Parchment aims for sub 13.10

first_imgOlympic 110m hurdle bronze medallist Hansle Parchment said he has been working very hard in training in order to improve on his season’s best time 13.22 seconds. Parchment, who is the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and 2015 IAAF World Championship silver medallist, finished second to his countryman Ronald Levy at the JAA National Senior Athletics Championships on June 23. The 28-year-old Parchment also ended runner-up to Levy at the Paris leg of the IAAF Diamond League a week later. However, despite his recent defeats, Parchment said he is just focusing on improving his technique and lowering his time this season. “I am looking forward to getting below 13.10 seconds this season,” said Parchment. Not worried “I am not worried at all about the defeats because I know that I have work to do and I always have work to do. It is hurdling and it is something that is unpredictable at times,” he said. “But, I am working everyday in trying to improve on my technique and improve my start. I believe that I will progress and I will move forward in terms of lowering my times and being on top of the podium,” Parchment said. Parchment, who has a personal best time of 12.94 seconds, added that his season has been going well so far, and he is hoping to compete in a few more Diamond League races before the season ends. “It is a pretty good season so far because I am injury free and I have to really thank God for that. I am just trying to maintain perfect health of the legs, so that I can push each time I go out there. That is how I can improve on my time and get on top of the podium,” Parchment stated.last_img read more

PGA Tour hopes to ‘never leave Japan’

first_imgTiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the pro-am event of he Zozo Championship PGA Tour at Accordia Golf Narashino C.C. in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)INZAI CITY, Japan — Joining forces with a celebrity tycoon who dreams of going to the moon, the PGA Tour is committed to being in Japan for the long haul with its first tournament starting Thursday.With the help of businessman Yusaku Maezawa, known for taking chances, the sport’s biggest names hope to usher in a new era for golf-mad Japan at the Zozo Championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are all here at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Tokyo at Inzai City.“When we make a commitment to bring a new event to a market, that’s a commitment that is permanent,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said Wednesday. “Our intention is to never leave Japan, to always have a PGA Tour event in Japan from this day forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Zozo Championship, co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour, is one of three tournaments that make up the PGA Tour’s Asia Swing. The CJ Cup in South Korea was won last week by Justin Thomas and the HSBC Champions takes place next week in Shanghai.Tournament sponsor Zozo Inc. has drawn a great deal of attention in the relatively conservative Japanese business world. 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw The timing is good for tournament organizers. Woods needs one victory to reach 82 wins and tie the career record held by Sam Snead.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption UAAP: La Salle keeps Final 4 hopes alive, escapes UST Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘Gago’ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacueescenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Some in Japan have questioned the maverick approach of Zozo chief executive Maezawa, owner of the online Japanese retailer. He is known for lavish spending on artworks and buying a Stradivarius violin, and has even set his sights on a future trip to the moon. He played a round with Woods on Wednesday, and Monahan praised his “immense contribution” to the tournament.Yahoo Japan Corp. announced last month it will put up a tender offer, estimated at 400 billion yen ($3.7 billion), for Zozo Inc.For now, the golf world couldn’t be happier. There’s an agreement in place to hold the Zozo Championship until at least 2025.“For an event of this magnitude to take place, we’re very fortunate to have many passionate people who have helped make the Zozo Championship a reality,” Monahan said.Woods will be the tournament’s main attraction. The Masters champion last played in an official tournament in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix, where he lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. He won the Dunlop Phoenix the two previous years.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ah-ah-ah, not so fast

