London 2017 | Elaine’s time to shine

first_imgLONDON, England: Jamaica’s women have gobbled up half of the medals on offer in the 100 and 200 metres at the last seven international championships – that’s every major event from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to last year’s instalment in Rio de Janeiro. The country also boasts the current sprinting titan, Elaine Thompson, with the Olympic double champion at the top of her game having one of the most dominant streaks in female sprinting. Thompson has won all but one of her last 21 races over 100m, with her only loss coming in the heats at the London Diamond League a few weeks ago. She represents the latest flag-bearer in a long time of dominant Jamaican women over that period, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson all sprinting their way onto the podium at the World Championships and Olympic levels in the eight-year stretch. The 25-year-old made light work of qualifying for today’s semi-final at 7:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m. Jamaica time) It will take a small miracle to keep her out of the 9:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m.) final, but while Thompson has well and truly started her journey as Jamaica’s next sprinting icon, she will have a few less-decorated compatriots Thompson eased her way to a 11.05 win in her heat; Jura Levy (11.09) and Natasha Morrison (11.21) ran third in their respective first-round assignments, while Simone Facey came out relieved after a nervous wait, qualifying as a ‘fastest’ loser after her fourth-place finish in her heat in 11.29. For Levy and Morrison, playing their role in extending Jamaica’s golden spell in the female sprints is not just an ambition, but a duty, which they hope will be fulfilled sooner rather than later. “Yes, there is a point to prove As long as I stay injury-free, train hard and do what I am supposed to do, I think I can be one of those athletes to continue Jamaica’s success,” said Morrison, who was a finalist at the Beijing 2015 World Championships. “I think Jamaica has the best sprinters. Morrison, 24, knows she has some way to go before she can carve her name beside the island’s best, but is focusing on the first step and the corrections needed to make it to the final. “My start, I think that I am not executing my race how I should, but I just have to work on it. I am happy to advance because the conditions were not what I was looking forward to,” said Morrison, who is nearing her best after an injury-ravaged year in 2016. Twenty-six year-old Levy is also cognisant of the expectations weighed on any sprinter wearing Jamaican colours. “I think it’s always about our legacy when you are performing for your country. Whenever you put the gear on, it’s a different feeling and I think we are all obligated,” Levy said. The women’s 100m final will highlight today’s third day of competition as Jamaica revs up its medal charge in the English capital. Quarter-milers Nathon Allen, who scared fans when he was seen being taken to the medical area after his 44.91 win in the heat yesterday, and Demish Gaye, who was second in his race with 44.98, will hunt lanes in the 400m final in today’s semis, which start at 7:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m.). Allen was later said to have been slightly dehydrated following the race, but was shortly afterwards cleared of any concerns. POINT TO PROVElast_img read more

Pacquiao says war vs Thurman: ‘Candidate for Fight of the Year’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Benefits of township living MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Fight of the Year? Pacquiao thinks so.“That’s a real fight,” said Pacquiao, his face bruised and still swollen after a 12-round war Sunday at his suite before heading to Manila. “Candidate for Fight of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCritics doubted Pacquiao’s ability to perform as a 40-year-old going up against an undefeated 30-year-old champion, who is also bigger..@MannyPacquiao all smiles at his suite before heading back to Manila.— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) July 21, 2019But Pacquiao quickly made a fool out of his naysayers with a statement first round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keith Thurman, left, and Manny Pacquiao exchange punches in the eighth round during a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS—The Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman welterweight showdown did not disappoint.It was action-packed, explosive and simply entertaining from the opening bell to the final seconds.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Divisioncenter_img Tokyo 1-Year Out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Pacquiao came out strong and dropped Thurman with a right hook to the chin in the opening round as signs of an early stoppage filled the air inside the sold out MGM Grand Garden Arena.Two more separate instances came wherein Thurman looked finished—the first was in the fifth when he couldn’t seem to get his legs under him as he wobbled his way to his corner while the second was in the 10th when he took his mouthpiece off and retreated after taking a crushing left to the body.“I’m still quicker than him even at my age. Whenever I go on the offensive, he gets rattled,” Pacquiao, the newly-minted WBA (Super) welterweight champion, said.But Thurman had his moments especially after the sixth round where he landed clean shots that had Pacquiao’s supporters holding their breaths.“It was fun. He did his best, I did my best. I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight,” Pacquiao said in the post-fight press conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:40Keith Thurman says it’s ‘game over’ for Manny Pacquiao02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Four English police forces investigate football sex abuse claims

