That special BOLT

first_img ‘A GREAT FEELING’ “I never knew I would ever do this, so it’s a great feeling to have accomplished this feat also and to let people be in my life and get to understand who I am and to really be inspired by this movie because that is what I want them to do,” Bolt told The Gleaner last night. “When I watched the movie, it was so good, I could feel the emotions all over again,” Bolt added, while sharing his approval of the work done by directors and brothers Benjamin and Gabe Turner. “It’s like I was reliving my life again and that’s why I am so pleased about what they have done. They have captured everything and I know when people watch this they will understand. I want people to see the struggles and the pain; just the stress and have more insight in my life.” Bolt, who noted that he is looking to continue serving track and field in another capacity once he retires next summer, also notes that he will also commit more time to his charity work once that time comes. The triple world-record holder is clearly already in the departure lounge – one eye on closing his career on top and the other on life without the obligations of professional competition. It’s a topic, like many others, that he discusses quite freely in his movie. Nonetheless, Bolt assured that there is no lack of obsession where winning is concerned as he explained his decision to run for another year, despite his summit at the Olympics. “It’s mostly for the fans, but this year there is no pressure. I am much more relaxed. My coach and I will discuss it and we will change my training regime so it won’t be as intense as usual. It’s mainly because of my fans why I am coming back. There are a few people like some friends, and so forth, who have never really seen me compete, so I am giving people a chance to come see me competing at my last championships, or maybe in Jamaica when I run there for the last time and stuff like that. So it’s mainly for the fans,” Bolt said. “I’ve always said London is a good place to untie my shoes. I came (for) the Olympics and it was just magnificent, so I know the energy that they are going to bring to the World Championships and I am looking forward to it. It’s a good place to retire, I don’t know if it was somewhere else if I would go but it’s in London and that’s a good thing,” he added. “I never want to lose even in a simple board game, but even though I say I am just going out there for my fans, I still want to go out there and do my best. I just won’t be under so much pressure, I have to win, but there is less stress and less pressure,” Bolt said. “I am always going to be prepared, no matter how relaxed I might be I am still a competitor and I still never want to lose so I’m definitely going to train hard. We are just going to find a less hard way to work and be more efficient.” Bolt, who started training three weeks ago, is heading to Germany for his usual pre-season assessment with Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller Wohlfahrt, and is due in Monaco later this week for the IAAF Athletics Awards, where he is one of three finalists for the Male Athlete of the Year Award. I Am Bolt is now available for digital download and can also be seen on Blu-ray and DVD. LONDON, England: Usain Bolt described last night’s premiere of his I Am Bolt documentary as a special accomplishment, and is hoping that the film, which is already receiving positive feedback, will give an insight into the work behind his success. The sprinter also used the occasion to explain his decision to continue his career into next season’s World Championships, while noting that he will approach the year with less burden on his shoulders. Bolt, who also said that he is looking forward to a much more relaxed season in 2017, warned his rivals that this is not an invitation for them to get too confident as he looks forward to closing the curtain on his career at next year’s World Championships in London. I Am Bolt, the all-access documentary, was fully introduced to the world at a star-studded premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square cinemas in London’s West End, with some of Britain and the world’s biggest hitters in television, music, and sports sharing the red carpet with the nine-time Olympic champion.last_img read more

City Run to showcase Kingston

first_imgEvent chairperson Nicola Madden-Greig says that this year’s Kingston City Run Half Marathon 5K and 10K will seek to build the image of Kingston as a tourism destination. The event will take place on the weekend of March 10-12 and will seek to showcase the city’s musical and culinary offerings before the road races on the final day. “It’s a full weekend of activities, and we definitely want people to bring family and friends from out of town, and from overseas, to join us in Kingston to celebrate everything that is Kingston City,” Madden-Greig said. Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams agrees, saying that it is easy to endorse the event as it enhances the image of the city. “We want to make Kingston a prominent city in Latin America and the Caribbean, and, indeed, on the world stage,” Mayor Williams said. “Our vision for the Kingston City Run is to really bring it to the ultimate level, where it is in keeping with our vision for Kingston, which means that we must make it a truly international event that will enhance the image of the city.” Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that the event mirrors the Government’s plans FOR making Kingston a cruise ship destination. “We’re going to make marathons happen in Kingston that will traverse the attractions of the city,” Bartlett said. “Nicola (Madden-Greig) says she wants to have a full marathon in time. That’s where we must go.” The 5K events start at 6:15 a.m. on Trafalgar Road and will take runners through New Kingston and nearby roads. The 10K starts at 6 a.m. and will take a similar route. Proceeds from the run will go towards the Open Arms Drop-in Centre, a homeless shelter located in downtown Kingston. – R. P.last_img read more

