Fraser-Pryce breaks Ottey’s meet record

first_imgJamaica’s Pocket Rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, grabbed the headlines at the 29th edition of the Atletica Mondiale meeting in Padua yesterday, when she broke Merlene Ottey’s meeting record in the 100m.Just three days after winning at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich, the double Olympic 100m champion and seven-time World Championships gold medallist clocked 10.98 into a -0.8m/s headwind to take one hundredth of a second off Ottey’s mark.”It was a big surprise to hear that I broke Ottey’s meeting record. I did not know about that,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I was excited to be here. I hope to have the chance to come back to compete in this meeting next year.”Natasha Morrison finished fourth in a time of 11.05 seconds.In the men’s 100m, Qatar’s world indoor bronze medallist, Femi Ogunode, improved Nesta Carter’s meeting record by clocking 10.07 into a -1.1m/s headwind, edging Worlds finalist Mike Rodgers (10.12).Carter, whose previous meeting record was 10.09, had to settle for third place in 10.34.”I feel good about breaking the meeting record, but I wanted to run faster,” said Ogunode, who holds the Asian record of 9.91.Rasheed Dwyer was fourth overall after winning heat one with 10.37 seconds, while Julian Forte, who was last in heat two in 10.56, finished eighth overall.- Diego Sampaolo for the IAAFlast_img read more

Wales’ cane cutters severance pay demand covered by law

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has noted the comments made by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and GuySuCo CEO (ag) Paul Bhim in relation to the call made by the 350-odd cane cutters of Wales for them to be paid their severance payments. The Wales cane cutters are the only group of redundant sugar workers who are being denied their severance pay although they are entitled to such payments arising from the closure of Wales Estate in December, 2016.The Agriculture Minister, in the February 06, 2018 Guyana Times, is reported to have said, “…careful consideration has to be taken into account, because making such a move as it could potentially cost the Government to be placed in a bad situation”. We are at a loss as to the ‘bad situation’ the Minister referred to. His reference in the Guyana Times article to the Rose Hall workers can only be likened to the invocation of a red-herring. The Rose Hall matter is distinct and, we believe, should not be convoluted with the situation at Wales.The Minister’s stance that a judicial adjudication is necessary we see as nothing more than the Government and the GuySuCo’s intention to punish the workers for reason/s best known to them.It seems from the article that the Minister is not aware of all the relevant details with regards to the issue. Also, we expect that he deals with the matter impartially, and possibly have knowledgeable person/s examine the matter carefully. We would want to believe that such an approach may very well cause the Minister to reconsider his stance.Following the Minister’s statement, we saw in the February 07, 2018 Guyana Times the GuySuCo CEO (ag) saying that the Wales cutters “…were at risk of self-termination… based on the Collective Labour Agreement signed between GuySuCo and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)”. We recognize the GuySuCo CEO (ag) is repeating a similar statement made during 2017 by a lower level Corporation official, which our Union had then pointed out was patently unfounded and false.We wish again to point out that should the Corporation deem the concerned workers as having self-terminated their services, then it would be engaged in contemptuous behavior, bearing in mind that the matter is engaging the attention of the Courts.But more than that, the GAWU/GuySuCo Collective Labour Agreement at no point mentions or provides that a worker is deemed self-terminated after some period of absence from work.The CEO (ag) goes on in the article to say, “…we require the workers at Uitvlugt… [w]e are still insisting that we need them to go…” We could not help but wonder if it was the same person making this statement, considering that just a few paragraphs before, in the same article, we noted the virtual threats being made to the workers. Moreover, if indeed the Corporation is so desirous of having these workers going to take up work at Uitvlugt, then certainly a prudent management would have engaged the Union and the workers in discussions to examine the feasibility.The GAWU suspects that the statement is not sincere, but is rather a ploy through a veiled threat to force the workers to leave the industry, thereby giving up their service, and with it their severance allowance; a rather wicked ploy. We are not unaware that large areas of the Uitvlugt cultivation have been allocated to farmers, and for the areas that remain under the estate’s supervision, the Uitvlugt labour force is obviously sufficient.Mr Bhim, in the article, lamented the turnout of cane cutters to work but, seemingly, fails to connect the obvious dots. At a time when workers’ real wages have declined by about 7 per cent and their nominal wages have fallen by 15 per cent between 2015 and 2016 alone, the situation for the workers is not encouraging. The reality of no pay rise, no API, cutting down of benefits, disrespect of customs and practices, among other things, must have their effects. Such a situation we saw and experienced in the last half of the 1980s, and it was corrected only when the workers rates-of-pay were reflective of the cost-of-living.Clearly, it seems the GuySuCo has not learnt from its previous mistakes, and therefore, from all indications, may be repeating them.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers UnionRegardslast_img read more

