Foster’s Fairplay: Mind boggling JII results

first_imgThe Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet this past weekend churned out some mind boggling results. This being the year of the Rio Olympics, greater significance is inevitably placed on what athletes bring to the table in early outings. Foster’s Fairplay was stunned by the 100m mark of 10.71 rolled out by MVP girl Elaine Thompson. It was aided by a +2.4 metre per second (mps) wind, marginally over the legally accepted limit of 2.0. However, although it will not have record keepers reaching for their books, it cannot be underestimated as another milestone in the rise to world prominence of this pint-sized gift to the sport from the district of Banana Ground in hilly Manchester. As former Olympic and World Champion, Linford Christie, once told this columnist, “wind or no wind, it proves the time is in your legs”. Another JII event that attracted the attention of this columnist in a poignant way was the women’s 100m hurdles. Reigning world champion, Danielle Williams, took that title at a time when the high-riding Americans had faltered, suffering mishaps at one stage or another. There was a claim that the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year runner-up’s performance was diluted because of the missteps by the USA girls. They included defending champion Jasmine Stowers, who pulled out of Saturday night’s proceedings at the last minute, 2015 USA champion Brianna Rollins, Sharika Nelvis and Queen Harrison, all Beijing World Championship finalists and the cream of the USA’s crop. What Danielle showed on the night in a close, wind assisted race, is interesting. None of those named, including the always effervescent Jamaican miss, had competed in more than two finals this year. They were all in the infant stages of the 2016 season, but the revelation was clear. They can dance together at the same party. Also worthy of mention – in the context of exciting prospects for this summer’s action – is Kemar Bailey-Cole’s 10.01 clocking to win the men’s 100m. The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion left Beijing injured last year. His only appearance since was a 200m on local soil in April. With this 2016 best, he has factored in himself to make that sprint trio for Rio. Over in Doha, Qatar, the previous day (Friday), there was another eye-catching run by sprint hurdler out of the prestigious University of Arkansas program, Omar “Mr. Silk” McLeod. He sounded the trumpet of his presence, also in Beijing last year. Slamming hurdles repeatedly, he muscled into the final, where in the same rhythm-challenging style he placed a more than creditable sixth. Now a professional athlete under the guidance of IAAF athletes representative, the very selective and overall quality-conscious, Claude Bryan, he created what the organising team called the ‘Performance of the Meet’. It was a world leading 13.05 seconds, legally crafted and throwing down the gauntlet to the most lettered of his rivals. Several of them trailed him in Doha, notably countryman Hansle Parchment (Beijing silver medallist) and the USA’s power men – Aries Merritt (world record holder) and David Oliver (2013 World champion). Foster’s Fairplay, with all these top end performances in mind, calls on the experience and lessons learnt covering this sport. Medals are won on the day. Even before that, there is a hurdle to be tackled called Trials, where no quarter is given. The stern test of strength, endurance and character is almost seven weeks away. The order of the four-day championships is one-two-three for selection in individual events and top six in relays. There are no wild cards to allow any athlete, unfettered passage to the most appropriately named ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. The Diamond League has seen only one event on its four-month long calendar. The action, yet unfolded, will produce a plethora of oooohs and aaahs, spills and thrills, as is the tradition. Apart from those who competed on the Indoor circuit, other countries’ elite are not yet in full fitness or shape. It is a logistical impossibility for them all to make it. For those who do, Foster’s Fairplay wishes for them all the very best as they huddle under the black, gold and green. Until then, there is every confidence that the city of the samba will have a lot of time for the beat of Reggae. Onward Jamaica, the spirits of your athletic ancestors are watching. For feedback: E-Mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Austria wary as Ginebra playing with ‘nothing lose, everything to gain’

