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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


Donegal makes it a hat-trick on Winning Streak tonight!

first_imgIf it’s a lotto luck you’re after then Co Donegal is where you have to buy your ticket.No less than three of the five players on tonight’s Winning Streak on RTE bought their three-star tickets in Donegal.Their appearance follows hot on the heels of another five players from the county who have appeared in the show in recent weeks. And if that wasn’t enough 23-year-old Odhran Doherty from Letterkenny recently scooped a cool €1 million when his dad Liam gave him a lotto ticket.Saturday’s appearance by the latest trio is a rarity but not a first, according to a lotto spokesman.He said “It is certainly a rarity to get three pulled out from the same county but not a first.“That said, Donegal is certainly having more than its fair share of luck with the lotto. “As well as Saturday three players, we have had a number of people from Donegal appearing on the show in recent weeks.“Odhran Doherty was the toast of Donegal two weeks ago when he scooped one million euro thanks to a ticket given to him by his dad.“And before that Charlie Meehan, who is actually friendly with Odhran’s family took home €500,000 on a recent Euromillions Plus draw.“It would certainly appear like Lady Luck is certainly shining down on players in Co Donegal at the moment.”The three players who bought their tickets in Donegal and who will appear on Saturday’s show are Sarah McCarron, Chris Gillespie and Kathleen Coyle. Sarah is from Clonmany has her son to thank for her appearance after he gifted her some scratch cards for Mother’s Day recently.Kathleen Coyle from St Johnston will be replaced on the show by her niece’s husband Christopher Boyce.Kathleen was at mass last Saturday when her name was called out on Winning Streak but her phone was soon ringing non-stop a few minutes later.Chef Christopher Gillespie bought his ticket in Carrick where he was living and working in Glencolmcille but has since moved to Belfast. Donegal makes it a hat-trick on Winning Streak tonight! was last modified: April 16th, 2019 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:donegallottoRTEticketsWinning Streaklast_img read more


4 LeT terrorists in Mumbai to carry out strikes, warns police

first_imgFour members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) have sneaked into Mumbai recently to carry out “violent” attacks with the aim of causing “destruction”, police said on Thursday night.Police also released the photograph of one of them and issued an advisory to the citizens of this metropolis to remain alert.”The four were identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam. The four recently sneaked into the city to carry out extremely dangerous activity,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told a news conference. Roy also released a sketch of Jinnah.The strikes were being planned in connection with possibly the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s festivities, he added.Roy said he had no information on the nationalities of the four persons.On Tuesday, the Centre had sounded a terror alert for Mumbai and Ahmedabad following specific Intelligence inputs that the LeT teams may have entered the two western cities to carry out strikes.The four persons are in the age group of 20 to 30 years, Roy said.”The four persons are planning violent attacks that is going to cause destruction,” the JPC (Crime) warned.The information of the plans by the terrorists are “fairly specific”, he said, adding “We believe the threat is serious.”Roy also said Mumbai Police has formed Special cells in a bid to “neutralise” the four terrorists. He did not want to speculate whether more than four LeT men have entered the metropolis which witnessed the country’s worst ever terror strike in November 2008 killing 166 people.advertisementThe police have set up dedicated phone number — 022-22633333 — to enable the people pass on information about the militants and in the event of an emergency.”Citizens can call up at the dedicated number or at 100, if they spot the one whose photo was released,” Roy said.In September, police released photographs of two suspected foreign terror suspects–a clean-shaven Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit (28) and bearded Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif (25) sporting a skull cap–on the eve of Eid and Ganeshotsav festivities. But the duo could not be traced.A Crime Branch source said that Kalimuddin was a Pakistani and Sarif was from Bangladesh and both were suspected to be members of terror outfit HuJI.Police were taking utmost precautions and massive deployment of police have been made at all sensitive locations, worship places and crowded places to ensure safety of the citizens, Roy said.Several police teams have been formed to track the four who are believed in aged between 20 to 30 years, police sources said.”On the eve of Ganesh festival, we had released the photographs of two terror suspects and alerted the citizens.The ten-days of the festival went off peacefully. Now also we feel that the citizens will remain and help us in all possible way and we hope everything goes fine,” Roy said.Asked if it was the same input given by Central agencies two days back, Roy said, “We are not in a position to reveal our sources.”Asked if security agencies lost track of the four due to which they had to issue advisory and release the photo, Roy replied, “We have not lost their track. But we want to keep the citizens alert as well.” He refused to divulge as to how the LeT men entered the city.Security forces launched “house-to-house” searches in some specific areas in Mumbai, sources said.A three dimensional security apparatus– land, air and water — has been put in place, particularly around the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the sites of the 26/11 carnage.Roads near the iconic Taj remained closed from today for 15 days and the area is under complete surveillance.Similar security arrangement was in place near Taj during the visit of US President Barack Obama, who stayed in the plush hotel, in early November.Parking on the roads around Taj has been banned for the same period and the cars of guests of Taj and residents around the hotel would be allowed but only after thorough checking.The residents would be soon provided with security stickers for their cars to avoid inconvenience.Colaba area, particularly the places, including the Gateway of India, where large crowds are expected during the festivities, would be under complete surveillance through high resolution CCTVs.The sea-front up to five nautical miles was being guarded round the clock by police armed with advanced boats and sophisticated equipment, police said.Police are also co-ordinating with Navy and Coast Guard officials who are conducting air surveillance.last_img read more


