Atkinson ties 100m breaststroke record

first_imgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson bounced back from a disappointing Rio 2016 Olympic Games, tying the world record in the short-course 100m breaststroke on the opening day of the 2016 FINA World Cup in Chartres, France, yesterday. Atkinson, who finished eighth in the final in Rio, swam 1:02.36, matching the time done by both her and Ruta Meilutyte. The Jamaican registered that time at the 2014 Doha World Cup a year after Meilutyte did so. As a result of yesterday’s win, Atkinson earned for herself US$1,500 and 10 bonus points towards her overall FINA World Cup tally. She has, however, missed out on the US$10,000 prize offered for world records as this is only given if the record is broken as opposed to being tied.last_img read more

Jarencio confident GlobalPort is ready despite Romeo’s absence

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Porzingis scores 30, Knicks hold off Hawks Romeo averaged 23.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists this past season.Jarencio also has faith in the team’s supporting cast to get the job done.“All the players are ready, so when Terrence returns, he’s going to be a big boost for us. But regardless (of the situation), we’re ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio isn’t batting an eyelash when asked about Terrence Romeo’s continued absence as the star guard recovers from his knee injury.“There’s no problem. If he’s not here, we as a team is ready. We want him to be ready once he fully recovers from his injury,” the affable Jarencio said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Romeo is still nursing a knee contusion that sidelined him late last season and also forced him to miss Gilas Pilipinas’ first two games in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers last November.He is set to return to the team by January, which means the Batang Pier will only miss the former FEU stalwart for one game — their Christmas Day clash with NLEX at Philippine Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseJarencio is confident GlobalPort can still manage despite the absence of the reigning Scoring Champion.“If Terrence comes back three weeks from now, we’re still okay because he still needs to get his conditioning back.” LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Fasting purifies the soul and heals the world

first_imgDear Editor,Eid Mubarak greetings to Guyana and the world; Eid Ul Fitr is the marvelous day of peace, love, goodwill, charity, and harmony. It is the day of celebration in purification and without fanfare, but a celebration that is worthy for the ‘faster’.The faster is now the embodiment of perfection, for, as the prophets of religions did in ancient times, he fasted for an entire month. He, like the prophets, is embedded with a spiritual dynamo as those of yore. Prophet Abraham fasted and got enlightenment and closeness (Taqwa) with Allah (God Almighty), as did Moses who did marvelous miracles with the permission of God; Jesus Christ imbibed the power of healing after fasting on the Mount and denying Satan.Muhammad derived his spiritual powers to travel to God and speak to him directly, received healing powers and the Al-Quran (Revelations from the Creator).Peace and blessings of God be upon them all. The fasting Muslims are like those in power of goodness, closeness with God, and if they ask Allah for permission, they can also imbibe the power of healing humanity of soul and physical troubles. Even the earth and universe can receive divine healing from the fasting Muslims after the Ramadan, for they drank of the cup of righteousness.The Holy Quran proclaims: Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may achieve Taqwa (Oneness with God, Liberation from ignorance, wisdom and understanding of the mysteries of the majestic universe).While fasting is a Fard (necessity), one of the Pillars of Islam, it does not say compulsion, instead it says: ‘Prescription!’ Being the Master Doctor of humanity and the Universe, the Chief Healer, the Creator, He, Allah (God Almighty), as the Chief Doctor, prescribes fasting because it is good for the body.It helps to regulate the blood flow, clean the blood of platelets and fats which are killers to man. It helps the heart by controlling pressure on it and the stomach by eating less and small amounts. It eliminates the build-up of carcinogens in the lungs and body.It eliminates the build-up of waste in colon and intestines which accumulated over the year. The urinary tract is cleansed along with the bladder of sedimentation. The kidneys are in better health. But also the Muslim faster could not quarrel, say vexatious and obnoxious things; could not raise his voice except in proclamation of God’s wisdom. He is to continue life with these positives in his heart.The prescription brings with it the giving of the compulsory tax, Zakaat, for the development of the Islamic Community and education with propagation. But voluntary charity is the mark of refinement for the Muslim soul as well. He is encouraged to give to the non-muslims, and those who just ask, or whom one notices is in need. This is Khairaat (voluntary charity), which is the mark of distinction, of peace and goodwill; the hallmark of universal brotherhood and love. Muslims are to protect and care for all humanity and the entire world according to the Teaching of Quran and our Holy Prophet.But more so, we are encouraged to give food and nourishment to those in need in Islam, even the Eid Sadakat, so the poor Muslims could have a pleasant meal, and to share with the non-Muslims for universal love and goodwill. Our Quran, and our Holy Prophet teach us not only for the Ramadan but for all times; a Muslim cannot go to bed knowing his neighbour is hungry.This is the explicit instruction for love of humanity; it does not say a fellow Muslim, but his neighbour, anyone in his community. It means, even an animal could be a neighbour, a bird, dog; once it can breathe it is a neighbour.It is no easy task to have to conduct ones daily duties in occupation and business in western society (in Arabia, commerce switches to night), and then fulfil the five daily prayers and more, with the late night prayers called taraweeh (late evening prayers after the fast is broken), and then early morning, day and night recital of the Quran and the voluntary morning prayers between 02:00h-05:00h, and again the morning prayers at the breaking of the dawn.This is worship in motion, in physical exercises of the body and mind, with little or no food, and little sleep.In the end, when the time comes for the ending of Ramadan, the Muslims cry, feel pain as the great spiritual journey to God and Spiritual Enlightenment, has ended.But with the great feelings of uplift as he is now closer to God, a content and humble being worshipping the Lord God, and respecting more the hungry and those in poverty for he volunteered hunger; to taste it, he becomes more spiritually awakened, but he empathises with the needy, those who are hungry, and becomes one who continues to worship, serve, being more charitable.Enjoy this day fellow Muslims, you followed the prescription of Allah to the letter, and you are now one in God’s closeness (Taqwa), a healer of mankind and the earth.Happy Eid Mubarak to our entire Guyana! Let us continue to spread the love, peace, goodwill and harmony among the peoples of our great country, and continue to live in dignity and love.Yours truly,Haji Roshan KhanChairman/FounderThe Electric Mosque:Teachings of Islamlast_img read more


