first_imgPORTLAND, USA:As evidence of his superiority, Omar McLeod hit down almost every hurdle, but still clocked a world- leading and national record 7.41 seconds in an easy run as he claimed Jamaica’s lone gold medal in the 60m hurdles on the final day of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre here yesterday.McLeod got a quick start out of the blocks and then eased away from his competition to finish three metres ahead of France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in a season’s best 7.46 second, and Dimitri Bascou in 7.48 seconds.”Never in a million years would I think I’d be world champion at the age of 21, but thanks to God, he made this possible,” an elated McLeod said afterwards.”Coach (Douglas Case) said that if you want to win that race, you’ve got to get out, tunnel vision, and just own the race. I knew that those two French guys would have been there, so I really just wanted to be there with that (in mind). He knew that’s what it would take for me to win that race,” he added.McLeod’s win took the Jamaican medal tally to three, adding to the silver won by Asafa Powell in the men’s 60m on Friday and the bronze won by Elaine Thompson in the women’s 60m on Saturday.Jamaica finished fourth on the medal table, three behind hosts United States with 23 (13 gold, six silver, four bronze); Ethiopia, with five medals (two gold, two silver and one bronze); and France with one gold, one silver and two bronze.McLeod had earlier sprinted away from the field to win semi-final two in a time of 7.52 seconds, equalling the fastest time of the other top-two qualifiers, Martinot-Lagarde of France and Jarrett Eaton of the USA.It was Jamaica’s lone medal on the final day of competition.The women’s 4x400m literally crashed out as Patricia Hall went tumbling to the ground on the second lap of the opening leg of the event. It appeared that Hall’s heel was stepped on by either the athlete from Poland or Nigeria and she stumbled and fell, taking with her any medal hopes the Jamaicans might have had.The remaining members of the quartet, Chrisann Gordon, Stephenie Ann McPherson and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, were forced to watch in disbelief as their last hope dissipated.The United States went on to win the event in a world-leading 3:26.38 seconds, ahead of Poland in a season’s best 3:31.15 and a fast-finishing Romania, also in a season’s best 3:31.51.The men’s 4x400m team of Ricardo Chambers, Dane Hyatt, Demish Gaye, and Fitzroy Dunkley finished fourth in the final event of the evening.Dunkley ran a brave anchor, but could not pull back the fast- flying Americans, who won in a world leading 3:02.45, and the Bahamas with the evergreen Chris Brown on anchor in a national indoor record 3:04.75.last_img read more

first_imgNational Sportsman Nominees, 2016 Athletics: Usain Bolt became the first man in track and field history to claim the triple-treble, by winning his third straight set of 100 metres, 200 metres and sprint relay titles in Rio, Brazil. Already a legend and the most successful male sprinter of all time, the victories took Bolt’s total of world titles to 20, nine of which are Olympic gold medals with 11 World Championship titles. Of this total, an incredible 13 are individual gold medals. Bolt also has two silver medals obtained in the 200 metres and the 4×100 metres relay from the 2007 World Championships. Incredibly, Bolt achieved this despite a significant injury just weeks before the Rio Olympics. Athletics: Omar McLeod followed up his 2015 breakout season with a stellar 2016 season in which he became the first Jamaican to win an Olympic sprint hurdles gold medal. McLeod took the Men’s 110 metres High hurdles event in 13.05 seconds. McLeod also set the two fastest times of the year for the event (12.97 and 13.01 seconds) and had six of the top eight times of the year. Earlier in the year, McLeod became the first Jamaican male to win a World indoor sprint hurdles title, clocking a National Record in 7.41 seconds, winning the men’s 60 metre Hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on March 17 in Portland, Oregon. Cricket: Marlon Samuels was the hero for the West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup Final in India. The heavy hitter cracked an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls to help carry the West Indies to an improbable 4 wicket victory over England in April and was deservedly named player of the Match. In July, Samuels was named West Indies One Day International Player of the Year for the 2015-2016 season. Samuels also scored a brilliant 125 against Australia in Barbados in an ODI match and 92 in another match of the series. National Sportswoman Nominees, 2016 Swimming: Alia Atkinson made the Final of the women’s 100 metre Breaststroke at the Rio Olympics Games in Brazil. Then, in the very first meet of the short course FINA/AIRWEAVE Swimming World Cup, Atkinson once again equalled the world record for the 100 m Breaststroke clocking 1 minute 02.36 seconds on August 26 in Chartres France. Atkinson followed up with a new world short course record in the 50 metres Breaststroke at the Tokyo meet, breaking the seven year old record by 0.16 seconds with a swim of 28.64 seconds. Atkinson finished second overall in the points standings for the World Cup and won all eight 50 metre Breaststroke events she entered in the series. Atkinson finished the year with a trio of medals; gold, silver and bronze in the FINA World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada. Athletics: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce overcame a painful, injury plagued season, narrowly missing out on becoming the first woman to win three Olympic 100 metres titles. Despite the problems, Fraser-Pryce ran through the pain to earn herself a bronze medal in