first_imgRoger Federer stared down defeat and saved two match points before knocking Tomas Berdych out of the Miami Open on Thursday with a 6-2 3-6 7-6(6) victory in their thrilling quarter-final.Federer will next face Nick Kyrgios on Friday after the 12th seeded Australian edged German teenager Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-7(9) 6-3 in an evening quarter-final, finally clinching victory on his sixth match point.Swiss magician Federer had to call upon all his resources of skill, poise and experience to edge the Czech in a third set tiebreak in front of a frenzied crowd at Crandon Park.Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in the tiebreak but Federer reeled off four points in a row, including two unplayable serves, and secured the win when the 10th seed crumbled with an awful second serve.Federer conceded he had rode his luck at times to advance.“I’ve had some tough losses here where I should have won. They stay with you so I’m happy today to have come through somehow,” he said courtside.“I definitely got very lucky at the end but I think I showed great heart today and I fought. Tomas really stepped it up and it was a great match at the end but one guy had to win.”Australian Open champion Federer, who also won at Indian Wells two weeks ago, is playing some of the best tennis of his career and appears completely recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the second half of last year.‘STAY AGGRESSIVE’The 35-year-old is 17-1 this season, his only loss a surprise defeat to Russian Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai.Federer has won all seven of the tiebreaks he has faced during his current American campaign.“I enjoy winning breakers because those are the ones that are going to make you win a tournament or not sometimes,” he said.“(My thought process is) don’t mess up, hit a few aces, stay aggressive on the return, all those silly things that never work but they seem to be working now.”In the tiebreak, Berdych hit a backhand winner into the corner to set up two match points, the first on serve, but netted a forehand to squander the first.Federer saved the second match point with a superb first serve and set up his own with an ace down the middle. The pressure reverted to Berdych and this time he cracked, his second serve landing closer to the baseline than the service line.Kyrgios is looking forward to facing Federer after pulling out of their scheduled Indian Wells quarter-final with a virus.“He’s my favourite player, so I’m going to enjoy the moment,” said the 21-year-old, who won their only career meeting, on clay in Madrid in 2015.“He’s the greatest of all time. We don’t know how long he’s going to hang around so it’s a blessing.”last_img read more

first_imgA heat wave scorching Japan is raising questions about timing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during July and August, typically the annual peak for temperatures and humidity, and the health risks that might pose for athletes and spectators.When Tokyo first hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, they were held during the cooler, drier month of October. The 1968 Mexico City games were also held in October.But most Summer Olympics for the past three decades have been held in July or August, recognised as an ideal time window for TV networks to cover the event.They pay billions of dollars for broadcasting rights during these months when the global sports calendar is otherwise light, increasing the chances of capturing a bigger audience.Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports, which broadcast the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics in the United States, said “the IOC is well aware of American network preferences for the timing of the Summer and Winter games,” referring to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).“The Summer Olympics are simply of less value if held in October because of pre-existing programme commitments for sports,” he told Reuters.The IOC stipulated that bidders for the 2020 Olympics should hold the event between July 15 and Aug 31. Tokyo chose July 24 to Aug 9.To set the dates, the IOC gets input from international sporting federations so as not to interrupt their schedules.PRIME TIMEBut the dates are also chosen because of the lull in the sports calendar, public Olympic records show and TV sports marketing experts say.In September or October, the Olympics would have to compete for viewers’ attention against other events, such as the start of the NFL American football season, Major League Baseball playoffs in the United States and the early months of the football season in Europe.“It’s designed to fit in this window, a lull in the sports schedule where not much is going on,” said Victor Matheson, a professor of economics at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.Candidate cities can propose alternative dates, although they are not always granted. When Doha in Qatar proposed hosting the 2020 games in October because it was too hot in July and August, the Olympic Broadcasting Services, which provides TV coverage for many events, and International Television and Marketing Services were critical of the idea in feedback published in an April 2012 Olympic working group report.