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Diamond Debate | Merritt vs James in 400m showdown

first_imgK.C. Graham: The 400 metres field for the Prefontaine Classic is loaded with five men with sub-44 seconds in the race. Lowe: The 400m is probably my favourite event these days, and how could it not be with the performances we’ve see over the past few seasons! K.C. Graham: A cracker is expected, but it is the rivalry between LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James that will take centre stage, following their keen battle at the meet the last two times they met there. Lowe: It’s likely to be another good race between the two, but James must be feeling extremely confident given his start to the season and the fact that he has won here for two consecutive years. K.C. Graham: Yes, he has, but based on his world-leading time in the 200 metres, Merritt could upstage him here. I think Michael Johnson’s meet record of 43.92 seconds done in 2000 is in serious danger here. Lowe: Eugene always gives us good times and I’m going to agree regarding the meet record. Yes, Merritt’s speed has looked impressive, but he just doesn’t seem to have the answer to James in recent times. James has dominated this rivalry, finishing ahead of the American in six of the last eight meetings. K.C. Graham: Could we have a repeat of 2014 when both athletes touched the line at 43.97 seconds? James will be seeking to go under 44 seconds for the third year in a row. He should start favourite to win here, but Merritt could use his early speed to kill him off, and I liked how he ran at the Rabat Meet, not extending himself, possibly saving for the clash with James at Eugene. Lowe: He can save all he wants. He will not beat Kirani in Eugene. I’m going for a Kirani win. What can we expect from Rusheen McDonald in this one? K.C. Graham: I saw McDonald in a short workout on Tuesday evening at Stadium East and he looked good. An improved performance from him is expected. The race itself, despite James drawing first blood over Merritt at Drakes (Drake Relays), I am giving Merritt the edge here as his 19.78 seconds personal best in the 200 metres will see him using his telling speed to overcome James. Lowe: I’m sticking with Kirani and anticipating a solid run from Rusheen.last_img read more

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Rape suspect dies hours before court appearance

first_imgA prisoner who was expected to appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the rape of a 16-year-old student died on Tuesday morning after he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) by ranks after he began vomiting in the Police lockups.Dead is Stonie Henry, 47, a welder of Lot 539 Mocha Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD). Reports are ranks observed the man vomiting at about 06:15h, hours before he was scheduled to make his court appearance.When questioned, Henry complained of feeling unwell and as such was rushed to the Hospital where he was immediately treated.However, at 08:00h, the man succumbed. It is suspected Henry may have ingested a poisonous substance; however, this is yet to be confirmed.His body is presently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

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MOE to purchase 2 more Mobile Units this year

first_imgIn light of the recent bomb scares and shooting threats, the Education Ministry intends to purchase two other Mobile Units to be used for counselling students who are left traumatised.Guyana Times understands that the Ministry is in the process of purchasing the two units which will add to the existing one.In fact, bids for the supply and delivery of the multi-purpose vehicle was read at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on Tuesday with eight local companies indicating their interest.The first Mobile Psychosocial Unit, valued at some $17 million, which is intended to transport welfare officers to areas where persons are in need of counselling, was commissioned in November last year.The Mobile UnitThe supply of these units in a timely manner will be appreciated by parents from the schools which were issued threats over the past few days.It was only on Tuesday last that parents of children who attend School of the Nations accused the Ministry of not doing enough for their kids.Anna Lisa Fraser-Phang, who is also the President of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of School of the Nations complained that in a meeting the parents were told: “they would do whatever they can”.She added, “When Monday rolled around, and we were expecting and told that we would have the Mobile (Unit) and counsellors available to our children at the school, we have not seen any of them.”The parent said she understands that the counselling service was extended to other schools, although that school needs it just as much as any other school.“We were offered very little and given even less, we demand more of our authorities,” the parents cried.Nonetheless, the Education Minister, Nicholette Henry, had pointed out that the counselling programme will seek to help students and even transfer them to specialists if needed.Meanwhile, acting Deputy Chief Education Officer Ingrid Trotman noted that the emotional needs of students cannot be overlooked.She added that the Unit would help to reduce stress levels and provide a quick response to areas where trauma is being experienced by persons.The Unit is fully equipped with a refrigerator, stove, air conditioner, bathroom and other facilities to benefit the officials who will be travelling to hinterland areas, among others, to provide counselling.Plans were first unveiled by Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson back in June for the implementation of the project.Currently, there are officers in each administrative region who are responsible for conducting counselling sessions with students – be it one-on-one, small-group or large-group interventions.The unit serves as a tool to bring together not only psychologists from the Education Ministry but officials from other agencies who are specialised in specific cases.It was clarified that it was not a case where counselling was not being done, but this new initiative was a step taken by the Ministry to ensure that counselling could be done in a more effective manner.It was further explained that in a situation where students were found drinking alcohol, the team would also be activated, with not only the welfare officers but with public health officials, making the counselling process more influential.last_img read more

