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Farewell Marvelous Mal Whitfield

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first_imgWhenever we sit to tell the legends of our pioneer Olympians, there is one American name that always pops up. In the midst of our legendary Arthur Wint, George Rhoden, Herb McKenley and Leslie Laing was the American Mal Whitfield.Classy and competitive, Whitfield pushed our superheroes to the limit and earned for himself a place in track and field history.Whitfield passed on last week at 91 and left behind an enormous legacy of success in the sport.When Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley sprinted to gold and silver medals in Jamaica’s maiden voyage to the Olympics in 1948, the 23-year-old Whitfield was third. He and Wint, as the premier 800-metre men of the era, went one-two in the two-lap event. Wint was in great shape, but the American produced an Olympic record to prevail.He and Wint were down the field when George Rhoden and McKenley went one-two in the 1952 Olympics over 400 metres, but he again bettereed Wint in the 800. That was his better distance and he set world records in it and its imperial equivalent, the 880 yards.Through the end of 1954, he won 66 of his 69 races in the two-lap run, collecting two National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) titles for Ohio State University and five US national titles along the way.In fact, only Alberto Juantorena of Cuba and Wint have better Olympic 400-800 performances than Whitfield’s 1948 bronze-gold performance. The Jamaican took gold and silver in 1948 and that stood as the high bar combination until the big Cuban won both events at the 1976 Olympics. It’s a combination that few even attempt these days.Whenever we tell the story of what was for ages Jamaica’s greatest sporting triumph, Whitfield’s name will appear again. In the last race of the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Wint, two-time 200-metre finalist Les Laing and McKenley gave Rhoden a one-step lead in the 4×400-metre relay final.Battle of championsMcKenley was spectacular, running an unprecedented 44.6-second leg to close a 15-metre lead. The anchor leg pitted Rhoden, Olympic champion at 400 metres, against Whitfield, Olympic champion at 800 metres.Chanting exhortations to himself, Rhoden summoned a 45-flat stint from his leg, but couldn’t shake the man called ‘Marvellous Mal’. With neither anchorman yielding, the one-step margin remained and both Jamaica and the United States broke the world record.To put those splits in perspective, recall this was long before synthetic tracks and featherweight sports attire and footwear. Instead, McKenley, Rhoden and Whitfield ran on cinder tracks weighing several pounds.Whitfield kept on winning gold medals through to the 1955 Pan-Am Games. He was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, travelled the world as a sports ambassador, and later helped many worthy causes though the Mal Whitfield Foundation.He maintained a long friendship with our Helsinki Heroes and visited Jamaica from time to time. Just like them, he was class personified.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

