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Big 200m clash in Brussels – Thompson eager for Schippers rematch

first_imgBRUSSELS, Belgium: IAAF World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson says she is eager to again test herself against gold-medal winner Dafne Schippers and Olympic champion Allyson Felix at today’s series – closing AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium. Schippers, who became the third-fastest woman ever in the 200m says she is also looking forward to the double rematch – with Thompson and with Felix, who beat her into second place at this very meet last year. Thompson and Schippers produced the best 200m race in history, taking each other to the line in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium with the towering Netherlands heptathlete-turned-sprinter stopping the clock in a championships record 21.63 (+0.2); the fourth-fastest time in history to pip Thompson, who posted 21.66 – the sixth-fastest time ever for silver. Those were the two fastest times recorded since 1998 with Veronica Campbell-Brown’s bronze medal winning 21.97 seconds clocking also meaning that the three fastest times of the year came in that race. “It’s my last 200m of the season, my first time running against (Allyson) Felix and, of course, my second time against (Dafne) Schippers, so I’m looking forward to going out there and doing my best and seeing what I have left in my last 200m and first after the championships,” Thompson told The Gleaner yesterday. “Yes, I am looking forward to the rivalry. Now I am considered a top competitor in the event and people are looking out for me at the meets,” added Thompson as she expressed her excitement. Schippers has become somewhat of a cult hero in these parts and, as she spoke about the difficulty in walking on the streets without being mobbed by fans since her big win in Beijing, she, too, is looking forward to the contest. “It’s very nice to compete with the top girls of the world. Of course, the most important competition was the Worlds but I am also looking forward to facing the top girls again here,” said Schippers, who also confirmed that she will no longer compete in the heptathlon and will now focus on the sprints and the long jump in 2016. Felix’s motivation will be her one-point lead in the Diamond Race – a trophy she has not held since 2010, but she is all too aware that fellow American Jeneba Tarmoh and Schippers are both within striking distance. World Championships finalist Sherone Simpson is also expected to compete in the event. Eleven other Jamaicans including World Championships shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards and national 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald are also in Belgium and ready to compete, as are 400m finalists and three-quarters of the gold medal winning 4x400m team – Novlene Williams-Mills, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, and Christine Day, triple jump finalist Kimberly Williams and 100m pair Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter. Those two will come up against double sprint silver medal winner in Beijing, Justin Gatlin, who will be looking to continue his unbeaten run on the circuit, which stretches back to the beginning of last season. The American is only in need of a top-three finish to claim the Diamond prize in the event. Gatlin, following Usain Bolt’s 11th hour withdrawal from the meet due to fatigue, will also contest the 200m where Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer will be among the competitors. World champion Christian Taylor (USA) will look to overturn Cuban rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo’s two-point lead in the triple jump, while Jasmin Stowers, Sharicka Nelvis and Dawn Harper-Nelson go into the 100m hurdles decider all on 10 points after equally sharing wins in the six rounds of competition in the event. Schedule for Jamaicans Men’s Shot Put – 11:25am O’Dayne Richards Women’s Triple Jump – 11:40am Kimberly Williams Men’s 400m – 12:50pm Rusheen McDonald Peter Matthews Men’s 100m – 1:14pm Asafa Powell Nesta Carter Women’s 200m – 1:32pm Elaine Thompson Sherone Simpson Men’s 200m – 2:16pm Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer Women’s 400m – 2:35pm Novlene Williams-Mills Stephenie-Ann McPherson Christine Daylast_img read more

