WEAR AND TEAR Conventional wisdom once postulated that as he got older, the wear and tear of running the 100m would force the great man up in distance. He has resisted that theory resolutely, but 2017 might be the time for him to change. In addition, it wouldn’t hurt Jamaica if Bolt didn’t use the world champion’s wild card selection to run the 100m in London since Asafa Powell, the 2016 Diamond League 100m winner, would inherit his automatic spot in the draw. Diamond League winners, like reigning World Champions, can receive wild card selections to the next World Championships. The catch is that countries with a World Champion and a Diamond League winner in the same event must choose just one to compete. Whenever Jamaica has had this dilemma, the World Champion has always gotten the nod. Jamaica would still have the right to have four men run the 100m in London, with Powell using the Diamond winner’s wildcard and three others qualifying at the National Senior Championships. If Bolt chooses to run only the 200m in London next year, it may suit him. It would eliminate the event where the margins for error are the thinnest. It might also mitigate a source of the injuries he has suffered. The bright side is that the 30-year sprint king would reach the 200m fresh. If his training goes well, Bolt would have a chance to break a world record in his last individual championship race. There could be no grander exit from athletics than that. • Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. It’s hard to conceive of a 2017 World Championship with Usain Bolt running just the 100 metres. Maybe he’s spoilt us all by doing both the 100m and 200m for all these years and winning almost everything over both distances. Given that the 200m is his favourite event, his event choice for 2017 is even more baffling. If he skips the 200m in London, his stated goal of breaking 19 seconds will fall by the wayside. To tell you the truth, I secretly imagined something really fast was on the cards at this summer’s Rio Olympics after his 200m semi-final. An easy-looking effort produced his fastest time ever at that stage of the competition – 19.78 seconds. Sadly, rain splashed the track before the final. Forty years earlier at the Montreal Olympics, the same thing happened to Don Quarrie (DQ). DQ might have made a run at the world record, but pre-race rain narrowed his focus to simply winning. Faced with the same circumstances in Rio de Janeiro this summer, Bolt produced another run of 19.78 seconds to complete the double for the third time.
By Vahnu ManikchandOne week after High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder stormed out of the courtroom following an exchange with Attorney General Basil Williams, President David Granger has revealed that the AG has been asked to formally give a detailed explanation of the incident.Speaking publicly for the first time on the issue, the Head of State told media operatives at State House on Thursday that Williams has since submitted his explanation.“The Attorney General has responded. I have asked for an explanation of the matters which were reported to me and when I have that opportunity, I will respond to him and the Chancellor of the Judiciary,” he stated.Nevertheless, President Granger indicated to reporters that he was confident the matter would be resolved, after hearing from all the parties involved.“You know in law, there is a principle of hear the other side so you mustn’t jump to conclusions; so I want to hear both sides. We heard one side in the media and I’ve asked the Attorney General for his side,” the Head of State noted.Newly-appointed acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards told reporters on Tuesday that she was in receipt of information on the matter and the issue was currently “being addressed”.Justice Holder has formally complained to the Chancellor of the Judiciary that he abruptly walked out of the courtroom last Thursday as a result of statements made by the Attorney General.The AG was quoted as saying, “I could say what I want to say and however I want to say it, I have always been like that”, and “…The last Magistrate who did that to me was later found dead”.According to Justice Holder in his complaint filed on Friday last, he felt disrespected by the Attorney General’s behaviour.The High Court Judge said he “took umbrage to his (Williams’) tone and what he was insinuating, which was in effect that the court was being selective in recording the evidence”. The Judge said Williams responded by saying that the last person who told him what he should not say was a magistrate and he was now dead.“He further said all morning Mr Nandlall disrespecting you and you have not done anything about it,” Holder wrote, adding that this was not a true statement of what had occurred. “This was followed by a most egregious statement by Mr Williams which is: ‘I could say what I want to say and when I want to say it; I have always been like that’,” the Judge complained.At this point, Justice Holder said he left the bench without adjourning the matter. “Immediately after hearing these words, I rose from the bench and went into my chambers. I did not adjourn the matter, nor did I give any instructions to the parties,” Justice Holder outlined in the letter, while expressing that the Attorney General should apologise to him in an open court.However, the State’s chief legal adviser has expressed an unwillingness to do so when asked at a press conference on Wednesday, telling reporters, “What? I don’t know about apology.”Despite the Judge saying that the Attorney General was the reason for him walking off the bench, Williams is holding out that he is not to be blamed for what happened. “(Anil) Nandlall was the one who caused the problem…we can’t allow Nandlall to create this problem and leave it unresolved. The Judge and I will resolve this issue,” Williams insisted.In fact, the Attorney General even defended his actions and his statements. “Everything I dealt with in that short time was to disabuse the learned Judge’s mind that his interpretation was not (so),” he stated.Williams believed that the Judge fell prey to “transferred frustration” as a result of Nandlall’s “barracking” of nearly three hours.