KC, Vere dominate Hugo Chambers 5k

first_imgVERE Technical’s Kris-Ann Plummer and Kingston College’s Ari Rogers were crowned female and male champions, respectively, at yesterday’s staging of the Hugo Chambers 5K event at Jamaica College.Fifteen year-old Plummer topped the overall female section in 20:38.73 minutes, leading a clean sweep of the top-three spots for the John Mair-coached team, with Alecia Young taking second place in 20:41.32 and third going to Alysha Skyers in 21:13.14.Plummer was pleased with her win, which was her first on the road.”This is my first road race victory and I am very pleased and I am also happy to know that I won for my teammate, Britnie Dixon, who stopped during the race due to a knee injury,”‘ said Plummer.Uganda national Rodgers was very impressive in winning the male event as he won, going away from rivals in a smart time of 15:35.85. His teammate Shane Buchanan finished second in 16:03.88 with Nicholas Elliot making it a clean sweep of the top three spots for the North Street – based institution, finishing third in 17:03.63.Race director Alan Beckford was pleased with the overall staging of the event.”We achieved our main objective once again as this meet is one for development. We cater also for one mile, and two mile and it was a wonderful evening,” said Beckford, who stated that he was very impressed with the times done.Other ResultsTwo-mile males:1. Trees Rhoden – KC – 10:25.902. Billy Watson- Mavis Bank – 10:29.543. Taj Michael Hinds-Mona – 10:34.75Two-mile females 13-151. Shanty Chamberlain- Mavis Bank – 12:14.502. Pates ha Ellis -St Jago – 12:31.293. Rushelle Johnson- St Jago – 12:41.65Two-mile 16-19 females1. Chris Ann Lewis – St Jago – 12:28.372. Tara Bert -St Jago- 13:05.883. Latice Morgan-Mavis Bank – 13:15.60last_img read more

Ready, set, go. Coe expects Asian track and field to boom

first_imgLATEST STORIES With billions of people, increasing investment in facilities and coaching and Olympic ambitions, he says the continent is on the move.“You could argue Japan and China are two of the most improved athletics nations over the last six or seven years,” Coe told the Associated Press during the Asian Games, where China topped the athletics medal standings. “For me, it’s very clear.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“They’re making very good progress. If we’d been sitting here a decade ago, talking about potential here for a China athlete to run 9.8, you’d have probably taken quite long odds on that.”Su Bingtian ran an Asian Games record 9.92 seconds to win the 100 in Jakarta, one-hundredth outside his continental record of 9.91 He ran that in Spain in June, three days after he’d lost his Chinese national record when Xie Zhenye clocked 9.97. Only three sprinters — all American — have run a faster time in 2018.Su is expecting to go faster, too, because he can be pushed by teammates from the Chinese relay that won the bronze on home soil at the 2015 world championships.He has been working since late last year with Randy Huntington, who was coaching Mike Powell when the American set the long jump world record way back in 1991.Already, Su’s PB has improved. He’s down from 9.99, set in 2015, and this year already he has set the Asian record in the 60 and the 100. Huntington has predicted China will be a track and field force at the 2024 Olympics.Japan took silver in the Olympic men’s 4×100-meter relay at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and bronze at the world championships last year. The Japanese relay team won the men’s 4×100 on the last night of track at the Asian Games and is targeting a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Coe said the federations in Japan and China had “greater clarity” around the importance of coaching. Only five Asian sprinters have run 10.00 or faster this year, but the frequency is increasing.Looking abroad for coaching expertise isn’t the sole domain of China and Japan. South Korea has brought in a performance director from the United States, India has drafted in foreign coaches including 72-year-old Galina Bukharina of Romania, who has been working with world junior 400-meter champion Hima Das.Harry Marra, who worked with Olympic champion and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton, has been helping out with Indonesia’s world junior 100-meter champion Lalu Zohri.India placed third, a medal above Japan, in the track and field standings with seven golds, 10 silver and two bronze. It also won a fifth straight title in the women’s 4×400. It was a vast improvement on the 2 gold and 13 overall from the Asian Games in 2014.South Korea finished with five medals on the track, including gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, but Randy Behr, the head performance coach, was expecting big improvements in coming seasons.“Asia has been a little bit intimidated about the weight room and off-season training — the myths that the U.S. went through in the 70s and 80s,” said Behr, who worked in fitness for the U.S. military and as a coach in track and American football. “Now they’ve embraced, ‘Hey, it’s OK to get in the weight room and throw some iron around.’ It does transfer. It’s physics.”While the popularity of track and field has dropped in some parts of the world, the sport is growing across the most-populated continent.“China is growing amazingly. Japan is solid. Korea, we have a huge ceiling — we’re onto something good here,” Behr said. “Asia is on the move.“I predict Korea with a sub-10 very soon and, of course, China and Japan — they’re not stopping.”The 18-year-old Zohri placed seventh in the Asian Games 100 final, but was a key runner in the Indonesia relay team that finished as a surprising silver medalist between Japan and China. 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 Japan’s men’s 4x400m relay team celebrate after their third place finish during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JAKARTA, Indonesia— Almost unthinkable to some a decade ago, sprinters from China and Japan are running sub-10 seconds for the 100 meters.There’s plenty more to come from Asia, too, according to international athletics federation president Sebastian Coe.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Asian Games: PH bets Mangrobang, Kilgore end up 7th, 9th in women’s triathlon “There’s scope for a lot more,” two-time Olympic gold medalist Coe said of the stories like Zohri, who is from the earthquake-ravaged island of Lombok. “Rarely in athletics are there happy accidents. You can look at something that on the surface looks like a rough diamond that suddenly emerges.”In the case of Zohri, Coe said Marra had been “explaining what the next step of the journey is. He’s coaching the coaches, but also has some hands on.“There’s no question at all, the rough diamond is shining. Everything in athletics is about technique and coaching. If you haven’t got world-class coaching, frankly, it’s a rare happy accident that somebody emerges.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘One of Liberia’s True Friends’

