Champs Watch | Relay dress rehearsal today

first_imgA glimpse at the relay section of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships record books shows some of the reason for the current dominance of Calabar High School and Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School. Of the 11 records there listed, the champion schools have four each. It’s testimony to the importance placed on relay running by their respective head coaches Michael Clarke of Calabar and Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen. Today’s Gibson McCook Relays are an important last dress rehearsal for Champs, when 12 points are the reward for a relay victory. With all due respect to the other meets that include relays, nothing simulates the crowd interaction and the pressure of Champs quite like the Gibson McCook Relays. As Champs approaches, Calabar’s sprinters will probably have gotten used to Clarke taking over the last two weeks of baton-passing practise from his assistant coaches. The points are just too precious. Recently, however, Calabar’s fortunes have fluctuated in the relays at Champs. In 2014, the green-and-blacks scored a 50 point relay bonanza. Two years earlier, they managed only 26, and in 2015, just 28. If a boys’ team wins all the relays, it collects 60 points. The corresponding maximum number for the six girls’ relays is 72. Edwin Allen took 53 relay points in 2012, when they first won the Girls Champs title, 49 when it regained the crown from Holmwood in 2014, and 52 in 2015. The Edwin Allen relay point collection last year was a paltry 41. Today, the spoils will be bragging rights, practise for Champs, and perhaps a chance for Gibson McCook records. When Boys and Girls’ Champs starts on March 28, the stakes will be much higher. Calabar hold all the Champs 4x100m records and the 4x400m record, too. Edwin Allen have all the girls’ 4x100m records, except in Class Three, and the record in the sprint medley. It’s another statement of how well Clarke and Dyke prepare their teams. Some of those marks are stunning. Calabar’s 2015 Class One team of Edward Clarke Jr, Michael O’Hara, Julanie Walker and Sean Selvin set a world high-school best of 39.08 seconds. In the very next race, Edwin Allen became the first Class Two girls team to dip under 45 seconds, with a sweet run of 44.88 seconds. O’Hara and company are all gone, but that blinking quick Edwin Allen is in Class One now and will be in action today. They have already clocked 44.89 this season. If the weather is warm and if Kashieka Cameron, Patrice Moody, Shellece Clark and Khamoy Farquharson click, the Gibson McCook meet record of 44.48 seconds by St Jago could fall. Whatever happens today, Clarke, Dyke and their fellow coaches will study how their teams performed with Champs in mind. Some will leave a winning formula intact for April 1 when the Champs relay finals are contested. Others will tweak their line-ups a little to score the points they need on the day that counts the most. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. HIGHER STAKES LATERlast_img read more

San Miguel support crew just as potent as Fajardo, starters

first_img“I just hope this continues so it will be easier for us (to win the series),” said the 6-foot-10 Cebuano phenomenon.For the Hotshots though, there’s really no recourse but to take it all in the chin and fight back.“We’re not going to stop until we figure out a way to stop them (Beermen),” said Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alegre opens bravo golf course Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Stopping reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and the rest of San Miguel Beer’s starters is a daunting task in itself for Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.But the emergence of role players like Brian Heruela, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Gabby Espinas has left the Hotshots with a bigger headache as they try to equalize the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Often overlooked because of the sheer talent of San Miguel’s starting unit, Heruela’s confidence is soaring after making an impact in the last two games, while Rosser has been working wonders on the defensive end.The veteran Espinas played his best game of the season so far with nine points in Game 3 held at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The trio played so well along with Santos and Marcio Lassiter that coach Leo Austria did not see the need to bring Fajardo back in the game.“I’m always looking at giving them a chance to get long minutes, but it depends on their first three minutes,” Austria said after the Beermen moved within two wins of a fourth straight title. “But in Game 3, when I saw that they weren’t giving up the lead … I had the luxury to rest our starters. Because they were able to sustain the lead, they’re deserving to be on the court.”Fajardo likes how the series has panned out especially with his other teammates stepping up.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots did limit Fajardo and Arwind Santos in Game 3, but just when they thought, they’ve solved half of their problems, more surfaced when Heruela, Rosser and Espinas came up big in the fourth quarter as the Beermen went on another outburst that resulted in a 111-87 win and a 2-1 edge on Sunday.Magnolia coach Chito Victolero acknowledged the difficult challenge ahead for the Hotshots, whose squad is already hit with injuries on Marc Pingris and Justin Melton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think we need to find ways to match up or surpass the energy of the second group of San Miguel,” Victolero said.“We had a hard time matching up with the energy of Heruela and other guys coming off the bench. I think we did a pretty good job on defending June Mar and Arwind, but the problem is the other guys stepping up. I think we need to worry about that as well.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