“Olympic Games held in the IOC’s preferred period of July/August provide broadcasters with a ‘guarantee’ that they will be prime-time market leaders,” the feedback read. “In October, broadcasters would face lower viewership/ratings levels.”NBC, which in 2014 agreed to pay the IOC $7.65bn for exclusive broadcasting rights in the United States through 2032, declined to comment.Discovery Communications, which acquired Eurosport in 2015 and spent €1.3bn to buy pan-European rights to four Olympics through the Paris 2024 games, also declined to comment.IOC spokesman Michael Noyelle said in an email that broadcasters provide their input during the development of the competition schedule after the Olympics dates have been set.The IOC established July and August as the months to hold the Summer Olympics in 2000, Noyelle said. “As there was no exception requested for the Tokyo 2020 candidature, no stakeholders were consulted on Tokyo’s dates,” he said.‘IDEAL CLIMATE’Most Summer Olympics have been held in July and August since 1976, and organisers have had to cope with hot weather in several host cities.Exceptions to the dates are made. The 2000 Sydney games were held in the last two weeks of September to adjust to the Southern Hemisphere weather.Tokyo said in its bid that its proposed dates have “many days of mild and sunny weather,” providing “an ideal climate for athletes to perform at their best.”The concerns about high temperatures during the Olympics have arisen because of a heatwave in Japan this year.Temperatures soared to a record 41.1 Celsius on Monday just north of Tokyo. At least 80 people have died and thousands have gone to hospitals.However, the average high for the last 10 days of July and first 10 days of August in Tokyo over the past 20 years has been about 32 Celsius, according to Japan Meteorological Agency data.A team of international researchers that gathered heat, humidity and other data along the proposed Tokyo marathon course in late July and August in 2016 and 2017 found conditions could put athletes and spectators at increased risk of heat stroke, and have urged organisers to create more areas of shade.“I’m afraid that Tokyo’s conditions will be the worst in Olympic history” for the marathon, said Makoto Yokohari, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Tokyo who was involved in the study and is an advisor to Olympics planners.Tokyo organisers say they are taking the warnings seriously, and have decided to move up the start time of the marathon races to 7am from 7:30am They are also covering the marathon course and other major roads with more than 100 kilometers of a resin-based surface that reflects infrared rays and lowers the pavement temperature by as much as 8 degrees Celsius.Organisers are also looking at ways to keep spectators cool with tents, fans and sprays of cooling mist.“We are preparing for the heat counter-measures in every possible aspect,” said Masa Takaya, a Tokyo 2020 spokesman.Holding the games in October or November “would be an ideal time for Tokyo, but I would say never in summer in Tokyo,” said Yokohari, the marathon study professor. “It’s hot and very humid.”last_img read more

first_img…from the CCJWell, the last foot has finally dropped on whether or not the people of Guyana have delegated ALL the sovereignty they possess onto their elected representatives. But the CCJ has unfortunately dropped the foot into some very slushy ground, so one really can’t be sure where it’ll actually end up!! To get a handle what the Richardson case – which the CCJ just decided – was all about, one has to remember that whether a fella can be President of our fair land for more than two terms might’ve been the QUESTION posed by Richardson, it wasn’t really the ultimate LEGAL issue!!Unfortunately, however, six of the Justices on the CCJ did fixate about the “question” only – and then missed the forest of modern constitutionalism, for the tree of “third term”!! Then again it could be that the decision of Justice Ian Chang in the High Courts – latter affirmed by Justices Carl Singh and BS Roy in the Appellate Court – flew over their heads!!These judicial worthies based their decision, of course, on the seminal decision of the Indian Supreme Court in Keshavananda. This introduced a new doctrine into Common Law jurisdictions, that there are certain defining features of a Constitution that’re so fundamental to the delineated legal regime that if any one were to be altered by the Legislature – this would be dubbed unconstitutional! It would be like removing the ability of a lamp to give light and still calling it a lamp!! Can’t work!One of these features in our Constitutions was the separation of powers. Another was that the sovereignty of the people in our constitution is never completely delegable – and as such, even if the legislature