Bolt to arrive in Japan today

first_img BOLT’S ONLY LOSS Jamaican sprinting superstar Usain Bolt is expected to arrive at Jamaica’s pre-World Championships camp in Tottori, Japan, today after spending the last few days relaxing, after a gruelling few weeks of training. The world’s fastest man was given some time off, as he took it slow in the luxe Monte Carlo playground, with the athlete and his handlers reportedly satisfied with the work he has done over the past few weeks after a disrupted start to his season. Bolt, who spent the last few weeks under heavy conditioning by his coach, Glen Mills, is said to be in prime condition as he gets set to defend his 100m and 200m titles at next week’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. The big Jamaican has had an up and down season after being hampered by a pelvic issue, but twice ran 9.87 within an hour at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London a few weeks ago to pretty much confirm reports that he was nearing his best. Bolt is expected to be challenged for both sprint titles by in-form American Justin Gatlin, who has the fastest time this year in both events and has gone unbeaten in almost 30 races since 2013. Bolt’s only loss at a major championships since the 2008 Olympic Games came in the 100m final at the 2011 World Championships, where he was disqualified after a false start, with teammate Yohan Blake going on to win the gold medal. In his three 200m races so far this season, Bolt has posted times of 20.20, 20.13 and 20.29 while his only other 100m start beside his London double assignment was clocked at 10.12. He has, however, according to our sources, been laying down some impressive times in training, with those who should know expressing confidence that he will successfully defend his titles in Beijing. Bolt is expected to participate in 4x100m relay practice with other members of the pool – Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Tyquendo Tracey. He may also be present at a press conference and open day scheduled for Sunday.last_img read more

While Chelsea sign Pedro and City sign Otamendi, here’s who Arsenal could sign this summer

first_img 5. Robert Lewandowski: Arsenal fans will be drooling if the club can land the Bayern Munich star – According to the Mail, Arsenal have explored the possibility of making a £50m bid for the Pole, although it is understood Bayern immediately rebuffed an approach from the Gunners. 1. Karim Benzema: Will Arsene Wenger finally seal a deal for the Real Madrid hitman? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – The French international has been linked with a switch to Arsenal this summer but new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is keen to keep hold of the frontman. The Gunners have apparently tabled a £48m bid for the 27-year-old but the Independent are today reporting that Benzema will remain in Spain this summer. 5 5 Arsenal’s summer spending has stalled since they completed the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea at the start of July. The Gunners have struggled to make inroads in their attempts to sign a striker, while their title rivals have all splashed the cash in recent weeks and the club’s fans are desperate for at least one more big name before the transfer window slams shut. Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards this summer, while a move for a defensive midfielder has also been mooted. talkSPORT takes a look at the players who may join the north Londoners before the window closes on September 1.Who do you think Arsene Wenger should try to sign before the transfer window closes? Share your thoughts… 5 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Could Arsenal take a risk on the controversial Swede? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – According to Daily Mail, Ibrahimovic has been told he can leave PSG this summer and Arsenal could bring the striker to the Premier League for the first time. 4. Grzegorz Krychowiak: After missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin, could the Sevilla man provide competition for current defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – Arsenal made a £22m bid for Krychowiak earlier this month, according to the Telegraph. However, their plans to land the Polish midfielder have been scuppered after he suffered a rib injury in the Super Cup clash with Barcelona. Arsene Wenger is still monitoring Krychowiak’s situation and could return with an improved offer if he recovers before September 1. 2. Edinson Cavani: Would Cavani be a popular choice with Gunners fans? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – The Uruguayan striker is understood to be unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain after he reportedly fell out with manager Laurent Blanc last season. Arsenal could make a late swoop for the 28-year-old if their chase for Karim Benzema falls through. 5 5last_img read more