LGC hails Medina services to Guyana, Golf

first_img– MACORP Head to retire soonThe Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) recently hailed MACORP Guyana Head Jorge Medina for the impact of his club member on development of golf in Guyana, and development of the sport since his arrival on the local sceneMedina arrived in Guyana 25 years ago to head the operations of MACORP CAT. With his strong Spanish accent, he asked the question that would forever link him to the LGC: “Where is the golf course?”As Head of MACORP, the industry giant in heavy machinery, Medina’s dedication to quality and performance perfectly match the game of golf, and he demonstrated this with several victories over the years of playing. This quiet, unassuming individual from Barranquilla in Colombia was named Honorary Consul of Colombia, and was accredited by the Government of Guyana. With more than a regular Club member’s interest, Jorge set out to invest in and transform the Club into a standard that can today compare favourably with international standards.Jorge Medina is not just an avid golfer and quiet family man, but has contributed, and continues to contribute, to the fabric of Guyana.  He came up with theMACORP CEO Jorge Medinacompany motto “Let’s build Guyana Together”, and throughout his career, has dedicated himself to fulfilling that purpose.He has been a strong supporter of the Guyana Relief Council, a founder of the newly created AMCHAM Guyana, and has been extremely instrumental in the expansion of the gold mining industry since the mid-1990s through the supply of the first excavators for that sector.Jorge is known for explaining why the company — sole distributor of Caterpillar machines — continues to invest in golf. “With all eyes on Guyana, we have to continue with these programmes as a way of improving life for all those in Guyana; and I hope that not just us in the private sector, but the Government as well, will see the need for this sport and relationship-building”.At his direction, MACORP has sponsored one of the major golf tournaments every year, and, more importantly, found additional ways to contribute to the Club, especially in the past year. With help from the machinery giant, the LGC, under the supervision of Head Groundskeeper Mike Guyadin, has been able to develop an intricate system of drainage that allowed the Club to break records for days and tournaments played in a single year.In a few weeks, Jorge Medina will retire from the role he played in making the MACORP name so prominent in Guyana, but the impact he will leave behind, the memories and friendships, will last forever; especially at the Lusignan Golf Club, where his friendly smile and easy demeanor was always be on display.The Executive and Members of the Lusignan Golf Club extend their sincerest gratitude to Jorge Medina for his friendship, support, and presence over the many years; and wish him the best of luck in the years ahead.last_img read more