first_imgThe Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, has praised the State of Qatar for being one of Liberia’s truest friends. His commendation comes as the Qatari Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Mr. Mohamed Ismail Al Emadi, donated seven ambulances to the Liberian government. The vehicles were donated to help boost the health capacity of Liberia as it embarks on building a resilient health sector following the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. Acting Minister Shoniyin said that during the crisis, a lot of people came to help, but that those who are still around to help after the crisis are true friends. Receiving the ambulances, he stated that he was very delighted for the show of support that Qatar has made and continues to make to Liberia. When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote her Letter to the World, she presented the scale and magnitude of the crisis. “Qatar was one of the many friends of Liberia that responded in very huge measures to the responce made to the crisis,” Mr. Shoniyin said.The Acting Foreign Minister believed that the huge response of Qatar would not have been made possible without the presence of its diplomatic mission in Liberia. He praised the Qatari Ambassador for working so hard with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to further strengthen and expand the relationship between the government of Liberia and the State of Qatar.“These seven ambulances that have been donated today come as a strong demonstration of the government of the State of Qatar’s commitment to remaining with us in strengthening our health sector in the post-Ebola recovery process,” Minister Shoniyin said. Before he spoke, both Ambassador Al Emadi and Acting Foreign Minister Shoniyin signed and exchanged the “turn-over certificates.”Speaking earlier Tuesday, November 3, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Al Emadi, said the 2014 visit of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the State of Qatar solidified the bilateral relationship that has now reaped this dividend. The Qatari diplomat accredited near Monrovia further stated that his country is keen on strengthening the relationship with Liberia and that the donation comes “as a sign of friendship, respect and confidence of the State of Qatar for the friendly people of the Republic of Liberia in boosting her fight against the Ebola virus disease and to rebuild the health care system after defeating the virus in Liberia.”He used the occasion to congratulate the Liberian government for defeating the Ebola virus disease. Ambassador Al Emadi said his government responded promptly to the emergency call of the WHO to help Liberia defeat the virus.“Donating the 7 ambulances to the people and government of Liberia just symbolizes the solidarity of the people of the State of Qatar with the people of the Republic of Liberia,” Ambassador Al Emadi stated.He also said that the Qatari-Liberia relationship has recently witnessed great improvements in all aspects of cooperation. He indicated that as the Ambassador for his country, he would do his best to further improve and strengthen the relationship between both nations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bina Hill’s Green Enterprise poised towards hinterland development

