Ageless Boino the man to beat in hurdles

first_imgThe final will be run on Friday at BSP Stadium. Boino ran the fastest finals qualifying time this morning, clocking 53.36 seconds in his heat, which is 2.54s faster than his nearest rival.Running in lane one, Boino used his experience to  advantage by making up metres and sticking with the inside lane runners at the start before making his move in the final 200m bend.Using the benefit of the inside lane, Boino overtook the runners in the last 150m with his quick turn and smooth jumps over the hurdles to make a comfortable finish.The defending Pacific Games 400m hurdles champion is a man on a mission as he attempts to finish his illustrious career on home soil with another gold medal as he has been dominating the event in the last 15 years.Meanwhile, in the second heat, PNG rising hurdler Wala Gime finished ahead of the pack stopping the clock at 55.90 seconds.Gime has been Boino’s understudy over the years and the Daru man will certainly give his older comrade a run for his money in the finals.The results of this morning’s heats in the order of finish, in heat one, Boino (PNG, 53.36s), Peniel Joshua (PNG, 54.46s), Siologa Valiamu Sepa (Samoa, 56.52s), Larry Steven Slunga (Tonga, 57.12s) and Vilison Rarasea Sailosi (Fiji, 57.51s).In heat two, Wala Gime (PNG, 53.36s), Alifeleti Tuiono (Tonga, 56.76s), Namataiki Tevenino (Northern Marianas, 66.15s).last_img read more

Fencing falls victim to annexation maintenance transfer

first_imgVALENCIA – If the saying “good fences make good neighbors” is correct, what do bad fences make of neighboring governments? That’s the question being pondered by residents of the North Park neighborhood of Valencia. Santa Clarita annexed the neighborhood and its approximately 6,000 residents last year. But responsibility and funding for maintaining landscapes and fencing in the area has not yet been transferred from the county to the city, officials said. As a result, links on some of the white fencing that runs through the neighborhood are missing and some areas have fallen down. Residents have complained, saying they are already paying taxes for upkeep of the fencing. “There’s enough wealth and money out here that nothing out here should be in disrepair,” said resident Damon Everett, 40, who is a prop maker in the film and television industry. Everett cares enough about how his neighborhood looks that when he goes on a walk he takes along primer and paint to cover any graffiti he sees on the fences. Residents in North Park pay $375 a year per parcel for landscape maintenance district fees, said Gail Ortiz, spokeswoman for the city. The county says it plans to begin fixing fences in the neighborhood within weeks, starting near North Park Elementary. “There’s this ambivalence about who is responsible for North Park,” said Patrick Malekian, administrator of special districts for the county. “I think a lot of residents are under the impression that it has gone over to the city, which is not the case.” Malekian declined to offer details on why the landscape maintenance district has not yet been transferred to the city. But Darren Hernandez, head of administrative services for the city, blamed the delay on county bureaucracy and said the city has offered to do the landscaping work before the transfer is finalized. “Even though that landscape maintenance district is administered by the county rather than the city, it is a part of the city of Santa Clarita,” Hernandez said. “And we eagerly want to take over the maintenance of that area so that we can provide that area with a Santa Clarita-level of service.” (661) 257-5253160Want 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

North Korea fires missile that lands in sea off Japan

first_imgPYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 2,314 miles and traveled 620 miles before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system.Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the first. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it traveled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.last_img read more