Time to Bolt! … Speed test for sprint king in London today

first_imgLONDON, England: It was almost as if royalty had walked into the tiny press conference room at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel as Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt addressed the world’s media yesterday ahead of his appearance at today’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, London Diamond League, at the London Olympic Stadium. The only thing missing really was some entrance music. Still, truth be told, the sprint king’s crown has been a little dusty these days. The world 100m and 200m record holder was quite clear: He is expecting to leave next month’s World Championships in Beijing with double sprint gold medals around his neck. He is not in the least bit worried by the form of American Justin Gatlin, and the fast times are close – very close. “I never doubt myself. I look forward to competition. Beijing is a month away, so I don’t worry about that. I’ll take it a step at a time,” Bolt said. “I have to run tomorrow and get through these two races, and I have been training really hard and pushing myself, so it’s all about execution now, and if I can do that right, then I know I will run fast. It’s all about getting the timing right, and when Beijing comes, it will come, but I know I have to take it a step at a time. “For me, it just takes one run to get to 9.7 seconds, so I’m not worried about times. Everyone knows sometimes I struggle through the season, but it takes time, and sometimes it takes getting to the big moment to get focused, but I’m sure when I get to the championships, I will be ready, so I’m looking forward to it,” Bolt sought to assure. Bolt will feature in what will be only his second 100m this year, and he will be desperate to get things clicking in a season that has been shrouded in doubt after he was forced to miss a couple of Diamond League meets due to an injury concern. The six-time Olympic champion, who posted 10.12 in his lone 100m race this season, admitted that it will be important for him to execute properly and run a good time here, as he looks to build momentum heading into the World Championships. “It’s definitely one of my most memorable stadiums to run in. The crowd was great the last time I was here, the Olympics was just epic so I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to competing here again,” Bolt stated. “I need to get my execution right. Most of my races have been poor, so its all about getting the right execution and getting it done. If everything goes right, and I execute right, then the times will come.” “I’ve always said that if my coach isn’t worried, then I am not worried, because he will always find a way to get me ready for the championships and he is confident that I can be ready and so am I. All we have to do is just work. I have been doing well in training. Everything has been going better and smoother so, hopefully, now I can go on the track and deliver,” Bolt said. The Jamaican will face countrymen Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole as well as Mike Rodgers, Ryan Bailey, and Jimmy Vicaut in a heats-then-final system. The first of two heats will get under way at 8:17 p.m. (2:17 p.m. Jamaica time) with the final set for 9:29 p.m. (3:29 p.m. Ja time). Bolt has looked just as flat in the 200m, returning a best of 20.13 this season after three runs, but despite less than a month to go before the start of the World Championships, Bolt said he has never considered just focusing on one event this season and believes improvements in his 100m over the next few weeks will undoubtedly help his preparations for the longer sprint. “I need to run more 100m, if I do that, my 200m will come along because its always the first part of my race that needs work. The last part of my race always comes together and this is why I am working so hard and this is why I need to get some 100m races now and this has been our focus. We have been working hard in training and I know I will get it right,” Bolt said. “I’ve never thought of doing just one event.” He could not confirm if he will compete at next week’s Stockholm Diamond League, pointing out that the decision will be taken after his assignment here. The London Olympic Stadium is an old stomping ground of his but will it, again, prove a stronghold for the king of sprints? In this case, in more ways than one, time will definitely tell. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene

first_imgCruz said about 40,000 runners are expected for various races during the weekend marking the 51st running of a race that evolved from a flat, wind-swept desert event in 1967 to a glitzy and music-filled attraction.There won’t be the usual bandstands, musical groups and amplified sound for the first 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of the marathon and half-marathon, in tribute to victims and affected families, he said. FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2010 file photo, runners fill the Las Vegas Strip in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay hotel, top left, during the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. The upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Nov. 12, has a new start line and race festival grounds. The race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)LAS VEGAS — The start line for the upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has been moved away from the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, organizers said Friday.The Nov. 12 evening race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay hotel, Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series executive Josh Furlow said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Efficient Fournier leads Magic rout of Spurs The Mandalay Bay was the hotel from which a gunman on the 32nd floor fired assault-style weapons Oct. 1 into a country music concert crowd of about 22,000 people, killing 58 and injuring almost 550.After using that same open-air festival ground for pre-race activities the last several years, the gathering spot for this year’s marathon and half-marathon will be between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos and the T-Mobile Arena, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for race organizer The Competitor Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe overall 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) marathon and 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) half-marathon courses are still being finalized, Cruz said. But the new start line means runners will twice pass the site of the shooting as they run south on the Strip, loop around the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and head north again past casino marquees.An on-course tribute is planned near the site of the shooting, including a #VegasStrong signing wall that people can sign during a race expo beginning Nov. 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Resurgent Rene Catalan makes it 6 in a row, stops former champ Yoshitaka Naito

