He is Brand Jamaica

first_imgIt has gone largely unnoticed that Usain Bolt’s winning times at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are the slowest he has ever produced in his successful pursuit of 13 individual global championships. Put another way, the Bolt of championships past would have beaten the majestic history-making 2016 Bolt handily. However, for Bolt, at this stage in his wonderful career, the times don’t matter. His speed portfolio bulges with memorabilia. He ran the first of his 34 sub-20 200 metres races in 2003, months before his 17th birthday. It was a world junior record of 19.93 seconds and remains unchallenged 13 years later. Today, he turns 30 and faces a crossroads. With six World/Olympic titles and three world records in the 100 and seven such titles and two world records in the 200m, one could begrudge him if he never ran another step in his life. The wear and tear of training to run 49 sub-10 second 100 metre races has sent him to the therapist’s bench more and more often. If he stopped running now, the combination of the wear and tear on a body once deemed too tall for sprinting and his unmatched success would be reason enough. By his own admission, he would miss the sport. HIS TRADEMARK The sport would miss him. Not only is he lightning quick, but he is engaging, playful and charming. He is Brand Jamaica on fast forward. Halfway through the 2008 Olympic 100 final, he looked to the heavens, thanked his heavenly Father and then beat his chest, all en route to a world record of 9.69 seconds and his first Olympic gold. It was to be the first of nine. When he crossed the line, reggae music boomed into the Bird’s Nest. He celebrated by joyfully dancing the Gully Creeper, the No Linger and the Sweep and by revealing his trademark ‘To the World’ pose. Weeks later, he appeared on the ‘Tonight Show’ hosted then by David Letterman. Once he strode on to the set confidently and sat in his seat and looked Letterman in the eye, you could see he was a star. He was a lord to the manor born. He hasn’t lost his human touch either. At the opening of a basketball court for the Jamaica Special Olympic team in 2015, he clocked an appearance for Digicel, a sponsor which has assisted him since 2004. Long after his duty was done, the tall man from Trelawny was still there shooting hoops with the special olympians. It was beautiful to watch. THREE DOUBLES If I were him, I might have retired in 2013. By then, he had already done the unprecedented Olympic ‘double-double’ by winning the 100m and 200m in both 2008 and 2012 and by regaining the World Championships 100 metres title in 2013. He had won it by improving his world record to 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009, but was eliminated by a false start in the 2011 final. Thanks to his genius Racers Track Club coach Glen Mills, he stayed around long enough to win sprint doubles last year in a return to Beijing for the World Championships and now in Rio. It will be well nigh impossible for anyone to match his collection of three doubles each at the Olympics and at the World Championships. Throughout his career, he has loved the fans and they have loved him back. Whether he goes now or next year after the World Championships, there is one fan who will probably miss him the most. On one of his many trips to run in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic, he was being led briskly to the public address announcer for a trackside interview. There was no time for him to do autographs until this young fan caught his eye. The catch was her face, which was painted black, green and gold. He stopped, chatted and signed autographs for this adoring fan. At the same meet the following year, the same girl sat at the same spot but with a handful of her friends, all face-painted in the colours of the Jamaican flag. The tall man stopped again. The girl and her friends were delighted. This is what makes Usain Bolt a superstar of the highest order. He isn’t just the best sprinter of all time. He is Brand Jamaica. * Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt run since 2000.last_img read more