were to follow a prescribed procedure to alter one of those fundamental features – called the “basic structure” of the Constitution – then the court can declare the change “illegal”. We would then have the SEEMING paradox of a “constitutional illegality”!! It’s not that the changes can’t be made, but they would have to be approved either in a referendum of the people or via a constituent assembly.In Richardson, however, the CCJ majority explicitly refused to adopt this doctrine and insisted on mechanically testing whether the question of restricting the choice of the electors in reference to presidential candidates – actually changed two specifically mentioned “referendum” Articles – 1 and 9 – to such an extent that Guyana was no longer a “democratic sovereign” state!! Not that “democracy” or “sovereignty of the people” might be IMPINGED, but that the test of the impact of the change was to be an all or nothing proposition! Before the change Guyana was a “sovereign democracy” and the day after the change, it would have to cease being so!!Now even the smallest child would know that this is patently absurd!!The question is why didn’t the CCJ see that?…of the CCJ and race??Your Eyewitness was floored, to say the least, by the Chronic’s headline summarising AG Basil Williams’ and his legal team’s reaction to the CCJ’s decision as a “big blow to racism”. What the heck does ‘racism” have to do with the CCJ’s decision? Didn’t the CCJ majority say that a major reason for their decision was the NATIONAL consensus that led to the constitutional amendments of 2000, which included the contentious Art 90??Williams’ outburst, however, gives credence to those who’ve been saying all along that when putatively impartial institutions are staffed by one ethnic group they’ll have a tendency to be wary of the “other”. It’s quite possible Williams and his team must’ve been pushing the line in the Caribbean that Jagdeo and his constituency are “racist” against African-Guyanese.And by extension, other West Indians of African descent. And muddying all Guyana!…in cricketWhy would the Chronic say that changing Harper as the Amazon Warriors Coach was a “snub”. If they’ve been the bridesmaid so many times, but never the bride, shouldn’t the Warriors make a change?last_img read more

first_img…corruptionIt’s rather rich for the PNC types to tag the PPP as being irredeemably corrupt when in only three years there have been more acknowledged instances of corruption than in the entire 23 years of the PPP regime. Sure the PPP had instances of corruption – that’s inevitable any government not made up of angels. But if the PPP ACTUALLY were so corrupt, how come there hasn’t been a SINGLE conviction in three years? And it hasn’t been for lack of trying!!There were the FIFTY forensic audits; there were two specialised agencies launched – SARA and SOCU – at the cost of billions. But yet the PNC keeps on going on about “corruption” by the PPP during its term of office. It has to be a case of what Freud calls “projection”! You know…you feel guilty about some shameful act you did, and you vehemently accuse others of committing that very act, to show that you’re not bent that way!Fact of the matter is that the PNC was birthed from corruption and corruption, therefore, is part and parcel of its institutional genetic makeup. Was it not “corruption” to facilitate the externally-funded coup that ousted the PPP in 1964? And it was from original corruption that all PNC’s subsequent actions were poisoned by corruption. Like rigging elections for 28 years and corrupting their supporters’ minds by making that OK.When you do that to people, their ability to take a moral position on wrongs even in their own lives becomes corrupted. And that’s what the PNC did to our entire society. The dictatorship lied about every action they took and forced the people to “believe” them. Pretty soon no one could tell right from wrong! And it’s this moral blindness the PNC’s projecting onto the PPP right now, as their corruption flowed reflexively the moment they entered office.The D’Urban Park “Stadium”? How many hundreds of millions are still unaccounted for?The US$18 million “bonus” signed in secret for the 5bbl oil giveaway and secreted away? Then there was the $632 million Pharma contract with ANSA; the bottom-house pharma warehouse; the Demerara Harbour “swing bridge; and not to mention the under-invoicing fuel scam that’s still going on.How can the PNC talk about corruption in the PPP when that party had to work miracles to remove the US$2.1 billion debt the former left us saddled with.Have they no shame?