Mills encouraged by Bolt’s return

first_img impressed LONDON, England: Despite handing out a failing grade in his athlete’s second of two runs, coach Glen Mills was left generally satisfied with Usain Bolt’s back-to-back 9.87 runs at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Friday, inside the London Olympic Stadium. Mills, after watching Bolt post his fastest times this season, believes the signs are encouraging as he now focuses on sharpening up the sprinter ahead of his double-sprint title defence at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, which is now a mere four weeks away. In wet and chilly conditions, Bolt won his heat in 9.87 seconds, running against a -1.2 wind, and returned to again stop the clock at 9.87 (-0.8), with Mike Rodgers, who was also second in Bolt’s heat, following the big Jamaican to the line in 9.90, with another Jamaican, Kemar Bailey-Cole, posting a personal-best 9.92 for third. Nesta Carter was seventh in 10.08. Mills was left impressed with Bolt’s run in the heat, but was less pleased with his execution in the final. “To put it into context, he had one 100m before this in Brazil in April, so between April and now is a significant period of time. So to start at 9.87 is an indication that he is making progress, and the focus is to continue getting his competitive condition to be at his best by the time we get to Beijing,” Mills told The Gleaner. “His performance is encouraging.” “Yes, it’s clear that his (Bolt’s) performance in his heat was far superior to his run in the final, even though the times are the same. In the heat, he executed much better than he did in the finals. He had a better start, his mechanics was better, and despite the -1.2 wind, he was able to run 9.87 after he eased down near the end, which would indicate that with a full effort and no wind, he probably would have gone under 9.80 seconds,” Mills assessed. “But he came back in the final, and there was less breeze, but his execution was very poor. It was bad at the start, he lost ground and stumbled a bit and had to come from way back to actually get back; but all in all, it was a good training exercise,” added Mills. Still, after going into the meet with questions about his ability to successfully defend his world titles in the coming weeks, Mills feels that the sprinter has gone a long way in showing that he is on the right course to do just that in Beijing. “What I can say, though, is that today, he (Bolt) showed that he has made some progress, and we hope that we can make significant advancement on that, and that by the time Beijing comes around, he will be at the competitive level where he can execute much better and defend his title,” Mills said. Bolt is not expected to compete again before the World Championships. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

UEFA to judge Cristiano Ronaldo red-card case next week

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Russian athletes to return to competition as WADA lifts doping bancenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after receiving a red card during the Champions League, group H soccer match between Valencia and Juventus, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)NYON, Switzerland — Cristiano Ronaldo should learn next Thursday if he is banned from playing at former club Manchester United in the Champions League.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case of Ronaldo’s first Champions League red card on Sept. 27.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ronaldo tangled with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo, appearing to tug at the defender’s hair, in the first half of Juventus’ 2-0 win on Wednesday.The UEFA panel studies all red-card cases and has the power to extend the mandatory one-game ban.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRonaldo will miss a home game against Young Boys on Oct. 2.The subsequent game for Juventus is on Oct. 23 at Old Trafford, where Ronaldo played for six years. He won the first of his five Champions League titles while with United in 2008. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Boy hospitalised, driver granted bail

first_imgEBE accidentThe seven-year-old boy who was struck at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, on Sunday 18 September is still hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital.This information was released to Guyana Times by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leslie James.James revealed that since the accident, the boy has been in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit. The child’s name and other information are yet to be released.The Assistant Commissioner disclosed that since his arrest after the accident, the minibus driver was placed on bail.According to reports, the accident occurred at around 09:00h. The Canter in which the boy was travelling was headed to Parika, East Bank Demerara (EBE) when it stopped. The boy was in the back and he jumped out and attempted to cross the road. A minibus heading in the same direction and passing the Canter at the time struck him.According to eyewitnesses, the child was flung some distance away.One eyewitness revealed to this publication: “I was sitting by that shop and I wasn’t really paying attention. Out of nowhere I heard this loud bam! And when I get up and check, I saw the boy lying in that grass corner. People start to run out and they pick him up. When I went and look at him, his head buss up.”Reports are that the boy’s head was partially crushed as a result of the impact.He was rushed by public spirited persons to hospital in an unconscious manner.last_img read more

