Still Gatlin to win on the wire …

first_imgJamaica and indeed the entire world, got excited over the weekend on seeing world sprint king Usain Bolt return to some semblance of form with identical 9.87 second clockings in the heats and final of the 100 metres event at the London 2012 Olympics anniversary games. Having been the first person brave enough to predict that Bolt would lose his World Championships 100m title to the widely loathed American Justin Gatlin, I watched both races with keen interest to see just how much my prediction was on track. It was absolutely great to see the big man competing healthy again, and seeming to be relaxed in doing so. After all, my prediction in no way compromises my respect for Usain Bolt as the undisputed champion athlete, who is already the greatest sprinter to have ever lived. BOLT’S BIG CHALLENGE All things being equal, and if conditions are right, the feisty and resilient Gatlin should break 9.7 in Beijing. Therefore, by my estimation, the winner of that gold medal will have to run between 9.65 and 9.69. The big challenge for Bolt is to get that 9.87 down to 9.69 in very limited time. A lot of the optimism coming from Jamaicans after Bolt’s London appearances seem to be conveniently ignoring the fact Gatlin is still ahead of Bolt in terms of form, and, certainly, as far as times are concerned. It therefore follows that if both sprinters prepare and improve accordingly, then Gatlin is still the man to beat in Beijing. One good thing coming out of Bolt’s London runs is that the clash between himself and Gatlin, it appears, will actually take place in Beijing. For many moments this season, there were credible doubts as to whether or not this face off would materialise, but with Bolt showing his hand, it now seems certain the race is on. From where I am sitting, Gatlin, on form, should win that 100m event on the wire ahead of Usain Bolt. Again, for the record, I sincerely hope I am wrong. GATLIN STILL ON TRACK Having said all that, though, and casting emotions aside, I refuse to recant on my prediction. Gatlin is still on track to beat Bolt in Beijing. A lot of the expectant Jamaican and indeed track and field officials and fans across the world simply don’t want to see Gatlin dethrone Bolt. I don’t want to see that either, but the reality remains the same even after the two races in London. Bolt has lots of work to do. In the heats, Bolt was off to his usual ordinary start and indeed trailed Mike Rodgers up to about 70m before extending to get by the American before shutting down for a relatively easy win. In the final, Bolt had an atrocious start and had to pull out all the stops to get by and then hold off Rodgers, as well as his fast-finishing stable mate, Kemar Bailey-Cole. Upon seeing the intensity of Bolt’s effort in the final, I was surprised to see the clock showing 9.87. Of course, the conditions for sprinting were far from perfect – the track was wet, there was a -1.2 and -0.8 metres per second headwind in the heats and final, respectively. As for the overall execution of the race, I would grade Bolt at about 6.5 out of 10. On that same scale, he needs to be closer to 9 out of 10 to beat Gatlin. Bolt and his astute coaching staff, led by Glen Mills, will have to pull out all the tricks with just under three weeks to go. It is obvious from what we saw that Bolt has been working hard on the training ground. He looks much fitter and trimmer, and seems to have shed the excess bulk we saw earlier in the season. Race sharpness and his notoriously poor start continue to be his main areas of concern.last_img read more

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSunday11:30 a.m.: Leicester vs Everton SPORTSMAX2 Saturday9 a.m.: Sunderland vs Chelsea4 p.m.: West Ham vs Swansea6 p.m.: Aston Villa vs Newcastle9 p.m.: Bournemouth vs West Brom11 p.m.: Crystal Palace vs StokeSunday7:30 a.m.: Tottenham vs Southampton10 a.m.: Man City vs Arsenal4 p.m.: Liverpool vs WatfordSPORTSMAXlast_img

Essequibo teen to spend 2 years at NOC for wandering

first_imgA 14-year-old teen of Queenstown Village, Essequibo Coast, was on Tuesday charged for wandering and ordered to spend two years at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) by Magistrate Sunil Scarce, when she appeared at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court. The matter was tried in camera.The court was told the defendant during the month of December 2015, at Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, being under the age of 17, was found wondering. She had been missing from her grandmother’s home for some four months and refused to say where she was or who she was with when she appeared in court.The grandmother and her father were present in court. The father agreed to have the teen spend two years at NOC; however, the grandmother was not in favour. After the probation report was presented to Magistrate Scarce, the teen was sent to NOC where she was told to further her studies. The court also heard that out of 55 school sessions, the juvenile only 34 attended.It was also reported that prior to her leaving home for the past four months, she would pretend that she is going to school by dressing in her uniform but her school attendance record showed that she was absent on numerous occasions.last_img read more