Teenager confesses to Bourda Market murder

first_imgThe main suspect in the stabbing to death of Omesh Chetram, who was killed during an argument at Bourda Market, Georgetown, in the wee hours of Sunday, was apprehended by the Police and has since confessed to the heinous crime.Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, in a release stated that the suspect was arrested on Sunday in the vicinity of the market.The suspect reportedly told investigators that the now dead man worked with his mother to watch over the stall when the market closes.However, on the morning of the stabbing, the suspect left to purchase something to eat while leaving Chetram to look over the stall. Upon returning, the 16-year-old realised that some items were missing from the stall.As he confronted the man, an argument ensued during which Chetram, who is usually armed with a cutlass, was asked to remove from the area. He did not comply but instead whipped out the cutlass and threatened the teenager.In retaliation, the young man reportedly grabbed a knife from a nearby stall and stabbed the man in his abdomen. Chetram, also called “Black Boy”, 32, of Unity Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.With the confession by the teenager, the Police are expected to approach the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice and recommendation.On August 25 last, the deceased was before the courts for breaking and entering a shop in the Bourda area. He was a known “junkie” who did odd jobs around the Bourda Market area.last_img read more

Liberian Stephen Kolison, Jr. Appointed Executive VP and Provost at UI

first_img– Advertisement – Stephen Kolison will formally assume the duties of executive vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis on July 1, 2017 A native of Liberia, Stephen Kolison, Jr., Ph.D., a distinguished higher education executive, scholar and researcher, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Indianapolis. Kolison’s appointment follows an extensive national search and comes at a time during a strong trajectory of growth and expansion for the University.Kolison, who since 2008 has served as the associate vice president for Academic Programs, Educational Innovation and Governance of the University of Wisconsin System Administration, will lead more than 550 faculty of the University, which boasts an enrollment of more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by U.S. News and World Report.He brings to the role a strong record of research and success in implementing system-wide policies to increase degree productivity, expand learning opportunities for non-traditional students and foster innovative and effective teaching methods to increase student learning and educational success. He also has a proven record of securing research funding as principal investigator and co-principal investigator, including more than $25 million in grants from various sources while at Tennessee State University and at Tuskegee University.“Dr. Kolison comes to us at the right time in our institutional history,” said Jonathan Evans, Ph.D., co-chair of the provost search committee and associate professor of philosophy and religion. “His strong track record in building academic programs and supporting faculty development, coupled with his exemplary collaborative skills and thoughtfulness, will positively influence our campus and strengthen the intellectual life and impact we provide.”“I am excited to join the University of Indianapolis family and to not only lead, but also to work closely with faculty and other university constituents as we refine the institution’s intellectual life,” Kolison said. “I look forward to building upon UIndy’s environment of academic excellence and the discovery that will fortify the academic mission, stimulate research and enhance the academic experience of our students. This is a compelling opportunity.”University President Rob Manuel added: “I am extremely grateful for the dedication and diligence shown by our provost search committee and the entire campus community, who represented our University well as we sought the right person for this role. We’re excited to bring Dr. Kolison in to the Greyhound family.”A native of Liberia, Stephen earned a doctor of philosophy in forest economics and master of science in forest economics and marketing from Iowa State University of Science and Technology and a bachelor of science degree in general forestry from the University of Liberia, Monrovia. He holds certificates from Harvard University in negotiations and leadership; crisis leadership in higher education; and educational management. His research has been published extensively in top, peer-reviewed journals. He remains a sought-after keynote speaker on topics such as the growth of online learning, environmental safety and trends in the forest industry. He also is active in the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.“Dr. Kolison is the ideal candidate to fill this role because of his unique perspective on higher education systems and administrative structures,” said Anita Thomas, Ph.D., dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences and co-chair of the provost search committee. “He provides a strong focus on student success, and his leadership style will allow him to successfully connect with the faculty.”Kolison began his transition to UIndy on April 1, 2017, and will formally assume the duties of executive vice president and provost on July 1, 2017. David Wantz, Ed .D., will continue to serve as interim executive vice president and provost through June 30, 2018.Stephen Kolison BackgroundDuring his time at the UW System, Kolison led a group of provosts and faculty representatives in a review of the entire baccalaureate program array offered by the System, with the goal of assessing the viability and productivity of each program and putting in place system-wide policies for addressing degree productivity. In addition, he led a group of faculty and administrators to put in place a framework to establish the UW System e-campus portal to extend opportunities to nontraditional and place-bound students to earn degrees and certificates. He revised and streamlined processes and policies for establishing degree programs in the UW System to increase efficiencies for new degree program approvals. Through his oversight of faculty and instructional development, he has advocated successfully for the continuation and enhancement of programs aimed at fostering effective and innovative teaching for increasing student learning, promoting academic quality, and expanding educational access. Working with American Council on Education, he piloted a customized leadership development program for department chairs from across the UW System.Earlier in his career, Kolison taught for eight years at Tuskegee University, advancing to professor and serving as a faculty senator. He led TU’s Forest Resources Program and under his leadership, conferred the institution’s first baccalaureate degree in forestry. He served as founding dean for the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University. His accomplishments at TSU included oversight of a comprehensive research program focused on administration/management, program development, the hiring and evaluation of faculty and senior level administrative staff, and the planning of strategic and productive partnerships with the public and private sectors that resulted in extramural support for research and outreach activities.The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private, liberal arts university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. UIndy is ranked among the top Midwest Universities by the U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of more than 5,200 undergraduates, 1,300 graduate students and 400 continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100 undergraduate degrees, more than 35 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from UIndy each year than any other state institution. With strong programs also in engineering, business, and education, UIndy impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” (Source: https://news.uindy.edu)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits hit Sanjay’s Jewellery

