New velodrome coming – JCF president: Modern 250m track could inject impetus cycling needs

first_imgWhen the National Stadium undergoes major repair next year, the velodrome will be removed in order to bring spectators closer to the action on the field and to also increase the capacity of the venue to 38,000. The 500m cycle track is where Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) riders practise and have their development meets, but it has become an albatross as far as the development of the sport locally is concerned as its size and shape have long been outdated and no longer fit international standards. But the cycling fraternity may not have to wait too long for a modern velodrome. Minister of Sport Olivia Grange is aggressively seeking a location at Independence Park to build a modern 250 metres velodrome. “We are in discussion to build a new velodrome and we are pursuing it in a very aggressive manner,” Grange told The Sunday Gleaner. “As you know we plan to take out the old one at the stadium now and build one at a separate location within the compound of Independence Park Limited.” President of the JCF, Joylene Griffiths, has welcomed the announcement from Minister Grange as she believes a modern 250m velodrome could inject the impetus local cycling needs in order to grow. “The velodrome is needed because not only would it provide us with the opportunity to practise on a modern-day track, but we could also host meets and invite cyclists from around the world who could provide competitions for our riders,” Griffiths said. “When Trinidad and Tobago got theirs (velodrome), it really made a big difference in the sport in Trinidad, and their performance has got better, and I believe the same can happen for us.” ORGANISE TRAINING Griffiths is also happy that the velodrome will be separated from the National Stadium. “The National Stadium is used for football matches and track and field meets, and many times, we would want to have a meet and we are not able to because the Stadium is just difficult to get,” she said. “Now that it will be in a separate location, we can have our meets whenever we want and organise training for the riders.” According to Griffiths, a modern-day velodrome will also solve the age-old problem of cyclists not being prepared properly for events such as the Central American and Caribbean Games, the Commonwealth Games, and others. “Because we do not have a 250m track here in Jamaica, it’s only when our riders leave the island that they can get access to one and this does not happen very often because it is already difficult to get funding to go to meets so it is almost impossible for us to get funding to practise on a modern track,” she explained. The Sunday Gleaner understands that cyclists have often complained about being at a great disadvantage when they compete on the international stage as they are not prepared to compete on the 250m velodrome.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH’s Samuel Morrison wins 3rd straight gold in taekwondo

first_imgSEA Games: PH ice hockey team salvages bronze medal PH’s Samuel Morrison wins the gold medal in Taekwondo at 2019 SEA Games in Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Samuel Morrison completed a personal three-peat after his gold medal victory over Joshua Abdullah, 30-8, in the men’s under-80 kilograms taekwondo finals of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Sunday at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.Morrison, who won in the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games, started off cautiously taking an 8-5 lead early in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas What Abdullah didn’t know was Morrison was just heating up as the lanky Filipino jin unleashed a barrage of strikes that put the Malaysian on a world of hurt.Morrison landed three straight head kicks for a 20-8 lead midway through the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleelast_img read more

Harmon discusses laying of legislation in National Assembly

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon met with members of the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) to discussSARU Head, Dr Clive Thomas along with Minister of State Joseph Harmonmatters in relation to the Unit’s operation and the laying of the SARU Bill 2016 in the National Assembly.SARU has been operating illegally, Attorney General Basil Williams had admitted, as there is currently no legislation governing the operations being conducted by the Unit.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic Opposition had previously expressed concerns over the fact that SARU has been operating without legislation in place and that the Terms of Reference of its operations are still unknown to the public.Contacted for a comment from SARU Head, Dr Clive Thomas, Guyana Times was told that he was unavailable. During the recent meeting on Monday, SARU provided a report on all matters attracting its attention.SARU has been involved in a number of investigations, including that into Pradoville 2, Chinese Logging Company BaiShanLin, the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL), the granting of radio licences, among others.Meanwhile, SARU also discussed with the Minister the various challenges, progress was measured and plans/strategies were devised on the way forward.last_img read more