45 Farmers Get FAO’s Ebola Preventive Refresher Training

first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has trained about 45 farmers including forest users on the preventive measures of the deadly human killer disease— Ebola.The FAO three-day interactive training was held at the conference hall of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata with participants drawn from five counties. The training workshop started Monday, 15 and ended on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.Participating counties include Bomi, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, and Montserrado Counties.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Kakata, the National Consultant for Rapid Response against EVD, FAO, Dr. Etagegnehu D. Belayneh, said the training is part of FAO way to create awareness on the EVD for farmers and forest users with special emphasis for native people (farmers) who cannot read and write and have no chance to get healthcare and hygienic information easily.She furthered that the awareness help create bridge linkage between the communities and EVD taskforce in each county as well as district for fast reporting of contact cases and contact tracing. According to the FAO National Consultant for Rapid Response against EVD, participants are trained to help train other farmers who were not opportune to form part of the training exercise.She said participants are expected to get back to the communities and to pass on knowledge learnt from the training to others especially community volunteers, women groups, youth for fast transmission of the EVD prevention and control messages already developed by MOH and its international partners.Dr. Belayneh places the overall objectives of the FAO/UN as supporting the Liberian government ongoing effort in the country to fight against the deadly pandemic “Ebola”. She said the training is being carried out in three regions including: region one, Kakata with five counties, Gbarnga City, Bong County, and Grand Gedeh County. The FAO training is under the theme: Rapid Response Against Ebola Prevention and control. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VIDEO: Worth £46m? Watch Renato Sanches’ best Benfica moments

first_img Renato Sanches has scored two goals for Benfica this season 1 Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of sealing their first summer signing, 18-year-old Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.The Red Devils have reportedly agreed a £46m deal to bring Sanches to Old Trafford in the summer with Jorge Mendes – also the agent of Jose Mourinho – brokering the deal between the two clubs.But just who is this teenage sensation?Sanches is a strong and powerful box-to-box midfielder who has broken into the Benfica first team this season having played in the UEFA Youth League up until then.The Portuguese under-21 international played in both legs of the Champions League quarter-finals which Benfica narrowly lost to Bayern Munich.Following the impressive start to his senior career, Benfica moved quickly to tie Sanches down to a better contract, and importantly a new buyout clause which is at €80m.United have had their eye on the Lisbon born midfielder all season and were in discussions over a £40m move for him in January but failed in their attempts.While Sanches is highly rated by a number of top European clubs, many Manchester United fans may be unaware of who he is, or even worried he could end up as another Anderson-type player.See the video below for all his best moments since breaking into the Benfica first team this season!last_img read more

ANY SIZE APACHE PIZZA AND SIDES TODAY FOR JUST €9.99

first_imgDD OFFER: Award-Winning Apache Pizza in Letterkenny is the BEST pizza in town – and at a price that’s right.The Irish-owned company has wonderful pizzerias around Ireland.And their local outlet is on the Port Road. Their mid-week offer is proving popular with customers.You can have any large pizza PLUS chicken wings or chips for just €9.99.You can place your order on 074 9124347!Promoted Post Get your business seen on Donegal Daily by emailing admin@donegaldaily.comANY SIZE APACHE PIZZA AND SIDES TODAY FOR JUST €9.99 was last modified: March 29th, 2016 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:Apache Pizzaletterkennylast_img read more

FERMANAGH MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON THEFTS FROM DONEGAL MACHINERY COMPANY

first_imgA Co Fermanagh man has appeared in court in Letterkenny today charged with thefts from a local farm machinery company.Letterkenny court.Thomas Jennings, of 1 Rosscah View, Kesh did not appear in court. The 36 year old is charged with two counts of theft from Donegal Farm Machinery at Bonagee in Letterkenny.The alleged thefts took place on September 13th of last year.Mr Jennings, who was represented by solicitor Frank Dorrian, did not appear at Letterkenny District Court.No details of the alleged thefts were given in court.The case was adjourned until September 22nd next by Judge Paul Kelly.FERMANAGH MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON THEFTS FROM DONEGAL MACHINERY COMPANY was last modified: June 20th, 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:donegalDonegal Farm MachineryKeshThomas Jenningslast_img read more

Blood pressure drugs could cause major birth defects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Exactly how many pregnant women take ACE inhibitors or another blood pressure medication is unclear. However, a national survey found the number of ACE inhibitor prescriptions given to women of childbearing age increased from 1.4 million in 1995 to 2.7 million in 2002, the latest data available. ACE inhibitors already carry a strong Food and Drug Administration “black box” warning about their dangers in the later stages of pregnancy, and the label says the drugs should be discontinued when pregnancy is detected. But little has been known about their early effects. Based on the new findings, taking these drugs during early pregnancy “cannot be considered safe and should be avoided,” lead researcher Dr. William Cooper, a Vanderbilt University pediatrician, said in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. The FDA said more research is needed before it considers changing the warning label to specifically include the risks during the first trimester. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some blood pressure drugs previously thought to be safe when taken early in pregnancy now appear to substantially raise the risk of major birth defects, doctors say. Babies whose mothers took ACE inhibitors in their first trimester were more than twice as likely to be born with serious heart and brain problems than those not exposed to any pressure-lowering medicines, a large study in Tennessee found. Other types of blood pressure drugs did not raise the risk to babies. The research raises troubling questions about the lack of safety data for many drugs prescribed to pregnant women. About 8 percent of pregnant women develop high blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. last_img read more

