Getting ready for World Juniors

first_imgIn 2002, there was no clue that Usain Bolt would become the best 100-metre, sprinter in history. Save for a forlorn Class Three effort at Boys and Girls’ Champions two years earlier, he had concentrated on the 200 and 400 metres with much success. The penny dropped at a training camp hosted by the G.C. Foster College. The nation’s finest junior athletes were assembled at the G.C. Foster College for an ongoing training camp. It was a key plank of Jamaica’s preparation for the World Junior Championships which were set for Kingston in July 2002. Bolt lined up against many of the best junior 100-metre sprinters of the day and cleaned their clocks. Those present were stunned by his speed. It was a glimpse into his famous future. In those days, training camps were a standard part of preparation for our junior teams. In the late 1990s, stalwarts like Ian Forbes, Juliet Parkes and Brian Smith manned these camps. They ensured that our juniors faced the world’s best at their best. There was even a time when support camps were held outside of the Corporate Area, with the late Constantine Haughton sharing his expertise with those who couldn’t reach Kingston. The conversion of Melaine Walker to the 400-metre hurdles was done at camp by World Junior head coach Stephen Francis with the blessing of Walker’s high school Raymond ‘KC’ Graham after an injury had threatened her 2000 season. Walker took a bronze in the World Juniors in her new event and the rest is history. In 2002, the juniors were housed each weekend at G.C. Foster and their school coaches freely attended and shared their knowledge. The out-turn was a brilliant performance by the team when the big show rolled around. Bolt famously won the 200m. Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Anniesha McLaughlin and Simone Facey clicked to gold in the 4×100 metres. Facey and McLaughlin took silver medals in the 100m and 200m respectively, with Jermaine Gonzales and Sherul Morgan third in their respective 400-metre finals. Walker moved up to second in the hurdles, behind a world junior record by Lashinda Demus of the United States. It’s a pity that the World Junior Championships won’t come to Jamaica in 2016 but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for it well. The aforementioned training camps have largely dropped off the calender. Where team members come from schools with self-sufficient programmes, they can arrive ready for national duty. That isn’t often the case. In 2010, distance ace Kemoy Campbell was slowed when funding for track at his school ran out after Champs. A camp, like the one that heralded the sprint future of Bolt, would likely have seen to his welfare. Perhaps, a better prepared Campbell would have advanced past the first round on the 1500-metres in the World Juniors in Moncton, Canada. Our top seniors largely have camps of their own, but our juniors suffer if left alone. Our medal haul at the World Juniors tell the story. In 2002, the team’s 11-medal performance may have been boosted by brilliant home support. Since then, the take has settled at lower levels. Jamaica garnered nine medals in 2004, eight in 2006, six in 2008, three in 2010, five in 2012 and six in 2014 at successive stagings of the Under-20 championships. This year, a three-day camp helped to prepare Jamaica’s 2015 Pan-Am Junior team for a 13-medal haul. The 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston were wonderful. The support by a capacity audience, night after night, and the performances by the likes of Carolina Kluft, Blanka Vlasic, Meseret Defar, Darrell Brown and Bolt make it worthwhile for the authorities to consider a return to Kingston at some point in the future. In the meantime, it makes sense to prepare well for the 2016 renewal, wherever it is staged. The revival of preparatory junior camps would be a good way to get out of the blocks. – Hubert Lawrence was present at the 2002 World Juniors.last_img read more