Assisted suicide bill up again

first_imgWalter Park and Tom McDonald are both living nightmares that opened with: “You have a terminal disease.” But Park and McDonald are dealing with it in completely opposite ways. If a proposed law fails, McDonald said: “I’ll shoot myself.” Park says he will fight his illness to the last breath. Supporters embrace labels such as “Aid in Dying” and flare at words like patients “killing themselves.” Foes even call it euthanasia but detest titles like “Death with Dignity.” People such as McDonald, stricken with cancer, are closely following this year’s debate. He would take deadly drugs, given the choice provided by AB 374. If the bill fails again, as it has for two years, McDonald, a 77-year-old former Bay Area resident – who says he helped avert World War III by working on long-range missiles – still wants to save loved ones the horror of watching him wither. “I’ll take my pistol and shoot myself in the heart,” McDonald said. After a pause, he added, “Not the head. I want an open casket.” In his Oroville home, he choked up describing what cancer had done to a relative he thought looked like an actress: “I went in the bathroom and almost vomited when I saw her.” His wife, Delores, supports his wishes. In sharp contrast, Park, 61, the first director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Disability, will fight AIDS to the end. He opposes AB 374. “I want to draw my last breath naturally,” Park said. “I’ve sat with friends as they died. They loved every single breath.” AB 374, by Nu ez and Democratic Assembly members Lloyd Levin of Van Nuys and Patty Berg of Eureka, would allow a California adult – diagnosed with less than six months to live – to get a lethal prescription, after clearing several hurdles. It’s modeled after a similar Oregon law, under which 292 people have killed themselves during the past nine years. Reports show they were men and women with a median age in the mid-70s, better educated than most, and concerned about loss of autonomy, diminishing ability to be active and loss of dignity. Though polls show about 70 percent of Californians support doctor-assisted suicide, numerous attempts to pass such a law have failed. A 1988 initiative bid did not qualify for the ballot, voters rejected a 1992 proposition and bills fell short in 1999, 2005 and 2006. Many supporters in polls change their position when they learn more, foes said. “The most significant reason is the deadly mix between assisted suicide and profit- driven managed health care,” said Marilyn Golden of Californians Against Assisted Suicide. “HMOs often overrule physicians’ treatment decisions, sometimes hastening patients’ deaths,” said Golden, who also is an analyst for the Disability Rights, Education and Defense Fund. “The cost of the lethal medication generally used for assisted suicide is about $35 to $50, far cheaper than the cost of treatment for long-term medical conditions. “The incentive to save money by denying treatment already poses a significant danger. This danger would be far greater if assisted suicide is legal.” Glenn Elfman, who is living in an Oregon hospice and plans to use physician-assisted suicide, disagrees and has become an advocate for passage of AB 374 in California. “What I’m doing is a logical extension of the medical care I have been receiving. The stigma of suicide always indicates a person who’s under duress or isn’t thinking correctly. It’s always considered an irrational and illegal act. “But I don’t view this as a suicide. It’s an option that’s available to me when all other options ran out. Assisting a patient in a dignified and peaceful death is an extension of the compassion doctors exercise in their everyday practice.” The two sides also argue over such factors as abuse that could lead to euthanasia, the effect of the state’s health care woes, mental illness as a factor, Christian beliefs on the issue, and seniors using the program out of fear of becoming financial burdens to their families. The most prominent Californian to announce her position has been Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. “Terminally ill patients have the right to make their own personal end-of-life decisions,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I know, based on my own experiences with loved ones, that end-of-life decisions are gut-wrenching, difficult and extremely personal. “When terminally ill patients are considering their end-of-life options, they want to discuss them with their family, friends and their physicians – people they trust – and government should not stand in the way.” The bill is supported and opposed by legions of groups. AB 374 is backed by advocates for the elderly such as the Congress of California Seniors and Gray Panthers; the National Organization for Women; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Bar Association; and the National Association of Social Workers. It is opposed by advocates for the disabled, such as the Center for Independent Living and the California Disability Alliance; the League of United Latin American Citizens; and the Western Service Workers. It has divided the ranks of doctors. Foes have formed organizations such as the Coalition of Physicians for Compassionate Care while supporters have created groups like Physicians for Compassionate Choices. Christians also are split. A group of ministers has formed Clergy for Compassionate Choices. But the Catholic Church opposes AB 374, considering life – from conception to natural death – sacred. Even among Catholics, however, there are differences of opinion. Nu ez is supporting the bill this year, though he is a Catholic. Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, a Newark Democrat who is Catholic, opposes it, saying “death is a matter for God.” As California – the nation’s most populous state – continues its long-running debate, the biggest difference this year is Nu ez. As speaker of the Assembly, he wields more power than prior years’ authors. There are also two dozen legislative co-authors this time. “People would be better off if they had the choice to die on their own terms, knowing they are going to die,” says Nu ez, a Catholic, from a Catholic family with opposing opinions. “The question is how much pain and suffering is involved and how much of that person’s dignity is taken away from him or her because of the pain that he or she is suffering.” AB 374 is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. If the bill clears committee hurdles, to pass the Democrat-dominated, 80-member Assembly, it needs 41 votes; and in the 40-member, Democrat-controlled Senate, 21. Then it would face Schwarzenegger, a Catholic with a socially moderate history, married to a Democrat who influences his decisions. (916) 447-9302 The decisions by the two, who have never met, define the debate over another attempt to establish physician-assisted suicide in California. The state is facing the hottest clash in years over the emotional issue, which touches on everything from fears it would be used disproportionately on the poor and disabled to religious beliefs that suicide is a sin. A powerful figure, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, a Los Angeles Democrat in a Legislature dominated by his party, is backing the recurring proposal this year, which needs only a majority vote. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has indicated he would like voters to decide but hasn’t ruled out considering a bill on doctor-assisted suicide – the term originally adopted by physicians. The measure, AB 374, is set for its first and most important test Tuesday, on a topic so touchy that experts agree there’s not even a neutral term. last_img read more

