Hubert Lawrence: Parchment is number one

Overtaking giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall wasn’t easy, but now Hansle Parchment is the best Jamaican 110-metre hurdler of all time. Gardner and Wignall were so accomplished that Parchment had to be especially good to get past them, but his recent World Championships silver medal has completed his ascent to the top. It is a fine achievement. Coached by Fitz Coleman, Parchment has done what those notables were unable to do by winning medals at the highest level. His 2011 World University Games gold medal probably matches the Commonwealth gold medals won by Gardner, Wignall and Andrew Riley; and the Pan-American Games by Andrew Parker in 1987. He became the first Jamaican to win an Olympic medal in the 110-metre hurdles in 2012 when he surged to third. Gardner set high standards by winning at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and with a fifth place finish at the 1960 Olympics. Wignall connected the dots from Gardner to the 21st century by reaching the Olympic final in 2004, placing a close fourth. Now retired, Wignall won a World Indoor bronze in 2004 and time-warped the national record to 13.17 seconds. Wonderfully consistent, he matched Gardner’s Commonwealth win in 2006 and returned to the Olympic final in 2008 and was a three-time finalist at the World Championships. In addition, he took Richard Phillips with him to the 2008 Olympic final. Dwight ‘Bigga’ Thomas, who would lower the national record to 13.15, joined Wignall in the 2009 World Championships final. That record is now 12.94 seconds. Parchment set that mark last year to be the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier. He doesn’t yet have the repeat World Championships appearances that Wignall has. Sadly, a freak accident in the prematurely dark confines of the National Stadium East field left him injured in 2013. That caught up to him in the World Championships semi-final. That’s behind him now. A fine run earned him a silver in Beijing in this summer’s World Championships behind slick Russian Sergey Shubenkov. His national record may not last long. Twenty-one-year-old Omar McLeod beat him this year at the Jamaican National Championships with a pluperfect run of 12.97 seconds. Astute observers believe the younger man can tackle the world record of 12.80 seconds held by reigning Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the United States. Parchment may move the Jamaica record himself because he has a knack of running his best when it counts the most. The records show he set a personal best – 13.24 seconds – to win his World University Games gold; a Jamaican all-time best of 13.12 for his Olympic bronze; and a seasonal best of 13.03, the third-fastest time by a Jamaican, to take second at the recent 2015 World Championships. That’s an indicator for the future. For now, Parchment’s medals make all the difference. Simply put, the tall man from Port Morant is the best 110 hurdler Jamaica has ever produced. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980. read more

Maestro Ancelotti gives Gattuso a lesson

first_imgThe 59-year-old’s side also trailed before getting past Lazio 2-1 in the season opener in Rome last weekend.AC Milan were playing their first match of the season after their game against Genoa was postponed because of the bridge disaster in the port city.But it was to be a bitter defeat for Milan coach Gattuso, 40, who played under Ancelotti when the latter was in charge of AC Milan, winning the Champions League together in 2007.Ancelotti praised the “great desire … to fight back vehemently,” by his side.“I have a fond memory of all my former players, but with Gattuso there is something special.“It’s a wonderful evening, one full of emotions for me.“Milan hadn’t really given many signs of being dangerous in attack, but surprised us with two goals.“It was very difficult in that situation, then we changed system and the crowd pushed us on to turn it around.”Ancelotti spent most of his career at AC Milan, winning three Serie A and four European titles as a player and coach with the northern giants.His last coaching job in Italy — before nine trophy-laden years abroad at clubs including Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich — was at the helm of Milan.AC Milan were playing their first match of the season after their game against Genoa was postponed because of the bridge disaster in the port city.Gattuso had said it was his dream to defeat his old “maestro” as Ancelotti had done as AC Milan coach over two decades ago beating his former boss Arrigo Sacchi’s Parma.“It hurts me to play so well at the San Paolo and then emerge empty-handed. Now we have to lick our wounds and go forward,” said Gattuso.Giacomo Bonaventura sensationally opened for Milan after 15 minutes with a Davide Calabria half-volley giving the visitors a two-goal advantage four minutes after the break.But Piotr Zielinski bagged a brace for Napoli in a 15-minute second half spell with substitute Dries Mertens sealing victory 10 minutes from time.“It’s acceptable to make a mistake but not to disappear from the pitch,” said Gattuso.“After we conceded the first goal we stopped playing.”Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain made his competitive debut for Milan but had little impact in his old stadium, along with new on-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Cristiano Ronaldo made his home debut for Juventus in a 2-0 win over Lazio, which after last week’s 3-2 win at Chievo gives the champions a maximum six points.Ronaldo is still waiting for his first goal with his new club with Miralem Pjanic putting the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium after half an hour with Mario Mandzukic scoring the second on 75 minutes.Napoli play at Sampdoria next week with AC Milan looking for their first points at home against Roma, and Juventus travelling to promoted Parma.Lazio look for their first points against newcomers Frosinone.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti gives former AC Milan player Gennaro Gattuso a lesson in football. (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)MILAN, Italy, Aug 26 – Carlo Ancelotti gave former protege Gennaro Gattuso a lesson in football as Napoli came from two goals down to beat AC Milan 3-2 in Serie A on Saturday.Ancelotti — who took over as coach of the Italian league runners-up this summer — was in charge of his first home game at the San Paolo Stadium.last_img read more

