Is one good enough?

first_imgIn 2015, American Ashton Eaton did what every athlete dreams of. The decathlon supremo elevated his own world record to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing. His monumental score of 9045 points included a mind-boggling 400-metre run of 45 seconds flat in his fifth event of the decathlon’s first day. Injury, however, made Beijing Eaton’s only decathlon for the year. That leaves the sport with a big question. Has Eaton done enough to be Athlete of the Year? Decathletes seldom do their event more than twice a year, but two quality efforts would have sealed the deal for the American. Usain Bolt had an injury-restricted season too but still managed to win a much-awaited World Championship 100-metre final. That was just the first half of a sprint double completed by a crisp 19.55 seconds run over 200 metres. Only Bolt, Yohan Blake and Michael Johnson have ever gone quicker than 19.55. Mohammed Farah of Great Britain won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in Beijing, but Asbel Kiprop may have been even more impressive. He won commandingly in Beijing, dominated affairs in the 1500m all season and legged one of the best times ever in the metric mile – 3 minutes 26.69 seconds. Times under 3.27 are rare. World record holder Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenyan-American great Bernard Lagat are the only other men to go that fast. Another Kenyan could be in the running for the top spot. Julius Yego did lose a few times but boomed a massive throw of 92.72 metres to win the javelin at the World Championships. Now the popular Kenyan is the third longest thrower of all time. Triple jumper Christian Taylor gradually edged ahead of Cuban youngster Pedro Pablo Pichardo in a high-quality season-long rivalry. Both got past the 18-metre barrier before Taylor scared the 20-year-old world record in Beijing with his winning jump of 18.21 metres. The mark set by Briton Jonathon Edwards at the 1995 World Championships survived by just 8 centimetres. Add American shot putter Joe Kovacs, his trio of 22 metres throws and his gold in Beijing, and it’s really a tough call. Maybe the only safe course of action is to give the Athlete of the Year award to the man who dominated the best event in track and field in all of 2015. The men’s 400m had 18 men under 44.80 before Beijing, with two under 44. Eighteen runners broke 45 in the heats in the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Nine ran under 45 in the semis without reaching the final. In the medal race, Lugelin Santos of the Dominican Republic ran 44.11 … to place fourth. Third went in 43.78 seconds to Grenadian great Kirani James, just 0.04 off his lifetime best. The silver went to American star Lashawn Merritt in a personal best 43.67 seconds. The winner was one of those two men who broke 44 seconds before the World Championships. His winning time was super fast at 43.48 seconds. That man is Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa. Though he lost at the Zurich Diamond League a week after the Worlds, that was the only smudge on a brilliant season. Johnson set the world record 43.18 seconds – when he was 32. The new king of the quarter is only 23, and only Johnson, Butch Reynolds and Jeremy Wariner have ever ran the one-lap distance quicker. There’s no doubt that there are several good candidates for the Athlete of the Year award. Equally, it will be hard to overlook Eaton and his world record. Perhaps the athlete with the best chance of overtaking the superstar decathlete is Wayde van Niekerk. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Fastest 400m timeslast_img read more

2 before court for alleged underage sex crimes

first_imgAs reports of alleged sexual activity with children continue to gain attention, two other persons in West Demerara were slapped with sexual assault charges on Tuesday.Deoraj Persaud appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court and was placed on $300,000 bail for allegations of engaging in sexual activity with a family member.And Bhimeshwar Bissondial was arraigned for the rape of a child under 16. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $300,000 bail. Both matters have been adjourned to August 8, 2018.last_img

Volunteer karate teacher Moreno mourned

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A 20-year-old hospital technician who spent his free time teaching karate to youngsters at the Community Center will be sorely missed after he died this week in a motorcycle crash. Joshua David Moreno was a cheerful worker, capable and always quick with a quip, his boss said. “The kids just absolutely worshipped him,” said Hope Horner, the city’s administrator of Community Services. “He had so much charisma and enthusiasm and was a natural leader and karate All-Star who used his talent to give back to the kids at the Community Center.” Moreno died Monday afternoon when his bike hit a tree on McBean Parkway at Fairview Drive. He was wearing a helmet, and the incident is under investigation, sheriffs said. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jennifer Garcia, a 14-year-old blue belt in karate, last saw Moreno on Friday. With friends, she visited the memorial at the spot where he died, reciting prayers, laying fresh flowers and anchoring a balloon decorated with teddy bears. “Whenever we’d have a competition he’d always be there for us cheering us on,” Jennifer said, talking through tears. When she lost, he’d gently say, “you tried your best … next time”; when she won, “he’d be very proud of you.” Moreno, of Saugus, began working as a night monitor technician, reading heart rhythms of critical-care patients at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after graduating from Bowman High. “He had a great personality, respectful … he joked with me all the time,” said his boss, Lucresse Tchoutchui. For a time, Moreno went out with Zaira Medina, 16, the captain of Hart High’s hip-hop dance team. Her mother has printed T-shirts with the message “In Loving Memory of Josh,” which she’s selling for $20 apiece to raise money for the Moreno family’s funeral expenses. To contribute, call (661) 600-7599 or 259-9581. last_img read more

