Foster’s Fairplay | Bolt, the best man for AOY award

first_imgThe International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), leading the voices of the main stakeholders, has added to the legendary status that Jamaica’s mega star, Usain Bolt, has taken unto himself. Just when the triple-treble Olympic gold medal winner is pointing his face towards the exit door, he has been decorated with a record-breaking sixth title as the male Athlete of the Year (AOY). The 2017 World Championships in London, as he has said on a few occasions, will be his final outing. His last hurrah locally will be the Racers Grand Prix in the same year. Also coming from the big man is a foray into what could be an even more starry showcase of his talent-filled portfolio, topping his already established world acclaimed performances on the track. This is in reference to his suggestion that a career in the world of cinema entertainment is in his future. As is the case when selections of this nature are concerned, the usual controversy has surfaced. It has been mooted that the prestigious title should have gone to the Rio Olympics 400 metres champion, the South African, Wayde van Niekerk. This has come from knowledgeable individuals in the sport. With this in mind, their opinion bears a look see. Jamaicans will well recall a blistering 300m race at the Racers Grand Prix this year. It was specifically requested by none other than many-time global gold medallist, USA’s LaShawn Merritt, who saw it as a useful addition to his preparation, as he looked to Rio. The Beijing 2015 world champion humbled the American, to post an African record of 31.03 seconds. Boasting 100m speed with 9.98 at altitude and 20.02 over the half lap distance, his 43.03-second world record this August should have been no surprise. It is this world best ever, beating 43.18 set by USA juggernaut Michael Johnson at the 1999 Seville champs, that the new Olympic champion’s supporters are citing to strengthen their claim for the top IAAF award spot for their boy. Also, in an attempt to further embellish that near-42-point clocking, they do not fail to remind the Bolt supporters that the previous mark was touted to be unbeatable for the foreseeable future. Foster’s Fairplay has time for the van Niekerk argument but stops short of championing his cause to receive the award ahead of the Trelawny-born sprinting phenomenon. This columnist urges them to stage a memory jog. Was not Johnson’s 200m mark of 19.32, set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, similarly accepted as unattainable for several years to come? But it was Bolt who shattered it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics breakout of Jamaica’s latest cavalcade of sprinting stars. It was further lowered to 19.19 at the Berlin Champs the following year. This point is made to discount the position that the 43.18 and, so, too, the 19.32 fall into the esteemed category that the South African’s campaign team would want them to be. In support of Bolt’s award, which is viewed here as deserving, given the quality of his fellow nominees, van Niekerk being just one, Foster’s Fairplay obviously takes into account the three Rio gold medals. There is no intention, however, in adducing arguments to qualify him, to limit the world’s fastest human being to that. There is a school of thought that completing the third leg of the triple golden achievement should not count for much, since it is an accumulation of performances over an eight-year stretch. Nothing more should be said on this false premise other than that the unprecedented feat which cemented his legendary label would not have been confirmed without the Rio input. It took discipline and dedication to go through the rigours of preparation to come to that point, no less than that which van Niekerk would have endured to get to his admittedly sensational performance. That said, it would not be feasible to rank the Jamaican below the South African in an exercise in which the award-worthy credentials are being counted. The IAAF, in the view of this columnist, is spot on. Email feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. Sprinting phenomenonlast_img read more

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Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sharapova clasped her hands to her chest in delight as she absorbed the feeling of winning her 36th tour title and first in more than two years since the 2015 Italian Open.Sharapova, 30, was contesting the seventh tournament of what has been an injury-plagued and controversial comeback since testing positive for the banned substance meldonium in early 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogShe exchanged 11 breaks of serve with the Belarusian, who has yet to win a WTA trophy, before finally clinching it in the tie-breaker when the teenager put a forehand return long.In a tight final of high-decibel shrieking, Sabalenka was broken in the opening game but any expectations that she would roll over quickly dissolved when she won four games in a row to go 4-1 up. Sharapova’s coach Sven Groeneveld urged her to use the body serve, and momentum immediately shifted as she held the next game and then edged a nine-minute game seven to wrestle it back on serve.Sabalenka angrily slammed her racquet down as she double-faulted to be broken for a third time and with Sharapova serving at 6-5, the Belarusian overcooked a forehand to hand over the set.The second set followed a similar pattern and Sabalenka was 5-1 up before Sharapova reeled her in, breaking three times — and saving a set point along the way — before serving for the match at 6-5.But a double fault from the Russian took it to a closely contested tie-break, where Sharapova held championship points four times before finally sealing it after two hours and five minutes.Sharapova, whose ranking has dropped to 86, has been playing on wildcards this season. Her return has proved divisive, with some rivals insisting she shouldn’t be back on tour at all.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 14 MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her women’s singles final match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in Tianjin on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZhaoFive-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.The former world number one, who returned to action in April, came from behind in both sets and needed four championship points in the tie-breaker before beating the 19-year-old 7-5, 7-6 (10/8).ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson She now heads to next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow for the first time since 2007, after also being given a wildcard to play in what is her home tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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There are major problems within every sector of the economy