Health Min’s Son Brings in ‘Nutritional Food’ for Ebola Patients

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first_imgThe efforts of a Des Moines man, a nonprofit group and a West Des Moines church combined last week to send 300,000 high-calorie, vitamin-filled meals to Ebola patients fighting for their lives in recovery centers in the Republic of Liberia.The shipment has left Des Moines, but another 400,000 meals will be shipped via sea freight once a donor is found to pay for the shipping costs. Altogether, the meals hopefully will feed 1,000 patients for six months.Walter Gwenigale Jr., 42, traveled to Liberia this summer to see his father, Walter Sr., 79, who is a doctor and the minister of health in Liberia. Gwenigale Jr.’s father is a native of Liberia, but wrapped up his medical training in the U.S. in 1972, then returned to his homeland with his wife, Carmen, also a medical professional. Together, they have spent decades as Christian health workers.Gwenigale Jr. also works in the health field as equal opportunity manager at the Veterans Medical Center in Des Moines, but what he saw in Africa this summer at the Ebola recovery centers shook him to the core.“The situation is indescribable,” he said. “The destructive nature of Ebola cannot be put into words, especially in a country that was just beginning to rebuild its health care infrastructure after a 14-year civil war.”He saw relief efforts and treatments and called the situation devastating. He knew he would have to help in some way because “with the right amount of international support, they can overcome this,” he said.When a patient is hospitalized in Liberia for anything other than Ebola, their meals are provided by local family members. But with the Ebola quarantine in place, families cannot get food to their loved ones. Instead, the patients must rely on the hospital and government funding to provide sources of food, and both are in dire condition.“The patients are isolated and the government’s funds are very limited to get the food in to the patients,” Gwenigale said. “So I sought the help of Outreach Inc. here in Iowa, (which) is very active in Africa in providing meals to malnourished and impoverished people. I knew they could help.”Rick McNary, vice president of strategic partnerships for Outreach Inc., said the non-profit group strives to engage volunteers across America in meal-packaging events. For example, this past week, the Miami Dolphins football team and the Miami community packaged 1 million rice and beans meals to be distributed at food pantries. Several John Deere plant employees across the U.S. have packaged 1 million mac and cheese meals to be retained at their local food banks. Those meals were created by Iowa State University food science researchers.The meals headed to Liberia are made of rice, soy protein, vegetables and 21 vitamins targeted to build the immune system of malnourished people.“Walter approached us and I instantly said, ‘Let’s do this.’ We do a lot of work in Africa and have seen people die of starvation there,” McNary said. “But the critical component for us is the ability to get the meals into a port and safely distributed.”Because Gwenigale has connections via his father, Outreach Inc. was comfortable the meals will arrive safely and be distributed to the targeted patients.And Gwenigale had another important source to aid in the project: the financial backing of his church to help pay for the shipping.Lutheran Church of Hope stepped in and with Global Health Ministries paid and arranged for the shipping of the container.The project arose so quickly there wasn’t a volunteer group available to package meals, so McNary tapped into an existing supply of 300,000 ready-made meals assembled by groups out of Minnesota and Missouri.But now another 400,000 meals remain to be shipped overseas; Gwenigale just needs a donor to pay for the shipping.“When you have Ebola, you lose a lot of your body’s nutrients and these meals are a great way to replace those,” he said.But while his mission is helping to feed the Ebola patients, Gwenigale also frets about his father’s overall wellbeing and that of others in Liberia who are facing starvation because of the outbreak.As the situation worsens, the cost of food on the local market increases, he said, so poor people cannot afford to eat.He said his father is “in the thick of it right now, but he’s always felt that this is what he was called to do, to provide care to those in need and who are impoverished, particularly in Liberia, because he is committed to enriching the lives of his own people.“Being there myself and hearing stories of how devastating it is, not just for those who are sick with Ebola, but those struggling with hunger because of the epidemic, I knew I had to help,” Gwenigale said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bus with 11 Guyanese plunges into trench in Nickerie

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first_imgA minibus carrying 11 Guyanese passengers, including two children, plunged into a trench in Nickerie, Suriname, after the driver lost control of the vehicle.The accident occurred around 13:30h (Suriname time) on Wednesday in West Nickerie on the Adron Road in Europolder. Guyana Times understands that the bus was heading towards Paramaribo and it attempted to overtake a car during which time the driver lost control and the car landed in the trench.According to information reaching this newspaper, the bus was reportedly speeding at the time.The traumatised mud-covered passengers were pulled from the vehicle by public-spirited persons, who had jumped into the trench to rescue the victims.Eyewitnesses say that the trapped passengers could be heard screaming from inside the vehicle that was toppled on its side in the trench.While the passengers were being rescued, the matter was reported and an ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after to transport the victims to the hospital, where seven of them were treated and sent away, while four were admitted for further observation. They are said to be in stable condition.Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle is assisting Police in the neighbouring country with further investigations.last_img read more

