Rio 2016: Usain Bolt misses Olympic trials

first_imgBolt’s executive manager Nugent Walker confirmed the news, less than 20 minutes before the race.”He, Bolt, is out of the remainder of the championship on medical exemption,” Walker said.Bolt’s withdrawal does not mean he will miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he is expected to defend his titles in the 100m and 200m.Unlike the United States, where the first three finishers in the trials win Olympic berths, Jamaica’s selection policy allows medical exemptions.Bolt had clocked 10.04 seconds to win the first semi-final after a poor start and was due to square off in the final against Yohan Blake, who clocked 9.95 to win the other semi-final.Reuterslast_img

After Ohtani dazzles Twins, Angels walk off late in 2-1 win

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, is greeted in the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Minnesota Twins during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani had four pitches that were all doing terrible things to the Minnesota Twins. The two-way sensation got five consecutive strikeouts at one point while he pitched into the seventh inning of another dominant performance.Although the Los Angeles Angels couldn’t do enough against the Twins’ own rookie pitching star to get a win for Ohtani, they made sure to end their series with a celebration anyway.ADVERTISEMENT LOMO KNOWS SOMETHINGMorrison got two hits and that key walk against Ohtani while the rest of Minnesota’s lineup struggled mightily. He was the only Twins starter who didn’t strike out at least once.IRON MAN 2Trout didn’t start for the first time this season, but the two-time AL MVP struck out looking as a pinch-hitter with two runners on in the seventh inning. He was on deck when Cozart ended it. Trout has played in all 39 games for the Angels, joining Upton in making an appearance every day so far this season.MARTIN MASHESMaldonado had two hits and a walk for the Angels, scoring the game’s first run on Upton’s groundout. The Gold Glove catcher is 14 for 24 since his 0-for-34 hitless streak ended May 1.UP NEXTTwins: Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.83 ERA) takes the mound when they return home for a makeup game against Seattle. The April 8 meeting was postponed by cold. The right-hander has 38 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings this season.Angels: Andrew Heaney (1-3, 4.78 ERA) is on the mound for the start of the Houston Astros’ first visit to Angel Stadium since winning the World Series. The Halos won two of three against their AL West rivals last month in Houston. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Ohtani racked up 11 strikeouts while yielding only three singles, Zack Cozart delivered a walk-off RBI single in the Angels’ 2-1 victory Sunday.Ohtani again dazzled his home fans while throwing a season-high 103 pitches in his sixth start for the Angels. With his fastball hitting 99 mph and his off-speed pitches plummeting through the strike zone, the Japanese right-hander reached 43 strikeouts for the season, blowing past Bo Belinsky’s franchise record for strikeouts in a pitcher’s first six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAngels manager Mike Scioscia called Ohtani’s performance “phenomenal. … He had both breaking balls working, his slider and his curveball. His splitter was as good as we’ve seen it, and he got some big outs with his fastball.”Yet Ohtani was denied his fourth win after he left to a standing ovation following Logan Morrison’s nine-pitch walk in the seventh. Reliever Cam Bedrosian promptly allowed hits by his first two batters, including pinch-hitter Joe Mauer’s tying RBI single. Minnesota put four straight batters on base in the ninth inning, yet the Angels kept it tied.Ehire Adrianza was thrown out at the plate by Mike Trout and Ian Kinsler while he attempted to score from first on Robbie Grossman’s double.“You just put the best throw on the bag that you can,” said Kinsler of his relay throw to Martin Maldonado, who made a slick tag. “There’s a lot of ways that can go wrong.”Blake Parker then got Brian Dozier to pop out with the bases loaded to end the ninth. Parker (1-1) got the win for throwing just one pitch.Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the Angels’ ninth. After Maldonado bunted Young to second, Cozart cracked his third hit of the day and his second game-ending hit of the season into left field, where Eddie Rosario couldn’t field it cleanly for a throw to the plate.SHOHEI SUNDAYOhtani was making his first daytime home start since he took a perfect game into the seventh inning of a brilliant one-hit, 12-strikeout performance against Oakland on April 8. The Twins managed two short singles early on, but Ohtani also struck out nine of 12 batters during the first four innings, including five in a row during the second and third.“As advertised,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said after his club’s first look at Ohtani. “He’s got pitches. He could get the breaking ball over, and he got guys to chase it.”MIDDLETON LEAVESAngels reliever Keynan Middleton threw just 12 pitches in the eighth inning, heading to the dugout with a 1-1 count on Rosario. Middleton only returned from the disabled list last Thursday after sitting out with elbow inflammation. Scioscia said Middleton had “elbow discomfort” and will undergo an MRI exam Monday. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Top-seed Houston hosts Warriors to start conference finals “I didn’t feel fatigued at all, actually,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I feel like I was able to mix in all of my pitches and keep the hitters off balance.”Although neither got a decision, Fernando Romero joined Ohtani in an entertaining duel at the Big A.Romero pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his third big-league start as the Twins finished their impressive 10-game road trip with seven wins, but also their major league-worst sixth walk-off defeat.Romero allowed his first run in the fifth inning, ending his scoreless start to his career at 15 2/3 innings when Justin Upton beat out a potential double-play grounder in the fifth. But the Dominican right-hander otherwise excelled against the Angels’ veteran lineup, striking out six while walking three.“We battled, and you’ve just got to take the positive stuff into the next game,” Romero said. “I felt so good.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