Linden Town Council gets 2 more compactor trucks

first_imgThe Mayor and Town Council of Linden (LM&TC) has secured two additional compactor trucks, which are expected to boost and strengthen its waste management capacity.The 2 recently acquired compactor trucksAccording to the LMTC, the purchase of the additional compactor trucks would be of great benefit in servicing Linden’s eight constituencies on a regular basis.The process of procuring and facilitating the trucks had been executed under former Mayor, Carwyn Holland.The LM&TC has struggled in the past with the issue of garbage collection and disposal, due to the lack of necessary equipment, funding, and a steadily malfunctioning compactor truck. The additional trucks are expected to greatly assist in this regard.The LMTC had placed the trucks on display at the opening of the Linden Town Week event on Sunday.last_img read more

Livestock farmer gunned down in Berbice

first_imgThe body of Ramnarine Etwaru lying on the damRamnarine EtwaruThe body of an East Canje farmer was on Tuesday afternoon found on a dam in the canfield with what appeared to be gunshots wounds.Dead is Ramnarine Etwaru 38, also called “Bill” of Lot 84 Ganga ram Settlement East Canje. Reports are that the lifeless body of the livestock farmer was discovered by a fisherman who was looking for a suitable space to ply his trade.Etwaru’s body was found about 300 meters into the dam with his motorcycle lying next to it.  Initially, reports were that a man fell off of his motorcycle and was injured. Villagers rushed to the scene and discovered the man lying in a pool of blood.  Further investigations revealed that he might have been shot.Ramnarine lived in a two storied house which he recently built and moved from Suzanna Village, East Coast Berbice to do his life stock business.His wife; Rosie Hemraj remained in the village to see the couple’s 11-year-old son through Primary school.The dead man’s sister-in-law told this publication that Etwaru recently developed a portion of land which was gifted to him by his father-in-law and situated behind his new house. According to Sharadia Hemraj other livestock owners in the village were banned from going onto the land since Etwaru developed it.“They are mining thing and he don’t want them to get access to use it. They never use to use it before but since he build it up everybody want to use it; it is private property,” the woman related.Meanwhile, villagers say that the portion of land which Hemraj referred to, was being used as pasture to graze animals in the community in the past. According to them since Etwaru put in drainage and fenced a portion of the land, they have been prevented from using it to graze their animals.Hemraj suspects this might have something to do with her brother- in -law’s deathMeanwhile, acting Commander, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis told the Guyana Times that the police do not have a motive for the shooting of Etwaru, however, he assured that within hours investigators are expected to put together all of the pieces which led to the man’s death.Reports from the villagers who were the first to arrive at the scene indicate that there might have been more than one person who may have committed the crime. They noted fresh tracks coming from the canal.When this publication arrived on the scene, police had already combed the track several times to get to the canal in search of any evidence.last_img read more

Liverpool look a LOT more solid this season, hails former Anfield boss

first_imgRoy Evans believes Brendan Rodgers has made Liverpool a much more resilient outfit this season.The Reds have yet to concede in three Premier League games, with summer signings Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez fitting seamlessly into the full-back positions and Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren beginning to form an impressive partnership in the centre of defence.Liverpool’s resolute display in the goalless draw against Arsenal on Monday night was in stark contrast to their last visit to the Emirates, when they shipped four goals, and Evans says Rodgers must be delighted with his new-look back-line.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Anfield boss said: “I like the way he has changed his system slightly.“Certainly the two full-backs are not pushing so far up the pitch. That gives them a chance to be in better defensive positions but it still gives them a chance to go and attack when needed.“The whole defensive system looks a lot more solid than it did last year. That gives them the base to go forward and attack and even in the second half when they weren’t as dominant against Arsenal they still managed to hit them on the counter-attack and give them some problems.“As a back four, it looks completely solid. They are closing down people, they look to be more alert, they are a litte bit closer together and nobody seems to be getting isolated.”last_img read more

