A season-ending injury has forced top high school female sprinter, Edwin Allen High’s Kevona Davis, out of this year’s JAAA National Junior Championships. Michael Dyke, Davis’ high school coach, told The Gleaner that the athlete picked up an injury during a recent training session. “Kevona suffered a hamstring injury recently in training and it is in her best interest to pull her out of the meet,” Dyke said on Wednesday. “This is it for her this season as she still has another chance to compete at the World Under-20 Championships in two year’s time and it is best not to risk her at this time,” Dyke added. The 16 year-old Davis who won bronze in the 100 metres at last year’s IAAF Under 18 Championships in Kenya is the country’s fastest female junior in the 200 metres this year with a personal best of 22.72 seconds. She is number seven on the IAAF Top list in the event. She is also the number two Jamaican junior for 100 metres with 11.16 seconds. Only overseas-based Briana Williams, with 11.13, is ranked above her locally. The four-day National Senior and Junior Championships starts on Thursday at the National Stadium.
JERUSALEM – Israel’s defense minister vowed Thursday not to let Hamas’ near-takeover of Gaza spill over into violence against the Jewish state, but decided against taking action that would complicate the volatile situation, such as launching an invasion. Officials said that when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets President George W. Bush in Washington next week, he will instead recommend a policy aimed at preventing Hamas from capturing the West Bank. The Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Olmert favors cutting contacts between the two Palestinian territories, which are separated by 25 miles of Israeli territory. Defense Minister Amir Peretz convened his top security officials to discuss possible Israeli reactions to the Gaza fighting but decided, for the time being, to stay out of the conflict. He issued a vague warning that Israel would not allow the violence to reach it, participants said. “If the Gaza Strip falls into Hamas hands this will have regional implications,” he warned earlier this week.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Security officials and analysts say Israel has nothing to gain from meddling in Gaza. “It’s too late for us to get involved. There is no aim we can achieve in a military operation,” said Reuven Pedatzur, an Israeli defense expert at the Center for Strategic Dialogue. “What are we supposed to do – take over the entire strip and hand it over to (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas?” Some hard-line lawmakers propose just that – despite the fact Israel withdrew all its forces and settlers from the region two years ago. “It is high time for Israel to deliver a heavy blow to the Hamas terrorist network. If this will help Fatah regain control, I don’t mind, but we have to do it for our own sake,” said Yuval Steinitz of the hawkish Likud Party. Olmert has said he fears a Hamas victory, but ruled out Israeli support for the Fatah forces. Rather, he has floated the idea of deploying an international force on the Gaza-Egypt border.