Olympic champ tips McLeod for greatness

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Reigning Olympic 110 metres hurdles champion Aries Merritt believes new kid on the bloc Omar McLeod could go on to become one of the greatest sprint hurdlers ever.McLeod burst on to the international scene last year with a series of impressive performances, ending with a sixth-place finish at the World Championships – his first senior finals.He started out 2016 by winning the 60m World Indoor title, a feat the American Merritt also achieved back in 2012. McLeod also got the better of a very strong field, which included Merritt, David Oliver, and Hansle Parchment to win at his first Diamond League outing in Doha with a world-leading 13.05 seconds.”There are a lot of new age athletes appearing as the old people start to transition out of the sport,” Merritt said. “There is always a new wave of athletes who come around and take their place, and so I think he has the potential to definitely be one of the greatest hurdlers of all time. He is very young, he is very talented, and he just needs to stay healthy and the sky is the limit for him.”At 22 years old, McLeod has a personal best in the 110m hurdles of 12.97 seconds – a time Merritt is impressed with given his age.”I wasn’t running his times when I was his age. I was running like 13.0, so he is already ahead of me at this point of his life,” the 30-year-old Merritt said.HISTORY MADEMcLeod has also impressed in the 100m this year after creating history last month when he dipped below 10 seconds to become the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and sub-13 seconds for the 110m hurdles.But while even McLeod admitted to having been stunned by his 9.99 seconds 100m run, Merritt was not.”No, it didn’t catch me by surprise. He has always been quick, and at Arkansas (University), he ran well,” Merritt said. “I feel like sprinting is something that Jamaica does really well. Like, if you are a Jamaican, you are going to be a fast sprinter; it is just in your blood.”Merritt believes the men’s sprint hurdles is as competitive as it has ever been with as many as eight men technically able to run 12.9 seconds. But it is the development of McLeod and 24-year-old Hansle Parchment he will be watching with keen interest.”The sky is definitely the limit for Omar and Hansle. They are both very young; they have both run under 13 seconds way sooner than I did,” Merritt reiterated. “He (McLeod) is not the ideal size for a hurdler, so to speak. Parchment is definitely the ideal size, and so it will be really interesting to see which one of them develops the best in the long run.”As long as Omar is fast, he will always be a good hurdler because the shorter you are, the faster you have to be, and the taller you are, the more technical you have to be.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more


first_imgTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES,DIER, DEMBELE,LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANESUNDERLAND (5-3-2)DEFOE, WATMORE,JOHNSON, M’VILA, TOIVONEN, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, O’SHEA, COATES, JONES,PANTILIMONSunderland arrive in confident mood after winning 4-2 against 10-man Swansea City on Wednesday, their second win in a row in the Barclays Premier League. They owe their latest three points to Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick, the fourth of his career in the Premier League – only 11 players have claimed more. And the Black Cats have netted seven goals in two games – more than in their previous eight matches combined (just six), They are still in the bottom three but just one point from safety.Spurs, meanwhile, are fifth despite losing 1-0 at home to Leicester City on Wednesday. They are back at White Hart Lane where they have conceded just eight goals. And They are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League clashes against the Black Cats (home and away), winning eight and drawing just two.In September, a young Tottenham side won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to an 82nd-minute winner from Ryan Mason.Former Spurs favourite Defoe returns to White Hart Lane for the second time since leaving the club for Toronto FC, in Canada, in July 2014.last_img read more

Mother Weeps over Son’s Prolonged Detention

first_imgA mother of a teenage boy accused of being part of a group of students that burnt the Apostolic Foundation School on May 12, has expressed frustration over her son’s prolonged detention without appearing in court.Lemuel Elijah Reeves, also a student of the school, has not undergone trial since he was arrested and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison on May16.Reeves’ mother, Vera Gaye,  who on Saturday, July 19 walked into the McDonald Street offices of the Daily Observer in tears, said she  does not  know why her son has not  been sent to court for prosecution.“I don’t know what is happening because he is the only person to have been arrested in connection with the school burning allegation,” Madam Gaye further explained while weeping.Immediately after the arson attack, Darkpay Johnson, who is the principal of the school, in an interview with this newspaper said that “those students that were involved in the act were children who because of their behavior were suspended or expelled by the school’s administration.”But, Madam Gaye maintained that her son was not part of the suspended or expelled students Mr. Johnson believed to have burnt down his institution. “I challenged them to show me a document that Lemuel was expelled or suspended for exhibiting rude behavior before the school burning,” Reeves’ mother vehemently challenged school’s administration.“I am confused and I don’t know what to do for my son to go to court. I don’t even have the money to hire a lawyer that would plead our case or engage government to have him sent to court,” Madam Gaye lamented.“Look, how in the world would a person be held in detention for three months without being tried? Give me the answer. Is that the right thing our law says?  Please let someone explain to me the right things our law is saying. I want justice to be done in this case so my son can be freed from that kind of inhumane condition he is in right now,” Madam Gaye pled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State Mandated to Produce Witness

