Thompson in line to extend Ja’s run in 200m

first_img OTTEY’S BRILLIANT RECORD Ottey has a brilliant record in the event. In addition to her two gold medals, she has a silver and three bronze medals. If justice is ever done, she might get Koch’s 1983 gold. The East German, like all her compatriots from the 1970s and ’80s, were found to be beneficiaries of a state-organised steroid-boosting programme. Fraser-Pryce is bypassing the 200m at the 2015 World Championships; however, her 2013 win earned her a couple of distinctions. She is the first locally training athlete to win the World 200m. Second, she is the first winner not to have attended Vere Technical High School. Thompson could be second on both counts. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. If Elaine Thompson wins the 200 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, she will extend a long history of Jamaican success. The women’s 200m has given Jamaica more medals than any other individual discipline. A win for the University of Technology sprinter would match gold-medal runs by Merlene Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB), and Thompson’s training partner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Ottey won twice, in 1993 and 1995, with VCB and Fraser-Pryce winning the last two titles in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Gold for Thompson, Sherone Simpson, or VCB would, therefore, give Jamaica three wins in a row. That’s a feat no other country has ever accomplished. East Germans won the first two titles thanks to Marita Koch, who beat Ottey in 1983 and Silke Gladisch in 1987. Together, with Bev McDonald and Merlene Fraser, who were second and third in 1999, Ottey, VCB, and Fraser Pryce have won 12 medals for Jamaica in the curved sprint.last_img read more

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Perasol knows UP has what it takes to win but ‘we’re still scattered’

first_imgCarpio 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 Against the Growling Tigers, UP never experienced the lead after the Maroon immediately got shell-shocked and fell to an 8-0 hole.READ: Down 1-3, UP needs to start winning for a shot at Final 4The Growling Tigers, who are also trying to get something going midway into the season, took a 76-46 lead heading into the fourth and was never really threatened despite a brief comeback from UP in the winding minutes.“They know they have to do it together, but we’re still trying to figure out how to do that and it’s just unfortunate because we have what it takes to fight,” said Perasol, whose Fighting Maroons are tied with UST at the fifth spot.“This is part of learning together, getting through adversity together, but we have to hurry up.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After the UP Fighting Maroons finally strung together their first streak after a tight win over National University last Sunday, they were sent crashing back to earth by University of Santo Tomas three days after.The Maroons never had a chance at the win after the Growling Tigers gave them a thorough 86-72 beating Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: UAAP: UST sends UP crashing for second straight winThe loss sent UP to a subpar record of 3-4, just a two-win improvement from when Perasol said his team was a must-win situation. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum University of the Philippines’ first-round campaign in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament ended in a disaster.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title PBA: Phelps explodes for 51 as Phoenix crushes NLEX Perasol rued the lack of collective effort from his team, which was hyped to make it to the Final Four this year with the addition of Bright Akhuetie.“I just feel we don’t have that single mindset and a single-mindedness that you know in yourselves that when you’re one single unit you can go through this predicament together,” said Perasol who still kept faith despite his team’s poor standing.READ: UP holds off NU for share of 4th spotThe affable mentor, though, knows that his team knows how to win and it’s just a matter of playing together.“I really feel we have what it takes to win but it’s we’re still scattered. We hope we have time to put things together in due time so we can get the goals.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Crime prevention approach to see improvements – Top Cop

