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Who is Jamaica’s female Athlete of the Year?

first_img Stiff competition Despite all that, the Lennox Graham-coached The Queen’s School graduate will have a tough time hurdling past Fraser-Pryce to get the Jamaican Athlete of the Year award. The little rocket lost just once over 100 metres, in a jetlagged slog in Shanghai, but clicked off wins everywhere else. She ran sub-11 times consistently and swished under 10.8 seconds three times. That gave her a career total of 10 at that speed. By comparison, the legendary Merlene Ottey had four sub-10.8 clockings in all her fine career. That’s how good Fraser-Pryce was in 2015. In Beijing, she missed her season’s best of 10.74 seconds by a mere 0.02, despite slowing down to raise an arm to mark her third World title in the 100. That allowed the fast-finishing Schippers to catch up a bit, but the win was never in question. By then, her reliable rocket start and smooth, but urgent acceleration had done the damage. Will the award givers prefer the brilliant emergence of Williams to the season-long consistent quality displayed by Fraser-Pryce? The deliberations will begin shortly, but it’s great that Jamaica has two female World Champions to choose from. Together with Thompson, Jackson, first-time 100-metre finalist Natasha Morrison, first-time 400 hurdles finalist Janieve Russell and repeat triple-jump finalist Kimberly Williams, Fraser-Pryce and Danielle Williams lead us into the Olympic year with cause for optimism. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Late-season marathons aside, the 2015 athletics campaign is practically over. It ended brilliantly for Jamaica, with the country’s second best medal performance at a World Championships or an Olympic Games. Now it’s time to begin to choose the Jamaican Athletes of the Year. In Beijing, for the 15th World Championships, our established stars delivered. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Hansle Parchment all found their way to the medal podium. They weren’t alone. Debutants like Elaine Thompson, Shericka Jackson and O’Dayne Richards also walked away from the Bird’s Nest with individual medals. The best of the new names, however, was Danielle Williams. With Thompson losing a magnificent 200-metre final to flying Dutch woman Dafne Schippers on the line, Williams matched Fraser-Pryce by winning an individual event. She kept her head and her footing in the 100-metre hurdles while others lost theirs and sped to personal best times of 12.58 and 12.57 seconds in the semi and the final. She went to Beijing with the World University Games title safely tucked away and moved up to fourth fastest on the Jamaican all-time list. Brigitte Foster-Hylton, our first World 100 hurdles champion, and World Championship bronze medal winners Michelle Freeman and Delloreen Ennis, are the only Jamaican women with faster times.last_img read more


Islamic Organisation head begins Caribbean tour in Guyana

first_imgThe Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General, Iyad Madani on Monday commenced his first tour of the two OIC member states in the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Guyana and Suriname.Accompanying the OIC Chief is Agshin Mehdiyev, an Azerbaijan diplomat who is the OIC ambassador to the United Nations; the two will arrive in Paramaribo, Suriname on Wednesday.Islamic Cooperation Secretary General, Iyad MadaniMadani, in an invited comment, said that his visit to Guyana and Suriname was part of his routine tour of OIC member states. One of the goals of his visit is to assess Guyana’s and Suriname’s expectations of the OIC. Madani will share with the leaders of these countries, some of the products and support that the OIC can offer them. He also wants to “engage Guyana and Suriname” in stronger OIC ties.Madani will hold meetings with President Desi Bouterse of Suriname and President David Granger, along with Suriname’s Foreign Minister, Niermala Badrising. The OIC head will also meet with the civil society in both countries.Badrising said that Suriname was excited to welcome the OIC head, especially at a time when ties between Suriname and the OIC have significantly expanded. During the visit, various agreements between Suriname and the OIC in the fields of education, economics and trade will be signed. Agreements to commence Islamic banking in Suriname will also be finalised.Badrising said that the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), an organ of the OIC, is supporting the economic stabilisation and recovery policies of Suriname with a soft loan of approximately US$1.8 billion. Of this money, her Government is planning to invest US$1.278 billion in five sectors – agriculture, healthcare, finance, transportation and infrastructure, and tourism.Last week in Paramaribo, Bouterse praised the OIC, saying that “Suriname has a golden opportunity” with the US$1.8 billion in financing that the ISDB has offered his country.While in New York to address the 71st United Nations General Assembly on behalf of Bouterse, Badrising held bilateral meetings with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, two OIC members, in her quest to bring foreign direct investment to Suriname. She also had informal talks with Madani during an OIC reception in New York. No officials from Guyana attended the reception.After a pledge by Granger in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he met Madani earlier this year to improve its ties with the OIC, his Government failed to attend the last Heads of Government summit, which was held in Turkey earlier this year.Guyana does not attend smaller meetings of the OIC due to the lack of funds budgeted by its Foreign Ministry, one Guyanese diplomat confirmed.Suriname and Guyana were fortunate to have joined the OIC in the 1990s. The OIC has closed its doors to new membership for decades now. Today, many countries are knocking at the door of the OIC with the objective of exploiting the economic benefits the group offers.The following countries are waiting to join the OIC: Brazil (since 2011), South Africa (since 2002), Sri Lanka (since 2008), the Philippines (since 2008), Serbia (Since 2008), Nepal (since 2008), Democratic Republic of Congo (since 2008), Republic of Central Africa (since 2002), Mauritius (since 2002) and Kenya (since 2011).Like Guyana and Suriname, Muslim minority states Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Togo, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Uganda, are members of the OIC. (Caribbean News Now)last_img read more