first_imgThe absence of prosecution’s key witness, Rebecca Yeayee, to continue with her testimony against former Executive Protection Service (EPS) Deputy Director Darlington George charged with aggravated assault was enough for Judge Karboi Nuta of Criminal Court ‘B’ to mandate the state to produce Yeayee immediately.Yeayee had already testified and was cross-examined by both the defense team and prosecution. It was now only left with Judge Nuta to question her on her testimony.Her failure to appear prompted Judge Nuta to instruct state lawyers “to ensure the presence of its witness Yeayee on Tuesday, December 20, for continuation of her testimony; and they have to produce a medical certificate from the hospital where she has been allegedly treated causing her not to be present on three occasions.”Nuta’s action came when George’s legal team asked him to compel prosecutors to ensure the witness’s unconditional appearance in court for the continuation of her testimony.Before the action by the state witness, prosecution had argued that although Yeayee was still on the stand waiting to be questioned by Nuta, she communicated to them about her illness, which they claimed could not allow her to attend the scheduled hearing on December 20.They argued that Yeayee’s unfavorable health condition was not an attempt to delay the trial, because they have been cooperating with the court.Up to present, prosecution has not been able to convince witness Yeayee to appear in court.In their counter argument, the defense team said the action of state lawyers to withhold one of their key witnesses was a complete mockery of justice and the profession.They further said that because of Yeayee’s alleged illness, prosecution has deliberately refused to produce other witnesses to continue with the trial.“This is with the understanding that their witness would come at any time to clarify the mind of this court; and if the witness continues to remain ill for the next four months, would the court wait for her recovery?” the defense team asked. “The court has to order the state to produce other witnesses and to make sure that Yeayee appears with a medical report from where she is allegedly being treated.”George is accused of brutalizing a lady identified as Esther Glain at the Barnersville sports pitch outside Monrovia on September 15, 2015, an allegation he has denied.He is also charged along with one James Tamba, another EPS officer, who was then assigned to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Charges facing the two ex-presidential guards range from criminal attempt to commit murder and aggravated assault.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCAA gearing itself for “busy year”, increased helicopter activity

first_imgWith oil production less than one year away, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is preparing itself for quite a busy year, which is likely to have increased helicopter activity.This was explained by Head of the Aviation sector, Egbert Field, who during an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday said, “We just started the year and we are just analysing what took place over the last year and are planning for a busy year ahead because a lot is going to happen”.GCAA Director, Egbert FieldHe explained that the “busy year” can be summed up into one equation, as first oil can be expected within a few months.It was on that note that the Director of the GCAA disclosed that more helicopter activity can be expected. He noted, “It would really push us to the point of having more inspections on operators and all the other things”.Plans are also being made according to him to set up more programmes, “but nothing (too) extraordinary”.The helicopters which will be brought in, he said, will perform the same functions that are being carried out presently which involves trips from the shore to the oil rigs. He said over 10 flights daily can be expected. “There will be a little more activity…maybe 10 flights or 12 flights a day, they may be doing more so my air traffic controllers will have more work on their hands,” Field asserted.Along with the increase in helicopter traffic expected this year, Guyana is also anticipating a greater influx of airlines. This is more than likely with the new air services agreements being inked with other countries, some of which have been already signed.In fact, back in December last year, GCAA was gearing up to sign another open skies agreement, this time with the African country Tanzania.Field noted that already the Agency has signed open skies agreement with other South American countries which will allow for more airlines to fly here as well.“We’ll improve connectivity in the region, especially with the South American region by reaching out to sign more air services agreements with the various states, because having air services agreements that is the foundation or the platform which the airlines will be able to ride on,” the Director said.On that note, it was pointed out that the GCAA has already inked an agreement with Brazil and Ghana which will allow for direct flights to those countries as well as it also gave clearance for any airline which wishes to fly here from those countries.“At the last conference we had, the air-transport conference, Guyana signed an agreement with Ghana and Ghana is very excited about that because they are looking to open up their country,” Field noted.At that conference, he had also disclosed that the Authority is seeking to sign more of such agreements with Columbia and other African states such as Tanzania and Nigeria, with the aim of having as many airlines as possible entering Guyana.last_img read more

