Will it be Bolt or Gatlin?

first_imgAndre: It’s the big one. Usain Bolt vs Justin Gatlin with Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay hoping to have a say as well. KC: This is like a heavyweight boxing match, and it’s a pity this event is coming so early in the championships as things may deflate a bit after this. Andre: Gatlin has set the pace this year. He is hungry and determined to make his point, but the signs are also positive for Bolt, whose only concern is his race rust. Still, I don’t expect this to be a factor after the heats and semi. Bolt is fit and ready and has a higher ceiling than Gatlin and I’m now convinced its going to be hard to beat him here. KC: We have heard about his performances in training but training and competition are two different things. Gatlin is also training well according to what I am hearing, but what matters most is the performance in competition and Gatlin has that. Andre: No one is arguing with that, but we know that a fit Bolt is going to run low 9.6 and so far all we have seen from Gatlin is mid 9.7s – buck. He is going to have to go faster if he is going to beat THIS Bolt, because Bolt is ready to run 9.6 right now. KC: The problem is that despite Gatlin running mid 9.7, no one has been close enough to him to push him so we don’t know how much faster he can go, but with Bolt’s class to test him we could see him going low 9.6. Remember that he’s the only one to run below 9.8 over the past two years and he has done that four times already this year! Andre: That’s impressive but what’s really important is Bolt’s start because if he is close enough to Gatlin out of the blocks, his four sub 9.8s will mean very little. If Bolt is, however, two or more steps behind Gatlin after the gun, then he will struggle to pull him back. KC: Bolt says his start has improved in training but this can be different when you line up against your rivals. Bolt cannot give away two metres at the start to Gatlin as his entire race has improved. Gatlin does his damage in the first 30m and his top-end speed has also got much better. Bolt will have to be with him at 80m if he is to beat him. Andre: We agree on some of that, and it seems that Bolt himself knows he needs a good start. That’s good. Both athletes are extremely motivated, but in the end Bolt’s class and power will see him winning in relative comfort in the 9.61 to 9.65 range. Gatlin will make it interesting for 80m but will have to take the silver. He has a tendency to tighten up under pressure at the end of his races. We haven’t seen that this year since he has not been put under pressure yet. I am giving Asafa the edge over Gay for the bronze medal. KC: As a Jamaican, I want Bolt to win and most track fans want this as well, but I am not going to let sentiments get the better of me … Andre: No sentiments here, sir … . KC: … Listen. Gatlin is in great form and although Bolt is a beast I think he is race rusty and it will show in the final, which I expect Gatlin to win in 9.68 seconds with Bolt second in 9.73. Third will be interesting between Powell and Gay, but I don’t like how Gay has been silent, and it could be he is ready to unleash here and even surprise the big two.last_img read more

