Beijing stepping-stone for Dwyer

first_imgBEIJING, China:Rasheed Dwyer has had a strange season. Struggling for form, even at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at which he finished fifth in the 200m. However, he exploded at the Pan American Championships in Toronto, twice logging sub-20 seconds times en route to a silver medal.Dwyer clocked 19.80 in the semi-final to break Donald Quarrie’s 44-year-old record before stopping the clock at 19.90 for second place in the final. He went on to win at the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Open Championships, which also brings with it a wild-card entry for the World Championships.Only Justin Gatlin has gone faster than the Jamaican this year in the 200m. However, having finished outside the top three at the national championships meants he does not have an automatic qualifying spot in Beijing. He has been named to the 4x100m relay pool.However, Dwyer is not holding on to any disappointments and is instead focusing on making the most of his first experience at the World Championships to prepare him for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”I’m really happy, this is my first major championships, I will take it as a motivation and not as a disappointment. I will use it as a stepping stone in my career and move forward from that,” Dwyer said.Looking forward”It’s a tremendous feeling to be in Beijing to compete for myself and my country. Unfortunately, I didn’t perform as well at the trials, but after that I ran some really good times, and the JAAA has seen that I deserve to be here, and I’m very happy about that,” he added.”I’m a member of the 4x100m pool so I’m just coming out here to put in the work and see the outcome.”Dwyer, who competes regularly in the 4x100m at the Penn Relays, said he is willing to undertake any task given, pointing to cramps as the reason behind his sub-par performance at trials.”Anything that I am given to do, I will do my best,” he said.”At trials, it was basically a physical problem. I got a cramp before trials and that was a really bad setback for me. Everything happens for a reason, though, and maybe God had a plan for me after the trials, and I came out and ran 19.80, and I’m really happy for that time,” Dwyer noted.last_img read more

NCAA: Letran trumps Arellano to stay hot

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Michael Canete carried the Chiefs with 23 points but was shut down in the fourth quarter with only two points. Phoenix happy to have ‘high-risk, high-reward’ Abueva on board Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Larry Muyang against Arellano defenders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran continued its winning ways after blasting Arellano University, 88-70, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Larry Muyang led the way with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds for the Knights, who dropped their season opener, racked up their fourth victory in a row.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES “Good win for us especially we were very tentative at the start. We went back to square one and we became aggressive and we got into the right rhythm,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.Letran ended the game on a 10-0 run after Arellano threatened and pulled to within single digits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Our character showed that we’re willing to regroup and play as a team,” Napa said.The Knights had six players in double digits. Jerrick Balanza added 14 points while JP Calvo and Bong Quinto had 13 and 11 points, respectively. Chris Fajarito and Bonbon Batiller also scored 11.center_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Coronel, Eze push streaking Altas past Bombers

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRiding high after taking down top seed Lyceum, University of Perpetual Help continued its winning ways after fending off Jose Rizal University, 85-73, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.AJ Coronel set the tone, scoring 15 of his career-high 22 points in the first quarter, while Prince Eze saved his best for last with 10 of his 16 points coming in the fourth period to power the Altas, who joined College of St. Benilde in fourth place with an 8-5 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Galvelo, role players step up for Letran Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “As long as we continue our roll we’ll be in good shape,” said Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.The Altas led from start to finish but the Heavy Bombers didn’t go down easily with Jed Mendoza and Leo Esguerra keeping them in the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMendoza finished with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists while Esguerra added 21 points and eight rebounds for JRU, which remained at the bottom of the standings with a 2-12 card.Jelo Razon had 21 points while Edgar Charcos dished out eight assists with four points to boot for Perpetual Help. View commentslast_img read more

No serious injuries in four vehicle collision

first_imgJust before 12 p.m. Monday, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a collision involving four vehicles on Highway 2 between the EnCana Events Centre and the Dawson Creek Airport.An RCMP investigation of the collision has revealed that a west-bound gravel truck towing a pup trailer collided with the trailer of an east-bound van.  The axles of the east-bound trailer being towed by the van, were torn from the undercarriage of the trailer.The gravel truck continued down the road and collided with an east-bound red SUV.  The drivers side wheel assembly of the SUV was torn from the vehicle.  The female driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and the three children in the SUV were uninjured.- Advertisement -The gravel truck then side swiped a black east-bound SUV.  The SUV ended up in the east-bound ditch.  The driver of the black SUV was taken to the Dawson Creek Hospital as a precaution and later released.If that wasn’t enough, the gravel truck then hit the ditch and caught fire after it’s fuel tanks ripped open.  The truck narrowly missed a hydro pole and rolled on to its side.  The driver was able to walk away from the truck.The Dawson Creek Fire Department extinguished the fire and extricated the female driver in the red SUV.Advertisement At this time, the RCMP believe everyone involved in the collision has been released from hospital.Highway 2 was closed for over 6 hours while the RCMP and Provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement inspectors started their investigation.  The cause of the collision is still under investigation.last_img read more

