McLeod sets sights on Rio gold

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Finishing sixth in the final at the World Championships is a very creditable achievement, especially for a 21-year-old competing for the first time on such a big stage.But though Omar McLeod just that last season, many expected more given the form that he showed going into the final.”Last year, my legs were shot at World Championships, and that was because I was racing competitively every single week as a collegiate athlete,” McLeod explained. “So definitely, that took a toll on my legs, and I got hurt before the World Outdoor Championships.”McLeod, now 22, is fast out of the blocks this season, again winning gold at the World Indoors before running 9.99 seconds in the 100m to create history as he is the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110 m hurdles.With no collegiate commitments this season, he is assuring that he will not fade come Olympics.”This year, we are a lot smarter in competition. We are not competing every single week as this year is kind of a defrosting year,” McLeod said. “So this year, I will be doing more competitive races, and that will definitely get me sharp for Rio. I want to be in the middle (gold medal podium), so that’s the goal.”SURPRISED TIMEThe former Manchester High and Kingston College student admitted that he, too, was stunned by his sub-10 100m clocking, which was achieved last month at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville with a 2.0 metres per second wind. That was McLeod’s first competitive 100m outing since becoming a senior.”I knew I had speed, but I didn’t know I had speed of that sort. You can call that my first 100m ever,” McLeod told The Gleaner. “Though I haven’t done a lot of speed work, I just wanted to get sharp before opening, so my coach was like, ‘Go run a 100m just to get your feet wet’, and I really didn’t know what was going on in the race. I really didn’t execute it good. I just went in the blocks and ran, to be honest, and the time came. So it was definitely a shocker.”McLeod knows he will not only face strong competition on the circuit, but also at the Jamaican trials next month when he is scheduled to line up beside World and Olympic medallist Hansle Parchment and Andrew Riley.”It is always exciting competing with those guys because every time I line up with them, you can always expect a great race,” McLeod said.ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Workers call in Police over non-payment

first_img$120M road slashing contractSeveral workers who were hired to clear the Corentyne Road shoulders from Bush Lot to Number 51 Village have said they are yet to be paid by the contractor, Derek Basdeo. On Saturday, the disgruntled workers went to the home of the contractor, who is also an executive member of the Alliance For Change (AFC), to seek payment but to no avail. This prompted the workers to seek the intervention of the Police at the Alboin Police Station.Some of the unpaid workersAccording to the workers, they have ceased work since they are yet to be paid and the contractor is giving them what they described as “the royal run around” for their money.According to Andrew Khan, after the Rose Hall Sugar Estate closed its doors, he was able to secure a job with the AFC executive but after two weeks of work, he is yet to be paid.He explained that the initial arrangement was for him to be paid at a rate of $6000 per day but after he spoke with some of the other stashers, he returned to Basdeo and the agreement was then shifted to $8000 per day. However, Basdeo later reneged and is only offering $6000 per day. According to him he is now owed in excess of $46,000.Meanwhile, another worker, Vikash Permauloo, said he was employed by Basdeo from July 18, 2018 and worked continuously without pay.“When he hire me he tell me that I would get pay every fortnight. He promise me $8000.” Permauloo said he was employed to slash and those who were employed to rake were promise $4000 per day.The man claimed that he has been renting the slashing machine. “We does got to pay him $4000 from the $8000.”According to Permauloo after those arrangements were made he was informed by Basdeo that he will be paying $3000 to slash and $2500 to rake up the grass.“But when pay day reach, he keep telling we next week Monday, next week Tuesday and when the week pass out he telling we the same thing again,” he explained.According to Permauloo, many of the workers were expected to be paid on July 28. He says to date, he is owed in excess of $43,000.Several workers told personal stories of the difficulties they face on a daily basis because on non-payment.“When I was home I did not have to find money to go to work, but I had to borrow everyday to go to work and now I can’t get back the money I spend,” one of the workers said.A mother of two related that she has been depending on her payments to begin purchasing items for her children to attend school at the start of the new school year.Meanwhile, Basdeo via a telephone interview, said the workers were going to be paid on Monday. He said he is awaiting payment from the Public Infrastructure Ministry. However, on Monday evening, when this newspaper contracted several of the workers, they related that they were still not paid. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Govt abandons plans for “world-class” arena at D’Urban Park

