4x Olympian, NYC Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan retires

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and the daughter of distance runners — her mother was the first woman to break 2 hours, 50 minutes in the marathon — Flanagan won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics.Her victory in the ’17 New York Marathon was the first for an American woman since Miki Gorman in 1977; she finished third last year — her third time on the podium in the race. She was fourth in the 2013 Boston Marathon, her best finish in four tries at her hometown race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But she said after running Boston in 2018 that it would be her last time.“I’ve broken bones, torn tendons, and lost too many toenails to count,” she wrote. “I’ve experienced otherworldly highs and abysmal lows. I’ve loved (and learned from) it all. Over the last 15 years I found out what I was capable of, and it was more than I ever dreamed possible. Now that all is said and done, I am most proud of the consistently high level of running I produced year after year.” In a pair of Instagram posts, Flanagan thanked her five coaches, family, friends, teammates and sponsors.“I hope I made myself a better person by running. I hope I made those around me better. I hope I made my competition better,” she said. “I hope I left the sport better because I was a part of it.”A two-time NCAA cross-country champion, Flanagan still holds the American records at 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 15K.“My personal motto throughout my career has been to make decisions that leave me with ‘no regrets’…..but to be honest, I have one,” she said. “I regret I can’t do it all over again.” ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2018 file photo Shalane Flanagan of the United States reacts after crossing the finish line third in the women’s division of the New York City Marathon in New York. Flanagan says she is retiring from competitive running to become a coach. She made the announcement Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 saying she has only one regret: “I regret I can’t do it all over again.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, who ended a 40-year American drought when she won the New York City Marathon in 2017, is retiring from competitive running to become a coach with the Nike Bowerman Track Club.“I have felt my North Star shifting,” the 38-year-old Flanagan said Monday on social media. “My passion and purpose is no longer about MY running; it’s more and more about those around me.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA 2019-20: Suspense returns; LA teams seek Hollywood ending ‘Gago’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View commentslast_img read more

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GECOM must respect Guyana’s Constitution, laws to administer free and fair elections

first_imgDear Editor,There are measured movements in the right direction for which stakeholders should recognise Justice retired Madam Claudette Singh as the new Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). While this is evident, there exists increasing national concerns and civil intolerance regarding the slow and exhaustive pace of these achievements. Against the backdrop of persistently deviant approaches by the APNU/AFC Commissioners to effect delays, the Chairperson must immediately take further decisive actions to reverse the suggestive unnecessary yielding.The facts reveal that more than 12 months have passed since the successful passing of the No-Confidence Motion and Mr Granger’s direct and indirect contamination of the internal mechanism at GECOM deserves no empathy. The forward movements, therefore, must be in swift adherence to the laws. The pellucid guidelines are enshrined in the existing legislation, have established the framework and expectations of every citizen and political party. Precedence of the procedure and legal compliance exist which has worked transparently that must be upheld and procedural imperatives followed.Regarding the upcoming elections preparations, the laws clearly recognise that GECOM must produce and use a Preliminary List of Voters (PLV) as the basis for adjustments in a followed period of Claims and Objections (C&Os). The process of making adjustments must allow for included verification by way of scrutiny exercised through the presence and acknowledgement of political party scrutineers.After the C&Os, it is expected that GECOM will produce from the adjustments to the PLV, a Revised List of Electors (RLE) that must be further scrutinised by the public and particularly the political parties. After careful examination of the RLE to ensure the qualification of additions or changes, the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) must take to the Commission the Official List of Electors (OLE) for agreement prior to distributing to the political parties. These contesting parties must use the OLE to solicit “backers” for their selected list of candidates contesting the National and Regional Elections.The negative position realised from the foregoing so far stems from the David Granger impact, and his demonstrated excessive constitutional abuse in appointing the clearly unfit James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM. With the exception of the recent actions by the new Chairperson, the organisation adopted a default position of deliberate delay and demonstrated the intent to postpone the elections that were constitutionally due since March 21, 2019.This cabal has created and advanced all sorts of procrastinating approaches, under a clearly subservient CEO Keith Lowenfield. In essence, under the clearly unfit and unilaterally appointed James Patterson, serious manipulation took place with not only the farcical backdated House-to-House (H2H) approval but also the employment of staff and for the four years plus the APNU/AFC is in Government lavishly spending billions of dollars without audit.After the Caribbean Court of Justice removed the unfit Patterson from Office, local and international intervention prevailed before Mr Granger appointed the Honourable Retired Justice Claudette Singh as Chairperson of GECOM. From the inception, she committed to following the rule of law and the Constitution. She took actions to stop the Lowenfield wickedly imposed H2H and ruled in favour of the Claims and Objections process, much to the dissent of many on the Government side. This process initiated and completed in an acceptable manner, with the PNC and PPP/C scrutineers working with GECOM staff and only waiting for the RLE.GECOM reported that during the truncated the unverified H2H Registration was catapulted on the people, three hundred and seventy thousand persons were registered. Information from alternative sources as well as from conducted investigations revealed that the Registration process was significantly flawed and defective due to a number of issues.The enumerators were not properly trained which was evident in the abuse to residents on many occasions. They were provided with cheap and poor quality ink pads to do the fingerprinting and this resulted in serious smudging. Worst of all, GECOM bought cheap cameras and did not train the enumerators on how to use the cameras. As a result, after two months, not a single person who registered or applied for ID cards has received their ID cards.While Guyanese welcome the decision by GECOM to do the field verification of the 20,556 names. It is of note that the truncated H2H Registration process was not verified and evidence of skulduggery justifies the need to check since no probable or reasonable argument can be put forward regarding how or why dead persons were registered. More seriously, how older persons who voted at many elections are now registered as new registrants.Guyanese are asking why 16,369 names cannot be verified and why 4000 persons on the Preliminary List of Electors were found to be duplicates so far. It is my view that the discrepancies observed during the H2H Registration were deliberate and caused by poor planning and wickedness. It is difficult for Guyanese to follow Vincent Alexander’s failed argument that the field verification process is useless. Then why did he call for a sample survey? Justice Singh must now demonstrate intolerance to these flimsy positions.I take the opportunity to wish all readers warm Christmas greetings and a successful new year.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Miner dies after boat slams into tree stump

