Gordon ends college career on a high

first_imgFormer Holmwood Technical High quarter-miler Chris Ann Gordon ended her collegiate career in grand style last weekend at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.Competing for the University of Texas, Austin, Gordon won the 400 metres in 50.51 seconds, ahead of Shakina Wimbley of the University of Miami, 50.68, and Kendall Ellis (51.06) of the University of Southern California.It was Gordon’s first National Collegiate title and the third 400m title in four years for her school. She later returned to run a relay split of 49.41 seconds in the 4x400m final, the second-fastest in collegiate history, to help her team to fifth position.”Winning this title means a lot to me. I want when they talk about Texas and the 4×400 metres that they mention Chris Ann Gordon’s name. It really feels good to be in the same league as Sanya Richards and Courteney Okolo,” Gordon said in a University of Texas press release.Former Hydel High thrower Shadae Lawrence also won the discus, while Rushelle Burton and Kellion Knibb had top-three finishes in their events.Lawrence gave Kansas State University their first-ever throwing title at the Championships with a best of 61.37 metres on her final attempt. Maggie Ewan of Arizona State was second with 60.11m, while another Jamaican, Kellion Knibb, was third with 59.19m.Burton, Gordon’s teammate at the University of Texas, became the fastest ever freshman at the Championships in the women’s 100m hurdles. The former Camperdown High athlete was third in the final in 12.69 seconds. The University of Texas, El Paso athlete, Tobi Amusan, coached by Jamaican Olympian Lacena Golding Clarke, won the event in 12.57.last_img read more

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Tim Cone ‘perfectly OK’ as stopgap coach for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgNegros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “I don’t even know even if they’re going to make a commitment to me,” he added. “Are they just gonna give me a team and I’m gonna coach it? Or I’m gonna be in the selection, or part of it? Or you know, we get our practice once a week, twice a week?”Cone stressed he doesn’t have any problems with temporarily filling in the vacancy.“I fully realize that its just a stopgap measure at this point. I’m just filling in until they can find the guy they want. And I’m perfectly OK with that,” Cone said.The decorated tactician also added that he also “got the blessing of San Miguel,” which he regards as “crucial” in making a resolution.Asked about how close he is at arriving at a decision, Cone, instead, asked for patience.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t want to jump on anybody,” he said. “It’s not fair to Mr. Panlilio—to put him on the spot. I don’t want to put my bosses—Mr. (Ramon) Ang or Mr. Alfrancis (Chua) on a spot.”“So the less I say, the better it is at this point. Let them make the announcement. We’ll just talk. I want to be a good boy,” he added.Cone was offered the coaching seat after former Gilas mentor Tab Baldwin begged off from the job.Cone previously served as national coach during the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, where he guided the Philippine quintet to a third-place finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I understand fully that if I take the position it’s just a stopgap position, it’s no commitment to the Gilas head coaching,” he told reporters shortly after steering Ginebra past Alaska on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup. “Monday is supposed to be the day we resolve this whole issue. Not tonight.”“I don’t have any information except that Mr. Al Panlilio approached me and we did talk about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Grand Slam mentor and holder of the most PBA crowns said he “doesn’t know anything about the mechanics” of the federation’s pitch for him to mentor the national team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games here later this year.“I don’t know who [comprises] the pool, I don’t know where we’ll practice, I don’t know how many practices we will have, I don’t know who my staff is going to be.” Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna View commentscenter_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Coach Tim Cone said there are a lot of details needing to be threshed out with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ offer to coach the Philippine team.But he is certain that he is merely a band-aid solution within the program’s reboot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China In cryptic tweet, Antonio Brown appears to retire from NFLlast_img read more

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Smuggled AK-47 not Police property

