‘No pressure’ says Fraser – Pryce

first_imgSTOCKHOLM, 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.last_img read more

Morris, Johnson lead the way

first_imgJAMAICA Hoerman Cup player Sean Morris and Delroy Johnson yesterday parred the 18-hole course at Sandals Golf and Country Club to sit atop the leaderboard with scores of 71 each on the opening day of the Jamaica National Amateur Golf Championship at Upton, St Ann.Morris and Johnson, a former Hoerman Cup player, lead a field of 60 golfers vying for the national amateur title, which is being played outside the Corporate Area for the first time in its 24-year history.Tracking Morris and Johnson are Sandals-based Zandre Roye, two over par, 73, and Jonathan Newnham, three over, 74, entering today’s second round of the three-day Labour Day weekend tournament.Playing alongside Roye, the fourth group to tee off yesterday morning, Morris promised to turn up the heat today on an already hot but windy course.”It’s a three-day event and, as such, I eased into the round this morning. I have some new equipment in the bag, which takes a while to get used to.”It was a bit tricky with the wind gusting up to 20 miles per hour, at least a constant 10, playing on tiny greens. Regulating the greens can be challenging, a bit tricky. Your short game has to be in good nick, and I have always had a good short game,” warned Morris, a Jamaica Hoerman Cup player since 2004.Newnham, though three shots behind joint leaders Morris and Johnson, is backing himself to rally today.”There were some positives. I hit the ball really well, but didn’t score well, but there are positives going into tomorrow. If I can tighten my short game, I will have a really good chance by Monday,” Newnham said.Newnham teed off in the third group, which included former Sandals-based former Caribbean junior champion, Romaine Evans, who had a terrible start, 12 over par.David Mais, tournament director, said the turnout was affected somewhat by the funeral of a member of the golfing fraternity, which clashed with the first day.”A lot of the Constant Spring players were out attending the funeral of Rodger Braham, a member of the JMMB team and a keen golfer who played at Constant Spring,” he said.last_img read more

Wizards’ Wall expected to miss 2 weeks with knee injury

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Dr. Richard D. Parker with the Cleveland Clinic Marymount was consulted about the injury. Parker performed a procedure in May 2016 to remove calcific deposits in Wall’s left patella tendon. Brooks said Wall’s current injury did not appear related to that procedure.Washington is 1-1 this season without Wall, who also missed a game because of a shoulder injury.“I’m fine with John missing two weeks if this is going to make him better,” center Marcin Gortat said Saturday. “Two weeks are not two months. We can cover for him for two weeks and then he’s going to come back stronger, better, healthy and then hopefully we can go from there. That said, he’s our leader.”Backup Tim Frazier replaces Wall in the starting lineup with Tomas Satoransky moving into the rotation. Acquired by Washington from New Orleans during the offseason, Frazier is averaging 3.2 points and 3.9 assists in 16.6 minutes. He has 42 career starts including two this season and 35 with the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign.“Next guy has to step up. That’s it,” said Frazier, who had eight assists in each of his two starts this season. “Obviously we can’t be John, an All-Star, our leader, our best player, but we just got to step up and be the best we can and get as many wins as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat in the second half at Capital One Arena on November 17, 2017 in Washington. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard John Wall is expected to miss about two weeks with inflammation in his left knee, the team announced Saturday.Wall, 27, underwent an MRI, coach Scott Brooks revealed Friday following the day’s practice session, which the point guard missed. The four-time All-Star received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections Saturday in Washington in the hope of reducing the inflammation that has caused discomfort for the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT “We felt like this was the best thing,” Brooks said before the Wizards hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. “We figure this is the early part of the season, and we’re in no rush. Give him the best chance to come back.”The injury occurred when Wall made knee-to-knee contact with another player during Washington’s Nov. 7 loss to Dallas, according to the team statement. Wall, who averages 20.3 points and 9.2 assists, previously said fluid on his knee built up after he received IV fluids to deal with illness and migraines before the Wizards hosted Atlanta on Nov. 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneWall sat out Sunday’s 100-91 loss at Toronto, but returned to play his usual starting role in matchups against Milwaukee and Charlotte. He had 31 points and 11 assists over 41 minutes in Washington’s 129-124 overtime loss to the Hornets on Wednesday, but then didn’t participate in Friday’s practice.“We had it drained and it actually felt pretty good,” Brooks said. “He played terrific in Milwaukee and then last game he had one of his best games of the season. . But after the game, the swelling came back.” View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ His brother’s keeper Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

