The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete. LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Nathaniel Clyne Nathaniel Clyne will make his first start for England during their Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Slovenia.The Southampton right-back steps in for ex-Saints team-mate Calum Chambers, while Wayne Rooney will win his 100th cap.Uncapped West Brom youngster Saido Berahino starts on the bench.England team to face Slovenia: Hart, Clyne, Gibbs, Henderson, Cahill, Jagielka, Wilshere, Lallana, Welbeck, Rooney, SterlingSubs: Smalling, Foster, Chambers, Barkley, Milner, Chamberlain, Walcott, Downing, Berahino, Lambert, Forster 1
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The simple fact is that teenage drivers are more easily distracted. They are young, inexperienced and have a slower reaction time,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement Thursday after he signed the bill into law. “We want to eliminate any extra distractions so they can focus on paying attention to the road and being good drivers.” The governor cited statistics by the California Highway Patrol that cell phone use is a primary cause of accidents caused by distracted drivers. He also referred to a Ford Motor Co. study saying teens are four times more likely to be distracted than adults by cell phone use. By The Associated Press SACRAMENTO – The youngest drivers in California will have to put down the cell phone and keep their hands on the wheel after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning use of such devices for those under 18. The law will take effect July 1, the same day another California law will require adults to use hands-free devices when talking on their cell phones while driving. The ban for drivers ages 16 and 17 is in part a response to the popularity of text-messaging among teens.
Internal competition aimed at boosting sales, morale and productivity is a healthy aspect of the business world. Law enforcement is a different matter. Trying to boost sheriff’s deputies’ job performance with contests, which the sheriff’s station in Lakewood experimented with over the summer, goes too far. The division of the county Sheriff’s Department came under fire last week over station-sponsored contests to see which deputies could make the most arrests, impound the most vehicles and question the most gang members, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. An Aug. 15 e-mail detailed “Operation Any Booking,” which was designed to encourage arrests over a 24-hour period. Though arrests in areas patrolled by the station did not increase above the monthly average that day, the technique employed by station management is something that could lead to illegitimate arrests. In fairness, the station lieutenant who wrote the e-mail said it was intended to be motivational and the only prize was “bragging rights.” He also told the newspaper that no deputies falsified a report. Meanwhile, “Operation Vehicle Impound” aimed at seizing as many cars as possible, and another competition asked deputies to question as many suspects and gang members as possible. Those activities netted increases above the averages in those categories. Police watchdog groups said the contests make a game out of the trauma of being arrested or the frustration of having a car impounded. We agree. Police work should be handled with care and caution. It should not be treated as a game. Sheriff Lee Baca said the competitions were well-intentioned but poorly executed. His assessment appears correct. There is no suggestion that deputies bent the rules of the law to win the contests. But the only incentives deputies truly need to fight crime are their paychecks and a commitment to public service. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
7 Here’s a look at who Tottenham might play next season if they swap the Europa League for the Champions League 7 ITALY’S SERIE AThe top three teams in Serie A are given places in the Champions League. The Champions League is likely to feature Leicester for the first time next season.Claudio Ranieri’s side are on course to win the Premier League, but at the very least it looks like they will be one of the teams to take a precious top four spot, along with Tottenham.Spurs have played in the competition just twice – once since it became the Champions League – so here, talkSPORT looks at the European teams they could play next season. 7 FRANCE’S LIGUE 1Like Italy, three teams from France can qualify for the Champions League. PSG have one already after wrapping up the title early. 7 7 FULL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE HERESPAIN’S LIGABarcelona don’t look like losing any time soon and appear nailed on to win La Liga, while Sevilla are five points behind Villarreal. GERMANY’S BUNDESLIGAIt’s tight at the top where a number of teams are chasing down that fourth spot. Germany, Spain and England are the three leagues where four teams are given a Champions League spot. 7 PORTUGAL’S PRIMEIRA LIGAThe Portuguese football federation are also awarded three places in the Champions League. 7
1 West Ham are working on a deal for Juventus striker Simone Zaza, according to reports in Italy.The Hammers are desperate to land a new forward this summer but they have so far failed in their attempts.The club have been rejected by Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, while a deal for AC Milan hitman Carlos Bacca is still yet to materialise.And so, according to Tuttosport, West Ham are now trying to complete a swoop for Zaza.The 25-year-old is ready to leave Juventus this summer after making just 19 Serie A appearances last season.As well as the Hammers, Milan, Napoli and Wolfsburg are all interested – but no club is yet to make a formal offer. Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A videotape taken by an Iraqi shows the aftermath of an alleged attack by U.S. troops on civilians in their homes in a western town last November: a blood-smeared bedroom floor and bits of what appear to be human flesh and bullet holes on the walls. An Iraqi human rights group condemned the bloodshed in the town of Haditha, saying Tuesday that it could be “one of dozens of incidents that were not revealed.” The video, obtained by Time magazine and repeatedly aired by Arab televisions throughout the day, also showed bodies of women and children in plastic bags on the floor of what appeared to be a morgue. Men were seen standing in the middle of bodies, some of which were covered with blankets before being placed in a pickup truck. The images were broadcast a day after residents of Haditha, 140 miles west of Baghdad, told The Associated Press that American troops entered homes and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old girl, after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine. The magazine said it obtained the video, taken by a Haditha journalism student inside the houses and local morgue, two months ago. A U.S. military statement in November had described the incident as an ambush on a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol that left 15 civilians, eight insurgents and a U.S. Marine dead in the bombing and a subsequent firefight. That statement said the 15 civilians were killed by the blast, a claim residents denied. The residents said the only shooting done after the bombing was by U.S. forces. 160Want 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Last week, the U.S. military announced that a dozen Marines are under investigation for possible war crimes in the Nov. 19 incident, which left at least 23 Iraqis dead in addition to the Marine. Talal al-Zuhairi, who heads the Baghdad Center for Human Rights, said his organization feared the troops, if convicted, will not be punished severely enough. “This incident shows that the forces are committing, every now and then, operations that harm civilians,” al-Zuhairi told The Associated Press. “What we are worried about today … (is that) a U.S. soldier may be discharged from the military or jailed for two years,” said al-Zuhairi. “This would in no way be sufficient punishment for wiping out a whole family or killing of a large number of people through an unjustifiable act.” The allegations against the Marines were first brought forward by Time, though the magazine noted that the available evidence did not prove conclusively that the Marines deliberately killed innocents.
