Thompson: I am afraid of the 200m

first_img Initially fearful “I was scared when my coach told me I was going to run the 200m at trials. But, I worked with him. He’s a great coach so I tried to execute and follow his instructions,” Thompson said. “I am surprised because I didn’t love the 200m. I had always told myself that I cannot run the event, but my coach said to take that out my brain because I can be a good 200m runner and I just worked with him and he turned me into a good 200-metre runner,” Thompson added. The youngster will now turn her attention to the women’s 4x100m where she is expected to feature in the final. – A.L. Tried hard BEIJING, China: Between 2009 and the end of last year, Elaine Thompson had competed in a mere eleven 200-metre races. Before her heat at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Wednesday, Thompson had made only two international appearances in the event. Two races later, she is the World Championships silver medallist in an event she had no idea she would be good at. Thompson signalled her intention from her very first race at the championships, easing to a conformable 22.78 seconds win before also taking her semi-final in another comfortable display, posting 22.13, setting up a clash with Dutch star Dafne Schippers, the 100m silver medal winner, who had also looked impressive throughout the two rounds. In the final, Thompson came off the curve in front of the powerful Dutch sprinter but could not hold her off as Schippers crossed the line in 22.63 making her the second-fastest woman in history. Thompson took the silver in an equally jaw-dropping personal-best time of 21.66 with Veronica Campbell-Brown finishing third in 21.97. Thompson was elated with the result, stating that she did everything she could to hold off the towering Dutchwoman, but underlining that she had no regrets given her efforts. “I have to give God thanks. I came back second with a big PB. I cannot complain. I was really trying to get to the line. I saw her coming and I was trying to pull through, but I came in second,” said Thompson, who is now the second-fastest Jamaica in the event after Merlene Ottey’s national record 21.64 set in 1991. “My coach Stephen Francis has prepared me well physically and mentally, so I just came out here, delivered and executed as best as I can,” Thompson said. “The plan was to come out as quickly as I can. I knew she has a strong finish and I had to get out first but she still caught me.” Thompson said she is extremely surprised by her performances and by the new personal best mark that she achieved, especially considering she never considered the 200m an event she is good at.last_img read more

Hospital expansion stalls in panel

first_imgHospital officials had hoped to break ground in 2008, adding a neonatal intensive care unit and replacing a good chunk of the 359 beds lost when Granada Hills Community Hospital and Northridge Hospital-Sherman Way closed in recent years. Carmody said he thinks an EIR, which requires the hiring of an outside reporting firm, lengthy public comment periods and more stringent, state- mandated regulations, would unnecessarily hinder construction. “Obviously, that’s a big disappointment for us. From a hospital point of view, any delay is a tremendous problem. We run at close to 100 percent occupancy every day.” MISSION HILLS – Providence Holy Cross Medical Center’s plan to add 136 beds to the San Fernando Valley’s badly stressed health care system has come under fire from residents and union and environmentalist activists. Claiming the project could cause illness, blight and traffic, the unusual coalition got the $143 million tower expansion plan put on hold for two months while the Los Angeles City Planning Commission considers whether it needs a full environmental impact report. Activists with the Sylmar Neighborhood Council, environmental groups and health care workers union say requiring the report will protect the community’s interests. Hospital administrator Kerry Carmody said Holy Cross wants to be receptive to locals’ concerns, lowering parking costs, conducting a traffic study and planning an energy-efficient facility to minimize environmental issues. 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

