Bolt targets sub-19 run … Sprint king says retirement is not a given

first_imgNEW YORK (CMC): Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt says he is targeting a sub-19-seconds run in the 200 metres and has cast doubt over whether he will wind up his illustrious career following the Rio Olympics in August. The reigning World and Olympic champion in both the 100 and 200 metres, Bolt is seeking to become the first athlete to win the events at three successive Olympiads, following his conquests in Beijing in 2008 and in London four years later. “Just to defend my titles, to do the three-peat. That’s my main goal. That’s my main focus,” Bolt said here. “My secondary goal is to try and run sub-19. That’s something I really want, and I hope that everything goes smoothly and I can get it. That would be a big step for me.” The 29-year-old, who holds the 200 metres world record at 19.19 seconds, has struggled with an ankle injury this year but has slowly worked his way back into fitness and is scheduled to make his season debut next month at the Cayman Islands Invitational. Bolt is also expected to appear at the Ostrava Golden Spike later in May before participating in his own track club’s meet, Racer’s Track Club Grand Prix, in June, ahead of the Jamaica trials. “I’m feeling OK. My coach (Glen Mills) says my fitness is not exactly where he wants it to be,” Bolt said. “Starting out this season, I had a problem with my ankles, and it was a setback, but not that bad. We’re getting back on track, and he’s happy with the progress I’m making.” He added: “I have two months before trials and three and a half months before the championships. I’ll keep pushing myself, and hopefully, everything smooths out and I’ll be at my best when the Olympics comes around.” KEEPING OPTIONS OPEN Though he has hinted at retirement after Rio, he said Mills had urged him to keep his options open regarding the issue. “Coach says I shouldn’t say I want to retire just yet. I should focus on the year and see how I feel after the World Championships (in London),” he said, in reference to the IAAF event next year. “And if I still feel like I want to retire, I should. But he says to give it a chance because I think my coach is pushing for me to go a few more years. We’ll see what happens. “Personally, I don’t really want to continue for years and years because it’s getting hard. I have to sacrifice more and more. It takes up so much of your time.” He continued: “I’m never going to come out and joke or be a joke in a season. I’m a winner. I believe in winning. I hate to lose. I will never come out and say it is a farewell tour. I will want to compete at my best, go to the championships and win again.”last_img read more

The US State Department’s Travel Advisory for Guyana was short but impressive

first_imgDear Editor,As at May 30, 2019, Guyana remains at Level 2, because, in the words of the United States Government, based on their intelligence, “violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common”.To compound the socioeconomic disaster happening in Guyana, the United States Government made it clear that the “local Police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents”.To clarify how deficient the personal safety systems are in Guyana, the United States Government recommended that travellers in Guyana should “avoid travelling at nights”.In light of such a resounding vote of no-confidence in the public security system of Guyana, up comes Mr. Joseph Harmon, the newly invented Director General (of what, I do not know), spouting some serious doses of public claptrap by declaring that “the country is safe”.For whom, Mr. Harmon? Crime is rampant in Guyana, and Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan has failed with an “F” grade at his job, and should be fired forthwith for gross dereliction of duty and gross incompetence at serving and protecting the people.Mr. Ramjattan has failed to make sense of the problems; and because of this, he has failed to invent the solutions. Thus he cannot relate to the future of public security for the people, and he must go.What true leaders do is enable others to create new processes and new structures to solve the issues. All that has happened since Mr. David Granger came into office is that he has populated the top echelons of the Guyana Police Force with people. But that cannot be an exclusive crime-fighting strategy, because if you appoint misfits who cannot conceive a crime-fighting strategy, then the outcome will be worse than it was before they were appointed.Mind you, I did not think at the time of his appointment that the Commissioner was a misfit, since I was one of the first persons to welcome Mr. Leslie James to the post, and called on my fellow Guyanese to give the man a chance to prove himself when he was appointed in August 2018.My expectation was that he was going to review, within six months, all the processes and structures of the Force with an intent to evaluate whether they were functioning effectively and were in compliance with best practices.Now, Rome was not built in a day, so I was not expecting magic from Mr. James; but, at a minimum, every divisional headquarters and their sub-divisional headquarters — from Charity to Crabwood Creek, Georgetown to Linden — should have had one functioning vehicle (with a backup vehicle, just in case) manned by a well-trained five-man squad for 24 hours.That would have entailed 46 vehicles and 920 personnel to man this system for 7 days a week. I was expecting the GDF being asked to provide short-term training for these 920 persons. That is not magic.Plus, I was expecting an aggressive recruitment drive, using no-cash incentives like free house lots, tax-free salaries for the first two years in the Force, and free scholarships for their children to attend UG for two years only (complete a diploma).But, clearly, the Commissioner was asleep at the wheel, and has launched into more of the same old tactics. Well, guess what, we have a demotivated Force that is failing to recruit enough able-bodied persons, and the same old continues. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. My point is made.So to the United States Government, I say, ‘Thank you for supporting the long suffering, law-abiding people of Guyana, and for speaking the truth. This is not the time to pander to fake news coming out of the Ministry of the Presidency in Guyana; this is the time to call a spade a spade, because too many people have been traumatised in Guyana because of this crime wave; and, worse yet, lost their lives.Yours faithfully,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Maryland County, Venue for 2018 World Press Freedom Day

