I have learnt a hard lesson – Gatlin

first_img ‘I felt fatigue’ BRUSSELS, Belgium: After dominating the sport for much of the past two seasons, American sprinter Justin Gatlin was brought back to earth with two tough losses to Jamaican star Usain Bolt at the just-concluded IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Heading into Beijing, nobody had beaten Gatlin since his fourth-place finish in the 100m at the 2013 AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium. It was a run that stretched 31 races (100m and 200m) before he was beaten by Bolt in the 100m final at the World Championships. Bolt would again beat the American a few days later in the longer sprint but Gatlin returns to Brussels having learnt a lesson that he hopes will serve him well as he looks forward to the next big assignment – next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Speaking ahead of today’s final meet on the Diamond League circuit, Gatlin, who entered the World Championships as many persons’ favourite for the sprint double, says he has made an effort not to focus too much on the disappointments from Beijing, but is looking to learn from the hard lessons he left with. “‘After Beijing, I felt fatigue. Not emotionally but physically. I can’t dwell on my past performances and I try to look at the next race,” Gatlin told reporters here ahead of the competition. “After the championships, I was happy with my level of performance and that I came away without injuries. Of course, I did not race in Beijing the way that I used to. In the closing stages of my race, I was leaning forward too much. I have to think more about executing my own race instead of competing against other athletes. It was a hard lesson, but I have learned.” Gatlin, who posted the five fastest times this season said he wants to take his performances to the next level next year when he hopes to better his 9.74 personal best mark. “Age is not what determines your level of performance. It’s all about how focused and motivated you can be. To me, it feels like this year is just a prelude to Rio. I will have to step my game up. This year, I was consistent in running 9.7, next year I will need to do better,” Gatlin said. “What I want to do is to offer young and talented athletes an opportunity to knock me off the podium and to prove how good sprinters they can become,” added Gatlin, who also pointed to his fondness of the meet. “This a great meeting with a lot of history and a fantastic crowd. I love to compete here,” Gatlin said. Gatlin will face Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter in the 100m, which also includes the likes of Mike Rodgers and Jimmy Vicaut before competing in the 200m an hour against the Jamaican pair of Nickel Ashmeade and Rasheed Dwyer.last_img read more

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Family contemplating legal action against Constabulary

first_imgCity Constabulary shooting…PME confirms death as a result of gunshot injuryFamily members of the late 34-year-old Marlon Fredericks, who was fatally shot by a City Constabulary Lance Corporal on Sunday, have said they are contemplating legal action against the Constabulary now that a post-mortem examination has confirmed that their loved one died as a result of the gunshot injury.Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh conducted the autopsy and concluded that Fredericks’s death was because of complications to the lower back due to a gunshot wound.Killed: Marlon FredericksFredericks, of Georgetown’s Tiger Bay area, was wanted by the City Constabulary for a number of simple larceny transgressions, and was apprehended at Robb and King streets, Georgetown on Saturday. However, during his apprehension, a Joint Services’ rank and the City Police brutally assaulted the man, kicking him several times to his head and stomach while he lay defenseless on the floor.Because of the beating Fredericks had received, he was treated and detained at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) for observation, but was later released into the custody of the City Constabulary. While at that entity’s Bourda Outpost on Sunday, he attempted to flee custody and was shot as a result.However, many eyewitnesses to that incident claim his death could have been avoided, since he was in a weakened state and could not have run away, hence apprehending him was an easy task for the Lance Corporal. They have since called for a full investigation into the alleged murder, noting that the Lance Corporal had made no effort to apprehend the man, and had just shot at him.Meanwhile, the dead man’s mother — Claudette Fredericks — has said her son had been a drug addict who had relapsed twice following stints at a rehabilitation facility. She said that seeing her son being brutally beaten while surrendering to the Police has been one of the most traumatising moments of her life.“He always complained about the Police wrong him and so on. Yes, he was trying to escape when they shot at him, but he wasn’t running because he couldn’t. His head was heavily bandaged and he was actually weak and stumbling, and the Lance Corporal was less than 8ft away from him when he shot him in the back. It is murder,” the grieving woman lamented.She said that because of the beating, her son had not eaten since he was taken into custody, and family members feel his death could have been avoided.“If the Lance Corporal was a bit more professional and (had) tried to do his duties, the result would have been different. I am not saying that my son was not trying to get away, but when you have a man who feels like he was wronged and (is) in a weakened state, then be more cautious,” the woman admonished.“If he (Lance Corporal) felt the need to use excessive force, then he could have at least tried to shoot on the lower body, like the leg or something; not the upper body,” the grieving mother further related.The Lance Corporal has since been taken into custody, with his service weapon and 8 live rounds. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

