Laurie Foster: JAAA drops the baton

first_imgThe fast-approaching Christmas season is traditionally a time of good cheer, the seeking of blessings from a Supreme Being, consumption of an enormous amount of food, and the exchange of gifts. Although the act also follows a path of tradition, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), through its president, delivered its own gift of another body blow to the sport. One can almost hear in response shouts of ‘What’s new?’ or ‘Nothing better was expected’. Dr Warren Blake, Jamaica’s track and field head man, is once again under the cosh. Blake is widely accepted and acclaimed as an orthopaedic surgeon of the highest quality. However, from the comments being voiced – including social media – his latest action does not quite make the cut (pun intended). The ‘proof of the pudding’ in making what could be deemed a harsh criticism is inherent in a statement to the media recently. The stage was a press conference to announce nominees for the annual Golden Cleats Awards put on by the JAAA. On the world stage, Russia had been banned from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The move was effected after investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found them to be involved in state-supported violation of the code. Many of their top performing athletes at the global level were facing the loss of medals won. As a sequel to this, the Russian city of Kazan was stripped of its host status for the 2016 World Junior Championships. A replacement venue was to be announced after a new bidding process. SEEKING APPROVAL The JAAA had announced its intention to seek approval to be hosts. Success would mean that the black, green, and gold would be blessed with the prestige and privilege of so doing for the second time. Few will forget at the first staging in 2002, the comments of the then IAAF president Lamine Diack. He described it as “the best ever”. The Senegalese has since been disgraced – fingered by the same WADA probe for accepting a bribe of €1 million for culpability in drug test results concealment. Blake seized the opportunity at the awards press conference to issue a statement on the progress of the bid. He spoke of the local bid being withdrawn. It carried a price tag of US$10 million. Also mentioned, presumably as a reason for the withdrawal, was the likelihood of such a figure being realised. There was no mention in the excerpt of the interview, carried by national media, of any consultation prior to the decision to ‘lock it down’. One was left with the feeling that not even the Government had had an input in the verdict. If that is the case, several questions must now be asked. UNILATERAL DECISION? Was Blake’s decision really a unilateral one, taken without giving an ear to the battery of track and field savvy that surrounds him? One sincerely hopes not, but if that was the case, how could they come up with what must surely be a lame decision. It clearly has not factored in the increase prestige that adheres to the country’s image since the heroics of Beijing 2008 and sustained thereafter. Would that not have attracted the financial support from investors always in search of embellishment to their own profile? Yes, it is also Olympic year, with advertising spoils to be shared with the Rio spectacle. But where are the experts and bright marketers? Could not there be a combo where those interested in the spend could invest in both and widen their reach? Again, what about the Government? If they had a say in the matter, why not say so? At least that would have focused the scrutiny elsewhere. For feedback: E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Hamilton demands answers over engine failure at Malaysian Grand Prix

first_imgSEPANG, Malaysia (AP):A furious Lewis Hamilton demanded answers from his Mercedes team after an engine failure cost him victory in yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix and severely dented his chances of winning this year’s Formula One drivers’ championship.Hamilton was leading on lap 41 of 56 at the Sepang International Circuit when his engine blew, handing the race lead, and ultimately, victory to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.It was Ricciardo’s first victory since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, leading a one-two finish with his teenage teammate Max Verstappen.More painfully, it gave Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg – who finished an impressive third – a 23-point lead in the championship. Rosberg had to fight back from 21st place after lap one when he was the innocent party in a collision with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.With five races left in the season, it will be difficult for Hamilton to make up the deficit to the ultra-consistent Rosberg in the championship tussle. The frustrated Hamilton was upset in the circumstances and he hinted at perhaps more than that.FAILING ENGINES”My question is to Mercedes,” Hamilton said. “We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year. Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me.”Someone doesn’t want me to win this year, but I won’t give up. I will keep pushing.”Red Bull and Ricciardo took a lucky victory, given the circumstances that afflicted the Mercedes pair, but were in the right place to capitalise and make up for the win the Australian driver felt he was deprived of in Monaco when a team pit-stop misunderstanding cost him victory.”Told you I’d win one. Sometimes you just need things to swing your way,” said Ricciardo, whose tears during the Australian anthem, played after the race, mixed freely with the copious sweat generated in the tropical conditions, which generated track temperatures consistently topping 50 degrees (122 F).”It’s been an interesting, I would say, two years since my last victory and it feels awesome for sure. I am so grateful for it,” he said.Ricciardo delighted many fans, and disgusted quite a few others, by celebrating victory with his newly adopted tradition of pouring the celebratory champagne into his sweaty race shoe and then drinking it something he calls the ‘Shoey’.Not only that, he also convinced team principal Christian Horner, plus Verstappen and Rosberg, to also drink from the unconventional vessel.Asked to comment on the flavour, Ricciardo said it had a fruity taste, but Rosberg deadpanned: “I hope he does not win any more races this year.”last_img read more

