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Gunmen rob Cuyuni mining companies

first_img…escape with large quantity of raw goldSherrif Mining Company located in Kartuni, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) is one of several mining operations that were allegedly robbed over the past few days by at least six heavily armed bandits carrying high-power rifles.The mining concession, owned by Mohamed Sherrif Harry, was attacked and robbed on Monday of an undisclosed quantity of raw gold. The gang members also relieved a security officer on site of his shotgun and a 9mm pistol.The workers were terrorised and beaten by the bandits during most of the robberies during which they were relieved of raw gold and other valuables.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that the six men were creating quite a ruckus in that part of the Region which is not easily accessible to Police.Speaking with this publication, the owner of the mining operation explained that several of his workers were severely beaten and left without proper medical attention for the past few days.He noted that at the time of the attack, one worker had gone to transact business and was on his way back and when he realised what was happening, he immediately made his way to Junior Ross Landing and contacted him.Upon reaching the Landing, the worker saw several Police Officers and related what had transpired. In turn, the Police ranks informed the chain of command and went into the area to launch an investigation. Harry noted that it would take at least seven hours by boat to travel from Bartica to Junior Ross Landing and another six hours on the trail to his camp.When contacted, F Division (Lethem and Other Interior Locations) Commander Rabindranauth Budhram explained that he received information about a robbery and that a team of Police Officers was deployed to the area.He, however, noted that it would take the officers days to travel into the area owing to the rough terrain.He could not confirm if anyone was seriously injured during the robbery, since he would have to wait for an update from his ranks when they reach a location that has a radio set.The mining concession owner told this newspaper that it was difficult to reach his mining camp by trail and it was much easier to use a helicopter.He has since contacted Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud to solicit his assistance in getting the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) helicopter to fly into the area to bring out his injured workers, but this has posed some challenges.Guyana Times was told that the Police were told that the GDF helicopter was out of service and it would take a few days before it was back up and running. Refusing to give up, the worried businessman contacted at least two private operators, but they have both refused to go into the area on the premise of the associated dangers.He is, however, calling on the relevant authorities to comb the area with the aim of apprehending the armed men, while explaining that businessmen in the area were living in fear that one day the bandits may get “hysterical” and kill whoever resist their attacks.The businessman is contending that the men were speaking fluent Portuguese and Spanish, which suggested that they were not Guyanese. There is one man in the group who is silent during the robberies and it is believed that he might be Guyanese and is leading the armed men to the mining camps in the area.Reports reaching this publication are that another popular Bartica businessman’s camp was raided and robbed on Tuesday morning. Again, the bandits made off with a quantity of raw gold.Over the past years, the interior has become a harbour for criminals resulting in the deaths of several Guyanese and Brazilians during robberies. The Guyana Police Force has always complained of not getting the required resources to patrol the area. Only recently, three all-terrain vehicles were donated to the Police to boost their presence in the interior locations.last_img read more

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NEBC Midget and Peewee Predators in Richmond this weekend for Rep Classic

first_imgThen tonight, the Peewee Predators will be taking on the Kelowna Junior Rockets in the second game of the round-robin. Puck drop is 5:00 p.m.On Saturday, in game three of the round-robin, the Peewee Predators will take on the Richmond Ravens. Puck drop is 7:45 a.m.Depending on how well either of the Predators perform, they will have a chance of competing in the semi-finals and finals on Sunday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Both the Northeast B.C. Midget and Peewee Predators are in Richmond this weekend, October 25 to 27, to play in the Richmond Pacific Coast Female Rep Classic.On Friday, the Midget Predators first took on the Seattle Lady Admirals in the first game of the round-robin. Puck drop was 12:00 p.m.Then tonight, the Midget Predators will be taking on the St. Albert Sharks in the second game of the round-robin. Puck drop for that game is 9:00 p.m.- Advertisement -On Saturday, in game three of the round-robin, the Midget Predators will take on the Tri-Cities Predators. Puck drop is 2:30 p.m.Following game three, the Midget Predators will then face the North Shore Avalanche on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. in their final game of the round-robin.For the Peewee Predators, on Friday, they first took on the Anaheim Lady Ducks in game one of the round-robin. Puck drop was 9:45 a.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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BEO LAUNCHES BATTLE OF THE BANDS FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLS

first_imgBeo – let the battle begin!Beo will be holding a battle of the bands for secondary school students in the Greenroom, Letterkenny on Friday September 20th at 7:30pm. All sorts of acts are welcome – solo, bands, R’n’B, DJ etc. Each act will be required to perform 3 songs in total, and one song must be an original.The winning act will be chosen based on a combination of crowd votes and a panel of guest judges. The overall winners will be announced following a special performance by Mojo GoGo.The winning act will be given the chance to perform live at the opening of the national Beo competition 2013/14 in Limerick in front of a crowd of over 200.For more information or to apply, email beogigs@gmail.com.  BEO LAUNCHES BATTLE OF THE BANDS FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: August 30th, 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:Battle of the BandsBeolast_img read more

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DOHERTY CALLS FOR FLOOD REPORT FOR FINN VALLEY

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today called on Donegal County Council and the Office of Public Works to immediately carry out a flood risk assessment of the Finn Valley.Flooding in the Finn ValleyThe call comes in the wake of the significant flooding which occurred in the area over the last two days.Cllr Doherty said “After the heavy snowfall on Tuesday and Wednesday and then the onslaught of Storm Rachel, we were faced with a torrent of flood water throughout the Finn Valley and indeed the County as a whole. This caused serious problems on our roads and in the river network of streams and burns which run adjacent to residential homes. “In Castlefin last night the bridge crossing the River Finn was flooded and had to be closed to traffic causing significant delays. We also had flooding in the N15 National Primary road leading into and in the town itself, as well as on the Hollow Road and in the Twin Towns area.“I am also aware of one family who were unable to reach their home because the access road was flooded, so they had to take refuge with a neighbour for the night. Other homes in the area were at a serious risk of being flooded as burns and streams burst their banks.”He called on Donegal County Council and the Office of Public Works to carry out a flood risk assessment of the Finn Valley as a matter of urgency.“I am fully aware that in the short term it is difficult to prevent the flooding we have seen over the last two days, but a long term solution must be found before we have a serious injury or a home destroyed by flood water. It is imperative that we look at solutions such as improving flood banks and the overflowing tributaries sooner rather than later when it may be too late. “ DOHERTY CALLS FOR FLOOD REPORT FOR FINN VALLEY was last modified: January 16th, 2015 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYfinn valleyfloodslast_img read more

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Cranes and SC Villa legend Sula Kato in critical condition

first_imgSC Villa double-winning squad of 1986 dominates their all-time best XI: Back row (L-R): Sula Kato Paul Hasule, Rogers Nsubuga, George Otto, Yusuf Sonko and Godfrey Kateregga. Front row (L-R): Geoffrey Higenyi, Magid Musisi, Twaha Kivumbi, Sam Mubiru and Eddie Nassamba. UAH photo.By Pius MagalaFOOTBALL. Former SC Villa and Cranes winger Sula Kato was Monday morning admitted to Mengo Hospital in critical condition.According to his son Ismail Muwonge, Kato suffered a stroke last week before his condition deteriorated until he was moved to Mengo on Monday morning.“He had gone to visit relatives in Masaka when he suffered the stroke,” Muwonge revealed in a phone conversation.“He is currently in intensive care unit and we need all the prayers we can get,” he added.Kato shouts instructions from the technical bench in Namboole during a league game.Kato has been on the books of topflight league club Soana for the last two years as part of their coaching staff that is currently headed by Alex Isabirye.“On a sad note, ex international Sula Kato was early this morning admitted to Kirudu Hospital in critical condition. However, FUFA has facilitated his transfer to Mengo Hospital,” National Teams Officer Patrick Ntege posted on Facebook.Kato is best remembered during his playing days with record 16-time league champions SC Villa where he earned the nickname “corner specialist.”He joined the club in 1984 replacing elder brother Moses Ndawula, who had switched to archrivals Express.The Masaka-born left winger, who was known for his accurate deliveries and lively runs down the flanks, won his first league title with the Joogos in 1984 before going on to star seven more league titles with the club until 1994.He went on to score some memorable goals most notably the winner against Express in a Kakungulu Cup (now Uganda Cup) semifinal.He also scored the lone goal against Sudan’s El Merreikh that gave Villa its first ever Cecafa Club Championship trophy in 1987.His almost telepathic understanding with another Villa great Majid Musisi led to several goals with for both club and country with the winger.He scored once and created two assists for Musisi in Cranes’ 3-1 win against Zimbabwe in 1988.editorial@pmldaily.com Comments Tags: CranesSC VillaSula Katolast_img read more