first_imgLocal businessman Bishnarine “Sanjay” Persaud, the proprietor of Sanjay’s Jewellery, was on Saturday nightBusinessman Bishnarine “Sanjay” Persaudambushed by four armed men in front of his Sheriff Street, Campbellville, Georgetown store.Reports are that the gunmen pounced on the 45-year-old businessman about 23:30h as he was entering his yard.Speaking with Guyana Times, the jeweller recalled that as he was entering his yard a man approached him and whipped out a gun. He said the gunman instructed him to open the gate and asked for his store keys. According to the businessman, he told the gunman that he stored the keys in the upper flat of his home; it was at this point he noticed three other gunmen. He said that the men ordered him upstairs for the keys, as well as the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for his security cameras.Persaud explained that he was acting under the instructions of the criminals as they threatened to kill him on the spot. He said he cooperated and opened the safe containing his valuables.The bandits then made good their escape with a large quantity of cash and jewellery.He said he was yet to determine the value of the jewellery that the gunmen escaped with.The businessman pointed out that while he has security guards in the day, none of them are employed for night shift.The Sheriff Street resident noted that while he could not describe the four men since “they were wearing their hats in their faces, as well as umbrellas”. He, however, recalled that one of the men had a Dutch accent. After the men escaped, the Police were summoned to the scene and have since sought the assistance of nearby businesses for video footage of the robbery.last_img read more

Septuagenarian arrested after bank robbed

first_imgPrince George RCMP have arrested a 75 year-old man in connection with a bank robbery, Tuesday.Police were called to the robbery in progress at a CIBC Bank in the Spruceland Mall where a grey-haired man wearing a long down jacket and grey jogging pants had allegedly gone in and demanded money from a clerk.The man was found near the bank and was arrested without incident. Police have not identified the man, but say he is known to police.- Advertisement -He is facing charges in connection with the robbery.last_img