CAL not budging, despite CJIA 21-day ultimatum

first_imgTrinidad-based Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) remains firm in its position not to flout Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations, despite a 21-day ultimatum delivered by the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) regarding duty-free items purchased by outgoing passengers at Guyana’s main airport.The CJIA threatened to terminate its agreement unless the carrier rectifies a situation where the passengers are forced to relinquish the duty-free items in Trinidad.“Accordingly, take notice unless CAL remedies its aforesaid default and comply with the said notice of June 15, 2015 within 21 Days of this notice to remedy default, CJIAC will be at liberty to proceed to cancel the air carrier agreement under article 9.3 thereof,” the airport management’s said in a letter to the airline last weekThe letter also highlighted that passengers, under CAL and CJIA security supervision, would be allowed to have their duty-free items secured in their checked luggage.It was noted that before an agreement was made, numerous discussions were made involving local law enforcements, duty-free concessionaires and Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, Caribbean Airline personnel and representatives.But in a response, CAL, which has been flying to Georgetown since 2007, said that while Guyana remains an important destination and the airline remains committed to its Guyanese customers, it must comply with all regulatory directives of the sovereign states into which it operates, as do all other international airlines.It pointed out that one such regulatory body is the TSA, which governs the security processes and conducts audits for all carriers flying into the United States of America.The airline added that in light of screening rules which are in accordance with TSA measures being applied at any Last Point of Departure (LPD) to the United States, and a recent TSA audit, a restriction on the entry of transit duty free into the sterile holding areas of all transit airports has been imposed.“Consequently, customers departing from Guyana or any other Caribbean destination with duty free items who are connecting on flights to the United States on any airline cannot enter the sterile holding area of any airport through which they transit en route to the United States,” the airline indicated.The Trinidad-owned airline said that while it sought to balance its regulatory obligations with its customers’ desire to make duty-free purchases, this proved to be challenging as it resulted in items remaining unclaimed at the final destination, as well as damage to fragile items.“Customer comfort and convenience are top priorities of Caribbean Airlines and we continue to collaborate with stakeholders, including the Civil Aviation and Airport authorities, to achieve a workable solution to ensure we remain compliant with the TSA regulations and provide quality service to our valued customers,” the statement added.Last week David Patterson, the Guyanese Minister with responsibility for the aviation sector, explained the genesis of the controversy.“The issue stems from duty free concessions. There has been a long-standing issue with Guyanese whereas when we travel to Trinidad, we deplane and go through the security checks in Trinidad. What is being implemented now is that when you go through, you’re asked to take out your baggage, and when you take out your baggage it will include the duty-free concessionaries from Guyana. Currently, the regulations are that you cannot carry anything over ten fluid ounces,” he related.He explained that it became an issue of national interest after travellers complained that when they pass through security in Port of Spain, they are unable to carry their purchases from Guyana; particularly alcoholic beverages even though it is in compliance with the regulations. As such, these passengers lose their products at security after it is rejected during screening.He went on to point out that even though similar issues arise at other airports, those airports usually make accommodations for these passengers.Minister Patterson added that on several occasions, the CJIA approached the airline with several suggestions in attempts to resolve the conflict; however, these suggestions were ignored and the issue was left unresolved.“What is being suggested is that Guyana, CJIA and Caribbean Airlines reach some form of accommodation that if you bought products in Guyana legally, verifiably and it comes in a sealed package, the airport would collect it from you and return it as you deplane at your final destination,” he explained..This proposal, the minister revealed, was put to Caribbean Airlines and they attempted to implement it but in the end they refused to proceed.“We do believe that Guyanese travellers have rights as well and we believe that what applies in any other airport and any other airline should apply to us. We do believe that we can have a resolution; unfortunately none has been reached so far,” the minister stated.Minister Patterson pointed out that the decision to present CAL with an ultimatum was made after months of deliberations by CJIA’s board, as none of the proposals made by the airport were finding favour with CAL.He further expressed hopes that CAL will seek to resolve the issue within the stipulated timeframe so as to avoid further conflicts.In 2013, Guyana granted the Trinidad-based airline “flag carrier status” with CAL transporting over 350,000 passengers to and from Guyana annually.last_img read more

Oil & Gasoline Prices

first_imgThere appears to be no stopping the increase in crude oil prices.In overseas trade this morning they moved to about 145 dollars a barrel and at last word were still pegged in new York at 144 dollars 22 cents U.S.Yesterday oil set a new record closing price, of one hundred 43 dollars and 57 cents.A larger-than-expected drop in American stockpiles, coupled with the threat of conflict with Iran, are cited as the latest spike factors.This latest spike means a barrel of crude has gone up close to 50 dollars, since the end of last year, when it was going for 96 dollars a barrel.Meantime,the Esso filling station on 93rd avenue and 100th street, has taken local area motorists into new gasoline pricing territory.It has doubled the Canada Day carbon tax pump hike to five cents a liter, pushing its posted price to a dollar fifty point nine cents.However at last check, the cities common posted price was holding at a dollar 45 point four. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunni, Shiite expatriates band together in exile