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LANCASTER – Linda Verde School teacher Terry Hermansen and his 33 fifth-graders have been picking up pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters they find on the road or sidewalk to put in a classroom fund. At first they thought they would use the money, so far totaling about $13 in coins, to help pay for an end-of-the-year party. But then, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. “We discussed having a party at the end of the year, then with what happened with New Orleans, the kids decided to donate it to hurricane victims instead,” Hermansen said. The idea for gathering up stray, scratched-up coins started with Hermansen, who nine months ago started commuting to work on his bicycle. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He noticed coins on the pavement as he biked across Lancaster from his home near Antelope Valley College to the school on 5th Street East. He started picking them up and bringing them to his class. His students, in turn, began bringing in money they would find while walking or bicycling to school. Thursday’s yield, for example, included two quarters found by a student, and a dime, nickel and penny picked up by Hermansen. Ten-year-old Analuisa Rico has found the most money – $1.29. “In the morning, I ride my bike to school, and on the road, I find the money,” Rico said. As for helping out the less fortunate, Rico said it’s a nice idea. “It’s nice for us because we are giving it to charity,” Rico said. “We are not keeping it for ourselves. It’s fun and nice to give to people who don’t have stuff like we do.” Student Russell Laubacher said he finds the money he’s brought in around the parking lot of the condominium complex where he lives. “A lot of people are running around and stuff and they drop money; I just find them,” Laubacher said. “It’s really great. People who don’t have money, they can get money and they can buy food and stuff.” Giovani Yanez, 10, has gathered up 75 cents. He said his father has found money, too, to contribute to the fund. “I think it’s exciting and nice,” Yanez said. “We are giving money to people who don’t have homes. They are poor, and they need stuff.” Hermansen said the class would be asking businesses to match the class’ donation to the Red Cross or another organization that is providing relief to the hurricane victims. The students are still deciding whether to make a donation at Christmas or wait until the end of the year. Hermansen said his main route to school was along Lancaster Boulevard. He said he usually finds coins at stop lights. If the money gets scarce along his regular trek, he tries different roads, such as Avenues G and H. “It increases my workout,” Hermansen said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s new president, sworn in Saturday, promised to renew peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels but reiterated his opposition to their demand for an independent state on the Indian Ocean island. “I affirm my government’s continued commitment to the cease-fire,” President Mahinda Rajapakse said of the Norwegian-brokered 2002 truce that brought an end to fighting after nearly two decades of civil war. But his hard-line stand on the guerrillas’ homeland demand puts him at odds with the rebels, who claim the country’s 3.2 million ethnic Tamils can prosper only away from the domination of the 14 million-strong Sinhalese majority. Rajapakse said he was not for war, but an honorable peace. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “War is not my method,” he said in his first formal address after being sworn in. “I will initiate a new round of talks with all those who have a stake in the solution of the national question.” The government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam held six rounds of inconclusive peace talks before they were halted in April 2003 over the rebels’ sweeping demands for autonomy. The rebels have fought since 1983 for a Tamil homeland in the northeast, where they already run a de facto state. The war has claimed 65,000 lives. But Rajapakse said dividing the country is not the answer. “During the presidential election, the overwhelming majority of people said that the country should not be divided,” Rajapakse said. “It is this aspiration that would be the basis of my policy for achieving peace.” Rajapakse called for a review of the 2002 cease-fire, which has become increasingly uneasy in recent months with almost daily killings of rebels from rival factions, civilians and intelligence agents. Hours before the swearing-in, the Norwegian government said it would continue to act as a peace broker if asked. Rajapakse did not mention the Norwegian offer. He has also pledged not to allow direct foreign tsunami aid to the insurgents, who have repeatedly demanded access to some of the $2 billion promised to Sri Lanka so they can run their own relief effort. The Dec. 26 tsunami killed at least 31,000 people in Sri Lanka and swept away the homes or livelihoods of 1 million others. The rebels declined to comment on Rajapakse’s remarks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!