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Laurie Foster | That false-start problem

Posted in myekaaeu on January 19th, 2020

first_img What is hurtful is that the debacle with the start of the semi-finals of both women’s and men’s 100m last Friday is a repetition of the same exercise last year. It happened then with US collegiate athlete Jonielle Smith when she lined up at the trials for the 2017 London World Championships. The major point of concern this time around rests with the seeming inconsistency in treatment of alleged false starts by Yohan Blake and Oshane Bailey. Regardless of what the problem was, it led to apparent disenchantment of the athletes, who were not a part of the indecision, not only in the race in question but those standing behind awaiting the following heat. Kemar Bailey-Cole, in the contentious race, exited the scene having been ready to go for at least 20 minutes. Bear in mind, that he was on comeback after injury problems in the last few years. Also, having to wait for what appeared to be an agonising period was another recuperating athlete, Jordan Forte, who managed to advance when the race eventually got going, but had his injury comeuppance at mid-race during the final, less than two hours after. Is this what our top athletes should expect when they attempt to qualify to represent their country? The JAAA should be busy trying to cauterise this problem, as the athletes are screaming out for some solution. Foster’s Fairplay’s concern goes somewhat deeper than the false-start rules. There is a growing problem surrounding what happens to the country’s young athletes between Penn Relays at the end of April and trials for regional and international competitions in mid-June. This is the year for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, previously called the World Junior Championships. Two athletes whose lights shone brightly in the earlier period were nowhere to be seen come the time for global representation. As a final point to be made, the JAAA should not have any difficulty in making the relevant contact to find out if there has been any approach to any of our young athletes from a foreign country. Surely, this would empower them to make a definitive statement as to what is happening with the two young athletes referred to above. Do they not believe that the matter is well within their jurisdiction, hence the need to pursue? Will someone please tell Foster’s Fairplay, what is the meaning of the term ‘governing body’? For feedback: email – DISENCHANTMENT Another edition of the country’s National Senior and Junior Track and Field Championships was staged last weekend at the National Stadium. There are complaints that speak to lack of competence and accountability in meet management by the organisers, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). Any group that sees negative criticism of the JAAA as a necessary duty must, by now, be weary from engaging in that exercise. Foster’s Fairplay is no different. This is because of the lack of response from the governing body or a visible attempt to apply remedial action. Protests have come from two top coaches of professional training camps, Glen Mills and Stephen Francis. Their responsibility during the period when Jamaica was sitting pretty atop the sprinting world included world record holders and global medallists like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson. When coaches of this unquestionable quality lash out, it is time to apply the brakes and listen. They speak with the authority and experience of world-respected knowledge of the subject on which they comment.last_img read more

Greater transparency not only from politicians, but from private sector

Posted in myekaaeu on January 14th, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Recent comments by the former Petroleum Presidential Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, provided for interesting reading; more particularly where he comments on the “stages of influence” that oil companies exert to make countries forfeit their wealth.Dr Mangal has said: “The oil company and their agents will first influence the politicians. They do this very well. They do it all the time all around the world (in the rich countries as well). This has already happened in Guyana. Then they will influence the private sector by giving them some contracts. This has already happened in Guyana, judging by the words/actions of the private sector, judging by how some prominent Guyanese have suddenly gone quiet or changed their tune.”The latter point, regarding the private sector, is particularly interesting. Politicians will be frowned on for having engagements (contracts, etc) with the oil companies, but what about the heads and executives of private sector groups?Guyanese are treated to an endless stream of comments from private sector officials, which are portrayed as impartial positions. But how can we be sure? The answer, I think, and more so to lend greater credibility to voices from the private sector, could lie in there being full disclosure.Maybe it is time that there is a declaration by private sector heads and executives, in particular, about what contracts or agreements they are engaged in with ExxonMobil. Maybe it is time that Guyanese are made aware of how these heads and executives of private sector groups are personally benefiting from the oil company.Guyanese have also been treated to the trend where private sector groups bring in consultants for oil and gas forums; another attempt to lend credibility, in my view, to some of the positions taken. But we have seen that some of the very consultants who were brought in were linked to the oil companies – as was the case with Rystad Energy. It was Dr Mangal himself who pointed out that Rystad Energy was part of the company’s lobbying machinery.I agree with Dr Mangal when he says: “The odds are stacked against Guyana, but Guyana can succeed.” But such success, I think, can be realised if we start with greater transparency from not only the politicians, but also from the private sector groups and their heads and executives.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Suspected bandit shot by police

