Bolt eager to show speed at Racers Grand Prix

first_imgSpeaking at the launch of the inaugural Racers Grand Prix yesterday, club patriarch Glen Mills is promising a meet with a difference, while his top draw, Usain Bolt, says he will be using the June 11 event to show his readiness ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”I’m looking forward to it, I am excited. I don’t get to compete here that often, so the fact that I will be competing this year is a motivation to work even harder to make sure that I will be in top form and run fast times to show the country that I am ready to go to Rio and do big things,” Bolt told The Gleaner after yesterday’s launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.”This helps a lot of athletes; a lot of athletes really want to compete here. I think it’s a well-positioned meet because it’s just before the trials, so they can go out and compete and know where they are just before the trials, so it will be the right time for me,” he added.A long-time ambition of Mills, the IAAF Area Permit-certified Racers Grand Prix – which gets under way at 6:30 p.m. inside the National Stadium just a few weeks before the National Senior Championships, the Olympic trials – will boast some of the biggest names in local and international track and field, including Bolt.Mills, the driving force behind Racers Track Club, promised that the meet will bring together the largest collection of Olympic and World Championships medallists ever to compete on our shores, and believes it will serve as a catalyst for the formation of a regional circuit of international athletics meetings.EXPECTED PARTICIPATIONOrganisers are expecting the participation of 112 athletes in 15 events – the 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, javelin, and discus for male athletes, and the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, high jump, and triple jump for females.In addition to local stars Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Danielle Williams, Warren Weir, Hansle Parchment and Rasheed Dwyer, several international standouts such as 400m World Champion Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa); American stars LaShawn Merritt, Jason Richardson, Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Tori Bowie and Isaiah Young; Caribbean standouts Shaunae Miller, Michelle-Lee Ahye, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste; plus Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, are among the confirmed athletes.”We are currently having negotiations with several other big names in the sport and are awaiting confirmation from others who have expressed strong interest in competing at Racers Grand Prix,” Mills shared.”I am excited, I’m very excited about it,” Mills added. “This region is the most powerful in the athletics world and boasts a number of world stars and emerging future champions in the sport. The potential of success is great and will bring meaningful benefits to the region.”BROADCASTING MEETMills mentioned plans to broadcast the meet in the European, North American and regional markets, and hopes that its growth will help the club to secure much-needed technical equipment and facilities such as electronic starting systems, high-speed cameras for biomechanics analysis, and a treatment centre to aid in its continued success.Newly returned sports minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, welcomed the meet and believes it presents several benefits to the country’s sporting brand.”We are delighted and extremely proud that our country is staging another major track and field event of international repute,” Grange said.”The inaugural Racers Grand Prix is testimony as well as further proof that we are a major force in global athletics. It provides yet another opportunity for brand Jamaica as the world will be watching some of the best athletes on show,” Grange added.Organisers have promised to confirm ticket and entertainment package information at a later date.last_img read more

Gayle flies home for birth of first child

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Cricket superstar Chris Gayle will miss a couple of matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after flying out to be with his partner for the birth of his first child, media outlets in India are reporting. Several media outlets have quoted a source close to Gayle’s franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as confirming that the flamboyant opening batsman left with the team’s blessing. Media reports from Jamaica also quote local sources as saying that Gayle and his partner, Natasha Berridge, are expecting the child to be delivered this week. Gayle, 36, is expected to rejoin RCB on Monday and will be absent for their games against the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants this week. Gayle has not had the best start to the IPL, scoring just one and a duck in the first two matches. “I am confident that Gayle can come up with runs when the team needs it,” said Virat Kohli, the RCB captain. “You can certainly be rest assured that Gayle will come good as the tournament progresses. He would score a century when the team will need it. I am not too worried about Gayle because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” added Kohli. Gayle’s team management has not commented on his departure, but a picture he posted on his Instagram page stated: “I’m on my way Baby.” Gayle is also reported to have thanked Qatar Airways for its services, which included a congratulatory cake.last_img read more

SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battle

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Centeno, the reigning champion, took a bye before crushing Angeli Ticoalu of Indonesia, 7-4, to march to the next round.Then two-time world 10-ball champion Amit defeated Indonesia’s Silviana Lu, 7-3, in the other quarterfinal match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’FILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA“As much as possible we want a repeat performance,” said the 18-year-old Centeno who didn’t hide the fact that she looks up to Amit in and out of the pool house.In the men’s 9-ball pool Carlo Biado prevailed over Amnuayporn Chotipong of Thailand, 9-3, to advance to the semis. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu SEA Games: PH duo settle for silver in men’s tennis Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES View comments Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during 9-Ball competition in 2015 SEA Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Filipino pool divas have made their way to an expected gold medal battle.The last Southeast Asian Games’ finalists Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit barged into the semifinals of the women’s 9-ball singles Friday at KLCC.ADVERTISEMENT So far, the billiards team, with former world champions in the fold including Efren “Bata” Reyes, only has one medal to show.Former World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco placed third in 9-ball doubles.The Philippines won three golds last SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaylast_img read more

