Announcement rattles Fayette Regional Health System employees

first_imgConnersville, In. — Following a bankruptcy filing in October, officials from the Fayette County Hospital are telling all 500 workers to look for new employment.If negotiations between the Fayette Regional Health System and an unnamed buyer fall through the hospital could close by July.Some services have been scaled back since the announcement in October.last_img

Usain St. Leo Bolt – greatest sprinter

first_img…first triple-treble winner in historyBy: Ras WadadaHE is the first and only human to win three consecutive treble-Gold at the world’s most prestigious sporting event – the Olympics, and to underline his genius, Usain St. Leo Bolt holds the world records for both the 100M and 200M events,;making him the fastest human being and undoubtedly the greatest sprinter to ever grace an athletic track.The supremely talented 6 feet 5 inches tall Jamaican has captivated and enthralled the world with his more than often effortless dominant runs, infectious charisma and unmatchable showmanship, over an eigh- year period. Now that he has indicated that Rio 2016 isthe final chapter of his illustrious Olympics career, the big question no one seems to have an answer for is, who will fill ‘the Big-man’s shoes? He surely will be missed.The four-time Olympian is arguably the most talked-about person in the world currently, and Jamaicans back home are beginning to compare him with another of their international superstar, the legendary Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley.Today, ‘King Bolt’ celebrates another milestone in life – his 30th birthday – and one can only imagine the millions of well- wishers he has worldwide and via the cyber world. This legendary journey all began in the tiny village of Sherwood Content, Trelawny, with two very special persons who gifted to the world this very special ‘Lightning Bolt’.The head foundation of this world-class speedster is none other than Mr. Wellesley Bolt who skillfully planted this powerful seed that was specially blessed by the Almighty and then lovingly nurtured by Jennifer who delivered this unique gift to the world,one week past his due date, on this day in 1986.Bolt’s athletic prowess was spotted at an early age while playing football and cricket in the streets, and at age 12, he was his Primary school’s fastest runner.Waldensia Primary is where his athletics career began.Three years later in 2001, he copped a Silver in the 200M, representing William Knibb Memorial High at the annual inter-schools athletics meet,and at the regional CARIFTA annual championship the same year, he won a silver in the 200M, in his first outing for Jamaica.The man chiefly responsible for honing Bolt’s gifted talent and shaping it into making him the undisputed ‘Sprint King’ of the world, is Coach Stephen Francis, whose expertise is also responsible for guiding 2-time Olympic 100M Gold Medalist Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce.Bolt first introduced himself to the world when he captured Gold in the 200M at the world Junior Track and field, staged in Kingston, Jamaica in 2002, and two years later he ran 19.93 at the Junior CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda, for a new Junior World record.After an ordinary outing in his first Olympics at Athens in 2004, Bolt returned four years later to light up the world at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with record-breaking performances in the 100M and 200M on his way to his first triple-Gold, which he replicated four years later at the London Games.Amid wild speculation that he cannot achieve the triple-treble Gold at the Rio Games, the imposing Bolt silenced his few critics while disdainfully obliterating all opposition there was to offer, consequently placing himself among an ‘elite three’ of track and field Olympian athletes to have won nine Gold Medals, the most by an athlete. American Carl Lewis and Finland’s Paavo Nurmi are the other two track athletes with nine Gold medals to their credit. The Finnish cross country and long distance runner won five Golds at the 1924 Paris games, a feat yet to be equaled by an athlete.While King Bolt sits alone at the top of an unreachable pedestal of 3 consecutive victories in the 100M, 200M and 4x100M relays, three other athletes did the triple-Gold at an Olympics at different times. Americans Jesse Owens in 1936, Bobby Joe-Morrow in 1956, and Carl Lewis in 1984,have all won the triple Gold at one ‘Olympic Games’, but the ace sprinter of all times has done it thrice. Owens and Lewis both also got Gold in the Long Jump in 1936 and 1984 respectively.Bolt’s only blemish at a major International meet during his eight year reign of 2008 to 2016 is his disqualification for a false start in the 100M final at the World Athletics Championships in Korea in 2011. The year 2008 marked his introduction to the 100M,and in only his second International race, he smashed the world record in New York with a time of 9.72 and broke that record two more times after.He has brokenthe world record for the 200m twice also. The present world record for the sprints were set in Berlin at the World Track and Field Championships in 2009, where ‘Lightning Bolt’ struck twice – 9.58 secs. in the 100M and 19.19 secs. in the 200M. This marks the first and only time, since fully automatic time became mandatory,that one athlete holds both world records.The six-time Jamaican Sportsman of the year winner was also awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2009 and 2010 and named IAAF’s Male Athlete of the year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.The world will get a last glimpse of one of Athletics’ most loved champion next year February when he appears in his final World Track and Field Championships, in London. His present all-time tally of Gold at the World Track and Field Championships stands at three in the 100M, and four each in the 200M and 4x100M relays.Considering what he just comfortably and gracefully delivered in Rio, one would be tempted to say that the World’s greatest sprinter can do it one more time, but he is adamant that it is his last Olympics. Indeed, millions are heartbroken at his decision to end his electrifying and entertaining exploits on the Olympics track.I totally respect his timing to call it quits while at the peak of a most rewarding career, but for the majority of the World and the sport of athletics, it would be the best thing ever to have Usain St. Leo Bolt for one last time at an Olympics,which will be in Tokyo 2020.last_img read more

