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Hubert Lawrence | As The van Niekerk Double TurnsHubert Lawrence | As The van Niekerk Double Turns

first_img MOVING FREE DAY With Usain Bolt retiring from the 200 metres one year early, some fans are keen to see super South African Wayde van Niekerk run the curved sprint. One fan, on the well known Caribbean Track and Field Forum website, reckons the Olympic 400-metre champion has world-record potential in the event Bolt has ruled since his sensational 19.30-second run in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games. It’s hard to rule that out completely, since the 24-year-old has run 9.98 seconds at high altitude for 100 metres, 19.94 seconds for 200 metres, 31.04 seconds for 300 metres, and a world-record 43.03 seconds for 400 metres from lane eight. His speed is undeniable, but it’s unlikely that he will run both the 200 metres and 400 metres at the upcoming World Championships in London this August. The schedule is a little too tough. The 400 metre starts first, at 10:45 a.m. local time on August 5, with the semi-final at 7:40 p.m. on the following day. Then things get tricky. On the 8th, after a day’s rest, van Niekerk would do the 200-metre heats at 7:30 p.m. and the 400-metre final at 9:50 p.m. That interval shrinks if van Niekerk or any doubler is in the last 200-metre heat. A look at the schedule of the last World Championships reveals seven 200-metre heats with the last one starting 42 minutes after the first. The 200-metre semi-finals and final are scheduled for 8:55 p.m. on the 9th and 9:50 p.m. on the 10th, respectively. He could petition the IAAF to open the 200/400 schedule out, the way it did for Michael Johnson two decades ago. The American, whose 400-metre record van Niekerk broke at the Olympics last year, was the king of the sport then. Accordingly, the authorities created a schedule that allowed him a day off between the 400 metres, which then – as now – started first, and the 200 metres. Track’s MJ duly did the double first at the 1995 World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden, and then at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. To crown everything, he ran 19.32 seconds in the 200 metre to set a world record that lasted until Bolt snipped two-hundredths of a seconds off it in Beijing. The tall man, of course, blasted that further to 19.19 seconds in 2009. Johnson wasn’t the only doubler to benefit from the relaxed 1996 schedule. France’s Marie-Jose Perec also produced a banner performance by first setting an Olympic record of 48.25 seconds in the 400 metres to take one gold medal and then by edging past Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey in the 200-metre final to take another. Ostensibly, a van Niekerk London double might be doable if the free day was moved from between the 400-metre semis and final to a date that separates the 400 metres and 200 metres completely. There is one other solution for those who really want van Niekerk to satisfy their need for speed. He could, as Jamaica’s 1983 World Champion Bert Cameron has suggested he might, abandon the 400 metres. After all, he was World champion in 2015 and, in one fast swoop, won Olympic gold and broke Johnson’s world record last year. If those achievements fulfill his 400-metre dreams, then a visit to the 200 metres might be on. Will he double with the schedule as it is? Will he petition to have the 400/200 overlap eliminated? Or will he leave the 400 metres for a new love – the 200 metres? And if he takes the last option, could he conceivably approach Bolt’s mind-bending world record? It sounds like a soap opera and I, for one, don’t want to miss an episode. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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Cop beaten, service weapon stolen at nightclubCop beaten, service weapon stolen at nightclub

first_imgA member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is now nursing injuries at a city hospital after he was beaten and relieved of his service pistol on Saturday morning at a night club.According to reports, the rank was beaten at about 01:00h at a nightclub in Alberttown, Georgetown.While Police are still investigating the circumstances which led to the beating, the rank is receiving medical attention for injuries to his head, stomach and hands.The GPF said on Saturday that stringent efforts are being made to recover the weapon and apprehend the suspects, one of whom is a known character.last_img

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Tucville man wanted for Sophia pool party murderTucville man wanted for Sophia pool party murder

first_imgWanted: Joseph Sargeant called “Joey”Murdered: Terry AultThe Police have now issued a wanted bulletin for a Tucville Squatting Area, Georgetown man who is wanted in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Terry Ault, which occurred July 21.Wanted is 38-year-old Joseph Sargeant called “Joey” of Lot 3458 Postal Housing Scheme, North Ruimveldt and LH Stevedore Scheme, Tucville Squatting Area, Georgetown.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Sargeant is being asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 226-6978, 225-8196, 226-2870, 226-7065, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest Police station. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.Ault, a father of one, reportedly left his Lot 63, Block A, South Sophia home to attend a pool party in the same community.However, at about 03:00h on July 21, the man’s relative received reports that he had been shot.Ault was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.It is still unclear what caused the shooting; however, five persons, including two women, were held for questioning by the Police.Acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston had also confirmed that advice was given for one person to be charged with the murder.last_img read more

