Diamond Debate | No stopping mighty McLeod

first_imgRaymond Graham (RG): Fans are in for something special in the men’s 110m hurdles as, despite it being May, this is definitely a preview of what’s to come at the World Championships, as the best sprint hurdlers in the world will line up at the start in Shanghai tomorrow. AndrÈ Lowe (AL): The 110m hurdles always delivers exciting action, and with many of the big names turning up in Shanghai, another fast time is promised on a track known to produce impressive times. RG: Omar McLeod will remember a year ago at the same venue, where he posted a world-leading 12.98 seconds to defeat his countryman, Hansle Parchment, but this time around, he will have a handful. Parchment will be back, but McLeod’s biggest challenge will come from Orlando Ortega, David Oliver, Aries Merritt and Sergey Shubenkov, who is back after a year out of competition. AL: It will be interesting to see what Shubenkov does here against a top field. McLeod was excellent at the Drake Relays in truly miserable conditions, and the Olympic champion already looks unstoppable. Despite the quality he has to face, he knows that he’s the man. They know it, too. He’s going to be hard to beat here. RG: Yes, I also thought that he was unstoppable last year, but in Lausanne, he ran into Ortega, who defeated him, and the Spanish athlete is no chicken. Remember, he was top of the world in 2015, when he had a world best of 12.94 seconds in Paris. AL: That was 2015. The world has belonged to McLeod since 2016, and by the looks of things, he’s keeping the key in 2017 as well. Ortega is the obvious threat, but his 13.95 seconds, ran a few days ago, isn’t going to scare anyone. Parchment had that injury issue ahead of the Olympics. This is a good test for him to gauge where he is. A positive result here and he will be back in the conversation. RG: And why are we ignoring the American duo of Oliver and Merritt? Remember both have big titles in the past. While I think McLeod is the man to beat, I am not going all out on this as Shubenkov, the defending World champion, is hungry and will want to make a mark as he aims to defend his title in London this summer. AL: I’m not ignoring them. I see them bright and clear – running for second place. Given his dominance in the event, the others will have to convince me that they can beat McLeod. His raw speed and the suggestion that he has adjusted flawlessly to his new seven-step approach means more fluidity and more bad news for his rivals. McLeod for the win, Merritt second. Third place, who knows? RG: McLeod is, no doubt, the fastest in the field. He should lead early, and once he negotiates the obstacles well, he will be hard to overtake. With the expected competition, a sub-13 seconds is in store once again.last_img read more

Kids celebrate after-school programs offered by L.A. Unified

first_img160Want 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Crystal Alcantar, 12, is in a hip-hop dance group that performed Sunday in front of cheering students at the 50-yard line at Birmingham Stadium. “We’re all together having fun learning new things, experiencing new things instead of being where we’re not supposed to be,” Crystal said. Sunday’s event was part of a nationwide initiative called “Lights on After-School,” which is being organized by the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] VAN NUYS – Five thousand kids played games and watched other youngsters show off their drumming and dancing skills Sunday at a celebration of extracurricular programs that keep children off the streets after school. The Los Angeles Unified School District has 100,000 students a day in after-school programs. More than $40 million a year is spent on the programs, with contributions coming from the federal government, the state, the school district, the city and private sources. “It’s all about the students and how we in government can help you with your education, help you with your goals,” City Councilman Dennis Zine told students at the Birmingham High School event. “Stick with the programs, never give up and remember: What you have in your mind, no one can ever take away.” All of the 5,000 students who gathered at the high school Sunday are in the LAUSD’s after-school program. The event was held to raise awareness of the program, which officials said keeps children off the streets during the after-school hours when juvenile crime spikes. last_img read more