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Grant would help make North Peace Museum more accessible

first_img“By improving our accessibility, washrooms, and carpeting, we can modernize the museum and make it more attractive for our visitors,” says Museum Manager and Curator Heather Longworth. “Local visitors will be more likely to come back and bring friends and family to a museum that is changing with the times than to one that looks like it opened thirty years ago. In total, an $81,000 grant has been requested, which when added to the nearly $35,000 grant from the Historical Society, brings the total project cost to more than $116,000. The wheelchair friendly entrance would have two doors that open with the push of the button, as volunteers currently have to open them for visitors in wheelchairs and strollers. – Advertisement -The washrooms would be redone to bring them up to the building code, creating a men’s washroom with two stalls and two urinals and a women’s washroom with four stalls, as well as an accessible family washroom with handrails and an automatic opening door. The current washrooms aren’t very accessible as the sinks and paper towel dispensers are too high, and there is only a baby changing table in the women’s washroom. For its grant application, due February 7, the NPHS is looking for a letter of support from the City of Fort St. John, which City Council will decide on Monday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Family proceedings underway involving Pat Pimm

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It appears that Pat Pimm is going through family proceedings in court according to Court Services Online.Pimm stepped down from the BC Liberal caucus on August 15th, saying that allegations had been brought against him that required him to obtain legal council.The Criminal Justice Branch had no comment to what specifically is happening. They said they had no further comments for the media.- Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP also said that they had no comment or involvement in the case involving Pimm.On the CSO website, it states: PIMM, Patrick v PIMM, Jody – Supreme Family Law Proceedings.No other details have been released at this time.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Astronauts land back on Earth

