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Rookie Thompson for 200m gold at World Championships

first_imgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not defend her 200 metres title in Beijing. However, things will not change for Jamaica as Fraser-Pryce’s training partner, Elaine Thompson, looks set to make a successful World Championships in Athletics debut and keep the title in the ‘Land of Wood and Water’.Twelve months ago when the name Elaine Thompson was called in track and field circles, not many would have known who she was except for her teammates at the University of Technology (UTech).Things have changed significantly over the past six months, and the rookie is now one of the hottest female sprinters in the world.Thompson is the second- fastest Jamaican woman this year in the 100m, behind teammate Fraser-Pryce, with 10.84 seconds.Down to contest the 200m in Beijing, the number three-ranked athlete in the event is the odds-on favourite to win the gold medal.The Stephen Francis-coached athlete competed with the big guns for the first time in the 200m at the London Diamond League meet in late July and clocked a personal best of 22.10 seconds.Impressive victoryWhat made that victory impressive was the manner in which she destroyed the American, Candyce McGrone, who, days earlier, had scored a convincing win in Monaco in 22.08 seconds. However, she was no match for Thompson, who even had time to ‘shut it down’ close to home. Sub-22 seconds is definitely on the cards for Thompson, as this could be the start of a dynasty.With many-time champion Allyson Felix opting for the 400m, McGrone will be the flagbearer for the United States in Beijing. Jenna Prandini, with a season-best 22.20, Jeneba Tarmoh, 22.23, and Senior Pan Am Games champion Kaylin Whitney, 22.47, are the USA’s other prospects.Good competition is also expected to come from Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was a close second behind McGrone in Monaco in 22.09 seconds.Two other Jamaicans, Sherone Simpson and 2005 and 2011 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, will be hoping to medal as well. Despite their experience, they will need to do something extra special for this to happen. With season-best times of 22.62 and 22.61 seconds, respectively, they will have to show dramatic improvement.Also, 2013 silver and bronze medallists, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, will be hoping to improve their placings.Thompson, however, looks the most likely winner.Top Three: 1. Elaine Thompson (Jam) 2. Dafne Schippers (Ned) 3. Murielle Ahoure (CIV).last_img read more

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High Court to hand down ruling on PPP case against gerrymandering

first_imgLLA alterationHigh Court Judge Gino Persaud will today send out notices to inform when he will make a decision in a People’s Progressive Party-filed case over the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s changes to several Local Authority Areas (LAAs) that the Party deems gerrymandering.Attorney and PPP/Civic Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall, is representing the applicant, Bibi Shaddick while Attorney General Basil Williams and a battery of lawyers from his Chambers are appearing on behalf of the State.During heated and tense proceedings on Thursday, both sides presented arguments before Justice Persaud, debating whether or not the Minister was required to make public the seven boundaries that were changed.However, Attorney General Basil Williams outlined that the Minister is not required by law to publish the boundaries. Nandlall highlighted that only the changes to theCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkanseats were published.The lawyer noted since the country is only four days away from the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), the ruling will impact future elections. He had said in the past, the Attorney General’s side was deliberately trying to delay the case.Among Shaddick’s several orders of which she petitioned the court, is to bring the Communities Minister’s alterations into the conformity with Local Democratic Organs Act, Chapter 28:09. In so doing, the PPP’s Guyana Elections Commissioner (GECOM) Commissioners wants to have Bulkan’s orders declared null and void.The grounds that Shaddick outlined were that Bulkan failed to issue an order to identify the said boundaries under the Local Democratic Organs Act, making his actions null and void. She meanwhile said that GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield went beyond his exercise of discretion, re-demarcating thePPP GECOM Commissioner Bibi Shaddickexisting constituency boundaries as outlined in the orders sought before the court.The writ, which Guyana Times had seen, also outlined that the purported establishment of seven NDCs without complying with the provisions of the Local Democratic Organs Act is unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no effect. She had said that Lowenfield acted with authorisation in this regard, while adding that Minister Bulkan unilaterally made changes to the number of seats in 14 LAAs.last_img read more

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