Blake lights up MVP meet – Drops ‘Beast’ nickname, relieved after injury setbacks

first_imgFormer world 100m champion Yohan Blake sent out an early message to his rivals when he stole the spotlight at the MVP Track and Field meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday night. Blake seemed to be nearing his best after years of injury setbacks as he gave the fair-sized crowd something to talk about, stopping the clock in a world leading 9.95 seconds to win his 100m heat. After seeing his training partner at Racers Track Club, Warren Weir, posting 10.07 seconds to win his 100m race in the previous heat, Blake settled in his blocks in front of an anxious crowd inside the venue. The sprinter caught up to the field in the early part of the race then burst away from the pack to score an impressive win ahead of Sprintec’s Rasheed Dwyer and High Performance Training Centre’s Zharnel Hughes, who both clocked 10.10 seconds. Delivered “First and foremost, I must give God thanks. He has been present in my life and has changed my life over the past weeks, and I have gotten rid of that name the ‘Beast’. I am happy for the win as I came out and delivered and it is like a heavy load has been lifted off my head,” Blake said after his run. “While warming up before the race, I felt very good, and I am extremely happy with my first outing. This is a big step for me, and I can say Yohan is back,” Blake declared. Earlier, Blake had teamed up with Weir, St Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rodgers, and Michael Frater to win the Open 4x100m for Racers in a zippy 38.45 seconds. Annsert Whyte effortlessly clocked a season best 49.39 seconds in winning his men’s 400m hurdles event – the fastest time for the night in the event. Javarn Gallimore was next best in 50.09 seconds, while Ricardo Cunningham of Cameron Blazers Track Club, who was running the event for the second time in his career, won his section in 50.28 seconds for the third fastest time overall. Racers-based Antiguan Miguel Francis delivered big time in copping the men’s 200m event with a 20.11 seconds clocking, getting the better of Sprintec’s Oshane Bailey, 20.42, with 400m specialist Javon Francis of Akan Track Club finishing third in 20.54 seconds. MVP’s Jonia McDonald continued to show improvements in the 400m as, competing in the final heat, he cruised to victory in 46.32 seconds for the fastest time, overall, with Peter Matthews finishing second in 46.38 seconds ahead of Josef Robertson, 46.45. Making his debut in the one-lap event this season, outstanding Junior Jaheel Hyde won his heat in 46.66 seconds to be fourth overall, School record Kingston College, Calabar, and Jamaica College warmed up for next weekend’s Penn Relays in impressive style as all three teams went under 40 seconds in the 4x100m relay, with Kingston College leading the way. The quartet of Shivnarine Smalling, Akeem Bloomfield, Jhevaughn Matherson and Tyrese Bryan finished second behind Racers in 39.52 seconds, the fastest time by a schoolboy team this year and a Kingston College school record. Calabar were third in 39.60 seconds, while Jamaica College were fourth in 39.77 seconds. On the female side, it was Sprintec’s Ronda Whyte who stole the show with a big personal best in the women’s 400m hurdles. Whyte was at her best as she turned back a strong field to win the event in 55.58 seconds to be the top Jamaican female in the event so far this season. Trailing her in second was training partner at Sprintec, Ristananna Tracey, 56.04, and her sister, Nikita Tracey, 56.33, of MVP Track Club. World Championships 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, 52.10, topped the field in the women’s 400m, getting the better of Namibia’s Herunga Tjipekapora, 52.81, and Dawnalee Loney, 53.14.last_img read more

SD59 fails to check records of kidnapped girl

first_imgSchool District 59 has been called out by Education Minister Shirley Bond for failing to obtain school records after it placed a girl who was alledgedly kidnapped from the states in classes.Bond says that the district didn’t get the required documents to place the girl in classes in the district. She says the district has been informed of the levity of the issue.BC requires proof of citizenship, as well as a student record from a previous school, in order to accept a transfer student. Although a forged passport was provided to school officials, the district never obtained records for the girl.- Advertisement -Assistant Superintendent for SD59 Rob Dennis says that the district can’t be held responsible for not knowing her passport was forged.Shanae Peterson was taken from Idaho in 2006 by her mother and stepfather, who did not have custody of the girl at the time. The girl had been living in Dawson Creek as Shannon Evans until late last month, when an acquaintance of her father saw his picture on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” and sent in a tip.last_img read more