the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics in a season best 10.86 seconds. “The Pocket Rocket” also won a silver medal in the sprint relay. Athletics: Shericka Jackson continued her fine form of 2015 with a bronze medal in the 400 metres at the Rio Olympic Games. The Jamaican speedster clocked a personal best 49.83 seconds in the semi-final before bringing home the bronze in the Final. Jackson was also a vital member of the 4×400 metres relay team which claimed the silver medal at the Olympics. Cricket: Stafanie Taylor who captained the West Indies team, led the squad to their first ever title at the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup. The Windies defeated Australia in the final. Taylor scored the most runs in the tournament and was fourth in the batting averages. She also had the fourth highest wicket haul with eight wickets. Taylor is the world number one ranked ODI all-rounder and second ranked T20 all-rounder. She is also the highest ranked West Indies woman in both T-20 and One Day International batting rankings at number one and six, respectively. Athletics: Elaine Thompson followed up her 2015 break out season by claiming the rare and coveted sprint double at the Olympic Games in Brazil and became the first woman since to do so in 28 years. She clocked winning times of 10.71 seconds and 21.78 seconds for the 100 metres and 200 metres respectively. Thompson left her first Olympic Games with three medals; two gold and one silver. In a brilliant season Thompson also equalled the National 100 metre record, clocking 10.70 seconds at the National Championships on July 1 to equal the mark set by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2012. Thompson ended the year in glory. At the IAAF Diamond League she won all four races and finished second in the 200 metre Diamond series. She also set a new 200 metres Diamond League record of 21.85 seconds at the Welklasse meeting in Zurich.last_img read more

first_imgThe Rev. George K. Weagba, a Methodist prelate, has warned church congregations against the habit of complacency in giving resources for God’s work in Liberia.Rev. Weagba, vice president for research at the United Methodist University (UMU) in Monrovia, gave the warning Sunday at a fundraising program held at the David Gueh Memorial United Methodist Church (DGMUMC) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The outspoken Methodist prelate also urged church members to give generously and in return receive abundantly from God.On the theme: “Give generously and receive generously,” Rev. Weagba reminded the congregation and Liberians that giving with reluctance should be discouraged among them.The UMU vice president also lamented that over the years, many church members have given their resources for public recognition and praise.“Many only give to gain fame, but if you give small for the work and welfare of God’s people, believe it or not, the Almighty God will also give you very small,” Rev. Weagba warned.He explained that one’s generous gifts and contributions to the work of God strengthens relationships and results in multiple benefits in one’s pursuit of the kingdom of God.“I want you to strengthen the hands of your pastor so that we as humble Christians can bring the glory of God to the lives of many in our country,” Rev. Weagba pleaded.He further intimated that true recognition and genuine blessings only come from God whose blessings cannot be manufactured in any form, shape and manner by ungodly and worldly riches.In closing, Rev. Weagba urged members of the church to unite and work together as foot soldiers for the glory of Jesus Christ and the growth of God’s kingdom on earth.Earlier, during the DGMUMU fundraising program, department heads, youth groups and women’s leaders and members of several committees contributed to the ongoing construction of the church’s walls and other initiatives.  Contributors raised LD24,000 and US$300 in on-the-spot gifts and  pledges.According to the pastor-in-charge of DGMUMU, Rev. K. Richard Tonnonlah, the funds are intended to elevate the edifice’s walls and make other internal improvements. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Journalist, Leroy Smith was on Friday afternoon arrested after an unlicensed 4.5mm air pistol was found in his motorcar during a stop and search exercise at Regent and Albert Streets, Georgetown.Based on information received, at about 16:20h, motorcar bearing registration number PVV 4965 driven by Smith was stopped by Police ranks. At the time of the exercise, a teenager of Wismar Linden was in the car.However, during the search, the Colt Defender 4.5mm air pistol was found between the front passenger seats in a compartment pocket. SmithJournalist Leroy Smithimmediately claimed ownership and subsequently produced an approval letter signed by formerCommissioner Seelall Persaud dated January 17, 2017.A senior Police rank when contacted told Guyana Times that the letter of approval was given to Smith to purchase the weapon. “It means that after he would have purchased the gun, he had to get it registered and then a licence will be issued… we are trying to ascertain whether or not it is the same gun that the approval was given to purchase is the one that Smith had in his possession,” the senior rank stated.In addition, the senior Police rank added that air pistols are not a regular firearmThe gun that was found in Smith’s carthat can be kept in someone’s possession around the clock. “Those guns are for hunting purposes and once they are not used as was intended, they have to be locked away in a safe space until they are ready to be used again”.As a result of the law, Smith was arrested and taken into custody at Brickdam Police Station while the firearm was lodged. He and the occupant of the car were later released.The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers are making their way to Comox to compete at provincials for a second consecutive year. In their first ever trip to provincials last season the team had a respectable showing as they finished with a record of 3-3.Also lacing up the skates at the event are teams from Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George, Coquitlam, Saanich, and Comox.The first game for the Trackers will be on Sunday afternoon as they take on Kelowna.- Advertisement -The tournament is schedule to conclude on Thursday.last_img