Man struck former partner’s boyfriend with swinging gate

first_imgA 40-year-old Killygordon man became involved ‘in a domestic situation that was fraught with emotion’ as he visited his former partner, the mother of his child.Jason McDaid, of 17 Railway Avenue in Killygordon, was before today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court on a number of charges arising out of an incident at Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey on November 17, 2013. Mr McDaid, the court heard, had four previous convictions. He called to the home of his former partner, Elaine Moss.Mr Sean McGlynn was injured having being hit by a gate that was struck by Mr McDaid’s car as he left the property.“There was some conflict or confusion as to how the gate flung open or in the manner of Mr McDaid’s exit,” defending solicitor, Cormac Hartnett told the court.“My client was angry and he left the dwelling in a hurry. He came into contact with the gate, but did not intend to injure Mr McGlynn.“This arose out of a domestic situation that was fraught with emotion. Mr McDaid is the father of a ten-year-old child at the time and Ms Moss is the mother of the child.“The relationship has long since broken down. When Mr McDaid arrived at the house, after being in receipt of phonecalls from Ms Moss regarding maintenance and access, her new partner was there, which didn’t help in terms of the attitude.“It was a domestic situation that became very emotive and somewhat adversarial.”Solicitor Cormac Hartnett told the court that the parties had ‘put the animosity behind them and have since had a civil relationship’.He said: “There have been no incidents since this between the parties. The relationship has been distant but civil and there has been no outbreak of the hostility.“It is now back in the history of time. It was an incident that accelerated on the night in question. It was unseemly and it is one that Mr McDaid entirely regrets.“Mr McDaid is currently unemployed, but does have an offer to work as a driver. He has an opportunity now that has been a long time in coming.”Judge Deirdre Geart said: “It was wreckless in the extreme. This isn’t an assault. It’s driving in a manner that was dangerous.”The matter was adjourned until May 15th by visiting Judge Gearty for Judge Paul Kelly to impose a penalty.Man struck former partner’s boyfriend with swinging gate was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Golf News: Paul O’Reilly in fantastic form at Dunfanaghy

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club NotesDunfanaghy was in party mode this week with the arrival of the Jazz & Blues Festival.  As a result we had a lot of visitors playing golf over the weekend. On Saturday the sun shone brightly and there were some terrific scores in the Open 4BBB Stableford competition. The winners by two clear shots were Tony and Ryan Griffin from Ballybofey & Stranorlar GC. In second were Pat Bonner and Raymond Shields while John Chambers and Frank Dorian took third place. In the club 4BBB Stableford on Sunday, Colin Higgs and Cyril Robinson came out on top with 43 points finishing one shot ahead of Cathal McMonagle and John McNulty. One shot further back were Paddy Hegarty and Michael Ward. In Wednesday’s Open Stableford, Paul O’Reilly from Strabane, playing off a handicap of five, was the winner with a great score of 40 points. Cathal Gallagher, playing off four was second while Hugh Gallagher from Letterkenny was third. Peadar Curran won the gross prize with 28 gross points.Junior Golf In the juvenile’s section we had another scramble this week. The team of Andy Ward, Max Roarty and Carlos O’Reilly finished in a dead heat with the team of Conor Neely, Lucas Wood, Michael Dolan and Cormac Hall. In the cadet’s section the clear winner was Jack Hanna however, one of our new recruits, Matthew Wilkinson played some great golf and it will not be long before he is competing for the top prizesCompetition Results:Wednesday Open Stableford – 7th September 20161st                    Paul O’Reilly Strabane           40pts 2nd                    Cathal Gallagher Gweedore   39ptsGross               Peader Curran                         28 gross pts3rd                    Hugh Gallagher Letterkenny  37ptsOpen 4BBB Stableford – 10th September 20161st                    Tony Griffen B/S                    47pts Ryan Griffen B/S2nd                    Pat Bonner Portsalon              45ptsRaymond Shields3rd                    John Chambers COD              43pts Frank DorrianOpen 4BBB – 11th September 20161st                    Colin Higgs                             43ptsCyril Robinson2nd                    Cathal McMonagle                 42ptsJohn McNulty3rd                    Paddy Hegarty                                    41ptsMichael WardEvents for the Week Ahead:Wednesday 14th September – Open Singles StablefordSaturday 17th September – Open Single Stableford Competition plus Past Captain’s Competition.  All past Captains are asked to let Mary know by Wednesday if they are attending for Golf and meal. Tea/coffee at 10.45. First tee time 11.28.Sunday 18th September Monthly Medal.Senior Open Competition (50Plus)Monday 26th September sees the return of the popular 50plus Ladies and Gents senior open competition. Tea/Coffee& biscuits complimentary before Golf.The Vardon Lounge will be now only open for foodFriday 3-8Saturday 12-8Sunday 12-8Golf News: Paul O’Reilly in fantastic form at Dunfanaghy was last modified: September 13th, 2016 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:DunfanaghygolfPaul O’ReillySportlast_img read more