PSG must keep building says Emery after French title romp

first_imgSharesAngel Di Maria wheels away after firing past a despairing Danijel Subasic © AFP / Thomas SamsonPARIS, France, Apr 15 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said the club must continue to strengthen as the French champions try to transform their dominance at home into success in the Champions League.Angel Di Maria and Giovani Lo Celso scored twice as PSG secured a fifth Ligue 1 title in six seasons on Sunday with a 7-1 rout of last year’s champions Monaco. Unai Emery’s team blew Monaco away in a first-half blitz that saw PSG score four times in 14 minutes at the Parc des Princes with with Lo Celso striking either side of goals from Edinson Cavani and Di Maria.Rony Lopes pulled a goal back for Monaco as he scored for the eighth game in a row, but Di Maria added a fifth before Radamel Falcao turned into his own net and Julian Draxler struck late on as PSG romped to the club’s seventh championship.“Other teams have more titles than us. Monaco, Nantes, Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Lyon…but we must keep on building,” Emery, who is likely to be replaced in the summer, told Canal+.“There is a solid tool for the future, to remain number one in France and become that elsewhere with patience and hard work.”With a fifth successive League Cup already won, PSG completed the second leg of a domestic treble — they are also through to the French Cup semi-finals — and could yet break their record 96-point haul from the 2015-16 campaign.PSG also became the first team in Europe’s top leagues this season to reach 100 goals on a night they were without the injured Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the teenager left on the bench after a bout of illness.But a second successive last 16 exit in the Champions League means heads will roll at the end of this season in preparation for another attempt to muscle in among Europe’s elite.“That defeat (to Real Madrid) hurt us but we continued to work with the players, the staff and the president who is always at our side,” said PSG captain Thiago Silva.“It was a difficult moment but I think in the end it’s a good season. We have taken back our title but we must continue to work, we have a French Cup semi-final (against Caen) on Wednesday.”– Sidibe injury concern –Monaco arrived in Paris unbeaten on their last eight league visits to the capital but any prospect of them prolonging PSG’s wait for the title quickly eroded.Kamil Glik’s absence in the heart of the visiting defence was acutely felt as Lo Celso started the move that resulted in the opening goal on 14 minutes, sauntering into the box to tap in a Dani Alves cross.While Cavani’s second half of the campaign has proved less prolific than the blistering spell that yielded 19 goals before Christmas, the Uruguayan bagged his league-best 25th goal with a powerful header from a Yuri Berchiche cross.Cavani then released Di Maria with a superb hooked pass from inside his own half and the Argentine raced clear before lifting an exquisite chip over the advancing Danijel Subasic.Javier Pastore supplied Lo Celso to head in PSG’s fourth on 28 minutes and Monaco suffered further misfortune when France international Djibril Sidibe was stretchered off with a leg injury, a worrying sign for Didier Deschamps ahead of the World Cup.Monaco briefly held up the onslaught as Lopes turned home an Almamy Toure cross seven minutes before half-time for the in-form Portugal international’s 13th goal this term.But PSG continued to attack at will and Pastore’s nonchalant assist for Di Maria allowed the winger to grab his second of the game on 59 minutes.The hosts were gifted another goal when Falcao’s attempt to clear a corner went horribly wrong, summing up Monaco’s misery as the ball looped beyond Subasic on 77 minutes.Germany international Draxler rounded out the demolition, firing home via a deflection as PSG clinched the title at home for the first since 1994 while shattering Monaco’s 17-match unbeaten run.Monaco later tweeted that they would reimburse the fans who had made the fruitless trip to the capital.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal can forget about signing Real Madrid star as Ancelotti rules out move

first_img Iker Casillas Carlo Ancelotti insists out-of-form Iker Casillas will remain as Real Madrid No.1 and he has no plans to sell the veteran goalkeeper to long-time admirers in the Premier League, including Arsenal.Spain captain Casillas was dropped from his country’s starting line-up against Luxembourg in their Euro 2016 qualifying match this week and has endured a difficult time between the sticks in recent years.The 33-year-old was widely criticised for Spain’s failure at the World Cup in Brazil and forced to play second fiddle behind Diego Lopez in the Madrid goal in each of the last two seasons, before being reinstated by Ancelotti at the beginning of this campaign.The Real boss has declared to stick by the Los Blancos club legend in a difficult period and has assured Madristas he will not discard their local hero, amid reports the Gunners are still keen on the World Cup winner.“The matter is closed,” said Ancelotti, responding to a question regarding Casillas’s future at Madrid’s customary ceremony event held at the Forum Luis de Carlos.“His future is here, it is part of the history of this club and in a few years, when he retires as a football player, Iker will come to this forum along with other great champions at the club to talk about all the European Cups he has won with this shirt.” 1last_img read more