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Voting for South Africa

first_imgRegistered expatriates intending on voting have15 days to notify their local electoral office oftheir intention to cast their ballot. Here’s great account of how South Africans living in London voted last week by John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent, now UK Country Manager for Brand South Africa…Twenty-five years ago, the crowds that gathered in Trafalgar Square to protest and demonstrate against apartheid South Africa played a major role in galvanising international opinion against apartheid and hastening its downfall.Here’s great account of how South Africans living in London voted last week by John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent, now UK Country Manager for Brand South Africa:This time, South Africans gathered in their thousands in orderly queues to have their say in the future of the democratic South Africa in the same place that the demonstrators once stood.With 7427 South African voters marking their crosses in 12 hours the South African High Commision was not only the largest voting station abroad but was also nearly twice the size of the largest one in South Africa – Joubert Park in Johannesburg with between 3000 to 4000 voters, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).I have never seen such a large group of South Africans behaving in such a subdued manner.Perhaps it had something to do with being in the historic Trafalgar Square on an initially overcast –and later fine – London spring day.Perhaps it had something to do with the the tiny figure of Lord Nelson on his towering column peering out over Parliament Square where an animated statue of our own Nelson Mandela is flanked by the likes of Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and General Jan Smuts, the only other South African in the Square.Perhaps, it had to do with the fact that it was very early in the morning.But I suspect it had more to do with the reverence of voting – the universal way for ordinary citizens to have a say in their country and the future.They queued ten-deep across Trafalgar Square and the length of the facade of the iconic South Africa House.It was a day on which South Africans filed onto South African soil in unprecedented numbers thanks to a decision by the Constitutional Court – the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy – which required government to extend voting facilities to all South Africans abroad who are on the voters roll.They waited quietly, patiently, reading the latest copy of The South African, chatting quietly about why they were in the UK, why they were voting, exchanging their memories, hopes and fears for their country.It also took me back to 1994 when I had felt so priveleged to be part of the first election in which all South Africans were able to vote – most for the first time. The long queues snaked sometimes for kilometres and many South Africans got to know each other for the first time as they waited for hours to make their crosses.Back then it was both a deeply moving and empowering experience.And so it was again yesterday.This time, the voters were mainly young, mainly white and all were united by the decision to have a say in their country and in choosing the next government.It also took me back to the mid-1980’s when I served as a correspondent for the South African morning group of newspapers – including the Rand Daily Mail and the Cape Times – when I covered almost constant demonstrations and protests by South African exiles and large numbers of committed members of the British public who played such a crucial role in ending apartheid.Seldom in the history of freedom struggles has there been such a display of international solidarity by a nation as was the case with the British public’s involvement in the Anti-Apartheid Movement.Today photographic records of those protests are displayed on the walls of South African House and many famous faces are still recognisable – Thabo Mbeki, the late Harold Wilson, the late Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, Abdul Minty, Peter Hain, the late Mike Terry and many more.As I stood waiting and chatting to fellow South Africans, I was humbled to reflect that we would not be standing there voting in a democratic election in South Africa had it not been for the suffering and sacrifice of thousands of South Africans in resisting apartheid for all those years .Many gave their lives, many sacrificed family members and friends.I was overcome by a deep humility tinged with pride.Related ArticlesPress Releases: Statement on voting by South Africans living abroadlast_img read more