Sanneh strike sails Sharks over Posta

first_imgA tough tactical approach from both sides meant chances in the opening half were few and far in between. Posta head coach Sammy Omollo put up a defensive shield with the returning Jockins Atudo starting o the left side of defense while Suleiman Ngotho was employed on the right.Posta had the first chance of the game in the ninth minute when Atudo’s powerfully struck freekick from range was pushed behind the bar for a corner by Sharks keeper John Oyemba.None of the two sides threatened much, most of the battle reduced to the middle of the pack each of the two sides muscling out for possession.Posta Rangers midfielder Jerry Santo vies for the ball with Kariobangi Sharks’ Eric Juma during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 32nd minute, a deep cross from Patillah Omotto found George Abege at the far post but the lanky Ugandan could not connect a header on target.A minute to the break, Omotto had a chance for himself when he pulled off a shot from range, but the effort went inches wide with keeper Matasi beaten.In the second half, Posta started off strongly and within the opening minute, Dennis Mukaisi attempting to catch keeper Oyemba off his feet with a dinking effort from the left but the shot stopper managed to backtrack and tip the ball over for a corner.On the other end, a brilliant square ball from Abege found Fidel Origa running in from the right, but the midfielder’s connecting shot was awry going wide.Looking to inject some fresh attacking feet introduced the speedy Harrison Mwenda for Origa while new signing Moses Mwangi came on for Bolton Omwenga.Kariobangi Sharks’ Bolton Omwenga makes a pass under pressure from Posta Rangers’ Peter Ng’ang’a during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPosta continued to push for a win having picked victory in only one of their last five games. They almost broke the deadlock in the 67th minute but Oyemba pulled off a brilliant save to pluck the ball off the top corner from a superbly taken Joseph Mbugi volley.A minute later, Jerry Santo also came close with a header off an Ochieng long throw which went wide. On a counter, Posta had another chance when Jeremiah Wanjala cut back a cross for Mukaisi but he shot wide.Having survived, Sharks made use of their chance 15 minutes to time when Mwenda’s run on the left gifted him space and he put in a cross that was well headed home by SannehSharks almost doubled their lead at the stroke of fulltime but Atudo made  goal-line clearance to deny Abege who had picked up a cross from Mwenda.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players Fidel Origa and Michael Bodo celebrate Ebrimah Sanneh’s goal against Posta Rangers during a Kenyan Premier League match at teh Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17- Ebrimmah Sanneh stepped off the bench to score a 75th minute winner as Kariobangi Sharks beat Posta Rangers 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground to pick their third win on the trot to move to fifth in the standings.The game seemed to be headed for a toughly fought 0-0 draw, but Sanneh rose in the midst of lanky Posta defenders to power a header past Patrick Matasi.last_img read more

‘He’ll become Iniesta!’ Arsenal fans excited by shock transfer news

first_img1 The day after a demoralising defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, Arsenal fans, perhaps surprisingly, are getting excited.The young guns on show at Hillsborough may not have impressed as they lost 3-0 but one teen sensation has got supporters feeling giddy.There was plenty of hype surrounding Dan Crowley last year and he earned himself a chance to play first-team football with League One side Barnsley swooping to loan the midfielder.Impressive performances, and a goal against Everton in the League Cup, were forthcoming but now his deal with the Tykes has been cut short and Gunners fans feel they may be about to benefit, just like they did when Francis Coquelin’s loan to Charlton was ended early last year.So how did Arsenal fans react to the shock transfer news? Find out below… Dan Crowley last_img read more


first_imgToday marks the end of an era in Letterkenny, as Gary’s Petworld as we know it, will shut its doors to the public at 6pm this evening. But the hugely successful business certainly isn’t going away.Instead it is relocating to a brand new superstore just across the road in the nearby retail park. Gary’s Petworld will shut it doors for the last time this evening, at its current location on Pearse Road, Letterkenny where it has been located for the past twenty years.The store has been engrained in the fabric of Letterkenny for over two decades now and is one of the most popular and successful businesses in Donegal.The management’s desire to provide the best products and top class customer service consistently over such a sustained period of time ensured the stellar reputation it now has.Gary Cooney, arrived in Letterkenny twenty years ago to set up a pet shop. Back then, Gary couldn’t have envisaged how the business would grow to the incredible success it has, which as a result has now outgrown its current location.It is a day tinged with sadness for Gary and his staff, however there is also great excitement for what is to come.The store will be opening its doors in its new home, just across the road in the retail park in Cooneys Home and Garden on Friday the 17th of October.Gary would like to thank all his loyal customers over the years and welcomes them all to the new store. END OF AN ERA AS GARY’S PETWORLD SHUTS ITS DOORS BUT PLANS A BRIGHT NEW FUTURE NEARBY was last modified: October 15th, 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:BusinessFeaturesGary’s PetworldnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Hull City news: Championship fixtures 2017-18 – Every Tigers game revealed