We must greet APNU/AFC apologists with truth: Ask them about 2015 Manifesto promises that…

first_imgDear Editor,A perverted narrative has recently emerged to cloud the gross mismanagement of our economy by the PNC (now camouflage as the APNU-AFC collation) over the past four-plus years. This narrative, which is propagated by a group of PNC’s apologists, attempts to paint the 23 years of the PPP/C as the most unsuccessful period while projecting the past four-plus years as the most progressive in our post-colonial history. The irony is that this narrative is the complete opposite of the truth. As a researcher, I have a moral and professional responsibility to confront the distorted narrative with every piece of data that is publicly available.The facts about our economic development under the PPP/C are there for everyone to examine. Additionally, the success under the PPP/C during the period 1992-2015, ‘needs no academic gloss.’ The undeniable fact is that when the PPP/C took control of the country in 1992, Guyana was classified as one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 60 percent of the total population living below the poverty line. During the decade before the PPP/C assumed office, inflation averaged 28.9 percent during the period 1980-1990 and G$: US$ exchange rate depreciated from 2.50 in 1980 to 111.8 during 1990. The physical infrastructure of the country was in total disrepair, and the Guyanese couldn’t access essential items because of the shortage of foreign currency. The external debt represented 600 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1989. Indeed, the country was worst off in 1992 than when it gained independence (see study titled “Income Distribution, Inequality, and Poverty Reduction During Economic Reform in Guyana” by John Gaffar). The economy was in such bad shape that the PNC, which has grown accustomed to rigging elections, had to broker a deal with our international partners to have ‘free and fair elections’ while simultaneously embarking on a Structural Adjustment Programme.Over the period 1992-2015, our economic fortunes were reversed despite the turbulent global economic conditions and attempt by the PNC to make ungovernable with their ‘slow fyah’ and ‘more fyah’ campaign. The country reported two episodes of economic expansion 1990-1993 and 2006-2015 and the displayed greater resilience to external shocks with the diversification of its economic base. Inflation averaged less than 6 percent annually between 1992 and 2015 while the G$: US$ remained stable. By 2012 the external debt represented 48 percent of GDP. Because of the buoyancy in the economy and stable business environment created by sound macroeconomic management, the country attracted US$1,326.4 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between 2006 and 2012. Most of the FDI went into new and emerging sectors such as transportation, telecommunication, manufacturing, and energy sectors. Credit to the private also witnessed concomitant growth.Extreme poverty was reduced from 29 percent in 1992 to 18.6 percent by 2006. Meanwhile, the Human Development Index and Gini coefficient showed significant improvements, with Guyana promoted to a medium human development country. Further, Guyana was praised for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (GDS) in the areas of nutrition and child health, eradication of poverty and hunger, and universal primary education. In summary, the country made significant economic and social progress.All of the policy dividends that accrued from the sound macroeconomic management practiced by the PPP/C are being eroded before our naked eyes because of this incompetent APNU-AFC government. Except for gold production, we have seen contractions in all the critical sectors due to excessive taxes and willful neglect. The lukewarm response to crime, coupled with the unwillingness of the government to respect the laws, contributed to massive capital flight as businesses searched for safer investment destinations. If we were to subtract the national ‘eye-sore’ often described as the ‘wood-ants’ stadium, Durban Park there is little for the coalition to be proud of. Indeed, everything the shameless APNU-AFC boast about today was bequeathed to them by the PPP/C. The production of oil they take credit for today would not have been possible without Janet Jagan. The G$9 billion collected from Norway is the fruit of another visionary leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who was the brainchild of the Low Carbon Development Strategy. All the significant infrastructure (road projects, airport expansion) originated during the tenure of Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar.As we approach the 2020 elections, the APNU-AFC apologists will continue to push there perverted narrative. However, we must greet these apologists with the truth and ask them about the 2015 Manifesto promises that were delivered by their party.Regards,Name and addresswithheldlast_img read more