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Cabagnot wants San Miguel to be standard of PH basketball

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETSan Miguel has undoubtedly proven itself as the premier franchise in the PBA.Throughout their campaign, the Beermen have won 25 titles including a Grand Slam in 1989.ADVERTISEMENT And that pride allowed San Miguel to come back and outscore the Hotshots, 14-5, in the final five minutes of the game.Cabagnot had a meager line of seven points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals with his defensive gem sealing the victory.After Magnolia center Rafi Reavis grabbed hold of the rebound, and dribbled a couple of times before passing it to teammate Paul Lee, Cabagnot pounced on the opportunity to swipe and go immediately for a layup that gave San Miguel a 105-99 lead with 51 seconds left.“Nothing good comes easy, to be part of history, we have to go through some adversity,” said Cabagnot, who won his seventh title. “We established our status quo, and we came out with the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sangalang looking forward to future duels vs Fajardo Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES And on Friday, the league’s most storied team achieved a feat no other team in the PBA has done with four straight Philippine Cup championships.San Miguel overcame Magnolia, 108-99, in double overtime in Game 5 to put itself in the record books and make its case as one of the best teams ever in league history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We want to be labeled as the paradigm of Philippine basketball,” boldly declared point guard Alex Cabagnot after the Beermen erase a 23-point deficit, 71-48, in the third quarter.“Other than the trophy, other than the financial bonuses that we get, more than anything else, what we have is pride. We got a lot of heart in that team and there are many individuals who won’t back down.”last_img read more

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Sister slapped with manslaughter charge

first_imgEssequibo sibling stabbing… released on $400,000 bailLuck was on the side of 24-year-old Stephney Lawrie, known as “Stacy”, of Lot 2 Better Success, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), when she was granted bail for allegedly killing her brother during an argument. She made her first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Tuesday, at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Stephney LawrieDressed in a blue top and blue jeans, the accused appeared saddened while standing in the dock. She was not required to plea to the indictable charge of manslaughter.The Police allege that on August 25, at Lot 2 Better Success, Stephney Lawrie unlawfully killed her brother, Maxton Orlando Lawrie.During the bail application, her Attorney Latchmin Dindyal, told the court that the accused is a single mother of a five-year-old and is not a flight risk. He told the court that his client never had any brushes with the law. He also informed the court that Stephney Lawrie was hospitalised for the injuries she received during the ordeal, and that she is presently receiving treatment at the Suddie Public Hospital. There were visible black and blue marks on the accused right arm.Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack had no objections to bail, but requested for conditions to be attached if bail was granted.In responding, Magistrate Sunil Scarce reminded that the allegation against Lawrie was a serious one. He however granted bail in the sum of $400,000, taking into consideration the nature of the incident.Additionally, Lawrie is required to surrender her passport and report to the Sergeant at the Charity Police Station every Wednesday and Saturday.Relatives and friends of the Lawrie family were present in court. The accused is expected to return to court in September.The entire Better Success village was thrown into deep mourning after the news of the incident surfaced. Prior to the accused’s appearance in court, she had confessed to Police to stabbing her brother in self defence. It is alleged that on August 24, 2016, the deceased went home under the influence of alcohol and started an argument with family members.During the argument, he cuffed his father to his right eye and then proceeded to his sister’s room armed with a knife. When the defendant opened the door, her brother started to verbally abuse her. He then tried to harm her with the knife, and it was at this point that she reportedly stabbed him. He succumbed while on his way to the Suddie Public Hospital.The autopsy conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Bridgemohan revealed that the victim died as a result of shock and haemorrhage due to the stab wound.last_img read more