Fire destroys new cars

first_imgHe said one firefighter was treated for lacerations to his hand and then released. The building was decrepit and had no electrical utilities that could have sparked the blaze, which was under investigation, Humphrey said. A security guard at the site reported the fire and was working with investigators, he said. ATWATER VILLAGE – At least 53 new cars were damaged or destroyed and one firefighter was injured Sunday in a spectacular blaze at a warehouse where area car dealers stored vehicles, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. More than 150 firefighters spent about 50 minutes putting out the blaze, which started at about 2:30 p.m. in a wooden warehouse in the 4600 block of Brazil Street, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The fire spread to an outside area packed with new cars, he said. “They stored cars there bumper to bumper and doorknob to doorknob,” Humphrey said. “Some vehicles just have melted tail-light lenses while others were completely destroyed.” 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

Smoke may be blown away

first_imgHofbauer cites the city’s transportation center as an example of how designated smoking areas can work well. Having a designated smoking site has kept cigarette-butt litter down to a minimum and keeps smoke away from the nonsmokers, he said. “This accommodates the guys who are smoking without impacting those who don’t,” Hofbauer said. The city staff estimates that it will cost $16,000 for signage and providing ashtrays at permitted areas. In July, the City Council voted to ban smoking at the amphitheater and the Best of the West softball complex and at the DryTown Water Park. Prior to that action, city ordinance prohibited smoking in enclosed public places, but did not address outdoor venues. The smoking bans at those facilities took effect in August. PALMDALE – Having banned smoking at Palmdale’s newest parks and recreation attractions, city officials are now looking to limit smoking at all outdoor city facilities except in designated areas. Expanding on actions taken in July to prohibit smoking at the DryTown Water Park and at the amphitheater and softball complex at Marie Kerr Park, the City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to expand the ban to all outdoor facilities owned, leased or operated by the city. Each of the facilities would have at least one designated smoking area. “It’s a good idea,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “If you don’t smoke, you don’t want a smoker around you.” Councilman Steve Hofbauer said the ordinance is a “middle of the road” alternative to an outright smoking ban. 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!last_img read more

The Transfer Tavern podcast on talkSPORT – Sunday, July 16

first_imgNat Coombs is your host behind the bar of the Transfer Tavern, licensed to serve gossip, rumours and speculation from the world of football.Take a listen as he and Andy Brassell round up all the latest news, including a look at AC Milan’s busy summer of spending and much, much more…last_img

The 15 best goalkeepers in Europe, featuring Man United and Barcelona no.1s

first_img 15 8. Philipp Tschauner (Hannover 96) has recorded a save percentage of 81.82 this season – Tschauner has faced 33 shots on target. 15 15 3. Ciprian T?t?ru?anu (Nantes) has recorded a save percentage of 88.46 this season – T?t?ru?anu has faced 26 shots on target. 15 9. Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund) has recorded a save percentage of 80.77 this season – Bürki has faced 26 shots on target. 15 6. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) has recorded a save percentage of 83.87 this season – Oblak has faced 31 shots on target. 15 15 15 5. Alisson Becker (Roma) has recorded a save percentage of 84.85 this season – Alisson has faced 33 shots on target. 14. Christian Puggioni (Sampdoria) has recorded a save percentage of 79.07 this season – Puggioni has faced 43 shots on target. 12 = ?ukasz Fabia?ski (Swansea City) has recorded a save percentage of 79.49 this season – Fabia?ski has faced 39 shots on target. Goalkeepers aren’t short of attention at the moment, with Hugo Lloris the latest to receive widespread praise for his performance in Tottenham’s draw with Real Madrid mid-week.Who, though, has been the standout player in between the posts in Europe this season? has taken a look at the stats and can reveal the 15 best goalkeepers in Europe right now, ranked by their save percentage – scroll through the gallery above to see who features.Note: Only league data applies and goalkeepers to feature have made a minimum of four appearances this season. 15 10. Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan) has recorded a save percentage of 80 this season – Handanovic has faced 25 shots on target. 2. David De Gea (Manchester United) has recorded a save percentage of 90.91 this season – De Gea has faced 22 shots on target. 7. Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) has recorded a save percentage of 83.33 this season – Stegen has faced 18 shots on target. 1. Nick Pope (Burnley) has recorded a save percentage of 91.67 this season – Pope has faced 24 shots on target. 15 15 15 15. Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) has recorded a save percentage of 77.78 this season – click the arrow above, right, to find out Europe’s best goalkeeper this season – Sommer has faced 27 shots on target. 4. Iván Cuéllar (Leganes) has recorded a save percentage of 86.36 this season – Cuéllar has faced 22 shots on target. 15 12 = Marwin Hitz (Augsburg) has recorded a save percentage of 79.49 this season – Hitz has faced 39 shots on target. 15 11. Ji?í Pavlenka (Werder Bremen) has recorded a save percentage of 79.55 this season – Pavlenka has faced 44 shots on target. 15last_img read more

