Parchment expects fireworks at trials – Olympic silver medallist expects fiercely competitive 110m hurdless

first_imgDOHA, Qatar: Hansle Parchment believes the track and field world could be in for something special at Jamaica’s Olympics trials next month, as he expects fierce competition in the men’s 110m hurdles. The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics followed by silver at the World Championships last year, is expecting fierce competition from the likes of Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley. McLeod burst on to the scene last year with some impressive times, before finishing sixth at the World Championships. The 21-year-old McLeod has gotten off to an even faster start this year, winning the World Indoor title followed by a new personal best clocking of 9.99 in the 100m. Fans will not have to wait long to see McLeod and Parchment match strides, as both men are scheduled to face the starter in tomorrow’s opening meet of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar. But it is next month’s clash that Parchment is really looking forward to, that’s the one which really matters. “Trials coming up is a stepping stone going forward into the Olympics and I am definitely looking forward to the competition,” Parchment said. “As we know we have some good guys coming up; Omar (McLeod) is there and (Andrew) Riley, just to name a few. “So it should be very interesting competition in Jamaica. I hope that we can turn a few heads when we compete at the trials.” Parchment is hoping with the emergence of such top level competition in Jamaica, hurdles will captivate the attention of local track and field fans and get the respect it deserves. “I have always said that hurdling is one of the better events, but just like some of the field events there is not so much attention given to it,” Parchment said. “People don’t really know who is hurdling, who is throwing or who is jumping most of the times, so we want to compete in such a way that people can see what’s happening in the hurdles. We want to raise the level of competition, so that people start talking about hurdling as one of the events to see.” With competition increasing in the event yearly, Parchment anticipates that youngsters will also start gravitating to the discipline more. As it relates to his chances at this year’s Olympics, Parchment is optimistic that once he stays healthy and focus he will do very well. “There has been one small setback, but other than that it has been a good season so far, especially in background training. I have done a lot more than I usually do, so I think I am on a good path,” Parchment said. “So once I keep working and keep the focus I know I will be good for the rest of the season.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Duarte High football coach quits over brawl suspensions

first_img• Video: Duarte and Gladstone FightDUARTE – When the dust settled after Friday night’s brawl between Duarte and Gladstone high school football players, the score was 16 suspensions and one resignation. Administrators from both schools met Tuesday morning and decided eight players from each team should be suspended for one game for their roles in the incident, officials said. That action prompted the abrupt resignation of Duarte High School head coach Wardell Crutchfield on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve had enough, this was the last straw,” Crutchfield said. School officials said the suspensions were warranted, but expressed shock at Crutchfield’s announcement. “We viewed film for about three hours,” said Dr. William Martinez, the principal of Duarte High School. “CIF has a rule that if a player leaves the sidelines during a fight, they are suspended for their next game. “We looked long and hard to identify players from each team who violated these policies, and there were some from our team and some from their team who displayed improper conduct, and they have been suspended for one game.” Azusa Unified School District officials issued a statement confirming the action. “The principals and assistant principals of Gladstone and Duarte highs met today and agreed that players that left the bench would be suspended for one game,” said Kathleen Miller, director of communication for the district. “Since this is a student disciplinary action, no further details will be discussed.” Crutchfield, 31, was in his third season as head coach. Last season, he led the Falcons to the Montview League championship and the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Divisional semifinals. He resigned with his team on top of the Mid-Valley Divisional poll, and with Duarte primed for its best shot at a CIF title in decades. Crutchfield insisted that several more of Gladstone’s players should have been suspended, and that coaches from Gladstone threw punches, including punches directed at him. Gladstone athletic director Chuck Shore would not comment. Neither would Gladiators head coach Albert Sanchez, who exchanged heated postgame comments with Crutchfield following Friday’s contest. Azusa High School football coach Craig Schuster, whose team competes in the Montview league with Duarte and Gladstone, said he understands Crutchfield’s frustrations. “I’m shocked, I thought he was doing a great job turning that program around,” Schuster said. “He brought discipline to that program. I know that some of the people in our league disagree with some of the things he does, or how he’s so outspoken, but I have nothing negative to say about the guy. “I know where he’s coming from when he says he’s not treated fair. I think there are biases and jealousies in our league because he is so successful. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how it is sometimes. “It’s a sad day for our league,” Schuster said, “because he’s a great coach who had his team on top of the division. I, for one, wish he would reconsider.” Crutchfield teaches math at Duarte and has a son enrolled in the school. He graduated from and played football at San Jose State and later played in the Arena Football League. He said he will remain a teacher at Duarte until the end of the school year, then look for another teaching position near his home in Rialto. “I’m disgusted, man. How can you sit here and call that fair treatment?” Crutchfield said. “I’m so tired of it. I’m sick of Duarte getting the bad rap it gets and our players not getting the fair treatment they deserve.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2161 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