Northern BC man dies while testing a piece of pipe

first_imgIt took nearly a month but, WorkSafe BC has released some of the details surrounding a pipeline testing accident in this region. To a large extent we now have answers to the what, why and how questions associated with the accident but we’re still lacking specifics on who, where and when. Now we understand the name of the victim has been withheld, at the request of the family and that has and will continue to be honored. According to the WorkSafe release, two unidentified workers were involved, somewhere in Northern BC, and the incident occurred sometime in December. It also says the two workers had just completed, a hydrostatic test, on two, 16 inch pipeline cleaning pig traps, when one of the workers, closed a valve to isolate the piping being tested, from the recording device and the pressure gauge. – Advertisement -The release goes on to say, the lines to the recording equipment and gauge were removed and, the worker then began to remove the testing connection from the value using a pipe wrench. However, instead of the testing connection unthreading, from the valve the valve unthreated from the pipe nipple connecting the valve to the pig traps which were still pressurized. As a result of the pressure, the worker was then struck and injured by the test piping and valve and he died several days later in hospital.last_img read more

Fort St. John woman receives the first email ever from the Queen

first_imgThe email was sent on Buckingham Palace letterhead. Dacia was one of the two Canadians who received the email. The other email was sent to a 13 year old from Quebec.Dacia is originally from Vancouver, but moved to the city for her job. She says she thinks the Commonwealth spirit is still alive in Canadians.[asset|aid=1310|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d606bd7f4027efef93599ee149bf140d-Dacia 2_1_Pub.mp3]She says she will probably print out the email and save it, so she can show her grandkids someday.Advertisement To see Dacia Douhaibi’s blog, click here. A Fort St. John social worker is one of the first people to receive an email from the queen.24 year old Dacia Douhaibi received the email, after writing about the importance of the Commonwealth in Canada.She wrote about her job at the Rising Spirit Youth Centre in the city, where she works as a Youth and Family Program Coordinator.- Advertisement -She says she is impressed with the Queen’s determination to keep up with technology.[asset|aid=1309|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d606bd7f4027efef93599ee149bf140d-Dacia 1_1_Pub.mp3]In a three paragraph email, Queen Elizabeth II wrote, “I have read with interest your accounts of a typical day in your own country which remind me of what we share across the Commonwealth even as our daily lives may be very different.”Advertisementlast_img read more

McElhinneys and The Hatter Coffee Co join forces for the best shoppers’ pick-me-up

first_imgMcElhinneys of Ballybofey has announced that it will begin serving coffee from the Hatter Tearoom in Stranorlar from tomorrow, Friday 16th March. In another step towards supporting and promoting local businesses, these two companies have come together to create an amazing offering of the best coffee the Twin Towns has to provide!The Hatter Story starts back in 2014 when the husband and wife team of Paddy and Shelley McMeniman took the bold step of opening their first Hatter Tearoom in Stranorlar. Using their combined experience from other roles, they believed they could create the perfect venue – with the best food, excellent customer service and great value for money. Staying true to their original mantra all these years has resulted in a hugely successful business, and multiple award wins for Customer Service among others. Always a warm welcome at the Hatter Tea RoomIn 2016, Paddy took on the initiative to train as a Barista and progressed to become a trainer himself, so he could pass on this new knowledge and skills on to his team here in Stranorlar. From this the Hatter Barista College was born, which now supplies individuals and companies alike with certificates and new skills in making the perfect cup of coffee.Just last year, Paddy and Shelly took another step into the business world and began operating the Hatter Express in Ballybofey. This new enterprise places emphasis on grab and go, without quality being compromised! With either of the stores, you can order in store, or use the Badoo app to order ahead. Amazingly the Hatter is the only company outside of Dublin to utilise this handy app. With the success of the 2 stores, the opportunity arose to sell their own branded coffee, roasted exclusively for the Hatter. The Hatter’s own coffee can be found in over 10 locations around the North West, the latest being with McElhinneys! Both the Hatter and McElhinneys are incredibly proud to be able to work together and continue to provide the best of service for all our customers! Paddy will be in-store in McElhinneys from 11am on Friday, 16th March where we will be serving FREE coffee all day today, and Paddy will be demonstrating his Barista skills with the Hatter’s unique coffee. Be sure to pop in-store if you’re around Ballybofey!McElhinneys and The Hatter Coffee Co join forces for the best shoppers’ pick-me-up was last modified: April 24th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BusinessCaféCoffeehattermcelhinnneysshop locallast_img read more


