first_imgDOHA, QatarKaliese Spencer is more determined than ever to win her first senior championships medal in the 400m hurdles this year.Spencer, who turns 29 today, twice finished fourth at the World Championships and once at the Olympics.She will today compete in the first meet of the 2016 Diamond League series being held in Doha, Qatar, having won the Diamond trophy in her pet event in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. But even the circuit will have to take a back seat this season, with the Olympics being her priority.”This (Diamond League) is definitely not my focus for this season. I am just focused on staying healthy and getting to the Olympics, and that’s my main focus, getting there and getting a medal,” Spencer said.Spencer has in the past been accused by local track and field fans of giving of her best on the circuit and falling short in the championship races. However, she blames her shortcomings at the World Championships and Olympics on injuries and said she would be out to quiet the doubters this time around.MORE FOCUSED”I am more focused right now, and I just need to stay healthy. I am always getting hurt, so once I am healthy, I should be good,” Spencer said.Spencer, who, with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club in 2015 after 10 years. She is now a member of Cameron Blazers, led by the 1983 four hundred metre World champion Bert Cameron.”Training has been going good. Great people and being there is like a family, so I am just trying to stay healthy, and once I am healthy, I believe that it should be a great season,” Spencer said. “He (Cameron) is a great 400m coach, and I have a lot of persons there working with me as well for the hurdles, so they are really trying their best to get me into top shape for the championships.”Spencer will get to test exactly where she is at the moment when she lines up against two-time reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who denied her the Diamond trophy in the event last year.”I just want to ensure that my stride pattern is correct and getting my rhythm. It is a bit off,” Spencer revealed. “So once I can get the stride pattern and the rhythm, it should be a good race.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Filipino international Neil Etheridge continued his impressive start in the English Premier League as his heroics helped earn Cardiff City’s first point of the season at Cardiff City Stadium over the weekend.For the second straight match, Etheridge rose to the challenge as he saved another penalty this time against Newcastle striker Kenedy in the sixth minute of stoppage time, allowing the Bluebirds to gain a share of the spoils.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX leads way Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Etheridge also brilliantly foiled Callum Wilson’s penalty in the 0-2 defeat to Bournemouth last week.And the Azkals goalkeeper continued his sharp form against Newcastle, stopping Kenedy and Ayoze Perez in the first half, underlining his astonishing improvement.“It’s not the result we wanted because I thought we could have taken all three points, but I’m happy to keep our first clean sheet at home and get points on the board,” said Etheridge. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA 17-year-old boy was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a larceny charge.Randy Smith of Chapelle Street, Georgetown, who was apprehended last week after being on the run for a number of months, allegedly stole four shocks and four speakers from a Hummer between February and March 2018 at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Upon his initial arrest, the accused took Police to a location where the shocks valued $280,000 were found; however, the speakers with a value of $160,000 are yet to be found.While leaving that location however, Smith escaped from the custody of the ranks and was only recaptured last week.The court heard that on the day of the robbery, Smith entered the vehicle belonging to Anthony Singh and removed the items. He will make his next court appearance today.last_img read more

first_imgIn a blatant move to have motorists pay for parking, workers attached to the Mayor and City Council on Wednesday demolished the ramp to a private parking lot which was paved for workers attached to Teleperformance Call Centre.The ramp – which was set aside for vehicles to enter the parking lot located at the intersection of North Road and Camp Street, Georgetown – was broken to piecesThe dismantled ramp reportedly removed by workers attached to City Hallby an excavator while a section of the fence was destroyed.According to information reaching Guyana Times, no explanation was proffered by the Mayor and City Council for this act. When this newspaper visited the area, Teleperformance representatives were still trying to make sense of what had transpired. An employee however told the media that the company will be issuing a press statement on the matter as soon as they are informed by City Hall why such as move was taken.In December 2016, a source attached to the call centre had disclosed that the decision to have a parking lot established was taken due to the large number of workers employed with the company headquarters at Camp and Robb Streets.Media operatives were told that the entity had been searching for a suitable spaceThe recently constructed parking lot that was partly demolished by City Hall on Wednesdayto provide secured parking for its employees and had been negotiating with the owner of the plot of land at the corners of North Road and Camp Street. It was also disclosed by the representative of Teleperformance that permission had been granted by the M&CC.At the time, City Engineer Colvern Venture had stated that while he was certain an application was submitted, he could not be certain whether the application was filed by the owner of the land or the call centre.The parking meter initiative was rolled out and implemented only on Tuesday. Persons parking their vehicles near to parking meters are now obligated to pay $50 per every 15 minutes of parking. However, since its official start date, Georgetown has seen a significant decrease in parked vehicles.