GT Bank MD Released on US$50K Bail

first_imgGT suspended Bank MD Bejide. The Monrovia City Court on Friday, August 31, granted an interim bail to Ayodeji Bejide, a Nigerian national and managing director (MD) of Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) Liberia in the sum of US$50,000.Bejide had been held in police custody since Tuesday, August 28, after he responded to police invitation on allegations that he had physically assaulted one of the bank’s employees, Edward Freeman. Mr. Freeman is believed to have been injured on the lips following the incident.Before securing the US$50,000 bail, Bejide was released by another court, Criminal Court ‘B’, where his legal team had filed a Petition for the “Writ of Habeas Corpus” against the Liberia National Police (LNP) for deliberately refusing and neglecting to release or formerly charge him after the expiration of the 48 hours provided under the Constitution.A drama ensued shortly after defendant Bejide’s lawyer, Abraham Sillah of the Heritage and Partners Law Firm, secured his release through the writ, when the Monrovia City Court arrested him (Bejide).The court’s action was based on a request from authorities of the Ministry of Justice, which formally charged Bejide with aggravated assault.Although Magistrate Kennedy Peabody did not say when the court would begin Bejide’s trial, it can be recalled that on Tuesday, August 28, a video shared on Facebook showed Mr. Freeman bleeding from his lips in Bejide’s office after Bejide reportedly threw a calculator at him, allegedly wounding him on the lips.After reportedly wounding Mr. Freeman, Bejide was heard in the video telling the employee to calm down, threatening to dismiss him if he made any further comment.Mr. Freeman then walked out of Bejide’s office at the end of the video, displaying his wounded lips to other employees, some of them explaining how Bejide on many occasions had treated them in a similar manner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labourer remanded for trafficking over 20 lbs ganja

first_imgGeorgetown Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Friday remanded a 45-year-old labourer to prison after he was slapped with a charge of trafficking over 20 poundsRemanded: Seon Bartholomewof marijuana.Seon Bartholomew is accused of trafficking 10,832 grams of cannabis on January 9, 2019 at Charlestown, Georgetown.The prosecution is contending that the marijuana was found concealed in a suitcase, which Bartholomew admitted ownership.Defence Attorney Phillip Da Silva in a bail application, submitted to the court that offence for which his client was charged is bailable, noting that the illegal drug was not found on his person. He further told the court that Bartholomew has no pending matters nor previous convictions.However, Police Prosecutor Inniss objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence.Magistrate Marcus remanded Bartholomew to prison and the case will continue on January 25.last_img read more

Competitors ready to put their muscles to work in MC Rehab Strongman Competition

first_imgMichael Friesen of MC Rehab says it’s important to support the care centre because of the amount of single parents in the area, coupled with the extra costs taken on after moving to the new location.“There seems to be a lot of need for that help because there’s a lot of single moms in town,” he says. “Also the fact that they moved into a new location so obviously there’s increased costs with that too.”Competitors will be taking part in a number of events including tire flips, heavy ball toss, and a heavy truck/semi truck pull.- Advertisement -There will also be a barbecue for the event at noon to support the cause.last_img read more

UPDATE – Fire crews at Tags

first_img Fort St. John Fire crews were called to a fire at TJ’s Country Kitchen Wednesday night.- Advertisement -The initial call came in at around 5 p.m., that smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building.The initial entry team from the Fort St. John Fire Department found a fire in the kitchen of TJ’s Country Kitchen. Damage was contained to the restaurant side of the building, with fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage in the seating area.At this time the cause of the fire is being investigated and no one was injured in the fire as the restaurant was closed at the time.The extent of the damage in the restaurant is unknown at this time.last_img read more