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Mr. Triple-Double: Westbrook joins a very exclusive NBA club Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After warning his wards against “resting on their lauriats” after their Game 2 win, Austria still found a way to use his blunder as a motivation for his team.“I will probably (buy them Lauriat meals), so that they’ll get back their appetite. It seems like they’re lacking in protein,” the amiable coach said in Filipino.Also, @austrialeo says that this serves as a wakeup call for @TheSMBeermen as he continued to warn his wards from resting on their lauriats (he meant laurels). #PBA2018— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 13, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel coach Leo Austria regarded San Miguel’s first loss in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday night as a much-needed wake up call.The Beermen played listless basketball in the Game 3 duel, falling behind early, 19-8 and failing to match the energy level the Gin Kings en route to the 95-87 setback.ADVERTISEMENT The Beermen could close in on the Finals ticket on Thursday but Austria and his wards are not getting too ahead of themselves.“We need to work hard. I hope that the team realizes what we need to do. As I’ve told them, Ginebra is playing with nothing to lose and everything to gain. But our chance is still there. We just have to be ready to make up for this one,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It’s obvious that we didn’t have a good start and they capitalized on it. They attacked us using their three bigs,” said Austria. “We’re not so focused. We prepared for their fightback but that still happened.”Not helping was San Miguel’s lackluster defense, which allowed Ginebra to shoot at a 48-percent clip against its own 35-percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd Ginebra is still playing without its star center Greg Slaughter, who remains day-to-day according to Ginebra coach Tim Cone.“We cannot just take them for granted just because of our two wins. We need two more wins and that’s hard right now because the momentum is on their side. They know already how to beat us,” he said. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

GRDB owes $2.1B to rice millers – RPA

first_imgThe Rice Producers Association (RPA) is accusing the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) of failing to honour their financial obligations to several rice millers, despite having the resources to execute those payments.On Saturday, an RPA representative confirmed to Guyana Times that the payments are outstanding, adding that some of the debt goes back to August 2017.“The GRDB should pay the millers so that farmers can receive 100 per cent payments. The GRDB has the capacity to make the payments,” the RPA said.The Association said the non-payment not only affects the operation of the millers but rather it has a profound impact on the farmers. Just last week, it was revealed that an Essequibo-based miller owes several farmers on the island of Wakenaam.The frustrated farmers informed Guyana Times that the miller has not paid them for paddy he had purchased since March, although he has already converted same into rice. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the farmers disclosed that having to go for months without payment has put them under grave financial strain, and they are now beginning to default on loan repayments, which is affecting their livelihood and sustenance.Withholding payments to farmers is in contravention of the Rice Factories (Amendment) Act of 2009, which stipulates that farmers need wait no longer than the mandatory 42 days before being paid for their paddy. According to the Act, the manufacturer (miller) is required to pay the paddy producer (farmer) half the amount due that farmer within two weeks of receiving that farmer’s paddy and the remainder of the liability must be liquidated within 42 days of the parties signing the agreement of sale for the paddy.Before the cancellation of the PetroCaribe (rice-for-oil) Agreement by Venezuela in 2015, farmers were obtaining premium rates for their paddy crops. Under that arrangement, farmers accrued more than $5000 per bag of paddy, but this was reduced to between $1800 and $3000, depending on location.In 2017, Guyana secured a new rice deal with Mexico under a $3.8 billion contract that created a market for over 60,000 tonnes of paddy. The first batch was shipped in June of 2017.In April, Essequibo rice miller Arnold Sankar won a $99 million lawsuit against the GRDB for its failure to pay for paddy it asked him to supply. In its award, the Court granted to Sankar the full sum of $99,670,273, which he lost as a result of the Rice Board’s breach of the paddy-supply deal.last_img read more