Man United transfer latest: £25m-rated Brazil star on Jose Mourinho’s radar

first_img1 Fabinho [right] in action for Monaco Manchester United are keeping tabs on Monaco defender Fabinho after his proposed move to Napoli fell through.The 22-year-old right-back looked set to join the Serie A club this summer but talks between the two sides broke down earlier this month.But, according to Le Parisien, Monaco are still willing to keep their promise that he will be allowed to leave during this window if a suitable buyer emerges.And now it has been suggested that United could be about to make their move for £25million-rated Fabinho.The Brazil international, who scored six goals in 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season, has been on United’s radar since 2015 and new boss Jose Mourinho is also a big fan.With doubts over Matteo Darmian’s long-term future at Old Trafford, Mourinho could now be willing to sanction a bid as he continues to redevelop his squad at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Trial starts in PR probe

first_img 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventTo date, Dowie and Stodder are the only two people to be charged with felonies in a lengthy joint state and federal probe into allegations political corruption at City Hall.The trial is expected to last up to four weeks. The federal criminal trial of former Fleishman-Hillard executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder began today with prospective jurors filling out questionnaires in preparation for jury selection and anticipated opening statements Thursday.Dowie, 58, flanked by his four Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorneys, and Stodder, 50, appearing with two Howrey lawyers, were introduced briefly to the possible panelists in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess.Dowie, wearing a dark blue suit, and Stodder in gray, were indicted last year by a grand jury on federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges alleging they bilked the Department of Water and Power out of more than $300,000. They have pleaded not guilty.A third executive, Steve Sugarman, has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Dowie and Stodder.last_img read more


first_imgSchool is out at last and the long awaited summer sun has finally arrived.  If you are looking for somewhere in Donegal to entertain the whole family for a day – then Oakfield Park is the perfect place for an adventure. It was recently voted one of the top five parks in the whole of Ireland in the Irish Times “Best Day Out” competition and its right on your doorstep – and it has been described as the secret jewel in the heart of Donegal! Come and visit the superb new sculpture by Locky Morris, called Longsleeper.Made from 17 tons of oak sleepers, sitting on a spiral mound, it twists and turns itself into the sky.To see it, why not take a trip on ‘Thomas’, on the narrow gauge railway, which winds its way along 4.5km of track around the magnificent parkland and gardens.See the Castle Folly, and travel through beautiful woodlands and willow tunnels, past beautiful streams and lakes before returning to the station. Now everyone will be ready to stretch their legs and explore the gardens further.   Visit the magical fairy tree and place a wish – who knows if it will be granted?In the more formal upper gardens a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden will be a treat for any green-fingered expert or aspiring chef.A rest stop at the ‘Oakfield Perk’ vintage tea van, for home baked goodies and a freshly brewed coffee whilst the children explore the swings and slides, will make the end to a perfect, stress free day in the outdoors.Have a look at the Oakfield Park website or facebook page for special family events that are coming up, such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sundays, Garden Tours or magical Fairy Days.Gardens are open 12-6pm Wed to Sundays.(closed Mon & Tues except Bank Hols) Trains run at 3pm on Wed, Thurs & Fri, and 12-6pm at WeekendsFor more info visit or see the Oakfield Park Facebook pageOAKFIELD PARK – THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A FAMILY ADVENTURE THIS SUMMER was last modified: July 1st, 2015 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)Tags:FeaturesnewsNoticesOakfield Parklast_img read more