Ebola Survivor Giving Blood, Helping Others to Survive

first_imgA certified nurse who survived Ebolahas been helping to save the lives of others infected with the deadly virus.KpetemeniMeine wasdeclaredEbola free last monthafter surviving a one-month stay in the ELWA treatment center. He says he has already begun to give bloodand will continue to do soas long as his blood count is normal.“I want to give blood if my HP is sufficient. The contribution that (I benefited from) at the center didn’t involve my paying any money and I survived. Therefore, I would do it for free, and hope that it is used for the intended purpose, and that is to save lives,” said Kpetemeni.According to Kpetemeni, a doctor whose name he did not disclose,becameinfected with Ebola and was given 2 units ofKpetemeni’s blood.Kpetemeni has also been working under supervision at an isolation center for children who have come in contact with the virus.  He says he is volunteering his services to make sure these children get a chance to live.“I am immune to the virus and can do a lot towards this Ebola fight. I wrote various ETUs to see if I could work with them, and the government in return called to find out if I was willing to work with children at an isolation center. I agreed,” said Kpetemeni.He adds that for now, he is giving his services free and has no problem with that because he wants to contribute to society in thanksgiving to God and to society for saving his life.  “But, the government says it will compensate those of us working at the isolation center, and I am waiting for that,” he says.Meanwhile, Kpetemenisays he still remembers the frightful experience of ‘staring death in the face’ months ago. According to him, he was the only one to survivethe virus after nine of his medical colleagues all died while trapped in a Paynesville clinic.Kpetemeni recounted how he contracted the virus after caring for a patient that he didn’t know was infected at the Peace Home medical clinic.“I’m a professional nurse, and when my colleagues and I became infected at Peace, we called the government ambulance and they refused to come for us. Our doctor went to the Ministry of Health and gave them a letter informing them of our condition and they refused to come for us immediately.“On August 27, 2014, I was taken to ELWA treatment center and tested positive for the virus. But after five days of treatment I started to feel better; all the symptoms subsided.”Further describing his ordeal, Kpetemeni said, “when the doctors first told me that I was positive, I was down hearted and refused to talk to any of the doctors or answer my phone. We were 10 infected at Peace Home, and I was the only person who survived; most of them died in my presence. I knew that I would die also,” he said.Kpetemeni recalled that he lost all hope but after his second test was conducted and came back negative, he knew he had a chance.“The ELWA atmosphere was hell and all one could see were sick people in all kinds of conditions; not all had Ebola. “Some would contract Ebola in there because the space was congested and the living conditions there were not good. I thank God I made it, and want to see others make it, and I’m working towards helping them,” declared Kpetemeni.Meanwhile the Peace Home medical clinic said to have been functioning for 10 years has reportedly been closed.Kpetemeni can be reached at 0886479120.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Awaiting Belgian’s Murder Trial

