Hubert Lawrence | Fixing the false start rule

first_img THE ORIGINAL RULE As it stands now, the rule contains a provision for the disqualified sprinter to run under protest. In practice, that provision is only seen in the United States and, to my best knowledge, has never been entertained at the World Championships or the Olympic Games. Australian Sally Pearson ran under protest in the 2010 Commonwealth Games 100 metres final, but was subsequently disqualified. The same thing happened in 2012 to Grenadian 400m ace Kirani James in Eugene, Oregon. The handling of a false start at the recent IAAF Oslo Diamond League meet may indicate a change in approach. Dutch star Dafne Schippers jumped early in the 200m, but was allowed to run when she cited crowd noise. She was later disqualified but was eventually reinstated. The real problem is the rule itself. To save time, the rule can levy the most drastic punishment for the smallest error. While other systems of punishment match the severity of the crime to the action taken, the current false-start rule goes red right away. That is inappropriate on two levels. First, the one-error-maximum-punishment dichotomy feels wrong. Second, it’s bad for the business of sports. A false start for a big star in the first round of the Olympics or the World Championships would kill public interest. The rule rests on the presumption that sprinters can’t react to sound faster than 0.1. Yet, that borderline was once set at 0.120 seconds. The pressure to revise came from faster reaction times by sprinters and hurdlers. In the 1991 World Championships, Dennis Mitchell of the United States reacted to the starter’s pistol in 0.09 seconds, but escaped because the starter wasn’t wearing his headphones. That caused him to miss the false-start warning signal Mitchell would have triggered by moving early. That was 1991, but what if the well-trained sprinter can now react in 0.085 seconds? Day Two of a brilliant National Senior Championships was marred by an episode of false-start madness. This time, the victim of the zero-tolerance rule was Jonielle Smith, the 2014 Carifta 100 metres champion. She, like many others since the rule was introduced internationally, received the maximum penalty for just one mistake. Video replays showed nothing to suggest that she had jumped the gun in her 100 metres semi-final. However, sensors in the blocks revealed that she had moved before one-tenth of a second had elapsed. That’s the threshold between fair starts and false starts. The margin wasn’t visible to the naked eye and the fans in attendance at the National Stadium made their disapproval known. They hoped that the first getaway would be ruled to be a ‘faulty start’. RUNNING UNDER PROTEST Time-saving mavericks frown on the original rule which gives each runner one false start to burn. At the same time, the current rule has clear shortcomings. The only solution is change. The recommendation is for an upgrade of the rule used after the 2009 World Championships and before the 2011 staging, where Usain Bolt was tossed out of the 100m final for one wrong move. That allowed one false start for the entire field and then disqualifications for anyone who transgressed afterwards. To eliminate gamesmanship, the first person to false start would also be disqualified in this new version of the rule. This would provide some leeway while cutting the wait for a maximum of eight false starts before sanctions began. At the Stadium on Sunday, a prudent supporter proposed that start reaction times be posted on the electronic scoreboards. That would give patrons the critical information used by the officials to make tough decisions. He’s perfectly right. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Melanie residents at wits’ end over scrap-metal dumping