first_imgAfter billionGovernment has abandoned its original plans to develop D’Urban Park into a “world-class” arena consisting of tennis courts, tracks and play facilities for children.Several articles in the State media outlined that the facility, which has been in much controversy since its inception, was to be developed into a “state-of-the-art, world-class arena to seat 30,000 persons, twice the capacity of the Guyana National Stadium at Providence.”Public Relations Consultant, Alex Graham, in a PowerPoint presentation on the project, disclosed plans to designate part of the arena for sporting activities, including lawn tennis, go-cart racing, basketball, jogging and walking tracks, along with other family oriented facilities.According to an article published in a State-friendly newspaper, the stadium is intended to be “iconic, transformative and architecturally relevant, combining historic elements with vistas of the future”.The article states that the complex was to be designed in three sections: – the promenade, stadium and Health and Recreational Park.The promenade would have consisted of nine ponds, each for a former President of Guyana while the health and recreational park would have had play facilities for children.But Guyanese will have to say goodbye to those plans as D’Urban Park will remain as is, with its unpainted wooden bleachers and dull facilities.President David Granger on his televised programme – ‘The Public Interest’ – that there are no immediate plans to enhance the current structure or appearance of D’Urban Park.In fact, he denied claims that D’Urban Park was ever meant to be transformed into a topnotch stadium.“It is not meant to surpass the National Stadium or Leonora Stadium in terms of its beauties and facilities but it is functional… There are no immediate plans underAn artist’s impression of what D’Urban Park was intended to bethe Ministry of Education, particularly the Department responsible for Culture, Youth and Sport. And there are no short-term plans to make it into a state-of-the-art facility,” President Granger explained.Nonetheless, he said the intention is for D’Urban Park to be used for national events which attract masses.D’Urban Park presently that cost the Treasury close to $1 billionControversies surrounding the D’Urban Park Project exploded when it was finally revealed to the public that Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine sits as a Director of a secret company which was established to collect funds from private companies to develop the Jubilee Park.This information was initially omitted by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson when he was being drilled by Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly last year. (Devina Samroo)last_img read more

Police seek stolen items in break in of local business

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The local RCMP is investigating a break in that occurred at at Continental Pipeline on Old Hope Road in Charlie Lake last week.Cpl. Dave Tyreman said an exact time is not known but officers believe the crime occurred over night on February 25, or the early morning of February 26.In the break in, thieves took a Bobcat Loader Model 770, a 2012 White Dodge Ram 3500 with a BC licence plate reading JF8988, and various shop tools.- Advertisement -However, the Bobcat was recovered by the owner on March 1, hidden in bushes near 273 and 242 roads.Police are asking anyone with more information about this crime to contact them at 250-787-8140.Continental Pipeline could not be reached for a comment.Advertisementlast_img