Liverpool splutter without Salah in Everton stalemate

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first_img0Shares000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool missed impressive Egypt winger Mohamed Salah in a goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park© AFP Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 7 – Liverpool were rendered impotent without Mohamed Salah as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.Egypt winger Salah, the key figure in Liverpool’s impressive campaign, was left out due to a minor groin injury as Jurgen Klopp tried to give his main man a chance to be fit for their decisive Champions League clash against Manchester City on Tuesday. Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke looked rusty as they were given rare starts, with the latter failing to take either of two early chances.Roberto Firmino appeared as a late substitute in an attempt to find a winner, but third placed Liverpool had to settle for a point.They did, though, extend their unbeaten run in Merseyside derbies to 17 matches, as Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both failed to take late Everton chances.Klopp had a big decision to make regarding his team selection, with Liverpool three days away from the second leg of their quarter-final against City following Wednesday’s 3-0 victoryThe fact that he made five changes showed where his priorities lie at the moment.Ings was starting a league match for the first time since Klopp took charge two-and-a-half years ago, having fought back from two cruciate knee ligament injuries, while Solanke was making only his fourth league start for the club.In addition, Nathaniel Clyne began a match for the first time in 11 months after recovering from a serious back problem, while central defender Ragnar Klavan was pressed into service at left-back, having played just 11 minutes since New Year’s Day.Inevitably, given those changes, Liverpool did not click as they usually do.Solanke lacked the kind of sharpness that Salah and Firmino have made second nature.– Lack of spark –Presented with two good chances in the first 16 minutes, he took neither.First he glanced wide from James Milner’s angled delivery, and then, when Coleman made a mess of clearing Clyne’s cross on the run, the striker could only steer his first-time shot straight at Jordan Pickford.Pickford looks increasingly likely to be England’s goalkeeper at the World Cup later this year, having grown in confidence as the season has gone on.His shot-stopping has rarely been in question, and he produced a fine flying save late in the half to turn away a shot from Milner, who had cut in from the left.Liverpool enjoyed the bulk of possession despite their disjointed look, which was partly down to Everton’s lack of adventure.Sam Allardyce had written in his programme notes about derbies being occasions to be inspired by, but his team lacked spark until the final 10 minutes and gave away the ball too often.Even though Everton did enjoy bursts of pressure, Cenk Tosun was a frustrated figure up front for the most part.Yet Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius still needed to be alert, making perhaps the save of the first half when he tipped away Yannick Bolasie’s 25-yard curler, bound for the top corner.The home side might even have won the match at the end, as the Turkey forward headed Theo Walcott’s cross towards the far post, where Coleman just failed to turn the ball in.Calvert-Lewin then steered over with only Karius to beat.Liverpool were prepared to show aggression, with Ings involved in a confrontation with Coleman that needed the intervention of referee Michael Oliver and both captains to sort out.It got the crowd going, but they would not have a goal to cheer.0Shares000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NBA, FIBA unite to operate 12-team African pro league

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first_img0Shares0000NBA commissioner Adam Silver and FIBA officials announced Saturday they will collaborate on a new 12-team African pro basketball league that begins in January 2020 © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKCHARLOTTE, United States, Feb 16 – Basketball world-governing body FIBA and the NBA will launch a new 12-team African professional league in 2020, announcing Saturday the first NBA collaboration on a league outside North America.The Basketball Africa League (BAL) was unveiled at Charlotte, North Carolina, on the eve of the 68th NBA All-Star Game. With teams from across Africa, the BAL will assemble based on a foundation of FIBA’s current club competitions in Africa and begin play in Janaury 2020.“The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.“Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using basketball as an economic engine to create new opportunities in sports, media and technology across Africa.”The NBA and FIBA plan to conduct qualification tournaments later this year to identify the 12 teams that will represent several African nations, including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. No more than two teams from the same country can qualify for the league.“It’s a huge joy to see our partnership with the NBA enter unchartered territory as we work together for the first time to maximize the potential of professional basketball in Africa,” FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said.“The Basketball Africa League will enable us to build on the solid foundation laid by FIBA Africa and relaunch the continent’s club competition to offer the ultimate platform for the very best clubs and players.”FIBA and the NBA also plan to provide financial support and resources to continuing development of African basketball, including training for players, coaches and referees and infrastructure investment.The NBA also unveiled a plan to introduce revamped direct-to-consumer offering of NBA games for African fans starting with the 2019-20 season with new packages, features and local content.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Voodoo Venue picture special – have you won the prize?

