Athletics still in good hands – Blake says sport will continue to evolve

first_img ENOUGH TALENT LONDON, England: He’s getting ready to premiere his biopic ahead of what will be his farewell season, but despite Usain Bolt’s fast-approaching swansong, training partner Yohan Blake believes the sport will be left in good hands. Bolt’s documentary, I Am Bolt, which promises never-before-seen access to the life and experiences of the world’s greatest sprinter, is set to hit movie theatres across the world tomorrow, with the sprinter, his parents Jennifer and Wellesley, along with co-directors Benjamin and Gabe Turner, all expected at tomorrow’s glitzy premiere at London’s West End spot, Odeon Leicester Square. Blake, who despite recent injury setbacks is still considered by many to be among the sprinters, who will lead the tussle for the soon-to-be-vacated throne, is looking forward to the film, which he believes will show the sacrifices that professional athletes have to endure, while looking back at some of his more memorable moments competing alongside and against Bolt. “The documentary is wonderful. Usain has achieved so much in this sport. To win three Olympic gold medals at three straight Olympic Games – that is not easy, so he deserves all the attention, and I think the documentary will let people understand what it takes and what takes place. I think it’s very important,” Blake told The Sunday Gleaner. Bolt’s inevitable departure from competition has sparked some concern that track and field – which already struggles to keep pace with more commercial and popular sports – will fall further behind once the Jamaican leaves the track. Blake, however, believes there is more than enough exciting talent in the sport to build on the momentum and keep interest high once Bolt’s drawing card can no longer be called on. “I think the sport will continue to evolve (after Bolt’s retirement). Look at Wayde van Niekerk who broke the 400m world record (at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games). No one thought that this record would be broken for now and I have something up my sleeve myself, and with Warren (Weir), Trayvon Bromell and so on. A lot of guys are coming up and it will continue to be interesting, of course,” Blake stated. The 2011 World 100m champion, who says he is training well ahead of the new season following his return fourth-placed finish at the Rio Olympic Games, listed his double silver-medal run four years ago at the London Olympics as his favourite races against Bolt. “I wouldn’t say when I beat him (Bolt) in Jamaica (at the 2012 National Senior Championships), but I would say at the London Olympic Games. It was an epic one-on-one battle in the 100m and 200m, and, I think, for me, those were my favourite races against Usain,” Blake said. “It was good to be back at the Olympics. I have to give God thanks. He has changed my life. I came fourth and I am happy with that because you have to learn to appreciate the small moments. I was fourth in the world after an almost three-year layoff, so I am happy and looking forward to the next season,” said Blake. “Everything is going well. (My) coach and my entire team are loving the progress and I am enjoying the background work right now. I think I need to improve my flexibility, and I have been losing some muscle mass and getting back to my old self, and that’s what I am focusing on, and just working on my technique,” Blake added.last_img read more

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Kings up for tough outing

first_imgTim Cone knows what he and his Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings just did.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lady Tams destroy Lady Stags “We were humiliated,” San Miguel Beer counterpart Leo Austria said Friday night after the Kings bamboozled his Beermen without letup on the way to a 127-99 Game 1 victory in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series. “This is the kind of game I don’t want to experience, especially in a championship series.”That’s why Cone is bracing for a San Miguel fight back like no other, one which if he and his Kings manage to weather in the 6:30 p.m. game at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, would move Ginebra closer to knocking the mighty Beermen off their pedestal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We stirred the beehive and they will stick it to us in Game 2,” said Cone during the post-game interview where he admitted to being surprised at how easy they were able to handle the Beermen. “It was just one of those nights when we had it and they didn’t.”It was possibly the best game Ginebra played the entire tournament and one of the worst San Miguel came up with all season, which made all pre-series predictions look like rubbish with most experts expecting this to be close. 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team They’re a veteran team and they’ve been in this situation many times before,” Cone said. “We know the resilience of this team and we are expecting a real forceful game from them in Game 2.”Austria sounded vengeful during his time to talk with the media and brushed off the loss as one they can easily bounce back from.“Losing by 40 or 50 points is losing just one game,” Austria said. “Good thing that this is a best-of-seven series. It’s the same as a one-point loss. We have to move forward.”Things should have been easier for Austria to accept a few hours after the debacle, more so since he admits to being on the losing end in his coaching battle with Cone on this one.“The grand master (Cone) really moved his pieces well,” Austria conceded later on. “Our talent that we used in the playoffs wasn’t enough [for this game]. They really came out prepared. I was outcoached and we weren’t able to execute our game plan.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES San Miguel’s game plan was botched early when Justin Brownlee hit 18 points in the first quarter to jumpstart the Ginebra offense. The Kings’ defense also did its job on the players that mattered on the other end, especially June Mar Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

