22m in Beijing for Richards?

first_imgOdayne Richards is already the finest shot putter in Jamaica’s history. Richards, however, isn’t resting on his hard-won laurels. He has his eye on Beijing, the upcoming World Championships, and the 22-metre line. The stocky MVP putter produced a second-round national record throw of 21.69 metres to win gold for Jamaica at the recent Pan American Games. That mirrored his win last year at the Commonwealth Games, where he took charge of the national record with a distance of 21.62m. Even though no Jamaican had ever won shot put gold in either the Pan Am or Commonwealth Games before, Richards has his aim on Beijing. “The goal is to throw 22m in the final in the World Championships in Beijing,” he calmly asserted. Those firsts don’t occupy his mind too much. “It does feel good, but I’m not too concerned about the history,” he explained. “I believe that other people will come up and do great,” he predicted. He eased off the gas at the Pan Am Games after the big throw. “I had thrown 21m,” he stated. “So the rest of the throws were safe throws to try and keep healthy.” The St George’s College and University of Technology graduate is looking forward to meeting world leader Joe Kovacs of the USA, reigning champion David Storl of Germany, and the rest of the world’s best in Beijing. “I expect them to come well, and I’d like to be one of those persons who compete well against them and possibly beat them.” The 25-year-old had appeared to struggle early in the season, but he and coach Linval Swaby were working on building strength. “After we achieved what we set out in the strength area,” explained Swaby, “we started focusing on throwing, and he has been responding.” Kovacs, 22.56m, and Storl, 22.20m, are the only men with marks past 22 metres, but Richards is number 3 this season with his national record. Even so, he expects the American pair of former World champions, Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa, to return to 22m territory in Beijing. “I’d just like to join that elite group of throwers who have gone over 22m,” he said quietly. “That’s my goal,”, he concluded, “and I believe it is possible to throw far enough to medal.” building strengthlast_img read more

Lankans top Kiwis in third ODI

first_imgNELSON, New Zealand (AP):Sri Lanka borrowed parts of New Zealand’s successful formula to win the third one-day cricket international by eight wickets yesterday, and kept alive the five-match series which home team leads 2-1.Sri Lanka restricted New Zealand to 276-8, in which Williamson’s 59 was the highest score, and a blazing 65 from 45 balls by opener Danushka Gunathilaka ignited a run chase which Tillakaratne Dilshan strengthened with a masterly innings of 91.Dilshan put on 111 for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne before his innings ended when he was run out with Sri Lanka 202-2.Thirimanne made an unbeaten 87 in a 68-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal (27 not out) which closed out the win with 20 balls remaining.”A very satisfying and much-needed victory for us,” Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said. “We gave ourselves a chance to stay alive in the series, and going forward to the fourth ODI we still have a chance to square the series.”I thought the bowlers were brilliant up front, given the task on a good track they kept them to a very chaseable target. And I thought all the batters batted brilliantly after the humiliating and embarrassing first couple of games.”Small changes yesterday made a big difference to the dynamics of the series, and Sri Lanka were just as commanding in winning the third match as New Zealand had in winning the first two.The New Zealand bowlers couldn’t contain Sri Lanka as they had done in the first two matches. Pacemen Tim Southee and Adam Milne returned after being rested earlier in the series and showed signs of rustiness, becoming cannon fodder for Gunathilaka and Dilshan, giving up 44 and 50 runs respectively from six over spells.Williamson also returned to the New Zealand line-up after missing the first two matches of the series with a knee injury and was immediately installed as captain when Brendon McCullum was forced to withdraw with an injured back.Williamson did something McCullum couldn’t in winning the toss, but that also worked against his team. Compelled to bowl first and chastened by the words of captain Angelo Mathews who described their previous performances in the series as “embarrassing and pathetic” Sri Lanka bowled well and fielded with enthusiasm to restrict New Zealand.In the first match at Christchurch, Sri Lanka managed only 188 in ideal batting conditions and saw New Zealand surpass that total in 21 overs; in the second match Sri Lanka made only 117 and New Zealand reached that target in 8.2 overs.last_img read more

