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RJR Sports Awards Nominee | Jackson’s rise

first_imgShericka Jackson is making a habit of peaking right on time. In 2015, the young 400-metre ace set a personal best to win a bronze medal at the World Championships. In the just-concluded Olympic year, she did again and earned a repeat nomination for the prestigious RJR National Sportswoman of the Year Award. The first signs of a big peak appeared at the National Senior Championships when she secured her place on the Jamaican Olympic team. Though she finished third to Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Christine Day, Jackson had done her best run of the campaign at 50.42 seconds. Her eyes were bright with wonder when the clock stopped at 49.83 seconds at the end of an easy effort in her Olympic semi-final in Rio de Janeiro. That time carved a chunk off the 49.99 personal best that gave her the bronze medal at the World Championships. With the final still to come, she was honest enough to say, “I really didn’t know I was going that fast.” The new mark moved her past McPherson and Rosemarie Whyte to the number six spot on the Jamaican all-time 400-metre performance list. Lorraine Fenton, Shericka Williams, Grace Jackson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Sandie Richards are the only Jamaican ladies ahead of her. In the Olympic final, she proved that she was no one race wonder with a time of 49.85 seconds and a bronze medal that moved her into an elite group of Jamaican 400-metre runners. Fenton, who shared the 2001 Sportswoman of the Year Award with hurdler Deon Hemmings before winning outrightly in 2002 and 2003, and Williams are the only other Jamaican 400-metre ladies to win both World Championship and Olympic medals. At 22, Jackson is the youngest to achieve the feat. “I think I’ve kind of grown to love the 400 a bit more,” she said recently. “Being the youngest from Jamaica to win a medal, it’s a great feeling.” That’s a reflection on her days at Vere Technical High School where she was a reluctant 400-metre runner. Coached now by Stephen Francis at the University of Technology (UTech), Jackson had been ushered towards the 400 metres by the late Vere coach Constantine Haughton. However, because of her prowess at the 200 metres, it wasn’t easy to convince her. Haughton nurtured dozens of Olympians while he was at Vere and in his last interview, he said, “That’s one of the real problems I’m having, trying to get her to really recognise her real ability in the 400 metres because she can do so well in the 200.” In her last year at Vere in 2013, she won both the 200-metre and 400-metre at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. In a heartfelt tribute to Haughton, who died before Champs, she zoomed around the track in 51.60 seconds to win the Class I 400 metres. That was the climax of Jackson’s outstanding junior career. In the 200-metre, she raced to five gold medals at Champs and two at the Carifta Games. In addition, she reached the 2012 World Junior Championships 200-metre final. As true testimony to her sprint speed, her 2013 Carifta Games runner-up time of 22.84 seconds is the second-fastest ever by a Jamaican junior athlete. Thanks to Coach Haughton’s urging, she was almost equally successful at 400 metres with three wins at Champs and two at Carifta. On top of all that, she anchored Vere to a high school 4×400 metres record of 3:30.51 in her last-ever Champs race. Haughton would probably be pleased to know that in three years, Jackson had become one of the very best in the world at the distance she once shied away from. Her memorable 2016 season include winning the Intercollegiate title in the 200 metres, zooming to success over 400 metres at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix in 50.72 seconds and gaining experience on the Diamond League circuit. The UTech student-athlete buttressed her claim to greatness with a big contribution to Jamaica’s silver-medal run in the women’s 4×400 metres. She ran the third leg urgently and covered the ground in 49.5 seconds, faster than any of her teammates. That performance, far faster than her 52.2 second anchor for the University of Technology at the Gibson-McCook Relays in February, simply underlined her quality and helped to earn her a second Sportswoman of the Year nomination in a row. Tribute to Haughtonlast_img read more

Amelia’s Ward serial offender remanded

first_imgAn Amelia’s Ward, Linden, man who appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday was remanded to prison on six offences.Adam McDonald, 28, of Lot 848 South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, was slapped with charges of break and enter and larceny, disorderly behaviour and damage to property.It is alleged that on August 21, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged two sash windows at the Wismar Police Station, property of the Guyana Police Force, valued ,000. He was also charged with behaving disorderly at the said Police Station on August 24.It is further alleged that on July 25, the defendant broke and entered the home of Janet Henry at Lot 1041 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward, with intent to commit a felony.Further it is also alleged that on August 5, he broke and entered the home of Fabian Anthony at Central Amelia’s Ward and stole a flatscreen smart television valued 9,226, and a desktop computer and CPU valued 8,871, property of Anthony.Additionally, it is alleged that the defendant broke and entered the home of Sonita McLean at Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward on August 8 and stole ,000 in cash, property of McLean. The defendant was also charged with breaking and entering the home of June Cumberbatch of 1218 Central Amelia’s Ward on Tuesday, June 5, where he allegedly stole  00 cash.The defendant however denied all the charges. The case will continue on September 28.last_img read more