first_imgThree days after a boat reportedly crashed into a tree stump in the Mazaruni River, the body of one of the miners was pulled from the river on Tuesday evening. The dead miner has been identified as Leslie Blair, 24, of Berbice. He was reportedly pulled from under a “dragger”.According to information received, Blair and three others left a mining camp on Sunday evening with the aim of visiting a drinking spot in the area. As they were heading to the shop, the captain of the boat reportedly lost control and slammed into the tree stump resulting in them being thrown overboard.Dead: Leslie BlairThose who survived told Police that they heard Blair breathing loudly and saw him swim towards a log, but that was the last time they saw him alive. Blair was responsible for security at the mining camp and was not supposed to leave the premises on the night he met his demise. A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed shortly.last_img read more

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Caribbean region should treat Cotonou Agreement with “urgency”

first_imgThe Caribbean region needs to recognise the financial security the Cotonou Agreement affords the region, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, contends.Minister Greenidge, speaking to reporters on Friday, said the Agreement with the European Union (EU) is “the largest source of concessional financing” to the region. However, the region remains distracted by Brexit (Britain’s exit from the EU).The 2000 Cotonou Agreement, which comes to an end in 2020, is considered a comprehensive partnership agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states; which, among other things, has a common goal of eradicating poverty.Minister Greenidge noted that there is still confusion among Caribbean states on the benefits of Cotonou. “There is great confusion over what, where our own interests lie, and even understanding the arrangements that we are party to,” he said.Guyana is doing its part to “strengthen our own trade capacity,” Minister Greenidge pointed out. “The largest source of development funds to this region is Cotonou, and yet we’ve spent more time talking about Brexit. When you think about it, it is ridiculous,” he contended.While concerns are justified about the possible tariffs that products entering the British market may now attract, Minister Greenidge pointed out that the region has a “firm agreement” with the EU.Earlier this month, President David Granger and Minister Greenidge were part of the State delegation to the European Development Day (EDD) forum in Brussels, Belgium, where Guyana participated in the discussions on the future of the Cotonou Agreement.The Minister noted, however, that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is still to make arrangements “to ensure that discussions take place and the level of analysis is raised, so that the region can have a position” to represent when the ACP countries meet.According to a GINA report, the Minister noted that there is need for the matter to be treated with “urgency”.Later this month, June 22-23 in Cancun, Mexico, the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) Ministers will meet with the EU Commissioner for Development, to be updated on the EU’s views on the type of agreement, regional enlargement, and institutional arrangements in the process towards a renewed agreement which will replace the ACP EU Cotonou Agreement, which expires on February 29, 2020.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Man United move top, but Arsenal and Man City still favoured in title race