first_imgEnough is enough! After six years of passive outcry, concerned citizens of the community of Melanie Damishana on the East Coast of Demerara recently took to social media to vent their frustration.The environs of the former cinema on Cinema Road have become a dumpsite for scrap metal and other hazardous materials which continue to accumulate over time, making the roadway unsafe to traverse.One of the areas in Melanie where scrap metal would be gatheredA pile of scrap metal in the communityBased on reports reaching this publication, the problem started with the establishment of a scrap metal shop some six years ago and the manager seemingly oblivious to the plight of the citizens. One resident who wished to remain anonymous revealed that the site creates an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and several rodent species.Moreover, the constant burning of metal at this site disrupts the peace and comfort of persons in the residential area, making the polluted air hazardous for consumption.Cinema Road is precarious for the average person, more specifically females, to traverse during the evening or night. Destitute persons and vagrants find their haven there as the sun goes down and persons heading home from work at those hours are constantly looking over their shoulders, as the ever-present possibility of being robbed or raped, lurk at the back of their minds.According to sources, the operator of the scrap metal business blatantly has no regard for the personal safety of citizens, casting a deaf ear to the cries of the residents over time.“Myself, along with other villagers, spoke to him and all he did was curse us and told us to go and make a report…,” one resident stated.The businessman reportedly dumps his property alongside the road and even digs up the premises of frustrated neighbours in the execution of his operations.Despite numerous reports made by citizens over the years (the most recent being just a week ago) for the intervention of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Buxton/Foulis, these attempts have proved futile.The residents of Cinema Road are at their wits’ end and are pleading with the relevant authorities to investigate and rectify the problem, primarily for the sake of the young and the elderly.last_img read more

United and Inter need Europa boost

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba, who cost 89 million pounds, has yet to hit his stride © AFP / Oli ScarffPARIS, France, Nov 2 – Misfiring Manchester United and an Inter Milan who have fired coach Frank de Boer can take a welcome boost from the Europa League in matchday four of the group phase.The epic Group phase of 12 round robin pools of four teams is remarkably close so far with only Zenit, Ajax, Shakhtar Donetsk and Schalke 04 eyeing qualification for the knock out round with Thursday wins. Much has been made of United’s 37 shots without a goal against Burnley at the weekend, the failure to hit the ground running of 89 million pounds (110 million euros) signing Paul Pogba and the sorrowful sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic shorn of his confidence.United take on Turkish side Fenerbahce having thumped them 4-1 last time out as Pogba scored twice ahead of a derby boost with a 1-0 League Cup win over Man City.“Two days ago he was the worst player in the Premier League and 48 hours later he’s phenomenal,” said manager Jose Mourinho at the time of the French midfielder, who is struggling to live up to his price tag.Feyenoord and United are level top of Group A on six points while the Turks, led by Dick Advocaat and featuring a Robin Van Persie who scored at Old Trafford two weeks ago, have four points.Defender Marcos Rojo felt the Burnley game could be seen as a positive“Obviously, against City, we got the victory, and the last match, versus Burnley, we had 37 chances. A goal would have been the icing on the cake,” he said.Fenerbahce’s Dutch forward Robin van Persie, centre, controls the ball under pressure from Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney, left, during the UEFA Europa League group A football match © AFP / Oli Scarff“We are getting to the level where we can play as a team. We are playing with a great intensity, throughout the whole of the match,” he told Sky TV this week.Rojo is set to start and with fellow defenders Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia injured, German veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has made a shock return to first team training.Inter Milan beat Southampton 1-0 away last time out but had been a disaster up to that point and on Wednesday they sacked De Boer.The first-team squad will be taken over provisionally by youth team coach, Stefano Vecchi, who will be on the bench for the game against Southampton.They sit bottom of Group K behind leaders Sparta Prague and the Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva, who stunned Inter 2-0 at the San Siro.All this bodes well for Southampton, level second in the Group on four points. Claude Puel’s side were well beaten by resurgent Chelsea at the weekend but who earned a deserved 1-1 draw with Manchester City the week before.In Group E Roma blew a two-goal lead and ended up drawing 3-3 at the Stadio Olimpico to Austria Vienna last time out.Inter Milan, who have fired coach Frank de Boer, can take a welcome boost from the Europa League in matchday four of the group phase © AFP/File / Marco BertorelloThey drew 0-0 at the weekend at Empoli, but even though they are second in Serie A they will do well to gain revenge when they travel to Vienna on Thursday.The Austrians are on something of a roll having beaten league leaders Sturm Graz and city rivals Rapid in their last two league outings.Villarreal remain unbeaten in Group L but only after battling back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Osmanlispor in Turkey.They now host the Turks after giving up two goals in the last ten minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Eibar in La Liga on Sunday having rested and subbed several top players.Schalke 04 have a perfect record so far in Europe but have struggled badly in the Bundesliga, where they sit two points above relegation, albeit they drew 0-0 at Dortmund at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New natural gas producer members back $3 million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.- Advertisement -Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.Advertisement The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.”last_img read more