“Many Liberians Suffering From Hypertension”

first_imgJowo Samah Weston, U.S. based Liberian medical practitioner, in an interview with the Daily Observer after the testing exercise. Warns Jowo Samah Weston  A United States (U.S.) based medical practitioner, Jowo Samah Weston, has observed that high blood pressure (Hypertension) is common among many Liberians.Weston is a Liberian who works in the U.S. as a registered nurse.High blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood the patient’s heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in the victim’s arteries.Weston made the observation over the weekend when several patients at the R. H. Ferguson Clinic in Chicken Soup Factory were tested and diagnosed with the health condition through the quantum magnetic resonance body analyzer (QMRA).The QMRA is a 21st century health instrument that determines and analyzes health conditions through the signal of electromagnetic waves emitted from cells in the patient’s body.A laptop displaying the scanning process of the quantum magnetic resonance body analyzer (Photo Credit: Daily Observer)“I noticed that a majority of those we tested had hypertension, which they didn’t know about, and we recommended several treatments and lifestyle changes,” Weston said.According to her, poor diet and the lack of regular exercise are factors leading to the rise in cases of high blood pressure in Liberia.Weston is the daughter of Montserrado District #12 Representative, Dr. George Beyan Samah.She said that additional work still needs to be done in the rebuilding process of the country’s health sector, as basic hygiene practices are still lacking.“Basic standard precaution in things that we do are lacking. There is no running water, which is important for washing hands,” she observed.Prior to her return to the U.S. after the launch of the ‘free medical testing’ over the weekend, she disclosed that she was working on several medical-related proposals aimed at improving the country’s health sector, especially in Montserrado County District #12.One of the patients being scannedAt the climax of day-one of the ‘free medical testing service,’ the officer-in-charge at the R. H. Ferguson Clinic, Felecia Tulay, thanked Weston and Rep. Samah for the equipment, and pleaded with them to extend the testing service to other parts of the country.“This machine has helped our people a lot, because we don’t do some of these tests here and have to refer them to bigger health centers in the country,” she said.Several of the patients who benefited from the free medical tests thanked the district’s lawmaker and his family for providing them the service in the district.Over 100 persons from various communities across the district and its immediate environs assembled at the clinic to determine their health status.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gun-toting bandit robs porter of $635,000

first_imgPedal cyclist Travis DeCaires, a porter and resident of D’ Andrade Street, Newtown Kitty, was on Tuesday last held at gunpoint by armed bandits, one of whom was female, and deprived of $680,000 of his valuables.Recounting the violent ordeal that has left him still traumatised, DeCaires said that at approximately 12:50h on Tuesday, he was cycling along Anira Street in Queenstown, Georgetown when he saw the suspects approaching from the opposite direction. One of them was armed with a gun and another had a knife in his hand. The gun-toting bandit pointed the weapon at him and demanded that he stop. He complied, and one of the men confiscated his valuables which were in a strap bag around his shoulder. He told Police that the booty consisted of $635,000 in cash; his I-PAD, valued at $24,000; and his Blu cellphone, worth $21,000.The bandits then escaped on two XR motorcycles through Peter Rose Street, Queenstown, but Police investigations into this matter are continuing.last_img read more

Miner nabbed with gun, loot after robbery

first_imgPolice in F Division (Interior Locations) on Saturday nabbed a 21-year-old miner one day after he robbed a shopkeeper at Matthews Ridge, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).The items recovered from the suspectAccording to reports, the robbery occurred on Friday at Bamboo Landing, NWD, during which the suspect held the female victim at gunpoint before relieving her of quantities of cash and raw gold as well as other valuables.The perpetrator then escaped, and the matter was reported to the Police. However, the following day, the suspect was apprehended at Matthews Ridge Flatts.He was taken into custody and has since admitted to the crime during interrogation. Several of the stolen items were recovered on his person at the time of his arrest.Moreover, the 21-year-old suspect of Minab, Matthews Ridge, also took investigators to a location at Hell Hill, Matthews Ridge, where he handed over to the Police, an unlicensed 9mm pistol with a magazine and 19 live matching rounds.The investigation is in progress.last_img read more

Budget meeting today to focus capital and fair share

first_imgFort St. John city councilors will hold another 2009 budget meeting this afternoon. It is the fourth in the current series and once again is open to public audit beginning at 3 o’clock…. It is also the first meeting since the poorly attended tax ratio review public input meetings held earlier month, chaired by independent policy review commissioner, Doctor Stanley Hamilton. – Advertisement -However, despite the poor turnout Mayor Lantz says his personal feedback suggests the public wants the review and the independent analysis… [asset|aid=941|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=62dc3f22aedc46d6fbe2d463859bd661-Mayor Lantz_1_Pub.mp3] Today’s Strategic Planning and Finance Committee meeting will focus on this year’s Capital Works Budget and Fair Share Policy. Advertisement Doctor Hamilton’s report to council is due early next month.last_img read more