Head of CMI Awarded CD for Contribution to Education

first_imgStory Highlights Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr. Fritz Pinnock, is being honoured for his significant contribution to the education sector. Through his leadership, the CMI gained greater national and international recognition, and accreditation of their various programmes by local and international accrediting bodies. Dr. Pinnock says he declined several offers to serve as Head of the CMI over the years, but eventually said yes, acknowledging that he had a vision for transforming the institution. Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr. Fritz Pinnock, is being honoured for his significant contribution to the education sector.He is to receive the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), during a ceremony of investiture to be held on National Heroes Day, at King’s House.Over the years, Dr. Pinnock has spearheaded various initiatives that have resulted in the further development of the port and maritime sectors.Through his leadership, the CMI gained greater national and international recognition, and accreditation of their various programmes by local and international accrediting bodies.In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Pinnock says that persons such as his late father, who was in the dental field, and the late former Principal of Munro College, Richard Roper, helped to shape his character.“At home, my father was a disciplined person. He was in the dental field as part of his profession, but he was also a businessman. He was quite an astute businessman and people person – someone I admired greatly, and he mentored me a lot,” he says.“And at school, I had an outstanding headmaster. Mr Roper influenced me in a lot of ways. I spent seven years at school in the cadet corps, so discipline became a part of what shaped me along the way,” he adds.Dr. Pinnock spent several years in the shipping industry, working in the private sector before heading to the CMI as a lecturer.“I reached a stage in my career where I was ready to transition into something I believed in, because for 17 years before coming to the Caribbean Maritime Institute, I was an adjunct lecturer here, worked and developed a lot of courses. Then I realised a part of me – the social side – was calling out how to make a difference in my country,” the Executive Director tells JIS News.Dr. Pinnock says he declined several offers to serve as Head of the CMI over the years, but eventually said yes, acknowledging that he had a vision for transforming the institution.“Coming here was to take a business approach to it, to really start a transformational job, and I found excellent people here to work with,” he notes.Dr. Pinnock says his years in the private sector positively influenced his approach to the management of the school.He points out that having a deep understanding of the industry, both cargo and cruise, as well as the general logistics industry, has given him the insight as to how to make that application.Chief among the Executive Director’s achievement is leading the CMI into university status, to officially become the Caribbean Maritime University on World Maritime Day (September 28), at an official Charter Day ceremony to be held at the National Arena in Kingston.This follows passage of relevant legislation in Parliament earlier this year to grant the institution university status and to confer degrees, awards, certificates, diplomas and other academic distinctions.Executive Assistant to Dr. Pinnock, Dawn Reynolds Smith, says he is deserving of the award and recalls his selfless acts to ensure that students get an opportunity to excel.“His take on education is that the students must learn, they must leave with a skill, and they must be able to contribute to Jamaica and to the wider society. He will leave no stone unturned until the students are in classrooms, and that’s a big deal for us here at CMI,” Mrs. Reynolds Smith adds.Meanwhile, Dr. Pinnock tells JIS News that he feels very honoured to be receiving the national award.“This was nowhere in my thoughts as I don’t work for any award. This is on behalf of the hard-working team that I have here. This is a representation of the team, and to say your work is recognised,” he says.The CMI, which was established in 1980 with 30 students, has grown significantly over the years. Enrolment increased from 300 students in 2007 to just under 5,000 in 2017.last_img read more

Sarri familiar with busy festive fixtures

first_imgAhead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with Bournemouth, manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he has experience of managing busy Christmas fixtures.Chelsea will welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge tonight for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal game, and then Leicester City on Saturday.The Blues will then play 4 Premier League matches starting from boxing day to January 2, but Sarri is unfazed by the challenge after his experience in Serie B.“When I was in Serie B in Italy we played three matches: on the 22nd, 27th, 31st,” Sarri told the club’s website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It was fantastic. The atmospheres in the stadium I remember being really good. I like very much to play in that period.“Of course, here it’s very difficult: we have to play 22nd, 26th, 30th, 2nd January and 5th. It’s not easy but I am looking forward to it because I like it very much.“The period is very difficult, but we can see it as an opportunity, not a problem. It’s an opportunity to gain points.”last_img read more

El Capitan project for a multimillion dollar event center is underway

first_imgEl Capitan project for a multi-million dollar event center is underway KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom LAKESIDE (KUSI) – El Capitan High School held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new eleven million dollar event center.The project was funded by Proposition U and measure B-B.The event center will provide a state-of-the-art multi-functional facility; which includes event space, lobby and concession areas, band room, practice room, dance studio, and a drama classroom. FacebookTwitter September 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: September 11, 2018last_img read more

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein announces separation from Republican Party

