Olympic champ tips McLeod for greatness

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Reigning Olympic 110 metres hurdles champion Aries Merritt believes new kid on the bloc Omar McLeod could go on to become one of the greatest sprint hurdlers ever.McLeod burst on to the international scene last year with a series of impressive performances, ending with a sixth-place finish at the World Championships – his first senior finals.He started out 2016 by winning the 60m World Indoor title, a feat the American Merritt also achieved back in 2012. McLeod also got the better of a very strong field, which included Merritt, David Oliver, and Hansle Parchment to win at his first Diamond League outing in Doha with a world-leading 13.05 seconds.”There are a lot of new age athletes appearing as the old people start to transition out of the sport,” Merritt said. “There is always a new wave of athletes who come around and take their place, and so I think he has the potential to definitely be one of the greatest hurdlers of all time. He is very young, he is very talented, and he just needs to stay healthy and the sky is the limit for him.”At 22 years old, McLeod has a personal best in the 110m hurdles of 12.97 seconds – a time Merritt is impressed with given his age.”I wasn’t running his times when I was his age. I was running like 13.0, so he is already ahead of me at this point of his life,” the 30-year-old Merritt said.HISTORY MADEMcLeod has also impressed in the 100m this year after creating history last month when he dipped below 10 seconds to become the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and sub-13 seconds for the 110m hurdles.But while even McLeod admitted to having been stunned by his 9.99 seconds 100m run, Merritt was not.”No, it didn’t catch me by surprise. He has always been quick, and at Arkansas (University), he ran well,” Merritt said. “I feel like sprinting is something that Jamaica does really well. Like, if you are a Jamaican, you are going to be a fast sprinter; it is just in your blood.”Merritt believes the men’s sprint hurdles is as competitive as it has ever been with as many as eight men technically able to run 12.9 seconds. But it is the development of McLeod and 24-year-old Hansle Parchment he will be watching with keen interest.”The sky is definitely the limit for Omar and Hansle. They are both very young; they have both run under 13 seconds way sooner than I did,” Merritt reiterated. “He (McLeod) is not the ideal size for a hurdler, so to speak. Parchment is definitely the ideal size, and so it will be really interesting to see which one of them develops the best in the long run.”As long as Omar is fast, he will always be a good hurdler because the shorter you are, the faster you have to be, and the taller you are, the more technical you have to be.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Possible oil contract risks and associated solutions

first_imgDear Editor,According to section 32 of the released contract, it is clear that in the event of an oil spill, the contractors Hess, Esso (Exxon) and CNOOC Nexen will be responsible for the cleanup and associated costs of an oil spill.However, it is still the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that clear provisions are made based on the environmental impact assessment in the case of such an event. The contract outlines the usage of the 300 thousand US for annual environmental projects, but does not make clear what has been set aside in the event of an oil spill. This is an area of opportunity, as in the event of an oil spill, it is not clear what impact this will have on resulting profit sharing.A financial provision for such an event could possibly be carried on the Government’s books, thus safeguarding a section of the earnings for such an event. Creation of such a liability in ExxonMobil’s books may not be possible, given existing accounting rules. However, this should be discussed and further investigated.Another point that could be further clarified is whether 100% of these costs would be considered as operating costs, or categorized in such a way that it only impacts the contractor’s portion of the profits; thus creating a liability for the contractor in the event of a spill. This is important to ascertain, given the current level of risk- sharing in such an event. That is to say, the portion of operational control held by the contractor is significantly higher than that of Guyana.However, it should be noted that, in section 8, there is a requirement for training of Guyanese nationals with the involvement of the GGMC to ensure the safety of petroleum operations. Given the possible evolution of involvement by the Government in the future, it will become a bit more ambiguous as to how much fiscal responsibility could be placed on the Government for the cleanup cost of an oil spill as would be reflected in the after-tax earnings if such an event were to occur. It does not hurt to make this clear within the contract, even if discussed verbally during the creation of section 32.Of further concern is that section 26 places arbitration in the hands of organizations that are heavily influenced by the USA, and given the influence that ExxonMobil’s ex-CEO has in Washington DC, could make the favourable resolution of such a dispute tenuous at best. It should be noted that section 26 also impacts any dispute associated with the abandonment program and its corresponding budget. Thus the terminal value of the contract could be significantly negatively impacted. Mitigation of this risk could be achieved if this portion of the development plan is clearly outlined in the annual review, with a clear understanding of the associated costs; thus also helping in clarifying long-term profitability prospects.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

