Jamaicans provide some smiles in 200m at IAAF World Championships

first_imgBEIJING (AP):Racing in a lane next to one of the big-name Jamaicans sure was a laugh. They certainly brought a few smiles to the sprints yesterday at the World Championships. Usain Bolt was already chuckling with the runner next to him before he crossed the finish line in the 200 metres.Another of the country’s champions, Veronica-Campbell Brown, was up to a different sort of hijinks, veering out of her lane and into the one next to her after she rounded the turn in her 200m heat.No damage done in either race.Bolt won his heat easily in 19.95 seconds, beating South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana, who has now run next to ‘The World’s Fastest Man’ in three straight major championship semi-finals.”Usain Bolt is a living legend,” Jobodwana said. “I was smiling to be so close to him.”And Campbell-Brown advanced to the next round, as well. She was not disqualified for veering from Lane 5 to Lane 6 because she didn’t impede the lane’s rightful owner, British runner Margaret Adeoye.”I was like, ‘Was that me or was that her?'” said Adeoye, who finished third in the heat to advance. “It helped me get to the finish line.”Campbell-Brown, the woman known simply as ‘VCB’ back on the island, grimaced as she realised she was changing lanes. It’s not like her, and it could have cost her dearly. She’s a two-time Olympic gold medallist in the event and this might be her last, best chance at a second World title. Two of the best runners at the distance – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix – are sitting this one out.Asked to explain her meandering ways, Campbell-Brown only said she had a headache, before making a quick right turn to head to the practice track.She’ll return today, along with Bolt, where the running will get more serious.Semi-finals nextCampbell-Brown is in the semi-finals and Bolt will race in the final, in another sprint showdown with Justin Gatlin.While Gatlin ran 19.87 – the second-fastest semi-final in the history of World Championships – Bolt shut things down early and finished in 19.95.In the midst of decelerating, Bolt turned back to share a smile with Jobodwana, who ran hard to the finish and still couldn’t catch up.All three times he’s run next to Bolt, Jobodwana said he’s “been right next to him and kind of making him run, even though he really wasn’t running”.Chances are, Bolt won’t share any smiles with Gatlin until well after today’s race is over.”It’s all about focus now,” Bolt said. “Getting focused and showing the people that when it comes to the big time, I always show up and get things done.”last_img read more

Police Officer stabbed 8 times by high school student

first_imgA Police Officer is now in a stable condition after he was stabbed eight times with a knife by a high school student. The incident took place on Monday evening in New Amsterdam.The injured Police Officer, Constable Randy Claxton, 32, of Central Police Station, was at the time of the incident performing his duties. He is attached to the Anti-Crime Motorcycle Patrol Unit.Reports are he and another Constable from the Unit were on patrol in the vicinity of Main and Pitt Streets, New Amsterdam, when they observed close to 10 men in a group smoking what appeared to be marijuana.Injured: Constable Randy ClaxtonThe officers reportedly came off their motorcycles and approached the gang. However, one of them ran but was eventually apprehended.Meanwhile, the teenager who was part of the gang, reportedly approached the Police Officer with a knife in his hand and despite being told to put down the weapon, he attacked Claxton, stabbing him once to the back of his neck, four times to his back, two to the left side hip and once to his left forearm.The teenager then made good his escape. The officer was picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was treated and admitted.The Police have since made several attempts to apprehend the teenager but up to press time, he was still on the run.last_img read more