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Kruger steps up efforts to save rhinos

first_img3 June 2015In continuing efforts to save its rhino population from poachers, Kruger National Park (KNP) has installed three boom gates on access roads north of the Sabie River into an area designated as an intensive protection zone (IPZ).A combination of resources and technology has been intensified in the IPZ to provide a more secure environment for the rhino in the park. The boom gates are meant to control night movement of people to minimize risk factors associated with late travelling between sunset and sunrise.They will be manned by the park’s rangers and will be operational effectively from 5 June. The IPZ barriers are found on: H1-2 road north-east of the Sand River low water bridge, H12 road on the Sabie high level bridge and on H10 between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane.“We are continuously taking steps to increase security in the park in our quest to continue to provide security for our rhino, which [are] severely under attack by poachers. Restrictions at these areas will allow us to closely monitor the movements associated with nightfall,” said the Kruger’s general manager of communications and marketing, William Mabasa.Part of the long-term plan around the IPZ is to improve fencing on the western and eastern borders, which will include fixed obstacles. “These strategies are expected to improve on assessment in terms of surveillance, early warning and detection,” Mabasa concluded.Forensic trailersIn a second move to bolster the fight against rhino poaching, four 4X4 forensic trailers were handed to South African National Parks (Sanparks), the North West department of economic development, environment, conservation and tourism, the Limpopo department of environment and tourism, and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.The trailers, bought by the national Department of Environmental Affairs through funding provided by the Global Environment Facility and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP-GEF) Rhino Programme, will help in the investigation of rhino poaching and other wildlife crime.Improved investigative capacity and crime scene management in respect of rhino poaching cases are among the measures outlined in the government’s Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros. The programme was launched by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on 12 August 2014.When urgent forensic sample results are required for bail hearings involving suspected poachers, it is vital the samples are processed to ensure that the evidence in question is not only acceptable, but delivered within a specified time frame for court purposes. This would be one example of when the trailers would be used.Furthermore, correctly collected and handled samples meet chain of custody requirements critical for successful prosecution. This type of evidence can help in among others, placing suspects at poaching crime scenes, identifying weapons used, and linking horns seized with rhino poached.The trailers have been equipped with, among others: generators; mobile fridges to store genetic material; metal detectors; electronic calipers; and, scales and knife sharpeners.“This newly available equipment will further aid crime scene management in outlying areas where the correct equipment needed for on-scene forensic investigations is not readily available,” Molewa said.The overall goal of the UNEP-GEF Rhino Programme is to improve efforts to combat wildlife crime in South Africa’s Protected Area System, with a focus on rhinoceros. This is done through improved forensic technologies and capabilities, particularly DNA-based forensics, and data sharing and co-ordination systems between relevant groups, to better control the recent upsurge in poaching of rhinoceros in South Africa.The four forensic mobile units will be used by the four environmental management inspectorate institutions that have been prioritised given the large volume of biodiversity rhino crime scenes.The trailers were officially handed over by Molewa. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Free State have already received similar trailers through a donation from the US Department of State.“The Department of Environmental Affairs has long acknowledged that the fight against rhino poaching cannot be won alone, and in this regard we are grateful for the support of our international partners,” Molewa said.Funding from the UNEP-GEF Rhino Programme was also used to provide advanced crime scene management training. Further courses are scheduled for later in the year. Funding from the programme will also be used to convene a Magistrate Awareness Symposium in August, as well as a Prosecutor Training Conference planned to take place in November.Source: South African National Parkslast_img read more

