Jamaica’s Atkinson wins 50m breaststroke gold in Beijing

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Jamaican Alia Atkinson Breaks Own Record At Swimming World CupPresident of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn says that Alia Atkinson’s new world record effort shows that she is dedicated to greatness. Atkinson lowered her 50 metres breaststroke world record to 28.56 seconds, shaving .08 of a second off the previous mark at the FINA (Short Course)…October 7, 2018In “Jamaica”Jamaica’s Atkinson continues World Cup Swimming dominanceJamaica’s swim star Alia Atkinson on Sunday stamped her dominance on the 50 Short Course Meters (SCM) Breaststroke event in Tokyo winning another gold medal for her country at the FINA Swimming World Cup. Recording a blistering 28.95 seconds she again finished ahead of the Russian Champion Yuliya Efimova (29.56)…November 11, 2018In “Jamaica”Late birthday gold for Jamaica’s Swimming champion Alia AtkinsonSHANGHAI, China (AFP) via Observer — Jamaican star Alia Atkinson celebrated turning 30 by finally winning 50m breaststroke gold at the short course World Swimming Championships on Wednesday. Atkinson’s landmark birthday was on Tuesday but she had to wait a day to really mark the occasion in imperious style in…December 12, 2018In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Atkinson, the world record holder in the event, got off to fast start before pulling away from the rest of the field to touch the wall first in 29.16.  The Jamaican was just half a second off the world record she set last month.In second place was her Russian rival Yulia Efimova who touched next with a time of 29.63.  Efimova had earlier claimed the other two breaststroke events.  Australia’s Emily Seebohm was a surprise third-place finisher in 30.35, after heading right back into the water after claiming the silver medal in the 200m backstroke.The final two meets of the World Cup will take place in Tokyo, Japan from November 9 to 11 and Singapore from November 15 to 17.  Atkinson is currently seventh in the women’s standings, which is currently led by Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström.Report from Sportsmax; photos/video via FINA Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson was comfortably first in the women’s 50m breaststroke, adding yet another gold medal to her collection, at the 2018 FINA World Cup, in Beijing on Sunday.center_img Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

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Lerwick Harbour extension agreed

first_imgUnder the agreement, Bam Nuttall will extend Lerwick Harbour’s deepwater quay by 75 m to an overall length of 130 m, with  a load bearing capacity of 60 tonnes per sq m. Laydown areas will be substantially expanded to 45,000 sq m.Captain Calum Grains, port authority deputy chief executive and harbourmaster, said: “The contract marks an important step in further developing Lerwick’s role as a leading centre of offshore industry operations. Dales Voe South is another value-added expansion and reflects our confidence in future activity, including ongoing subsea projects, particularly west of Shetland, and the developing decommissioning and offshore renewable markets.”Construction works will begin in April 2015 and are scheduled for completion by April 2016.  www.lerwick-harbour.co.ukwww.bamnuttall.co.uklast_img read more

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Pupil stabbed to death

first_img Grade 8 pupil Justin Abrahams was stabbed by two boys, aged 15 and 19. 1 of 2 Staff and pupils at Mount View High are still in shock after a pupil was stabbed outside the school.center_img Grade 8 pupil Justin Abrahams was stabbed by two boys, aged 15 and 19. Mount View High School is in shock after a Grade 8 pupil was fatally stabbed in his neck, minutes after he left school last Tuesday, November 8.Justin Abrahams, 16, from Hanover Park, was on his way home, after 3pm, when he got into an argument with another boy. The boy allegedly stabbed Justin in his neck with a sharp object. He was taken to Hanover Park Day Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.According to Lance Goliath, Mitchell’s Plain Cluster spokesman, two boys, aged 15 and 19, were arrested for the killing. They appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder on Thursday November 10. The two have been remanded in custody and will reappear on Monday November 21.Justin attended Blomvlei Primary School and started his first year at Mount View High School this year.Blomvlei Primary School principal Dawn Petersen said the school was extremely sad about Justin’s death, especially since they had had a good relationship with his mother, Corinne.There were times that we had to use our code of conduct to discipline him, but there were days when Justin was an absolute gentleman and you just wanted to hug him” said Ms Petersen.“Justin’s mother has a close relationship with the school. She helped the school a lot with the poverty alleviation project. She was one of the parents who was always very interested in her child and always did the best that she could,” she said.Ms Petersen told Athlone News how difficult it was to teach in such a tense environment.“The abnormal has become the normal. We need to actually move beyond this and pretend that we are robots. We just have to do things that must be done because if we don’t do it and emotion takes over, we will be miserable and sad in our workplace,” she said.Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, said the incident had traumatised all concerned and that the Western Cape Education Department’s Safe Schools division had arranged for trauma counselling.“The police are patrolling the area to increase visibility. Mount View is applying a school safety plan, in line with policy, including the deployment of safety volunteers. The difficulty here is that the incident happened off school premises. The department adopts a “whole of society” approach to dealing with learner safety, where all role-players collaborate to ensure safety in their different spheres of influence, at schools, and in the community generally. Community safety and crime control does, however, reside with the South African Police Services,” said Ms Shelver.Merle Thomas, secretary of Mount View High School, said the school was in shock. “As a school community, we mourn his death and are not able to deal with the media as yet,” she said.Colonel Dennis Abels, Philippi police station commander, condemned the killing. He sent a stern warning to those who found themselves on the wrong side of the law, saying they would be brought to book. He also thanked his officers for their swift response to the incident.Hanif Loonat, the cluster chairman of the Mitchell’s Plain CPF, said: “It is unfortunate that we are losing youth like this especially in Hanover Park. In the last month, three youths have been killed. Most of them are not affiliated to gangs. The community is fearful for their children’s lives. Innocent kids are being killed to get a message across to other gangs. This has to stop. We cannot accept it.”last_img read more

