Oscar, winner!

first_img22 September 2004After a good start on the first weekend of the Paralympic Games in Athens, South African athletes have continued raking in the medals, with double amputee Oscar Pistorius putting in two very different but equally sensational performances in the 200 metres. Pistorius, who was born without shin bones, captured the imagination of the Athens crowd in his qualifying heat on Monday when he fell at the start. Instead of throwing in the towel, he scrambled back to his feet and took off in pursuit of his opposition.Incredibly, he not only caught up with the rest of the field, he passed them – his winning time of 23.42 seconds a double amputee world record.Mind-blowing recordOn Tuesday evening Pistorius was in action again, this time in the final, facing a field made up of single amputees. Unhindered by a poor start, he destroyed his opposition, obliterating the world record with a mind-blowing time of 21.97 seconds. The previous mark was 22.71.To put that performance in perspective, (able-bodied athlete) Juliet Campbell captured Olympic gold in the women’s 200 metres in 22.05 seconds, while Leigh Julius, running for South Africa in the 200 metres men’s heats at Athens, clocked 20.80.After the event, Pistorius declared himself “tired” and said all he wished to do was to return to his room and rest up for the 100 metres. He must be a favourite to add a second medal to his collection in that race.Brian Frasure, the American whose world record Pistorius shattered, and the man who built the South African’s racing prosthetics, finished third in the race, and declared the 17-year-old’s performance “absolutely amazing”. He reckons Pistorius’s time of 21.97 will translate to a sub-11 second 100 metres.Third consecutive Paralympic gold for PringleThere was another gold on the track for South Africa when Malcolm Pringle, running in the 800 metres for athletes with cerebral palsy, cracked the world record with a superb run of 1:58.90 seconds.It was Pringle’s third Paralympic 800 metres gold in succession, as well as an emotional victory; Pringle dedicated his win to his best friend, Gert van der Merwe, who died in August 2002 after failing to regain consciousness following surgery on a leg injury. Van der Merwe competed in the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000, winning gold in the shot put for cerebral palsied athletes.Controversial silver for Van DykErnst van Dyk had to settle for silver in the 1 500 metres for wheelchair athletes, but it was a controversial result. Van Dyk controlled the pace from the start of the race but, with 200 metres to go, Mexico’s Saul Mendoza cut across Van Dyk in the sprint for the finish line.The South African athlete’s left wheel was forced off the ground as he took evasive action, which also cost him some momentum. Van Dyk fought back, closing down the gap, but in the end the Mexican finished 0.41 seconds ahead of the star from Paarl.Ampie Louw, manager of the South African team, lodged an appeal on Van Dyk’s behalf, but when it became clear that it would be difficult to prove Mendoza’s infraction, the protest was withdrawn.Van Dyk accepted the result with good grace, declaring himself happy with the silver. He will have plenty of opportunities to better than result, as he takes on an extremely busy schedule that includes the 400 metres, the 800 metres, the 5 000 metres, and the marathon.More track silvers, bronzeNathan Meyer captured silver in the 200 metres for the visually impaired. He finished third in the race, but the USA’s Royal Mitchell was later disqualified and Meyer moved up to second.Hilton Langenhoven added silver in the long jump to South Africa’s collection with a leap of 7.03 metres for visually impaired athletes. He will also compete in the javelin, 100 metres and 200 metres.Bev Mashinini, competing in the women’s javelin for cerebral palsied athletes, threw 21.94 metres with her fifth throw, to capture the bronze medal. Speaking afterwards, she said she knew the throw was a good one because it left her shoulder sore!Teboho Mokgalagadi, whose disability is spastic diplegic, set a world record in the 100 metres heats, clocking 13.07 seconds.Second gold for Du ToitIn the swimming pool, Natalie du Toit landed her second gold medal, winning the 100 metres freestyle in 1:02.83. Her winning time was a Paralympic record, but just outside the world record of 1:02.72 that she set in Barcelona last year.Du Toit just missed out on a medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, finishing fourth and over six seconds behind world record holder Sisse Egeborg of Denmark.The Cape Town swimmer wasn’t disappointed by the result, saying she knew she wouldn’t do well in the breaststroke, but that the event was useful in preparing her for her next challenge, the 200 metres individual medley.Second silver for FieldScott Field followed up on his silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly with another silver in the 400 metres freestyle for the visually impaired. He admitted to some surprise at the result, saying he hadn’t expected to do so well in the race.On a sad note, South African team flag bearer Rosabelle Riese suffered a broken left leg in a freak accident after falling from her wheelchair while boarding the team bus on Monday.Cape Town-based Riese was due to participate in the table tennis doubles competition along with Alet Moll. Moll will still participate in the single’s table tennis event.last_img read more

Michigan ~ Corporate Income Tax: Taxpayer Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Retroactive Repeal of Multistate Tax Compact