first_img0Shares0000Several former footballers have spoken out about being abused after ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by convicted child molester Barry Bennell in the 1980s © AFP/File / Odd AndersenLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Four police forces are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against children in English football circles as part of a deepening scandal, it was revealed on Saturday.Several former footballers have spoken out about being abused after ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by convicted child molester Barry Bennell in the 1980s. A pre-existing inquiry into child sex abuse in Britain said it was “watching events closely”, while England captain Wayne Rooney has urged anyone who may have been assaulted to seek help.The Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest force, said it had “received information relating to non-recent sexual abuse in football clubs in London”.Hampshire Police, Cheshire Police and Northumbria Police, from southern, northwest and northeast England respectively, said they were all investigating non-recent child sex abuse claims.Northumbria Police said it was looking into an allegation by an unnamed former Newcastle United player that he was abused in the club’s youth system.Newcastle said they would co-operate with authorities “if or when the club receives further information”.The Premier League said it was “very concerned” by the allegations.Former Manchester City youth team player Jason Dunford told the BBC he felt there was a “conspiracy and paedophile ring” within football circles in the northwest of England in the 1980s.Former England and Manchester City players David White and Paul Stewart and ex-Crewe player Steve Walters have also spoken out about being sexually abused by football coaches as children.– ‘Incredibly angry’ –Bennell, who worked for Crewe, Manchester City and Stoke City, sexually abused young boys across three decades from the 1970s onwards.He was given a four-year sentence for raping a British boy during a football tour of Florida in 1994 and a nine-year sentence for 23 offences against six boys in England in 1998.He was jailed again in 2015 for abusing a boy at a football camp in Macclesfield, northwest England, in 1980.Crewe’s director of football and former manager Dario Gradi said the club, currently playing in England’s fourth tier, would carry out an internal investigation into Bennell’s links with the club.Gradi, Crewe’s manager from 1983 to 2007, has claimed he knew nothing of Bennell’s crimes until his conviction in the United States in 1994.But a former Crewe director, Hamilton Smith, says the club held talks about an allegation of sexual abuse against Bennell in the late 1980s, but decided to keep him on.“I’m incredibly angry the club continue to refute that they knew anything about suspicions of Bennell’s activities,” Smith told The Guardian.“This was discussed at the club’s top level and, as much as I tried to resolve this, regrettably I couldn’t. I dread to think how many victims there are, and my heart goes out to them.”Premier League heavyweights Manchester City are also reviewing Bennell’s connections with the club.Operation Hydrant, an investigation into allegations of institutional child sex abuse, has asked police forces in England and Wales to pass on details of the allegations they have received in recent days.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dawson Creek school buses cancelled for the second day in a row

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — All school buses in the Dawson Creek area have been cancelled for the second day in a row.School District 59 Transportation Manager Jeff Lekstrom said that officials have cancelled all school buses serving the Dawson Creek area because of the large snow drifts that piled up on rural roads. However, Lekstrom said that all school buses serving the Chetwynd area are back up and running today.At this point, there’s no word from School District #60 on whether there are any school bus cancellations in the North Peace.- Advertisement –last_img

Storms could hurt or help firefighters

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The National Weather Service planned to issue a flash flood watch today and might continue it through the week, said Mike Lavis, a Weather Service meteorologist in San Diego. “Mudflows can kill firefighters. It can be very dangerous,” he said. The largest blaze in the cluster, the 61,700-acre Sawtooth Fire, ignited by lightning July 9, was 70 percent contained and crews hoped to fully ring it by this evening. That fire destroyed 58 houses and mobile homes, dozens of outbuildings and scores of vehicles. One death is believed related to the fire. The edge of the 800-acre Heart Fire, also part of the cluster, was only a few miles from the tiny town of Rainbow and just eight miles from Big Bear, a community of thousands. But no evacuations were called and firefighters were making progress on corralling the blaze, officials said. “The greatest thing that we got is cloud cover,” said Rich Phelps, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman at the Heart command center. YUCCA VALLEY – With thunderstorms brewing that could bring helpful rain or dangerous lightning and flooding, firefighters concentrated Monday on bulldozing miles of line to protect mountain hamlets in front of an 84,000-acre wildfire cluster that has destroyed nearly 60 homes. Nine days of wildland blazes have blackened 131 square miles in the inland region east of Los Angeles. But there was up to a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms through Monday. Storms could bring welcome rain, but also mudslides in denuded areas, winds that could push the fire in unpredictable directions, lightning that could spark more blazes. “We’ll take the rain. We’ll take the humidity,” said Robert Brady of the U.S. Forest Service. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens on the winds.” The Millard Fire had grown to more than 22,103 acres and was 26 percent contained. Full containment probably was three to five days away, said Tom Wadley of the U.S. Forest Service.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

