Go indoors Asafa, says Cuthbert

first_imgDouble Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert is suggesting that Asafa Powell add some indoor races to his 2016 season. Cuthbert believes some indoor action would complement Powell’s projected reduction of outdoor races in the period leading up to next year’s Olympic Games. She believes a few races at 60 and 200 metres will help him. “Normally, he wouldn’t race a lot before a major championship,” Cuthbert analysed, “so I’m not sure if he’s going to choose just three races instead of possibly six.” Powell, now 33, actually had five races between the Jamaican Championships and the World Championships, reeling off times of 9.81, 9.92, 9.87, 9.87, and 10.01 seconds. “But I think whenever you cut back,” Cuthbert continued, “it always helps you as long as you have a strong indoor season.” INDOOR INJURY Powell was injured indoors in 2004 and only returned to the early season undercover circuit in 2012. This year, he ran 6.52 seconds for an indoor 60 metres race in January. In February, he withdrew from a follow-up race in Ireland with a minor bout of groin trouble. Understandably, Cuthbert isn’t recommending a heavy indoor schedule for Powell. “Jump into some 200 metres races, maybe two, and possibly, maybe three 60m races,” she suggested while noting how good a starter he has always been. From Cuthbert’s viewpoint, the intensity of his indoor racing depends on how well his background training goes. If it goes well, she proposed, “he should be quite fine to run a few indoor meets and then cut back on the outdoor with the races”. Overall, Powell ran in 13 outdoor meets in 2015 and sped to 10 clockings under 10 seconds. Even though the 2007 and 2009 World Championships 100m bronze medal winner has run in three Olympic finals without reaching the podium, Cuthbert isn’t writing him off her medal projections. She believes he was more confident and relaxed this year. “Next year,” she speculated, “he might be even more confident going in, even though he didn’t get an individual medal this season. “So who knows what can happen next year?” she said.last_img read more

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Justice Minister-Designate’s Corruption Issue: President Weah’s First Test

first_imgJust after giving public officials a stern warning on corruption and pledging earlier that no corrupt official would be allowed in his government, President George Weah is set to face his  first test in his appointment of public officials.Among the first batch of officials named for ministerial positions is Cllr. Charles Gibson, who has been designated to take over as Minister of Justice.Reports about the Justice Minister-designate, however, do not clear him to take over such a key ministry, one of the nation’s primary INTEGRITY institutions, designed by the Constitution of the Republic to administer JUSTICE and transparency in government and in the Republic. It is also charged with the sacred (holy, consecrated) responsibility of helping the President of Liberia to fight corruption, which is known to be endemic (rampant, widespread) in Liberia.According to our Judicial Correspondent, Abednego Davis, Cllr. Charles Gibson has been suspended by the Supreme Court from practicing law in Liberia because he duped one of his clients, Anwar A. Saoud, of US$25,400.Following an investigation by the Liberia Supreme Court’s Grievance and Ethics Committee, our Reporter said Justice Minister-designate Charles Gibson was charged with misleading his client on whose behalf he had instituted a series of lawsuits to recover loans and other obligations from customers, from which he should have been able to account for the US$25,400 he earlier collected. But the records show that Counselor Gibson was unable to account for this money, hence the verdict by the Grievance Committee against him, approved by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.In addition to the two-month suspension of Counselor Charles Gibson’s license, the Supreme Court imposed a two-month ban on him from the practice of law in the Republic.Interestingly, Cllr. Gibson, apparently upon hearing through the grapevine that he was scheduled to become the next Justice Minister, reportedly issued on January 17, 2018, a manager’s check of US$25,400 in Liberian dollars to restitute the amount due Mr. Saoud, since a ban was placed on Cllr. Charles Gibson on February 24, 2017.In his inaugural speech last Monday, January 22, at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, President George M. Weah was emphatic on the issue of corruption, perhaps the only issue that the public can hold him by for promising to fight without compromise.President Weah declared, “I further believe that the overwhelming mandate I received from the Liberian people is a mandate to end corruption in public service. I promise to deliver on this mandate. As officials of Government, it is time to put the interest of our people above our own selfish interests. It is time, to be honest with our people. Though corruption is a habit among our people, we must end it; we must pay civil servants a living wage so that corruption is not an excuse for taking what is not theirs. Those who do not refrain from enriching themselves at the expense of the people – the law will take its course. I say today that you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”Prior to making that utterance, a civil society group, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), had begun propagating on billboards urging President George Weah and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to keep and deliver their campaign promises.This is an indication that every promise made is still fresh in the minds of the Liberian people and other stakeholders, that they are highly anticipating to see fulfilled.The enormous task of fighting endemic corruption, therefore, must start with the appointment process, especially with the Justice Minister-designate.Justice, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, means the quality of being just; conformity to the principles of righteousness and rectitude in all things, strict performance of moral obligations; practical conformity to human or divine law; integrity in the dealings of men with each other.Holding onto this definition and your promise to fight and end corruption, Mr. President, moral judgment will not conform to the appointment of Cllr. Gibson, whose testimony from the highest court of the land is marred by corrupt comportment.What assurances can Anwar and the public have that Cllr. Gibson would have paid the money if the issue of prospective appointment had not surfaced? Apparently, he would have remained mute had he not been appointed. Besides, the hasty issuance of a manager’s check in compliance with the court’s mandate to restitute the money does not in any way show that the Justice Minister-designate is honest.He rather undertook a hypocritical act to set false impression.Mr. President, we believe you were aware of party solidarity and tribal and regional connections when you made a promise to fight and end corruption in Liberia. There was no partiality in your speech. You rather made a promise that you intended to create an impact on all Liberians regardless of tribal background, social status or religion.It is a critical moment for you this time, President Weah, as you make appointments in government. We hope and pray that you will be credible and impartial in your decisions to appointment people with good moral conduct and reject those without.The case of Cllr. Charles Gibson is your first test.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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Bauxite Company pays US$250,000 to dredging company