…of violenceAnother instance of “projection” playing out by the PNC is to claim “under the PPP” hundreds of persons were murdered – and implying they were mostly African choir boys. But what’s never mentioned is how and by whom the killing spree started. From the moment the PPP won the free and fair elections in 1992, the PNC created a climate of hate against the new administration. For instance, by trumpeting claims of “ethnic cleansing” in the public service, conveniently ignoring that Hoyte started the downsizing – which was ordered by the IMF.After they lost the 1997 elections, it was in the hostile climate of PNC violent protests that 31 businessmen were murdered in 1999 alone. Then, of course, came the PNC ‘slow fyah; mo’ fyaah’ that resulted in dozens of policemen and civilians killed in the frontal attack on the State by the “Breakout Mash 5”. Why not mention these?For it was under this cover the drug lords launched their grab for turf.…for City Hall profligacyOnce again, the PNC central government has bailed out City Hall – this time to the tune of $100 million, for garbage collected. Never mind they’re facilitating rampant corruption and nepotism by the PNC gang.For refusing to fund this corruption, the PPP’s blamed for being “racist”!!last_img read more

first_imgMessi and Neymar, along with overlooked Uruguay star Luis Suarez, formed a formidable front three that propelled Barca to five trophies in 2015, including a second Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey treble in six seasons.Messi, who won the award four times in a row from 2009-2012, scored 48 goals for Barca in 2015 as the Catalan giants reclaimed their status as the world’s top club side, easily overcoming South American champions River Plate in the Club World Cup in Japan last month.Former Barca captain Carles Puyol believes Messi is the clear frontrunner for the award and backed the Argentine to rack up yet more honours in the years to come.“You never know what can happen, but it would be a big surprise and injustice if Messi didn’t win the Ballon d’Or,” Puyol told Barcelona’s official website.“The best thing about him is that he continues to evolve and has more records all the time. Now he is more complete and it seems as if he has no ceiling.“It is difficult to imagine another player winning five Ballon d’Ors, but, moreover, Leo Messi will not retire tomorrow and if he wins on Monday and continues like that, he can win more.”Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu was also quick to throw his support behind Messi, while Luis Enrique, who is up for coach of the year alongside Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola and Chile’s Copa America-winning boss Jorge Sampaoli, called the Argentine “unique and unrepeatable”.By comparison, it was a turbulent season for Ronaldo — world player of the year in 2008, 2013 and 2014 — and Real Madrid as they played second fiddle to their arch rivals despite a contribution of 54 goals in 52 games from their Portuguese talisman.Neymar may appear an outsider for the award this time, but the 23-year-old Brazilian is emerging as the main threat to end the Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or stranglehold — Kaka in 2007 was the last player other than the dominant duo to claim the prize — after transforming his prodigious talent into 41 goals of his own this past year.Enrique also insisted that Messi should walk away with another prize in Zurich after being nominated for the best goal of the year for his sensational solo effort in the final of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao.Messi’s strike is up against Alessandro Florenzi’s incredible long-range effort against Barcelona for Roma back in September and Brazilian Wendell Lira, but Enrique believes the setting of Messi’s goal in a cup final gives it added value.“It is more difficult to beat four or five players in a Cup final. The other one is in a Champions League group game and obviously has its merit. Florenzi is a player with a spectacular shot, but for me Messi’s has more merit,” said Enrique.USA World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd, Japan midfielder Aya Miyama and now-retired Germany striker Celia Sasic are in contention for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.Meanwhile, Jill Ellis (USA/USA national team), Mark Sampson (Wales/England national team) and Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team) are the final trio to battle it out for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Messi widely tipped to regain Ballon d’OrZURICH, January 11 – Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is targeting an unprecedented fifth Ballon d’Or award in Zurich on Monday, with the Argentine heavily favoured to reclaim the prize from three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.Brazil striker Neymar, who plays alongside Messi at Barca, is also in the running to be crowned world player of the year after he was included on the three-man shortlist for the first time.last_img read more