Exclusive – Plenty more like Alli, Stones and Hart in lower leagues, insists Ian Holloway

first_img1 Ian Holloway has told talkSPORT there is a plethora of untapped talent in the lower leagues waiting to become the next Dele Alli, John Stones, Joe Hart or Jamie Vardy.The former Blackpool and Millwall boss joined the Colin Murray show on Wednesday to chat about his upcoming 1,400-mile tour to cover ten Football League games in ten days, and the manager insists there isn’t a greater time to be watching the lesser tiers of English football.A host of the Premier League’s top stars and rising starlets have been plucked from outside the top echelon over the years, including England number one Hart and more recently Everton’s Stones, Tottenham’s Alli and Leicester striker Vardy.The latter trio have all been rewarded for their meteoric rise with a call-up into senior England squad, while Alli starred with a stunning goal on his full Three Lions debut in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over France at Wembley.On the 19-year-old’s recent rise, Holloway told the Colin Murray show: “Dele Alli – what an advert for the Football League!“This time last year he was playing for MK Dons in League One, and how lucky are Tottenham and England to have him now?“He was great against France, crunching tackles and a great finish, but it’s not just him.“John Stones has been brilliant and he started at Rochdale, and Manchester City signed Joe Hart from Shrewsbury.“These players were created in the Football League.”It’s a view mirrored by England manager Roy Hodgson, who was full of praise for Alli and Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier who impressed in their first England starts on Tuesday.“Here we have two guys both of whom have little or very little Premier League experience – both of them making their [full England] debut and they have played the game like they have been playing in the England team as long as we can remember,” the manager said following the emotional victory over France, which saw England players and fans pay tribute to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.“It just proves the point that I try to make – that there is talent out there in the country coming through and if we can just keep it nurtured, keep working with it and given them the confidence and the belief in themselves we can hope in the future for maybe some better things.” England celebrate Dele Alli’s goal against France last_img read more

Sources: White hires an agent

first_img Ominously for USC, White made no effort to meet with Trojans coach Pete Carroll, who turns his famous recruiting skills on his underclassmen this week to get them to remain in school. White is the only underclassman who has not met with Carroll this week and also missed the first two days of spring-semester classes. Neither White nor Parker could be reached for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Sources said tailback Reggie Bush selected Joel Segal as his agent, but Carroll denied Bush picked an agent. Segal represents Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Carroll and Bush met with four agents while Bush met with three others separately. Bush will formally announce he is going pro by the end of the week. Offensive tackle Winston Justice reiterated Tuesday that he would pro but will not make a formal announcement until the end of the week. The deadline to declare for the draft is Sunday. “I already made my decision, but I’ll announce it around Sunday or sometime before (the deadline),” Justice said. “I think I’m making an informed decision. I feel at ease. Everybody’s on board.” Justice met with Carroll and athletic director Mike Garrett on Tuesday. Asked if he would change his mind before the deadline, Justice said, “no.” Carroll also met with safety Darnell Bing, who remains up in the air about his decision. Sources said Bing is trying to get a clear answer about his draft status. The NFL informed Bing he would be considered a second-to-third round draft pick, but Bing would like assurances he could work his way into the first round. Also: Freshman defensive tackle Walker Lee Ashley was officially cleared by the NCAA and USC on Tuesday, making him eligible to compete in spring practice. Tailback Michael Coleman will undergo hip surgery today. His status for spring practice is uncertain. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img USC tailback LenDale White selected an agent Tuesday, another step toward declaring himself for the NFL draft, according to sources. White, who was not in Los Angeles, still has not formally announced he is going pro. But sources said he selected agent Eugene Parker, who represents Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, New York Jets tailback Curtis Martin and former Dallas Cowboys tailback Emmitt Smith. last_img read more


first_imgThe Jobbridge advert looking for water meter installersA company owner who has advertised two positions for water meter installers says he is only trying to create employment.John Reddy of Culdaff Agri Plant Hire was reacting to claims that he is using cheap labour to make money.Mr Reddy admits that he has advertised for two positions on the Jobbridge Scheme but says the applicants will be trained up to hopefully gain full-time positions. “It is easy to sit around and criticise but it is more difficult to go out and try to create some jobs. That’s all I’m trying to do.“I have a contract and I have four water meter installers and I need two more people to be trained up.“This is the way things are going and I am trying to create a viable business here,” he said.He was responding to criticism of the Jobbridge advert by Inishowen county councillor Jack Murray. Councillor Murray said “While being absolutely opposed to the taxing of public water as a matter of principle, I am disgusted to see that the government is now hoping to have water meters installed through cheap labour.“The rollout of water metering across the state will cost the public purse some €539million.“Phil Hogan initially dressed this up saying that it would create 1600 jobs. Some people were even encouraged to pay €600 to be trained to install water meters. Now however, we see that not all of these people will earn a decent wage.“A young person on social welfare gets €100 a week. The job bridge scheme would give them €50 extra. That is a scam and is nothing more than cheap labour.“Rather than trying to create employment, the government is exploiting the unemployed by coercing them into cheap labour. That is a disgrace.” COMPANY BOSS DEFENDS USE OF JOBBRIDGE APPLICANTS TO INSTALL WATER METERS was last modified: November 5th, 2013 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:Culdaff Angri PlantJack MurrayJobbridgewater meterslast_img read more