SCV sees early start to the fire season

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – While April showers bring May flowers, soaring temperatures in June are known to bring something else – fire. Wednesday marks the start of Los Angeles County’s fire season, a time of year with no annual start or stop date but instead is determined by heat, humidity and wind conditions. And already, the threesome has created some small half-acre fires around Santa Clarita. “We’re starting to have little fires pop up here and there and everywhere,” county Fire Department Capt. Marshall Oldham said. Other areas of the county also have seen small brush fires. Calabasas recently had a seven-acre blaze, and on the other end of the county, the San Gabriel Valley has also dealt with smaller fires, said county fire Inspector Jason Hurd. “We’ve already had started to have some fires which will lead us into the beginning of our season,” he said. Homes sitting next to hillsides are especially vulnerable during this time, however all homeowners and businesses are urged to clear vegetation at least 50 feet away from their front doors, Hurd said. Locally one hot spot that firefighters watch closely is Interstate 5 between Castaic and Gorman. The patch of land has experienced many small brush fires over the years, and firefighters attribute that to a steep grade on that section of the freeway. At times, brake shoes on trucks passing through the pass have broken off, been knocked off the road and sparked fires in weeds and brush. Other times cars will overheat, catch fire and ignite the nearby dehydrated land, Oldham said. The area is an especially tough spot to fight fires, because it lacks accessible water. So firefighters have to bring it on their trucks. At times, helicopters that drop water over the blazes are called in for help. Ones used today are converted Black Hawk helicopters and can hold up to 1,000 gallons of water. This aircraft replaces older helicopters, which held up to 360 gallons of water. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Firefighters contained two half-acre fires on Sunday in Santa Clarita, which has already had some five-acre blazes strike hillsides in Saugus and around Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Although this year’s rainy season seemed to pour endless buckets of rain over the area, the brush it had soaked in then is now drying out faster than expected and is starting to burn, Oldham said. Still some moisture is clinging to the grass, hillsides and other greenery, and that’s why the area hasn’t had larger fires yet, he said. In 2004, the area witnessed the most significant wildfires to date when 39,000 acres burned in the Angeles National Forest and areas surrounding Santa Clarita. But fire conditions are changing quicker in the Antelope Valley, an area dominated by stronger winds and warmer temperatures than Santa Clarita, and is already regularly experiencing smaller wildfires. last_img read more


first_imgA MAN has died in a road crash close to the Border today.The PSNI said the motorist died following a crash in the early hours of this morning on the Tullychurry Road, Belleek.The road at the scene of the incident was closed around 5.40am. Diversions are in place at present and motorists are advised to take an alternative route. ROAD CLOSED AFTER MAN DIES IN CRASH was last modified: January 5th, 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:ROAD CLOSED AFTER MAN DIES IN ROAD CRASHlast_img read more

Man on rape charge denied passport for family wedding

first_imgAn Inishowen man, charged with rape and sexual assault, has been denied access to his passport to travel for a family wedding later this year.The man appeared before Buncrana District Court to apply to the court for the return of his passport, which he earlier surrendered due to strict bail conditions imposed. The man, who cannot be named due to a publication order imposed by the court, is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a woman at an address in Inishowen on a date in February 2017.He appeared before Buncrana District Court and applied to have his passport returned to him to allow to attend two weddings in Poland in the summer.His solicitor Frank Dorrian said he understands that the charges against his client are ‘very serious and significant’ and he knows the stakes in the case are very high in terms of the bail conditions.But he said the man has lived in Inishowen for the past 13 years and has strong ties to the community.He said he appeared before court on every occasion and fully co-operated with the Gardaí and would like to be able to travel to Poland on two separate occasions during the summer.Mr. Dorrian said he knows when the charges are so serious the risk of evasion are higher, but he hoped his client’s co-operation and engagement with the court process might counter that risk a little.However Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle said this was a different level.“These are serious offences,” he told the court.“And this application is a different level there is just too much risk. I accept there might a be family occasion but with respect that doesn’t matter – he is a flight risk.”Mr. Dorrian said he knows that they are on a ‘thin wedge’ but added that the man, despite not being married or having any children, had family connections in Inishowen.However, Judge Paul Kelly said it was ‘somewhat a stretch’ to give the man his passport back and refused the application.Meanwhile Insp. McGonigle said he was applying to the court for some extra time for preparing the Book of Evidence in the case.He said Gardaí needed an extra month to prepare the Book. Judge Kelly agreed and adjourned the case until June 13.Man on rape charge denied passport for family wedding was last modified: May 15th, 2019 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:buncranacourtdonegalpassportlast_img read more

10-year-old crawls hundreds of yards to bag goose

first_imgSeth Polly didn’t sleep in and watch cartoons last Saturday morning, Nov. 3. Instead, the 10-year-old boy crawled on his stomach for several hundred yards through the Arcata Bottoms before spying a goose. Polly, fresh out of his homemade obsidian and chert arrows which he and his father made during the past summer months, threaded an aluminum arrow into his recurve bow and let it loose at a goose not more than 20-yards out.“That’s not a feat many adults, much less a 10-year-old boy, can pull …last_img

Rahul lashes out at U.P. govt.

