`Kipchoge and Cheruiyot win London Marathon titles, Farah sets British record

first_imgBy Peter HallLONDON (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time on Sunday, with Mo Farah breaking the British record as he finished third, while there was a surprise victory for Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s race.Kipchoge, who skipped last year’s race to attempt a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, could not break Dennis Kimmetto’s world record as high temperatures made running conditions difficult in the English capital.Women’s favourite Mary Keitany attempted to break Paula Radcliffe’s “mixed race” record — assisted by male pacemakers — but the Kenyan struggled late on in the race, eventually finishing fifth and unable to add to her three London titles.That allowed Cheruiyot in to take her first London crown, having won her first career marathon in Frankfurt only in October.Radcliffe’s record, set in 2003, did seem under threat at first as Keitany comfortably led for the majority of the race but the conditions got the better of her in the end.The men’s race went out at a blistering pace, with early leader Guye Adola clocking four minutes 22 seconds in the first mile, and Farah stayed with the group until a bizarre incident when he missed his drinks bottle around the 10-mile mark, which delayed him after a heated exchange with a steward.“The drink station was confusing, I was table four, I went to pick it up,” Farah told the BBC. “The staff were helpful at the end but at the beginning they were trying to take a picture rather than giving me the drink.”Kipchoge overtook Adola early on and led from the front, with the pace remaining on course for a world-record time until the second half of the race, when the heat intensified.Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia stayed with Kipchoge until close to the end but the 2015 and 2016 champion strode clear to win with a time of 2:04:17 -– two minutes 20 seconds off the world record.Officials initially gave Kipchoge’s time as 2:04.27 but revised the times after discovering a computer error.Farah came home in third, finishing with 2:06:21 and breaking Steve Jones’s British Marathon record which has stood since 1985.“I enjoyed the race very much,” Kipchoge said. “I still enjoy the win and I’m happy to be able to win for the third time in London.”Keitany was a colossal 32 seconds ahead of Radcliffe’s 10-mile time, with Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba for company.However, after Dibaba pulled up and withdrew from the race, Keitany slowed dramatically, with her 5:50 22nd-mile time proving costly as Cheruiyot stormed past her fellow Kenyan to snatch a surprising victory in 2:18.31.“The reason it was so good for me today was because I started slowly,” Cheruiyot said. “I saw Mary and I got her and I thought: ‘yes, today I am going to be a winner of the London Marathon’.”In the men’s wheelchair race, Briton David Weir stormed to a eighth London victory after a thrilling finale with three athletes racing for the line, while Australia’s Madison de Rozario won a shock first title in the women’s event.last_img read more

‘Security of Liberia Could Be At Risk, Unless…’

