Fireworks expected at National Stadium

first_img HOT HURDLES Local track and field fans are in for a treat today as several of the world’s top athletes will be on show at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet inside the National Stadium. The main events are set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 400 metres hurdles, one of 19 international events. However, action will start as early as 2 p.m. with one of two new events on the programme, the international hammer throw for women. The other new event, the men’s international javelin begins at 4:15 p.m. These will be followed by six Development events, starting at 5:05 p.m. with the women’s 100 metres. The final event of the night, the women’s 400 metres at 9:23, should be one of the most competitive. Jamaica’s trio of Stephenie Ann McPherson, who was third last year, along with Novlene Williams-Mills, fourth a year ago, and Christine Day, who was fifth, will be hoping for a local sweep of the top three places following the withdrawal of last year’s winner, American Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaicans will come up against another American, Francena McCorory, runner-up last year and winner of the event two years ago. This event is expected to be a cracker as, fresh in the minds of fans is last year’s World Championships 4×400 metres final in Beijing, when Williams-Mills outwitted McCorory on the anchor leg to give Jamaica a memorable win. With a good record here over the years, Williams-Mills will be hoping to get back to winning ways. POWELL IN 200m The women’s 100m hurdles at 8:27 p.m. should also be hot. World champion Danielle Williams will be engaged in a very tough battle against some fierce rivals. Last year’s winner Jasmin Stowers is out, but her compatriots Sharika Nelvis, American record holder Brianna Rollins (12.26), and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson will be hoping for a top three sweep. Also in the event is Britain’s record holder Tiffany Porter (12.51). “I am under no pressure whatsoever as I am going into the race to have fun, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Jamaica’s Williams said in a recent interview. Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping to make it a great night for local fans when they compete in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively. American Tori Bowie ran a world-leading 10.80 seconds in winning the women’s 100 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday, and Thompson, who won a year ago with 10.97, will be hoping to go faster here. English Gardener of the United States is her main rival. Fraser-Pryce, who was third in this event a year ago, will face the outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller was impressive in clocking a Bahamian and meet-record 22.14 in the half-lap event last year and is this year’s world leader in the 400m with a 49.69 run on April 16 in Nassau. Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywoman Shericka Jackson, who was a bronze medallist in the 400m at last year’s World Championships. Also down to compete is rising American sprinter Candice McGrone. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is down for the 200m where he will face local rival Rasheed Dwyer. In the men’s 100 m Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey Cole and Oshane Bailey will carry Jamaican hopes against the very fast Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. SELECTED EVENTS 7 p.m. Shot put women – International 7.03 p.m. Triple jump men – International 7.06 p.m. 3000m steeplechase men – International 7:30 p.m. 400m hurdles women – International 7:37 p.m. 400m hurdles men – International 7:40 p.m. High jump men – International. 7:49 p.m. 800m men – International 8 p.m. 1500m women – International 8:07 p.m. Long jump women – International 8:11 p.m. 100m women – International 8:15 p.m. 100m men – International 8:27 p.m. 100m hurdles women – International 8:37 p.m. 110m men – International 8:53 p.m. 200m women – International 9:03 p.m. 200m men – International 9:14 p.m. 400m men – International 9:23 p.m. 400m women – Internationallast_img read more


first_imgDonegal people may get the chance to see Pope Francis up close and personal after the possibility of a visit by the Holy Father to Derry moved a step closer.Pope FrancisIt is anticipated Pope Francis will accept an invitation from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to visit Ireland in the near future.On the back of that, Derry SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey extended an invitation to the Pontiff to include Derry in his visit. Mr Ramsey has revealed correspondence from the Papal Nuncio, the Pope’s representative in Ireland, has not ruled out such a visit taking place.The Papal Nuncio said: “Last Spring, you very kindly extended an invitation to Pope Francis, on behalf of your constituents, to come to your city should he be able to make a visit to Ireland.“Please allow me to assure you that your letter was carefully noted by the Nunciature, which remains deeply grateful for the kindness of your invitation.”Mr Ramsey described the response as “very positive.”  DONEGAL PUBLIC MAY GET TO SEE POPE AFTER HOPES RAISED HOLY FATHER MAY VISIT DERRY was last modified: August 27th, 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:DerrydonegalPope Francisvisitlast_img read more

