THREE MEDALS FOR ATKINSON Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are expected to lead nominations for the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, with the selection committee set to make those announcements today. Bolt, who returned to the island with three gold medals from the Rio 2016 Games after his 100m, 200m and 4x100m success, is the favourite for what would be a record seventh National Sportsman of the Year award, a nod that would make him the joint most successful male recipient and second only to Merlene Ottey in the overall tally. Boxer Michael McCallum has also won seven Sportsman of the Year awards, while Ottey has won a remarkable 13 National Sportswoman of the Year awards. Fellow speedster Elaine Thompson ended the season as the most dominant female sprinter in the world, winning double gold in the 100m and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay. She also finished the season unbeaten in the 100m and duly won the Diamond Race title in the event. Underlining her class, Thompson registered the three fastest times in 2016 the 100m (10.70, 10.71 and 10.72) and the two fastest times in the 200m (21.78 and 21.85). Other Olympic standouts such as Omar McLeod, the first ever Jamaican gold medal winner in the 110m hurdles and Shericka Jackson, bronze medallist in the 400m, and 100m bronze medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are also expected to be named among the nominees for the highly coveted award. Fraser-Pryce was the female recipient of last year’s Sportswoman of the Year award. Swimmer Alia Atkinson, the 2014 female recipient, had a disappointing time in the pool in Rio but bounced back tremendously since leaving Brazil to break the record in the short course 50m breaststroke at the Swimming World Cup stop in Tokyo, Japan, touching the wall at 28.64 seconds, shaving 16th hundredth of a second off the old mark. Atkinson also recently claimed three medals at the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Windsor, Canada, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley. Track and field has been Jamaica’s most successful sport, and it certainly reflects in the winners of this award, with athletics dominating the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards over the years. In its previous 57 stagings, 27 track and field athletes have walked away with top honours among men, with 49 winners among the females. Before Atkinson’s nod in 2014, the last non-track and field connected woman to win the award was Vivalyn Latty-Scott in 1976. 2014 represented a departure of sorts as boxer Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters also claimed the male award, making it only the second time in 15 years that a track and field athlete had not won the award. The 2016 RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards will take place on January 13, 2017.
A leading anti-drugs campaigner and former town councillor has questioned why two men who admitted being high on drugs during a robbery were not charged with any drugs-related offence.The two men, Steve Smith, 22, and Mark Villa, 18, pleaded guilty to robbery of Donaghey’s Petrol Station in Muff last weekend.During their case at Carndonagh District Court, defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said both his clients had been high on diazepam at the time of the incident and didn’t have “much recoglition” of the incident. However despite being found guilty of robbery and sentenced to six months in jail, no drugs offences were brought against the men.Last night former Letterkenny Town Councillor and drugs campaigner PJ Blake said it beggared belief why no drugs charges were brought against the pair.“How much more evidence do we need when a solicitor says such a thing in court? Here we have it in black and white.“And yet there is not one charge in relation to drugs in this case. It has been admitted they were high.“How do we not know that these men were not driving around for hours high out of their minds?“They could have killed innocent people and yet they were not even charged with any drugs offences.“It is almost five years since I began pushing for drug-driving testing to be introduced and even when it is being presented in court, nothing is being done about it,” he fumed.UPROAR THAT ROBBERS WERE NOT DRUG-TESTED DESPITE ADMISSIONS was last modified: April 18th, 2012 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) Tags:courtdrug testingdrugsPJ BLAKE
DISSIDENT terrorists have a milk churn bomb in Donegal which they plan to detonate during the G8 Summit in Fermanagh in eight days time, a newspaper reports today.The Irish Sun says anti-terror officers on both sides of the Border are “frantically searching for the device” after receiving intelligence it had been dumped somewhere along the Donegal and Fermanagh border.Gardai fear the Real IRA — along with their cohorts in Oglaigh na hEireann — have hidden the device in a cream churn as it’s half the size of the milk containers previously used by gangs to conceal bombs. The major economic conference will be held at the luxury Lough Erne resort on June 17 and will be attended by the world’s top political leaders, including US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/feeds/smartphone/ireland/4961558/Race-to-find-churn-bomb.html#ixzz2ViFP8jNMGARDAI IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT TERRORIST G8 ‘BOMB’ – REPORT was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT BOMB AIMED AT G8 SUMMIT – REPORT