first_imgDear Editor,The no-confidence motion was debated and carried in the 65 elected member National Assembly by a vote of 33-32. All through the voting, the display of the governing coalition was blatant in the physical and verbal abuse on Mr Charandas Persaud by members of the AFC and APNU. Within 24 hours after the vote, both the Prime Minister and the President accepted that the vote had been successful. The Clerk of the National Assembly certified that the motion received 33 votes in favour and many Guyanese saw this as a welcoming sign of the respect of the rule of law. We have subsequently seen a U-turn as there are now ‘questions’ on the successful passage of the motion. Let us look at these in detail.33 vs 34 – the majority questionThe first uproar came from Nigel Hughes who said that for the motion to pass it required 34 votes in favor in a 65-member house. I will not go into his math which – to put it very politely – is absolute nonsense. The bigger question – rather, the real question is not the math. The question is not what number constitutes a majority, but rather ask yourself why is it that 33 is no longer a majority.The outcome of the 2011 General and Regional Elections was that the incumbent PPP/C received 32 seats, APNU received 26 seats, and AFC received 7 seats. The PPP/C retained the presidency and Government according to the constitution. APNU and AFC sitting separately in the opposition commanded 33 seats in total. At the opening of the Tenth Parliament, the Hansard dated February 10, 2012, recorded the following statements (the Speaker of the House at this time was Raphael Trotman):Leader of the Opposition [Brigadier (Ret’d) David Granger]: “Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise on behalf of the majority of this Hon House…”“…we ask you, Mr Speaker, to ensure that the will of the majority of this House is respected.”Mr Ramjattan: “…this National Assembly has as a majority – the members of the Opposition.”Mr Speaker: “The uniqueness both of this National Assembly, with an Opposition majority…”These three statements are significant for two specific reasons. Firstly, it came from the leaders of the two parties forming the opposition in Parliament after the 2011 elections, including from a Speaker of the House that was from the AFC. Secondly and most importantly, each of the statements above made reference to the majority of the House and not a majority of the members present. Briefly put, Mr Granger, Mr Ramjattan, and Mr Trotman, who were all members of the opposition holding 33 seats combined firmly believed and pontificated that holding 33 seats in total equated to having a majority of the National Assembly and the House as a whole.In 2015 General and Regional elections were held. The result was that the APNU+AFC coalition received 33 votes and the PPP/C received 32. Under the Constitution, APNU+AFC took the presidency and formed a Government. In response to the 2018 no-confidence motion tabled by the PPP/C, the following statement was made by the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo:“It must have a majority of all elected members of National Assembly. Our National Assembly has 65 members. It means that the motion of no-confidence, in order to pass, must have 33 members who are elected as members of the National Assembly.” – DPI November 23, 2018It is therefore clear and indisputable that the leaders of APNU and AFC held that 33 members constituted a majority of the National Assembly from 2012 – 2018. For eight years 33 constituted a majority. It is also critically important to remember that after the passage of the motion both Prime Minister Nagamootoo and President Granger agreed that the motion was successful.In these eight years, Nigel Hughes was a member of the AFC and did not once disagree. Hughes has cited the case of Vanuatu (where the elected House of their Parliament has 52 members) as his logic behind the 34 majority number. There are two flaws in his reasoning and as Hughes notes you can’t have half of a person, we will focus on whole numbers.The first issue with this is the number 52. 52 is an even number, and even numbers are equally divisible into two parts resulting in whole numbers of equal value. For example: 25+25=50, 12+12=24, etc. Secondly (and as a result of the first), all even numbers will – as a minimum – have a majority of a whole number that is two more than the minority. For example: 26+24=50, 13+11=24, etc.The same does not hold true for odd numbers which are not divisible into two parts resulting in whole numbers of equal value (the result will always be a decimal). For example: 25.5+25.5=51, 12.5+12.5=25, etc. Therefore, odd numbers will – as a minimum – have a majority of a whole number that is one more than the minority. For example: 26+25=51, 13+12=25, etc.As demonstrated above, with regards to the 65 elected members of the National Assembly, the following facts are clear and have been endorsed by those now in Government:1. That 33 is a majority of the House of 65 elected members.2. That the leadership of APNU and AFC since 2012 supported this fact.3. That APNU and AFC holding – collectively and in coalition – 33 seats since 2012 have expressed the conviction that 33 is a majority up till December 23, 2018.4. That Nigel Hughes did not since 2012 give any objection to APNU and AFC claiming a majority with 33 seats until the APNU+AFC Government fell from the passage of the 2018 no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018.Sincerely,V Hemsworthlast_img read more

It is time Justice Claudette Singh!

first_imgDear Editor,Having made her observations and having heard the arguments, it is time now to pragmatically follow the rule of law and the Constitution. Her job is not to pander to the politicians on any side but rather to use this opportunity to focus on the greater good of the nation. I was extremely disappointed in her judgment to merge the last updated National Register of Registrants (the original database) with the data from the House-to-House information (H-2-H). First off, the H-2-H information is polluted, impure and unverified while the original database is cleaner. The hard sciences have taught us that if one adds an impure substance to a pure one, the outcome becomes impure. Logically we should not expect differently in this case. To clean the impure data from the H-2-H process will take as much as three months. Firstly, you have to strip it of all the duplicate registrants, then you have to examine it to ensure that only bonafide Guyanese citizens who were not on the original database remain. That entails an ineffective investment of a lot of time, effort and money to arrive at a conclusion that could have been easily complied using the tried and tested Continuous Registration process and an extended Claims and Objections period to produce a credible voters’ list. After all, isn’t that what the majority of Guyanese want? Free and fair elections and one free from fear as soon as possible and in compliance with the Guyana Constitution?Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Two men charged after shootout with Grande Prairie RCMP

