Urica Primus: Mining formed the backbone of her family

first_imgUrica PrimusUnlike some other women who were drawn into mining, Urica Primus grew up in a family where mining formed the backbone of the family, where 80 per cent of her aunts and uncle were miners. Additionally, growing up, Urica was like a shadow to her uncle John Charles. Now that means everywhere he journeyed to, she was there, whether that entailed purchasing engine parts, loading trucks, taking engine parts to be repaired, she was there.By age 10, Urica was taking care of small aspects of the family business. She related that “they would send you to do things on your own, like if they were loading trucks and they had to go and collect something, they would give you the money and say, look go and collect it. Or if workers come out and they had a lot of workers paying at once, then you would start like writing the receipts and letting them sign, so you got involved, really hands-on at an early age and as you can tell, from not only our work, there is very little that would be going around me that I wouldn’t get involved in, especially if it’s something that you know affects not only your family but day to day life”.She added that during the August holidays as children, they would go and spend time in the interior and return. The executive of the organisation pointed out that the atmosphere during the 1990s, with respect to mining, compared to the atmosphere at present, is far different.“There was more a spirit of family and comradery and people working together to me. I could be wrong. It was a lot safer then within the mining communities.”Even when Primus moved from Bartica to Georgetown to attend secondary school, she still remained actively involved with the procurement of items, hiring of staff and sending staff into the interior in addition to other aspects of the business.At just about 19, Primus got her own mining operation. That basically meant moving from managing both the finances and human resources to going into the business fully.Subsequently, Urica became the second Vice-President of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation in 2012. She then moved up the ranks, becoming the first Vice- President. Then in 2015, she was elected the President of the organisation.The Guyana Women Miners Organisation looks not only at the industry but the representation of women on both sides of the spectrum, including women within the extractive sector, women who live within mining communities, women who are impacted by mining and so on. The President of the organisation said there has never been an organisation offering representation to women in mining, providing services or providing assistance that would lead to the development of skills in the industry.Looking at the work of the organisation, the President noted that there are a number of areas that the body has been addressing which are aligned with issues that she has been aware of for years. Issues she would like to play an active role in finding solutions for.Over the years, the President of the organisation, who is currently pursuing a Degree in Psychology, has quite comfortably been able to garner the respect of members within the organisation. A major factor in support from other members, according to her, is that people often respect one’s actions as compared to tones.She added that treating people with respect as well as acknowledging the input from every member of the organisation, whether it is time, assisting victims, going into the field or simply dropping off letters, people are more open to working with you when offered respect.Working together as a collective would have seen the organisation growing in membership and other fronts. At 24, Primus was not only heading the organisation but also making representations on the Board of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). The President of the organisation doesn’t see age as a factor in getting things done rather, it’s the conduct that counts.She noted that “coming from a mining background, the ups and downs in mining really humbles you and it teaches you not to take anything for granted, when it comes to how you use your time, how you allot your finances, how you plan for your future because there is nothing that is certain or you can say well within the next five months this is what I am going to do. It’s different from when you are working a 9 to 5 job, when you have a fixed salary. One of the things that most miners can tell you during the down periods, you really have a sense of how genuine some people are and how genuine people aren’t”.She was quick to highlight too that some jokes should not be taken for granted because people often say things that they want to say while joking around. That aside, the President is a fervent believer that other members of the organisation should get equal opportunity in terms of training, whether locally or internationally.The organisation also lends in-depth personal support to members who would have had a miscarriage to hospitalisation to business expansion and beyond.“We have members who have small businesses, we have tried to connect them with other businesses that they can now widen their markets, did their introduction letters for them, create social media accounts for them and teach them how to brand themselves. So there is so much you can do if you stop living in a ball or in [a] box or limiting yourself that this is your mandate and you have to stick to this. Life doesn’t work like that. At the end of the day, there is so much that persons need help with and there is so much that we need to develop as a country in general that you can’t forsake anyone’s needs or forsake anyone’s issues and you also have to as much as possible remember that the whole world is not about you” the President of the organisation added.The organisation is currently conducting Project Management Training for roughly 10 women in the organisation and this is being facilitated through Cerulean Inc. This is conducted every Saturday and extends to members outside of the capital city through the use of technology.The Natural Resources Ministry also sponsored a trade show preparation training held on February 16, 2019, for members and non-member miners who were preparing to attend Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) to market their mining propertiesAdditionally, the selfless President of the organisation feels women need to be respected more in society and this can only start with how they are treated.last_img read more