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Council limits ABS use to counter tax liability

first_imgThe new alternative business structure set up by Essex County Council will have its scope limited to minimise liability for corporation tax, it has emerged.The council voted last week to push ahead with an application to the SRA to create a new entity under the name ELS Ltd that will offer services to commercial clients.A report filed by council officers on the financial implications of the application notes that corporation tax will be payable on profits earned by the ABS and it is therefore ‘imperative’ to allocate work between ESL Ltd and the in-house service.‘Services will only be provided by the ABS arm of ELS where regulations prevent the provision of such services by the in-house department,’ said the report. ELS Ltd will only undertake work that cannot be undertaken by the in-house service.‘This because [sic] any net profits generated by ELS Ltd are subject to corporation tax at 20%, therefore to place all trading activity within the ABS would not make commercial sense.’Essex Legal Services Ltd was formed in 2009 in anticipation of the Legal Services Act but has remained dormant since. The company will now seek to offer legal services to the public sector and to commercial enterprises which are carrying out local authority or other public sector functions.A spokesman said this could include advising probation services, rehabilitation companies and school academies. The sole directors of ELS Ltd will be Philip Thomson, the council’s director of legal services, and Alex Hallam.Initial forecasting suggests the ABS will raise an additional surplus of £165,000 in 2017/18 which will rise to £1.8m in 2019/2020.ELS, which was rebranded in July, specialises in childcare proceedings, health, adult social care, education, employment, personal injury claims, litigation and property transactions.Subject to approval, Essex will join a select group of local authorities to create an ABS. These include Buckinghamshire Law Plus, a collaboration between Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority, and HB Public Law, the shared venture between the London boroughs of Harrow and Barnet.last_img read more

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Progress Rail Services completes EMD acquisition

first_imgEMD: Progress Rail Services announced on August 3 that it had completed the acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel from Berkshire Partners and Greenbriar Equity Group. The Caterpillar subsidiary paid $820m in cash plus a net working capital adjustment estimated at $108m. EMD is now a subsidiary of Progress Rail.’The acquisition of EMD is a natural fit as it supports our enterprise strategy to grow aggressively our Energy Power Systems business, of which the rail industry is an important component,’ said Caterpillar Vice-Chairman & CEO Doug Oberhelman. The EMD headquarters will remain in LaGrange, Illinois. John Hamilton will continue as President & CEO, reporting to Progress Rail CEO Billy Ainsworth who said the acquisition ‘further strengthens Progress Rail’s unmatched portfolio of products and component support of our rail-related services and solutions’. Electro-Motive Diesel has formed a partnership with local firm Aman Trading & Engineering to provide Egyptian National Railways with spares, training and technical support for the maintenance of its EMD locomotive fleet. Plans will be developed to rebuild and repower older EMD locomotives to provide an additional 25-30 years of service.last_img read more

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CRRC to supply commuter coaches to Montréal

first_imgCANADA: CRRC Tangshan has been awarded a contract to supply 24 double-deck hauled coaches to operate on commuter services serving Montréal. The coaches are to be deployed on the Deux-Montagnes line, ahead of the opening of the Réseau Électrique Métropolitain light metro. The coaches are also expected to replace some of the vehicles operating on the Candiac Line from 2020. The contract was awarded by the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, which from June 1 has become part of newly created transport agency Réseau de Transport Métropolitain. Responsible for operating bus and commuter rail services in Greater Montréal, RTM also includes the former transport authorities for the North and South Shores.last_img

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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHOPS AND PRODUCERS ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInWith Christmas almost upon us, consumers across Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to ‘shop local’ as part of a nationwide small business drive.Business Gateway and Dumfries and Galloway Council have thrown their weight behind Small Business Saturday, a UK grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.The day takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. This year Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday 5 December.Every year Business Gateway supports hundreds of business owners across Dumfries and Galloway to set up and grow their ventures.For these businesses to succeed it is vitally important that they look for opportunities to secure new clients. Small Business Saturday provides a fantastic platform to send out a message to potential customers across the region that there is a huge network of small businesses offering fantastic products and services, on their doorstep.Councillor Colin Smyth, chairman of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee, said, “Building the local economy is the number one priority for our Council. Small Business Saturday is an ideal opportunity for us all to support our local businesses. We should highlight the diversity of the businesses trading in our region, offering their customers the best service available, whether it’s a local café offering artisan foods or a local garage that can repair your car. Dumfries and Galloway Council is very proud of the small businesses operating in our region and is pleased to support Small Business Saturday 2015.”For more information about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.To find out how Business Gateway can help you visit www.bgateway.com/dumgal or phone your local office on 01387 808 738.last_img read more