first_imgThe locally owned 4* Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny are proud to be supporting local charities and sporting clubs for over 10 years & the countdown is on for the hotel’s latest giveaway.On November 2nd, the hotel will announce the lucky winner of their €2,000 prize draw (and there’s still time to enter!)The hotel, which is ideally located in Letterkenny town, offers a beautiful lobby for pre dinner drinks along with the stunning Carnegie Suite that can cater for numbers up to 370 people. With dinner dance packages available from €20 per person, there’s something for every taste & budget.How to enter:Simply book your dinner dance with before the 31st of October and be entered into the draw to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize (event can take place between October 2015 & April 2016)All new bookings recieve an one night Bed and Breakfast Voucher to help raise the funds required for the event.To enter, call +35374 919 4444 to speak with one of our dedicated team members.STILL TIME TO ENTER THE BRILLIANT RADISSON BLU DINNER DANCE GIVEAWAY was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 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:dinner dancehotelletterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny takeaway was served a closure order after it breeched food safety laws.Grill to Chill at 4 Oliver Plunkett Road was shut down by the Food Safety Authority on January 7 this year. The order was lifted three days later.The takeaway was served the closure order by environmental health officers under the Food Safety Authority Act 1998. The Indian and European Restaurant served a range of Indian dishes, pizzas and kebabs.The takeaway is among six restaurants nationwide that were forced to close in January.Chief Executive of FSAI Prof. Alan Reilly said: “Full compliance with food safety and hygiene standards is essential for all food businesses. There is absolutely no excuse for putting consumers’ health at risk through negligent practices. We are urging businesses to take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI to ensure that they have the correct food safety management systems in place.”LETTERKENNY TAKEWAY FORCED TO CLOSE BY FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:closure. letterkennyFSAIgrill to chilllast_img read more

Donegal gambler scoops €6,000 on spectacular €20 bet!

first_imgA lucky Donegal punter has won close to €6,000 from an absolutely ridiculous football bet.The canny gambler placed a €20 bet in a Boylesports shop in the county last July.And this week his bet paid off with his seven selections ranging from Scottish League Two to the Dutch Eredivise. Firstly, they correctly predicted that Ross County (5/2) and Peterhead (6/4) would win the Scottish Championship and League Two respectively.A top 6 finish for Barnsley in League One (Evens), and a top 7 finish for MK Dons in League Two (4/6) also landed, as did Bolton’s relegation from the Championship (4/5).West Ham’s final day victory over Watford saw them pinch a top 10 finish in the Premier League by a whisker at 11/10 to leave the wager one leg away from the jackpot.They only needed Ajax to secure a point from their final game in the Dutch league to land the money, and despite a wobble before half-time, the Amsterdam side ran out 4-1 winners against Graafschap to win the league title and trigger the champagne popping in Donegal. With all seven predictions coming true, the punter won an eye-catching total of €5,788.13.Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Congratulations to our Donegal customer for scooping such a tidy amount from selections that didn’t even look that unlikely in retrospect.“They had to sit on the bet over the whole season, but the wait proved well worth it and their patience has paid off in the best way possible.”Donegal gambler scoops €6,000 on spectacular €20 bet! was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:betBoylesportdonegalsoccerlast_img read more

Lawsuit Challenges Paint Makers on Lead

first_imgLawyer says suit is a “slumlord bailout”Paint makers have argued that California already has a program to deal with lead paint and that the lawsuit would create redundant regulations.A lawyer representing Sherwin-Williams said if the lawsuit is successful, landlords might be less likely to keep older properties in good repair because paint makers would be forced to do it for them. He called the lawsuit a “slumlord bailout.”Defendants also have argued that children are exposed to lead from sources other than paint, and that removal efforts could actually make things worse by freeing lead paint that’s now safely covered by paint with no lead content.In an op-ed column in the LA Times, James R. Copland of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy, agreed. “The case shouldn’t have survived this long,” he wrote, “because public nuisance laws simply don’t apply. Besides, the dangers of lead are already being effectively mitigated in California.”Copland said the exposure of children to lead has dropped more than 99% since the late 1970s, and that some of the municipalities that have joined the suit haven’t reported a single instance of a positive test for lead in a child. A California superior court judge is expected to rule by the end of the year in a 13-year-old case that could force paint manufacturers and distributors to spend $1 billion or more to clean up lead paint.According to accounts in The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, the court battle pits seven California counties and three cities against makers and distributors of paint and pigments, including Sherwin-Williams, DuPont Co., and ConAgra Grocery Products. The plaintiffs are pursuing their claims under so-called public nuisance laws.Lead was banned in residential paint in 1978, but lead paint can still be found in older homes. The lawsuit claims lead paint can “severely and permanently” harm the mental and physical development of children, and that manufacturers promoted the paint even though they understood the risks.According to The Wall Street Journal‘s Sept. 23 edition, lead-paint suits have previously failed in Rhode Island, Missouri, Illinois, New Jersey and Wisconsin. The California case, which was heard by a San Jose judge in July, is apparently the only one in the nation that’s still active.The suit does not seek the complete removal of lead paint from houses, but would require it be replaced or sealed off on surfaces such as doors, windows and floors where it could be dislodged by friction. Lead paint is generally considered a hazard only when it’s disturbed.last_img read more