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Miners complain of GGMC/Police destruction of camps

first_img…agencies acted to enforce CCJ ruling – MinisterMiners from Chinese Landing, Barama River, Region One (Barima-Waini) are complaining bitterly of Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officials and Police destroying their mining camps and halting their dredging operations.Chinese Landing groupThis exercise, the miners said, began last week and they are being forced to move out of the worksite.One miner, John Nunes told Guyana Times on Sunday that the officials have burnt and destroyed several camps and “chased’ miners out of the area saying that they were instructed by a large-scale miner to monitor the plot of land.“We need help in our village right now. These people come in and stop all our dredging work without any notice or explanation. They are chopping down our tents, it’s a scary situation. We are just trying to earn a dollar to take care of our families,” he said.The miners called on the GGMC to offer some direction on the issue so that it could be resolved speedily. They are contending that the rights of Amerindians are being trampled on and Amerindian communities are being taken advantage of by these officials and the Administration as a whole.“These people eye pass the Amerindians. We have no jobs in our communities. This is what we depend on for our livelihood and this is what we have to do to support our families. This is how they are treating us poor Amerindian people,” Nunes said.Meanwhile, in an invited comment on the issue on Sunday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said that the area has a mining concession owned by Wayne Vieira and after many years of court battles, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that the GGMC cannot prevent him from mining.Land dredges at TassawiniDuring the time, many miners started mining there, and Vieira and his investors have complained for several months that the area was being “raided” by illegal miners and called for the mining to cease.Minister Trotman noted that both the GGMC and the Natural Resources Ministry have met with the representatives of Chinese Landing to explain the legal ramifications of the CCJ decision and that they have received a letter threatening contempt of court proceedings if they failed to honour that decision.Trotman highlighted that the Ministry and the GGMC would work with both the miner and the Chinese Landing Village Council to ensure respect for the law and respect for the rights of the village as per the Amerindian Act prevailed.A letter to the Minister briefing him on the enforcement exercise stated that “on Tuesday 30th April, 2019 a team of three GGMC officers headed by Snr Mining Engineer Michael Howard, along with three members of the Core of Wardens from Ministry of Natural Resources and four members of the Guyana Police Force, departed Moruca for Tassawini to conduct an enforcement exercise. The aim of the exercise is to remove several illegal miners (who are mainly villagers from Tassawini) and other encumbrances from Wayne Vieira’s mineral properties located within the Tassawini Amerindian Reservation.”The letter to Minister Trotman stated that the enforcement team arrived at Tassawini on May 1, 2019 and had discussions with the Toshao and Councillors of Tassawini Village on the purpose of the visit and its intended activities. The enforcement activities begun with the dismantling of 11 wooden sluice-boxes and the retrieval of several pieces of tackling associated with the mining operations. There are an estimated 17 mining operations on Vieira’s mineral property V-4/MP/000. The remaining persons had asked for additional time to remove their equipment from the mineral properties. This part of the exercise would continue with the expectation that all equipment would be placed beyond the boundaries of the mining permit.Vieira would be expected to secure the concession within seven days, which is the duration of the enforcement exercise.Marudi Mountain issueA similar exercise was also done at Marudi Mountain, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on April 30 when a team of officers headed by Engineer Trevor Hurry, along with three other members and four members of the Guyana Police Force, departed for Marudi to conduct an enforcement exercise. This was in response to major deviations from the mediated agreement of 2016, the letter stated.Back in April 2016, the Government, through Minister Trotman, had intervened in a standoff between small miners from the Marudi Mountain area, representatives of Indigenous communities, and Romanex Guyana Exploration Limited, and had facilitated a historic mediation process with the help of Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh. The mediation resulted in all parties signing the ‘Mediation of the Marudi Mountain Dispute Agreement’. This agreement paved the way for some 70 small-scale mining operations to be able to continue once the environmental, safety and health issues stipulated were adhered to. In late 2018 and early 2019, a number of small-scale operators had descended on the Mazoa Hill area and started to excavate in a manner considered dangerous to life and limb.This was followed by the issuance of Orders to Remove from claim or permit area under Regulation 154 to operators who were not listed or authorised to be or operate within the Marudi Mining Licence. Thirty-four operators of “crushers” and four operators of hydraulic excavators were so far issued with orders to remove. The time allowed on the removal orders expired on Sunday.last_img read more