Posted in myekaaeu on January 13th, 2020

first_imgA 23-year-old suspected bandit of Laing Avenue, Charlestown, Georgetown was on Friday shot to his right foot by police moments after he and an accomplice were cornered after robbing a Bourda Market vendor of 0,000 in cash.The suspect is presently under guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Reports are that a 56-year-old vendor had just arrived at his Pike Street, Kitty residence and was about to open his gate when the suspects confronted him. The men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, held the vendor at gunpoint and relieved him of the bag containing the money before making good their escape. The police were alerted, and responded promptly.They cornered the men in Kitty, but the bandits opened fire on the police ranks. The police returned fire, hitting one of the bandits, who fell to the ground while the other escaped. A portion of the loot has been recovered in his possession.And acting on information, police conducted a search on a house at Duncan Street, Newtown, during which an unlicensed revolver and two live rounds of ammunition, along with one spent shell, were found.Four males and two females who were at the house at the time of the police search have been arrested. One of the females is said to be the girlfriend of the wounded suspect.The police are continuing their hunt for the second bandit as investigations continue.last_img read more

Ex-F1 driver Mark Webber to quit motor sports at end of season

Posted in myekaaeu on January 12th, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Mark Webber won nine races during a 12-year career in F1 before moving into endurance racing in 2014 © AFP / Guillaume SouvantPARIS, France, Oct 13 – Australian ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber will retire from motor racing after next month’s Six Hours of Bahrain, the final leg of the World Endurance Championship, his Porsche team said on Thursday.Webber, 40, won nine Grand Prix races during a 12-year career in F1 that saw him finish third in the championship on three occasions before moving into endurance racing in 2014. A world endurance champion in 2015, Webber will become a Porsche ambassador following his retirement and work as a consultant for the German sports car manufacturer.Webber and his Porsche team-mates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley have won the last three races this season, but the trio remain a distance behind the second Porsche team, who lead the standings with three stages remaining.“I have arrived where I belong,” Webber said in a statement. “Porsche is the brand I always loved most and the one that suits me the best. The 911 is iconic – it has got elegance, performance and understatement, and is never intrusive.“I will miss the sheer speed, downforce and competition, but I want to leave on a high and I’m very much looking forward to my new tasks.”Webber partnered four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel as Red Bull collected four successive constructors’ titles from 2010-13 before leaving F1 for a new challenge.He has won seven endurance races since making the switch and also finished second at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.Webber will compete in Sunday’s race at Fuji in Japan, at Shanghai on November 6, and then end his racing career in Bahrain on November 19.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cagey Cecafa semis on the cards