“Perhaps his detaining the learned Judge again as he was preparing to leave the bench, seeking clarity on whether the witness’s answer of ‘no’ was recorded, induced certain misapprehensions in the Judge’s mind in all the circumstances and the Attorney General became the victim of transferred frustration,” the AG said at a press conference following the incident.Moreover, Williams also insisted that his comment was not a threat even though the defence lawyer at the time, Anil Nandlall described it as one.The incident occurred during the trial of Carvil Duncan, who had moved to the court to block the work of a presidential tribunal that was set up to determine whether he should be removed from his post as Chairman of the Public Service Commission in light of his criminal charges, one of which has since been dismissed at the Magistrate’s Court. High Court drama– President demands explanation from AG
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has “no concerns whatsoever” over Steven Gerrard’s recent performances.The Reds captain, who retired from international duty this summer after leading the England squad during their poor World Cup campaign in Brazil, struggled to make an impact in the side’s 3-1 Premier League defeat at West Ham on Saturday.The 34-year-old midfielder has played every minute for Liverpool so far this season – in which they have lost three of their opening five league games – and since last weekend’s match there have been questions over his ability to still handle the demands upon him.However, when Rodgers was asked whether he had any concerns about the standard of Gerrard’s display against West Ham, the manager said: “No concerns whatsoever, no.“He is a brilliant player for us, really talented.“It was a team performance overall that just wasn’t quite up to scratch.”Rodgers added: “I feel we have managed his recovery really well in the last two seasons.“Even when Steven was playing international football, I think if you look at his numbers and games and minutes he has played, you’ll see in the last couple of seasons that it is as good as it has been in his career.“He is obviously at the age where we will look at him individually as a player.“We want him to be involved in our big games because of his experiences and his talent, and we’ll always taper that recovery for him to allow him to be at the very best he can be.” 1
0Shares0000Bolton Wanderers have entered administration after being relegated to League One © AFP / ANDREW YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, May 14 – A food bank has been set up to help non-playing staff at troubled Bolton who have gone without pay as the club slipped into administration.Staff of the club and those from the Bolton Whites hotel have gone without pay for six weeks as they await their April salaries. The club’s chaplaincy and Community Trust came together to set up the food bank two weeks ago, and have received donations from several local businesses and charities, as well as one local Championship club.“Obviously when people have not been paid for a period of time you just know they will be living to their means,” said club chaplain Phil Mason.“There is a lot of anxiety from staff who are concerned about how they are going to pay the bills, how they cope without pay for a period of time and not knowing when that was going to be resolved.”The bank, which has been set up in a private space within the University of Bolton Stadium, has food, toiletries and other provisions such as nappies for those staff with young families.Bolton chairman Ken Anderson withdrew funding for the club several weeks ago and a proposed takeover from Laurence Bassini collapsed, forcing the club into administration after their relegation to League One had already been confirmed.The cash-strapped club were unable to fulfil their final home league game of the season against Brentford after the players went on strike in protest at unpaid wages.Playing staff have not been paid since February, and have received support from the Professional Footballers’ Association.The club will start next season with a 12-point deduction and still owe more than £1 million to tax authorities.The Whites Hotel has been closed since May 1 but several other club staff have continued to work despite not being paid.“I’ve been overwhelmed by the fact that in spite of not being paid they’ve stuck with the club,” Mason said.“They’ve made a commitment every day to come into work and shown incredible tenacity and passion for this club, recognising it is in difficulty but still sticking with it and as a consequence, we felt it was very important to give them as much support as we could.