Mayhew ends historic Winter Youth Olympics run in 13th spot

first_imgJamaica’s first ever competitor at the Winter Youth Olympics Daniel Mayhew finished in 13th position in the Monobob competition in Lillehammer, Norway on Saturday morning (Jamaica time). Mayhew, who was introduced to the bobsled event less than a year ago, stopped the clock at 58.85 seconds in his first run and then posted 58.62 seconds in his second run for a combined time of 1:57.47. This left him in 13th spot in the 15 athlete field.  The gold medal went to Germany’s Jonas Jannusch (1:54.29) with Russia’s Maksim Ivanov (1:54.44) taking second and Norway’s Christian Olsen (1:54.53) finishing in third place. In his first heat, Mayhew’s push – off time was an impressive 5.67 seconds but he failed to get enough speed down the course and lost some speed in the fourth sector after hitting turn number 13.last_img read more

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‘Guru Purab celebrations turned into a political drama by Akalis’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday hit out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for politicising the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and accused it of obstructing the joint celebrations of the event.Capt. Amarinder, who reviewed the arrangements for the commemorative events at Sultanpur Lodhi and Dera Baba Nanak, said: “The occasion is one of pride, which my government wanted to celebrate collectively, rising above petty political considerations. However, the Shiromani Akali Dal scuttled all attempts of the State government to ensure joint celebrations. It’s sheer pettiness on the part of the Akalis, particularly Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.”Pointing out that his government had spent ₹550 crore to celebrate the event, the Chief Minister said the entire occasion had been transformed into a political drama by the Akalis, backed by their ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party.On the denial of visa to his Cabinet colleagues and other Punjab representatives to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the Chief Minister termed it extremely unfortunate. Capt. Amarinder also reiterated his protest against Islamabad’s refusal to withdraw the $20 fee on pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara via the corridor.‘Be large-hearted’ He urged the Imran Khan-led government to be large-hearted, keeping in view the Sikh sentiments. Asked if the State government was ready to pay the amount on behalf of the pilgrims, the Chief Minister said he was, in principle, against giving anything to Pakistan on this count.last_img read more

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Calgary mulls public hearings plebiscite question for 2026 Winter Games bid

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary is wrestling with how to get public input, and what question to ask in a plebiscite, as timelines tighten on bidding for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.A plebiscite, which was a condition of the provincial government contributing money to a bid, will likely be held in November.A council committee overseeing a bid was told by city administration Tuesday a plebiscite can’t happen sooner, or later, than that.The deadline for cities to submit 2026 bid books to the International Olympic Committee is January.The question that will be put to Calgarians is under construction. Mayor Naheed Nenshi would like financial parameters to be included in the question.“It has to be a very simple question,” the mayor said. “Are you in favour of Calgary bidding on the Olympics or not, but it also has to be informed by how much is that going to cost.“Do you support us spending this kind of money on it?”But who is paying for what is a key question still be to fully answered. And there’s a time crunch, as the Calgary bid must have a complete financial breakdown for Calgarians to digest before they go to the voting booths.Committee chair Coun. Evan Woolley said the plebiscite “will be the ultimate arbiter of whether we push the send button on this bid” and “Calgarians need enough time to be able to make that decision.”“It remains an incredibly short runway on timelines,” Woolley said.The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee estimated almost a year ago the 2026 Winter Games will cost $4.6 billion with games revenue covering almost half.How much money will come from the three levels of government and the corporate sector likely won’t be known until September, according to Nenshi.“We should have the cost in June or a little bit later than that,” the mayor said. “What we’re not going to have is what the various contributions are from private sector, from other governments, from the city.“We probably won’t have that until September and that, of course, is critical for the public engagement because people need to know what we’re actually talking about.”The committee, which includes the mayor and six city councillors, declined to recommend holding non-statutory public hearings of council for the games, but asked administration to come back in June with ideas on how Calgarians could still have public input.“If we’re doing a plebiscite, I just think a public hearing is window dressing,” Nenshi stated. “It’s a lot of time, it’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of money to organize that.“It’s very difficult people who are working to come down to (city hall) so you never get a full cross-section of people.”Another variable is work on a bid is slowly transitioning from a city project team to a bid corporation.The bid corporation chair is expected to be named within days and the chief executive officer should be announced within a month, according to Nenshi.The cost of bidding for 2026 is about $30 million, which will be split between the federal and provincial governments and the city if it goes ahead.The plebiscite, which will cost just under $2 million, isn’t included in the bid budget.Nenshi believed the provincial government will contribute funds since the plebiscite was its condition.last_img read more

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