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ExxonMobil, Digicel donate to CDC’s flood relief efforts

first_imgThe Government of Guyana says it welcomes a donation of million from ExxonMobil Guyana, which will be handed over to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) to assist in relief efforts for flood-affected areas in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).ExxonMobil Guyana Public and Government Affairs Senior Director Kimberly Brassington made the commitment on Wednesday to Acting Director General of the CDC, Major Kester Craig.Kimberly said the company took its corporate social responsibility to the citizens of Guyana seriously, and added that in times of crises it was important that resources were combined to ensure a rapid response.“We would like to support the CDC and the Regions to respond rapidly to address the needs of the affected residents. Anywhere ExxonMobil operates, including Guyana, we take our corporate social responsibility seriously and this is a situation and opportunity where the communities are in need, and we can come together and find a way to help,” she said.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who has responsibility for the CDC and disaster response and risk management, welcomed the donation and said Government thanked all members of the Private Sector, including ExxonMobil, that have made resources available to the CDC to support their work.“I want to thank all the companies for their response and for making their resources available to the Civil Defence Commission. We will ensure that whatever donations are made cater to the needs of the people. It is heartening to see everyone coming together and doing whatever they can at this time to bring relief to the residents affected, and it is a culture like this that we want to promote in Guyana, where we all come together to do our best if our brothers and sisters are affected,” he said.The acting CDC Director General said the donation would go a long way towards providing immediate relief to residents in affected areas.  “On behalf of the Civil Defence Commission and the Government of Guyana, I would like to express profound appreciation and gratitude for the timely and most appropriate intervention for bringing relief to the residents of the affected communities. I can assure you that the grant will be utilised to ensure that the most suitable needs are given to the affected,” Major Craig said.To date, the Government has spent more than million on disaster response and relief activities. This amount, Government says, does not reflect donations, which have been made by private individuals and companies over the past few days.Meanwhile, Digicel Guyana handed over a quantity of supplies to the CDC which will be deployed to flood-affected residents of Regions Seven and Eight.The donation consists of a substantial quantity of food items from the requested list and cleaning supplies.“We empathise with those residents who have lost their livelihood and have been displaced. We hope that these items bring some sort of relief where it is needed most. We are confident that this donation will reach the residents who are in need and that our efforts and that of corporate Guyana will get to the areas that are hard hit by the recent flash flooding,” noted Digicel Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara.ExxonMobil Guyana’s Public and Government Affairs Senior Director, Kimberly Brassington; Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited Public and Government Affairs Manager Carlton James; Major Kester Craig, acting Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, and Sophia Gafoor from the CDCDigicel’s representatives with members of the Amerindian Peoples Association and the CDC at the simple handing over of supplies WednesdayAccording to Digicel, Laura George, Governance and Rights Coordinator, and several staff members of the Amerindian Peoples Association are working with the CDC in coordinating relief efforts to ensure that this donation makes its way to the residents in Region Seven who are affected.George mentioned that it was imperative that persons keep up their support, and she was very thankful for Digicel’s donation. “Every little bit matters; you may not be able to give in the magnitude that Digicel did today, but whatever you can offer will be appreciated,” she said.Areas that are likely to benefit from Digicel’s donation are Jawalla, Kamarang, Kako, Paruima and Philipai. More than 3000 residents are affected as homes, farms, roads and other infrastructure have been destroyed.last_img read more

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Trackers aiming for wins on three game road trip

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers are back on the road this weekend for a trio of games in the Edmonton area this weekend.The Trackers are coming off another road trip during the third week of December, when they dropped a pair of games to the Whitecourt Wolverines. The team sits in fourth spot in the NAMHL’s Bouchier division with 15 points, six points behind their division rivals from the Grande Prairie Athletic Club.The Trackers take to the ice Morinville against the Sturgeon Sting on Friday night at 7:00, before games against the Sherwood Park Oilers on Saturday night at 8:30, and vs. the Beaumont Braves on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. All three games will be streamed live on the Trackers’ Ustream page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nebctrackers.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN SCOOPS CASH ON LOTTO MONEY SPINNER GAME

first_imgMonica McDonagh from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal won €21,500, including a Smart TV, at the National Lottery’s Money Spinner event held at National Lottery offices in Dublin on Saturday 5 July 2014. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Brian Ormond, Money Spinner Host; Pauline McLaughlin, National Lottery ticket selling agent, Mac’s Book & Newsagents, Upper Main Street, Buncranna, Co. Donegal; Eileen Dolly, the winning player; Eunan McLaughlin, National Lottery ticket selling agent, Mac’s Book & Newsagents and Brendan McGrenra, The National Lottery.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyANOTHER Donegal lotto player has won cash.Monica McDonagh from Letterkenny won €21,500 on the National Lottery’s Money Spinner game.She is pictured here receiving her cheque from Money Spinner host Brian Ormond. Also in the picture are Pauline and Eunan McLaughlin of Mac’s Book & Newsagents, Buncrana, and Brendan McGrenra from The National Lottery. DONEGAL WOMAN SCOOPS CASH ON LOTTO MONEY SPINNER GAME was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalletterkennylottoMOney Spinnerlast_img read more

