Hi-five for Jamaica athletes

first_imgThere were five wins for Jamaican athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night, with the Stephen Francis-coached Janieve Russell and Elaine Thompson leading the way with big wins, while there were also wins for Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, and Javon Francis.There were also top-three finishes for Jamaican females Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Novlene Williams-Mills, Danielle Williams, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson.A finalist in the women’s 400 metres hurdles at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, Russell ran a well-controlled race and hit top form in the latter stages to get by early leader Leah Nugent of the United States, to win in a personal best of 54.61 seconds, the second-fastest time this season. Ristananna Tracey finished strongly for second in a season best 55.31 seconds, while Nugent was third in 56.24.”I am feeling extremely happy after my performance, knowing that I did a PR so early in the season, and this has set the tone for the rest of the season. (The) fast time was not on my mind as I ran to the instructions of my coach, to take it easy, as I went out a bit slow and finished strong at the end as the objective was to finish among the top three, and this is telling me and Jamaica that something special will happen this year as for the first time, I am running injury-free early, and I am very excited,” said Russell.Thompson, the World Championships 200m silver medallist, defended her JII 100m title with a big performance, clocking a wind-aided 10.71 seconds (+2.4 metres per second wind reading). American English Gardner was second in 10.85 seconds, with third going to Trinidad and Tobago, Michelle Lee-Ahye, in 10.98 seconds.Defending champion Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas, the world leader in the women’s 400m, cantered away from rivals to win the 200m in 22.14 seconds (+2.2 mps), with McLaughlin-Whilby second in 22.70, and the United States’ Shalonda Solomon third in 22.80 seconds.NO START FOR SHELLYJamaica’s World and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was expected to compete, did not start in the event.Billed as the female race of the meet, the women’s 400 did not disappoint. It was close going all the way before 2014 winner and last year’s second-place finisher Francena McCorory of the United States won in 50.52 ahead of Williams-Mills, 50.87, while McPherson placed third in 51.20.Competing in her first race at home since winning the 100m hurdles World title a year ago, Williams, in a blanket finish, was nipped for third in 12.55 seconds. The United States pair of Brianna Rollins, 12.52 and Queen Harrison (12.54) took first and second, respectively.Among the men, Bailey-Cole, who was missing from the track most of last year due to injury, won a close 100m in 10.01 seconds. The United States’ Mike Rodgers was second in 10.03, with local Julian Forte third in 10.06.”I am happy going into the Trials this year as I didn’t have a win on my mind as I just came out to see where I am because of the hamstring injury I had, but definitely, this win has really boosted my confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Bailey-Cole.Powell led from the start and took the men’s 200 metres in 20.45 seconds.Beejay Lee of the United States was second in 20.52, the same time done by third-place Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer.Francis closed the show by winning the men’s 400m in a season best 44.85 seconds, getting the better of Vernon Norwood of the United States (45.00) and Kevin Borlee of Belgium, 45.17.Earlier, there was a vintage performance from World Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde. He upstaged his more senior rivals, only to be edged out by Bahamian Jeffrey Gibson (48.96).Hyde clocked a season best 49.16 seconds, with experienced American Bershawn Jackson third in 49.29 seconds.- R. G.last_img read more

Berlin protests Russia World Cup ban on German journalist

first_imgRussia was already a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely-watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges.But it was German journalist Hajo Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes that sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympic games.The row came full circle as it emerged Friday that Moscow has refused to allow in Seppelt to cover the World Cup, which kicks off next month.Berlin protested against Moscow’s decision to ban from the World Cup German journalist Hajo Seppelt who broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, stoking further an already controversial tournament © dpa/AFP/File / Jens Wolf“We view this measure by the Russian authorities to invalidate Seppelt’s visa as wrong,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.“We call on the Russian leadership to allow this German correspondent to enter the country to report on the football World Cup tournament.”Asked if Merkel would raise the issue when she meets Putin on Friday, Seibert said: “Let’s wait to see what this week brings.”– All eyes on FIFA –Seppelt had revealed Friday that his application for a visa, submitted by public regional broadcaster SWR, was rejected as he was apparently on a “persona non grata” list in Russia.Moscow did not specify the reason but Seppelt said the “uncovering of the state doping system has had such great impact for Russia that it felt that it needed to take such measures”.“It would be interesting to see if FIFA, which must ensure access to unfettered coverage of its tournament, would take on this case,” he told AFP’s sports subsidiary SID on Friday.Seibert also stressed the importance for football world governing body FIFA to press the case.“Free reporting of what is probably the biggest international sporting event next to the Olympics must be assured,” he said. “We are convinced that it puts Russia as a host in a bad light if the freedom of the press and of opinion is curtailed before the eyes of the world.”In a statement released Monday, FIFA said it had already approved Seppelt’s accreditation request.“We are getting more information from the Russian authorities regarding his visa process through the Local Organising Committee,” said FIFA.“Generally speaking, the freedom of the press is of paramount importance to FIFA and we always aim to provide media representatives with the best possible conditions for coverage of all FIFA events,” it added.Germany’s football federation chief Reinhard Grindel expressed confidence FIFA would take action.“FIFA has stressed the importance of press freedom. I have complete confidence that FIFA will now use its influence to allow Hajo Seppelt to report unhindered from Russia,” he told SID on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The German government protested to Moscow over its football world cup ban on journalist Hajo Seppelt who caused uproar by his revelations of massive state-sponsored sports doping in Russia © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINIBerlin, Germany, May 14 – Berlin protested Monday against Moscow’s decision to ban from the World Cup the German journalist who broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, stoking further an already controversial tournament.The row erupted just days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in recent years has clashed repeatedly with Western leaders on a litany of issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.last_img read more

