RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

first_imgShericka Jackson – AthleticsFor her achievement in claiming the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, running a personal best 49.99 seconds. Jackson ran a personal best in all three rounds of the competition. The 21-year-old Jackson also ran the second leg of the winning 4×400 metres women’s relay at the Championships, opening an almost two-second gap on her United States competition.Sherone Simpson – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the gold medal in the 100 metres at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Simpson ran a season best 10.95 seconds to take victory in the event, her fastest time in seven years. Simpson also won a gold medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, running as an alternate in the semi-final; and a silver medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the Pan American Games, again running in only the semi-final.Rasheed Dwyer – AthleticsFor his achievement in claiming the silver medal in the 200 metres at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. In the process, Dwyer smashed Don Quarrie’s 44-year-old 200 metres Games Record (19.86), setting a new mark of 19.80 seconds in the semi-finals. Dwyer was also part of the gold-medal-winning 4×100 metres Jamaica relay team at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas and was a member of the 4×100 metres relay team, which won the IAAF World Championship (running in the semi-final only).last_img read more

Two newcomers named on Paralympic team for Rio

first_imgVeteran Paralympian Alphonso Cunningham and two newcomers, Shane Hudson and Dana-Gaye Weller, were announced as the three athletes that will represent Jamaica at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from September 7-18.The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.Cunningham, a former world record holder and many-time gold medallist, will compete in the discus and shot put F53 class. Hudson, a 400 metres silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold, while Weller, who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.Coach of the team Neville Sinclair expects all three athletes to at least be on the medal podium.MEDAL EXPECTATIONS”My expectation is that they go there and do their best. We have two persons competing for the first time. Dana-Gaye should be in the final, and once she is in the final, we will take it from there. Shane should be on the medal podium, and based on training and his times, he should get no less than the gold, but at worse, he should finish with a silver,” he said.”Alphonso is the veteran. He has had some hiccups, but he should do himself proud, and I expect him to do well in the shot put and be on the podium. So what they have been doing, in training for the past months, they are going to show it at the Games,” he said.The rest of the delegation includes Javon Campbell (chef de mission), Lincoln Cox (team doctor), Edmund Jones (Paralympic attachÈ), Ann Marie Smith (administrative personnel), Rushane Sterling (massage therapist), Kevin Brown (Web master), Christopher Samuda (president), and Suzanne Harris-Henry (general secretary).Chef de mission Campbell is set to depart the island next Sunday, August 28, and will arrive in Brazil a day later. The team is due to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on August 31. The Games ends with the closing ceremony on September 18, with the team set to depart Brazil on September 20.CONTINUOUS MOTIVATIONSpeaking at the press briefing, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the Paralympians continued to motivate and inspire all Jamaicans.”I don’t know if you know what an inspiration you all are to our country! You have overcome so many challenges to be performing at such high levels. You demonstrate every day how to be bold when necessary, how to stare adversity in the face, and refuse limitations. Sometimes I put myself in your shoes and wonder if I could have done the things you have,” she said.”We are a small team, and we know you will do your best and you will be satisfied along with your family, coaches, and support team, and the entire nation,” Grange added.last_img read more

INSPORTS could face legal action

first_img However, during a series of inquiries into the matter, it was learnt that Andrews had submitted to the agency a sick leave for the period of his absence from duties. Also, regarding the alleged false representation associated with the pension plan, Sagicor was fully responsible for conducting the exercise for appointing trustees. This exercise included a staff meeting for voting process and the issuing of a generic form from Sagicor, which Andrews was advised to sign and return to their offices. When questioned on the matter, Andrews said he was appalled being suspended for these reasons, and indicated that he is being victimised because of his refusal to approve contracts for retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service. The auditor general, in a recent correspondence to Andrews, has indicated her support for his actions regarding the matter of retirees. In a correspondence with Amos, dated February 13, 2017, Bassie requested a list detailing any other allegation that may be considered. Bassie also indicated his understanding that files have been removed from the premises along with security personnel since his client’s suspension. He further went on to state his understanding that there are plans afoot to remove the security cameras that management had installed. These actions cited would clearly compromise any further allegations from the board of directors. These actions also violate all government policies and procedures. Andrews recently requested the intervention of Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange into the matter. The INSPORTS board of directors could find themselves facing legal challenges from Ian Andrews’ labour attorney, John S. Bassie. Andrews was recently issued a suspension letter from Deputy Chairman, Newton Amos during a recent board meeting. The letter indicated that the suspension is “pending investigation on issues”. Some of the issues reflected in the suspension letter are allegations relative to Andrews’ absence from duty and the island between December 23, 2016 and January 2, 2017 and accusations that Andrews deliberately and calculatedly made false representation as it relates to INSPORTS’ Pension Plan, purported to have been held at a meeting of the board of directors on August 10, 2015. SICK LEAVElast_img read more