Online film rentals for Apple?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Apple Inc. is planning to launch an online movie rental service by fall, although the company is meeting resistance from some Hollywood studios concerned about piracy, people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press on Monday. Apple might try to launch the service sooner to coincide with the planned June 29 introduction of its iPhone, which will play video files, according to three people who requested anonymity because the talks are ongoing. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the company “does not comment on rumor and speculation.” Apple already sells films from two major studios and a number of smaller companies. But it has not entered the online rental business, which so far has not been terribly profitable for companies such as Movielink and CinemaNow. Several studios are reluctant to license films to Apple to rent because the company will not modify its software to make it recognize pirated content and prevent it from being transferred to an iPod or iPhone, according to the people familiar with the talks. Those same reasons, plus objections to Apple’s rigid pricing, have kept several studios, including Universal Pictures, a unit of General Electric Co., Twentieth Century Fox, which is owned by News Corp., and Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. from selling its movies on iTunes. Apple launched its online movie sales service last year with films from The Walt Disney Co. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs is Disney’s largest shareholder and a board member. The two companies have a close relationship, with Disney being the first to sell TV shows on iTunes as well. Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., and a few other studios sell older titles on iTunes, as does Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Only Disney sells films on iTunes the same day the titles are released on DVD.last_img read more

Teens rally, back tax on cigarettes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Supporters also say studies have shown a significant reduction in smoking in cities with similar taxes such as Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Anchorage. Vicki Hanifan, senior and founding member of Canyon High’s Cancer Club, said she didn’t mind the blazing sun as long as she could get more youth support for the measure. “This is an issue that really affects youth because each year more young people smoke,” Hanifan said. “A yes on Proposition 86 will be the death of cigarettes, or at least a big decrease.” But those who oppose the measure say taxes are not the answer to the health care crisis. “We are always very leery of tax increases, especially when it is targeted to one specific industry. That is just bad public policy,” said Brad Scott, a member of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce. Scott added that if “big tobacco” was the enemy, then more of the tax money should be going to smoking-prevention programs. “Only 10 percent goes to anti-tobacco,” Scott said. Proposition 86 is endorsed by health care organizations including the American Cancer Society, which recruits many teens as volunteers. “If we can show them young how to protect themselves from the sun, eat right and not to smoke, we can help them make better decisions as adults,” spokeswoman Vanessa DiPerri said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dressed in black T-shirts representing the death of “big tobacco,” about a dozen youths marched Saturday in support of a controversial cigarette-tax measure on the November ballot. The members of Canyon High School’s Cancer Club held picket signs and drew supportive honks from passing motorists as they joined American Cancer Society volunteers to rally support for Proposition 86. If approved by voters Nov. 7, the measure would increase taxes on cigarettes by $2.60 per pack. “It’s something I support, and I can’t vote, so why not?” said D.J. Hamburger, 17.Supporters say the tax would provide funding to various medical organizations including hospitals and medical research and help curb health care coverage disparities. last_img read more