first_img“There are mixed weddings, almost every week,” she said, adding that she attended one last week between a Sunni woman and a Shiite man from a prominent family. “Nobody at the party felt it was strange, or questioned their marriage,” she said. In Damascus, the home of Sundus al-Dulaimi, a 50-year-old Sunni from Anbar province, reflects the spirit which Iraqis seem to have kept alive outside their ravaged country. Al-Dulaimi was hosting four members of a Shiite family. In June, she opened her doors to Kurdish friends, she said. Iraqis have several explanations for the explosion of sectarian hatred back home. Some accuse the Americans of setting Iraq’s communities against one another in a divide-and-rule strategy. Others point to the role of al-Qaida in Iraq – whose suicide bombings targeted Shiite civilians – and the Shiite militias that took vengeance on Sunnis simply because of their sect. “Even in Baghdad, it is the government and the militias who are behind these disputes,” Adnan said. “We hear that there are many mixed Sunni-Shiite marriages back home.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Back in Baghdad, “being Sunni or Shiite is an issue that a lot depends on – including your life,” said Saad Kadhem, a Shiite from the Iraqi capital. “The situation is different when you are out, because people see things differently. But inside Iraq, people are still blinded by hatred and grudges they carry against one another.” The phenomenon is not unique to Iraqis. A decade ago in the Balkans, Serbs and Muslims would kill each other on the front lines around Sarajevo but hang out together in exile in Germany or Austria – far removed from the hatreds back home. In Syria, Jordan and other countries with large Iraqi refugee communities, Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds mingle and socialize – rekindling a bond of nationhood that the violence back home threatens to destroy. “The situation in Iraq didn’t affect us, Iraqis living in Jordan,” said Leila Adnan, a Sunni Muslim Iraqi housewife who fled to Jordan in 2003. “We socialize together, we exchange invitations to wedding parties and other social events.” She said Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites in Jordan still marry across the sectarian divide. DAMASCUS, Syria – A dozen Iraqi men – Sunnis and Shiites alike – sat around a table in a Damascus restaurant, singing, drinking and sharing a camaraderie all but impossible in the sectarian killing fields back home. “We can certainly choose our religious beliefs. But we have to realize the inevitable – that eventually we have to share everything in order to live in peace,” said Salam Mohammed, a 34-year-old Sunni from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. More than 2 million Iraqis have fled their homeland to escape Sunni-Shiite reprisal killings. Once they reach the safety of Syria and other countries, many Iraqis shed sectarian bitterness and seek support from fellow countrymen regardless of religious sect. last_img read more

Horrified Judge tells farmer he should not be near any living creature

first_imgA Judge has told an elderly Donegal farmer that he should not be near or in control of any living creatures.Judge Paul Kelly has ordered Leslie Stewart, 69, not to keep any animals on his farm after several horses and donkeys were found starving on his lands. Judge Kelly made his comments at Letterkenny District Court where Mr Stewart faced four charges in connection with animal cruelty.Animal welfare inspectors outlined to the court how they visited Mr Stewart’s farm at The Thorn in Letterkenny on several occasions.During their visits they told how they found animals in various states of starvation.Veterinary Inspector with the Department of Agriculture, Desmond Lavin, told the court that he visited the six acre site on a number of occasions.He revealed how he was forced to euthanise a number of animals including two donkeys, two calves and a pony during different inspections.The two calves were found locked in a small shed and lying in up to eight inches of cow manure with no feed.A dead donkey found on Leslie Stewart’s farm.Judge Paul Kelly asked Inspector Lavin what he knew of Mr Stewart.He replied that since he started working as a veterinary inspector in 1998, Mr Stewart is a source of regular complaints and that he had 25 previous convictions in relation to animal welfare.He also told the court that in 2000 he had been banned from keeping sheep for 15 years.Solicitor for Stewart, Mr Kieran O’Gorman, said his client did not pay for any of the animals of his farm but that he had taken them after they were abandoned.“He has put his hands up and this is a lesson to him. He did not purchase them bit took them in and did not have the ground or the feed to feed them. He thought he was doing the right thing,” said Mr O’Gorman.He added that his client no longer had any animals but this was disputed by Inspector Lavin and ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley.Judge Paul Kelly said he was seriously considering a jail sentence in the case.“I have no doubt whatsoever that this warrants a custodial sentence. I would be willing to consider a suspension or partial suspension but a condition of any such suspension that he would not keep any animals on his property.“I want to be sure that there are no animals on his property, I want to verify that. This man should not be near or in control of any living creature,” he said.He asked both Inspector McGinley and Inspector Lavin to inspect Stewart’s lands and adjourned the case back to court on November 1st for sentencing.“The only reason I’m considering suspending the sentence is because of his advanced years and circumstances,” added Judge Kelly.Horrified Judge tells farmer he should not be near any living creature was last modified: October 5th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:crueltyfarmerISPCALeslie StewartThe Thornlast_img read more


