Francis matches fastest Jamaican 4x400m relay leg ever

first_img COMBINED TIME Though his effort left Jamaica just short of a medal in Sunday’s World Championship 4×400-metre final, Javon Francis produced a sterling anchor-leg effort. As he did to rescue a silver medal in the same event two years ago, the 21-year-old national champion charged into the lead. In the 2013 World Championships, his anchor was timed at 44 seconds flat. On Sunday, he was even faster at 43.5 seconds. That matched the fastest hand-timed relay split ever, a 43.5 by renowned baton genius Davian Clarke, to finish a national record run of two minutes, 56.75 seconds in the 1997 World Championships. When more precise electronic times are considered, Clarke retains the lead by 0.01, 43.51 to 43.52 for Francis. In 1997, Michael McDonald, Greg Haughton, Danny McFarlane, and Clarke got the silver medal, as did Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Omar Johnson, and Francis in 2013. Unfortunately, despite the anchor leg heroics, Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, McDonald, and Francis just missed a medal on Sunday. They combined for a time of two minutes, 58.51 seconds, the same as Great Britain, but with the photo-finish camera revealing the edge for the British anchorman, Martyn Rooney. This was Francis’ first relay sub-44 clocking. He joins Clarke, Haughton and Seymour Newman as Jamaicans to produce such times on the 4×400-metre relay. Newman was the first, with 43.8 in the 1976 Olympics. Clarke matched that in the heats of the 1995 World Championships. In that race, McDonald, Clarke, Dennis, Blake and McFarlane became the first Jamaican team to break three minutes in 4x400m relay history. The Clarke sub-44 portfolio also includes a 43.81 that took Jamaica to the bronze in the 2005 Worlds and a 43.88 to seal the silver medal at the 1999 Worlds. Haughton’s sub-44 was an urgent 43.88 to connect Jamaica to second place in the 2001 World Championships. The fastest 4x400m leg on record is the 42.9-second anchor by outstanding American Michael Johnson at the 1993 World Championship. That closed a world record run of two minutes, 54.29 seconds.last_img read more

Govt to vigorously oppose similar settlements – Finance Minister

first_imgDDL tax settlementIn light of concerns in relation to the controversial tax write-off granted by Government to beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Finance Minister Winston Jordan declared that any attempts to seek a similar settlement would be strongly contested by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that the whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid on the same basis as was used in the DDL case.Finance Minister Winston JordanHowever, Jordan insisted that Government would not let such a situation occur.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he stated during a news conference on Monday.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims however, as with the Rudisa case where other corporations are piggybacking on the outcome of that settlement, but there would have to be reasonable grounds.The Finance Minister asserted that the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgement is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated, noting that there really was not an issue with the matter.The Opposition Leader had contended that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, would cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition Government told the nation it could not afford to fund.He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amounted to more money than the State received in loans and grants in a single year.Jagdeo had also demanded that Government release critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the Board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.last_img read more

‘Regional Credit Unions Need Support Now More than Ever’

first_imgChief of Party of the World Council of Credit Union (WOCCU), Patrick Muriuki, has reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to support Liberians through a model credit union program in the country.Mr. Muriuki, who is also the project director of Microlead, a Credit Union Revitalization Program in Liberia, said though WOCCU is there to help the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA), stakeholders, including development partners, it also needs to maintain the revitalization process and represent the credit union movement in international forums.“To stakeholders, regional credit unions, too, need your support now more than ever to continue to offer financial services to farmer cooperatives, savings clubs and village savings and loan associations in communities that have no access to formal banking services,” he said at the close of an annual assembly held in Ganta, Nimba County, on May 25.He told the assembly that all credit unions in the country must support the Board and management of LCUNA through due payments and participate in training activities offered by LCUNA so that their apex body can continue to advocate for them.“As you are aware, WOCCU began operations in Liberia in May 2013 and was mandated to renovate and equip the LCUNA building, construct and equip 4 regional credit unions, connect 40,000 new members to financial services and mobilize US$3.5 million in savings and loans,” Mr. Muriuki recalled.The WOCCU boss also said LCUNA, Regional Credit Unions (RCU) and other associations have received training on credit administration best practices, governance, and strategic planning in Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda and Sweden.Besides these constructive networks for LCUNA and RCU, the Microlead Program is constantly working on product development and diversification for loans (5 loan products) and deposits (6 deposit products). Insurance and salary payment services have commenced being offered at Region one (Bomi) and Region two (Grand Bassa) RCUs, and will be extended across the remaining RCUs as demand increases, he indicated. The RCUs are also mobile money agents and have been providing mobile money services to their communities since May 2014 (with an average of 2,577 transactions to date per RCU).The Microlead Program, according to him, has come to an end. “We are spending the next couple of weeks to link the regional credit unions and their members to other development partners in the country that have newer innovative programs in their regions,” he said. “I would like to encourage all credit union leaders that have more than 300 members to apply for a license from CBL. “When your credit union is licensed by the Central Bank, many institutions and development partners will begin to have confidence in your credit union,” he said.Mr. Muriuki thanked the Liberian government for creating an enabling environment for the operation of community-owned financial institutions that contribute to the development of the country’s economy.Meanwhile, WOCCU, with MasterCard Foundation funding through UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), has partnered with the LCUNA to rebuild the credit union sector of Liberia. WOCCU also promotes sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Season Opener Weekend At Northern Lights Raceway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights Raceway will be opening their 2016 season this weekend with an event that is open to public participation this Friday night.The drag strip, which is located next to the North Peace Airport, will be hosting a street-legal drag race night on Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. The event costs $20.00, and is open to anyone with a vehicle that can pass a tech inspection, and has a driver’s license and an approved crash helmet.On Saturday, the track will host the first two days of action in the racetrack’s 2016 season of drag racing. The races start at 10:00 A.M. on both Saturday and Sunday, with the pits open during lunch.- Advertisement -For more information, head to, or the Northern Lights Raceway Facebook page.last_img read more

