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Okagbare Takes on Thompson, Ahoure in Paris Diamond League

first_img*Chases first sub-11 seconds 100m run in two yearsReigning Nigeria speed queen, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, will be hoping to legally race inside 11 seconds in the 100m event for the first time in two years at the Meeting De Paris, the seventh leg of the money-spinning IAAF Diamond League meetings on Saturday at the Parc de Prince Stadium in Paris.The Nigerian, dethroned as African 100m champion without putting up a fight last year in Durban, South Africa has been struggling for form since she finished last in the 100m (11.02 seconds) in the final of the IAAF World Championships on August 24, 2015 in Beijing, China. Last year she failed to legally run a sub-11 seconds in the blue ribband event as her 10.92 seconds finish on July 18 in at the Sóstói Stadion in Székesfehérvár, Hungary was aided by a +2.6 metres per second trail wind.The last time she ducked inside 11 seconds was on September 3 last year at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich where she ran 10.98 seconds.This year the Nigerian holds an 11.16 seconds personal season best and will be hoping to better this mark by breaking 11 seconds on Saturday in Paris, a ground she will fondly remember for some spectacular performances.It was at the Meeting De Paris that she ran her 10.80 seconds, her second fastest 100m time ever. She was second in the race behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74 seconds) just two years ago.In 2013 she also came second behind Fraser-Pryce at the same meeting, losing by the narrowest of margins (10.92 to 10.93 seconds) while a year later she ran her second fastest time over 200m (22.32) at the meeting.On Saturday, the Moscow 2013 IAAF Worlds double medallist will be hoping the presence of reigning World and Olympic 100m queen, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson and Murielle Ahouré, the Ivorian who dethroned her as African champions at the starting block can propel her back to form and reckoning at the 16th IAAF World Championships in London in August.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more



first_imgCRUEL THIEVES robbed a pensioner while at Mass at the weekend and tried to rob another in her home – as Gardaí warned that burglars are operating in Donegal this week.The latest victim – a woman in her 80s – returned to her home in Glengad in Inishowen to find the house ransacked.Christmas presents were among the items take in the raid. Local people have put together a €1,000 award leading to the capture of those responsible. There have been a number of other burglaries across Co Donegal in the past 48 hours, with warnings in rural areas, particularly in Fanad and Inishowen.Three men tried to break into the home of a 75-year-old woman in Kerrykeel in another incident.“It is just ridiculous,” said a neighbour of the Glengad victim, “how anyone could raid the home of a pensioner while she was at Mass is beyond belief.”Anyone with information on the Glengad burglary should call Gardaí on 074 93 74109. Other incidents in the county came just hours after Gardaí issued a public Christmas safety message.Thieves have also targeted revellers out and about over the weekend, with Nicolle Toland having cash and a phone stolen in Letterkenny.Sgt Paul Wallace told Donegal Daily: “Unfortunately there are people who see Christmas as a time to steal, an opportunity.“The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness.“Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.” To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips:Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home.• Make your home look like someone is living in it. • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting yourpost, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in yourdriveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family membersor a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling toyour holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label yourluggage.• If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, considerputting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home• Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it awayafter, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be usedto access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen bya burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under theChristmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a doorviewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday seasonwhere you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident whenworking in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it isdelivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the doorstep.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items lockedaway out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside toadvertise your good fortune to criminals.COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS TARGET HOMES AS ELDERLY PENSIONER ROBBED was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 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:Christmas break-insGlengadraidsTHEFTSthieveslast_img read more


Pistorius jailed for six years for murdering girlfriend

first_imgSouth African court doubles Pistorius sentence to over 13 years SHARE SHARE EMAIL Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5 years for killing his girlfriend SHARE crime, law and justice RELATED South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was sent to prison for six years on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the latest twist in a trial that has gripped the world.The state and large sections of the South African public had called for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence for murder, saying Pistorius had shown no remorse for the killing.Judge Thokozile Masipa disagreed, accepting the defence’s arguments for a lesser punishment. “Public opinion may be loud and persistent but it can play no role in the decision of this court,” Masipa said. “I am of the view that a long term in prison will not serve justice.”It was not clear whether the state would appeal the verdict.Dressed in a dark suit, the 29-year-old stared straight ahead as Masipa read out the sentence.Pistorius was found guilty of murdering Steenkamp by an appeals court last December. He had initially received a five-year sentence for a manslaughter conviction in 2014 handed down by Masipa, a ruling derided by women’s groups as too lenientIn her ruling on Wednesday, Masipa said that although the Steenkamp family had suffered great loss, Pistorius’ life and career was also in ruins. “The life of the accused shall also never be the same. He is a fallen hero and can never be at peace,” she said.The athlete had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby and his lawyers argued that his disability and mental stress should be considered as mitigating circumstances to reduce his sentence.Pistorius was freed from prison last October after almost a year behind bars to serve out the remainder of his five-year term under house arrest at his uncle’s house in a wealthy suburb of the capital.Some rights groups have said Pistorius, a wealthy white man and international celebrity, has received preferential treatment compared to others without his status or wealth.He argued that he fired four shots into the door of a toilet cubicle at his luxury Pretoria home in the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it.Members of the Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL), who have attended the trial in support of the murdered Steenkamp, said the sentence handed down by Masipa was not sufficient. “First five years, now six years? She is an embarrassment to the justice system,” ANCWL spokeswoman Jacqueline Mofokeng said of Masipa. “It is an insult to women in this country.”Outside the court, a group of people held up placards backing the athlete. One read: “Give Oscar his freedom back please”.Steenkamp’s father Barry, who said during sentencing hearings that Pistorius must pay for his crime, declined to comment on the prospects for an appeal. “We’ll leave that to the state,” he told reporters.Not to appeal six-year sentenceThe Paralympic gold medallist will not appeal a six-year prison sentence given by a South African High Court judge on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his defense team said.Pistorius will serve “between half and two thirds of the sentence” before he can apply for parole, said Andrew Fawcett, Pistorius’ instructing attorney. July 06, 2016 COMMENTS South African court rules Pistorius ‘not guilty’ of murder sport Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius speaks with his legal team ahead of his sentence hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.   –  Reuters The South African Paralympic gold medallist was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last December Oscar Pistorius charged with girlfriend’s murder × null Video: Oscar Pistorius handed six-year sentence for murder people COMMENT Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius speaks with his legal team ahead of his sentence hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.   –  Reuters Published onlast_img read more