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DIY “hillbilly” hot tub

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showWe’ve got a small cabin in rural Knox County my wife and I use for hunting and fishing and paddling retreats. Often we return to the cabin cold and shivering from these pursuits and have long yearned for hot tub to greet us at the end of the day, but could never justify the cost, nor do we have the power, to operate one. Channel surfing the various DIY shows a few weeks ago, I watched a clip of a guy building and off-the-grid hot tub featuring a stock tank, copper tubing and a firepit. I watched as he coiled the copper around a five gallon bucket and hooked up each end to the tank filled with 150 gallons of water, connecting one end of the pipe low on the side and one above, just below surface level. He removed the bucket from the coil, placed the spiral of copper in the firepit, filled it with firewood and lit it. Three hours and several small logs later, he had 102-degree water circulating through his tub, thanks to what is called ‘thermal siphoning.’ The process automatically causes the heated water from inside the copper coils to rise and flow into the tank via the upper inlet, drawing the cooler water below from the outlet back into the coils in the firepit for heating and eventual discharge back into the tub.Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been perfecting my own version of the hillbilly hot tub, having purchased a 180 gallon stock tank at Rural King, an 80,000 btu propane-powered convection heater from Home Depot and 1,000 feet of half-inch diameter copper tubing from Menard’s, each costing roughly $100. The latter I plan to coil inside the heater’s chimney and use a propane flame, rather than an open fire, for a more efficient and controllable heat source. We decided on the 180 gallon tank after, to the delight of the clerk at the Mt Vernon Rural King, sitting inside several they had in stock to test for the right fit without going overboard on the volume of water we’d be needing to heat.I plan on assembling and testing the tub during turkey season and will report on the outcome in the next issue. Unless something goes south in the meantime and you hear word of our progress via the local news… Spring turkey seasons openTurkey season get underway this month and as in the past few years, the state is divided into two zones: a south zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, April 22, and a northeast zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, April 29. Hunters can view the 2019 spring turkey season zone map at wildohio.gov.The ODNR anticipates approximately 50,000 licensed hunters will take up shotguns before the season ends on Sunday, May 19, in the south zone, and Sunday, May 26, in the northeast zone. The spring turkey season is open statewide, except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County, which requires a special hunting permit. All hunters are required to have a hunting license, in addition to a spring turkey hunting permit. Hunting hours from April 22-28 in the south zone and April 29 to May 5 in the northeast zone are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. Hunting hours from April 29 to May 19 in the south zone and May 6 to May 26 in the northeast zone are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours during the two-day youth season are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.The spring season bag limit is two bearded wild turkeys. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day, and a second spring turkey permit can be purchased at any time throughout the spring turkey season. Turkeys must be checked no later than 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest. All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system, which is available online, by phone or at a license agent. A complete list of participating license agents can be found at wildohio.gov. Visit the Turkey Hunting Resources page at wildohio.gov, or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) for more information about the game-check process. Fur auction season concludesThe Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) concluded its annual fur auction season in Kidron on a high note earlier this month. Most trappers were pleased with the prices received, according to OSTA President Keith Daniels, who reported that there were about 60 plus sellers that sold and some averages prices paid were $4.32 on muskrats, $5.78 for raccoon and $17.44 for coyote pelts. For more details on OSTA, pricing and upcoming events, visit osta.org. Tycoon Lake levels loweredThe water level in Gallia County’s Tycoon Lake is being partially lowered so crews can monitor and evaluate a small area of soil movement on the lake’s south dam. According to ODNR engineers, there is no immediate risk of uncontrolled release of water from the 183-acre lake located near Bidwell. The movement of soil material, known as a slide, was discovered by ODNR staff during a routine inspection in mid-February and the affected area measures 55 feet wide and 45 feet long.Workers have covered the affected area with heavy plastic sheeting and sandbags to help reduce its exposure to further precipitation events. The area is monitored daily while ODNR staff looks into the cause of the slide and further response action. Meanwhile, due to the lower water levels, the boat ramp near the south dam is closed. However, once the water level is lowered, the agency is evaluating potential locations for a temporary boat access until the dam repairs are completed, and the lake level is returned to normal. Cuyahoga catches are edibleThe Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that fish caught in the Cuyahoga River are now safe to eat. It has taken about a year for the proclamation to get legs, as the Ohio EPA previously requested that the federal EPA lift their restrictions after fish tissue samples showed significant health improvements. The U.S. EPA finally eased restrictions on fishing from the Gorge Dam to Lake Erie. The EPA now recommends that if anglers catch fish in that stretch, they consume in accordance with general state guidelines, which essentially suggests no more than one meal per month of fish from the Cuyahoga.Hatchery tours offeredOhioans have the chance to see state fish hatchery operations firsthand and view this year’s fish production in progress when the ODNR Division of Wildlife hosts open houses at all six state fish hatcheries this month. The events are free and open to the public, and they have been timed to showcase fish as they hatch out and are in hatchery production buildings.“Several family-friendly activities will be held at each hatchery, including the opportunity to see fish eggs and fry in the production buildings, as well as juvenile and adult fish in the raceways and ponds,” said Kendra Wecker, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Other activities vary by location but include casting contests, opportunities to view electrofishing boats and archery activities.”The fish hatchery facilities at Hebron, Senecaville and St. Marys held open houses on April 13,where fish grown include walleye and saugeye, and yellow perch at St. Marys. Pond rearing of catfish and sunfish is also underway there. The facilities at Castalia, Kincaid and London will hold open houses on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. Fish grown and featured in these hatcheries include rainbow trout, muskellunge (Kincaid and London), steelhead (Castalia) and brown trout (London). The following are the open house locations for April 27: Castalia State Fish Hatchery7018 Homegardner RoadCastalia, Ohio 44824419-684-7499 Kincaid State Fish Hatchery7487 State Route 124Latham, Ohio 45646740-493-2717 London State Fish Hatchery2470 Roberts Mill Road SWLondon, Ohio 43140740-852-1412 Get more information about all six of Ohio’s state fish hatcheries atwildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/fisheries-management.last_img read more