Shed fire in Matthew’s Park last night

first_imgA fire about 5:30 last evening in Fort St. John caused extensive damage, to the contents and interior of a detached garage at a residence, in the 91 hundred block, of 77th street. Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the shed housed seven sleds and a quad but, because the building was properly finished it held the fire and, the structure was saved.He says one resident of the home, who tried to fight the fire was taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering from smoke inhalation.The chief estimates the damage in excess of 100 thousand dollars but as yet, he says there’s no clear indication on the cause of fire.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunday last day to vote in Kraft Hockeyville 2011

first_imgCommunities that reach the top five, will each get $25,000. Two Northeastern B.C. Communities have made the top ten for Kraft Hockeyville 2011.Fort Nelson and MacKenzie are asking your vote in Kraft Hockeyville 2011.  Sunday March 13, is the last day to vote for any of the communities listed below.  – Advertisement -Antigonish, N.S.Conception Bay South, N.L.Chateauguay, Que.Saint-Raymond, Que.Navan, Ont.Wolfe Island, Ont.Bentley, Alta.Brandon, Man.Fort Nelson, B.C.Mackenzie, B.C.You can cast your vote online at the Kraft Hockeyville website or toll-free over the phone at 1-866-533-8066.You can vote until Sunday March 13 at 8:59 p.m. our time.The winning community will get $100,000 for arena upgrades and an NHL pre-season game and a special Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the event.Advertisementlast_img read more

Measure R provisions have had only minor impact on fundraising

first_imgVoter approval of Measure R – sold to the public last November as a way to control the influence of lobbyists on local officials – is having little practical impact even for those with only token opposition in the March 6 primary. Take City Councilman Herb Wesson, who held a pair of fundraisers last week that added $80,000 to his campaign fund – even though he is being opposed by only two write-in candidates who failed to qualify for the ballot. One of those fundraisers had a host committee of some two dozen lobbyists and attorneys who do frequent business before the City Council. Wesson, who has ambitions to move up to the Board of Supervisors, said he needs the money to elevate his profile in his district. “This is a rare opportunity for me to run a positive campaign and let people know what I’ve done,” said Wesson, who came to the City Council after six years in the state Assembly. One lobbyist who attended the $500-per-person event at the City Club on Bunker Hill said the provisions of Measure R are merely a nuisance. “I can’t write a check,” said the lobbyist, who asked not to be identified. “But my wife can, my kids can. In fact, everyone I know can write a check except my dog.” Barack Obamamania hits Los Angeles this week as the U.S. senator from Illinois comes west for a campaign and fundraising tour for his presidential bid. A rally is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles. It’s free and marks the start of what could be a series of high-profile events by presidential candidates, who mostly come to California for fundraisers. It could get even more crowded if the state Assembly follows the state Senate’s lead and approves plans to move up the presidential primary to next February. In Los Angeles, a local group has formed to boost Obama’s candidacy. The business community learned firsthand last week about the ups and downs of playing hardball politics with the Los Angeles City Council. It was pleased when it saw the council ramrod through some $95 million in tax breaks for the $2.05 billion Grand Avenue project, hoping it will serve as a further catalyst to a growing downtown. But it also suffered what it sees as a major setback with the council’s adoption of a living-wage ordinance for hotels adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport – complete with no guarantees it will be quarantined to that area. “Do I feel sandbagged? Let me just say that I saw a copy of this one night and it was on the council agenda for the next day,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “I thought we had an agreement to try to work something out.” Toebben said he and other business leaders do not even plan to voice a protest when the issue comes up for final approval this week. Instead, business leaders are just planning to go to court to challenge the measure and the council’s action. What particularly gripes business leaders is that they invested $800,000 to qualify a referendum on the matter only to see it disappear when the council rescinded the original measure, then come back a week later with the latest proposal. When he was newly elected, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised greater visibility in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. That apparently also now includes greater visibility for the Los Angeles City Council in those cities. Villaraigosa is taking council President Eric Garcetti and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel with him to Sacramento on Tuesday to lobby for more transportation funds. Of course, as a result, the City Council won’t be able to meet to do city business because it won’t have enough members for a quorum. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fire Department response to incident at Humpty’s Family Restaurant after closing