Wind chill warning comes to an end

first_imgThe wind chill warning has come to an end for the Peace Region.The forecast still calls for temperatures near minus 30 over the weekend, but at least the wind won’t be a factor. For Saturday, Environment Canada is calling for a high of minus 29 and on Sunday a high near minus 28. We could also see about 3cm of snow on Saturday and up to 5 on Sunday.The weather should then turn around starting Monday as we could see a high of minus 13.- Advertisement -Roads in the region remain snow covered with slippery sections and some are reporting limited visibility with blowing snow.For more details on roads in the region, go to the news menu at the top of the page and select road conditions.last_img read more

Klopp says Nations League akin to opera overdose

first_imgBut the Reds boss accepted his was not a popular view, saying he might as well talk to his coffee machine for all the likelihood of changing the minds of European football chiefs trying to create a more meaningful framework for international fixtures.“It’s too much in that competition: ‘Proper games, real opponents, it is better than having any friendlies’,” Klopp said on Friday ahead of English title-contenders Liverpool’s match away to Huddersfield.“That’s all good but you don’t want to see Joshua fighting every second night, it’s not possible. This week he fights in Leeds, next week he fights in Manchester and no-one asked for it.”Warming to his theme, Klopp added: “Do we want to have opera every night or every two months? I like competition, of course, but at one point someone has to step back and think ‘OK, wait, wait, wait. They are players who play’.“The Nations League itself is a good idea — do it in another sport because in football there is no space for it.“I realise already I could have told my coffee machine because no-one is really interested but it is still my opinion.“Where is the rest? When can we have normal things?”International football, albeit not the Nations League, saw three of Klopp’s players return to Anfield with injuries.Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita returned with hamstring problems, while Sadio Mane broke a thumb training with Senegal.Of the trio, Guinea international Keita is the only one who has so far been ruled out of the match at Huddersfield.“We’re pretty sure that Naby will not be available,” said Klopp. “With all the rest, we have to see how it develops.”Meanwhile England midfielder Adam Lallana is set to return to the Liverpool squad for the first time since September 1 after fully recovering from a groin problem.“Hopefully no-one forgot how good he was before his little injury. He is a proper option again,” said Klopp.“He will play first-team football for Liverpool again and that is the best news. When it will start we will see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is no fan of the Nations League — or too much opera © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once more criticised the Nations League, comparing the tournament to watching opera every night or having world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua box week in week out.Klopp believes there is no place in football’s already congested calendar for a major new competition, with the German arguing that the increased number of fixtures risked devaluing the currency of international football.last_img read more