Maharlika basketball league tips off Thursday with 10 teams at Big Dome

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MPBL press conference. Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netAfter months of planning, Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will finally tip off on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With eyes geared towards bringing glamour to the ballers in the grassroots level, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said that the league’s aim is to discover the next great Filipino baller through the inaugural Anta Rajah Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is the league for the Filipinos and a league for all,” he said Monday in their press conference at Annabel’s in Tomas Morato.“Like what Sen. Manny is saying, we’re here to help the players who graduated and has no where to play in, the ex-pros who didn’t get enough exposure in the PBA, and the grassroots player who can use the MPBL as their springboard for bigger opportunities.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTen teams will compete in the maiden conference of the league, namely Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Caloocan, Imus, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Quezon City, and Valenzuela.They will compete in a single-round robin elimination round with each team hosting at least two home games in their respective arenas. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ The Caloocan Supremos and the Parañaque Patriots will open the festivities at the Big Dome, where MPBL organizers are giving away ten motorbikes and one car.As early as now, the MPBL brass has its sight set on extending the league nationwide.“Part of the objective is to give way also to players in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” said MPBL head for marketing and production Arnold Vegafria. “For now, there’s a lot of teams which applied. But Visayas and Mindanao are part of Sen. Pacquiao’s big plan to move to the other parts of the country.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NEC’s Fatal Registration Fiasco

first_imgWhat really happened to the  National Elections Commission’s recent voter registration exercise?Is it true that they had mobile registration stations?  Is it true that they spent US$9 million on vehicle rental to take the registrars from place to place registering people?Is it true that they did not advertise in any newspaper the various registration sites around the country?To what extent did they engage in voter registration education? If NEC is unable to give cogent answers to these questions,   then no wonder NEC achieved little over 26 percent or 104,710 of their projected goal of 400,000 registrants.But let us examine each of the questions separately–the first, mobile registration stations.  We recall that in 2005 and 2011 NEC had fixed voter registration stations throughout the country.  This was as it should have been given the transportation difficulties people encounter traveling from one place to another all over Liberia, the greater Monrovia area included.  How much more the interior parts of the country?  All voter registration stations should have been STATIONARY, so that people knew exactly where they were expected to be registered.On what basis did they make this decision? That seemed to have been the most fatal mistake of all.  And it was a very costly one, causing NEC to spend US$9 million on RENTED vehicles.  Who ever heard of such a thing? So in the end they spent money driving the registration teams from the people; so by the time would-be registrants arrived, the teams had gotten into their rented vehicles and gone!How much advertising did NEC do to let people know where they were to report to register?  We remember distinctly that in 2005 NEC under Frances Johnson Morris advertised in a few newspapers the long lists of voter registration stations around the country.  So people knew long in advance where they were expected to go to be registered.NEC may contend they did not have the money to advertise.  But they could have approached the newspapers and appealed for concessions, to make sure that people knew where to go to register.  Some of the money use on rented vehicles could have gone into newspaper and radio advertising.How much voter registration education did NEC do?  We understand that there were posters pasted on light poles and walls.  But clearly they were not enough.  How effectively did NEC use the community radio stations scattered throughout the country?  It is a known fact that most of these stations are financially strapped.  Here was an opportunity for NEC to empower them to render a vital, patriotic service by helping them with a little fuel and something to subsist on, in return for mobilizing the people to go out and register to vote.NEC attempted a valid excuse when it blamed the poor turn out on voter apathy.  It is a fact that many people, especially the young, including first time registrants, have become apathetic given the dismal performance of our legislators–people have  failed to do the people’s business but spent most of the time attending to their own affairs, and where they perform the work they are paid to do, they often demand special favors–mainly financial.That is why NEC should have risen to the challenge of voter education by launching a massive publicity campaign explaining to 18 year-olds the critical importance of participating in the electoral process.  By registering to vote, they would prepare themselves, as they say in America, to “THROW OUT THE RASCALS!” and elect new leaders to do the people’s business.Alas! NEC missed that opportunity.  We did not expect them to be as blunt as that and thereby incur the wrath of the legislators.  But NEC could have engaged some of the young leaders, from the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the  Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) and other youth organizations, as well as some of the country’s vocal young people, to crisscross the country encouraging their kind to go register to vote.We hope and pray that NEC will have another opportunity to repeat the voter registration for the forthcoming elections.    But from where will they get the money for a repeat exercise, with the government in such serious financial straits?The NEC Commissioners are challenged to be creative in determining their next move to correct their fatal registration fiasco.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Heavy rainfall causes flooding across Region Three