Hope says didn’t do enough in ODI series, looks forward to T20s

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Despite being the West Indies’ lead scorer in two of the three matches in the just concluded ODI series, Shai Hope has lamented that he did not do enough to give his side a desired victory over Sri Lanka.Hope made 238 runs at average of 79.3 runs per innings in the three-match series, top-scoring in the first match with 115 and again in the third with 72. He put 51 on the board in the second match against the hosts.But speaking to the media after West Indies lost their last contest to suffer a whitewash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday night, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman said he wanted to do more as his team tried to record their first series win on Sri Lankan soil.“I feel as if I’m not scoring enough runs. I’m just trying to do my job for the team,” said Hope, who was on the field more than any other player in the series.“My job is to bat long and score runs and it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get the wins in this series. They say there’s a learning curve for everything, so hopefully we can learn from this as quickly as possible and move on from there.”Hope also acknowledged that, overall, the West Indies “didn’t play the crucial moments well”, especially in the first and last contests.“Cricket is one of those games where you have to grasp those game-changing moments and we didn’t do that. I think Sri Lanka did that pretty well. So that’s one thing that I can highlight for this series and going forward, that is one thing we should really point out as a team,” he added.As the Caribbean men prepare for their T20 International series which will also be played here – the first match today and the second on Friday – they will be hoping to put the series loss behind them and learn from their mistakes.“We just have to continue believing in what we know we can do and what the team can achieve. We’ve done enough to get here and we just need to tick a few more boxes to get us across that line,” Hope said.“We’ve had a decent run of form in the past few ODI tours that we’ve had. So yes, it’s a 3-0 loss and a setback for us, but there’s a lot to look forward to. We can say we ticked some boxes in this series, but having said that, there’s a lot that we can work on. So, we’re looking forward to see what we have in store for the next series.”The squad will be looking to build momentum towards the ICC T20 World Cup which will be played in Australia later this year.Included are dynamic all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell who played vital roles when the West Indies won the World Cup under captain Darren Sammy in 2012 and again in 2016.Hope said he was pleased to be back in the T20 squad and hoped to learn from the duo.“I played one game against the Afghanistan team in India and I always want to play every format if I can. I’m just glad to be here again. They’ve (Russell and Bravo) been playing T20 cricket for however long now, and they have a heap of experience.I’m sure that the guys coming up, the new ones in the team, like myself, we can get some knowledge from them and hopefully they can continue doing what they do best and we can win this series coming up,” he said.last_img read more

Defendant claims he found victim dead

first_imgHead in Bucket trial– to know fate next weekDefence Attorney Damian Da Silva and State Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial on Thursday presented closing arguments in the case involving Vindra Siriram who has been accused of submerging the head of his common-law wife, Shelly-Ann Persaud, in a five-gallon bucket of water between June 9 and June 10, 2014.The defence team contended that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused murdered the mother of his three children at their Friendship, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home.In an unsworn statement before Justice James Bovell-Drakes, the murder accusedAccused: Vindra Siriramtold the court that he loved his wife and also wanted to know who killed her, claiming that he was beaten by the Police. In addition, he stated at a garbage bag was placed over his head and was forced to sign a caution statement.Siriram claimed that in fact, on the morning of June 10, he woke up and found his wife in that position and immediately called out to a neighbour. This, he contended, is evidence of his innocence.“I did not kill my wife. I wake up and saw her like that…. If I killed my wife, I would never sit down home and cry.” This he claimed he told the Police at the Ruimveldt Police Station.He added that a rank told him that “people like me don’t deserve to live in society and you’re going to go to jail for the rest of your life”. The defendant also stated that on the Monday before the murder, after work, the bus stopped at Herstelling, EBD, where he and some co-workers drank at a rum shop before leaving around 19:00h.Siriram noted that after he reached home, an argument erupted between him and his wife during which he was hit to the wrist. He added that after his daughter parted them, he went and “get knock-out” and woke up around 02:00h the following day.The accused went on to add that the back door was left open and as he looked outside, he saw his wife lying face down in the five-gallon bucket of water.The defendant further explained to the court that after hollering for “Shell!” and no getting a response, he called out to a neighbour, “Aunty Iris”, ‘“please come andDeceased: Shelly-Ann Persaudsee how I wake up and see Shelly”.“I asked her to call the Police and she asked: ‘Did you do this?’ and I told her, ‘I did not kill Shelly’,” he told the jury.Siriram added that he went across the road and spoke to Shelly-Ann’s father, Ovin Morris and “Seon” and told them, “Come and see how I wake up and see Shelly.”Prosecutor Bishundial, however, impressed upon the jury members that they should not be fooled by Siriram’s story, adding that it was built on convenient explanations.She recalled the testimony of Persaud’s sister, Sherry-Ann, who witnessed the accused slapping her sister in front of others. Witnesses, including the couple’s young daughter, testified that Siriram and Persaud would often fight.The pathologist testified that there were marks of violence about the body and signs of compression as if someone forced her down.Persaud who had known Siriram since she was 13 was said to have dropped out of school during the relationship. The jury is expected to deliberate on Tuesday afternoon. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more