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER When his girlfriend told him that her stepfather hit her, Gary raced to the man’s house to confront him. Filled with rage, he throttled the older man until friends pulled them apart. Police were called, and Gary was arrested on suspicion of assault. “I don’t think (this class) is going to be enough,” said Gary, who didn’t give his last name. “I haven’t been able to control myself very much. ? I can’t even think when I get angry. That day (during the fight), people were grabbing me. I told them I was OK just so I could leave and fight the guy again.” Unlike domestic violence prevention programs, anger-management counseling is not regulated by any government agency. Anyone with the motivation can start a program and charge any fee. But when people lose their temper, the man they’re most likely to deal with is George Anderson. Anderson – the founder of Anderson & Anderson Anger Management program – has a near monopoly on the county’s programs. When judges order convicted criminals to attend anger-management programs, they give them a list of programs certified by Anderson. Anderson is a psychotherapist and an expert in domestic violence prevention and anger management. He provides counseling at offices in Lawndale and Brentwood. But the majority of his business is training other anger-management providers. Anderson trained Shannon Munford, who then founded Daybreak Counseling Service, where he hands out Anderson’s 120-page anger-management guide, “Gaining Control of Ourselves,” to all of his clients. Munford opened the program about six years ago, and now has five locations in the county, including the Gardena office. A therapist from his company will appear on the premiere episode of the “Decision House” TV show on My Network TV Channel13 at 8 p.m. Wednesday. During the episode, the counselor works with a feuding couple. The future of their relationship will be decided during the show. At Daybreak’s Thursday meeting, clients discussed the issue affecting the couple that will appear on the TV show – how uncontrolled anger can ruin intimate relationships. A man named Freddie said his girlfriend broke up with him after he had an outburst of rage. He was ordered to take anger-management classes by a judge because he resisted arrest when the couple were arguing. “I had a pretty good relationship with a girl,” Freddie said. “She went bye-bye. I realized being a jerk caused it.” While they are a steady source of clients, court-ordered patients are only part of the clientele for anger-management programs. Businesses often require employees to get counseling after they have emotional outbursts at work, and some people sign up for classes voluntarily, Anderson said. Munford said he treats people who have been involved in a wide range of crimes. He has treated a man who threatened to kill a cable company customer-service worker because he was upset with his service. Munford has counseled people who have become too harsh while disciplining their children. He has worked with gang members who were caught in minor fights with rivals. And one woman was sentenced to anger-management classes for yelling at an El Camino College parking-enforcement officer who she believed was only giving out tickets to white people. “It’s kind of a catch-all sometimes,” said Munford, who is also a county probation officer and therapist. “Anger is always there. It’s always a part of a probationer’s criminal makeup. They’re angry about something.” Munford said anger-management counseling doesn’t necessarily change the behavior of his clients – especially those who are ordered to attend. “It’s kind of similar to traffic school,” Munford said. “Once they complete it, they completed it. But they may get back on the road and be a bad driver.” His clients pay a $45 registration fee and $30 per class. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider, who supervises the court’s family law division, said he believes anger-management classes rarely motivate people to change their behavior. “I know there are people who go through it, and it’s meaningless to them,” Schnider said. “There are a lot of people who start the classes but don’t finish – 10 percent to 20percent. But then I know people whose lives are turned around by it. It depends on why you’re going and what your attitude is.” Shanee Potter, 22, of Los Angeles, completed 14 anger-management sessions at Daybreak Counseling Service last year. She voluntarily signed up for the program after she was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend five times with a steak knife. She said the class taught her ways to divert her angry thoughts and feelings. “I just really wanted to hurt him,” Potter said. “I would think about hitting him upside the head with a frying pan. ? Then I would get upset when I tried to apply for a job and they denied me” because of the felony conviction for the stabbing. “I learned that when I get upset, I just have to move on and keep trying. I try to stay busy, work out, or look for another job.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A judge sentenced him to probation and 10 anger-management counseling sessions. Gary’s inability to control his anger may be a difficult personal struggle for him, but for the men and women who operate anger-management programs, it is part of a very profitable cottage industry. For his sentence, Gary chose to visit Daybreak Counseling Service in Gardena. He joined five other court-appointed participants for the session. They spent an hour talking about their anger, and the problems it created, in the warm second-floor office in downtown Gardena. Gary said his anger problems are going to take a lot of work to fix.