Halloween activities offered off the streets

first_imgPALMDALE – Youngsters whose parents don’t want them walking streets tonight can go trick-or-treating at the Antelope Valley Mall, attend a Lancaster Elks Lodge Halloween party or watch a magic show and listen to ghost stories at the Palmdale Playhouse. Among tonight’s events: Antelope Valley Mall will host trick-or-treating with shops handing out treats from 5 to 7 p.m., or until supplies run out. Children can dress up in costumes, but mall managers ask for them not to wear masks for safety reasons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Children ages 12 and younger can play games, walk through a haunted house and enjoy free hot dogs or hamburgers and punch at the Lancaster Elks Lodge’s annual Halloween party from 6 to 8 p.m. Every child gets a treat bag. Admission is free. The lodge hall is at 240 E. Ave. K. Children must be accompanied by their parents. A magic show, ghost stories and treats will be offered at a “Halloween Spooktacular” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is free. Attendees are welcome to wear costumes. Professional storyteller Debra Olson-Tolar will tell ghost stories. 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

Ocarina: This Contest Blows

first_imgRelated Posts rick turoczy 1 It’s no secret that a few of us here at ReadWriteWeb are big fans of Ocarina, the iPhone app from Smule that converts your iPhone into an ancient woodwind instrument. And we’re not alone, thousands of users have paid $0.99 to purchase the application and try their hand at blowing timeless melodies through the iPhone.Now, the creators of the app are offering $1000 US to each of the 10 best Ocarina players in the world as part of the “This Contest Blows” contest.Striking a chord similar to that of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the Ocarina contest is using YouTube as the place to gather the contest entrants. To participate, simply record a video of yourself showing off your Ocarina chops. Then, upload your inimitable Ocarina stylings to YouTube as a response to the “This Contest Blows” video, or post it in the “This Contest Blows” group.Not sure you can even play a song on Ocarina? Don’t worry. There’s even sheet music for Ocarina, now.Entries will be judged on a variety of factors, including number of ratings, average number of stars, and number of views. All submissions must be received by January 10, 2009.Good luck! Here’s hoping all those hours you’ve wiled away on Ocarina pay off. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Contests#Product Reviews#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Live Chat: The State of Minorities and Women in Science

first_imgA new report finds that black biomedical scientists are 10 percentage points less likely to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And earlier this month, a government study found that women scientists in the United States earn about 12% less than men and represent a mere 24% of the workforce in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Why haven’t NIH and National Science Foundation programs that are designed to draw women and minorities into science and equalize their salaries succeeded? Are larger cultural issues holding women and minorities back? And who’s responsible for resolving these disparities in science?Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EDT today to discuss these topics with two experts on the intersections of race, gender and science. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Mithali Raj’s life story to be made into a biopic

first_imgThe life story of Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, will now be told through a Bollywood biopic, Viacom18 Motion Pictures announced on Tuesday. She hopes it inspires young girls to explore sports as a career.”I am extremely happy on this association with Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Hoping that this movie inspires more people especially young girls to take up sports as a career,” Mithali said in a statement.Mithali Raj is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only woman cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIs. She is also the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs, apart from being the first Indian to have led the national team to an ICC ODI World Cup final twice – 2005 and 2017.An Arjuna awardee, Mithali was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2015, India’s fourth highest civilian award for her contribution to cricket.Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said in a statement: “Viacom18 Motion Pictures has always been the pioneer in showcasing content with portrayal of strong women characters right from ‘Queen’ to ‘Kahaani’ to ‘Mary Kom’.””We are proud to be collaborating with the young and inspirational Mithali Dorai Raj, a name single-handedly responsible in bringing about a shift in the way women’s cricket team was perceived in our country.”The association between Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Mithali Raj has been facilitated by Varun Chopra – Director, Medallin Sports.Chopra said: “Mithali remains to be an inspiration for multitudes for many years now and her story on the silver screen will keep motivating generations.”advertisementALSO WATCH: Mithali Raj becomes first batswoman to breach 6000-run mark in ODIslast_img read more

Mike Gundy Dances in Texas Locker Room After 30-27 Win

first_imgMike Gundy, back.The scene in the #okstate locker room after the Cowboys’ win at Texas. Team chanting GUNDY GUNDY GUNDY Had to do it.— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 27, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告last_img read more