first_imgDear Editor,On the 6th September, Caretaker President David Granger hosted an interactive business luncheon for stakeholders of the Mining community, members of the GGDMA, WMO and NMS were present and related a litany of woes to Granger; President of the GGDMA, Mr Terrence Adams raised concerns about the deplorable state of the roadways, which lead to mining communities and what he described as a need for more government concessions.The GWMO president asked whether the Government would be able to render assistance to the mining industry. “How would miners be assisted? At this point, we do not have any alternatives to mercury but at the same time, we have the years that are counting down for us,” she said. The caretaker President also said he would welcome recommendations of solutions from the mining sector, which would be sent to him directly.Granger explained that he was not previously aware of the issues plaguing the sector. In 2017, Granger introduced a 2% final tax on gold production; this was changed to a sliding scale in 2018 after strong representation by the PPP in parliament. Miners now have to pay to sell gold to the Gold Board; 14% VAT applies to the industry and has not been removed despite numerous pleas. Miners who are not in possession of claim documents in the interior are threatened with jail. There is rampant corruption in the sector with government cronies forming ‘syndicates’ and being allocated prime claims under most questionable circumstances. How can the President not know what the consequences of his policies are? Granger is meeting and promising as he did before elections 2015, can anyone trust him to care after elections 2019?Editor, Gold and Diamond mining contribute Billions in hard currency to our nation’s coffers; Mining is the main pillar of our economy presently, how can Granger not know of the issues affecting production and profitability in this vital sector? This begs the question of what does Mr. Granger do all day? For it seems every time there is an issue within a sector, he (Granger) asserts he has no knowledge of the problem; when the issues with the ExxonMobil PSA was being discussed, Granger’s advisor on Oil, Dr. Jan Mangal, revealed that “It was ExxonMobil who told me the contract was signed, not the Government. President Granger himself seemed surprised that a new contract was already signed.” Following this, Granger assumed responsibility for oil, or so we were told, He (Granger) promptly handed over control of the newly created Department of Energy to Dr. Mark Bynoe, who in follow-the-leader fashion, appointed Mr. Wilks, a retired oilman to run the department, while he (Bynoe) engaged in various political activities such as talks on ‘Christian oil’.Editor, not to belabor the point, but here is another thing Granger does not seem to ‘know’; Declarations must be made to the Integrity Commission annually, otherwise we have no explanation for his (Granger’s) move from a small house in D ‘urban backlands to a compound that includes a mansion and other buildings in Pearl within two years of assumption of the Office of the President.Granger knows an election can only be delayed for so long; as he temporizes; his Ministers are working for the first time in four years, Volda Lawrence is visiting hinterland villages rolling out internet connectivity; Lawrence never mentions that this program was inherited from the PPP complete with $17 Million USD as part of the LCDS and she never apologizes for the delay in implementation. Amerindian titling is suddenly a priority; roads in Georgetown and on the east Coast are being fixed hastily as the election fever grips; Guyanese know that ‘fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me’ applies to this sudden flurry of care and new promises.There are major problems within every sector of the economy – Rice, Sugar, Bauxite, and Construction are suffering a marked downturn, along with the aforementioned Gold and Diamond mining; The teachers, security services and public servants are unhappy; Local businessmen want a vibrant Local Content policy backed by legislation to give them at least a level playing field in the new petroleum sector. Will Granger be meeting with all these groups for suggestions on solutions? If so I would suggest he not waste everyone’s time. Following the meeting described above, a prominent miner asked me for a polite way to indicate to Mr Granger that a return to the status quo that existed when Granger assumed office i.e. the PPP policies, would suffice to solve all of the problems now plaguing the mining industry “just undo all the new taxes and give us back the concessions we had”. In reply, I suggested that the message will be delivered loud and clear by persons in every productive sector and the general electorate come Election Day.RespectfullyRobin Singhlast_img read more