LOINNEOG LÚNASA – A CELEBRATION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE BEGINS NEXT WEEK

first_imgThe fourth annual Loinneog Lúnasa festival promises to be an unforgettable weekend of ceol, cultúir and craic. A celebration of Irish traditional music and culture. Taking place from the 8-11th August and attracting music enthusiasts from all the world, the line up includes Na Casaidigh, Na Bonney Men, Clann Mac Ruaidhrí,  The Unwanted and New Road all performing in various venues throughout the parish. Local star Emma Ní Fhíoruisce renowned for her pop covers as Gaeilge of Fleetwood Mac, Eagle Eyed Cherry and Guns na Roses will be showcasing her new material!Emma, who is deeply inspired by Clannad and Altan, will perform her new song which is about Gaoth Dobhair and how it feels coming home, aptly called “Ar ais go Gaoth Dobhair”.This young singer is exactly what Loinneog Lúnasa is all about.Mairead Ní Mhaonigh and sister Ann have both commented on what a natural musical talent Emma has, that she has the ability to mix modern with traditional and sound original. Festival organizer Cathal O Gallachóír, says that “This festival not only celebrates musical tradition, but also nurtures and encourages musicians and singers to carry the tradition forward.“This is why there are workshops, recitals and concerts with the best of Irish music.Other special events include a special one-day event dedicated to Sean Nós Singing.If you’re interested in Sean Nós as a beginner or otherwise and would like to learn new songs and techniques, this is the perfect opportunity.Acclaimed local Sean Nós singers Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde & Connie Mhary Mhicí will be joined by Éamon ó Donnchadha & Saileog Ní Cheannabháin will deliver singing workshops at An Gaileairí.Throughout the day each artist will teach two songs. They’ll then perform a concert later in the evening joined by the renowned piper Gay McKeon, (CEO of NPU) on the uileann pipes.The uileann pipes are a regular highlight at Loinneog Lúnasa, with last year’s ‘Tionól’ attracting pipers from all over the country and expect this gathering to continue this year.Gay Mc Keon will deliver workshops between 10 and 3pm and there will be a rare opportunity to ‘try the pipes’ with local piping teacher Conor Day and overseas Cuban student Alexander Suarez Mendez on Saturday the 9th between 10 and 1pm.Alexander Suarez Mendez is part of the Buena Vista Pipers Club in Havana – In 2011 Gay Mc Keon was invited to play at Celtfest. He had brought along sets of pipes for people to try, and said, “There were queues of people waiting to try and it took off from there. (Journal.ie)Alexander is currently in Ireland following a fundraising campaign by Irish pipers to bring this piping student to Ireland to learn more about the pipes, including making them, so he can bring these skills back to Cuba and continue to teach.Gay said, “Alexander is innately musical and people will be thrilled to hear him play. Even the way he interprets slow airs, which is a difficult thing for anyone even if you are immersed in the tradition. It is astonishing.”So those of you who are interested in the uilleann pipes are in for a special treat at Loinneog Lúnasa this year and we anticipate some unforgettable sessions in the local bars and hotels.Gaoth Dobhair, the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and an area famous the world over for being a cradle of Irish culture and home to musical acts such as Enya, Altan, Clannad, Donal Lunny, Bothy Band, and Clann Uí Dhomhnaill of Skara Brae and younger acts like an Crann Óg and Noílín ní Cholla is proud to promote such a rich tapestry of local talent.With music and singing workshops, set dancing, open mic, craft market, a full moon beach walk and fun for all the family, there was never a better time to visit Gaoth Dobhair.All this and spectacular scenery and atmosphere, Loinneog Lúnasa presents a musical backdrop to a wonderfully cultural, family friendly festival.Also check out the Loinneog Lunasa Festival flybreak offer via Dublin and Glasgow in association with mng.ie & Donegal Airport.(www.mng.ie/whatson)LOINNEOG LÚNASA – A CELEBRATION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE BEGINS NEXT WEEK was last modified: August 1st, 2014 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:CultureEntertainmentFeaturesGaoth DobhairIrish MusicLoinneag LúnasanewsTraditionallast_img read more