first_img…Cops released from close arrestPreliminary investigations have revealed that the AK-47 assault rifle, which was intercepted at the exit of Police Headquarters, is not the property of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).While investigators have encountered some difficulties in identifying the origin of the high-power rifle, they are confident that the firearm does not belong to the GPF.Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the GPF, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum explained to media operatives the challenges facing the detectives.“We have been encountering some difficulties to restore the number on the firearm; on that basis it is very difficult to state whether the weapon is the property of the Guyana Police Force, but based on the general appearance, it is not the property of the Guyana Police Force,” he disclosed.However, Blanhum said identifying the number would be critical in determining if the weapon was lodged with the Police.Additionally, the Crime Chief explained that ballistic tests conducted showed that the firearm was not used at any crime scenes.He further noted that the Police have suspicions regarding the origin of the AK-47 rifle, but he declined to share those leads with the public as investigations are ongoing.Moreover, Blanhum said the file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.Meanwhile, the four Police ranks and one senior officer who were under close arrest pending the investigation were released.These persons include a Police Corporal and an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU).However, the civilian who was also arrested in connection with the investigation remains in custody.Blanhum said he was hopeful for criminal charges to be laid against the Police Corporal involved, adding that investigators have recommended disciplinary action against the other ranks on duty at the time of the incident.Reports are that on February 28, a civilian vehicle was allowed into the Police compound without being searched.The vehicle reportedly stayed throughout the evening.The weapon was only discovered when the vehicle was searched the following morning when it was leaving the compound. The mobile phone belonging to the driver was checked and it was found that several calls were made to the ASP.That very ASP, this newspaper was told, had been implicated in several unprofessional and shady transactions, and had been interdicted from duty several years ago, following the murder of Dweive Kant Ramdass in the Essequibo River.Ramdass was reportedly robbed of millions of dollars.The ASP, who had been a cadet officer at the time, had been accused, along with other ranks, of stealing an undisclosed sum of money from Ramdass, which they had confiscated. During that trial, however, no evidence had been given against the Police ranks, and they were subsequently reinstated into the Police Force.Meanwhile, the Corporal who has been arrested is the brother of a tattoo artist who had been charged and remanded to prison for the murder of Leelawattie Mohamed, who was gunned down in Tain, Corentyne two weeks ago. The Corporal was reportedly on the radar of several senior officers. Suspicion that his character was shady arose after he was seen driving in and out of the TSU compound in various heavily tinted motor carslast_img read more

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WOW – THESE STUNNING SNAPS SHOW DONEGAL BASKING IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE

first_imgThese stunning snaps show capture Donegal in all its stunning beauty, the photos are taken by the supremely talented photographer Adam-Rory Porter.  The first picture was taken earleir today, which shows the breathtaking beauty of Inishowen, while the second beautiful picture was taken late yesterday evening, just as the sun was going down after a glorious day.If you’re out about today, taking in all Donegal’s beauty in this fine weather, then send us your snaps to info@donegaldaily.comWOW – THESE STUNNING SNAPS SHOW DONEGAL BASKING IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Featuresnewsweatherlast_img read more

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‘Big mistake by me’ – Rangers man says sorry to fans after loss to Celtic

first_imgMiller also took responsibility for the result after he failed to a bury another late opportunity when he scuffed a finish against Craig Gordon’s post.Speaking after the game, he said: “I don’t know what happened. I’ll be looking back for a while wondering what went wrong.“I’ll replay that moment over and over in my head. For me, it’s effectively cost us a point.” 2 Celtic players celebrate their 2-1 win at Ibrox Rangers forward Harry Forrester has apologised to the club’s fans for his part in Saturday’s defeat 2-1 to Celtic at Ibrox.The 25-year-old was introduced to the Old Firm clash eight minutes from time but wasted the chance to make himself an instant hero.Celtic, courtesy of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, were in front having come from behind following Kenny Miller’s first-half opener for the hosts, and Forrester looked to be in the perfect place to play in team-mate Joe Dodoo for the equaliser.However, he decided to go it alone and found himself squeezed out by Brendan Rodgers’ defence.The missed opportunity means Rangers now trail their bitter rivals by 19 points and Forrester admits he blundered.Posting on his Twitter page, he said: “Just watched the game back, big mistake by me not slipping in Joe.“Hold my hands up. Had a lot of chances to get something from the game.” 2last_img read more

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B-52 will test synthetic fuel

first_img“We’re going to do a flight profile and look at performance points for the aircraft,” Harrison said. “We’ll also measure emissions.” Before the flight tests can begin, the engines will be equipped with measurement instruments. About two weeks of engine test runs on the ground will be done, followed by the flight tests, also likely to be over a two-week period. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – As the U.S. military looks to make sure its planes, tanks and trucks will keep running if America’s oil imports were cut off, an Air Force B-52 bomber will be put to work testing a synthetic fuel made from natural gas. The effort uses a synthesizing process developed by two German researchers in the 1920s and used by petroleum-short Germany to help keep its Nazi war machine running during World War II. But for years, it was deemed too expensive to compete with conventional fuels – until the recent run-up in oil prices. “The time is probably right to produce that fuel,” said Bill Harrison, chief of the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate turbine-engine division fuels branch. The Edwards flight test work is part of a Pentagon effort, started in 2001, called the Assured Fuel Initiative. The idea is to ensure an energy supply regardless of uncertainty in oil-producing countries or problems spurred by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina’s damage last year to Gulf Coast oil refineries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Air Force alone consumes 3.2 billion gallons of fuel annually, accounting for about 80 percent of the federal government’s fuel usage. Engineers expect the so-called Fischer-Tropsch fuel – named for the two German researchers who developed the process – will have the same performance as regular jet fuel, but with less pollution because it contains less sulfur than regular fuels. The fuel the Edwards B-52 will use is being produced by an Oklahoma company called Syntroleum Corp., which has a plant that produces 70 barrels a day of Fischer-Tropsch fuels. The Defense Department is interested in getting up to 200 million gallons of synthetic fuel in 2008. Plans call for conducting three flight tests with the Fischer-Tropsch fuel. The fuel will be used in two of the airplane’s eight jet engines. last_img read more