first_img“Considering what I have gathered from informal discussions and observations with those who should know, unless some serious efforts are made to beef-up our national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of this country could be at a risk.”Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, in a communication dated February 12, 2015, and addressed to the Senate Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah, is requesting an urgent hearing on Executive.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration.  As UNMIL was  “not likely to consent to participate in a public hearing, the Liberian Senate should request a closed door meeting with a representative of UNMIL to assist us in getting a better understanding of the status of the security situation in the country and the post-drawdown security challenges that we may expect.”   Though she is aware that the Senate works through committees and the Defense Committee has the representation of all counties, “[yet] due to the urgency and seriousness of this matter, an executive hearing will get the full participation of the entire Senate, which I think is needed at this point,” the Senator advised.Senator Lawrence’s communication comes as UNMIL drawdown approaches its concluding stages in June, 2016 and questions are already being raised as to the readiness of the country’s security apparatus to fill the vacuum that may be created.Some of the issues that need to be addressed, according to Senator Lawrence are: whether the army is at optimal strength or does it require additional soldiers in order for it to become a viable army; are the Army, Police, and Immigration sufficiently equipped to be able to assume their respective mandates, capable of defending the country…?Senator Lawrence also expressed concern about the morale of the officers and members of the Army, Police and Immigration, and whether they are enjoying minimum benefits, such as accommodations for them and their families.The document was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks.   InterpretationDaily Observer reporters around the country have frequently reported on the lack of logistical preparedness on the part of the Joint Security, which includes particularly the Police and Immigration.A case in point is a story carried last week and again in today’s edition about two   gruesome murder cases in Nimba County.   The first murder occurred in Beeplay, Buu-Yao Administrative District and the culprit fled to Buutuo on the Ivory Coast boarder where he reported himself to the police station, manned by only two officers.  When friends of the victim from Beeplay descended on the Buutuo station with cutlasses and other weapons to revenge the killing of their friend, the two police officers fled the scene, leaving the prisoner at the mercy of the attackers.  They chopped him up with their cutlasses and disemboweled him.  These murderous avengers had a totally free hand because their numbers were too strong for the two police officers.There has also been grave concern about the lack of communication equipment, transportation and weapons, leaving the security apparatus at the country’s many border points practically defenseless.  That is how Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia were able to begin their invasion of the country on December 24, 1989, igniting the civil war that lasted 14 years.Senator Kanga Lawrence’s concerns are, therefore, indeed very legitimate and need to be carefully and urgently investigated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Paoli Schools Received Two Threats By Social Media

first_imgEastern School Corporation closed its doors Thursday after threats appeared online from a foreign app called Saraha and shared through Snapchat. “I think this is going to be the same thing,” said Dick. “Sounds like it’s going to be the same thing. I live in Dubois County. On Veteran’s Day, the same thing came out. Once again it’s so difficult when it’s overseas.” “Later in the evening, another post from that same site showed up. That’s when the corporation decided to call school off for the day. For the safety of everyone,” Dick said. State Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Paoli Police Department officers have been working with school officials to investigate.“We are continuing to investigate it,” said Dick. “It’s very complex. With technologies used and it can be very daunting and difficult.”Dick said parents are encouraged to talk with students. If anyone has information, call the State Police at 812.482.1441.  After the first threat came in about 5p Thursday evening, Paoli Community School Officials decided to have a two-hour delay on Friday to figure out if the threat was imminent. Later in the evening, another threat showed up on social media and the schools were closed today. Sgt. Chad DickIndiana State Police Sgt. Chad Dick said law enforcement was able to figure that the post seen locally was a screenshot of a post that originated outside of the area and outside of the country.center_img When posed with the question of why these threats would be coming from overseas to schools in rural Indiana, Dick had this to say: “Obviously the significance of anyone who’s trying to cause terror is to make people afraid,” said Dick. “What was put out last night was enough to cause the officials to close the school. It was threats to the school corporation. Bad enough for them to cancel school for the day. Terrorists want to instill fear. What better way than to pick on rural communities. Once we’re connected to the world like we are now, things that used to be passed around by paper come from anywhere in the world.”last_img read more

Tennessee ~ Sales and Use Tax: Refunds Available on Certain Items for Sevier County Residents Affected by Wildfires

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportAs previously reported (TAXDAY, 2017/01/05, S.32), Sevier County residents whose primary and/or secondary residence was damaged or destroyed as a result of the wildfires that occurred during November 28 through December 9, 2017, can receive a refund for Tennessee sales tax paid on certain items for their residences. The maximum refund available to any one residence is $3,500. Items that qualify for the refund include major appliances, and furniture and building supplies used to restore, repair, or rebuild a person’s primary or secondary residence. A person filing a claim for a refund for his or her primary residence must include documentation that verifies the assistance he or she received from FEMA. Individuals who file a claim for refund for their secondary residence must certify the damage or destruction was the result of the Sevier County wildfires and provide a copy of their fire department report, insurance adjuster’s report, or other documentation to verify the secondary residence was damaged or destroyed during the Sevier County wildfires. A person can file only one claim for a primary residence and only one claim for a secondary residence. For more information, taxpayers may visit the website of the Tennessee Department of Revenue at: http://tn.gov/revenue/article/sales-tax-relief-for-sevier-county-residents.Press Release, Tennessee Department of Revenue, June 9, 2017last_img read more

