Bird’s Nest 100m clash

first_imgBEIJING, China: Sprint king Usain Bolt will lead the Jamaican trio completed by Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade into the semi-finals of the men’s 100 metres with one eye locked on the final a couple hours later as the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China kicks into high gear. Bolt and Powell were both comfortable in winning their respective heats with the other main players Americans Justin Gatlin – now unbeaten in 30 consecutive races – and Tyson Gay, also easing to victories in the opening round of the marquee event. Jamaicans have won five of the nine available medals in the men’s 100 metres since the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and have won the gold medal at each event since then. There is a real threat that this streak will be broken this time around with Gatlin showing the type of form he has for the past two seasons. The world leader looked ominous, advancing as the fastest qualifier after he stopped the clock at 9.83 seconds to win his heat, even if there was an illegal +2.1 metres per second wind pushing him along. Bolt, who says he is fit and ready to run fast, shows why his handlers have become so confident that he will retain his title over the past few weeks, nonchalantly winning his heat in 9.96 (-0.2) with Powell, 9.95 and Gay, 10.11 also keeping a lot in the reserve tank ahead of today’s expected double assignment. The men’s 100-metre semi-final faces the starter at 6:10 a.m. with the final set for 8:15 a.m. Also today, Commonwealth champion and national record holder O’Dayne Richards will start his campaign in the men’s shot put at 6:30 a.m. In yesterday’s men’s 400m hurdles action, the Jamaican pair of Annsert Whyte – the national champion – and Leford Green booked their spots in today’s semi-final round, where they, too, will be looking to qualify for the final set for Tuesday. Roxroy Cato struggled to get going and never looked comfortable from the beginning in the end and finished sixth in his heat with a time of 49.47. The event was won by Kenya’s Nicholas Bett in 48.37 seconds ahead of Russia’s Timofet Chalyy, 49.05 with Jeffery Gibson of The Bahamas taking third place in 49.09. Leford Green 49.33 had a nervous wait to see if he made it through as one of the fastest athletes outside of the automatic spots and couldn’t contain his excitement as he booked his spot after an aggressive run in his heat. Green took on the entire field from the sound of the gun, but faded towards the end with his legs getting heavier with each stride as he crossed the line in fifth position behind winner Boniface Mucheru Tumuti, 48.79, also of Kenya; Michael Tinsley (USA), 48.91, and and Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson, 49.02. “I tried a new strategy here in this race. I decided I was going to attack the race, run aggressively from the first hurdle, and it’s a strategy that I will be using as I go through the rounds,” explained Green. Despite a early scare in his event when he clipped the second hurdle and lost some momentum, national champion Annsert Whyte was the most impressive Jamaican of the lot and was relatively comfortable in crossing the line fourth with a time of 49.10 to claim an automatic spot to the next round. Kerron Clement (USA) in 48.75 was the first athlete to finish the race with Great Britain’s Niall Flannery, 48.90 and Kariem Hussein (Switzerland), 49.08 taking the top-three spots. There were a couple of high-profile casualties in the events as world leader and gold medal favourite, American Bershawn Jackson, 50.14, who finished seventh in his heat, and defending champion Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, also seventh in his heat in a time of 49.91. Both failed to advance in the event. Danniel Thomas became Jamaica’s first World Championships representative in the women’s shot put, but she had to settle with a 12th-place finish in her qualifier and a mark of 16.62m, which was sandwiched between two fouls. There was success for Jamaica’s female triple jumpers, with Kimberly Williams and Shanieka Thomas both qualifying for Monday’s final. Williams was third in her qualifying group with a 14.23m effort with Thomas finishing fourth with a mark of 14.05m. HURDLES ACTIONlast_img read more

Hawks waive Carmelo Anthony, making him a free agent

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pauses during the team”s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have waived Carmelo Anthony, making official the move that was expected when the 10-time All-Star was traded from Oklahoma City this month.The 34-year-old Anthony may now sign with another team as a free agent. He averaged 16.2 points with Oklahoma City this season.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Hawks acquired Anthony, a protected 2022 first-round draft pick from Oklahoma City and Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers in the three-team trade July 19.In that deal, the Hawks traded forward-center Mike Muscala to Philadelphia and point guard Dennis Schroder to Oklahoma City. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was traded from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dwyane Wade still not saying if he will play a 16th season In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Why Is Finance Minister Kamara So Lenient with Togba and Sorbor?