New laws help college

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The bill was sponsored by College of the Canyons. “Summer school is an outstanding way for high school students to get a jump-start on their college education or explore job-training opportunities,” said College of the Canyons President Dianne Van Hook. “It gives them a chance to focus on particular courses of study and, in the process, prove to themselves they have what it takes to succeed in college. Those students are much more likely to continue with college after high school and earn an advanced degree.” Also signed was SB 1304, which authorizes community colleges to use state capital-outlay funds to acquire buildings that meet certain conditions and to convert them for school use. The building must have been constructed under Field Act standards – design standards for buildings used for kindergarten through 12th grade and community colleges – or else meet safety standards equivalent to those of the act. The bill requires that the cost of buying and converting a building be equal to or less than the estimated cost of constructing a new building. A third condition is that the community college district would own the land under the building or hold a long-term lease for the site. LANCASTER – Bills giving community colleges more funding and greater flexibility in providing classrooms were signed by the governor. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who authored or co-authored the bills, said they are aimed at making it easier for community colleges to fulfill their mission and provide greater access for students. Runner this week said the bills address long-standing issues for the state’s community college system. “California’s community colleges are vital to our educational system,” Runner said. “These new laws support community colleges and provide opportunities for more students to access classes.” Among the bills signed was Senate Bill 1303, which abolishes the 5 percent limit on the proportion of high school students who may be enrolled in a community college summer class, even when the class is not full. The bill removes the cap for students taking academic courses that are transferrable to a state college or university, vocational courses and courses to help them pass the high school exit exam, Runner said. Current law prevents community colleges from receiving state funds to buy property unless it is recommended by the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Also signed was SB 361, authored by Jack Scott, D-Pasadena and co-authored by Runner, that changes the funding system for community colleges and provides $159 million in equalization money. Antelope Valley College has used previous equalization allotments to hire additional instructors and support staffers – for example, to start an education program in respiratory therapy. The governor did veto one of Runner’s community college bills, SB 1290. That bill was vetoed because its provisions are included in the education bond measure, Proposition 1D, that goes before voters in November. SB 1290 would have allowed community colleges to use Uniform Building Code standards for buildings, rather than costlier Field Act standards. The Field Act exemption bill, co-authored by Denise Ducheny, D-Chula Vista, would have placed community colleges on the same regulatory footing as state universities and colleges for construction, rather on the footing for elementary, middle and high schools. The Field Act, adopted in the wake of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, requires a stringent design-specification and construction-inspection process at facilities built for public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and community colleges also are covered by the act. Supporters of an exemption say improvements since the 1930s in overall building standards for withstanding earthquakes make separate Field Act standards unnecessary. They also say that including community colleges in the Field Act, but not state colleges and universities, creates a double standard. One example of a double-standard situation is on the Antelope Valley College campus, where there is a classroom building for California State University, Bakersfield. Students of CSUB can use Antelope Valley College classrooms for courses, but AVC students cannot use the CSUB building because of the Field Act. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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

‘I pick the team on penis size’ – German boss gives witty answer to journalist

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 1 She made history in the process by becoming the first ever female coach of a club in the top five leagues of German men’s football.While the appointment certainly raised some eyebrows, Wübbenhorst has shown she has grit and wit in equal measure to help her in the job.A journalist from German newspaper Welt made the mistake of asking the 30-year-old if her players are forced to cover up when she enters the dressing room.She sarcastically replied by saying: “Of course not. I’m a professional. I pick the team on penis size.” The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Wübbenhorst is not messing about in her new role revealed latest SORRY Imke Wübbenhorst joking told a reporter she picks her team based on ‘penis size’.The former Germany Under-23 star was appointed coach of BV Cloppenburg late last year.center_img Wübbenhorst has been tasked with leading the new fifth-tier side away from the Oberliga Niedersachsen relegation places.They are currently rock bottom, but picked up a 3-3 draw against MTV Wolfenbuttel in their last game. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most Read in Football gameday cracker REVEALED whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RANKED last_img read more

