first_imgIn the future, overseas coaches may be in Jamaica to lift 800-metre running in the island. That’s the renewed promise from Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). The intention arose in an interview early this month.Though there were earlier hopes of learning from distance giant Kenya, Dr Blake said, “The programme of partnering with countries which are strong in the 800 is still in the mind of the JAAA.”Help may not come from Kenya, home of brilliant middle-distance runners like David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop. Alluding to allegations of corruption and drug violations faced by Kenyan track and field currently, the JAAA president said, “The leadership of that federation is really in a spot of trouble, to put it mildly.”In the meantime, help may come from other nations.”We’re going to be looking at other countries to partner with,” he said.Since the days when Arthur Wint and George Kerr won Olympic medals, Jamaica has only produced one Olympic and/or World Championship finalist in the 800 metres – Kenia Sinclair.Her national record of one minute, 57.88 seconds was set in 2006. Sinclair has been hampered with injuries in recent seasons, but finished in sixth position in both the 2008 Olympic final and the 2011 World Championship final.On the men’s side, Clive Terrelonge won the gold medal at the 1995 World Indoor Championships.While Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell broke two minutes for the distance last year, 1996 was the last time Jamaica had athletes beating the men’s threshold of one minute, 46 seconds. Both Mario Vernon-Watson and Alex Morgan did it in that Olympic year.The men’s national record has stood to Seymour Newman at one minute, 45.21 seconds since 1977. The national junior record is almost 52 years old and remains at one minute, 46.6 seconds. That was a World Junior record when it was set by Neville Myton in 1964.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement It all started two weeks ago with Internet comedian Shiggy, who shared a video of himself dancing to “In My Feelings” with his 1.4 million Instagram followers. It quickly caused the distinctive dance to go viral, with fans asking “Kiki, do you love me?” from Drake’s lyrics in the hit song and resulted in its own hashtag, #DoTheShiggy. Twitter Drake’s single “In My Feelings” has hit number one – the Toronto rapper’s third track this year to hit that lofty chart position – and Champagne Papi is giving credit where credit is due, by thanking the originator of a new dance challenge that helped propel the song up the charts. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN National NewsNext month the federal government will have to decide if the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline gets the go-ahead to expand or not.At the moment, the pipeline that runs from Alberta to Vancouver, carries about 300,000 barrels of oil a day.The proposal to expand the pipeline sparked a number of protests in British Columbia.And in Vancouver, thousands of people marched through the city’s downtown to continue to voice their opposition to the project.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgBOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian opposition candidate Óscar Zuluaga led President Juan Manuel Santos in elections Sunday, but they now face a runoff vote in a crucial campaign for peace talks with Marxist rebels.With 96 percent of ballots counted, Zuluaga had 29.2 percent of the votes compared to 25.5 percent for Santos, both failing to get the outright majority needed to avoid the June 15 second round.Santos has presented the election as a referendum on his center-right government’s 18-month-old negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).But Zuluaga, who has the support of former conservative president Álvaro Uribe, has vowed to take a harder line against rebels.As he cast his vote early in Bogotá, Santos said the election “strengthens our democracy, our institutions and regardless of the winner we will continue on the right track towards peace.”Zuluaga, who voted in northern Bogotá, said voters were choosing “what kind of country we want.”Once ahead in opinion polls, Santos lost his advantage in recent weeks and the two rivals were running neck-and-neck in the end amid mudslinging.They led a field of five candidates, with conservative Marta Lucía Ramírez in third place with 15.6 percent.With the FARC calling a ceasefire during the vote, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said it was the “safest election day in recent history.”Monitors from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) said the election was carried out “absolutely normally.”Allies turned rivalsSantos and Zuluaga were once Cabinet colleagues under Uribe (2002-2010), but are now bitter rivals and have clashed repeatedly in a campaign marred by espionage and corruption allegations.Santos, 62, worked as defense minister under Uribe, whose aggressive military campaign led to the killings of key FARC leaders.But Uribe, who remains popular, threw his weight behind Zuluaga, his former finance minister, going as far as calling Santos a traitor for negotiating with the rebels.The former president reiterated his support for Zuluaga as he cast his vote, saying he chose the best candidate “to retrieve the path of security abandoned by the current government.”Zuluaga, 55, has called for the peace negotiations to be suspended until the rebels give up their weapons.Santos, in power since 2010, has made ending the conflict the centerpiece of his re-election bid, campaigning on a slogan which offers voters a stark choice: “War or Peace.”‘Unforgivable betrayal’The contrasting viewpoints were evident among voters.“We need a peace accord,” said 20-year-old student María Paula Erazo.That way the government could “invest in Colombia’s other problems, like health and education,” she said.But one Zuluaga supporter Henry Gallán, a 58-year-old security equipment salesman, said his candidate would ensure there was “peace without impunity, not what Santos has done.”“His betrayal of the previous government is unforgivable,” he said.The peace process, hosted by Cuba, seeks to end a conflict that has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced more than five million since it erupted in 1964.“The main issue between the two candidates is the peace process. Santos wants to finish what he started, while Zuluaga’s precise intentions are unknown,” said Yann Basset, a political scientist at the University of Rosario.“It’s unclear if he’s going to terminate negotiations or try to continue them on different terms.”The talks have so far led to agreements on rural reform, the participation of former guerrillas in politics and the battle against drug trafficking.Santos has refused to call a ceasefire during the peace talks in order to keep up pressure on the guerrillas. Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer Colombian Embassy attaché tells of harrowing 13-year ordeal as a FARC captive Colombia government, rebels to set up truth commission Colombia and FARC rebels announce major breakthrough in peace talkslast_img read more