Celta Vigo eye up reunion for Manchester City outcast Nolito

first_img1 Nolito in action for Manchester City Spanish side Celta Vigo are interested in taking Manchester City outcast Nolito back to the club this summer, according to reports in Spain.The 30-year-old is unsettled in England and has expressed his desire to leave City in order to rejuvenate his career.While the weather in England remains an issue behind his desire to leave, Nolito has also suffered from a lack of playing time at the Etihad Stadium.Nolito managed 30 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side last term, but he clocked just 166 minutes of playing time after the turn of the year.Atletico Madrid are said to be keeping an eye on his situation, while former club Celta Vigo are also showing interest.Last season’s Europa League semi-finalists are on the lookout for a winger during the summer window and may well turn to a familiar face in the shape of Nolito.last_img read more

RANDOX DUNGLOE IN €25 BOWEL CANCER TEST BREAKTHROUGH

first_imgSCIENTISTS at Randox in Dungloe have developed a €25 bowel cancer test kit, the company has announced.The new blood test will spot bowel cancer at earliest stage and the simple check will ID cancer missed by existing screening.The kit also removed the need for ‘unpleasant’ faecal screen. Bowel cancer is Ireland’s second biggest cancer killer and Donegal scientists have been at the heart of research.On average 79 people in Donegal diagnosed with bowel cancer per year.The new test could save thousands of lives by spotting the disease at the earliest possible opportunity. The simple check will pick up on antibodies in the blood, produced as the body reacts to the onset of bowel cancer.The collaboration between researchers from the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at Dublin City University and Dongeal biotech firm Randox Teoranta, promises that the new test will be a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis of bowel cancer and could be available for widespread use by the end of next year. Each year almost 2,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer, with 1,000 dying from it; making bowel cancer the second most common cause of cancer death in Ireland.  To address this, a nationwide Bowel Screen initiative has been rolled out to check those between the ages of 60-69, thought to be at high risk.  This screening involves testing traces of blood in stool samples.Drawbacks associated with this method, known as Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), include low sensitivity, which means early stage disease is not detected in a rapid or reliable way.  In addition, the nature of the sample required for these tests has resulted in worryingly low levels of patient uptake.  The new blood test will do away with the need for FOBT and will prevent unnecessary and costly colonoscopies for people without the disease.Professor Richard O’Kennedy, Scientific Director of BDI said: “Typically patients who experience the symptoms of bowel cancer may visit their doctor.  This new, quick and non-invasive test will help in identifying patients with bowel cancer earlier, so they are sent for colonoscopy and thus treated more effectively.“Survival rates from bowel cancer are closely associated with the stage at diagnosis.  More than half of people with bowel cancer are diagnosed in the later stages, requiring more complex treatment, with a poorer chance of survival.  The aim of this new test is to find the cancer at the earliest possible stage, when it is easier to treat, improving outcomes for patients.”The new test will be implemented on Randox’s proprietary Biochip Array Technology detection platform.  Randox Teoranta Managing Director, Dr Peter FitzGerald said: “The potential here is quite revolutionary, while bowel cancer is a very serious illness – early diagnosis leads to improved survival.  If bowel cancer is found early, the growth is typically small and can be removed, leaving the person healthy and needing less treatment. “In addition bowel cancer places considerable burden on our healthcare system.  Stage 3 bowel cancer treatment costs are estimated at more than €45k per patient, with Stage 1 treatment €18,550 – less than half, if we can catch this cancer early and treat it early, then the economic benefit will be considerable.”Dr Sinéad Walsh, Acting Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society, which is the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland said: “We are very excited by the results of this research as it will help us move another step forward in our strategy towards a future without cancer.“The earlier bowel cancer can be detected the better the outcome for patients.  This coupled with the ability to personalise treatments for bowel cancer patients, will contribute to better outcomes for people with bowel cancer.”Dr. Conor Burke, Associate Director of the BDI commented: “This project is an excellent example of the translational research agenda of the BDI and its commitment to the realisation of commercial and societal impact through innovation in diagnostics. “One of our primary goals is the creation of value for indigenous Irish diagnostics companies through our research and we look forward to working with Randox on realising the significant commercial and healthcare-related potential of this screening test.”The collaboration is funded by Enterprise Ireland and Randox.  Initial work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland and carried out at Dublin City University and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and Beaumont Hospital. The inputs of Dr. Gregor Kijanka, Dr. Julie-Anne O’ Reilly, Dr. Barry Byrne and Professors Elaine Kay and Dermot Kenny were vital in developing this research.RANDOX DUNGLOE IN €25 BOWEL CANCER TEST BREAKTHROUGH was last modified: February 5th, 2015 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:bowel cancerdungloerandoxRANDOX TEOlast_img read more

