VCB ready to face trials

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Despite having 17 Olympic and World Championships medals to her name, Veronica Campbell-Brown knows it will be as difficult as ever to make Jamaica’s team to this year’s Rio Games when national trials roll around in June.”Based on my experience, it is always tough to make my team,” Campbell-Brown said. “Jamaica has a lot of great athletes. I expect it to be as tough as always.”Campbell-Brown, who will turn 34 on May 15, says she feels as fresh as ever and, therefore, is not ready to pronounce this as being her last Olympics despite the fact that she will be 38 in 2020 when the next track and field spectacle is slated for.FEELING YOUNG”Actually, I don’t feel a day older. I feel as young and as fresh as ever,” Campbell-Brown said. “So I will just train hard and stay focused as I feel good.”I do not put limits on myself, and I am not closing any doors because I do not know what God has in store for me. So I will just take it season by season, and right now I am focused on the 2016 season.”The former Vere Technical High student, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, is the first to admit that last season was not one of her best. She did recover, however, to take bronze in the 200m at the World Championships and helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m.”I do expect things to be better and to move smoother than last year. Preparations have been going well. I am excited about the season.”Campbell-Brown, who has a personal best of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 in the 200m, was unwilling to say how fast she is likely to go this season.”You never know. I don’t know. We will see,” Campbell-Brown said when asked how fast she believed she would go this season. “I am just focusing on making the team to Rio and then go from there.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

President confirms ‘operational interference’ in Army – Opposition Leader

first_img…ranks concerned about “whimsical” changes affecting promotions, benefitsChanges being sporadically and whimsically made by the Ministry of the Presidency into the operations of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) are affecting the promotion of army ranks and inevitably their morale.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who recently told the media that an anonymous letter highlighted the complaints and concerns from some army officials about practices which are having negative impacts on their performance and their future in the military.However, he noted that President David Granger was yet to address those issues raised, which specifically spoke to allegations that centred on his involvement and interference in the smooth operations of the GDF.“They (army ranks) are saying that the changes, that the junior officers, have a shifting goal post to meet to get to be promoted and that the standards and that the rules keep changing all the while. And that they are done based on the whims and the fancies of the Ministry of the Presidency, and it is not discussed with the senior officers even in the GDF. That is a very specific allegation that it is done this way, that, therefore, officers’ promotions are affected and they don’t get answers,” he said.Jagdeo pointed to another major concern that was raised by the army ranks which revolve around the process of interdiction.“The rule has been changed now that if you are interdicted and one year passes, the instruction from the Ministry of the Presidency and the President, is to terminate your employment. And they are saying that the court matter could even take more than a year. So, if their employment is terminated now before the case is concluded, and they prevail, how do they then address that situation?” he queried.Resignation vs retirement of military personnelThirdly, the Opposition Leader zoned in on the issue of military ranks retiring from the GDF in comparison to him (Granger) resigning. Changes that have been apparently made by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government have resulted in many of them having to worry about their future and benefits if they choose or have to retire, he said.“They claimed in the past once they had served after 20 years, they were free to leave, to retire from the Army, with all their benefits once they had met that threshold of 20 years. So, this government has changed this now to say that even if you finish the 20 years and you want to retire, you cannot get your full benefits because we will treat it as a resignation. Therefore, you don’t get any of your benefits, you have to wait out all the years … so this is a big change too,” Jagdeo stated.He added that he, along with the rest of his Party, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), do not want to politise such issues, but if the ranks themselves were crying out for intervention and have done so publicly, then he would have to speak out on their behalf.“All I want to say to the Army is to ensure that we treat our soldiers well and the Joint Services…If these concerns have been raised and now publicly, then they need to be addressed and if they are counterproductive, I think the Government should change this.”Jagdeo also lashed out at the President for his direct interference in the smooth operational process that the GDF had enjoyed prior to the coalition coming into power.He noted that while President Granger wishes to cast blame on the PPP/C for what he deemed as “organisational neglect” resulting in the destruction of the National Cadet Corps, this is far from the truth.“I am not sure it was destroyed, but look how disingenuous this is. This government now has former chiefs of staff Atherly, Collins and Gary Best, together they span almost two decades or so, a decade and a half, of governance at the helm of the GDF, so what they are saying is those people presided over the destruction of the National Cadet Corps, and they have all of them in their bosom across there and that’s what they are saying.”He added that the response from the Ministry of Presidency to that letter mainly focuses on an explanation seeking to justify President Granger’s involvement in the affairs of the army but that he failed to address any concern that the ranks desperately need addressed.“The release said that the President in his private capacity before entering office complied a book called “Values and Standards of the GDF”. So, imagine what they are saying, they didn’t deny interfering, they are saying the President when he was private citizen compiled a book and now implying that the Army, a State institution must follow what the President complied when he was not even President. So, they have only confirmed now what the officers are saying that there is operational interference.”last_img read more