first_imgMining disputeThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Monday issued an order settling a matter valued at nearly US$1 million between Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc and Haresh Narine Sugrim.On 19th April 2018, the CCJ heard the case, during which the judges urged the parties to make every effort to come to an agreement. A mere four weeks later, the Court was informed that both parties had reached an agreement, wherein the Bauxite Company would pay the sum of US$250,000 to Sugrim. A consent order, which sets down formally what each side has agreed to, was issued by the CCJ on Monday.The appellant, the Bauxite Company of Guyana, had entered into an agreement with Sugrim to perform dredging works at Aroiama and Kwakwani, in the Berbice River, to clear approximately 15,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river. However, while the agreement prescribed a specific method, known as “barge displacement calibration”, to measure the amount of material that was dredged and removed from the river, it did not state whose responsibility it was to calibrate the barges. Sugrim subsequently submitted invoices which totalled US$992,123 based on 105,545 cubic yards of sediment being dredged and removed from the river. Both the sum claimed in the invoices and the amount of sediment dredged were rejected by the Bauxite Company.The High Court of Guyana ruled in favour of Sugrim, who was granted the amount claimed in the invoices. However, the Court of Appeal, while agreeing with the general approach employed by the High Court in assessing the amount due to Sugrim, reduced this amount by 20%. Both parties appealed to the CCJ, as they were dissatisfied with the ruling of the Court of Appeal.During the CCJ hearing of the matter, members of the Bench repeatedly expressed the view that the nature of the dispute readily lent itself to mediation. The Court observed that it was virtually impossible to arrive at a sum with any degree of mathematical certainty. It advised the parties that should a formal judgment be issued in the case, it would more than likely be met with great disfavour by one side. The Court gave an undertaking to reserve delivery of its judgment for six weeks from the date of the hearing, to provide the parties with sufficient opportunity to explore mediation. It was also agreed that each party would pay its own costs in the proceedings before the CCJ, as well as in the proceedings in the courts below.The Court has expressed deep appreciation to the parties for what it deems a mature and sensible approach to the resolution of this matter.The Bauxite Company of Guyana was represented by Edward A. Luckhoo, SC, and Andrew MF Pollard, SC. Sugrim was represented by Chandrapratesh V Satram.last_img read more