Kyle Walker signs two-year contract extension at Manchester City

first_img Kyle Walker has signed a new contract at Manchester City He’s staying! 🔥🔵 #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 19, 2019Walker, 29, has made 100 appearances for City in all competitions and won the Premier League in both of his seasons at the club. He has also won two League Cups and the FA Cup.“I’m thrilled to have signed a new deal,” Walker told the club’s website,“Playing for City has been everything I’d hoped it would be and more. It was an easy decision.“I want to be competing for trophies, playing at the highest level, and I feel I have improved hugely as a player during my time here.“The club’s vision – both on and off the pitch – matches mine perfectly and I’m looking forward to spending the next five years here, hopefully winning more silverware.” 2 Kyle Walker has put pen-to-paper on a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, keeping him at the Etihad until the summer of 2024.The England right-back, who joined City for £45million from Tottenham two years ago, has agreed a new and improved deal, believed to be worth close to £180,000-a-week. LATEST MOST READ IN FOOTBALL “His experience is invaluable, particularly to the younger members of the team, and his contribution will be crucial in our efforts for continued success.”The deal is City’s first major piece of player business this summer.They are also expected to strengthen their defensive midfield resources. Rodri, of Atletico Madrid, is being heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium. 2 scrap Walker has been an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s City side The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea gameday cracker SORRY revealed center_img Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update getty latest Another 5️⃣ years of this guy 🙌— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 19, 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion JIBE Walker was one of five major new arrivals in the summer of 2017 as manager Pep Guardiola reshaped his squad.News of his renewal comes amid speculation the club are looking to bring in additional cover in the right-back position, with Joao Cancelo of Juventus linked.Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “We are delighted to have Kyle here for a further two years.“His strength, speed and ability have been vital to our accomplishments. He is a key member of the squad. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 4-1-19

first_imgBooking #:SCJAIL:2019-000368 Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. SMITH, MARK View Profile >>> Booking Date:04-01-2019 – 12:17 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2019-000366 Booking #:SCJAIL:2019-000369 Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR) BAILEY, DANA Booking #:SCJAIL:2019-000367 Charges:IC 9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATEDIC 35-42-2-1(F)(5)(A)FL5 ~ BATTERY-RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALIC 35-44.1-3-1(B)(1)FL6 ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT – USES VEHICLE OR DRAWS ORUSES DEADLY WEAPONIC 35-44.1-3-1(A)MA ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENTIC 35-42-2-2(b)(1)MB ~ CRIMINAL RECKLESSNESSIC 9-21-8-52 ~ RECKLESS DRIVING View Profile >>> View Profile >>> FREEMAN, KENNETH Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR)OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT- CLARK CO View Profile >>> Booking Date:03-31-2019 – 3:10 pm Booking Date:03-31-2019 – 9:57 pm RHYNE, CHRISTOPHER Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9(MA) ~ FAILURE TO APPEAROUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANTIC 35-44.1-3-1(A)MA ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT Booking Date:04-01-2019 – 6:23 amlast_img read more