NLC Looking for Homestay Hosts

first_imgNorthern Lights College is looking for homestay hosts for international students. In September, NLC is expecting 24 new students from Austria, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea and Macau. Host are need to provide a home away from home for these students.Homestay has been offered to students around the world for many years and has become a preferred housing option for international students studying English. Post-secondary institutions in British Columbia have been leaders in developing a reputable Homestay program in Canada.The Fort St. John community also benefits from the presence of international students. They bring a multicultural perspective to the community, especially when they volunteer in elementary schools where they talk about their culture and language.- Advertisement -Homestay hosts must be located in Fort St. John, and provide a furnished bedroom with linens and towels, three meals a day, and a friendly environment. Hosts receive $600 a month to help with the expenses of having a student in their home.More information about becoming a Homestay host can be obtained from NLC’s International Department at 250-785-6981.last_img read more

‘Ostrich’ journalist tells talkSPORT: ‘I’ll accept an apology from Nigel Pearson’

first_imgIan Baker, the journalist on the receiving end of Nigel Pearson’s ‘ostrich’ outburst, has told talkSPORT the Leicester boss crossed the line with his bizarre rant but insists he would happily accept an apology.Pearson took offence to a question from Baker, of the Wardle Whittell Agency, following his side’s defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night and launched an angry attack before storming out of his press conference.He has since been accused of bullying the young reporter, but Baker was keen to play down the spat when he joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.“As a journalist you have got to have thick skin and be able to take these things,” he said.“Clearly, if he did that to someone in the street it would be a bit different, but as journalists you have to accept it goes with the territory and be as strong as possible in those situations.“I think he probably did cross the line and I think he will admit that he did. I don’t know whether he will apologise or not. If he would like to apologise to me, I would certainly accept the apology.“He is a very passionate football man and, having briefly got to know him away from the media, he presents a very different picture. Away from the cameras, he has come across as a top notch guy.”last_img read more