1st CAC 2018 medal: Fernandes and Khalil take bronze in squash women’s doubles

first_imgThe dominant duo of Ashley Khalil and Taylor Fernandes created history on Tuesday when they secured Guyana’s first Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games 2018 medal in Barranquilla, Colombia.Despite not doing so well in their individual matches, Fernandes and Khalil teamed up to form Guyana’s women’s doubles squash team. In their quest to the medal, the dynamic duo defeated Dominique Haywood and Jada Smith-Padmore of Barbados 2-1, but were knocked off the path to the gold medal when they suffered a tough semi-final loss to Maria and Laura Tovar of Colombia.The men’s squash team also had a bit of luck when they defeated Panama’s team.The Guyanese contingentJason Ray Khalil had a 3-0 win over Adrian Padro while Seth Sunil experienced the same fortunes against David Gonzalez. They are expected to come up against the Jamaican team today. A women’s team will also have a match-up today with Colombia.Over in the pool, two of Guyana’s athletes swam their hearts out in their two events. Andrew Fowler clocked 27.01s in his 50-metre butterfly event while Jamila Sanmoogan registered 1.03.93 in her 100m freestyle. They will hit the pool again tomorrow for the men’s and women’s 50m freestyle.In the taekwondo arena, Guyana’s Adrian Spelling missed out with a loss to Mexico’s Bryan Salazar.After a thrilling victory over the Dominican Republic during the weekend, the national men’s hockey team went into their encounter with Mexico full of confidence, hoping to defeat the bronze medal squad.In the beginning of the match-up, Guyana displayed high levels of determination, executing strong defence tactics which surprised the otherwise indestructible Mexican team. In a twist of fate, Mexico managed to break down the Guyanese defence which set up their first goal from Francisco Aguilar a little before half time. The Mexican team were much better in the second half, registering two more goals, a feat the Guyanese team could not manage.However, the national team’s semi-final dreams are not over since they still have one more chance to make it. They will compete with Guatemala today, in a deciding game.On the other hand, the female national hockey team lost their last match to Mexico 2-0 on Wednesday, which means they will not advance out of the pool-play stage.last_img read more

FREE CONSULTATION CLINIC ON PLANNING AND BUILDING THIS WEEKEND

first_imgAre you thinking about building your own home? Or are you considering the option of renovating your home?Well before you think about doing either of the options highlighted above, YOU need to attend a FREE ‘Building and Planning’ consultation clinic this weekend.The FREE clinic will take place this Saturday at The Highlands Hotel, in Glenties from 11am to 4pm. Experts in the industry Brannigan Associates and G.A. Slowey Architectural Design Services are hosting the FREE clinics.They are leading professional practices in the North West and are two of the most reputable businesses in the construction industry.The clinic will consist of advice regarding Planning and Building regulations, so if you’re thinking about building a new home or renovating then the clinic on Saturday is a must.No appointment is necessary so just drop into the clinic at your convenience from 11am to 4pm. An expert team of Kevin Brannigan and Gerard Slowey will be available to advise on the following issues.Architectural DesignPlanning RegulationsBuilding RegulationsMeeting the criteria of the County Development Plan.How the Planners may view your proposalConstruction Budgetary AdviceEco BuildingBuilding Energy RatingContact us on 0749551126 or 0749541853 if you require further information. FREE CONSULTATION CLINIC ON PLANNING AND BUILDING THIS WEEKEND was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD

first_imgKarl Lacey – caught on camera with his new boots in All SportsDONEGAL GAA star Karl Lacey has dumped his white boots – for a pair in green and gold.But fans of the Four Masters player needn’t worry too much.It’s only his wellies which will be changing colour. We’ve been assured that Karl will NOT be wearing wellies against Tyrone in Ballybofey this Sunday!Sources close to the man who took this picture in All Sports in Donegal Town insisted: “Karl tried on the big size fours; but they were too big!” SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLDlast_img read more