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OSIWA Donates US$7K Christmas Gifts to Ebola Orphans

first_imgThe Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated over US$ 7,000 worth of assorted items to at least 28 Ebola orphans as a way of celebrating the Christmas with them and giving hope to Ebola orphans in Liberia.The items, including 22 bags of rice, clothes and cooking oil were last Friday delivered to the orphans who are between the ages of 4 months and 17 years, residing in the Airfield community.The Country Director of OSIWA, Massa Crayton, said the donation is not only a part of her organization’s efforts to restore hope to children who are affected by the epidemic but that survivors, mainly orphans, should be well taken care of and embraced in the society because they are heroes of the Ebola crisis.“This donation is to help our children smile and feel the spirit of Christmas like they had in other times with their parents,” the OSIWA boss said.She disclosed that OSIWA plans to provide packages for survivors, especially when schools resume adding that there will be measures put in place to give extra care to the orphans.Narrating his story at the ceremony was Ebola survivor Ishmael Nuah: “I am Ishmael Nuah, 10 years old. I got infected by Ebola when I visited my aunty in Red Hill Field community. My aunty got sick and died. I was later taken to the Ebola center for treatment and God healed me. I want to be a medical doctor to help sick children, too.”Also speaking, Mr. Uriah Kear, a representative of the Ministry of Health said the government remains committed and will support the survivors and orphans.He called on non-government organizations to follow in the footsteps of OSIWA, helping to provide support for Ebola survivors.The president of the Ebola Survivors Association (ESA), Mr. Korlia Bunarwolo, thanked OSIWA for the gift items and its continued support, describing organization as an example of a real humanitarian foundation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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U.S. to Invest U$33b in Africa

first_imgUnited States Secretary of State, John Kerry says President Barack Obama is committed to the outcome of the 2014 US-Africa Leaders’ Summit to invest US$33 billion in Africa.In a recent statement highlighting national security strategy for advancing U.S. interest, Mr. Kerry said the government seriously keeps and is prepared to act positively to the plan of investing in the economic, health, agriculture, governance and security sectors of the African continent.It may be recalled that in early August of 2014 President Obama held a summit with African leaders in Washington, D.C. disclosing America’s interest in investing in the economy of Africa, cooperating with leaders to restore security, helping to power Africa, improve  agriculture and promote  good governance.Expanding further, the U.S. statesman stressed that United States, under the current leadership, would  advance a strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy in an open international economic system that promotes opportunity and prosperity by strengthening American energy security and increasing global access to reliable and affordable energy to bolster economic growth and development worldwide.He added, “We will open markets for U.S. goods, services and investment and level the playing field for American workers and businesses to boost our economic competitiveness, advance a trade agenda, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that creates good American jobs and shared prosperity.”Leading efforts to reduce extreme poverty, food insecurity, and preventable deaths with initiatives such as Feed the Future and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and proving new sustainable development models like the President’s Power Africa Initiative, are some activities Secretary of State Kerry mentioned among his government’s 2015 strategy.Regarding health, Mr. Kerry talked about developing a global capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to biological threats like Ebola through the Global Health Security Agenda.He also underscored the need to confront the urgent crisis of climate change through national emissions reductions, international diplomacy, and commitment to the Green Climate Fund as additional activities the U.S. Government has on its agenda.The confidence building statement by the U.S. Secretary of State is coming in the midst of security threats to Africa, where the United States has planned to make one big economic investment after Brazil.Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad are now under attack by the Islamist group, Boko Haram.  Al-Shaba in Somalia has not relented from attacking neighboring Kenya while South Sudan’s internal crisis remains unresolved.The religious conflict in the Central African Republic is still unresolved and hostilities in Libya, Egypt and northern Mali remain barriers to peace in that region.In reaction to recent attacks, the United States condemned Boko Haram and pledged to support a Multi-National Joint Task Force and the affected countries in fighting the Islamic terrorists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Police to acquire “fit for purpose” materials under reform programme