Yeng Guiao pressed for time to finalize Asian Games line up

first_imgGuiao’s first assignment is to rush the final lineup that will consist of players from Rain or Shine along with Gilas Cadets Abu Tratter, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras.NLEX center Asi Taulava is also included in Guiao’s list to help the Philippines defend against the big men in the region.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We’re rushing him to really come up with a lineup already,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio Thursday at the PBA Office after the league’s board meeting.Another name that was included in the list is Cleveland’s Jordan Clarkson but he still has to get clearance from both the Cavaliers and the NBA, and go signal from Olympic Council of Asia to be able to play. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Super Bowl champ to play sax with Philadelphia Orchestra Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “After we submit we should expect an immediate reply because the Asian Games is just around the corner, we’re hoping for a quick reply from OCA,” said Panlilio.The SBP is already behind the June 30 lineup for the submission of the final lineups but got a pass after TNT’s core including top players Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario were suspended by Fiba.Although those players can still technically play in the Asian Games as the Fiba ruling does not encompass the continental meet, the SBP decided to have the TNT core sit this one out.“I think, this is more of a moral standpoint,” said Panlilio.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn less than a month, Yeng Guiao will be reunited with former team Rain or Shine for the 2018 Asian Games.The Elasto Painters were tasked to represent the Philippines in the basketball tournament in Jakarta after TNT pulled out, and Guiao will have a lot of things to do before the first game on August 16.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Will the President Nominate an in-House Critic as Health Minister?

first_imgThe Daily Observer yesterday named three outstanding medical doctors being considered as the new Health Minister.  The first is the outspoken Dr. Vuyu Golakai, an eminent African surgeon who has served in several countries, including Zimbabwe; Botswana; South Africa; Israel and Germany, the two countries where he was trained.Everyone knows that Vuyu is a brain trust—a very clever fellow who probably knew the lessons before he entered the class—any class, from calculus to chemistry, to physics to English, history and literature.  He is also an eloquent speaker, who also gave an extraordinary extemporaneous panegyric at Bai T. Moore’s funeral in 1988.But despite all these highly credible credentials, will the President risk choosing an in-house critic to run the Health Ministry?  That would be challenging for a leader whom many have accused of surrounding herself with people who are prone to say “yes ma’am,” rather than stand up to her with different opinions; and who is also noted for surrounding herself with friends and family in governance.  Selecting Dr. Golakai would be a serious challenge, but it would convince many that Ellen is willing to take any risk for positive and constructive change.There are other serious candidates, including Dr. Robert Kpoto, the nation’s only orthopedic surgeon on the ground.  Were he to be favored, that would rob the nation of the only one in his field.  What would happen to people with chronic bone problems and accident victims?Dr. Kpoto has been active in the West African College of Surgeons and its graduate program, which is designed to train and supply the nation with medical specialists who are seriously lacking here.Dr. Francis Kateh, the youngest of the three, is a physician, academician and Deputy of the  National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS is responsible for Liberia’s Ebola response. Following the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina incident, Dr. Kateh decided to pursue professional studies in Homeland Security, with emphasis on Public Health Disaster Preparedness (2008).  In the case of another medical epidemic, will Dr. Kateh, if appointed Health Minister, be able to avoid the tragic mistake of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)?  Margaret Chang was Health Minister in Hong Kong years ago when an epidemic struck and she responded swiftly to bring it under control.  But as WHO head, she wasted precious time and delayed for several months WHO’s response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, leading to the unnecessary death of nearly 9,000 people.Should such an epidemic occur under his watch as a future Health Minister, Dr. Kateh would at least have had the training, if not the experience, in public health disaster preparedness.  He is also noted for efficiently managing the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.Speaking of handling epidemics like Ebola, we cannot fail to mention some of the doctors who shined in Liberia’s battle with the epidemic.  Among them is, Dr. Jerry Browne, MD, who successfully manned the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit that cured many and brought the unit to zero Ebola cases.Another is Dr. Gorbee Logan, who performed a commendable job at the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.   He also led the hospital to attain zero Ebola cases.This a good list of medical professionals to choose from.  But like President Tolbert in the 1970s, who appointed three non-medical persons to the Health Ministry—Mai Padmore, former Special Assistant to President Tubman, and Counselors Estrada Bernard and Oliver Bright—Madam Sirleaf may go outside the medical field to find a new Health Minister. But given Liberia’s most important post-Ebola challenge, the redevelopment of the entire healthcare delivery system, the President needs an experienced and seasoned medical practitioner – one with decades of medical and surgical experience behind him, who knows what the problems are and how to solve them.He must be someone who also has a keen interest in training—nursing, paramedical, medical and specialist—so that the nation is soon equipped not only with adequate health and medical institutions, but professionals to run them effectively and efficiently.When it comes to professional rapport with the President and the flexibility to speak one’s mind on critical issues, who can beat Dr. Walter Gwenigale, who knows how to call a spade a spade, even before the Liberian Senate?   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pres. Sirleaf Applauds UAE on 45th Independence Anniversary