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Flyers head south ThursdayFlyers head south Thursday

first_imgThursday night will see the senior men’s Flyers take a trip to Dawson Creek.The reason for their travels, the 12-3-1-1 first place Flyers will hit the ice against their affiliate team, the 8-8-0-1 fourth place Dawson Creek Canucks.- Advertisement -The two teams have played each other three times already this season, with the Fort St. John Flyers winning two of the three meetings.Hopefully the Flyers can continue a similar style of play that was seen on Friday. Friday’s game saw Fort St. John score six goals, while Troy Hunt recoded his second shutout of the season.Catch all the action live on 100.1 Moose FM and make sure to tune into the informative pre-game show, which starts 15 minutes prior to puck drop.Thursday’s game will start at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img

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Mackay apologises for text storm but insists: ‘I am not racist, sexist, homophobic or anti-Semitic’Mackay apologises for text storm but insists: ‘I am not racist, sexist, homophobic or anti-Semitic’

first_imgMalky Mackay has apologised for the discriminatory messages he sent during his time as Cardiff manager, but insists he is “no racist, sexist, homophobe or anti-Semite”.The 42-year-old Scot was widely criticised after it emerged he was involved in an exchange of allegedly sexist and homophobic text messages with former Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody.Moody has since resigned from his role as sporting director at Crystal Palace, while Mackay’s proposed move to become Potters manager – following Tony Pulis’ recent shock exit – collapsed when the allegations came to light.The Football Association have confirmed they are investigating a dossier submitted by Cardiff, and Mackay has admitted his actions – which in an original apology the League Managers’ Association deemed as ‘friendly banter’ – were “completely unacceptable and inappropriate.”The former Bluebirds boss said: “Obviously the texts, I absolutely have to explain.“Out of 10,000 text messages in and out of someone’s phone I sent three. That being the case, looking at them they are completely unacceptable, inappropriate and for that and for any offence I’ve caused I sincerely apologise.“That’s something I did and there is no excuse for that.”Mackay was sacked as manager of Cardiff in December last year after months of speculation surrounding his position, despite leading the club into the Premier League for the first time in their history.“I did it in a period where I was under immense pressure and stress in terms of the relationships that were possibly not going too well at my football club at the time,” he said.“But that doesn’t excuse anything and was unacceptable.“I’m a manager, I’m a leader of people and it should not have happened. But before all that and foremost, I’m a human being and I made a mistake.“I’ve been in a multi-cultural football environment for 20 years.“I love British football and I am no racist, I am no sexist, I am no homophobe and I am no anti-Semitic, and the people that know me know that and I do understand that it’s the people that don’t know me that I’ve got to convince of that.”Cardiff, meanwhile, have called for LMA chief executive Richard Bevan to resign following their first statement on Thursday night the club branded as ”entirely reprehensible’.Mackay distanced himself from the use of the word “banter”, for which the LMA had issued a second apology on Friday morning, but he felt that apart from that mistake the initial LMA statement was fair.“I’ve certainly never used the word ‘banter’ and that is not something I personally feel that it was, but I think the overall statement was very, very accurate,” Mackay said.“I agree that word is wrong and the LMA soon realised that and they’ve tried to rectify that today.”When asked if he thought Bevan should step down, Mackay said: “No I don’t, I absolutely don’t.“I think that if you ask every manager in this country and in most of football the amount of work that Rich Bevan and the LMA have done and the good work that they have done then you’ll find he has been someone that has made a lot of good decisions and done a lot of good work.”Despite the controversy, Mackay has not given up hope of once again managing at the highest level.He added: “These are testing times – make no mistake about that. But I’ve got values and resilience and I’ve got a love for British football and I will come back from this.” Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay 1last_img read more