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 40-year-old Catalan pummeled Naito with vicious strikes to the head that prompted referee Kemp Cheng to stop the fight with less than 30 seconds left in the opening round.Catalan continued his resurgence as he chalked up his sixth consecutive win after dropping his first two fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNot only is Catalan winning but he’s also doing it in impressive fashion.Three of his six wins have come via stoppage while the other three were decided unanimously. Rene Catalan pummels a defenseless Yoshitaka Naito in their strawweight bout in ONE: Reign of Valor Friday night in Myanmar. Photo from ONE ChampionshipFilipino Rene Catalan vowed to beat Yoshitaka Naito of Japan and he delivered in style.Catalan proved he’s very much primed for a shot at the world title after dominating Naito, a former strawweight world champion, Friday night in ONE: Reign of Valor at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tin Tiamzon fills in for injured Des Cheng, helps La Salle win over UE Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Harmon favoured to win chair in PNC internal elections

first_imgDear Editor,An ongoing opinion tracking poll that started in July and being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) reveals that the public wants Minister of the Presidency Joe Harmon to be next Chair of the People’s National Congress (PNC). The poll, conducted by this writer, finds that Harmon commands the most support among the party’s membership for the position in the party’s internal executive elections slated for August 19.The chair is the second most powerful post in the party after the leader. The leader, David Granger, who is also President of Guyana, is running unopposed. Other posts are also up for grabs.There are three nominations for the position of chair – Joe Harmon, who is Minister of the Presidency; Volda Lawrence who is the Public Health Minister; and incumbent Basil Williams, who is the Attorney General. Both Lawrence and Harmon are rising in opinion polls based on NACTA poll findings while Williams is struggling. Harmon is more popular and likeable than the other two candidates with respondents saying he is the best among the three to prepare the party for future challenges.As for preference for chair among the general population, Harmon leads by a mile. Respondents say he is more affable and congenial than the other two, with strong support among party members.Respondents note that Lawrence is well liked among PNC rank and file supporters, but her base is more among the women’s arm. However, recent issues pertaining to the management (scandalous corrupt deals, in particular) of the Health Ministry has hurt her image badly, causing her to lose support. She also has limited appeal across the racial divide.People feel Minister Williams continues to make mistakes and blunders at the Legal Affairs Ministry although the “victory” at the CCJ, knocking PPP’s Bharrat Jagdeo off the ballot, has earned him some kudos among party supporters. Still party members and supporters say he is not easily accessible. It would take a miracle for him to retain the position.Harmon is praised for his leadership style and bringing people together. He has mass appeal across the political divide. Party supporters say they can work with Harmon. His supporters say he has had a long history of grounding with the membership and credit his organisational skills for helping the party to recapture the base in 2011 and helped it to return to office in 2015 after 23 years in Opposition. People view him as someone who can get things done efficiently. They note he is a hard worker and he is approachable. And he has wisely made himself accessible to party supporters and has been visiting communities. People across the divide say Harmon delivers on promises and he has been expanding the party’s membership beyond the traditional base. The public at large also notes that Harmon comes across as someone with a “soft image” who has wide appeal across the country and across the divide. His mass appeal and ground campaign is helping him gain support to wrestle the chair from Williams.On national support, more PNC party members, party supporters, and the public at large express a preference for Harmon over the other two nominees for chair. Asked who they want or prefer to be chair, 58 per cent said Harmon, 23 per cent said Volda Lawrence, and five per cent Basil Williams; with 14 per cent not having a preference or not offering a response.Asked who they feel will win the PNC chair position, 78 per cent said Harmon, seven per cent responded Volda Lawrence and two per cent Williams; with 13 per cent responding they don’t know.In the party’s internal elections for executives, only delegates (not members) vote. So winning over delegates who are selected by party groups and the membership is critical. Harmon is well ahead in that count. Based on the preference of party supporters and members, the latter that choose the delegates who will vote at the convention, Harmon has the advantage in ground support to triumph over the other two by a big margin. Party groups and members say more delegates favour Harmon than the other two candidates combined. With the contest days away, anything could happen.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Zwedru Midwifery Training Program Graduates 43