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force continues to face much public condemnation over recent shortcomings, but the Acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, has gone on record as saying that the Force’s crime prevention approach would soon be improved.Acting Commissioner of Police, David RamnarineRamnarine gave this assurance at a Police event as he underscored the importance of preventing crime, rather than relying on prosecution, which is after the fact.“The test of Police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of Police action in dealing with it. We all know that prevention is better than cure. It is less costly to prevent, it is costly to prosecute; a lot of issues (is) under prosecution.”Ramnarine pointed out that within the past months, the Force has seen an improvement in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activities.“We are doing well in our prosecution but we need to do more in our prevention, which is less costly,” relayed Ramnarine.The acting Police Commissioner did indicate that while some efforts to stamp out crime have been unsuccessful, the Force’s strategies are soon expected to bear fruit. He posited, “That is coming. We have a lot of resources which will soon roll out. We have increase in manpower, increase in various capacities. Our prevention will improve.”Ramnarine also outlined that the much-needed enhancements to the country’s crime prevention approach would materialize as Guyana moves ahead with implementation of the Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP).He said, “We are likely to benefit from the very United Kingdom Security Sector Reform package which has as its main focus the Guyana Police Force and our role in public security, where the training curriculum is likely to be reviewed to see how gaps exist, if any, with the reality of the times in terms of the subjects, and whether there is the need to introduce new concepts in the training curriculum.”A total of $29.1billion was allocated in the Budget this year as part of enhancing crime prevention and reduction strategies.last_img read more

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$11.4M project targets Sophia, East La Penitence students

first_imgFifty young people in the East La Penitence and Sophia communities are to benefit from an $11.4 million (US$57,000) USAID-funded project that would see them receiving after-school tuition in various subject areas.Awarded to School of the Nations, the project seeks to equip students with the skills and tools necessary to seek gainful employment, as opposed to the alternatives of crime and violence.Head of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, speaking late last week, noted that for the next six months, the private institution will run the after-school classes in Sophia for 25 youths aged 10-16, and for another 25 from East La Penitence. The classes will be held from Monday to Friday at the Nations premises on New Market Street and at the Brickdam Secondary School on Brickdam, Georgetown.“The idea of that project is to look at some high-risk areas which, according to USAID, are high-crime areas, and try to see if we can offer the kids some path out of potential dangerous occupations. So we’re working on art, music, making videos, teaching the use of the computer, (and) also on vocational skills. We have a big entrepreneurial project that we are doing with them,” Dr O’ Toole detailed.Coordinator of the after-school programme in East La Penitence, Louisa Macey, has said that literacy and numeracy are among the key areas on which much focus will be placed. She explained that some of the sixth formers at Nations have been trained in empowerment programmes, and will be working with the youths to this end.Meanwhile, Assistant Programme Manager Othneil Lewis told Guyana Times that he expects to see transformed young people at the end of the programme.“They’re in a safe space, they have something constructive to do all the time, and my hope is to not only see them transformed as persons, but in their academics as well,” Lewis indicated on Tuesday last.A delegation from the Nancy Campbell Academy in Stratford, Ontario, Canada is also supporting the initiative, especially in the field of music.last_img read more

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Tim Hortons, Burger King commits to use of cage-free eggs only

first_imgThe Canadian coffee giant joins the ranks of McDonald’s, Subway, Nestlé, and Starbucks — other companies that have committed to sourcing cage-free eggs only in Canada. TORONTO, O.N. — According to the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King, both fast-food chains will switch over to 100 per cent cage-free eggs by the year 2025.Restaurant Brands International says they have committed to eliminating cage confinement of hens from it’s egg suppliers, including at more than 3,600 Canadian and almost 900 U.S. Tim Hortons locations.“RBI is committed to transitioning to 100 per cent cage-free eggs globally — and will accomplish that goal for our U.S., Canadian, and Mexican Tim Hortons and Burger King locations by 2025,” announced the company.- Advertisement -“We also continue engaging with our partners at The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to better understand this issue and others like it.”Sayara Thurston, campaign manager with Humane Society, applauded the decision — saying the announcement is ‘tremendous news for millions of animals.’“Timmie’s joining the cage-free movement is a clear signal that the future of Canadian egg production must be cage-free,” Thurston added.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jose and Pep ‘twinned’ in hunt for glory

