‘I am in the medal mix’ – Powell backs himself for 100m glory

first_img Still, he does have two World Championships bronze medals to his name and he does carry a greater sense of calmness and confidence about him these days, but despite the cold shoulder he’s receiving from the pundits, Powell remains convinced that this may be his shot and actually welcomes the fact that most eyes are focused elsewhere. It’s a shame really. Powell arrived in Beijing as the second fastest man on the planet with his 9.81 seconds season’s best bettered only by Gatlin and having posted seven sub-10 seconds times. “It’s a good feeling to be back, we have a lot of great memories here in Beijing. At the 2008 Olympics the Jamaican team came here and dominated and we left our signature here in Beijing so it’s good to be back, I think everyone remembers that and they are coming out to see the Jamaican team again,” Powell added. “I don’t mind, let them focus on whoever they want to focus on and leave me out of it, let me do what I am supposed to do. Everyone has their own opinion and beliefs. I believe in myself and I am going out there to show them that I am there,” Powell told The Gleaner yesterday during an interview at the Nuo Hotel in Beijing. BEIJING, China: With all the talk about a Usain Bolt/Justin Gatlin clash in the 100 metres heading into the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, one can be excused for forgetting that another Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell is also in the medal mix. “I’m in gold medal shape, I am one to contend with and I am going out there to give everything I have and I will definitely run fast here,” added Powell, whose camouflage pants matched his militant attitude.  “I know that they are in the race with me but I try to focus on my own thing there’s nothing you can do to avoid competing with these guys so it doesn’t make sense to make them be your problem. My problem is to execute my race and run like I’m supposed to,” Powell continued. Under normal circumstances, it would be criminal to write off a man with such an impressive record and a history of high – level performances. The thing is, Powell will not easily shake his reputation of being an athlete that more often than not fails to deliver when it really matters – at major international championships. “Come Sunday when we cross the finish line (after men’s 100m final), I want to be the one in front, that would be the most satisfying thing for me because over the years I have been running and I’ve not been able to get that individual gold medal yet so that’s really my aim,” said Powell, who added that he isn’t too worried about Gatlin’s form or Bolt’s ability, noting that his focus is to execute his own race.   The heats of the men’s 100m get started at 6:20 a.m. Jamaica time on Saturday.last_img read more

Transparency most critical component for Energy Sector

first_img– contracts being made public very important – Mexican Energy ProfessorIf Guyana is to create an energy sector that is geared at being productive, efficient, and sustainable, then one of the most critical issues that must be taken into consideration is transparency.Jose Pablo Rinkenbach, Corporate Finance & Energy Investment Professor at ITAM, MexicoThis was according to Professor of Corporate Finance and Energy Investment at ITAM and CBMEX in Mexico, Jose Pablo Rinkenbach, who was at the time speaking at the recently held “Tain Talks” on Energy, Oil and Gas at the Pegasus Hotel.The profession said his country, which has years of experience in this industry, recognises the importance of ensuring transparency in its operations.“We experienced — and I think it is probably one of the most important things — that transparency is a critical issue. At the end, making public all the contracts becomes very, very important. It gives a lot of robust system for the Government that everything was transparent, and it protects both the Government and the companies,” he said.He explained that another lesson which Mexico has learnt over the years, and which can be valuable to Guyana, is to focus on national development rather than “talking about national content.”“When you talk about national content, you tend to focus only on developing factors and not on developing people; and you need to focus on educating — having better competencies and having better persons in terms of capacities. A lot of the breakthroughs that are being experienced in the oil and gas business are in Artificial Intelligence, where you make more optimization on algorithms etc — how you drill faster — and that has to do with software, with people, not with hardware. Focusing only on national content tends to have a focus on the past; you need to look at the future.”According to Professor Rinkenach, Guyana needs to ensure that it has a very robust regulatory framework for management of the oil and gas sector, especially since a lot of focus is going to be placed on energy simultaneously.“That means recognising that the Energy Sector needs to have three pieces. The first one is planning, the second one is regulation, and the third one is operation; and it has to be done by different agencies that have autonomy in terms of budgetary and also in terms of operations. Normally, the planning is being done by an Energy Ministry; the regulatory by an independent and technically very robust Agency, Petroleum agency or a downstream agency; And the third one is being done by the market, by the participants. Here the technical part becomes very critical, because at the end this is the agency that represents the Guyana Government and State”, the professor stated.The Mexican Energy specialist elaborated that in terms of negotiations, the technical conversations with operations, the recurring costs, issue of right amount of royalties etc., must also be addressed with a very technically robust methodology that can come from very experienced human resources.Additionally, he noted that information is regarded as much more important than a resource base when dealing with the Energy Sector.“Because, at the end, the information develops at a faster pace; the development of the resources. You have to decide who has the property rights of the information? What are the rights and obligations? I mean, how the information can be accessed, shared, or delivered by the Government? What are the schemes to generate new information, etc?” (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more