first_imgFinance Minister Boima Kamara must have had very accurate and conclusive evidence that two of the Ministry’s senior officials, Emmanuel Togba and Herbert Sobor, “stole US$82,000 from the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) and converted it to their personal use.” The Minister immediately called a press conference to report the matter and demand that the two men immediately restitute the amount or be turned over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. In order to prevent them from absconding, Togba and Sorbor’s photographs have been spread across the country, so that any attempt by them to cross the borders or board a plane would be obstructed.But Minister Kamara should know how porous Liberia’s borders are and how, with lots of money in their pockets, the two men could easily abscond. Then again, given the vulnerability of our poorly paid Police, Immigration and other security officers, who says that these already criminally-minded men could not bribe their way across the borders?We think that the Finance Minister should have immediately had the two men arrested and turned over to the law for prosecution, even while they restitute the money.The thought or hope that somehow Togba and Sorbor would remain free to “find the money and restitute it” may be a vain hope. For already, they did not “steal” the money to give it back. They may have been doing so for a while, and have now become filthy rich, like so many others from that same Ministry who now have big houses and big businesses.The Minister assured the Daily Observer that the two men are under surveillance. Togba and Sorbor may be thinking, after all, that so many GOL officials have stolen money and gone scot-free, “so why not us?” That is why it is so sad that the President allowed some of her cronies and even her own son Robert to do what they did with the people’s money. Others, having seen all that, are saying: “If these can do it and get away, why not us?” That is the essence of what personal example means. We wish Minister Kamara luck in his faith and hope that Emmanuel Togba and Herbert Sorbor will come forward and repay the money.How sad, though, how so unfortunate that people entrusted with critical responsibilities would violate the public trust and, in addition, ruin their reputations and harm the future of their children and the Togba and Sorbor names. It was Jesus who asked the question: “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his soul?”—meaning, his integrity. The other desperately sad part of this scenario is the hapless (ill-fated, miserable) condition in which Liberia finds itself. When last did these two men pass through Soniwehn, Buzzi Quarter, Douala or Red Light? When last have they visited West Point or New Kru Town, the decrepit (broken-down, dilapidated) dwellings of their own people of Liberia’s southeastern region? Or the southeast itself—Sinoe, Grand Kru—and seen the widespread poverty, hunger—hunger not for food only, but for development of every kind in the lands of their ancestry?Or perhaps, as is the fashion, with enough stolen money filling their pockets, they will one day show up in Sasstown or Grand Cess and declare their intention to be elected to the House or the Senate! That is the fashion, is it not?And because the people know the names only too well, they could get elected!When will we Liberians learn to use our education to lift our people and country up, rather than use it to cheat our people and bring them and our country down?Remember the question we posed in yesterday’s Editorial, why does almost every Liberian want to be president? Is it selfishness and the dream of getting rich—just as Charles Taylor thought?A recent young graduate of the University of Liberia, who once worked for the United States Embassy, remembered a parting remark of former Ambassador Deborah Malak. She told a group of Liberians… look at Belgium, a country without natural resources, yet with power and influence in Europe; and look at Liberia, a country very rich in natural resources, yet in abject poverty—why? The people.That is why we are praying for the emergence of a new President who will MAKE A DIFFERENCE; who will focus not on himself and his family, but on the Liberian people and inspire and help empower them to lift themselves out of poverty into development and prosperity. Liberians, register to vote! Vote wisely and elect such a leader.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Murderer gets 15 to life