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out on Saturday at the Uttar Pradesh government over the caning of aspiring teachers protesting over the court rulings that quashed the results of two recruitment exams, saying those responsible for shaping the future of children are being beaten up. The police used canes on Friday to disperse people protesting in Lucknow against two court rulings that quashed the selection of over 12,000 government teachers and also ordered a CBI probe into the process to appoint 68,500 more. The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had struck down on Thursday the selection of 12,460 assistant teachers through an exam advertised in 2016, during the term of the Akhilesh Yadav government. The other order came as a major embarrassment for the Yogi Adityanath government. The Bench directed the CBI to investigate a recruitment exercise begun earlier this year to fill 68,500 posts.Posts photosReacting to the protests, Mr. Gandhi posted pictures of the injured protesters, saying people who are responsible for making the future of the children are being beaten up. Two crore jobs were promised, but look at the response of the Yogi government in U.P. over demands by youth for recruitment of 68,500 assistant teachers. Those who are responsible for the future of children, their own future being hurt? Mr. Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.last_img read more

Two toddlers die in govt.-run orphanage

first_imgTwo toddlers died and eight others were taken ill at a government-run orphanage, prompting the district administration to order a probe. The authorities have taken sample of the milk being fed to children at the Rajkiya Shishu Sadan here, Mathura District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said on Friday. Ten children of the orphanage fell ill on Wednesday, with two of them dying of diarrhoea within the last three days, Mr. Mishra added. Of the ten children, four serious cases were referred to Agra medical college, while the others are being treated at the Mathura district hospital here, he said. He said despite the best possible treatment, two children below one-and-half-years of age could not be saved and they died in Agra. The other hospitalised children are recovering, he added.“ADM (F&R) Brajesh Kumar has been asked to probe the death and illness of the children,” said Mr. Mishra, adding that he has been asked to submit his report within 24 hours.Milk sample taken As children taken ill were normally under one-and-half-years of age and are fed only milk, the milk sample has been lifted for examination, Mr. Mishra said. Though the exact cause of illness would be known only after the probe and forensic examination of the milk sample, it appears the children had an attack of diarrhoea, he added. There are around 50 children in the orphanage, with 30 of them being below two years of age.last_img read more

Deepika to Manushi: Yellow is your go-to colour this monsoon

first_imgAll we need this gloomy season is a pop of colour to cheer us up, and it seems like our B-Town celebs are doing just that.The divas have fallen in love with one particular colour this season – the sunny yellow, and we are following suit.Here are some of our favourite looks that will make you want to include this colour in your wardrobe too.KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN Photo: instagram/kaushikanuThe reigning colour this season was recently sported by Kareena Kapoor Khan.Kareena looked like a ray of sunshine in this particular outfit. This front-tied blouse with asymmetrical, pleated skirt is perfect for brunches this season. Photo: instagram/therealkareenakapoorKareena also wore a gown in this incredible colour that will make you want to take your bae out for that jazz ball ASAP.MANUSHI CHHILLAR Photo: instagram/manushi_chhillarOur favourite fashionista and a budding style icon, Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar wore this bell-sleeved top with flared, front-slit pants, which are accurate for office meetings or even a dinner date.DEEPIKA PADUKONE Photo: instagram/prabalgurungDeepika Padukone’s flirtatious look in this fun yet elegant ensemble is our favourite in the colour. You can wear it for a casual summer date.ALIA BHATT Photo: instagram/aliaabhattAlia Bhatt’s ethnic avatar is worth stealing for all the wedding ceremonies you have to attend.PRIYANKA CHOPRA Photo: instagram/team_pc_Priyanka wore this colour three times recently, and each of the outfits starred in our favourite list.The elegant blouse and skirt combo is the ultimate corporate look you would want to wear for an important meeting. The front thigh-high split adds the perfect amount of edge to it.advertisement Photo: instagram/priyankachopraBoth the tops that PeeCee wore can be another worthy addition to your monsoon wardrobe.JANHVI KAPOOR Photo: instagram/anushreereddydesignThe Dhadak actor wore this fusion ethnic gown to one her film’s promotional event and she looked incredibly gorgeous in the outfit.KRITI SANON Photo: instagram/kritisanonKriti Sanon’s spaghetti gown with fringe details is an incredible date-night outfit when you want to ‘dress to impress’.The diva’s outfit is chic, elegant and everything your date night dress should be.SONAM KAPOOR Photo: instagram/sonamkapoorBollywood’s very own fashionista, Sonam Kapoor, rarely ever goes wrong with any of her outfits. And when she says yellow is the colour of the season, you better listen. This floor-length suit can be a nice addition to your collection.MAHIRA KHAN Photo: instagram/mahirahkhanMahira Khan rocked this outfit during the Cannes International Film Festival this year and got a big approval from the fashion police for sporting this statement one-sleeved top.SOHA ALI KHAN Photo: instagram/sakpataudiSoha’s pleated statement gown with black detailing and belt is a show stealer and definitely proves why yellow is the colour of the season.ALSO READ | Sonam Kapoor to Jacqueline Fernandez: These actresses are fashion entrepreneurs tooALSO WATCH: Let Priyanka Chopra teach you how to dress easy this summerlast_img read more