first_img Scroll down for Hull’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures Hull’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures05/08/2017 17:30 Aston Villa v Hull City12/08/2017 15:00 Hull City v Burton Albion15/08/2017 19:45 Hull City v Wolverhampton19/08/2017 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Hull City26/08/2017 15:00 Hull City v Bolton Wanderers09/09/2017 15:00 Derby County v Hull City12/09/2017 19:45 Fulham v Hull City16/09/2017 15:00 Hull City v Sunderland23/09/2017 15:00 Reading v Hull City26/09/2017 19:45 Hull City v Preston North End30/09/2017 15:00 Hull City v Birmingham City14/10/2017 15:00 Norwich City v Hull City21/10/2017 15:00 Barnsley v Hull City28/10/2017 15:00 Hull City v Nottingham Forest31/10/2017 19:45 Hull City v Middlesbrough04/11/2017 15:00 Sheffield United v Hull City18/11/2017 15:00 Hull City v Ipswich Town21/11/2017 19:45 Millwall v Hull City25/11/2017 15:00 Hull City v Bristol City02/12/2017 15:00 Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City09/12/2017 15:00 Hull City v Brentford16/12/2017 15:00 Cardiff City v Hull City23/12/2017 15:00 Leeds United v Hull City26/12/2017 15:00 Hull City v Derby County30/12/2017 15:00 Hull City v Fulham01/01/2018 15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Hull City13/01/2018 15:00 Hull City v Reading20/01/2018 15:00 Sunderland v Hull City27/01/2018 15:00 Hull City v Leeds United03/02/2018 15:00 Preston North End v Hull City10/02/2018 15:00 Nottingham Forest v Hull City17/02/2018 15:00 Hull City v Barnsley20/02/2018 19:45 Middlesbrough v Hull City24/02/2018 15:00 Hull City v Sheffield United03/03/2018 15:00 Ipswich Town v Hull City06/03/2018 19:45 Hull City v Millwall10/03/2018 15:00 Hull City v Norwich City17/03/2018 15:00 Birmingham City v Hull City31/03/2018 15:00 Hull City v Aston Villa02/04/2018 15:00 Wolverhampton v Hull City07/04/2018 15:00 Hull City v Queens Park Rangers10/04/2018 19:45 Burton Albion v Hull City14/04/2018 15:00 Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday21/04/2018 15:00 Bristol City v Hull City28/04/2018 15:00 Hull City v Cardiff City06/05/2018 12:30 Brentford v Hull CitytalkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have exclusive radio rights to the Sky Bet EFL Championship, League One and League Two for the next three seasons.The talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals. 1last_img read more

Put your best foot forward in 2017 with the Raphoe 5K

first_imgThe New Year’s Day 5K is set to show off the best of the Raphoe community as runners and supporters come out to take on their first race of 2017.The community of Raphoe are coming together led by the Raphoe Road Runners group to host the annual 5K event. This is another great example of how this community comes together to make a difference, with over 250 participants in last year’s race.Now in its fourth year, this offers a great way to start the New Year. Eugene McGinley chairperson for the Road Runners said “We’re delighted to get involved this year with all money raised going to local charities. This a great family event that will suit serious runners, walkers and families with pushchairs as this is a fast pace course”“The spirit of support for this has been brilliant! Local businesses and clubs offering help and their time, showing that community spirit is very much alive in our wee heritage town!”We’d love to welcome everyone from near and far to Raphoe on New Year’s Day, race time this year has been moved to 12:30 p.m. Check out the race map below! Put your best foot forward in 2017 with the Raphoe 5K was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:5kraceRaphoeSportlast_img read more