first_img“The Ministry is firm in its partnership within the Bina Hill Green Enterprise Development Centre, a laudable initiative that has as its core, the holistic development of hinterland youth”, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock stated.The Minister recently announced Government’s commitment to bridge the gap between the hinterland of Guyana and the coast, as it seeks to develop human resources which would include residents in the hinterland.The Minister noted that “the Centre is being constructed at a cost of $200 million and will accommodate and train 120 youths from across the country on an annual basis.These young [people] will benefit from training in ‘green skills’ such as NaturalIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney AllicockResource Management, Community and Village Rangers, Ecosystem Management, Forest Rangers, Village mapping and eco-tourism guides among others”.The Minister assured that it is all in readiness of the development coming not only in Region Nine but throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.Speaking to the specific target group, the Minister stated “the Centre provides our Indigenous out-of-school youth with skills and academic training in areas which are in demand within their respective communities, thereby reducing the need for relocation in search of jobs and other economic opportunities”The Ministry has envisaged youth across the hinterland to become more competitive and productive in the national workforce and increase the number of young entrepreneurs within the villages and communities who are geared for success like never before.“This will ensure there are options for our youth to pursue higher levels of training or to market their skills in the world of work”, Allicock noted.During his presentation on Budget 2019, Allicock told the National Assembly that the budget provides young people with a greater scope and improved opportunities through the Green Centre, to be fully involved and prepared for the transition from the ‘business as usual’ path into the future.Government, with support from the Education Ministry is looking to have the Institute fully accredited so that the achievements of the youths who gain an education there, can be recognised both nationally and internationally.Since Government’s ascension to office in 2015, in excess of $146 million has been invested to develop the Bina Hill Institute, with more than two hundred graduates to date and a ninety percent pass rate.last_img read more

Alta. Peace Cyclist Death Update

first_imgThe Sunday night death of a cyclist, which reports now indicate occurred near Hythe on Highway 59, remains under police investigation. The latest information from the RCMP says it was a leisurely bike ride for two people, not far from their rural home near Hythe, which turned tragic when they were hit from behind by a semi-trailer unit. The 53 year old husband was killed and his 53 year old wife, now in hospital in Grande Prairie, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The truck didn’t stop, but an investigating officer says it is possible the trucker didn’t even know the cyclists had been hit, since the accident occurred after dark at about 8:15. – Advertisement -The Beaverlodge RCMP is taking public information assistance calls at 780-354-2485.last_img

Big guns kept apart in FA Cup quarters

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez won the FA Cup twice during his time at Arsenal © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 17 – Four of the top Premier League’s top five were kept apart in Saturday’s draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals as Manchester United host Brighton, whilst Chelsea visit Leicester.Tottenham Hotspur face a trip to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who need a replay after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Hillsborough, should Mauricio Pochettino’s men overcome third-tier Rochdale on Sunday. Manchester City continue their quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup with a fifth round trip to Wigan on Monday.Should Pep Guardiola’s men avoid a repeat of the Latics’ shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the last eight.The ties will be played between March 16 and 19.Draw in full:Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City v Rochdale or Tottenham HotspurManchester United v BrightonLeicester City v ChelseaWigan or Manchester City v Southampton0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Carabao: Thai rocker turned drinks mogul energising English football