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Moussa Dembele says Celtic deserved better in Germany

first_imgMoussa Dembele believes Celtic deserved all three points in their Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.The French striker scored from the penalty spot to give Brendan Rodgers’ men a 1-1 draw in Germany, a result which keeps their hopes of European football into 2017 alive.Callum McGregor missed a great late chance to give the Scottish champions all three points at Borussia Park and after losing to the same opponents last month, Dembele feels they should have emerged with their first victory in Group C.He said: “I think we played much better football tonight, we believed in ourselves and we had a lot of chances. “We deserved better in this game. We keep learning and hopefully in the next one we can get a result.”Celtic remain bottom of the group and face European giants Barcelona and Manchester City as they aim to extend their European adventure.After missing a penalty in the group opener against Barcelona, Dembele remained calm to stroke the ball past Yann Sommer after being brought down by Julian Korb.“We’ll keep believing we can continue. We’ll take it game-by-game and hopefully we can still be in Europe.”last_img read more

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Adrian Dolan begins new journey at J.J. Reid Motors

first_imgJ.J. Reid Volkswagen are delighted to welcome Adrian Dolan as Operations Manager to the team in their Letterkenny VW  showroom.  Adrian is an accomplished Motor Sales Manager with over 16 years experience in the Irish Motor Industry having previously worked with well-known brands such as Renault, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Ford. He has a degree in Business Studies ( Accountancy ) from Sligo Institute of Technology and completed numerous  Volkswagen Motor Training programmes. Adrian has excellent selling, negotiating and management skills developed through close relationships in the motor industry. He is currently focused with a passion for customer service and continuous improvement.  He previously held roles in the Banking Sector in Dublin, Naas, Limerick. Adrian looks forward to welcoming his past, present and future Volkswagen customers to JJ Reid Volkswagen Letterkenny, Donegal. Adrian can be contacted on Adrian.dolan@jjreidmotors.ie,  Office 074 9122333, Mobile 087 2046463Adrian Dolan begins new journey at J.J. Reid Motors was last modified: February 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:adrian dolancarsJJ Reid Motorsletterkennylast_img read more

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Solar eclipse viewing tickets on sale

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the Great American Solar Eclipse in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, available on a first-come, first-served basis for $30 apiece. A total eclipse of the sun will occur in the region the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21, and the park is partnering with NASA, Southwestern Community College and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to provide a special program with featured speakers and storytellers to help explain the scientific and cultural connections to this unique event. The ticketed event will occur at Clingmans Dome with informal viewing sites offered as well at Cades Cove and Oconaluftee.At 6,643 feet in elevation, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the park and offers the unique possibility of seeing the moon’s shadow approach across the landscape. The area will be closed to public traffic with about 1,325 tickets offered. The parking area will be converted to a special event site that includes a jumbotron screen for a national NASA TV broadcast, telescopes, educational exhibits and a stage for featured speakers.“We are thrilled that the park lies within the narrow viewing band of this spectacular, natural phenomena,” said Deputy Superintendent Clay Jordan. “I have great memories of the time I experienced a partial solar eclipse as a child and I am thrilled to view my first total eclipse from the top of the Smokies in the company of a passionate group of visitors.”Participants will be shuttled to the site from Gatlinburg and Cherokee by coach bus. The Clingmans Dome tower itself will be reserved for the media and live broadcasting teams to share the experience with the widest audience possible. Special presentations and activities will take place during the approximately three-hour period in the afternoon when the sun will be partially and, for a brief time, totally obscured by the moon.Buy tickets at www.recreation.gov.last_img read more