Chelsea’s Kepa fined, apologises for League Cup final mutiny

first_imgThe club simultaneously published a statement from Sarri in which the manager said the pair had spoken following the row, which occurred in extra time of the match which Manchester City won on penalties.“He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club,” said Sarri.“It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.”Sarri, who reacted furiously when Kepa refused to be substituted after needing treatment in the closing stages, said the incident had been a “misunderstanding”.“There was a misunderstanding yesterday but (Kepa) realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive cup final.”Kepa, the club’s record £71 million ($93 million) signing from Athletic Bilbao, refused to leave the field to be replaced by Willy Caballero. Sarri then stormed off down the tunnel in anger before returning.“I wanted to take the time today to apologise fully and in person to the coach, to Willy, my team-mates and to the club,” said Kepa, 24, whose fine will be donated to the Chelsea foundation.“I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans. I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”Sarri is under increasing pressure with Chelsea losing four of their past seven games in a run that has seen them drop to sixth in the Premier League, crash out of the FA Cup and lose the League Cup final.There is little time for Sarri and his team to regroup with third-placed London rivals Tottenham Hotspur visiting Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the Premier League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga gestures toward the bench and refuses to be substituted near the end of the League Cup final on Sunday © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined a week’s wages by the club after defying manager Maurizio Sarri and refusing to be substituted during the League Cup final on Sunday.“Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation,” Kepa said in a statement on Chelsea’s website which announced the fine.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has called for increased cooperation between training bodies in Ireland and their counterparts in the UK and beyond. Cllr Doherty says that the certificates awarded in Ireland by FETAC in conjunction with bodies such as Solas are not being recognised by employers in Britain.Cllr Doherty said “I have been contacted by numerous people who are very concerned at the situation at present. These people are struggling to find work to feed their families. They are being forced to go to the UK to look for work in the construction industry which is still moving in parts of Britain. “They are doing courses in Ireland to get the relevant certificates to work on site, however on attaining employment in the UK they are being told they don’t have the relevant accreditation to work and are being turned away. This is not acceptable.”To work on a construction site in Ireland you must do a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme or CSCS which entitles you to a FETAC award, otherwise known as the ‘Safe Pass’.Cllr Doherty says he has heard reports of men turning up for work in London, Liverpool and Aberdeen with the safe pass only to be told it is not recognised in the UK.“I am also aware that other Irish certificates such as the MEWP or Mobile Elevated Work Platform certificate which allows work on cherry pickers and cranes etc. is not recognised by British employers. “I am calling for Solas and the Education and Training Boards to liaise with their counterparts in the Construction Industry Training Board in the UK to overcome this problem. I see no reason why Irish certificates cannot be accepted in Britain so it boils down to a simple lack of communication. It is certainly unfair for people to pay for training courses in Ireland only to find their tickets aren’t worth the paper they are printed on in England.He concluded “It is a big enough decision for these people to leave their families to go to work across the water, we cannot allow the situation to continue where they are then being turned away from work because we haven’t ensures that our qualifications are recognised outside Ireland.” CONCERN THAT DONEGAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS NOT COVERED BY ‘SAFEPASS’ OVERSEAS was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYCONSTRUCTION WORKERSdonegalSAFEPASSlast_img read more


first_imgA number of tourists were robbed as they visited Donegal’s famous An Grianan Fort, has learned.At least FIVE cars were broken into as visitors walked around the famous site in Burt at the weekend.It is believed property including handbags was stolen during the thefts which are understood to have happened in a matter of seconds. Gardai are aware of the incident and are carrying out a full investigation into the incident.The latest robberies come after an alarming spate of car break-ins across the county.Yesterday we revealed how people visiting graves in Stranorlar had been targeted.A woman’s car was broken into and a considerable sum of money stolen was stolen. People visiting other graveyards including Conwall in Letterkenny have also been targeted by thieves.A Garda source appealed to people not to leave valuables on display in cars.“If there are no valuables including handbags or cameras left on display then the chances are thieves will not bother with them.“All they are interested in is breaking into the car and taking the valuables as quickly as possible.“They are not interested in breaking into a car on spec and then searching around it looking for valuables. “That takes too long – they just want to get in and out and then move away with the valuables,” he said.EndsTOURISTS ROBBED AFTER SPATE OF THEFTS AT FAMOUS DONEGAL LANDMARK was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:break-insGardaiGrianan Fortlast_img read more