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Ebola outbreak moving closer to South Sudan

first_imgSouth Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed an Ebola case not far from the country’s border with South Sudan.An official with close knowledge of the outbreak spoke to Associated Press (AP) stating that it is the closest confirmed case to South Sudan since an outbreak began in North Kivu last August.The victim, a 40-year-old woman had traveled nearly 500km from Beni, in North Kivu province in the DRC despite having been identified by health officials as having been exposed to Ebola and warned not to travel.South Sudan is a country with a healthcare system weakened by years of civil war, making it vulnerable to the potential spread of the deadly virusPeople who have come into contact with Ebola patients should be monitored for 21 days, the incubation period during which symptoms can emerge after exposure. Long-distance travel, particularly to regions bordering other vulnerable countries, is not recommended.Related South Sudan Stalematecenter_img South Sudan raises Ebola alertlast_img read more

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No. 4 Argonauts Head to Central Florida

first_imgNOTESSTATS (Visit GoArgos.com/Softball)VIDEO ($4.99, charged by USSSA – Visit GoArgos.com/Softball) PENSACOLA, Fla. – The season continues for the fourth-ranked University of West Florida softball team over the weekend. After a 2-2 opening weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama, UWF will visit Viera, Florida, for the Florida Tech Invitational, where the team will play five games. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Fans can follow along with all games through live stats (free) and a live video stream ($4.99, charged by USSSA) each. Links for each game can be found at GoArgos.com/Softball. STRIKEOUT ARTIST KELSEY SWEATTJunior pitcher Kelsey Sweatt earned the win over Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon, allowing just one run over five innings. She struck out five and gave up just three hits in her start, and she struck out another two batters in a relief appearance against Nova Southeastern later in the day. Charged with the loss against No. 25 Saint Leo, Sweatt struck out seven over six innings, and she threw two hitless innings of relief against Miles. Her 17 strikeouts — which she totaled over 14 innings — currently rank 18th in the country.  She went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs in the opener against Florida Tech, and she had another 4 RBIs against Miles on Sunday afternoon. Those were the first 4-RBI games in the junior’s career. She also had a hit against Nova Southeastern and against Saint Leo, giving her a four-game hitting streak to start the season. BIG WEEKEND FOR GRACE GILBERTGrace Gilbert led UWF offensively in Gulf Shores, slugging .533 with 8 RBIs, which rank 10th in the country after a week of action. UWF starts the weekend with New Haven at 2 pm ET on Friday and will face Palm Beach Atlantic at 7 pm ET on the same day. West Florida plays back-to-back games on Saturday, against No. 25 Saint Leo at 2:30 pm ET and No. 9 Florida Tech at 5 pm ET, before finishing the weekend with Florida Southern at 10 am ET on Sunday. HEADING TO CENTRAL FLORIDAWest Florida continues nonconference play to begin the season, visiting Viera, Florida, for the Florida Tech Invitational, hosted at the USSSA Space Coast Complex. UWF will match up with New Haven and South Region opponents Palm Beach Atlantic, Saint Leo, Florida Tech, and Florida Southern over the weekend. This is the first year that UWF has competed in the Florida Tech Invitational, and the Argonauts have a combined 24-22 all-time record against those opponents. It will be the first time West Florida has faced New Haven. AT GULF SHORESThe first weekend of the year was a bit of a mixed bag for the Argonauts. After a big win over No. 9 Florida Tech in the season-opener, UWF fell in the following two games due to some defensive miscues and timely hitting from Saint Leo and Nova Southeastern, before defeating Miles to wrap the weekend.  TEALA HOWARD BACK AT IT AGAINTeala Howard picked up right where she left off in her freshman campaign, hitting .500 over the weekend with 7 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. Like Gilbert, the sophomore started off 2020 with a four-game hitting streak and had a pair of multi-hit games. Howard went 3-for-5 against Florida Tech and scored three runs against FT and against Miles.last_img read more

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Kashima captures horizontal bar

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. – Japan’s Takehiro Kashima captured the horizontal bar gold medal on Sunday, the final day of the World Gymnastics Championships, to add to his win on the pommel horse a day earlier.The 23-year-old Osaka native, who shared the pommel horse title with China’s Teng Haibin to become the first Japanese in 20 years to win an individual discipline, collected 9.775 points for victory. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Italy’s Igor Cassina placed second with 9.750 while third place went to pre-event favorite Alexei Nemov of Russia with 9.737. last_img

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