first_imgPerez was last seen with Jacobo in the parking lot of the Leon del Mar bar at Durfee and Elliott avenues in El Monte. A cigarette butt found at the mountain site had Jacobo’s DNA and the victim’s blood was found in Jacobo’s car. Deputy Public Defenders Reema Khan and Michael Coghlan filed a motion for a new trial, claiming that verdict forms given to the jury made it impossible for the jury in the second trial to render the one unanimous verdict they had been able to reach: that Jacobo was not guilty of first-degree murder. The public defenders also claimed Jacobo was denied access to juror information, that Pomona Superior Court Judge George Genesta refused to instruct the jury that it could consider voluntary manslaughter in the case and that the prosecution was allowed to present inconsistent scenarios. Genesta denied the defense’s motion and ordered Jacobo to pay $10,000 in restitution and fines. POMONA – A former Duarte man received 15 years to life Monday for the 1999 killing of a man who was beaten, strangled and thrown off a cliff while still alive. A jury last month convicted Jose Jacobo, 39, of second-degree murder. This was his third trial in the killing. A court overturned his 2000 conviction on first-degree murder because a juror failed to disclose his prejudice against Latinos. A second trial, held in January, ended in a hung jury. At his sentencing Monday, Jacobo insisted he did not kill Julio Perez, whose body was found near Crystal Lake in the Angeles National Forest. “If I could pay with the death penalty I would pay it – if I committed the crime,” Jacobo said through a translator. “That deed I did not do. I am paying for something I did not do.” Perez’s relatives were unhappy with the sentence, saying they wanted the death penalty. “He must pay. He must pay,” said Violeta Perez, the victim’s wife. “Because it was not an animal’s life that was taken.” Jacobo’s mother, Leonor Esparza, does not believe her son is responsible. “Why don’t they look for the guilty one?,” she asked. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

N. Ireland under joint rule

first_img“I believe we are starting on a road to bring us back to peace and prosperity,” he added. For all the oratory, the precise moment when former sworn enemies agreed to work together passed in an almost humdrum exchange of formalities. “I affirm the terms of the pledge of office as set out in Section 4 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998,” Paisley said as he was sworn in as first minister, referring to the legislation that established the power-sharing authority. McGuinness echoed the pledge a few seconds later to become Paisley’s deputy. Yet, as they shook hands in a crowd of dignitaries and supporters, there was no sign of them shaking hands with each other. The events on Tuesday at the Stormont Parliament building – once an emblem of Protestant hegemony in Northern Ireland – ended direct rule from London, which was reinstated in October 2002, after the Belfast authority was suspended in a dispute over allegations of espionage by the Irish Republican Army. The proceedings were dominated by two parties – the republicans of Sinn Fein, seeking a united Ireland, and the Democratic Unionist Party, which wants continued union with Britain – that were once seen as bitter adversaries. Paisley and McGuinness reiterated their commitment to their divergent visions of Ireland’s future. BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Paying tribute on Tuesday to the thousands of victims in one of Europe’s bloodiest sectarian conflicts, the leaders of Northern Ireland drew a formal line under decades of hostility and strife, re-establishing a power-sharing local authority of once implacable foes. Watched by dignitaries from Britain, Ireland, the United States and elsewhere, the Rev. Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionists, the dominant party among Northern Ireland’s Protestants, and Martin McGuinness, of the republican and mainly Catholic Sinn Fein party, were sworn in as leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the Northern Ireland executive government. “Today, we will witness not hype but history,” McGuinness said. Paisley, once the most strident voice of Protestant opposition to peace efforts, told reporters, “While this is a sad day for all the innocent victims of all the Troubles, yet it is a special day because we are making a new beginning.” The agreement to share power, struck in late March, followed years of negotiations in which the IRA, affiliated with Sinn Fein, abandoned its armed struggle and said it would embrace politics. Paisley dropped his refusal to share power with his republican foes. Peter Hain, Britain’s Northern Ireland minister, said the deal to restore local government “is going to stick” because “these are the two most polarized forces in Northern Ireland’s politics; they have done the deal.” In 30 years of violence known as the Troubles, more than 3,700 people died in sectarian fighting and conflict with the British Army in Northern Ireland that sometimes spilled into England in bomb attacks. Since cease-fires in the 1990s, successive British governments have struggled to cement the peace, enshrined in the 1998 Good Friday agreement. “It’s a day that no one thought ever to see, Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party in government with Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein,” said Sydney Elliott, a professor of politics at Queen’s University here. “They have a big program of work ahead. A lot of things were neglected over the years of the conflict. There is a lot of pent-up energy here in society to make things work.” Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern, attended the ceremony, each pursuing political goals. Blair is expected to announce this week that he will step down in June or early July and is seeking to build a legacy of achievement. “Look back, and we see centuries marked by conflict, hardship, even hatred among the people of these islands,” he said in a speech beside Paisley, McGuinness and Ahern. “Look forward, and we see the chance to shake off those heavy chains of history.” Ahern hailed Blair as the driving force behind the Northern Ireland peace effort and declared: “We cannot undo our sad and turbulent past. And none of us can forget the many victims of the Troubles. But we can, and are, shaping our future in a new and better way.” Ahern is seeking a third term in Irish elections on May 24; Sinn Fein is challenging his party. The combination of Paisley as first minister with McGuinness as his deputy offered a once-unthinkable constellation of personalities. Paisley long accused McGuinness of being an IRA “terrorist” and acquired the nickname “Dr. No” for his rejection of the Good Friday agreement and cooperation with his adversaries. The deal between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party followed elections in March that enabled both to say they had a mandate to strike a deal. In chance conversations on the streets of Belfast, Protestants seemed to have more misgivings than did Catholics. Joan McCoubrey, 70, a Catholic retiree who lost a brother in 1971 early in the conflict, said, “I don’t want my grandchildren to go through what I went through.” Isabelle Fagan, 81, said, “We have all suffered, and I think it will work out.” Deborah Harbinson, 48, a Protestant homemaker, had doubts. “There are still a lot of problems left to be tackled,” she said. “There’s still hidden violence and division and few job opportunities.” The United States played an important role at various stages in the Northern Ireland negotiations. President Clinton made three visits to Northern Ireland, and President Bush came here in 2003. In 2005, however, Bush and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., snubbed Gerry Adams, leader of the IRA’s political arm, when he visited Washington to register distaste at the killing of Robert McCartney, a Northern Ireland Catholic, by a group including IRA members. “Northern Ireland has shown the world that peace is possible, even in the face of tragic history,” Kennedy said in a statement after he attended the ceremony as part of an American delegation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham all chasing Portugal sensation

