Jamaica’s swimming flag-bearer Alia Atkinson admitted that her Olympic embarrassment was a major motivator in her three-medal performance at the just-concluded World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada.Atkinson, got a medal of every colour, striking gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m individual medley to bring a positive end to a year that saw the height of a short course 50m breaststroke, world record in Tokyo preceded by a shocking eight-placed finish in the 100m breaststroke final art the Rio Olympics.The Jamaican explained that she struggled to speak about her Olympic swim because she was too embarrassed to do so and had not yet figured out what went wrong. She did, however, underscore that she was driven to put that behind her and prove her quality.”I had all eyes on me (at the Olympics), track and field and all the other sports were interested, Jamaica was finally interested in swimming, the world was finally looking to see what Alia Atkinson could do, and I think it was more of an embarrassment why I didn’t want to come out and speak about it because I did’nt know why yet,” said Atkinson.”I wasn’t happy with the Olympic final, and I think everybody could see that, but I wanted to show the world that I am better than that and to prove to myself that I am better than that as well,” added Atkinson. “I wanted to show Jamaica that what I do on the world scene is not a one-time thing or a luck thing, so I wanted to get as much chance as I could to prove that I could keep on doing it.”
A single mother of three children who is currently in hospital battling cancer is now homeless after her Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home suddenly went up in flames on Friday morning.What remained of the property after the fireThirty-seven-year-old Polly Dowkaran of Lot 106 Agriculture Road, Triumph, ECD, and her three minor children, including a two-month-old baby, are left to make alternative living arrangements.Neighbours of the family told Guyana Times the fire started at about 08:00h and no one was at home at the time.According to reports, a neighbour who resides on the southern side of Dowkaran was exiting her home to empty garbage when she saw smoke billowing from the one storey wooden property and immediately raised an alarm.The fire service was quickly called and firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the one location. However, by that time, nothing could have been saved.“The response from the fire service was good, I must commend them but the house was very old so it burned quite fast… only problem was the house behind got a little damaged,” a neighbour reported.Guyana Times was told that an elderly man who occupies the a building aback Dowkaran’s had to be rushed to hospital with burns about his body.“The old man, he house get scorch up and like he was trying to come out but he get burn,” the woman relayed.The man, identified only as “Sundar” was reportedly unable to escape the heat in time.When this newspaper visited the scene, the man was returning from hospital with bandages wrapped around his upper chest and back.His relatives who were escorting him declined to comment. The fire is suspected to have been electrical in origin. The incident is however being investigated.
10 10 10 3. Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) – 48% of the Dutchman’s followers on Twitter are fake 9. Joselu Mato (Sunderland) – 40% of the Spaniard’s Twitter followers are fake 10 The modern footballer loves Twitter.Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, along with plenty of others, regularly take to the social media site to interact with their fans, but just how many of their followers are genuine?Not only have *bettingexpert investigated what percentage of each Premier League clubs’ Twitter followers are fake, they’ve also carried out the same assessement on players from England’s top flight.And the top 10 players to have attracted the most ‘spam bots’ on Twitter has been revealed.To find out the top 10, according to bettingexpert, that have the highest number of ‘fake’ followers on Twitter click the yellow arrow above, right.To be classified as a fake, accounts had to meet a certain criteria: they have few followers, they never/rarely tweet, and they follow a high number of other users. 10 5. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – 44% of the ex-Chelsea left back’s Twitter followers are fake 7. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – 40% of the midfielder’s followers on Twitter are spam 10. Juan Iturbe (Bournemouth) – 39% of the Canaries forward’s Twitter followers are spam, *research has revealed – see the remaining nine players to make the list by clicking the arrow above 10 8. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 40% of the former Manchester United man’s followers are fake 2. Marco Amelia (Chelsea) – 58% of the Blues stopper’s Twitter followers are fake 4. Steven Pienaar (Everton) – 44% of the South African’s Twitter followers are fake 10 10 10 10 6. Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) – 41% of the left back’s Twitter followers are fake 1. Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) – 65% of the attacking midfielder’s Twitter followers are fake