first_imgThe crew chiefs for 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler all were kicked out Tuesday, and NASCAR took the unprecedented step of docking the drivers points before the season even started. The next day, the sanctioning body turned its attention to two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota team violated the code of the Nextel Cup garage by tampering with its fuel. It led to indefinite suspensions for two of Waltrip’s top employees and a $100,000 fine – the largest in NASCAR history. It was so embarrassing Waltrip almost packed up his car and left. Instead, Waltrip will make his 21st start in the race. There’s been mixed reaction to his situation, with many rivals believing he got off too easy and should have been suspended. Waltrip still has supporters, though, including two-time series champion Tony Stewart. “Nobody wants him to go away by any means,” Stewart said. “He’ll rebound from all this. I mean, it’s a huge bump in the road … but he’s got a lot of friends in this garage area, and I’m sure when it’s all said and done, everything will be fine.” It may never be fine for Toyota officials, who were humiliated by Waltrip’s team in the Japanese automaker’s highly anticipated Nextel Cup debut. Waltrip took pains to distance the incident from Toyota. “I just hope people are able to understand and separate Michael Waltrip Racing from Toyota in this instance, because their integrity and the way they go about things is totally opposite of the position I’ve put them in,” Waltrip said. Orbitz 300Kevin Harvick has been to Daytona’s Victory Lane before – just not as a driver. “I went there the last two years as a car-owner,” Harvick said after driving to his first win at Daytona International Speedway. “This is more fun.” Harvick, who ran away with the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series title, started the season with his 27th Busch victory. This time, he was driving for Richard Childress, who also fields his Nextel Cup Chevrolets. “Any time you can win any race at Daytona it’s big,” said Harvick, who will start 34th in today’s Daytona 500. Saturday’s race was overrun with Buschwhackers – Nextel Cup regulars moonlighting in the junior series – and Harvick controlled the last half of the 120-lap event. Starting 31st in the 43-car field, Harvick crossed the finish line about three lengths ahead of runner-up Dave Blaney, who gave Toyota a solid finish in its first Busch event. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 500 was supposed to be a celebration of all that’s right with NASCAR – the debut of Toyota and much-heralded rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, and a new format that emphasizes winning. Instead, this version of the Great American Race has been all about a cheating scandal that forced NASCAR to throw six people out of the garage long before today’s race. It’s a drama that generated the mainstream attention NASCAR desperately covets – but for all the wrong reasons. “I think it gave the sport a black eye, (and) we’ve got to recover from that,” said driver Joe Nemechek. “I know this is the most stressful Daytona 500 I’ve ever been in.” center_img That seemed true for almost everyone in the Nextel Cup garage. It was a chaotic Speedweeks, with twists and turns, allegations, bombshell announcements, emotion and apologies. “This week has been mindboggling,” said three-time winner Jeff Gordon. “I’ve been glued to the TV as much as anybody else waiting to see what’s going to happen. Between that and Anna Nicole Smith, I just can’t seem to get myself away from the TV.” The words were barely out of his mouth when Gordon learned the spotlight had shifted to him: The car he drove to victory in a Thursday qualifying race had failed inspection, making him the sixth driver to fall on the wrong side of NASCAR law. But before the label “cheater” could be stitched to Gordon’s name, NASCAR said the problem with his Chevrolet was unintentional and simply stripped him of his starting position – sending him back to the 42nd spot for today’s season-opening race. It was a relative slap on the wrist for the four-time series champion, especially in light of NASCAR’s weeklong crackdown on rule-breakers. last_img read more

first_imgSylvan Swanberg, a former Dawson Creek resident, founded Swanberg air in 2000. He worked in B.C. and Alberta for five decades. Unfortunately, Swanberg passed away in April of 2011, and the company ceased operations in November of that same year.In a release, Sylvan’s son Loran Swanberg says, “My father strongly believed in continuous education, training, and practical knowledge as important aspects of the learning experience. With the donation of this Jetstream 31 aircraft, his belief in the importance of all aspects of the education experience will be honoured by ‘Paying it Forward’ to students at Northern Lights College who will have the opportunity to learn from the first Jetstream that my father owned.”The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Basic Training program at NorthernLightsCollege takes in students twice a year. The value of the donated plane is estimated at $625,000.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement -Braytin is described as: Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. Braytin was last seen Friday November 22nd, 2019 at a residence near Old Fort, BC. Braytin is considered a high risk missing person and frontline officers continue to investigate. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating 25-year-old, Braytin Lequyer who was reported missing by his mother.  UPDATE: The Fort St John RCMP wish to thank the public for their assistance in locating the missing 25-year-old man. The man was found to be in good health which his mom will be happy to hear.  center_img 6’4″ tallShort brown hairBrown eyesThin build The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has any information about Braytin Lequyer or where he might be, to please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Advertisement Braytin was last seen wearing a blue work coat with reflective stripes, a black hoodie, blue jeans and green rubber boots.last_img read more