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the occasion commemorating the 45th Independence anniversary of that country on December 2.The UAE National Day, also known as Al-Eid Al Watani, commemorates the formal nationalization of the UAE from the British Protectorate Pact that expired on December 2, 1971. The day is also observed as the signing of the Proclamation of Union and the subsequent federal unification of the six sheikdoms – Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah, Umm al-Qaiwain, and Ajman – to form the modern-day nation called UAE. The federation initially consisted of six members, but February 1972, the UAE gained the seventh member when Ras al-Khaimah joined. According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf in her message to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, prayed that the bonds of friendship and cooperation subsisting between their two countries in the spirit of Afro-Arab bilateral ties and cooperation, will continue to expand for the mutual benefit of their two countries and peoples. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JetBlue planning team to arrive in Guyana in Sept – Patterson

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has announced that JetBlue team will be arriving in Guyana next month.“They will be mounting a mission next month… the first or second week of next month. They will start looking at things like facilities, hotels, staffing,” said Patterson in an exclusive interview with the Department of Public Information.The minister was responding to the reports that that the American carrier is expected to add Guyana to its international routes in early 2020.“From my understanding, they received the aircraft late, so it is pushed back a bit. They were supposed to start in November and they are still pushing [towards the launch of operations in Guyana],” Minister Patterson explained.Furthermore, while noting Guyana lacks a direct link to Europe, progress is being made in that regard.According to Minister Patterson, “The [Guyana] High Commissioner in the UK contacted us saying that Virgin Atlantic was looking at Guyana and they are doing their 2020 routes-hubs programme, and they say they want Guyana to be a part of it.”Minister Patterson stated that he will work alongside the Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan to examine the feasibility of Virgin Atlantic’s expansion of service to Guyana.“That hasn’t been resolved as yet, but there is an ongoing discussion… I have made phone calls directly to the [Guyana] High Commissioner to the UK and empowered him to talk directly to Virgin about bringing their services here.”Commenting on Guyana being an attractive hub for other airlines, Minister Patterson expressed confidence that with ‘first oil’ in 2020, many more airlines are expected to come on stream.With the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority turning the sod last Friday for its new headquarters, Minister Patterson said “the need for a robust and an increased GCAA is indisputable,” as Guyana’s aviation sector increases.last_img read more

8th Annual Arnie Isberg Memorial Baseball Tournament takes place June 14 to the 16

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 8th Annual Arnie Isberg Memorial Tournament will be taking place June 14 to the 16 in Taylor.According to event organizer, Kerri Laurin, the Tournament started in 2012 and is a way to raise funds for Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment in memory of Arnie Isberg who passed away due to cancer in 2011.“This is the 8th year for the Tournament, it started in 2012. How it started was Vern Isberg started a Tournament for his brother, Arnie, who passed away from cancer in 2011, so they decided to put this ball tournament together.”- Advertisement -Laurin says she got involved as a way to honour her brother, Danny Ruttan, who passed away from cancer in August 2012, just prior to the first tournament.Knowing the Isberg family quite well, Laurin says they decided to form a team and has taken part in the Tournament ever since under the name ‘Team Sumo’, which was her brother’s nickname.During the past seven years, the Tournament has raised over $100,000 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Treatment Fund and this event has expanded as a way for honour anyone who has passed away, is a survivor or is fighting the fight from cancer.Advertisement Featured at the Tournament, on Saturday night, will be the annual Illumination Ceremony where people can purchase bags and write a message to friends or loved ones. The Bags are lit up and lined around the field so everyone can walk the diamond and pay their respects.Also being featured is a memory board, where anyone can add a photo of a loved one who has passed away from cancer.On Saturday afternoon, there will be a relay race with a twist and a home run derby.Registration is full with 24 teams taking part in the Tournament.Advertisement The 8th Annual Arnie Isberg Memorial Tournament is taking place June 14 to the 16 at the Taylor Ball Diamonds.For more information, you can contact Kerri Laurin at 250-261-3639 or by email Kbear10@telus.net.last_img read more