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first_imgVoodoo Venue, Donegal’s No 1 nightspot, provided another series of stellar nights out this weekend. At Voodoo, revellers have the opportunity of sampling the sounds of Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Club and Voodoo Vintage, that diversity which caters for all ages is what ultimately makes Voodoo Venue so unique in the entertainment industry.Every week, Voodoo in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving ONE lucky reader that has been pictured enjoying themselves a wonderful prize. This week Voodoo Venue are giving away a pizza and wine/beer deal for two, for use ANY day of the week. The lucky winner is circled in purple below, congratulations!Simply contact Voodoo via their Facebook page to claim your prize NOW. Prize is valid until 30th April.       Voodoo Venue picture special – have you won the prize? was last modified: March 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:competitionHouse Wine Bar and TaproomVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Tailless craft will be tested

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first_imgThe X-48B team envisions conducting about 25 flights over about a year. The aircraft will be flown no higher than 10,000 feet and no more than about 135 mph during the tests. “In the beginning, we’ll be looking at basic envelope expansion – pushing out the boundaries of what the airplane is designed to do,” Princen said. The team will move gradually into the heart of their testing effort – evaluating the design’s low-speed flight control characteristics. “We want to find out if there any bad characteristics out there,” Princen said. The aircraft will be flown by a pilot in a ground station equipped in such way to give the feeling of actually being in the airplane. Instead of a computer joystick, it’ll have a stick and rudder pedals from an actual aircraft and video from the aircraft will be transmitted to the station to give the pilot an out-the-cockpit-window view. The chief pilot for the flight test effort is Norm Howell, a C-17 transport test pilot who is a resident of Rosamond. Boeing has conducted research on the blended-wing design concept since the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, Stanford University’s Flight Research Laboratory and what was then McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, conducted test flights of a 17-foot wingspan, remotely piloted blended-body wing craft at El Mirage dry lake. 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! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A futuristic, tailless aircraft design that could be used for military tankers and transport aircraft will be flight tested later this year at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The X-48B, a joint NASA, Air Force and Boeing research project, is testing a design concept called the “blended wing body” that researchers believe provides more lift, offering greater range and as much as 30 percent greater fuel economy. “We believe the BWB concept has the potential to cost-effectively fill many roles required by the Air Force, such as tanking, weapons carriage and command and control,” said Capt. Scott Bjorge, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-48B program manager. “This research is a great cooperative effort, and a major step in the development of the BWB.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Unlike the traditional “tube and wing” design in which wings are attached to a fuselage, the blended-wing body merges the fuselage with the wing – producing something like a cross between a conventional aircraft and a flying wing such as the B-2 stealth bomber. The program will test two remotely-controlled X-48B aircraft, each with three jet engines and a wingspan of 21 feet. That is about one-twelfth the size of an operational blended-wing body aircraft. “The X-48B prototypes have been dynamically scaled to represent a much larger aircraft and are being used to demonstrate that a BWB is as controllable and safe during takeoff, approach and landing as a conventional military transport airplane,” said Norm Princen, Boeing Phantom Works chief engineer for the X-48B program. The X-48B aircraft that will be flown at Dryden is being assembled for Boeing’s Phantom Works division by Cranfield Aerospace in the United Kingdom. The other aircraft has already been assembled and is wrapping up wind tunnel testing at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. The wind tunnel aircraft will be shipped to Dryden, where it will serve as a backup aircraft for the flight test program. last_img read more