Ballymote book their spot in Connacht final

first_imgDONEGAL RESULTSNote: The winning team is displayed firstMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure Under21 A ChampionshipSat, 04 Nov, Sat, 04 Nov, Venue: Gleann Fhinne, Ardara 1-14 Four Masters 1-12Sun, 05 Nov, Sun, 05 Nov, Venue: Dunfanaghy, Glenfin 1-11 Dungloe/Na Rossa 1-10Sun, 05 Nov, Venue: Ballintra, Naomh Conáil 2-14 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 2-9Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Under21BSat, 04 Nov, Sat, 04 Nov, Venue: Glenties, St Naul’s 1-9 Glenswilly 1-8Sat, 04 Nov, Venue: Convoy, Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 2-15 Buncrana 3-9Sun, 05 Nov, Sun, 05 Nov, Venue: O Donnell Park, Milford 2-16 Termon 2-8Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Under21CFri, 03 Nov, Fri, 03 Nov, Venue: Convoy, Convoy 2-13 Robert Emmets 2-4Sat, 04 Nov, Sat, 04 Nov, Venue: Bun Crannacha , Carndonagh 1-12 Naomh Colmcille 2-7 Ballymote are through to the Connacht Junior final.They beat Roscommon’s Kilglass Gaels by 2-11 to 0-8 in yesterday’s semi-final in Dr Hyde Park.They will play Mayo side Lahardane in the final on Sunday week.Club secretary Maria White told Ocean FM it was a great performance…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BALLYMOTE-AM-CLIP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BALLYMOTE-PM-CLIP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Otherwise it was a disappointing weekend for Sligo and Leitrim clubs in the Connacht Championships.Leitrim champions Mohill ran Castlebar Mitchells close at McHale Park before losing out by 16 points to 11.St John’s lost out by two points to Claregalway, 1-12 to 1-10, in the intermediate championship, while Eastern Harps and Coolaney/Mullinabreena were beaten in their minor semi-finals by Mayo opposition on Friday.Calry/St Joseph’s lost out to Galway champions Sylane in the junior hurling final, and St Mary’s ladies footballers were beaten by Galway’s Moycullen in their intermediate decider.In Ulster, Donegal side Setanta claimed the Ulster junior title thanks to their defeat of Derry side Na Magha.center_img SLIGO RESULTSU21 A Football ChampionshipSun, 05 Nov, Venue: Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence Pitch 1, (Semi-Final), Calry/St Joseph’s 0-6 Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 2-14Sun, 05 Nov, Venue: Enniscrone, (Quarter Finals), Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass 2-14 Coolaney/Mullinabreena 1-5U21 B Football ChampionshipSun, 05 Nov, Venue: Fr. Kevin Brehony Park, (Quarter Final), Eastern Harps W/O St Farnan’s –Sun, 05 Nov, Venue: Curry, (Quarter Final), Curry 0-13 Shamrock Gaels 1-13last_img read more

Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge

first_imgAn Inishowen man who illegally operated as a taxi driver has been given the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.Edward McLaughlin (69) of Dunaff, Clonmany was before Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him by the National Transport Authority (NTA). Mr Gerry Burke, NTA Compliance Officer, gave evidence that, along with a number of colleagues, he was investigating the illegal use of vehicles as unlicensed taxis in the Clonmany area on February 10, 2018.Mr Burke told Judge Paul Kelly that he approached a vehicle and asked the driver, McLaughlin, if he was a taxi operator, to which the defendant responded ‘yes’.Judge Kelly heard that Mr Burke and his colleagues hired the defendant to take them to Ballyliffin and noted that there was no taxi operator identification displayed.The court heard that after being cautioned by Mr Burke, McLaughlin made certain admissions to the compliance officer, admitting that his vehicle was being used as a taxi without a taxi licence and that he did not have a taxi operator licence.Asking the judge for leniency, Solicitor, Ray Lannon said his client was a single pensioner and part-time farmer who lived in a very rural area of Dunaff.Mr Lannon said McLaughlin did a lot for his neighbours, taking them to mass and on other runs and was otherwise ‘a good law-abiding citizen’.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to January 15, noting that if McLaughlin paid the prosecution costs, he would apply the Probation Act.Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge was last modified: December 22nd, 2018 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:courtdonegalillegalInishowentaxilast_img read more