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Sections of Ruimveldt Industrial Site roads remain in deplorable state

first_imgThough one section of the eastern half of the deplorable roads at Ruimveldt Industrial Estate has been fixed, many are left questioning why only the area from the main road up to a housing scheme in the area has been rehabilitated.The incomplete road rehabilitation works heading to the Thriving Auto-body and Repair Shop and Times Media GroupUp to late Wednesday, Guyana Times was awaiting a response from the Public Relations Department of Banks DIH Limited to ascertain if that entity had undertaken the rehabilitation works.This query was sought after operatives of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) were reluctant to confirm if indeed City Hall had rehabilitated a section of the roadway.The area falls in Constituency 14, which runs from the back of South Ruimveldt and extends onto the Demerara River, encompassing Industrial Site. One of the Councillors of that Georgetown constituency, Sherrod Duncan, told this publication on Wednesday that he could not confirm if City Hall had fixed the road.A major pothole in the area that widens whenever it rains heavilyGuyana Times also contacted Town Clerk Royston King, who likewise could not confirm if the partly fixed road was a City Hall project. He, however, promised to make enquiries, but up to late Wednesday evening, this newspaper could not garner a follow-up from the City’s point official.Nevertheless the Guyana Times learnt that the road was rehabilitated by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, which exhibited a clear bias against other businesses in the area.Several roads in the Ruimveldt wards of Georgetown have been in deplorable condition for some time now, and after repeated reports in this newspaper, which has its base of operation in the area, some patch work has been done. The services obtainable in Ruimveldt Industrial Estate include distribution, bond storage, hardware materials for purchase, and motor vehicle body work and repairs.The western half of Industrial Estate, Ruimveldt as seen last yearSome of the businesses in the area include Distribution Services Limited (DSL), Thriving Auto-body and Repair Shop, E-Networks Inc, Twins Manufacturing, and storage bonds belonging to Kissoons, Banks DIH Limited, and Sunfoods.In February last year, Guyana Times reported that much of the western half of the area was rehabilitated. At that time, then Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, told this entity that he would look into the matter. Duncan was the elected representative of Georgetown’s Constituency 14 after the 2016 Local Government Elections. In a published letter to the press in late 2016, the former Deputy Mayor recognised that the area included a “huge piece of real estate,” but cautioned that there were “budget deficits” to provide services to the area.last_img read more

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Guyanese-American sign partnership with Concord Music

first_imgGuyanese-American Music Executive Ron André Elvis Telford and Creative Titans have entered into a multimillion-dollar joint venture partnership with Concord Music PublishingGuyanese-American music executive Ron André Elvis Telford and RemarRon has had various roles across the music industry since 2008. He and his team have put an emphasis on finding and procuring talent from Guyana, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and territories outside of North America. Success has come over the last two years via their Creative Titans imprint. Creative Titans is a hybrid music company that leads with artist management and music publishing.Most recently, Ron played a key role in putting together Vybz Kartel’s “Watch Over Us”, Koffee’s “Toast”, Jorja Smith’s “Be Honest”, Koffee feat Gunna’s “W” and Ludmilla’s “Verdinha”. Last summer, he worked with Kim Frankiewicz, Harri Davies, Tom Desavia, and Jeremy Yohai in closing the deal to bring Walshy Fire (of Major Lazer) to Concord Music Publishing.The artistes and executives of Concord Music PublishingColombian songwriter and producer, Bassto, will be the first signing under this new joint venture. After a year of collaborating with established music creatives across the USA and UK, Bassto has become a heavily sought-after producer and skilfully contributed on several hits this year. Guyanese star, Dominic “Remar” Weekes has been working with Creative Titans while they help to orchestrate a US/UK publishing and record deal for him.“From the first day of interacting with the team at Concord, both UK and USA staff, I knew we would be able to mesh a fruitful business relationship – I felt at home. We are very excited to lend our A&R insight for music creation and be a champion for the writers that we publish.”Ron has his eyes set on finding Guyanese singers and songwriters as well as bringing a performing rights organisation to Guyana.last_img read more