Newport County dump Leicester out of FA Cup

first_imgBut Barnet ensured there would be a non-league presence in the fourth round with a 1-0 win away to second-tier Championship club Sheffield United.It had seemed visitors Leicester, seventh in the Premier League and top-flight champions in 2016, would leave Rodney Parade with a draw when Rachid Ghezzal’s shot eight minutes from time cancelled out Jamille Matt’s 10th-minute header.But, with five minutes left, Newport were awarded a penalty after Leicester’s Marc Albrighton inexplicably raised his arm to block a cross into the box and Padraig Amond made no mistake from the spot to spark delirious scenes among the Welsh club’s supporters.– ‘Unbelievable’“It’s the first time I’ve beaten a Premier League club as a manager so it’s one I’ll never forget,” Newport boss Michael Flynn told the BBC.“It’s unbelievable,” he added after Newport’s first FA Cup win against a top-tier club since they beat Sheffield Wednesday in the third round back in the 1963/64 season.Leicester manager Claude Puel praised Newport by saying: “They believed in themselves and created the upset.”The Frenchman added: “I think we had an experienced team to manage this game. We had eight players who won the title.”Denis Odoi put Fulham ahead in the 52nd minute at Craven Cottage but Sam Sturridge drew Oldham level with a penalty before Callum Lang’s header two minutes from time sealed a comeback win.Daniel Iversen compounded Fulham’s misery by saving an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty — his first touch after coming off the bench — just moments earlier.“It is Roy of the Rovers stuff,” said Oldham caretaker boss Pete Wild.“The character in the dressing room is phenomenal.”Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, explained his decision to have Mitrovic take the spot-kick by saying: “I said to him to shoot the penalty because he’s our man to shoot the penalty.”Opening strike: Raheem Sterling puts Man City ahead © AFP / Oli SCARFFManchester City boss Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the team that beat Premier League leaders Liverpool on Thursday but still fielded a strong side for the visit of Championship club Rotherham.Raheem Sterling out City ahead in the 12th minute and they scored two more goals late in the first half through Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own-goal.Gabriel Jesus made it 4-0 early in the second period before Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added further goals.Foden’s goal was the England Under-21 international’s first in senior football at the Etihad.Elsewhere, Barnet beat Championship high-flyers Sheffield United thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst’s 21st-minute penalty.“It’s unbelievable,” said Barnet captain Callum Reynolds after the north London club’s triumph.Watching brief: Watford manager Javi Gracia looks on during a 2-0 win over Woking © AFP / Glyn KIRKWatford manager Javi Gracia changed his entire starting side from the team that drew 3-3 at Bournemouth.But hopes of Woking, 110 places adrift of the Hornets, enjoying a shock win were dented by Will Hughes’s 13th-minute curled shot from the edge of the area.Watford doubled their lead 16 minutes from time through Troy Deeney.Millwall came from a goal down to beat Championship rivals Hull 2-1, substitute Shane Ferguson scoring twice inside the closing eight minutes, with QPR also winning 2-1 against second-tier leaders Leeds.On Saturday, holders Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in what seems certain to have been Cesc Fabregas’s final match for the Blues.It was the same result as Manchester United beat Reading to make it five wins out of five under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Arsenal, the record 13-times FA Cup winners, won 3-0 at Blackpool, West Ham beat Birmingham 2-0 and Everton defeated Lincoln 2-1.Saturday also saw Championship Bristol City beat top-flight basement club Huddersfield 1-0.Elsewhere, in an all-Premier League clash, Brighton won 3-1 away to south coast rivals Bournemouth.Second division Derby, managed by ex-England midfielder Frank Lampard, came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Premier League strugglers Southampton, with Newcastle held 1-1 by second-tier Blackburn.Liverpool will complete a third round that started with Tottenham’s 7-0 thrashing of Tranmere on Friday when they face top-flight rivals Wolves on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Padraig Amond celebrates after scoring the penalty that saw Newport County knock Premier League Leicester City out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win in the third round at Rodney Parade on Sunday © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Fourth-tier Newport County beat Premier League high-flyers Leicester City 2-1 to record a memorable upset win in the third round of the English FA Cup on Sunday, with Oldham defeating top-flight strugglers Fulham by the same scoreline.Premier League champions Manchester City thrashed Rotherham 7-0, with Watford beating non-league Woking 2-0.last_img read more