Jagdeo flays Jordan over “fiscal space” argument

first_imgB constitutional agencies’ budget cuts-as house approve cutsA move by the government, described as a direct threat to democracy in Guyana, saw the A partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government slashing the budget for a number of critical constitutional agencies by a whopping $5 billion on Thursday evening.During consideration of the 2017 Estimates of Expenditure for 16 Constitutional Agencies, tempers flared in the National Assembly as the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) argued profusely   against a decision to reduce the agencies’ allocations, which could impact their effective functioning.The 16 agencies requested over $11 billion for 2016, however those requests were watered down to $6 billion by the government, with Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan leading the charge.The Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) suffered the ‘deepest’ cut with its 2017 budgetary request slashed from $5.8 billion to $2 billion.This decision came in for heavy criticism from the PPP/C benches; however House Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland blocked most of the questions posed by the Opposition which sought to enquire whether the allocation is sufficient, bearing in mind the electoral commission is expected to embark on fresh house-to-house registration next year.Scotland said the rules prohibited the PPP/C parliamentarians from scrutinising the operational aspects and line-items of the constitutional bodies.The government used its 33-member majority in the house to vote for the Gecom allocation.Public Procurement CommissionAs it relates to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) Jordan unilaterally decided to allocate $76.2M to the body for fiscal year 2017, arguing that the Commission is not yet operational, thus it will benefit from supplementary financing if necessary during 2017.“Don’t beat us up on it…it is a provisional sum, “Jordan said.His revelation however prompted Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali, to questionwho the Finance Minister consulted before arriving at the provision.But before any further scrutiny by the Opposition, Dr Scotland called a vote.  The opposition abstained.President David Granger is yet to swear-in the five-member commission as recommended by the Ali-led PACThe members of the PPC are Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, Sukrishnalall Pasha, Ivor B English and Dr Nanda K Gopaul.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoFinance MinisterWinston JordanThe names were unanimously approved by Parliament.The Government also reduced the budgetary requests for the Ethic Relations Commission (ERC) from $141.2 million and received $84.9 million, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from $15.02 million to $10.02million. Indigenous Peoples’ Commission’s (IPC) request was reduced from $33.1 million to $24.4 million, while the Rights of the Child Commission (ROC) requested $97million, but only received $41.5 million.The Women and Gender Equality Commission requested $62.9million but received $42 million, while the Human Rights Commission received $34.1 million of the $74.9 million requested.The Minister of Finance also slashed the budgetary request of the Office of the Ombudsman, which is without a head from $50.3 million to $48.3 million and the Public Service Appellate Tribunal, which has not been established yet received $12.4 million, but had requested$13.9 million.However, the cut that raised much concern was that of the Auditor General Office, which had proposed a $771.2 million budget but the amount was slashed to 754.9 million. This decision came on the heels of AG Deodat Sharma being critical of the Finance Ministry for misusing the Consolidated Fund in a recent audit report.Additionally, Government used its one-seat majority to reduce the budget of the Parliament Office from $1.7 billion to $1.5 billion.“Fiscal Space”The opposition questioned where the sums approved by Jordan were adequate for the effective functioning of the constitutional bodies.However, every time these questions were put to the Finance Minister, he argued that the allocations were made “in context of existing fiscal space and the consideration of the Agency’s request within national development priorities.”This prompted Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, to challenge the Finance Minister to explain his concept of fiscal space.“It (his explanation) connotes an assumption on level of expenditure and revenues, to get a fiscal surplus or deficit…and it fits into a notion, capricious or rational, of what is sustainable over time…I would like to know, what assumptions were made on revenue, on expenditure…what is the sustainable framework?” Jagdeo asked, as he called on Jordan to proffer an explanation.Jordan in an attempt to dodge Jagdeo’s question stated that “Mr Chairman, I don’t know if you are permitting us to go down this road…this is not the Minister of Finance’s fiscal space. This is the Executive fiscal space…the Minister of Finance is one member of the Executive.”But, adamant Jagdeo said while he was not questioning the notion that the budget was “the Executive’s budget’  he was still trying to get what the minister meant, since he continuously argued that  “fiscal space” was  the determining factor in him exercising the cuts.“All I am asking for is how he determined what the fiscal space available is…He mentioned the concept of fiscal space and I am asking him to tell the country how he came up with the notion of fiscal space,” Jagdeo stated.Minister Jordan declined to answer.The 2017 Budgets of 16 Constitutional agencies were submitted to the National Assembly and copied to the Ministry of Finance, in keeping with the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2015 passed by the APNU/AFC administration.last_img read more