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TD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURETD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURE

first_imgTHERE is growing controversy over the future of KillybegsAnd Independent TD Thomas Pringle is just the lastest person to express disappointment after reading the High Level Report on employment prospects in Killybegs.“Everyone welcomed the creation of the group in Killybegs in June by Minister Coveney on his first visit to the town,” said Deputy Pringle. “We all know that there is potential for job creation in the fishing industry, particularly in adding value to the fish that is already landed in the town and people hoped that the high level group would create a plan that would clearly map out how this could happen.“Hopes were raised hugely when the chairperson of the group announced last week that eighty jobs had already been created by the report. Many people waited to see the report and where the jobs are, however we were disappointed to find that the jobs may be delivered over the coming years as grand aid is rolled out and are not on the ground at the moment.‘The report was quietly launched by Minister Coveney in Dublin last Wednesday evening. On receiving the report on Thursday I read it with a sense of anticipation but unfortunately it did not last.“There is scant detail in the report and the actions required are not significant. The main recommendation appears to be that a port manager be appointed that would have responsibility to develop the business of the port. Given that the report has to be implemented on a cost neutral basis it is hard to see how the manager can be appointed and work independently to ensure that the port develops appropriately. ‘The target job numbers for each of the actions do not show where or how they will be created and the lack of detail is disappointing. However we all hope in Killybegs that they are achieved, and more, but it is difficult to see how they will be verifiable jobs. Previously when there was talk of efficiencies in the processing sector it has meant job losses for many people in the town.”The local TD said that the bringing together of the stakeholders that were involved in the drawing up of the report is the “one real positive.”He added: “If Minister Coveney wants this report to be different to the government’s jobs initiative he will need to drive the implementation of all the reports and make sure that his officials are working with everyone to make it happen.”Minister Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by former fishing industry leader Joey Murrin that the State’s new jobs plan for Killybegs is a “charade”.Mr Murrin, who ran for Fine Gael in the European elections in 1984 and is a former Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) chair, said the jobs plan was a “cynical public relations exercise” which could “give people false hope”. TD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURE was last modified: November 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:KillybegsThomas Pringlelast_img read more

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Memorial Day scheduleMemorial Day schedule

first_img 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2TRASH: Trash will be picked up on a regular schedule in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale. STORES: Most malls and supermarkets will be open. GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed Monday, and the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subways in Los Angeles and city buses in Santa Clarita will run on a Sunday schedule. Metrolink, Santa Clarita commuter buses and Antelope Valley Transit Authority buses, commuter and Dial-a-Ride buses will not run. BANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. last_img read more

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Newcastle transfer latest! Rafa Benitez reignites interest in Ligue 1 forwardNewcastle transfer latest! Rafa Benitez reignites interest in Ligue 1 forward

first_img Nicolas Pepe is wanted by Newcastle United 1 Newcastle have reignited their interest in Angers forward Nicolas Pepe, who is also a target for Watford.The Magpies will kick off next season back in the Premier League and have been tipped to strengthen their attack this summer.Pepe has been a long-term target for the north east club but they failed in a bid to sign him back in January.Now their promotion is confirmed, L’Equipe has claimed that Newcastle are back in the hunt for the 21-year-old and they have lodged an official bid.But they will face stiff competition from across Europe for Pepe, who scored three goals in 33 Ligue 1 outings this term.Hull were keen on him during January, although their relegation to the Championship will probably end their interest in the forward.But Watford have also been linked with another move for Pepe once the window opens.Monaco, Lyon and Marseille are all keeping tabs on the situation after being impressed by the Ivorian this season.However, no decision from Pepe is expected before the weekend’s Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

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GLENCAR HAMMERS LIFT LETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT UNDER 12 RESERVE CUPGLENCAR HAMMERS LIFT LETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT UNDER 12 RESERVE CUP

first_imgWe’ve done it! A wet but delighted Glencar Hammers team celebrate after they overcame Letterkenny Crusaders in the Letterkenny and District Under 12 Reserve Cup Final at Leckview Park tonight. Two goals by Sean McGinley topped off what was a great team display by the Hammers who managed to hang on as League Champions Crusaders came strong in the end. Congrats to coaches Martin Hunter and John McGinley who trained the lads all season.GLENCAR HAMMERS LIFT LETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT UNDER 12 RESERVE CUP was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:donegalGlencar HammersLetterkenny Crusaderslast_img read more

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