Prison Service commissions $118M vessel

first_imgThe Guyana Prison Service (GPS) on Saturday commissioned a $118 million vessel to transport prisoners.The ‘ML Troy W’ will soon transport prisoners to the Mazaruni high-security prison.In presence of family members of fallen prison officer Troy Williams, for whom the boat was named, the vessel set sail in a ceremonial trip along the Demerara River.Williams, then 21, died in the infamous Republic Day jailbreak that occurred at the Camp Street Prison in 2002, during which he was stabbed several times and fellow prison officer Roxanne Winfield was shot to the head. She remains paralysed, and has lost vision in her right eye.The ML Troy W set sail in a ceremonial trip on SaturdayActing Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, recalled arriving at the prison where he witnessed what happened to his colleagues. He related that in the midst of the chaos that ensued, his colleague had attempted to look out for the security of fellow ranks.“Despite being stabbed multiple times, he didn’t give up. Officers who were on duty on that day would tell you that he did everything possible to ensure that that division remained secure,” Samuels highlighted.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan declared that while the boat’s name celebrates the life of Troy Williams, it also highlights that Government is rebuilding the Prison Service’s infrastructure, which suffered a significant setback with the Camp Street flattening last July.The boat was built by the Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC). The twin crew passenger/cargo vessel has accommodation for 80 passengers above the main deck, as well as a 60-tonne cargo space below the main deck forward of the engine room.The Prison Service noted that this vessel has been designed for harbour and riverine service in Guyana.last_img read more

Better news for Tottenham in the transfer market? Double swoop on the cards

first_img Clinton N’Jie (Lyon) – Harry Kane will be leading the line at White Hart Lane next season but, with Emmanuel Adebayor likely to be offloaded and Roberto Soldado’s future appearing to lie back in Spain, they will need a new frontman to share the load. Currently Spurs are looking to land N’Jie but following reports Lyon want £14m for the player, their president Jean-Michel Aulas has insisted they do not need the money from a sale so are unlikely to sell. 4 Tottenham appear to have admitted defeat in their bid for Everton midfielder James McCarthy – To find out about more promising transfer rumours for Spurs, click the arrow above! – Tottenham, according to the Liverpool Echo, have given up in their bid to sign Irish midfielder McCarthy as the Toffees resisted their efforts to procure his talents. The ex-Wigan star is high on Mauricio Pochettino’s wishlist and Spurs attempted to use Aaron Lennon in the deal but will now have to look at other options. 4 Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund) – Click the right arrow to find out which winger could move to Spurs – With the move for McCarthy over, the next man Spurs are targeting to bolster their midfield, which has lost some depth with the sales of Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho, the Lilywhites are now moving for German international Bender. The defensive midfielder finds himself a bit-part player at the Westfalenstadion and could jump at an £8m move if Tottenham follow up their interest. Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev) – Click the right arrow to find out the latest striker news… – The Ukranian winger, also being targeted by Stoke and Liverpool, could be set for a switch to White Hart Lane. The futures of Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend appear bleak in north London and while Alex Pritchard and DeAndre Yedlin look set for wing role, it is now being reported Spurs will try and land Yarmolenko for £10.6m. He reportedly said: “Negotiations with Tottenham are ongoing and we’ll see what happens soon.” 4 Tottenham Hotspur did some early business in the transfer market this summer but still need the odd new signing as the new season approaches.The deadwood has been given the chop with the likes of Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches exiting White Hart Lane.The squad, though, needs to been strengthened if they are to challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League this season.So, who is Mauricio Pochettino targeting? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow to find out the latest Tottenham transfer news… 4last_img read more