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Credit card debt, loans rise but the pace is moderate

first_imgUse of revolving credit, primarily credit cards, rose at a brisk pace of 3.4 percent in February. That was a big pickup from a 1.7 percent growth rate logged in January. Still, the slower overall growth in consumer borrowing comes as gasoline prices are rising, the housing market is still stuck in a slump and the stock market has experienced some turbulence. Consumers are a major shaper of overall economic activity, and thus analysts monitor various barometers closely for clues about their willingness to spend. So far, consumers have been spending sufficiently to keep the economy moving ahead despite the painful housing slump. Economists attribute consumers’ resiliency to the fact that the jobs market is staying healthy and that workers’ paychecks are growing. The increased borrowing pushed total consumer debt up by $2.97 billion to a record of $2.41 trillion in February. WASHINGTON – Consumers increased their borrowing in February at the slowest pace in four months. The Federal Reserve reported Friday that consumer borrowing rose at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent in February. That was down from a 3.3 percent growth rate in January and marked the smallest increase since October. The moderation in February was led by consumers borrowing less freely to finance cars, vacations, education and other so-called nonrevolving credit. Demand for such credit edged up at only a 0.4 percent pace. That was down sharply from a 4.2 percent growth rate in January. Consumers didn’t lay off on their credit cards, however. 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

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District of Taylor moving towards dismantling Golf Ball Monument

first_img“While understanding that the monument does have some sentimental and historic value, staff still recommends option 2. Significant costs to repaint and refurbish the monument will also be required, increasing the cost of the project. Staff believes that the monument has served its purpose through time and the funds required for this project could be better spent elsewhere.” TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor is going to be dismantling the Golf Boll Monument.At a special Council meeting today, Council said they couldn’t justify spending over $45,000 to move the ball and then refurbish it, which would cost even more.They also pointed out there could be hidden costs when the monument is moved, and that they weren’t prepared for this project in the budget, therefore making it even harder to justify.- Advertisement -The Councillors noted that the money could go into other monuments like the canoe and firetruck.The cost to dismantle the ball is around $4000 according to a staff report. Council will now consider the recommendation on August 15th.Councillors also stated:Advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive – Don’t re-sign Torres, Carragher warns Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has warned the club against re-signing Fernando Torres because he believes the striker is past his best.Reports have emerged the Reds, who are on the lookout for a new frontman, are interested in bringing the Spaniard, currently on loan from Chelsea at AC Milan, back to Anfield.But Carragher believes his former team-mate’s best days are behind him having failed to reignite his career in Serie A, and reckons Brendan Rodgers should be targeting an up-and-coming starlet instead.“I wouldn’t like to see [Fernando Torres return], if I’m being totally honest,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“If Liverpool bring a striker in you want a young, fresh, and energetic young fellow who is looking to make a name for himself.“Fernando Torres has had an unbelievable career with the trophies that he has won but I think we saw the best of him at Anfield and that was quite a few years ago now.“It’s been unfortunate for the lad, the way his career has gone since then. He’s still picked up plenty of trophies with Chelsea and Spain.“With that move to Milan you’re thinking a slower paced game would suit him a bit more now, because of the problems he’s had with injuries, but it looks straight away that AC Milan are keen to offload him.If Chelsea and Milan are thinking the same I don’t think anything would change too much at Liverpool.“I wish him well but I think we should be looking for something else.”last_img read more