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:47 PM Posted: January 24, 2019 January 24, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who represents the northeastern San Diego County area, announced Thursday that he has left the Republican Party and has re-registered as a Democrat.In a statement regarding his re-registration, Maienschein issued a rebuke to a political party he feels has become too partisan, namechecking President Donald Trump. However, the former San Diego city councilman also stated that his policy positions have changed, noting his support for labor unions, universal healthcare and a belief that the safety of local communities should be held above the right to own automatic weapons.“Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to the extreme on issues that divide our country, but his leadership is not the lone reason for my change in party affiliation,” Maienschein said. “I, too, have changed. As the Republican Party has drifted further right, I — and my votes — have changed.”Local Democrats have aimed for Maienschein’s seat in recent elections, but the four-term assemblyman has voted in favor of Democratic and even progressive causes in the recent past, such as voting in favor of a 2017 bill that recognized nonbinary as a legal gender. The law went into effect on Jan 1.Maienschien narrowly won re-election in November, defeating Democratic challenger Sunday Gover by a margin of 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent. Maienschein was one of the last Republicans representing San Diego County in the Assembly and now leaves Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, and Randy Voepel, R- Santee, in that position. Should Gover run for his seat again next year, it will be harder to paint him with the Trump brand the way local Democrats attempted to do so in 2018.“Leaving the Republican Party is not easy,” Maienschein said. “I can either keep fighting to change the Republican Party or I can fight for my constituents. I choose to use my energy and skills for the people I represent.”Local Republicans argued Maienschein’s move invalidates his re-election, with Waldron calling him a turncoat, according to The Associated Press. The Republican Party of San Diego County went a step further, calling for Maienschein’s immediate resignation.“Brian Maienschein has shown himself to be the absolute worst kind of politician; someone making decisions based on politics instead of principles,” said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the county Republican Party. “By running for re-election as a Republican, he was making a statement about who he was and now he is switching parties for self-preservation and politicalgames.”Maienschein’s re-registration further strengthens Democrats’ vast supermajority in the Assembly, which now totals 61 of the chamber’s 80 seats.Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron said in a statement:“It’s unfortunate that Brian’s takeaway from his extremely close reelection was that his political future depended on becoming a turncoat. Unfortunately some people run for office simply because they want a job, regardless of political philosophy.  It appears that Brian falls into this category. Running away from the fight for a more affordable, efficient and accountable government for hardworking Californians is not the answer.” Assemblyman Brian Maienschein announces separation from Republican Party KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

New therapeutic facility dog introduced to Vista Fire Department

first_imgNew therapeutic facility dog introduced to Vista Fire Department Posted: April 11, 2019 April 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of Vista Fire Department added a very special member to their team, a 2-year-old chocolate Labrador, Clifford.Clifford will be the department’s therapy dog, helping firefighters unwind and relax.He has over 2,000 hours of training and top-notch obedience skills.Vista Fire Department held a ceremony to welcome Clifford to the team. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Party Platforms Reinforce Existing Divisions on Spending

first_imgThe platforms adopted by the Democratic and Republican parties this month on budget matters closely mirror the existing split between the two parties.The GOP platform highlights the danger of the nation’s growing debt and calls for a strict test for all federal spending, reports CQ Roll Call.“Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? If not, stop it. Has it been effective in the past and is it still absolutely necessary? If not, end it. Is it so important as to justify borrowing, especially foreign borrowing, to fund it? If not, kill it,” reads the GOP document.In addition, the party pursues several structural changes to the annual budget process:a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget;requiring a “super majority” to approve a tax increase, with exceptions for wars and emergencies; andlinking a spending cap to the “historical average percentage” of gross domestic product, a way to prevent lawmakers from raising taxes to balance the budget.In stark opposition, Democrats favor increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for new programs without increasing the national debt.“Democrats understand responsible fiscal stewardship is key to American democracy and to the country’s long-term economic prosperity,” according to Democrats’ platform. “We believe that by making those at the top and the largest corporations pay their fair share we can pay for ambitious progressive investments that create good-paying jobs and offer security to working families without adding to the debt.”When it comes to the Pentagon budget, the GOP criticizes the statutory spending caps as well as Democrats’ insistence on matching increases in defense spending with equivalent increases in non-defense programs, according to the story.“The U.S. defense budget has suffered a 25 percent cut in real dollars in the five years since sequestration. We support lifting the budget cap for defense and reject the efforts of Democrats to hold the military’s budget hostage for their domestic agenda,” Republicans wrote.Democrats also cited the spending caps for jeopardizing national security, while underscoring the need to eliminate waste at DOD.“We will seek a more agile and flexible force and rid the military of outdated Cold War-era systems,” Democrats wrote. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more