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They come to dance…and grow

first_imgCEO Philip Boyd takes one of hisstudents through one of the school’srigorous training regimes at theAthlone studio. DFA’s Cape Town Outreach Programmetakes dance to the classrooms oftownships such as Gugulethu andKhayelitsha. CEO Philip Boyd (left, standing) fine tunesone of his student’s techniques at theschool in Athlone.(Images: Dance for All)MEDIA CONTACTS• Philip Boyd CEO, Dance for All+27 21 697 5509RELATED ARTICLES• South African Theatre • Zip Zap circus school teaches life skills • SA ballet shines in dark times • Irish flair comes to South Africa Shamin ChibbaAlbert Einstein famously referred to dancers as athletes of God, and the legendary American choreographer Martha Graham believed dance was the soul’s hidden language.And it is through these notions that Philip Boyd established Dance for All, a non-profit organisation that gets children from previously underprivileged backgrounds into dancing.Twenty-one years ago Boyd, who at the time was a principal dancer with what is now the Cape Town City Ballet, noticed that the South African ballet scene was devoid of black performers.Inspired to change this situation, he gathered 34 children in a classroom in Gugulethu township in the Western Cape and began teaching them the basics of dance, establishing what was then called Ballet for All.The name changed to Dance for All (DFA) after the organisation started incorporating other disciplines of dance such as African, jazz, contemporary dance and hip hop.Today, DFA trains almost 1 000 children and young adults, between the ages of five and 21, from the region’s underprivileged communities.The DFA differenceWhat distinguishes DFA from most dance schools is the outreach programmes it runs in various communities around Cape Town. Instructors provide free tuition in school classrooms and community halls in townships such as Gugulethu, Nyanga and Khayelitsha, as well as the further-flung areas of Barrydale, Montagu and Zolani.However, their main studio is in Athlone in the Cape Flats, where the organisation’s most talented students train.“It is where the serious training takes place,” said Boyd.Together with his late wife, the renowned prima ballerina Phyllis Spira, Boyd was able to grow the project into a school that has become a springboard for many professional dancers.Noluyanda Mqulwana, a cast member in The Lion King‘s Singapore chapter, has been invited to participate in the show for the Germany leg later this year. Another progeny of DFA is Xola Putye, a senior soloist with the Cape Town City Ballet.Siphe November, a 13-year-old who has been sponsored to continue his training at the Canadian National Ballet School in Toronto, is also one of the project’s stars.A success story of Boyd’s project is Theo Ndindwa, who danced professionally in the UK for six years before returning to South Africa to start his own professional dance company, iKapa Dance Theatre.Keeping kids off the streetsWhen speaking of the benefits DFA provides, Boyd said the students learn to become focused and disciplined and being part of the school helps to keep them away from possible exposure to destructive behaviour.“It gets the kids off the streets and with that, they receive good training,” said Boyd.Within DFA are five programmes. The Cape Town Outreach Programme takes dance to township schools. Under the tutelage of former DFA trainee Hope Nongqongqo, more than 300 children are given the opportunity to learn ballet, African and contemporary dance in the classes that are run daily.Other programmes include the Rural Outreach Programme; the InSPIRAtions Youth Company, whose members are hired for performances, corporate or private functions, and television commercials; Specialised Dance Programmes, which selects the most talented dancers from the Cape Town Outreach Programme; and the Bridging Programme, which helps fill the gap between dance student and professional.Despite DFA’s incredible success, maintaining the project still remains a struggle financially. According to Boyd, the cost of running the school can go up to R4-million (US$480 900) a year and for an NPO, such funds are hard to obtain.The efforts by Boyd and his team of instructors have culminated in what will be one of DFA’s biggest tours yet: the Mzansi Cymru Torchbearers concert in Cardiff, Wales.Collaboration with Welsh performersEleven dancers from InSPIRAtions will collaborate with Welsh performers for two shows at the Wales Millennium Centre on July 20 and 21.One of those taking part is Nathan Baartman of Eerstrivier in Cape Town. He initially started as a hip hop dancer when he was 17 but took up ballet when, just over a year ago, he felt the need to broaden his knowledge of dance.“I went to a factory that makes ballet shoes and other equipment and a lady there advised me to take up ballet with DFA,” he said.The shy 20-year-old uses dance as a medium to express himself.“It’s a way of setting myself and my audience free. It’s an international language we can all understand.” he said.Baartman feels that being a part of DFA has helped him discover just what he is capable of achieving.“The teaching [at DFA] has been phenomenal. They never break you down. They are all about building you up.”His trip to Wales will be his first major performance as a ballet dancer and he believes he is more than ready for it.Members of Zip Zap Circus, the Fezeka Choir and Amampondo, all of which hail from Cape Town, will also take part in the concert.Mzansi Cymru Torchbearers is an arts project spearheaded by Valley Kids, a community development charity based in the South Wales Valleys. it forms part of the Wales Cultural Olympiad.The dancers will be accompanied by Boyd and teacher and choreographer Christopher Kindo.Both South African and Welsh performers prepared themselves for the event when they rehearsed at the DFA studios in April, as well as at the Artscape Theatre and the Zip Zap Circus tent.A duplicate of the Cardiff performance will be staged in Cape Town towards the end of November this year.last_img read more

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