Major school reform sought

first_imgBusiness leaders want a better return on their investment, said Ben Tulchin, director of the western region for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which conducted the Internet study. He said he was surprised to see business leaders rank school reform as a pressing policy issue equal to increasing access to health care, which has dominated the political debate in Sacramento since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made health care a top priority for his second term. Kaye added that when it comes to teachers, “executives feel like a tough-love approach is needed. … You want to value your good ones, but you want to try to do what you can to get rid of the bad ones.” The business survey released Monday was funded by two of the same foundations that paid for the adequacy studies, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California’s business leaders say they’re willing to spend more money on public schools and even raise taxes to pay for them as long as the increased spending is tied to major reforms and holding schools accountable, according to a survey released Monday. Three-quarters of the 1,342 chief executives surveyed said they either support or strongly support the idea of raising taxes to boost public school spending if the increase were tied to a specific reform they support. They listed the most crucial reforms as teaching essential basic skills such as reading, writing and math in combination with communication skills, responsibility and work ethic. Those were followed by work-force skills and boosting the number of technical and vocational schools in the state. Business leaders are frustrated by a pool of workers who come out of school ill-equipped to handle basic job tasks, said Loren Kaye, president of the California Foundation for Commerce & Education. The nonprofit spinoff of the California Chamber of Commerce commissioned the study. last_img read more

Industry organization recognizes aviation and aerospace leaders

first_img“I would encourage anyone interested in aviation and aerospace to join us in celebrating the contributions these companies and individuals have made to ensuring that our industry thrives,” Duncan said. “And by building opportunities for youth, we ensure a strong future in this sector.”The BCAC was established in 1938 and is member-driven organization, representing and promoting the shared interests of the aviation community.It’s also a charitable society and annually awards over $15,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace. Other notable mentions include the Back and Bevington Air Safety Award, which is being awarded to B.C. Hydro Aircraft Operations Department for their work in elevating the safety in the helicopter industry in B.C.Pilot and Chair of the Aviation Leadership Foundation Mentorship Program, Kelly Jamieson is being presented with the Robert S. Day Award, while Jim Morris of Blackcomb Aviation is being awarded with the Lifetime Achievement.The award ceremony is taking place on October 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, running 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available.Advertisement As part of the Aviation Awards of 2014, the BCAC is also allocating more than $15,000 in scholarships to students in the fields of flying, engineering and aviation management.“Our annual premier event is the Silver Wings Awards,” BCAC Chairman, Mark Duncan said. “It allows industry leaders to network, and the organization to increase our scholarship funds.”Duncan adds, “Our scholarships help young people with lofty ambitions aim for the stars.”- Advertisement -Those elements include the ‘Fly Local’ marketing campaign at the North Peace Regional Airport, which is the recipient of the William Templeton Award, as well as WestJet Encore for its new regional service, which originated in Fort St. John and Nanaimo.WestJest will be awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year.“It comes as no surprise, given this province’s challenging geography, that aviation is important to our economic growth,” B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, Todd Stone said. “It’s also important for employment. More than 26,000 people work in the aviation and aerospace sector in this province.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Stars defender Cheche looks to join KPL side

first_img“There are a few clubs that have shown interest but I am yet to make up my mind. I just want to sign a short-term contract because I have plans to go back to Europe during the summer so before then, I want to keep my fitness and competitive levels up,” the defender told Capital Sport.Ochieng who has formerly played for Nairobi Stima, Tusker FC and AFC Leopards locally had received several offers outside the country after leaving Bromma, but he said none appealed to him and he has chosen to be patient as he looks for more concrete ones at the end of this season.The transfer window for all local leagues opens on March 11 and the defender who broke into the national team during the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda where he played a starring role as Kenya finished second.David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during training. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYA“It has been a tough period over the last season but I am determined to work hard and get back to the top. Sometimes in a career there are setbacks and this is one I am focused to getting behind my back,” he further stated.Sources close to Capital Sport intimate that a few Zambian clubs and some in Eastern Europe were interested in the services of the defender.Ochieng made his first move out of the country to join Saudi Arabian club Al Taawon FC where he played for two and a half seasons before moving to the United States to play for the New York Cosmos.He played there for a further two seasons before joining Bromma at the beginning of 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars’ David Ochieng takes on DR Congo’s Gael Kakuta during an international friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on march 26, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng says he is looking to sign a short-term contract with a Kenyan Premier League club as he looks to rake in fitness in a race to compete for a place in Kenya’s team to June’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON).Ochieng left Swedish side IF Brommapokarjana after their relegation to the second tier and has been looking for a new employer but before then wants to maintain his fitness.last_img read more