Man City managerial target claims he has NOT held Real Madrid talks amid sack rumours

first_img1 Carlo Ancelotti Carlo Ancelotti insists he has NOT held talks with Real Madrid about his future amid rumours he is set to be sacked.The Italian has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, should the Etihad heirarchy sack Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.Real have failed to replicate last season’s exploits in the Champions League, and have also seen arch-rivals Barcelona seal the La Liga title this campaign.Reports on Thursday suggested the club were in talks with Napoli chief Rafa Benitez, with some suggesting the 55-year-old was set for the exit door.And Ancelotti admits his position at the Bernabeu is far from certain.“I’m not upset by the speculations of possible new coaches for Real Madrid, this is normal in the football world,” he said.“I have always had a great relationship with the President and it will continue that way.“We had a tough time in January and February due to some injuries in the team.“I haven’t talked with the club about my future”.last_img read more


first_imgANIMAL Rights campaigners have appealed for help and information after this kitten was dumped outside a house – by someone who then ran off to a waiting car which then sped off.The home owner at Mountain Top, Letterkenny heard a car pull up outside their house, went out to investigate and saw this kitten on their doorstep crying.The kitten is male, approx 3 months old and very friendly, now called Shadow. If you recognise him or have any information, please contact the DSPCA on 1800 303202 Mon-Fri between 9 & 10 am and 6 & 7 pm. CRAZY! GETAWAY DRIVER SPEEDS OFF AFTER THIS KITTEN DUMPED ON DOORSTEP was last modified: July 6th, 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:DSPCAdumpedkittenletterkennyMountain Toplast_img read more

‘Football may or may not be coming home’

first_imgThe reality of football maybe not coming home is setting in and it’s not a world I want to live in— beth (@bethpringle_) July 3, 2018 Err not sure footballs coming home lads. Think football’s staying away for awhile & they’ve taken the kids as well #WorldCup— Sara Bea (@TheGrandBiWitch) July 3, 2018 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. The plane seems to have been delayed, Football may not be coming home.— N🍒 (@muz_nash) July 3, 2018 But with extra-time and possibly penalties looming, some supporters aren’t so sure anymore.Here are some of the best tweets: I’m not saying football’s not coming home I’m just nervous that the flight’s delayed— Samuel Parker, MA (@Parkersnm) July 3, 2018 Not sure what’s coming home… Football or @England? #ENGCOL 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿— Beunhaas (@RacingBeunhaas) July 3, 2018 Football may or may not be coming home – announcement in near future— Steven Collins (@stecollins7) July 3, 2018 Football was travelling safely home until Yerry Mina popped up in the third minute of stoppage time to equalise for Colombia.England fans were already preparing for the prospect of a quarter-final against Sweden after Harry Kane’s penalty put the Three Lions ahead. 1 The heartbreaking late equaliser last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL have been hit with a series of injuries in advance of next Sunday’s Ulster senior football final clash with Derry.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was still getting over the injury to Leo McLoone when he learned that Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty and Anthony Thompson are all carrying knocks.McLoone underwent an operation for a fractured eye socket in Altnagelvin Hospital this week and will be out of action for some weeks. He was injured in the chaos that took place after a victory by Glenswilly over Leo’s club Naomh Conaill in the Donegal Championship last Sunday, sparking an angry response from Jim who felt the games should have been postponed until after the Clones final clash.Kavanagh suffered an ankle injury when he came on as a sub for his club side St Eunan’s while Rafferty has a groin strain and Thompson also picked up leg injuries while helping their clubs.McGuinness will have to wait to see if the trio will recover in time for next weekend’s Ulster showpiece clash.Donegal County Board officers have been fighting off criticism from McGuinness and others over the decision to go ahead with the county championship. * Naomh Conaill are unable to field a Reserve side this evening against St Eunan’s and so the Reserve match that was set for 6pm this evening in Glenties has been called off. The Senior game goes ahead as scheduled.ULSTER FINAL LATEST: DONEGAL HIT BY NEW INJURY SCARES was last modified: July 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal v Derry previewlast_img read more