first_img0Shares0000Yuenyong Opakul, lead singer of legendary Thai rock band Carabao and owner of Carabao energy drink © AFP / AIDAN JONESBANGKOK, Thailand, Feb 20 – On Sunday evening an ageing Thai rock star with hooped earrings, signature bandana and a wispy moustache will be at the home of English football to present the Carabao Cup to either Arsenal or Manchester City.His prominence will baffle many football fans, not to mention some of the players celebrating the first silverware of the season at London’s Wembley Stadium. But in Thailand, the 63-year-old Yuenyong Opakul is a legend.He is the lead singer of the band Carabao, and co-founder of the energy drink company now sponsoring the English Football League (EFL) cup.Better known as Aed Carabao (pronounced “At”), he helped catalyse the band’s massive following into consumers of high-caffeine drinks.Its giddying ascent since 2002 now sees Carabao outsell Red Bull in Thailand, where hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of the sugary beverages are slurped down each year.With an eye on new markets, Carabao has ploughed cash into English football, hoping for a fast-track to global brand recognition.The company has spent 30 million pounds ($42 million) to sponsor Chelsea’s training kit, a further 18 million pounds on a three-year EFL cup contract as well as paying to have its name emblazoned on Reading FC’s strip.It’s been a “very successful” investment so far, says Aed.“English people are very focused on football. They didn’t know us before but people are talking about the brand now,” he says sitting in his large garden in a Bangkok suburb.– Open goal –Thai money and English football have had a strong chemistry ever since billionaire ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City in 2007.He flipped it just over a year later for a handsome profit to Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi whose oil fortune has hoisted City into football’s elite.Thailand’s duty free magnate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was next in, buying Leicester City for about 40 million pounds ($58 million) in 2010 and clearing the club’s large debts.Yuenyong Opakul says he’ll be ‘dressed cool… maybe in a suit because it’s cold,’ for Sunday’s Cup Final © AFP / AIDAN JONESSix years later the Midlands minnows stormed to the Premier League title, the players celebrating in shirts stamped with Vichai’s “King Power” brand.Sheffield Wednesday are owned by Dejphon Chansiri of the Thai Union family — the world’s biggest tinned tuna producers — while Singha beer has partnered with Manchester United.A commercial link with English football guarantees swift “international exposure”, says Pavida Pananond, an academic at Thammasat University’s Business School in Bangkok.“This strategy is not new. Red Bull has done it before with Formula 1 and extreme sports,” she added of the part Thai-owned energy drinks firm.– ‘Play until I die’ –Aed Carabao is no stranger to brand-building.The one-time architecture student who studied in the Philippines, hence the band’s Tagalog name, has spun fame and fortune from his distinctive country-rock style, rasping voice and acerbic lyrics skewering corruption, inequality and forces of reaction.He designed the skull-and-horns Carabao logo, which is across band paraphernalia — and even copyrighted a hand sign that represents the eponymous buffalo.The band has toured Thailand for more than three decades cultivating a loyal base of nostalgic fans but also youngsters drawn to his stage presence and lyricism.“Like BB King I’ll keep playing until I die,” Aed says with a smile, tucking a streak of black hair into his bandana, a Carabao-branded mug on the table in front of him.The band emerged in the early 1980s with an unabashed pro-democracy agenda following a decade of political turbulence when crackdowns killed hundreds of student activists.Several songs were banned by authorities, gifting Aed something of a bad-boy reputation.But age and commercial success has diluted Aed’s taste for controversy, more so in the social media age where junta-run Thailand’s sharply polarised politics tend to chew up anyone who speaks out.“I am not on anyone’s side,” he says, rejecting criticism he has sold out. “But if the people aren’t educated about democracy, we cannot move forward.”Carabao is a colourful name for a trophy that has traditionally relied on more parochial sponsors, including Britain’s milk board and Rumbelows, a now-defunct white-goods retailer.The Thai tie-up also endured an inauspicious start.In June the EFL was forced to apologise after error-strewn graphics appeared on their online broadcast of the first-round draw for the Carabao Cup.The third-round draw stirred more consternation after it was held in Beijing, demanding a pre-dawn wake-up by British fans to follow it live.Yet the timings reflected Carabao’s relentless marketing push, concerned first with seeking a foothold in China’s massive market.As he prepares to travel to London for the cup final, the genial singer is in similarly uncompromising mood.“I’ll be dressed cool… maybe in a suit because it’s cold, but everything else the same,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Texas governor wants to turn computer users into border cops

