30.Each coin costs $10. Proceeds will offset costs incurred to bring The Moving Wall to Wilmington. The Wall is a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than 30 years. (NOTE: The above announcement is from Mike Champoux and was posted in the Moving Wall’s Facebook group.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEOS & PHOTOS: The Moving Wall Visits WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”Wilmington Recreation Department Selling Commemorative Bricks & Memorial Benches For Yentile FarmIn “Community”THE MOVING WALL: Lou Cimaglia Discusses The Moving Wall’s Upcoming VisitIn “Community”read more
Map showing search zones for missing MH370 and areas covered by a sea floor mapping. The search for the plane will end next week, Malaysia`s transport minister said Wednesday, more than four years after it disappeared Photo: AFPAustralia said Tuesday that it was holding out hope that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 would one day be found, as the last search of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean where the plane was believed to have been lost was scheduled to end.Malaysia said last week that the search by Texas-based company Ocean Infinity would end on Tuesday after two extensions of the original 90-day time limit.Australian Transport Minister Michael McCormack said the four-year search had been the largest in aviation history and tested the limits of technology and the capacity of experts and people at sea.”Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370,” McCormack’s office said in a statement. “We will always remain hopeful that one day the aircraft will be located.”Malaysia signed a “no cure, no fee” deal with Ocean Infinity in January to resume the hunt for the plane, a year after the official search in the southern Indian Ocean by Australia, Malaysia and China was called off. No other search is scheduled.Australia, Malaysia and China agreed in 2016 that an official search would only resume if the three countries had credible evidence that identified a specific location for the wreckage.Malaysia said last week that an Ocean Infinity ship Seabed Contractor operating underwater sonar drones had searched more than 96,000 square kilometres (37,000 square miles) of sea. The search area deemed by experts to be the most likely crash site was only 25,000 square kilometres (9,650 square miles), roughly the size of Vermont.Ocean Infinity did not immediately reply to a request for comment.The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. The original search focused on the South China Sea before analysis revealed that the plane had made an unexpected turn west and then south.Australia coordinated an official search on Malaysia’s behalf that scoured 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles) and cost 200 million Australian dollars ($150 million) before it ended last year.Danica Weeks, an Australian resident who lost her husband on Flight 370, urged Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to call on Malaysia’s new government to be more transparent about what they knew about the mysterious disappearance.”There’ve been so many theories and rumours and … we don’t know what is true and what isn’t,” Weeks told Australian Broadcasting Corp.”I want Julie Bishop to say to the Malaysian counterparts now: What do you have? Where is the investigation at?” she added.The director of the official seabed hunt that ended last year, Peter Foley, told an Australian Senate committee hearing last week that he still hoped that Ocean Infinity would be successful.”If they’re not, of course, that would be a great sadness for all of us,” Foley said.Jiang Hui of China, whose mother was on board the plane, said in March that he was grateful for Ocean Infinity’s courage to mount the search. But he said he hoped it would not be the end if the mission failed and proposed that a public fund be set up to continue the search.”Without a search, there will be no truth,” Jiang said.