Wild Canyon Games 2012 – Extreme Geocaching

first_img SharePrint RelatedJoin in the Geocaching Adventure at the Wild Canyon Games!March 29, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 15, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”April Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMay 11, 2012In “Community” Geocachers from Foundation Fitness competing in the Wild Canyon Games Geocaching Event. The circle highlights a helicopterFour geocachers finally stood atop the rock covered peak of a desert vista. The geocachers could see the horizon stretch out before them for miles. Lackeys Colin Williams (Colin) and Jenn Seva (MissJenn), accompanied by two other geocachers, climbed high enough to look down on the flight path of an observation helicopter.Logging a geocache near the Wild Canyon Games venueLackey Troy Kaser running in the TriathlonThere were no homes to be seen. They squinted to even find a road. But hidden on the largest geocaching course in the world – 55 square miles – 450 geocaches waited in crevasses and cracks, bushes and trees, to be discovered. Colin and Jenn were part of one of two teams competing in the Wild Canyon Games. The Wild Canyon Games is a team-based adventure race competition.Colin and Jenn’s GPS coordinates told them a geocache was somewhere on that peak. They teamed up with other geocachers to find it. Geocaching is just one event in two days worth of adventure games.In the geocaching event hundreds of competitors had four hours to accumulate the most points – by logging geocaches and recording the unique codes inside. Each geocache carried a point value based on its difficulty, terrain, and distance from the start.Lackeys Annie Love and Nicole Bliss ready to download waypoints for the Geocaching EventThe course crawled with more than 600 geocachers. Teams plotted strategy to unlock the geocaching route they believe would deliver them the most points. They raced the clock.Nearly 130 teams from the Pacific Northwest of the United States competed in the games.Lackey Ernesto Ricks after riding the bike courseColin says they had to take the long detour to try to find just one cache – to help even the playing field, “Sure, we climbed the highest mountain in the area. If we spent the whole time geocaching it would have been unfair to the rest of the field.”Lackeys helped the rest of the field prepare for the event. The Lackey teams assisted competitors by downloading the waypoints on GPS devices and offering GPS device training before the geocaching event began. Groundspeak’s two teams of seven also competed in an Olympic length relay triathlon and a seven stage relay which included, among other obstacles, a 50 foot canyon swing, an elevated ropes course, and a zip-line.Lackeys MissJenn and Colin pointing the mountain they climbedLackey Annie Love (Love) completed the zip line safely. But she says, her fate seemed a little unsure at the top of the tower, “As I was about to step off the Zip Line platform, I had a quick thought of ‘OMG, I am going to die!!’ and then I thought to myself ‘My team needs me.’ and I leaped off.”The weekend wrapped up with a team relay race called Creek to Peak that features Cyclo-Cross, an obstacle course, a lake sprint swim, two mountain sprints, and much more.But for Lackeys like Constance Baldwin, it was the geocaching that defined the weekend. She says, “Geocaching brought us together in sometimes adverse terrain and we cared for each other. It was extremely profound for me personally and made me love the game and Groundspeak and what we do even more.”Wild Canyon Games 2013 is already being planned for next year. When asked by the emcee of the event, “Are you coming back next year?” Lackey Bethany Buer simply said, “Duh!” And we hope to see you there.A special thanks to the Wild Canyon Games organizers and Paul Tannahill (Pablo Mac) and his team for preparing the geocaching Teams at the Wild Canyon Games (not pictured Lackey Volunteers Cathy Hornback and Tom Phillips ) Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Geocacher Finds a Veteran’s Lost Dog Tags – 25 Years Later