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating an early morning confrontation on December 4 between Grande Prairie RCMP officers and two men that resulted in the discharge of firearms and serious injury to one of the men.At approximately 4 a.m., RCMP officers encountered and followed a GMC Sierra truck with two occupants. In the area of 99 Street and 141 Avenue, the driver of the truck stopped and then drove in reverse at high speed and struck the front end of one of the police vehicles on scene.A confrontation occurred between the occupants of the vehicle and RCMP officers that, based on the evidence gathered to date, led to an exchange of gunfire between the two men and police.- Advertisement -A 21-year-old man, believed to have been the driver, sustained injuries to the left leg and left shoulder and was transported to the hospital.The 30-year-old male passenger, who was not injured, was arrested without further incident. Two sawed-off long-barrelled firearms were recovered on scene. No one else was injured during the course of this incident.Raymond Andrew RODTKA (21) of Grande Prairie, Alberta is facing the following charges;Advertisement Attempted murder x 2.Careless use of a firearm.Pointing a firearm x 2.Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.Unauthorized possession of a firearm.Possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.Discharging a firearm with intent x 2.Flight from a peace officer.Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.Assault with a weapon.Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000.00.Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.00.Mischief Over $5,000.00.Kevin Daniel TURNER (30) of Grande Prairie, Alberta is facing the following charges;Unauthorized possession of a firearm.Possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting and whether police conduct was lawful.The RCMP maintains carriage of the investigation into any criminal conduct of the two men in the stolen vehicle. With ASIRT’s investigation underway, there will be no further comment until the matter has been concluded.last_img read more

Manchester United defender completes Lyon switch

first_img Rafael 1 Brazilian right-back Rafael has agreed to move to Lyon from Manchester United.The Ligue 1 club announced the 25-year-old defender will sign a four-year deal, until June 2019.Rafael was told he could leave United earlier this summer after being left out of the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.A statement on OL’s official website read: “Olympique Lyonnais informs of an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Brazilian international Rafael da Silva, who will sign in the coming days a 4-year contract with OL, ie until June 30, 2019.”Reports in France suggested Lyon will pay up to £2.5million for the signature of the three-time Premier League winner.Rafael joined United along with his twin brother Fabio from Fluminense in 2008.He went on to establish himself as a first-team regular under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, but new manager Louis van Gaal often overlooked the defender, choosing Antonio Valencia ahead of him.The Brazilian started just six Premier League games in the 2014-15 season, the last of which came on October 26 against Chelsea.And when Van Gaal signed right-back Matteo Darmian from Torino this summer, it was clear Rafael was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.He becomes Lyon’s third summer signing after forward Claudio Beauvue from Guingamp and defender Jeremy Morel, who was a free transfer from Marseille.last_img read more

‘W&G: Curse of Were-Rabbit’ sweeps Annie Awards

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The makers of “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” popped up Saturday more than that burrowing pest in England’s vegetable patches as the film captured 10 prizes at the 33rd annual Annie Awards. The Oscar-nominated clay-animated production – a five-year project for Britain’s Aardman Animations – swept all 10 feature film categories, from best animated feature and the directing honor for Nick Park and Steve Box to best music for Julian Nott. Park, who created the title characters of the quirky inventor and his brilliant but cynical dog, personally received four awards, including writing and character design. The film also won for animated effects and production design. In three categories there were friendly rivalries among contributors to “Were-Rabbit.” Peter Sallis, who plays Wallace, topped co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Smith in the voice acting category. Bob Persichetti won over Michael Salter in feature storyboarding, and Claire Billett scored more votes than Jay Grace and Christopher Sadler in character animation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Left in the dust over and over were “Chicken Little,” “Robots,” “Madagascar” and the two other contenders for the best feature Academy Award, “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.” The television awards were more evenly distributed at the awards ceremony at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood. Best animated television production went to “Star Wars: Clone Wars II Chapters 21-25” from Cartoon Network Studios. Peter Shin claimed the prize for directing a TV production for the “Family Guy” episode titled “North by North Quahog,” while Seth McFarlane won the TV voice acting honor as beyond-precocious baby Stewie in the series’ “Brian and the Bachelor” episode. “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” on Cartoon Network picked up awards for best music and production design, while Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob Squarepants: Fear of a Krabby Patty” won for best writing in a TV production. Valerie Kuklenski, (818) 713-3750 last_img read more