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A judge threw out an allegation by five orphaned siblings that ABC Television broke a contract to provide them a permanent home after their appearance on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman’s decision Friday mirrored one handed down Dec. 21 by Judge Joseph R. Kalin, who gave Charles Higgins and his four brothers a chance to fix the complaint to see if it could stand further legal challenge by ABC attorneys. In his ruling, Gutman said he did not see any language in the contract the siblings signed with ABC that entitled them to an ownership interest in the Santa Fe Springs home built for the show. Other allegations in the case remain intact and include fraud, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The trial is scheduled to begin May 14. Pardee paid off the mortgage on the new house but the Leomitis retained the title, according to the lawsuit. But around the time that the episode first aired in late March, the Higginses moved out. Their lawsuit alleges that the Leomitis engaged in “an orchestrated campaign” to drive them away by insulting them and treating them poorly. The couple also made disparaging remarks about the siblings’ African-American heritage during their stay, according to the lawsuit. The siblings’ lawyer, Patrick A. Mesisca Jr., told Gutman in court Friday that ABC generated a “sad, sad story to get ratings, then told them at the end of the day, `You don’t get anything.”‘ But ABC attorney Mark L. Block told the judge one would “search in vain” to find any language in the contract to support the siblings’ assertions they were promised a permanent home. “We were promised a home,” Charles Higgins II said when the suit was filed. “They broke that promise.” The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The siblings are suing the network, the company that built the house and the couple who took them in after their parents died. The lawsuit is rooted in a falling out between the children – who ranged in age from 14 to 21 at the time of the show – and the couple who housed them, Phil and Loki Leomiti. The parents of the Higgins children died 10 weeks apart in the spring of 2004 – the mother of breast cancer and the father of heart failure. The Leomitis, who knew the children from church, took them in to their home in July 2004, according to the lawsuit. Producers of “Extreme Makeover” learned of the children’s plight from a television newscast. Workers demolished the Leomitis’ house in February 2005. Pardee Homes replaced it with a nine-bedroom mansion, and show producers arranged for the siblings to receive cars, groceries, computers, stereos, and other gifts. last_img

first_imgBoosters say toys with even the most basic brain-wave-reading technology – scheduled to debut later this year – could boost mental focus and help kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and mood disorders. But scientific research is scant. Even if the devices work as promised, some question whether people who use biofeedback devices will be able to replicate their relaxed or focused states in real life, when they’re not attached to equipment in front of their television or computer. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of “The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older,” said the toys might catch on in a society obsessed with optimizing performance, but he was skeptical they’d reduce the severity of major behavioral disorders. “These techniques are used usually in clinical contexts. The gaming companies are trying to push the envelope,” said Goldberg, a clinical professor of neurology at New York University. “You can use computers to improve the cognitive abilities, but it’s an art.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber. But this is no chintzy Halloween costume. It’s a prototype, years in the making, of a toy using brain-wave-reading technology. Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user’s forehead and reads the brain’s electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating. The player maintains focus by channeling thoughts on any fixed mental image, or thinking specifically about keeping the light sword on. When the mind wanders, the wand goes dark. Engineers at NeuroSky Inc. have big plans for brain-wave-reading toys and video games. They say the simple Darth Vader game, a relatively crude biofeedback device cloaked in gimmicky garb, portends the coming of more sophisticated devices that could revolutionize the way people play. Technology from NeuroSky and other startups could make video games more mentally stimulating and realistic. It could even enable players to control avatars in virtual worlds or video game characters with nothing but their thoughts. Adding biofeedback to “Tiger Woods PGA Tour,” for instance, could mean that only those players who muster Zen-like concentration could nail a putt. In the popular first-person shooter “Grand Theft Auto,” players who become nervous or frightened would have worse aim than those who remain relaxed and focused. NeuroSky’s prototype measures a person’s baseline brain-wave activity, including signals that relate to concentration, relaxation and anxiety. The technology ranks performance in each category on a scale of 1 to 100, and the numbers change as a person thinks about relaxing images, focuses intently or gets kicked, interrupted or otherwise distracted. The technology is similar to that in more sensitive, expensive equipment that athletes use to achieve peak performance. Koo Hyoung Lee, a NeuroSky co-founder from South Korea, used biofeedback to improve concentration and relaxation techniques for members of his country’s Olympic archery team. “Most physical games are really mental games,” said Lee, also chief technology officer at San Jose-based NeuroSky, a 12-employee company founded in 1999. “You must maintain attention at very high levels to succeed. This technology makes toys and video games more lifelike.” last_img read more

first_imgQueens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes Rio Ferdinand has a big part to play at the club as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship.The Super Hoops landed the ex-England international on a free transfer after the 35-year-old was released by Manchester United, but he has struggled since his move to west London.Redknapp though feels, now the player is back from a three-match ban, Ferdinand can help them fight off the threat of demotion.“Absolutely, he can play a big role,” said Redknapp.“Hopefully he is going to be fit. He is going to train and we will assess his fitness. He has not played for a few weeks now. He had the suspension.“We will have a look at it and see how he is. Rio does not have anything to prove to anybody. He has been a fantastic player for so many years. He is not one that I have to worry about.”Ferdinand has found it tough to adapt at Loftus Road following 12 years at Old Trafford but Redknapp has backed his decision to sign the veteran centre-back.“It has been difficult,” he conceded.“He has come from a team who win every week to a team who has come out of the Championship and found it difficult. It has been a difficult period.“He probably was not getting a lot of protection. It was not just Rio, whoever played at the back found it difficult in those early games. We have looked more solid recently. I am delighted to have him here.” 1 Rio Ferdinand last_img read more

first_imgThe Bishop of Raphoe has asked people not to use the name of Jesus Christ as a form of foul language.Bishop BoyceMost Reverend Bishop Philip Boyce, urged people to treat the name with respect.And he urged people to bow their heads when pronouncing the name of Jesus Christ. “It is sad to hear the Name of Jesus being used carelessly and unheedingly, at times as a curse instead of a blessing, in uncultured and rough language. It is offensive in public, and if used over the airwaves in a reckless manner, a person would have to apologise.”Bishop Boyce made his comments in his pastoral letter to parishioners.He said for many people today, the taking of the Lord’s name has merely become a habit which many do not know they are even uttering.“For some people it becomes a habit, so that they no longer notice that they are taking the Name of Jesus in vain. And, yet, they are not completely unaware of the words they use, for if a priest happens to come into the company, you could hear them say; “Excuse the language, Father”. But it is with the Lord himself they should excuse themselves and from him ask pardon. “The words and the names we use are important. We honour a person if we use his name with respect. To say that bad language is only words, and that they mean nothing, is not true. The disrespectful use of a name dishonours another person. Furthermore, we shall honour each other if we learn to honour God, for we are made in his image and likeness.”He urged people to treat the name with the utmost respect.“The Name of Jesus is held in veneration by all who believe in Christ.” “We bow our head reverently when it is pronounced. It becomes a prayer keeping us in contact with our Lord and God, and deepening our friendship with Christ, our Saviour.” BISHOP ASKS PEOPLE NOT TO USE THE NAME OF JESUS AS FOUL LANGUAGE was last modified: January 12th, 2015 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:Bishop Philip Boycedonegalfoul languageJesus Christlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Kevin Durant was in the locker room, nursing a strained right calf. He wasn’t coming back in Game 5.Steph Curry was scuffling and the Houston Rockets were coming hard.And then, just when it appeared the Warriors would not have enough to hold off the Rockets, Curry put his fingerprints all over a 104-99 victory.He scored 12 points, including a couple 3-pointers, dished three assists and had no turnovers in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors will take a 3-2 lead to Game 6 of the …last_img read more