first_imgAhead of World Press Freedom Day, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) through the office of its Secretary-General (SG) has disclosed that this year’s celebration will be held in Maryland County, in the country’s southeastern region. Daniel Nyankonah announced this year’s venue for the observance to his media colleagues last Friday at the union’s headquarters in Monrovia.World Press Freedom Day is observed throughout the world by journalists.Nyankonah stated that following discussions with some media representatives in Monrovia,  Maryland was chosen because “it is very important not to continue being afraid to venture with the union’s activities into the southeast of Liberia.”The PUL SG recalled that during his predecessor’s administration, former PUL president Abdulai Kamara’s used to “take the bull by the horns, venturing into Grand Gedeh County,” an act he said that was very successful despite the union’s challenges over the years.“This time around we challenged ourselves that we can move into Harper City, Maryland County to celebrate with our journalism colleagues in that area,” he said. According to Mr. Nyankonah, “these measures are intended to ensure the full Liberian story is told from that part of the country.”Nyankonah emphasized that it is also important to venture out of Monrovia to effectively cover stories that are coming from the southeast, adding: “The PUL, being the biggest governing body of all journalists in the country, is encouraging our media colleagues to join us in this year’s celebration.’’He stressed that the PUL will work with other partners to raise the necessary media resources ahead of the celebration to get more journalists interested in attending the events.Meanwhile, ahead of the World Press Freedom Day celebration, the PUL has already begun setting up the preparatory committee far ahead of time so that the celebration becomes a success.Every year, May 3 is the date set aside to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and to pay tribute to those journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their professional duties.May 3 was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.It serves as an occasion to inform citizens about the violations of press freedom -a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.It further serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clippers lose ground

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Corey Maggette scored 20 points and Cuttino Mobley had 15 for the Clippers, who were playing their first game since a loss Monday night to San Antonio. The Clippers had won the previous two meetings and nine of 11 against Golden State. Jason Richardson was held to eight points and played only 17 minutes because of foul trouble for the Warriors, who got enough balance from the rest of their roster for a key win. Stephen Jackson had 16 points and six assists, and Al Harrington had 12 points and six rebounds. OAKLAND – Baron Davis had 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and the Golden State Warriors gained valuable ground on the Clippers in the playoff chase with a 99-89 victory Friday night. Reserve Matt Barnes had 16 points and eight rebounds as the Warriors withstood a late Clippers rally to pull within 1 games in the run for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their first three-game winning streak since November. Golden State hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1994, the league’s longest drought. center_img The Clippers lost for the third time in four games following a three-game winning streak. The Clippers are home against Detroit on Sunday before playing at San Antonio, Houston and Charlotte in a four-day span next week. last_img read more