LPRC Oilers Extend First Division Lead Over LISCR, BYC

first_imgOilers players celebrate as they remain the only unbeaten side in the league so far.LPRC Oilers have extended their lead atop of the Liberia Football Association (LFA)-Orange First Division League to five points after trashing FC Fassell 8-0 on match day-12 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).Hattricks from Varney Sando and Terry Sackor, plus a lone goal apiece from Dominic Jarteh and Stanley Whitfield were the ones who decided the pace of the day.Striker Jarteh scored the opener in the 20th minute after cleverly beating FC Fassell goalkeeper to roll the ball in the empty goalpost, thanks to Sidiki Kromah’s assist. Later in the 33rd minute, Terry Sackor scored his first goal after perfectly converting an assist from Jarteh. The goals kept raining a Varney Sando fired home a stunner from outside the 18-yard box, followed by Sackor’s second goal at the brink of the halftime whistle.After the halftime break, Sando completed his hat trick after slotting home his last two goals in the 71st and 72nd minutes. Substitute Stanley Whitfield added his name on the score sheet in the 76th minute, before Jarteh scored his final goal, completing his hat trick in the 87th minute.LPRC remain unbeaten in the league after they won nine and drew three of their 12 league games.In other results, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) also collected a huge win after thrashing Keitrace FC 5-1 in the first match at the ATS to remain third on the table. BYC are leveled on points with LISCR FC.LISCR FC were held at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium after NPA Anchors came from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw.Earlier at the Nancy B. Doe, Watanga FC secured a 2-1 win against Small Town FC, while Monrovia Club Breweries and Nimba United settled to a 1-1 draw. Nimba FC failed to collect a single point in another away match after losing 2-1 against Jubilee FC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ganja, phones unearthed at NA penitentiary

first_imgContraband items unearthed.A search conducted at the New Amsterdam Prison on Saturday morning unearthed a number of contrabands and other prohibited items.According to information received, the raid was conducted by the ranks of the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) where five grams of marijuana, five cellular phones and a number of improvised weapons, lighters and phone chargers were discovered.Less than one month ago, it was reported that officers had unearthed some 146 ziploc bags containing marijuana  and over forty prohibited items from the Prison during an impromptu search of the dwellings.Full details of this and other stories can be found in your Sunday, August 19, 2018 edition of the Guyana Times Newspaper.last_img read more

Glass Container Recycling to Resume

first_imgIn addition, an Eco-Depot release says here in Fort St. John only they will also be accepted for curbside pickup.- Advertisement -However, they must be put in a reusable box and placed beside the blue bags used for the curbside recycling collection service.The release says all colors of glass bottles and jars will be accepted but you should ensure they are clean and free of food residue, with the lids and labels removed.The Eco-Depot also says, at this time, glass will not be accepted at the unmanned recycling bin sites, because it is working on developing an alternative collection method, to reduce contamination.More more information you can go to the Eco-Depot website or you can call 250-785-0300.Advertisement Beginning the first of April, recycling depots in this region will once again be accepting glass food containers.last_img read more