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An open letter to Arsene Wenger from a Spurs fan

first_img Arsene Wenger should stick with Sanogo in Giroud’s absence Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has gone a little crazy in this transfer window, spending more than £60m, but talkSPORT’s resident Tottenham fan Damian Mannion says no new additions are needed in an open letter to the Gunners boss…Dear Mr Wenger,Lots of Arsenal fans are desperate for you to buy another striker, but as a Tottenham fan I am here to tell you: don’t listen!Yes, Olivier Giroud will be out injured for months. Yes, other managers would take the easy option and buy a top class replacement.You, monsiuer Wenger, are not other managers. You want to prove everyone wrong by winning the league with Yaya Sanogo. And we Spurs fans say, go for it!You have already spent plenty of money this summer. When will these Gooners be satisfied? Keep that wallet in your pocket!At Spurs, we know that spending money brings pressure, but doesn’t guarantee success.Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy, Mario Balotelli… Pah! You’re much better off playing Alexis Sanchez out of position, game-after-game, until he burns out by Christmas.In fact, why not balance the books a little, Wenger-style, by selling Lukas Podolski?Joel Campbell could probably do with another loan spell, too.Regards,A Tottenham fanPS Nicklas Bendtner could be a bargain. 1last_img read more

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Imus: Cocaine too much trouble

first_imgDon Imus, after quitting drinking and cocaine nearly two decades ago, says he’s still staying clear of temptation. “I don’t take any chances. I’ve had 18 sober years,” the radio talk-show host says in the February issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands Tuesday. “I just got to get through the day.” Reflecting on his past vices, Imus says he was “not a good drunk.” The 65-year-old also claims he chose to break his cocaine habit because it became “too big a hassle.” “Cocaine was fun for the first couple lines,” he says. “Then you run out. You never plan ahead. You always run out. Cocaine dealers are the second-most irresponsible people on the planet. Really. You can’t get hold of them. The guy says he will be here with the coke in an hour. And it’s three hours.” Elvis Costello has found a new touring partner: a symphony orchestra. The 51-year-old singer-songwriter, whose backing bands in the past have included The Attractions and The Imposters, will team up with symphonies around the U.S. for a tour this spring. He’ll perform his orchestral work, “Il Sogno,” or “The Dream,” during the first part of each concert, according to his Web site. After intermission, he plans to play his eclectic rock and pop hits. Costello marked his composing debut recently with “Il Sogno,” in which he blends classical and jazz styles. An Italian dance company commissioned the music in 2000 for a ballet staging of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Costello released the work in 2004 as a 24-track album recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra. The tour kicks off March 27 in San Francisco. _ Associated Press Peas to promote new Honda hybrid The hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas will headline the sixth annual Honda Civic Tour and help the automaker promote its new gas-electric hybrid model by giving away a customized car, which the group will help design. In an announcement Friday that included a performance at the company’s American headquarters in Torrance, members of the group, whose hits include “Let’s Get it Started” and “My Humps,” said they would showcase the one-of-a-kind, autographed vehicle at each tour stop. “Honda has been a great supporter and trendsetter in producing environmentally friendly cars, so we are excited about pairing up to bring our live show and sounds out to so many new and longtime fans across the country,” said group member Fergie. The tour begins March 23 in Fresno. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Imus, host of the syndicated radio program “Imus in the Morning,” which also airs on MSNBC, said he and his wife of 11 years, Deirdre, avoid seeing friends and going out at night. The quiet nights have left Imus with plenty of energy for his frequent rants. “It’s fine to pick on people who can defend themselves and deserve it,” he says of his mostly political targets. “Some people don’t deserve to be picked on, who I picked on – so I don’t do it anymore.” _ Associated Press Costello to play with symphonies last_img read more

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Family YMCA kicking off series of fundraisers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card For information, please contact Mellanni Loughrey at (661) 273-1525. The Antelope Valley Family YMCA serves the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated areas, with primarily child-care and youth sports programs. The YMCA operates five child-care centers serving approximately 300 children and their parents. The popular YMCA Junior Lakers and YMCA Shooting Sparks youth sports programs involve some 1,200 children at four gymnasiums across the Antelope Valley. LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Family YMCA will host tonight the first of five events in the annual Community Support Campaign. This kickoff event will start with a 6:30 p.m. social gathering and 7 p.m. dinner in the Amargosa Creek Middle School Cafeteria, 44333 27th St. West in Lancaster. The purpose of these events is to raise financial support for existing programs. “This is a unique fundraising effort that brings together program families, YMCA members, staff and local residents that may be interested in joining the YMCA programs,” said Donna Termeer, YMCA advisory board communications chairwoman. “These programs are essential to many families living here in our local communities. This offers volunteers the opportunity to develop long-lasting friendships, all while supporting the Y.” 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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Judiciary goal for local trio