South Africa to assist Nasa Mars mission

first_imgThe separation of the Mars Science Laboratory from the Atlas rocket will occur within perfect view of the Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station for multiple launch opportunities during the launch period. The South African Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Operations directorate has been selected by the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to provide tracking services for the launch of its latest Mars mission. The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aims to land and operate a rover, named Curiosity, on the surface of Mars. The Curiosity rover will be more than five times the size, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments, as the previous two rovers sent to the planet, Spirit and Opportunity. Sansa will be paid for providing their services to the Americans, though the amount has not been disclosed. The Curiosity rover will help assess Mars’ habitability, that is, whether Mars is or ever was an environment able to support microbial life. It will also analyse samples scooped from the soil and powders drilled from rocks. The US$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasa’s long-term programme to explore Mars via robotic devices. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch between 25 November and 18 December, and to land on Mars at Gale Crater between 6 and 20 August 2012. It will try to perform the first-ever precision landing on Mars.center_img Perfect view 18 November 2011 The new rover will be expected to operate for at least one Martian year (686 Earth days) as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. “It is a privilege to be a part of this space mission, and this gives testament to the technological expertise that is available in South Africa to support such large-scale investments,” Sansa Space Operation’s tracking, telemetry and control international contract manager, Tiaan Strydom, said in a statement this week. The spacecraft will be launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and Sansa Space Operations’ Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station support will be required during the launch. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — March 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are leaving the forecast pretty much along in the short term this morning, and will make just a few minor chances for the intermediate and extended period. In fact, the extended window has the most uncertainty this morning, because longer range models can’t seem to make up their minds. Still, we have a pretty nice set up here over the next week, with limited moisture, and temps that will be mostly seasonal.We are dry and colder today as cold air comes in out of the north behind the front that passed yesterday. There can be some lingering light snow in NE Ohio this morning, aided by some lake enhancement, but it looks to move quickly off to the east. Most of the major headlines today will be about the storm as it hits the east coast, with weather weenie’s new catch phrase “bomb cyclone” making another appearance. This is just an over sensationalized storm complex…but we digress. Temps today will be normal to below normal for this time of year over the entire state. We see the dry weather continue through the weekend and next Monday, with temps gradually moderating through the period. We should be rather mild next Monday ahead of our next weather system.That minor front mover through from Monday midnight through Tuesday midday and continues to have very little impressive moisture. We are leaving rain totals for that event alone this morning at a few hundredths of an inch to no more than .25” over about 90% of the state. We likely see clouds breaking for a little sunshine in there for later Tuesday afternoon, but don’t look for that to be something that stays for any length of time. Much colder air comes in behind that front and will likely trigger plentiful clouds for Wednesday. We expect to start the day with light snow and flurry action in NE Ohio, but in general, the temps look to warm here for much snow. We think that is a bigger point of discussion off to our west in Indiana. We will have to deal with clouds, spits, sprinkles and the occasional flurry statewide through most of Wednesday. Temps will be below normal and the clouds give a very winter like feel.We do stay cold Thursday but see sun return, and then we moderate our temps next Friday and Saturday.Our next system arrives next Saturday afternoon and evening, pushing moisture into Sunday the 11th. We expect .25”-.75” rains over the entire state for that period. However, where things get complicated is there at the finish of the 10 day period and into the extended. Computer models seem to be at odds over the progression of moisture, and at times at a loss on timing. We are seeing flip flops back to a wetter period for the 12th-13th-14th. At this time we are going to leave our forecast mostly alone, but allow for .25” to .75” total rain in that 3 day period, and then look for a stronger system for the 16th, as we alluded to yesterday. Now, if the system on the 16th is able to strengthen, it will rob moisture from that 3-4 day window ahead of it…so that is why we are wanting to trend drier for the 12th-15th…because we think that the system on the 16th has the best chance of coming together in a moderating pattern. But, time will tell, and we will revisit this next Monday.For the time being, we are looking at a fairly nice weekend, and most of next week will be dry. The action Monday night into Tuesday is almost a non-issue.last_img read more