How does a foreigner know about the security plan being “rolled out at a…

first_imgDear Editor,In the Kaieteur News article of August 25, the British High Commissioner is reported to have made a statement which I find to be very curious and, frankly, disturbing. He said the United Kingdom is getting value for money as it relates to the operation of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) under the guidance of his countryman and Financial Investigations Advisor to SOCU, Dr. Sam Sittlington. Responding to questions from the press at his residence on Friday, August 24th, Greg Quinn is quoted as saying, “It is not for SOCU to decide when and if a prosecution should move forward, and I KNOW (emphasis mine) that SOCU has done a lot of investigation on a whole range of subjects… all SOCU can do is put forward good cases; and I think if you ask Sam, he would say they have been doing that. SOCU is doing its job.”Editor, in a previous letter, I had expressed concern over the level of interference in our domestic affairs by the UK High Commissioner and Dr. Sittlington, whose role is still undefined as he has been seen active in operational investigations.The UK Envoy spoke as though he knows about the quality of the work being done by SOCU. Apart from the fact that he is Sittlington’s friend, any reasonable person would assume that Quinn could only make that assessment if he has access to confidential documents informing him of the extent and contents of investigations taking place at SOCU. Considering most, if not all of the cases being investigated by that Agency targets former PPP/C Ministers and officials, this raises the question as to whether any foreign representative would make this their business, and the extent to which High Commissioner Quinn is involved. The UK High Commissioner speaking so candidly on operational security matters can only be considered political interference and intrusion in the affairs of a sovereign nation, which is being ignored by the APNU+AFC Government, for it aids their objective of the political witch-hunt of former PPP/C officials.Is Gregory Quinn doing this on his own? Or is it his way of appeasing London to justify the cost of Sittlington’s advisory role here and going after political opponents to gain favour with the APNU+AFC government. The freeing of Dr. Jennifer Westford of trumped-up charges brought against her on the advice of SOCU did nothing to improve Government’s image with its hard-core PNC base. They have more disappointments to come!As he seems interested in our security affairs, does the UK High Commissioner know that the APNU+AFC Government has hired several lawyers friendly to the APNU+AFC Administration as Special Prosecutors who now benefit from the $100 million the Government set aside to pay special prosecutors, while at the same time cuts the DPP budget, compromising her ability to go after the real hard-core criminals: murderers; armed bandits and rapists that are terrorising the entire nation on a daily basis?I wonder what are the views of the UK High Commissioner on these issues, since he is not shy to comment on other security matters.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of ParliamentMember of the Parliamentary Oversight Committeelast_img read more