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman assesses the fight for the Premier League title after Manchester United moved to the top of the table.He reveals that, despite United’s form, Manchester City [10/11] and Arsenal [100/30] remain ahead of them in the betting, with Louis van Gaal’s side priced at 4/1.Chelsea, meanwhile, are out to 8/1 to retain their crown after failing to win again at the weekend.Clare also looks ahead to the midweek Champions League action involving the quartet of English clubs and to this weekend’s mammoth Rugby World Cup clash between England and Australia as the hosts look to avoid a group stage exit.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Air America files bankruptcy

first_imgNEW YORK – Air America Radio filed for bankruptcy reorganization Friday in the latest patch of turbulence to befall the liberal talk radio network that launched two years ago, headlined by comedian and author Al Franken. The network will continue to operate with funding from its investor group, led by RealNetworks Inc. CEO Robert Glaser, who owns 36.7 percent of the company, and two other former board members. The company also named a new CEO, Scott Elberg, a radio executive who joined the company in May 2005 after stints at New York-area radio station WKTU and other places. Air America had dismissed rumors just a month ago that it was planning to file for bankruptcy protection. Spokeswoman Jaime Horn said Friday the filing became necessary only recently after negotiations with a creditor broke down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsCourt documents showed that MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., a creditor with whom the network had tussled in its early days, had Air America’s bank accounts frozen. The filing marked the latest setback for the liberal talk network. In April, Danny Goldberg stepped down as CEO and was replaced by an interim chief executive from a management consulting firm. Glaser had previously served as the company’s chairman and is owed $9.8 million by the company, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Horn said Glaser and Franken were unavailable for comment Friday, but she said Franken would discuss the issue on his show Monday. Air America owes Franken $360,750 in wages and other payments, according to the court documents. Air America has struggled financially since its inception. Court documents show the company lost $9.1 million in 2004, $19.6 million in 2005 and $13.1 million so far in 2006. Air America also disclosed in court documents that two directors departed in the past two months, Douglas Kreeger and Tom Embrescia. Gary Krantz also departed as president in June, and Tom Athans, executive vice president, and Chief Operating Officer Carl Ginsburg left in July. Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, whom Franken lambasted in a book called “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot,” took a jab at Air America’s worsening situation on his talk show Friday after a listener called in to ask about it. “I’m not surprised – it was doomed to fail,” Limbaugh said. “They were not a broadcasting concern to begin with. … They went into business to affect elections.” In addition to Franken, the network also features shows from liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes and syndicated shows from Jerry Springer and Portland, Ore.-based talk show host Thom Hartmann. Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York approved motions at a hearing Friday afternoon that allow Air America to continue paying its wages and maintain its financial accounts. The judge also approved interim debtor-in-possession financing of $900,000 from Democracy Allies LLC, an entity formed by Glaser and two other former board members, Terry Kelly and Kreeger. The full amount of the proposed loan, $2.6 million, would be considered at an Oct. 31 hearing.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

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Deadline looming for spay-neuter

first_imgDog owners living in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County must have their dogs spayed or neutered and microchipped by Sept. 3 or face fines of up to $1,000 or jail, county officials said Tuesday. Applying in communities such as Quartz Hill, Acton and Lake Los Angeles, the requirement follows the adoption of the mandatory spay-neuter and microchip ordinance by the county Board of Supervisors, which became effective on June 1. “Our agency added a 90-day grace period during which we suspended active enforcement of the measure in order to give dog owners a chance to comply with the new law on their own,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. “That period will expire on Sunday, Sept. 3, and officers from our department will begin active enforcement of the measure, which could mean fines starting at $250 per infraction and increasing to $1,000 and possibly a jail sentence for dog owners who refuse to comply with the law.” The new law set annual dog-licensing fees at $20 for altered animals and $60 for unaltered dogs. Income from the sale of dog licenses will be used to help finance county-run low-cost spay and neuter programs, to further encourage compliance. “The goal of our agency is to drastically reduce the number of dogs we have to put down every year because there are more dogs available than homes to place them in,” Mayeda said. “Most animals in the community do not come from shelters and, in most cases, the dogs are not spayed or neutered. That means we are constantly receiving a new flow of animals every day in our shelters. We have to change this situation in order to move toward a `no kill’ shelter model, which I support.” Dog owners who have questions about the measure or who wish to inquire about having their dogs altered or microchipped can call (562) 256-7104 for further information.160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The mandatory spay-neuter law is designed to reduce the high number of unclaimed and unwanted dogs coming into county animal shelters. It applies to all dogs kept in unincorporated areas. Those regions are home to more than 1 million residents. There are exceptions in the law for certified and registered show dogs as well as for dogs that a veterinarian certifies as being at too much medical risk to spay or neuter. In order to encourage compliance with the measure, the department is offering free microchip implanting and national database registration at its six shelters. The agency also has enlisted the services of more than 70 veterinary medical practices that have agreed to spay and neuter dogs at the county’s own low-cost rates or, in some cases, accept $50 discount vouchers the department is providing to senior citizens and people who have state-issued California Advantage cards. last_img
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Kasha fills void on team