Spidey’s dark side helps Spider-Man III shine

first_imgNow that he doesn’t have to keep his identity a secret, Peter can relax with Mary Jane on a web hammock, counting shooting stars on a beautiful summer night. Problem is, one of those shooting stars happens to be a meteor that (huge coincidence) lands right near them. This meteor contains the alien parasite that will lead to Black Spider-Man. Peter’s peace is about to be pickled. It’s not just the alien parasite and it’s not just the revenge-minded Harry Osborn (James Franco) looking to squash Spidey. There’s also the shape-shifting supervillain Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and an amoral tabloid photographer (is there any other kind?) named Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) looking to take Peter’s job at the Bugle. One more wrinkle: Mary Jane’s mojo isn’t working on Broadway, and a new girl, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), is catching Peter’s eye. You’ve probably seen Spider-Man’s new black suit, a costume guaranteed to arrive on your doorstep this Halloween on many an 8-year-old. The color change, brought about in “Spider-Man 3” by an alien parasite that (briefly) darkens Peter Parker’s heart and mind, might have you thinking that the latest Spidey installment heads into more brooding territory than its predecessors, but that’s not really the case. And it can’t be the case, because writer-director Sam Raimi believes too much in Parker’s goodness and essential nerdiness to build Spider-Man his own version of the Bat Cave. “Spider-Man 3” may not be as good as the second entry in the series and it may introduce a few too many new characters without giving them enough depth, but it does move and it does entertain and it does make you smile. Let Raimi make another trilogy if he wants to. I’d watch them in a heartbeat. The movie begins with Peter (Tobey Maguire) reveling in the love he’s receiving from Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) and Spidey’s loyal public. With all the villains, is there room for a green-eyed monster? Why not? To the credit of Raimi and co-writers Alvin Sargent and Ivan Raimi (Sam’s brother), the overstuffed plot of “Spider-Man” remains clear and hurtles forward. Some characters don’t pay off until the movie’s thrilling finale; others (notably the thinly sketched Gwen) will have to wait for another movie. Sometimes the movie feels a bit episodic, and sometimes that doesn’t matter because the episodes (especially the one involving Bruce Campbell’s fussy French maitre d’) are so wonderfully realized. If it takes another movie – a “Spider-Man 4” is inevitable – to get Gwen Stacy going, you could point to “3’s” finally nailing the Peter-Harry rivalry as an example of good things sometimes taking time. Thanks to a bout of amnesia, Franco’s Harry goes all Jekyll and Hyde, allowing Franco the chance to flash his charm and million-dollar smile. Watching Harry play Peter for a fool is almost as much fun as seeing Peter, infected by that creepy-crawly alien virus, turn into an egotistic emo rocker, strutting through Manhattan like a geeky Tony Manero to the James Brown funk classic “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul.” Peter’s “dark” night is a lot more fun than a certain Dark Knight, and indicative of a comic-book franchise that never loses its mission to engage and enthrall. SPIDER-MAN 3 Our rating: (PG-13: intense action, violence) Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace. Director: Sam Raimi. Running time: 2 hr. 20 min. Playing: Midnight showings Thursday. Opens in wide release Friday. In a nutshell: Exhilarating mishmash will leave you ready for No. 4.— Glenn Whipp, (818) 713-3672 glenn.whipp@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United line-up v West Ham: Another academy gem to shine?

first_img1 Paddy McNair could feature for Man United against West Ham They have looked irresistible going forward and Van Gaal should stick with 4-1-3-2 to utilise his attacking weapons.The main issue for the Dutchman, though, is who will play next to Rojo in the centre.Daley Blind is the most likely candidate given his versatility, and that could mean a return to the starting XI for Darren Fletcher in defensive midfield.Luke Shaw is poised to make his full first team debut following his £27m move from Southampton in the summer, moving Rojo from the left.Alternatively, Van Gaal could opt for teenage defender Paddy McNair, with the 19-year-old centre-back rumoured to be close to a call-up.Given Blackett’s promotion from the reserves this season, it would be no surprise to see the young Northern Irishman take to the field against the Hammers.Going forward has not been an issue for the ‘Gaalaticos’, and United will likely continue with a front three of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.Juan Mata is a popular figure among United’s fans, and his omission from last week’s first-team was a surprise and despite Van Persie’s languid performances, he is still likely to partner Falcao up top.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line against West Ham? Comment below… 1 Man United can put their humiliating defeat to Leicester City behind them when they host West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday.The 5-3 loss to the Foxes saw Louis van Gaal’s side throw away a two-goal lead, which leaves the Red Devils with just five points from five games.And to compound the home side’s woes, centre-half Jonny Evans left the King Power Stadium on crutches, while Tyler Blackett is suspended following his late dismissal for bringing down Jamie Vardy.Chris Smalling (thigh), and Phil Jones (hamstring), are both absent, leaving Marcos Rojo as the Old Trafford side’s only fit centre-half.With this in mind, will Van Gaal stick to a 4-1-3-2 formation that has yielded seven goals in the past two games, or will he go back to 3-5-2 given the lack of defensive cover?And with the Merseyside and north London derbies this weekend, Man United have the chance to close the gap on the teams above them in their quest for Champions League football.Possible Man United line-up against West Ham:last_img read more