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventMost incumbent judges run unopposed. There is only one office of nearly 100 in which the incumbent is being challenged. That leaves seven offices to be decided by the voters with no incumbent. If any candidate receives more than 51 percent of the vote on June 6, the person is a winner who doesn`t have to run again in the general election in November. Valencia resident Zacky, 41, a twice-removed cousin of the Zacky family chicken farmers, is a deputy district attorney assigned to the Lancaster courthouse. “I became a prosecutor because it’s exciting, and I get to be in court every day, doing the right thing,” he said. “I’ve worked on some serious, violent cases in the last 11 years and put some bad guys away. I’m ready to take it to the next level.” He said his time in court has given him respect for the rights of the jurors. “I really try to be mindful of jurors’ time. Nobody really wants to serve on a jury, and it’s difficult to disrupt their time. We need to be efficient as well as balancing the defendant’s right to a fair trial.” To take his mind off courtroom stress, Zacky takes to the streets and trails on one of his customized bicycles. He took up triathlons when he graduated from law school and hasn’t since stopped training in biking, running and swimming. “I try to put in 40 to 50 miles a weekend,” he said. He sometimes rides with members of Santa Clarita Velo, but his work schedule – as well as his obligations as a husband and father of four children – precludes a group ride. Layton doesn’t let his six unsuccessful runs stop his determination to don the long black robes. “You’re only defeated when you stop running,” he said. “I want to have a courtroom where I can facilitate justice for all, not just defendants, but victims and staff as well.” Asked how he picked Office 144 as his spot, Layton likened the race to a game of football. “No matter what you think is coming, something else will come along and change things,” he said. He also said the expense of running might keep many qualified candidates from stepping forward. Filing fees are $1,400 unless candidates can gather nearly 6,000 signatures on nomination papers. And having a candidate’s statement in the ballot is pricey even for well-off attorneys. “It’s next to impossible for some people to pay for them,” Layton said. “For a statement in English, it’s $45,000; if you want it in English and Spanish, it’s $90,000.” Zacky echoed Layton’s concerns about the costs, noting that he spent the final day for filing at the Registar/Recorder’s Office with a written statement and a check in his hand, pondering whether or not to spend the money. He found out no one else in his race was submitting a statement, so he put his check back in his pocket. Layton, who has filled in for court commissioners and judges in San Fernando when his office was in the San Fernando Valley, has been an attorney since 1994. He also owns the Larry H. Layton School of Law in Acton. A community activist in the Antelope Valley, he is a familiar figure at school board meetings and civic functions. Mitchell said that she hopes voters spend a little time getting to know the people they are putting on the bench. “Voters often pick people based on their surnames, or if they are prosecutors or defense attorneys, or if it happens to be a woman running, they might pick that candidate,” she said. “But judges decide where your money goes when you die. They decide … trust cases and make other life-and-death decisions, like who gets custody of your children if you die or there is a problem.” For information, visit the Registrar/Recorder’s Office Web site at www.lavote.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley candidates are running for the state Superior Court bench in Los Angeles County in the June 6 election. Prosecutors Hayden Zacky is seeking Judicial Office 102 and Daviann Mitchell Office 18. Acton attorney and law school dean Larry Layton is running for Office 144 in his seventh bid for a seat on the bench. What makes someone run for Superior Court? And what makes people vote for a judicial candidate? Since the unification of Municipal Court with Superior Court in 1998, all judges run in countywide races, not just in the community around the courthouse where they might serve. last_img
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DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO ROCK IT OUT IN GLENCOLMCILLE?

first_imgThe award-winning Rock Detectives Club for children (aged 4 to 12 years of age) will take place in Halla Mhuire, Glencolmcille on Saturday, June 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.The award-winning Rock Detectives Club for children (aged 4 to 12 years of age) will by held in Halla Mhuire, Glencolmcille on Saturday week, June 20, 2015 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Children will find out about how rocks are made, have a go at making their own planet earth, dig in glacial mud and construct their own stone wall!The free Rock Detectives Club will be facilitated by Dr. Kirstin Lemon, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Úna Collier, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The Rock Detectives Club won ‘Best Children’s Event’ at the National Heritage Week Awards last year.Children should wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring a snack.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Places are limited to 20 children. To book your free place: contact Donegal County Museum on (074) 912 4613 DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO ROCK IT OUT IN GLENCOLMCILLE? was last modified: June 12th, 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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Donegal TV presenters to host new BBC television show