Don’t think India will be under extra pressure vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has said India won’t feel any additional pressure during their marquee encounter against Pakistan at the 2019 Cricket World Cup despite the politically charged climate between the two neighbours. India are scheduled to meet their arch-rivals in Manchester on June 16.Gavaskar’s comments come after several members of the Indian cricket fraternity urged India to boycott the tie against Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. 40 soldiers of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost their lives during a suicide attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.Media reports also suggested India wanted Pakistan to be kept out of the quadrennial showpiece event. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it has been learnt, has taken no stand on the issue.The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday assured the BCCI that if need arises, it will “uplift the security based on advice of relevant agencies” to address India’s concerns during the upcoming World Cup the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.With a lot more than just two points associated to what is expected to be the most-anticipated tie at the World Cup, players from both the teams are going to face a bit of heat in the lead up to the marquee clash.However, Gavaskar believes the players are professional enough to keep away the distractions and focus on the job in hand.Great teams ignore everything around them: GavaskaradvertisementSpeaking at India Today Conclave 2019, Gavaskar said: “I don’t think so [players will not feel additional pressure]. I think our players are professional enough to know this is a game of cricket that they need to win. They will not be swayed away by circumstances. I don’t think it will make a difference.”Great teams ignore everything around them, they focus on the game. As a batsman, you forget what has happened with the previous ball. You focus on the next ball, that’s the same with a team as well. Sure, going into the hotel, there are going to be guys saying things. But that’s going to be for other series as well,” the former captain added.Pray and hope cricket prevails: HaydenSharing the stage with Gavaskar, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden said at India Today Conclave that as an Australian, he wishes the World Cup is played with all the 10 member nations participating in it.Notably, in the upcoming World Cup, all 10 teams will have to meet the other nine in the single-legged round-robin group stage. The top four teams at the end of the group stages will qualify for the semi-final.”Cricket is a beautiful game. It’s a game that elevates and levitates above significant issues. So for me, I really pray and hope that cricket prevails. It has lasted depressions, wars, and anarchy. I am sure both governments will have to make important decisions. But from an Australian point of view, I pray there is full membership. It’s back to the 1992 format, it’s going to be round-robin. It’s going to be an exciting format,” Hayden said.Meanwhile, Michael Clarke, who was also part of the star-studded panel on Friday, said players will feel the emotions ahead of such big matches but insisted that the muscle memory will kick in once a player steps on the field.”I think there’s no doubt we feel the emotion of every person. Playing in a World Cup, or the Ashes or tour to India, my preparation was same for each and every game. But you feel the emotions ahead of major tournaments. There will be parts of that when India does play Pakistan,” Clarke said.”I agree that cricket is still a game, the players will, as much as they read the media and watch the news, feel the nerves. But as soon as they take the field, muscle memory takes over. A batsman will see the ball, a bowler will be focused on bowling the next delivery and the fielder will watch the ball. No matter, how emotional it is, you quickly shift focus to what you want to do.”Also Read | Mithali Raj ready to give 2021 Women’s World Cup a shotAlso Read | ndia Today Conclave 2019: Sunil Gavaskar predicts India vs England World Cup finalAlso Read | Playing to win series vs Aus or else I’ll leave the ball to hit the stumps: Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more