Sex offender decision

first_img “As any teenager or adult knows, intercourse is distinct from oral copulation, involving a wholly different sexual act that, unlike oral copulation, may result in pregnancy and the birth of a child,” he wrote. “Given this significant difference in the potential real-life consequences of the two acts, the Legislature reasonably could decide that different registration schemes for the two groups of offenders are appropriate as a matter of public policy.” 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Adults who have sexual activity with children under 16 are required to register. The state maintains a public database with personal information of registered sex offenders. The justices, however, left intact a provision granting trial judges the discretion to demand registration for both categories of adult sex offenders – those who have oral copulation or sexual intercourse with minors ages 16 and 17. The case was brought by Vincent Hofsheier of Santa Cruz County, who was convicted in 2003 of having oral sex with a 16-year-old girl when he was 22. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail. Neither his attorney, Paul Couenhoven, nor a representative of the California Attorney General’s Office returned calls for comment. Justice Marvin Baxter was the lone dissenter. SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court has overturned state law requiring adults 21 years or older who are convicted of having oral sex with 16- and 17-year-olds to automatically register for life as sex offenders. The court, noting it distinguished between oral copulation and sexual intercourse, ruled 6-1 that the law was unconstitutional. The majority said the law, first adopted in 1947, was too harsh or unfair because adults 21 or older who are convicted of having sexual intercourse with minors ages 16 and 17 are not automatically required to register as sex offenders. The justices pointed out that lawmakers declined to treat both categories of offenders equally three times in the last 10 years. The court found that, because the law did not treat both categories of sex offenders similarly, the law violated state and federal equal-protection rights. “Mandatory lifetime registration of all persons who … were convicted of voluntary oral copulation with a minor of the age of 16 or 17, but not of someone convicted of voluntary sexual intercourse with a minor of the same age, violates the equal-protection clauses of the federal and state constitutions,” Justice Joyce Kennard wrote for the majority. last_img read more

Gator no match for 74-year-old gardener

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA trapper working with wildlife officials later caught the animal in a nearby pond. It will be killed and the hide and meat sold. An elderly woman, who was bitten by an alligator while working in her backyard, beat back the reptile with a garden hose. Constance Gittles, 74, of south Punta Gorda, Fla., was watering plants this week when a nearly 6-foot-long alligator bit her leg just above the ankle. “I just whacked him right in the snout with the nozzle,” she said. “After that, he took off.” Gittles received three puncture wounds and some smaller scrapes and abrasions from her confrontation with the alligator. 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

DONEGAL’S WILLIE McLAUGHLIN THROUGH TO NATIONAL FINAL AFTER BEATING BEIJING HERO

first_imgWillie is declared winner and is through to the finalDonegal’s Willie McLaughlin has followed the success of fellow county man Jason Quigly by boxing his way to the final of the national championships.Illies boxer Willie will face defending men’s welterweight champion Adam Nolan next following his narrow win over Beijing 2008 John Joe Joyce.He beat Joyce, from St Malachy’s Athy, by 16-14 in the bout of the night in Dublin “Fair dues to Johnny it was a helluva fight,” said Willie afterwards.“I knew I was up against it, Johnny knew he was up against it.“It was a 50-50 fight and all credit to Johnny, he gave as good as he got. It’s a pity it wasn’t the final,” said McLaughlin.Tickets are now on sale for the Irish Daily Star sponsored Elite 2013 National Championships finals. The finals will take place at Dublin’s National Stadium on Friday, February 22nd.Tickets are available from the National Stadium. Phone (01) 454 3525 or (01) 453 3371Finals tickets can also be purchased at the Elite Championships semi-finals at the National Stadium this Friday and Saturday. DONEGAL’S WILLIE McLAUGHLIN THROUGH TO NATIONAL FINAL AFTER BEATING BEIJING HERO was last modified: February 17th, 2013 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’S WILLIE McLAUGHLIN THROUGH TO NATIONAL FINAL AFTER BEATING BEIJING HEROlast_img read more