first_imgFire Chief Fred Burrows says upon arrival, firefighters faced a fair amount of smoke, but the fire itself was minor in regards to flames and was extinguished relatively quickly.  Burrows estimates the cost damages inside the building and cleaning is approximately $2,000.There are no reported injuries or damage to surrounding structures. – Advertisement -The fire is not regarded as suspicious, although it’s still under investigation.last_img

Upperhill downs St. Anthony to win nationals

first_img0Shares0000UpperHill’s James Peter in action in a past match. PHOTO/KSSSANYERI, Kenya Jul 7-Nairobi’s Upperhill have been crowned boys’ football champions after beating Nzoia Region’s St. Anthony’s Boys Kitale 3-1 on post-match penalties in the final of the Kenya National Secondary School Sports Association Term Two games on Saturday in Nyeri.Despite going down to 10-men, St. Anthony’s pushed to take the game to penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in the regular 90 minutes. On penalties, Upperhill players Douglas Mokaya, Tom Oluch and James Peter scored to give their team an edge while Ken Mukuria was the sole player to score for St Anthony.“It has been a long journey and I feel I have achieved a lot personally,” Upperhill Captain Ramadhan Abdalla beamed after the win.The boys from the Nzoia Region started the match with superb pace, dictating the tempo and were duly rewarded in the 33rd minute via a Mohammed Kazungu bullet that gave the Upperhill keeper no chance.St Anthony dominated the high octane and physical match on the first and part of second half but Nairobi’s Upperhill changed strategy, playing a more offensive game and they managed to get the much sought equalizer in the 76th minute through Moad Machozi.Goal-scorer Kazungu quickly turned from hero to villain when he was sent off with 10 minutes to time for a second bookable offense. Kazungu had picked up the first yellow for stripping his jersey in celebration while the second was for a poor tackle.In the girl’s category, last year’s runners up Wiyeta defeated Ibinzo 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.Machakos County’s Kwanthanze at the same time continued their dominance in volleyball, winning the girls’ title with a straight sets win over Cheptil. In the corresponding boys’ final, Sangare shocked the form books beating the highly fancied Malava 3-1.-By John Kahiu-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gor, Alger to go on despite Sports Kenya letter

first_imgBut, according to Public Relations Officer Rakki Asman, the USM Alger game will go on.“There should be no worry about that game. It will go on as planned. It is true there was a lot of destruction of property after and during the game but we will deal with this after this game,” Asman told Capital Sport.“This is a big game and CAF have already been to the stadium and given it a go ahead. It will not be logistically possible to switch the game with the opponents already in town and having made plans,” added the communications chief.In the letter, Ondimu said that a probe team would be formed to analyze the damage and come up with ways of preventing similar occurrences.The aerial view of the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani as taken on May 9, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“This (closure) is informed by the unfortunate happenings during the game between Gor Mahia and Hull City  where fans destroyed seats and other properties in and outside the stadium. The extent of the damage is being established,” the letter read in part.Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda confirmed receipt of the letter and said it would be practically impossible to switch the match venue to the alternative which is Machakos, almost 60km away from the city with less than 48 hours to match day.“I don’t know whether they (Sports Kenya) really understand the repercussions because this is no friendly. This is a CAF Sanctioned match which requires a lot of meticulous preparations and you can’t just change venues,” Aduda lamented.Gor have also planned to host Yanga and Rayon Sport on the same venue in their consequent CAF home games. They might also be drawn to playing some of their KPL home games at the venue with head coach Dylan Kerr constantly lamenting about the state of the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.“We will find a solution especially on who to bill because this was a Gor Mahia game but organized by SportPesa. Those are details that we will work on but we will work on a solution,” Asman added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their friendly match against Hull City at Kasarani on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14- A letter from Sports Kenya on Monday evening ‘temporarily suspending’ all football activities at the Kasarani Stadium has caused jitters among football fans ahead of Wednesday evening’s CAF Confederation Cup Group D tie between Gor Mahia and Algerian outfit USM Alger.The letter signed by Sports Kenya Acting Director General Salma Ondimu cited destruction of property by Gor fans on Sunday during the friendly match against Hull City as the reason for suspending activities at the ground.last_img read more