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Spotlight on 110m hurdles

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Seven Jamaicans will be in action on today’s first of 14 Diamond League meets in this the seventh year of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) track and field series.Among the Jamaicans slated to face the starter when the 23-event meet gets under way at 9:41 a.m. (Ja time) in Doha, Qatar, are Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod. The two are in a star-studded 110m hurdles field, which will also feature reigning Olympic champion Aries Merritt and his American compatriot David Oliver.Twenty-two-year-old McLeod, fresh off his 60m hurdles World Indoors triumph and his sub-10 100m run, will be aiming to give an impressive showing on his first Diamond League outing.”I am just trying to go out there and have fun and try to execute a good race. I just want to make a great debut to my Diamond League season,” McLeod told The Gleaner.World and Olympic medallist Parchment opened his season with a 13.42 stroll but believes the conditions in Qatar will see him clocking an improved time.”The temperature is much better, so it is one thing to look forward to. I am feeling good so far, so I am just going to go out there to execute my best race possible on the day,” Parchment said.The country’s most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, will renew her rivalry with two-time reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.The Jamaican looked on course for a Diamond Trophy last year only for Hejnova to win the last four meetings and pip her to the prize.Spencer, who is celebrating her 29th birthday today, won the 400m hurdles Diamond Race in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. She has, however, since changed coaches, having left the Stephen Francis-led MVP to join Bert Cameron’s Blazers.Having opened her season with a modest 56.39, Spencer is hoping to gift herself a victory with a much improved time.”It is my 29th birthday, so I want to come out with a victory. That would be something special,” Spencer said. “It would be good to run a 54 (seconds) right now. It is a bit early. Anything faster, I would be grateful, but somewhere in that region.”TRIPLE JUMPER SHANIEKA THOMASThe first Jamaican in action will, however, be triple jumper Shanieka Thomas, who comes in with the longest jump so far this season after her personal best effort of 14.57m in Kingston last month.The 24-year-old can expect to face strong competition from two-time World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia.The very competitive women’s 100m field will feature two Jamaicans, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey.Campbell-Brown, who won the Diamond Trophy in the event in 2014, is looking forward to the competition.”I am excited. My objective is just to go in the race and focus on what I have to do and run a good race,” said Campbell-Brown.The Jamaican duo will have for company Dafne Schippers, who took silver in the event at last year’s World Championships; American Tori Bowie, who shares the world-leading time in the event, 11.00 seconds; with Facey also in the line-up.Nickel Ashmeade will line up in lane eight when he goes against Qatar’s Ogunode Femi in the men’s 200m. The fastest man in the field so far this year will be American Ameer Web (19.91), and he will be joined by compatriots Walter Dix and Isiah Young.This season’s Diamond League will feature a new points structure, which sees the top six finishers in each event gaining points instead of just the top three.ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Push for clean energy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIndustry representatives contend the measure would cost $67 billion. But proponents of the standard say that estimate doesn’t take into account savings from conservation measures, decreases in renewable energy rates and the likelihood that oil and natural gas prices will continue to escalate. The argument that the United States, one of the world’s richest nations and the biggest greenhouse-gas emitter, can’t afford to address the problem of global warming is hypocritical. At the same time Bush administration officials are rejecting binding emissions targets because they would hurt the U.S. economy, they are pointing to India and China, which are still desperately poor, to reduce carbon emissions. Of course, those countries should, too. But the United States cannot abdicate from what should be its role as a world leader in reversing the trend of global warming. That role includes approving measures like the renewable energy standard. The requirement would encourage innovation in the renewable industries that could result in affordable technology that could be exported to developing countries. Utility lobbyists say this country cannot afford to adopt a renewable energy standard. The truth is, we cannot afford not to. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the most potent elements of the energy bill being debated in Congress is in imminent danger of being snuffed out. The national renewable energy standard, which would force electric utilities to get 15percent of their power from renewables by 2020, seems likely to fall victim to a utility lobbying blitz. That’s unacceptable. Along with the much-needed increase in fuel economy standards for vehicles, this country must curb carbon emissions from power plants, which contribute an estimated 40 percent of the global warming pollution produced by the United States. The opposition to such a standard has been led by Southern and Midwestern utilities, which contend their regions don’t have bountiful sun and wind resources and such a standard would raise rates. last_img read more