Man City starlet admits dream is to play against Real Madrid

first_img1 Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice against Stoke City Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho is hoping to fulfil a dream this week, and play against Real Madrid in the Champions League.The 19-year-old striker started his fourth Premier League game of the season on Saturday, netting twice in a 4-0 rout of Stoke City.He has looked a natural goalscorer whenever given the chance to play by Manuel Pellegrini, bagging 10 goals in 30 games, but his Champions League career has so far been limited despite the Nigerian’s obvious talent.Iheanacho has managed just two minutes of action in Europe’s premier competition, coming on as a late substitute against Dynamo Kyiv and then PSG, but the youngster still has hope he will be given the chance to feature against Real Madrid this week.The La Liga giants visit the Etihad for the first leg of City’s first Champions League semi-final, offering Iheanacho the chance to challenge himself against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.“I think I should dream about that because it’s a great team to dream about,” he said. “It would be a dream come true to play against them.“Ronaldo and Messi are the greatest players on the planet so I think playing against them is a big thing to anyone. It would be a big thing to me if I play against him on Tuesday.”Barring injury concerns for Fernando and Yaya Toure, the Stoke victory was the ideal start to a huge week, with City moving closer to securing a top-four spot.Iheanacho was not the only player to impress in the win, and he believes such a morale boosting game is perfect preparation for the clash with Zinedine Zidane’s men.The youngster added: “This game is a great preparation for us against Real Madrid. On Tuesday, we need to focus and work hard because they’re a good side. I think we are prepared to face them.”last_img read more

DONEGAL-OWNED HOTEL GETS €100K PAYOUT AFTER SHOOTING

first_imgThe killers enter the Regency Hotel.A hotel owned by a well-known Donegal businessman has been given a €100,000 payout by its insurance company following a fatal shooting at the business.The Regency Hotel in Dublin took Aviva Insurance to the High Court for making no pay-out following the shooting two months ago. The hotel, which is owned by Donegal businessman Jim McGettigan, complained it had been plunged “back into recessionary conditions” after the much publicised killing.The hotel won its claim last week but had still not received any payment.The hotel has now received at least €100,000 for “business interruption” and that figure is likely to get bigger.The hotel is also claiming for losses since February 15th as part of an overall claim of more than €217,000.DONEGAL-OWNED HOTEL GETS €100K PAYOUT AFTER SHOOTING was last modified: April 13th, 2016 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:donegalJim McGettiganRegency Hotelshootinglast_img read more

SA energy campaign enlists youth

first_img Over 1.2-billion people live in the dark, and Gigaba said that if people do not begin to save they may never know the benefits of internet access, medical technology or just sheer light and warmth. Many South African youth are heavily dependent on energy-consuming appliances to simply survive during winter, but Gigaba encouraged them to find other ways to stay warm, such as wrapping themselves in a blanket and a hot water bottle. “Energy efficiency is as simple as adapting to what 49M urges, and that is doing more with less,” he said. “Influencing parents to switch off the geyser during peak hours and not leaving the fridge door open for longer than necessary puts less strain on them when having to foot the electricity bill at the end of the month.” He also reminded them to spread the message to their families and peers to “flick that switch” when leaving the room. SAinfo reporter 1 August 2012 South Africa’s 49m energy efficiency campaign is enlisting the help of the country’s youth in saving electricity, with Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba hosting a youth dialogue workshop in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The 49m campaign – an Eskom initiative so named to reflect the population of the country – was launched in March last year by Gigaba and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as a response to the country’s constrained power system, climate change, the recent economic downturn, and rising electricity costs. The campaign encourages individuals and corporates to lead energy-smart lifestyles to help save the planet and their pockets. “The Y-Generation has power to influence change if each and every one of them could realise their power,” Gigaba said at Tuesday’s session at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank. It formed part of an initiative of Johannesburg-based radio station YFM – which holds regular monthly sessions with young leaders who are key influencers in their communities – in partnership with 49m.‘Break away from energy-dependent mindset’center_img In his address, Gigaba urged young South Africans to break away from an energy-dependent mindset that is fast becoming obsolete. “Energy inefficiency is no longer a sign of wealth or power, instead it has been associated with irresponsibility to its far-reaching negative effects,” he said.last_img read more