Jobs: Award-winning packaging company seeks staff

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: A Donegal packaging company, a market leader in its industry – are seeking to recruit staff to join their professional, dynamic and hardworking team.RA Pacaistí, based in the Gweedore Business Park, in Derrybeg, is the market leader in Food To Go packaging.Management at RA Pacaistí have a number of exciting positions now vacant within the business.The Maintenance Technician is required to support the maximisation of equipment uptime within the production area.Maintenance Technician / Electrical EngineersJob Description:The ability to analyse the reason for equipment failure, diagnose the root cause and implement solutions is critical to the roleJob Requirements:Candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in an Electrical or Mechanical maintenance role, in a fast-paced production environment. Candidates should have completed a recognised apprenticeship or hold a formal qualification in Electrical or Mechanical EngineeringPreference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience in a multi shift operation. The ability to work individually on one’s own initiative or as part of a team is essential.Resource PlannerJob Requirements: Previous office experience is essential with experience with budgets and shift rosters preferred.An accounting background would be an advantage.General OperatorsJob Requirements:Successful candidates must be trustworthy, diligent, reliable and experienced.Be flexible with hours, and possess the ability to work as part of a team.Experienced in multi-shift operation and production. If you’re interested in applying for these positions please send a CV to kathleen.kelly@rapire.com – clearly stating which role you are applying for.Jobs: Award-winning packaging company seeks staff was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:engineeringjobsRA PacaistíVacancieslast_img read more


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Tickets are selling fast for the BAY CITY ROLLERS will be performing LIVE at the Mount Errigal Hotel’s party nights on the 17th and 18th December. Following the success of the recent show in the Mount Errigal, the band was so impressed with the Donegal crowd that they agreed to play their party nights, after previously refusing because they typically ‘don’t do’ party nights or dances, they simply do concerts.The hotel today has reported that the 18th is very close to selling out and the 17th is half full already. Carolynne Harrison, Sales and Marketing manager at The Mount Errigal Hotel told Donegal Daily, “We have numerous large corporate groups booked in for their annual Christmas party, but we also have hundreds coming down for the weekend from Belfast, Dublin and even Glasgow.“We expect both nights to be sold out by end of August and we are urging those who are planning to book in, to do it now, otherwise we are certain they will miss out.“The atmosphere of these sold out party nights is going to be fantastic!“With Rollermania Cocktails on arrival, a delicious 4 course meal and dancing to this legendary band, Bay City Rollers. “We know from the recent concert, that no one could stay in their seat, everyone was up dancing, which is why we are super excited for all our guests, because this time, it is a party night, not a concert !Never before has the North West of Ireland secured such a huge band for a Christmas Party Night, this band was once hailed as the ‘biggest band since the Beatles’!To book call NOW 074-9122700!BOOKINGS STILL ON A ‘ROLL’ FOR BAY CITY ROLLERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: July 17th, 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:EntertianmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Real Madrid defender set for Premier League? Pepe reveals Bernabeu exit

first_img1 Veteran defender Pepe has said he will leave Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer after ten years at the club.The 34-year-old Portugul international has made 334 appearances while helping Real to three LaLiga titles and three Champions League crowns, but it appears his spell in the Spanish capital is coming to a muted end.Pepe announced his departure himself in an interview with Spanish radio station COPE, and said he had not had a farewell conversation with Zinedine Zidane in the wake of Madrid’s latest Champions League title, won in Cardiff on Saturday.He also revealed he has been in contact with English clubs as he prepares the leave Los Blancos.“What he has done for Real Madrid is spectacular, but there are things I still do not understand,” Pepe said. “I didn’t say goodbye because they knew before I did.”Pepe has slipped behind both Raphael Varane and Nacho in the battle to play alongside captain Sergio Ramos in the Madrid defence, and a parting of the ways had looked likely throughout the season as his contract ticked down.“I’ve had years of great pride in which I have given my body and soul,” he said. “But I took the decision in January when it was clear which way it was going.“I’m happy for the love of the people, and that’s worth more than everything.”Pepe has already been linked with the likes of Paris St Germain and AC Milan, but he said it was too soon to say where he might play next.“There are more proposals, also from England,” he said. Pepe lifted his third Champions League crown with Real Madrid in Cardiff on Saturday last_img read more