Qatar cleared to host 2022 World Cup by FIFA’s ethics committee

first_img Qatar won the right to stage the 2022 World Cup 1 Qatar have been cleared to host the 2022 World Cup after FIFA’s ethics committee’s investigation into bidding but there is severe embarrassment for England over their bid for the 2018 tournament.England 2018’s attempts to woo disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner “violated bidding rules” and included securing a job in the UK for a family friend of the controversial football figure.The findings are contained in a 42-page report by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee, in his ruling on the Garcia investigation into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding.The report effectively confirms Qatar and Russia as 2022 and 2018 hosts respectively, stating any rule breaches by the bidding countries were “of very limited scope”.“In particular, the effects of these occurrences on the bidding process as a whole were far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it,” states Eckert.England 2018’s targeting of the block of FIFA executive votes apparently controlled by Warner led to the Trinidad official, then a powerful force within FIFA, “showering the bid team with inappropriate requests” and these were often accommodated.The report states: “Relevant occurrences included Mr Warner pressing, in 2009 and again in 2010, England’s bid team to help a person of interest to him find a part-time job in the UK.“England 2018’s top officials in response not only provided the individual concerned with employment opportunities, but also kept Mr Warner apprised of their efforts as they solicited his support for the bid.”The report states England 2018 also picked up the bill for a £35,000 gala dinner for Caribbean officials, provided “substantial assistance” for a training camp for an under-20 Trinidad and Tobago team in 2009, while Warner also asked for favours for his Trinidad football club ‘Joe Public FC’.The report says: “The bid team often accommodated Mr. Warner’s wishes, in apparent violation of bidding rules and the FIFA code of ethics“England’s response to Mr. Warner’s – improper – demands, in at a minimum always seeking to satisfy them in some way, damaged the integrity of the ongoing bidding process. Yet, such damage was again of rather limited extent.”The report also says that Lord Triesman, who was England’s bid chairman at the time, would not co-operate with the investigation despite using Parliamentary privilege to make a number of allegations.The report also clears Qatar of involvement in any payments by Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari former FIFA executive committee member who was banned for life by FIFA. It says Bin Hammam was “distant” from the bid committee and that payments and sweeteners made to Warner and some African officials were more connected with his challenge to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2011.Russia and Australia also came in for some criticism in the report. The Russians failed to provide copies of all their emails from the bid organisation on the basis that their computer equipment has since been scrapped.Australia also made efforts to woo Warner and Oceania chief Reynald Temarii, including providing money for development projects.In relation to Warner, the report states it “identified certain payments from the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to CONCACAF which… appear to have been co-mingled, at least in part, with personal funds of the then CONCACAF president [Warner] who at the time also was a FIFA executive committee member.”The report fails to mention anything however about Spain/Portugal’s bid for 2018, which could lead to disciplinary action.It says: “With regard to one specific bid team however, the report noted that the relevant federation was particularly un-cooperative in responding to the investigatory chamber’s requests.”last_img read more

Football fan stabbed at north London derby between Tottenham and West Ham

first_img1 A 35-year-old man was stabbed outside White Hart Lane ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League match with West Ham on Sunday.The Metropolitan Police said the victim was stabbed in the abdomen in an incident around the junction of White Hart Lane and Tottenham High Road.West Ham believe he is one of the club’s supporters and he was taken to an east London hospital where his condition was said to be stable. Man stabbed outside White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s London derby with West Ham, police say last_img read more