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Domino competition turns deadly

first_img…father of 3 succumbs to head injuries…suspect in hidingThirty-eight-year-old John Choong of Lot 197 Singh Street, Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD) took his last breath at the West Demerara Regional Hospital on Tuesday and relatives are still trying to come to terms with the loss.Choong sustained head injuries during an altercation with a fellow player at a domino competition on Father’s Day. The suspect, said to be in his early 20s, has gone into hiding after he heard of the hire car driver’s passing. Up to late Saturday, he remained at large, Police confirmed.Choong, a father of three – ages 18, 13 and 7 – and a former Wales Estate worker, would often play dominoes at Sideline Dam, Sisters Village on the weekends.Reports are that sometime after midnight into Father’s Day, Choong and the suspect got into an argument. The suspect reportedly pushed the father of three, causing him to fall into a nearby drain where he hit his head.Choong’s brother-in-law, Faroz Rafiek, told Guyana Times that following the incident, a report was made at the Wales Police Station. He added that Choong was treated and received 10 stiches to his head before being released from the West Demerara Regional Hospital the very Sunday.According to the brother-in-law, Choong went back to hospital on Monday, June 18, to clean the wound. However, on Tuesday June 19, when he went again to clean the wound he was admitted to the hospital.It was disclosed that Choong’s wife, Zaheeda, was with him up to Tuesday afternoon. The woman has since indicated that her husband started to behave delirious before succumbing later that evening.Relatives, who are hopeful for action into the matter, gave a statement to Wales Police, informing ranks of Choong’s death. They also claimed that after making arrangements with them to go the mortuary on Wednesday, no Police Officer from Wales turned up to the post-mortem examination. Relatives however requested and later acquired a rank from Vreed-en-Hoop, who witnessed the autopsy. This publication learnt that the father died from trauma and cerebral haemorrhage.A Police source has since told this publication that Choong and the suspect had settled the matter before Choong’s wound turned septic. A probe has since been launched.Choong’s spouse is a housewife and it was said that she is very distressed over her family’s future. The couple celebrated 19 years of marriage earlier this month.last_img read more

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Lancaster homicide victim identified

first_imgLANCASTER – A man gunned down Sunday while waving an advertising in Quartz Hill was identified today as 22-year-old Derel Smith of Lancaster, a sheriff’s official said. Smith was killed in broad daylight on a busy Lancaster street. “It was a brutal shooting,” homicide detective Jim Gates said. “The guy was shot while he was out there trying to make a living. “It’s a tragedy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Smith was carrying a sign advertising a nearby housing development when he was shot at 12:04 p.m., a coroner’s office official said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. His body was found on the southeast corner of 45th Street West and Avenue K. Gates said the investigation has produced several leads, but that no suspects or motives have been established. “It’s a complete who-done-it,” Gates said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 last_img read more

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Possible Man United line up next season with Pogba but NO Rooney

first_img 11 Wide forward: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – In Mkhitaryan – signed for about £26m – they have one of the most creative footballers around. Left back: Luke Shaw – He suffered a terrible injury last season, but is back in training. Holding midfielder: Morgan Schneiderlin – One thing about Mourinho is that he seems to favour a player sitting in front of the back four, uninterested in bombing forward whose only goal is to defend. Schneiderlin could be that man. 11 11 11 11 Central midfield: Ander Herrera – United fans could be seeing Herrera and Pogba switching between attack and defence, though Mourinho has said Rooney will be either a no.9 or 10 so we may see a battle for the position between him and his Spanish team-mate. Wide forward: Anthony Martial – Martial was a success following his £36m transfer from Monaco. Goalkeeper: David De Gea – click the arrow above, right, to see a possible Man United starting line-up for next season without Wayne Rooney – With blockbuster arrivals and more rumoured to be on the way, is this how Man United could line up next season? Manager Jose Mourinho will be glad De Gea stayed given his presence in goal, though is there room for Wayne Rooney in the starting line up? 11 Jose Mourinho has insisted Man United captain Wayne Rooney will not feature in his midfield next season.Paul Pogba is said to be close to a £100m transfer, which would rule him out of that box-to-box role, while he is not going to be a striker following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival.Old Trafford supremo Mourinho said he sees Rooney’s best position as a no.9 or 10, but with Ander Herrera there, plus the additions of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic where does it leave him?Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible XI without the United veteran. 11 11 11 Centre back: Eric Bailly – If it’s decided the centre back, who joined for £30m, isn’t ready for the Premier League then there are options in Daley Blind and Phil Jones if he can stay fit. 11 11 Central midfield: Paul Pogba – Pogba is edging closer to a £100m move and with a player like Schneiderlin next to him, the France ace would be free to surge forward and cause the opposition all sorts of problems. This could prove problematic for Wayne Rooney given Mourinho said he won’t be playing in midfield next season, while the striker role seems to be filled. Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Marcus Rashford is likely to learn a lot from Ibrahimovic and Mourinho said the two can complement each other to form a decent partnership. Centre back: Chris Smalling – Last season Smalling appeared to cement his place as first choice centre back. Right back: Matteo Darmian – His hardworking attributes suggest he’s a player Mourinho would favour. last_img read more

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WATCH: How many epic deals can Raphoe Hardware fit under one roof?