Illegal trade of foreign currency

first_imgDear Editor,Officials of the Bank of Guyana (BoG) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) need to be aware that the illegal trade of foreign currency appears to be very active among merchants and migrants from other countries, which may be a contributing factor to the reduced value of the Guyana dollar.Over the past month, I witnessed illegal activities first hand in two stores that I had only briefly visited.At one store on Regent Street, Georgetown, close to Regent Street, a Cuban national purchased several items which were paid for in US dollars.The goods, which were originally priced in Guyana dollars, were converted to US dollar equivalent at an exchange rate that was not aligned to those of the BoG, local commercial banks, or Cambios. Since I was next in line behind the Cuban customer, witnessing the transaction was inevitable. When my turn came to pay for my purchase, I curiously asked the female money collector, who appeared to be of Chinese origin working in concert with some persons of suspected Indian or Bangladeshi origin, if I could pay in US dollars too. Her curt response was, “Not for you! Not for you”.I continued my probe by asking her if she had a Cambio Licence and she responded in dismissive fashion by saying that she did not understand me. I left the store without desiring to press the matter further.The next occurrence of this type of activity was observed again on Regent Street, but closer to Albert Street, in a hardware store. A group of Spanish-speaking men and women entered the store under the guidance of a Guyanese man.They were escorted to a section of the store where a man of Chinese origin, who apparently owns or manages the store, proceeded to purchase sums of US currency from the foreigners. I looked around in the store, then went outside, inquisitively searching for any sign that the store operated Cambio services. However, there was none.I also heard stories from usually reliable sources about a store on Robb Street where mainly Cubans and Venezuelans are selectively invited to enter during the early morning hours. The grilled doors are then closed to permit the foreign nationals to conduct purchases using US dollars.If this is the usual and daily practice by shop and store owners who bypass, evade, and subvert the established regulatory financial system in Guyana, the reduced value of local currency compared to the US dollar is merely a symptom of a much larger problem that officials need to extensively investigate in order to restore order, the value, and stability of the Guyana dollar.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

Fort St John’s New Years Baby

first_imgNorthern Health is pleased to announce that the first baby born in 2009 in Fort St. John is a girl.Teslyn Hutchings was born at the hospital on January 1st at 01:05 AM to mom, Stacey, and dad, Kris, of Fort St John. This is their first baby; little Teslyn weighed in at seven pounds, 8 ounces.- Advertisement –last_img

Two vehicle collision in Fort St. John

first_imgA two vehicle accident has occurred at 100 Ave. and 100 St. in Fort St. John.Fort St. John RCMP say they received a call about a collision between an SUV and a pickup truck at 2:20 p.m. Saturday.Police could not say how many people were in each vehicle but say the two drivers suffered only minor injuries. No one was taken to the hospital.- Advertisement -The female driver of the SUV is facing charges of failing to stop at a red light and driving without a driver’s licence.If anyone has a photograph of the collision, it can be sent to news@moosefm.calast_img read more

Arsenal need ‘perfect run’ to catch Premier League leaders Chelsea, claims Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to extend their winning run until the end of the season as the Gunners continue to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal of the game as the north Londoners beat struggling Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.An eighth straight top flight victory leaves them four points behind Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, although the Blues have two games in hand.And Wenger said his side need to produce a flawless finish to the campaign to have any chance of catching their London rivals.Following the away victory, the Frenchman said: “Nothing has changed – we need a perfect run and we need a non-perfect run from them, but we can’t master that, we can only master our own position.“We want to keep winning because we have to look behind us as well at Manchester United and Manchester City.“We are consistent and we have a good attitude in the team so it is a challenge for the team and we have to focus and win the next game.”Wenger was particularly pleased with the way his side coped with Burnley’s physical threat, with the boss also paying a rich tribute to the performance of Sean Dyche’s men, who came close to salvaging a point through late chances for George Boyd and Danny Ings.He added: “I was surprised by the quality of Burnley and it will be a shame if they go down because they have done fantastically well.“They are organised, they press well and they show great solidarity. They are very fit and I understand now why they took points from the big teams.“You have to fight and be combative until the end and we couldn’t score the second goal but the defence played very well today and got us the three points.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1last_img read more

AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen says £17m Tottenham move is ‘almost complete’

first_img Vincent Janssen claims he won’t train with AZ anymore Holland forward Vincent Janssen expects to shortly complete a move from AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham, claiming the clubs are close to an agreement.Spurs have made an offer of around £11million, but Dutch side AZ are holding out for closer to £17m, amid interest from the likes of Wolfsburg, Paris St Germain and recently West Ham.Janssen, though, was keen to secure a transfer to White Hart Lane.The 23-year-old was the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season with 27 goals and had been given permission to spend two days in London last month when he visited Spurs’ training ground, meeting manager Mauricio Pochettino and discussing his plans for the future, while also settling on personal terms.AZ, however, remain determined to secure closer to their asking price, and are keen for the structure of any payments to be up front rather than instalments.The Dutch club this week completed the signing of striker Wout Weghorst from Heracles Almelo, which would appear to pave the way for Janssen’s departure.Janssen – who scored a penalty for Holland in their 2-1 win at Wembley in March – had returned for the start of pre-season training, but in an interview with local media suggested a deal was now close.Quoted by Algemeen Dagblad, in an online article including photos of the player apparently saying his goodbyes at the training ground, Janssen confirmed: “I won’t train with AZ any more. The clubs are now really close to an agreement. I will go home and wait for the phone call to go.“I am glad that it is almost complete. For me it was clear from the beginning that I wanted to go to Spurs.“The competition appeals to me and the plan of the coach is similar to the plan that AZ boss John van den Brom shared with me a year ago at AZ.“It is a beautiful club with a fantastic stadium and heaps of potential. Anyone in my shoes would take this step.”Tottenham are aiming to reinforce their attacking options to help alleviate the pressure on main frontman Harry Kane ahead of a Champions League campaign.Janssen is sure he can work alongside the England striker.“Harry Kane? People can say what they want, but I am not afraid of (competition from) anybody. He is a great striker, but we naturally will see how it goes,” the Dutch forward added.“We can complement each other, I think I can learn a lot from him.” 1last_img read more


first_imgEntering the Lions Lair – Jason’s live audio blog is not possible at present because of signal difficulties. However here is Jason’s latest blog penned yesterday.Jason BlackDay 5 & 6 K2 Expedition 2015.by Jason Black News filtered through late Friday night that the long awaited journey to Skardu village at the base of the Bolero glacier, the starting point of the long trek to K2 Basecamp was not now possible. In a most heavy debate & heated raised voices between the logistics crews & the Sherpa team that it had now become very obvious that the dreaded drive through the most dangerous valley in the world was just about to unfold. Named the Karakoram highway nick-named the KKH and home to the Taliban. In 2013 eleven international climbers on route to the mountains on the KKH were highjacked tortured and shot dead.The Taliban have one mandate as extreme Islamics to keep their territorial areas free from western world influences and to murder outsiders.With heavy hearts we loaded up the bus and set sail, shortly outside of Islamabad, a Pakistan liaison officer “who had to negotiate the checkpoints on our behalf” calmly stated that’s where Sadam Husain was captured & killed. We were in a village called Abbottsbad on route to our stop over in Besham village which we arrived at after 10hours in the sweltering heat. After a beautiful bit of Pakistani food made up of local rice chicken with a spiced sauce and finished with what looked like custard which was just perfect. The bus outside now was under armed guard being protected for the night. With less than four hours sleep and two fried eggs with nan bread, washed down with a local chi milky tea for breakfast we departed at 4.30am.A decision was taken to get a jump on the rebels, as we pulled out of the overnight basic but nice & very friendly accommodation, an armed police officer brandishing a shot gun & cool as a cucumber sat down beside me and we’re off. Yes I thought, Jesus you wouldn’t see it in a film. Check points came fast & thick and more welcomed armed police arrived until we were escorted front and back with heavily armed officers.By now the silence on the bus was very noticeable as we were in the Taliban’s back door, up through the valley we followed the winding dirt road passing through sparatic mountain villages where we could see that we just didn’t fit in- obvious in the stares, that said an odd wave let us know that not everyone was hostile to our passing. It was the longest bus ride of my life as we felt we literally had our life in their hands.The valley of region was so barren with the Indus River as our guide and the surrounding huge mountain range of the Himalayan Range on the right & the Karakoram Range on my left I could see how dealing with these extremists in their own environment must be practically impossible.After 14 hours , yes 14 hours we got through the worst bit and turned off the KKH on the final leg of the journey toward our final destination, Skardu ,which was a further 5 hours away on mountain torn dirt roads.With short stops for relief , a stretch and snacks we rolled into Skardu village at 1.30am, 21 hours later ecstatic with relief that we made it through hassle free but exhausted like doing 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.Departing the bus I couldn’t but think of the two days and how in God’s name I could put into words & explain what had just unfolded.I laughed as I said ,”it was like something from the movies”. Today was a really serious day which lived up to its reputation, that aside there was a bright side as I got an opportunity to see & experience the coal face first hand and witness how resilient once again the human race can be , as these people cut off from the outside world can live and survive under a curtain of hardship.Like all torn nations dealing with conflict there is always a small minority creating mayhem. I have to stress that the vast majority of Pakistani were warm , caring and very welcoming people in a vacuum of media negativity from the troubles that’s not accurate in the whole.The freedom of speech, movement and fair trade we enjoy at home, sometimes a democracy we take for granted as a modern nation.I’ll never complain about that No. 32 Bus Eireann bus again.Pakistan oh Pakistan “what can tomorrow have in store”. The K2 expedition continues….JasonJASON BLACK’S K2 BLOG: WHY THE NO 32 BUS EIREANN ROUTE IS EASY PICKINGS was last modified: June 29th, 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:BlogJason BlackK2last_img read more