first_imgZeelugt, EBE (RDC Region 3 photo) Heavy showers on Tuesday night and well into Wednesday morning has been blamed for the flooding in several communities in the Essequibo Islands- West Demerara Region.Water rose as high as 2ft in communities such as Farm Village and Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo.The Regional Administration via its Facebook page shared a number of photos of the flooding and has since indicated that the water is expected to recede since “all kokers are opened and fully operational.”More details in the Thursday, August 15, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times. Farm Village, EBE Farm Village, EBEcenter_img Maria’s Pleasure, Wakenaam Island (RDC Region 3 photo) Wakenaam Island, Essequibo River (RDC Region 3 photo)last_img

After Poland win, Pekerman may tinker for Senegal clash

first_imgA stylish 3-0 win for Los Cafeteros (Coffee Makers) over the Adam Nawalka-coached Poles made amends for a 2-1 opening defeat to Japan when Carlos Sanchez was sent off after just three minutes.Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado were all on target in Kazan but Pekerman’s decision to align both Juan Quintero and James Rodriguez proved decisive.The creative midfielders were involved in all three goals and the 68-year-old Argentine said he will continue to tinker if it helps Colombia advance.“There are so many situations that can make or break a football team. This is a World Cup. We have to simply forget any quick judgements or prejudices that we might have,” said Pekerman.“When I make the starting line-up, I do it taking account of the whole context in which we find ourselves.”The general consensus suggested either Rodriguez or Quintero was required for Colombia’s must-win clash with the Poles.But Pekerman turned that assumption on its head.After a tense start, Rodriguez and Quintero were soon into their stride.Both were involved in Colombia’s 40th-minute opener, Quintero sending Rodriguez through following a corner to cross for Mina to head past Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and claim his maiden goal at the tournament.Quintero’s superb pass sent Falcao on his way to breaking his World Cup duck, four years after a serious knee injury ended his chances of playing in Brazil.Five minutes later, Rodriguez drew several Polish players on the left before sending a great cross-field ball to Cuadrado, who appeared from nowhere to run in and beat Szczesny and spark the party celebrations.“We are talking about two players with great talent, they gave us that today,” Pekerman said after a win which he and Colombia dedicated to the embattled Sanchez.After defeat by Japan, he had received death threats.“I definitely can’t deny how much I’m satisfied because we knew how crucial it was for us that this combination worked. They complemented each other very well.”A tournament-topping six-goal tally from Rodriguez steered Colombia to the quarter-finals four years ago, but to reach the last 16 this time around the south Americans ideally need to beat a Senegal side that beat Poland 2-1 and drew 2-2 with Japan.Colombia will face either England or Belgium in the last 16 iof they make it through.Falcao said: “Thanks to the talent of players like James, Quintero, and Cuadrado we made the difference.“We played some great football. But now we have to think about Thursday’s game against Senegal, when we can seal qualification to the next round.”Pekerman, however, called for caution.“We’re not qualified yet, we have to be at our best to beat an extraordinary team… they (Senegal) are getting better and better and they’ll be playing with the confidence of having four points from their opening two matches.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Colombia coach Jose Pekerman at training on Monday plotting Senegal’s downfall © AFP / LUIS ACOSTAKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman hinted more surprises could be on the way after a tactical masterstroke sealed a crucial World Cup win over Poland to leave them in control of their last-16 destiny.Success over Senegal in their closing Group H match on Thursday will guarantee their progress to the knockout stages. A draw would also see them through if already eliminated Poland beat Japan.last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain open talks with Manchester United target