first_imgVALENCIA – Taylor Kasha is used to moving.During her late elementary-school years, the Valencia junior volleyball setter experienced several changes of address.But she never thought the severe electrical shock her father suffered in an accident in Whidbey, Wash., would bring her family back to California, where she got the opportunity to start her high school volleyball career. I don t think I would have ever played volleyball if that didn t happen to him, Kasha said about her father, Jeff Kasha. I probably would have continued to play AYSO soccer. It s more intense, Kasha said about playing for the Vikings. At Paraclete, we didn t have a summer league. Having a summer league and coming here has been a good move for me. Kasha s transfer could not have come at a better time for the Vikings (9-10, 2-0), winners of four consecutive Foothill League titles, and coach Ray Sanchez.After losing seven seniors, including a four-year varsity setter, and three-time league player of the year in Taryn Robertson to graduation last season, Valencia was left with an opening at setter.The position was promptly filled.Kasha made the transition from outside hitter to setter and has proved to be a solid replacement in a position Robertson dominated.Robertson now plays at the University of California, Irvine. (Kasha s) a competitor, Sanchez said. We thought it was going to be a rebuilding stage, but she filled in a void. And with the talent she has here around her, we have a shot at winning. She s brought the team to a high level. The 16-year-old Kasha had never played setter, a position she s always wanted to play.Kasha s 402 team-leading assists are an important part of the Vikings keeping a Foothill League 23-match win streak alive. Valencia s last league loss came against Hart in the second-to-last game of the 2003 season.The streak continued with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 win against rival Saugus on Oct. 4 in which Kasha s 30 assists were key to the attack of outside hitters Courtney Albert and Shelby LeDuff. (Kasha) has so much energy, LeDuff said. She really focuses on the player and knows where to place and that helps us with our hitting. She adapts well. Kasha adapted quickly to life at Valencia. She seemed to enjoy beating Saugus as much as returning Vikings players that have previously experienced the rivalry. We re not losing, Kasha said after the Saugus match. That s all I could think about was this game, all day through every single class today. We wanted this match since the first day of summer. Transferring this summer from Paraclete, a school with fewer than 900 students, to a Division I-A school didn t faze Kasha. It was awkward at first coming here, Kasha said. But the girls are friendly. It s always difficult to adjust to a new school, coach and everything else. But I think it s harder for them to get used to a new setter. Sanchez and his girls don t have complaints about their newest team addition. They re satisfied knowing the next time Kasha moves, it might be after graduation.ivan.orozco@dailynews.com(818) 713-3607160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’An independent contractor, Jeff Kasha was on the job when he touched a live power line, sending about 7,200 volts through his body. That was a hard time for us, Kasha said. He couldn t work. Things were tough economically so we decided to move back to California. He s fine now. I think he doesn t have feeling on one of his fingers. Kasha was a fifth-grader when her family moved back. And then they moved again, this time to Santa Clarita.After her freshman and sophomore seasons at Paraclete of Lancaster, Kasha transferred to Valencia for an opportunity to challenge her game and help her improve under a winning program.last_img read more

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Snipes takes swipes at prosecutors over charges

first_img 160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I will abide by the law, seek the protections the law affords me and, as always, seek the advice of competent counsel in effort to resolve this issue,” Snipes wrote. “I’m not running, I’m not a fugitive, despite the misrepresentations in the press.” Wesley Snipes has told a newspaper he is being unfairly targeted by federal prosecutors who indicted him on tax fraud charges. “It appears I’m to be the scapegoat, because there’s more public interest in `celebrities gone bad’ than `rich people being taken advantage of,”‘ Snipes wrote last weekend in an e-mail to an Orlando Sentinel columnist. An Oct. 17 indictment charges Snipes with fraudulently claiming refunds totaling nearly $12 million in 1996 and 1997 on income taxes already paid. The star of the “Blade” trilogy and other films was also charged with failure to file returns from 1999 through 2004. If convicted, Snipes, 44, faces up to 16 years in prison. last_img
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Hunter Schultz pours in 30 points as Columbus Catholic boys basketball wins opener over Rib Lake

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team opened its 2014-15 season with a thrilling 59-58 victory over Rib Lake in nonconference action Tuesday night.Rib Lake led 21-16 after the first quarter before the Dons chipped away, tying the score at 43-43 heading into the fourth quarter.Hunter Schultz scored 30 points to lead the Dons in his varsity debut. Evan Nikolai added 15 for Columbus.Joe Scheithauer led the Redmen with 12 points.Columbus will compete in the Cranberry Classic on Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption. The Dons play Pittsville on Friday at 6:15 p.m. and against Assumption on Saturday at 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on WOSQ-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 59, Redmen 58Rib Lake 21 11 11 15 – 58Columbus Catholic 16 12 15 16 – 59RIB LAKE (58): Jared Hovde 3, Jordan Cardey 8, Noah Winke 6, Dalton Strebig 2, Austin Ewan 5, Joe Frombach 11, Jordan Blomberg 11, Joe Scheithauer 12. Record: 0-1.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (59): Billy Young 3, Tyler Fuerlinger 7, Christian Payant 2, Evan Nikolai 15, Hunter Schultz 30, Brett Loveland 2. Record: 1-0.last_img read more

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