Man United star given lucrative LaLiga offer

first_imgManchester United could lose midfielder Ander Herrera to former club Athletic Bilbao this summer, according to reports in Spain.The Red Devils star, 28, is liked by manager Jose Mourinho but it is believed LaLiga side Athletic are ready to make him their highest paid player. 1 Herrera only started 13 Premier League matches for Man United last term following the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and with Fred set to join from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer, his minutes are likely to deteriorate further.Mourinho, though, is only likely to let whirling dervish Herrera, who scored their FA Cup semi-final winner against Tottenham, leave if he has found an adequate replacement.Athletic Bilbao may also be unable to serve up a decent enough financial package to tempt Man United into selling one of their stars, and particularly a fan favourite like Herrera.last_img read more

Top Seven reasons Liverpool will win Premier League Title

first_imgLiverpool have the best defense in the league (Photo by Agency)1- Christmas champions: Forget about a Liverpool slip up.Although in the last ten years the Anfield club is the only side not to win the Premier League after leading at Christmas, the experience of tripping up in 2008/9 and 2013/14 will come in handy.This time there will be no Steven Gerrard slip or poor game management akin to the one witnessed at Selhurst Park where they let a 3-1 advantage melt into a draw.2- Strong record against Top Six: Even before this season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was comfortably leading the mini league against Top Six rivals.This should come in handy during the second round as Liverpool has mastered the art of annihilating lesser opposition.In the first round, the 18-time champions won every game they played against teams outside the Top Six. Expect more of the same.3- Fabulous front three: Felt for the Kop when they ended up empty handed last season despite their fabulous front three of Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane bludgeoning over a century of goals.Though they are not quite firing at the same rate, as a triumvirate, they still consistently guarantee more goals than what strikers at title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are offering.I therefore feel the trio are to be compensated for missing out last time.4- Best defense: Eight goals conceded after 20 games of the campaign implies Liverpool can match or beat the all time defensive record of 15 conceded set by Chelsea in 2004/5.In defensive stakes, Virgil van Dirk favourable competes with EPL legends John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and is a notch better than Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyppia or any other Kop defender since Alan Hansen and Martin Lawrenson.5- Successful signings: Unless Tottenham Hotspur beefs up their squad during the January window, their inability to recruit any players last summer will catch up with them at the tail end of this season.On the other hand, Liverpool’s summer recruits – Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdhan Shaqiri have come to terms with the league’s demands, ensuring Klopp can have a fresh squad in the home straight.6- High number of players on form: Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is blessed to have such a big number of players operating within their element.Becker, Virgil van Dirk, Andy Robertson, Georgina Wijnaldum, James Milner, Xherdhan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane are all playing to their full potential.This is not the case at Manchester City where a number of their big name players have gone Away Without Leave (AWOL), leaving the burden of expectation on the young shoulders of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane.7- Gengenpress: Liverpool’s suffocating, offensive style of play first seen at Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp is the most demanding approach to the game to both Liverpool and opponents.Kop players thrive best on this heavy metal approach because Klopp has had four years to ingrain it into their blood but it leaves Premier League opponents in a spot of bother.Liverpool squeezes the last bit of sweat out of opponents who simply can’t cope.Comments Tags: liverpoolpremier leaguetoplast_img read more

Travel Alert: Dublin to Donegal bus routes affected by snowfall

first_imgBus Eireann has cancelled and delayed the majority of Expressway services today, which affects two Donegal routes. The 32 Dublin/Letterkenny service at 8.45am has been cancelled, further updates will be issued on the next routes.The 30 Dublin/Donegal service at 8.15am has departed from the city, further updates will follow on future departures. John Mc Ginley Coaches have advised customers that all services are running as normal.Sitt Local Link Donegal services are running as normal, in the event of disruptions or cancellations updates will be shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LocalLinkDonegalA Status Red weather warning is now in place for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath due to severe snow and icy conditions.A Status Yellow snow-ice warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Clare and Limerick from 8am Wednesday morning to 12noon on Thursday 1st March. All counties in Ireland are under a low temperature warning as the ‘Beast from the East’ bring severe cold conditions. Travel Alert: Dublin to Donegal bus routes affected by snowfall was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Beast from the Eastbus eireannTransportTravellast_img read more