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have opened talks with long-term target Manchester United target Fabio Coentrao.The Portugal international has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid with Marcelo cementing his role as the first choice left-back.It has left the 27-year-old on the look-out for a new club and Manchester United have been tracking him for some time.However, according to Canal Plus, PSG have opened negotiations with Real Madrid after missing out on Layvin Kurzawa.The French champions had been very keen on the Moncao defender but they have been rebuffed in their approach.As a result they have now begun talks over Coentrao and are hopeful a deal can be struck before the transfer window closes. Fabio Coentrao 1last_img

Job Vacancy: Dungloe Grocery Store seeks Sales Assistant

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Cope supermarket in Dungloe are seeking a Grocery Store – General Sales Assistant to join their team.An excellent opportunity exists for a part time Sales Assistant in one of the North West’s most established retail merchants.Vacancy: Part Time – Fixed TermGrocery Store – General Sales AssistantLocation: Dungloe, County Donegal We are looking for an ambitious, presentable, energetic individual who has an ability to work at a high intensity to join the successful team in our Supermarket based in Dungloe on a fixed term basis of three months.The successful candidate will ideally have some experience in a similar customer facing environment and possess excellent customer service skills.Responsibilities and Requirements:• Applicants must be over 18 years of age• Dealing with customers and providing excellent customer service in order tomaximise sales and customer retention• Fluent & Articulate English Speaker• Ability to work off own initiative on a daily basis• Medium to heavy lifting will be required as part of this role• A knowledge of computers (preferred but not essential)• Ability to converse in Irish (preferred but not essential)If you think you have what it takes to be part of a successful team and would like to apply for this role, please send your CV accompanied by a cover letter to careers@thecope.ie or by post to HR Department, The Cope, Main Street, Dungloe, Co. Donegal before Sunday 17th September 2017. Application forms are also available from our website (http://www.thecope.ie/media/wysiwyg/Cope-Job-Application-Form.pdf)Closing Date for receipt of application: Sunday 17th September 2017.Job Vacancy: Dungloe Grocery Store seeks Sales Assistant was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:The Cope Dungloelast_img read more

Native tools unearthed at nursery site

first_imgOnce the camp was uncovered, construction was diverted and the six-week excavation was done to a depth of more than 6 feet. A draft analysis determining the age of the artifacts will be done through carbon samples taken from a hearth made of manos that was found along with residue from the food-preparation tools. The report is expected to reach the Azusa City Council by mid-July. The camp, measuring 120 feet by 220 feet, is believed to have been a food-processing center, said archaeologist Sherri Gust of Santa Ana-based Cogstone Resource Management Inc., an archaeology firm hired by the city. “We found hundreds of \. Lots and lots of manos,” Gust said. Legally, the artifacts belong to the property owner, Azusa Land Partners, but under an agreement with the city, Azusa has the first right of refusal. No human or animal bones were found at the camp, Dunlop said. “Fortunately, we were there to find what we did,” Dunlop said. He’d like the artifacts to become part of a future Gabrielino Indian museum. “If the \ wishes to donate to our tribe, that would be a wonderful thing,” Dunlop said. “My concern is that the artifacts be available and accountable to whoever has control of them.” marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AZUSA – Hundreds of pieces of prehistoric artifacts found at an ancient village during the grading of a new-home development go on display Saturday. About 50 manos, or hand tools, nutcrackers and other grinding-tool relics used by the Tongva/Gabrielino Indians in the village known as Ashuukshanga will be on public view at the Azusa Public Library, 729 N. Dalton Ave. Ashuukshanga, where Azusa derived its name, was one of the larger villages where the aboriginal people lived in thatched concave enclosures and circular huts. The artifacts were unearthed in December by an archaeology firm hired by the city to monitor the grading of Rosedale, a 1,250-home neighborhood on the former Monrovia Nursery property below the Angeles National Forest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sam Dunlop, an archaeologist and member of one of three Los Angeles County Gabrielino tribes, was at the site below the Angeles National Forest when artifacts from the prehistoric village were uncovered again. The village was first unearthed in 1962 by the UCLA Archaeological Survey, so the area was known to be sensitive. Monitoring by Native Americans began at Rosedale once grading reached the area found by UCLA, Dunlop said. “The archaeologist and paleontologist were on-site from the beginning,” Dunlop said. Dunlop said it was necessary to have three Native-American monitors because different areas were being graded at the same time. last_img read more