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Brand South Africa: JCI Conference

first_imgThe annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) Conference begins on 4 May at the Sandton Convention Centre. More than just a conference for business minded entrepreneurs, workshops during the event will feature a strong social and community building slant.Junior Chamber International (JCI) members are encouraged to use their business knowledge and experience to become grassroots activists in their own communities. The international non-profit comprises engaged and active citizens committed to improving the globe.Community action to make a better world is one of the principles that drives Brand South Africa as an organisation. For this reason we are proud to be co-sponsors of the event.The African region conference will give young South Africans the opportunity to network with global entrepreneurs and social leaders. Members will spend four days discussing international and regional challenges and sharing experiences that can create positive change across African communities.In October 2015 JCI celebrated its centenary. Branches across the globe celebrated by advocating for more active citizenship. As JCI Ambassador and UN Global Compact Senior Advisor Fred Dubee told a gathering in Finland, “Let us base what we do today and tomorrow on the robust platform that has been erected with so much care and commitment over the past 100 years and as we do, let us be conscious that what we do now will have an impact that will shape the next 100 brilliant and valuable years of JCI.”The organisation’s members believe by being socially active we can create sustainable positive change. Individuals have as much of a responsibility as governments and business to create a more equitable and caring world.Members are guided by five distinct principles:• Educate yourself. By understanding the root causes of communal issues JCI members can prove themselves to be vital in helping make change happen.• Spread awareness: JCI members are encouraged to begin a conversation in their community around challenges. Whether they choose to do that face to face, digitally or through encouraging community participation, members are urged to lead social activism.• Support grassroots efforts: Volunteer or become involved with organisations and campaigns that are working for positive change. If challenges are not being addressed, start a conversation or an organisation. Reach out across communal and national borders to look for solutions or to offer help.• Advocate: All challenges have a face and solutions need to be based on protecting the dignity of people. JCI members are guided by the idea that welcoming people matters more than focusing on what makes us different.• Support approaches that promise long term solutions: Find ways to build vibrant and integrated communities instead of allowing insularity. Host opportunities where people can learn about each other.last_img read more

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Cartoon: Page-turner

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham The last few years have seen a pretty serious shakedown in the book world. Bookstores closing their doors, publishers merging or shutting down, and overshadowing it all, Amazon and the Kindle. And now the iPad – with its spectacular adoption rate and the Apple-powered negotiating clout behind the iBook store – promises to turn it all upside down and shake hard.No wonder, then, that book lovers are wondering if the ink-and-paper era is ending. I haven’t read so many anguished paens to the tactile feel of paper since I stumbled across a papyrus fetish newsgroup on Usenet.*I can relate to that. Thirty-plus years ago, I read Foundation and Empire by flashlight under my comforter cover to cover for what must have been the third time while my parents thought I was asleep. I can remember turning the pages as gingerly as I could, so that the rasp of paper on paper wouldn’t alert my mom and dad to the transgression.So yeah, tactile experience. Then again, the subtly-rounded back of an iThing filling your palm and the finger-on-glass squeak of a swipe are pretty tactile, too. And I wonder sometimes if books’ days are as numbered as their pages.But then I see my kids — in a household where Macs, iDevices, gaming platforms and screens outnumber humans by about four to one — putting down the PlayStation controllers and chatting for hours with each other in imaginative play. It takes no effort to get them to abandon the TV in favor of making pancakes together in the kitchen. And with a little prodding, they’ll turn from YouTube to cuddling with one of us as we read them a favorite story… even one they’ve heard dozens of times before.For them, the war between analog and digital doesn’t really exist. They frankly don’t care about the distinction. What matters to them is the experience, the content, the connection — the story. And sharing it with us and each other.I honestly don’t know if books as form will survive. But I’m getting more and more hopeful that books as idea will.And years from now, I’ll still be poking my head into the kids’ room before I go to sleep to watch for the tell-tale glow of a flashlight.* I completely made that newsgroup up a moment ago. And three of you just tried unsuccessfully to mask your disappointment. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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India’s Trade Deficit With China up Two-fold in a Decade