Train safety pushed year after crash

first_imgGLENDALE – Nearly a year after a horrific Metrolink crash killed 11 people and injured nearly 200, a state Assembly committee on rail safety called Wednesday for a ban on the controversial “push-pull” running of trains – where the engine pushes trains from behind – which critics decry as unsafe. Flanked by families of victims from the Jan. 26 crash, Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, released the committee’s report and proposed a three-year phase-out of push-pull operations on Metrolink and three other commuter lines in California. Frommer said if the rail operators don’t voluntarily comply, he’ll seek legislation this session to impose the ban. “This is going to be a fight,” said Frommer, the safety committee chairman, after a morning press conference near the crash site in his Glendale district. But Metrolink attacked the proposals as unrealistic, while officials of other commuter lines said they cannot afford a $3 million locomotive for each train or to purchase land for a turn-around yard with the high cost of California real estate. Plus, they maintain, evidence shows push operations are safe. “We think he’s wrong. We don’t think he has the science behind him,” said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. “These alternatives they mention are not rational alternatives. They’re not realistic financially. They’re not realistic physically. And they won’t deliver what’s promised.” Metrolink instead is focused on new technology to reduce the serious impact of crashes, and will be the first in the nation to outfit its cab cars – the lead car when the train is in the push mode – under a massive procurement being carried out to replace its 40 cab cars this year. “We’ve operated in the push-pull mode from our inception,” Tyrrell said. “We have faith in it, believe in it, ride it ourselves.” Along with Metrolink, the proposed ban would apply to Caltrain, the Coaster train in northern San Diego County and the Altamont Commuter Express. “The expense is egregious,” said Jonah Weinberg, a spokesman for Caltrain, which operates between San Jose and San Francisco. “The millions of millions of dollars that would be spent on putting in two engines would not allow us to pursue these other things like grade separation, fencing off the corridors.” The report from the Assembly Special Committee on Rail Safety also called for additional safety measures, such as better crossing gates, a track warning system to alert conductors of problems on the tracks and immediate action to prevent passengers from sitting in the cab cars. Metrolink and other lines have roped off some rows of the cab cars already. Frommer also said he would try to get $500 million for grade-separation projects statewide into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vast infrastructure proposal that is being considered this year in Sacramento. He blasted the state for funding grade separations at the same low level for the past 30 years, saying that at that rate it would take 2,500 years to grade-separate the most dangerous crossings. But the prohibition against push-pull was the committee’s key finding, and came after months of investigation and a public hearing after last year’s crash. Banning push-pull could face legal obstacles because the Federal Railroad Administration historically has authority over train operations nationwide, and it believes push-pull is safe. However, Frommer was confident that the state has the authority to prohibit the operation, and the report cites several legal cases in which local powers have been able to pre-empt the federal regulation. A spokesman for the FRA said Wednesday that commuter lines are welcome to do away with push-pull, but that the federal government is not stepping in to mandate it. “The data that has been accumulated does not suggest the need for us, the federal government, to take action in that regard,” said FRA spokesman Steve Kulm. “It has been safe, and it is safe, and we’re working to make it safer.” But family members of those lost in the crash say the authorities have not done enough to protect passengers, and they want an end to what they see as a dangerous push-pull operation. Lien Wiley, whose husband, Don, was on the southbound train headed to work that morning, hopes the practice will be changed. She said the past year has been difficult as she still can’t believe her husband of 12 years is gone. “I still cry every day,” said the Simi Valley resident. “Every day, every afternoon, I still listen to the garage door and wait for him to come home. I still can’t believe he’s never coming home again. “The government fell asleep at the wheel. The government’s supposed to regulate them and monitor them,” she said. “I will never forgive myself if I don’t do something.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “There is no doubt in my mind that the push-pull configuration is a killer and one that needs to be outlawed in California,” he said. Injured passengers have filed lawsuits claiming Metrolink was negligent for operating the push-pull system, in which a locomotive pushes lighter cars ahead of it one way and pulls them on the return. “There are allegations that pushed trains are more likely to derail because the lighter passenger cabs in the front can be pushed off the tracks more easily,” the state report said. The practice has come under increased scrutiny since last year’s crash, the worst in Metrolink’s history, when a train in the push mode crashed into a sport utility vehicle parked on the tracks, then collided with an oncoming train and a parked train. A despondent handyman who parked his SUV on the tracks has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Frommer said it’s up to train operators to determine an alternative mode, but the report suggested using a second locomotive, a turn-around yard at the end of each line or a so-called “cabbage car” – a locomotive filled with heavy materials such as lead or ballast to make it less susceptible to derailing or crushing. last_img read more

Premier League statistics: Best facts and figures from the weekend

first_imgIt wasn’t the most thrilling weekend of Premier League action, but it did still throw up some fascinating statistics.The north London derby saw Tottenham win 2-0 against Arsenal, and confirm they will finish above their rivals for the first time since 1995.Meanwhile, Liverpool took advantage of slip ups from Manchester United and Man City, with a win over Watford – thanks to Emre Can’s stunning goal.Meanwhile, at the bottom of the division, Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed.But what were the best facts and figures from the weekend? Click the right arrow above to find out… 8. Against Everton, Chelsea kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since they beat Hull City in January. 1. Saturday was the first time in Premier League history that no home side scored a goal on a day with at least four games. 5. Lucas Leiva has three assists in five games, as many as in his previous 163 Premier League appearances. 10 10 3. Hull City have now conceded 12 penalties in the Premier League this season, the most by any team in a single season since 1992. 10 2. West Brom have failed to score in five consecutive games for the first time in their history. 4. The average age of the Tottenham team that beat Arsenal 2-0 on the weekend was just 3.5 years old when Spurs last finished above the Gunners in the Premier League (in 1995). Dele Alli wasn’t even born then! 10 10 10 6. Opponents have hit the woodwork 20 times against Watford, more than any other Premier League side. 10 10 10. Sunderland have now been relegated from the Premier League for the fourth time in their history – more times than any other club. 9. Manchester United are now unbeaten in 25 top-flight games – the longest in their history. 10 10 7. Tottenham have won more points at White Hart Lane this season (50) than in any previous campaign. last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: EDDIE MCGINLEY WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT ROSAPENNA