Peru beat Uruguay on penalties to reach Copa semis

first_imgIt was a remarkable turnaround for Gallese, who was the villain of that thumping by the hosts, gifting Brazil their second goal by clearing the ball straight to Roberto Firmino, while he was also partially at fault for the first and third scores.But in Salvador he guessed the right way for the first shoot-out penalty to deny Barcelona forward Suarez, after which Peru’s own penalty-takers were faultless.“I’m very proud of our team, I can’t really put it into words,” said Peru captain Paolo Guerrero.“A lot of people said we don’t have the fortitude and guts. But we showed today on the pitch that we could take them on head-on.“Peru has hunger, Peru is a warrior, Peru has guts.”Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese guessed the right way to save Luis Suarez’s penalty © AFP / Luis ACOSTAIt was the third Copa quarter-final to finish goalless and head to penalties after Uruguay had three goals ruled out for offside during normal time.Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Suarez had all put the ball in the net, only to be denied by a linesman’s flag.“It’s a bitter and sad feeling. We had high hopes to qualify, but simply couldn’t,” said Uruguay’s captain Diego Godin.“We lacked a goal. We tried, we looked for it… (But) three were disallowed.”Brazil beat Paraguay on spot-kicks on Thursday and champions Chile did likewise to knock-out Colombia on Friday.In the only match to feature any goals, Argentina defeated Venezuela 2-0 on Friday.Peru will face Chile in the second semi-final in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, a day after hosts Brazil take on Argentina in Belo Horizonte.Copa winners in 1939 and 1975, Peru lost to Chile in the semi-finals four years ago.– Incredible miss –Luis Suarez (center) was distraught after missing the key penalty © AFP / Luis ACOSTAAfter a slow opening, Uruguay burst into life on 15 minutes when Federico Valverde surged onto a loose Peru pass in their own half and picked out an unmarked Luis Suarez on the penalty spot, but the Barcelona forward couldn’t keep down his header.Two minutes later Nahitan Nandez broke into the box from the flank but his shot was blocked by a sliding defender.In pouring rain, Uruguay looked set to take the lead on 24 minutes with a rapier counter-attack, but Cavani ballooned the ball into the sky from six yards after Gallese parried Suarez’s shot, although it wouldn’t have counted as the Barcelona forward was retroactively deemed offside when he received the ball.Moments later Nandez headed over from six yards.De Arrascaeta had the ball in the net on 28 minutes but that was chalked off for an offside against Nandez.Peru finally created a worthy chance late in the first half but Jose Gimenez made a stunning recovery tackle to deny Guerrero a goalscoring chance.Up the other end, Gallese made himself big to block Cavani’s shot on the turn.– Cavani and Suarez denied –Gallese was called into action early in the second period to punch out a dipping Valverde free-kick.Center-back Godin, up for a throw-in deep in Peruvian territory, emulated Cavani’s first-half howler, spooning over from seven yards after he was picked out by Suarez.Cavani appeared to have broken the deadlock just before the hour mark as he latched onto a Suarez through ball and chipped Gallese, but he was pulled up for offside.Luis Suarez (center) scores one of three Uruguay goals that were ruled out for offside as Peru hung on for a goalless 90 minutes © AFP / Luis ACOSTASuarez poked home a Martin Caceres cross inside the six yard box on 73 minutes, but that too was ruled offside.Uruguay pushed hard late on but Peru held out as Suarez failed to make contact with the ball when trying to lob Gallese in the clearest chance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Peru’s players rush to congratulate their goalkeeper after the dramatic penalty shootout © AFP / Raul ARBOLEDASALVADOR, Brazil, Jun 30 – Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese saved Luis Suarez’s spot-kick as Peru beat Uruguay on penalties on Saturday to reach the Copa America semi-finals, where they will face Chile.Edison Flores scored the decisive penalty as Peru, who were thrashed 5-0 by Brazil in their previous match, qualified for the semi-finals for the third time in the last four editions of the Copa.last_img read more

Border inspector pleads not guilty in bribe case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He was being held without bail. His newly appointed attorney Russell Babcock did not appear at the hearing and could not be reached for further comment. Elizalda’s case comes after another agent at a second port pleaded not guilty Wednesday to similar charges in an unrelated case. A federal judge set bail at $750,000 Friday for Michael Anthony Gilliland, 44, a federal border agent accused of taking cash payments from smugglers. He faces charges that he aided and abetted the transport of illegal immigrants through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Prosecutors said that Gilliland, a former Marine, worked with two female accomplices in San Diego to coordinate smuggling operations and deliberately failed to record vehicles that ferried immigrants through border lanes under his supervision. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – A border agent pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of taking cash and cars to wave scores of illegal immigrants into the U.S. through the heavily trafficked San Diego-Tijuana border crossing – just two days after another agent was charged in a similar case. Richard Elizalda, 55, a 10-year border inspector with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was arraigned in federal court along with seven other defendants named in a 15-count indictment unsealed Thursday. All are permanent residents of the United States or U.S. citizens, prosecutors said. Elizalda is charged with 11 counts, including bribery by a public official, conspiracy to bring in illegal aliens for financial gain and bringing in illegal aliens for financial gain. His co-defendants are charged with the same conspiracy count. Elizalda was arrested Thursday in a raid on his home in Chula Vista, where agents seized $36,500 in cash and a 2000 Lexus and 2005 BMW given to him as gifts by smugglers, prosecutors said. last_img read more