first_imgCare and Repair ProgrammeVolunteers required for the Care and Repair programme. The programme uses a pool of volunteers and handypersons to carry out small repairs and to complete minor home tasks for older people. Volunteers in affect provide a willing pair of helping hands to do a variety of small tasks that an older person may find difficult to do, such as mowing the lawn, change plugs etc. Training will be given. For further information contact Rosses CDP. 074 9561686 / 0879615775 This programme is run in conjunction with Age Action Ireland.Carers Night Mary O Farrell will be in attendance. Calling all carers, take a break and come for a fun night Tuesday the 20th Nov 7.30pm -9.30pm in the Rosses CDP centre. Cost €3Volunteer of the YearWe are looking for the Rosses Volunteer of the Year. If you know someone who deserves this prize, which is a crystal vase and €200, in memory of Nancy and Neil O’Donnell. Nominations forms available in the CDP office, please call in or phone. 074 9561686. Forms to be returned by the 30th Nov 2012Northwest Ladies (Formerly the Dungloe widows) A sing-a-long “its just for fun” in the Rosses CDP on Friday 23rd November 8pm-10pm. Cost €5 and light refreshments will be served.Community Notice BoardWe have a new community notice board outside our new premises, if you would like us to advertise an event. (A4 size posters).Active RetirementFlower arranging workshop on Tuesday the 20th November at 11am . Venue: The Rosses CDP Centre. LOCAL NEWS: ROSSES COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Rosses Community noteslast_img read more


first_imgTHE road at Loughderryduff wind farm has been closed today as heavy equipment is taken to the site.Several lorries are blocking the road, according to the Glenties Windfarm Information Group.There has been no comment from the site’s owners. During a similar incident last month a lorry had to be pulled from the ditch after a wheel became stuck. ROAD CLOSED AS WIND FARM EQUIPMENT ARRIVES was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:ROAD CLOSED AS WIND FARM EQUIPMENT ARRIVESlast_img read more


first_imgFr Rosbotham todayA CATHOLIC priest from Donegal and now based in Mayo is suing his former lover – an ex-Franciscan monk – over the rights to a house they once shared in Co Donegal.Fr Gabriel Rosbotham, now serving as a curate in Ballina, gave evidence at Donegal Town Circuit Court where he is seeking half ownership of Rose Cottage in Letterbarrow, outside Mountcharles. He is suing ex-monk Hugo Crawford, a native of Lifford, who still lives in the house.The couple fell out at Christmas 2002 and a lengthy legal battle has continued since.In court today Mr Crawford said the two were in a sexual relationship.He had left the Franciscans, giving up his vow of poverty, and bought the house for 23,500 punts in 1994.Fr Rosbotham, in his evidence, said he had paid towards the mortgage and the upkeep of the house.When he left the Franciscans in 1997 to become a Diocesan priest in Ballina he would travel to stay with Mr Crawford “once or twice a week”.He had visited more often when he had been a Franciscan in Rossnowlagh.However Fr Rosbotham said their relationship ended because of what he claimed was “interference” from Mr Crawford’s family.His lawyer Peter Nolan said his name couldn’t be added to the title deeds of the house in 1994 because of his then vow of poverty.Mr Nolan produced letters written in 2000 in which Mr Crawford had said to the bank that he wished for Fr Rosbotham’s name to be added to the mortgage.Two years later, in early 2002, the couple had fallen out and they had, alleged the priest, agreed to sell the house and split the money.But by the end of the year he had left.Legal action began over ownership of the cottage in 2004.During today’s hearing in Donegal Town Fr Rosbotham produced copies of cheques paid out for groceries, mortgage payments and the upkeep of the house.Asked by Mr Nolan if the two were in a relationship, Fr Rosbotham confirmed that they were at the time.Mr Crawford had earlier said the two were “in a sexual relationship.”James O’Donnell for Mr Crawford said that Mr Rosbotham had contributed just €1,700 towards the house over the time from 1994 until 2002. This is disputed by the priest.Explaining the split, Fr Rosbotham said he’d had enough of constant interfering by Mr Crawford’s family who were from Lifford.“They were always turning up whenever they wanted,” he said.On December 26, 2002, he left.Asked what communication he’d had with Mr Crawford since, the priest replied: “He called me four times; each time asking me to come back.”Judge Keenan Johnson said he would rule on the case later.PRIEST SUES FORMER LOVER OVER RIGHTS TO DONEGAL COTTAGE was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Father Gabriel RosbothamhouseHugo CrawfordLetterbarrowpartnersrowlast_img read more