Offshore LNG site nears key OKs

first_img“I don’t like this project because I think they’ve chosen a design that is not suitable for installation along the California coast,” said Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network. “If the government is committed to importing LNG into California, there are other alternatives, technologies, designs and locations that could be more appropriate, that could carry fewer public safety risks and a smaller environmental footprint.” The California Coastal Commission and the California State Lands Commission are scheduled to hold final hearings and votes on the project next week. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until mid-May to make a final decision. While Schwarzenegger has previously supported more LNG supplies in the state, spokesman Bill Maile said he has not yet taken a position on the Malibu project. BHP and energy industry officials note natural gas is a cleaner-burning source of energy than traditional fossil fuels such as coal. Despite continuing opposition from environmentalists, a $1 billion liquefied natural gas facility proposed off the Malibu coast could win key state approvals as early as next week. Built by Australian energy giant BHP Billiton and anchored about 14 miles offshore, the floating facility would become California’s first such plant. The 214-foot- high terminal would accept liquefied natural gas from tankers, convert it into natural gas and pipe it to a facility in Oxnard. “The facility we’re proposing is absolutely the most environmental facility out there,” said Renee Klimczak, president of BHP’s liquefied natural gas division. “That’s why we’re proposing it for California. It’s been specifically designed to meet all of the standards.” Despite BHP’s assurances, the proposal has drawn adamant objections from activists who fear the facility and the tankers that supply it would pollute the water and endanger marine life. And Klimczak said the facility will produce roughly 800 million cubic feet of natural gas every day – enough to supply at least 10 percent of California’s overall demand. The company has received letters from 18 utilities and natural-gas consumers – including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – interested in purchasing the gas, Klimczak said. Klimczak said the company also has already agreed to a number of mitigation measures in response to concerns by environmentalists and state officials. All LNG tankers would use natural gas fuel when in California coastal waters and support vessels such as tug boats will be fitted with catalytic reduction systems. State Controller John Chiang, one of three members of the State Lands Commission, said he has not yet reached a decision on the LNG project, but has questions and concerns. “I’m concerned about emissions mitigation,” Chiang said. “The appearance, at least from the land, doesn’t appear all that great. I’m trying to get a better sense of water travel and water usage and public safety. There are strong disagreements.” Lands Commission staff issued a report raising some concerns about the project, but ultimately recommending its approval. A report from the Coastal Commission’s staff, however, recommended rejection on environmental grounds. Billiton has used its political leverage to push the project, spending nearly $3 million on lobbying. The company and its lobbyists are also closely connected to a number of former members of the Schwarzenegger administration. The governor’s former communications director, Rob Stutzman, now works for a political consulting firm that has worked for the LNG industry. And the governor’s former legislative secretary, Richard Costigan, now works for the firm that lobbies for BHP Billiton. Maile said politics will play no role in the governor’s decision. “As with any major decision, the governor will look at all sides of the issue and make a decision based on the merits and what’s in the best interest of California,” Maile said. But environmental opponents have been joined by officials from Oxnard and Malibu, state lawmakers representing the coast and celebrities including actor Pierce Brosnan and anthropologist Jane Goodall. Los Angeles County Supervisor chairman Zev Yaroslavsky also opposes the project. “I don’t believe it’s appropriate in an environmentally sensitive area,” Yaroslavsky said. “Of all the places I would site an LNG terminal, it wouldn’t be next to a national park. It’s like putting a coal-fired powerplant in Yosemite Valley.” On Capitol Hill, federal lawmakers are starting to question the EPA, which ruled three years ago that the LNG facility must meet the strictest smog regulations. A year later, it reversed that decision. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent letters to the agency demanding proof of the further analysis EPA officials said they relied upon when they reversed course. Waxman aides said they have not received any new studies or analysis from the EPA. Aides said they did, however, find contacts between a Bush administration political appointee and BHP Billiton. In a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson in March, Waxman said he is concerned about possible “intervention” by Jeffrey Holmstead, former assistant administrator of the EPA for air and radiation. Aides said documents show Holmstead met with BHP Billiton in March 2005 and contacted the EPA unit responsible for California shortly after that. An EPA conference call was scheduled for April 27. The agency’s reversal came June 29. Holmstead, who now is a partner with the firm Bracewell & Giuliani, did not return a call seeking comment. Waxman aides said they have asked the EPA to submit to interviews and expect to conduct those in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is pushing legislation to require companies seeking federal approval for liquefied natural gas facilities to identify any employees or business agents trying to persuade the community of LNG’s benefits. And both she and Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, are objecting to the Cabrillo Port project and requesting a long list of documents. Emily Kryder, a spokeswoman for Capps, said the change of leadership in the House and Senate has given opponents of the project some newfound hope that they will have more influence. “With Democratic control, there’s more of an opportunity for us to put pressure on the administration to explain their decisions,” she said. Staff Writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this story. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 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