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARKALYK, Kazakhstan American, Russian and Brazilian astronauts endured a bone-jarring, 3?-hour ride from the International Space Station back to Earth on Sunday, landing on target in the freezing Kazakh steppe. The Russian TMA-7 capsule carried American commander Bill McArthur and Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev, who each spent six months on the space station, as well as Brazilian astronaut Marcos Pontes. It touched down about 30 miles northeast of Arkalyk at 3:47 a.m. Moscow time. Officials at Russia’s Mission Control in Korolyov, outside Moscow, called the flight flawless. They were in contact with the capsule for much of its journey home, and they said three crew members were feeling well. The three travelers were given hot tea and wrapped in blankets before being whisked into a medical tent for examinations. McArthur and Tokarev began their stay at the space station in October. McArthur, 54, of Wakulla, N.C., looked exhilarated as he rested in a chair after the landing. “I’ve never been through anything like that before,” he said, describing the return journey from space as a “wild ride.” The NASA veteran was the mission commander and science officer, responsible for a series of experiments that included work on microgravity. Pontes, who spent nine days in space, carried a Brazilian flag and national soccer jersey on his trip to the space station, hoping it would bring his national team victory in this summer’s World Cup. Brazil’s first astronaut ebulliently thanked everyone in English. “I am very happy,” he said. More than 15 aircraft, including helicopters, and some 150 searchers were deployed in the landing zone. The temperature dipped to minus 12 at the landing site. Ground crews reached the capsule within minutes of the landing and opened the hatch. Pontes, shown on TV seated in a chair outside the capsule, flashed a wide grin and gave a thumbs-up as his bulky spacesuit was removed. He was handed a Brazilian flag and a Panama hat that was pulled out of the capsule apparently one that he had carried to the space station in tribute to Brazilian inventor and aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, to whom Pontes had dedicated his flight. The three later flew into the Star City space training complex outside Moscow for further medical checkups and debriefing, televised pictures showed. Pontes, a Brazilian Air Force lieutenant colonel, trained in the United States and had been scheduled to fly to the station aboard a shuttle plans that were scrapped after the February 2003 Columbia explosion. The American space program has depended on the Russians for cargo and astronaut delivery since the Columbia disaster grounded the shuttle fleet. The shuttle Discovery visited the station in July but problems with the external fuel tank’s foam insulation have cast doubt on when shuttles might fly again. Some Brazilians criticized Pontes’ trip because it reportedly cost the Brazilian Space Agency $10 million. But the 43-year-old was featured daily on Brazilian TV news broadcasts and across newspaper pages and was a widespread source of pride for Brazilians. Asked what medal Pontes would receive when he returns to Brazil, the head of the country’s space program, Raimundo Mussi, suggested the national adulation he has inspired would be the best recognition of all. “Certainly he will receive a decoration but the best decoration will be a big hug from all Brazilians,” Mussi told reporters at Russian Mission Control. Tokarev told Russian space agency chief Anatoly Perminov in a phone call from the landing site that he was proud to have completed his mission so close to Wednesday’s upcoming 45th anniversary of the flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first person to orbit the Earth. McArthur and Tokarev were replaced by Russian commander Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. flight engineer Jeff Williams, who arrived at the station with Pontes on April 1. last_img read more

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Man Utd and Spurs locked in talks over Toby Alderweireld

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on Toby Alderweireld could be off to Old Trafford this summer if Manchester United and Tottenham are able to do a deal. targets REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Manchester United and Tottenham are £10m apart on their valuation of Toby Alderweireld.According to the Manchester Evening News, talks between the two clubs are ongoing and it is understood Spurs are demanding more than £50m for the Belgian defender. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED 1 Discussions in May collapsed after the Red Devils failed to meet Tottenham’s asking price for Alderweireld.The 29-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal, with an option for a one-year extension that includes a £25m release clause for next summer, but talks over a new deal have continued to stall.It is understood United do not agree with Spurs’ valuation of a player in this context.United are also interested in Leicester’s Harry Maguire, with Jose Mourinho looking to bolster his defensive options, but the Foxes have reportedly slapped a huge £75m price tag on the Englishman. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father last_img read more

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DDTV: AMAZING VIDEO FOOTAGE OF COAST GUARD RESCUE

first_imgDDTV: Irish Coast Guard crews have rescued an ill fisherman off a trawler off Rockall in the north Atlantic.The crew member from the Venture was eventually airlifted to safety after several aborted attempts. Click Play to watch.  DDTV: AMAZING VIDEO FOOTAGE OF COAST GUARD RESCUE was last modified: November 10th, 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)last_img read more

