Centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki sets sprint record in Japan

first_imgHidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed “Golden Bolt” after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100 metres world record in the over-105 age category — one for which no mark previously existed — a day after reaching the milestone age.”I’m not happy with the time,” the pint-sized Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after recovering his wind on Wednesday (local time).”I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old.”Indeed, so leisurely was his pace that Bolt could have run his world record of 9.58 four times, or practically completed a 400 metres race — a fact not lost on Miyazaki.”I’m still a beginner, you know,” he said.”I’ll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster.”Miyazaki, the poster boy for Japan’s turbo-charged geriatrics in a country with one of the world’s highest life expectancies, said he was proud of his health.”The doctors gave me a medical examination a couple of days ago and I’m fit as a fiddle,” he said.”My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I’m tip-top. I’ve never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.”Dressed in his trademark red, tight shorts hiked alarmingly high, Miyazaki got off to a wobbly start before finding a gentle rhythm and trotting across the finish line to loud cheers, greeted by his great-grandchildren carrying bouquets.Cheekily, he celebrated by striking Bolt’s famous “lightning” pose before being presented with a certificate from Guinness officials.Miyazaki, who was born in 1910 – the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still being built — only took up running in his early 90s and prepares for races by taking a sneaky catnap.He stands just 1.53 metres tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms.He trains religiously by popping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and going for daily walks around his local park in Kyoto, where he now lives.”It’s all about willpower,” Miyazaki said of his need for speed.”You have to keep going.”Japanese television crews jostled as Miyazaki, a native of tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture, arrived for his record tilt sporting dapper white slacks and a Panama hat.Job done on the track, the Japanese athlete proved he was a dab hand at the shot put, tossing a best effort of 3.25 metres before calling it a day.”I can’t think about retiring,” said Miyazaki, whose next competition is next month’s Japanese Masters Championships.”I have to continue for a few more years, to show my gratitude to my fans, said Miyazaki.last_img read more

Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Late run lifts Beermen past TNT in Iloilo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals It was Kerber’s 11th career title.In the men’s final, Daniil Medvedev beat Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a backhand to Ash Barty of Australia during their women’s final singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Angelique Kerber won her ninth consecutive match to start the season, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the Sydney International title on Saturday.Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, won four consecutive singles matches at the Hopman Cup, followed by five in Sydney.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Paul George hits winner, scores 45 as Thunder beat Jazz in 2OT

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Still in the hunt Oklahoma City Thunder forwards Paul George (13) and Jerami Grant (9) celebrate after George hit a shot with less than a second left in the second overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Thunder won 148-147. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Oklahoma City scored at least 115 points for the 19th straight game, passing the Cincinnati Royals for the second longest such streak in NBA history. The Denver Nuggets hold the record with 22 straight. … Oklahoma City swept the season series against Utah. … The Thunder have won seven straight at home.WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOMEMarkieff Morris received a rousing round of applause when he made his first appearance on the court for the Thunder. Morris, signed as a free agent Wednesday, checked in 3 1/2 minutes into the first quarter after Grant picked up two quick fouls, but was ineffective in his first stint. He played the rest of the quarter without taking a shot or grabbing a rebound, picking up two fouls of his own. He played 17 minutes, missed his only shot and had two assists.UP NEXTJazz: Hosts Dallas on Saturday night.Thunder: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Steven Adams played a game-high 47 minutes for Oklahoma City, returning from a pre-All-Star break ankle injury to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds to go along with five steals.Derek Favors hit his first 10 shots, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Gobert had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.The teams were physical throughout. Westbrook got a flagrant foul for crashing into Gobert while defending a layup, and there was a fracas late in the first half after Jae Crowder fouled the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder.TIP-INSJazz: It was the first time Utah had scored more than 140 points in a game in seven years and the first time they had allowed more than 140 points since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.The game went to overtime after the Thunder’s Jerami Grant completed a tying three-point play, then blocked Mitchells shot at the other end. Grant had 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the first overtime, Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 139-137 lead in the final minute after Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson had fouled out. Utah’s Rudy Gobert tipped in the tying basket with 33.7 seconds left, and George and Mitchell eached missed jumpers in the closing seconds.Gobert hit two free throws with 1:10 left in the second overtime for a 147-146 lead, but Utah went cold from there. Mitchell’s driving shot off the glass missed the rim, and Joe Ingles missed on a long 3-point try as the shot clock expired with 13.2 seconds left. MOST READlast_img read more