Local students failing exit test

first_imgWHITTIER – Two months before the end of the school year, about 235 Whittier-area high school students have failed to pass the state’s exit exam and are in danger of not receiving their diplomas, officials said Monday. Although statewide, more students were able to pass both portions of the California High School Exit Exam this year than last year, the same was not true at local school districts, Whittier educators said. The number of students able to pass the exam in the El Rancho Unified School District and in the Whittier Union High School District stayed the same this year as last year, while fewer students in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District have been able to pass it this year, officials said. “Have we found that there are fewer kids that we need to worry about when it comes to the exit exam? No,” said Julie Ellis, principal of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. But local educators were quick to point out that officials still are awaiting results from exit exams seniors took in March – the final opportunity this year for upper-classmen to pass the two-part, 10th-grade-level test before graduations in June. In the Norwalk-La Mirada district, 150 seniors out of nearly 1,300 have yet to pass the exam, or 12 percent of this year’s graduating class. In the El Rancho district, 26 of 644 seniors have yet to pass it, or 4 percent of the senior class; while 56 of 2,435 seniors in the Whittier Union district – 2.3 percent – have not yet passed it. “We’re still waiting on the March results, but we don’t expect there will be a significant difference,” Ellis said. “These same kids took the same test two other times this year with the same preparations. I’m hoping the numbers \ will be lessened, but I don’t think it will be by much.” Last year, by the time graduations rolled around in late June, nearly all of the senior class in the Whittier Union High School District had passed the exam, giving the district the lowest fail rate among local districts. Only 17 students in a class of 2,278 seniors – 0.07 percent – were unable to pass the exam by June. Of those 17, four went on to pass the exam in July, said Carlye Olsen, director of staff development, assessment and accountability. Five others moved; the rest could not be tracked, she said. “It’s the district’s strong belief that many students will pass” the exit exam this year “because of the intensive interventions that are in place at each school,” Olsen said. California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said he was happy with this year’s statewide passage rate on the exit exam. This year, 91.4 percent of seniors were able to pass it, about 2.1 percent more than in 2006. O’Connell credited “intensive instruction and remediation” for the increase. “We’re moving in the right direction,” O’Connell said. “Nearly $70 million of state funding is targeted specifically to help those students succeed. Our efforts are paying off.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want 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

Bilic seeks Cup respite to league troubles

first_img0Shares0000West Ham United’s manager Slaven Bilic has reportedly been given two matches to salvage his job © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under even more serious pressure after Ronald Koeman’s sacking by Everton on Monday but he will hope for a filip in Wednesday’s Last 16 League Cup action.Media reports suggest that Bilic, who made his name as Croatian national coach, has been given two matches to salvage his job but a trip away to in-form Tottenham Hotspur is probably not the sort of challenge one would want as one of them. Everton — who despite splashing out £140million ($185mn) on players in the close season lie third from bottom of the Premier League — begin life post Koeman by travelling to champions Chelsea.Both may have to play their first teams in a competition which usually gives Premier League managers the chance to rest weary first choice players. Indeed the League Cup would be bottom of priorities for most Premier League managers in terms of silverware or for some simply to survive in the elite to keep on reaping in the millions that membership offers.However, for Bilic no such luxury can be afforded in that respect and facing a Tottenham side that put Liverpool to the sword 4-1 and firmly set aside the so-called Wembley jinx could not come at a worse time.The charismatic Croatian is clearly feeling the weight of expectations as one poor season last term — which came close to costing him his job — has been followed by no sign of a return to the form that they showed in his first campaign.“I’m the manager and I don’t want to run away from the fact that it’s my responsibility, and I take full responsibility,” he said.Hammers Portuguese defender Jose Fonte said the players owed the fans a good performance.“We have a game on Wednesday and we need to go and beat Spurs because we have to react, we have to bounce back,” Fonte told the club website. Defeat by Spurs would not be a catastrophe for Bilic but a loss next weekend to bottom side Crystal Palace would more than likely seal his fater and make him the fourth managerial casualty of the season.Whilst he waits nervously for Wednesday the greater part of the matches take place on Tuesday with the only all Premier League affair Swansea hosting holders Manchester United.United’s manager Jose Mourinho will be looking for his players to show more fight after blasting them following the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield. Juan Mata, one of those players high up on Mourinho’s hit list and was replaced at half-time, issued a rallying cry to his team-mates on Monday.“Now, it’s time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don’t go so well, which is when we need it most,” the Spaniard wrote on his blog.United’s neighbours Manchester City host Championship leaders Wolves with the possibility that Sergio Aguero if given a run out could break Eric Brook’s all-time goalscoring record which has stood since 1939 — the Argentinian went level on 177 with a goal against Burnley on Saturday.City manager Pep Guardiola indicated 29-year-old Aguero would start — although the team will largely be made up of reserves and youngsters — and he was not taking Wolves lightly.“We deserve the respect of opponents when they look at us, when they watch us on TV, on the field, and say ‘that team makes a lot of good things’,” said Guardiola.“That is all I want.” The other clashes are tricky for the Premier League sides as they face in-form tier two outfits with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace away trip to Bristol City and 2016 champions Leicester home to Leeds being two potential upsets. Tuesday (kick-offs 1845GMT unless stated)Arsenal v Norwich, Bournemouth v Middlesbrough, Bristol City v Crystal Palace, Leicester v Leeds, Manchester City v Wolves (1900), Swansea v Manchester UnitedWednesdayChelsea v Everton (1845), Tottenham v West Ham (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Five players who inspired Juventus’s Serie A triumph