Eric Cantona welcomes Thai cave boys to Man United

first_imgThe Thai boys who were trapped in a flooded cave visited Old Trafford for Manchester United’s victory over Everton and even got to meet the iconic Eric Cantona.United welcomed the Wild Boars youth football team with a weekend of VIP treatment, including hugs with manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday and hospitality seats for the Premier League clash on Sunday. REVEALED no dice ADVICE 2 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 The boys got to meet Mourinho RANKED BEST OF One of the boys was pictured wearing an England football shirt as they were discovered inside the cave.Mourinho hosted the boys at Man United’s training ground on Saturday, where they were able to meet and chat to the players. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS They were given plum seats at Old Trafford A moment to savour for today’s special guests at Old Trafford.The young Thai footballers who were rescued from a cave in July met Eric Cantona during our win over Everton – it was a pleasure to welcome them along. pic.twitter.com/nBvYcP0qwe— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 28, 2018The 12 youngsters and their coach were the subject of a global rescue effort in July after they ventured into a cave which then flooded, trapping them inside for 18 days.They were all successfully brought out thanks to a complicated mission involving an international team of cave divers. huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won And they were all smiles as they watched the Red Devils beat Everton on Sunday, dressed in red and white United scarfs.Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial netted either side of half-time as United emerged 2-1 victors, although Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty ensured a nervy conclusion. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more


first_imgThe cast and crew of the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are celebrating after sweeping the boards in the All Ireland Drama Finals in Cavan for their hugely acclaimed play ‘The 39 Steps’.The group won the Best Producer award,  the Best Actress, the Best Supporting Actors and the Best Stage Management awards. Producer Plunkett O’Fearraigh said he was delighted by how well the play had done.“I know there were some individual awards but this was very much a team effort. The awards are for the entire cast and crew.“I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has ever been involved in the play,” he said.The group qualified for the All Ireland by virtue of the fact that they won all seven Drama Festivals they competed in all around Ulster since the beginning of March. They won in Castleblayney, Lislea, Portadown, Derry, Strabane, Carrigmore and Ballyshanon. Along with winning the festivals outright they also won many individual awards [ 46 awards in total] – including best Actress [ Elaine Gillespie], Best Actor [ Kieran Kelly], Best Supporting Actor [ Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde & John Ruddy], Best Director /Producer [Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh], Best Stage Manager [ Fiona Mc Daid], Best Lighting [ Niall Cranney & Ann Marie Langan], Best Technical /sound [ Paul Rooney], Best Comedy, Best Set and the Audience Awards etc.The group have also qualified to compete in The Ulster Drama Finals in Newtownabbey in Belfast on the 15th May. This is a separate competition from the All Ireland.This is an exciting time for the LMDG, An Grianán Theatre, the town of Letterkenny and of course the county with the prospect of bringing an All Ireland Trophy and Ulster Title home to the county. We wish them luck.The group have already staged and sold out The 39 Steps in An Grianán 4 times this year and due to popular demand will stage it again for the last time on Saturday 12th May at 8pm. Book early to avoid disappointment by ringing 0749120777The above pictures shows the cast and crew of Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s production of The 39 Steps with all the trophies [ 46 awards in all] they have won so far in 7 drama Festivals since the beginning of March.LETTERKENNY MUSIC AND DRAMA GROUP SWEEPS THE BOARDS WITH THE 39 STEPS was last modified: April 30th, 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:LETTERKENNY MUSIC AND DRAMA GROUP SWEEPS THE BOARDS WITH THE 39 STEPSlast_img read more