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Arsenal full-back wanted by Italian giants

first_imgItalian champions Juventus are considering a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin.The 22-year-old defender has been heavily linked with a move away from the Gunners this summer, with Barcelona believed to be pushing to take their former academy star back to the Nou Camp.There have even been suggestions that Bellerin’s representatives have met Barca officials over the course of the last few months and the Spaniard is keen for a return.However, it seems Barcelona could face competition from another European giant as according to Tuttosport, Juventus are interested in the Arsenal defender.With Dani Alves expected to leave this summer, Juve are in the market for a right-back and Bellerin is one of the players the club have been closely following.  They could, however, find it hard to compete with the emotional pull of a return to Barcelona if the defender indeed decides to leave the Gunners in the coming weeks.And the Catalan giants are also confident that they are the only club Bellerin would leave Arsenal for this summer. Hector Bellerin in action for Arsenal 1last_img read more

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BLOW FOR MCGEE AS INJURY FORCES HIM OUT OF IRISH INTERNATIONAL RULES SERIES

first_imgNeil McGee has been forced to pull out of the forthcoming Irish International rules series against Australia due to injury.The powerful Donegal defender has been a permanent fixture in the Irish side in recent tests against Australia. However, a persistent hamstring injury that has plagued McGee over the last number of months has forced him to withdraw from Joe Kernan’s squad.The loss of McGee will be a significant blow to Kernan’s preparations for the series which gets underway next month.Donegal captain Michael Murphy has also been ruled out of participating in the series due to injury.He had previously indicated he wanted a break from the series and made himself unavailable. However, Kernan was confident of tempting him back into the fray – but Murphy has now been ruled out due to an injury.Joe Kernan is expected to name his squad for the test series in the next fortnight.With Patrick McBrearty also struggling with an injury – it looks unlikely that Donegal will have any representatives on the Ireland team.BLOW FOR MCGEE AS INJURY FORCES HIM OUT OF IRISH INTERNATIONAL RULES SERIES was last modified: October 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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Student protest flares up again in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgAt least 15 students were injured in fresh clashes in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as demonstrations against the police action against the students of Government Degree College, Pulwama, on April 15 entered its third week.Students of Government Degree College, Handwara, hit the streets in the forenoon and hurled stones at the security forces, resulting in clashes.Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Handwara, Dr. Aijaz said around 50 students, including three girls, were admitted in the hospital for treatment and around 15 had sustained injuries. Most of the students had fainted from suffocation caused by tear-smoke shells and were discharged, said an official.Senior Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani Wani accused the students of “resorting to heavy stone pelting”. Hit by pelletsSecurity forces allegedly fired from the pellet guns and injured a 14-year-old boy in south Kashmir’s Qazigund area after clashes between local youths and CRPF there.Reports suggest locals of Churrat village hurled stones on a CRPF cavalcade. The CRPF allegedly responded with pellets, injuring Zeshan Farooq Shah. “Pellets hit the boy in the back and the left arm,” said a doctor. The incident sparked more stone pelting in the area.Students also held protests in Pulwama district against alleged detention of students in the district. Clashes erupted in Pulwama when the students of Government Higher Secondary School, Newa, staged a protest rally. The security forces used smoke shells to disperse the students.Mehbooba’s pleaMeanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can resolve Kashmir issue “as he has the support of the whole country.”“If anyone can solve Kashmir issue it’s PM Modi. He has a huge mandate of the people of the country. So whatever decision he will take the nation will support him,” Ms. Mehbooba said in Jammu. She said earlier Prime Ministers wanted to go to Pakistan but it was Mr. Modi who went to Lahore. “This is a sign of his strength,” she said.Meanwhile, Ms. Mufti called for tough action against “forces trying to disrupt communal harmony in the Jammu region”.last_img read more

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‘US troops killed Afghans for fun’

first_imgIn one of the grisliest accusations levelled against American troops in Afghanistan, a group of US soldiers has been accused of randomly killing Afghan civilians for sport and then keeping their body parts as trophies. The killings are alleged to have been carried out by rogue members of a platoon from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division based in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, The Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing army legal documents and interviews with the people involved.The deadly ‘ game’ was set in motion in January, when an Afghan man approached the soldiers in the La Mohammed Kalay village, the report said.As the man neared, one soldier tossed a grenade on the groung to create the ruse that the group was under attack, prompting the others to open fire and kill the civilian, the paper noted.According to The Post , the unprovoked attack on January 15 was the start of a shooting spree against Afghan civilians.Members of the platoon have been charged with dismembering and photographing corpses, as well as hoarding a skull and other human bones, the report said.Military documents allege that five members of the unit staged three murders in Kandahar between January and May, the paper noted.Seven other soldiers have been charged with crimes related to the case, including the use of hashish , attempts to impede the investigation and a retaliatory gang assault on a private who blew the whistle, according to The Post . Army officials have not disclosed a motive for the killings, the report said.advertisementBut a review of military court documents and interviews with people familiar with the investigation suggest the soldiers, fuelled by hashish and alcohol, commited the killings essentially for sport, the paper said.The accused deny any wrongdoing, The Post said but noted that the case has already been marked by a cycle of accusations and counter- accusations among the defendants as they seek to pin the blame on each other.While the army has acted quickly and arrested the soldiers, the paper noted that the subsequent investigation has raised accusations about whether the military ignored warnings that the out- of- control soldiers were committing atrocities.Military officials worry the hearings will draw further attention to the case, with photos and other evidence prompting anger among the Afghan civilians whose support is critical in the fight against the Taliban, The Post said.The unit was renamed the 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, when it returned from Afghanistan in July, the paper noted.The father of one soldier said he repeatedly tried to alert the army after his son told him about the first killing, only to be rebuffed, The Post said.last_img read more