first_imgBhí an bua ag an foireann sinsear agus cluiche cothrom ag an foireann tacaíocht sa bhaile ag an deireadh seachtaine.Foireann sinsear Gaoth Dobhair 14, Cloich Cheann Fhaola 1-8Foireann tacaíocht Gaoth Dobhair 2-12, Cloich Cheann Fhaola 3-9 Níl cluiche ar bith againn an deireadh seachtaine seo.Uimhreacha lotto 1,9,21,24. Bhí trí buaiteoir €20 Nora Bn Nic Fhionnghaile, Carraig a tseacain.Muiris Ó Fearraigh, Seascain Beag agus Jacinta Ó Dowd, Cnoc a Stolaire. Níor imigh an póta ór go foill tá sé €2,225 anois.Gailf Classic Clg Ghaoth Dobhair. Chead ait le 102pt bhí Anthony Doherty, Paul Mc Cool, Emmet Mc Gee & Noel Mc Fadden.2ú ait le 101pt bhí Athair Donnchadh, Eric Campbell, Margaret Campbell & Mary Lucy Ní Fhearraigh.3ú ait le 98pt bhí Edward Ó hEarcáin, Pól Ó hIci, Paul Mc Gee & Paul Lynch.4ú ait le 97pt BOT bhí foireann RAP, Charlie Sweeney, Barney Boyle, Dean James & John Mc Cann.5ú ait le 97pt BOT bhí Vincent Cagney, Hughie Mc Bride, Jerry Mc Clafferty & Ronan Mc Garvey. 6ú ait le 97pt BOT bhí foireann County Dry Cleaners, Eamonn Mac Giolla Bhride, Padraig Coyle, Donagh Dwyer & Seán Ó Duibhir.Buille is faide Mná Marie Kelly, rinne MJ Gallagher urraíocht ar an duais seo.Buille is faide Fir Jason Mc Bride, rinn Con Friel urraíocht ar an duais seo.Congrach den phionna Mná Sheila Gallagher, rinne Siopa Mhaire Ned urraíocht ar an duais seo. Congrach den phionna Fir Emmet Mc Gee, Rinne Óstan Loch Alan urraíochr ar an duais seo.Buíochas mór do achan nduine a ghlac páirt sa lá, Buíochas do Peadar Ó Gallchór & Moya Ó Donnell ó Chumann Gailf Gaoth Dobhair. Buíochas mór den príomh urraith Martin Boyle, agus iad sin uilig a thug urraíocht, agus do achan nduine a chuidigh ar dhóigh ar bigh ar an lá.Buíochas mór do Louise Uí Cholla, eagraitheoir lá Gailf.Faoi 15 Cluiche Ceannais CraobhGaoth Dobhair 2-05 Naomh Adhamhnáin 1-06Comghairdeas le Tom agus na lads ar an bhua mhaith.GAA NOTES: GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 26th, 2011 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:gaoth dobhair gaa noteslast_img read more


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first_imgA working group report commissioned to exam job creation opportunities in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park is to be launched next Friday.Largo Foods were one of the companies which left the estate.It follows the recent loss of many jobs in various sectors in the West Donegal region in recent months.They included the Largo Foods plant and many others. Údarás na Gaeltachta said the interagency working group charged with exploring potential enterprise development for Gaoth Dobhair Business Park will publish its findings – six month after the report was originally expected to be completed.The move has been welcomed by local Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty.“I of course welcome this announcement that this long awaited report into job creation and new enterprise development for Gaoth Dobhair Business Park is finally being unveiled.”“I have continuously pushed for the publication of this interagency report ever since this time last year when the area was dealt a huge blow following the shock announcement by Largo Foods that it was to cease its manufacturing operations in Gaoth Dobhair with the loss of 146 jobs subsequently transferring all operations to Ashbourne in County Meath.” “The Government at the time announced that a task force would be established to examine potential job opportunities in the wake of these job losses and that a report would be drawn up within six months – one year on we’re finally going to see the contents of this eagerly awaited report.”“The fact that the Government has missed its own target by six months doesn’t bode well for future job creation; however, its publication is better late than never.”He added there is indeed a burning need for a strategy with clear targets with regards to job creation for West Donegal and I hope that this report provides us with such a strategy in order to tackle the problem.“The people of Donegal are all too used to reports which have been drawn up by various task forces through the years which have turned out to be nothing more than glorified dust gatherers on department shelves.”“Hopefully this report is different, and if it does in fact prove to be so, then my Sinn Féin party colleagues and I will support it as we will indeed lend our support to anything which has the potential to bring much needed jobs to West Donegal.” HOPE FOR JOBS AS GROUP MEETS TO BREATH NEW INDUSTRY INTO WEST DONEGAL was last modified: March 22nd, 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)last_img read more