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Wadri sends Bandari to Super Cup semi

first_img0Shares0000William Wadri (right) in action for Bandari against Singida United during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 22 – William Wadri’s 67th minute penalty saw debutants Bandari progress to the semi-finals of the SportPesa Super Cup after beating Tanzania’s Singida United 1-0 in a first round match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday afternoon.In a rather cagey and less creative encounter Bandari took their chance when they had it and will now look to go all the way to the final in their maiden appearance. The chances were few and half in between with the two sides applying a lot of caution in the early afternoon kick off. Bandari had a half chance in the second minute when Nicholas Mejja’s cross from the right found Darius Msagha at the back post but his connection was over.Four minutes later, Wycliffe Ochomo had a good chance at goal when he took a shot on the half turn off a William Wadri cross but the ball whistled just wide off target with the keeper well beaten.Faruk Shikhalo was called into his first save of the game in the 18th minute when he stuck out his foot to keep out a well struck shot by Athanas Mdam after he took on a daunting run on the left beating his markers.-Good chancesBandari FC midfielder William Wadri tracks down Singida United’s Salum Kipaga during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBandari had more chances in the final five minutes of the game and with better execution, they would have gone into the dressing room tails up.In the 42nd minute, Mejja, in one of his marauding runs from fullback on the right managed to shake off his marker and break into the box. However, instead of cutting back the ball to better placed teammates took a shot from a tight angle which was turned behind for a corner by the keeper.In added time, Msagha forced Singida keeper Said Lubawa into a brilliant one handed save to turn the ball behind for a corner after swinging in a volley from a Felly Mulumba knockdown.The second half had more close chances and just five minutes in, Bandari wasted a glorious opportunity when Abdallah Hassan’s header off his namesake’s freekick went over unmarked inside the box.-Off the crossbarBandari FC goalkeeper Faruk Shikhalo shouts out instructions to his backline during their SportPesa Super Cup match against Singida United at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 22, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes on the turn, Singida almost grabbed the lead when Boniface Maghanga’s shot from distance caught Shikalo by surprise but the crossbar came to his rescue, the ball bouncing off and cleared by the defense.On the hour mark, Fred Nkata came to Bandari’s rescue making a brilliant off the line clearance, to head away Maghanga’s effort from a header.Having dodged that bullet, Bandari launched a counter straight in and Hassan Abdallah missed a glorious chance when he was presented with the ball inside the area with only the keeper to beat but blasted the ball wide.But, his blushes were wiped in the 67th minute when Maghanga handled the ball inside the box in an attempt to cut away a cross from substitute Moses Mudavadi.With the single goal lead in a rather cagy match, Bandari managed the game well, defending with ease and attacking only when necessary.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Moon mission taught us it’s hard to leave Earth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThere was another lucky outcome of Sputnik. Two years earlier, President Eisenhower had proposed “Open Skies” under which the U.S. and Russia would permit spy-plane overflights so each would know the other’s military capabilities. The idea was to reduce mutual uncertainty and strengthen deterrence. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev rejected the idea out of hand. The advent of the orbiting satellite circumvented the objection. By 1960, we had launched our first working spy satellite. But our greatest luck was the fact that the Soviets got to space first. Sputnik orbiting over the United States – and Eisenhower never protesting a violation of U.S. sovereignty – established forever the principle that orbital space is not national territory but is as free and open as the high seas. Had we beaten the Russians into orbit – and we were only a few months behind – Khrushchev might very well have protested our presence over sovereign Soviet territory and reserved the right to one day (the technology was still years away) shoot us down. Sputnik and the Space Age it launched had one other curious, wholly unexpected effect. Before Sputnik, while still dreaming about outer space in science fiction, we always assumed that one step would create the hunger for the next – ever outward from Earth orbit to the moon to Mars and beyond. Not so. It took only 12 years to go from Sputnik to the moon, on which we jumped about for a brief interlude and then, amazingly, abandoned. There are technological, budgetary and political reasons to explain this. But the most profound is psychological. It’s cold out there. “In the Shadow of the Moon” is a magnificent new documentary of the remembrances of some of those very few human beings who have actually gone to the moon. They talk, as you’d expect, about the wonder and beauty and grandeur of the place. But some also recall the coldness of that desolation. One astronaut tells how on the moon’s surface he was seized with the realization that he and his crewmate were utterly alone on an entire world. Fifty years ago this week, America was shaken out of technological complacency by a beeping 180-pound aluminum ball orbiting overhead. Sputnik was a shock because we had always assumed that Russia was nothing but a big, lumbering and all-brawn bear. He could wear down the Nazis and produce mountains of steel but had none of our savvy or sophistication. Then one day we wake up and he beats us into space, placing overhead the first satellite to orbit the Earth since God placed the moon where it could give us lovely sailing tides. At the time, all thoughts were about the Soviets overwhelming us technologically. But the panic turned out to be unwarranted. Sputnik was not subtle science. The Soviets were making up for their inability to miniaturize nuclear warheads – something that does require sophistication – by developing massive rockets. And they had managed to develop one just massive enough to hurl a ball into Earth orbit. We had no idea how lucky we were with Sputnik. The subsequent panic turned out to be an enormous boon. The fear of falling behind the communists induced the federal government to pour a river of money into science and math education. The result was a generation of scientists who gave us not only Apollo and the moon, but the sinews of the information age – for example, ARPA that created ARPANET that became the Internet – that have assured American technological dominance to this day. On Earth, you can be wandering a forbidding desert but always with the hope that there might be something human over the horizon. On the moon there is nothing but dust and rock, forever. And then – just about all the astronauts talk about this – you look up and see this beautiful blue marble, warm and fragile, hanging in the black lunar sky. And you long for home. The astronauts brought back that image in the famous photo “Earthrise” and, with it, that feeling of longing. That iconic image did not just help spur the environmental movement. With surpassing irony, it created at the very dawn of the Space Age a longing – not for space but for home. This is perhaps to be expected for a 200,000-year-old race of beings leaving its crib for the first time. We will, however, outgrow that fear. It was 115 years from Columbus to the Jamestown colony. It will take about that same span of time for a new generation – ours is too bound to Earth – to go out and not look back. Charles Krauthammer’s e-mail address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.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