Posted in myekaaeu on January 12th, 2020

first_imgKilimanjaro Stars had struggled in the pool stage, gaining their place in the quarter finals as the lowest ranked qualifier. But surprisingly, they seized the initiative from the word go, transforming themselves into potential winners.In the early kick-off of the double-header at the National Stadium, Uganda stifled the spirit of a Zimbabwe team that had shown promise in earlier matches and Cranes duly triumphed by a similar margin.Semi-final pairings on Thursday will be: 2.00pm – Sudan v Rwanda; 4.00pm – Uganda v Tanzania Mainland.Zimbabwe 0 Uganda 1Hamisi Kiiza, who is sufficiently familiar with the pitch at the 60,000 seat National Stadium, where he frequently turns out for his Dar-es-Salaam club, Young Africans, hogged the limelight after his 14th minute goal pushed the Cranes into the semi-finals.The Cranes played their traditional game of power, speed and sustained pressure, to deflate bloated expectations of the Zimbabweans who had looked formidable in their 2-1 defeat of Tanzania Mainland in their last Group ‘A’ match on Saturday.After Qadir Amini tested Uganda goalkeeper Abel Dhaira with a powerful free kick in the fourth minute, all action shifted to the Zimbabwean side with the Cranes speedy Sula Matovu on the left wing a constant threat.Matovu did all the work for the goal, quickly shifting up the gears on the left to deliver an inviting cross that was met by the head of Kiiza.Zimbabwe’s answer was in their best attack of the half which came in the 26th minute when Bernard Ngoma advanced in the area after beating Godfrey Walusimbi and Isaac Isinde, but the Cranes skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa, cleared the danger.Mwesigwa, who plays for Kazakhstan side Ordbaasy, almost doubled Uganda’s lead in the 23rd minute but his goal bound header was pushed away by Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova.Mike Sserumaga was next to spurn an opportunity, lashing his shot against the post from 10 meters out after Matovu had set him up.The Zimbabwe Warriors returned from recess in much better shape with Ngoma, Charles Sibanda, Tapiwa Khumbuyani and Benjamin Marere all having a go at the Cranes backline.Tony Mawejje forced a fine save from the Zimbabwe ‘keeper on 53 minutes but the first real chance of the second half was for the Warriors seven minutes later when Benjamin Marere beat Godfrey Walusimbi on the left. But Sibanda’s intended lob with Mwesigwa and Isaac Isinde beaten on 68 minutes went over the bar in what was the best chance for the Zimbabwe to draw level. The player lay prone in the turf for over a minute to rue the miss.Tony Mawejje was denied by Chogova’s fingertip touch as Uganda looked to finish of the contest.At the other end Sibanda had two great chances fall his way but his touches let him down with the goal at his mercy.Malawi 0 Tanzania Mainland 1Playing with new found conviction, home side Tanzania pulled off an upset 1-0 win against Malawi to astound their sceptical home fans.Nurdin Bakari sent home an unstoppable shot on 36 minutes to send the National Stadium stands into rapture.Earlier, Ramadhan Chombo only needed to pick his spot but aimed straight at a Malawi defender with their keeper stranded.“We have received a lot of criticism from journalists and the fans but we are still in the competition,” Tanzania coach Charles Boniface Mkwassa could not help saying.Initially, the Malawi Flames saw better of the ball but it was Kilimanjaro Stars who put their chance to count after looking dangerous in the penalty box.Bakari, who had for long troubled Pililani Makupe, Ndaziona Chilemba and company in defence, controlled Mrisho Ngasa’s pass, then his fine execution with the outside of his right boot sent over 40,000 home fans into raptures.Thomas Ulimwengu should have given Kilimanjaro Stars the lead earlier after Ngasa’s deft work on the right but his weak shot was cleared out of danger by the Malawians.Coach Kinnah Phiri’s Flames returned a different package after the breather and Tanzanian skipper and goalkeeper Juma Kaseja came to the fore.Ndaziona Chatsalira, John Banda and Joseph Kamwendo all tested Kaseja as the Flames turned up the pressure cooker.But counter attacks from Tanzania kept them at bay. Ngasa’s solo run from his own half, beating a forest of bodies before Malawi’s James Sangala made a desperate interception, was the highlight breakaway for the besieged Kili Stars.Mkwasa’s men held off Malawi’s late challenge to book a repeat of last year’s edition semi final against Uganda. Then, the Kilimanjaro Stars carried the day 5-4 on spot kicks after normal time had ended goalless.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, December 7- Thursday’s semi final line-up in the ongoing Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup are likely to serve two cagey encounters judging by the displays in the quarters stage.On Tuesday, defending champions Tanzania Mainland timed themselves perfectly; coming to life for the first time in the tournament to register an upset 1-0 victory that ended Malawi’s run in the tournament.last_img read more