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BBCI moves to High Court to reverse Govt’s takeover

first_imgThe Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) has turned to the High Court in an attempt to retake operations of the facility, which the coalition Government took over earlier this month.In a statement on Thursday, the BBCI said both Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Attorney General Basil Williams have been served with notice of the legal challenge it has mounted. The application is set to come up for hearing on December 5 before Justice Gino Persaud.Last month, the BBCI disclosed that the company is facing bankruptcy and asVice Chairman, Paul Chung and Chairman, Dr Surrendra Persaud of BBCIsuch proposed to increase its tolls, as much 300 per cent in some cases, to keep the Berbice Bridge afloat.However, this was strongly opposed by Government, which called the toll hikes burdensome and draconian, and eventually, on November 5, took over operations of the facility to stop the BBCI’s increase from taking effect on November 12, 2018.“In accordance with the powers conferred upon the Minister by Sections 4 (1) and 11 of the Berbice River Bridge Act, in the interests of public safety, the Minister issued an Order declaring that the functions of the Concessionaire to maintain and operate the Bridge shall be exercised by the Government of Guyana as of 5th November, 2018 until the date the Minister specifies by notice on the cessation of the threat to public safety,” Minister Patterson had declared.However, some three weeks after, the Bridge Company has asked the High Court to grant several orders to reverse the takeover and bar the Minister from carrying out his functions of maintaining and operating the Bridge.The court document, released by the BBCI, says it is seeking “an order of certiorari quashing paragraph 2 of the Berbice River Bridge (Public Safety) Toll Order 2018 dated the 1st November, 2018, No 42 of 2018, made by the first named defendant (Minister Patterson) under the Berbice River Bridge Act Cap 51:06 ordering that the functions of the concessionaire, namely the claimant (BBCI), to maintain andPublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonoperate the Bridge shall be exercised by the Government, the first named defendant having determined that the exercise of those functions by the Government is necessary and expedient in the interests of the public during the period 5th November, 2018, to the date the Minister specifies by notice on the cessation of the threat to public safety.”The Bridge Company also wants the court to grant an order of prohibition to stop Government from exercising the functions of maintaining and operating the Berbice Bridge as well as a conservatory order prohibiting the defendants and/or agents from assuming the functions of the Bridge under the Berbice River Bridge (Public Safety) Toll Order.Furthermore, the BBCI is seeking an order of certiorari to quash paragraph 3 of the Minister’s Order, which states that the tolls levied and collected and any exemptions shall be the same and not increased.The company is asking the court too for an order to prohibit the Public Infrastructure Minister from stopping the increases of the tolls.The BBCI wants the court to declare that Minister Patterson “has no power under the Berbice River Bridge Act, or otherwise, to approve or reject an increase in tolls by the claimant… [and also grant] a conservatory order prohibiting the defendants by themselves, their servants and/or agents from ordering or continuing to maintain the order that the tolls levied and collected and any exemptions from the payment of tolls shall be the same….”Additionally, the Bridge Company is also turning to the court to declare that the Berbice River Bridge (Public Safety) Toll Order is ultra vires sections 4 and 12 of the Berbice River Bridge Act.As such, the company is asking the court to grant a declaration that this order by the Public Infrastructure Minister is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect in that it is tantamount to the compulsory taking of possession or compulsorily acquiring an interest in or right over the Berbice River Bridge, which is owned by BBCI, without prompt and adequate compensation in violation of article 142(1) of the Constitution of Guyana.Finally, the BBCI requested that an order directing the Public Infrastructure Minister to supply to the Bridge Company, as a body affected by his order, a statement setting out the findings on material questions of fact referring to the evidence or other material on which those findings were based and giving the reasons for the decision.The new tolls proposed by the BBCI would have seen cars and minibuses paying $8040 to cross the Bridge; pickups, small trucks and four-wheeled drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; articulated trucks $116,800; and boats $401,040.While Government is adamant in not allowing the increases, outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor, Ramon Gaskin, has suggested a total buyout of the Bridge Company by Government so as to resolve the issue.Guyana Times understands that the BBCI, in which the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has majority voting rights on the Board of Directors, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment. To this end, Gaskin suggested that an alternative can be for Government and the NIS to solely own the bridge, thus buying the shares from all the other shareholders.last_img read more