‘I didn’t take a penny for transplant’, says Abidal’s cousin

first_img0Shares0000Eric Abidal is now Barcelona’s sporting director © AFP/File / LLUIS GENETOULOUSE, France, Jul 27 – Eric Abidal’s cousin has said that he “didn’t take a penny” from Barcelona, over allegations the club illegally bought a transplant liver for their former player.Earlier this week, Spanish public prosecutors said they had asked for a probe into the matter to be reopened. Online newspaper El Confidencial had reported earlier this month that wiretaps from a corruption probe involving then-Barca president Sandro Rosell indicated that the club may have illegally procured the new liver which Abidal, a former France international, received in April 2012 from Gerard Armand.But Armand was adamant that there had been nothing untoward.“Nothing, not a penny. How can I wonder about it? I simply gave an organ to save a member of my family,” he told French newspaper La Depeche du Midi.“I didn’t think about it, it was a good, normal action that anyone would do to help a sick relative.”Spain’s National Transplant Organisation, which is run by the health ministry, investigated Abidal’s transplant and said last week that it was carried out “according to the law”.Armand, who says that Abidal’s father is a brother of his mother, said that he was approached by Abidal’s wife after the liver tumour was discovered in 2011.He added: “I work for the same company, I work night shifts, I drive a (Peugeot) 406 and to be very transparent, I even had financial worries which I settled with my wife and banker.“I’ll answer any questions, I have nothing to hide. I just want to be left alone.”Rosell denied the El Confidencial report in an interview published by El Mundo. He is due to face trial on charges of money laundering in connection with Brazilian TV rights sales and was also investigated for the deal which brought Neymar to Barcelona.Abidal, 38, resumed his playing career a year after he received the transplant before retiring in 2014 and is now Barcelona’s director of football.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

U.S. set for a rough semi versus Brazil

first_imgBrazil figures to be quick and tricky Thursday when it meets the United States in Hangzhou, the last step to the final Sunday in Shanghai. The U.S. defeated Brazil, 2-0, three months ago in New York, a physical game played without Marta. The Americans also defeated Brazil in the 2004 Olympic final – 2-1 in extra time – and 2-0 in a group game in the Olympics. “Brazil’s primary tactic was fouling us to break our rhythm,” Ryan said, referring to the game three months ago. “We had more of the ball, and their response to that was just to foul. Brazil has tried to break our rhythm by chopping our players down.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I believe finally we will add one more star on our jersey,” Brazil’s Daniela said in a reference to the men’s team, which has won a record five World Cups. “We will finally get the World Cup.” The Americans, top-ranked and undefeated in 51 games, advanced Saturday by beating England, 3-0, on goals by Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx and captain Kristine Lilly. Brazil won its quarterfinal Sunday, defeating Australia, 3-2, on Cristiane’s goal in the 75th minute, a rising drive from 20 yards off rapid-fire passes from Marta and Daniela. Germany defeated North Korea, 3-0, that day, putting the defending champion into a semifinal Wednesday against Norway and ensuring that three former champions will be playing in the final four. Norway beat host China, 1-0, on Sunday in Wuhan before a crowd of 52,000 that stayed until the end, waving flags and lighting flares as the Chinese made a last offensive push. By Stephen Wade THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TIANJIN, China – United States coach Greg Ryan is bracing for Brazil. He knows the rough semifinal will be smoothed only a bit by the artistry of Marta, the game’s best female player. The Americans have ambitions for a third World Cup title, following ones in 1991 and ’99. Brazil is in the semifinals for the second time, matching its run in 1999. last_img read more

Two freshmen drunk at school sent to hospital

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Two Lancaster High School freshmen were taken to a hospital Wednesday after they got drunk on campus, officials said. “One had passed out and the other one was so far gone that they decided they better take her to have her checked out,” Deputy Jeff Larson said. The girls, both 14, were reported to be doing OK. Several other students were also caught drinking and were sent home, Larson said. In an unrelated incident, a third girl was taken to a hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to what was believed to be an insect bite, school officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2last_img read more

