STOCKHOLM, Sweden:If Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is feeling the pressure of defending her world crown, it was not evident as she cruised to victory at the BAHAUS Athletics Diamond League meeting yesterday.She clocked 10.93 seconds (-0.2) in front of a Stockholm crowd that clearly idolises the sprint legend.With the World Championships less than a month away, Fraser-Pryce told The Gleaner: “There’s always pressure going into any meet. I’m defending champion and everybody’s coming, but that’s not something I worry about.”I’m not worried about anything actually! I’m just focused on executing the race and enjoying the championships.”Beijing holds fond memories for the Jamaican. It was in 2008 that a young Fraser-Pryce announced herself to the world by claiming the 100m gold at the Beijing Olympics.LOOKFORWARDTOBEIJING”I’m looking forward to going back to Beijing. In 2008, I had no idea that I would win a medal. Rather, I was going there for the sheer excitement of making an Olympic team.”I was looking forward to seeing all the athletes, and if anything, I was star struck when I got there.”And here I am, years later, going back as the defending world champion.”There is something about the Jamaican, which makes her turn up for the big races. She is a genuine championship performer. Just what is her secret?”I have no idea how I perform so well in major championships,” she said.”When I get to major championships, I’m just very focused and ready to run.”It’s weird, but I think my body has a memory, which remembers when I’m in a big race. So far, I’ve only lost one championship, which was in 2011.”I rely on past experiences and victories. I just seem to get it right at the right time.”The 28-year-old has illuminated the sport over the years with her demeanour and famous smile. Her calm start-line antics go against some of the more serious traits of her competitors, who can barely raise a smile while in the zone.Fraser-Pryce said: “I’ve no pre-race antics. I’m not focused on what anybody else does.”Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot Natasha Morrison, came home third in the 100m in Stockholm. She, too, was happy enough before Beijing.”It was very chilly, and I’m looking forward to Beijing,” said a contented Morrison, who registered 11.22. American Tori Bowie was second in 11.05.In the triple jump, Kimberly Williams took third place behind Caterine Ibarguen, 14.69m, and Olga Rypakova, 14.30m. After an opening effort of 13.89m, she improved to 14.21m with her second leap. Her fifth jump of 14.22m was her best effort.There was no joy either for 800m runner Simoya Campbell.Campbell came home sixth (2:01:57) but is of the view that she can produce in Beijing.”I feel very confident before going to Beijing and feel comfortable in myself. I have been putting in all the work needed.”The event was won by Renelle Lamote (France) in 1:59.91.Rusheen McDonald (45.55) and Edino Steele (46.17) came home sixth and eighth, respectively in the 400m, which was won by Machel Cedenio (Trinidad and Tobago), 44.97.Peter Matthews, 45.79 was content with his second-place finish in the 400m B race.
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Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is continuing forward in acquiring Wrangell’s hospital. The Native nonprofit plans to build and operate a new hospital in the island town within the next three years.Listen nowA contract isn’t set in stone between SEARHC and the City of Wrangell. But both parties are eager to strike a deal.Last month, SEARHC made the offer to build and operate a new hospital. And SEARHC would take over the liability and operation of current Wrangell Medical Center until the new hospital is finished.Since that announcement, SEARHC scoped out the liabilities of the current hospital. It’s falling apart, a number of electrical, sewage and foundation issues are at the brink of failure. If everything went out all at once, it could cost up to $24 million. But SEARHC’s Vice President Dan Neumeister says that isn’t scaring them off.“What we anticipate might fail over the next couple of years is fairly small compared to that $20 million,” Neumeister said.SEARHC says it is looking to pay between $25 to $40 million to build the new hospital, which will connect to the current search clinic in town. It would span 44,500 square feet, and incorporate all the services Wrangell is used to, like emergency, primary and long-term care. The property could also provide more space for other services down the road.City officials and assembly members support the acquisition, saying it is a life boat for the city-owned hospital that is financially struggling to meet operation costs, let alone paying for a new facility that is desperately needed.Neumeister believes it’s a win-win situation. Small, city owned hospitals are struggling across the nation. Merging with larger organizations spreads more resources around.“Small hospitals that are independent, standalone facilities just don’t have the critical mass to sustain either reimbursement challenges or facility needs,” Neumeister said. “So the idea of becoming part of a larger system spreads that risk, and also allows the system to move their monies around to make sure that these small communities are successful and thrive.The next steps include a formal buy-in from the city, which could happen mid-June from the assembly. Then SEARHC’s board would need to do the same, and then spend three to four months drafting building designs and management plans. SEARHC could take over the current hospital in October of this year. A new hospital could be built by the beginning of 2021.