Russia to shut down factories for World Cup

first_imgBut it also betrays concerns that something will go awry and a readiness to use heavy-handed tactics that could see thousands of workers going unpaid for at least five weeks.Security analysts warn that shuttering chemical plants and other high-risk enterprises is simply dangerous.The move is “a typical top-down order to make things look pretty that has nothing to do with actual safety,” said veteran security analyst Pavel Felgenhauer.“This is traditional Soviet showmanship.”– Letter of concern –China closed polluting plants and coal mines for two months across swathes of the country in 2008 to ensure the smog cleared over Beijing for the Summer Olympics.But Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision appears to stem from a fear of industrial accidents and the threat of plants being attacked or blown up.“The threats of an accident and terror are closely related,” Moscow’s FBK Grant Thornton consultancy director Igor Nikolayev said.Russian authorities want the world to focus on the action at stadiums like the Luzhniki in Moscow, but critics say closing down heavy industry for the tournament is a heavy-handed approach © AFP/File / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOVA Putin decree from May 2017 says special security measures should cover areas around the 11 cities hosting matches and meet “a higher level of protection than those defined by the Russian government’s approved anti-terror requirements.”A separate government directive issued a month later applied the guidelines to everything from nuclear and chemical facilities to companies transporting hazardous cargo by land or sea.A strict interpretation of the directive could theoretically close Moscow’s only oil refinery and a deep-sea port in Saint Petersburg that — among other things — is licensed to ship radioactive isotopes.Feverish consultations are underway between Russia’s FSB security service and industrial property owners afraid of losing money.A private letter to the government from the RSPP big business lobby obtained by AFP warned of “extremely disagreeable social and economic consequences” if the guidelines are applied in full.“RSPP is receiving letters from companies expressing concern about possible risks during the implementation of this government decree,” the union’s chief Alexander Shokhin wrote on November 29.– Unpaid vacation –Shokhin asked for an explanation that could avoid “unfounded shutdowns of company operations.”The reply he received was brief.“The restrictions will only cover activities of organisations on the list of highly dangerous facilities,” the Rostekhnadzor nuclear and technological safety watchdog said on January 29.There is only one problem: there is no such list.“Russian industrial safety regulations do not use the term ‘highly dangerous facilities’,” a source in the petrochemical industry said on condition that his name not be used for fear of experiencing problems with the authorities.“In reality, they will probably make up the list as they go along.”The Kommersant business daily reported that hundreds of plants could possibly close — some of them 400 kilometres (250 miles) away from the nearest World Cup stadium.It also reported companies making up their best excuses to stay open.Kommersant said one unidentified factory near a World Cup host city, Saransk, told the FSB it was wiser to keep its workers busy instead of “roaming the streets with nothing to do, unhappy about being sent on unpaid vacation.”– Survival of fittest –Facilities such as a nuclear power plant close to Saint Petersburg and another one near the host city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals are almost certain to keep working due to the safety risks of a shutdown.Analysts said those likely to close will do so because they lacked the political clout in Moscow to lobby their case.“I think only the small and the weak will be affected,” FBK Grant Thornton’s Nikolayev said.The busy deep-sea port in Putin’s native Saint Petersburg appears likely to remain largely unaffected by the World Cup.But companies such as Red October — a mill producing 40 percent of Russia’s stainless steel in the host city of Volgograd — said they were complying.“We are completely stopping for the World Cup,” Red October chairman Igor Sizov told TASS. “We are all going to the football.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia will shut down dozens of major factories during this year’s World Cup to avert accidents and the possible threat of terror attacks © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Mar 5 – Russia is overruling fearful big business owners and looking to shut down dozens of gigantic factories to avert accidents and the threat of terror attacks during this year’s World Cup.The halt in production highlights the financial sacrifice Russia is preparing to make when it hosts football’s showpiece event for the first time from June 14.last_img read more

Point to prove for these Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Man United players?