LEEWARG Warns Against Speculations

first_imgAmb. Tunde Ajisomo (center) reading the group’s press statement.The Liberia Elections Early Warning and Response Group (LEEWARG), has warned all political parties, candidates and voters in general, to avoid speculations if the peace should be maintained.Addressing journalists yesterday at a press conference at its offices in Monrovia, the Chairman of LEEWARG, Ambassador Tunde O. Ojisomo said inasmuch as the country has once again demonstrated its resilience as a democratic nation, there is no need to cause chaos by speculating information not intended for the public.“It is our firm wish that all political parties and supporters remain calm as the results are being announced and avoid speculations,” Ojisomo said.He added, “It is important that supporters of political parties avoid early celebrations and look up to the NEC for official results as announcing unofficial results has the potential to ignite unnecessary tensions during this critical period of our nascent democracy.”He admonished that as the country has entered a crucial phase of counting, collating, verification and announcement of the results, let everyone, including national and international observers, be mindful of what they let out to the public.“LEEWARG is interested in seeing that the country continues her forward march to prosperity and harmony in diversity. Be ambassadors of peace,” Ojisomo emphasized.He noted that in spite of some isolated cases such as the late arrival of voting materials and commencement of polls, congested polling centers, poor understanding of some poll workers of the process among others, the voting was generally peaceful.“Let us continue to consolidate our democracy by respecting the legal, institutional, and administrative frameworks governing our electoral process,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies raising money to help cover long-time volunteer’s medical expenses

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be taking to the ice this weekend for a pair of games, and will be raising money for someone dear to their organisation.Eric Tobler has been a long-time volunteer with the Huskies, having served as the team’s equipment assistant for the past eight years. Tobler was injured back in August during the Red-Eye tournament in Taylor, when he was struck in the knee by a fast-moving softball. The injury was worse than initially thought, and Eric has had to spend the past few months in hospitals in Fort St. John, Vancouver, and Prince George to receive treatment for complications from the injury.The Huskies will be giving part of the proceeds from the gate at Saturday night and Sunday afternoon’s games to Eric and his family to help cover some of the expenses they have incurred while receiving treatment. In addition, the Huskies will also have a bin to collect donations at both games.- Advertisement -The Huskies take to the North Peace Arena on Saturday night for a third game against the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks at 8:00 p.m., before hosting the Beaverlodge Blades on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

100th Street between 114a Avenue and Northern Lights Drive, now partially open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John announced that 100th Street between 114a Avenue and Northern Lights Drive is now partially open.Currently, only one lane is open in both directions to allow crews to continue the landscape work.City staff are asking drivers to slow down when travelling this route to ensure the safety of the workers who are continuing to complete the project.- Advertisement -This project has been opened ahead of schedule, according to staff.There is no longer a detour.To view more on capital projects; CLICK HERE.Advertisementlast_img

This sensational rant perfectly sums up how angry Arsenal fans feel after West Ham defeat

first_img“You can hear the frustration in my voice!”Not the words of an Arsenal fan, but talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore, who commentated on the Gunners’ 2-0 home defeat to West Ham for us and was fuming by what he saw from Arsene Wenger’s team.Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan didn’t hold back with his scathing view of Arsenal and you can listen to his passionate analysis of the Gunners in the audio player above.Listen as Stan explains…‘There is something Arsenal haven’t rectified – leadership. You can’t win the Premier League without it.’‘Arsenal have perhaps the most talented pool of individuals in the Premier League. West Ham are nowhere near as talented, but they looked like a team.’‘Giroud is not a title-winning striker. He’s no Costa or Aguero. He won’t score big goals in big games.’‘Why do West Ham have a 16-year-old who showed the hallmarks of leadership, but not one Arsenal player did?’‘The Arsenal players are nice guys, they’re too kind, but they don’t have the mean streak of champions.’‘Arsenal will continue to hand out drubbings but they will miss out on that five per cent of games that makes you champions of England.’Agree or disagree with Stan? Comment below…last_img read more