‘Reinvention is the most credible buzzword today’

first_imgDilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up,Dilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up “supermarket” version practised to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The “new, improved” yoga is an aggressive, modern avatar of the traditional form that turns it into a competitive sport.Boosted by celebrity endorsements from Sting and Uma Thurman, Jivamukti is as controversial as it is symbolic. We live in a world that is shrink-wrapped. The pace of change is now constantly in fast forward mode.Attention spans are increasingly compressed and anything, from work to sex, exercise and sport needs a new take to keep it interesting. The key agent here is the Yawn Factor, the reason why the most credible buzzword in our times has become “reinvention”. Actors and celebrities, brands and TV programmes, everyone is under pressure to reinvent itself, or themselves, and to hell with the purists. Take one-day cricket. One would imagine it’s a pretty exciting format, fulfilling its primary objective of pulling the crowds and TV revenue. Yoga on SpeedNot so. A new, shorter format is called 20/20 and the buzz it is causing will ensure its international debut pretty soon. The same goes for hockey, now reinvented as the PHL, with American-style team names, music, promos and cheerleaders. It’s not just spectator sports. A new music album features celebrated ragas and semi-classical pieces set to a jazzed up contemporary score. We’ve also just witnessed the truncated version of the ultra traditional Republic Day parade. Life in fast forward mode is today’s live reality show.Technology is the obvious victim of the accelerated need for change. It seems like yesterday when camera cell phones were ultra cool. No longer. Videophones are the must-have gizmo, till the next innovation comes along. In an age when bling is king, beating the yawn factor is becoming all-important. Which is why making a personal statement is like negotiating a minefield.What’s hot and what’s not has become a lottery. The pace of change is so dizzying it’s almost a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Most days, you wake up and look around you, at your music system, your TV, your wardrobe, car, the furniture and furnishings, even the paintings on your wall, and you invariably ask yourself one question: Are these past the Use By date?advertisementlast_img read more

SMB muscles past NLEX

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. There were some instances when play became dirty—or bordered on it—and second motions were made with the intent to hurt, but the Beermen played through all of that to rally from a nine-point first half deficit and win with plenty to spare.Arwind Santos scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds and June Mar Fajardo finished with 25 and 16 in a double-edged attack that the Road Warriors had no answer to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSan Miguel rose to 4-0 and dealt the Road Warriors a third straight loss in a 2-3 card.The game was tainted with the ejection of San Miguel’s Chris Ross with 1:46 left and outcome all but decided, as he got into an altercation with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao that resulted in a second technical foul. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Austria later said that, according to Ross, his point guard flipped his top after Guiao called him the “N” word.“That’s the word they don’t want to hear, and I can’t blame him,” Austria said.Kiefer Ravena, the NLEX super rookie, felt the brunt of the San Miguel defense, with Von Pessumal flooring him with a cheap shot at one point.Settling into a groove even without its biggest star, GlobalPort dealt Blackwater a 101-76 beating in the earlier game to join a bevy of teams crammed in the middle of the pack.It was the second straight victory for the Batang Pier, who rose to 2-2, managing to claim the scalp of another formidable enemy even with Terrence Romeo still absent.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter some kicking, roughhousing, an alleged racial slur and a lot of things that were truly uncalled for, San Miguel Beer on Friday night did what it was supposed to in the endgame and showed—that despite all the distractions—its focus is fixed on a fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup title.“Our team just refused to lose,” coach Leo Austria said after a really physical 109-98 victory over NLEX that kept the Beermen the only unbeaten team in the season-opening conference at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “What prevailed tonight was the experience of our players.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Racraquin rolls SBC to 4th victorycenter_img View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games GlobalPort sent the Elite to their second straight loss in a 2-3 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more