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Antonovich still resists Las Lomas project

first_imgLos Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is continuing his opposition to the Las Lomas project in a Tuesday Nov. 13 letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.The proposed project would be built north of the intersection of the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways, adjacent to Santa Clarita. Los Angeles is currently processing the developer’s application to annex the property to the city.“I strongly encourage the city to consider opposing the annexation, which would effectively terminate the project as proposed,” Antonovich wrote in his letter.County zoning would allow only about 200 to 250 residential units on the 555-acre Las Lomas property, while the developer – seeking to build under city rules – is proposing 5,800 dwelling units, nearly 3 million square feet of commercial, industrial and retail uses, and a 300-room hotel. on 555 acres. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Antonovich also cited environmental and traffic concerns.Santa Clarita City Council members were expected to pass a resolution Tuesday night opposing the project.last_img read more

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‘THEY COULDN’T BE APART’ – TRIBUTES TO GRANDAD WHO DIES JUST A MONTH AFTER HIS BELOVED WIFE

first_imgA CO Donegal man has died, just a few weeks after the death of his beloved wife of 65 years.John and Bridget McGettigan were from from Meenreagh in Termon, also known as “The Foot of the Hills”.Mrs McGettigan passed away on January 3. Her husband John, who was 98, died exactly a month later – on Monday – not long after a Month’s Mind Mass.After being married for 65 years a month apart was too long for them,” said granddaughter Rachael McGettigan.“Grandad just wasn’t the same since she passed. He missed her so much. We are truly heartbroken but can find peace in knowing that they both passed peacefully and are now together again.“They had 5 sons 5 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.” Rachael added: “They were a very much loved couple. Thousands of people have visited his wake.”John will be buried alongside his beloved Bridget after 2pm Requiem Mass at St Columba’s Church, Kilmacrennan tomorrow (Wednesday). ‘THEY COULDN’T BE APART’ – TRIBUTES TO GRANDAD WHO DIES JUST A MONTH AFTER HIS BELOVED WIFE was last modified: February 5th, 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:Bridget McGettigandeathDEATHSJohn McGettiganTermonlast_img read more

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Times say Chelsea hope Conte gets another job

first_imgThe Times say Chelsea hope a top European club such as Paris St-Germain appoint Antonio Conte this summer as it would save them having to pay him compensation.There continues to be speculation over the future of Conte, who has been linked the likes of PSG as well as a potential return to his former job as Italy boss.Chelsea have been widely tipped to replace him this summer, when he will have a year of his contract at Stamford Bridge remainingThe Times say sacking Conte could cost the club £9m unless he chooses to take a job elsewhere.There has been speculation over Conte’s future since last summerMeanwhile, Chelsea have again been linked with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.It comes amid doubts over the defender’s future as he has yet to agree a new contract at Spurs and has recently been left out by boss Mauricio Pochettino.The Daily Mirror claim Manchester United and Barcelona are keen on Alderweireld but that Chelsea are determined to sign him.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

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