first_imgBY NIAMH DAVIS, FITHUB LETTERKENNY: Why should you spend money on a massage? Well.. you shouldn’t if you’ve never suffered stress, a restless night’s sleep, injuries or done a hard or challenging day at work.If only, right? I’m not here to tell you to go and get a massage three times a week, although that would be quite beneficial, especially, if you have a hectic lifestyle, but I would just like to tell you of the benefits of a massage for everyone, even those who do not play sport.Over the last two articles I’ve written about how massage can help injuries caused by exercise, over-training and general muscle tightness, but what about the benefits that are not so obvious and are not as well known?There are many reasons why everyone should go and get some sort of massage as often as possible and here are a few for those who feel they need more of an excuse to treat themselves.Apart from the fact it feels good to have an hour where it’s like the weight has been lifted off your shoulders, it is genuinely good for your health, physically and mentally. Studies show that people who go for a massage on a regular basis have better immune systems and are happier more of the time.The president of the American massage therapy association has said that “massage can improve how the immune system functions”.Massage can help fight off the common cold or flu.People looking to fend off the cold and flu virus or are constantly getting the ‘sniffles’ should speak to a massage therapist about prevention strategies.When carried out in the right environment the relaxation of a massage can have phenomenal benefits. It is proven to relieve stress, depression and anxiety.A study was done with military veterans, who had obviously suffered a lot of trauma in their lives. After numerous sessions with a massage therapist not only was there a decrease in stress, worry and anxiety but there were also declining levels of irritability in the patient.Another study ((University of Miami and School of Medicine) of 500 people of different ages and gender, who all suffered with depression or stress problems found that massage therapy lowered levels by 53%.No statistics were shown as to how long the affects lasted but if they only lasted a few hours it would definitely be worth it for those suffering. A similar university study found that those who got a ten minute massage three times a week for three weeks lowered their blood pressure significantly.It’s impossible to list all the benefits related to a good massage. It can relieve back pain, headaches, increase circulation, help people suffering with fibromyalgia and so much more.If none of that has convinced you to get a massage then what about this – picture it, a whole hour to yourself, some relaxing music, no noise just sounds of the ocean (or other soothing sounds) and every bit of tension falling away.It doesn’t stop there though – it’s followed by a solid night’s sleep! That’s right….n top of that wonderful floating feeling you’ll have afterwards, you will also sleep so much better.There are plenty of different types of massage; sports, Swedish, Thai, hot stone…etc so if you’ve had a bad experience and didn’t enjoy the last massage you got, don’t give up hope.Try a different therapist, ask around and find out which ones your friends liked most.It really is important to take the time to relax, especially in this day and age.Guest Columnist Niamh Davis is a neuro-musclar physical therapist based at Fit-Hub, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.Her Facebook page is here:https://www.facebook.com/Neuromuscular11/?ref=ts&fref=tsNIAMH DAVIS’ SPORTS INJURY CLINIC: THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE FOR BODY AND SOUL was last modified: April 24th, 2016 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:FitHubletterkennymassageNiamh Davislast_img read more