first_imgAbout 43 students, comprising 27 females and 16 males, are expected to graduate from the Midwifery Training Program – South Eastern Region, on Saturday, May 20. The upcoming ceremony marks the 11th graduation exercise and will be held at the school, located in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.A press release quotes the chair of the graduation program committee, Wede Williams, saying the students will be awarded diplomas in Midwifery following three years of studies at the institute.Madam Williams describes this year’s graduation ceremony as significant, “Because it will coincide with the official naming program of the school in honor of the late Deanna Kay Isaacson, ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Missionary to the Lutheran Church in Liberia from 1966-2000. Deanna was seconded from Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to establish the school, and served there as the program developer, working with the MOH and partners to establish and manage the school.”Grand Kru County Health Officer Dr. Augustine Fannieh will serve as guest speaker. The occasion is expected to attract an array of high profile dignitaries and family members and friends of the graduates from the six counties making up the southeastern region.The six southeastern counties are: Grand Gedeh, River Cess, River Gee, Sinoe, Grand Kru, and Maryland.MoH established the Midwifery Training Program in the region in 1983 with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to address the acute shortage of trained health workers, especially midwives, in the southeast.Prior to the outbreak of the Liberian civil crisis, the school had operated for seven years and already graduated 50 Certified Midwives.It reopened in 2008 with funding to the MOH from the McCall-MacBain Foundation with the international NGO MERLIN as managing partner in collaboration with the MoH. The school has been graduating registered midwives since 2011 with the approval of the MoH and the Liberian Board of Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Son killed, father hospitalised

first_img…as cutlass-wielding drug addict launches attackThirty-two-year-old Harrynarine Ramnawaj of Lot 8 Estate Road, Cane Grove, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara is now dead, and his father, 59-year-old Chandrapaul Ramnawaj of the same address, has been hospitalised after a known drug addict unleashed fury on them with a cutlass because they caught himDead: Harrynarine Ramnawajdestroying their farm at Estate Road, Cane Grove Mahaica on Sunday.The addict has been apprehended, and is in police custody assisting with investigations.Chandrapaul Ramnawaj lost two fingers in the ordeal, and is currently a patient at the Woodlands Hospital in Georgetown.This publication understands that Chandrapaul Ramnawaj, together with his wife and son, had gone to their farm at Cane Grove Backdam to tend to their crops at about noon, and they encountered the suspect, who pounced on them with a cutlass.The dead man’s sister, Kavita Birbal, said her brother was chopped to the arm, and may have possibly bled out, because he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Woodlands Hospital.“Me father and brother, when they see (the named assailant) in the farm, he was chopping down the plantains and banana suckers, and then they ask he what he doing; and he didn’t wait for nothing, he just start firing chops on them. And my brother first get chop on he (arm) and then he fall down and start bleed out. After he fall down, (the named assailant) run behind me father and fire a chop on he, but he block it and two ah he finger chop off,” she said.“After that he run away, and then me mother start holler, and then some people come help she, and then they rush all two ah them to Woodlands; but my brother died on the way there, and them admit me father,” the distraught woman detailed.Birbal explained that her deceased brother was the father of a three-year-old boy who has just started nursery school, and he had recently secured a job at a local rice mill. She said he would usually assist their father with caring for their cash crops, and was doing just that when he met his demise.As for the suspect, Birbal told Guyana Times that the man is a well-known drug addict who had threatened to kill her father several times prior to this attack.“Plenty time he say that he will kill my father when he go to the farm, because he and his wife left and he said he got to get a piece of land to build a house there. But my father would make a report at the station and ask the Police to warn him, because they don’t want any court story; and watch what he do today,” Birbal said.The elder Ramnawaj has been farming in the same area for over 40 years.Police investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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England midfielder returns to Russia after birth of child

