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McPherson fourth at World Indoors

first_imgPORTLAND:  Stephenie Ann McPherson was clearly exasperated as she failed to give Jamaica a second medal late on day two of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday. McPherson having advanced to the final of the women’s 400m was in good form after one lap. However with three other athletes in a bunch up front she could not find space to pass and finished in fourth in 52.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Odekoya who won in an Asian indoor record 51.45. United States’ Ashley Spencer and Quanera Hayes clocked 51.72 and 51.76 in second and third, respectively. “I was supposed to run the first 200m in 24 seconds and just use that same pace to 300m and then just run home but unfortunately I couldn’t do that I was locked in,” McPherson said. Asafa Powell had won Jamaica’s first silver on Friday after posting 6.50 seconds for second in the men’s 60m. Meanwhile, Shanieka Thomas finished eighth in the women’s triple jump with a season’s best distance of 13.95 metres. The event was won by Winner Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela with a best of 14.41m.   Earlier Elaine Thompson advanced to the final of the women’s 60m with the fastest qualifying time of 7.04 seconds. Running in semi-final three alongside world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson bolted to victory and was full of confidence heading into last night’s final. It was the second time Thompson had improved on her personal best in the day as she posted 7.09 seconds to win heat one earlier. “I just came here to execute and that’s what I did. Once my start is good I know I can take it from there and that’s what I did,” she said. Simone Facey advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.20 but was down the track in the semi-final in 7.21.   Natoya Goule started well and ran the first 300m in a competitive position in heat three of the women’s 800m, but faltered in the final lap and finished last in  2:08.23. Omar McLeod and the relay teams will try to add to Jamaica’s medal tally today. McLeod had easy run as he pulled away from the pack to win the second heat of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.58 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Yordan O’Farrill in 7.69 to advance to the semi-finals later today.last_img read more

“Power Is from God, not Innocent Blood”

first_imgThe bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Liberia and archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, has warned politicians seeking public office to avoid shedding innocent blood in ritualistic killings as they contest the ensuing senatorial elections.Making emphasis on the issue among other societal ills while delivering a sermon at the  National Intercessory Prayer at Trinity Cathedral yesterday,  Archbishop Hart said, “We still practice the killing of innocent people either for ritual practices or out of hate.”He emphatically declared that  “As people of God we cannot say we are obeying God and continue to shed innocent blood and lives.”As is usually the case, when election day is drawing closer “Heart man” activities become rampant, gripping people by fear. People avoiding walking alone on distant road or in the dark.Archbishop Hart noted that total obedience and unflinching faithfulness are what God requires and demands of Liberians as people of a nation.  “Obedience from the heart and faithfulness without pretense are virtues that we need to cultivate as leaders and citizens of Liberia if we want our nation to prosper and be blessed by God.”Speaking also on other societal ills, the West African archbishop and bishop of Liberia stressed that Liberians cannot truly profess to obey God when they continue to indulge in the practices of homosexual activities and the raping of young girls and children.The archbishop lamented that homosexuality is on the rise as though it has been legalized.  Young girls and even young boys are being raped or seduced by many of those who are wealthy.Speaking on the theme, “Obedience and faithfulness Are What God Requires of Us,” the Liberian prelate also noted that obeying God requires doing away with violence and the destruction of properties and unwarranted strikes.“We must resolve to find solutions to our problems in a more polite and civil manner,  rather than by using violence which results in the loss of human lives and properties,” he averred.On the issue of corruption, Bishop Hart indicated that this  is a sin against God and God’s people.  “The practice of corruption in our society today seems to be normal and is carried out by bosses in offices without fear.The national intercessory prayer is a part of activities that mark Liberia’s Independence Day celebration this year. The day has over the time been celebrated on a rotational basis in the counties since President Sirleaf took office in 2006; but this time it is being declared by the Protocol office that it is to be observed in homes and churches in prayer services to seek God’s intervention in the Ebola crisis facing the country.The Liberian Chief of Protocol, Rufus Neufville, during the intercessory service announced that on July 25 there will be an honoring ceremony in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while on the 26th there will be an indoor program at the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia.According to the Chief of Protocol, all programs will have no reception or party as the case had been in the past, but will be dominated by prayers in churches and mosque.This year’s celebration was expected to be held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, but the Ebola crisis coupled with bad roads and other social issues led to the cancellation of the program in those counties.Meanwhile, Bishop Hart acknowledged that if Liberia can experience the favor of God and prosper as a people and nation in the midst of the Ebola crisis, they need to render absolute obedience to  and faith in God by turning away from their deceits and hypocrisy.“In order to tap into the abundance of God’s blessing as a nation, we need to turn away from our greed and all forms and manners of corruption; forget about dirty politics and see each other as brothers and sisters and Liberia as our common denominator,” Bishop Hart asserted.The service was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac, Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell and few other Government officials.The intercessory prayer was expected to be well attended by Government officials; contrary to this belief, the service was poorly attended.This was most probably due to  poor advanced planning.  For example, at press time on Thursday night, the Liberian media knew nothing about an intercessory service scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21.  Most media houses heard about it on Sunday morning, when the state broadcasting facility, ELBC, announced that its Outside Broadcast system was en route to Trinity Cathedral for a National Intercessory Prayer Service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA 10th at Women’s Rugby World Cup