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Half-time: QPR 0 Huddersfield 0

first_imgAndy Johnson almost put QPR ahead and they hit the woodwork twice, while Huddersfield missed excellent chances to score during an end-to-end first half at Loftus Road.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp made a major tactical change, pairing strikers Charlie Austin and Johnson, whose header from Niko Kranjcar’s left-wing corner was cleared off the line by Adam Hammill.Without the injured Joey Barton, Redknapp opted for a ‘diamond’ midfield, with Karl Henry in front of the back four and Kranjcar supporting the two strikers.Rangers struggled early on and Daniel Ward fired over after being found by Adam Clayton, and then squandered a golden opportunity by dragging a shot wide having been set up by Oliver Norwood.Huddersfield continued to cause problems and keeper Rob Green uncomfortably pushed over Norwood’s free-kick before saving Nahki Wells’ header.And Rangers had another lucky escape when the unmarked Jonathan Hogg shot tamely at Green despite having plenty of time and space after collecting Ward’s pass.The home side have struggled but have at least been able to rely on Kranjcar’s set-piece deliveries, and another corner from the Croatian led to first Austin and then Henry heading against the bar.QPR: Green, Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, O’Neil, Henry, Carroll, Kranjcar, Austin, Johnson. Subs: Murphy; Onuoha, Traore, Diakite, Phillips, Zamora, Wright-Phillips. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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MH17: Aviation summit call

first_imgA pair of respected voices in the aviation industry is calling for high-level action in the wake of the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 late last week. Reuters reports Tim Clark, president of globe-girdling Emirates, wants an international conclave of carriers to “respond as an entity” to the downing of the Boeing 777. All 298 souls on board the aircraft perished. Clark wants the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to convene the meeting.Now comes word that Flight Safety Foundation is urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to convene what it terms in a prepared release a “High-Level Ministerial meeting to review the systems in place to warn airlines of hostile airspace and take action in response to the shoot down.” FSF further calls for “authorities to bring criminal prosecutions against those who brought down the aircraft and interfered with the investigation. “This tragically unfolding affront to safety, security, and humanity must be dealt with swiftly and surely by the international aviation community and law enforcement,” says FSF President and CEO Jon Beatty.The respected safety expert says, “Where known threats to civil aviation exist, States should assess and widely publish this information, or close the airspace. If States cannot discharge their responsibilities to manage their airspace safely, ICAO should play a leading role to alerting or prohibiting airlines from flying through known, hostile airspace.”Reuters reports German flag carrier Lufthansa has joined in Emirates call for action.On Monday, after the Clark statement and before Flight Safety Foundation’s announcement, IATA Director General & CEO Tony Tyler said, “No effort should be spared ensuring that this outrage is not repeated”¦Governments will need to take the lead in reviewing how airspace risk assessments are made. And the industry will do all it can to support governments, through ICAO, in the difficult work that lies ahead.”In response to rivals Emirates and Lufthansa endorsements of a summit, European powerhouse British Airways says, “Safety and security are our top priorities at all times. We work closely with ICAO and IATA who are responsible for any new industry wide protocols and standards.”The issue is what specific procedures and protocols need adjustments in the wake of the new threat?Up until now the industry has focused on the potential havoc wreaked by so-called MANPADS, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems. These are shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missiles of limited vertical range. Now, with startling suddenness, airlines and governments must reckon with the potential danger posed by vehicle-mounted missiles such as the SA-11, purported to be the sophisticated weapons system that brought down MH17. The SA-11 can reach altitudes in excess of 30,000 feet. The ill-fated Triple-Seven was at 33,000 fleet when the Russian-built missile allegedly struck it.Should a summit happen, airlines will have to wrestle once again with balancing safety and economics. Ukraine in particular is an airborne crossroads, a place traversed daily by flights bound from Europe to Southeast Asia. Detouring around that airspace, or airspace above any zone of armed conflict, costs carrier’s extra fuel. In a perfect world you’d fly directly from Point A to Point B.There’s no quick and easy fix for this one.Ironically, even as airlines and governments began to assess this new, potentially game-changing threat, the United States Federal Aviation Administration shut down air routes from the US to Israel for 24 hours, this after a rocket hit a mere mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. In a prepared release FAA says, “On July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours…The NOTAM applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport.”FAA says it will “continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.”Â Âlast_img read more

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