first_imgYou’re picking up the bill for the banks – againSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the taxpayer is plugging a €58m hole in the cost of financial regulation.Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “In a follow up letter in reply to questions I raised at a recent Finance Committee the Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has confirmed that of the regulatory cost of €128m a full €57.9m was unrecovered from industry.“The time has come for Minister Noonan to tell the financial services industry that it must pay for its upkeep. “This effectively means the taxpayer is picking up the tab for regulating the financial industry. That is an unacceptable way for such an important and profitable industry to be regulated.“The Governor goes on to list sectors that only contribute 50% of the regulatory costs. These include Insurance Undertakings, Securities and Investment Firms, Investment Funds and Investment Fund Service Providers and Moneylenders. We are talking about some businesses with turnovers in the millions if not billions.” TAXPAYERS PICKS UP €58M BILL BANKS REFUSED TO PAY – DOHERTY was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:financial regulationPearse Doherty TDtaxpayerslast_img read more

first_imgTODAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss emphysema and asthma, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at Success Tracks, 24789 Valley St., Santa Clarita. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesSanta Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture will discuss high blood pressure, 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Auditions for “Rocky Horror Show,” 6-10 p.m. at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5070. Corporate Power Study session titled “The Nature of Community,” 7 p.m. at 25439 Via Macarena, Valencia. Call Carole Lutness at (661) 755-3772. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at Valencia Dental Group, 28134 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Business workshop titled “How to Start and Manage a Business,” 9 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 294-9375. Volunteer Orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721 .160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgRangers board members have met to discuss the future of boss Pedro Caixinha in the wake of their latest setback.Further pressure was heaped on the Portuguese coach after a troubled seven-month reign at Ibrox when his side followed up Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Wednesday.The Gers directors gathered at Ibrox on Thursday morning to talk through their next move. Chairman Dave King left the meeting early but the rest of his boardroom colleagues remained to mull over their options.King refused to comment as he rushed past reporters on his way out of club offices at Ibrox, but Caixinha’s position as Rangers manager looks increasingly vulnerable after his side somehow blew an injury-time lead over Steve Clarke’s Killie.Caixinha had demanded a response after accusing his players of embarrassing the club with Sunday’s Hampden loss to Well, but they failed to build on Jamie Holt’s 44th-minute opener and Killie created a series of chances in the final quarter.And Rangers spectacularly mismanaged the game in added time.Daniel Candeias saw a poor spot-kick saved by Jamie MacDonald, although he was not helped by a long delay which saw his team-mate Ryan Jack sent off for appearing to push, knee and possibly even headbutt Kirk Broadfoot.MacDonald then began a counter-attack which ended with Chris Burke converting Stephen O’Donnell’s cross to stun Ibrox and seal a 1-1 draw which saw Rangers drop below Motherwell into fourth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership.Caixinha watched the action from the stands, a few seats away from King, after accepting a one-match ban following his dismissal at Hampden following a clash with Fir Park counterpart Stephen Robinson.The Light Blues boss cut a much more restrained figure after the match, saying he was happy with the players’ efforts.Caixinha claimed he was not worried about his job, but, when asked for a message to supporters, the 46-year-old offered little of substance to reassure them that improvement was on its way.“I say to the fans that they are the most loyal fans in the world,” he said. “They don’t deserve to pass through these situations.“As I tell you all the time, we work for them. I’m more disappointed than them because, besides being Rangers manager, I am also a Rangers fan. I’m blue inside.“When I come to represent one club, I represent it with every single thing I have to give, with my passion, my knowledge and my work.“I’m doubly disappointed because I’m a fan and a manager at the same time, but I’m strong. I’m strong enough to take things forward and always look to put things in the right place.” 1last_img read more