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Indian athletes aim for best-ever haul in CWG

first_imgThe missing star power of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell might have taken some sheen off it but the athletics event of the Delhi Commonwealth Games promises to be enthralling nonetheless with home-grown talents such as PT Usha-protege Tintu Luka gearing up to make a mark.India have just nine athletics medals, including a gold, in the Commonwealth Games history but the country can look forward to a haul of at least six this time, according to Athletics Federation of India chief Lalit Bhanot.Athletics is one discipline in Commonwealth Games which presents a world class field. Competitors from Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Kenya and Canada take part in it.Not surprisingly, India have many times won more athletics medals in Asian Games than Commonwealth Games.’Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh is the only Indian to have won a gold — in men’s quarter mile or 440 yards race in Cardiff, Wales in 1958 when it was still known as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.The colour of the medals will, however, depends on whether the athletes can touch their personal bests in home conditions.”This time we have the chance to have the best medal haul in our Commonwealth Games history. We are aiming for six to eight medals. It is a very tough world-class competition in athletics as competitors from Jamaica, Kenya, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada are taking part,” Bhanot told PTI.”In Melbourne, we won two silver — Seema Antil in women’s discus throw and women’s 4X400 relay. But this time we are hoping that we will be among the top performing athletics countries,” said Bhanot who is also the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee spokesman.advertisementIn four events — men’s shot put, men’s discus throw, women’s discus throw and women’s 4X400 relay — Indians are among the season’s top five performers among Commonwealth countries.India is expecting two medals from women’s discus throw out of the three in the team — Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and national record holder and Melbourne Games silver medallist Seema Antil.Poonia and Kaur are in the top five and Antil is sixth.All the three were also fielded in Melbourne with Antil winning silver with a throw of 60.56m.Poonia hurled the discus to 63.69 in April in USA, which put her third in the season’s best list behind Dani Samuels (65.58m) of Australia and Elizna Naude (64.49m) of South Africa. .Naude had won gold in Melbourne with an effort of 61.55m while Samuels bagged a bronze by clearing 60.56m.Poonia, who was fifth in Melbourne four years ago with 58.65m, has not touched 61.00m in her two latest performances — at the Asian All Star Meet in July here and National Inter-State Championships in Patiala last month.Kaur, who was seventh in Melbourne with 57.64m, has a season’s best of 60.66m which she recorded at Patiala and is fifth among the Commonwealth discus throwers.She has a personal best of 63.05m which she did six years ago and had done 61.08 in 2008 though in the last two months she has not been able to go past the 61m mark.Antil, on the other hand, has not touched 60m for quite some time and she will need a major improvement in her form to win a medal though she is the national record holder with a throw of 64.84 in 2004.In women’s 800m race, Luka has improved by leaps and bounds in recent months and she broke Shiny Wilson’s 15-year-old national record yesterday in the VTB Bank Continental Cup by running 1:59.17 to finish a creditable fifth. Wilson’s earlier national record was 1:59.85 set in 1995.Luka is now sixth among Commonwealth top performers this season with Beijing Olympics gold medallist Nancy Jebet Lagat of Kenya leading the time with 1:57.75, followed by another Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei (1:57.84), Jamaican Kenia Sinclair (1:58.16), Britons Jemma Simpson (1:58.74) and Jennifer Meadows (1:58.88).But the withdrawls of Simpson and Meadows, who finished fourth in Croatia, have brightened Luka’s medal hopes.The 21-year-old P T Usha protege will, however, have to contend with tough competition as top finishers in Melbourne four years ago are in prime form