first_imgIT is an incident which has sickened people living on Arranmore Island – the grim discovery of two kittens cruelly put to death.The defenceless animals had been put inside a plastic bag with bricks attached and chucked into the water at Chapel Strand.A local man out for a walk yesterday found the bag and was sickened when he opened it to find the dead kittens inside. “They were found next to the pier,” said the shocked local.“The tide was out at the time. It was just awful.“There is just no need for this anymore. There are plenty of animal charities out there who could have found them new homes.”The pictures of the dead kittens are appalling. But one of them had the same markings and colour as the one featured in our picture. The other was black and white. The incident follows others in recent weeks.Several puppies were found abandoned – though thankfully still alive – at Rathmullan beach.Donegal Pet Rescue is trying to find new homes for them. INCREDIBLE CRUELTY: KITTENS TIED WITH BRICKS AND DROWNED was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:INCREDIBLE CRUELTY: KITTENS TIED WITH BRICKS AND DROWNEDlast_img read more


first_imgGardai were called to Gallagher’s HotelGARDAÍ were forced to use pepper spray to restrain a man who was so drunk he left women and children terrified.Shaun Boyle, who is 33, appeared before Letterkenny District Court on charges of being intoxicated in a public place. That place was outside Gallagher’s Hotel in the town two weeks ago – on July 3 – at 6.30pm. He was also charged with failing to follow the direction of a Garda.The court heard Gardaí were called to the area because of complaints about Boyle’s behaviour.He began issuing threats that he had dealings with Gardaí before and he would “deal with yous again.”He called officers w******.Boyle, from Apartment 5, 18 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, ran off to escape arrest and was so violent in resisting arrest Gda Garrett Monaghan had to use pepper spray to restrain him. He has 22 previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly noted that Boyle had appeared before him just four weeks ago and was given Community Service.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said Boyle was determined to end his addiction to drink and was now in the care of his parents and wanted to get proper treatment.“A fortnight before this incident he was before me. His options are closing down,” said Judge Kelly.He agreed that a probation report was needed so adjourned the case until September 18 to allow for the report and a report on Boyle’s progress on dealing with his drinking issues.JUDGE WARNS MAN HIS OPTIONS ‘RUNNING OUT’ AFTER GARDAÍ FORCED TO USE PEPPER SPRAY was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Defence solicitorFRank DorrianLetterkenny District CourtShaun Boylelast_img read more

Duarte rolls by Lobos

first_img Leading the way for the Falcons defense was 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior Ryan Fox, who led the way with multiple sacks of the Workman quarterback Alex Silva. “He brings a lot of everything to the table, especially tonight,” Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield said. “This is really his first year on varsity and he has a motor and gets to the football. We’re proud of him.” LA PUENTE — Corey Fluker and Jermaine Thomas scored two touchdowns each to lead the Duarte High School football team to a 32-8 Montview League victory over host Workman on Thursday night at La Puente High School. But the story of the game was once again the stingy defense of the Falcons (4-1). Duarte has allowed only 22 points in the last four games, including a shutout. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 After a scoreless first quarter, Duarte kicker Steve Venagas kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Falcons an early 3-0 lead. Duarte made it 10-0 one minute later. The Falcons scored on a 75-yard punt return. Senior Fernando Ravega received the kick and then handed off to Thomas on a reverse. Thomas then ran the final 60 yards, breaking tackles along the way down the sideline. Workman (0-5-1) then scored its only touchdown on the Lobos’ next possession with a 15-play, 80-yard drive and culminated with an 8-yard run by senior running back Marlon Decamara (68 yards on 16 carries). Duarte’s 10-6 lead in the first half concerned Crutchfield, whose team has had trouble scoring early. “We’ve got to learn how to come out better in the first half and learn how to play better in the beginning,” Crutchfield said. center_img Duarte took the second half kickoff and scored two quick touchdowns. The first came on a 14-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Darius Reese to Fluker (2 catches for 26 yards). After a Workman fumble, Fluker again hooked up with Reese for a 12-yard score. Reese (12 of 19 for 142 yards and two interceptions), who is playing in place of injured starter Josh Clark, finished the scoring for the Falcons with a 40-yard pass to Thomas. The junior wideout grabbed the ball from two Workman defenders and stumbled into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night. Workman’s defense caught the Duarte quarterback in the end zone late in the fourth quarter for a safety and the Lobos only other score. 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