Welcoming much-needed minibus Code of Conduct

first_imgDear Editor,The very essential, much-touted and long-awaited minibus Code of Conduct has finally become a reality. The travelling public which mainly consists of the working class and school children, who can afford no other means of transportation and who regularly use these buses is eagerly awaiting to see if the code is going to serve the purpose for which it was intended.The hooliganism, bullyism and downright lawlessness which was allowed to become so entrenched must come to an end. It can only happen with the support of the Minibus Union, the owners, the drivers, the conductors, the commuters and of course the police. The court would also have an important role to play. For this Code of Conduct to bring the much-needed relief from this aggressive and hostile behaviour pattern displayed by many drivers and conductors.Yes, there are some buses in which both drivers and conductors are very polite, and they also adhere to the laws as it relates to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 51:02.Many or most of them need to understand that they need the commuters just as much as the commuters need them.Sincerely,Archie W Cordislast_img read more

A year of failed promises, unconstitutionalities (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Constitutional reformThe year 2017 also saw poor rice farmers from Region 5 successfully challenging the unconstitutional revocation of their 50-year-old leases for rice lands.  It is also this year that the President instructed Minister Joseph Harmon to direct the Police Service Commission to halt the promotion of Police officers. Again, the constitutional jurisdiction of the High Court had to be invoked to declare these directions unconstitutional.This year also witnessed repeated acts of rampant discrimination on the grounds of race, gender and politics. Dozens of qualified professional sons and daughters of this land were unlawfully dismissed in a manner designed to disgrace, humiliate, and tarnish their professional reputation and standing.Another vulgar violation of the Constitution took place when the Commissioner of Police was suspended by the Minister of Public Security, in clear violation of Article 225 of the Constitution. It was also in 2017 that the nation learnt that the Government received an US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil, which it stashed in a secret account in the Central Bank instead of being deposit in the Consolidated Fund, as is required by Article 216 of the Constitution.The year 2017 will conclude with Guyana being no closer to constitutional reform, something the Coalition Government promised to deliver within its first 100 days in office.This year, the nation also witnessed an unprecedented and repeated abuse of the Procurement Act, wherein a singular purchase of pharmaceuticals worth over $605 million was undertaken upon the direction of a Minister of Health to a handpicked supplier.The year 2017 will also end without the promised termination of the lease of a house in Charlestown, for which the Government is paying $14 million per month to one of its cronies. The lease contract says that the property is being rented as an office, but the Government says it is storing pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at the premises.Like in preceding years, the Minister of Finance cut the budgetary requests of almost every single constitutional agency, while the Government continues to pay lip service to financial and functional autonomy, which these agencies are guaranteed under the Constitution. The Judiciary’s Capital Budget was cut by over two-thirds, rendering it impossible for the Judiciary to carry out most of its capital programme.APPOINTMENT OF CHANCELLORPerhaps the mother of all constitutional violations was the President’s unilateral appointment of an 84-year-old retired Judge as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). This scandalous appointment came after the President rejected 18 respectable and outstanding Guyanese whose names were submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition, who received those names through a consultative process involving almost every important stakeholder organisation in this country.The gentleman who was eventually appointed claimed that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. The President disclosed to the press that he appointed him because he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. To date, not an iota of evidence has been produced that this gentleman was ever appointed the Chief Justice of Grenada. In fact, the evidence which has been unearthed established that he was never appointed the Chief Justice of Grenada. The matter is now engaging the attention of the court.2017 is ending with another major constitutional scandal brewing. The President is actively recruiting a person for the position of Chancellor of the Judiciary, but has not seen it fit to engage the Leader of the Opposition, whose agreement is constitutionally required before such appointment can be lawfully made.Indeed, the press has already identified a candidate who seems to enjoy the President’s confidence. Having regard to the President’s track record on these matters, one cannot discount some warped and twisted interpretation being placed on the Constitution through which the President persuades himself that he is empowered to make such an appointment unilaterally.Only time will tell.Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