first_imgROSAPENNA NOTESThe Sunday club competition on the 25th of May was won by Eddie McGinley (16) with 39pts, the runner up was Dannie Sweeney (19) with 38pts and third place was Ronan Gallagher (20) with 38pts. Two’s – there were no two’s recorded on Sunday and there is now a roll over of 44e to Sunday June 8th. Congratulations to the Rosapenna Irish Senior Cup team that qualified in third place last Sunday over the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna.The top four qualifiers on the day were –1. Foyle 3032. City of Derry 3053. Rosapenna 3084. Castlerock 308There were three 308 totals returned including Portstewartwith Rosapenna being the better of the three as ourbest three card total was 228 with Castlerock on 229& Portstewart on 230.Now through to the last 16 in Ulster in the matchplay stageof the competition Rosapenna will play City of Derry G.C backin Rosapenna over the Sandy Hills Links on Sunday June 29th.The winners will play either Foyle or Castlerock that same afternoon.Well done to the Senior Cup team on qualification.Rosapenna’s Irish Mixed Foursomes team will play North-West G.C back in Letterkenny on orbefore Monday the 9th of June in the last 32in Ulster.Our Ulster Cup team travelled to Kilkeelon Sunday past and after the superb home result of 7-0 (41 holes) and wonthe first match out to win the overall tie.Rosapenna now play Dungannon G.C inthe third round. Well done to Denis Harkin and his team.The Rosapenna Donegal League team travelledto Portsalon last Thursday evening for thereturn leg of the first round tie.Rosapenna held a commanding 4-1 lead fromthe home match and proceeded to win the firsttwo matches in Portsalon to end the tie in our favour.Rosapenna will now play either Redcastle or Letterkennyin the quarter final on or before Monday the14th of July. Well done to the team captainJoe McHugh and his panel of players.The Rosapenna Minor League team willplay the return leg of their first round tiewith Ballybofey/S on Sunday June 8th.The first leg ended 4-1 to Ballybofey/S.Rosapenna’s Junior League team will take onStrabane G.C at home in the first legof the first round tie this Saturdaythe 31st of May over the Old TomMorris Links. The first match willtee off at 3.30pm.Best of luck to the team captainSeamus Connor & his panel of players.Home support is welcome.The Rosapenna Over 50’s team were inaction in Cruit Island over the weekend.Rosapenna had a great result on Saturdaywinning 5-0 (8 holes up).Well done to team captain Mark Bradley &his panel of players.The Irish Junior Cup area qualifying willtake place at Portsalon G.C this Sunday June 1stwith Rosapenna off at 8.30am alongsidePortsalon & Letterkenny. Best of luck toteam captain John Casey & his panel of players.The draw for the 2014 Michael Bonner Singles Matchplayis posted on the notice board in the Golf Pavilion andall second round ties must be played by Monday June 16th.All second round ties of the Doubles Matchplay must becompleted by next Monday June 2nd.The 2014 Golf Fees are now due andare payable in the Pavilion Golf Shop.All second staged payments were dueon May 1st as per staged payment plan.The Rosapenna OPEN Weekend will take place from thisThursday 29th May – Monday 2nd June over both links.Thurs 29th May – Gents Singles Stableford – Old Links.Fri 30th May – Gents Singles Stroke – Old Links.Sat 31st May – Ladies & Gents 4BBB S’Ford – Sandy Hills Links.Sun 1st June – Gents Singles Stableford – Old Links.Mon 2nd June – Ladies & Gents 4BBB Stroke – Old Links.Tees times now available on 074-915-5000 or golf@rosapenna.ieThe golf club fundraising classic will take place onSaturday the 7th of June over the Sandy Hills Links.The entry fee is €100 per team of four players, opento Ladies & Gents any combination.Entries to the Pavilion Golf Shop on 074-915-5000or golf@rosapenna.ie.The Friday nine hole competitions over the Strand Ninewill start on Friday the 6th of June with entry in thePavilion Golf Shop.Any uncollected club prizes from recent presentations& open competitions are available for collectionfrom the Pavilion Golf Shop during opening hours.GOLF NEWS: EDDIE MCGINLEY WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT ROSAPENNA was last modified: May 28th, 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:golfNoticesROSAPENNASportlast_img read more