Saints v QPR player ratings

first_imgSee also:QPR beaten despite stunning Austin strikeAustin has proved himself – RedknappSandro cleared to return to trainingQPR ‘were left in the lurch’ by Remy moveQPR left in the lurch by Remy move – HarryHow have QPR’s summer signings fared and are they likely to improve?Redknapp: I didn’t try to sign West Ham manMidfielder Fer ‘will be a top player for QPR’Redknapp backs Phillips to succeed at QPRQPR boss dismisses Taarabt exit rumoursQPR assess duo ahead of West Ham gameMidfield woes have affected Rio – RedknappRedknapp: No regrets over Simpson moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s phenom striking fear into MLB batting orders

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSURPRISE, Ariz., – As he sat in front of his locker in the Texas Rangers clubhouse on Thursday morning, Joey Gallo released a slight groan under his breath.It didn’t take much to trigger the reaction from one of baseball’s rising sluggers who is coming off back-to-back 40 home-run seasons.The name “Jesus Luzardo” did the trick. Gallo still was a bit frustrated two days after striking out against the A’s elite …last_img read more

A’s Sean Murphy has surgery on troublesome left knee

first_img Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with … What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race A’s catcher Sean Murphy struggled with knee injuries throughout most of 2019 before his eventual call-up in September. He had two stints on the injured list.Thursday, Murphy had a successful lateral meniscal debridement procedure on his left knee performed by Dr. Thomas Carter in Phoenix, Arizona.Related Articleslast_img

From Emperors to Monarchs….

first_imgIf lion is king, and penguin is emperor, who would have thought a dainty insect would be monarch?  EurekAlert posted a story earlier this month too good to pass up: monarch butterflies follow the light – ultraviolet light – to their breeding grounds.  Scientists at Hebrew University, working with monarchs in a specially-designed flight simulator (see 05/09/2005, 07/09/2002), found that UV light was the key to keeping them on course.  But that’s not all: “Further probing revealed a key wiring connection between the light-detecting navigation sensors in the butterfly’s eye and its brain clock,” the article states.  “Thus, it was shown that input from two interconnected systems – UV light detection in the eye and the biological clock in the brain – together guide the butterflies ‘straight and true’ to their destination at the appointed times in their two-month migration over thousands of miles/kilometers” (emphasis added).  Think how tiny a butterfly brain is to store that kind of programming.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nicholas Hlobo: art as dialogue

first_img10 November 2008Nicholas Hlobo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts 2009, is gaining an international reputation for his experimental use of materials to “create conversations” around issues of masculinity, gender, race and ethnicity.Hlobo is showcased on the Michael Stevenson Gallery website, where he explains his relationship with the material he uses: “I always find that the material tends to dominate the entire process. My ideas evolve in unexpected ways as the material helps me discover new things.“The start usually seems like trying to roll a rock as large as a double-decker bus, and by the completion of the work I go, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I went through that and came back sane’.”In 2007 Hlobo exhibited Umdodo at the Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. During the same year he took Umakadenethwa engenadyasi to the Galeria Extraspazio in Rome and idiom[s] to the Savannah College of Art Design in Georgia, USA.In 2008, he exhibited at the Boston ICA as part of the Momentum Series, and his work is included in the third Guangzhou Triennial in China, which runs until 9 November. His exhibition Flow was on at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Home Lands – Land Marks was on at Haunch of Venison in London. Kwatsityw’iziko was also on at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town.Hlobo has also exhibited with various other artists, some of his more recent group exhibitions being Skin-to-skin at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg and .za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica at the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Italy.In 2006 he won the Tollman Award for Visual Art.Hlobo chooses his material strategically, and often challenges stereotypes of sexual identity through his work.In an interview with Sue Williamson, he explained: “Through my works I attempt to create conversations that explore certain issues within my culture as a South African.“The conversations become a way of questioning people’s perceptions around issues of masculinity, gender, race and ethnicity.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more