Manchester United blow? Real Madrid duo set to stay in Spain, according to Rafa Benitez

first_img Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema 1 Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez remains confident Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will both still be at the Bernabeu this coming season despite ongoing speculation about their futures.Bale has long been linked with a move to Manchester United and, with Angel di Maria poised to leave Old Trafford for Paris Saint-Germain, fresh talk about a possible bid for the world’s most expensive player has re-emerged in the media.It is a similar story with Benzema, with Arsenal the latest in a long line of reported suitors believed to be keen on the 27-year-old France international.However, new Madrid boss Benitez is not expecting either forward to be leaving the club any time soon.He told a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Audi Cup clash against Tottenham in Munich: “Gareth is a huge player for us and I know that he’s happy.“I’m not going to talk about offers. Everything is well and he’s going to have a good season with us I’m sure.”On speculation about Benzema, former Liverpool boss Benitez added: “My answer is that I think Benzema is going to stay with us. I’m very happy with him. There’s no reason to think that he’s going to go.”Another player whose future has been heavily in the spotlight this summer is Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.Real want to bring the former Atletico Madrid number one back to the Spanish capital, but so far United have only wanted do a deal with the 10-time European champions if defender Sergio Ramos joins the Red Devils in return.Asked about De Gea, Benitez said: “I’ve said in five previous press conferences that I don’t want to talk about players who are in other teams. We have three very good keepers. I can talk about them, not other goalkeepers.”last_img read more

DONEGAL AU PAIR PAID JUST €65 FOR 70 HOUR WEEK

first_imgExclusive: A young Italian au pair has revealed how she was paid just €65 per week by a Co Donegal-based family for working a 70 hour week.The young woman was expected to do all sorts of jobs during her 70 hour week for just €65.The 23 year old was expected to clean, mind a child, iron and cook as part of her duties.And when she eventually complained about her heavy workload, she was thrown out of the couple’s house at 11pm and forced to stay in a bed and breakfast. The Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland has asked the woman to come forward to them and to make an official complaint against the family who are based in Letterkenny.The young woman, from Rome, came to Ireland last year to improve her English.She answered an advert on an au pair website and started work at the home of a couple who live in Letterkenny but who are not originally from Ireland.However just days into her job, the young woman’s workload began to increase steadily. She revealed “It was not bad at the start but it soon got worse. The advert said ‘light housework’ but I was cleaning and watching the child all the time.“I got very little free time to myself at all. I was working at least 70 hours a week and I was always paid €65,” she said.The woman said she was given very little to eat and was given a “treat’ of a piece of fruit or a biscuit each day.“There was little to eat. I might get pasta or rice but it was small portions.“When I asked for more I was told I would have to buy it myself,” she said. The woman was also told off by the couple for eating the child’s food.She said that she was confronted by the woman for eating some bread and then realised the couple had installed cameras in the house to watch her.“It was not nice being watched all the time.”The Italian woman began a course in fashion for one night each week at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. But when she was late for collection by the man she worked for, he got angry and he shouted at her.When the young au pair said she could not continue working the long hours under such conditions, he told her to leave.The 23 year old left and went to a local bed and breakfast before moving to a hostel for a number of days.She has since moved in with another family and will continue to live here until August.She also started working in a restaurant and soon became friendly with an Australian girl.But in a bizarre coincidence the Italian woman discovered her Australian friend was working as an au pair for her former employer.The Australian woman was also working long hours for little pay and she decided to move out.She contacted local Gardai who went with her to the house to move out her personal belongings.The woman said the Gardai said they could not press charges as the couple had not broken any laws.Aoife Smith, a spokeswoman for the Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland said she was horrified by the conditions the young woman was kept in and the long hours she was expected to work.But she aded that it was becoming all too common in Ireland.She urged the young Italian woman to come forward and report the matter to them in confidence.“We can help her if she is willing to come forward and make a complaint. She can speak to us in confidence.“Unfortunately the reality is that the Irish Government does not recognise the rights of au pairs here.“We need to continue to highlight these situations and to show the Government that these people cannot be treated like this,” she said.DONEGAL AU PAIR PAID JUST €65 FOR 70 HOUR WEEK was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:au paircomplaintdonegalItalianletterkennylast_img read more