first_img Jack Wilshere: Arsenal – When he broke through in 2008, fans – not just Gooners – were delighted. This was the player who could save England, it was hoped. But the midfielder has had rotten luck with injuries and has been criticised after being pictured smoking. In March, former England and Man United midfielder Paul Scholes said he had not developed since bursting onto the scene at 17. However, Arsene Wenger told fans during the most recent campaign that Wilshere’s best position was in a deep lying role where his excellent distribution skills could be utilised, so will we see him deployed there this year? He’ll have his work cut out for him with Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta all vying for a spot in the middle. 6 Stevan Jovetic: Man City – click the arrow for more players with a point to prove – Man City paid Fiorentina £22m for Jovetic last summer, but was plagued by injuries in his first season. The 24-year-old is a class act and he has been in a rich vein of form in pre-season with two goals against AC Milan and Liverpool and one against Olympiakos, hinting he is ready to help defend the Premier League title. “Last year I think I played well when I was fit. This year hopefully when I have a good preparation with the team it’s going to be a different story,” he said. His manager Manuel Pellegrini agrees. “I’m sure if he continues in this way he will show why he is here. If he’s fit all the year, he will be a very important player for us,” he explained. Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool – It may seem odd given his excellent season last year, but with Luis Suarez gone, Sturridge is now the focal point in Liverpool’s attack. Will he step up? The England striker scored 21 Premier League goals in the 2013/14 campaign and all signs point to him being the club’s main man. In March, his manager Brendan Rodgers said: “I told him when he came in, that our aim over the next three years was to help him develop into a world class player. He’s got all the abilities and he must just continue showing them on the field.” Luke Shaw: Man United – His manager has laid down the gauntlet to his young defender, who was signed for £30m. “He needs to be fit and he is not very fit,” Louis van Gaal said, as he revealed the teenager has been put on a special training programme. All eyes will be on the young left-back and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has added to the pressure by lambasting Shaw’s wage demands, insisting it would have killed the stability in the Chelsea changing room if the Blues had shelled out for him. You could also add Wilfried Zaha to the list, too. Van Gaal says the 21-year-old will have to adapt and try and cut it as a striker in order to fit into his system. “I am used to being a winger, but if a manager wants me to adapt to a new position then I’ll have to,” Zaha said. He was unable to break into the first team after joining for around £15m last year and spent half a season on loan at Cardiff. 6 Injuries, limited opportunities and cheeky fags – everyone had their problems last year.And this season fans will be expecting things from players like Jack Wilshere, Erik Lamela and Luke Shaw.A number of them will be keen – though they won’t admit it – to prove doubters wrong, so are we likely to see multiple celebrations of players pressing fingers to lips telling us all to shut it? Let’s hope so.Do you agree that these players have a point to prove or are there others you think have to step up? Let us know in the comments below. 6 6 Erik Lamela: Tottenham – Lamela has given Tottenham fans plenty of reasons to be positive during pre-season with goals and man of the match performances. The young winger struggled with life in England last year, but was also beset by injuries. Having arrived with a good reputation and a huge price tag last summer, Lamela will want to show everyone outside of N17 just how much talent he actually has. 6 6 Wojciech Szczesny: Arsenal – The Gunners goalie will start as the number one, but there is no room for too many mistakes. Arsenal signed Colombia World Cup keeper David Ospina from Nice and manager Arsene Wenger said if the new signing shows he is better than Szczesny, then he will play instead. Simple.last_img read more

Martinez: Signing ‘future world great’ Lukaku a phenomenal achievement for Everton

first_img1 New Everton striker Romelu Lukaku Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Romelu Lukaku can develop into one of the best strikers in world football, adding that securing a permanent deal for the starlet was a defining moment for the club.Lukaku scored 15 Premier League goals in a prosperous campaign on loan at Goodison Park last season and, with the 21-year-old still unfavoured by Jose Mourinho at parent club Chelsea, sought a full-time switch to Merseyside this summer.There were suggestions the Blues’ asking price for the Belgium international may have proved a stumbling block too high to overcome, but the Toffees pulled out all the stops to land their man in a club-record £28million deal.Having already won over the Goodison faithful, Lukaku is sure to be a hit in his debut campaign as a contracted Everton player, and Martinez expressed his delight with the frontman’s arrival.“It was every Evertonian’s wish,” said the Spaniard.“I’m always conscious of what the fans want and everyone’s unanimous wish to have Romelu come back to the club“He’s only 21 and, for me, he has the potential to be one of the best strikers in world football.“Rom’s a very exciting prospect but in many ways that is already a reality, he’s scored over 30 goals in the Premier league and made over 30 international appearances for Belgium.“He’s a player who can have a massive impact and make a massive contribution at Everton, as we saw last season, and to have him on a permanent basis is a phenomenal moment for us.”last_img read more

GAA: UNDER-AGE DONEGAL SOUTHERN BOARD RESULTS

first_imgU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment08-Jun-2011Ardara7 – 40 – 8Naomh MhuireArdaraU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment08-Jun-2011Naomh Brid4 – 120 – 8KilcarNaomh Brid08-Jun-2011Naomh Naille2 – 44 – 8Naomh ColumbaNaomh NailleU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment08-Jun-2011Na RossaNaomh ConaillNa RossaConceded by Na RossaGAA: UNDER-AGE DONEGAL SOUTHERN BOARD RESULTS was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more