first_img 1 England midfielder Fabian Delph is returning to Russia after flying home to witness the birth of his third child.He revealed in an Instagram post that his wife gave birth to a daughter on Wednesday morning. Delph, 28, added that he is now flying back to Russia to rejoin the rest of the England squad, who have returned to their Repino base following Tuesday’s dramatic victory over Colombia in Moscow.The Manchester City man, who accompanied his post with a picture of himself on an aeroplane, wrote: “I’ve just experienced the most amazing 24 hours. Watching my brothers come through a tough game both mentally and physically, I kicked every ball and felt every bit of emotion with the players, staff and fans.“At 07:52 Me my wife and 2 beautiful daughters welcomed there baby sister into the world. I can’t put into words the happiness and gratitude I’m feeling… Back to Russia now #TunnelVision.”Delph had been given permission by manager Gareth Southgate to return home for the birth before the tournament began. Having been a substitute in the group win over Panama on June 24, he then left the camp after starting in last Thursday’s loss to Belgium.England continued in the tournament without him, beating Colombia on penalties to secure a place in the last eight. They will now play Sweden in Samara on Saturday.City tweeted: “Congrats Fab! Now go get ’em in the Quarter Finals.”England team-mate Jordan Henderson responded: “See you soon bro.”Join talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals – Saturday, July 7: KICK-OFF 3PM BSTcenter_img Delph is on his way back to Russia last_img read more

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REVEALED: EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

first_imgEnda CraigTHE European Commission has launched an investigation into Donegal County Council, it has been confirmed today.Residents in Carnagarve – between Moville and Greencastle – have had two complaints against the council accepted by the Commission. The Campaign for a Clean Estuary Group is furious at a U-turn by the council 20 years ago which moved a proposed sewage treatment plant and an outflow pipe inside the Foyle Estuary.The councillors had originally voted to locate it 5kms further north so that treated sewage would go into the Atlantic.Group spokesman Enda Craig told Donegal Daily today that the commission is investigating at least two alleged breaches of European law.One relates to the environmental impact of the treated sewage – and untreated sewage in the event of a storm – on shellfish and the environment of Lough Foyle.He said the Commission is also alleging that the government and the council are in breach of an international law on justice.“We believe that Ireland is in breach of the Aarhus Convention, which Ireland has signed up to, and that covers cases where someone or an organisation cannot get justice due to costs,” said Enda Craig today.He said that after the residents lost a High Court case against Donegal County Council and An Bord Pleanala last year, they were told they could not afford to take the case to the Supreme Court.“This issue has dogged the people of this area since 1989. Donegal County Councillors voted to put this outflow pipe into the Altantic but for reasons as yet unexplained this was moved to Carnagarve, an area that was never even included in any of the original proposals,” he said.“Donegal County Council has spent countless millions on this and not a single pipe has been laid.“Irish Water will now also be part of this case because of the transfer of water services from the council to them.“We are absolutely delighted that the European Commission has accepted our complaint and has launched an investigation into the whole issue, going right back until 1989.”The row over the proposed plant has raised concerns on both sides of the Border.An organisation called the Crown Estate – which represents the British government – claims ownership of the whole of Lough Foyle.According to Mr Craig, so far Donegal County Council has not applied for a discharge license for the scheme.The European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment confirmed it has launched an investigation.REVEALED: EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: January 15th, 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:CarnagarveDonegal County Councilenda craigIrish WaterLough Foylelast_img read more

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Kurtenbach: Three trade proposals for the Raiders ahead of the NFL trade deadline

first_imgThe Raiders are having a pre-move liquidation sale where simply EVERYTHING MUST GO!Yes, the Raiders are open for business, having already traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for three first-round draft picks.And the scuttlebutt around the league is that coach Jon Gruden would be open to moving quarterback Derek Carr for another first-round pick.I don’t see that move on the horizon — as much as Gruden believes in backup AJ McCarron, it’s probably too early for the Raiders to move on from Carr …last_img read more

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Five things Raiders need to stay in playoff race

first_imgOAKLAND — So here they are, halfway into the season, a legitimate playoff contender no matter how you look at the standings.The Raiders were destined for 2-6, maybe 3-5 if things broke right. Instead, they’re 4-4 after beating the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday at the Coliseum. The road trip from hell is over. A more favorable schedule awaits, although coach Jon Gruden wants no part of that storyline.https://youtu.be/Mhm38Ie0y5ACLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a …last_img read more

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