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Update: Nurse among Mahaicony accident victims

first_imgKeon Sealey, a nurse, has been identified as one of the victims in the fatal accident at Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD), Region Five.He is among those who lost their lives in the crash.Sealey lived in Mahaicony Village and worked at the Mahaicony Public Hospital and the Georgetown Public Hospital.Friends described him as an “amazing soul”.At least four persons have been confirmed dead following the crash involving a Route 50 minibus and a beverage distribution truck.last_img

Students get a lesson in finance

first_imgTaylor said predatory lenders exploit young adults’ materialistic cravings, and their lack of understanding of financial responsibility. “They’re learning microeconomics and macroeconomics, but we’re not even teaching them how to balance their own checkbooks,” Taylor said. The seminar focused on the fundamentals of financial literacy, teaching the students about credit cards and checking accounts. She also discussed the perils of identity theft. Taylor explained in the seminar how writing a check for an $8 pizza can result in $85 in bank fees if the funds are not available. She explained to the students how $3,000 of credit card debt can snowball into financial ruin. “It’s so easy for this generation to get credit cards, and it’s going to be a disaster if they don’t know what to do with them,” Butler said. Taylor’s admonitions seemed to resonate with most students. “I thought it was really useful in teaching us how to avoid debt and manage our money,” freshman Ashley Diming said. Taylor said credit card companies make more than $150 billion each year on interest, late fees and service charges in the United States alone. She said such profits are bankrupting an entire generation, noting that many students are forced to drop out of college because they face financial troubles related to debt. “If they can’t balance their checkbooks and use their credit cards wisely, then they’ll never make it to the savings and investing part of life,” Taylor said. “A lot of kids are going to spend their whole lives working to pay off credit card debt.” (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Soon-to-be graduating high school seniors could wind up paying as much as $93 for an $8 pizza. And as the potential financial woes facing young adults go, they should probably consider themselves the lucky ones. That’s according to Sally Taylor, a noted finance author, who met last week with a group of 125 or so Palmdale High students in a financial literacy seminar. The seminar was organized by Palmdale High math teacher Barry Butler, and sponsored by Lockheed Federal Credit Union. last_img read more