Sunderland 3-0 Everton: Black Cats avoid drop to send Newcastle and Norwich down

first_imgEverton enjoyed a lot of the ball early on but Younes Kaboul had the best chance in the opening 25 minutes with a stunning effort. The former Tottenham and Portsmouth defender raced down the left, turning inside and his arrowing shot across goal went just past the post, much to the relief of Robles.After a promising start, the Merseysiders failed to regain control of the game.As the Stadium of Light crowd’s anxiety filtered onto the pitch, Jermain Defoe was fouled on the edge of the box on 38 minutes. Van Aanholt stepped up to take the free-kick and Robles was wrong-footed as he prepared to dive across goal as the Dutchman netted his fourth of the campaign.Kone soon doubled their lead to edge Allardyce’s men closer to safety, a timely moment to net his first Sunderland goal since arriving from Ligue 1.His goal came after Defoe was denied by point-blank range, Robles tipping his header over the bar. As the ball was cleared from the resulting corner, Yann M’Vila headed the ball back into the box and Kone caught the volley perfectly, sending it into the roof of the net – followed by supporters’ shouts of ‘are you watching Newcastle?’Early in the second half, Defoe came even closer to netting his 19th goal of the campaign in all competitions. The 33-year-old, who has been tipped for an England call-up ahead of Euro 2016, was through on goal and he skilfully lobbed Robles. As the ball headed for goal, John Stones raced to clear the ball off the line.The resulting corner was whipped in by Wahbi Khazri and Robles failed to punch clear. The ball fell to Kone who could not miss from close range on 55 minutes.As the Wearside crowd roared in delight, they nearly had a fourth, Robles brilliantly denying Defoe once again – without the former Wigan goalkeeper, Everton could have conceded even more. 2 2 The Sunderland victory means relegation for Newcastle and Norwich Lamine Kone opened his Sunderland account as the Black Cats retained their Premier League status for next season, beating a poor Everton side 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.The three points means Sam Allardyce’s men will go into the final game of the campaign knowing they will definitely avoid the drop, confirming relegation for local rivals Newcastle and Alex Neil’s Norwich, along with already-relegated Aston Villa.The Black Cats scored twice in four minutes to lift the atmosphere on Wearside before half-time. Patrick van Aanholt put the hosts ahead with a low 20-yard free-kick before French defender Kone, a January signing from Lorient, sent a thunderous volley past Robles on 42 minutes.It was three just ten minutes into the second half when Robles’ poor goalkeeping meant the ball would fall to Kone who converted into an empty net.It completes an impressive job for Allardyce, who was appointed in October to replace Dick Advocaat, tasked with avoiding the dreaded drop.Everton, meanwhile, have now won just once in their last ten league outings and Toffees fans are growing increasingly frustrated with Roberto Martinez  – only 1,000 were in attendance at the Stadium of Light.  last_img read more

Balance of board at stake in race

first_imgFor the first time in more than a decade, a high-stakes race is under way for a Los Angeles County supervisor seat in an election that could significantly reshape the region’s longtime political power base. While still months before voters hit the polls, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas already have launched what are widely expected to be fierce campaigns for the post being vacated by the retirement of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. The race is the first highly competitive contest for the Board of Supervisors since Burke battled Rep. Diane Watson in a bitter 1992 campaign to succeed the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. “It’s going to be a humdinger,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles. “We don’t know who else is going to be in the race, but these are the two headliners who are probably scaring everyone else away.” “It’s a very important race. And that’s why the unions are evaluating the two candidates so early because there is so much at stake.” Also at stake is the future of 2 million residents who live in Burke’s district in the South Los Angeles region, and whether the shuttered emergency room at Martin Luther King Jr./Harbor Hospital will be reopened. But perhaps even more significantly, the race stands to reshape the balance of power among the nation’s most influential Board of Supervisors, which represents 10 million people and whose members are now limited to three terms in office. Since Burke was elected in 1992, the three Democrats on the board – Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina and Burke – have generally banded together, often voting as a bloc and overpowering the two Republicans, Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe. But political analysts say that would shift significantly if Parks – who is viewed as a moderate to conservative Democrat – is elected. “This is a pivotal seat in that whichever way the person who wins it leans will make up a majority of the voters, either on the liberal side or the conservative side of the board,” Regalado said. “Yvonne has almost always been considered on the liberal side. But Bernie is much more conservative, both on the fiscal issues, labor-management issues and issues about community investment and victimization.” Since serving as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and winning a City Council seat in 2003, Parks has been anti-crime and business-oriented, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “He would tend to possibly vote with Antonovich and Knabe at times, whereas Ridley-Thomas would traditionally be with Molina and Yaroslavsky,” Stern said. “So (Parks) in a sense could be a swing vote on the board.” With the high stakes, Parks’ and Ridley-Thomas’ campaign machines are gearing up to begin raising the maximum $1.5 million in $1,000 contributions for the June 3 primary election. Any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote in June will win, otherwise, the candidates will duke it out on the Nov. 4 presidential election ballot. “The stakes are huge,” Regalado said. “They are huge on the business side, who see Bernie primarily as their champion. I think they see Bernie as even more business-friendly than Yvonne was. “And on the other side, Mark is regarded as the champion of labor. In some ways, this will be the classic labor-vs.-business race.” Ridley-Thomas, a Los Angeles Democrat who has a doctorate in social ethics and policy analysis from USC, started out as a high-school teacher and spent a decade as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by Martin Luther King Jr. First elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1991, he served a dozen years there and was elected to the Assembly. He won a seat in the state Senate in 2006. “What’s at stake here is the balance of power on the Board of Supervisors,” Ridley-Thomas said. “And the extent of what I’m prepared to say is any views that emerge, I have an obligation to listen to the expression of those views and to evaluate them carefully based on a lot of experience, pretty considerable amount of insight into public policy and pretty substantial training in the area of policy analysis, and then I vote.” Parks, who has a master’s degree in public administration from USC, spent 38 years with the LAPD and rose through the ranks to become chief in 1997, serving until 2002. “I don’t think it’s proper, in my judgment, to stereotype how folks vote,” Parks said. “I think I look at things on an issue-by-issue basis. If you look at how I’ve voted on the City Council, I’ve been very thoughtful as it relates to money issues and how the city spends its funds. “I don’t quite know where I’ll fall on each issue, but from what I can assess of my past, each issue requires a very thorough evaluation and I don’t believe I’ve shown a trend to vote based on any overall or overarching support for one group over another.” Burke said the outcome of the race is key as the county faces a variety of issues including a public health system strained by the closure of public and private hospitals, a worsening housing crisis, a stressed social services system, declining tax revenues and potential state funding cuts. “I think mostly you have to have a person who is dedicated to the county and the kind of issues we have to resolve – someone who is really concerned about people issues, about public safety and welfare, issues of children and someone who is willing to look at the very complex financial situation we have in the county and keep it strong and viable,” Burke said. Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, said the race gives voters a rare opportunity to significantly influence the future. “It’s important for people to have a choice,” Pitney said. “Competition is at the very heart of democracy and that’s especially true for supervisorial elections because county government is so large and the districts are bigger than a lot of states.” (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champPolitical observers had speculated that Rep. Maxine Waters – a longtime friend of Burke’s – might seek the seat, but she announced last month she would not. The deadline to file to run in the election is March 7. But Parks, 64, and Ridley-Thomas, 53, have already begun raising money and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is convening Wednesday – about three months earlier than usual – to begin deciding whom to endorse. The election comes in a politically charged year in which 350,000 workers will renegotiate their contracts – the largest number in the history of the Los Angeles labor movement. “It’s historic because the last time there was an open seat was in 1992,” said Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the federation, which represents about 800,000 workers, including 200,000 county employees and home-care workers. last_img read more