Maintain income stream

first_img Chicken that I am, I would still prefer keeping at least one year’s worth of living expenses in a liquid and relatively safe place, such as a money market or short-term bond fund. Another option is to buy an immediate annuity that pays a monthly income for life to cover the basic necessities while keeping the rest of the money well diversified and making withdrawals as needed. Let’s say you want none of that and simply want to rely on your diversified portfolio to provide you with income. I put your question to Paul Merriman, an investment adviser in Seattle who has spent more than 20 years studying the subject of retirement withdrawals and wrote the 2005 book “Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money!” (Wiley, 2005). “If the reader’s portfolio is well diversified by our definition, I think over time he will benefit by selling portions of the portfolio that are high,” Merriman said. Doing so will help “rebalance” the portfolio – that is, restore it to the original asset allocation designed to match the investor’s goals and risk tolerance. Many caveats are in order here. The impact of taxes cannot be ignored, although even at the highest bracket long-term capital gains are taxed at a maximum 15 percent. It may be possible to rebalance the overall portfolio by making changes in the tax-deferred accounts only, without tax consequences, and still manage to sell the losers in the taxable accounts. Depending on individual circumstances, particularly for those with large portfolios, judicious withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts now may be advisable to avoid a much larger tax bill when minimum required distributions begin after age 70. And the portfolio must be properly diversified to begin with, which under Merriman’s definition means including funds that invest in big and small and growth and value stocks, both in the United States and abroad. “The point here is that if you are not properly diversified (such as investing only in U.S. growth stocks, for instance) rebalancing is not very meaningful,” Merriman said. A truly diversified portfolio helps keep volatility down, which in turn lessens the risk that withdrawals will deplete a portfolio. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice each Thursday and answers readers’ questions each Saturday. Write him at askhumberto@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 So rather than “advice,” let me suggest a few guidelines gleaned from personal experience and interviews with scores of financial planners and investment advisers over the years. Personally, I try to keep the next 10 years’ worth of living expenses covered by predictable income streams, including fixed annuity payments and the interest and liquidation of principal from fixed-income investments. I invest the rest of my money for growth, mostly in low-cost stock mutual funds. My goal with these funds is to have, in 10 years, enough money to start generating another 10-year income stream, and also enough left over to again invest for growth. This strategy – advocated by certified public accountant and financial educator Paul Grangaard in his book, “The Grangaard Strategy” (Perigee Books, 2004) – makes it unlikely you’ll ever have to sell your stock investments at a loss because you don’t need to touch them for 10 years. And if you are fortunate to be sitting on a big gain before the 10 years are up, you can sell ahead of schedule and start a new 10-year income stream and growth-investment cycle at that point. But while the strategy provides flexibility and peace of mind, it does require a fair amount of savings. Some advisers see it as overly cautious and argue you are better off keeping a well-diversified portfolio and managing withdrawals properly. Q: I have a question about a topic many other people might struggle with. I’m 62 years old, retired, and withdraw less than 5 percent a year from a balanced portfolio for living expenses. I know it’s better to withdraw from my taxable funds before tapping into my tax-deferred portfolio. My question is, when withdrawing from my taxable funds, do I sell winners or losers? If I sell winners, I sell at the top, but then I have taxes on capital gains. If I sell losers, I sell at the bottom, but I have a capital loss I can use to save on taxes. I have no other income and live from the sales from my portfolio, and was hoping you could offer some advice. A: How to withdraw funds from a retirement portfolio is fast becoming the subject of entire books, particularly now that the oldest baby boomers have hit traditional retirement age. But as with most things having to do with personal finance, there is no agreement on the “right” method. last_img read more

SENATOR’S DRINK-DRIVING CASE ADJOURNED AGAIN

first_imgA case of alleged drink-driving against Donegal Senator Brian O Domhnaill has been adjourned.Senator O’DomhnaillThe Fianna Fail politician, who did not appear in court, faced a number of charges. These include drink-driving as well as hit and run failing to report an occurrence, hit and run failing to remain at the scene and hit and run failing to give appropriate information.The incident is alleged to have happened at Tullygay outside Letterkenny on September 2nd, 2013.Senator O Domhnaill’s solicitor John Canon addressed the court in Irish.He asked to have the case put back “to sees where it stands and to mention it.”Judge Paul Kelly, who also addressed the court in Irish, agreed.The case against Senator O Domhnaill, 37, of Killult, Falcarragh was put back until February 19th.SENATOR’S DRINK-DRIVING CASE ADJOURNED AGAIN was last modified: January 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegaldrink drivingFalcarraghhit and runSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more