City awards contract for Parks and Recreation plan

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — City Council has awarded a request for proposal contract to Urban Systems for the Parks and Recreation Master plan, which is designed to guide investments by the City into recreational infrastructure, parkland acquisition and development over the next two decades.The contract amounts to $148,340, plus GST.On January 12, the City released a Request for Proposal for the master plan, and the request closed on February 25. Six companies sent in proposals — ranging from $105,500 to $177,000.  Staff from Fort St. John, Taylor and the PRRD all evaluated the proposals.- Advertisement -Although Urban System didn’t have the lowest price, their score was the highest among the proponents — at 80.4.Consultations and presentations regarding the master plan took place during the summer of 2015 to develop the scope of work — in conjunction with City Council, PRRD Directors and the District of Taylor’s Council.“The nature of the master plan development, and as detailed in the Urban Systems proposal, will have many opportunities for community input and consultation,” an administrative report to council stated.Advertisement Mathews Park Playground: Please note the 0-5 year old playground structure at Mathews park has not aged well and has…Posted by City of Fort St. John on Tuesday, April 12, 2016Advertisement The report calls recreation and leisure pursuits ‘critical foundations that work to enrich the lives of people who make our City an energetic place to live or visit.’A day after Council approved the contract in relation to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the City announced on social media that it would be removing the playground at Matthews Park, due to safety concerns as the structure has aged considerably.center_img The playground, meant for children up to five years old, is currently fenced off and will be removed within the next few weeks.The City says it welcomes input on what residents would like to see for their parks in the future.last_img read more

Farms to be focus of talk

first_imgLANCASTER – The chief deputy agricultural commissioner in Los Angeles County will give an overview of agribusiness at the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference on Feb. 24 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Chief deputy since 1999, Robert Atkins was the first agricultural official to detect a Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, in California – at Venice in 1975 – and subsequently managed the fruit-fly detection and pest-prevention programs from 1981 through 1992. After managing the Weights and Measures Bureau for seven years, he led the effort to merge weights-measures and agricultural inspection training. He laid the foundation for supermarket scanner inspection and price verification by helping legislators and county officials draft language for regulatory laws. Atkins earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology and a master’s in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is an alumnus of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita John Kasich, a FOX News Channel host and former Ohio congressman, will be the keynote speaker for the conference, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. Corporate sponsorships are also available. To buy tickets or for details, call (661) 942-9581 or fax (661) 723-9279. last_img read more

How Damion Lee has stated his case for the Warriors’ 15th roster spot

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – The nostalgia swept Damion Lee as he revisited alma mater.He watched part of Drexel’s game against Northeastern. He walked around campus with his wife, Sydel. He stopped by where he ate his first chicken cheesesteak. Hours later, Lee produced more memories that might leave him equally reflective years from now.In the Warriors’ 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Lee had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting on a career-high 4-of-5 mark from 3. He helped the …last_img

Kevon Looney ‘hopefully’ ready to play in Warriors’ opener on Thursday

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors are lacking length at the center position. Injuries to Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (ankle) robbed the pair of the Warriors’ entire camp.But the Warriors may get one of those centers back for Opening Night; Looney participated in his first full scrimmage of the year on Sunday. Coach Steve Kerr said he could be on track to play on Thursday against the Los Angeles …last_img

Report: Madison Bumgarner nearing long-term deal to stay in NL West

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.One of the greatest pitchers in San Francisco Giants history is almost set to wear a different uniform.Left-hander Madison Bumgarner is reportedly close to signing a five-year, $85 million contract to stay in the National League West and join the Arizona Diamondbacks, which will officially bring an end to his tenure with the club that drafted him. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the news.Ken Rosenthal reports that …last_img