Rinpoche Rising

first_imgOn an overcast morning in Paro, a quiet town in western Bhutan, a group of 40 monks lines up against the cliff-like facade of the Paro Dzong, part monastery, part fortress. On their shoulders, they hold a serpentine roll of fabric wrapped in a large saffron sheet. On cue from,On an overcast morning in Paro, a quiet town in western Bhutan, a group of 40 monks lines up against the cliff-like facade of the Paro Dzong, part monastery, part fortress. On their shoulders, they hold a serpentine roll of fabric wrapped in a large saffron sheet. On cue from the head lama, the pulleys on the top of the Dzong start heaving to unfold a 110-foot thondrol-a gigantic applique-work thangka of an awe-inspiring deity, Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche. It is June 15, 2016, a day which falls but once in 60 years, on the exact horoscopic alignment of the lunar calendars of the years and the months to mark the exact planetary alignment of the birth anniversary of Padmasambhava. Legend has it that this great 8th century Buddhist patriarch was a reincarnation of the Buddha himself, and is still venerated as the second Buddha.SACRED MASK DANCE: Monks performing the traditional Sacred Mask Dance, symbolising Guru Rinpoche’s victory over evil spirits, in front of the 110-foot silk Thondrol Thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava unfurled on the wall of the Paro Dzong.  PEACEFUL WARRIORS: Padmasambhava’s legendary prowess as an archer has inspired many Bhutanese to take up archery, now the country’s national sport. Every afternoon, roads and fields can be seen lined with young men armed with compound carbon fibre bows, shooting at wooden targets about 200 metres away. Educated in the mystic practices of Vajrayana tantra, Padmasambhava is said to have brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet by establishing the first Buddhist monastery in the trans-Himalayan plateau at Samye. As such, he is also held to be a founder of the Nyingmapa sect, the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava arrived in the Paro Valley in Bhutan in the 8th century and brokered peace between Sendha, the king of Bumthang Valley, and a neighbouring Indian king, Nauche, who ruled the piedmontaine Dooars. He is also said to have prophesied the founding of the kingdom of Bhutan by the legendary king Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century. To mark the auspicious occasion, a conference on various aspects of Padmasambhava’s life and teachings was organised for the first time in Bhutan by the Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP), an Indian think-tank working in education in South Asian countries, and the Centre for Bhutan Studies.advertisement TRADITION AT EASE WITH MODERNITY: Young women dressed in the traditional Kira (Bhutanese national attire for women) check their cellphones while waiting for Guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary ceremony to begin at the Paro Dzong.last_img read more

JK womens football team nets a goal, meet Rajnath

first_img(Eds: Updating with additional information)Photo: PTI12_5_2017_000168BNew Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) From the streets of upmarket Srinagar, where she emerged as the face of angry women students throwing stones at security forces, it was a dream walk for football lover Afshan Ashiq through the corridors of North Block where she met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.The 21-year-old Ashiq, captain of Jammu and Kashmirs all-woman football team which called on the minister, said she was pleasantly surprised to see how he wasted no time in redressing their grievances over the lack of sports-related infrastructure in the state.”When we told the home minister that Jammu and Kashmir lacks sports infrastructure, he immediately called up the Chief Minister (Mehbooba Mufti) and requested her to do the needful to help us,” Ashiq, who is from Srinagar, said.Ashiq, who defends the 24-foot-long and 8-foot-high goal post for her team, said the youth in Kashmir Valley was talented and all that they required was a platform.”The minister also told us that Rs 100 crore had already been sanctioned (under the Prime Ministers special package) for the state,” the captain of the CM?s-XI team told PTI.She agree that her life and career had made a remarkable U-turn since the days when her picture was splashed in the national media as a stone pelter.The same hands that threw stones at the forces now ward off many a hard kick as she guards the goalpost.”I don?t want to look back. My life has changed for ever. I want to be an achiever and do something to make the state and the nation proud,” said Ashiq, whose life story may soon be turned into a biopic now that a renowned Bollywood filmmaker is planning to make a film on her.advertisementDuring the 30-minute meeting with Singh, the team members conveyed to him that if proper infrastructure — such as training facilities — came up in Jammu and Kashmir, the youth could be motivated to hone their talents and bring laurels to the state, staying away from terrorism and other unlawful activities.Team manager Tsering Angmo said the sports infrastructure in the border areas was particularly poor and needed urgent attention so that young Kashmiris could be weaned away from illicit acts.”With proper infrastructure in place, the youth can take up sports to nourish their talents and no one can brainwash anyone. No one will join terrorism or indulge in stone pelting,” Angmo, who is from Ladakh, said.Ashiq and Angmo thanked Singh for listening to them and for speaking to the chief minister about their problems.Later, the home minister tweeted, “Met the young and energetic girls of JKs first ever Women Football Team. They are highly motivated and driven when it comes to football.”He also said they were examples for others to follow.”Playing the role of new age Gender Benders, these girls are setting an example for others to follow. I wish them success and a great future,” he tweeted. PTI ACB SKL BDSlast_img read more