first_imgPolice Commissioner Leslie JamesPolice Commissioner Leslie James at a press briefing on Monday related that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was looking to acquire “fit for the purpose” materials and vehicles under the reform programme.These developments stemmed from a “strategic plan” the Force has implemented on infrastructure development.The Commissioner said the strategic plan, which commenced this year, will end in 2022.“With regard to infrastructure development, I can tell you that part of what is in that plan is being clamoured for and from all indications, we are likely to obtain what we referring to as “fit for the purpose” material, fit for the purpose “vehicles,” he said. “After all, to do Police work you need to have “fit for the purpose” materials and vehicles.”James further informed that a Police Reform Board has been set up. “There is a Police Reform Board, which generally consists of the Minister of Security, members of the Police Executive Leadership team and two other persons from civil society. That Board has a terms of reference … which that body will be guided by. The Minister is Chair and yours truly, deputy,” Commissioner James pointed out.He added that in keeping with the Force’s strategic development plan, they were exploring the possibility of establishing a Traffic Advisory and Training Board.Only in 2017, the crime-fighting capabilities of the GPF received a massive boost as the Chinese Government handed over a hefty donation of vehicles and equipment worth US$2.6 million.Added to the existing Police fleet were 56 pickup trucks; 44 motorcycles; 35 All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) as well as five buses, carrying the signature blue and white finish and sirens.Accompanying these was a total of 550 articles of protective gear, 70 computers (both desktops and laptops) along with other technical equipment, all aimed at improving the efficiency of the country’s crime-fighting force.Days later, one of the donated vehicles ended up in an accident.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) recently commended the Police for confronting violent crime in Berbice, but said it believed that much more could and should be done to address this challenge.“The Commission is convinced of the need for significantly greater human and financial resources being placed at the disposal of the Police Force … The Commission believes there is considerable room for enhancement in intelligence gathering and analysis than is currently in place,” the Commission said in a missive.Furthermore, the PSC went on to highlight its deep concerns over the “insufficient progress” being made with regard to the implementation of security sector reforms.At the Police Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference earlier this year, President David Granger had underscored the need to accelerate the implementation of security sector reforms, which he said would, among other things, restore public trust in the Force as well as correct any mismanagement of the country’s premier law enforcement agency.At the same event in January, the Top Cop had revealed that they had engaged their counterparts in the United Kingdom and had already begun implementing three main pillars of the reforms – training, human resources management and infrastructure.The US$4.7 million Security Sector Reform Programme was initially launched in 2007, but was scrapped two years later after major disagreements between the then Administration and the United Kingdom Government over some of the conditions of the plan.However, during a meeting with then British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2016, President Granger had requested that the multimillion-dollar security sector pact be revived.last_img read more

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Bratton should get 2nd chance to reform LAPD