first_img1 Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham are all scouting teen sensation Ruben Neves, according to reports in Portugal.The 18-year-old became the youngest Champions League captain in the tournament’s history on Tuesday as he led Porto to victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv. The midfielder is widely regarded as one of Portugal’s stars of the future and has been likened to Barcelona anchorman Sergio Busquets.According to Jogo, Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham are all scouting the Portugal Under-21 international as they weigh up moves.Scouts from the Premier League trio were reportedly in the stands for Tuesday’s Champions League win.And further scouting trips are expected as the January transfer window draws ever closer. Ruben Neves last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s college are going from strength to strength with students successfully competing in technology competitions across the country.Congratulations to the St. Eunan’s College 3rd year team made up of Mark Mc Ginley, Jonathan Martin, Tony Toye & Caoimhin Marsh who were successful in the RIBI Technology Tournament in St Marys School Limavady recently.The tournament consists of teams of four students with a interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects who are invited to apply to compete in a full day out of school event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task. Students must work against the clock and each team must have good communication skills, be well organised and be able to show the development of their task solution in a design portfolio.At the end of the day the student’s solution in the form of a working model will be tested and judged against competing school teams from both north and south of the border.The college also have boys from Transition year students competing in the Bridge Design Competition hosted by The Department of Built Environment in Carlow IT.The student must download software and design a bridge that will be cost effective and sustainable to build. When designing their bridge they must use computer simulation software to test the stresses and strains on their design.The competition also promotes Teamwork, Engineering though realistic, hands-on problem-solving experiences, Engineering design, Truss bridges and how they work & How engineers use computers to solve problems.Also in Transition year the college are proud to have entered the F1 In Schools Competition for the third year in a row.The team FUSION F1 who consist of Evan Mc Croary, Dylan Mc Croary, Harry Murphy, Conor Dabell, Nathanial Giddy and Anthony Horgan.The F1 in Schools Challange is an international competition which now attracts more than 90,000 students across the world in a frenzied dash to design, build and ultimately race model F1 cars powered by compressed air. The team have already received generous sponsorship from several local businesses and the team will collaborate with the LYIT in Letterkenny to utilise the facilities, advanced technology and wide range of equipment that they have to offer.You can follow the boys on facebook, twitter and visit for more information on their progressTECHNOLOGY IS BOOMING AT ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE was last modified: January 21st, 2015 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:CompetitionsFeaturesNationallyNoticesSt.Eunan’s CollegestudentsTechnologylast_img read more