Mattel, network strike deal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sara Rosales, a spokeswoman at Mattel, described the deal as a “fabulous opportunity to create these fabulous characters” based on the Cartoon Network brand. Mattel has licensing deals with Viacom Inc.’s Nickelodeon and such movie studios as Warner Bros. and Disney-Pixar. Mattel will release in 2007 the first batch of toys under the licensing pact, which will be based on one of Cartoon Network’s most successful series, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.” Products for “Ed, Edd n Eddy,” “Camp Lazlo” and “The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy” will also make their debut next year. Mattel makes Barbie dolls, Fisher-Price toys and Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. Sales of Barbie dolls fell 8 percent in the first quarter ended March 31. NEW YORK – Cartoon Network, whose programs include “Powerpuff Girls,” has signed a worldwide licensing deal with El Segundo-based Mattel Inc., the world’s largest toy maker, to produce action figures, puzzles and other toys tied to its children’s TV shows. Cartoon Network Enterprises, the consumer products division of the cable TV network, said in a news release Tuesday that the multiyear agreement covers original programming for the 6- to 11-year-old group and the rights to produce Cartoon Network branded products. It also gives Mattel a first-look option on newly created original series and programming. “We’ve always had a very strong relationship with Mattel as an advertiser and now we are extending that into consumer products,” said David Levy, president of Turner Entertainment Sales and Marketing, part of Turner Broadcasting. Time Warner Inc. owns Turner Broadcasting, which owns Cartoon Network as well as TNT, TBS and CNN. last_img read more

Burnley Premier League report card: ‘A’ grades for everyone so far

first_img2 None of the players have particularly stood out as Burnley’s success has been a result of their playing style of everyone working together to stifle the opposition being executed perfectly. Burnley are a team that builds from the back and Mee has led the defence effectively in their successful season, so wins the prize as best player. ReportThe season has gone particularly well for Burnley who are currently level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool. There have been no stand out players but everyone has done their jobs well. The Lancashire club’s main concern should be whether they can hold on to Sean Dyche, who’s reportedly wanted by Everton. If Dyche stays however, this could be a special season for Burnley. Grade: A 2 Burnley players and fans are hopeful Dyche’s head does not get turned elsewhere Burnley’s stunning 3-2 win against reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season sent shockwaves around the Premier League, and the Clarets have carried on their great momentum since. They have taken points off Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton on the road which has put Sean Dyche’s side in a healthy seventh spot. League position: 7th (19 points) Best game: Chelsea 2-3 Burnley Worst game: Manchester City 3-0 Burnley Best player: Ben Mee last_img read more

Spurs need to ‘freshen up’ their squad to maintain top-four hopes – Joey Barton

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he is ‘calm’ over the club’s transfer activity…or lack of it “They need to freshen things up.”Mauricio Pochettino says #THFC do not need to spend big to keep up with top 4 rivals.But @Joey7Barton says some new faces could be crucial to their top 4 hopes and keeping the likes of Kane and Alli…— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) January 22, 2018center_img Tottenham need to ‘freshen up’ their squad with new signings in January to keep their top-four hopes alive, according to Joey Barton.The former Premier League midfielder also claims bringing more top-class players to the club is critical to keeping their own star men happy and hungry for success.Spurs missed their chance to move into the top-four on Sunday as they slipped to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton, and they could find themselves five points adrift of the Champions League places if Liverpool beat Swansea on Monday night.Meanwhile, while their Premier League rivals are all busy in the transfer window as they look to strengthen, Tottenham again appear to be sitting on their hands.Mauricio Pochettino recently said that he is happy with his squad and is ‘not concerned’ by their rivals’ activity.History tells us that Pochettino is not a fan of the Janaury window – the Argentine has only made one January signing in his five years as a Premier League manager, signing Dele Alli from MK Dons but then loaning him back for the remainder of the season.But Barton insists a club of Tottenham’s ambition must back their bid for trophies with new signings, or risk upsetting their dressing room.“I think they do need to freshen it up,” Barton said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“When you’re in the Spurs dressing room and you see everybody else fighting it out for Alexis Sanchez, and Harry Kane’s being linked with Real Madrid, the players must just think, ‘am I in the right place here? Are we really going to challenge for top trophies like the Premier League title and the Champions League?’“It maybe just puts that little element of doubt in there.“I’m not saying they should go out and completely break their wage structure and start shelling out loads of money, because it’s not their way.“But I do think sometimes psychologically signings can bring a big boost to the team, plus if Kane gets injured, they’ve only got Fernando LLorente and Heung-Min Son!”last_img read more