first_imgGreyhound racing fans from throughout the North West and further afield are expected to attend a grand Gala Night of Racing being run Brandywell Stadium in Derry this Thursday night when prizemoney totalling almost £8,000 will be up for grabs.With races ranging from sprints to the marathon 720 yards, there are no less than seven Sweepstake finals and four open races down for decision on an 11 race card.Runners (in trap order) are: Managers Select Sprint Final: 1 Sticky Yee 2 Finnside Bolt. 3 Lislea Blaze 4 Hung Jury. 5 Cushie Willow 6 Lord Ben.Gatillo Kennels 500: 1 Donford Jane 2 Leahs Rocket 3 Kingsmoss Pixie 4 Pretty Jockey 5 Oghill Revenge 6 Black Emerald.Track Bookmakers 500: 1 Beaming Impact 2 Muckross Pat 3 Local Whitesocks 4 Boherash Hawk 5 Rampant Razzle 6 Baltovin Billy.John Long Memorial 500 (sponsored by family of the late John Long and the Track Lotto): 1 Whiterock Diva 2 Inishowen Queen 3 Make A Move 4 Farley Rumble 5 Glenside Sky 6 Global Club. Bill McKinney Memorial 500 (sponsored by the family of the late Bill McKinney and Track Lotto): 1 Hightown Hill 2 Conors Talent 3 Ardnasool Kagawa 4 Rileys Choice 5 Rockview Wood 6 Canaska Miner.Billy and Sheila Quigley Memorial 525 (sponsored by the family of the late Billy and Sheila Quigley and Track Lotto): 1 Leave It Be 2 Corrin Gooch 3 Leahs Sparkey 4 Mark Street Lass 5 Whoop Whoop 6 Mineola Fred.Benny Barrett Memorial Sprint (sponsored by Patrick Barrett and Track Lotto): 1 Coldwater Aoife 2 Doonadoir 3 Gortkelly Blake 4 Portnagee Colm 5 Oghill Hack 6 Doodinthehood.Agnes and Sandy Close Open 720: 1 Turbine Tulip 2 Serious Impact 3 Ballyfidora Golf 4 Hi Dibbles 5 Total Motion 6 Do It Kim.Brendan Duffy Open 500: 1 Drumcrow Barack 2 Droopys Gerry 3 Droopys Navas 4 Yorkshire Mafia 5 Blenheim Tricks 6 Locnamon Royal. Des Gilroy. Sheepwalk Kennels Open 500: 1 Picky Sue 2 Balaclava Barry 3 Smurfing Oddball 4 Skerries Harp 5 Marfield Luis 6 Fair Rest.Farloe Calvin Open Sprint (sponsored by Paul Ellis): 1 Lacken Jacksie 2 Cherrypark Gem 3 Intelligent 4 China Special 5 Blackhall Hero 6 Drumcrow Natasha.GALA NIGHT OF GREYHOUND RACING AT BRANDYWELL was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:brandywellDerrygalagreyhoundnightRacinglast_img read more