‘I TRIED TO GRAB DONEGAL RALLY FAN JUST A SECOND BEFORE HE WAS KILLED’ – FRIEND TELLS COURT

first_imgA young woman has revealed how she lost grip of a man’s jumper just a split second before he was struck by a speeding rally car.Richard O’Donnell was killed instantly as he tried to cross a country road during the Donegal International Rally.An inquest into the 18-year-old’s death revealed how he had only jumped over a gate and was on a road for two seconds before being struck by the Fiesta SR rally car which was traveling at speeds of up to 103kph. The victim was thrown through the air and landed 60 metres away after the tragedy on June 14th, 2008.Eye-witness Laura Cole had traveled to see the rally with the victim and some other friends.They found a suitable location in a field in a Ballyare, outside Ramelton on the 11th stage of the rally known as Carnhill.However after he had watched the first 20 cars dive by, Richard O’Donnell decided he wanted to move to another stage at a different location. Ms Cole revealed how she followed the victim who jumped over a gate as another friend called to him.“A marshall blew a whistle and I grabbed Richard by his jumper to stop him going on. But I lost grip on his jumper and I heard another friend Gary shouting at him.“All I remember was seeing him going up in the air and I fell back in shock. I didn’t go near the body,” she said.Chief medical officer at the rally, Dr Pauric Conneally, attended the victim but said he died instantly and pronounced Richard of Jeffrson’s Court, Strabane, Co Tyrone dead at 3.30pm.Garda witnesses told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court that Welsh rally-driver Elfyn Evans (left) did brake and was slowing down trying to avoid Mr O’Donnell. The court also heard that there was only a 30 second stop-gap between drivers because of an earlier delay.Another eye-witness Darren Coyle revealed how people were shouting at the victim to get off the road just seconds before he was hit.“I saw a young lad climbing over the field and he had a bottle of beer in his hand. I saw him run across the road.“The crowd was shouting at him to get off the road. He was looking up the road so he would never have seen the rally car coming. There was nothing the drive could have done to avoid him – he ran into his path,” he said. Stage commander of the rally Andrew Frater said he was satisfied that all marshals were experienced and used their whistles to inform spectators that cars were on their way.The driver of the rally car, Elfyn Evans, said he saw a person on the road and tried to avoid him.“I saw a 400 metre straight ahead of me and I was in fifth gear. Suddenly a person appeared in front of me and appeared to stagger.“As he came from the left I went to the right but he kept coming across to me. I was up against a hedge and I couldn’t avoid him,” he said.Pathologist Catriona Dillon revealed how the victim had multiple injuries and fractures when she examined him.However she said the fatal injury was as a result of the brainstem being severed from the spinal chord.She also revealed that there was also evidence of severe alcohol intoxication in the body.Dr Dillon concluded that death was as a result of injuries sustained from a road traffic accident.Coroner John Cannon said it appeared the victim was almost across the road and “on dry land” but turned back for some reason.The jury found in accordance with the Coroner’s direction that death was in accordance with the medical evidence due to a road traffic accident.They also added a ‘rider’ asking all spectators of all sports to take extra care and obey all signs and safety regulations at events.Coroner Canon said “This was a very sad event. Why he decided to cross the road at such a hazardous location we will never know.”A spokesperson for the O’Donnell asked the organisers of car rallies to assist spectators as much as they can.“Richard was a very keen rally supporter but made a bad decision. There was a very short time between the two cars which was very unusual and we know the car behind was quieter.“We feel the rally should assist the spectators as best they can. It is very noisy at rally and the cars come too quick and you might make a misjudgement,” he said.‘I TRIED TO GRAB DONEGAL RALLY FAN JUST A SECOND BEFORE HE WAS KILLED’ – FRIEND TELLS COURT was last modified: June 23rd, 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)Tags:Coroner’s Courtdonegal rallydonegal rally deahtfan killedinquestrichard o’donnelllast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgOUR main pic is of Donegal’s largest County flag (14ft x 7ft) on the County’s highest peak (Errigal), erected yesterday in the wind and Rain!!!!! by the Meehan Family of Magheroarty From L-R Danny, Henry, Wille & Patrick Meehan. (Picture by Neil & Paul Roarty Dunlewey).Now, if only i could find my boots! Little Danny Moley from Co Down getting set for Sept 23rd!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 10th, 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