first_img0Shares0000Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala celebrate after winning the Scudeto with JuventusROME, Italy, May 14 – Juventus won their 34th Serie A title and seventh in succession on Sunday with one game left this season. Here, AFP Sport looks at five key players behind their latest league triumph:GIANLUIGI BUFFON Gianluigi Buffon © AFP / TIZIANA FABIEvergreen goalkeeper Buffon once again proved to be the lynchpin in Juventus’s title defence claiming his ninth Serie A crown with the club at the age of 40 years.It was a rollercoaster season for the skipper who was sidelined by injury but came back to set a new Serie A record for minutes without conceding a goal in March.Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny proved a reliable replacement during Buffon’s layoff and stood in again during Sunday’s goalless draw against Roma which sealed the title as Buffon was rested.If Buffon retires at the end of this campaign he will miss out on overtaking AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini’s record of 647 appearances.But he would go out on a high after an excellent performance in the Italian Cup final win over AC Milan despite regrets for again missing out on the Champions League title.DOUGLAS COSTAEx-Bayern Munich winger Costa came into his own at his new club after a difficult start to the season.The 27-year-old initially moved to Turin on loan with an option to buy in a record 46 million euro deal for the German club last summer.And it paid off as he stepped up during a tricky time for the champions with injuries to top players including Federico Bernardeschi, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala and scored four goals and made 12 assists.“He is one of those players who can make the difference and break a game open,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri of Costa who adds to his two Bundesliga titles with Bayern and five with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala © AFP / TIZIANA FABIPAULO DYBALADybala, 24, got off to an incredible start with a record-setting 10 goals in six Serie A games in a campaign which swung between brilliance and inconsistency.Dybala scored 22 goals this season including the last-gasp goal against Lazio allowing Juventus to take the lead in March.GONZALO HIGUAINGonzalo Higuain © AFP / Tiziana FABIThe 31-year-old Argentina forward proved a star performer for Juventus despite criticism when he went through a period without scoring.The former Real Madrid player arrived for a club-record 90 million euros from Napoli two years ago, and has scored 55 goals in two seasons including 16 in Serie A this season including the winner in the last-gasp 3-2 win against Inter Milan which ended Napoli’s title hopes.MEDHI BENATIAMedhi Benatia © AFP / Isabella BonottoMoroccan centre-back Benatia had the difficult job of filling in after Leonardo Bonucci’s departure for AC Milan and proved a key player with Giorgio Chiellini often injured and Andrea Barzagli on the downhill slope.The former Bayern Munich player was beaten by Kalidou Koulibaly during the 1-0 loss to Napoli in Turin and was also at the heart of the penalty conceded in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.But he finished the season on a high with a double in the Cup final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more