first_imgThe Raphoe Hardware store is jam-packed with incredible offers this month, and have made an impressive video to showcase everything.Amazing autumn offers are now available at Raphoe Hardware on a selection of tools, torches, headlights, power tools and much more.Customers can find great quality and fantastic value all under one roof at Raphoe Hardware on the Lifford Road. You can take a tour of the store below and check out the impressive selection of deals. Call in and have a look! Open Monday to Saturday  8.30am to 5.30pm or like us on Facebook Raphoe Hardware… Real Deals For You Sponsored Post WATCH: How many epic deals can Raphoe Hardware fit under one roof? was last modified: October 25th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:raphoe hardwareSALElast_img read more

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Senator: Feds should consider taxing oil profits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — The government should consider a tax on oil companies if they make excessive profits amid rising gasoline prices, a leading Republican senator said Sunday. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said a windfall-profits tax, along with measures to stem concentration of market power among a few select oil companies, could offer eventual relief to consumers hurting at the gas pump. “I believe that we have allowed too many companies to get together to reduce competition,” Specter said. “They get together, reduce the supply of oil, and that drives up prices,” he said. “In the short run, it’s hard to deal with it for tomorrow. But I think windfall profits, eliminating the antitrust exemption, considering the excessive concentration of power, are all items we ought to be addressing.” Specter is backing legislation that would strengthen antitrust laws on oil company mergers after his committee held a hearing last month examining the growing consolidation of the oil industry. The nation’s largest oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., have denied their industry size has affected prices. Last week, crude-oil prices hit record highs and average gasoline prices nationwide neared $3 a gallon. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he believes gas prices “would come down within a matter of days” if President George W. Bush told oil companies that he was going to support a windfall-profits tax. “But the president will not call the oil companies into his office because he’s been too closely allied with those oil companies, and if he does it’s going to be a window-dressing conversation,” said Levin, who appeared with Specter on CNN’s “Late Edition.”last_img read more

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5 things Donegal people do during festivals

first_img(1) The final night of any festival is the best excuse to dig out your favourite outfit and get dolled up to the nines. Of course if anyone compliments us on our attire we’re reply in the typical, modest, Irish way by saying “what, this old rag? It’s just something I fired together at the last minute”  (2) Donegal people are partial to a few pints to celebrate festivities. We might be convinced to go out “for just one” – but we know deep down it’ll be six or seven. (3) If you’re at the Dungloe festival, you might pretend to not be too interested in who wins the Mary from Dungloe. In reality, you’ll be waiting with bated breath to see if your favourite Mary wins. There’s also a chance that you might bump into the legendary D.O.D. Again, you’ll pretend to be cool and collected, when really you’ll be brimming with excitement.  (4) Single Donegal people will scope out the attractive tourists. A bit of Facebook stalking might ensue. (5) But mostly, festivals are a chance for people to come together and share a good bit of craic and ceoil. Many of Donegal’s fantastic festivals have concerts, family events and even the odd Donkey Derby. For a full list of Donegal’s festivals, just go to govisitdonegal.com    5 things Donegal people do during festivals was last modified: July 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalFESTIVALSirish peoplesummerlast_img read more

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Celebrate Dacia’s 5th Birthday at Highland Motors

first_imgTo celebrate five years of Dacia in Ireland, Highland Motors at Mountain Top Letterkenny are now offering zero deposit and 4.9% APR Finance across their Dacia range for all orders taken between now and the 31st of July 2017.The 5th Birthday party began last Tuesday the 13th and will run until this Saturday the 17th of June and to celebrate Dacia’s 5th Birthday, Dacia Ireland are giving anyone who test drive’s any Dacia between the 13th and 17th June the chance of winning a brand new Dacia Sandero Stepway Special Edition.Highland Motors, Letterkenny, Donegal. Photo Clive WassonWith more than 14,000 vehicles registered since its launch in July 2012, Dacia is a great success story in the Irish motor industry reaching a 3% market share in 2016. A low pricing strategy has been key to the brands success, making Dacia accessible to all pockets – prices start at just €10,490 for its Sandero model and flexible low rate finance is available from Dacia bank.The Duster is the best selling model in the Dacia range with more than 8,000 vehicles sold since its launch. The Duster retails at €16,690 and is now available in a limited Summit edition in a contemporary Nordic Grey colour.For more information on the Dacia range and the super 172 offers available you can give Highland Motors a call on 074 91 28777 or email: info@highlandmotors.ie or call up to our fantastic new showrooms at the Mountain Top, Letterkenny. Celebrate Dacia’s 5th Birthday at Highland Motors was last modified: June 16th, 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:birthdaycarsdaciaHighland Motorsmotoringlast_img read more

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