Independence Air plans to shut down Thursday

first_imgCHANTILLY, Va. – Independence Air, which won fans with its low fares, announced plans Monday to cease operations just days into the new year. The carrier said its money troubles will force it to cancel all departures after 7 p.m. Thursday. The end came less than 19 months after the airline’s first takeoff. “Things traditionally in the airline industry slow down drastically in January, so the total number of people that are going to be affected by this is much less than it would have been during the holiday season,” said Rick DeLisi, a spokesman for Independence Air. It was not immediately clear how many people had tickets, which DeLisi said the airline would continue selling through Thursday. On Monday afternoon – hours after the announcement – flights could still be purchased on its Web site. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “A lot of people have described the current economic conditions in the industry as the worst ever in history, and that’s certainly proved to be the case in our situation,” DeLisi said. Thursday will be last day of work for most of the 2,700 employees, though about 180 will remain to close out the carrier’s affairs. The airline filed for bankruptcy protection in November. Parent company FLYi Inc. tried in vain to find a major investor or buyer. “There has not been a firm offer put forward that meets the financial criteria necessary to continue operations,” Kerry Skeen, Independence Air’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement Monday. Last week, the carrier reportedly sent letters to its unionized pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, warning of the looming shutdown. Passengers with round-trip tickets are being contacted to see whether they can return before the shutdown. Independence Air will ask a bankruptcy court to give refunds to those who cannot, as well as to people who booked flights for Friday and beyond. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsonist targets classroom facilities

first_imgThe room was being used for storage and had things like folding chairs, tables, older computer equipment, books and a couple of TVs, Sundberg said. The fire did not disrupt school on Monday, he said. Sundberg said the room was in the northeast part of the campus, where there is no traffic. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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. 2“You could see that it was started on the outside of the building, like they put something against the building and started a fire,” Brown said. “It’s definitely a case of arson.” Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ken Sotro said. “It burned the outside of the classroom. It has plexiglass windows and the windows melted,” Sotro said. “It extended inside the building and burned some books on top of a file cabinet.” Sotro said there was $30,000 in damage to the building. The damage to contents was unknown, he said. Lancaster School District Deputy Superintendent Howard Sundberg said the damaged classroom is in the older part of the campus that was built in the 1940s. LANCASTER – An early morning fire Monday that officials suspect was arson caused $30,000 in damage to a portable classroom building at Park View Middle School. Detectives from the sheriff’s arson and explosives unit were investigating the blaze that broke out shortly before 3:30 a.m. at the school in the 800 block of West Avenue J. “We had a deputy driving down Avenue J, smelled smoke, went to investigate and saw that an older portable classroom now used as storage was on fire,” Sgt. Darrel Brown said. Brown said the fire was intentional. last_img read more

A new ballgame for Spencer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Those were the good old days. As a junior starting guard at San Jose State, Spencer is seeing his fair share of losing. The Spartans are off to a 4-6 start, with losses in five of their past six games. Spencer started nine of the first 10 games and has averaged 7.1 points (fourth on the team) while making just 30 of 86 field goals, a .397 percentage. Spartans coach George Nessman expects Spencer to find his shot soon. “Carlton is as good an athlete as we have,” Nessman told the San Jose State Web site. Can you blame him? J.J. Arrington, a former COC and Cal running back, had big expectations follow him to the NFL when he joined the Arizona Cardinals. He was the top rusher in NCAA Division I last season, running for more than 2,000 yards, and was the Cardinals’ second-round draft choice. He landed on one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL. The Cardinals (4-10) are last in the NFL in total rushing with 66.7 yards per game. Arizona is the only team gaining fewer than 80 yards per game. But the blame hardly goes to Arrington or fellow back Marcel Shipp. The Cardinals prefer to pass. They signed quarterback Kurt Warner in the offseason and have relied heavily on receivers Anquan Boldin (85 receptions for 1,240 yards) and Larry Fitzgerald (92 for 1,236). Arrington (320) and Shipp (352) have combined for 672 yards on just 215 total carries. New York Jets running back Curtis Martin, on the NFL’s second-worst rushing team, has 220 carries by himself. — Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former College of the Canyons men’s basketball star Carlton Spencer was used to winning with head coach Howard Fisher. Spencer, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, helped the Cougars to their first Western State Conference title in 10 years in 2004, then helped them repeat a year later. In doing so, Spencer is the only player since 1981 to win Western State Conference Player of the Year honors twice. Last season he averaged 23.1 points per game, 12th all-time on the WSC single-season list.last_img read more