No swine flu threat to Confed Cup

first_imgSouth African football fans. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more free photos, visit the image library.)Janine Erasmus South African health authorities have reassured football fans that the global outbreak of swine flu will not derail this year’s Confederations Cup. A wide-ranging plan of action is in full swing to prevent the disease, which originated in Mexico and is now known as Influenza A(H1N1), from reaching the country and spreading in the region.South Africa is due to host the 2009 Confederations Cup from 14 to 28 June. The tournament, which pits eight of the world’s top teams against each other, is viewed as a precursor to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.World football body Fifa, under whose auspices both events are held, has announced that it is monitoring the flu situation and will only postpone the tournament if absolutely necessary.Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said that he hopes the situation will be under control before national teams are due to travel to South Africa.“We will cancel only if we feel that we have to. If there are no risks and if we have all the necessary assurances, the competition will go ahead.”Full-scale alertTask teams from the health, environmental and security sectors have leaped into action to combat the swine flu threat, with environmental experts, veterinary surgeons, the defence force, and epidemiologists on the alert for any sign of H1N1.Measures are in place to stop possibly infected patients at all points of entry into the country and response teams are standing by in all provinces.World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan confirmed that preparations for the tournament were going ahead and that all stakeholders were working closely together.“At this stage our position is quite clear … the Confederations Cup will go ahead as planned,” he said.Authorities have assured the public that while there is no need for panic, people should not become complacent – good hygiene should be practised at all times, and medical help must be sought if any flu-like symptoms develop.Frew Benson, chief director for communicable disease at the national Department of Health (DoH), said South Africa is approaching its annual flu season, and that people are more likely to contract normal flu than swine flu.He added that the best way to prevent the spread of any kind of flu is for sick people to be responsible and to distance themselves from others by staying home and getting treatment.Multifaceted strategyThe DoH has activated its national influenza preparedness plan, which was drawn up in 2007 in response to the avian flu scare that swept the world that year. According to Benson, the mortality rate of H1N1 is lower than that of avian flu.The national plan outlines the steps to be taken in the event of a flu outbreak and is operational in all nine provinces. Strategies include the monitoring of communicable diseases within provinces, investigation of suspected cases, and appropriate response to each case.South Africa’s line of defence includes the deployment of thermal scanners at the country’s three major international airports (OR Tambo, Cape Town and Lanseria, which had one in place before the outbreak), as well as plans and facilities to quickly isolate any confirmed airport cases at hospitals nearby.At around US$67 000 (R500 000) each, the thermal scanners used to detect raised temperatures due to illness in humans are expensive, but have a longer-term use in detecting drug smugglers, who present higher temperatures because of anxiety.The DoH has a stockpile of Tamiflu antiviral medication, enough to treat 100 000 patients. Tamiflu is an effective treatment for avian flu but can also be used to combat H1N1. It is believed that the private sector has an even bigger stockpile of at least 200 000 units.The World Health Organisation is currently working on the development of an H1N1 vaccine, but says that this can take up to six months. Regulatory approval will be undertaken alongside the manufacturing process, and the virus will be closely monitored in future to enable a quick response to any mutation.Other actions within South Africa include comprehensive and compulsory medical questionnaires for all international arrivals, especially from affected countries; funds set aside to boost antiviral supplies if necessary; medical check-up at airports, including temperature monitoring, of those suspected of being ill; more equipment; and a virus hotline for professionals.The African Union also announced contingency plans in place in many countries and while they are not all as drastic as Egypt’s pig slaughter programme, they indicate the continent’s readiness to take on the global threat.Ghana and Gabon have stopped pork imports altogether, and Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries are also monitoring airports and ports.No cause for alarmH1N1 has not reached South African shores. Two travellers with flu-like symptoms were quarantined for tests at the end of April – both have tested negative, meaning that to date there is no swine flu in South Africa.In addition, says the DoH, the Department of Agriculture has reported no cases of swine flu among pigs in the Southern African region. As the virus cannot be transmitted through eating pork, the DoH has hastened to assure consumers that it is safe to carry on eating the meat although, as with all prepared food, it should be cooked properly.The latest status report from the World Health Organisation confirms this. Of the 20 countries who have officially reported cases of H1N1 so far, there are none on the African continent. The world health body has not issued any travel restrictions related to the disease.The possibility is now being mooted that Mexico had overreacted to the swine flu outbreak, portraying the disease as more deadly than it actually is. At the time Mexico reported around 60 possible deaths as a result of swine flu – the number has since been revised to an official 25, reports the World Health Organisation. According to health experts, this is congruent with normal seasonal flu.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at articlesTicketing centres for Confed CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readiness 500 days to 2010 Useful linksDepartment of HealthNational Institute of Communicable DiseasesWorld Health Organisation – Influenza A(H1N1)African UnionConfederations Cuplast_img read more