first_imgEleven of 14 persons accused of murdering Michael Bruno, a Belgian national, appeared at Criminal Court ‘C’  at the Temple of Justice for the first time on Wednesday, March 25, to proceed  with their murder trial.The trial had not taken place on schedule because the defendant’s lawyers presented a request, asking Judge Yussif Kaba to reconsider his earlier ruling where he denied a motion to dismiss and acquittal of the defendants; ruling the case to trial on Wednesday.However, when the defendants appeared at the court only eleven of them were seen seated in the dock of the courtroom, after submitting the motion, they were placed in the care of some prominent citizens of Grand Bassa County, including Representative Baron Brown and Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, a 2011 presidential aspirant for the opposition Liberty Party (LP). Cllr. Brumskine and Rep. Brown have been the men’s guarantors since 2008.The reason for the absence of the three defendants was that two had already been set free by government, apparently to serve as some of prosecution witnesses; and the other one is dead.The defendants were linked to an ambush where a single barrel gunshot was used to kill then Plantation manager of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), Michael Bruno on November 17, 2007 in District# 3 Grand Bassa County.The attack, according to LAC, took place immediately after Bruno’s decision to expand the company’s operations beyond the district.In the Motion for “Reconsideration of Judge Kaba’s Ruling” a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, the lawyers prayed the judge to order the restoration of all the defendants rights that were previously theirs as provided by law in the interest of transparent justice and fair play and to uphold the Constitution and laws of Liberia.They argued that Judge Kaba’s action to deny their request was contrary to the constitutional prohibition against double jeopardy, where the defendants were twice exposed to trial for the same offense without showing by the prosecution of manifest necessary to warrant a second trial of the defendants.They further argued that Judge Kaba inadvertently held that he cannot overrule his colleague, Judge Benedict Holt, since both of them have concurrent jurisdiction.Cllr.  Holt then presiding Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County, conducted the trial in 2008 and transferred the case to the First Judicial Circuit Criminal Court ‘A’ for Montserrado County, following allegation of jury tempering.He also disbanded the jury panel and ordered a new trial.But, the defense team said the “issue that was before Judge Kaba was whether or not double jeopardy had been attached as a result of the first trial?” “If the answer is yes,” they admitted, “which it is, then as a matter of law, Judge Kaba cannot preside over the second criminal trial of the defendants.”The defense team continued, “except for manifest necessary, which did not exist and which Your Honor did not show in the   ruling.”According to them, Judge Kaba does not have the legal right to overrule or review Judge Benedict Holt’s decision, “and can’t try the defendants for the second time unless there was manifest necessary.” “When one trial judge declares a mis-trial in a criminal case and disbands the trial jury, a subsequent trial judge of concurrent jurisdiction may not determine that he cannot conduct a second criminal trial on the grounds of double jeopardy,” the lawyers said in the motion.“During the trial, where the prosecution improperly terminated the case; the defendant cannot thereafter be indicted or otherwise charged and tried for the same offense of any degree,” they added. “Judge Kaba is without the legal competence to consider the constitutional issue of the defendants’ right to effective counsel, as provided in Article 21 (b) of the 1986 revised constitution. Therefore; he should have allowed the matter to be transferred to the Supreme Court of Liberia for determination of the said issue.”The motion further explained that since Judge Kaba admitted that he is without the legal competence to pass on constitutional issue of double jeopardy as provided in Article 21 (b) of the constitution, “because doing so would be tantamount to reviewing the act of his colleague, he should have had the matter transferred to the Supreme Court for determination of the said constitutional issue.”Ruling in the motion is scheduled for Today, Thursday, March 27.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State Department monitors to go on Blackwater convoys

first_imgShe has introduced legislation to end the use of all security contractors in Iraq, replacing them with full-time government employees. Accounts of the Sept. 16 confrontation in Baghdad differ widely, with Blackwater executives asserting that its guards came under attack and Iraqi government officials and civilian witnesses saying that the Blackwater gunmen opened fire without provocation. There are several investigations of the Sept. 16 shootings, including one by the FBI that could result in criminal charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBlackwater is one of three private companies providing security services to the State Department in Iraq, running heavily armed escorts every time a senior American civilian leaves the protected Green Zone. The requirement for ride-along monitors does not apply to the other two security contractors, DynCorp International and Triple Canopy, the State Department said. Blackwater runs roughly 60 security convoys a week in central Iraq. The State Department measures announced on Friday are the first concrete response by the U.S. government to the violent episode on Sept. 16 in central Baghdad involving several Blackwater teams that left as many as 17 Iraqis dead. Officials said the State Department would send dozens of its diplomatic security service agents to Baghdad so that there would be enough people in place to accompany every Blackwater convoy. The State Department’s chief spokesman, Sean McCormack, said that the additional restrictions on Blackwater’s operations could come as Kennedy’s inquiry proceeds. But the department was not, for the moment, considering ending its contract with Blackwater, McCormack said, although he did not preclude it as the ultimate outcome of the investigation. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who has been critical of what she calls the administration’s inappropriate use of thousands of unaccountable private security contractors in Iraq, mocked the State Department’s decision to send monitors along with Blackwater teams. “This just shows how much they want to keep Blackwater on the payroll,” she said. “They’re going to have to send dozens and dozens of agents to baby-sit these Blackwater units.” WASHINGTON – The State Department, seeking to retain its relationship with Blackwater USA while trying to bring the company’s armed guards under tighter control, said on Friday that it would now send its own personnel as monitors on all Blackwater security convoys in and around Baghdad. The department will also install video cameras in Blackwater armored vehicles to produce a record of all operations that could be used in investigations of the use of force by private security contractors. The State Department will also save recordings of all radio transmissions between Blackwater convoys and military and civilian agencies supervising them in Iraq. In outlining the measures announced on Friday, a State Department spokesman said they had been approved by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice based on the initial recommendations of Patrick F. Kennedy, the department’s director of management policy. Kennedy is the leader of a team Rice appointed to look at the way Blackwater and other private security contractors operate in Iraq. Kennedy had originally selected Blackwater to provide security for top American civilian officials in Baghdad, when he served as chief of staff to L. Paul Bremer, the administrator of the U.S. occupation authority in 2003 and 2004, Bremer said in an interview on Friday. That mission grew into a $1.2 billion multiyear security contract with the State Department for the company. last_img read more