first_imgResidents of a Lifford housing estate are today staging a protest to highlight a stream of foul smelling sewage water that has plagued them for over four years.The stream runs through the Hazelwood Drive estate and out onto the busy Letterkenny Road.The problem has gotten so bad that residents must avoid being splashed by cars and trucks as they pass through the flow of filthy water. At 2pm today, some Hazelwood Drive residents will hold a protest to draw attention to the conditions of the estate, which also has just 2 out of 17 streetlights in operation.A resident has expressed their anger at being obligated to pay the Property Tax, despite the poor condition of the estate.“It’s just disgusting. How can children go out and play amongst this sort of filth. They could get all sorts of diseases,” said one resident.  ANGERED ESTATE RESIDENTS PROTEST OVER FOUL WATER FLOW was last modified: September 26th, 2013 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:foul waterhazelwood driveLiffordprotestlast_img read more


first_imgCOUNTY councillors from all political parties today urged parents to take a legal case against the Government over changes to the school transport rules.They were speaking at today’s meeting of Donegal County Council following Saturday’s protest in the Finn Valley.Under the new rules, children will only get free transport if they go the post-primary school nearest to their homes. This will have a significant impact on children in the Finn Valley area – those who go to schools in Raphoe and Stranorlar.Cllr Dessie Larkin: “People are being told to go to schools that they have no family association or affinity with.”He supported a claim by Cllr Frank McBrearty that the new rules were unconstitutional.“I will be saying to parents that these new rules are unconstitutional; they go against the choice of parents and their children,” said Cllr McBrearty today. Hundreds of parents marched through the Twin Towns on Saturday in protest at the planned new rules.Fine Gael councillor John Ryan said parents in Newtowncunningham are also being hit.“It just doesn’t make sense,” he said, supporting a motion criticising the new rules.Cllr Paul Canning said of the Newtown situation: “There’s a mile or two difference; two buses go to Raphoe every day and two buses go to Letterkenny. At the end of all of this there will still be four buses going to schools.”Councillors heard it would also affect schools in Inishowen, Milford and Kilmacrennan areas. Cllr Mickey Doherty said he knew of one case of a child who was already attending school in Carndonagh, but under the new rules his younger brother who is registered to go there next year will no longer be able to avail of free school transport.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher said that she understood that the State has never actually carried out a cost saving analysis, a point agreed with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill who said he believed there wouldn’t be any savings.“If a child is being bullied at one school and switches to another school, that child cannot get free transport to the new school, this is ridiculous,” said Cllr O’Domhnaill.Councillors from all parties agreed to pass a motion proposed by Cllr Harvey asking Transport Minister Ciaran Cannon to review the rules. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyCOUNCILLORS URGE CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE OVER SCHOOL BUS CHANGES was last modified: March 26th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgA man who allegedly attacked a doorman in Letterkenny has been remanded on bail after the court heard the bouncer suffered serious injuries.Ian Balfour, a father-of-four, was remanded on his own bail until May 27th after the attack at the Central Bar in Letterkenny on February 23rd last.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that a file has been sent to the DPP and they are awaiting a full medical report from the injured man. “The injuries are extremely serious,” said Inspector Harrison.Balfour, 36, of Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh has been signing on at Ballyconnell Garda station in Cavan.Balfour, a part-time farmer, had been out on a stag party with friends before the alleged incident happened.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him on his own bail and to continue signing on.MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING BOUNCER REMANDED AGAIN was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:attackBOUNCERCentral BarIAN BALFOURletterkennylast_img read more

Softball Picked Fourth In 2016 MVC Preseason Poll

first_imgST. LOUIS – The Drake University softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference annual preseason poll as voted by the league’s coaches, the MVC office announced Wednesday, Jan. 27. Drake, who claimed the 2015 MVC regular season title after being selected sixth in the preseason poll, earned 72 points in 2016. Wichita State was tabbed the preseason favorite for the second straight season with 84 points. Missouri State (76) and UNI (74) finished just in front of the Bulldogs and Illinois State rounded out the top five with 70 points. Drake starts the 2016 campaign on Feb. 12 against Saint Louis at the UNI Dome Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Print Friendly Versionlast_img