GAA: GAEIL FHÁNADA CLUB NOTES

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first_imgGaeil Fhánada in conjunction with CLG Na nDúnaibh are hosting a fundraising Strictly Come Dancing with the Fanad heat taking place in the Milford Inn on Friday the 29th July.The Grand Final will be held on Aug 12th.Eleven couples from the club area are currently in serious training rehearsing their steps and will provide a breath taking and entertaining night out. The event is ticket only and limited tickets are available from the dancers and Strictly Committee.Congratulations to the Reserve team who recorded a fine win over Killybegs on Sunday last while the Seniors were unfortunately narrowly beaten in a keenly contested match. The teams have away League fixtures v N Columba on Saturday evening (25th), matches at 5.30 and 7.00 and  the second leg of the Intermediate Championship v Aodh Rua takes place in Portsalon on July 3rd. U8 training is taking a break for the next few weeks. Training will resume on Friday 15 July at 6:30 in Portsalon.Gaeil Fhánada host a GAA Cúl Camp from July 18th-22nd. The camp is open to boys and girls from 6-13 and provides a great week of fun and activity.  Application forms have been distributed to the local schools and will also be available at  Mace Kerrykeel, Shiels Fanavolty and Ballylar P.O, or from co-ordinatior Fiona Shiels. Places can also be booked on line @vhiculcamps@gaa.ie All information re prices, times etc is included with the forms. Forms need to be returned as soon as possible in order to co-ordinate numbers.Lotto: No Jackpot winner last week. Numbers drawn : 1, 2, 10, 16 & 18, bonus no 10. €100 winner was Kathleen McGrory and €50 winner was John White, c/o Patrick Blaney. Next draw takes place in Atlantic House on Saturday 25thJune.GAA: GAEIL FHÁNADA CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 21st, 2011 by gregShare 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:FANAD GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Did Travis Scott, Colin Kaepernick REALLY talk Super Bowl?

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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.Hip hop star Travis Scott angered many with his decision to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl LIII halftime show.The criticism was based on the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers star who drew both cheers and jeers for his practice of “taking a knee” to protest racial injustice during the national anthem at games.On Tuesday, reports emerged that the rapper and the free-agent …last_img read more

Canada Dreaming

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first_imgAir Canada takes delivery of the first of 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners next year. Technically, this 787-8 will have much the same specs as its fellow “seven-eights.” What Air Canada, and its competitors, rely on to differentiate their particular aircraft from the pack goes a lot deeper than the paint scheme, the livery. It’s the cabin that countsNow we know – in detail – what the Air Canada craft will be like on the inside. To take a virtual tour go to http://787.aircanada.com/en.Start with the pointy end of the airplane, in Business Class. That’s where 20 180-degree lie-flat seats nestle in individual pods. All of them impart plenty privacy and have direct aisle access. There’s no clambering over your seatmate in the middle of the night to use the restroom.  Those seats are fitted with pneumatic cushion headrests, replete with massage to work out the kinks during a long flight.If, like this AirlineRatings.com scribe, you can’t sleep zipping through the heavens at 35,000 feet (10,600 meters) there’s ample opportunity to be entertained. Air Canada says the 18-inch personal entertainment screen is “the largest offered by a North American carrier in business class.” To keep you going through the movie – or fuel you for a bit of work – the carrier sports a new espresso and cappuccino service up front.The 21 folks who find themselves just behind the curtain in Air Canada’s Premium Economy cabin don’t have it bad either. Each seat offers a decidedly decent 38 inches of legroom, 19.5 inches of width, and seven inches of recline. Seats are arrayed in a 2-3-2 configuration. You’re never more than one seat away from the aisle. The video screen in Premium Economy is either nine or eleven inches.210 “slim line” seats occupy the Economy Cabin of Air Canada’s 787-8 where there’s 31-inches of legroom. Seating is 3-3-3, and the video screens are nine inches.Regardless of the cabin, the atmospherics are the same. Lower cabin pressure and higher humidity really do improve passenger comfort. Your sinuses will thank you for booking a 787 flight. Remember, the Dreamliner’s fuselage is composed of composites, not metal. It’s the metallic composition of traditional airliner fuselages that limits the amount of humidity that can be introduced into the cabin. Metal can corrode. Not so composites.Air Canada intends to deploy the first of its fleet of rapier-like seven-eights on the longish 5,765-mile/9,275-km Toronto – Tel Aviv route beginning in July 2014.last_img read more