first_imgDo you want to join the award winning staff at Kelly’s Centra, Mountain TopKELLY’S CENTRA, MOUNTAIN TOP.Award-winning Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top in Letterkenny are now recruiting for the position ofJunior Manager (Full Time) This job requires someone with minimum 2+ years retail department management or supervisor experience.The Ideal candidate will/must be• Able to support the Store Manager in running the day to day store operations.• Have enthusiasm and a passion for retail. • Have strong attention to detail.• Have total commitment to the company and take ownership of the store, and have some responsibility of stock control, wastage, profit margins, staff training and customer care.• The determination and self-confidence to drive sales and productivity forward• Customer service orientated• A flexible attitude to working hours • An ability to work under pressure in a fast moving environmentThis is an excellent opportunity for someone seeking an opportunity to carve out a long term retail career with a growing and expanding company.Please forward a C.V. stating the position you are applying for Closing date for receipt of applications is:Friday 1st May.JOBS: KELLY’S CENTRA, MOUNTAIN TOP, SEEKS NEW JUNIOR MANAGER was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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:jobsKelly’s CentraletterkennyMountain Toplast_img read more


first_imgRose of Tralee beauties Tara Talbot and Maria McCole certainly left a lasting impression when they visited Donegal this week.It was a fabulous day with Donegal Rose Maria MCole & Rose of Tralee Tara Talbot visiting businesses in Letterkenny, the Stroke Rehabiliation Centre in St Conals & Edel MacBride’s Studio where the Roses had some lessons in crochet, enjoyed good Donegal tea and scones. Anyone thinking of becoming a Rose should apply now by downloading application on or visit more info contact Elaine McIntyre @ the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny on 087-2657431 or Donegal Rose Maria McCole on 087-1252756   WHAT A GOOD DAY FOR THE ROSES! was last modified: February 3rd, 2012 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:DONEGAL ROSE MARIA MCCOLERadisson Blu HotelROSE OF TRALEE TARA TALBOTlast_img read more

Drive to keep ’em alive

first_imgPICO RIVERA — Looking thin and pale, first-grade teacher and new mother Shannon Evans smiled and hugged her fellow teachers who organized a blood drive in her honor Thursday at Orchard Dale Elementary School. “This is my second family here, and to see them all come together to support me is amazing and a blessing,’ said Evans, whose daughter Jolie arrived three months early, weighing in at just 2 pounds, 11 ounces. Jolie, born two weeks ago, has had one blood transfusion and may need a second, said Evans. Moved by Evans’ experience, her fellow teachers at Orchard Dale decided to donate blood not just for Jolie, but for all the other mothers and premature babies who might need transfusions in the future. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Shannon’s need for a blood transfusion for her baby brought the need for blood to the forefront,’ said special education teacher Lara Epling, who was among the first to roll up her sleeve Thursday. “I also heard there is free ice cream involved,’ she joked. About 100 teachers and parents from the school were expected to donate blood Thursday afternoon. Evans stopped by the school on her way to visit Jolie at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier. Sue Orloff, a first-grade teacher who organized the blood drive, said it was a much bigger gesture than merely sending Evans flowers. She hoped the effort by the teachers will spur others to do the same. “With all the tragedies in the world, like Hurricane Katrina, it’s a good way to give back. We want to see this extended outside our school family,’ Orloff said. Members of Presbyterian Hospital’s donor center staff, who were on hand at the school to collect the blood, said every such effort helps. “It’s good to have schools do blood drives to replenish the blood supply at our local hospital,’ said Lisa Van Ortwick, a blood donor recruiter for the hospital. Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more