first_imgManchester United boss Mourinho meanwhile is often seen more as more pragmatic and obsessed with winning, something that has brought him 25 trophies during his 17-year managerial career, including Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.Yet as the two managers prepare to face each other at Old Trafford on Sunday, Guardiola, himself a winner of 22 trophies and the same number of Champions Leagues, says they share that hunger for success.“Definitely,” he said. “In that, we are twins. They want to win trophies, we want to win trophies.“I think Antonio Conte is the same as well, and Jurgen (Klopp) and Mauricio (Pochettino) and in all the leagues around the world, the managers are there.”Guardiola suggested in an interview with the BBC in September that United “play long balls up to (Marouane) Fellaini and (Paul) Pogba” as a priority, a criticism that appears to irk Mourinho.“I never criticise my colleagues for the way they play. I never did in the past, I will never do it.“Football is magnificent for that because every manager plays in the way they play. There are different ways to enjoy football. It’s simple like that.”Guardiola and Mourinho have often been at loggerheads in the past, with a rivalry that dates back to their time as rival managers in Spain between 2010 and 2012.While Guardiola was widely praised for his aesthetically pleasing approach at Barcelona, at Real Madrid Mourinho was seen as a coach for whom winning was the be all and end all, despite the record number of goals, points and away wins his team racked up in winning the 2012 La Liga title.Guardiola won 21 trophies over seven years with the Barcelona first team and Bayern Munich — his other trophy the Spanish third division title with Barcelona B — but ended his first campaign at City empty-handed, while United won the Europa League and the League Cup.The City manager looks set to put that right this time around, with his side unbeaten in the Premier League and eight points clear at the top going into the derby.Guardiola has no intention of playing defensively at Old Trafford to maintain that lead.“Winning, drawing or losing on Sunday, we are not going to win or lose the Premier League. It’s December,” he said.“It’s an important game, because it’s United. You can get points and deny your opponent points. But it’s the same for them.”Guardiola confirmed that David Silva will be fit for the match despite earlier saying he was a doubt.Silva did not travel to Ukraine for Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv but reported for training on Friday morning.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola (L) and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho are preparing to face each other at Old Trafford © AFP/File / Glyn KIRK, Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – Pep Guardiola says he and Jose Mourinho’s obsession with winning trophies makes them “twins” despite the perceived difference in their styles as the two great rivals prepare for the Manchester derby.Guardiola is renowned for his philosophy of possession-based, passing football, which has he slowly instilled at Manchester City since his arrival as coach in 2016.last_img read more

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Homes market grows tough

first_imgHousing affordability remained at 14 percent in December, matching its record low level, as rising prices and interest rates continued to slow the market, a trade association said Thursday. December’s affordability rating, measured by the percentage of households that could afford the median-price home, fell an annual 5 percentage points and remained unchanged from November, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. In December, the median price for a home in the state soared 15.6 percent to $548,430, and sales plunged 17.6 percent. Affordability first sank this low in the late spring and summer of 1989, a period when the median price was in the $200,000 range and lenders charged around 11 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. In Los Angeles County, where the median-price home cost $552,760, affordability fell an annual 5 percentage points, to 12 percent, but that was one point better than the record low of 11 percent in November. Affordability in Ventura County, where the median-price home cost $675,680, slipped an annual 3 percentage points, to 13 percent, and was unchanged from November. The high desert, with a median price of $320,490, remained the most affordable region in the state at 24 percent. But affordability in this area, which includes the Antelope Valley, plunged 17 percent points from a year earlier. The minimum household income needed to purchase a median-price home in California in December was $134,200, based on an average mortgage interest rate of 6.33 percent and assuming a 20 percent down payment. Market analyst Nima Nattagh believes that this market is past its peak. “I think this is probably the beginning of a slowdown in the market that’s been anticipated. I think prices are still going to go up, but below the 10 percent range, and the volume of sales will slow significantly,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card By comparison, affordability across the nation in December was 49 percent, down from 55 percent a year earlier. The situation won’t improve anytime soon. “We’ll probably hit new (affordability) lows this year, given that we expect the median price in California to go up 10 percent,” said Robert Kleinhenz, the association’s deputy chief economist. He also expects fixed-rate mortgage interest to increase half a percentage point and climb to 6.75 percent by year’s end. That’s still low by historical standards but will work against affordability, since housing prices are expected to continue climbing. And the rate has been above 6 percent for four months for the first time in several years. Affordability fell from year-earlier levels in 31 of 32 regions tracked by the association. The region in which it did not fall, Contra Costa, was flat, with affordability remaining at 10 percent. last_img read more