first_imgPaul Konechne, an assistant wrestling coach for Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, is being inducted into the Jackrabbit Hall of Fame.Konechne is a 2 time national champion for the SDSU Jackrabbits and was inducted into the Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016. The induction takes place the weekend of November 9Paul Konechne earned NCAA Division II All-America honors four times, winning two national titles at 141 pounds, and completed his career as the all-time leader for victories during his standout career at SDSU from 1998-2001.Upon his arrival at South Dakota State in the fall of 1997, Konechne immediately made an impact in the Jackrabbit lineup. He compiled a 33-13 overall record as a freshman, placing third in the 134-pound weight class at the North Central Conference Championships and sixth at the NCAA Division II Championships.With a new set of weight classes implemented at the start of the 1998-99 season, Konechne moved into the 141-pound division where he truly excelled. He again placed third at the North Central Conference Championships and wrestled his way to the title match at the NCAA Division II Championships, dropping a 12-6 decision to Braumon Creighton of Nebraska-Omaha to end the season with a 23-9 record.The next two seasons, Konechne dominated the 141-pound weight class, posting back-to-back 40-win seasons to tie a school record for most wins in a season. He won his first North Central Conference title and capped his junior campaign with his first national title, winning the 141-pound title with a second-period pin of Nebraska-Kearney’s Kurt Karjalainen on his home mat as South Dakota State hosted the 2000 NCAA Division II Championships.Konechne repeated as 141-pound champion at both the conference and national level during the 2000-01 season, compiling a 40-3 record which included a 15-0 mark in dual competition. In his four matches at the 2001 NCAA Division II Championships in Greeley, Colorado, Konechne recorded one pin and outscored his other three opponents 32-5 en route to the title. SDSU finished as national runner-up in the team standings in 2001.A Kimball South Dakota native, Konechne finished his Jackrabbit career with a 137-30 record, surpassing the school record for victories previously set by three-time national champion and 2004 Division II Hall of Fame inductee Chad Lamer (132-30-2 record).An electrical engineering major, Konechne was honored as an NWCA All-Academic selection three times and was named to the GTE/Verizon Academic All-America Team as an at-large selection in both 2000 and 2001.This story comes from our News Partner, Lyon County News, Inc Newspaper in George.last_img read more

first_imgA unique road safety programme pioneered in Donegal has won a major award.The Pro-Social Drivers Programme based in Letterkenny won the National Supreme Award at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards.This innovative programme established in 2012 and operated by Gary Doggett and Martin McFadden was designed to be a rehabilitation programme for people who have been engaged in anti-social driving behaviour. The Programme has been supported and endorsed by the Local Garda Inspector Michael Harrison and the Court Service via Judge Paul Kelly.To date, the programme has worked with over 180 people who have been referred through the Courts Service as well as legal professionals and concerned family members.Road Safety Programme picks up Major National Award. – The Pro-Social Drivers Programme based in Letterkenny has recently won the National Supreme Award at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards. From left are Seated are Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Terence Slowy and Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Back from left are Garth Gibson, Donegal Youth Services, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison, Brian O’Donnell (Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council and Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Drivers Programme. Photo Clive WassonRoad Safety has been a major agenda item across Donegal as a whole for a number of years now and the Pro-Social Drivers Programme is one a many organisations who make up the Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG). The DRSWG role out a variety of events, initiatives and multi-media campaigns aimed at spreading the road safety message.Brian O’Donnell (Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council) said “We in the Donegal Road Safety Working Group are delighted to hear of the success of The Pro-Social Drivers Programme in the RSA Leading Light Awards. They have built on past success of other members of the Group such as Donegal County Council and Donegal Youth Service who won a Leading Lights award last year for the work of the Donegal Youth Councillors on Road Safety Radio Campaigns. As a wider group we are all committed to making a combined on-going effort to make our roads safer for all who use them.” Mick Quinlivan, Pro Social Drivers Programme, stated “We would like to thank Donegal County Council for all their assistance to date and we look forward to working with the Members of Donegal County Council as we develop and expand the programme further”.For those interested in finding out more about the work of the Pro-social Drivers Programme you can contact the organisers at 085 8682040 or Apartment 18, Celtic Apartments, Pearse Rd, Letterkenny.Unique Donegal road safety programme picks up National Award was last modified: January 24th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more