Polish Embassy makes appeal to help victims of Letterkenny fire

first_imgThe Embassy of the Republic of Poland is fundraising to help families affected by the blaze which destroyed apartments above a car park in Letterkenny last month.The fire at Rosemount Lane on September 29th led to several families becoming homeless after they were evacuated from their homes in the early hours of the morning.Several cars caught fire and two businesses were also affected by severe smoke damage. The blaze was estimated to have caused half a million euro in damages. Families were accommodated in hotels and advised by the Council on how to find other accommodation. However, according to the embassy, the building remains uninhabitable, their home furnishings were destroyed and they continue to require assistance.The Polish Embassy in Dublin last week launched an appeal to help the Polish, Irish, Lithuanian and Slovak families whose lives were disrupted by the fire.The non-profit association Little Homeland is asking for benefactors to show solidarity with the victims and make donations to help them.For more information about the fund, visit the Polish Embassy Ireland page. Polish Embassy makes appeal to help victims of Letterkenny fire was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Blues need to look in the mirror, not toward officials, after loss to Sharks

first_imgThere’s a reason the outrage among fans and media usually far exceeds the level of fury among those in the actual arena.It’s called accountability, and in almost every case, the team which came out on the short end of a bad call or bad break understands it was within its power to furnish a different outcome.The St. Louis Blues are smarting Thursday as they process a 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. The sequence that ended in Erik Karlsson’s …last_img read more

Beefing up the criminal justice system

first_img22 October 2008Reducing the levels of crime and enhancing citizen safety was one of the five main priorities of this year’s medium term budget policy statement, unveiled by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in Cape Town this week.Addressing members of Parliament in Cape Town, Manuel said the government would intensify the fight against crime through “strengthening the criminal justice sector, especially detective and investigative services, and by improving court processes”.The Department of Safety and Security’s budget increases significantly over the medium term, enabling an increase in the number of police officers to more than 200 000 by 2011, up from some 131 000 in 1997/8.Manuel pointed out that while general crime levels have been on a downward trend since 2003, with the all-crimes rate falling by 18.2%, reducing crime – particularly violent crime – remained a pressing challenge.Partnership with communities, businessHe said this was mainly because the criminal justice system had experienced coordination failures, and suffered from poor management and ineffective systems.“In partnership with communities and business, government aims to restructure the criminal justice process and establish a more modern, efficient and integrated system,” he told Parliament.“Funding priorities include the rollout of the integrated electronic docket management system, a case management system, upgrading of network and associated infrastructure in all police stations and national fingerprint identification.”He said the government would prioritise an increase in the number of policing personnel who specialise in crime prevention, detective work, crime intelligence and forensics.In addition, provision for additional expenditure will be made to cover the cost of increased operations during next year’s general elections.Correctional servicesManuel added that the government was also placing focus on reducing the number of detainees facing trial, while also increasing the capacity of the country’s correctional facilities.“Six new prisons that are more focused on rehabilitating offenders before release are expected to be completed over the next three years,” he said.Securing bordersManuel said that the government was also taking steps to strengthen security at South Africa’s borders and ports of entry, increasing patrol capacity and upgrading technology to prevent organised cross-border crime.Such efforts were also aligned with the country’s preparations to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, he said.The South African Revenue Service will establish a national centre to coordinate all border activities, including emergency response and integrated intelligence, while customs will monitor imports, exports, transit, excise and travellers across the region.“The Department of Home Affairs will install a passenger information system and establish a port control unit,” Manuel said. “The passenger system will allow for new pre- and post-departure clearance processes and act as an early warning system.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

This New Flat Lens May Revolutionize the Lens Industry

first_imgThis new technology may render traditional curved lenses obsolete.When it comes to optical technology, or more specifically lenses, sharpness is the name of the game. In fact, accurate sharpness in terms of color reproduction is typically how you can discern a good lens from a bad one.Poor lenses typically suffer from a phenomenon called chromatic aberration, where colors are distorted due to different wavelengths. Chromatic aberration is usually identified by “purple fringing” in an image’s areas of contrast and it can be pretty annoying if you are trying to get a clean and crisp image.Newer lenses have their optics designed to minimize chromatic aberration, whereas older lenses tend to feature more color distortions. However, no matter what lens manufacturers do, they will always have to deal with color distortion if they are using curved lenses. But what if lenses weren’t curved?This was the question proposed to a team of Harvard physicists who have successfully created a wafer-thin lens that uses only flat glass elements. The lens pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible in optics.Photo via Harvard School of EngineeringThe lens works by using tiny, light-concentrating silicon antennas to instantaneously bend light wavelengths and direct them to a single point, instead of having the light bend at different lengths due to light-wave speed. This new technology can hypothetically eliminate many of the conventional glass elements that are normally used to fix chromatic aberration inside a lens.The following video shows the flat lens in-action. Notice the amount of bokeh that can be achieved using this lens:In addition to professional videography and photography, the new design may likely find use in compact cameras, astronomy, and microscopy.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has filed for a patent and they are currently seeking commercial opportunities for the new technology. It’s safe to say that we will likely see this new technology in professional lenses in the near future.What do you think of this new technology? Is it going to revolutionize the lens industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more