first_img19 August 2014The Springbok Women finished tenth at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in Marcoussis, France on Sunday after a 0-36 defeat to Spain, to match their final position in the 2010 World Cup.Turnovers, mistakes at crucial times, and missed tackles let South Africa down in the clash, allowing the Spanish to record a comfortable victory.In the end, the Springbok Women recorded a sole narrow win, 25-24 over Samoa, but were well beaten in their other outings, going down 3-26 to Australia, 3-55 to France, and 3-35 to Wales in pool play.A bitter pill to swallowOn Monday, coach Lawrence Sephaka told SA Rugby that a repeat of the team’s 2010 World Cup result was a bitter pill to swallow.“We are very disappointed that we could not improve on our tenth place finish in the tournament, especially since we showed a lot of promise going into the competition,” he said.“The players knew what to expect after the test against France on the warm-up tour and they accepted the fact that we were drawn in one of the toughest pools. But we made things tough for ourselves throughout the competition by making errors at crucial times and not converting our point-scoring chances into points.“The most disappointing aspect for us is that there were times when we pinned Australia, Wales and Spain in their own half for long periods and created fantastic try-scoring chances, but we battled to come away with points.”ShortcomingsPinpointing South Africa’s shortcomings, Sephaka said women’s rugby structures in the country lagged far behind that of the top nations in the tournament and said that development structures in South Africa had to improve in order for the national team to be more competitive.“The women’s rugby structures in South Africa need to improve drastically for us to compete with the best teams in the world, as their club and provincial structures are much stronger than ours,” he explained.“Our provincial series features three to seven matches a year per team, which is what some overseas clubs play in a month or two, so we need to start from the bottom to achieve better results at national level.“We also lack regular top-class competition between World Cups, while the Six Nations teams have that luxury every year.“So I think it is important to consider such factors when one looks at our results. That said, we will not use this as an excuse as we could have won one or two more matches if we implemented our structures effectively and used our point-scoring chances,” Sephaka concluded.Sevens World SeriesWith the World Cup completed, the Springbok Women’s Sevens team will turn their attention to the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series qualifier, which takes place in Hong Kong on 12 and 13 September.Four places in the World Series are up for grabs at the Shek Kip Mei Stadium.The other participating nations are Japan, China, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bad weather did not stop Ohio’s opening day of deer-gun hunting season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hunters checked 13,614 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 26, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).There is still time to get out and enjoy Ohio’s deer-gun season, which remains open through Sunday, Dec. 2. Two additional days of deer-gun season (Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16) have been added to increase the opportunity for people to hunt with firearms. Find more information about deer hunting in the 2018-2019 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest reports can be found at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.For the first time this year, Ohio resident hunters can purchase multiyear and lifetime licenses at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. License buyers can choose from 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime hunting or fishing licenses. All money generated from the sale of multiyear and lifetime licenses is deposited into the Wildlife Fund, where it will be used to protect and enhance Ohio’s wildlife populations.The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.last_img read more

Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL in left knee Apart from his fight in Texas, Ancajas also made a stop in Los Angeles to train at Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym.The 26-year-old Ancajas made his much-anticipated US debut on Sunday and did not disappoint following a masterful performance in a TKO victory over Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas decked Gonzalez thrice throughout the lopsided bout that saw the IBF super flyweight champion in total control right from the opening bell. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines watches after dropping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in their junior bantamweight fight Sunday (Manila time) at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)Filipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas is back home fresh off his title defense at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.Ancajas landed at NAIA Terminal 1 on Wednesday morning, coming off a two-week trip to the United States.ADVERTISEMENT US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more