US concerned at Gazipur voting

first_imgUS ambassador in Bangladesh Mercia Bernicat speaks at DCAB Talk in Jatiya Press Club on Thursday. Photo: UNBThe United States wants Bangladesh to fulfil its commitment to have a ‘free, fair, participatory and credible national election in the country making sure that “people’s choice” is reflected in the final result.”The government of Bangladesh has committed to holding free, fair, participatory and credible elections that reflect the will of Bangladeshi people. We look to the government to fulfil this commitment,” said US ambassador in Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat on Thursday.She was talking to diplomatic correspondents in DCAB Talk at the Jatiya Press Club.DCAB president Rezaul Karim Lotus and general secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Mishu also spoke on the occasion.Ambassador Bernicat commended the holding of elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations but expressed concern by reports of election “irregularities, including ballot box stuffing, intimidation” of political players, polling agents before the end of voting.She also expressed concern about the reports of police harassment and arrest of opposition polling agents but expressed satisfaction over the lower level of violence.”This is very encouraging,” Bernicat said about wider participation of political parties in the polls with lower level of violence.Recalling good elections held in Bangladesh in the past, she said, “You have laws to create fair conditions and you have the know-how to hold fair elections.”Bernicat said Bangladesh needs a political environment that promotes tolerance, human rights, and supports the democratic process that allows all the citizens to have a strong, peaceful voice in their own future.”Freedom of expression, vibrant media, the right to peaceful assembly, including demonstrations, and free, fair, participatory and credible elections are vital for continuous and stable growth of Bangladesh,” she said adding that there is no trade on between the two.Responding to a question, Bernicat said in some ways municipal elections are leading indicators of what the general election look like.”The government has pledged to have free, fair, and participatory and credible elections. It matters to us as a fellow democracy that you have good elections,” she said.The US ambassador, who came to Dhaka three years back, also said what really matters to them is that the people of Bangladesh believe those elections were fair.”If you don’t believe that your voice was properly heard that you have the opportunity to voice your choice,” she said sharing things on how a democracy survives and thrives in a country.Bernicat said Bangladeshis earned that right, they fought for that right and they died for that right in 1971 which should never be taken away.She said the US will continue to cheer on the successes related to previous elections and will continue to urge to address the concern of irregularities.Bernicat said they want to see nobody is worried about that their voices will be heard and their choices are reflected on the final results.The envoy said Bangladesh and the US are built on the same democratic principles and foundations. “This is what makes both of our countries strong.”Bernicat said a strong Bangladesh is crucial to the stability of Indo-Pacific region and US’ Indo-Pacific strategy aims at building more stable and prosperous region where sovereignty is upheld.She also said the US has partnered with Bangladesh to promote peace and stability in the South Asia.On cooperation in the areas of countering terrorism and violent extremism, the US Ambassador said US is committed to working with Bangladesh for safety and security of the people of the two countries. “This is a global issue and it requires a coordinated global response.”last_img read more


Painting forty years that brushed past IndoKorea

first_imgCommemorating the forty years long diplomatic ties between Korea and India, Spirit of Forms, an art exhibition is set out to feature acclaimed artists from both the countries. Curated by Minjoo lee and Kalicharan Gupta, the artistic melange will be on display, carrying paintings from twenty nine Korean and Indian artists from 4th May onwards.Entwining the essence of the art forms, the exhibition brings across the love and friendship between the people of the two nations. None of the artistic masterpieces is static; none a mere repitition of the already arrived at forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The message is clear; art is a journey, for art’s sake; artistics go on through the melee of crossroads and intersections without halting at stops. Its evident in the works of Jai Zharotia and Niren Sen Gupta, the participants in this event; while Jai delights us with apparitions of poetic strangeness every time he puts brush to canvas or paper, Niren revisits chapters of our own spiritual odyssey, giving peace an honoured place in his artistic ruminations. The cultural heritage of Korea coupled with ancient artistic traditions of India will be a treat to watch for the art lovers in the capital. DETAILTimings: 11 to 7pm, When: 4 May to 15 MayWhere: Dhoomimal Art Centre, Connaught Placelast_img read more


Heres why you spend spare time on

first_imgCan’t help skimming through your Facebook timeline even as you take a break from work? You may just be wired to do so as the brain prepares us to be socially connected to other people even when we get some rest, says a new research.“The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments,” said the study’s senior author Matthew Lieberman, professor at University of California, Los Angeles. During quiet moments, the brain is preparing to focus on the minds of other people — or to “see the world through a social lens,” Lieberman said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tracking brain activity of study participants using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, the researchers found that a brain part called dorsomedial prefrontal cortex might turn on during dreams and rest in order to process our recent social experiences and update our understanding of the social world.“It is part of a network in the brain that turns on when we dream and during periods of rest, in addition to when we explicitly think about other people,” Lieberman said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When I want to take a break from work, the brain network that comes on is the same network, we use when we are looking through our Facebook timeline and seeing what our friends are up to,” Lieberman said.So although Facebook might not have been designed with the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex in mind, the social network is very much in sync with how our brains are wired.“That is what our brain wants to do, especially when we take a break from work that requires other brain networks,” Lieberman said.The study was published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.last_img read more