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A statement from the office of MP Bob Zimmer

first_imgBob ZimmerMP, PrinceGeorge-PeaceRiverChair, BC/Yukon CaucusAs always, if you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to contact my office in Fort St. John at 250-787-1194, Dawson Creek at 250-719-6848, Prince George at 250-561-7982, or Ottawa at 613-947-4524. February 27th was a dark day for freedom in Canada. That was the day that the RCMP unilaterally decided to reclassify Swiss Arms carbine rifles from non-restricted to prohibited status. They soon followed that action with the reclassification of the CZ-858 rifles from non-restricted to prohibited status. As a gun owner, I shared in the justified anger expressed by other law-abiding citizens across the country.Our Conservative Government is the only one that will fight for the rights of gun owners in Canada and we have taken concrete and decisive action to protect the rights of law-abiding Canadians from becoming paper criminals. We moved quickly to extend an amnesty to owners of the affected rifles. We have since extended that order and we announced our intention to introduce legislation that will protect the rights of gun owners once and for all.Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney announced on July 23rd that he will be introducing the Common Sense in Firearms Licensing Act, which will cut red tape, streamline the licensing system, and protect the rights of law-abiding firearms owners. We are also implementing a grace period for license renewals. Firearms owners will no longer have to worry about breaking the law for simply hanging on to their property while their license renewal is in process.- Advertisement -The legislation will improve firearm safety by requiring mandatory safety courses for first-time gun owners and strengthening prohibitions for those who have been convicted of domestic violence offenses. Our priority remains the safety of the public, but we need to do so with laws that do not treat firearms use and ownership as wrong.I believe that the Common Sense in Firearms Licensing Act is an important first step, but our work is far from complete. I want to see a day where firearms owners in Canada do not have to fear from accidentally becoming criminals for simply owning a piece of property. The vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens who will go to great lengths to comply with the law. In my personal opinion, they should not need to make the extraordinary efforts thanks to laws implemented by Paul Martin’s Liberals.I continue to work hard to ensure the rights of all of us are protected equally, and that one day gun owners will no longer need to worry that their property could be declared illegal by the stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Klopp targets more after Liverpool end long wait for last eight