first_imgA man is facing a lengthy prison sentence after he admitted head butting his former girlfriend at a friend’s wedding. Kevin Kavanagh head-butted and punched his former partner Andrea Killen, on March 15, 2015, at a wedding in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.Buncrana District Court heard how Kavanagh had committed the ‘ultimate cowardly act’, adding that it was ‘very difficult to see’ how the case could be dealt with other than by way of a custodial sentence. Judge Paul Kelly described the incident as a ‘horrific assault’ that has left lasting damage.Kavanagh, 39, had asked Ms. Killen to accompany him to the mutual friend’s wedding in the hope of ‘rekindling’ their relationship but Ms. Killen only wanted to remain as friends.Garda Inspector David Murphy said things came to a head after Ms. Killen received a text message from a male friend.“Mr. Kavanagh, who had been drinking heavily, began questioning her about the message but she would not engage,” said Insp. Murphy.“Later in the night Ms. Killen was sitting talking to a friend when Kavanagh came up to her, head butted her in the face and punched her right eye. Mr. Kavanagh had to be pulled away and Ms. Killen’s mother then came down from Derry to take her home.”The court heard that Ms. Killen suffered extensive facial injuries following the incident.“She had significant bruising to her right eye and her forehead was bruised and swollen also,” added Insp. Murphy.Speaking in court Ms. Killen said she lost her voice for two months after the attack in Ballybofey. She said she is still receiving treatment on her vocal cords in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The Derry woman said she received victim support counselling for three months and was also treated for a brain injury.Addressing Ms. Killen in court, Mr. Kavanagh,  of 32 Cashel Hill Park, Derry, said he apologised for ‘any inconvenience’ he had caused in his former partner’s life. He described the assault as a ‘moment of madness’ and said that he had not drunk alcohol since.He added: “I have let myself and my family down – I was brought up better than that. It was a moment of madness that I regret every day of my life.”Kavanagh’s defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said his client was ‘genuine in his remorse’, adding that he ‘seriously regrets’ lashing out at her.“Mr. Kavanagh asked Ms. Killen about the text message and he was rightly told that it was none of his business but jealously is like the jaundice of the soul. It was eating away at him over the course of the night and that, fuelled by the alcohol, resulted in things becoming heated. He just couldn’t accept that she had moved on.”Mr. MacLochlainn said the Derry man was working as mechanical fitter and was able to pay any sum of compensation which the court decided upon.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Kavanagh a chance to come up with €5,000 in compensation for the ‘horrific assault’ he inflicted on Ms. Killen. He added that this was only a ‘gesture’ as her injuries would warrant further compensation, which she would be entitled to pursue in a civil court.“He subjected Ms. Killen to the ultimate cowardly act and caused her very graphic injuries that she still suffers from today,” said Judge Kelly.“It is very difficult to see how I can deal with this case any other way than by way of a custodial sentence.”Judge Kelly referred to a report, which was complied by the Probation Service of Northern Ireland about the Derry man. He said the probation officer believed that Kavanagh ‘did not present a serious risk of harm’ to the public but believed that he had a ‘medium likelihood’ of reoffending. The detailed report also stated that Kavanagh showed ‘significant signs of remorse’ and that ‘alcohol was a factor’ in the assault.Judge Kelly remanded Kavanagh on his own continuing bail until May 12 for sentencing and to give him time to raise the €5,000 in compensation.MAN FACES JAIL AFTER HEAD-BUTTING EX-GIRLFRIEND AT WEDDING was last modified: February 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultBallybofeyboyfriendbuncranadonegalJudge Paul KellyVilla Roseweddinglast_img read more