Micah Richards Micah Richards is facing a ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. The Aston Villa captain was reported to have confronted rival Federico Fernandez in the tunnel following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Saturday.Richards had earlier clashed with Fernandez on the pitch and had to be dragged away by teammates.The FA studied that initial incident and decided not to take any action against Richards or Fernandez as the panel did not find either player had committed an act of violent conduct. However, Richards will face action for appearing to continue the argument after the match.He is now likely to be hit with a suspension – another blow for Villa, who are bottom of the Premier League and without a manager following Tim Sherwood’s sacking. 1
The brother of a man left brain-damaged after he was attacked in Co Donegal five years ago has criticised the health authorities.Mark McShane, 40, was left unable to recognise his own children after the attack in Letterkenny, for which two men were jailed for five years.The Derry man later had part of his brain removed. His brother John said he now lived on his own and struggled to survive everyday.“He still is pretty much brain-damaged and possibly is going to be for the rest of his life,” John told BBC Radio Foyle.“Mark finds it pretty difficult to survive on his own.“All the care that Mark gets is provided by his family, because as far as all those outside agencies are concerned, they seem to have walked away from him.“Mark refused to go to a clinic on one or two occasions and it seems to be that no one ever contacted Mark to see if he wanted to come back.“It’s a lot of strain on my mother; it’s a lot of strain on all of us because every day somebody has to do something for Mark, take him somewhere, cook for him, clean for him. He exists, that’s it, but as far as his mental state is concerned, he would be pretty much childish.”He said he would like to see the brain injury clinic do more to help Mark, and he said the Housing Executive could do more to improve his accommodation.The Western Health and Social Care Trust said it could not comment on an individual case but that Mark’s family could raise concerns about his treatment directly with staff or through its complaints system: the Patients’ Advocate Office.The statement added: “The Acquired Brain Injury Service is working within the agreed regional standards and quality indicators on acquired brain injuries. These acknowledge brain injury is a lifelong condition but state that ‘the active participation and engagement of people with a brain injury is central to any rehabilitation process’.”The Housing Executive said it had received a report about a cylinder leaking at Mark’s address and its contractor called at the property twice, but could not gain access. A spokesperson said a maintenance officer would call at the property on August 8 to carry out an inspection and any items found to be defective or in need of repair would be addressed.Two Donegal men are serving five-year sentences for their part in the attack.BROTHER OF MAN LEFT BRAIN-DAMAGED IN LETTERKENNY ATTACK SLAMS HEALTH AUTHORITIES was last modified: August 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brain damagedletterkenny attackMark McShane
GAA RESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALMcGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 28-Oct-2012 Naomh Mhuire 1 – 16 0 – 6 Naomh Brid The Banks Mullachdergh28-Oct-2012 Bundoran 1 – 13 3 – 7 Glenfin Gaelic Park BundoranBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment28-Oct-2012 Glenswilly 2 – 12 0 – 7 St Michaels Glenswilly Pairc Naomh ColumbaThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment28-Oct-2012 Termon 0 – 9 0 – 4 Buncrana O Donnell Park S.F.McGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 Reserve Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment28-Oct-2012 Naomh Mhuire 6 – 10 0 – 4 Naomh Brid The Banks MullachderghThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 28-Oct-2012 Termon 0 – 7 1 – 8 Buncrana O Donnell Park S.F.McGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment28-Oct-2012 Bundoran 1 – 6 1 – 9 Glenfin Gaelic Park BundoranBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment28-Oct-2012 Glenswilly 0 – 2 4 – 12 St Michaels Glenswilly Pairc Naomh ColumbaThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 16 0 – 5 Naomh Colmcille MacCumhaill Park S.F. ReplayRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Naomh Conaill 1 – 1 0 – 6 Na Ceithre Maistiri Ard a Ratha S.F.The All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Naomh Columba 0 – 6 1 – 11 Aodh Ruadh MacCumhaill Park S.F.Brian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Ardara Dungloe Pairc na Phiarsaigh Ardara VoidCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Downings 3 – 9 0 – 2 Burt DowningsRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Naomh Adhamhnan 1 – 6 0 – 10 Cloch Cheann Fhaola An Tearmain S.F.Brian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Ardara Dungloe Pairc na Phiarsaigh Ardara VoidCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Downings 0 – 8 1 – 2 Burt DowningsDONEGAL NORTHMarley Travel U-13 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment27-Oct-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 2 – 6 13 – 2 Buncrana Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba Shield Final extra time if neededALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: October 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA RESULTS
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher is calling for Books of Condolences be set up across Donegal in honour of Nelson Mandela.At present there is a Book of Condolence at the Letterkenny Council offices.But the Fianna Fail politician is now calling on the Mayor Ian McGarvey and Manager of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neeley, to open a Book of Condolence “I think everyone should have the opportunity across Donegal to pay tribute to this wonderful human being and to honour his memory.” PAT THE COPE WANTS MANDELA TO BE REMEMBERED ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Book of CondolenceNelson MandelaPat The Cope Gallagher
GARTH Brooks fans spent an astonishing €28,620,000 buying tickets to see their hero.The incredible total from booking fees and ticket costs for the 400,000 fans won’t be the only loss if Dublin City Council doesn’t change its mind!The loss in revenue to Dublin has been estimated to be around €10 million each day – a total of €50 million over the original five days. With Brooks stating tonight that he will do five shows or none at all, something is going to give.And our economy could be first.Around 70,000 of the total tickets were sold to fans from outside Ireland most of whom have booked to fly in for the shows.The whole debacle is turning into an €80 million national farce.With that sort of money on the line, expect lawyers to step into the fray very soon.REVEALED: THE €28 MILLION SPENT ON GARTH BROOKS TICKETS was last modified: July 4th, 2014 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:Croke ParkeconomyGarth Brooksticket costs