first_img“It feels really good,” said Klopp, who is only in his second full season in charge.“I think this year we belong there to be honest, it should not be a big surprise“The next round will be difficult, seven other very good teams, maybe four of them are from England, which doesn’t make it easier.“I think we will have a chance for sure to go to the semis. We’ll take it step-by-step and tonight it is cool.”With the job done in Portugal, Klopp could even afford the luxury of starting top-scorer Mohamed Salah and club-record signing Virgil van Dijk on the bench with one eye on Saturday’s vital visit to Manchester United in the Premier League.“Now we can prepare for the Manchester game. I’m looking forward to it,” added Klopp.Liverpool have made a habit of fast starts in Europe this season, but took time to warm to their task with the German having made five changes in all from the side that beat Newcastle at the weekend.It took 17 minutes for the hosts to threaten when Joe Gomez’s cross was acrobatically flicked towards goal by Mane, but looped just over the bar.Mane was inches away from his fourth goal of the tie on the half-hour mark when he controlled James Milner’s lofted pass on his chest before smashing the inside of Iker Casillas’s far post.Dejan Lovren then headed narrowly over as Liverpool threatened to raise the pulse of an understandably more subdued Anfield than is customary on a European night.“Probably if you draw away and then win at home it feels maybe different,” continued Klopp.“But the maximum you can achieve is the next round and we did that in a comfortable way.”Casillas was given a standing ovation by the Liverpool fans in the Kop end as he took to the field after the break on his record 167th and possible farewell appearance in the Champions League.“I think he has more (appearances) than our whole squad,” said Klopp, who embraced Casillas at full-time.“I don’t say the number of years but I think he obviously wants to play a bit more.”However, that was one of few moments that got the home fans off their feet as Liverpool settled on their substantial lead.Roberto Firmino had one clear chance to add to his seven Champions League goals this season when his shot was blocked by Porto captain Felipe before the Brazilian was protected by Klopp for the weekend as Danny Ings was introduced for the final half hour.Salah was given 15 minutes to find the winner when he replaced Mane.The Egyptian had one opportunity to extend his scoring streak to eight straight games, but Casillas smothered his low effort.And the Spanish veteran made his best stop of the night two minutes from time to deny Ings and hold onto his clean sheet.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s attentions will now turn to the weekend’s Premier League clash with arch rivals Manchester United © AFP / PAUL ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 7 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the Champions League quarter-finals is where his side belong after ending a nine-year wait to reach the last eight on Tuesday.Despite settling for a goalless draw in an uninspiring last 16, second leg at Anfield, Liverpool eased past Porto 5-0 on aggregate thanks to a comprehensive win in Portugal three weeks ago.last_img read more

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Atletico boss Simeone banned for Europa League final

first_imgThe Argentine watched Thursday’s 1-0 home win in the return leg, which secured a 2-1 aggregate victory and a place in the final, from the directors’ box at the Wanda Metropolitano.Simeone will now also miss the May 16 final in Lyon and his side’s first two European matches of next season, while he was hit with a fine of 10,000 euros ($12,000).UEFA’s disciplinary committee also charged Marseille after away supporters set off fireworks and threw objects during the second leg of their semi-final at Salzburg.Austria’s Salzburg risk punishment themselves following a pitch invasion by fans and the throwing of objects, as well as a charge of improper conduct levied against club official Harald Lurzer.Marseille won the tie 3-2 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 2-1 after extra time.A decision on the cases will be made on May 31.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Exiled: Diego Simeone’s first-leg antics against Arsenal mean he will be again consigned to a place in the stands for the Europa League final © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSLAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 4 – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone will be forced to watch the Europa League final against Marseille from the stands after receiving a four-match European ban for insulting a referee, UEFA said on Friday.Simeone was ordered from the touchline during last week’s 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final with Arsenal after a heated exchange with French referee Clement Turpin.last_img read more

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Podolski set for Inter Milan move after arriving in Italy

first_img Podolski arrives in Italy 1 Lukas Podolski is set to sign for Inter Milan after arriving in Italy ahead of his proposed loan move to the San Siro.The initial approach from the Italian giants was described as a joke by Arsene Wenger, but the German international has grown frustrated by the lack of first-team football at the Emirates and hopes to further his career in Italy.Podolski is expected to complete the formalities of his move over the weekend, and is said to have agreed to a pay-cut to help facilitate the move.“I expect so much from this adventure,” the Germany international said at the airport.“I spoke to [Roberto] Mancini and think he is a great coach. He wanted me and I am happy to be here.“I know Serie A, it’s a very competitive League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League.“Forza Inter – we hope to have a great season.”last_img read more

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Johnson Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

first_imgJohnson, who maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, majoring in psychology became the first Drake women’s tennis student-athlete to collect national honors as selected by CoSIDA since 1993 when Stacy Janikowski received the award. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University senior women’s tennis player Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) was named second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.  Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img She finished her senior season with a 25-9 singles record and earned All-MVC select team honors. She recorded her 102nd career singles win in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament, tying Cecily Dubusker for a program best.last_img read more

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