first_imgThe bands parade proudly down Dungloe’s Main StreetA huge crowd turned out in Dungloe today for a spectacular showing of local marching bands.A total of 11 bands featuring 322 people paraded up the town’s Main Street for the first time ever.Hundreds of visitors travelled from across the country and as far as Scotland especially for the occasion. The bands battled it out for the big band competition but the real winner on the day was the town.The breakdown of members included 29 flags, 12 leaders, 192 flutes, 30 triangles, etc, 48 side drums and 11 big drums. MARCHING BANDS INVADE DUNGLOE FOR SPECTACULAR SHOW was last modified: March 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeEastermarching bandslast_img read more


first_imgDD LOCAL NEWS: CLEAN-UPA cleanup is being organised in Dunkineely on Saturday 11th April from 11 am to 1 pm. – meeting at Dunkineely Community Centre. Please come and support as “many hands make light work”. Bags and gloves will be provided.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM 2014 – Dunkineely Community Ltd are hoping to run a Dunkineely in Bloom competition in 2014, to brighten up the town and surrounding areas. We are looking for volunteers!! Would you like to be involved, or be part of the organising, any help would be great. Please get in touch with the DCL office: 074 9737052.DCL WALKING GROUP gathers Tuesday mornings, at 10am at the DCL office. Next walk: Tuesday 8th April. Whether you would like to wander or speed walk for around an hour, it’s up to you and there will be a cup of tea afterwards…. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the DCL office for more info on: 074 9737052STABLES YOUTH members have 4 choices for a summer trip 2014. Members should have a look at the four website suggestions on the DCL Facebook page and let Vanessa or Abigail know on 074 9737052 what they would like to do. Members should come to Sunday @7 on Sunday evening 13th April at 7pm to Dunkineely Stables with a parent and be prepared to sign up and book your place to whichever of the four holidays you wish to choose and pay a €25 deposit. Commit to paying at least €10 a week until the holiday you have chosen is paid for. EASTER CLUB – “Minions Assemble” for 1st – 4th Class students in Dunkineely Methodist Hall. Monday – Thursday 14th – 17th April mornings 11am-12.30pm. Cost per day: €5 per child (discount if more children from one family). Please register by Friday 11th April for as many days as your child would like to attend. Place is booked by payment of fee. Places are limited, so book early to secure a place. Contact the DCL office for more details: 074 9737052.GOOD FRIDAY WALK – CHURCH TO CHURCH – Leaving Dunkineely Methodist at 1:00pm on Good Friday, 18th April, stop at Killaghtee Church of Ireland and then walk onto Bruckless, finishing at the Chapel around 2:00pm. Make it a family outing, let’s mark Good Friday together this year. Contact DCL office or Rev Ruth, Rev John or Fr. James for more details.DUBLIN WOMENS MINI MARATHONTaking place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014. We will be opening the entry process for the 2014 in mid February and we hope that you will join us on the big day.Please support the Cunningham sisters, Alison, Carmel, Majella, Sharon & Jacinta Boyle who are running in this Marathon for a great cause. Please Donate by going onto the DCL Facebook page and following the link. Everyone needs support so please help the ladies.DCL OFFICE – Come into the office weekday mornings between 9:30 – 12:30 to use the internet (20c per half hour) or print documents (20c per page) or borrow books from DCL Library 20c per book. Contact or call Andrea on: 074 9737052. DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY/KILLAGHTEE/BRUCKLESS NEWS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BrucklessCommunity newsDunkineelylast_img read more


first_imgChildren from St Columba’s National School in Ballylast, Castlefin get their jerseys on for Donegal. ALL PICS BY NORTHWEST NEWS PIX.DONEGAL SCHOOLKIDS HAVE JERSEY DAY FOR JIM AND THE BOYS! was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljerseysSt Columba’s National Schoollast_img read more