first_imgIndia’s trade deficit with China increased more than two-fold (219 percent) from $16 billion in 2007-08 to $51 billion in 2016-17, according to commerce ministry data. India’s imports ($61 billion) from China were six times its exports ($10 billion) in 2016-17, making rising trade imbalance a major concern.“Increasing trade deficit with China can be attributed primarily to the fact that Chinese exports to India rely strongly on manufactured items to meet the demand of fast expanding sectors like telecom and power, while India’s exports to China are characterised by primary and intermediate products,” CR Chaudhary, minister of state in the commerce ministry, said in a reply to the Lok Sabha (Parliament’s Lower House) on 18 December, 2017. Related Itemslast_img

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Hulk Hogan wants to make a wrestling comeback

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal LATEST STORIES “When my son was sick, I borrowed money from Hulk. I just called him, he had me call some woman and I had money in my bank account in an hour,” recounted Flair. Hogan also visited Flair in Georgia when he was hospitalized.Hulk Hogan left the professional wrestling world in 2015. It happened after a controversial video surfaced showing him repeatedly using the word “nigger” which is used as a derogatory term for African-Americans. JBRELATED STORIES:Hulk Hogan, WWE part ways over racist commentsHulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcriptADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum “For me, I’d love to change that last story that was told with the Hulk Hogan career. I’d love to get back in the fold, get back on the inside and correct a lot of stuff,” said Hogan.He added, “It has to be the perfect timing for both sides. We’re all on good terms. We’re all working towards the same goal. So hopefully, I’ll be able to be back with my wrestling family some day soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGood friend and former professional wrestler Ric Flair sat with Hogan during the interview.Flair vouched for Hogan’s generosity and compassion as a friend, stating that the man had helped him out in some of the toughest points of his life. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Image: Twitter/@HulkHoganHulk Hogan has made it clear that he is ready and eager to return to the world of professional wrestling.Hogan has been waiting for the right timing to make his comeback, as he expressed in a recent exclusive interview with TMZ Sports.ADVERTISEMENT Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlight View commentslast_img read more

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Shagun Chowdhary hopes to peak at right time in London Olympics

first_imgIt isn’t easy to change the stock of your shotgun just three months before the Olympics and then expect to be bang on target from the first day. Shagun Chowdhary’s story is no different.Now with less than 50 days to go for the London Games, the trap shooter is gradually getting attuned to her new equipment, and says she expects her scores to peak at the right time.”Just five days before the London World Cup (in April), I changed my stock and got a new one that was better suited to me. It takes some time to get used to that, so my performance went down in that World Cup and the one in Lonato immediately thereafter.”But now it’s getting better and my scores are gradually coming up and I’m hoping to peak at the right time for the Olympics,” Shagun told Mail Today from Italy, where she is preparing for the July 27-August 14 London Olympics.The London World Cup was an important one for Olympic bound shooters, since it was an official test event that gave them a taste of the range and the conditions. For Shagun, it was a harrowing time, as she struggled with the weather to shoot 56 out of 75 clay birds.”The temperature really took us by surprise because it was something like seven degrees Celsius and there was a big wind chill factor too. The range itself and the visibility of the targets etc is great, but thanks to my stock and the weather, I really was trying to find myself at the time, which accounts for the score. But since then, I’ve been shooting better and better and have been training at temperatures in the mid-20s, which is around what we’ll get in London in August,” the 28-year-old shooter said.advertisementNow, the buzzword for the Jaipur girl is ‘consistency’, and she is working hard to achieve it.”Consistency is the key to shooting, and I’m looking to keep myself at an above average level for the time being. I know the reasons why my performance went down, and whatever changes had to be made to my technique have been made. I’m taking part in a few local competitions here in Italy to keep checking my scores in a competitive environment. It also helps that people like (former world champion) Jessica Rossi are shooting there,” she said.The field for women’s trap at the Olympics is generally the smallest of any shooting competition, since each qualified country is allowed to send only one shooter. That means there is approximately 1/6th chance of winning a medal, but Shagun doesn’t want to think about the odds at this stage.”The Italians, Russians, Slovakians and Spaniards have been traditionally very strong in women’s trap, and I expect them to be the main competitors. Of course who doesn’t want to win a medal, but my aim is to give my absolute best on the given day, and hopefully that’ll get me the laurels,” Shagun said.last_img read more

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