first_img SharePrint RelatedItchy, Scratchy, & Rashy – Bad Things Come in Threes…May 17, 2015In “Community”It’s Time for Tick TalkMarch 31, 2015In “Community”Extreme Geocaching in Pictures (and Video)April 29, 2013In “Community” “Stranger still is what I found on my way into the location. I found hanging from a tree an authentic set of military dog tags.”– Kelley PiekarekFound while searching for “1415 Challenge” outside Ann Arbor, MichiganKelley Piekarek geocached in the northern U.S. state of Michigan in the ice cold of winter. That’s an act of bravery that might warrant its own story. But on January 6, Kelley came out of the snowy woods around Ann Arbor with more than a geocache find. As she tromped to the location of the hidden geocache container, she caught the flash of metal in a low tree. Kelley thought it might be a Geocaching game piece called a Travel BugⓇ. The game pieces resemble dog tags. But she soon recognized them as a weathered pair of real military dog tags.“It honestly looked like the small tree had grown up through the chain, it was that twisted in.” Kelley said.Kelley in JanuaryHolding those dog tags in her hands, she made a decision. She’d find their owner, Raymond Morin. Kelley said, “First I contacted the Armory at the recommendation of a fellow Geocacher on Facebook. They were only able to tell me he was not dead.” Kelley kept asking questions. She placed a call Veteran’s Affairs. They were unable to help. A Wisconsin lead fizzled. Facebook didn’t lead anywhere.Then, Kelley got a break, “I searched the online White Pages and found a person of this name lived in a town nearby. I called the number and spoke to Henry Morin, Raymond’s dad and he told me that yes, his son was in the military and his penchant for wandering in the woods.”Raymond’s lost dog tagsRaymond’s parents said he’s lived in a group home for the past twelve years. They met at the home. Almost as soon as Kelley walked in the door she was able to place the dog tags into Raymond’s hands.She said the search to find Raymond mirrored geocaching, “It was really an uplifting experience. This whole thing has been a lot like a puzzle cache-but in reverse-where I found the cache and then had to find the owner, following few clues. He and his parents were very gracious and appreciative.”Look at these three pictures, as the exchange happened. Kelley meets RaymondGrateful hugs are exchangedSelfie with dog tags“…they believe he lost the tags about 25 years ago.”They discovered the tags were lost for more than two decades. Kelley said, “They discussed it and they believe he lost the tags about 25 years ago. He remembers setting them down when he was walking in the woods when he first was getting sick but could not find them again. Apparently he lived only a mile or so away from where I found the tags.”And Kelley was ready to act when she found those tags. Being an everyday hero has been part of her life.I-AM-THAT-HEROEach geocacher chooses a username. Kelley chose her’s when she started geocaching in 2006. She wanted that name to inspire her young children, to teach them an important lesson. That lesson she says, “Live your life as an example to others of ‘a good person.’ Someone who loves others and respects themselves, does good for the community and asks nothing in return. Thinks of others first and encourages learning in all its aspects.”Kelley’s Geocaching username name is I-AM-THAT-HERO. Kelley says, “I believe kids need to see more ordinary hero’s So ‘I am that hero’ to my kids.”And now she’s that quiet hero to a veteran, his family and so many more.Raymond was honorably discharged from the military in 1984Raymond wearing his dog tagsShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Court reserves order in coal block case

first_imgA special court has reserved for July 31 orders on framing of charges against a private firm, its two directors and another person in a case of alleged irregularities in the allocation of the Dhadhu coal block in Jharkhand. The CBI is prosecuting Pawanjay Steel and Power Limited (PSPL), its two directors, Gyanchand Prasad Agarwal and Umesh Prasad Agarwal, and S.K. Kanungo, chief manager (Marketing) of Hari Machines Ltd (HML) in the case.The court reserved the order on conclusion of arguments by counsel for the accused and the prosecution.The court had on September 28 last year summoned them for criminal conspiracy and cheating, saying “prima facie there were sufficient incriminating evidence on record against them.”They had been later granted bail after they appeared before the court on November 9 in pursuance to a summons.The CBI had registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against PSPL, its directors, Mr. Kanungo and other unknown persons, including public servants.Criminal conspiracyPSPL and its two directors along with Mr. Kanungo hatched a criminal conspiracy with a view to deceive the Ministry of Coal (MoC) to induce it to allocate a captive coal block in favour of the accused firm, the charge sheet said.last_img read more