Glendale cemetery cited for air-quality violations

Posted in myekaaeu on December 29th, 2019

first_img Kevin Flanagan, a spokesman with the Consumer Affairs Department, said he was not surprised by the AQMD citations. “If they’re not following cemetery and funeral rules properly, why would they follow air-quality rules?” he said. In April 2000, inspectors responded to residents’ complaints of black smoke and were greeted by Howard, who said, “I was wondering when I was going to hear from you,” according to the documents. An afterburner for one of the five crematory ovens broke down during a cremation cycle, she told investigators, and the fire department had responded. “So far, Ms. Howard has received three (notices of violation) and one order of abatement and the complaints keep rolling in,” inspector Don Hopps wrote in his notes. In response to the Consumer Affairs allegations, residents who have loved ones buried in Grand View have filed a lawsuit alleging that remains were removed from graves, grave-site markers were discarded and graves meant for one person were re-used for other burials. Milton Friedman, a senior legal administrator overseeing the case, said his office has been sending out questionnaires to potential victims in advance of a Feb. 17 court hearing, when attorneys will ask the judge for permission to inspect the property and videotape grave sites. “We’ve had quite a few people call us,” Friedman said. “Most of the calls have complained about the lack of maintenance, the look of the cemetery. It gets emotional sometimes because there’s some family members who’ve received cremated remains from the cemetery, but now question whether those are the actual remains.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Grand View Memorial Park, accused of improperly disposing of thousands of cremated remains, has repeatedly been cited for discharging foul odors and smoke, documents show. Inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which enforces air-quality laws in Southern California, paid dozens of visits to the cemetery between 1998 and 2003, after nearly 60 complaints from residents about foul odors, records show. As a result, the AQMD imposed strict conditions on operations and required $37,000 in equipment upgrades. “They were causing a lot of problems. There were a lot of complaints,” said Mohsen Nazemi, the assistant deputy executive officer of engineering and compliance for the AQMD. “We did make a lot of visits.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The citations, obtained through a California Public Records Act request, are unrelated to complaints by the state Consumer Affairs Department, which found the cremated remains of some 4,000 people in storage rooms, a trash bin, on the floor and mixed with other remains. Officials also allege shoddy record-keeping, and said they believe cemetery President Marsha Lee Howard, secretary Moshe Goldsman and two trustees resold grave sites and “loaned” themselves $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, which was set up for grounds maintenance, records show. As a result, officials halted new business in November and are taking the operators to court Jan. 19 for a permanent resolution to the case. In the meantime, the operators have been ordered not to sell new graves, and Howard, who lives on the property, was removed from day-to-day operations. Howard; her Woodland Hills attorney, Myles Mattenson; and Goldsman did not return calls Wednesday. last_img read more

The funniest tweets as Sam Allardyce leaves his job as England manager

Posted in myekaaeu on December 28th, 2019

first_img1 A dejected Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce’s dream job as England manager is over.The former Sunderland boss lasted just 67 days in charge of the Three Lions before having his contract terminated by mutual consent, following an undercover investigation by the Telegraph.It might be some time before the 61-year-old sees the humorous side of recent events, if at all; but, as ever, the Internet has exploded with cruel laughter.Take a look at a collection of the funniest tweets reacting to Big Sam’s departure below…last_img read more

Torino want Joe Hart to stay on loan from Manchester City for TWO more years

Posted in myekaaeu on December 28th, 2019

first_img1 Joe Hart in action for Torino Torino want to keep Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan for another season – before buying him outright.The England international joined the Italian club in the summer for the current campaign after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola.Hart has impressed since moving to Torino on loan and there was talk the Serie A side would buy him outright next summer.But, according to Tuttosport, the Italian club are proposing a different offer to Manchester City.They want to take Hart on loan for the 2017/18 season too, but any deal would include an obligation to buy.Torino would reportedly prefer to strike this deal in the hope it can ease the financial burden of any switch for Hart.last_img read more