first_imgA world leader in Breast Cancer Care will deliver a public lecture on the illness in Co Donegal later this week, before giving his support to a ball aimed at raising funds to help research here.Professor Ismail Jatoi Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas will speak on ‘The Changing Face of Breast Cancer and its Care’ this Thursday night at 19.30 at Silver Tassie Hotel November 21st.He will also attend the North West Cancer Care Ball at the same hotel on Friday night. Dr. Ismail Jatoi is the holder of the Dale H. Dorn Endowed Chair in Surgery.Dr. Jatoi obtained his undergraduate bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his MD and PhD degrees from St. Louis University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.He completed fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England. Dr. Jatoi was formerly a Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, and continues to hold an Adjunct Professor appointment at that institution.Dr. Jatoi has had a longstanding interest in breast cancer local therapy and adjuvant systemic therapy, the management of women at increased risk for breast cancer, and breast cancer screening. He also has an interest in the design and analysis of cancer clinical trials. Dr. Jatoi has previously served on the Breast Cancer Executive Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). He is the Principal Investigator of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and serves on the national NSABP Working Group. Additionally he serves on the Executive Committee and the Planning Committee for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), and was recently appointed as Co-Director of the SABCS.* The lecture is open to the public and is free.** Tickets for the ball are still available from Liberty Travel or the Silver Tassie. See the poster above.All the money raised goes to helping research here in Letterkenny. WORLD LEADING PROFESSOR TO GIVE LECTURE ON BREAST CANCER – AND WILL BE SPECIAL GUEST AT BALL was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: The number of people starting training is on the rise.Some people are training for fun, some for health, some for sports and some for changes in body composition, be it weight loss or muscle gain.Everyone who begins training usually has a personal goal in mind. It is this goal that drives people to get up early and go training before work.It is this goal that gets players out training on cold rainy autumn nights.It is these goals that gets people into the gyms and leisure centres after a long day’s work.Goals are what get most people started into training, but there is another, more important factor that will actually see these people achieve their goals. During my time as a Fitness Instructor and as a Personal Trainer, I have seen all manner of people set out on their fitness journeys.They start off with focus and fervour, training almost every day for a few weeks and never missing a session.Then, you might not see them for a week.Then I will see them for 3-4 days in a row and then, nothing for another week.Then, it’s a day here and a day there. Then, it’s another week off.Then, after a few weeks of this pattern repeating itself, these members/clients come to me to complain that they can’t understand why they’ve had such poor results.After all, they started out with good intentions, did a few consistent training sessions and only missed a week or 3 in between these sessions.Why is it they are not seeing the results they wanted?? The answer is simple and it’s one word long.CONSISTENCY!Being consistent will give better results than being sporadic and freestyling your trainingThe simple fact is this if you put inconsistent effort in, then your chances of success are slim.When you start out on a training program you need to be realistic when it comes to how often you can train.Going to the gym 5-6 days per week only to miss a week and then repeat that cycle won’t get you the results you desire.Try and set a realistic goal that you can stick to every week.Consistently training 2-3 days per week WILL get better results long term over the aforementioned cycle of training.Remember that changes in body composition, strength gains or on field performance improvements is your body’s way of adapting to the stresses you place on it through exercise.But if the stress is not placed on it with any regularity, then your body doesn’t really sense the need to compensate and you won’t see any results.Remember this; it isn’t just your training that needs to be consistent.If your nutrition plan follows the same pattern as your training plan you are setting yourself up for double the failure rate. The best results are made through consistent effort made on all fronts.You don’t have to live a life of total abstinence in order to get to where you want, but you have to stick to some sort of a consistent plan.How quickly you reach your goals will be determined by how many consistent days per week you follow the plan.If you are a beginner, I would recommend 2-3 days per week.If you have been training consistently for a period of time, you might need 3-4 days per week in order to give your body the appropriate stimulus for it to adapt and change.If you are feeling a bit lost, drop me a line through the link below and I will lay out a plan to help you stay on track with your training and help you to finally achieve your goals.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: THE ONE THING MISSING FROM YOUR TRAINING… was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more