New Letterkenny Social Enterprise Centre to be named in honour of John Hume

first_imgLetterkenny Municipal District are to write to the family of Nobel Peace Prize winner, John Hume, informing them that councillors have backed plans to name the new Social Enterprise Centre in his honour.Councillor Dessie Shiels moved a motion at the monthly meeting of the LMD calling for the Council to name the new centre in recognition of Mr Hume, ‘a man who championed the cause of social inclusion in the quest to bring peace to the island of Ireland’.The new centre, to be located next to the Public Services Centre, is expected to open its doors in 2020. “This represents a golden opportunity to have a building in Letterkenny with a vision of cross-community. The Letterkenny to Derry link is needed at national level,” Councillor Shiels said.“The building will be a significant one and will act as a hub for groups which work to make community life better. “At the same time, it has become increasingly obvious that ongoing relationship is needed between Letterkenny and Derry. Letterkenny, in time, will become a city. “John Hume is a national and international figure of peace and it would be a great honour for this town to name our new building after him. Given his standing and stature, I think it is appropriate that this Council approach his family and ask if we can name the building after him.”  The motion was seconded by Councillor Michael McBride, who said Mr Hume had been ‘one of the outstanding political figures of our lifetime.’He said: It is fitting his contribution in our lifetime should be honoured and that his name should be put on a building which will represent all he stood for in his political career.”New Letterkenny Social Enterprise Centre to be named in honour of John Hume was last modified: March 15th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Councillor Dessie ShielsCouncillor Michael McBrideJOHN HUMEletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

Donegal groups petition for hate crime legislation

first_imgDonegal Travellers Project & The Building Intercultural Communities Project will be campaigning in locations around Letterkenny today as they call on the government to introduce hate crime legislation.Today is International Human Rights Day, and it will see DTP and The BIC Project hosting information stands and petition signings to promote a #LoveNotHate campaign.The groups want to help break the silence on hate crime in Donegal, encourage people to report racism, and other hate attacks, and to find effective ways to address it. They will be in various locations throughout Donegal including Letterkenny Shopping Centre, The LYIT and the Public Service Centre to inform people about the need for hate crime legislation, and to ask people to sign the #LoveNotHate petition to the Minister For Justice and Equality, who has the power to enact legislation. The Student Councils in St Eunan’s and Errigal College will also be promoting the Love Not Hate Campaign amongst secondary school students. This action has been initiated by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland.The message is: “We must break the silence on hate crime, encourage people to report it, and find effective ways to address all forms of racism and prejudice.” Shane O’Curry, director of the European Network Against Racism Ireland  said the 30-year-old hate-crime legislation was “wholly and unacceptably inadequate” and failed to deal with the “serious harm” racism did.“We see people who stop going out, who leave jobs and schools, stop going to certain places – all because of racist abuse,” said Mr O’Curry.Ireland has no hate crime legislation. DTP want the government to take the next step, and protect those among us who are perceived to be different because of their skin colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical, intellectual, mental abilities and so on. This project is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body (SEUPB). Match funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland. Donegal groups petition for hate crime legislation was last modified: December 10th, 2019 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)last_img read more