Geocaching International Film Festival 2018 in review

first_img SharePrint RelatedCalling all filmmakers! Submit your film to GIFF 2017.March 13, 2017In “Community”Calling all filmmakers! Create a film for GIFF 2019May 7, 2019In “News”And the GIFF 2018 Award winners are…November 20, 2018In “Community” This past November, almost 18,000 geocachers attended Geocaching International Film Festival events. From movie theater seats and living-room couches, geocachers all around the world celebrated the 16 GIFF finalist films. We laughed a lot, sniffled a little, and remembered what we love about geocaching.This year we’re excited to share a very special video created by geocacher and previous GIFF finalist, Geoelmo6000. He gathered and edited footage from this year’s film finalists and GIFF events to create this exclusive recap. Watch the film now: Interested in submitting your own film and participating in next year’s festival? Learn how at the GIFF website. You have some time but you may want to start sketching your storyboards. The deadline for next year’s film entries is August 1, 2019.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Top 10 Online Advertising Trends For The Decade

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#StartUp 101 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img sramana mitra We started this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable with a discussion of online advertising trends, looking at them from the perspective of cost-effective customer acquisition and brand building, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities. You can find more on the topic on my blog at Top 10 Online Advertising Trends For The Decade.While on this topic, I want to particularly emphasize the social media advertising trend, and my observation that the infrastructure to measure, analyze, optimize, and target is really wide open, and I’d like to hear from entrepreneurs working on the various nuances of that particular problem. My Facebook’s Strategy In Perspective piece has more on the issue.Next, we had two very interesting entrepreneurs. Meeting WaveFirst up today was John Boyd with MeetingWave, a social media platform that caters to university alumni associations and addresses the challenge of helping them create walled-garden professional and social networking groups under their own brand, as opposed to groups within Facebook or LinkedIn.John’s idea completely resonated with me, having run the MIT Club of Northern California’s Entrepreneurship program for many years, and being intimately involved with the inner workings of that alumni association (10,000 members).We discussed various segments for John’s go-to-market strategy and pricing model options. In particular, I saw a number of different strategies that John has been nibbling on: different segments, different delivery models (white label vs. MeetingWave branded domains), different pricing strategies. In my opinion, the strategy is too broad, and needs to be reined in, focused, and tighter. While I like the idea, I don’t as much like all the various options at this stage, because each has implications on the execution side, and leaving so many options open would mean the complexity of the business will simply be exponential, and thus the risk of failure will also be high.For example, instead of pursuing universities, trade show organizers, hotels, resorts, corporations, I am of the opinion that John should focus squarely on colleges and universities and their alumni associations for now. The rest can be on the back burner for the moment.RDimensioThen Umashankar Balasubramanian of RDimensio pitched an SMS-based classified service. Uma is a member of the 1M/1M premium program, and has already started validating his idea with several online classified players in India. He is using natural language processing to translate free text SMS queries to classified queries, and then translating the responses back to SMS format.Uma too has too many segments, and I asked him to focus 100% of his energy on online classified vendors, and forget newspapers (unless they also already have online classified offerings) and so forth. Instead, he should broaden his geographical scope to include international classified vendors. Also, I think Uma’s offering is under-priced, and I asked him to do some homework on pricing which I will review next week to advise him better on the pricing strategy.Interesting technology, and I will be working with him to build a comprehensive go-to-market strategy as part of the premium program.I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. In fact, at a time when we’re facing severe youth unemployment in America and Europe, and the emerging markets are just starting to build their entrepreneurship eco-systems, we really need to think deeply on how more and more young people can be efficiently, rapidly and cost-effectively be trained in entrepreneurship.Yesterday, I posed two questions on my blog: one, to high school and college students as well as recent grads, asking how they were viewing this deep recession, and whether they are taking destiny in their own hands, starting companies, becoming entrepreneurs.And a second, to educators, teachers, and mentors in various schools, colleges, and universities who are preparing the youth to face a depressing job market, asking whether they are steering them towards entrepreneurship, and how.If any of you would like to participate in these discussions and help me with the research, please feel to comment on the issues. I will be writing more on the topics here and elsewhere. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by duchesssa A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more