Posted in myekaaeu on December 26th, 2019

first_imgShe has had discussions with top company management both in Ireland and Switzerland and says  she has been assured that every effort possible is being made to protect the jobs associated with “fresh” production. Minister Coughlan also said she will be ensuring that all relevant state agencies are involved in assisting those workers who are in the unfortunate position of losing their jobs.EndsGALLAGHER BAKERY JOBS AXE: ‘THIS IS DEVASTATING FOR ARDARA’ was last modified: January 26th, 2011 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) TANAISTE MARY Coughlan has organised meetings today, Thursday, after 124 jobs were axed at Gallagher’s Bakery in Ardara yesterday as one senior local figure declared: “The town is devastated.”A meeting of workers at the bread-maker heard how the company simply could not compete any longer.Management from the bakery’s parent company IAWS in Dublin revealed how the jobs had to be axed to ensure future financial stability of the company. The majority of the job losses have come as a result of the closure of the company’s frozen bread section.It is understood that some of the frozen bread operation will be transferred to the parent company’s other plant in Dublin.The company says efforts are being made to save 65 other jobs in Donegal through redeployment to its other plant and through the possible sale of its fresh bread section.It was revealed that the company, who also make the Cuisine De France range, had recently built a state-of-the-art plant in Clondalkin in Dublin. It now appears that Gallagher’s geographical position may have turned against them in their battle to survive.Chairman of the local parish council in Ardara, Stephen McCahill said the announcement was a devastating blow to the local community.“It will have huge implications for everyone in Ardara and the surrounding areas.“This amount of jobs to be lost in any community is huge and it will have a knock-on affect for everyone for miles around,” he said.One of the directors of the company, Declan Gallagher, has admitted overseas competition is leading to a cut in the price of products. The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, has expressed her deep disappointment at the news of the decision by Aryzta to close their “frozen” production line.center_img The Tánaiste has also been in discussion with the Acting CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta as well as the CEO of Enterprise Ireland. The company will be meeting with both state agencies tomorrow to discuss their plans and explore the opportunities that may exist to maintain employment in the company. last_img read more

Cazorla earns Spain recall for the first time in four years

Posted in myekaaeu on December 25th, 2019

first_imgVillarreal’s Santi Cazorla has been recalled to Spain’s squad after four years ravaged by injury.The former Arsenal midfielder played only 23 league games across his final two seasons in north London due to a serious and recurring Achilles injury forcing him to have up to 10 separate operations, which almost forced him to retire. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Isco returns after missing March’s opening qualifiers against Norway and Malta as Real Madrid provide four players to Barcelona’s three.Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga will compete for the goalkeeping jersey with Manchester United’s David De Gea. gameday cracker Spain squad to face the Faroe Islands and Sweden De Gea (Manchester United),Kepa (Chelsea),Pau Lopez (Real Betis);Ramos, Carvajal (both Real Madrid),Llorente (Real Sociedad),Hermoso (Espanyol),Gaya (Valencia),Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao),Alba, Sergi Roberto (both Barcelona); Busquets (Barcelona),Navas (Sevilla), Cazorla (Villarreal),Parejo (Valencia),Rodri (Atletico Madrid),Fabian (Napoli);Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad),Isco, Asensio (both Real Madrid),Rodrigo (Valencia),Aspas (Celta Vigo), Morata (Atletico Madrid, on loan from Chelsea). ADVICE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY no dice shining But he has bounced back since returning to LaLiga, making 45 appearances in all competitions this season, with seven goals and helping the Yellow Submarine to the Europa League quarter-finals. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals 1 Santi Cazorla is back in the Spain squad for the first time since 2015 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move That form has earned the 34-year-old a recall to Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands on June 7 and Sweden three days later.Cazorla, who made his international debut, will be hoping to add to his 77 caps.Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal also returns for the first time since making his only senior international appearance as a substitute against Switzerland in 2016. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more