first_imgIT WAS a story which shocked the county when donegaldaily.com was first to expose the cruel Donegal man who castrated his neighbour’s little terrier because it was annoying his own purebred pedigree pooch.Now the story has shocked the country – and the world! And it is being reported by news and radio stations around the world including the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.Crazed Eddie Flood, 43, used a lambing ring to cut the testicles of little Rusty after becoming worried that the little terrier would mate with his border collie. Father-of-four Flood, of Carnasaull, Termon, claimed the dog was allowed to roam freely and that he had been forced to remove it from his house more than 20 times.After becoming sick of the dog, he put a rubber lambing ring on it – the kind which is normally used to cut the tails off lambs.Flood used a set of pliers to put on the ring and after a few days the dog was unwell and lethargic.It was only then that his owner was noticed the dog had lost its testicles.The dog’s owner, Frank McGettigan of Meenreagh, Termon, told Letterkenny District Court, that he was distraught when he discovered what had happened to his three year old pet dog.He didn’t know who had done such a thing and mentioned it to Flood but he denied having anything to do with the attack.Inspector for the ISPCA, Kevin McGinley, approached Flood on September 11th of 2009 and put it to him that he had placed the ring on the dog.Flood’s solicitor Ms Sinead Bradley told the court that the lambing ring was a common procedure used on lambs which did cause some discomfort.She said her client now admitted the offence but said his three dogs had been pestered by the little terrier.She said Flood was an animal-lover himself and had only castrated Rusty after he had “lost it.”Flood had a pedigree border collie which he was afraid for as the terrier dog was trying to mate with it.He claimed he had been forced to lock the dogs into a shed as the terrier had been constantly calling around to the house and trying to interfere with his dogs.He also claimed he had to return the terrier to its owner on numerous occasions.Flood also claimed his three children had become frightened of the dog – a claim which the dog’s owner completely denied.Ms Bradley said all the neighbours in the area who owned female dogs were aware that Mr.McGettigan’s dog was allowed to roam freely and was considered a nuisance.But even after he was castrated it was revealed the dog returned to Flood’s home and tried to mate with the border collie again.Mr.McGettigan told the court that he had been forced to give away the dog after the incident after spending more than €200 on vet fees for the injured dog.He said he found the dog a new home because he was afraid for its safety.Ms Bradley said she had been told by neighbours with female dogs that Rusty had been a pest and that no dog was safe from the attentions of the terrier.Judge Seamus Hughes asked if wandering males around Termon were also safe from Mr Flood.He fined the unemployed father of four a total of €730 – €230 for the vet bills and a further €500 compensation to be paid to Mr McGettigan for the loss of his dog.He also adjourned the case until March 14th to see if the compensation has been paid to the injured party.Speaking after the case, Inspector Kevin McGinley of the ISPCA said he was satisfied at the outcome of the case.He also revealed that this is the THIRD such case in which a lambing ring has been used to castrate a dog because it had tried to mate with another dog.“We are very pleased at the outcome of the case. Hopefully this will show people that they cannot take the law into their own hands.“We would ask people whose dogs are being worried by other dogs to contact us and we will investigate each case,” he said.Rusty’s plight, it seems, has now taken on international significance with news and radio stations around the world reporting our donegaldaily.com exclusive.EndsWORLD WIDE NOTORIETY FOR TERMON MAN WHO CASTRATED NEIGHBOUR’S PET ‘RUSTY’ was last modified: December 15th, 2010 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)last_img read more