Chager rules Mombasa, Flash firms up lead

first_img0Shares0000The “Flying Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points.MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 12- Baldev Chager emerged the winner on the sixth round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) in Kilifi County ending months of a winless streak.The “Flying Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points. Chager and his partner Ravi Soni clung to  second spot on 96. Skoda Fabia R5 speedster Onkar Rai came in second overall as Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X ace Tundo settled for third navigated by Tim Jessop.Onkar remains in a distant third on 79 points.Chager was all smiles after victory and this is what he had to say: “The course was very challenging today due to the harsh weather. I am very happy and proud of my team as well as myself.”“This is a big win for me and the team since this is the first win that I have had a win since 2016 in Kisumu. I hope to do even better at the next rally which will be in Nanyuki.”Izhar Mirza won the Johnny Hellier Memorial trophy as the best placed coast driver in fifth spot.Farhaaz continued with a good run with a 100% finish record whilst homeboy Sohanjeet Puee won division two in eighth as physically challenged driver Nikhil Sachania finished 9th on his Mombasa debut driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.Asked about the MMC round Chager said: “The rally was a good challenge a nice mix of surfaces and all sorts of weather too. Job well done by MMC. Twisty stages suited the Skoda very well and we knew that from the recce it would be hard to beat in those conditions.”“Only chances were the open stages and that’s where we tried to push harder and it worked. Very good battle with my team mate Onkar. Looking forward to Nanyuki next month.”Subaru crew of Eriv Bengi and Tuta Mionki finished 4th overall, first in Group N and Division One in the tough yet very exciting MMC rally.Provisional results:Baldev Chagger/Ravi Soni-Mitsubishi Evo10 Rai/Gavin Laurence-Skoda Fabia Tundo/Tim Jessop-Mitsubishi Evo10 Bengi/Tuta Mionki-Subaru Impreza N12 Mirza/Kavit Dave-Mitsubishi Evo10 Sachania/Alfir Khan-Mitsubishi Evo10 STANDINGS AFTER MMC  MOMBASA RALLY ROUND 4Carl Tundo 118Baldev Chagger 96Onkar Rai 79Manvir Baryan 57Farhaaz Khan 43Amaar Haq 21Aakif Virani 20Tejvir Rai 20Ian Duncan 180Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Classic transfer: Liverpool smash transfer record to land Spanish hitman

first_img 2 The striker – affectionately known as ‘El Nino’ – immediately hit the ground running and proved he was worth the money, finishing the 2007/08 season with 24 league goals, beaten only by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.During his three-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, Torres scored 81 goals in 142 appearances and was placed at number five in a list of the club’s greatest no.9s, by the official Liverpool website, before making a British record £50m switch to Chelsea in January 2011.The European and World Cup winner has since returned to boyhood club Atletico after a brief stint with Italian giants AC Milan in 2014. 2 On this day in 2007, Liverpool signed Fernando Torres.It may have ended in tears, but Liverpool landed the coup of the summer when Rafael Benitez splashed out a then club record fee, believed to be £20m, for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres.The Reds had been linked with a new striker for months following the acquisition of the club by American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett earlier in the year, with the pair promising to spend big during the summer months.Despite initially being linked with a big money move for then-Charlton striker Darren Bent, Benitez revealed that he was chasing Atletico hitman Torres, a story that gathered pace after Torres revealed the words ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ on the inside of his captain’s armband in a match against Real Sociedad.After weeks of negotiations, Liverpool managed to strike a club record deal for the Spanish international – thought to be worth around £20m – which also included Kop attacker Luis Garcia heading in the opposite direction. Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres last_img read more

Bibby’s 42 points lifts Kings to win

first_img 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Raptors 129, Knicks 103: Jalen Rose had a season-high 31 points and host Toronto set a franchise scoring record, ending New York’s six-game winning streak. Morris Peterson added a season-best 28 points and Chris Bosh had 23 for the Raptors, who surpassed their previous mark of 128 points done twice. They last did it March 13, 2005, against Philadelphia. Trail Blazers 89, Cavaliers 87: Ruben Patterson and Zach Randolph each had 16 points and seven rebounds and Portland edged visiting Cleveland. LeBron James had 29 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who lost their fourth straight. center_img Mike Bibby finished his career-high 42 points with two clinching free throws with 0.4 seconds left, and the Sacramento Kings held off the visiting Orlando Magic 104-100 Sunday night in a meeting of seriously short-handed teams. Bibby and Brad Miller were the Kings’ only healthy regular starters, but the point guard and his center still carried Sacramento to its 11th straight home victory over the Magic. Miller had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, scoring nine points in the fourth and hitting a crucial 3-pointer with 2:16 to play. Bibby, battling through tight defense and visibly favoring his hip after a late-game collision, had another superb shooting performance when the Kings needed it most. He put Sacramento in control with 15 points in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers while the Kings took a 14-point lead. last_img read more