first_img Grzegorz Krychowiak [right] in action for Poland 1 Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of signing Grzegorz Krychowiak ahead of both Arsenal and Liverpool.As talkSPORT told you last month, it appeared that the French heavyweights had edged ahead of the two Premier League clubs in the race to land the Poland star.And now, following his country’s exit of Euro 2016 at the hands of Portugal, the holding midfielder is expected to finalise his move from Sevilla to the French capital.Unai Emery quit Sevilla to become PSG’s boss and has convinced Krychowiak to follow him to the Parc des Princes.According to sources in France, Krychowiak has already agreed personal terms with PSG, who are expected to pay £21m which could rise to £25m with various add-ons.last_img

first_imgFEATURES: A unique course that helps students manage the transition from school to adulthood takes place in Donegal this summer.Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has partnered with Consilium Education to host ‘Leaving School Successfully’, a three-day course that equips students with the skills required to deal with the challenges that this  stage of life presents.‘Leaving School Successfully’ balances classroom learning and experiential learning in the rugged Gartan landscape. An extensive  outdoor programme, which will see students in woodland, on water and in the hills of Donegal, is complemented by classroom sessions to ensure continuous learning and the development of independent academic skills which young people need when the support that school provides is no longer there.Ursula MacPherson, Director of Gartan OETC believes the course will provide students with a life-long learning experience, “This course is  designed to help students develop motivation, commitment and  resilience; key traits required when the familiar supports of school, family and friends are not there.“Students will deal with challenges, which will help develop their focus and mind-set, preparing them for the challenges of life after school, whether academia, work or gapyear.They’ll work independently and in a team, approaching decision making constructively and discovering how to turn setbacks into positives. “They’ll learn how to build their knowledge independently, and particularly how to write for academic purposes, which will benefit them for life.“Outdoor Education really adds depth to formal education, with outcomes immediately evident.”Andy Homden, CEO of Consilium Education says an increasing number of students are struggling to make this transition every year: “Research from the Higher Education Authority shows that some 6,500 students, or one in six of all first years in higher education, did not progress to second year between 2012 and 2014.“We know that higher education officials are particularly concerned at the high dropout rates, where up to 80 per cent of students are failing to progress beyond first year in some courses.Students themselves have been telling us that the transition from school to adulthood is something they struggle with. Naturally, parents worry about it as well, so we wanted to develop a programme to help empower students, not  only to survive this period, but to thrive during it.” Adding to this, Ursula said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming our first group of students at the end of the month.“This course is tailor made for young people from 15 to 20 years of age. Those leaving school in 2016 will benefit immediately as they make their plans for 2016-2017, while students already in higher education can use the experience to heighten their awareness as they plan for their future.“Students who are leaving school in a year or two will also find the course invaluable. There’s been a lot of interest in the course to date; we featured in The Irish Times this week and have had a great response, but places are filling up fast, so we would recommend early booking.”Leaving School Successfully takes place on two separate dates: Monday, 27th – Wednesday, 29th June and Tuesday, 23rd – Thursday, 25th August. The course costs €270 per participant, which includes accommodation, meals on a full board basis, on-site Public Liability Insurance, and the use of all equipment and provision of academic materials.As well as the highest standard of instruction, Gartan OETC offers excellent accommodation, first class equipment and facilities, delicious and nutritious catering, and 87 acres of rambling, woodland lakeshore estate.The centre is located on the shore of Gartan Lough, 2km from Church Hill village and 15km from Letterkenny.For more  information, http://visit www.gartan.com or www.consiliumeducation.com.Places are limited so early booking is advised by contacting the teamat Gartan OETC via office@gartan.com or +353> (0)74 9137032.LEAVE SCHOOL SUCCESSFULLY WITH GARTAN OETC AND CONSILIUM EDUCATION was last modified: June 16th, 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)last_img read more