first_imgEL PASO, Texas – The governor of Texas wants to turn all the world into a virtual posse. Rick Perry has announced a $5 million plan to install hundreds of night-vision cameras on private land along the Mexican border and put the live video on the Internet so anyone with a computer who spots illegal immigrants trying to slip across can report it on a toll-free hotline. “I look at this as not different from the neighborhood watches we have had in our communities for years and years,” Perry said. Some say it is a dangerous idea and a waste of money. The governor plans to pay for it all with grant money the state already has, and wants the first cameras in place within 30 days.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This is just one of those half-baked ideas that people dream up to save money but have no practical applications,” said Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin. “We would be far better off to invest that money in Mexican small towns along the border so people wouldn’t have to emigrate.” The plan marks a political about-face for Perry, a Republican seeking re-election, who has long argued that security along the state’s 1,200-mile border with Mexico is strictly a federal responsibility. This week, he said cuts in federal homeland security funding, a rise in reports of border violence and the crossing of Mexican soldiers into Texas about two years ago have demonstrated that “Texas cannot wait for Washington, D.C., to act.” Under the plan, announced on the eve of the state GOP convention, cameras and other equipment would be supplied to willing landowners and placed along some of the most remote reaches of the border. The live video would be made available to law enforcement and anyone else with an Internet connection. Viewers would be able to call day or night to report anything that looks like trespassing, drug smuggling or something else suspicious. last_img read more

Dele Alli ‘bigging up’ Stadium MK to Spurs team-mates

first_img Carabao Cup commentaries LIVE on talkSPORT 2 2 Alli eventually left in 2015 after helping the club into the Championship, though Liverpool came close to landing the teenager before Spurs agreed their £5m deal.“I was sad when I left but I knew it had to be done. It was a decision I made and to come into the Premier League, to come to Tottenham… I haven’t looked back since.” “I heard the rumours before that it could be a possibility (playing at MK) and I was trying to push it as much as I could,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com. “I’m excited, I’m looking forward to it and it’s going to be a great experience to go back there.“It will be nice for the boys to see it as well because since I’ve been here I’ve been bigging it up to them all, saying how good the stadium is, so I hope it now lives up to it. It’s a great stadium and a great place. It’s where I grew up.” Dele Alli can’t wait for his Tottenham team-mates to play at Stadium MK, having ‘bigged up’ the stadium to them.Spurs play their ‘home’ game against Watford in the Carabao Cup in Milton Keynes on Wednesday night – live on talkSPORT – and it’s a homecoming for the 22-year-old, who came through the ranks at MK Dons.With their new White Hart Lane ground not ready and Wembley unavailable, Spurs applied to play the third round match at the home of the League Two side. Alli has gone from MK Dons in League One to the Premier League with Tottenham and full England international since 2015 Dele Alli started his career at MK Dons Liverpool vs Chelsea (talkSPORT – Wednesday, September 26) – LISTEN LIVETottenham vs Watford (talkSPORT 2 – Wednesday, September 26) – LISTEN LIVElast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a Garda Sergeant.John Boyle appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to six different charges.The court heard that Boyle, 46, of 14 Leck Cottages was charged with a number of offences which took place at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on August 14th last. He is charged with assault causing harm to a number of people under the Non Fatal Against the Persons Act.Those Boyle is charged with assaulting include Sean McFadden, Terence McGill and Ciaran McBride.He was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to both Garda Sgt Aidan Doherty and Sean McFadden.Boyle pleaded guilty to all six charges before the court.The case relates to an incident outside Voodoo Nightclub.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned the case until next October and agreed to have a probation report carried out on the accused.MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING TO KILL GARDA AND ASSAULTING OTHERS was last modified: April 25th, 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:John Boyleletterkennythreats to killlast_img read more