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McLaughling-Whilby points to rest

By on January 20, 2020

first_imgAnniesha McLauGhlin-Whilby believes that taking a season off helped to energise her Olympic campaign. The Sprintec athlete says resting in 2015 smothered her ongoing injury issues. Now with her 31st birthday approaching, the former Holmwood Technical star is looking forward with optimism.Speaking at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education recently, the ever-smiling McLaughlin-Whilby said, “In 2014, I ended my season right after the Commonwealth Games, and from when I started training last season, I no longer have most of the issues.”She had bounced back from injury in the 2013 World Championships 200m semi-finals to be on the Commonwealth Games team the following year, reaching the final in Glasgow, Scotland.Except for a bout of the mosquito-borne virus ZIKV, which forced her out of the 200m and into the 400m, she has been far healthier in 2016. According to her, the rest did the trick.”I think the one-year break gave my body a lot of well-needed rest, so it’s been going good,” she said.TRACK RECORDMcLaughlin-Whilby, who moved from the MVP Track Club to the Sprintec Club run by her former Holmwood coach Maurice Wilson, set personal bests of 51.35 and 51.03 seconds en route to fifth place at the National Championships.Those times followed a run of 51.40 earlier in the season and are superior to her previous 400m lifetime best of 51.89, which was established in 2012.At the Olympics, she helped Jamaica to win the silver medal in the 4x400m relay. Her contribution was a 50.2 second stint in the heats and a sparkling 49.8 second blitz in the final.The 30-year-old McLaughlin is a Champs legend with 19 gold medals won for Holmwood and records that still stand even now, long after her last race as a school girl. Her Girls’ Championships Class 3 200m and 400m records are especially good at 23.11 and 52.52 seconds respectively, and she also holds the Class 2 200m mark of 23.13.During those days, she won five Carifta Games titles, including an Under-17 100m championship in 2002. Later that year, she was the runner-up in the World Junior Championships at 200m.During her years at the University of Technology, she placed fifth in the 200m at the 2009 World Championships and in 2011 and won gold in the 200m at the World University Games.Now fully committed to the 400m, McLaughlin-Whilby is looking ahead.”(It’s) Hard work and kind of different but I’m attacking the challenge,” she grinned. “Training has been going great so I just want to continue training and do what coach tells me to do, and I know I will get the result I desire.”last_img read more

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Rio Boosted My Confidence – Simmonds

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first_imgOne hundred metre hurdler Megan Simmonds says that competing at the 2016 Olympics has boosted her confidence. Simmonds, a first-time Olympian in Rio de Janeiro last year, says that she is now looking ahead to better things. The pint-sized hurdler was speaking moments after playing her part in a 4×100 metre win by the MVP Track Club at the Western Relays in Montego Bay on Saturday.Simmonds zipped through the first leg to send MVP on its way to a 43.61 seconds triumph and was all smiles afterwards. Asked about the impact of being an Olympian, the 22 year-old graduate of Saint Andrew High School and the University of Technology replied, “It has really given me more confidence.”She went to Rio as Jamaican number-one, having run a personal best time of 12.79 seconds to win the National Senior Championships. In Rio, she raced strongly to take her place in the semi-finals in her first Olympic Games. “Before, I guess I wouldn’t see myself being an Olympian, being as successful as I am now,” Simmonds said, “but now that I’ve had that experience, now that I’ve been past that, I’m able to look forward to bigger and better things.”QUICKER THIS YEARShe matched spikes with her Olympic teammate Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby on the first leg of the Western Relays 4×100 and looked speedy. She listened intently to a pre-Olympic observation from Leacroft Bolt, her coach at St Andrew High, about her ability to assimilate speed training and said brightly, “and I’m even quicker this year.”The 2011 World Youth finalist sounded ready to take on the world’s best in an event where the world record was lowered to 12.21 seconds last year by American Kendra Harrison. “I’m doing as much as I can to be ready for anything that comes,” she said with a steely smile.Simmonds expects to run an indoor hurdling race in Birmingham, England, on February 18.- Hubert Lawrencelast_img read more

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Thomas Woewiyu ‘Misrepresented’ Past under Oath

