DOHA, Qatar: Hansle Parchment believes the track and field world could be in for something special at Jamaica’s Olympics trials next month, as he expects fierce competition in the men’s 110m hurdles. The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics followed by silver at the World Championships last year, is expecting fierce competition from the likes of Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley. McLeod burst on to the scene last year with some impressive times, before finishing sixth at the World Championships. The 21-year-old McLeod has gotten off to an even faster start this year, winning the World Indoor title followed by a new personal best clocking of 9.99 in the 100m. Fans will not have to wait long to see McLeod and Parchment match strides, as both men are scheduled to face the starter in tomorrow’s opening meet of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar. But it is next month’s clash that Parchment is really looking forward to, that’s the one which really matters. “Trials coming up is a stepping stone going forward into the Olympics and I am definitely looking forward to the competition,” Parchment said. “As we know we have some good guys coming up; Omar (McLeod) is there and (Andrew) Riley, just to name a few. “So it should be very interesting competition in Jamaica. I hope that we can turn a few heads when we compete at the trials.” Parchment is hoping with the emergence of such top level competition in Jamaica, hurdles will captivate the attention of local track and field fans and get the respect it deserves. “I have always said that hurdling is one of the better events, but just like some of the field events there is not so much attention given to it,” Parchment said. “People don’t really know who is hurdling, who is throwing or who is jumping most of the times, so we want to compete in such a way that people can see what’s happening in the hurdles. We want to raise the level of competition, so that people start talking about hurdling as one of the events to see.” With competition increasing in the event yearly, Parchment anticipates that youngsters will also start gravitating to the discipline more. As it relates to his chances at this year’s Olympics, Parchment is optimistic that once he stays healthy and focus he will do very well. “There has been one small setback, but other than that it has been a good season so far, especially in background training. I have done a lot more than I usually do, so I think I am on a good path,” Parchment said. “So once I keep working and keep the focus I know I will be good for the rest of the season.”email@example.com
The Rajasthan government’s new flagship Annapurna Milk Scheme for supplying milk thrice in a week to about 62 lakh children studying in the State-run schools is set to increase the burden on teachers, who are already performing a number of tasks in addition to their main work of imparting education.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched the scheme at the Government Model Senior Secondary School at Dahmi Kalan, near here, on Monday, barely five months before the Assembly elections due later this year. The scheme is considered one of the biggest ones initiated by the BJP government. Ms. Raje affirmed at the launch ceremony that the Annapura Scheme would lay the foundation for the State’s happy and healthy future. “Every child in the government schools will get fresh, pure and nutritious warm milk three days a week. This will improve nutritional levels among children and help increase enrolments,” she said.Women’s cooperativesThe Chief Minister said the women’s milk producers’ cooperative societies would be entrusted with the task of supplying milk to schools. “This will ensure good quality of milk, as mothers do not compromise on the quality of their children’s milk,” Ms. Raje remarked.62 lakh studentsUnder the scheme to be implemented with a budget allocation of ₹218 crore, about 62 lakh students in 66,506 government schools will be provided warm milk as part of the mid-day meals. Students till Class V will get 150 ml of warm milk thrice a week, while those studying in Classes VI to VIII will get 200 ml.Teachers of government schools will be involved in the purchase of milk from the milk cooperative societies and distribution to the students. With crucial questions on the flagship scheme’s proper implementation coming up, the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said while the schools were understaffed, the teachers would be “overburdened” with new responsibilities.“The milk will be served without sugar because no extra budget has been allotted for it. The teachers will be burdened with the additional work of storing and boiling the milk. It will affect the standard of education and may lead to dropout of students,” Shikshak Sangh spokesperson Prakash Mishra said.Perishable itemSince milk is a perishable item and there is an inadequate infrastructure in the schools, the teachers will be unwilling to take on the extra responsibility. Mr. Mishra said the scheme would in fact encourage privatisation of education, as the Right to Education Act was being violated “with impunity” in the State.
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