Tracy era comes to end

first_img Meanwhile, there were indications Tracy might be named to fill the Pittsburgh Pirates’ managerial vacancy by the end of the week. Asked during a media conference call Monday night about that possibility, Tracy said he hadn’t been in contact with Pirates officials. LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and manager Jim Tracy parted company on Monday in what is officially being termed a “mutual agreement” stemming from his well-known philosophical differences with general manager Paul DePodesta. The move was announced after a lengthy meeting between Tracy and DePodesta on Monday at Dodger Stadium, one day after the club concluded a disappointing 71-91 season in which it finished fourth in the National League West. “I don’t have any idea as to the Pittsburgh Pirates right now and what their thinking is,” he said. “I have spoken with no one other than Paul here over the last couple of days. I don’t have any idea about any of those situations or the direction any of those clubs (with managerial vacancies) will be taking.” Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield has had a close relationship with Tracy since both were part of the Montreal Expos organization in the late 1990s. McClendon fired Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon on Sept. 6, a curious time for such a move given that it came with less than a month left in the season. It was two days later that Tracy, with Houston-based agents Alan and Randy Hendricks in tow, boldly requested a multi-year contract extension from DePodesta and owner Frank McCourt. DePodesta said Monday that request hadn’t come in the form of an ultimatum. But when asked the same question, Tracy was vague, implying he didn’t believe he could manage the team DePodesta had given him back to respectability before his contract expired after next year. “Moving forward, there was some uncertainty with regard to some of our players and things like that,” Tracy said. “I have been asked whether this was fixable, and the answer was definitely yes. I still firmly believe that. But can it be done overnight, or even in one season? I don’t know if the answer to that is yes.” At any rate, Tracy didn’t appear to have much leverage in seeking the extension — unless he was fairly certain another job would be waiting for him if he lost this one. center_img Littlefield fired interim manager Pete Mackanin after Sunday’s season finale, telling him he had someone in mind for the job with more major-league managerial experience. Littlefield then flew on Monday to Atlanta, where the Braves were preparing for their first-round playoff series with Houston, to interview Braves third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez for the job — a clear indication Littlefield is trying to hastily meet Major League Baseball’s minority-interview requirements before presumably hiring Tracy. When asked by a reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette late Monday night if Tracy’s departure from the Dodgers clears the way for the Pirates to pursue him, Littlefield said, “Not until I see anything official.” Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy told the Post-Gazette on Sunday that “important information” was expected in about two days, which could have meant he and Littlefield were waiting to learn Tracy’s fate with the Dodgers. Meanwhile, when Tracy was asked during his conference call whether the Dodgers would pay him his $700,000 base salary for next season, he matter-of-factly said, “No.” Tracy then caught himself and clarified, saying, “My understanding is that if I am not working (as a major-league manager), I would be paid by the Los Angeles Dodgers.” As for the Dodgers’ vacancy, DePodesta appears ready to dive right into the search — or at least he will be when he returns on Monday from his sister’s wedding in Italy. “We certainly have a list of candidates,” he said. “Even going back to last year, when I offered the out clause in Jim’s contract, it was something I had to think about even for the conclusion of this season. We will be getting on that in the next couple of days and plan to have interviews next week.” DePodesta declined to say whether the list will include both internal and external candidates. One possible candidate who has a prominent place in the Dodgers’ storied history and is known to have interest in the job is Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser. Hershiser has vague ties to DePodesta, having pitched for Cleveland in 1996-97 while DePodesta was the Indians’ advance scout. Another possible candidate with DePodesta ties is Art Howe, who managed in Oakland while DePodesta was the A’s assistant general manager. Possible internal candidates with major-league managerial experience are player development director Terry Collins, Triple-A Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster and Dodgers third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who managed the club on an interim basis after Bill Russell was fired midway through the 1998 season. “There is a list of different things we will be looking for,” DePodesta said. “We’re not going to be secretive. We will announce the people we’re planning on interviewing, and that information will be known in the near future.” One thing DePodesta clearly will be looking for is a manager who shares his philosophies when it comes to player evaluation. Tracy most certainly did not, a fact he never came out and said bluntly during the two seasons after DePodesta was hired to replace Dan Evans in February 2004 but didn’t make an effort to hide, either. “Jim has reached out to me, and I have reached out to him, not only the last two years but probably even more so the past two months,” DePodesta said. “Unfortunately, at the end of the day, we realized we couldn’t quite get on the same page. That’s probably the reason why (this happened). I think we both decided this probably is best for both parties.” DePodesta’s most ominous statement came toward the end of his media conference call. “Even if we had won 95 games, we still would be having this call,” he said. Tracy went 427-383 (.527) in five seasons at the helm, winning a division title in 2004. Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 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

Women’s Tennis Finishes Play at Gopher Invitational

first_img Box Score MINNEAPOLIS – The Drake University women’s tennis team finished play at the 2019 Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 22. Story Links The Bulldogs return to the courts Oct. 3-5 for the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals hosted by UNI in Waterloo, Iowa. SinglesA – Carmen Palumbo (DU) vs Cloe Ruette (ISU) – no score reportedC – Maria Tatarnikova (DU) def. Andrea Jannson (UND) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0D – Lucia De Santa Ana (MINN) def. Sophia Haleas (DU) 6-1, 6-2E – Nina Zdravkovic (UND) def. Kelsey Neville (DU) 6-0, 7-6(3)F – Megan Webb (DU) withdraw (injury)F – Kendall Hunt (DU) def. Madeline Doherty (UNI) 6-3, 6-2 Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Final Results Freshman Kendall Hunt and junior Maria Tatarnikova each earned singles wins for Drake on the final day of the annual fall tournament hosted by the University of Minnesota.last_img read more

Video: What do QPR fans think about Les Ferdinand’s return?

first_imgQPR fans give their thoughts on QPR legend Les Ferdinand’s return to Loftus Road as the club’s head of football operations. See also:QPR v Liverpool player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img