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma with Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela’s wife, at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. Zuma and Tokyo Sexwale, chair of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Resource Mobilisation Committee, examine resources on display at the refurbished centre. (Images: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Danielle Melville  Director: Communications and Outreach Nelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Twenty years of constitutional freedom • Mandela: a life in books • One Young World celebrates Mandela • The meaning of heritage • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessonsMelissa Jane CookGovernment leaders, business people, veterans of the struggle against apartheid and celebrities gathered at a high-profile event in Houghton, Johannesburg on Monday 18 November to launch the new Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, a priceless historical collection of resources chronicling the life of South Africa’s greatest statesman.President Jacob Zuma addressed the launch, saying the new space housed some of the most important documents on the founding of a democratic South Africa. “These resources are part of the liberation heritage, the nation’s heritage, and they need to be preserved.”The centre is a milestone achievement for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Zuma said, and bears testament to Mandela’s vision.The date of the launch of the Centre of Memory marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of South Africa’s Interim Constitution on 18 November 1993, when the groundwork for a non-racial and fully democratic South Africa was laid for the first time. The new document paved the way to the country’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994.“Housed at this centre are some of the most important heritage resources that chronicle the life and times of the founding father of our democratic nation and our icon, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” Zuma said.The president expressed his appreciation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the work that had gone into conserving the legacy of the struggle.“We take this opportunity to thank the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory for the excellent work they are doing in preserving part of our nation’s heritage,” he said.“Through your work, you are making a major contribution towards integrating our liberation heritage into our nation’s cultural heritage. The resources housed at this centre form an integral part of defining where we come from as a nation. They also help in articulating the kind of society we seek to build; a national democratic society that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous.“They tell an important part of the South African story; a story of a people that have overcome adversity; many years of division and conflict and have today joined hands in building a shared and prosperous future.”At the event, Zuma announced that a statue of Nelson Mandela will be unveiled at the Union Buildings in Tshwane in December, to mark the centenary celebration of the buildings.Continuing Mandela’s journeySello Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, told the gathering that it is South Africans’ responsibility to continue the journey Mandela laid out for us.“Today marks a quintessential change for us,” he said. “Of course, Madiba stopped using his office in 2010, but today finally the building itself has been refurbished with a mandate beyond that of a most-presidential office.“This building is now a public facility – an integrated resource on the life and times of Madiba, a place where his legacy is open to interpretation and where we will convene dialogue on critical social issues and drive social change.”Hatang explained that the new facility was for all people to play a part and build a legacy together. South Africans, he said, must open the Mandela legacy up to interpretation, and convene dialogue on critical social issues. “We are responsible for the ghosts who bought us freedom, for those who struggled for justice, and we need to continue the struggle for those not yet born.”Legacy championsTokyo Sexwale, chair of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Resource Mobilisation Committee, emphasised Mandela’s role as a peacemaker. “This is a house of reconciliation and dialogue, a place where different parties can come together and discuss pertinent policy issues.”Sexwale thanked the Nelson Mandela legacy champions: the government of India, the Rockefeller family, Vodacom, the Motsepe family, former US President Bill Clinton and the Sexwale Family Foundation. They, in partnership with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, helped facilitate and fund the refurbishment of the Centre of Memory building.He said the place must be protected, in the spirit of Nelson Mandela. “The legacy needs to live forever and his name needs to live forever. Nelson Mandela said, ‘It’s time for new hands to lift the burden,’ and it’s up to all of us, here, today.”Chairperson of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, said South Africans are a nation built on a foundation of elders, propelled on by the youth.“If a legacy is something you leave behind, it also demands of you to visualise in the future the impact of what you wish to leave behind,” he said. “This means you need a memory of the future as well. Memory is not only about the past, it is about envisioning the future and retaining that memory.”last_img read more