Solitary Mohamed Salah finish secures victory for Liverpool over Brighton

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Alisson kept a third consecutive clean sheet Mo Salah scored the game’s only goal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal 4 latest 4 REVEALED huge blow Latest Liverpool News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Klopp was happy to see his side gain an early title race advantage over Manchester City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Early in the second half Anthony Knockaert sliced wide Brighton’s best chance of the game but the visitors were soon fortunate not to concede a penalty. Ryan clattered into Firmino as he came for Bissouma’s wild, high clearance but referee Chris Kavanagh ruled it was the Liverpool player who had fouled the goalkeeper.Shane Duffy almost turned Andy Robertson’s cross past his own goalkeeper while Alexander-Arnold had chance to wrap up victory five minutes from time but his left-footed shot was deflected wide. silverware 4 possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Everything seemed to be half a yard short or off target as the quick, but nevertheless they were still able to carve out chances, as they always seem to do at Anfield.In the first 20 minutes Sadio Mane sidefooted wide from Salah’s cut-back, Roberto Firmino had a near-post header well saved low down by Mat Ryan and Trent Alexander-Arnold curled a free-kick onto the crossbar.On a couple of occasions Brighton had lucky escapes as Liverpool’s pressing game almost caught them out, but it was third time unlucky when James Milner robbed Yves Bissouma of possession 15 yards outside his own area.Immediately the hosts sprang into action with trademark proficiency; Milner passing to Firmino who laid off for Salah’s lethal left foot to do the damage. gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The only concerns for Liverpool were largely of their own making, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker twice almost caught in possession has he lived up to his reputation as a ‘footballing’ goalkeeper.The Brazil international produced one save worthy of note and it was a vital one as he parried wide substitute Pascal Gross’ header.It ensured he became only the third Reds goalkeeper in the last 51 seasons to keep a clean sheet in the first three league matches of a campaign, Bruce Grobbelaar, Pepe Reina and Simon Mignolet (twice) the others.MATCH STATS Salah’s precision strike, his 29th in as many home matches since joining the club, was all it required, curling a low shot inside the far post in the 23rd minute.Klopp named an unchanged team for the third successive match for the first time since May 2017, and only the third time in his near three-year reign at Anfield.If there was consistency in the selection it was not reflected on the pitch as Liverpool were well below their usual standards with the crispness and quality of passing absent. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED REVEALED Mohamed Salah extended his extraordinary goalscoring run at Anfield as Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time since November 2016 with a disjointed 1-0 win over Brighton.The last occasion was after a 6-1 demolition of Watford but there were no such fireworks this time, although Jurgen Klopp’s side capitalised on Manchester City’s draw at Wolves to maintain their 100 per cent record with a third successive win. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining 4last_img read more

FAMILY OF LYIT STUDENT KILLED IN ROAD CRASH VOW TO FIGHT ON

first_imgAn inquest into the death of a LYIT student in Mayo seven years ago has returned a verdict of accidental death.Ashling Gallagher from Bunacurry, Achill Island, died when her van collided with a cement lorry on the Mulranny to Newport road in 2004. A key issue during the eight-day hearing was the condition of the road surface at the time of the crash.The Gallagher family have expressed disappointment with the verdict. They said that they had campaigned on behalf of their daughter, a student at LYIT in Letterkenny, to find out why her van, which was travelling at a normal speed, inexplicably ended up at the other side of the road.At the time of the crash, the road had recently been resurfaced and a final layer had still to be applied.The Gallagher’s legal team argued that there were no warning signs to reduce normal speed or to indicate that there was a temporary surface in place.The solicitor for the family said civil proceedings are under way.It is one of a number of cases being taken by families against councils over warning signs on roads.FAMILY OF LYIT STUDENT KILLED IN ROAD CRASH VOW TO FIGHT ON was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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

DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDs TO MEET OIREACHTAS COMMISSION OVER EXPENSES

first_imgSinn Féin’s Donegal TDs, Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn will meet the Oireachtas Commission today to clarify the appropriateness of their use of travel and accommodation allowances paid to all Oireachtas members.The TDs published constituency accounts and showed that they used some of their allowances to take people off social welfare and employ them in their constituencies.“I have been totally transparent about this and published it on my website months ago,” Pearse Doherty TD said today. “A question has now been raised about the appropriateness of this use of the allowance, so myself and Padraig MacLochlainn are meeting the Oireachtas Commission today.” “If there is any irregularity, we will rectify it,” he said. “The Travel and Accommodation Allowance is an automatic payment based on elected representatives’ attendance at Leinster House. The money was used in good faith.”The move follows a report in today’s Irish Independent. DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDs TO MEET OIREACHTAS COMMISSION OVER EXPENSES was last modified: June 20th, 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:DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDs TO MEET OIREACHTAS COMMISSION OVER EXPENSESlast_img read more