KMC hands over 45 bigha land to Lake Kalibari for beautification of

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) formally handed over 4.5 bigha land to the authorities of Lake Kalibari on Wednesday. The latter will take up urban forestry and beautify the three boulevards opposite the temple.”Lake Kalibari is a heritage site and people from all parts of the country and even the world come to visit the place. We are handing over the three boulevards situated on nearly 6,000 square metres to the authorities of Lake Kalibari and they will take up urban forestry and beautify them,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim, after signing the agreement regarding the land allotment, given on a 30-year lease, free of cost. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHakim said that the temple authorities will create a green cover, musical fountain, vertical garden, a processing unit of discarded flowers and a butterfly park, for beautification of the boulevard. “The Rabinda Sarovar Lake located very close to Lake Kalibari is a favourite destination for a variety of birds and creating urban forestry in the boulevards will also attract the avians of the lake there,” Hakim said. KMC will be providing electrical facilities and a deep tubewell for watering the greenery. The shrine authorities have already taken up renovation of the temple and with the boulevards opposite it being beautified, the place is expected to attract more devotees. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe temple sees a footfall of 5,000 people on a daily basis and the footfall on weekends goes up much more. Nitai Chandra Basu, a sebayet of Lake Kalibari, said that they have already completed urban forestry in one of the boulevards, done by Exide Industries and will follow suit in the other two. “We have already arranged training of the priests at Lake Kalibari,” Basu said. According to a member of the temple committee, there was a time when there was no fencing in the boulevards and it had turned into a garbage dumping ground. But now, with their maintenance initiative along with KMC, the place wears a beautiful look.last_img read more

Doug Ford wants consultations on cannabis sales in Ontario

first_imgPICKERING, Ont. – With the legalization of recreational cannabis now months away, Ontario’s incoming premier said he wants to consult further with municipalities, stakeholders and his caucus before deciding whether to change the plan laid out by his predecessors for the sale of marijuana.The outgoing Liberals had planned to roll out 150 standalone pot stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario by the end of 2020, with the first 40 scheduled to open this year.Doug Ford, who was elected this month, had previously suggested he would be open to greater privatization of marijuana sales.But when asked about his plan for pot sales on Thursday, Ford said he’s focusing on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which he said already has infrastructure in place that would allow it to sell marijuana once it becomes legal this fall.“What I said is I’d be focusing on the LCBO. I’m private sector, I don’t believe government should stick their nose into everything, but again, this is a path we have never went down,” he said. “We’re going to tread carefully on this and we’re going to consult with the local municipalities and we’re going to make a decision after we talk to caucus.”The Progressive Conservatives say when the premier-designate talks about focusing on the LCBO, he’s referring to Ontario Cannabis Stores run by the LCBO, as the outgoing Liberal government planned.Ford also suggested Thursday that Ottawa had left the provinces with little support to prepare for legalization.“This is a path that the federal government has dumped on all the provinces,” he said.The federal government announced this week that Canadians will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana starting Oct. 17. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said legalization was pushed back at the request of several provinces who sought more time to make the transition.Preparing for legalization is a complex undertaking and it’s the prerogative of a new government to reconsider how to do so, said Ivan Ross Vrana, a consultant on the cannabis industry with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.Ford will have to get up to speed with the work that’s already been done by Ontario bureaucrats and what’s planned in other provinces, he said.“With this file I don’t think anything is simple, it’s really complex, but having said that I think people do know that this has been coming, I think there’s public officials, civil servants, people at the (Ontario Cannabis Store) that have been working on this for a while,” Vrana said.While it’s not necessary to work out every detail by October, Ontario must have some sort of retail system in place by then to meet consumer demand, he said.“The stated goal for everybody — whether it’s federal, provincial or municipal — is to ensure that we can tackle the illegal market and the best way to do that is to ensure that there’s access for consumers,” he said.The New Democrats, who had criticized the Liberal plan for what they deemed to be an insufficient number of stores, said the premier-designate “needs to show Ontario a plan that fixes the one (former Liberal leader) Kathleen Wynne messed up.”“As Ontario’s official Opposition, we will work closely with municipalities, stakeholders, and community members to push the Ford Conservatives to roll out legal cannabis sales in Ontario in a way that promotes social responsibility and community safety, while effectively ending demand for illegal sales,” New Democrat Gilles Bisson said in a statement.The Green Party, meanwhile, said the province should adopt a model similar to the craft brewery industry, in which small businesses and dispensaries would be regulated to sell cannabis.last_img read more