Tariff threats from China frustrating agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Across the nation those involved in agriculture are expressing frustration (to put it mildly, in some cases) about the escalation of a trade dispute that has resulted in China’s announcement of a proposed 25% tariff on imported U.S. soybeans.It does not take many guesses to figure out the topic of most concern heard by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as he toured Ohio yesterday.“[President Trump] understands that agriculture, based on its bountiful production, is always the tip of the spear on retaliatory measures. He is convinced that this will not be the case this time. He asked me to tell the farmers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan exactly that,” Perdue said. “We have a renewed agreement with Korea and we have maintained that business. I do think there is optimism regarding NAFTA, which will help reduce that anxiety a little. Then we cope with China. These announcements are just the beginning. Hopefully the announcements from both sides will bring both countries to the table to address some of the unfair trade practices we believe China has engaged in, particularly intellectual property theft. Most farmers are Americans first and patriots. They want people to play by the rules. They do and they expect others to play by the rules. President Trump is the first President who has called out China for not playing by the rules. I think most farmers understand that, they just don’t want to be the only ones sacrificing in that arena.”But at a time when commodity prices are mired in the worst agricultural economy in 16 years, a trade war with by far the largest importer of U.S. soybeans is a big ask for agriculture. China said that its 25% tariff will only go into effect based on the course of action the administration takes moving forward.U.S. agriculture is nervous and calling upon President Trump to counter China’s policies on intellectual property in a way that does not require tariffs and engage the Chinese in a constructive manner that will achieve a positive result for soybean farmers.“A 25% tariff on U.S. soybean exports to China not only will have a devastating effect on every Ohio soybean farmer, but it will also hurt every Ohioan who relies upon a healthy rural economy,” said Scott Metzger, Ohio Soybean Association first vice president and Ross County soybean farmer. “This retaliatory action by China was both predictable and avoidable, and it is the reason soybean farmers asked the Trump Administration not to impose tariffs against China in the first place.”OSA (along with pretty much everyone else involved with agriculture) is calling on the White House to reconsider proposed tariffs imposed upon China that led to this retaliation. China purchases 61% of total U.S. soybean exports and more than 30% of overall U.S. soybean production.“It is a big concern. China doesn’t have to enact a wholesale abandonment of U.S. soybeans to have a significant impact on the profitability of the U.S. soybean farmer. All that is required is a percentage of their historic sales shifting to Brazil or Argentina. If that happens it can be the difference between soybeans being at a profitable level or being 50 cents less and going into the red,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “The rise of China has been a real boon to the U.S. soybean farmer. It would be nice if our government was a facilitator to that and not a barrier.”Soybeans are Ohio’s largest crop and top agricultural export. According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio’s $1.8 billion in soybean exports in 2017 accounted for more than 3.5% of all Ohio commodity exports. Soybean futures following the announcement quickly dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel, which, at a projected U.S. 2018 crop of 4.3 billion bushels, cost American soybean farmers $1.72 billion in value.“I knew it was coming,” said Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economist, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “This is obviously going to hurt farmers.”If the China does follow through with the tariff threats and American soybean prices in China go up, other countries could step up to supply more soybeans to China, and they could be sold cheaper without the tariffs. In the long term, that could cause the United States to permanently lose a significant share of the soybean market, Sheldon said.“U.S. farmers may not be able to grab that market share back,” he said.Across the United States, about one in every three rows of soybeans grown is exported to China, said Ben Brown, who runs CFAES’s farm management program, which provides farm policy and market information to Ohio farmers and others. A 25% tariff on American soybeans in China would change that ratio to one out of every five soybean rows grown going to China, Brown said.“The soybeans that don’t get sold to China are going to need a buyer somewhere,” he said.Soybeans are one of 106 U.S. products with proposed tariffs in China announced on April 4. In addition to agriculture, the other two main areas targeted are aircraft and automobiles.China’s tariff threat is the latest move in an ongoing back and forth with China that began March 8 when President Donald Trump imposed 25% tariffs on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum from most countries, including China.If the Chinese impose the tariff on soybeans, as well as on other agricultural products that they have announced, including pork and wine and a proposal to add beef, it could change farmers’ opinion of Trump, which has been largely supportive, Sheldon said.“This may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” he said. “I think farmers haven’t walked away from the administration yet, but they might, in time.”last_img read more