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgSixty-eight-year old Jucontee Thomas (Tom) Woewiyu, has been arraigned in a United States Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania on charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain citizenship and fraud in Immigration documents.Woewiyu faces a US$4 million fine and 110 years of imprisonment if he is found guilty.Woewiyu also known as “Jucontee Thomas Smith” was arraigned on a 22-court charge of indictment, providing false information on his form number 400 Application for Naturalization and his involvement in the civil war in Liberia.He was also the former spokesperson of the NPFL and Defense Minister in President Charles G. Taylor-led National Patriotic Reconstruction and Assembly Government (NPRAG) in what was then ‘Greater Liberia.’According to the indictment, Tom Woewiyu allegedly provided support to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) a rebel group that executed civilians, killed peacekeepers of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) as well as forced sexual slavery and raped of girls and women, according to the indictment.He was further accused of conscription of child soldiers and murdered of humanitarian aid workers.The Grand jury in their indictment stated that on January 30, 2009, in the US Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere the defendants Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, in his declaration certificate verification a statement, question 18 on his form was false in that he knew at the time he made the statement, he did not disclose his 1970 New York State conviction for falsification of business record, in violation of title 18 of the US code section 16.21 2.It further alleged that he did not disclose that while he was a member of the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinion and membership particularly,  member of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes in violation of Title 18 of the US Code section 16.21.2.“While he was under oath before a competent tribunal, the defendant falsely stated, while responding to question 11 on the form he did not disclose that he was member of other organizations, including the NPFL that prosecuted political opinions and members in the particular social group,” the document said.It also said, “in response to question 8A and sub B on his form, Defendant Woewiyu knew that he did not disclose his membership and association with all organizations other then the Union of Liberia Association in the US, including but not limited to the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC.”Woewiyu earned a bachelor’s degree in labor studies from Rutgers University in 1981 and is pursuing a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He has made his living through real estate investment.He first applied for citizenship in 2006, submitting a form that prosecutors now say contained many misrepresentations.Asked whether he had ever advocated the overthrow of another government, Woewiyu said no during his application. He also allegedly failed to mention his association with Taylor when asked whether he had ever engaged in political persecution, according to the indictment.But Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s Philadelphia-based immigration lawyer, on Tuesday questioned why prosecutors had waited eight years to bring a criminal case against his client.Homeland Security agents interviewed Woewiyu in 2010 for nearly four hours about an unrelated case, the lawyer said. He described that meeting as “cordial.”And though Woewiyu’s citizenship application had been denied in 2009, federal authorities did not indict him until January or arrest him until Monday.Basso said Tuesday that his client took no part in the more brutal aspects of Taylor’s campaign.“Tom had nothing to do with any of that,” Basso said. “Immigration and the U.S. government were fully aware of that.”Woewiyu has maintained legal residency in the United States since 1972, while shuttling back and forth between here and Liberia — at times even serving as its Labor Minister and President Pro Tempore.Woewiyu was returning from a recent trip to Liberia, where he has declared his intention to contest in the up-coming senatorial race for Grand Bassa County, when U.S. Homeland Security agents detained him Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL FACE ARDARA IN MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgNaomh Conaill will face Ardara in the Minor Division 1 Championship Southern Board semi-final this Sunday at 12pm. Donegal Minor star Ethan O’Donnell will be a crucial player for Naomh Conaill when they face Ardara in the Minor Regional Semi-Final on SundayMichael O’Donnell’s side will travel to Fintra in Killybegs confident of overcoming their local rivals Ardara.Naomh Conaill overcame Aodh Ruadh after three tough legs in the previous round to set-up to clash with Ardara. Not only is it a local derby, it’s also the championship regional semi.Naomh Conaill will be leaning heavily on Donegal minor star Ethan O’Donell to perform along with other key players such as Kevin McGettigan, Charlis McGuiness and Stephan Moore.Ardara also have a good side and will need no motivation when playing their local rivals.Ardara will be looking for a big performance from key player Kevin Whyte as well as others in their effort to get over the line. In the other semi-final Dungloe/Na Rossa play Kilcar also on Sunday at 2pm. GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL FACE ARDARA IN MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraGAANaomh ConaillNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Raptors show off Splash Brothers North in Game 3 win over Warriors

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgWith Klay Thompson not playing Wednesday, the Raptors made sure Oracle fans still got to see jaw-dropping shooting displays by a backcourt tandem in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.Toronto’s tandem of Kyle Lowry and Danny Green combined for 11 of their team’s 17 3-pointers and 41 points to help overcome Stephen Curry’s one-man show in the Raptors’ 123-109 victory.The Splash Brothers of the North, if you will.Curry was dazzling with 47 points, the most he’s ever scored in an NBA …last_img read more

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Brand South Africa, Miss Earth SA and the GEM Project play their part to clean up Diepsloot schools

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 19 October 2015 – Brand South Africa, as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa. The three organisations will collaborate and play their part to clean up schools in the Diepsloot community on Saturday 24 October. The aim of the collaboration is to encourage citizens to play their part by cleaning up and recycling in their communities.Brand South Africa has collaborated with Miss Earth South Africa and the GEM Project through its Play Your Part programme. The Play Your Part programme is aimed at all South Africans and it aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.The clean-up will take place at the Leap Science and Math’s School as well as Akani Primary School in Diepsloot. Community members as well as pupils from the schools  will be actively involved in cleaning around their neighborhood and their schools.Like Brand South Africa, Miss Earth aims to ensure that they encourage and uplift the communities within which we work. Brand South Africa urges South Africans to become active citizens and play their part in addressing environmental issues in their communities.The newly-crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor along with the runner up Jade Axon will be taking part in the clean-up project and will encourage the learners to play their part in taking care of their environment.GEM is a mobile rewards platform aimed at South Africans who want to play their part in society and it is for this reason that Brand South Africa has partnered with the organisation.  The GEM Project brings together volunteers from around the country and invites them to volunteer in community projects such as these.Download the GEM app and sign up to volunteer at the Diepsloot clean-up. App users who volunteer at the Diepsloot clean-up are immediately eligible to win virtual rewards known as ‘Gems’. The Gems can be used to buy airtime or data, prepaid electricity, or even movie tickets.Opening a GEM account is quick, easy and free, and can be done on both smart and feature phone:Download Gem via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1# or as an app. The ‘Gem Project’ app is available for download on App Store and Google PlaySign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area. When they’ve decided on a day and a place, the app tells them how many GEMS you’ll earn as a token of appreciationSelect the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday 24 OctoberMedia is invited to attend as follows:Date: Saturday 24 September 2015Time: 09h00 – 12h00Venue: Akani Primary School, The Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel:+27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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London Olympics: Taoufik Makhloufi wins gold in 1,500m race