first_imgTwo Donegal TV personalities will help present a new studio discussion series for BBC Two Northern Ireland which begins tonight.Máire Bhreathnach will be joined each week by a panel of journalists and social commentators each Monday for the next 4 weeks. The programme will feature discussion and analysis on a number of wide-ranging stories and topics affecting the people of Northern Ireland, Ulster and beyond.Discussion points will include everything from mental health and gambling to organ donation, MMA and much more. In the first edition will delve into the issues of mental health and the Troubles legacy, as well as mixed martial arts.Seán Ó Baoill, a native of Loch an Iúir, will also feature as a roving reporter in the new series. Theses reports will be in-depth and personal, and will also include views from the public on the various topics, adding to the studio discussion.The four-part series will be broadcast tonight, Monday 13th March on BBC2 NI at 10pm.Sean O Baoil Donegal TV presenters to host new BBC television show was last modified: March 13th, 2017 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:BBC Twodonegalirish languageshowlast_img read more

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Karate helps disabled students achieve

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I don’t know why, but one day he got up and performed. I started to cry for my son, to do that is awesome,” Plascencia said. Alex, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, is autistic, epileptic and suffers from cerebral palsy. He was responding to Anthony C. Marquez Sr., a seventh-degree black belt and kyoshi, the Japanese word for master teacher. “Kyoshi has this gift with children,” she said. Marquez says he started Possibilities Unlimited International to use karate to help children with physical and cognitive problems. GLENDORA – For three months, Alex Plascencia sat in the reception area of a local martial arts studio, watching other kids with physical and mental disabilities practice karate. One day, he moved his chair into the dojo, the Japanese word for a training center. For another five days, the 17-year-old Walnut High School student watched, his mother Ofelia Plascencia said. Then he participated. His own challenge, he says, is to reach the child who can’t see, can’t hear or can’t walk. “I take them at their current level and achieve a higher level of mind, body and spirit,” said Marquez, a Vietnam veteran and retired master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. “There is no time range. I get them to see themselves as a person with unlimited possibilities.” His students include blind children who learned to jump rope – no small feat. “It took four months,” said Sebastian Mancipe, 11, who has earned his blue belt. “It was hard before I learned.” Others rely on wheelchairs, but learn to accept their disabilities and move on, Marquez says. Covina resident Gerardo Rodriguez goes to Possibilities Unlimited with his 5-year-old daughter, Jessica, a student at Glenoaks Elementary School with Down syndrome and who has earned her yellow belt. “Jessica used to jump with her whole body, she didn’t bend her legs.” Rodriguez said. “Look at her, she’s doing it much better here than at school and it helps her keep her balance. That’s a big deal.” Children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, deafness, polio and autism come two hours a day each week to the Glendora academy. At the Braille Institute Los Angeles, where Marquez works with two dozen 6- to 19-year-olds, self-esteem is on the rise, said spokeswoman Rocio Vallejos. “The program started with a lot of little ones without self-confidence, afraid to try new things,” Vallejos said. “Many now realize this is a sport not only for sighted people.” Vallejos said she has seen students shed their nervous, shy behavior and become more focused. Marquez, who was born in Puerto Rico and came to California from New York City, lived in Azusa for 18 years. He and his wife moved to the high desert of San Bernardino County last year. He was approached years ago to volunteer his time and couldn’t say no. He has inspired others to do the same. When a young man asked if he could teach some kids what he learned from Marquez as a requirement for his bar mitzvah, the karate master was touched. “That was a big moment,” said Marquez. “He wanted to teach others; that made me proud. My work came full circle.” Marquez said “love and respect” are the secret to his success. “I love the kids, love what I do, have a passion and a gift. No one is telling me what to do, I’m in charge of my own time and vision,” he said. “I infuse kids with my passion, which is contagious. I must make them believe in things that seem unbelievable. I think we call that `faith.”‘ marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 ——— IF YOU GO WHAT: Possibilities Unlimited International WHERE: 1000 E. Route 66, Suite H, Glendora CONTACT: (626) 963-9959 or amkyoshi@earthlink.net160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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