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportA taxpayer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Michigan appellate court decision that rejected challenges to the retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact and its apportionment formula. The Michigan Supreme Court denied leave to appeal. (TAXDAY, 2016/09/12, S.14)The taxpayer has specifically asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the following questions:– whether the Compact has the status of a contract that binds its signatory states; and– whether a state law that imposes retroactive tax liability for a period of almost seven years, in a manner that upsets settled expectations and reasonable reliance interests, violates the Due Process Clause.Subscribers can view the petition.16-736DIRECTV Group Holdings, LLC v. Michigan Department of Treasury, U.S. Supreme Court, Dkt. 16-736, petition for certiorari filed December 5, 2016last_img read more

Montaric Brown, 4-Star Safety, Commits To Arkansas

first_imgMontaric Brown seen at his visit to Arkansas.Twitter/@yvngsimba3Montaric Brown is on a visit to Arkansas today, and while in Fayetteville, he pulled the trigger on a commitment. 247Sports ranks Brown No. 1 among all recruits in Arkansas, making this a huge recruiting win for the Razorbacks.Brown announced his commitment via Twitter moments ago.pic.twitter.com/6ryO191FO5— August 24th (@yvngsimba3) July 28, 2016Here is the full note he used to announce the decision. First off in [sic] would like to thank everyone who has believed in me throughout this process. I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for their much needed support. I want to thank the college coahces who have invested their time and given me the opportunity to play for their schools. After much discussion with my family, I would like to further my academic and athletic career and commit to The University of Arkansas. WooPig!!! #UnCommon17Brown’s decision was foreshadowed by fellow Arkansas commit Koilan Jackson, a three-star wide receiver, who tweeted the decision a few minutes before it became official. My Boy @yvngsimba3 finally a HOG now Congrats on the commitment dude! Welcome to the Family— Koilan Jackson™ (@KoilanJack3) July 28, 2016In addition to being the No. 1 recruit in Arkansas, 247Sports ranks Montaric Brown as the nation’s No. 18 safety.Brown chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and others.With Brown’s decision, Arkansas now has 18 players in the 2017 class. He is the second safety and fourth defensive back to join Arkansas’ class.Keeping top players in state is vital for any team, especially Arkansas. Unlike other SEC programs, the Razorbacks don’t have a ton of elite players in their backyard, so hanging on to a guy like Brown is essential. Bret Bielema and the Hogs have landed four of the top 20 recruits out of Arkansas.last_img read more

Lampard desperately dreams to manage Chelsea

first_imgFormer Blues midfielder, Frank Lampard says he is desperate to manage Chelsea club, however, he maintains he is enjoying his current media career.Having given his best as a former Chelsea player where he spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and two League Cups, Lampard admits he dreams of managing former club Chelsea according to Goal.“I have thought about coaching and I have been working at Chelsea with the academy all year, around my media stuff,”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Chelsea, of course, is like a dream job that will be there one day. But that is not always the route that it takes, so it might take me to go somewhere else before I can ever do that. We will see, but I certainly have ambitions to do it.“How could I not take it if Chelsea offered me the job? Chelsea are my club and I feel like I have a lot to offer. But that’s obviously for other people to decide, for important people, if and when I am ready to do that.”The 39-year-old was always seen as one of the most trusted lieutenants in the club’s dressing room, along with ex-Blues defender John Terry.last_img read more

Tomorrow will be packed with emotions Mancini

first_imgThe Italy national team manager will debut on the bench of an official match; he has already decided his starting eleven but chose to not tell yetFederico Mancini left Zenit Saint Petersburg on May 13, 2018.And the next day, he was announced as manager for the Italy national team.Now on Friday, he will manage his first official match with the Azzurri against Poland, and he talked to reporters before that.“Well I was very touched when I coached my first Azzurri game as tomorrow will also be packed with emotions since it will be my first official game with the national team,” he told Calcio Mercato.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I have already decided the starting 11 for tomorrow’s game but I will first let the players know before telling the press.”“Criscito? He is still recovering from an injury that he suffered a month ago. We have two games in three days so I need players that will be fully fit,” he added.“I think the important thing is the attitude. We did pretty well in June as I feel like the attitude is what allows teams to have success.”“We will be playing against some very strong teams as we will have to attack them. We need to score more goals and this is something we are working on. I think the Nations League is pretty positive as this tournament can give us a lot of hope,” he concluded.last_img read more

McLeish defends tactics despite defeat

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has defended his tactics despite his team’s disappointing defeat to Israel in the UEFA Nations League.McLeish ‘s team, who are ranked 94th in the world were reduced to 10 men when John Souttar was sent off, and were completely outplayed after they were reduced to ten men although Scotland led 1-0 at half time thanks to Charlie Mulgrew’s penalty.The disappointing result brings back some scrutiny of the team, despite last month’s opening 2-0 victory over Albania.But, asked why the shape that worked against Albania didn’t work this evening, McLeish said, according to Daily Record:“It did work to a certain degree. We were very comfortable in the first half.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“The second half we went to a four at the back after the sending off. They had a lot of counter attacks on us. They sat deeper and we had a few chances.”“I know if I was playing four and Kieran Tierney or Andy Robertson wasn’t playing then you’d be looking for another system. I know how it works.”McLeish went on: “It was a game of two halves really. We started really well, I thought we kept possession well and had good movement going forward, we asked the guys to get forward as much as possible.”“They had a little spell, their number eight was causing us little problems and we managed to nullify that before half time. We spoke at half time about starting fast and not losing anything early.”“Unfortunately we lost a soft goal and we lost John Souttar as well which was a double blow. But more so Charlie Mulgrew at half time who was feeling bad with a muscle strain.”last_img read more