Sturridge out of Bournemouth clash as Klopp refuses to set date for return

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Daniel Sturridge is no nearer to returning to action for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.The England striker, who has been blighted by injury in recent seasons, is currently suffering with a knee problem.He is yet to play under Klopp, with his last appearance for the club coming in the Merseyside draw at Goodison Park on October 4.It had been hoped Sturridge would return in Saturday’s visit of Southampton, but he played no part in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.And there appears to be no timescale on when he will be available again, with Klopp revealing he is out of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth. “There’s nothing new. Daniel’s not available,” said the German.“He’s getting better but not quick enough to change the situation for us. He’s not in training so we have to wait.”last_img read more

Inter Milan keen on signing Yaya Toure, but can only afford half his wages

first_imgInter Milan are hoping Manchester City star Yaya Toure will half his salary to join them this summer.The Ivorian’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has admitted his client will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season and that he has various offers on the table.Inter Milan are one of those keen on the midfielder and boss Roberto Mancini has urged the club’s board to snap him up.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Toure will have to take a 50 per cent pay-cut to join the Italian side.Inter are unable to match the 32-year-old’s wages, which are reportedly over £200,000-a-week.But the Serie A side are still willing to make Toure one of their top earners by offering him a pay packet of half that amount. Yaya Toure is set to leave Man City in the summer 1last_img read more


first_imgThey’re painting their dog poo pink in Strabane.But Letterkenny has come up with a much more convenient way of disposing of dog dirt left on its streets.The town council recently purchased an all ‘round Green Machine to keep its streets clean. Not only that but the machine is going to deal with the scourge of dreaded dog poo.The Green Machine 414SD is equipped with a dog fouling suction system and side suction house. LETTERKENNY ON RIGHT ‘PATH’ TO ERADICATING DOG POO was last modified: July 7th, 2013 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:DOG POOGREEN MACHINEletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgDonegal farmers are planning to hold protests outside a number of local supermarkets due to plummeting prices for their animals.Farmers are getting smaller prices for cows but supermarkets are cashing in.It follows the first local protest by the IFA outside the ALDI supermarket in Letterkenny in which a number of trolleys were commandeered.Henry Burns, the IFA National Livestock Chairman who led the protest, said despite meat plants and supermarkets making major profits from the product, farmers are now getting €200 less per animal compared with one year ago. Mr. Burns said the current situation as regards beef prices being paid to farmers was ‘unsustainable’.“We currently have a situation where farmers are receiving €3.50 per kilo for their cattle and yet the average price that consumers are paying in the supermarkets is around €9 per kilo. One of the biggest chunks of profit being taken out of this cycle is by the supermarkets who get the product presented to them, ready for sale over the counter,” Mr. Burns told the Tirconail Tribune.On Friday evening surprised shoppers discovered the IFA protest had come to the Aldi Store on the Neil T Blaney Road as a group of IFA members and their tractors arrived to take the shopping trolleys and baskets ‘out of commission’ for the remainder of the night.The group of forty farmers and five tractors launched the demonstration at the ALDI outlet despite a strong protest from management and the arrival of Gardai as observers. P.J. McMonagle, Chairman of the Donegal IFA Executive, said they had received a very positive response from the public who had a very good understanding of where ‘the farmers were coming from’.“Consumers do appreciate the quality of food being produced on Irish farms and they are conscious of the fact that, someone in the middle, is creaming off the profits,” said Mr. McMonagle.There was strong support for the plight of farmers with the only complaint being the lack of trolleys for shopping!IFA President, Eddie Downey warned all of the other major retailers including SuperValu, Dunnes, Tesco and LIDL that they too face protests at their stores.He said the anger and frustration of farmers is at boiling point and the unjustified price and specification cuts, which are severely damaging farmers and the Irish beef sector, must be reversed. Mr. Downey said Teagasc has confirmed that livestock farmers’ incomes were down by 13% to 22% last year, at extremely low levels from €9,469 to €15,595.He said “With beef prices in our main markets in the UK and across the EU stable and recovering, the current attack on prices led by the factories cannot be justified.”FARMERS PROMISE PROTESTS AT DONEGAL SUPERMARKETS AS MEAT PRICES PLUMMET was last modified: September 25th, 2014 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:ALDIbeefcowsDunes StoresIFALIDLsupermarketstescolast_img read more