first_imgIn a formal letter to the Police Commission in early April requesting a second term, L.A. Police Chief Bratton touted his accomplishments, but also said there was a lot more that needed to be done to reform the LAPD. Last week’s clash between LAPD tactical officers and immigration-reform marchers at MacArthur Park underscored that. It came at the worst possible time for Bratton as he has virtually been coronated for reappointment by virtually the entire city establishment. Still, he should get a second term — and the public should continue to hold his feet to the fire. A Loyola Marymount University poll a few weeks back found that Bratton is wildly popular among whites in L.A., but he’s not doing so hot with blacks and Latinos. That tells us two things: One, a majority of blacks and Latinos say that Bratton hasn’t remade the LAPD into the kinder, gentler, community-friendly, gang- and crime-busting outfit that blacks and Latinos hunger for it to be. That much was clear on Tuesday. And, two, the ancient distrust that many minorities have of the LAPD still lurks. The memory of the bad old days, when the LAPD was roundly blamed for igniting two of the worst urban riots in modern American history, hasn’t been totally erased, and it resurfaced in a big way last week. Though the LAPD has done much to clean up its act over the years, the U.S. Justice Department’s consent decree on it is very much alive and well, and has even been extended three more years. The dangling question is: Has Bratton done enough to get the feds off the city and the department’s back, and if not, why? The answer depends on how you measure progress. in recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in high-profile appointments of black and Latino officers into top-rank positions. A computerized tracking system to monitor complaints is up and running. There’s no hint that Bratton has done anything to hamper use-of-force investigations by the inspector-general. And he appears to have a cordial working relationship with the Police Commission, especially its president, John Mack. That’s all well and good, but black and Latino officer groups complain that blacks and Latinos are still underrepresented in the top ranks. Critics say that citizen complaint forms aren’t readily available at stations. There is still no public disclosure on whether the computerized tracking system has turned up any systematic pattern of racial profiling in unwarranted traffic and street stops. Moreover, Bratton hasn’t shown much willingness to require Board of Rights panels to make full public disclosure on its rulings in officer-discipline cases. This lack of transparency deepens suspicions that officers can still commit abusive acts and skip away scot-free with a wrist-slap or no punishment. What happens to those officers involved in the 5-1 skirmishes will tell us a lot about whether those suspicions are valid. Then there’s the issue of crime and violence. This has been a huge selling point for Bratton. He frequently boasts that crime has plunged in L.A. on his watch, and that L.A. is now the second-safest big city in the country. The statistics do seem to bear out this boast. But crime is down in most cities for a variety of reasons, and for those reasons no one person, even the police chief, can rightfully take all the credit for the drop. And statistics don’t mean much if L.A. residents don’t feel any safer. The challenge, then, is if Bratton is sincere, he must be willing to fight tooth and nail to get the City Council and the mayor to shell out the big bucks to provide the array of jobs, education, drug- and gang-prevention programs that will make a long-term dent in the problem. In the weeks ahead, the Police Commission, the City Council and the mayor must ask Bratton tough questions about the pace of reform and his vision of where he’s taking the LAPD. After the May 1 clash, it’s more imperative than ever that those questions be asked, and that Bratton answer them all.— Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst and a frequent contributor to the Daily News. 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

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Manchester United fans boo as Louis van Gaal addresses Old Trafford crowd

first_imgLouis van Gaal was booed by a number of Manchester United fans as the under-fire manager thanked them for their “unconditional support”.A topsy-turvy campaign ended with a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young scoring before Chris Smalling turned in a late Max Gradel effort.That was too little, too late for many fans, with under-fire Van Gaal booed by portions of the crowd when addressing the fans after the game.“I want to thank you for the unconditional support of you,” he said.“Whenever we have played, however the things have gone on the field, you never let us down.“Thank you for that and we want to bring the FA Cup home. You deserve it. Thank you.”Many applauded at the end of Van Gaal’s address, but Bournemouth fans goaded him with chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.Fresh speculation linking Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to the Old Trafford helm emerged before the match.Asked by Sky Sports if he understood the booing fans, Van Gaal said: “Of course, but the expectation is very high. The fans expect a lot, these expectations are too high. We are a team in transition.” 1 Louis van Gaal was jeered by fans, hours after fresh speculation emerged linking Jose Mourinho to the Old Trafford hotseat last_img read more

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CHILD GETS €11K AFTER INJURIES FROM CAR CRASH

first_imgA young Letterkenny boy has been awarded €11,250 after he was involved in a car crash.The boy was aged 10 when he was involved in a car crash on October 16th, 2012.Barrister Fiona Crawford told Buncrana Circuit Civil Court the child had difficulty sleeping and was irritable. The boy also had a ‘clicking’ in his knee but this has sorted itself out.She also added that the boy’s parents were concerned that he also received a bang to the head which they feared had led to a delayed speech development.The boy has now gone to speech therapy.Judge Karen Fergus agreed the offer to the boy.CHILD GETS €11K AFTER INJURIES FROM CAR CRASH was last modified: May 15th, 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)last_img read more

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