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgAlgeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won gold in the men’s 1,500m on Tuesday, a day after having his disqualification from the event revoked. Makhloufi, 24, put in a blistering final 200 metres to take gold in three minutes, 34.08 seconds.Makhloufi had been thrown out of the Olympics for not trying his best in an early 800m heat.He was reinstated on appeal on Monday after submitting a doctor’s note that he had been carrying an injury.Leonel Manzano of the US took silver with a season’s best of 3:34.79.The bronze went to Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider in 3:35.13.Beijing gold medalist Asbel Kiprop finished a surprise 12th in a relatively slow race.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain takes on Morocco in a do-or-die match for progressing…

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgAdvertisementSpain takes on Morocco at Kaliningrad to end the group stage on a high note and qualify for the Round of 16. Spain is already at the top of the group with 4 points but hasn’t confirmed their Round of 16 berth till now whereas Morocco has already been eliminated.Spain has already had a belter of a World Cup campaign. Ex-Head Coach Julian Lopetegui getting sacked 2 days before the World Cup, drawing with Portugal courtesy of Ronaldo’s hat-trick and narrowly beating Iran and keeping their World Cup hopes alive.Although Morocco’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stages are over, they could make headlines by having a significant role in who finishes top of Group B if they manage to hold Spain or if not, beat them.Team News:- Nacho Monreal is expected to be fit by the start of the game. Meanwhile, there are no injury concerns from the camp of Morocco. Nordin Amrabat might start the game even after suffering a concussion in the game against Iran.Lineups:-Now, it’s Group B’s turn…Here are the teams for #ESP and #MAR #ESPMAR pic.twitter.com/mu9T1Pi8Os— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt Go Home Empty Handed As Saudi Arabia Get A Consolation WinFIFA World Cup 2018 : Iran still furious about VAR intervention as they prepare to take on Ronaldo & Co. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal move didn’t appeal to Boadu

By on November 19, 2019

first_imgAZ striker Myron Boadu is happy with his decision to snub a switch to Arsenal, with the 17-year-old admitting a move to Emirates Stadium “did not appeal”.The talented teenager gave plenty of thought to a transfer back in 2016, with the Gunners making their interest known.Arsenal are forever in the market for exciting players with bags of potential, with that recruitment philosophy having served Arsene Wenger well during his iconic reign in north London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Frenchman was, however, unable to tempt Boadu away from the Netherlands.Boadu believed his development would be better served in his homeland and has seen that decision vindicated by regular senior football and three goals already in the 2018-19 campaign.On turning down a move to England, the youngster told Elf Voetbal: “I will never forget the moment I got on the plane, I thought, ‘This may be an important day in my life’.“If we had said yes, it would have had far-reaching consequences for our family.“It was attractive to go, but I also got a very good offer from AZ.”He added on having no regrets: “I’m playing in the first team now.“I do not know if that would have been the case at Arsenal, where I would play with boys of my own age, which did not appeal to me.”Boadu made his competitive debut for AZ in May during a 6-0 victory over PEC Zwolle.He has since done enough to earn a regular starting role, with the Netherlands U17 international now considered to be one of the hottest prospects in the Eredivisie.last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz rolls out E-Class 220 d sedan in India

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first_img(Repeating after replacing a word in 2nd para)Pune, Jun 2 (PTI) German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz today launched the all new E-Class 220 d sedan in India, priced at Rs 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom Pune).The company also rolled out a new four-cylinder diesel engine, OM 654, assembled at Mercedes-Benz Chakan facility here.After the successful market debut of the E350 d diesel and the E 200 petrol, the new E 220 d will further enhance the unprecedented demand of the long wheelbase E-Class, the company said.The E 220 d variant will be powered by the new four cylinder diesel engine OM 654, it said.”With the launch of the much-awaited E 220 d, we are now extending the E-Class product portfolio even further and making it highly versatile,” Mercedes-Benz India managing director and CEO Roland Folger said.Mercedes-Benz India is confident that the E 220 d will continue to remain the most sought after luxury business saloon and an important pillar of its productive offensive in India, he said.Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio comprise the locally produced Maybach S 500, S-Class, E-Class, CLA luxury sedans and the GLA, GLE and GLS luxury sports utility vehicles.The CKD GLC was its ninth product added to the local production portfolio. PTI IAS ARS NP NP BASlast_img read more

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