first_imgThe principal of Deele College in Raphoe, PJ McGowan, has welcomed the announcement of a new extension for the school.Principal PJ MGowanDeele is the only school in Donegal to be approved for an extension and refurbishment, which is to commence in early 2014.It is hoped that it will be completed to coincide with the school’s 50th anniversary. Situated in the heart of Raphoe, Deele College, a DEIS school, has a wide catchment area, covering eighteen feeder primary schools. The first extension opened in 1985 and this was designed to cater for 420 students. There are currently 520 students in attending the school and the enrolment each year is increasing.In keeping with the emphasis on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the new extension will see new science laboratories and a tiered demonstration area, a Design and Communications Graphics Room, a multimedia learning laboratory and new IT suites, equipped with the latest technology, all that is needed in terms of technology in the 21st century.The extension will also see new Home Economics rooms, Music/Drama and Arts & Crafts facilities and the school looks forward to extra space for Learning Support, Guidance and Pastoral Care.There will also be a new Home School Community Liaison Facility. The sports facilities at the school will also be enhanced, with the addition of a new fitness suite. Speaking following the announcement, school Principal; Mr PJ McGowan said that he was delighted with the announcement and that it was vitally important for the school to be granted this extension and refurbishment.“The new extension will allow us to be at the forefront of modern education. The new facilities will give all students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. Here at Deele College, we provide an education that is both academic and holistic and this extension will allow us to enhance our ability to deliver quality education in the 21st century.“This extension is timely, given the introduction of the new Junior Cycle, which will place more emphasis on projects and assessments. The new extension will afford us the space to cater for this evolution.”He concluded, “We look forward to welcoming back our past students for the 50th anniversary in our new surroundings, which will mark a new era for the school.” DEELE COLLEGE TAKES MAJOR STEP FORWARD WITH NEW EXTENSION was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:deele collegeextensionprincipal PJ McGowanlast_img read more

Harassment suit a loss for FedEx

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Rizkallah and Issa, both Lebanese-Americans, accused FedEx Ground, the Pittsburgh-based trucking division of shipping giant FedEx Corp., and Shoun in the 2001 lawsuit of creating a hostile work environment based on their race and national origin and causing emotional distress, said their San Francisco lawyer, Christopher Dolan. The men complained to senior managers, but the company ignored their claims, Dolan said. The lawsuit accused FedEx Ground of failing to enforce its own anti-discrimination policies and prevent abuse against minorities. Testimony included other workers who claimed to have witnessed the harassment, Dolan said. “The company’s treatment of all minority drivers in that facility was absolutely horrible,” Dolan said in a telephone interview Saturday. “The other drivers testified they were being treated like slaves. I call it a plantation mentality.” Shoun was ordered to pay $1 million to the drivers as part of the compensatory damages award under a California law allowing individuals to be held personally liable for workplace harassment. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Shoun on Saturday were unsuccessful. He remains employed by the company, but a spokesman declined to say whether Shoun is still in management and refused to discuss details of the allegations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – A Superior Court jury awarded $61 million to two FedEx Ground drivers of Lebanese descent who claimed a manager harassed them with racial slurs for two years. Edgar Rizkallah, 43, and Kamil Issa, 36, both of Pleasanton, said in the discrimination lawsuit they were called “terrorists,” “camel jockeys” and other epithets in 1999 and 2000 by Stacy Shoun, terminal manager for the Oakland FedEx Ground facility where the two men were contract drivers. An Alameda County Superior Court jury on Friday awarded the men $50 million in punitive damages, on top of $11 million in compensatory damages the jury awarded them on May 24, a lawyer for the plaintiffs and a FedEx Ground spokesman said Saturday. The company plans to appeal. last_img read more

Liverpool confirm signing of Xherdan Shaqiri

first_img LIVING THE DREAM LATEST 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”The deal, which is believed to be around £13 million, was completed late on Friday evening after a lengthy medical procedure.He will wear the number 23 shirt for the Reds, previously vacated by Emre Can – who left to join Juventus earlier this summer. Shaqiri signs for Liverpool center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri on a long-term deal.The Switzerland international, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Russia, was unable to stop the Potters from slipping into the Championship last season. IN DEMAND Latest transfer stories from The 26-year-old scored 15 goals in 84 league appearances for the Potters in three years at the bet365 Stadium.He told the club’s official website he was delighted to be arriving at Anfield.Shaqiri revealed: “It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here.“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED last_img read more