Bahamas Public Forecast

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 25, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS OF METEOROLOGY AT 6AMGENERAL SITUATION:  A SURFACE TROUGH EXTENDS INTO THE BAHAMAS IN THE WAKE OF MARIA CONTINUES TO SUPPORT SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS THE AREA WHILE ROUGH SEAS CONTINUES TO PERSIST THROUGHOUT THE BAHAMAS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR POTENTIAL WATERSPOUTS… ALSO, BOATERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DUE TO LARGE OCEAN SWELLS, ROUGH SURF AND THE HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES.ALL AREASWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, HOT AND HUMID WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TODAY. MAINLY FAIR AND WARM TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT. BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS:  VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS, BUT UP TO 10 TO 13 FEET IN MODERATE TO LARGE NORTH TO NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OCEAN.DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE           91 °F       33 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE          79 °F       26 °CSUNRISE:       7:00AM                                                         SUNSET:       7:03PMMOONRISE: 11:43AM                                                         MOONSET: 10:58PMHIGH TIDE: 12:05PM                           &                             12:23AM TUELOW TIDE:   5:30PM                             &                              6:31AM TUEEXTENDED FORECAST: A SURFACE TROUGH WILL EXTEND INTO THE BAHAMAS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT THEN BECOME DIFFUSE THURSDAY AS THE SWELL GENERATED BY MARIA WILL SLOWLY DECAY THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK.FORECAST FOR TUESDAY   WEATHER: PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY, HOT AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS, BUT UP TO 13 FEET IN MODERATE TO LARGE NORTH TO NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OCEAN.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY, HOT AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS, BUT UP TO 12 FEET IN MODERATE TO LARGE NORTH TO NORTHEASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OCEAN.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: PLEASE SEE NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE MARIA, LOCATED SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA, AND ON HURRICANE LEE, LOCATED OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN.ELSEWHERE TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON /C.G.last_img read more

Sport Fishing Groups Oppose Walkers Fish Board Nomination

first_imgWalker picked Fields to replace Alan Cain, a retired Alaska Wildlife Trooper who lives in Anchorage. If Fields were confirmed, Anchorage wouldn’t have a board representative. Fields has worked in commercial fishing and fisheries policy. The legislature must confirm Fields to fill a three-year term starting in July. The groups say Walker is trying to break an unwritten rule about the balance of power between commercial and sports fishing interests, saying it “matters where someone is from and what that person’s experience is.” Sixteen outdoor sporting organizations are urging  state legislators to reject the nomination of Duncan Fields of Kodiak to the Board of Fish.center_img The seven-member board has traditionally been made up of three spots for commercial fishing, three for sport and personal use and one seat for subsistence. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sport fishing groups are opposing Governor Bill Walker’s most recent nomination for the state Board of Fisheries.last_img read more

Division Of Forestry Reminds Residents To Be Careful Burning Off Dead Grass

first_imgNo more than one acre of grass can be burned, and it must be cut to less than 4 inches in height with clippings raked off and disposed of separately. The burning of grass over 4 inches in height or grass that is densely matted, and laying on the ground is not allowed to be burned under the General Burn permit. The Division of Forestry reminds residents that it only takes a few hours of sunlight and a light breeze to make exposed grass highly receptive to fire, even with wet, snowy conditions beneath it. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Each spring, residents of the Kenai Peninsula who are burning off dead grass in their yards are caught off guard by how quickly it can ignite and spread beyond their control. If you have any questions about burning grass, or safe burning in general, visit the Division of Forestry website at: www.alaska.forestry.gov/burn or call the Soldotna forestry office at 907-260- 4200 and ask to speak to a wildland fire prevention technician.center_img The Kenai-Kodiak Area office of the Division of Forestry also reminds residents who are burning dead grass that a 2018 General Burn permit is required and must be followed. Tall, dead standing grass, or grass that is densely matted poses the greatest risk of rapidly escaping and causing a wildfire if ignited.last_img read more

Soldotna Approves Purchasing Two 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

first_imgThe city appropriated the necessary funds to purchase the vehicle when establishing the budget for this fiscal year. Additional funds will need be appropriated in order to ‘outfit’ the vehicles. Assembly Members asked why the department needed such a large vehicle as opposed to smaller ones like the Troopers use. SPD Chief Peter Mlynarik: “Even though it is a city we still need to get around. Ford makes a Ford Taurus that’s all wheel drive that’s roughly the same cost. I think we get a pretty good deal. I think this will get us around and where we need to go.”  An additional resolution will go before the assembly when they have a cost estimate and contractors for the project. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council unanimously passed a resolution at their meeting on Thursday to approve the purchase of two new 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptors. According to the ordinance, the total cost for the purchase is $76,242; and the necessary funds were appropriated in the FY 2020 operating budget for this purchase.last_img read more