this time around as well.Janeth had won gold in Melbourne with a time of 1:57.88 while Sinclair was the silver medallist with 1:58.16 four years ago.Janeth, a former world champion and Beijing Olympics silver medallist, and Sinclair finished first and second in VTB Bank Continental Cup on Saturday in Split, Croatia, where Luka shattered Shiny Wilson’s record with her first sub two minute performance of her career.South African world champion Caster Semenya, who resumed running recently after her gender test controversy a year ago, will also be aiming for a medal though her best this season was 1:59.65.advertisementAnother event in which India can expect a medal is in women’s 4X400m relay. The Indian quartet of Rajwinder Kaur, Manjith Kaur, Soman Chitra and Pinki Parmanik had won a silver in Melbourne with an effort of 3:29.57.This season, the Indian relay team’s 3:32.63 time is the fourth best behind Great Britain, Jamaica and Nigeria. In Melbourne, Australia had won gold with a timing of 3:28.66 while Nigeria (3:31.83) and Jamaica (3:34.91) had finished third and fourth respectively.Fast improving women jumper Mayookha Johny is another medal hope in both long jump and triple jump. She broke Anju Bobby George’s 2002 triple jump national record of 13.67m by clearing 13.68m at the National Inter-State Meet in Patiala last month.In long jump, her 6.64m is seventh among the season’s best Commonwealth performers while she is sixth in triple jump.”I am aiming to jump around 14m in which I think should win a medal in long jump. In triple jump, I am aiming for 6.7m or 6.8m to get a medal,” Mayookha had said after the Patiala meet.Among men, India’s medal hopes are mainly on shot putters Om Prakash and Saurabh Vij but they may not be gold. With Vij testing positive for a banned stimulant has dealt a blow to India as he had recently recorded a staggering 20.65m in the Delhi Athletics Championships.His effort though was not counted as national record as it came in a state event which did not follow standard rules including dope tests.The IAAF website though took note of Vij’s effort which is below the Commonwealth best of Canadian Dylan Armstrong’s 21.58m. Dorian Scott of Jamaica, who won silver in Melbourne four years ago with an effort of 19.75m, is second with season’s best of 20.55 while Martin Scott of Australia who won bronze in Melbourne has a personal best of 20.10 to lie fourth this season.Om Prakash and Great Britain’s Carl Myerscough have same 19.99m to be in fifth place in season’s best efforts.Om Prakash, who have a personal best of 20.02m recorded last year in Chennai said he wood look to clear 20.50m for a medal.”I am looking to clear at least 20.50m which I think should be enough for a medal. Winning gold depends on the performance of other competitors. Armstrong could only have 19.70 in the VTB Bank Continental Cup on Saturday so you never know,” he said.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Gambhir as excited as debutant, BCCI in trouble with Supreme Court and more

first_img‘Ambitious’ Gambhir as excited as debutant after India recallGautam Gambhir is finally a relieved man. A jubilant Gambhir was ecstatic following his India call-up after a two-year hiatus. He tweeted about how excited and nervous he is to represent India again in whites.Sack entire BCCI top brass, Lodha panel tells Supreme CourtThe RM Lodha panel has submitted its status report with the Supreme Court and recommended the ouster of the entire top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.Pakistan rout West Indies by 8 wickets to sweep T20I series 3-0Pakistan eased to an eight-wicket victory against the West Indies in their third and final Twenty20 international on Tuesday, completing a clean sweep of the series against the world champions.Former Australian fast bowler Max Walker diesFormer Australia fast bowler Max Walker has died after a two-year battle against skin cancer, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. He was 68.Sam Allardyce sacked by English FA after newspaper stingSam Allardyce has been sacked as England manager after one match and 67 days in charge having behaved “inappropriately” when caught up in a newspaper sting, the Football Association said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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