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DONEGAL COUPLE RAISE A STAGGERING €26,000 WITH THEIR WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

first_imgParts of the Whoriskey’s stunning light display.A Donegal family have raised a staggering €26,000 wiht their wonderful Christmas lights display.The Whoriskeys from Kerrykeel go to extraordinary lengths to light up their home during the festive season.Inside Santa’s grotto!And what started out as a bit of fun nine years ago has turned into an amazing fund-raising extravaganza for local charities. Mary Whoriskey revealed that have now raised a staggering €26,000 for various charities through donations given by locals and passers-by.People come from miles around to see the stunning light display which includes tens of thousands of bulbs and even a Santa’s grotto.“Our chosen charities this year are the Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Support Letterkenny and also the Autism Support group at Woodlands National School.“The lights give people so much pleasure and we’re just delighted we can help put a little back into the community,” said Mary. Donegal Christmas spirit at its finest. DONEGAL COUPLE RAISE A STAGGERING €26,000 WITH THEIR WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 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:charityChristmas lightsdonegalKERRYKEELlast_img read more

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Does your Childcare Centre want to avail of a €7,000 grant?

first_imgThe DCCC are making childcare providers aware of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) grant that is being made available as part of a new scheme by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Are you a childcare provider? If so, you may be able to apply for a grant to create a more inclusive learning environment so that all children can succeed!Why is this grant being made available? All children have rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak or whether they have a disability or not. You can help create a more accessible, equal and inclusive pre-school for all children by making small changes to the physical environment.This can include the removal of physical barriers that prevent a child from participating in learning activities equally with his/her friends.More information is available at: http://www.donegalchildcare.com/the-access-and-inclusion-model-aim/This grant is available as part of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), which is a new initiative from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to enable children with a disability to access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. Under this programme, you can apply for equipment, appliances and/or a capital grant up to €7,000 towards the cost of minor alterations to the pre-school setting.How will this improve the quality of the pre-school?Creating a more inclusive environment will help parents and educators feel confident that every child has equal access to the play and learning activities organised through the early childhood curriculum.  A safe, inclusive environment will greatly benefit all children by strengthening their sense of belonging, participation and independence.What type of improvements are eligible?To help a child better engage with the early childhood curriculum, you can apply for a grant for play and learning materials or visual/hearing assistive technology resources. You could also create a quiet/sensory area within the ECCE room. You may want to widen doorframes to allow for easier access for wheelchair users or make bathrooms and toileting areas more accessible to increase the independence of all children.Grants also covers ramps, specialised chairs, hoists and slings, multi-sensory items, standing frames or any other item needed by a child to participate equally in play and learning experiences.A full and comprehensive list is available at: AIM-Level-5-Capital-Information.pdfSo what are you waiting for? How to apply … Early childhood service providers, in partnership with parents, can apply for support by filling in an online application in the PIP Portal at www.pobal.ie.If you need support, advice or guidance on this process, please contact Donegal County Childcare Committee 074 9123442 or info@donegalchildcare.com where we will be only too glad to help!Does your Childcare Centre want to avail of a €7,000 grant? was last modified: September 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AimchildcareDCCCFeaturesgrantgrantsnewslast_img read more

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Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin could be snapped up by Marseille

first_img ‘THEY FAILED’ Marseille are keeping tabs on Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.The Frenchman moved to Goodison Park from Manchester United in January 2017 for a fee which could rise to £24m. German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Latest Transfer News 1center_img 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true The 28-year-old has had a mixed time on Merseyside, though, and he is said to be considering his options.That has, according to France Football, alerted Marseille and they are considering a move for Schneiderlin.The French club want to sign a midfielder this summer and they have singled out the Everton man.As yet it is unknown whether new Toffees boss Marco Silva wants to keep Schneiderlin and they will have a huge say in his future. France side Marseille are keeping an eye on the Everton midfielder last_img read more

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