Electoral change gets a boost

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Frustrated that presidential candidates have spent so little time in California, the Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation to change how the state awards its electoral votes for president. The bill – approved 49-31 in the Assembly, mostly along party lines – would pledge California’s 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote, a system critics called an attempt to circumvent the U.S. Constitution. If the bill, AB 2948, became law in California, it would take effect only if states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes – the number now required to win the presidency – also agreed to decide the election by popular vote. The interstate compact the Assembly authorized is part of a national campaign launched in February by a Los Altos nonprofit group to change the way the nation picks a president. “The Constitution of the United States was very specific that every state shall have a republican form of government,” said Assemblyman Chuck Devore, R-Irvine. “It’s not a direct democracy. Direct democracies were probably seen by the Founding Fathers as unstable.” Instead, Devore said California should consider apportioning its electoral votes by congressional district, an approach the Assembly has previously rejected as a partisan move to split California’s votes. A compact agreement would require California to give its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote regardless of which presidential candidate the state voters select. Critics said a popular vote system would send presidential candidates only to the most populous areas, shutting out rural America. “I don’t want a candidate to go to 10 to 12 big urban centers and walk away with the presidency,” said Assemblyman Mike Villines, R-Fresno. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not taken a position on the bill, spokesman Darrel Ng said. Democrats said the votes shouldn’t fall along party lines. A committee analysis shows Democrat John Kerry would have won the presidency in 2004 if he had won Ohio, which he lost by about 118,000 votes to President George W. Bush, who got 2.8 million more votes nationwide. Under the compact, California’s electoral college votes would have gone to Bush in that case, they said. The Colorado Senate in April voted to ratify the compact. The proposal also is being considered in New York, Louisiana, Illinois and Missouri.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“Presidential candidates would have to come to California because of our population, and they would have to take a position on issues that we care about,” Assemblyman Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana, said on the Assembly floor. The Constitution requires each state to select its own Electoral College delegates in presidential races. California currently awards its votes based on the state popular vote, as do most other states. Backers of the compact say presidential candidates should be forced to campaign before all voters, not just those in so-called battleground states, such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. In 2004, California voters cast more than 10 percent of the nation’s votes for president, but major presidential or vice-presidential candidates visited the state just twice in the last month of the campaign, according to a committee analysis of the bill. Republican opponents called the compact an end run around the U.S. Constitution. last_img read more

Judge refuses John Downey bail saying he could die in jail if convicted

first_imgCreeslough man John Downey has been refused bail in the High Court in Belfast.The 67-year-old is charged murdering two British soldiers in 1972 must remain in custody. Downey was refused bail amid fears he could flee before any trial for the car bomb attack which killed Ulster Defence Regiment members Alfred Johnston and James Eames in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.Mr Justice Horner cited the “real and substantial risk” he could attempt to abscond.The judge said: “Given the applicant’s age, if convicted he may well remain in custody until his death.“He does not enjoy good health, and any period of custody will be onerous.”Downey is facing prosecution after losing a battle against being extradited from the Republic of Ireland.He was detained in October 2018 under a European Arrest Warrant, exhausting all appeals before handing himself in to the authorities earlier this month.Lance Corporal Johnston and Private Eames died in an explosion on the Irvinestown Road in August 1972.They were carrying out checks on a car when a command wire initiated device was detonated, killing them instantly.The bomb went off as a truck carrying 13 off-duty soldiers approached, blowing it onto its side and injuring some of the troops inside.For full story see …. refuses John Downey bail saying he could die in jail if convicted was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 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:bailCreesloughJohn Downeyrefusedlast_img read more