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BCCI denies threatening IPL franchises

first_imgBCCI secretary N. Srinivasan on Monday denied sending an SMS to IPL team-owners warning them to stay away from former IPL chairman Lalit Modi. Some reports had claimed that Srinivasan sent out the warning to the franchise owners.  The alleged SMS read: “Owners should not think they are above the BCCI. You should be happy we allow you to participate. We know how to clip your wings. President and I have decided we will run the IPL the way we want to and after all it’s our property. You can either be a part of it or we can find a way for you to get out. We will throw Lalit Modi and anyone attached with him. So best avoid talking to him.”  But Srinivasan said no SMS had been sent. “The SMS was not sent from my phone. I have spoken to my service provider and they told that no such SMS was sent from my phone,” he said.  “I have filed a complaint with the police. This is mischief and they will take necessary action,” Srinivasan said.last_img read more

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Mac Belo breaks out of slump to rescue Blackwater

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Coach always knows that I’m ready to play at this level and I’m willing to do anything to help my team win,” said Belo as the Elite improved to a 2-6 record but still stayed at the 11th spot of the standings.“We struggled in the past games, especially myself, so I always find ways to recover and that’s because of the help I got from my coaches and teammates.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald Anderson impressive in Chooks 3×3 debut Blackwater’s Mac Belo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Mac Belo was ready when Blackwater needed him the most.Belo averaged just 8.6 points in the Elite’s first seven games of the PBA Philippine Cup, but that became an afterthought after Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Needing a win to break their four-game skid, the Elite found a hero in Belo who dropped a season-high 22 points with eight rebounds to help them get the 106-100 win over the Dyip.Belo, ever the consummate professional, shared the glory of his scoring outburst to his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I thank my teammates because we executed our plays well so I got open looks and I was able to get into my off-ball offense better,” said Belo in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Belo said he just kept himself ready and when Elite head coach Bong Ramos called his number, he knew he was prepared to play at an exceptional level. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

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Maharashtra drought catches Indian Premier League off guard

first_imgThe Indian Premier League, often dubbed the Indian Controversy League, tried to shrug off its negative image after the spot-fixing scandal of 2013. Two teams were suspended, new teams were added and there was hope in the air as a new regime took charge and promised a cleaner game amid sweeping reforms. But just when things had started to go well, the IPL was hit by another controversy, days before the opening clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Pune Supergiants – the Maharashtra drought bowled a googly at the cash-rich T20 extravaganza. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer)Hearing a petition on IPL matches being held in Maharashtra despite the drought, the Bombay High Court gave the league temporary relief by allowing the opening match at the Wankhede Stadium to go ahead as scheduled on April 9. But the rest of the matches are subject to an inquiry into the so-called ‘tanker lobby’ against which the Court raised grave concerns. The state’s acting Advocate General Rohit Dev told the Court that a comprehensive affidavit will be filed that should make clear the government’s planning in this regard. (IPL’s first match as scheduled in Mumbai )Earlier, the petitioner in the case argued that the water level in the state was going down everyday. Mumbai runs the danger of running dry in six to eight weeks with the monsoons still 12 weeks away. He added that people have not had access to sanitation water, which is leading to a law and order situation The petitioner also argued that in such a scenario water should not be wasted for commercial and entertainment purposes.advertisementThe Bombay High Court asked the defence if it was necessary to maintain gardens and pitches while people and cattle were going without water. The judge conceded it was not just about the IPL, but a larger issue which the Court must look into. But the state government’s defence was that the percentage of city’s water given to stadiums is very little and it is non-potable waste.The Court questioned where the water for stadiums like Wankhede is coming from while people go without warer. An enquiry has been ordered into the tanker lobby which needs to submitted by April 12 after which the Court will give its final order on the rest of the matches. Maharashtra is scheduled to host 20 IPL matches this season – eight in Mumbai including the final, nine in Pune including the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 and 3 matches in Nagpur.last_img read more

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