BIG-MONEY BID! Chelsea readying ‘huge offer’ for Torino striker Andrea Belotti

first_imgChelsea are ready to splash the cash on Torino striker Andrea Belotti by submitting a huge offer in the coming days, according to reports in Italy.The Premier League champions are frantically searching for a new forward this summer after missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had wanted to sign the Belgian as a replacement for Diego Costa, who is itching for a move back to Spain.Now, after losing the race for Lukaku, the Blues need to act fast and – according to La Stampa – they are preparing to make a huge offer for Belotti.READ MORE: ‘Andrea Belotti is the perfect fit for Chelsea’ – Gianfranco Zola urges Blues to sign Italian aceThe 23-year-old shone in Italy last season and he finished the Serie A campaign with 26 goals.The striker can leave Torino for a foreign club if his release-clause of €100million [£88m] is met, and the report in La Stampa claims Chelsea are ready to submit a formal offer close to that amount. 1 Torino striker Andrea Belotti last_img read more

Gary Neville receives signed shirt from Liverpool star after losing bet

first_img REVEALED He’s always wanted to wear @LFC shirt!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 8, 2018After beating his fellow Sky Sports pundit, Carragher said: “That’s a Liverpool shirt – I’ll even buy it.“23 Carragher on the back. No, I’ll tell you who’ll we’ll get, 23 Shaqiri on the back, he hates Shaqiri.”The former Red Devils right-back has claimed he would go back on the wager but Carragher has taken steps to make sure he goes ahead with it.Posting on Twitter, Carragher revealed a Shaqiri shirt signed by the Swiss international himself, meaning Neville will be expected to wear it for Sky Sports’ coverage of Crystal Palace v Liverpool on Monday night.Crystal Palace v Liverpool match preview Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Xherdan Shaqiri has signed a Liverpool shirt for former Manchester United star Gary Neville after he lost a bet against ex-Red Jamie Carragher.Carragher beat Neville in a penalty shootout during the Premier League Launch event, which meant Neville would have to wear the jersey of the team he hates the most. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News ALTERED possible standings NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener REVEALED center_img How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware #MNF @GNev2 @XS_11official— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 19, 2018Shortly after Shaqiri completed his £13million move to Merseyside, he was subject to criticism from Neville and his brother Phil for his inconsistency on the pitch last season where his former side Stoke were relegated from the Premier League.The winger dismissed the criticism at the time, claiming that he was never going to be liked by former United players at Liverpool.And in a playful dig back, Shaqiri wrote on the back of the shirt: “To my no.1 fan Gary, please don’t track back – SORRY – please don’t backtrack on this bet.”Predicted Liverpool XI v Crystal Palace gameday last_img read more

Glendale park plans moving ahead

first_img The city has built more parks in highly populated South Glendale in recent years, Starbird said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The city is moving forward with plans to build a half-acre park in the East Garfield neighborhood and hopes to begin construction within two years, officials said Monday. The city has scrapped initial plans to include affordable housing in the project, which will have a playing area for toddlers, some green space, walkways and tables. “Given its small size overall, if we want to have any usable park it was best to dedicate the whole site to park (space),” said City Manager Jim Starbird. The park will be on Maryland Avenue between Windsor Road and Garfield Avenue, on a site formerly occupied by a duplex and a vacant lot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week To complete the land acquisition, the city plans to move $875,000 from the Cerritos School-Park Project, at 3690 San Fernando Road, and $385,000 from the Cedar Mini-Park Project, planned for Cedar and Harvard streets. “It doesn’t delay those projects at all, it just recognizes that those projects were taking longer than anticipated,” Starbird said. The money to build the Cerritos and Cedar parks would be put back into the budget in fiscal year 2006-07, during the next round of allocation under the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Acquiring the land for the East Garfield park is costing the city $1.3 million. Construction is expected to begin within the next two years. “It’s good because, in this place, the (nearest) park is too far for kids,” said painter Verzaved Guevara, 56, who lives in the neighborhood. last_img read more

Incredible! McElhinney’s win prestigious e-Commerce award in New York!

first_imgBUSINESS: THE family run McElhinney’s of Ballybofey has won another prestigious international e-Commerce award.The department store’s website came up trumps at this year’s finals of the Landy Awards which were held at a glitzy ceremony in New York City last night night. McElhinney’s took top prize along with its agency, Wolfgang Digital, for Best Overall Search Engine Management (SEM) Initiative in the small business category.More than 200 entries were received from across the globe for the awards which recognise excellence in search marketing. The award comes just five months after McElhinney’s beat off some of the biggest companies on the planet to receive a Commendation at the Drum Search Awards in London.Ms Roisin Woods, Senior Manager for eCommerce and Marketing at McElhinney’s, said everyone at the store is delighted with the award.“To win the Best Small Business SEM award at the Landy is so exciting for all the team. To be recognised amongst the best search marketing campaigns, individuals and agencies from all over the world really is exceptional,” she said.“As a family owned independent business we must work harder, be more creative and innovative to compete with the larger global brands, proving with the right people anything is possible. We have an amazing team working instore and we are simply delighted with the nomination.” McElhinney’s have won numerous eCommerce awards in the past four years, the latest in February for Best Search Marketing Campaign 2015.The company has shipped to over 63 countries since launching their online business, creating up to ten new positions.More jobs are expected later this year when work is completed on a €2.2 million, four-storey extension to their landmark store.The massive new development will be used primarily for their internet sales business.Founded by John McElhinney in 1971, the store now employs more than 190 full and part-time staff and is a major draw to the Twin Towns. Over the years, it has grown and now operates from a 90,000 sq ft building, and has more than 1,500 suppliers, many of which are Irish. While his son, Martin, is the General Manager, John McElhinney is still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business.Incredible! McElhinney’s win prestigious e-Commerce award in New York! was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more